Religion — a conflicting issue
I don’t intend to insult any religion or the religious rituals because personally even I am a God fearing person. And I pray daily to God.
I chant Namokar Mantra (most important mantra of Jains) whenever I find myself in digs/ confused/tensed/stressed out/worried or I am in some crisis and looking for some solutions.
Such is my faith in this mantra that I believe that my problems will get over only by chanting this mantra or I will find some solution. Of course there are times when even a continuous recitation of it doesn’t alleviate my sufferings and then I surrender to the wishes of God
It is my faith in God and this mantra which gives me the strength to face any obstacles
I generally don’t like to attend and sit in various pujas but as luck would have it, last week I was forced to not only attend one such puja but also participate in it and follow all the procedures.
While performing various steps involved in the puja many thoughts crossed my mind
- Why do we do Puja. Will doing a Shanti Puja ( puja done for peace) Or Graha shanti Puja ( to please the 9 planets) or puja done for prosperity really resolves all the problems and the persons doing it really finds him in a better condition? And if it is so then why aren’t all the pundits rolling in money, why do they go door to door for some measly amount of money and spend hours in it? ( reminds me of the scene from Lage raho Munnabhai). 🙂
- If performing pujas, or reciting some mantras or observing fast is really fruitful and it ensures that the wishes of the person doing will be fulfilled then why don’t our players, our politicians do it to get victory or enhance the status of our country and make it the most developed country? Why work towards nuclear power or various peace treaties? Why not just perform some Puja and pray that Pakistan will surrender before us or the terrorist will not attack us or such other desires?
- The pundit who was doing the puja which I attended assured us that what ever we will wish during the puja will come true and believing him I performed all the rituals with full faith and reverence hoping that I will be a contented person once the Puja is over but till now nothing fruitful seems to be in pipeline.
- Most of the shlokas and mantras were in Sanskrit. Memorizing them without understanding them and even how to say them because of language barrier, why do we blindly recite them?
- Will going to temple, doing some puja or reciting some mantras is the only way to reach out to God? Will the wishes of the person who doesn’t follow all these stereotyped rituals not get fulfilled? Will he always remain unhappy and discontented person?
- What is the use of spending hours together in the temples if our mind wonders at all the places while doing the prayer ( the way mine was wandering)?
- While reciting the mantras I was wondering over the super natural effect of them. The mantras are nothing but some alphabets arranged in a particular order. And also all the mantras actually mean the same—I bow down to you the all mighty, please help me, take care of me and the world, you are the supreme power etc etc.
I suppose it is our faith and our belief in the mantras and shlokas that even these normal alphabets and commonly used words become powerful.. It is like praying to idols of God—they can be considered as mere stone statue or the God himself.
I suppose It is all question of our perception and our trust in God which helps us deal with various situations. We use all these pujas, mantras, visits to temple just to derive strength and to lean on some strong back.