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Faith Sells! – (Blog-a-ton 6)

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The current post can be said to be a continuation of an earlier post of mine, namely, “Questions?” where I debated the existence of God, and the relationship between Mortals and God ( I prefer to keep both ‘M’ and ‘G’ in capital letters) pondering over why ‘God’ has ever come into existence.This post would revolve around some ‘faith’  facts that I had noticed over the years, and how ‘fear’ is being en-cashed to milk the common people out of their daily meager savings.

‘God’ has always been my favorite topic, and I have always tried to analyze what ‘God’ is and what it symbolizes. Though not many would agree with me, I would still like to believe that God is nothing but fear personified. How often have you heard the words “God is angry with me”? I have heard them quite a bit, and from there have sprung my questions regarding the existence of God.

If you have ever  made a visit to any of the ‘famous’ places of worship you would know what I would be talking about. Even if you have not you can gradually grab the essence of the chronicle as i describe it. I had recently made a visit to Tarapith, a place of Maa Kali Bhakts(followers). The entrance to the temple is a small lane, with shops lined up on both sides encroaching most of the walking space. Eager pandas wait on both sides looking for easy victims or first-timers to the scene. Pandas, as per Wikipedia, “is a scholar, a teacher, particularly one skilled in Sanskrit and Hindu law, religion, music or philosophy.” But somehow, now, this definition has lost its relevance. Now it refers to those who help you in offering pujas to the deity as in most cases you are not expected to know the rituals or shlokas by heart. It’s where they try to cash upon. These pandas try to manipulate unsuspecting minds to their advantage. Have you heard something like ” minimum offer to the deity is Rs. 100 ” ? Well, it is the reality. Even the poorest are being coaxed to cough up Rs. 100 as a minimum price for offerings to the deity. Are we really praying, or bribing the Gods to offset the fear, that we withhold, of the future. I do not know how on one hand these pandas profess spiritual supremacy and at the same time, squeeze out the masses.

Many such occurrences are common place at many of such places of worship. It may not be entirely the fault of these pandas, but the system in its entirety. The psychology of fear is so strong that it can easily overcome common sense and bring us to do things that we  would not be doing under normal circumstances. How can we believe in the lie that we ourselves create to please ourselves? Is God there listening to our hearts or are we bribing God for a smoother future? It is all up to us how we interpret faith, how we work ourselves up to our own advantage , and how we cope with the failures that we have suffered.  It’s here that I would like to quote from Swami Vivekananda :

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

It is of no use if we accept bribes on one hand and make a beeline for the Gods on the other. The self must purify itself for their is no other way. Fear may help us becoming spiritual or religious, but it will not make us a strong individual. Faith sells, but is it how we wanted it to be in the first place?

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Written by Abhishek

January 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Posted in Social, Spiritual

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  1. You interpreted the image as communication between man and God. Good! I agree with most of your points.

    Dreamer

    January 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    • These views were formed after I had seen a lot of mush nuisance taking place in the name of Gods and deities. I firmly believe that as long as man cannot free himself from the clutches of fear, He cannot live.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

  2. hmmmm… great one…:D

    SiD

    January 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    • Thanks SiD.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

  3. God and Religion are obviously not connected nowadays!

    aativas

    January 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    • Quite true! Religion has lost itself of its glory called faith. It has become just another instrument for amassing wealth or political power.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

  4. Wow ! A conversation between Man and God. That’s a nice take 🙂

    On Religion and Faith, I will leave that to what a noble soul** has said but our preachers-seers strive to prove otherwise :

    “Faith is not a guilt trip ; It is a journey”

    ** – The noble soul was a car bumper sticker 🙂

    Madhu | INDImag.com

    January 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    • rightly said. Faith does not come from the what is offered to the gods, but the intent with which the whole activity is carried out.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:27 PM

  5. Well! I do believe in God. Like everything God has changed. God is all about faith. With faith, God is fading away. Money and luxuries have overtaken faith.
    Nice post! 🙂

    Nethra

    January 10, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    • God is not really fading away, it’s being interpretated in a different way. Just the fact is :the interpretation is going in the wrong direction.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:29 PM

  6. I only wish there was a carrier of this letter..or should I say a courier service to take it to the ONE it is addressed to 🙂 I’ve a list of things that I need and always end up keeping it to myself not knowing where to post it 🙂 Good attempt..good luck with BATOM 6!

