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Quest of Truth: The Religion
|by Mahesh Chandra Dewedy|
Continued from "Quest of Truth: The Absolute"
Rationality demands that a quest for truth must permit an enlightened and unbiased questioning. Therefore, let us question some of the practices, principles and beliefs generally common to all major religions of the world.
In all religions in which the Supreme God is believed to have some form, he is a male: and even in those religions in which he is believed to be formless, he is addressed as 'He' and not 'She'. In the trinity of hinduism Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are all males and so are his incarnations like Ram, Krishna, etc. Even 'Brahm', who is believed to be formless is addressed as male and not as female 'BrahmaaNi'. All the paighambars in semitic religions including Christ, the son of God (in Christianity), were males. Buddhism was given by Gautam Buddh - again a male. This defies logic that Godhood is an exclusive preserve of males in all religions. Further, it cannot be a mere coincidence and is an indication of bias that the proponents of all religions were males only.
All religions claim superiority of their God over all other Gods and semitic religions reject the existence of any God other than their own God. Since one God cannot be superior to or different from the other God, such beliefs create obvious contradictions as well as provide reasons for disbelief in the existence of God.
Principles and practices of various religions are considered generally sacrosanct, and the commandments of semitic religions are considered God-given and absolutely inviolable. Since some of these differ from one religion to another- sacrifices, jihad, keeping four wives, etc., - their sanctity becomes obviously questionable.
Most of the mass cruelties- Islamic invasions, inquisitions, Hitler's hate war against Jews, etc., - of the world, which caused immeasurable misery to human beings, have been perpetrated in the name of religion. Even today innumerable innocent persons are made to suffer in the name of faith, e.g., religious terrorism.
The religion has often been used as a tool of exploitation of the gullible, of personal gain of power and pelf, and of such abominable acts as organ-mutilation, human sacrifice and sexual orgies. Even in the 21st century such exploitation and cruelty in the guise of religion by gurus, swamis, padrees, maulavis, fakirs, khalifas, etc. continue.
The religion has almost always been used to ban or discourage rational and scientific enquiry- Socrates, Galileo, Eklavya, etc. Moreover, in the name of religion any knowledge gained has been kept confined to a few and has not been allowed to spread. This has helped perpetuate ignorance and backwardness in the world. It is since the 19th century only, when the humankind has started breaking free from the shackles of religion, the progress of human society has taken wings.
Therefore, one can reasonably conclude that while religion is useful to keep people contented even in misery, and disciplined and controlled like a herd of sheep, it is generally regressive so far as human freedom, human progress and enlightened happiness are concerned.
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