What are religions made of ?

There is so much talk about the religions and most of the terrorist activities are the result of religious intolerance. What really is a religion? do you we actually need them? what role does it play in our lives in this society? Can we choose or drop a religion just like buying vegetables? Why do religions compete with one another to convert people and make their religion world’s number one ? what role does it play in changing our lives?

I had to shift to Gujarat a short period and I being new to the apartment, my neighbors gathered around me for general introduction. The first question one Gujarathi women asked me was ” Are you Hindu”. I went there the year after the communal riots and i knew how religions plays a major role in that part of the country. I was a Hindu and so i shake my head with discomfort. The women who asked me that question now smiled at me comfortably, while the next door neighbor asked, “do you eat non- veg”. I had to lie here as me and my kids eat though i don’t cook at home. we were basically into a vegetarian community but we started eating with friends. Later one day my next door neighbor found out that we buy non- veg and eat inside the house and from then on she and others stopped talking. Her daughter got married and i was the only one not invited among the 80 houses. All because i was non- vegetarian.reli

This incident still lingers in my mind as i wonder how  a religion or a habit can make someone your enemy or most unwanted. India is said to be a secular state and we are know for religious tolerance. Being of the same religion they couldn’t permit me eating meat, hence one can imagine how people of other religions would have been treated. Why such intolerance when we are all human and the color of blood is still red be it a Muslim or a Hindu. Is being born into a particular religion my fault? Will this attitude change the very next moment i convert into yours??

What should a religion do to its followers? Which religion teaches tolerance and respect towards fellow humans?  If you like a religion i have my own preference too i respect your religion and why cant you respect mine??? The essence of Christianity is the bible, for the Muslims the Qur’an and for the Hindu it is the Vedas and Gita. Name any one person who understood his own religion 100%. He is ready to throw his judgmental views on others but if you ask what his religion says he will not know. Animals and other living being don’t have religions and only man is governed by the so called prophets, priests and sadhus. Who are they? are they directly appointed by God or who gave them the power to govern the religion?

A man cannot choose his parents or his sex but he can choose what faith he likes and wants to follow. Every individual must be allowed to know about the different religions and he should study about them and then choose which suits him. Even if he is not interested he must be freely allowed to be a non believer. No one is going to die or burnt in hell for being a non – believer of religions. It is a belief and everyone is entitled to choose what he likes. Today more and more people are converted in the name of jobs and special benefits. If you convert then you might get a job, get funds or even eligible for government schemes. How pathetic is this conversion? If you want to help people for a good cause then why ask them to convert.

One of the families i knew converted because they felt their son can get a better job according to the quota. Many lovers convert because their spouses want them to? why didn’t they realize of this difference while they were in love? Why cant they accept as they are without the intervention of the religion. The governments support this because all they aim is only vote banks and not human beings. In this selfish world do we really need a religion? Even religions are selfish, they want their sect to grow and hence all they could do is  to convert or instil fear in minds to keep them in the religion. The bomb blasts, women abuse and almost 70% crimes are religion based. Who can question them? who is ruling these religions? we talk of individuality and self esteem, is that respected by the so called religions?? Time to think and act like real human being folks… think think think!!!!!

Playing the Blame Game

Mahatma Gandhi said ‘ we always blame others for our short comings’. How many times a day do we blame others for something we did. do we stop from blaming one another as humans. No, we blame God when there is a problem, we blame our karma or ancestors, our nations, politicians, etc. Are we always wrong in blaming others? are we at fault at any given time? Need not be but then we forget to analyze the situation and our ego plays dirty and hence the easiest way to feed our ego is to blame others.

I watched a program on alcoholism and the comments i saw under the video shocked me. one person defended his drunken habit. he blamed modern woman who failed to stay home and change his ways, he blamed the society for selling liquor, he blamed the failure of joint family. He spoke as if he could not have touch alcohol if he was in joint family. What i ask is, isnt he an adult how can he blame others. he must have common sense to stop something which he knows is bad for him and others. No one forced him to drink, it is a habit which he himself choose but now blaming others and finding reasons to paint a holier than thou picture.

Same with spiritual fanatics. If alcoholism is addiction then spirituality is also an addiction for many. They think they are Gods because they pray, perform pujas or wear saintly dresses. These are worst culprits in the society, ugly viruses who destroy sane peoples mind with filth. They manipulate peoples problems to gain money in the name of meditation camps and self improvement programs. If you follow them you might see God or get your problems solved is what is pushed into the minds of people who is already looking for reasons to bypass their issues. They find spirituality or religion an easy escape with which they can blame their karma or ancestral sins for their present state.

When are we going to take control of our issues and first see and change what is wrong in us rather than blame everyone else? God made man this much we know for sure, but then waiting on him to solve problems of billions or blaming him for your own actions and reactions is childish and not a mature humanly act. Funny people even change Gods (religions) thinking this God is no use that God might help. You every action here this moment is what is going to fix your future.

