Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Religion and opulence

July 17, 2012

I was looking at photos of a new place of worship coming up somewhere in the world, and
felt strongly….I feel contrary once again, and wonder, why do we have to invest the objects of our faith or reverence with so much opulence? Why must we decorate our gods with gold and diamonds? I very often find that devotees seem to appreciate the materialistic opulence more than the deity enshrined.

I was particularly struck, when we visited the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba, by the difference between his simple, spartan life-style, and the grandeur of the temple. I had the wayward thought that if Shirdi Sai Baba came as he was to the temple today, he would not be admitted, as he did not have enough influence!

I remember being awed by the rock just south of Kanya Kumari, where a small raised rock formation in the shape of a human footprint faced east, resisting all that the sea and sky could throw at it. But now, enshrined in a great temple, with the Vivekananda Memorial looming over it, it has lost its appeal to my spiritual and religious feelings.

Your thoughts on this?

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The queue for god….

February 23, 2012

On Sivarathri day, I snapped this serpentine queue leading to a Shiva temple facing Madivala Lake: q for sivrtri 210212 It seems as if one needs to wait a long time even to see God, if it is a festival or auspicious day! Can one not go to another, less-crowded temple and meditate on Shiva? Can one not see Shiva in everything around one? These were the profound questions that occurred to me….I guess one needs an idol to focus on, sometimes.