God – An Omnipresent Strength
We wake up every morning and thank god for providing us another beautiful day in our lives. We offer prayers to God and thank him for all that he has given us in our lives.
We pray to god to offer us strength in times of sorrow and despair, we pray for special healing powers from him.
We seek blessings from god for ourselves and also for our near and dear ones. This sets us thinking as to why everyone seeks solace by putting themselves down before an unseen, unknown power, called God.
We may not be able to seek his presence, but a deep faith from within feels his very existence and this feeling is what exactly connects humans with God.
A connection is established between god and man, not unknowingly, but subconsciously in his mind, which he further strengthens and unfolds through his actions.
From the time a child is a small toddler, he is advised by elders of the house to thank god for any new thing he sees or does.
It is so believed that under the powerful blessings of god, the child starts learning new things and his ability further improves as he continues to bind himself strongly with god.
The child at his small, tender age perceives these insights and forms his own understanding about god.
The child is actually clueless what God actually is, but sees it as some unseen helping hand trying to come into play in all its activities.
As the child starts growing, he sees himself more connected with God, when his parents celebrate various kinds of festivals and seek god’s blessings as part of their everyday routine.
Witnessing this routine everyday takes the form of practice in the child’s mind and he sees himself connecting to god before doing anything small or big by him.
As he matures into an adult, practice is replaced by permanent faith in his heart, seasoned by everyday prayers and offerings to god and that’s when he starts believing that God is omnipresent around him, and the creator of the minutest thing around him, including his own existence is all thanks to the efforts of god.
He finds god’s presence everywhere, in his parents, in the things he uses, in the books that he reads, in himself and in just everything and everyone around him.
Different Religious Faiths
People pray to god in different ways. They opt for different paths to connect to God. The message sent out from all religions is clear and they all see god as one, single, universal power.
But the path to attain oneness with god varies from person to person and depends on their religious beliefs as well.
Religion plays the role of a medium that connects man to god by laying down certain principles and guidelines and expects its followers to follow them with conviction.
Adhering to the rules lying in religious scriptures and passing on these practices from one generation to the other has brought us to where we stand today.
Once a child is born in a family that is practicing a particular religion, the members of the family enforce their religious views on it and slowly instill faith in its tender mind.
The child becomes the carrier of these practices and he takes it to the next possible level and this continues from one generation to the next one.
India is a land of different religious faiths. We find people who go to temples to offer prayers to God, we find many others seeking blessings from lord by visiting churches, some others visiting mosques for finding oneness with god and many more.
All these religious beliefs provide their own channels to connect to God.
Likewise, people from different religions also differ in their cultural ways, lifestyles, food, clothing, celebrations and also the way they live.
Based on their religion, people also habitually develop different food habits, different ways of offering their services to god, idolization of god, etc.
In totality, religion is the base on which a person’s faith in god takes a particular shape and structure and finds its own unique path to reach oneness with god.
With religious beliefs arise the question of superiority leading to clashes between different religions.
India being a secular country gives total freedom to a person to decide on the religion he wants to follow. Nobody can force a person to practise a certain religion that is against his belief system.
Provisions for maintaining communal harmony and respect for all religions is laid down in our constitution and we as citizens of this country should abide by this without fail.
Belief in God as the Supreme Power
A certain student who is facing an examination the next day sits prepared to attempt his paper, but the same evening his father visits the nearby temple to offer special prayers to god to help his son with his exams.
Next day, before the son leaves for his exam, he also offers special prayers to God at his home and before actually starting the paper at the exam hall, thinks of God for a minute and then proceeds with the paper.
We can clearly see that though the student is prepared to take up the exam out of his own efforts, he builds up his confidence levels only after he connects to god in some way or the other.
That’s out of sheer practice. A belief inside the student assures him of a super power who would not let him down in case he faced some difficulty with the paper.
This belief system is thanks to the student’s family that has been instilling this belief in him since the time he was a child. Having this strong belief is by itself not wrong.
If the student puts all his efforts in completeness and then relies on god to add that final sparkle on his efforts, it makes the person accountable for his own attempts.
If the same person relies on god to such an extent where he puts his own efforts to the minimal but relies on a third factor called ‘luck’, then comes the negative side of the belief system.
In this scenario, the person is totally ignorant of his ability to perform in his tasks and is expecting some unseen magic to make it happen for him.
That’s the negative side of these belief systems that one should never get into. Hard work combined with faith in god to help sustain the hard work done is all that is required to achieve peace and happiness from one’s success.
Faith in God versus Superstitious beliefs
Over faith in god forces a person to bring in the presence of god into every simple thing he attempts or does.
A man opening a new shop or enterprise and seeking god’s blessings before beginning his business is said to be a fair and reasonable person.
If the same shop owner opens up a new enterprise and resorts to unfair means of trading in his business, he too is said to have faith in god but is making use of it in the wrong ways.
His faith in god is not allowing him to do the right things in his business because his thinking is not allowing him to do so.
The person believes that in spite of carrying out wrong deeds, he would still be able to flourish in his business since he has over faith or absolutely no faith in God.
An overdose of faith makes one believe that whether they act good or bad, god would still hold their hands by default. This wrong perception can also be treated as misfaith in god.
Idol worship is carried out at many religious places of worship. Some approve of it and some non-believers don’t. Worshiping god in the way they desire is one’s own personal choice.
Having wrong beliefs about a stone that absorbs milk into it and labeling it as having taken place due to god’s grace is nothing but superstitious thinking.
This has no way to connect with God and identifies unscientific, unreasonable practices and taking advantage in the name of god.
Praying to god for seeking motivation and strength to tread the hard path is true devotion towards god.
Offering prayers to god allows a person to calm down his senses and gives him a sense of relief from his duties. Faith in god provides strength from within to perform our duties with respect and utmost sincerity.
A feeling of well being and goodness is achieved when one seeks spiritual connections with god.
Respecting the supreme power as a positive force behind carrying out one’s responsibilities with commitment and dedication is the ultimate understanding we can get out of this faith.