DICHOTOMY OF THOUGHTS (ON FAITH)

Without God’s will, nothing moves. Without God’s sanction, nothing happens. Whatever happens – happens because it is God’s wish.

Therefore – whatever happens – happens for good.

But what good can we see in others’ suffering? But what good can we find in a world that is forced to suffer by the bad deeds of human – corruption, crime, terrorism, religious wars, civil wars, imperialism and so on? But what good can we feel on demise of someone close? But what good can be if we fail to find reasons within us for hostile happenings inflicted on us?

Nowhere is it more visible than at a temple, especially famous at temple attracting large number of devotees.

Faith brings us there – to a temple – to a place of worship. We go there for majority of reasons – with hope in mind that there is Someone to listen to us.

But when we see the system in the temple and around it (or at the place of worship), something that happened again with me, when I visited the Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place in Delhi, these questions spontaneously come to us.

There are people waiting for alms – for many, it forms an important, inseparable part of daily chores.

But then, there are other people as well – suffering – living sub-human lives.

The scenes at such God’s abodes can distract any conscious soul – forcing the rational mind to raise questions.

And the one answer that comes to mind is – atonement. Probably, that’s the God’s way to seek repentance.

PHT-CP-1

PHT-CP-3

PHT-CP-6

PHT-CP-8

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

Advertisements

DOES FAITH HAVE TO BE VALIDATED?

Does god need to be validated on the benchmark of faith?

To answer this (only for those who seek it, for god and faith for most happens to be a zone of no questions taken), one needs to first clear what he means by god.

Do you see god as your inner voice who speaks through the soul or something who is not from among us?

Does god mean the faith that you have in following a righteous way of life where you see the other human beings as equal to you; where you see every living being as creation of the nature which you are just a part of?

If not seeing, do you believe that you need to feel god; do you feel the need to hear his voice coming from inside of you, of others?

There are many, many things beyond human conscience, human conscious and human understanding.

Do you see hand of god in all of them or resort to the logic of logical reasoning?

Do you accept them as ‘wish of god’ or work on to expand your conscious by exploring the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’?

There come moments in life when we come to question god’s existence based on the developments we see around us. There are the moments when our faith is shaken and we are forced to question the very basis of harmony in our lives – the existence of god or the faith in ‘being’.

It is an abstract process that how we come to throw the doubts that creep-in after a moment of crisis in our lives or elsewhere in the world where we don’t find any plausible reason and question or blame god for it. But most of us regain faith in this way only.

Here, we do not validate our faith. We validate our total dependence on god. We validate the process of inheritance of faith.

Faith, then, is not evolved. Rather, it is copied.

The concept of god or faith has never to be a blind-following. True, there are many concepts beyond life; there are many developments beyond reasoning. But, that never prevents one to act logical.

Accepting the existence of something that is beyond the existing realm of the human senses has to follow the same path of logic and questioning. It should never be based on what has been said or written if we truly want to establish ‘a bond of harmony’ with our ‘god or faith’.

God is not to be feared. God is to be embraced.

If god is not to be doubted (though many events of crisis create moments of doubt), he is to be questioned. Through questioning only and through the subsequent introspection and retrospection, one can get rid of the moments of doubt.

He believes in god and he doesn’t believe in god. There are many moments in his life he cannot find a reason why they had to happen. He has failed to make his ‘self’ understand how his god could allow it to happen to him.

There are many who face the situation he is in. He cannot say and should not say anything about others but he is sure he needs answers.

Yes, he still needs to validate his faith. He needs to believe in god but he doesn’t know how.

But he knows he doesn’t need a copied faith.

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