‘God and soldier all men adore in the time of danger and no more’ is what Rudyard Kipling had said years back. It remains as true as it was way back then. It is so good to see that despite religious places remaining closed, yet humans have got closer to God like never before in this pandemic.
I am a firm believer in God though I do not have the same feelings for the temples and the religious rituals. I always believed that the communication between my God is very personal. I have not allowed language and rituals to become a barrier between me and Him. My GOD understands the language I understand and has never ever penalised me for not performing rituals. Well, The God only sees the intent and is not worried about whether the prayer has been carried out as per book or not.
Each one of us have our own belief system based on which we do things the way we do. The belief system is usually passed down from generations. There are certain beliefs we add on along our life journey as we observe the environment around us.
Should I beg or just pray/ request….
A few days back I was part of a discussion whether one should ‘beg’ to God for anything or just a prayer/ request is good enough. Yes, there are people who literally plead/ beg to God for things they want in life. I have seen people walking miles barefoot or even crawling to temples to seek God’s blessing. Well, I have nothing against individual faith and beliefs.
My belief and faith are simple. God created the universe and is like a parent to the human. I do believe in the adage that God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers. If that be the relation between the God and his creation, then pleading or begging does not gel. Which parent will desire that the child should beg before fulfilling his/ her need? If my need is genuine/ I deserve it I get it otherwise I don’t; It is that simple. Yes, requests and prayers are welcome but certainly not pleading. For me it is only beggars/ criminals who beg or plead guilty (in court of law). My God has given me mostly without asking.
Other things I have not allowed to come between me and my faith are the language, the religious books, and the priests. There is no language or system barrier between a parent and a child and certainly there is no requirement of an interpreter or a mediator. Why should I converse with my God through a mediator (priest)? I converse with him whenever, wherever I want and in the language I want. Why should it matter whether I talk with Him standing, sitting or while lying down?
It has never happened that I have not got the answer. Anyways, most of the time I converse to express my gratitude. Yes, having seen violence and deaths very closely I do pray for world peace in general and my country in particular. Those prayers are always answered.
I have not confined my God to any particular place (temple). He resides everywhere and most of all He resides within me.
In short there is no space for anyone or anything else between me and My God. It is a very personal relation, just one to one. There are no formalities nor is it limited by rituals.