For God's Sake..!
29. November 2018 at 09:08
by Apurva Mane
"He was not on the Cross of the Christians. I went to the Hindu temples. In none of them was there any sign... I went to the Kaaba of Mecca. He was not there. I asked about him from Avicenna the philosopher. He was beyond the range of Aviccena... I looked into my heart. In that, his place, I saw him. He was in no other place.."A multicultural society doesn't reject the culture of the othet but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other's culture without compromising it's own. - Reuven Rivlin.
This makes me ponder in what culture are we living in? Is this the world our progenitors fought for? Do we (cordially) accept others' cultures? I don't think so! Our great progenitors configured a flawless concept several years ago called religion to recover faith, to learn humanity, to have hope and inner peace, to become humane. Even there was disparity in the names of cultures they developed; the preaching was same of all and they lived happily accepting the disparities. Then what has happened to the world that had religion as humanity it's metaphysic once; now has the brutality?
I feel like our culture has become so good at pulling other people down and being so judgemental over decades. Yet there's space for all of us to be who we are. There's space for us to celebrate each other and not take each other down. We can't manipulate someone to like or be as "our" culture demands! In this 21st century, we've so many problems that we as a united society needs to look after. Then why everything's still orbiting around the religion? I am shocked to the core how can a person do such heinous acts in the sweet name of religious beliefs or culture?
Here, in India, religion has become the key point of everything. People are murdering people, the young girls or women are being victimized by Hindu-Muslim religionism, the terrorists are thrusting innocents even small offsprings without thinking twice in the name of jihad. People are voting a political leader on the basis of caste, creed rather than capabilities. Some countries are giving religious education to children and they're becoming the generation who puts religion on the top of all.
This is detrimental. Nothing's going to be better if this culture we're nurturing, keeps multiplying. Religious beliefs or practices, the culture we live or develop is personal matter of each individual. If a person is born in an explicit religion, its neither his offense nor preference. We need to suck that up profoundly. Religion, caste-creeds, culture are just man-made things like others which are supposed to give humans hope and peace. No religion is ill, the people born in it are making it ill.
You must be asking, 'so it's the religion you want to change?' No, obviously not! I know I alone cannot make a change in whole cultural system. But at least I can try and beseech to you. Cultures make people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it's easier to overcome the economic, social and political barriers. But first we've to understand that our neighbor is, in the end, just like us, with the same problems, the same questions. Preservation of one's own culture doesn't require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
So let's start with our ownselves. Each one of you who're reading this; do something good for other culture's people. Comprehend it. Communicate. Share your culture's concrete philosophy. Share happiness and peace within. Sometimes our prejudices becomes the very hindrance in path of blessedness. The equal right of all citizens to life, education, security, culture, and wellbeing - that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world - is what I wish. And I'll do everything it takes to make that change happen in our society, till my last. To sum up, I'll recite an excerpt from work of Jalaluddin Rumi:
"He was not on the Cross of the Christians. I went to the Hindu temples. In none of them was there any sign... I went to the Kaaba of Mecca. He was not there. I asked about him from Avicenna the philosopher. He was beyond the range of Aviccena... I looked into my heart. In that, his place, I saw him. He was in no other place.." :)