    Raksha Raman

    January 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    • Thanks Raksha.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM

  7. I’ve experienced these things many times. Seems like performing poojas has become a business.
    Nice post, Abhishek.
    All the best!

    Karthik

    January 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    • Thanks Karthik.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM

  8. In a society that is gravitating towards a materialistic “ideology”, fuelled by capitalist ecomony, God is just an extension of our unfulfilled dreams. We pray to God for things that are beyond our reach, to the extent that we believe that God itself is a part of the materialistic phenomenon!! That’s possibly one of the reasons we offer ‘money’…….

    Talking Skull

    January 10, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    • What we do not realize is that money cannot take ourselves closer to God. and since excessive money is generally associated with evil, people usually try to spend more and more as offerings for God. thats the way the system kicks in.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM

  9. Hey another gem Abhishek…well written indeed

    Panish

    January 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    • Thanks Panish.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM

  10. good one…

    Just Another Life

    January 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM

  11. What if a guy accepts bribes just that he can donate it to godly charities? which side is he on?

    Saurabh Panshikar

    January 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    • To answer this question, I would like to ask you: “What is God”? If he is just another human being, he could have done something with the money. But if he is just an image, is there anything he will do with the money. SO its no use taking bribe(which is immoral, Leave alone illegal).

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

  12. Although I do believe in God at times, I am an atheist – of a different kind, probably confused!

    I liked your interpretation between M and G!

    neeraj

    January 11, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    • Thanks Neeraj.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 11, 2010 at 6:42 PM

  13. I adore the way u write. Thoughts put well across!
    So much truth in this post. Loved it!

    Good luck for BATOM6! 🙂

    gkam

    January 12, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    • Thanks gkam. Tried to bring across some things in society we see but turn a blind eye to.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM

  14. Hi there, this is a very interesting take. The main problem arises when we mix up God and religion. Just for God we created religion and we are fighting between the same religions and between other. Poor human beings!

    Shruti

    January 12, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    • To add to you, I would say that to offset fear, we created God. For God, we created religion. For religion, we now live in fear.
      Life comes in a full circle. THe problem is that we never know when the Frankenstein we created will be at our back.
      Truly, poor human beings!!

      Abhishek Datta

      January 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM

  15. This post urgently needs to go out to the millions of Indians for whom religion is an “opium”..and its not only with these “pandas” Abhishek; even astrologers and other fortune tellers fall in this same category…The only thing they look for is money and gullible victims…
    And it really surprises me as to why people make a beeline for them..We have really lost faith in our own selves and the teachings of Vivekananda become so much relevant now…Today on his birthday, I would really wish his teachings are made mandatory reads for every individual in our country…Its the only thing that can cure our maladies…
    Btw, Abhishek your thoughts are spot on and you have worded them beautifully…Hope we truly “Arise and awake”..

    samrat

    January 12, 2010 at 9:55 PM

  16. what else can i say except “Cheers”, being a confirmed agnostic and practising Anthropologist…..
    If your are interested you can try social and cultural Anthropology where one can rip apart the concept of God…
    ANd am glad dat i met an atheist here …

    Mahesh Kalaal

    January 13, 2010 at 1:05 AM

  17. The concept of God arises only when things go beyond human capacity ….

    Mahesh Kalaal

    January 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM

  18. A good take on the topic.. faith ahas always intrigued me too.. I wonder why commom people fail to see this monetization of their beliefs. Anyways wondeful post 🙂

    Annyesha

    January 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    • Thanks Annyesha. In India, people are blinded so much by the faith that they sometimes fail to see the logic.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM

  19. hey i want to know your opinion on this post… http://madmania.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/dying-poor-is-ur-fault-really/

    mAriOjUaNa

    January 13, 2010 at 10:54 PM

  20. as long as ppl continue with their blind faith without any logic, there is really no escape..what can God do?? I hope he reads ur mail this time and we can see the change…sensitive writing!
    🙂

    Pushpee

    January 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    • Pure blind faith has covered all logical interpretation. It’s now a game of money and playing with the innocent minds.

      Thanks Pushpee for visiting my blog.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM

  21. Hey a nice post. Liked your take on God and Man.
    Loved your previous post Questions? too.

    Tuppence

    January 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    • Thanks Tuppence. Appreciate your loving it.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM


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