IDEA OF RELIGION
is the physical inquiry into the search of truth and philosophy is
the logical inquiry into the search of truth, whereas religion is
the moral and spiritual inquiry into the search of truth.
Scholars differ about religion. Some think that it is a way of
moral behaviours or a service of mankind. Others say that it is
the worship of a personal God. I think that religion is not a
question to be discussed, but a matter to be experienced. “Every
expression of religion is an experience of reality.” Religion in
its fullest sense is the way for realizing truth. Moral behaviour
or service of mankind is one aspect of religion. But, if we think
of religion in terms of morality only, we will be restricting its
meaning, for religion is eternal.
Absolute religion always indicates moral preparation as well as
spiritual apprehension. Both these aspects are essential for a
true religion. Always a moral and spiritual inquiry into the
truth, religion is a search for supernatural reality. Reality has
two sides, pure being and free activity. Religion always combines
the two contemplation and action, worship and service, ethics and
metaphysics, morality and spirituality - all go together.
The true sense of religion is indicated by the behaviour of
Yudhishthira in Mahabharata as well as by the whole concept of
- Arjuna - samvada in Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta. Yoga
of Krishna and dhanusha of Arjuna both are the two aspects
of one act.
Whether in the field of politics or as social phenomena or in the
spiritual framework, religion will always play a dominant role. On
the other hand, as a way of life it will enter remain the
principles for realizing truth.
For realizing the religious truth, our inner reasoning must be
pure and truthful. Our inner being and outer conduct must come
face to face. In the words of Dr. Radhakrishnan “Our svadharma
outward life and svabhava inner being must answer each
other.” If our mind and mouth are not one with the spirit,
religious truth is impossible to realize.
We must all see truth, hear truth, live in the world of truth and
know truth. This is the heart of religion and the last word of
– Dr. Manik Lal Vyas
Guchiyon ki Bagechi,
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