Editor's note: I somehow had missed citizen yaggiefresh's excellent FanPost on this article before I created a FanShot of it last night. His commentary and expertise are significantly deeper than mine on the subject, so it deserves the spotlight. Read it after the jump.First of all, Clips Nation AND Clipper Blog got a shout out in the article! Steve and KA's respective works are lauded as "the antithesis of the bandwagon." Thanks for not only providing info on everything Clipper related but also as a platform for counseling, comfort, and pick-me-ups in the era of Clipper basketball.
Now, as a STH and a Hindu (a writer on religion, at that), I found this article to be refreshing (how often will the Clippers get a plug on Huffington Post that doesn't have to do with DTS?). It doesn't take a Hindu to realize that the team's success has been stagnant compared to that of other teams and that the looming "monkey on our back" is pretty evident from year-to-year. He does do a good job at talking about the basics of the religion and relating it to basketball terms (not that everyone doesn't know what karma means).
One thing Soni didn't mention is the term "moksha." In Hinduism the present life-form goal is to attain "moksha," or, absolute salvation where one is freed from the tyranny of suffering. The way you attain salvation is through living a live of austerity and being at peace with yourself. In order to attain such level one must conquer the art of suffering and be comfortable with such sensations before moving to greener pastures. Now, here's my take on the whole thing -- whether it the optimistic side in me or my blinded love for the Clippers, but I feel as though the suffering is coming close to an end. The absolute suffering of 25 years (give or take 5 years) has reached its pinnacle and the better moments are to come. Griffin is coming back (true, we haven't seen him play but still comes in with high expectations) along with a core of talented players going into the most heralded free agency class ever. Dunleavy is no longer the coach and the team, for a change, looks to be playing with synergy and passion.
Absolute salvation, or the promise land, would be a ring. And while there may still be a few bumps in the road along the way for many of us the suffering of the past almost appears behind us. Religion or not.
(I didn't know whether to put this as a FanPost or FanShot but here you go anyways)