When people are going through tough times they need faith. Faith will help them sail through. Now, whether this faith is in God or is self-belief it doesn’t matter. To be a believer mean not to have given up. The surrender that a believer does is of his self doubt. The fear and insecurities are given up and this can be both as a result of his own confidence or making God the master of his destiny. This trust in God or self further strengthen the belief of a believer.
To believe in itself is irrational, yet we do it. It takes away our burden. It is a wonderful distraction that eases things for us. Before bringing in mind and arguing which religion is true. It is important to accept faith in itself is irrational. So all religions are equally false. But, the merit it has for people are enormous.
To delve into the philosophy of respective faith is different. To be a believer doesn’t have much to do with the supreme truth expounded by religions. Every believer has an object of faith which is different for different people, but in reality it’s just a name. To believe is important. An atheist is a believer, if he has faith in himself even if he rejects God.
To call other religious beliefs as false is a very terrible thing. In this age where we see people with little faith, we should appreciate believers rather than get into madness by calling other religions wrong.
Mir ke deen-o-mazhab ka, poonchte kya ho unne to, kashka khaincha dair mein baitha kab ka tark Islam kiya.
Why do you ask about Mir’s faith or belief. Wears a Tilak, sits in the temple having abandoned Islam long ago.
– Mir Taqi Mir
Rituals are to discipline the practitioners. They are also making the believer reflect on the qualities of the observed or be like it. It is to make the observer concentrate on the act and develop thorough awareness about it. It is the necessary first step for most of the people. It teaches control and discretion. It develops the necessary faculties to develop further spiritually. It strengthens the belief of the follower and makes him more confident. Rituals can also be because of social requirement, and to balance things externally and internally for the practitioner.
But, if you are not aware of the purpose of undergoing it, it leads to various corruption. It becomes a way to compensate for the lack of morality. A superficial conduct at times to impress others and may be at the same time to delude oneself. It can simultaneously boost the ego and make one feel guilty, without providing a relief.
Ritual like any discipline is for a purpose. If you are aware, it will help you move to another level. Once you graduate from a class your foundation in the subject is made then you read newer stuff. Discipline too is similar. It will help you learn and overcome shortcomings. It is not the purpose in itself. It is the means to reach the purpose. And, at places where it is both, awareness is necessary so there remains no difference between means and objective.
Ik dui hoi to unhe samjhaun,
Main kehi samjhaun sab jag andha.
If there were one or two I could have explained,
Whom should I explain when the whole world is blind.
When you are travelling and you don’t want to continue.
Gori sowe sej par,
Mukh par dale kesh.
Chal khusrau ghar aapne,
Saanjh bhai sab desh.
The beauty sleeps with black tresses scattered on her face.
It’s time to head home, for darkness shrouds the Earth.
– Amir Khusrau
When Bhagwan Ram left for forest many people followed him. They could not bear the pain of separation from their beloved prince. On reaching a spot, Ram consoled them and asked all men and women to go back to their homes. Many years passed by before Ram could return. On his return, at the spot where he had bid farewell to his people, he found a community living. Ram was told since you asked all men and women to leave and didn’t address us we stayed waiting for you to return. These were the ‘Others’, those who identified neither as men nor as women. Ram acknowledged their devotion and also the desire to be identified and accepted. He blessed them to rule the earth in kaliyug, which many believe is the age we live in.
For past few centuries the ‘Others’ was taken for eunuchs only. British laws during colonial era banned many people who in their view were not the right kind. Recently the Supreme Court of India has decriminalized homosexuality, doing away with 160 year old British law which was still followed. Many have called it a progressive step and the right thing to do. I call it the Indian thing to do, the blessing of Ram should be taken as the promise to withhold. The desire to be acknowledged is innate in human beings. If we criminalize how people identify themselves without bothering others, it will be unnatural.
Ja par kripa Ram ki hoi, ta par kripa kare sab koi.
The one who is blessed by Ram is to be blessed by everyone.
Unlike western idea of nationhood, Indian nationalism is not defined exclusively. There is no one particular group that can lay a claim on the land. Our nationalism is based on plurality. We are of many types, yet we live together. Article 1 of Indian constitution starts with ‘India, that is Bharat shall be a Union of States’. The name for India in Indian languages is ‘Bharat’. It is a name associated with various legendary kings of the land. The name literally means – ender of ignorance or devourer of darkness. ‘Bha’ is the word root for separation or distancing whereas ‘rat’ from Rati means darkness or ignorance. Indians who call themselves as Bhartiya are in reality calling themselves as the brave ones, who are destined to overcome darkness and confidently ride the time towards future. With this definition regardless of the country, a person who is committed to this path is a Bhartiya.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high.
Where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments,
By narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth.
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way.
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee.
Into every widening thought and action,
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
– Rabindranath Tagore
It’s time to travel again. Sitting at the departure gate, I wonder what this trip holds for me. Whatever it will be I just pray it goes well.
Prabasi nagar kije sab kaja, hriday raakhi kaushalpur Raja.
Keeping Ram in the heart I roam and it is by his grace that I do what is to be done.
I have changed the name of the blog from ‘mercurialwarrior’ to “satyavratved”. I don’t have a good reason for anonymity in the first place other than my own reluctance.
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