The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Thursday, 26 April 2012


God may be everywhere but certainly not in some temples.

Though I am not a regular temple visitor, I can very easily recall incidents of absolute demolition of anything spiritual at many shrine places thronged by hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. While standing in the queue, you get more than enough time to ponder over the degradation of the ethical human existence to the extent that one class is feeding over the other in the name of god. Devotees have different reasons to visit a religious place but the priest class in most of the famous Hindu and Muslim shrines are nothing but the agents trading your faith for some easy bucks.

Religion is the most profitable business. Isn’t it? Ask the likes of Nirmal Babas and Asharam Bapus.

I really feel alienated when I see a priest forcing you to offer this much even if you’re not willing to; when I am approached by some members of this group with the proposition that they would arrange for an entry through the VIP gate in exchange of due considerations; when I find administration of some big religious places issuing high-denomination tickets to allow the privileged class to bypass the long hours of waiting in the queue (and one of the most routine pointers to emphasize the existence of god is that everyone is equal before him!); when I see the spirit of religion and spirituality being killed in these very places at every passing moment by the very same class who is supposed to propagate it.

Yuck! The cocktail chokes your breathing.

How can any god decide to stay put at such places of perversion? The answer is a certain no!

It is said god is present everywhere but I would love to sound concrete in saying that he left religious places like this a long ago!

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