Thursday, June 26, 2008

Faith

So, how did it all start off? An understanding that there was a higher power that controlled destinies and the world around beyond any level that a man could aspire or imagine ? A need to connect to this entity and lay out the easiest way to do so? A way of bringing together people and making them work towards a common goal? A physical platform to relate to the belief in a metaphyical entity? Perhaps, and perhaps not.
Somewhere in between, came the ones who claimed to have gone much closer to the entity than their peers. And they formed the higher power through prisms that were based on their individual realities and expectations, and their peers, who at best, were a confused lot, followed. Faith became religion and from a thought, became a set of practices, and from us, we became us and them.
And that makes me wonder whether He, any He, feels the need for religion. And brings me to an unintentionally hilarious but profound statement from an old Malayalam movie, where the character states, in all seriousness to a priest, " In religion, and in sex, I don't feel the need for middlemen" :)


until next time, profundity or profanity?

15 comments:

Epiphany said...

I feel the difference between religion and faith is the same as between a belief and an idea...anyhow, which movies was that btw? :D

austere said...

profound. smart.

Pallavi said...

mallu movies are great fun.. :)

Kavi said...

Religion and opium they said !! Hmm. Faith. All a question of faith !!

Tys on Ice said...

religion is by all standard is man made....it serves a purpose...gud or bad or neutral...the great thing is that we live in a time where we are able to rationilize this without fear of prosecution...this will evolve...

i think this questioning is necessary...blind acceptance without experience is so cowlike...if god exist, i dont think he is out there to be worshipped...tht wud make us a lot better than our concept of it...personaly i think god is over rated...

nothing profane in that statement...

Arunima said...

there is a book called the God Delusion. It gives all reasons as to why there is no God.

I am not very religious but I am spiritual and have faith.

Canary said...

interesting..

shruti said...

well written ,,and true .. religion has been diluted enough and misused enough to misguide ... but then why has the supreme power give us the ability to think and analyse ..as u said the confused take refuge in mindless rituals but for teh one seeking the path and ready to use his/her intellect the sky is the limit ...for the weak there are always excuses and religion is one of them !!

manuscrypts said...

epiphany: hmm, lelam

austere: yup :)

manuscrypts said...

pallavi: some of them definitely are :)

kavi: yes, but we have better addictions now though :)

manuscrypts said...

tys: hmm, so what does God really want?

arunima: Interesting, shall try to get a copy

manuscrypts said...

canary: :)

shruti: the flip side is that you really can't be sure of the order in which faith and religion occur in a life.. sometimes they are exclusive, but sometimes religion also induces faith, and that technically is supposed to move mountains... that would be an advantage..

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