HUMAN GODS

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I am not going for a controversy, I am not going to write anything about incarnations either. Recently, I happened to hear some people who consider themselves as super-human, or who assumes themselves of having some super power. They may produce something from the air. They may show some miracles, or they may vanish and appear all on a sudden. We may see lots of devotees with them, we may wonder about the followers that they have.

Some of them are doing charities, some of them have hospitals, schools, or other charitable organizations. They may be preaching about love, kindness, mercy and service. Some are doing philanthropic activities and some do services to the man kind. But are they real gods

I don’t think so. It is true that, they are philanthropists and they are admired and respected. But, I believe in only one God; that is on the unseen power that guides us and protects us. There is the power that revolves our earth. the power that gives us both sorrows and happiness, there is the power that consoles us and shields us from dangers. It is the God; not the super power. A true believer can be a philanthropist, he can serve the community, he can love the world and the society, he can live peacefully without the embrace of the human gods.

My son happened to see a photo of one human being who is worshiped by a lot, that person’s followers, adorn his/ her path with flowers and lighten the lamps under his/ her feet. He asked me, mother, how could a human being bless other human beings like gods do? What is his/ her power? I told him, if we should have firm belief on God, we won’t need such human gods, we should find solace only in God;we don’t want to follow these human gods.

They should be respected for their philanthropy, but not worshiped. They are only human beings like each one of us, they may have more knowledge, for that they should be admired, but not worshiped.

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SPIRITUAL RETREAT

 

Retreat and Reconnect

For the last four days I was participating in a spiritual retreat.  It was really a valuable period spent for prayer, meditation and study. Many religious communities have different kinds of retreats. It has become an integral part for different religious communities.

For Christians Spiritual Retreats was established by St. Ignatius Loyola. In earlier days it was a spiritual exercise used for reconciliation through meditation. Today, there is one day retreat and a retreat for several days. People, renounce their day-to-day activities to be with God under the guidance of a priest who is well-studied in theology and the sermons.  They spend the time, hearing talks that may guide in the later life,and in prayers and mediation. Confessions can be done, there we may get the assistance of studied counselors, who can comfort and calm  us. Really, a true reunion is done, we are coming out as a rejuvenated new person. The next challenge may be, how we continue to live in that spirituality.  

I got the chance to hear a number of valuable speeches, that focused mainly on family, growth of children,and  importance of prayer. There was a day for confession and one hour adoration in which we could immerse fully in prayers. We are told that, family should be bonded in  love, affection and care. Most family problems are aroused because of the lack of true and sincere love. Sacrifice, care and service are the important factors on which the family should be built up. Use of alcohol and drug destroy the harmonious family atmosphere. The new generation may be facing the challenge of being workaholic or being a computer addict. We may be giving more importance to the work and money; or we may be spending our leisure time with computer. Communication is the only solution for true bonding in the family. Partners should hear and talk with each other; we should hear the ideas, complaints and suggestions of our kids. Praying together is the other method of being together. A family that prays together stays together.

RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY

 

The Animated Passion

 

In this modern world, we all are after something, to conquer it and to attain power, position, recognition and money. In this frantic run, we rely on some beliefs to find a solace and comfort. Can we call it Religion?

Religion is the belief on some super power which gives one comfort and consolation. A large number of people have their own particular beliefs. Born to a family of a particular religion, we all are supposed to follow it, or we all are compelled to follow it. Some will think about the relevance and some will be courageous enough to question it.

Spirituality also comes with religion, both go hand in hand. It is your attitude, your beliefs, actions and doings, your sympathy and your willingness to be a philanthropist. A religious and spiritual person can be good in mind, thoughts and actions.

How this religion and spirituality are connected with family and society? Do we need these two for a strong bond?

Think of a day, that begins in the early morning. After completing household duties, we run towards office. There, we have to mingle with so many people, misunderstandings, angers, shouting,  quarrels, are the possible results. After office, it is time for shopping and again back to home. The days go on as  it is. Slowly, we all become fed up, discomforts and depression are the after effects.

The relevance of religion and spirituality comes here. All are free to believe according to one’s practice and beliefs. It is true that, there is something to control the world, there is  a super power to watch and protect the world. After creation, the Almighty has given a free will to each individual, we have the intelligence and responsibility to respond judiciously to any issues. A religious person will always  be happy and enthusiastic. He begins his days after surrendering all to God. He will have the confidence that, he will be guided properly and his actions will be fruitful. He does not have to fear anybody.  He could behave peacefully with all whom he meets. So, there won’t be quarrels and misunderstandings at office or house.  He will understand the problems of society and will be sympathetic. Children will find good role models in their parents. The fear of God will always guide a religious person, it will prohibit him from doing injustice to anybody. Then there will be comforts, solace and peace. Love, affection and happiness will follow it. 

For being religious and spiritual we don’t have to spend too much time by visiting religious places. We can do it always in our mind. One who is good in thoughts will be good in deeds. God will be with him.