What goes on in your mind every minute of the day? There are people who constantly probe into other’s lives and try to match up to the rest.Then there are people who mask their intuitive train of thought with the hum of a peculiar tune trying not to appear too complicated. Or those extremely talented people who can keep a blank mind and just perceive the world around them. The remainder are people whose category I belong to. The over thinkers. We spend all our time pondering over the vast pool of things one can and sometimes cannot even try “pondering” about. With us, it’s either answering the questions of the universe or figuring out how many breath intakes a song has whilst listening to it.
As I go on with this journey of thought, the one thing that I constantly find myself thinking and trying to understand is (forgive me for the bluntness) God. Lets say this post is just my way of working out my views on him.
You’d have noticed I said him. Well, that’s partly because I dont wanna say it or her/him. It sounds dumb and also because its always been my father who inspired me, got me to do the right thing. He was and is the only person I fear as well as love. So a man, a fatherly figure is what I’ll ever be able to associate God with.
Being a Hindu myself, I’d like to start off with what I know best.
One of the most ancient of religions: Hindusim,is dominant in India and has spread all around the world. Rather than just being a set of rigid beliefs it is a collection of ideals and morals that one has to uphold in life. According to hinduism: the creator is Lord Dharma, the supreme dieties are Shiva, Vishnu and Shakthi. The religious practises involve certain rituals some of which appear mundane and some quite simple….
There are endless facts that I couls go on with but the religion is not what I’m interested in. Not for this blog at least. It’s their perception of God that I’d like to go on about.
The most unique factor about Hinduism is that the religion supports the idea of there being several “dieties” with different specialities.The morals and ideals of Hinduism are explained with the life stories of these Gods, Godesses and their kids. With every life experience comes an untold moral. These dieties are cleverly used as living metaphors for the ideals an induvidual should possess for prosperous living.All the lores and myths revolving around this religion are about doing the right thing even at the hardest of times and not letting emotions cloud judgement.
- In the epic “The Mahabaratha” during the Kurushetra war, the Pandava prince Arjunan feels conflicted about fighting against his cousins and the words of advice from the wise prince Krishna is the famous Bhagavad Gita which is considered to be the holy book of the Hindus. A famous quote from said holy script, “Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.“
Belief is any state that is held to be true. It is how we perceieve the world and there is no such thing as good or bad. There is only an attutide on which we base our belief. We only see what is in us, in others and in the world. By being good you will see and experience all the goodness in the world -This is my understanding of the verse. Ultimately God is portrayd as the driving force that pushes us to be good.
- Another Hindu epic “Ramayana” is a tale of fidelity between family and friends. It speaks of how unity is the greatest strength and keeping ones word is the most important quality of a noble man.
Trust. It’s what life’s all about and so is this epic. What i understand from it is that God or that driving force is the trust you have on the people you love and vice versa. Your capacity is based on how far your loved ones would go to protect and to serve you. And again, by being good and hence being capable of love you can suceed in your life’s goals.
Another popular religion in India would be Christianity. Although the Indian version of Christianity is slightly bent in comparison to the whole catholic idea, it’s got the same morals give or take. I asked a Catholic friend of mine about what exactly they do in Church every Sunday. Of all that i heard, amongst their rituals, one thing caught my attention. Christians have the practise of asking for forgiveness for their sins. It gives room for the idea of second chances and again portraying god as a power of goodness that is to be feared for he watches over our sins. But he is also forgiving and reasonable. Christianity also like Hinduism uses the tale of its God – Jesus to instill its morals in its people.
When you sum it all up God in general is an energy or a force brimming with goodness helping people pursue a life of nobility. He is that perfect induvidual, or role model rather, who everyone wants to be like. Isn’t Superman and every other superhero just a humanized version of god? Perhaps, with a little more commerciality? So like the people in the movie who do the right thing out of fear of getting their asses kicked by Superman we live life the right way out of fear for this force of goodness. So, I guess technically, that means that this force isn’t exactly up above in heaven supervising how fluffly the clouds should be. It’s inside of us. The good in us, the drive to do the right thing inside of our hearts (technically minds) is the God around us.