Who is God? What is God? Where is God? Nobody gives a flying fish about it. But Religion in India is Orgasmic AF.
One of India’s major problems is Religion and we all know it well but you may even get killed if you question the faith. Religion in India is the most trusted concept which are told in different patterns and story books mostly driven to achieve the same goal. Those stories have a lead character or a hero with super powers (like David Blaine or Chris Angel), usually the God himself or someone sent by God. Considering the present total world population today we have around 33 million gods only for Hindus and the rest of the minor religions have their own lead characters to worship. We haven’t given up just yet. We’re open to more additions and can worship anyone who can make us feel they’re God. People are dying of hunger and there is also a good amount of food wasted in the name of marriages while that happens, but we should focus on building churches, mosques and temples around the world with the money we have so the story books can be justified.
Usually, the lead characters in the stories used to be the ones to decide what the name of the Religion and make it viral so others could follow and believe what they said. But recently, this changed when we adopted a new Religion to our kitty which was not created by India but another country but it doesn’t matter. The name of the Religion in India was Cricket as founded by the British and the lead character or the God of the Religion was felicitated to Sachin Tendulkar for being a genius of creating records. Just for the record, the rest of the world still calls it a Game. Ridiculous!
There is another one called Indian film industry or Bollywood who claim themselves to be actors and yet get to be the Gods in real life. For e.g. Rajnikant has temples built by people in his name at Karnataka in the south of India. They even light candles, diyas and dance in front of the big screens on the first day on his entry in every movie. Amitabh Bachhan has a similar temple built in Kolkata and it remains open 24/7 for the devotees. There are more humans, oops, Gods that are worshiped for whom the temples weren’t only built but also demolished and i’ll do a separate article for that.
Lets take a step back and think about it. How did this happen and how did we let it happen. There are Atheists in the world who are confident of no existence of God. There are reliable and trustworthy personalities in the list of atheist that are firm about their decisions and hence atheism is also accepted by all religions.
Looking at it in a different manner, Religion is nothing more than a law and order book. It shouldn’t be taken anything more than that. Like around a couple of thousand years ago, there were no rules, no boundaries, no roads and most importantly no technology. Everything discovered by us was new and fragile. There was no testing before release like we make sure we do now. There was no curiosity for the outcome and like we can imagine the amount of chaos and misunderstandings that may have taken place at the time. After a point, there would be rules that you’d have to lay so everyone follows and doesn’t screw up otherwise. Those rules were helping and people could see it, following made their lives easier and more secure. There were always going to be non-followers, instigators and troublemakers that wouldn’t want those laws in place. During a time where any creation or innovation and its outcome was believed to be nothing less than magic. When it comes to driving a new task, the government currently takes every effort to make sure we follow every step and its a similar drive at our offices in order to achieve our defined goals.
A few smart men decided to create a concept of Religion in India that would have all of them on their toes by laying down certain laws and regulations that had to be followed because it has come by some super natural power that created those magical outputs through innovations. If the laws were not followed or were intentionally broken, they were going to face the heat. By the way, the concept of re-incarnation and life after death etc is also a part of the crap they introduced during those years, I’ve shared my thoughts on this other article where i talk about it in details.With time, the concepts were updated and newer versions of those documentations were introduced with amendments in the regulations based on how people behaved. Soon, the concept of heaven and hell were also suggested based on the questions about life and death. These writers were finding newer people to tell them about the rule book and the updates on what was changed as a message from the super power above. These people were hence accepted as the messengers of Gods and eventually even as Gods. The messages were then drained down the hierarchy of the family as suggested by the Gods which slowly became a Chinese whisper over the years and indeed more robust and stringent.
I’m not aiming at a particular religion but run your religion in the above story and you’ll know what you are learning now may not be as important 50 years later as it is today and definitely not a 100 years later. That is also common sense. What we happen to do unknowingly is pass on the same ritual/culture etc. without knowing if it is really needed or if your kids even want it. We’ve come 2000 years ahead in time from where it all started and we still kill and marry based on Religion and Caste. There is no love – There is no God. If its not my culture|if its not my religion|if its not my caste|if its not my ritual – it must be wrong or the other religion is stupid. Religion in India is also the major reason because of which the Dalits are still not appreciated and looked at as backwards. We question and judge people and their upbringing on this basis. India took an additional step during those years which i can write another article of 500 words on – Caste. Seriously? Who gave us the rights to judge a human based on the Religion, Caste, Creed or Color? Guess What? We did. Remember, those years, Regulations, Drive and the hierarchy and then the Chinese Whisper in the family. Its purely up-to us how this needs to be taken ahead. Its not only in our hands but in our minds – to either teach our children the importance of a higher caste vs a lower caste or the importance of humanity and may be even quantum physics. Will it be important to be Lineal or since we have only this one life, it will make more sense to just be human and help.
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