DIVISIVE RHETORIC ON SAI BABA AND HINDU DEITIES: UNFORTUNATE, DEPLORABLE

Well, it’s sad, it’s unfortunate, and it’s deplorable.
We all haven’t heard or seen Gods.

And we have more than enough and valid reasons to believe that no one, including those who claim, has heard or seen any God – ‘any’ God because we are routinely told there are many Gods – because we are also told that all Gods lead to the One – everyone, in fact, most, cannot and never reach to that spiritual high to realize the ‘oneness’ of this ‘many identities’.

Anyway, that is not the concern here. The concern is – we all haven’t seen or heard Gods and yet, we, so shamelessly, keep on claiming Him (or Her) or claim in His name (or Her name).

It is saddening and maddening to hear the divisive rhetoric on ‘Sai Baba with Hindu Deities in temples’ these days that has gone well beyond the words to mobilize the religious factions, followers and fanatics on the ground – and the line between a follower and a fanatic is in imminent danger of losing its relevance.

On one side is a godman, claiming to represent the religious tradition of Shankaracharya, central to the Hinduism of the day in many aspects – who, in spite of his advancing age, has not been able to collect the spiritual essence of Hinduism (or of Vedas or of Shankaracharya’s teachings, who was just 12, when he did it all) and is targeting a saint, who has come to be treated as a God by his followers – a saint who never claimed he was a God – an ascetic who spent his life for others – a Messenger who never wanted to be worshipped as a God, as the literature says – and all the big temples and the growing religious infrastructure in his name are not serving his cause, are not spreading the message of his life – his Godliness was in his simplicity and access to all.

It is sad that Swaroopanand Saraswati’s rants on ‘unGodliness’ and religion of Sai Baba have found takers from both the spectrums – the believers of the Sai Baba tradition speaking against and mounting their protests – and the people ready to take Swaroopanand Saraswati’s agenda ahead.

Being religious and following a God is a private affair but the fear psychosis on God’s ways to control or run the lives of His followers, as proposed and spread by the men (the cults of godmen, the tradition of religious opinion leaders) has distorted and is distorting the real purpose of religion and God – making man a better man – making society a social amalgamation – making humanity more humane – making civilization more civilized.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

IN THE NAME OF FOLLOWING A GOD..

The god had never asked us to be around. He never desired us to be calling for him day in and day out. He never decreed that his temples be made. He never got written down the elaborate rituals as the ways to reach him.

Yes, we can say so, because none of us, at least in the contemporary times, have heard the god saying so. And we cannot go into the past to verify what has been said.

What we follow in the name of the god is mostly inherited, never or seldom realized.

What we follow in the name of the god is mostly what is told to us by the saints, godmen or other types of messengers considered carrying the god’s messages. But we need to be highly selective in believing on them, on what they taught.

Where is the god?

If we are part of him, if he is inside each of us, why such elaborate rituals then, why this complex chain of illogical, unspiritual and outrageously materialist processes and sub-processes?

There are countless claims of seeing god, meeting him or talking to him. But almost of them belie their accounts when scaled on ‘who the god should be’.

And a look around, in the world we are part of, in the times we have been living in, is more than enough to raise valid questions on the concept of the god we have been living with.

So, why should we do all that we do, in the name of following a god, or in the hope of meeting him in the afterlife?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/