[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. ;)]