The recent Bombay blasts has again coined up the term ‘Islamic Terrorism’ to the fore front. Terrorism, in any form is condemnable. But, at the same time, associating Terrorism with the whole of Islam is equally condemnable.
After the unfortunate Babri Masjid demolition and the violent reactions that succeeded that incident, in India, Muslims and Hindus are caught up in a religious trauma. I am sure that the Babri Masjid demolition was a painful incident for any secularist Indian. And since the Babri Masjid issue, this sensitive issue is used tactically by certain opponents of India to create communal distrust in our country. At the same time, Hindu and Islamic extremist groups used opportunities like this to add members to their organization and to strengthen their base.
A few so called religious and political ‘leaders’ playing religious play cards, are busy cultivating hatred and violence in the minds of their supporters – against other religions and groups. They often do this by reminding their followers about some unfortunate communal incidents or riots that had happened in the past. In this way, they cause an identity crisis in the mind of people, and turn them towards violence, mostly for securing their own positions. This is one of the most important problems our society is facing today. History shows that no one got enlightened by cultivating hatred in society – instead, the path to self realization is the path of selfless service, compassion, and sharing and caring for our fellow beings. This is the path shown by all prophets and religions.
These days, people are associated with a religion, just in the same way they are associated with a political party. Most people are caught up in the rituals and symbols of religions – and only a very few are implementing the real values in their life. Each person has a religious ego associated with him – and problem begins when a person start identifying himself as a member of this or that religion – even prior to identifying himself as a blissful human being and as a true Indian.
Instead of blaming each other, all Hindus and Muslims should understand the fact that a permanent solution for violence is not counter violence – instead, we can bring a change only through peace and harmony. Violence against violence is just like playing a merry go round – and this foolish cycle can only increase the hatred in society and the number of dead bodies.
Unfortunately, people use the term ‘disbeliever’ to describe some one who is outside their religion – instead, the term should be used to describe every one who kills each other in the name of God, with out realizing that God is love.
All people have goodness with in them – but temporal motivations from pleasures and false ideologies – be it money or be it a conceptual heaven after death - make them blind. Each person should understand that he is not going to find the divine if he cannot find divinity in the person very next to him – for prayer and meditation is seeing God with in us, love is seeing God in the person next to us, and wisdom is realizing that the God is omnipresent - Since God is the think dense blissful consciousness that fills everyone and everything.