Category Archives: The unquestionable religion.

Differences Among Religions!

People often discuss religion, and the first thing that they’d discuss or very proudly announce is, “We are of ‘this’ religion” or “Our religion is different”. Basically they are more often than not heard or seen discussing the differences between their religions. What amuses me though, is somehow I always see or look into the similarities, and then I end up wondering, what exactly are the differences, cause I don’t see any.

Of course and every time I say this out aloud, people tend to give me weird looks, which might say “Are you insane?” or making me sound absolutely unacceptable. And the very loud mouth that I have, I go on and on about this where I feel, I should speak up. But often this has leaded to heated arguments (Just as it happens with me when discussing issues relating women), even among families and friends. So, I have stopped speaking my mind, and I speak only when I think I can take no longer of this argument, which I am so much against of. Again, this happens more often than I would want it to.

But, I can’t help it. I just can’t resist myself. And the more I speak up, the more I realize, that you can’t make someone understand anything, unless he or she is willing to understand it. You can teach someone algebra or mean median, mode, or anything else for that matter, but he will understand it only if he is willing to understand the basics of it. Without his willingness to open the doors of his mind, nothing is going to happen.

I have come to learn this the hard way. And yet, I try and try to talk people into accepting things, which I think are right. And seldom do people change how they think about the issue.

Coming back to religion, what bothers me today is ‘these people’ talk about the differences, but most of them do believe in the concept of Hell and Heaven. Having said this, I think I can safely say this is the case with most religions. Then should this not be it? I mean if you think you believe in Hell or heaven, and that your Karma decides where you are going to end up, then should that not be enough to make you behave in a manner, justified; to not let you mistreat and differentiate among religions?

PS: This is just a thought. I don’t mean to annoy anyone with my thoughts, cause neither do I own so much knowledge of religion, nor do I know most of the times, what I am speaking about.

PS (Sorry, I got something more): If you ask me I’d rather follow Humanity as a religion and try and be a better person, not just to myself but towards every person, with or without any differences.

Seven B&W Photos; Day 2

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This is a picture of Swaminarayan Temple, Gondal, Gujarat. I love Swaminarayan Temples for it’s sanctity, peace, and the calm which I feel nowhere else. Their structure, their ambiance gives me the kind of feeling which I have no place else. The only place where I can go and can avoid any form of niceties, greet someone with a polite ‘Jay Swaminarayan’ and be done with people and all kinds of formality.

I am participating in the Seven Days. Seven Black and White Photos of Your Life. No People. No Explanation. Challenge Someone New Each Day.

Today  I nominate Sifar from https://mybrokenwords.wordpress.com/

 

Allowed?

I have a Marathi friend whom I recently wished ‘Gudi Padwa’. It is their beginning of New Year just as some of us celebrate in on 31st December. I texted him my heartiest wishes with all the warmth in my heart, being the excited one that I am. And all I got in return was ‘I hope you have an amazing year ahead, but I am not allowed to celebrate this year.’

I then got to know that his old grandmother passed away a few months ago and he could not celebrate let alone enjoy any of the functions for a year as the custom says.

Oaky, most of us go through this and have to abide by the rules but then something still strikes me hard. First of all the very word ‘Allowed’ shakes my nerves to the core. I mean why would someone have to be allowed to do anything? He or she has his own life and should he not have the freedom to decide what he/she wants do.

So it is customary to mourn of a year? But what if the person is yet not out of the mournful period and not want to celebrate life? What I believe is mourn as much as you want, until you have moved on. One may not want to celebrate anything even after a long year because he or she still misses the beloved. One might still want to celebrate even if a year has not passed away, the reason may be he was not close to the person, he was happy that the person was free at last from the tortures of the hospital and the old age, or even that he has simply moved on with life. The person had to go and he could not stop him. But then what stops him from celebrating life? Just customs and beliefs.

My friend here did love his grandmother but she was pretty old and the last few days were too troublesome for her, for any of us to go through the pains and when at last she passed away everyone was sad but then nothing could have been done. So they mourned and finally moved on.

But the sad part was they did not celebrate festivals just to portray to the other society members they cared enough.

I am not saying what they should have done. Many people still believe into many rituals and if they are fine with it then why not, but all I felt sorry for was because they did all this, went through all the troubles for a whole year just to prove to somebody else, our dear society.

My friend wanted to desperately celebrate his new year, for it is the only thing that mattered to him, after of course his birthday but sadly he did not only because he was not ‘allowed’ to celebrate the day.

Another social gathering

I think I am having too many social gathering these days. Anyways, I was there sitting among-st my peeps, all dressed up and engrossed in what was going on around. Well, it was a ‘jagran’ (where you are awake all night and sing spiritual songs/bhajan).

I for a fact like these occasions, it is an absolute change from all of your arduousness. So there I was sitting beside my cousin almost singing to the rhythms when something caught my attention. And how I perceive is something like this.

Haven’t the present generation heard a lot about being anti-socializing in the form of socializing and even about being too much on their phones and over the net? But there are exceptions. So this might not be wrong. It’s true that we are drifting away from socializing in the form of socializing but the reality also has it other side. In my gathering there were very few people from present generation and anyways this is not about them. What I saw was that the older and the dear ones were busy engrossed on their cell-phones. Though some of them were obviously wholly-devoted but some of them were more interested in ‘sharing’ what they were seeing. I saw people over whatsapp chatting, someone sharing a video to the other who could not be present, snapchat was also to be seen, oh and yes I literally saw a check in for this too on my feed post. So is it only the present generation that is all caught up in ‘seizing the moment?’

It is good to capture something but what about also trying to at least live the moment too. We all click pictures and take videos but what about staying in the present too?

They say that the present generation is not that ‘religious’, I say “may be not” but what about pretending to be too religious and being present physically while the mind wanders to a distant land where some altogether another dream is coming true. For me nothing is wrong in that too but then why criticize when someone else does it and try make it right for yourself.

Anyways it was fun for a change to see the reverse.

 

The idea of God

John Donne has got the conception of a wrathful God intent on punishing those who go against His commandments.

But Crashaw is altogether a different breed. He is a radiant spirit who feels perfectly assured of his salvation to God. Crashaw’s God is generally the God of love who cannot bear to see the misery of His creation.

And as always I am still confused. What is the truth? Can He be as gracious as to forgive even our gravest sins or is it vice versa? Can he really punish us for the deeds that are not supposed to be performed in His creations?

If Karma exists then of course we will be punished but then how can God see his own children suffer the retribution?

Is he wrathful or the God of love?