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Despite close resemblance, this has nothing whatsoever to do with my recent sojourn in India.
This is a costume I made myself. From scratch. Entirely by hand.
This was as true a representation as I could manage of the outfit worn by the Bajoran High Priestess know as a Vedic.
Does the next shot help?
There was a call-out for 'ambassadors' for the Star Trek Exhibition at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. I was a science fiction fan from childhood. True sci-fi. NOT fantasy. Dad and mum permitted the viewing of Star Trek. It contained scientific possibilities. Much of what we now take for granted was demonstrated first in that visionary show.
Automated sliding doors. Mobile phones. PADDs (personal access data devices = youpads!!)... I'm still longing for the teletransporter to become reality.
Yes there are people working on it!
More than all that though, there was always the implied question of 'what makes it all tick...or who?' When the next franchise in the Star Trek series came up (Deep Space 9) there was more of a socio-political slant to the story lines and much of that also spiritual. Little did I know it at the time that I would end up following the spiritual path from which the Bajoran religion took it's form, phraseology and even naming formats.
You see, the Vedas are the founding scriptures of Sanskrit faith, social structure and not just the Indian languages, but also the Latin ones. One who is of that culture is referred to as 'vedic'...
It was not Star Trek that led me there. Quite another path entirely. However, having landed here and with the benefit of hindsight, I can truly see how and why the show appealed so deeply (no pun intended).
When I realised that one of the main script writers of the series was of Indian origin, it made sense. What a great way to inject a cultural heritage that informs so much of Western thought - without that West actually noticing or wishing to own up to it.
Another part of the ST universe are, of course, the Vulcans. That is where the concept of "Unity in diversity" is held at its strongest. It is also where control of our baser instincts and strong, logical thinking is held in esteem. I now know that this is pure Advaita Vedanta. So which came first? The seeds of vedic understanding deep within me already held from previous experience and accrual of many positive karmic 'brownie points'? Or the awakening through the guru found in the unexpected?
Both perhaps are required. ...it has been fun getting here!