Religion or Farce?

via Daily Prompt: Farce
India, a spiritual hub of the world since ancient times, is loosing touch with its deeply rooted philosophical and religious traditions. A country whose religion and philosophy evolved as an enquiry into the  mysteries that lay beyond life and death, is quickly descending into the abyss of materialistic superstitions.

The people of the country who once opened their lands for everyone and accepted each new and different way of life, are now fragmenting and fighting over seemingly “important” religious issues. Hinduism which is considered as the world’s oldest philosophical and spiritual systems has become a Farce of “Cow worships” and impractical rituals and practices.
The face of the modern Hinduism has changed so much that now it has no resemblance whatsoever with the ancient science of soul that delved in the depths of consciousness. True, Indian philosophy has never been static and has changed time to time to incorporate new ideas and thoughts. But the “philosophy” that we see today defies all ancient logic and perturbs the very essence of tolerance and acceptance.
Indian philosophical discipline lay in the control of the emotions and desires, in attaining wisdom and in humble and simple aspirations. This thought was reflected in the all the different philosophies that evolved in India like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc.
It’s time for the “Preachers” of Indian philosophy to actually study what they pretend to be masters at. The common people too should exercise control and logically follow their religion. It will take time and many radical changes before we go back to the amazing humans that we were. But the change will come and maybe then we all can be just in our pride for our religion.

“I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world tolerance and universal acceptance .. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.”
– Swami Vivekananda at Parliament of world Religions in Chicago 1893.

Let’s strive for a tolerant India and World!

ॐ सर्वे  सुखिनः भवन्तु सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाक् भवेत् ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः !!

Om, May all attain peace, May all be healthy
May all enjoy good fortune, May none suffer misery and sorrow.
OM Peace Peace Peace !!

25 thoughts on “Religion or Farce?

  1. Very timely and well written. My prayer is that we all come back to what Vivekananda speaks of: teaching world tolerance and universal acceptance. From my heart to yours, Diane

    1. Thank you. This world increasingly needs more tolerance and acceptance. And I believe that arts and writing can bring all of us together.
      You and me are already connected through this. It’s a small world after all…

  2. I’m in love with Indian culture for as long as I remember. I think I was Indian in a previous life. I love the dress, the beauty, the food! It’s such a shame that religious beliefs cause so much war and pain. When it’s the one thing that should unite us.
    Why can’t everyone just accept that we all believe in different things? My family have mixed beliefs and we don’t all follow the same religion. Do we fight about? Do we hate each other? No! We’re all too busy living our lives the best we can.
    Very interesting post.

    1. Thanks dear :* Maybe we were sisters in previous life for I too absolutely love my country! And yes it’s very saddening to see religious fanaticism turning our world into a battle field.
      Happy blogging to you! Keep visiting 🙂

  3. A lovely post and I would love to see such ove and tolerace of other religions being prctised..what a wonderful world that would be for our children to livevin

  4. Tolerance and acceptance…imagine a world where we all practice tolerance and acceptance. A peaceful world that would be. Beautifully written idea that the majority of us understand and dream of. If only…

  5. Very interesting. We are not religious people. My wife and I both have different views about ” GOD”. But it does not change our love for each other. I like what Gloria said above, in her comment:

    It’s such a shame that religious beliefs cause so much war and pain. When it’s the one thing that should unite us.
    Why can’t everyone just accept that we all believe in different things? ”

    Like John Lennon sang, “Imagine if there were no religion? “

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