Beliefs, Religion and Reason – A perspective of Hindu Atheist

February 15, 2009

Method in madness

Filed under: Lifestyle — Aniket @ 2:53 pm
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Masses, myself included, need recognition, validation, acknowledgment for their mediocre capabilities
Masses, myself included, need sense of social belongingness, someone to care, something to share
Masses, myself included, need occupation for their mind, 24*7, 365 days a year, entire lifetime
Masses, myself included, need a forum to express their ordinary skills and talents
Masses, myself included, need escape from pain, a painkiller, a placebo
Masses, myself included, need purpose of life to make sense of it

Masses turn to religion
and I?

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5 Comments »

  1. Nice..Was this another haiku ?

    Comment by Nitwit Nastik — February 15, 2009 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  2. no, not haiku..just some wordplay.

    haiku’s r supposed to 2.5 liners and typically not as easy as they look. Writing good haiku means getting across the message in 15 odd words in very effective way. Most amateurs end up writing crappy haiku like i did, very few can actually write good haiku.

    Comment by Aniket Kanade — February 16, 2009 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  3. Aniket,

    My two cents:

    (1) recognition, validation, acknowledgment for their mediocre capabilities
    (2) sense of social belongingness, someone to care, something to share
    (3) occupation for their mind, 24*7, 365 days a year, entire lifetime
    (4) forum to express their ordinary skills and talents
    (5) escape from pain, a painkiller, a placebo
    (6) purpose of life to make sense of it

    I’m not sure (1) & (4) apply in the context of religion (exclusively). Religion definitely offers (2), (5) and (6). But (3) is optional unless you are a Bhakti Yogi. πŸ™‚ Otherwise, just belief is sufficient and you can spend time just like eveyone else constantly wandering from one topic to another.

    But I always wonder about (3)… kinda recursive, right?. It’s a nice feature as well as a bug in my opinion. Poet DVG (one I posted a verse earlier from) writes:

    A dog that is lying on garbage may happen
    To think of its past lives and repent for it.
    But when it catches a new smell, it runs after it!
    Likewise is this mind. — Mankuthimma.

    (Verse from Mankuthimmana kagga)

    The analogy to dog in garbage definitely has a derogatory tone (dog in garbage) but conveys the point. But the ability to go after a new smell is surely a nice feature πŸ™‚

    I didn’t know of this haiku thing. Post some nice haikus from experts πŸ™‚

    Comment by Hindu Atheist — February 17, 2009 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  4. (1) and (4) are more typical of organized religion, but also typical of various local cultural groups and events (e.g Ganeshotsav in Mumbai or Durgapuja in kolkata).

    about (3) .. this is more applicable to western societies .. people have lot of free time and usually don’t know what to do with that. Religion provides obvious escape.

    Comment by Aniket Kanade — February 18, 2009 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  5. This is unrelated to your particular post, but I was going through your posts and really like what you’re writing.

    I’m a hindu, but I’d be one of those who have the “super intellectual elite” outlook on Hinduism. I think a lot of what you talk about is interesting because my boyfriend is atheist, and I was having a really difficult time explaining to him the idea that Hinduism (the way I see it) is a random label for a collection of philosophies—that you can choose to follow or not follow. At least, that is the way it works in my family.

    But I was surprised that you were having trouble reconciling your Atheist beliefs with the ones that are Hindu—considering you can be Hindu and not be a theist. At least, I’ve never seen a conflict there.

    Just curious, and hope to see more articles from you soon.

    Comment by Suchi — May 26, 2009 @ 11:22 pm | Reply


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