Why is that to seek God, to pray to Him, we always go to a temple or a church? Why do we need an idol to feel His presence around us? Why in the name of religion do we kill and hurt others?
I am not an atheist but my opinion on God or religion is not something that many share. When I was growing up my mother used to light the lamp in front of the few laminated images of God and pray every evening. But she never forced us to do the same. In fact she is not very spiritual, she believes in God but does not believe in over doing the devotion in the form of going to temple often and offering Pujas*.
I have nothing against people who believe in going to temple and praying because I think that everyone have their own unique way of connecting with God. But I have imbibed my mother’s thought of line because frankly, I can never communicate with God in a crowded temple, with people jostling for space and the temple pundits push you ahead of the line even before you have had a chance to see His magnificent idol and fold your hands in a prayer.
I have seen when the Puja is going on in temples most women concentrate more on their own/adjacent lady’s jewels or the sari. I would prefer going to a small but peaceful temple where I can sit silently and introspect on my inner thoughts. I know that this brings more peace to my mind and I feel one with God. I don’t believe in offering donations to temples which I never know where it will end up in. I would rather give it to a person who is in dire need of financial help to save his/her own life or a loved one’s.
I also don’t believe that there are multiple Gods because it defies a common logic. I mean, come on, if there are different Gods, how do Gods choose the religion of a new born child? Do they decide on a percentage basis, do they toss coins, or pick a chit? It’s unbelievable that there are several Gods. God is one and only one. Yes, he may have different forms to which we pray but there is only one supreme, ultimate power.
The prayer of a Hindu folding his hands in a temple, the prayer of a Muslim bowing down in a Mosque, the prayer of Christian kneeling down in a Church, all reach to same God. Then why do we restrict people of different faith from entering our places of worship? Then why in the name of religion do we fight and kill each other? I have absolutely no idea.
* Puja is a prayer ritual performed by Hindus to worship one or more deities