As I pick up the headlines, I see a high pitch religious shrill becoming a common place and gradually getting main stream. Not being a Muslim and despite being a devout follower of my faith, I hate to hear those rants against Muslims. These days, those rants are picking up at an even faster pace.
When it comes to saving life
You don’t have to be a physician to know that there are no different blood groups for Christian, Hindus, Muslims or Jews. Organ transplant matching never needs religion type; there is none Jew type kidney or a Hindu type Liver transplants. Only HLA and relevant information is factored in while making those transplant decision. Religion, Caste Creed, regions, color, and ethnicity never take precedence in those decisions. The water I drink, I never know if it rains from a Hindu, Muslim or a Jew cloud. All clouds are same and drinking that sip when thirsty, are always exhilarating. The air we breathe, irrespective of the country, never knows bound. That’s life! It’s so strongly embedded and so uniform.
Politics has its own intentions
Politics is different, here we exist as Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhist, and Sikhs etc. etc. We can be further divided on the basis of color, caste and creed. As if these divisions are not enough, we can add more recipes and be divided further on the basis of region, language and … The division does not stop there, we can keep dividing until we get the finite smallest benefit out of human vulnerability.
Religious Artifacts replacing Ethos and Values
This may seem counterintuitive to many simply because they presume; these values are embossed within their religion. Well, most religions have it, in different forms, including Islam. The practitioner, the believer within us has disappeared. We see a revivalism of artifacts with most religions. We practice artifactual religion, not religion of ethos.
Our Relationship with God
Religion is a private practice, not something for display. It is our pure, pious and personal relationship with God, the almighty and the creator. On a daily basis, we do so many tasks that are personal and private in nature, do we discuss those in public or even within family? We safeguard and treasure some of those moments and respect the nature of those interactions.
Is religion on display? Do we think, we can accrue more mileage by publicly displaying our faith, our very solemn relationship with God? Do you think we will be more rewarded for displaying that faith?
I often see such transactions happening is daily life, ‘If I get this, I will visit your temple, or I will do this’. Somewhere, we have forgotten his real nature and our small human existence have come to reconcile that we can do transactions with him too.
Ground Realities are Different
Obviously, this is a 30,000 foot view. Ground realities are different. Individual practices, preferences and ideologies differ, somewhere significantly. Somewhere, we all try to push our own agenda. However, I would say, it is not difficult to tolerate and leave individual practices to themselves. Why should we all be same? Within a family too, we have differences, we don’t look the same and we can’t enforce views. If that is not possible in a nuclear family, why do we want to insist within our society? Can we not leave citizen to practice their ideology, faith, preferences for them to choose?
The Hijacking of Faith
One unique and singular domain that power, politics and human greed (of ‘me’ over ‘us’) are obligately dependent upon is faith. Let us call this trio as mercenary traits. These mercenary traits exploit our vulnerability and subjugate us to exert their influence. These mercenaries have taken over our faith, our ideology, our religion and our ethos. We never realize, we are enslaved by these mercenary traits. This is an ubiquitous phenomenon that spread across the globe and has existed for centuries.
Human struggle is irretrievably and may I add, miserably bound and unfortunately influenced by these mercenaries. We need to liberate ourselves from this dreaded slavery. This is the history of mankind, the torment, the pain and the pathos, all rolled into slavery by these gruesome traits. I can’t say if this is apocalypse in making, but understanding the law of nature, the next wave will dismantle this chaos and bring further order. Future will unravel the mysteries of past and present. Let us see how things unfurl but until then…
Faith is supreme, beyond our independence and personal freedom. Let us NOT abandon the path of true trust and faith, let us understand that faith is beyond transactions and don’t let those mercenaries and power brokers indulge with your faith, that core element within you that defines you so uniquely.
How do we liberate ourselves?
- Respect the privacy of your faith, don’t display and don’t heed to display
- Don’t let faith influence your decisions – interpersonal, social and political
- Artifacts of religious practices are required but not essential, artifacts cannot be above faith, don’t let artifacts dominate faith
- Don’t transact with God, faith in pure sublime form is enough
It’s Not a Cliché – Humanity is true religion
It may sound cliché but you don’t have to go in search of humanity. I met a college boy who witnessed an injustice while traveling. It was hard for him to protest but he made a choice. He just opposed and supported the victim. He did not leave college. This young kid set up an example that we can emulate without abandoning our duties.
Humanity that needs you, is around you. You don’t have to contribute humongously. You don’t have to abandon your job or family while being humane. Caring for people around you should be sufficient as a first step. Let us rise to serve humanity. It is so much around us, just see who needs what and stand up to that occasion without an expectation.
Our duties towards ‘Humanity’ are endless and if you wish to accept more responsibilities than read this link (http://wp.me/p7XEWW-UW). Humanity is our true religion. Those who contribute towards it can feel the serene tranquility from practicing it. Let us keep service towards humanity as the face of our religion.