I have been asked to contribute an essay on Non-Possessiveness in Druidry for the Aparigraha Vishvakosh -an Encyclopedia of Non-grasping or Non-hoarding – that will be published in Hindi and English. Here is the essay:
NON-ATTACHMENT, NON-GRASPING & NON-POSSESSIVENESS
Although the doctrine of aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness) is not specifically articulated within modern Druidry, it is implicit within its philosophy, and within the behaviour – both ritual and mundane – of every Druid. Understanding the doctrine of aparigraha can help Druids deepen their spiritual practice, and clearly demonstrates for the practitioners of one spiritual path the value of studying other spiritual and religious traditions.
Druidism, or Druidry as it is also known, manifests today in three usually separate ways: as a cultural enterprise to foster the Welsh, Cornish and Breton languages; as a fraternal pursuit to provide mutual support and to raise funds for good causes; and as a spiritual path. Each of these different approaches draws upon the inspiration of the ancient Druids, who were the guardians of a magical and religious tradition that existed before the coming of Christianity, and whose influence can be traced from the western shores of Ireland to the west of France – and perhaps beyond. Caesar wrote that their religion originated in Britain.
The practice of Druidry was replaced with Christianity by the seventh century, and even though little is known about these ancient sages, groups in Britain who were inspired by the idea of the Druids began to form in the early eighteenth century. Like seeds that have lain dormant for centuries before suddenly flowering again, Druidry began a process of revival – started by scholars in Britain, France and Germany who became fascinated by the subject, and continued today by a small but rapidly growing number of people around the world (perhaps 40,000 or so) who are inspired by the tradition, rituals and teachings that have evolved over the last two and a half centuries, which draw upon mythology and folklore whose origins lie in the pre-Christian era. Read more