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Friday, August 04, 2006

Divinity defined

Whenever a big hoopla is made about the many religious festivals celebrated here, I get very, very irritated. Cacophony, pollution and glaring lights… this is apparently the best way to celebrate some momentous occasion of whatever god it is that you believe in!! I mean, if this is devout religiousness, why!?? It is so highly commercialized that it’s disturbing! See, as for myself I am not religious in the accepted sense of the word. I don’t believe in the specific gods whose belief is propagated, who preside over us as described in scripture. That is a myth, proliferated merely to satisfy mans inborn need to worship a higher power, to adulate and surrender. I understand that it’s all a question having faith and celebrating it, but my relentless over-practicality in such matters leads me to question- how would people on earth know that the gods came from Heaven and did such and such? Now I have nothing against this… to each his own, but it would make more sense to me to worship something like the sun, the stars, nature!!! These are real entities; great, massive, powerful… This sounds extremely pagan, but it’s so simple, yet maintaining that sense of purity of true worship! We think we have progressed, these powerful gods we create, the rituals, the rules… but we have screwed it up.. made it a protocol. We have gone backwards. The end yields a simple solution and we have obviously not attained that. Today it is organized religion, just another (quite lucrative) industry…

I’m not overly religious. Let’s say I’m in two minds about that… I don’t really believe in “God”, but at the same time I can’t be called an atheist.. one could maybe say I’m almost, but not quite entirely unlike an agnostic. I do believe that there is a higher power than all of us, who planned everything. This is mainly because, as a biology student, when I studied the various body processes, it simply amazed me the way everything fit together so perfectly. Hormones and nerves, kidneys and bones, such vague sounding combinations yet intertwined in a manner simply unbelievable. Everything works together so impeccably and every little detail is so meticulously taken care of that I thought- “This couldn’t have just happened on its own…” So there must be some governing force in our life.. there has to be..

Somewhere along the same lines, as for destiny, sometimes I like to think that I’m way too practical to believe in it.., like how can our paths be predetermined?? One HAS to work to get ahead in life and accomplish anything. Yet I hold that if things are meant to happen, they will… SOME sort of Karma exists in this world of ours, or atleast should... Work is inevitable- we must strive- and if the efforts are in the right direction, we’ll somehow get there.

So I guess I’m kind of a mix-and-match, inadvertently contradicting myself as I so often do.. Well… Now that I’ve jumbled up my words thoroughly, I’m signing off or else I’m destined never to stop!!:)

20 comments:

sun4none said...

guess i agree with ur views here most of the time.. guess most of these are similar 2 what i was "trying" to quote but wasn't able to in my so-called battle with the catch22 bozo.. just rushed thru ths rt now.. will come back 4 arguements later.. will like 2 "elucidate" my views too :P

raghu said...

haha...div evry1s confused abou god... dats da whole fun!
but u post is crystal clear potrayal ofa confused mind...twas nice readin it...lol
actually belive in god is bettr dan not belivein in him/her(i really dont understan y v say him more often dan her... may b cos of christ)
haan.. toh... gods really wat v need... n it kinda givs us hope na
chal sleeeeepy nw

mandork said...

sacrilege!!!
Blasphemy!!!
you are sooo going to "hell"...hope you know that!!!

Divya said...

@raghu- thank you thank you:D

@mandork- Can you believe what happened!? An atheist told me i'm going to hell!!! I'm still howling! :P

mandork said...

Yer slow at getting things, aren't you???

Divya said...

Ahem... could you show me how that comment was warranted..??

raghu said...

nice 2 c my blog on ur blogs i read list!

sun4none said...

wherez mine? wherez mine? kitna bhav dun be?? :P

sun4none said...

dude.. check out
http://aashraya.blogspot.com/

in this check out mahabharata stuff... its awesme man.. gawd.. just tooo funny! i dont recall if i;d mailed u ths link during my orkut days

sun4none said...

arey!!!! garbled thoughts finally in! merci madam! merci beaucoup! after soooooooooo much pleading.. it finally makes it! wohoooo! :P

Divya said...

