i am not a religious person. i was not brought up under the wings of any particular faith or belief. and i admit, i fail to understand the dimensions, the possibilities, the abyss, so to say, of BHAKTHI. as far as the recent controversy on sabarimala is concerned, and for the question should women be allowed to enter sabarimala, my natural answer, as a woman, is obviously a yes. but delving more into it, if all this is a matter of belief, i reconsider my answer under two aspects: 1:why should women care to worship a god who doesnt like even their presence??!! 2:and just WHO are to decide and ALLOW anybody to do anything?? since i believe BHAKTHI is an extremely personal feeling, it should not be guided or manipulated by anybody, right? if a woman, or a group of women, feel they cant survive without visiting sabarimala, i believe they should simply do it, come what may. that props up the first aspect: why care for somebody who doesnt like them?! may be in spite of this, if the women devotees feel for him so much, they should just go ahead. as far as i know, BHAKTHI is like LOVE. it can face any setbacks, anything that comes its way...meerabai's life is an excellent example.
entry into sabarimala, or any similar concern, should not be "executed" by law, by government, or by any authority. if its the truth of the mind, the heart, the soul, then no higher-ups are to be bothered about. if one is clear about it, he/she has no other go but do it.
if i understand the nuances of BHAKTHI, i feel its like the story of melpathur narayana bhattathiri, the author of NARAYANEEYAM. its a comprehensive study on bhagavatha, the life story of mahavishnu. he is said to have written the whole work at the guruvayur sri krishna temple, in order to find a permanent cure for his arthritis. he is said to have been cured once he finished writing it. i feel thats what is called BHAKTHI, an extreme state of belief and self-devotion that is true to the core. like LOVE! and that it is not something to be induced or forced upon or, most importantly, ALLOWED TO BE PRACTISED by outsiders- be it our fellowmen, the govt, or even SAKSHAL SREE AYYAPPAN!