God, Religions and my thoughts. Part – V

[This is a post in a long series of posts on the same topic, the ones which can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV. It would be wise to read these earlier posts before reading this one so that you may get an idea of the context of this post, I know it’s a lot of reading :), but I would recommend you give it a shot, one-article-a-day, maybe.]

Now let’s move on to the preachers of religions, the teachers who interpret the religious texts for us ‘the lay and common men’. This is a very important aspect of what is understood about the religion, for this is what the masses follow and adapt to, this is what is taught to the younglings of a religious family. For example, you read the Bible, you would get thoughts like I wrote about in my previous posts; but if you ask a priest about them, he would have a radically different interpretation of the same lines which I talk about. ‘Reading between the lines’ is a big problem here. It was like, God wasn’t happy with the other challenges he bestowed upon us, viz. getting detached from this world, overcoming physical and sensory pleasures, etc. that he decided to test us even further and write a really complicated and ‘encoded’ book which was to be analyzed, read a zillion times, with meanings ranging from simple literal interpretations to mind-boggling in depth analysis of the books with ideas so different from the literal meanings that it would make you wonder!

(At this junction, I wish to point to a future article, I am to write on the inner significance of Ramayana, a pro-religion post, soon)

And to top it all, the disciples of the religion, the followers, end up even manipulating the doctrines by the preachers in a much more convoluted way to suit their needs. I shall prove this with examples.

In Hindu tradition, people have a tendency to ‘fast’, this is a token of penance that people undertake to please the Lord. The western world, has found a lot of advantages of this practice to fast and not eat any solid food for the whole day. This leads to detoxification of body and helps clean the digestive system for a change. But the reason people do this in India, is to ‘undergo some trivial suffering’ to please the Lord. Now how has this practice changed, from the original method practiced by the saints of not consuming any food for years, this has changed to people avoiding food for a day, with certain limitations, they can eat potatoes, they can eat fruits, some specific cereals and what not. They cannot eat onions, salt, garlic and staple food. What the hell is this? Does God have some grudge against onions? Was God not the creator of onions or does he have a preference for potatoes that are ‘permitted’ during fasting?

People walk barefoot to a temple some kilometers away to ‘impress’ the Lord and convey their devotion to the ‘all-knowing’ Lord, does not the ‘all-knowing’ title grant him the knowledge of your devotion? Or does he enjoy watching you undergo pain and suffering to please him? I mean is it not kind of sick to some level? Which father would want their children to suffer so he would shower his love of them? And this is just a tip of the iceberg, the sufferings that men endure to please the Lord are endless, ranging from a comfortable fast, to whiplashing oneself, and ‘God-knows’ what not.

I fail to understand in which world or in which way does this make any sense. Would not the God be happier if man lived his life happily and enjoyed every moment of it? Would he not be happier if man treated others with love and respect rather than chant his name all day long for years? Would he rather ‘give’ Moksha to one who spends his life in a simple and serene way rather than the one who wears explosives and blows up other people who do not believe in ‘His’ Lord?

I fail to see the logic behind the religions, their teachings and their disciples. Furthermore, I fail to understand what the world sees in these religions and holy texts and scriptures. I fail to understand the lack of logic and rationality. But then again, I am just a simple man, with a simple mind, in-capable to understand the divine ways, or so they would have me believe. 😉

[This is my last post on this topic, you have seen my wrath; so now I put it back in its dungeon and return to the pro spiritual posts as usual. ;)]

Tot Kijk

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God, Religion and my thoughts. Part IV

[This is the further continuation of my earlier posts, Part I, Part II and Part III. You may want to have a look at them before you go on to read this, to get the context of what I say. Also, I know, I have been blabbering on this topic for long now, but this comes after a lot of ‘pro-religious’ posts present all over my blog. :)]

God loves us, he created us so that we may live and thrive and enjoy the bounties of nature. That was his thoughts when he created man and this world. Now he seems to have a change of heart and really wants man to give up everything that there is in this world and come back to him, to merge into him.

From the beginning of time (‘Biblical-time’), man has worked towards attaining comforts and treasures. Tales of which are ample in the Bible, it is also very prevalent in the Bible, that the Lord has promised more ‘material’ gifts to man for his devotion to God. It is common in the Bible, for eg. That God says to man, ‘I shall make you the king of this land and the lands around, you shall rule the people, the livestock, the cattle, the plants, all shall be yours for eons to come’, when he was pleased with what that man did.

I mean, I have 2 thoughts; One: was this not an act of strengthening, if not inculcating, the value man held to material things and comforts for life? Two: God promised that man, one specific man, to make him the ruler and king of the land and lands around for eons to come, what about the other men, women and  children that lived in the same land (town, city, village or settlement)? What was the wrong they did for not being offered such a reward? Were they born to be ruled upon? Is this equality?

Okay, so coming back to the topic of ‘realizing’ the ‘true’ ‘temporary’ nature of this world around us, God, or rather the spiritual leaders and religions say, ‘everything here is not ours and not to stay forever, the only truth is that we are to merge into the Lord, so we need to give up all the attachment to this world, its physical pleasures, and sensory cravings’.

