Spirituality: Religion-What Does it Mean to You?
I have been busy over the last one month with family. And my writing had taken a back-seat. I’m not complaining because family is a blessing. Yet, writing to me is now akin to breathing and when I haven’t penned down my thoughts, there is a void within me that can only be filled by being away from the world, in my own little world, typing away. Does that make me an author or a poet? I don’t know. A recluse or a hardened introvert maybe. But during this one month, when the prompt ‘Spirituality’ was given, I just had to write. Its one of those topics that I have a strong opinion on. I’m not generally highly opinionated. I’m kind of accepting of most things and believe in listening to both sides. But when it comes to religion, I find it strange that people believe so strongly in a particular religion or a particular God that it makes them unaccepting of other faiths, so much so that their faith makes them intolerant and violent. Isn’t peace and love what every faith preaches? Then how does it matter whether what one follows?
We lay awake on the bed, giggling and chatting,
Of college days, girls’ hostel, love, the families fighting,
And then she started crying, her tears flowed slowly,
“I committed a sin. I wish my children were Christian.”
“But you have a wonderful marriage. It was your decision,”
Said I, startled by the sudden confession,
And saddened by my dearest friend’s heart-breaking revelation…
Does it really matter?
Whether one visits the temple or the Sunday school Chapter,
Sings God’s praises as an English hymn or a Sanskrit bhajan,
Studies the Gita, the Adi Granth, the Bible or the Quran,
And continues to deceive, steal, oppress and slaughter?
Then does it really matter?
When every man is up in arms, in the name of God,
And not ashamed to hurt or kill and then praise the Lord
Then neither blind faith or worship enough to save our soul
But spirituality shall be a savior, for the world as a whole…
So teach the children to be honest, to not hurt another,
To not choose wrong over right to go any further,
And that one God exists and He resides within,
And that lying, cheating, hurting is the only unforgivable sin!
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