Religion : Which one is the only way ?

Lets talk about an interesting conversation.

Few years ago, in my college NJIT, I was sitting in the cafeteria and was having a snack. A friend of mine approached me and in the most uncomfortable tone asked me “What is your religion ?”. I proudly replied “I am a Hindu. Wassup ?”. Then he said “Do you know there is only one way and Jesus is that way”. Respecting his choice, I heard him out. Out of curiosity I asked a few questions to him about his belief, he got furious and told me that “You with your religion might not end up anywhere, since your way is not the right way”. I smiled and said “Even if my way is the slowest way, I am pretty sure I will reach the destination”.

The world is facing one of the biggest problem today in the name of Religion i.e. which is the best and the only way. Thousands are prosecuted, converted and tortured to prove that only their God is great. I always wonder, if your God is really great then why would you kill someone. i.e. who will let his own creation to be killed for His own name.

I always stumble upon a thought when I think about the religion. When I want to search a route in Google Maps, it gives me several options to reach the destination. As per my choice (mostly the fastest one) I select the way and start my journey. Now, it might be possible that the slowest one  has become faster because there is less traffic. So how can we say which is the fastest way ?

You would be wondering why am I talking about this Google Map thing. The reason is, this is one of the good analogy to compare Religion with. Though there are so many religions in the world, but, they all have the same destination i.e. the One God. If the destination is the same but the route is different who cares ? All these routes can be full of possibilities, fun and situations one cant expect. But we are caught up with a dilemma that either your religion is not better than mine or my religion is the best.

Every time I uber and the driver asks me which route do I want to take, this Religion as a route pops up in my mind to tell me how each Religion is unique yet leads to the One.

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Let’s Practice Peace: World Cultural Festival

Sanskrit scriptures beautifully describes Kalyug(the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle) as the “Time of downfall”. One of the prophecy mentioned in Markandeyas discourse says “People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that”. This is why today the world today has become a place where killing becomes a no big deal for someone just on the name of religion. This is a time when dawn of humanity can be seen where humanity is utmost required.

Outrage in Middle East, terror attacks by ISIS and shootings in countries which qualify as the ambassadors of peace are few of the biggest examples showing evidence the prophecy quoted above is getting proven today. While writing this blog, Boko Haram burned 86 villagers alive in Nigeria. Countries promoting gun cultures are becoming the victims of their own strategies. At the same time, we are trying to defeat weapons of destruction with weapons. Guess who won? The weapons. The history knows weapons never lead to peace.

Then the question arises, what leads to peace then?I was fortunate to listen to H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar when he said “When few hundreds of people(terrorists) around the world can shake this world then why thousands/millions of good people around the world can’t shake this planet with peace”. In the name of religion hundreds are dying everyday, then why not in the name of humanity we all can come together to honor every religion and to be peace ambassador for this planet.

I have seen friends from different religion and cultures visiting each others worship places to learn and to respect their cultures and traditions. Can’t we all as a big family live like friends and come together to learn each other cultures to honor and respect them,than proving O, your culture isn’t worthy. Can’t we come together to celebrate diversity, and to say out loudly that we are one though we have different ways to live life.

Time has come to be together, to hold each other hand and say you belong to me, this world belongs to me, every culture belongs to me, every human belongs to me. Let this Naad(sound) of peace begin with me. Lets come together as a family to promote peace and to honor this world and its culture in World Cultural Festival in New Delhi, India on 11,12,13 Mar 2016 where 3.5 million people are coming together to celebrate humanity, to celebrate religion, to celebrate diversity.

Lets celebrate together as a One World Family..!!!