Stop and take note of this if you will:
The need for some Christians to convert those of other faiths seems incredibly silly to me.
Against the assertion that Christ had claimed “Only through me shall ye know God,” Krishna is reported to have said something like, “Whatever god to whom you pray, it is I who answer.”
The author of the piece explains some history of his or her (Raja? What gender is that for usually?) upbringing in a Hindu household and all the rituals involved to pray to the various manifestations of the supreme god.
He or she also points out that aside from those differences (some of which are quite funny and bizarre to outsiders and sometimes even to the person doing it) most faiths tend to have the same ambitions in mind in terms of the need to reach god, to reach an equality, and help all followers be connected to the god.
On the topic of equality, how’s that working in India? I learned something interesting the other day from my supervisor at work. Her husband’s family has known Ginny Srivastav for many, many years. She’s a Canadian who married an Indian man and moved over there. He died in an accident and she found herself in the same damn predicament as every other widow – screwed. Because of this, or maybe even before this, she started the Association of Single Strong Women in India with the ambition of helping these suddenly single women whose in-laws no longer want them and their own families can’t necessarily afford them.
Equal under god, maybe. Equal under the laws of the land, not so much. Widows there only get $8 a month for pension. Surprisingly, this is way better than the $3 they used to be allowed. Ginny and her group got that for them.
Raja also points out that the
ubiquitous need to dissect, reanalyze and redefine ancient belief is offset only by the prejudices of those caught up in memories of past religious conflicts.
Add power politics to such memories and the journey to God is effectively sidetracked. But to what end?
That’s probably a good question. People like Sarah Palin and others who must have written out their political platforms while hepped up on God’s goof balls really seem to be claiming that God’s got the proverbial wheel when it comes to what they want to do with their lives and how that will be the bestest thing ever for all who are lured into voting for them. But it not God they want to bring to the people, it’s their political ideology and that may not even mesh with whatever most people tend to claim is a Christian way of thinking. Sometimes it’s merely an excuse to point fingers at the people who definitely don’t have a Christian way of thinking. Look! An obvious distraction! Pay no mind to the idiot behind the curtain. And put these funny glasses on while you’re at it so I can tell you what you’re supposed to see.
You notice I haven’t actually answered the question. Here’s why.
I think a journey toward a god is a wasted effort, no matter how peaceful and content you may feel while on that journey. Peace and contentment can be found in so many earthly ways, it need not be reserved for the ethereal. Discover a passion for art, music, gardening or photography instead. Spend more quality time with friends or family. Travel a bit if you can afford it. Devote part of your life to volunteering and other charity work. Join some clubs.
Giving yourself over to hours and hours of prayer or meditation is a selfish waste of your time. Do something tangible and useful with those moments of your life instead and I’m sure you’d be just as happy and glad to have lived. Maybe even more so.