Sunday, June 9, 2013

Praying or getting preyed?

We pray. We curse ourselves. We curse karm. We die. Some die in hope of rebirth. Some hope for salvation. Some just want to escape hell. The stories go on and different section of people hopes to attain different goal. Each considers their path superior to other.

Almost all of us have been indoctrinated about these stories from the very childhood. We are ask to avoid any wrong doing and asked to seek the blessings of almighty. These stories are analogous to how a mother feeds her one year old child by making false promises.

The greatest lie in the world is RELIGION. I stopped praying because I felt that I had the luxury to go to temple but what about the poorest of the poor people who don’t have the ‘’right’’ to enter temple? If god listen my prayer and avoids the poor fellows because he could not pray then, is it justice?
Since my childhood I have been staunch votary of democracy. But religion has all the ingredients to destroy democracy. The most important ingredient of religion is ‘blasphemy’. It is like a veto. It simply means you cannot question the authority on the contrary democracy has freedom of speech and expression as sine qua non.

Each faith has its own god. Have you ever thought why there is never a clash between different gods? How do they decide who is the supreme god? If they don’t decide then there is chaos and if all religion leads to one god then there is anarchy. It means a single person is in overall command of the universe. Simple economics suggests that monopoly is bad for consumers, it recede innovation and hence customer satisfaction will be reduced. We being the customer of god we should in fact protest against the monopolistic attitude of god. Please let there be free and fair competition for the position of god !

We all inquire a lot about new drug and in some cases even avoid taking it. We suddenly become very rational while judging the drug but why do we lose the same rationality while going to fortune teller? How can a piece of stone upturn my work/life? Einstein was wrong regarding quantum physics. He had a wrong perception in the field of quantum physics, scientist have proved it using various experiments. He gracefully accepted it and we all have great respect for him for all his contribution in the field of science. Can we question the wrong portions of religious texts? Will the priest be graceful enough to accept it and correct it? The answer is hell no.

I have always believed god can be defined as one of the favourable solution of probability. Let me illustrate it. I am playing dice, if I get 6 I will say ‘x’ amount of money. We start praying to god, ‘’Oh god! Please bring 6’’. The probability of getting 6 is 1/6. If we win then we start thanking god. Take any case and apply probability you will be able to define god ! The whole question of god starts appearing in situations of uncertainty eg: to make sure that examination paper is simple! We never pray to god while adding 2+3 because we know the ‘’definite’’ answer, no uncertainty looms over here. God can also be explained in terms of filling the void. The moment we our ancestor could not answer anything the void was filled by god.
In modern world as more and more voids of looming uncertainty is filled by science the number of infidels is increasing. The life of religious people is very simple as they leave every difficult situation on ‘’almighty’’. In today’s world religion is being survived in the name of ‘’tradition’’ to be followed. No matter what you believe but since it is tradition you being forced to follow it.

Humanity has progressed in the last few centuries only because our great scientists were able to break the shackles of religious irrationality. So now you can compare what religion has given to mankind in last few thousand year and what science has given in just a couple of centuries! 



  1. Agreed completely with author about his view on religion . But I would like to ask author only one question that its only the science and scientists who can change the tradition and religion ?(regarding last paragraph)
    What about the Common men? Is he powerless to bring any change.???????????

    1. No rahul. even common man can change it by following the path of reasoning. by being rational. by pondering and resisting superstition. it is rather common man who can bring change. scientists are already in the league of reasoning.

  2. A nice post...I agree with you in principle, but I do recognize the importance of religion in restraining people from embarking on chaos...Read my post on religion for another perspective:

  3. its true that science and reasoning has brought about changes in fields where religion dominated for hundreds of years...secret societies(illuminati,free masonry etc.) needs mention here...but when the church at that time was questioned as to why they opposed the change...the answer was that science is too young needs to be checked or it might pose a serious threat to the world order and the very existence of humanity...the church was not totally wrong in its statement...why i mention this is because religion to some extent helps bind and unite people and the cocktail of fear and faith helps in the same...i do accept religion has its flaws and society has been flexible enough to adopt new changes but again the graph should not be exponential but gradual...things have changed and always will but being judgemental and biased everytime will only help atheism if nothing else...not everyone can differentiate between melody and harmony...but a person devoted to music can...

  4. Such a bold line full of nothing but truth..."The moment we our ancestor could not answer anything the void was filled by god." Well said Viral.
    Once i got the opportunity to talk with a "Pujari ji" of ISKCON temple, Surat. I asked him why you people consider KRISHNA greater than RAMA? What i got in reply was non less then a shock for me..." You must not question the authority of KRISHNA...then only you can understand him." The very next second I decided to call myself an 'atheist.'
    Now while I was going through the comments posted on this blog, somebody said that 'not everyone can differentiate between melody and harmony...' True, I agree. But no melody or harmony, ever was responsible for millions of deaths. I firmly deny to follow any such non-sense which is responsible for millions of Deaths, and moreover, whit is more disgusting, my countrymen are misguided in the name of some bullshit called RELIGION.
    Thanks Viral for such a nice post. Looking for some more insight-blogs on the similar topic.

    1. thnx. very well said. to understand this post one has to look rationally or else u ll lose the very crux of the post. glad to know that u liked it and fully understood the meaning :)

  5. Every one in this world does not thinks rational, there are poeple who follow blindly, and the world is full of such people, else UPA sequeal was not possible . Religion, may be in a wrong way but does disciplines those poeple. If wrong deeds were not punishable in hell (yamlok :P), world would have been a pain in the a** . I am not saying religion rights all wrongs, but imagine the chaos if no one was worried about karma and hurting/murdering people would have been a by product of rational thinking.

    I believe religion is a way of living life, which can be done by different individuals in different ways and one is not bound to lead his/her life that way. Religion does unites and spreads love too (Festivals are one such examples). It is up to an individual how he perceives his life. Kneeling in front of god just so that exams should go well or business runs profitably is not religion, but thanking the god for the wonderful life and leading it in a good manner might be the religion.

    As you said science has been removing the shackles of religious irrationality, but there are many questions science still needs to answer, many voids stills needs gods :) ... just as in science, a thoery is not a fact and undestanding of a theory improves with series of experiments and sometimes even thoery changes and we accept it as it proves to us (like Einstien did )... religion too might be a theory whose understanding changes with more exploration..and world was always flat untill we explored it :)

    I am not declaring myself to be theist or atheist, I just believe leading life simply and have found religion and science both helpful in doing so. :)