Friday, May 8, 2009

A Viewpoint .... GOD AND TEMPLES

This is in response to Solilo, who had responded to my previous post on Understanding ....

I had said I would publish THIS FORWARD...send to me by mom.

I am not a temple goer on a regular basis, but neither am I against it. To each his my Belief. The ways to get peace of mind differ.

Kahlil Gibran has summed this up beautifully....“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of One Religion, and it is the spirit.''

The Forward....[source unknown] follows:

'Devotee' temple goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . 'I've gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the Gurus are wasting theirs by giving services at all.

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor.. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Temple for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today! When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!


Indyeah said... word that it boils down to...
beautiful example...
my faith gives me solace too....
thank you for sharing this forward:))

Chrysalis said...

Poonam Ji: Very thought provoking post indeed. The way the temples of today function is depressing. That particular brand of blind menaingless ritualism has driven away rather than brought people into its fold. The concept of temples was so diferent frowhat they have become today and hence such discussions, debates, and general apathy or mindless following for them.
I can be close to my creator and nourish my spirituality only in a temple vedic in its content and character.

Just call me 'A' said...

beautiful forward. in faith there is hope and in hope there are possibilities. :)

and Poonam, I'm back to blogging :). hope over

Solilo said...

That is so beautiful.

I grew up in a house where there was no puja or lighting diyas. We used to go to temples rarely. I still don't light diyas and don't follow any traditions and all but now things are different. I am becoming more spiritual and I like it too.

When people of all religions don't let IT rule them and consider humanity above religion, things will change for good.

N said...

Lovely forward Poonam ji.. :)
nice sequel to your previous post..
Yes, to each his own

Ashwadhy said...

Spirtuality, faith, religion... food for our soul. Do keep such post coming.

Renu said...

Thanks for sharing it !,We Indians are always good at ridiculing our sellves, one of the french blogger told me that she felt such a different peaceful feeling when she was at a temple in south.
And here we keep se kya hoga us se kya hoga, hoga to roj club jaane se bhi kuch nahi.

mandir aur iswhar aastha aur vishwaas ka vishay ha tark ka nahi.

Anrosh said...

faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.. i believe it too.