I want to share a thought which might help us understand and appreciate the significance of God and festivities to a greater degree.
Today morning during the Pooja, I created a Youtube playlist of devotional songs. The very first song I decided to play was “Kaun Hai Voh” from Bahubali – The Beginning. If you have seen the video of this song, you will recall that Prabhas uproots the stone Lingam on the banks of a river and plants it just under a gushing waterfall and yells ” Ab apne prabhu ko roj nahi , har ghadi nehalao” translated to English ” Now bathe your god every moment and not daily”. Later there is a funny dance; no we are not going to judge Prabhas on that dance but here is what our Bahubali has inadvertently done:
Bahubali’s adrenal glands produced so much adrenaline that he was able to shift the Lingam from an easily accessible place to an highly inaccessible place ; under the gushing waterfall and amidst large sharp rocks. The Lingam on the river bank could be worshiped by the young and old alike, but now, they better learn to swim or climb rocks to reach the sculpture. Bahubali’s enthusiasm had clouded his vision to foresee the fact that the commoner will be inconvenienced with his heroic feat.
Moral of the story: Let us keep all the Gods closer in our hearts. All the excitement, chaos and fireworks make them inaccessible to the masses.
Many Millenials claim themselves to be non-conformists. They don’t necessarily conform to prevailing ideologies. I happen to be one of them. But if you negate prevailing beliefs and ideologies then you better have some original beliefs and ideologies of your own. I have seen people who are lost and clueless about what they really want to do. Or how life will unfold for them. For such people, lack of hope is ofen results from lack of belief. If you believe in nothing then you probably deserve nothing.
Belief systems can also be stupid. If you think money would lead you to happiness so be it. We simply dismiss simplistic beliefs and tend to lose our trajectory in pursuit of complex belief systems. Hard work leads to prosperity. We all know that hard work results in good things but we see it as too simplistic and hence our mind dismisses that.
And we also shouldn’t be afraid of changing our beliefs as long as newly acquired beliefs lead us to a better life. Many people fail to understand this. We sometimes don’t forgive ourselves when we change our old beliefs. One example is our belief in god. Some people quit believing in god and drift to other beliefs or ideologies. And when the other beliefs betray them they feel too proud to fall back on their belief in god.
Don’t misconstrue beliefs for values. If you have a changing value system then that is dangerous. You might value integrity today but if tomorrow you pick up any conflicting value then you might lose your true self. But beliefs are different. It is ok to be a believer and then an atheist as long at that serves you well and then again become a believer if that suits you. It is ok to believe in communism and then convert to capitalism if that gives you a stronger purpose in life. That’s why some say it doesn’t matter what religion you follow or believe in, you will always be on the righteous track. In a similar manner, in his early days, Bill Gates might have thought of only profits and earning more now he believes in giving more.
A few years back I never believed in accumulating money to lead a secure life. I now believe in having just enough money to lead a purposeful life. I did not believe in the significance of networking and building long term relations but now I believe in that. You have to believe in something. Absence of belief in god should replace some other belief, as long as it keeps to on the track to prosper and live a better life that belief should hold good.