Friday, April 30, 2010

And the Religion is Faith

Nivi needed to know if it is possible for a person to belong to no particular religion....and a blog is born

Direct Answer :
  • NO .To fit into the Indian System you need A religion ...that means everytime there is a column on any paper stating Religion....there can only be one!!!! "Computer won't accept 2 or 3 madam"
  • YES. When it comes to your personal need for a religion...its what you believe that counts....and you believe in what works right?...so out of the 4,200 religions pick any or all or just mix and match or create your own or pick none
The ppl I love and religion
  • Acha : The most religious man I have had personal contact with. He is a staunch believer of rituals. Does his pooja at dawn and dusk. His idea of a relaxing holiday would be to visit temples. The basic line he repeats is "do your duty and leave the rest to God" and "act according to natural justice and there lies the apt solution to every problem."
  • Amma: She is religious but not ritualistic. She has total faith in God and fears nothing. A very strong person.She only talks the truth....nope not even a white lie....:)
  • M: He was an atheist before we got married (after which I guess he needed God to save him from me ...sure am kidding...hehehehe)...then one fine day he wanted religion and prayed everyday ...as things got better his beliefs got stronger.... now he is a regular temple goer.
  • Achu: He thinks if he is well behaved God will give him more cars ...yes we told him that...how else will you get a four-year-something kid listen to you ??????? 
And as for myself.......
  • Coming from a Hindu background and a christian school I have had the chance to know only about 2 religions....
  • Am not ritualistic...because am lazy
  • I have a one to one relationship with God
  • yes I do frequent temples ...and lately I have had attractions towards one ...which has given me a lot of answers to humanly unanswered questions  
  • but if you ask me, though technically in black and white I belong to 1 religion I might be treading on the common areas of other religions and following the same with total faith 
To conclude though I have to admit I have more belief on uttering the Gayatri Mantra or Hanuam Chalisa rather than singing 'Silent Night' or reciting  any christian verse because I belong to a Hindu family...So its all about what you are taught and what you perceive out of a religion ...as I said what works with the mind and heart is all that matters.....

So Religion
  • is not an instinctive act
  • its not an involuntary action 
  • it is taught or
  • you are born into it
  • it is a convenience 
  • its strength lies in your level of faith
  • you really can't opt out 
  • because your faith is your religion!
PS. Don't know if I answered you Nivi....but I sure enjoyed writing this post... :)

3 comments:

  1. oh ya, I read this one and loved it and thought I had commented on it too, wonder where my comment went?

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  2. nice post.. really. Cant say it made mah think, bcs one has gone thru these thot iterations.. but yes, it was very nicely put together.. the POV comes out really clearly.

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  3. Hi Gayatri... really liked your post.. Came here from Nivi's post... made for a good read and also came the realization that most of us have pretty much the same idea.. religion is not necessarily equal to faith, but faith most definitely can be your religion...

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