Religion, how can you define it? What comes in your mind when you hear this word? Does this instantly tell you that you belong to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism or any other human made category? Have you ever questioned your religion or your religious beliefs or you find it sinful or wrong to do so? Have you ever tried to reason your beliefs in religion or do you blindly follow the texts? The motive behind writing such questions means so disrespect for any religion. I’m not questioning the validity or invalidity of any religion nor am I criticizing the beliefs about different religions created so far. My main concern here is to introduce a new concept of religion which came in my mind after meditation. The idea I’m going to project here should be understood with open mind. This idea is not taken from some internet source or any book of philosophy or religion; it comes directly from the depths of my mind where my conscious SELF resides – awakened and enlightened. There’s no point in agreeing or contradicting to it; it’s just an idea of my mind which I believe to be correct and valid for me.
At some point of your life, most of you might have questioned GOD or to yourself about your existence in this world. There may be times when you were stuck in any serious problem without having any idea about how to get out! You may have tried many things; you may have questioned many people; you may have questioned even yourself that why is this happening! I did that too but fortunately found an excellent medium for answering all my questions that were so long unanswered. I trust my inner conscious SELF and believe IT to be my guide in everything I do, everything I think of doing. I’ve made meditation as my skill for solving the problems of my own life and of others too. I created my own RELIGION…!!
Religion, according to me, is a set of beliefs that guides you how to live your life happily and peacefully with joy and satisfaction for SELF and others. Anything that tells you the most efficient way of living is RELIGION. I believe that we create our own religion. Each one of us has different set of beliefs for the things we interact with and the things we experience, in this world. These set of beliefs together form belief systems. And these belief systems together form a RELIGION. Since, each one of us has different set of beliefs, this means we all have different belief systems and thus we all have our own unique RELIGION. Let’s take this idea one step further by looking at the beginning, where it all started.
Right from our birth, we are taught by our parents and elders, about the existence of the ultimate energy, GOD. We begin to believe in his existence and thus for us HE actually exists! We even feel HIS presence at times when we need HIM the most. Then, as we grow up, we are taught about our religious texts and religious stories and we are told to believe that everything that our religious texts depict must be followed strictly in order to sustain a happy and satisfied life. No doubt, it’s good to do so and may be beneficial too but if you go a step further with your open mind and try to see the intricate details about the various religions created so far, you’ll find many common facts. Even harder observations may let you finally conclude that all the religions known so far are not separate but ONE. There may be different names and slightly different storylines but all teach and preach the same thing. It may seem as if we all are separated by different boundaries of religious beliefs, but we are actually not! All these religions seem to be converging at a single point – a point I call ONENESS. All the religions ultimately teach us ONENESS. It is my belief that what your religious texts teach us must be believed only when you realize it within yourself.
What do you think, then, was the need for defining separate religions although they all teach the same thing? Human has always been curious and ignorant at the same time. We know things but in this ‘unreal’ life that we have created so far, we become ignorant. We are aware of everything but we are not awakened. We take everything for granted and live our life with ‘let it be’ attitude. So, in order to show proper path to the ignorant humans, religions were formed. These religions were shaped in such a way that these were linked directly to human lives and their betterment. Since, there were different humans with different belief systems, therefore, different religions were framed so that no contradiction comes from any side and realization comes from within. Religious stories telling us about our GODS and their way of life inspired us and taught us many lessons that would not have been easy if one person taught another person; although many great and highly awakened persons were born who devoted their lives spreading the message of ONENESS. So, religion was created as a tool or an aid to help the ones who are lost in the ‘fake realities’ of this world. Even today, if a person seems to be distracted or deviated from the normal cycle of life, then it is religion that sparkles light in his dark closed eyes and shows him way. If you ask a spiritual person about religion, you will hear him saying that he does not believe in separation of religions but he believes all of them to be ONE. A person, who is spiritually awakened and enlightened, believes in ONE religion only – a religion that he creates himself from his own belief systems and not from the religious texts and stories. The various religious texts and stories inspire us, guide us, teach us and make us learn the things we knew already but never noticed before. Exactly same happens when we are awakened and when we make our own religion.
