Well it is actually “My” philosophy of religion, but since I feel that it is pretty good, i thought I might as well title this little piece as “The” philosophy……
What is religion to most people of today? Surely most of them would snap back with a “gimme a break!”. Unfortunately today, to most, it means nothing. It is viewed as something which was forced down their throats, since childhood and something which needs to be rebeled against once adulthood is reached.
Fair enough I would say, because ours has always been a far more inquisitive generation when compared to our previous ones. We dont accept or implement anything “just because our parents told us to”. Rather we like to find out why? And today’s generation is ruled by the rationale factor. They have to be told the significance of each and every little thing that is asked out of them. We dont do stuff with the unquestioning obedience of our previous generations.
So did god create man?? On the contrary, I feel, it is the other way round. Man created this concept of god which we know, mostly to suit his convinience. My theory is that in the ancient past, there were either extremely knowledgeable people (EKP) or extremely illitrate and gulliable people(EGP) (no inbetweens like me and you). So whenever the EKP wanted the EGP to do some stuff, the wouldnt do, they used this as a tool to scare them and make them believe in it. For example, if the EKP would tell the EGP that fire is dangerous, it may burn you, the EKP may not understand this. But to use an imaginary figure, which is all encompassing and larger than life, was more appealing to the EGP and they would do it. I believe this is how the concept of GOD was born.
Man created god in his own image. The images of god that we see have face, arms,legs and physical features just like us. Now just to add that factor of larger than life, maybe we imagine gods having multiple sets of arms, always muscular and so on and so forth.
I strongly propogate the idea that there is a supreme power above us all, which is a nameless, faceless and identitiyless being. It is this force which governs our everyday life. And the concept of god is a convinience medium only. Just to increase the degree of relatability with that force.
The aspect that I have never appreciated about religion in general is this attempt to instil a “fear” of god. Hey hello! I like to see god as my best friend first. I and I dont have any fear of my friends. I feel that as long as I dont feel comfortable with god at this level, I would always live in “fear”. Which actually defeats the purpose religion as a tool to peace of mind.
I do pray in a temple, not because of a fear, but because I perceive it as a medium of communication with the power above. And believe me I have felt it. Ofcourse it doesn’t feel like a strike of lightning or some such movie like pyrotechnics. But inside you, you feel you have connected. And this realization, I believe is the true motive behind any religion. Being a stubborn atheist in the past, I have transformed into a believer only due to quite a few such instances of connection! Those instances have instilled a faith in me that there is some positive energy force which looks over me. And whenever I want I can speak with it. And fight with it and argue with it. And on a bad day, scream at it, “hey why the hell are you screwing me?”. stuff like that.
So you ask whats the point?
The point is that do whatever you do in the name of religion, do so only when you feel it is worthwhile. If any point of time while practicing a ritual, you feel, “hey what the heck is this all about? Why am i doing this?”, dont do it. As simple as that. And no – god will not punish you by pricking a needle in your eye, as you might have been terrorized when you were a little kid :-).
Whenever the time comes, the force will reveal itself. And you will connect. And that point forward, you will keep the faith.