So… Janmashtami is here, then Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, and so many fests lined up! Okay, what is common in all of them? Fun, Food, and most importantly our “belief.” Today, I don’t want to talk about any important people/things/belongings here. Instead, I want to write about my belief, faith, spirituality, religion, and mainly – GOD! Let’s talk about that powerful energy, on which there are a lot of different thoughts, perceptions, confusions, dilemmas, and debates! People are fighting against each other, for each other – just to prove which GOD is the greatest. SHAME! When we discuss Gods, we are actually discussing us, our existence, and our inner self.
A Happy Realization
Let me tell you what I feel about “my” Lord Krishna. When I was little, I used to doubt; why each and every God is here in India? I mean why they decided to be born here and not anywhere else. There is only one God – Jesus Christ – who exist everywhere and here we have many! (Maybe all of them are trying to save and stop us from fighting on the name of religion? – Just a thought!) Then after a few years, I realized that maybe there is only one God and he resides within us. I know this statement is a cliché but I really want to try to convince you that it is true!
We Have His Existence
Okay, ever wondered why we don’t do any wrong things which may hurt our surroundings? Why we respect our parents? Why we feel bad/angry when we hear about some rape cases around the world? Why we feel devastated when we come to know that our system is not helping our Army to fulfill their needs? Why we don’t cheat our partners? Why we trust our teachers? Why we try to help and protect those people who has HIV or AIDS or some other diseases? Because my friend, we are meant to love and to be loved. We are created like that. We have a clean heart and a pure soul!
When we are in the hospital and we need blood, why don’t we ask that from where that A+ or O- blood came to help us? Why don’t we check its religion? It could be from anyone – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Jain, or from a rich person or poor; from anywhere! Then why this mental sickness when we are physically capable?
Make a Choice
We have heard plenty of times about donations to temples, but have you ever asked yourself; does the God need it or it’s our selfishness as we want something in return? Why can’t we feed a living person then donating crores of rupees just to built a temple? At the time of Shivratri, we offer liters of milk to Lord Shiva, and in our everyday life, we can’t give a single bowl of milk to the homeless child. Is it worth it? Being true to yourself, ask what does God expect from you?
If we are earning black money and donate thousands of rupees/dollars for the religious work; do such donations make sense? If you are unable to make a living person happy, then why to show off once they died? If you are extremely religious about “your” idea of religion and for the sake of ‘protecting’ it, you start torturing people of other religions – mentally, physically, or even emotionally by insulting their dignity/existence, then I think you are not a true believer of God. You don’t understand him and definitely, don’t want to follow his path. God can surely forgive you but can’t be with you.
Understand The Difference
I also believe in ‘Murti puja,’ but I want to be true to myself at the same time! I don’t want to go to the temples because I HAVE TO! I will go whenever I feel that I WANT TO! As per my point of view, there is no compulsion. I think he only expects good Karma, kindness, and sheer love. If you can cultivate these things, have faith in yourself that you have created a God within you. You don’t need to show off, you don’t need to donate money, and even don’t need to do fasting or go to temples. Just listen to your inner voice and stay true to yourself.
Remember one thing always – WE CAN’T CHEAT OUR GOD! (Just like we can’t cheat our self! – Both know the truth and reality.) Have a happy Janmashtami dear friends. This festival, take a resolution to follow the basics – Ek hi Dharm – Insaniyat!