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RELIGION: boon or bane?

December 3, 2008

Dictionary meaning of Religion: 1. A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny, 2. An institution to express belief in a divine power.

 

I might be termed a psycho for writing something so strident or blatant on a topic as ‘sacred’ as religion, but the current scheme of events (terror attacks on Mumbai) have really messed around with my head BIG TIME! My mind is puzzled: Why are these jerks (read terrorists) performing such inhumane acts against humanity, that too in the name of religion?

 

A recent article in the TOI spoke about the ‘fidayeens’ or ‘young-smart-terrorists’ who believe that by sacrificing others and themselves ‘in the name of god’ they will attain a ‘BLISSFUL AFTERLIFE.’ Ahem, ahem, did anyone say BLISSFUL AFTERLIFE? Now that’s a bloody new concept! Right from the time that ‘time began’ (the gods alone know when that was) afterlife is something whose existence no one knows about. We are just forced to believe in inane concepts such as these, all ‘in the name of religion.’

 

Our battle with religion begins right from the time of birth. Depending on the circumstances we are born under, the ‘divine power’ our families believe in, etc, etc. Throughout life, we are forced to believe that we are different from others, we have different gods, we have separate customs and traditions, different practices and that we must obey the ‘law’ or else face dire consequences which will be inflicted upon us by our ‘religion’ or our ‘community.’ This battle finally ends upon the individual’s death (in fact it continues even till the last rites are performed!)

 

If I am made to believe that there is a physical entity called ‘god’ who is different for different religions would be absurd. I’m not saying that I am an atheist, its just that for me, God is an all-pervading abstract entity who is omnipresent in all our hearts and minds in the form of our ‘conscience.’ All religions ultimately speak the same truth in the form of deities of that religion. All the deities point to the same principles of loving everybody, caring for the world, peace, harmony, etc, BUT, all in their own way/tone/style which gives each one of them something to boast about. This is the problem, this is where we are differentiated/ separated.

 

The terrorists have tried to nurse a new religion of their own called ‘terrorism’ (note the ‘ism’ in the end just like other religions of the world) whose dictionary definition is: ‘The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.’ Terrorism speaks the language of ‘destruction’, ‘disease’ and above all ‘DEATH.’ These attention hungry mortals are performing such acts to publicize their religion & create a new belief which starts and ends in hatred, agony and death only.

 

I called this article ‘RELIGION: boon or bane’ not because my religion teaches me anything wrong or makes me a bad person in any way. But I don’t like it because till today it has kept me away from the universal religion that I (and we all) belong to- THE RELIGION OF ‘LIFEism.’

 

LIFEism(Humanity) is not governed by any deity and does not have any set rules/ regulations/ social norms which separate its followers. In fact, it teaches the same principles that all other religions teach, just that its scream is not loud enough for all to hear and follow. Every act against humanity is a scream by LIFEism in disguise to come and follow the religion of oneness, kindness, love and unity. It is screaming loud and clear to forget religious boundaries and accept every individual as a HUMAN rather than a member of a community.

 

Like all other religions that have a god, LIFEism has ‘CONSCIENCE’ as its deity. We believe in all religions because we can see the god. Unfortunately ‘CONSCIENCE’ is invisible and hence forgotten!

Please listen to your conscience and spread the word of life!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. ransom33 permalink
    December 3, 2008 3:41 pm

    “I’m not saying that I am an atheist, its just that for me, God is an all-pervading abstract entity who is omnipresent in all our hearts and minds in the form of our ‘conscience.’”

    God’s Holy Spirit abides in our hearts and minds, yes, but He is not the equivalent of our conscience. God is far, far greater than any of us. If you don’t believe me, check my last post entitled “Stop press! This will blow your mind”, and let the videos that appear in it put your mind at rest that God does indeed exist and does not need your or my approval to achieve His purposes.

    You are right in saying that some people use their faith or religion to push by force, coercion or arrogance their own personal agendas, but God is so much bigger than any of that. We have messed up, not HIM.

    Blessings,

    ransom33 @ http://www.ransom33.wordpress.com

  2. VT permalink*
    December 4, 2008 11:03 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Trust me, I too believe in the existence of god but one that cuts across all religious/caste barriers. LIFEism is for me a concept to make people realize this by listening to their inner self and judging about whats right and whats not. People surely have messed up and its important to try and clear that mess to have an unbiased picture of the universal truth!

  3. December 5, 2008 6:53 pm

    We’ll what you term as “Lifeism” is what I call humanity.

    In my interpretation, Humanity comes before every established religion. But at the same time I wouldn’t desecrate my own religion.

    Instead of complicating things and hoping people follow an ideal by replacing their existing beliefs is not only impractical but also in a way abasing to the strong believer of religion. In short people should just be GOOD HUMANS first.

    Unfortunately nowhere in you post have you ever tried to understand that NO religion would promote merciless murder or innocents. Especially one that boasts the 2nd largest number of believers.

    In fact terrorists are not religious at all because the edicts of no religion support cold blooded murder.

  4. VT permalink*
    December 5, 2008 11:10 pm

    Your absolutely right when you say that its Humanity I’m talking about. I am in no way asking anyone to abandon any of their beliefs or embrace any other. I’m just talking about a simple truth of transcending barriers and accepting every other individual as a human first as you rightly mentioned. We forget humanity and thats what my point is.

  5. December 8, 2008 12:47 pm

    Every human being believes in a power higher than himself. A believer calls the power as “God” while an atheist might term it as “destiny”.
    More than believing in God, it is necessary for us to believe in ourselves. Only when we learn to trust our soul and accept the presence of countless other souls attached to us, can we reach one step closer to embracing “Lifeism”.

    Sonu @ http://sonalismrules.wordpress.com

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