Many of the top officials in the public service go to places of religious worship, to placate the one they give obeisance to. From the highest in our land to the lowest, they go on pilgrimage to such well-known places here and abroad. They do so before undertaking official duties or to ward off malefic influences over their lives, or so they believe.
Probably this is being done to gain merit, to build a solid foundation. Such a foundation they believe would help them to carry out their functions, duties or whatever else they are called to perform in life. Unfortunately these acts have little or no effect. One may go to many such places, but if one’s heart is bent on fraud, deception or corruption, then it is likely that destruction based on karmic forces would be the reward and outcome.
Sages have revealed that those who don’t live according to sacred precepts or spiritual commands would be like a person who built the house on a ground without a solid foundation and when torrents or circumstances and uncertainties of life come crashing in such a house would collapse. Even the best laid out plans would fail. But the person who strives to live by the sacred precepts would be like a wise person who would dig deep and lay the foundation on rock. The floods may come; torrents too, to bash the house he builds. But nothing would shake it, because it’s well built.
Not only during these times, but even from times past, we have been seeing top political personalities in particular, compromising their religious beliefs. At times they even make a mockery of their faith for political expediency. Such have no qualms, or even a twinge of conscience, in adulterating their faith, while making pretence of worship. This is probably done for obtaining and consolidating their position, power and prestige. The danger in all this is that the higher powers are looking not at the externals one performs, but at the attitude of the heart. Needless to mention, fooling around with higher powers can have its repercussions. The other danger is what we are teaching our children. The lesson taught is that it’s ok to win the praises of people, by not only adulterating our faith, but even making pretence of showing hypocritical religiosity.
As the Great Revealer of Wisdom states, we cannot serve The Higher Power and sinful mammon at the same time. Nor can the object of worship be for the pursuit of greed. So, let’s choose to build ourselves on a solid foundation for survival.
I think it is the harassed troubled downtrodden public that has to light lamps and do the 'Rituals' to ask 'Gods' from the relevent religions to save them from the Incoming demi-gods of power be they be Ministers or the so called top civil servants who will invariably treat the public worse than their servants. What a load of ritualistic nonsense in the name of culture!
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