Without the gods

[A brief insight into the motivation behind this post. I  recently started to  question the meaning of religion and faith. Is it composed of mere rituals and acts? Or does it actually include something that is intangible? Don’t get me wrong.  I am a believer . Very much so. Am I religious? That depends on how you define religion.]
 

If Martin Luther King had been born in India his speech would have been ,” I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they are not judged by their religion…”

People refer to India as Spiritual India. India has given birth to many religions; Hinduism, Jainism ,Buddhism. In the caves of  Ellora the temples of all these three religions were built next to each other. Thirty three in all. None of them felt the need to tear down the temples of the others to build their own. There  prayers would reach heaven even with the other gods were near by.

But today elections are won, people murdered, trains burnt, temples torn down, all in the name of the gods. I ask you what is so spiritual about communal violence?

Our constitution gives  us the freedom of speech and expression. It states that we are secular country.

Why then was there a campaign to deport Taslim Nasreen for speaking out for the rights of the oppressed? Why was Salman Rushide banned from attending the Jaipur Literary Festival. Why were missionaries  burnt alive?  M.S Hussein was ostracised for his depiction of gods and goddesses. That reminds me didn’t the protesters ever hear of the kamasutra poses of Khajuraho, chiselled out in stone ?

The only time I can think of when Indians were united  for a cause that was sparked by religious practices was the Sepoy mutiny of 1857 which is hailed as the first war of Independence.  But today religon what was one the essence of spiritual India is it’s curse.

Maybe, just maybe, without the gods India might actually be secular.

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One thought on “Without the gods

  1. Lisa, if only a man would realize the nature of his or her existence. He or she would realize religion/spiritualism/secularism all inherently call for qualities like love and humility. I remember a movie where some people when stuck with a moral situation just considered the question, “What would Jesus do?”

    All the messiahs and prophets point to a seat of higher learning where religion, prejudices, biases, anger, hatred and other such things are irrelevant. I feel we as a civilization are trying hard to deluge religion/faith/secularism with our worldly prejudices. But there are a few who rise above this b(*&s*&^ and continue to propagate the true message of the Gods.

    So we need Gods and the people who have a hint what God wants us to be. As long as they are their we wouldn’t tear ourselves apart into oblivion as a society. We need such voices who question the events you quoted in your post. So what we need is more of these voices who are ready to point a finger on the society and say – this is not what God meant to be.

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