WHAT YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REEP

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Sow seeds of love, compassion and good will today and reap such benefits manifold tomorrow. Try to water a healthy seed in everyone around you and see the change in their attitude and life. Telling someone how beautiful they are is a healthy seed which will make them happy. Praise someones timely actions, help someone in need, sit and talk with elders, appreciate a childs action… the seeds are many waiting to be watered to grow into abundance. Make it a point to feed as much seeds of love, happiness and peace in others and in you.

Old is Go[l]d

Today we talk so much about woman’s rights, women’s protection, help line and laws to govern them. Have you ever thought that there is a much abused society among us who need immediate attention. They are the Old people living in every home. Most neglected and abused they live a shameful life with no one to talk, no money to get what they want and no one to really care whether they live in hygienic conditions? All this for the hard work and the whole life spent to bring up their kids and earn for their comfort and future. Without least thinking whether they will be looked after by these kids one day when they will need them most? Old

The kids just because they are more educated and have good jobs think their parents as old fashioned. They consider them as a burden and a pain in their neck.

Not to mention the way they are abused by daughter in laws. The same kids who abuse their parents offer social service and donate huge amounts to gain tax free benefits and few words of appreciation for their money for a social cause.

Parents don’t need your money all they need is some time to sit near them and listen. Is this a very hard thing to do?

Disease knows no age or time. Elders need medical care and constant checkups. Now times have changed and every medical help can be received at your doorstep.

If you have money you can treat your old parents as kings and queens. Just with a click of the mouse all things needed for the elders care can be ordered online and delivered at your door step. Just 5 minutes of your time is suffice to make them happy and contented for whole day.

Remember that one day you will also be old and they might be no one to look after. Time and tide waits for none, it might reverse anytime. If you don’s care for your parents your kids are watching. You are setting a bad example and teaching them what is right for them to do in future. You will be treated as you treat your elders or even worse. There are a lot of elders staying alone in fear and uncertainty. Their kids are abroad or out station and are left alone to mend their ways. There are many who are partially mobile and need help staying alone depending on the hands of servant maids.

Many elders are ill treated by their kids and daughter in laws. In many cases drunken sons abuse their parents very badly and the police are silent if at all they complain, stating that it is a family issue. where and what is the helpline for such elders? whom to contact during emergency? what steps have we taken to protect our elders? Western countries have special medical care, monetary benefits and monthly monetary help for elders apart from Insurance and other benefits in society. But we boast about our family values and culture , but are we taking care of our elders???

Zero Tolerance

Are we forgetting what it is to be Humane?

The Delhi Rape, minor rapes of 5 years old and 10 year old?? What is happening??

How much low can a human being behave? where is Morality and compassion?

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I remember an incident which our Abdul Kalam once recounted.. he was on a foreign trip and there happen to be a bomb blast nearby. the next morning hoping to see the papers covering the story in detailed he was shocked to see the blast story featured as a small column not even in the front page. The main news items were all positive development and other news features.

Look at our newspapers and Television Channels? what are they inculcating in the minds of their viewers and readers? Are we not bearing the brunt of the violence, porn and inhuman behaviors shown on TV and in movies?

I remember some 20 years back the only tv channel was DD network. We had no serials or drama back then. Only programs about farmers, culture and very selected political coverage was shown. Movies were only weekly and so were the cinema duets. WE were not bored to death or was distracted by internet or mobiles back then. Life went on and we had other fruitful things to do than just sit before television sets.

Look at the plight of common people today? 24/7 entertain on tv not in one but multiple regional, national and international channels. Are we really engaged?? we keep on hitting the channels one after the other restlessly sighing and mumbling that nothing is good. Then we change over to our mobiles or xbox gaming, after few minutes that sucks then go in front of the computer which fills up your whole attention with all types of LIVE entertainment. Later around midnight you hit the bed only to realize you cant sleep so again to the fridge for your binge eating, tv, mobile texting and internet all in one go LOL.

We are in a world which gives us all and much more than we need and before we ask for. that is the major problem. We have no time to watch the morning sunrise, the birds chirping or the child’s gibberish mumblings. Our brain needs serious de-fragmentation i say just like we do in our weekly cleanups for the computer. we think we are living in a fast world but in reality our brain is much slower and our natural instincts are extinct. we mechanically eat, sleep and work more like robots.

Its time see how the Matrix is over powering us. It is time to wake up and ACT.

Why not think about giving back something to the society we have so much manipulated over the years?

You need not start a NGO or shell out your bank balance for this. Just a little smile or a loving hello at a lift or a warm Good morning to your old neighbor can make so much difference and spread so much positive energy. Think think think it is time to WAKE UP AND ACT,…

Lets not continue this anymore lets have the attitude of zero tolerance to mechanically and robotic human behavior. Open up, Get out, Look up the moon is smiling and the stars are singing WELCOME BACK…. 🙂 ❤