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Feb 5, 2017

Perks of Religion

I contemplate a lot. That is basically what I am all about. And religion is one of those things I ponder upon in my leisure time. It is indeed a very interesting topic. Not very pleasant to debate on, though.

In this article, I will be expressing my views on religions and some of the ideas & concepts it offers that are worth implementing in your life (even if you're a non-believer).

You're nothing. Almost. 

This can be explained in a figurative as well as in a literal way. Look at the vast Universe we're all in. Three grand concepts that it represents: Eternity, infinity and immortality. Do we humans represent any of this? do you represent any of this?

The point is to be humble. And humbleness comes from within when you truly realise that there are greater things than you. Greater meaning. Greater ideas. Greater wisdom than what you possess.

Humility begins when you recognise yourself in relation to God (or the vast universe), accept the defects that you meekly inherit and embrace the fact that you're only an insignificant yet irrelevant speck in the cosmos (or in a divine being's grand scheme).

Scriptures tell us that we are nothing. And our purpose is to serve the greater good. So why not implement that in your life? Why not get rid of the silly notion that you're the centre of your universe?  Why not believe that you, along with all the life on the planet, is what gives the universe a meaning instead of thinking you are the universe.

"The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is." – Phillips Brooks

The simplest rule

I am not saying every religious person in the neighbourhood has a very strong empathy. That would be a hysterical thing to say. But the point is, almost every religion teaches empathy.

But do we learn? Do we realise its importance? Do we implement it in our lives?
Here is the most important rule of all. And its many variations.

"What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary."
"This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you."
"No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."
"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."

Same thing. Told using different words. By different of people. From different religions.
What does it mean? It tells us to treat others in the way we want them to treat us.
Pretty straight forward, don't you think? Very elegant, too. A rule, which when followed, can effectively solve all our problems, all the misery, all the evil. I often dream about a world like this. A world wherein people would follow this one little rule. This one little piece of advice. And then I give a long sigh of sheer despair.


The religions in past had a lot to offer. The religions in the present have a lot to offer. Neither made (or is making) the world a better place. For man saw in religion what he should never have seen. *The End*

You can make this world a better place... by being Humble.. and being Kind.
May good things come along your way.

This entry will be further updated.
Photo credits: Jace Grandinetti


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