Faith, belief and worship – The Hindu

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Each religion is a system of faith, belief and worship in a higher power or god who is said to be the creator of the universe. The scriptures and the commandments inform the teachings of the gods.

Rituals are designed by religious leaders, to set up “systems of communication” between god and believer and to cement their position as “facilitators” between “power” and the powerless. Religion should have been a refuge for all human beings, a private relationship between an individual and the god he prays, to be guided through the upheavals of daily life.

But religion and rituals have unfortunately become one of the most controversial and controversial issues of modern times.

Yuval Noah Harari considers religion as a source of sustaining the existence of fragile and imaginary structures and ideas created by man himself to impose organization and cooperation in a whole society, explaining that our laws, our organizations and our rankings are not created by human beings. alone but by a supreme authority external to us.

The differences in the precepts and practices of different religions are exploited by politicians or religious leaders for personal short-term gain. Man turns to God in times of good luck and bad luck. When knowledgeable people misguide or misinform the layman on such occasions, the religion which is supposed to ensure social order causes tension and conflict among believers of different faiths and atheism and skepticism among the young. How to restore the holiness of all faith? What is the dharma of religion?

Moral rights

The Hindu concept of dharma is a moral law governing individual conduct, designed to maintain a stable society. It is the traditional dharma of parents to sacrifice themselves and provide for their children, the son to care for his aging parents, the brother to protect his sisters and her husband to provide for his family. A shift in gender dynamics has altered this concept of dharma, but the essential principle of “doing what you are supposed to do” persists.

What is the difference between religion and the Hindu concept of dharma? Dharma, which the Atharva Veda describes as the oldest customary order, has a relatively freer and more fluid concept that relates to what the individual is to do at this birth. Dharma does not relate to divine revelation or faith. Dharma and religion are not the same, although the word dharma is also used to refer to a person’s religious beliefs. Just as an athlete practices his routine religiously, every human being should do his duty or his dharma with religious fervor.

Religious reforms have come about because of the realization that religious holiness accorded to any kind of discrimination among believers destroys the very foundations of godliness. Vegans or vegetarians follow their preferences like a religion. Atheists are passionate about their belief in the nonexistence of a superpower.

Divinity within

Swami Vivekananda believed that although religions are divergent in various aspects, they are not contradictory and rather are complementary to each other. He defines religion as the realization of the divinity in us and this realization is the only universal religion. He said, “Devoting one’s life to the good of all and the happiness of all is religion.

Arun Shourie in his book Does he know a mother’s heart talks about how organized religion often tends to scare the believer into submitting to a “benevolent” god, through a system of praise and punishment. Religion should, in fact, give people a feeling of confidence that they are able to fight their battles independently.

The obstacles of life cannot be removed. Religion should help us develop the capacity to counter them.

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