If I were a Pious and a Passionate Hindu….
Devotion is an often misconceived notion. This misinterpretation is more complex when one is religiously passionate. If I were one of those extremely zealous Hindus, this is what I would identify with.
If I were a devout Hindu:
- I would exhibit tolerance, for that is the very essence of my religion.
Hinduism is an age old religion that has survived the destruction of the ages and the ravages of the centuries. Like every other ancient religion, it inculcates truth as the ultimate goal of this journey on earth. How does one share this journey with numerous other living souls? It is through the practice of tolerance/ resilience.
It means that as a constantly evolving species, humans have the willingness to accept the meaningful existence of other religions, opinions, disagreements, and behavior-which also includes food choices.
- I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear.
Bhagavad Gita 9.29
If I were a zealot flaunting my religion with utmost pride, I would remember the above words from the holy text and understand that in the presence of the Supreme light, every living organism is one. I would bear in mind that as per the teachings, the soul travels from one living form to another and my time in this physical form is but limited.
I would also remember that among my fellow humans there is none superior and there is no person who is of less importance whatever caste, creed or race he may be.
- I would believe in the Freedom of Expression
I would comprehend the two forms of expression namely: Swatantrata (freedom of expression) and Swachandata (the freedom of unruly expression) and embrace the former. I would believe that every individual has the rights to express- through music, dance and through the various forms of art. I will not let my ego get offended when my thoughts are not in unison with the views and opinions of others (artists).
- Yatra naaryasto poojyantay, ramantay tatra devata
(Where women are honored, there the Gods are pleased)
If I had the ardent love for my religion, I would summon into my mind, time and again; that women are the opposite sex and in no way inferior. I would also bear in mind that a collective vibration of disdain can devastate a thousand low vibrations and I would refrain from adding to the contributing force to bring about that disdain.
In conclusion, one of my favorite Vachanaas ( a form of poetry) by Basavanna, a poet, a sincere reformer and an honorable statesman:
“What is the use of your learning and erudition?
Where is the proof of your claim to be high born?
You are a blacksmith if you heat,
You are a washerman if you beat,
A weaver if you lay the warp,
A brahmin if you read the scriptures.
Is anyone in this world born through the ear?
Therefore, whoever realizes the divine nature is high born.”
-Basavanna, Vacana 589