Friday, March 15, 2013

Religiosity - A very short essay

I have always wondered why religion has been so divisive and self defeating in its purpose. Is it because we have hypnotized ourselves into believing in a divinity that really does not exist, or is it possible, that religion essentially is so private, yet so universal, that it cannot be institutionalized ? . I am more inclined to believe in the latter. Every spiritual journey begins as a cataclysmic movement in the psyche of an individual, that bursts through the ramparts of thought encrusted cerebrum; and then by strange vicissitudes of propaganda and belief become the lingua franca of a community : codified and framed. What then essentially is a metamorphoses of awareness called "enlightenment", becomes in society, a peripheral cosmetic makeover clothed in the garb of ethics , customs and morals, that reeks of artificiality and staticity.

The point is : What is true and real for a Jesus, a Mohammad, a Adi Sankara , a Buddha or a you and me can never be communicated , no matter how beautifully it is clothed in words. And therein lies the fundamental problem. Stripped naked of all our psychological  entrapment, we are all one in godhead, the life juice, the pristine fountain of consciousness , a participatory witness in the state of the cosmos AS IT IS.

Unfortunately, Life doesn't bequeath this blessing to all of us. Some get it, some dont. Thats the hard truth. But it definitely pays to understand this madness thats going on in the name of religion, and wait earnestly, patiently for the flicker of grace that will annihilate this facade of codified religious indoctrination with all its accumulated garbage, and give us a glimpse into what religion is all about.

William Blakes (the mystic poet) expresses this beautifully, when he writes
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

Lets wait for this grace to envelope us ..................................

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