Anyone who stayed in Mumbai long enough has those friends who stand in the lines at Lalbaughcha Raja for 40 and 50 hours to touch the Ganpati idol’s feet. So do I. What dedication, I must say. But, I wish they had been smarter about it and become a celebrity first instead. Because, no matter how many commoners have been standing in the line for how many hours, if a celeb decided to get religious, the entire line get’s halted for half an hour or an hour at least. and these are the people who have been standing in the line for a day at least, with hardly any food, water, or visits to the washroom.
But of course, they are stupid! They should realize that God is also a fan of celebrities and prefers them over normal people. Because if not, why this preferential treatment? Because the celeb’s time is more valuable than the common man’s, did you say? Oh please, I’d rather Bipasha Basu stood in the line, than make Raaz 3. Who are we kidding? Only the so called ghost who got to touch her boobs was interested in the movie. All of us could have done without it’s posters scarring our eyes at each traffic signal.
So, ok, maybe we exclude the Filmy folks. Are there still people, say, like politicians, who should be given preferences as they have work to look after, and the important work of running the Government? I don’t think I agree. Just as much as the country needs them, families need their breadearners, who miss a productive day or two of works, thanks to all this mismanagement.
If you aren’t being made to hold your pee in a line, you are squashed to death in a stampede. Yes, I’m talking of the amarnath yatra. For a country where believing in God has such dire consequences, by God, we do have a *lot* of religious people, don’t we?
Forget believing in God, even being a woman has dire consequences. An ordinarily safe road becomes dangerous at night if a ganpati pandal has been put up nearby, thanks to all the drunk bhakts doing the rounds.
A woman can’t even safely walk in the lane she lives at. Unless of course, she is a celeb. Then, God is in full support.
I am a theist. I do believe in God. Sometimes people tend to ask me, how can I, despite studying Psychology? Because, according to psy, seeing and talking to something that does not exist in objective reality, is psychotic. And yet, religion is an exception, because it is largely accepted as a culturally prevalent and widespread phenomenon.
However, my prayer has nothing to do with religion. I sometimes pray in the form of Namaz, or I just sit and talk. This is not irrational behaviour, however. I always find out if there is a logic behind some practise and only then do I follow it. For instance, I know that fasting in Ramzan is good for the metabolism, and so I do it. And I have also found that most religious practices do have reasons, or at least had in the beginning, but they were not or could not be passed down the gnerations for some reason or other.
Sometimes, not everyone will understand the logic behind each practise, so they are not told. Sometimes, they are told, but it gets distorted through the times. Therefore, we are left with a mechanical set of actions that we do follow as rituals, but we have no idea why. That is not how my take on prayer is, however.
Whenever we pray, we are asked to clear our minds of other things, and concentrate solely on the prayer. People have misinterpreted this to think that it is the words of the prayer that are to be concentrated on. No, its the action. Words are made such that may rhyme easily and can be remembered well SO that we can easily concentrate on the act of praying.
The act of praying (or meditation) will include movements or counting that is repetative. That is characteristic across all cultures. The reason for the action being repetitive is the same. So that the process gets automatized, so you don’t go off to sleep as you have something to do. But, at the same time, you concentrate not on the movements, but the actual prayer.
So what is the actual prayer? It is when you clear your mind of all else, and try to harness your energy. Now you of course want this to be positive energy and not negative, so all things related to happiness, health and well-being are said as a part of the prayer. I also remember reading somewhere that when we join our hands and align them vertically, our energy gets a proper direction to be generated in.
As I was researching about Islam, I came across a website who have interpreted it very well. They say that God is nothing but a great source of energy. Our souls are minuscule parts of this energy. (So the “har kisi me bhagwan hai” saying deems true). And when we die, we have to face this huge body of energy and our soul is too weak for that. When we pray or meditate we strengthen our soul. This is not only helpful in the supposed after life, but in this one too.
After a prayer or a meditation session that has been done properly, one feels unburdened and ready to face the world. This is why I pray.
Hey all, instead of sharing my thoughts on this or that, this time, i thought i’d share a poem. This is my best so far, i think. Its untitled. Please tell me what you think of it.
ne of the greatest mysteries of life,
the mystery of Tomorrow.
A rain, or sunshine,
or a simply starlit night sky it would bring.
Hitherto unknown, to this little fellow,
calls himself man.
in search of tomorrow
, a tomorrow that never comes.
To be secure, his aim,
to know the future his desire.
time is nothing,
but an illusion.
Illusion , one of the many.
The more you tread into it,
the more you are pulled in.
O little one.
See it from afar,
coz that is life,
The life of today. t
he life is today.
A beautiful twilight,
a splendid transition
.For one bird is dead,
many are awaken.
Crows are cawing,
this very morning,
A night there,
a morning here
Its just a moment
Over and over till you lose your self in it..
Let go, let go, O little one,
time is but a burden, time is but a solution.
Man, oh man indeed,
See the truth, t
he light of the day,