Leave Your Religion Home

धर्म -ग्रन्ध  सब  जला चुकी  है  जिसके  अंतर  की  ज्वाला

 मंदिर  मस्जिद  गिरजे  सब  को  तोड़  चूका  जो  मतवाला

  पंडित  मोमिन  पादरियों  के  फंदो  को  जो  काट  चूका

  कर  सकती  है  आज  उसी  का  स्वागत  मेरी  मधुशाला

 

They beat him to death as he supposedly had consumed meat of The Holy Cow. The houses were set on fire as their holy text was desecrated. A Fatwa issued to chop his head off for disrespecting Islam.

None knows how many times they worshiped the holy cow, none can tell if they ever read The Granth Sahib with clean mind. Even the Moulana who issued fatwa wondered what Islam was all about.

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But my question is – Is your religion so weak that it can be insulted? If so, shun it now than later.

If your cow’s killing leads to blood bath lets find another mother. The udders of cow teach to feed selflessly.

If holiness of Granth Sahib is disrespected at its desecration, believe me we need obliterate some parts of this holy text as they teach us to love selflessly and sacrifice courageously.

Leave your religion home if it’s so fragile that any act which disagrees with it can’t be tolerated. Leave your religion home if Allah gets insulted by someone’s utterances. Leave your religion home of someone’s nude depiction of Goddess hurts you (you yourself depict her nude). Leave your religion home if you are hurt by one not covering his head while praying.

God is not your private property, I will respect him as much I wish to, and will make fun, criticize and fight with him as much as I wish.

Can The God Err?

Benefit of hindsight, they say, is available only in hindsight only. This gives rise to the uncertainty which shrouds the decision or action and its outcome. While we make decisions, they are based on partial information available about variables impacting the decisions. But, hindsight gives the complete preview of all the variables affecting those decisions and thus actions. That’s why we generally say, “One cannot be sure if history will treat him with kindness.” But this applies to humans only.

When it comes to evaluating the God for His actions, the God has to be right every time. His actions need to stand the test of time, and time is not in days, years or decades the length of time for which the God will be evaluated for his actions, which he does in His different incarnations, will be centuries. For the human race to exist morally well, the actions of God must stand the test of change in prevailing values and principles.

Hindu history is rife with such acts of God which can be called ‘Chal’ or deceit or morally inapt, when seen superficially. God never needs to be deceitful.  I specifically pick-up three acts of God which have often  be called deceitful or unjust from Hindu history.

  1. Lord Ram asks Sita to walk across fire to prove her purity. – The Agani Pariksha.
  2. Arjun is enticed by Krishna to kill Karan when he is not on his Charriot- The Karan Wadh in Mahabharata.
  3. Mohini comes to distribute Ambrosia and cheats demons- From the story of Samudra Manthan.

 

The Agani Pariksha

Demon king Ravan had abducted Sita, Lord Ram killed Ravan to free Sita. Lord himself asked Sita (who is supposed to be incarnation of Goddess of wealth Lakshmi) to prove her purity by crossing fire. If she emerges unhurt she will be considered as pure else she will be shunned. This act of god seems inapt.

Hindu scriptures suggest the God appears with duality. Duality of being Shiv and Shakti, where Shiv is Shakti and Shakti is Shiv. Radha and Krishna, Radha is Krishn and Krishn is Radha. Ram and Sita, where Ram is Sita and Sita is Ram. Duality represents one as soul and another as spirit. Both are inseparable.

The act of Lord Ram asking Goddess Sita to undergo Agni Pariksha is act of Spirit asking the Soul to take the test named life. The soul which passes the test named life merges into Spirit. The one which fails to pass the test is reborn and is given another chance to take the test named life, thus another chance is given to the soul to merge into spirit.

Shiv Shakti

Karan Wadh – Krishna Entices Arjun To Kill Unarmed Warrior

In Mahabharat war the most interesting part is duel of Arjun and Karan. While Karan was trying to pullout wheel of chariot struck in mud, Krishna enticed Arjun to kill Karan. It was against the well established rules and principles of war at that time. No one who is disarmed could be killed. Apparently, Krishna’s enticement to kill Karan was unjust and unfair act.

