Prayers come to me as naturally as the phenomenon of breathing. I pray because I believe in the supreme power, the divinity and something miraculous that gives me strength to go on and on. Despite the failures, deceits, or losses, where does this strength to survive come from?
Yes, I am a firm believer of God. Not out of fear, but faith. I have always felt some mystic powers within, that have always given me courage to cope up with any problem, big or small. Where does this courage come from? There is something inexplicable that gives you strength to fight any situation.
This power that transforms into strength in adversities; is what I call God. I may or may not worship an idol, but I know God exists because that supreme power exists. The power that can take charge of any situation and lay a protective shell around you. Believing in God is believing the fact that there’s someone watching on you. That there’s someone superior to you, to guide you and also punish you for the wrong deeds.
More than anything, I believe in God for it gives me inner peace. And, the most peaceful of all the prayers happen not in the biggest and noisiest of temples, monasteries or chapels, but the smaller ones or may be in one of the silent corners of your home. Perhaps that’s why it is said that God is omnipresent and my favorite lines by Sant Kabir:
Moko kahan dhoondhe re bande
Main to tere paas mein
Na teerath mein na moorat mein
Na kanth niwas mein
Na mandir mein na masjid main
Na Kabe Kailas mein
Na main jap mein na main tap mein
Na main barat upaas mein
Na main kiriya karam mein rehata
Na hi jog sanyas mein
Na hi pran mein na hi pind mein
Na bramhand aakaash mein
Na main prakrati pravar gufa mein
Sab swason ki saans mein
Khoji hoye turat mil jaoon
Ek pal ki taalas mein
Kehat Kabir suno bhai saadho
Main to hoon vishvas mein
The crux of these beautiful lines is that the Almighty will not be found in temples, mosques, ceremonies or rituals. God is inside each one of us. All we need is, feel his presence with undeterred faith. True!
You’ll not find me visiting temples often or chanting sermons day in, day out. I rather not favor the rigid traditions and customs or offerings that are made in the name of God. I also completely condemn the idea of floating idols in the seas and rivers during visarjanas and firmly believe that it’s time to change our outlook, our modus operandi. It’s time to socialize with God in a better way rather than giving offerings in various forms that go down the drain. I believe in God in my simple ways. What about you?