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Another religion called service

If you meditate, you serve yourself. But what have you done for the society in which you live?

india Updated: Aug 17, 2006 10:59 IST

To be at one with one’s inner self in tranquility is a difficult task. But true religion needs no temple, no discourses and no higher learning in spiritualism.

If you meditate, you serve yourself. But the question is what have you done for the society in which you live and in which your forefathers lived?

Too often talked of but too little known, is our religion.

Some people are so devotional that they have not one bit of true religion. It is because theology is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand it perfectly well, for the men who talk, preach, write books on religion or practice religion are all imperfect.

It is natural that an imperfect human can never deliver anything perfect, can never tell anything perfectly or write perfectly or talk perfectly or preach or explain religion with perfection. Is it not then a waste of time to talk imperfectly about ‘organised’ religion?

However, there is another religion, which we usually undermine or ig nore. This is the religion of service to humanity which needs no reading, no explaining of intricacies or theology. This religion inspires us be of service to mankind.

Once, a Muslim priest was going to a mosque for a prayer while he saw an unattended small child crying for help desperately in a dismal place. He picked up the child, embraced it warmly, wiped its tears, consoled it and looked around for its mother who appeared on the scene from nowhere. She thanked him profusely. She knew well that the priest was delayed for his prayer in the mosque, which was long over.

She thus remarked, “Sir, God has already accepted your prayers a thousand times over. Your noble deed of saving a lost, helpless and crying child is the best prayer you ever performed in life. You restored two hearts to each other, a mother’s and her baby’s. God bless you, Sir.” And indeed, the happiness he derived from this kind deed was much more than reading scriptures or preaching theology.