In the name of Religion

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent….

Mahatma Gandhi

We live in a world where violence has become so pervasive that most of us don’t even know; or care, about insurgencies and civil wars raging in different parts of the world. But this was not the case a few years back when any incident of violence on a large scale anywhere in the world received much attention and was treated as a matter of great concern. This was mainly because such incidents were very few & rare. However today the scenario has changed with modern armoury built up by majority of the countries who are striving hard to expand their borders or control within, as a result of which, we have been witnessing many armed conflicts that have been going on for

years and have killed or maimed lakhs of people. If not the rest of the world, one would expect that those indulging in the violence would be having second thoughts about what they are doing. But that is not so. The reason is that behind most of this violence lie political, social, economic or ideological factors, and the perpetrators think it is justified to use it to achieve their goals. Thus they commit the most heinous

crimes in the name of a just cause. Looking at ruthlessness with which people kill each other for a just cause raises a big question that how can we as humans regard violence as an acceptable means of achieving even noble ends? The roots of such just violence lie in perverted interpretation of religion.

It is said that religion is supposed to uplift man from the artificial divisions devised by humans and elevate him to a stage where he realises the oneness of humanity and its link with Almighty. But unfortunately most of the people do not ponder on these philosophical matters. Their link with religion is limited to its superficial ritual aspects. As a result, they identify with people who have the same religious beliefs as themselves but regard people of other faiths with indifference, suspicion or hostility. /

By Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji

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