What God wants?

What God wants is a trillion dollar question. Combined GDP of whole world needs to be compared with budgets of all religions, temples churches, Gurus including the expenses of their concubines and children. It is a bloody question. Not in the abusive way but consider it in the light of bloodshed and blood bath we have seen and we are seeing. So what God wants?
Can we rationally focus it? Leaving aside all the teachings and all the presumption labelled as faith? Is it possible to focus for a moment?
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Meaningful living!

Purpose of life.

What is meaningful living. Is it living for some purpose? Is it living to achieve something? Is it helping others? Is it living for glory of a cause, nation or organisation or self glorification? Does it involve any particular way of life or following certain rules, principles or performing certain rituals? Answers require a deep introspection and keen observation of people around us. History also adds its help.

So long mind has questions, quest goes on.

Living for various purposes or in various manners is being tried by people around us and they all claim to be peaceful and happy. It is only when we go near or meet or interact more frequently that we notice the truth. From plain hypocrisy to pain bellowing from concealed wounds even if denied off hand. They are people who would rather be at some place other than the place giving meaning. Why?
Do this swinging balls of rock in space, called planets, have a purpose? Does every tree that does not provide, fruit is meaningless? Animals exist so that we may feast?
It appears that too much emphasis on me is the problem. We are all serving this purpose even if we do not know; even if this purpose is not our purpose.

Health or social life if a purpose

To me, to keep this body nourished and healthy is sufficient. To deal with everyone in the manner, I would deal with myself, is end of morality and religion. It is a big challenge to deal with known crooks and thugs fairly i.e. without being pre-judgement and I may fail as always.
Purpose or meaning of life is the slogan given on this planet by every dictator, emperor or tyrant whether religious or warrior; to dominate others or to commit atrocities on human beings. Hence it is better to stay away from this brain washing stuff.
There is really nothing more pleasant than to inhale and exhale pure air that too without reason!

Just another lazy thought on lazy Sunday.

© Sandeep Bhalla

Religious cults and art of living.

Science or art of living!

There is no exact science or art of living:

We are born to live but we chase dreams. We fall chasing dreams; get up and start running again. Some part of us realizes that there is something wrong in what we are doing. Then comes some external shock. The most common is, breach of trust, either followed or preceded by financial crunch. Or some health problem or some death. It shake us up and the fear inside starts to spill out. Then comes the search for some greater meaning of life or greater purpose of life.

Most of the people increase the frequency of their visits to their church, temple or their chosen place of faith. Some start looking for different faith being disillusioned with the existing one. In this vulnerable moments the marketing of religion is started by the innocent members of the cult by narrating their tales of success due to religious blessings. Dogmas are created from such tales. If the problem is not financial, we as consumers immediately spend money in donation to the religion or its various charities or buying paraphernalia it sells.

People who follows any religious cult do not bother to see the contradictions or hypocrisy of its leaders but they form a new pattern of socializing which is considered holy. They congregate with religious friends, visit holy place and for the first time in life suppose to be doing something meaningful in life. It is a different matter that they continue to do all other so called meaningless things as well.

Religious Cults are cultural clubs with different rules.

Religious Cults offer everything to keep mind and tongue occupied and with a belief that this is the purpose of life and a promise of salvation in after life. No consumer can get a better deal. So what if these cults make windfall profits and never truly share their accounts. You got what you wanted.

I have personally seen one cult i.e. Radhasoami of Beas. I have met with its followers and read its literature beside reading variety of other religious literature. Some links to various aspects of this religion are given here. Their snobbery with money is linked here and here.  While it can not be said that all what these cult leaders say is untrue but it is certainly incomplete. Further the truth is always relative. In any case if I start explaining what is right and what part of teaching is twisted, that too successfully, I would end up being a religious cult myself. But I must say religious congregation creates problems for the common people.

It is Mahavir Jayanti today. At 8.30 AM a congregation rather procession of followers having about hundred people was passing through a crossing did not bother for red light. They simply waved their hands and put the traffic to a stop and went forward. This religious arrogance is mobarchy which is a portmanteau of mob and anarchy. This is the birth ground of fundamentalism and conflict which is dangerous.

© Sandeep Bhalla

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Happy Radhasoami