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Religion

You ask me to seek the Lord in a distant temple on a faraway hill, a herculean climb, convincing me that I can please God only with the pain of my labour.

You demarcate places of worship to fuel the fire of exclusion and build walls to serve casteist and anti-woman agendas.

Can’t I find him in the sanctuary of my own devout heart? Didn’t you say He was Omnipotent?

You discriminate the disabled, reassuring me that their past birth karma has earned them their troubles.

Religion is your tool to make me feel ashamed of my festive womanhood.

You assert that my flamboyant sins would weaken the Lord. Didn’t you say He was Omnipotent?

You cloak yourself in the Just World phenomenon. Tit for tat.

You refuse to believe that life isn’t always fair.

Instead, you fancy that the Omniscient above holds weighing scales and strict calculators of Virtue and Vice.

Believe what you will. Worship a stone as the mighty lord, or elevate a philosopher or a God-man to an all-powerful entity.

Let me believe what I choose to. Don’t force your rigid rules and hidden agendas on me.

If you try to contain religion in a matchbox, it’ll combust and set you aflame.

 

Author’s note:

I’m a firm theist and this is more of a critique on the deliberate misuse of institutionalized religion, especially through beliefs and practices perpetrated in the Indian context, where there is no healthy distance between the State and Religion. For me, religion is very personal and pure and it is gut-wrenching to see it contaminated by underhand schemes for epistemological, economic and political power

 

 

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31 thoughts on “Religion

  1. Hey Roshni i liked your way of saying the realities. “You demarcate places of worship to fuel the fire of exclusion and build walls to serve casteist and anti-woman agendas.” I felt very happy that so many people speak about the bondages of religion. Congratulations for that.
    I am new at wordpress and i am trying to explore this specific topic. But the only difference is that i don’t want to reject religion on the first place. Please read my blog “athiest of neo India”. Here- https://praveenpath.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/atheists-of-neo-india/
    I am in search of good readers.😄.
    And you are doing great on your poems. Best of luck.

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    • Hello. Thanks a lot for your insightful comment, Praveen.
      Yes, I credit that approach. My goal, as well, was to discredit the misuse of institutionalised religion, and not dismiss religion itself. I’d love to check out your blog. Happy blogging!

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  2. You: You demarcate places of worship to fuel the fire of exclusion and build walls to serve casteist and anti-woman agendas.
    My answer: My religion Islam doesn’t demean women. In the days of pre-Islamic ignorance, used to feel sad when informed of the birth of a female child, the Prophet (PBUH) promised those who have daughters of great reward from Allah. He (PBUH) says: “Whoever had daughters and was patient with raising them, the daughters would be a protection for him from the Hellfire”.
    Prophet Muhammad also said
    “The most complete believer in faith is the best in morals, and the best among you is the best to their wives.”
    “O Messenger of Allah! Who is most deserving of my fine treatment?” He said, “Your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then your nearest, then nearest.”
    “Observe your duty to Allah in respect to the women, and treat them well.” (Prophet Muhammed’s  Last Sermon)
    “I went to the Apostle of Allah (PBUH) and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them.”
    I will reply to you in parts if you want to read more of Islam’s command to treat women right just Google it

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    • Thank you so very much for enlightening me and sharing all that information. I didn’t necessarily write on the innate beliefs and essence of any religion, but was more so speaking on how it is constructed for misuse. I appreciate your comment. Happy blogging.

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  3. Timothy Paul Westbrook says:

    Thank you for your post. I teach religion from a Christian perspective at a university. I find your post quite interesting and authentic. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. “If you try to contain religion in a matchbox, it’ll combust and set you aflame” I wish more people would understand that.
    I’m a firm believer in God but I don’t agree that anyone should try and stifle others with religion or condemn them if they don’t believe in a certain entity. I support freedom of worship and one reserves the right to choose who or what they want to worship or don’t want to worship.

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