Thursday, December 10, 2009

Religion; My Thoughts


It might appear you as a blasphemous post...So please read it at your own risk...It is just my (Agnostic)opinion at this moment which might be changed over the time...


Bertrand Russell says that By self interest Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary...these two contradictory characteristics are optimized and glued by the religion...To an extent religion unites in a group...An intelligent technique to face the uncertainty and unpredictability of life...


Recently I was reading the novel “Lajja” by Taslima Nasrinn...A question suddenly came into my mind...Has not religion divided, brought carnage and disaster than united us? For centuries we have been fighting over religion...Some on the name of protecting their religion; some on the name of expanding their religion...
If everything in your life is certain, there would be no need of “God”. But probability of events and incidents has led us to think about some supernatural and mysterious existence (And I don’t say it does not exist; It might exist) and I think that geographical differences and communicational isolation would have brought different names and expressions which we now know as different religions...


Faith and belief give a stand to us. A position, from where we derive courage, motivation and inspiration to move forward; to accept the challenges and to face the disasters. It is imperative to notice how things like river, mountain, wind, sun, moon and stars were considered divine or God but today in the light of knowledge our thoughts have been modified...So It proves to an extent that religion is our necessity, a man-made intelligent technique to unite people in a happy and peaceful ambiance; to answer the mysterious, unknown and unexplainable facts...And as world would change...our perception and interpretations about religion would also change. Fundamentally religion reflects that along with known and unknown there are things that are never-known.


For me, religion is more like a way of life...Hindu religion is a way of life...Islam is another way of life...there are so many different ways. Is it not possible for someone to be more suited for Christianity, even he get birth in Hindu Family and vice-versa? Birth should not define our religion...And if it is... It doesn’t fulfil the significance of religion. If you have right to choose your career, your soul-mate why not religion... Preservation of religion itself invokes the concept of expansion...What is need of preservation? Are people not free to choose what is good for them? The more you can do is to give him knowledge of religion and then let him free to choose his religion (his way of life)...


To establish a society is a difficult task as every person is not as intellectual as he can understand the main essence of religion. So it would have become a necessity to identify what is good and what is bad and then our intelligent forefathers would have given a religious covering with the threats of god so that people could be restricted to destabilize society... it has constrained people to do things which can destabilize the society, however the gap between perfection and heuristic solution has increased as time passed...


But life is not as simple as our forefathers had thought. Human has been always a competitive-ambitious-curious being...Even Religion has united some people but has created a wider gap between two communities who often fight over the superiority and divinity of their religion...People don’t follow Buddha; people follow Buddhism... people don’t follow Mohammad...people follow Islam...People don’t follow shankarcharya; people follow Hinduism ... And there is great difference between following a person and community...Because to follow Buddha, you need to know about his teachings...but following Buddhism you just have to take birth in Buddhist family...People don’t see the moon but only the finger that points the moon....


The word “Religion” has lost his authenticity in midst to blind and prejudiced thoughts. And now when being religious is pronounced as being extremism, this 'word' must be identified its true definition by all and sundry as it would provide a wider tolerance towards which would in turn create happy and peaceful ambiance.


Personally I am not religious, not religious as it sounds to majority of people...But I am spiritual, intuitive and believe in the laws of existence (which I have experienced)...And Might be my faith and belief wouldn’t be as strong as a man who follows ritual, does fast and worships god in Idol form...However, I feel it would be better with no-faith(faith in yourself only) than a blind-faith...Because I feel if your eyes are open, sooner or later you would get the vantage-point which would be proved to be a source of immense faith and courage... 



18 comments:

Shilpa said...

Welcome back!!!!


:)
and yay me first!!!

Gunnar Gällmo said...

I have written an article about the human right to choose one's own religion (or philosophy):

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Human-Right-to-Apostate

Yayaver said...

Hi Amit, good point made about following Buddhism and Buddha... Nice article. Welcome back, hope you are now fully settled in Pune.

Roshmi Sinha said...

Great to see you back and active @ Bloggersville.

You post made for a good read... as usual.

For my response rather opinion... you may have to view the 2nd video on my post titled: "All in a Day's Work".

And look at the comments I have made in response to a fellow blogger - Mahesh's - queries... in the comments section of the same post.

There are several 'long' paragraphs :) So, if you have the time and patience... do read them.

BK Chowla said...

Religion is a very personal choice and issue and one should avoid discussing individuals and religion.
But,it is true that religion has been used by the political class in India to divide the people than unite them.
We should see through the political game and avoid walking into the trap.

Bharathi said...

I fully agree. Hope you became very busy with new job.

Bharathi said...

hey friend. I would like you to read my post 'Mask'. am interested in your opinion on that.

Sat_hi_sh said...

Religion & GODS kill more ppl in the world then diseases.....


u have put ur points across well..
keep blogging
cheers!!!!

Sat_hi_sh said...

Religion & GODS kill more ppl in the world then diseases.....


u have put ur points across well..
keep blogging
cheers!!!!

Singh Amit said...

@Shilpa
Thanks a lot.. :)
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Yayaver..
Thanks a lot...
Yeah...just trying to get adapted into a new life style...
Would be regular soon... :)
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Roshmi Sinha..
Thanks a lot... :)
Would certainly read ur post... :)
Very soon I would be active in blogging as I used to be..
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Chowla ji
Thanks a lot for your comment
CHeers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Bharathi..
Thanks a lot pal :)
Would read ur post very soon...
Cheers!!

Singh Amit said...

@Sathish
Thanks a lot... :)
Glad that u liked it,...
Cheers!!

Mahesh Kalaal said...

Being an stringent anthropologist and confirmed agnostic what else i can do other than supporting and agreeing with your points.....
Wanna contribute more points....lets see.

The concept of god arises when the things go beyond humans capacity and perception (probability and uncertainty)

Butterfly Thoughts said...

Good one.Religion in itself is not so complicated as we have made it to be. nicley written and expressed. some points were really strong.

Singh Amit said...

@Mahesh
Thanks a lot... :)
Very True said...
"The concept of god arises when the things go beyond humans capacity and perception (probability and uncertainty)"
Cheers!!