Indeed.. be honoured, mon ami...:D

sun4none said...

hehe

forgetful functor said...

God is a fact that no science can deny.However science is in too nascent stage to prove this fact.

Very good artical.Keep blogging!!

iTs ME...?! said...

well i cannot comment anything concrete... for i am as confused bout the idea as u soud...

but most o it was kind o lateral to mine... it was defenitely well drafted... nice tht u could state ur thoughts so plainly... in the sense without delving into intricacies.

Anonymous said...

very good artcle Divya. Keep writing and your style is superb

Fully agree with your views on cacophony and over hype associated with religious festivals. Now that Ganpati festivities just got over yesterday, slight sanity seems to be returning to the lives of Mumbaikars

All these may have been relevant at some point of time, but with changing times and problems associated, it needs to be questioned whether all this needs to be continued. Whereas there is not an iota of religiousness, it has got reduced to a farce and which puts laymen to a lot of difficulties

Religion is at best to be practiced within the four walls of home

Adhirath said...

ok!!..i knew what u were gonna write but wud write it so clearly i never cud ve guessed..nicely put up..perfectly depicts how confused u r(we toh knw tht)..but yat again,an immense clarity of thought which just appeals!!..as for my views..u knw me..i think tht commercialisation is an aspect of humanity now..its smthng which has crept in at every level..i mean cmon, like religion is the only thing thats exploited..they can exploit anything that involves a human entity..so i dnt think religion cud have been any exception..even if we were pagans, the sun, the moon wud have been commercialised..so no point in thinking that it wud help..secondly,i believe in the beauty of religion, its just how one luks at it..the very idea of the cosmological balance is that every thing must have both aspects..even religion..so yet again karma comes into play, its aboujt what ou pick, what u choose!!..u choose to not believe in religion becoz of the fakeness, i choose to blv not in any god, but in humanity, in the human faith..coz i think thats the strongest!!

Divya said...

"Its about what ou pick, what u choose!!"
Absolutely!!
I choose not to believe in religion because of the fakeness, as you put it, but also because I don't seem to see within me the need to profess it... the need to submit to a higher power though i do believe in one sometimes.. and well put.. never pin-pointed this but humanity is what i believe in too.. but only very very selectively since I do happen to be a fantastic pessimist when it comes to people as well..
Hehehe and ya ur right.. perhaps the sun and moon wud have been expoited as well.. Oh ur a nice commentor!

Divya said...

Well now this is nice... i was reading about Richard Feynman.. one helluva guy... it says in one chapter tht he wanted to learn how to draw.. the reason?

"I wanted to convey an emotion I have about the beauty of the world. It's difficult to describe because it's an emotion. it's analogous to the feeling one has in religion that has to do with a god that controls everything in the whole universe: there's a generality aspect that you feel when you think about how things are so different and behave so differently are all run 'behind the scenes' by the same organisation, the same physical laws. it's an appreciation of he mathematical beauty of nature, of how she works inside; a realisation that the phenomena we see result from the complexity of the inner workings between atoms; a feeling of how dramatic and wonderful it is. It's a feeling of awe-of scientific awe- which I felt could be communicated through a drawing to someone who also had this emotion. It could remind him, for a moment, of this feeling about the glories of the universe."

So so so well put....

Exigo animus said...

bloooody heck tu bhi feynman!
:D
welcome 2 the enchantin world!
hmn.. ya read some cosmic physics ya.. its interestin.. really.. n raed more feynman ven u get the time.. hes written a lotttt.. n almost evrything is extremely interestin.. so ya
neway.. raed chinoys aticle abou god.. its a nice one
apna aftrthots ka member.. :D
its on his blog.. n its a very good one..
its nothingness dat defines god bettr dan anything else.. i wish i cud xplain ita s vel.. but ill raed more n then try!
:S

Deepak Gopalakrishnan said...

I always thought the same way. Especially the explanation using the human body processes.

Very nicely written. Hard to believe that a 17 year old was able to elucidate it so well.