Temples minting money, common man burdened with the pangs of inflation and poverty at an all-time high. The Satya Sai’s Yajur temple in Puttaparthi and the Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvanthapuram recently came under the government scanner. The search operations saw money, gold and silver in absolute abundance. Do our Gods really need so much money to be happy? Has worship attained a new altitude that is merely based on money-power rather than faith?
We are gearing up a fight against corruption. But do we really want to end the corruption? Where do we start from? Raiding a minister’s bungalow or carrying out a string operation to collect evidence on a corrupt officer? Does Sai Baba really need golden slippers or a gold throne to actually shower his blessings? Every time we visit a temple or a shrine do I need to pull out money to appease my deity to fulfill my wishes? Does corruption need to be curbed at an individual level first before we head to correct the society at large? Do we the common man have become patients of a virtue called patience or does common man have a new synonym of being the conned man? Questions and more questions but definitely no convincing answers!
India was once upon a time called the golden sparrow – a land of immense wealth. The journey from being a prosperous land to a nation drowned in poverty is definitely heart-wrecking. To conclude India as a poor country or in better terms a developing country seems far true to believe with the recent raids on two religious institutions and the humongous money recovered. A quick massive raid on all religious institutions of the country can probably dig out so much money and resources that we could be not only be self sufficient as a nation but probably help out other developing nations. But again the big question that continues to haul is whether can we catch hold of the money lingering in the wrong sources and if by any remote chance we manage to realize the impossible; getting the money in the right hands for righteous use may be the next impossible challenge to tackle.
For a new beginning every time is a great time. So maybe we common people should join hands in prayer and pray out loud to our Gods that the faith in the almighty will never diminish but the donations will take a back seat. My God – I trust thee, put my faith in thee but if I need to shell out 1000 bucks to see you at a particular shrine then I will let go my desire. God created me. He and I can always share a good connect so where is the need for a Godman or a middle man to establish relations when direct dealings can be simpler and hassle free!
I am no superhero and cannot fight a battle with power buffs so I silently start a protest with me and myself leading it and leading it all the way!
Image Source: By Sathya Sai Trust [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons