“We surrender ourselves to the God who created the universe and respect the one that lives within.” Am I liable to say this in the present age? The sentence above if rephrased to fit the modern religion should be, “We strain ourselves to find the source of the creation and inspect the life that lives within.”
For a literate person, the two sentences will have drastically different meanings. But if one thinks from an unbiased perspective, there is no difference. Though both the sentences carry the same meaning for the same thought. A person of faith or art will prefer the former and consider the later lifeless, dry and bland. While, a person of modern religion may consider the former orthodox, mythological and deceptive while the later as factual, scientific and motivational. So, what sets ‘God’ apart from ‘source’ or ‘respect’ apart from ‘inspect’ or ‘surrender’ apart from ‘strain’. After all, believers in both the thoughts are walking hand in hand on the same path in the same direction.
Basics of Hinduism
The knowledge of how different aliases of thoughts affect the journey of the passenger is called ‘Ved’. Vedas are believed to be the most essential texts in the Hindu (Sanaatan Dharm) literature. They are a collection of Mantra or incantations which have a direct effect on the reciter. ‘Ved’ literally translates to ‘internal knowledge’. The ancient saints have worked and understood these incantations. They have said that these mantra work on the subconscious mind to reveal facts and methods, impossible otherwise.
After the Vedas, come the texts of Upnishad, Puran, Itihaas and several other shaastra. Upnishad are the commentary on the Vedas. Puran consists of scientific theories on how the universe is created, several genealogies, cycles of time, avataar of God etc. Itihaas are a historical documentary and several sages have created other shaastra to study politics, science, philosophy, sociology, linguistics etc. If we take the complete texts of Hindu literature into account, it provides an all-round course for all the subjects.
Hinduism as a Religion
Up till a very long time, Hinduism was the only religion of the world. Until that time, it was not considered to be what we call ‘religion’ today. To think of taking the research papers of mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry. Then group them with the constitutions of countries and the philosophical works and brand them as the modern religion of the 21st Century is hilarious. The fact is that the Hindu texts are so old and hard to understand that while categorizing them, the most convenient way turns out to be by time. We take all the texts from ancient times and collectively call them Hindu literature. We stack them under the section of mythology and leave them to be studied only by the theologians and the anthropologists.
Growth of World Religions
As time passed, the language changed around the world and the Hindu literature became difficult to be interpreted in the common language. The world too endeared massive shocks pushing it back to struggle for mere survival. The peace time literature and the developmental works lost their meaning. After recovering from shocks, cultures from around the world adopted different parts of the Hindu literature. As were they inspired to create their own literatures in their immediately improvised state. The old words were understood to be the words of either faith or philosophy. Subsequently, new words were coined to describe new advancements in culture and eventually science, politics and religion were separated.
It is well proven today that several languages of Asia and Europe come from the same Proto-Indo-European ancestry. Therefore, is not hard to imagine that the culture and the philosophical ideas too could have come the same way. In fact, the religions of ancient Rome, Egypt and others share a great deal of ideologies and stories with Hinduism. Then, the newer generation condemned these ideologies for being the works of myth; A generation that was more ambitious and striving to establish an independent name in the books of history.
There are several examples of many Greek, Roman and Arabic texts have plagiarizing Hindu knowledge. It is a funny thing about the plagiarizers that they cannot care less about the factuality of the actual content. The texts translated to other cultures lost their original meaning. Then, they were served to the population, twisted and bent to forward the elite propaganda. My honest confession here is that not just the alien cultures but the whole world including Hinduism went on the path of corrupting the knowledge, so hardly acquired.
Rise of Abrahamic Religions
Then came the age of law givers. Several new religions sprouted around the world and the leaders of these religions did not even consider giving any explanations. They defiled the old religions by using the people’s disability of comprehending the old texts. Later, they established trust in the new authorities. These were the times when a person was knowledgeable not because, he or she could explain things but because, he or she could criticize efficiently. Use of words became knowledge and meaning of words lost importance. The authorities of these new religions established trust by works of critic for others. Then, they used the trust to directly give laws to the populations without the explanations of cause and consequences.
Hinduism did not fall to this level of low. So, all the new religions collectively attacked Hinduism and its branches. A lot of them became extinct. India as the source of Hinduism survived while Egypt, Rome, Greece and other cultures were lost.
The Modern Religion
However, to think badly of such religions is foolishness for the people of modern religion. Though these religions were hypocritical and dictated, they still were capable of driving masses in union. People still had faith and trust in God, and it helped the cultures carry on in the dark times. What came after was an all-time low for the system that we call civilization. The only term that describes the present state of the world is ‘anarchy’. The rise of superfluous ambition and materialism gave birth to atheism and every person was left free or rather alone to believe in whatever they wanted. There was no common belief that unified a certain group of people and everybody had their own beliefs to pursue and advocate. The feeling of common good and charity eloped the minds of individuals and selfish beliefs created and broke the relations as and when needed. In the complete anarchy of beliefs, ambitions and exploitations flourished. Any idea that connected people without a selfish reason was condemned. Sacrifices and compromises lost a place in the culture and restlessness, panic, anxiety, impatience, expression, discontentment and superficiality took a hold of the society. The worst thing is that we cannot blame the corporations or the atheists for the present state. While consumerism and materialism are unified in efforts across the world, religions and philosophers are more distant and divided.
The leaders of modern religion must come together and learn to give each other credit. They must fight against the united consumerism and materialism which are polluting the minds, the bodies as well the physical nature of the earth. It is my deep-rooted belief that the answers to the rise in depression, climate change and other such devastating phenomena cannot come from more technology and science but from religion and philosophy.
To agree to or challenge this thought, we must first open our eyes. We must see the state we are in today. We must suppress our egos to realize that the shining technology and the rich lifestyle of the present world is a myth. Above all, we should have the strength to accept the truth; The fake and lonely lives we are living are lies. We tell these lies to save our laziness from fighting the real fight. In turn, they are crushing us beneath the rubbles of the destructiveness, we ourselves have brought upon us.