Theism Leads To Atheism


Belief in God has been a practice since times immemorial. Religion plays a vital role in defining the practices and systems which guide people through the system of complex beliefs that define God. Civilisations spread over large geographic areas had common systems of beliefs, and civilisations separated by geographic barriers developed different set of beliefs. Term Religion had no place in social systems.

Yet, ancient Greek systems of worship and Gods had a striking similarity with the practice and beliefs of Aryans which is now called ‘Hinduism’. The Gods, the weapons a particular God carried, the powers and duties ascribed to the Gods were very similar. With civilisations growing in size and geographies and thinkers trying to find explanations to unanswerable doctrines in existing religious practices started defining beliefs in their own way to create more systems of beliefs or religions. Centres of influences, to further strengthen their influence also created new religions. The ones who still disagreed with the existing systems of beliefs became Atheists.

Present day narrative of religion is entwined around human desire to overcome nature and its laws and is governed by eternal darkness which engulfs us all. To begin with, religion became a refuge from the sufferings, we had and have someone to fall back upon or to blame for those sufferings. Religion gets engraved in our minds, from tender years, in such a manner that we are prejudiced against any thinking which questions religious practice, and thus pushing us into irrevocable slavery. The ones who found it difficult to cope with above two became atheists.

Atheism on the other hand liberates one from all bondages that current narrative of religion imposes. Theism and Atheism get demarcated by the narration of religion we follow. A liberal religious practice, confirming to the laws of nature and the liberty to question the narrative of religion, where philosophy does not become the abode for the weak, but it encourages enlightenment, erases all differences between atheism and theism.

I am a devout Hindu Brahmin, I support a Janeu (Yagopavit), a sacred thread which is worn around left shoulder and symbolises affirmation to sacraments and that I shall always remain within the framework of socially acceptable behaviour. Being a devout Hindu Brahmin I have a strong belief that Hinduism itself teaches us Atheism. Essentially, our disagreement with current religious practice and our complete confirmation to correct narrative of religious practice, both lead us to Atheism.

Most revered deities in Hinduism – Brahma, Narayan, Shiv and Shakti are more metaphorical than being real beings. Brahma or Braham is super consciousness, it cannot be a physically existing object. Naryan is Nar and Ayan. While Hinduism has a very complex definition of Nar, a simple definition defines it as soul. Ayan in Sanskrit means abode. Narayan is abode to the soul. Shiv itself is has no form and thus no existence, Shiv in Sanskrit means the one gifting wellbeing to all. Shakti is wand of energy. The energy which can only be realised by Yog or union, union with super consciousness.

Metaphoric presentation in Hinduism does not halt with deities. The weapons they hold too are metaphors. Trident, the most prominent weapon in hands of Shiv and Shakti is a complex metaphor. Trident is represented by a long shaft and three sharp spears at the end of shaft. The spears represent Kaam/Karm (actions), Arth (Knowledge) and Dharm (the righteous way of living). The shaft represents Moksh (liberation or realisation of Super consciousness). Kaam, Arth and Dharm lead to Moksh.

Bhagwat Gita, nowhere talks about rituals. It talks about leading virtuous life with subdued senses, the senses which are source of Lust, Anger, Greed, fear and attachment to physical being. Theism practiced in true form does not need the concept of God and that perhaps is atheism. Atheism on the other hand leads you to realising super consciousness within, and that’s what actually theism teaches.

 

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ranjeeta Nath Ghai
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 19:41:53

    beautiful post
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  2. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Dec 11, 2017 @ 04:21:12

    Wonderfully explained. I too believe that Hinduism is a way of life and it’s not what we mean by the word ‘religion” in the strictest sense nowadays. However, religion has derived from the Latin word ‘religare’ which means “to bind together’. Hinduism binds the body and soul.

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  3. Sharat Pathak
    Sep 23, 2017 @ 04:36:19

    I am sure it must be a good book, I haven’t read it. Thanx

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  4. BroadBlogs
    Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:44:24

    Your post reminds me of a book I’m reading right now by Ken Wilber called “A brief history of everything.” Have you read it?

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  5. Sharat Pathak
    Sep 09, 2017 @ 17:12:14

    I am grateful Duke u read it and commented. As always your insight is one thing to look forward.
    You correctly put, without emotion one is dead. the conflict arising out of rational thinking and emotion makes us humans. resolving conflicts makes our lives more interesting.
    well we all have a past….. we regret few things we find others great and for few we have remorse. i think for the mistakes we did in spontaneity and youth we should always seek forgiveness, nothing to be regretful. for the ones who did bad to us we should forget their mistakes and accept them.
    we all do terrible things and we all make amends. Realizing that we were terrible and wrong at some time in life we sow seeds of improvement. it needs courage and character to accept mistakes. congrats.

    once again thanks .

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  6. Duke Miller
    Sep 08, 2017 @ 20:58:58

    Also, do you know this song? If you have a chance, Google the lyrics.

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  7. Duke Miller
    Sep 08, 2017 @ 20:44:53

    Well, Sharat I am somewhat familiar with the claim that Buddhism is a form of atheism, but I didn’t know much about Hinduism and atheism. Thanks. I am an atheist, but in the Western sense. I am a secularist and allow science and “rational” thought to guide my decisions. The greatest burden in this respect is “emotion”. Often, one’s emotions cloud the decision making process, but then I think, without emotion I am dead. So there is the conflict: I want to feel life in all of its wonder, but at the same time I want to make a clear thinking decision that is best for me and those I love. There is also the issue of our age. I think when we are younger, it is hard to grasp many of these ideas and we are guided by peer pressure. I can recall doing many things that were terrible, but because I was young and spontaneous, I did them. In the U.S. we have a saying: “young and dumb” and that I was for sure. Anyway, thanks for this post. Very helpful to the non-Hindu. Duke

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