Sunday, September 13, 2009

Our Collective Escape Mechanism - Temples

I compose this blog in my mind as I stand in a temple wondering at the milling people around me, eyes closed and palms clasped, mouthing barely audible prayers. Normally, I wouldn't be dragged into a temple by ten wild horses but in a battle of strength between the wild horses and my wife, my wife wins hands down - one command and I follow her into temple(s).
Anyways, getting back to the point ... what are all these people praying for? If they are praying for that promotion, then they are asking God to deny someone more deserving; or are they asking God to bend the existing physical laws just for him/her - in other words a miracle?
Don't they know, that God does not exist; or if God does exist, then s/he does not interfere with our daily lives?
Actually temples are our escape mechanism.
To assume responsibility for every action we take is difficult and, possibly, unnerving.
Assign responsibility to some non-existing force/power/whatever is so damn easy - "You screwed up my life, you fix it."

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Sanoop said...

While His existence is debatable, I do firmly believe that there is a power that controls each and every occurrence that occurs around us, within us and by us. And about that part about a temple being a "Request Organization", I have to refer to a quote from the movie Bruce Almighty. Morgan Freeman plays God and 'He' says... "Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does He give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does He give them opportunities to love each other? "

And Sanoop R asks...
True/False ---> Please lemme know...

Amitabh said...

First of all let us not be gender insensitive - it could be a HER.
Not sure if this qualified for a TRUE/FALSE type of answer; however, consider this ... do we really need a superior power to hand us down opportunities? We could do all this on our own - we need to give us the opportunity. Prayers seem to be some kind of self-hypnosis or at least an attempt to self-hypnosis. Coming to a power that controls all occurrences, isn't that going a bit too far. Considering that we are tiny bits in the grand scheme of things - see The Idea of God

Sanoop said...

Ok lemme take snippets from your reply..

"Prayers seem to be some kind of self-hypnosis or at least an attempt to self-hypnosis."

Very true. God has left His/Her/Its imprint in all of us. So if you say prayer is a kind of self-hypnosis, it serves this part (To convey to the God within us )

"isn't that going a bit too far. Considering that we are tiny bits in the grand scheme of things"

Agreed that we are tiny bits in this grand scheme, but the fact that we are tiny does not mean that we are the only tiny bits. They are all strewn around. Some other tiny bits would have found other tiny bits but we tiny bits haven't been able to do so, or... theres a devious plan to keep all of us apart ;-)

Anyways, lets consider the word 'Nature'. Nature is everything around us that have not been influenced by Man. And how was it all created? From a ball of dust combined with gases using solar energy ? The initiation has to be done by someone... Maybe the next question would be who initiated that "someone" ? The cycle is endless, it goes into an infinite loop.. Maybe our minds are not supposed to dwell that far... or.. we wait until the ultimate truth .. Death!!! and chances are.. we still will not know :->

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