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.
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!!!!!