Again duality explains it. The chariot of Arjun is the human body, Arjun is soul and Krishna is spirit. The spirit gives free hand to soul in making all its decisions. The spirit evaluates soul on its choice of decisions made in life time. If one passes the test it merges into spirit else it is reborn to take test once again.

In Duel of Arjun and Karan the Spirit gives Soul a free choice of killing an unarmed warrior. The soul got overwhelmed with opportunity available, Arjun aims an arrow at Karan, but does not release it. Karan, on other hand who is unarmed while Arjun aims at him takes his bow and starts invoking Brahmastra, he was no more unarmed and thus killing him was well within the rules and principles of war. The soul made an apt choice and won the favour of Spirit.

Mohini Cheats Demons- Samudra Manthan

Vishnu himself appeared as a very beautiful woman to distribute Ambrosia. A precondition for consuming Ambrosia was singular focus on Ambrosia only. Mohini was the last test laid out by God, ones who passed it got Ambrosia rest were left out to undergo the process of Manthan once again. The demons were enamoured by the presence of Mohini and they lost the singular focus on Ambrosia.

Cow Slaughter or Desecration of Granth Sahib- Does it Matter?

I am a Hindu, a devout Brahmin, a vegetarian purely for religious reasons and I consider cow sacred. At the same time, I understand the cow might not be sacred for everyone in society, and, they might not worship cow the way Hindus worship. Thus, even if someone slaughters cow my religious sentiments don’t get hurt. I am pained at slaughter of cow as much as I am pained when any other animal is killed for dinner. Not that I disrespect cow, but that I respect the feelings of others. I will stop someone from killing a cow, not because sacred cow of Hindus should not be slaughtered, but, because I believe God gave us no right to kill.

I found it appalling when someone desecrated Guru Granth sahib. What was more appalling was the way people took to streets to protest against it. Whom were they protesting against? What were they protesting for? That someone committed profanity and he should be punished? Is he worth that much of attention? Had I found Hindu holy text (or any other religious text) torn and thrown on streets I would have picked it up and ensured it is treated well by me. It would have been senseless to take to streets protesting against it.

I am hurt when someone tries to Evangelize. I am hurt when someone tries to convert a person of other belief to Islam. I am hurt when someone stages ghar wapasi. I am hurt when a murder or a rape is painted in colour of cast and creed. But I believe the God will forgive the perpetrators of such sins, because as Jesus said, “they don’t know what they are doing”

All the above things, just because I practice a religion which is extremely tolerant.

Here I reproduce a speech by Swami Vivekanand given way back in 1893 at World Parliament of Religions. It highlights how tolerant India has been. Let us preserve that glory.

“Sisters and Brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.

We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.” Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth.

They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal”.

He goes on to say “If anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

A pertinent question here is, are we really the ones about whom Swami Vivekanand spoke? Or have we become Bigots and fanatics?

Let the truth prevail over the tyranny of bigots and fanatics.

Spiritual Degeneration and Religion- By Vivek Kapoor

Welcome yourself to the Modern World and Emerging Bharat of 21st century that is regressively moving to medieval and ancient ages when religious crusades were celebrated with gory victories and God was imposed with religions. Then, religion and class of a person decided the political and social well being and the majority ruled while the minorities were held hostage by the views of the majority class. Lets admit, we are no different now. We promote secularism but in the heart of hearts prefer to be quiet on matters of religious animosity.

Some say it is “jungle raj” but I differ because the beasts have a better conduct and human minds can’t match their innocence. The planet is so beautiful and means a universe to those who simply wish to enjoy and learn the lessons which we are here for. The irony is that we have a spiritually degenerating society with religious revolutionaries who are full of pride rather than humility. Those who are fighting do not even understand the meaning of those great holy texts which the Gurus and Prophets gave. Nobody is really bothered that eventually it is just the ether and the spirit of oneness that is there. Rather than preaching what is superior and who is superior and getting judgmental , I suggest that the “Religious Preachers” should take people to cremation grounds or graveyards to understand the real fact that what belongs to earth, stays on earth.

