Religion- The origin of all religions of the world can be traced back to the quest of two things- first a drive to understand the nature of all that is and is becoming in the world; and second to bring about a state of equilibrium, a negotiable equity, a peaceful agreement with the forces of the supernatural. Time and again, man has come up with variegated ideas and ideals to justify his discerning of the Omnipotent, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient, the Alpha and Omega, the Supreme Being, the Mover of all things. He has similarly given different names to that absolute power- El, YHWH, God, Ishvara, Allah, Ek onkar among many more. But has this quest succeeded in achieving that amicable consciousness, that irenic goal, that state of harmony between Man and God? Man seems to have misconstrued the great teachings and ideals of religion and appears to have set himself on a path of self-destruction in the name of it. The Bible urges men to “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”  but men do not obey. The Bhagavad-Gita questions the existence of any happiness without peace  yet men try to achieve happiness through force and violence. All faiths and religions teach and preach the same ideals of peace but men don’t follow them. At times grave and saturnine such as now, when we as a generation have succumbed ourselves to the altar of negativity, pessimism and animosity, religion itself is not going to take us to this goal of ours. When we have toyed with the word of God, moulding and shaping it according to our need and greed, it cannot be expected that something we have changed so much can in turn change us for the better. Man will have to change without the help of religion; he will have to change in spite of religion. Religion sure is a pillar we can use to stand up if we are fallen but we will have to move without it. Teachings sure help, but salvation lies within.


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