“HOLY” FAITHS AND THEIR “UNHOLY” BELIEVERS!
According to a UCAN report dated 21st April 2016, more tribal people choosing Christianity or less preferentially Islam over Hinduism, in India, and the writer genuinely fears if it might be abused for divisive politicking.
This is well documented with Christian tribal persons having increased in number to 10.03 million in 2011 (from a mere 6.3 million in 2001)—a 63% growth! Islam followers among tribal people have multiplied from 1.2 million to 1.8 million. Both these chunks have come from the total of 84 million (The latest figure is 104 million) Hindu tribal persons.
Of course the Indian Constitution gives you and me full authority to choose whoever faith affords us inner satisfaction, though those that we call our dear and near may violently differ in their view of the matter. They would, under the guise of camaraderie with us, like us to remain ensconced within faith A B or C.
Whenever I think of my Christian and Muslim friends and contacts-some are quite dear to my heart- I also think of those rave ancestors of theirs that veered away from their mother faith (Hinduism) and wooed one of these two imported faiths. It must surely have been a life and death challenge for them to go away from their traditional faiths! Many prospective escapees might have been summarily done to death to by their own people—a proto-version of what “honor killing” is today!!
Don’t elevate any specific faith above others for these faiths are all man-made and the result of some thinking by our neo-Neanderthal ancestors who must have felt that you and I would be lost sheep unless we are provided with some route directions and a route map!
If you read holy texts—holy to the believers but unholy to the believers of other faiths-you can see that every such text is a mosaic of good and not so good ideas or heavily antiquated notions.
Both the Quran and the Bible have texts that contain numerous hind sights at that past time that the book got compiled from many sources. Both texts contain sound advice and counsel too. If many Hindus felt like choosing these faiths it might surely have been because of the ease in comprehensibility of these texts too.
But it is equally true that these that profess to be followers of these imported or indigenous faiths-Hindus too no less—fail to rise to the true expectations of these texts in not only thought speech and action but also behavior!
If a faith has an Old Man of the Sea clinging to its back, and refusing to let go, its none other than the community of followers that ostensibly claim to follow the faith and what it professes but never does so in the genuine spirit and certainly tends to misuse and abuse it too.
Christianity got broken up into >30000 sects—we in India know only the major ones with larger number of followers—because it has been the tendency of some of its believers to pick out some passages away from the closely integrated and organically interwoven text and then give these excerpts the meaning that they would like.
The consequence has been that if Sect A makes a hue and cry and beats their chests and sweats profusely during their loud prayer sessions, Sect B never does so. Sect A claims that Jesus will return on the Seventh Day—which specific day they are not sure—and Section D says that Satan Worship—Black Mass– is also given license by the mainstream Christianity!
The dreaded KKK-Ku Klux Klan-also comprised only Christians but not those that regularly went to church! They believed in a white race supremacy and very like the Rednecks in Europe—and used to murder Blacks in the US.
Islam, whose known sects are Sunnis, Shias and Ahmediyas, also has many other minor sub sects both globally and within our nation. As far as we know Sunnis are almost always at love lost with the Shias and they even murder each other for fun. The Ahmediyas in India live in the Lakshadweep archipelago and so they are relatively safe from the majority sects.
But the Taliban who set about putting into practice a quite narrow definition of the faith, earned a bad reputation for violently opposing girls’ education, women empowerment and for insisting on patriarchal conventions. Nay they almost ruined that nation Afghanistan by jeopardizing school education in numerous ways!
According to them—the Taliban sought to implement a terribly patriarchal version of the faith– girls were to be prohibited from getting educated in any manner so that they would consider themselves easily saleable chattel capable of pushing out babies by the dozen to equally illiterate and violent men!
The social and community specific evil called Talaq made the lives of women horribly uncertain and miserable le beyond description too.NO Muslim (tribal) kingdom—not even Saudi Arabia) ever lifted a little finger to oppose all this.
Ms. Malala Yousefzai had to pay a heavy price for championing the cause of education for girls. It took the distant US to send their troops to save that nation from being overrun by these Taliban nomads and warriors!
ISIL or ISIS also claim to be Muslims, like the Taliban. They go one step further in an anti- civilization direction with an entrenched faith in mass killings, imposition of sex slavery for life, beheading, ethnic cleansing and so on.
Mind you just like the Taliban (who remain scattered in both sub-continental Pakistan and mountainous
Afghanistan) the IS also claim that they have a distinct design for a huge empire consisting of Syria and Iraq.
Both these stupid organizations have brought the faith a really bad name globally by now. Try to migrate to the West with a Muslim identity and you are fated to know the worst form of discrimination imaginable!
Speaking of Hindus, they also don’t bother to read the Hindu scriptures and extract he real meanings from the textual material through thinking and discussion. To add insult to injury, almost all texts relating to this faith are in Sanskrit which ceased to be a vibrant communication medium in this country many centuries ago.
So most Hindus today simply chant mechanically like zombies without really knowing what the hymns actually mean! ~
On inevitable result of this state of remaining distanced from the actual text has been of course the multiplicity of interpretations for every text and modified stories. Another has ,unfortunately enough been the over dependence of most Hindus on fake god men or god women hat claim t simply and illustrate the hard core of the faith for the commoners!
However if you make an analysis of how much these fake persons really helped towards bringing about renaissance of the Hindu community and in giving them a route map for remaining strong and monolithic across caste distinctions, you are going to see that they haven’t done much at all.
Yes, they have set up huge establishments offering education or health but NO Hindu can expect any sort of concession or appreciation at these institutions, which have only fattened the wallets of these persons!
My point is that less than 1% of the present day followers of faiths A, B or C or D has taken pains to really understand the real meaning of these holy texts and understand the real meaning of the texts to over many months.
Very few of the religious institutions have taken pains to elucidate the prayers and hymns also.
Look at this Hadith from the Quran, (Chapter 3, Hadith No 159),
“Pass over the faults of people and ask forgiveness of God for them”
If those Taliban or IS Muslims really had read the Quran sincerely would they have chopped off so many human heads and even played football in the streets with children’s corpses?
The human faiths remain heavily burdened today with their own present-day followers who commit many fooleries in the name of the faith! All real honest believers are stranded on metaphoric Maldivian atolls in a vast boundless Pacific of colossal ignorance and purposeful malpractice and prostituted interpretations!