How Religious Are You?

If anyone were to ask me how religious am I, I would say- I am not religious enough, that I don’t follow it to the core.

And then they play this song ‘Namo Namo ji Shankara’ and you see me grooving along with complete faith and devotion 😉 Although I just said I am not much into any religion but my actions say otherwise.

What we’re really saying when we say we are not religious enough-
(pun intended)

  • That I don’t know if I am religious or not.
  • I think I am not, but I love the God that I was introduced to more than the ones that I am alien to.
  • I am not aware of the soft spot for my religion. So don’t finger it.
  • I am not like my parents-I don’t advocate my faith but you don’t dare say, your God is the only God.
  • I am not religious enough to go on a killing spree in the name of religion but again don’t tell me, my God doesn’t exist.
  • I don’t have religion on my priority list. But don’t say anything stupid about my religion, you might end up being on my list.

So, that’s what our head is saying when we think we are not that religious. If someone corners me and puts my faith down, can I still walk past that without getting affected? Not always.

Then again, I am not religious. Why am I getting affected?

Perhaps the problem is in assuming that we know ourselves too well. Do we? Don’t our thoughts and actions surprise us?

Today, if I see my faith painted on a doormat, it irks me. But what should ring an alarm in my head is when I don’t feel the same when I see other religious figurines on a doormat.

We do terrible things in the name of God and religion. And who does these things? People like us.

  • People like us who are unaware of our religious conditioning.
  • People like us, sceptics, theists & atheists, are only brainwashed into thinking that no faith or one faith is superior or different from others.

Breaking religious conditioning or being Cynical are good places to start but that road should lead us somewhere.
What If we do not Evolve? We will continue being the question mark.

Jeez! Frightening, I meant…

So, the next time we size up our religious quotient, we should keep in mind that we are equally conditioned and ignorant like others. That will help us ignore the religious triggers coming our way else we become dangerous to our own species.

If we get too sensitive or do not articulate our beliefs well then we will go extinct fighting for our religion.

Mind Travel From The Martians To The Real ME

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I stumbled upon an old article in DC about Indians travelling to Mars. Was swirled while reading this article which had few of the Indian Martians photographed. It talked about those Indians who might be the first to step up on Mars. Their beliefs, fears, love for adventure, enthusiasm being the first bunch to the planet.

Few questions rose in my mind after reading the article.

  1. Are we aimlessly walking?
  2. What is the goal that we are trying to achieve? Is it to do good for: the society, our family, our human race, our self?
  3. While humans reinvent new goals upon reaching old ones. Where are we going to stop?
  4. Do we really know what we want?
  5. Can we take the ‘want’ that we achieve here with us while we leave this world?
  6. Can going to Mars solve our problems: Our Earth, the scanty resources, the human race?
  7. Why haven’t we understood and not found an answer to appease our minds about worry?
  8. Why are we happy about being a pendulum, rocking from happiness to sadness?
  9. Are we even exploring in the right direction?
  10. Is development limited to materialistic or to be extended to mentalistic levels?
  11. Do we not notice our minds contradicting its statements all the time? They call it a one side journey. Will they regret taking this decision to Mars?
  12. Are we not reinventing ourselves every day?
  13. Is that reinventing happening out of introspection?
  14. Do they still not carry the same minds to Mars? Does that mean destruction for Mars too?
  15. Is abandoning and adapting the only meaning of life? Are we not abandoning our planet which has served us all through?
  16. What might have been running in the head of a project manager with a year old baby deciding to take on to a journey and never to be back?

My questions are not to put down those brave Martians but to question the capacity of our minds to take such a decision. The Mind which perceives the world on the basis of beliefs and experiences and eaches reflection of the Truth is different from another.

If we have a clear mind, maybe we would not repeat the same mistakes that we did to this planet in the name of development.

Have you heard of any prisoners who want to go back to jail after their release. They will be on the search to commit another crime. We just don’t understand such folk’s, right. How are we different?  We also go from one body to another with no learning…one prison to another isn’t it? Never willing to liberate our ‘SELF’.