Monthly Archives: October 2017

Religion — a healer or a killer?

A recent study showed that more than anything else, people die in the name of religion. It is so surprising to note that more than any kind of natural calamity, it is the sword of religion which takes the lives of fellow humans! Every sect is busy vilifying the other. Everyone is hundred and one percent sure that they are surely the ones chosen for the reward hereafter, the juicy fruits of the paradise or the cool, sweet water of the eternal streams that flow there. And the other sects are labeled as fallen, kafirs or heathens.  The same story goes on and on and on, though the languages and the versions may vary.

Naturally, a question arises in our minds. Why did God, the All-Merciful, Benevolent creator go on with such a disastrous plan of destroying His best creation? And that too, in his name? To find out the answers I decided to do a more in-depth study of the world major religions. Astonishingly, they speak the same truth! Of course each according to their own time, region and the circumstances.  I am not providing the references here as it shall increase the volume of this post unnecessarily. I shall be posting the references in my later posts.  But in a nutshell, every religion has the following key points.

•God is one, without a second. (Although many religions believe or are said to believe in polytheism but if we look closely, we may find that in actuality they are propagating a different form of pluralism and not polytheism.)

•Prophets are the messengers of God. (It’s not necessary to call them prophets. One may call them Rasool, Avatar, Navi, Messenger or anything. Their job is to deliver the message of Almighty to the mankind.)

•There is always a promised Messiah or the latest advent whose signs are said in all the scriptures like codes. That latest advent shall unify all the sects as we understand by doing a comparative study on all the scriptures.

•All the scriptures of all the religions teach us to love, peace, and tolerance. Confusions arise due to lack of understanding and often misinterpretations.

Often a single verse is picked up without the context and is manipulated and presented distortedly to the common mass. This creates a veil over the understanding and severely affects the religion. People who present the religious talks, those who claim to be the preachers most often twist the sayings of the scripture in some crooked way which creates a negative impression to the mass. And not many go back to crosscheck the speeches of these crooked religious preachers. Hence this vicious cycle of brainwashing continues and blind faith blinds the understanding. Faith when backed by logic and reasoning, becomes a wonderful resource but the same faith when devoid of reason becomes the blind faith which is deadly both to him and his immediate environment. Let us go back to our scriptures, see for ourselves what is written over there without any intermediary or manipulator in other terms. Let’s try to grasp the word of God as it is, establishing a one-to-one contact with God! I strongly believe that world can undoubtedly be changed to a better place if we fix the misinterpretations of these scriptures which are undoubtedly the most influential books on the face of the earth. If we can grasp and apply the learning of the scriptures in our day to day lives, I firmly believe that the paradise can be verily brought down on the earth itself!

 

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My talk on Gita Govinda

Kishore Mahadevan

I had given a talk on Gita Govinda on 18-December-2016 at V-Excel Educational Trust, RA Puram, Chennai. This was one of the preparatory talks, organized by Tamil Heritage Trust for the upcoming site seminar to Orissa. I’m posting a summary of my talk, for those who had wanted to know more about it. A concise version of this should appear in the site seminar’s source book.

Gita Govinda: Jayadeva’s epic love poem

Gita Govinda is a dramatic lyrical poem written about the love between Krishna and the cowherdess Radha. It is believed to have been composed by the 12th century poet Jayadeva. Gita Govinda is considered a unique work in Indian literature and source of inspiration in both medieval and contemporary Vaishnavism. Gita Govinda is also an integral part of culture in Odisha, with several sources claiming that the literary work originated in Odisha.

Legend:

According to some legends, Jayadeva was a wandering poet who would not…

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