The mayhem by the religious fanatics throughout the world impels all rational thinkers to question the claim of religion that it disseminates peace and love. How can a peace loving practitioner brutally kill children as it happened in Pakistan, or shoot innocent people in an Australian café or in France or shamelessly display the beheading videos of innocent men to the entire world. Religious book teaches us that we all are children of God.
In Bhagavad Gita 14.4, Lord Krishna says, aham bija pradah pita: I am the seed giving father. So if we all are Gods children then how can we hate Gods other children who are our own brothers and sisters? In fact those who come closer to God immediately start seeing every individual in relationship with God. In Bhagavad Gita 5.18, Krishna says “The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmaa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater.”
If we just look at few of the wisdom words of the scriptures then we would find that a great emphasis is given on godly qualities like self-control, simplicity, nonviolence, truthfulness, tranquility, compassion for all living entities, gentleness, forgiveness etc. (Bhagavad Gita 16.1 3). Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his Sistastakam prayers clearly highlights the quality which a devotee should aspire to achieve love of God.
One should chant the holy names of the Lord in a humble state of mind thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than a tree devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy names of the Lord constantly. So a person who is seriously God conscious will shudder at the thought of causing harm to any living entity.
Those who perpetuate violence and hatred in the name of religion or God are doing great disservice to the entire humanity. Such insane men are not just misguided but are cruel hearted. Although they claim to be the followers of God but in fact they are like monsters who derive great pleasure in inflicting sufferings on the populace. For them religion is just a tool to spread their prowess and satisfy their savagely desires.
Hitler derived great pleasure in burning helpless people in gas chambers, it seems many Hitlers have been born today and they need to be eliminated if we want this world to become a better place. One of the widely known causes of Hitlers being born daily in many parts of the world including India is because religious teachers are brainwashing them and filling their heart with hatred against those who do not agree to their way of thinking or believing. Such brainwashing can only happen if the seekers do not have the intelligence or freedom of questioning their mentors.
Vedic literature asks all seekers to question their gurus and even gives the freedom to reject a guru if it is found that the guru is deviating from the Vedic philosophy. King Bali rejected his guru, Sukracharya, because his teachings were contrary to that of the Vedas. A guru is regarded as genuine only if his teachings are in line with the teachings of holy books and also if he is following the same standards as set forth by revered sages. This is termed as check and balance system of guru (teacher), sadhu (sages) and sastra (holy books). Seekers are always encouraged to be inquisitive.
When Arjuna in Gita asks many questions then Krishna is pleased and in Srimad Bhagavatam when King Parikshit questions Sukhdeva Goswami then Sukhdeva Goswami compliments him. The blind following, brain washing and hate preaching can be put to an end if rational thinking supersedes religious sentimentalism.
Spiritual seekers should not act like a robot and accept whatever program is fed to them. They should scan each and every information carefully, intelligently and logically and then accept it. And if he finds that his guru is goading him to get involved in ungodly activities like violence then he should immediately discard his spiritual teacher.
Along with this the society should outrightly reject religious hate mongers. Entire world including the peace loving Islamic scholars and followers should unite against those who carry gun and bomb and call themselves messenger of God.
By: Purushottam Kumar