This is like, taking a kid to an ice-cream shop and telling him to eat his heart full of whatever he wants, and the kid thinks, let’s sample the simple flavors like vanilla and strawberry first before we move onto the delicious ones like mint-chocolate, nutty-mango-peach, frosted-choco-chips-in blueberry, etc. and as soon as he has a few licks of just the vanilla, the Lord says, ‘Enough! You evil boy, you have let your senses run astray and take over your body. You have become a slave to your desires and worldly senses. You have become attached to this temporary world which gives only temporary happiness. You are a fool to run behind ice-cream when I can offer so much more. Come back, now you have to stop all this nonsense and start meditating sitting in the ice-cream shop, so that you may overcome the desires of your uncontrolled mind. Your mind is the source of all evil, you have to control it and tune it towards me so that I may take you back. Or else, you are bound to suffer through life after life in this world, while I stand here at the door waiting for your return.’

How cool is that? If you did not want the boy to eat the ice-cream, why’d you take him to the store? Next, since you are the Lord, why’d you create the ice-cream store when you knew, that the boy would fall prey to its wondrous and tantalizing taste? Third, why’d you give the boy taste-buds which relish sweet, if you did not want him to relish anything from this world? Fourth, why’d you make him a boy, so that he would run after ice-cream. Fifth, how can you being the father of the boy, not find happiness in his happiness (which he derives from ice-cream)?

This example is just a simple one to point out certain aspects of religion. It sure looks like, God created man not to share his love with man, but rather to make him go through a tough-as-hell obstacle course before he would take him back.

Sensual pleasures are the devil’s playground, the most heinous and evil things man can engage in. Man is to remain chaste and is not to engage in ‘sexual acts’.

A lot of religions say this, look at the monks of Buddhism, the priests of Christianity or the gurus and preachers of Hinduism, a very important requisite, if not the first, is that the follower, the disciple on the spiritual path be chaste and abstinent. I have no idea where this comes from; where does it say in the Bible, ‘Thou shalt not copulate’? I find this whole idea stupid, I mean, the first few sentences of the Bible say, that man created Eve so that together Adam and Eve could populate the world and now he says that we shouldn’t have sex, or did he mean Adam and Eve were to populate the world by kissing all day and night? In Hinduism, almost all of the million-or-so Gods, have consorts; female companions which are ‘married’ to the God, and are Goddesses themselves. The Lord can do it, but he doesn’t want us to do it, quite hypocritical of him, wouldn’t you say? If not indulging in sensual pleasures was what God desired for man, why’d he make the sexes separate and did not create humans as hermaphrodites? Why did we have to undergo ‘sexual-reproduction’? I am crossing all lines while I say, if he really didn’t want us to do ‘it’, why’d he make ‘it’ so much fun? Heard about the millions of nerve endings we have in our penises and vaginas? How about the erogenous zones, talking about the Lord creating man, why’d he create the erogenous zones in the first place?

The point of the Gods being married also point out the simple and obvious, ‘created-by-man’ aspect of these spiritual tales.

If you look around, and you look at religious history of the world, you shall see ample evidence of the fact that what is good is tough, hard, painful, un-enjoyable, difficult, and pleasing to the Lord. Look at the sages and saints of earlier times, they practiced penance in the shivering colds of the Himalayas (Hinduism) for ‘Hundreds of years’, subjecting their bodies to the harsh and freezing winds of the mountains, standing on one leg, without any rest, food or water; to please the Lord. Wow, imagine, if you stand on one leg for 20 minutes, you would realize how painful it is to stand on one leg for some time. Now imagine 100 years, okay that’s impractical, but that’s what the stories say. And to add to the misery, no food, no water, and no rest. Just stand there, almost naked; for a long, long time, and why? So that the Lord, our father would take us back.

Anything which is tasty is bad for health, anything, I mean everything! Barely would you find a couple of things that your taste buds would enjoy as would your health. And this rule is not limited to the man made things, look at fruits, the optimal diet of fruits, what about the people with diabetes? And you say it is a man-made disease, well, didn’t the ‘all-knowing’ Lord see it coming? Why is it that the sweetness of sugar lasts in your mouth for a few moments while the burn of spice or bitterness last for minutes? Why is it that a kiss is so short-lived and a pinch or a slap hurts for minutes if not hours? Why is it that everything pleasurable is temporary and everything we would not want to experience long-lasting?

I can go on and on, but you get the gist.

Zbogom

God, Religions and my thoughts. Part III

This is the continuation to my earlier posts on the same subject, which can be found here: Part I and Part II.

According to the ‘law’ of Karma, the cycle of birth and death continues till man reaches realization after which he is given moksha from this cycle and merges back with the Lord.

I find a lot of problems with this ‘Law’.

First, it is said in the law of Karma, ‘The punishment for the sins of man in one life shall come back to him. He cannot escape the punishment. His sins and good karmas, are weighed at his death and he suffers for his sins in the next life’.

Sounds somewhat like Newton’s third law of motion doesn’t it? 🙂 [Wonder if Newton made his law after listening to this, or was it the other way around?]

Okay on a serious note, so a man did something bad. He lived the rest of his life. He died and then he was reborn as somebody else and has to suffer. Consider the scenario: a person ‘ABC’ killed another man, or let’s say for the sake of dramatization, picked up a machine gun and slaughtered 200 men and got away with it. He was never convicted. He lived his life as he wanted to, and died of old age. He meets the Lord at the gates of Heaven, the Lord says, ‘Oh! You killed 200 men, very bad’. Now, he is born as ‘XYZ’, a pious and simple man, who works at a bank. He lives a simple life and has worked at the bank for 20 years, and one fine day is hit by a car while crossing a road. He survives, is paralyzed waist down for the rest of his life. Now people would say that the man XYZ, is suffering for the sins of his past lives; and XYZ being unable to do anything about it, has to live in the consolation, that his past sins are at least redeemed by this immense suffering he is undergoing. What sense does this make? ABC killed people. And XYZ suffers on his account; XYZ does not even know his mistake (of the past life), or why is he being made to suffer.

Looking at this rationally, suffering is brought upon man to make one repent for his crimes (at least that’s how we humans figured it out and designed our justice systems), to make one realize that what he did was wrong and that he not repeat the same acts/crimes. Now XYZ does not even know what his fault was, or why he is being made to suffer. Is this Justice?

Now, some more thought into this; isn’t it easier to explain what happened to XYZ was due to him being a nutcase and not looking both sides while crossing the road?

Or even more thinking, if he was hit by a car and paralyzed for life, if it not a heinous act by the retarded driver of the car who hit him? That driver put XYZ through so much misery, probably 20 years more of paralysis and unthinkable agony and pain? So what would be his fate? Now the driver did a heinous act (instrument of God’s Law of Karma) by hitting and crippling XYZ, that he has to suffer in his next life. And from the just system that Karma is, the driver would be hit by some vehicle or some other cause and made to suffer just like he made XYZ suffer. See a self-sustaining cycle?

Law of Karma also states, ‘Your present is the effect of your past. You did a good thing and you live a happy life; you did something bad and you shall suffer’

Now, since our present is the result of our past acts, and our present acts define our future; does it not imply that our future is directly based on our past? What role do we play? It’s as if what we do does not matter because the first time we were born (the very first time), what we did then defines how all our subsequent births would be. Without any input from us!

I mean, if we have to suffer due to our past sins, we suffer doing good things all our life; and if we are evil, we are so because we get away with it. Think about this, a child when he steals something, if caught and severely punished, would think at least twice before stealing again. He would be reminded of the consequence of stealing that he had to face the last time when he stole. However, if he is let go, with no consequence, he would think, ‘Oh this is fun! I got what I wanted and without any effort. I wanted candy, I did not have to do my homework and wait for mom to give it to me, I just took it.’ So a man, who commits evil, and gets away with it once, would do it again, and again, and again. Thus piling up his sins, and would then have to suffer endlessly in his next life. Which would make him humble and simple, which would get him goody points for his life after that; and if he commits a sin in his next life, he gets away with it on account of his ‘goody-points’ from his past life. Is this not a flawed way to deal with the ‘sins’ issue?

Now one may think, why is the law so defined? I offer a simple explanation.

All religion is so defined so as to suppress any questions that may arise.

This is necessary to avoid and contain the loopholes which exist in such ‘laws’.

[Why do the loop-holes exist? Because man designed the laws, you don’t expect the All-knowing father to leave loopholes in his sermons and ‘laws’ to mankind; do you?]

It is necessary for one to suffer in the next life, because; if a good main breaks his leg, and questions God (or His preachers) so as to why is he made to suffer when he never did anything wrong, they have a simple answer, your past life. There is no second question!

If the suffering of a nice man is severe, he is given the added bonus of words like ‘Do not worry, this is your exam which the lord is taking, you shall pass through this unscathed and your soul shall return to the lord’, ‘this is your last test, after which you shall return to the lord’, ‘the lord is testing you, for once you pass this final test, you shall be deemed fit to return to the King’, etc. and the man is so blinded in all this, that even when he is dying, he has the name of the lord on his lips. Such is the success of the plot of religions.

Not only has religion made man to believe that there is an ever watchful lord, who is present everywhere and who watches not only everything you do, but also everything you THINK; It has also established itself so stupendously and firmly into the world, that even when the purest of men die, they think of only the sins they committed in their lives and seek forgiveness from the Lord. No joy of living a full life, no peace of dying, nothing, just more guilt.

[I have worked on and elaborated the advantages of this ‘system’ (rather than religion), as I like to call it,  too, I am not all Evil 🙂 ; you can find some thoughts on why this works and why it was important for this ‘system’ to exist in the first place here.]

Adeu

Next part of this ‘long’ thought chain to come up in two days. 🙂