“If all had the same belief about all matters of religion, there would be only one religion in the world.”
–M.K. Gandhi from his autobiography Story of My Experiments with Truth
As I read along the topic for this essay competition, the first voice which revolved in my sub-conscious mind was the beautiful line from a devotional hymn which was sung by Gandhi during his prayer time:-
“रघुपति राघव राजाराम, पतित पावन सीताराम सीताराम सीताराम,
(Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama, Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,)
भज प्यारे तू सीताराम ईश्वर अल्लाह तेरो नाम, सब को सन्मति दे भगवान”
(O beloved, praise Sita and Rama, God and Allah are your names, Bless everyone with real wisdom, Lord.)
The serenity arising in the heart on account of this prayer for peace and truth has been espoused not only in Gandhian philosophy but has also been enshrined and deep rooted in Buddhist philosophies and Mahabharata (v. 1518) as “Let a man overcome anger by kindness, evil by good; Let him conquer the stingy by a gift, the liar by truth.” It is to be emphasized that the vices and disparities present in the modern society has estranged us from certain fundamental human values like compassion, humility and consciousness in action. Existence of multifarious religions in our country has resulted in bifurcation of communities which used to live peacefully erstwhile. However the cause of evil is not religion but the interpretation of the texts in a concocted manner by few individuals in order to further their personal gains. The primary aim of every socially acceptable religion has been to promote peace and harmony in a community therefore any form of misrepresentation is a way of causing disaffection among brothers and sisters within both inter and intra community. The idea is that God is one and all religions merely direct a path to reach communion with God and therefore any deviation from the path of righteousness can only be traced back to human distortions. To rid this world of unwarranted anarchies we have to concentrate on the universalization of human values irrespective of caste, creed or religion identifications. Until and unless we do so we fail to realize the worth of our living. The differences which originate on grounds of ethnic, linguistic or religious dissimilarities have to be accommodated by all the cultures respectfully and peacefully. Neither Allah nor Christ nor Rama advocated for violence, peace is and will always remain the ultimate goal of human life. I would conclude by stating that a person’s life is futile if he, for once, does not even try to remove the boundaries of hatred and plant the fruits of love in this world.