In Singapore’s Chinatown, a temple stands in it historical place. Sri Mariamman is Singapore oldest Hindu temple. It was founded in 1827 eight years after the British East India Trading Company established the first trading settlement. I had brief encounter there more than a year ago in the temple while waiting for a friend to complete his puja (worship). A lady walked up and asked if I knew what I was doing. Given that I was standing in the shade, enjoying the opportunity to people watch, I wasn’t sure how I should answer the question.
After a short pause, I turned towards her saying nothing.
“Let me explain.”
As I think of the explanation she gave me, the one thing that has stayed with me is that there is a Hindu deity that takes care of our need for revenge. It seems that one should release one’s need for getting even to this warrior. He will take care of everything. You get to get on with the stuff of living, free of the need for revenge.
Different characters across history have reminded us that Divinity is willing to take on our battles. David’s demand is filled with confidence; “Stand up, God; pit your holy fury against my furious enemies.” (Psalm 7.6) Others have openly spoken along the same lines.
As I drive by the temple, I am reminded to let Divine Warriors take on my battles. I am baffled that I am even considering the idea. Is it realistic to respond to the need within me to get even by doing nothing? Am I willing to get out of the way so a Warrior can take on my cause without hurting me? Given my need for control, it is a question that I find myself wrestling with.
Today is serenely quiet. The mist is hugging the tops of the tall tropical hardwoods in the distance. It seems wonderfully peaceful even though I know the city is waking up. There are forces at work. We can tap into what they are doing. It is time to choose.