The vices which we need to detach with are loved foremost by majority and praise comes for those who are wealthy and prosperous rather than for those who are “spiritually” rich. The Faqir considers himself richest with as much less as he can enjoy from this world but loves the nature and the universe to which we all really belong but not in material or substance but as the spirit who has no religion but just goodness and love to follow. How I wish, I could see the change when people just talk of helping someone and loving all, rather than proclaiming that they did something to satiate the demand of a ritual and the goodness done is prejudiced with notions which are so manmade and earthly. Let us think beyond the colour, the skin and the beliefs. I believe one belief of love and affection towards all is sufficient to destroy the hate engines and evolution of mankind is based on welfare for everyone so that no blood is shed in the name of religion.

It is my sincere and humble appeal to all my countrymen to evolve spiritually and think independently as all of us are images of God who is love and love alone. Each one of us has an independent journey and religions are caravans which our souls have wished to join to learn about the truth and evolve to think beyond the horizon which we have not yet seen. Let us enjoy spirituality and love and bury the hatred which is brewing!

Religious Intolerance Makes Religion Irrelevant

Dharm granth sab jala chuki hai, jis ke antar ki jwala,

Mandir, Masjid, Girje, sabko tod chukka jo matwaala,

Pandit, Momin, Paadarioan ke fande jo kaat chukka,

Kar sakti hai aaj usi ka swagat meri madhushaala.

It’s a couplet taken from a literary work ‘Madhushaala’ by Harivansh Rai Bacahhan. It translates into:-

The one who has attained wisdom to extent of leaving no room for misinterpretation of religious texts, and the one who has liberated himself from insinuating thoughts of preachers of religion, can only achieve the tranquillity of oneness with God.

Before we proceed further, few more thoughts, rather presumptions, which I make while I put across my thoughts on religious intolerance.

  1. If your God or Religion instils fear in you and others then shun that religion and God.
  2. If your God or religion is better than that of other faith, then your interpretation of religion is ill founded.
  3. God is no narcissist.
  4. If religious rituals you practice, help you attain power than humility, in physical form and in social setup then you haven’t understood religion.
  5. If you follow a religion for any other reason than achieving oneness with God, stop being religious. You can afford being an atheist. Your life will be the same.

I am a devout Hindu, so is my family. Daily seclusion to spend time communicating with God is rule for most in family. Still, I am a different Hindu than what anyone in my family is. I have unwavering faith in the Goddess Durga, I worship her, my mother is worshiper of Lord Krishna and my brother is devotee of Shiva. Everyone in family worships a different Hindu God, and in Hinduism we have plenty of them. We never discuss which God is supreme and we don’t care about it too.

So is my neighbourhood. Family across the street are devout Muslims, follow Islam. Another Family is of Christians and so on. So is our society, following different faiths and yet in perfect harmony.

My family, neighbourhood and society will be in perfect harmony till the time we don’t try to prove supremacy of Religion, faith and God we believe in or worship. Try to prove ‘your’ God superior and see irrelevance of religion creep in.

Why does one follow a given faith and thus a chosen God? Just because it’s important to take one path, Just one path to achieve emancipation/ Moksh / oneness with God. No religion or God provides you with shortcuts towards achievement of Moksh. Your actions and wisdom with which you act, when harmonise with path of fearlessness, truth and justice will take you on path of emancipation. And that is God. The name with which you address Him does not even figure-in in scheme of things.

When we start focusing on the name with which we address God, rather than the final goal of oneness with him, we give birth to religious intolerance. Go to Hindu temples and you find many reciting Shlokas in Sanskrit, having no idea what they actually mean. So is with Muslims, failing to understand true teachings of Holy Koran. Similarly Christians don’t understand true teachings of Bible and Sikhs start worshiping Gurus than following the teachings of Holy book Guru Granth Sahib. This is this lot of people who care most about the name with which they address the God.

God is no narcissist, thus, he does not care how many know him with which name. He is kindest of all, and, once you completely surrender in front of him you will forget which religion you follow. You will have killed the worldly desires of senses, turned them inward and liberated yourself from lust of all kinds, fear form anyone including God, greed of amassing worldly things and hatred of any kind. You will have realised you are just a soul unaffected by anything but your own senses.

Holy books are messages by God himself to humanity, they don’t belong to anyone. Pickup one and follow it, don’t ask others to follow what you follow. Everyone has to wait for ripe time before he starts treading path of oneness of God.

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