The word ‘religion‘ originates from Latin religio or religare meaning ‘obligation’ or ‘bond’. Long ago, there was only one religion, the religion of humanity. But, with the advent of mankind and, with the growth and rise of civilisation, different religions emerged and, eventually, people were left with multiple options.
There is nothing wrong to have options as long as they are left aside to choose from. But, history holds the witness that religious gurus and fanatics have distracted common people in every age compelling them to compromise with their beliefs and religions. “Compromise” is rather an understatement. Many of the wars have been fought for the sake of religion, whereas, any sane person is well aware of the fact that the basic principles of all religions are same. They all preach the value of humanity, to ameliorate sin by doing good things, to be kind to others and to respect other religions’ dogmas and principles.
But why then they are so different? The difference actually lies in the way by which we show our respect and gratification to God, or Allah, or Ishwar. But we all, with the same zealousness, are praying to Him, the ultimate Creator. He may have different incarnations, but He is the One and Only and we all are same to Him.
Thus, He created a ubiquitous sky for us all, and air in which we can all breathe. The Great Creator neither discriminates among his children nor He has any religion.
But does that mean that religion is unnecessary or an over-hyped thing? Well, the question is quite controversial but it’s difficult to think of one’s existence without any strings attached to religion. As I have mentioned already, it’s an obligation, a bond which we carry with us, knowingly or unknowingly. It’s like an invisible cloak. Find the one that fits you but it’s better if you don’t pursue others wear your cloak.
There’s no harm if we genuflect before the altar, but we shouldn’t disrespect the person who doesn’t. And above all, a little act of kindness can make one more religious than the person who spends hours in a temple, church or a mosque. For we must remember,
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” — Mahatma Gandhi