Now the question comes, why is there a need to define your own religion although religions already exist, why not follow them instead? The reason why we should rely on our self-created religion lies in the fact that the religion that we frame ourselves is formed by relating together our own belief systems, which are more reliable with lesser contradictions and lesser self-conflicts. But how to judge whether our belief systems are valid or invalid? Well, in order to check the validity of your belief systems, you don’t have to search anywhere. In my view, if you do something that you truly believe is right, it’s perfectly right! Because being right or wrong is perspective dependent. If something that you do seems right to your perspective, then it is absolutely right! Belief is the key to open all the doors of your conscious and to allow the light of knowledge enlighten you!
So, here I conclude that religion is anything that teaches you the way to live efficiently; and if you frame your own beliefs by going deep inside you, rather than searching outside in the texts and stories, then you create your own religion. And in such religion, you’ll have no doubts, no questions, no contradictions…….just answers. Just take a deep insight of yourself and with positive vision, bring out your beliefs from your absolute world to your real world…..I’m sure you’ll find the answers!!!
©Varun K. Sharma
13 thoughts on “RELIGION, I CREATE”
This poem raises interesting points to consider. I find it fascinating how Brazilians mix their religions and spiritual beliefs. There is a well know adage of the 12 Step programs which says, “Take what you like and leave the rest.” That works for me.
One thing to consider is that some people practice religions that include working with the Dark. Sometimes they combine with rituals for the Light, other groups work only with Dark energies. They are sincere about their beliefs in doing this. What are your thoughts about this? Are all religious ideas valid if the people believing them to be true are sincere?
There is also a power that comes when working with groups which would be an argument for religions. You may have noticed the difference when you meditate in a group you like as opposed to meditating alone. Both can be positive, but the Force that comes with a group is often easier to obtain, especially for people who are new at this type of practice.
Good write. Thought provoking and interesting. hugs, pat
And yes, all religious ideas are valid for those who believe them to be! But religion never teaches to harm others. If practising rituals harms others, then certainly the belief system is defected somewhere and thus needs to be re-defined.
I created my own RELIGION!!!
You must be “me”.The way your mind “soul” thinks “feels” is very much like mine dear Varun. Great work!
i truly agree wid u….well said varun nd i luv this line….Belief is the key to open all the doors of your conscious and to allow the light of knowledge enlighten you!
“Even harder observations may let you finally conclude that all the religions known so far are not separate but ONE. ” is the line i admired the most. I wish everyone accepted this fact that all religions goes towards the same path and that’s of GOD. I had always respected every religion but only i follow up a thing until i feel its right according to my own thoughts. If you do things against to your true will you never let feel satisfied.
Great post dear and how nicely you have explained the meaning of true religion. 🙂
thanks Isha! I believe that the religious beliefs must be considered valid only if you truly believe them from your conscious. People look for reasons to happy life in texts, but the answers lie deep within their mind!
hmmm…. agree on that. But to find your answers within isn’t a cup of tea for all of us. As its a tough task. And than if everybody knew it… wouldn’t have all became good human beings, which is completely impossible. Until we don’t find bad thing around us we can’t know what’s good for us.
yeah! Totally agree to that 🙂
Very thought provoking. Love the title as well. I know when I think of religion, I think of it as something within myself, not a building.
Daring and wonderful. We all can question the confinements of mental contructs! Are we the house, the dweller or the life which imbued essence, love to seek Itself a home to find the outpour of divine by any name…
wat a writing,,,so provoking and a bold piece of writing…religion is definatelyy a state of mind..wen u attain a position where u dont discriminate on any basis…wen u have a direct cnnecion with the ultimate energy-god..let it be thru meditation.. belief or any other means…religion is to help the ones in need…religion is to preach the lessons of humanity and follow them!
I’m totally with YOU! Sadly, over the millennia religions of all denominations have sought to control the masses by instilling fear (of God!), and fear of the power of the heirarchy in the religion. All the great religions talk of finding God within. But that way lies self determination. You can’t control people who aren’t afraid of you. Let’s all start listening to ourselves more and the sermon on the mount has the one line that can guide us: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Can’t get clearer than that – and I’m an atheist! 🙂
So glad to find people who share my belief…..but I’m not an atheist…I believe in Supreme Energy!! Soon I’m going to write something on that topic too 🙂
Thanks for your comment….it’s always nice to know what others think about my beliefs..!!!