A temple priest to a bunch of devotees at a random temple:
Which ‘darshan’ would you like to prefer today:
– Regular darshan of God’s idols from far away for Rs15/- in a very long queue?
– Silver darshan from 10 feet away for Rs50/- in a long queue?
– Gold darshan from 3 feet away for Rs 100/- in a very short queue ?
– Platinum darshan including touching idols’ feet for Rs350/- and no queue at all?
One of the devotees says she earns Rs20/- per day and not able to afford to pay Rs15, mumbles something and leaves. Another devotee says he’ll pay for the Regular darshan. Meanwhile a software engineer dressed in a Louis Phillipe shirt and a bluetooth headset on his ear, says he is willing to pay Rs100 and stand in the short queue and get with it ‘quick’. Meanwhile, a VIP (government servant) arrives at the temple in a fleet of cars and pushes his way himself into the temple while various ‘salams’ are thrown at him by temple guards and priests.
There is yet another temple elsewhere in a residential colony. This temple only has one priest and has occasional devotees. While waiting for the next devotee, the priest continues to play remixed bhajans and songs at blaring decibel levels. People passing by the temple touch their heart with their right hand as a symbol of ‘devotion’. Meanwhile, a family arrives at the temple, removes their ‘dirty’ footwear and starts praying. The priest blurts out a few mantras, jingles the bell, puts a dome on their head and eagerly waits for his tip. He pockets the money and returns to his seat waiting for more ‘devotees’.
Is this what you call religion, and is this what it has come to? I thought religion was founded as a means to connect with the spiritual and as a path of light for when all other ways seem to be dark. However, the mockery that has been made of religion these days just turns me off and the very idea of God and religion that people have come to create in their minds is just disgusting for a large part.
I question the government: Who gave you the right to segregate people based on their economical status at a temple?All along, I was taught that God sees no race, color, or bank balance. Why should government servants be given a VIP treatment? Are they above the commoners who elected them into power, or is it they have been chosen as special devotees by God Himself?
I question people, what makes you start praying something that was a block of clay or a shapeless stone just sometime ago? What makes you think for any moment that God might be present in these idols or places of worship that man made himself a few weeks, years or hundreds of years ago? What devotion is this that can be bought for a few Rupees and is forgotten the moment you step outside the temple? Have you ever wondered why man has been subject to this strange phenomenon called Religion?
I welcome criticism.