Is Religion that important? Isn’t Love enough?

With the recent changes in the domestic World, Be it in the political Arena OR in the approach towards Modernity(OR Western Culture, you may call it), there has been quite a lot of aspirations and at the same time, ambiguity related to the future.
We, the present generations of this Country have got choices to make. Its the first time, that WE, have this freedom, to decide and nurture what Our future world will be. Its indeed a big responsibility.
The times are changing, and the change is US. We need to be the positive change, the vibrant energy which can drive the nation to a world of happiness, liberty and humanism. And the special power need to fuel this change is what we already have, LOVE.
The nation is spread among people with orthodox approaches, self-contained bureaucrats, who have a single concern, i.e. to evolve hate out of hatred, on the basis of caste, religion, region. We can cite out a number of examples, where religious differences are twisted, broken, and then show-cased in a new face, just to attain popularity, to gain political benefits, and ultimately the power to control millions.
Who are they? Who gave them this power?
The only answer one can trace down to is, They are humans like us, and its We who gave them this power.
Now the question lies, WHY? Why we turn blind to see what ahead of us, why we are stepping into a jive, which is impossible to come out of.
Well, the answer we can still drill down to is, its because of Our belief system, the machinery which is fitted into our brains which behaves like blinders, which makes us behave, the way we are expected to. And this belief system is imposed on us, through a term called ‘Religion’.
What is Religion? Have you ever tried to conceptualize, from where this term came, OR what was the reason for which, it actually came into existence. I can guarantee, that you would say ‘NO, NEVER’.
[Infosys CEO – Mr. Vishal Sikka says ‘We Indians are good at doing, what we are told to do’. He isn’t wrong either.]
RELIGION, the term difficult to define, however has numerous definitions across the world , by numerous philosophers.
The religious Leader Dalai Lama says,
   ‘This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.’
One of the greatest leaders of modernization, Abraham Lincoln said,
   ‘When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.’
The most successful social reformist of India, B.R. Ambedkar said,
   ‘I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.’
These sayings were not individualistic views, they were to make us think, to make us question what we have been following till this time.
Religions were created by us, humans, to have faith, hope, trust in GOD, the omnipresent, Super power who created this world.
However, traditions, culture, practices came along, and with this came competition, comparison, difference of views and beliefs, as imposed by several religious leaders, world saw, time and again .
And this led to clashes, violence in the name of religion, contests in proving which religion is better, than the other. This only brought HATE, and the soul purpose of its creation was lost somewhere.
Most of you, might agree, to me, on several points being discussed here, But when it comes to take a stand, many of you might take a step back.
The culprit again is Our belief system, We seem to give precedence to things taught to us, then our own thoughts.
A Hindu guy OR his family, might seem liberal to accept guy’s Muslim friends, as his companions during his early days of life, School, College, Work, but when it comes to choosing bride for the same son, they would select Girl from the same religion, same caste.
Same goes with Muslim families OR other religions as well.
The reason being, difference in religion, culture, belief, and what GOD we bend to.
Why is that? What makes Humans different from each Other? Their physical OR their mental attributes? Did GOD made the differences?
NO, Every human being was/is created with same set of features, Equal, in all sense.
So, Isn’t Love, Understanding, Care, Trust enough to cater the requirements, One needs to look into the prospective bride OR groom?
Does her/his religion affect the relation you are going to have with that human being, with whom, you are going to spend your entire life with? It doesn’t.
The time has come, that we get ahead of this Old belief system, disapprove wrong beliefs, practices, and appreciate people for their actions, for what they actually are, irrespective of religion.
 
Choice of religion is a voluntary decision, and everyone has the freedom to follow practices they want to follow.
Same should be the case with Choosing your life partner, Everyone should have the freedom to choose their partners, irrespective of which faith they are into.
Inter-faith couples can be the fore-runners of the modern world, who will be free of hatred, who will respect all the religions, the symbols of Unity and peace, and who can lead this country ahead , free of regionalism, bureaucracy, chaos, and uncertainty.
As we conclude, We can say, Religion is there to spread Love, peace, harmony among Humans. Its soul purpose is to keep Humans as Humans. If it doesn’t, then its not a religion.
‘Love is the pillar on which Life stands, the walls are the RELIGION’
Keep Loving, Caring…and thinking.
Best of Luck.
Ajaz Ahmed

‘Time and tide waits for none’

Time rushes past so swiftly, as swift is the sand in your closed palm. Its been more than six months from the instance where we all departed from our college, holding our provisional certificates in our hand, promising each and everyone of our friends, teachers and other known presence, that no matter however the situation may be, we all will remain in touch and consistently be in communication. This altogether was done as a pledge I suppose. The departing friends were calm, serene and had a feeling of sadness in their eyes, because everyone knew that the life we spent here was enriched, crafted and glamoured by our unity and the completeness it followed, by having precious moments to share and enjoy. But the real battle with life was waiting for each one of us.

After grad, some had a pre-planned decision of going for higher studies like MCA, MBA. Some went agreeing to their parents’ decisions. However there were still some who had aspiring motives for continuing there studies, but due to lack of better chances, they decided to lead their ways differently. Some went on to give them a second chance to get their ambitions fulfilled, we serve them our best wishes for their venture and preparation. However there were also some who went inside the professional arena, looking for the jobs of their interest or rather that, that depends on the qualification they posess.I,also belonged to the latter group,and have decided the fate to be bestowed upon me,will undergo circumstances whichever may I need to face.The struggle for each one of us, was well reasonable and hectic at the same time, may it be getting admissions into desired courses, arranging fees amount etc. Or looking for a deserving job. There was hardwork and continuous pressure,and so the result was fruitful.