In South Indian villages, there is this concept of Guardian Spirits or Guardian Gods who are located at the entrance of every village. It is believed that these spirits/gods guard the village from evil, more like providing spiritual security to the villagers. This one was taken in a small village on the way to Rameshwaram.
“This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins”.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
One of my very favorite photographs from Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taken in Bayon Temple. I could have centered it by moving little bit to the right, if I had been planning on it. Saw this at the last moment when we were about to get away from the place and took this very quickly before I regret not doing it. Nevertheless I am very happy about this photograph. Something about the idol sitting all proud and majestic (can you see the smile?) amongst the ruins (or whatever is being restored of that) is very endearing to me.
Having a discussion about religion with someone you meet for the first time is a little daunting. Because if the other person has a very strong opinion about their belief or non-existence of it, then the whole conversation can become very uncomfortable in a matter of seconds. When I was asked how religious am I , all I did say was ‘I am a believer’. But how much , what extent etc… I didn’t elaborate. And when I asked the other person about it, he said he was agnostic. That according to me is neither here nor there. And I remember a conversation about religious beliefs from a blog post some long time ago, where the discussion sort of turned ugly but most of them were very wary of agnostics rather than the atheists 🙂 I remember the words that I read as (and its paraphrased) ‘You can believe an atheist, because we know that they just don’t believe, but agnostics are like the cat in the wall, they can jump on either side based on where the benefits lie’. And saying something like that to someone you are getting to know is totally an unwise thing, but then I am known to take some risks in life and am curious by nature. So I went ahead and told him about it. He obviously disagreed, albeit in a very gentleman like manner and went on to say what his version of agnosticism meant. It means that they are in search of faith, and once they find it, they would definitely turn into a believer. Until then, their judgement is reserved 🙂 Today, when I am back at my parents place, because both of them got sick and injured within a day this week, I had to take the role of a driver to take my dad to places. He has some problems with his vision and today after a very very long gap, went to a temple and that too because I need to take him for his weekly visits. That is when I remembered the discussion I had with this person about our beliefs. And when I read these lines which is almost equivalent to what this person believed,
The realization of knowing that “we cannot know everything” is the backbone of the agnostic belief.
Christian Zealot: God loves you and everyone. He will save you
Agnostic: Prove it.
Athiest: There is no way that a god can exist.
Agnostic: Prove it.
it definitely brought a smile 😀 What about me? I know what I don’t believe in much better than what I believe in. I believe that the supreme power or the God, will not be able to help us in any small way unless we are not ready to help ourselves.
In one of APN’s post she explains why a particular movie quote is her favorite, as part of the response for a daily prompt. When I commented with my favorite quote she asked to write about it. So, here it is 🙂
My quote was from the famous movie ‘Shawshank Redemption’ :
hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
My first ever post in this blog was titled ‘Hope‘ (dated 26/Nov/2012) . That is how much I believe in this thing called hope. Then I remembered a post I did earlier about hope, faith and charity. In that too I did reiterate how I always vote for hope. And the same quote came up there too. If you scrounge my posts, you will always see lots of posts which touches the topic of hope in one way or another. That is because in my life, the one and only thing that kept me going through the rough times was hope. Hope that the troubles I am facing will make me a stronger person and eventually lead me to my destination, even though it may not be the path I wanted to travel. Hope that in the face of all the bad people I encounter, there will be at least one good person to take my hand and guide me through. Hope that with that small candle I will still be able to get close enough to see the light that would point the end of the tunnel. And I have come so far in my life with that belief and have become a much better person. I have had a lot of help from all quarters, no doubt about it at all. But what kept me sane was my hope that things will change for the better. Especially the ones which aren’t in my control. The one’s I can change I either try and change or I just don’t complain. When after all that effort nothing comes through, all I am left with is hope that one day may be my efforts will be paid, and the only thing I can do for now is keep trying. So yeah, I thrive on hope and yes, hope is a good thing and no good thing ever dies, just as Andy believes and lives in that movie.
Tagging this quote for One-Liner Wednesday too.
Looks like it does, according to this poster that was kept outside of a place of worship in Goa.
If it was me, I would have left it just with the first line. Less knowledge of what? Wouldn’t more knowledge about Him help us believe more thus enforcing our faith? And is it not dependent on what and who or how you see as God? Probably they did not want us to come up with these question and just have blind faith, and thus the ‘less knowledge’ ;).
“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
― Edward Teller