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Sunday, January 04, 2015

1753- Yes, God is One! Religions are manmade!

It is true, God is one. Yes,as per Advaita(like Sufism) too, God/ Brahman is one. Vedas too say "Ekam Sat, vipra bahuda vadanti"- God/Truth is one but wise call Him by different names. To visualise an abstract God is difficult for us mortals. Each country has got a Flag. Flag is not the country. It symbolises the country. Likewise each has got his own symbol to visualise/remind him of his deity- a Letter/a Book/a Kaba/ an Idol/ a Cross etc. A child cannot visualise the abstract alphabets. So we teach him alphabets through concrete objects like- A for apple, B for boy C for cat etc till such time he can fluently read. Till we can understand the abstract (omnipotent/omnipresent/ omniscient) Brahman we worship the ideal behind symbols/ idols as props and as our conscious expands we drop them.

As per Rabbi Rami Shapiro 
"To me, religions are like languages:
no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are
things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.
Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multilingual.
In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.“

That is, Religions are man made, and ultimately what counts is man's relationship with God and the fellow human beings. So can we say all religions teach 4 simple principles. 1.Believe in One God super power - 2. Do Good Deeds - 3. Stand for the Rights - 4. Be patient for what ever good and bad we receive from our lord.Therefore,now a days many lean towards spiritualism without religion.

"Science has cut across human barriers. There is no such thing as ‘your science’ or ‘my science’. But this is not in case with religions.
The individual truths in different religions have not come together to interact with each other to form a greater
truth that could result in improved spiritual life and thinking of mankind. Religions have not found a common theme to work together for the greater good of humanity by assimilating within them some scientific temper."- V.Raghunathan & M.A,Eswaran(Ganesha on the dash board)


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