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Rituals of faith

india Updated: May 10, 2011 00:59 IST
P P Wangchuk

A study on religion and rituals says as many as 51 per cent people in India are believers. Only 18% of the people approached did not believe in religion and rituals. The remaining were ‘I don’t know’ types.

The study highlights the importance of religion and rituals for most of us as they are as much needed as our daily bread. For the believers, life just does not move or does not seem to move without resorting daily to these activities.

It could be to ‘give more meaning’ to your prayer, or to just initiate a new work.

The point is that the art of performing such rituals is only to strengthen your belief and conviction in the supreme authority. It is to create a positive environment around us and to lift the cloud in your mind and in the surrounding areas.

Thus, rituals involve, among other things, idol worship, purification and offerings to invoke the compassion and help of the gods and goddesses of your choice.

For the Buddhists and Hindus, idol worship and rituals are at the heart of their way of life.

It is said that Hindus have as many as 330 million gods and goddesses; and the number is perhaps increasing by the day.

Those who believe in religion and hence gods and goddesses, do believe that rituals are necessary because gods and goddesses too need your love and affection as much as you need from your children and relatives.

Gods and goddesses are your extended family and hence everything that you do to celebrate life or to mourn the tragedies of life has to be a part of their involvement too.

After all, they are at a higher reach; and they have better insight and clarity to guide us all.

I appreciate people who lead their lives by following their gods and goddesses. They are the blessed ones that they get inspired by their gods/goddesses. Unlucky are those who can’t believe in God and dismiss the ways of a ritualistic life.

I am among those unfortunate ones. Maybe, God is not yet happy with me and my work (karma)!