Sandeepkumar R Vishwakarma – Bachelor of Banking and Insurance , Persuing MBA at Thakur Institue of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai
“There is no need for Temples, no need for complicated philosophies, My brain and my heart are my temples; My philosophies are my kindness”.
—– Dalai Lama
India has been home for centuries to all great religions of the world has stated that religious tolerance and the ability to evolve, despite differences, is the basis of India. Swami Vivekananda says that what makes our civilization great is the fact that it is based on the idea of the co-existence of faiths – Sarva Dharma Sambhava. This notion implies that we have equal respect for all Dharmas, for all faiths. Elaborating this idea Swami Vivekananda used the metaphor of many rivers flowing into one mighty ocean.
The religious harmony is being categorized in many forms.
Social Integration and Communal Harmony in India
In India from time immemorial, people belonging to various religious faiths lived in harmony and peace. There are fundamental values and traditions in our culture that promote integration among different communities. This was helpful for the growth of a great civilization in the Indian sub-continent. It will be our endeavour as the citizens of this country to preserve the rich tradition of Social Harmony among diverse religious and ethnic groups and pass it over to the future generations. Even though communal tensions in India are well under control, there is no place for complacency as many internal and external forces are waiting with their ulterior motives sowing the seeds of ill-will. Human needs can be found as the same everywhere in the world if we look at it from biological and psychological perspectives. Irrespective of the geographic, linguistic or religious differences humans everywhere have common biological needs like hunger, thirst, sex etc; the satisfaction of which is essential for their survival. Similarly man has psychological needs like, need for recognition, need for companionship, need for security, need for prestige etc. the fulfillment of which is inevitable for maintaining sound mental health. Man cannot satisfy most of such needs through his own individual efforts. He requires the assistance of his fellow members of the group in this regard. That is why human beings are considered as social animals.
The other type is different religion and communal harmony
Amity between the communities in the country and absence of friction and tension among them is known as communal harmony. In countries like India, it is very important, being a Precondition to internal peace, which is essential for progress and development of the country. As we know, India has got multiplicity of religions and very nature of the culture is composite. But religion has never been a source of co between the communities in Indian society. Mutual tolerance and regards for other religions is an age-old tradition of the country. Still the vested interests has always been active to create disharmony be them. There was, however, not a single instance some years back where obstruction in religious performance has been a cause of communal. This phenomenon in the Indian context is politically motivated an always been engineered by vested interests. It was there at the foreign rule as well as in post independence era. Communal harmony as such is highly sensitive an issue and cannot be soft pedaled any more in view of our traditional value, com cultural heritage and secular character of our state. For the sake of maintaining communal harmony, Akbar the started a new religion Din-e-Iiahi. He made a Rajput lady his wife gave equal respect is Hindu religion. During the time of Bahadur Zafar, the last king of Mugal dynasty, a function, Foolwalon-ki-Sai: used to be organized regularly in Delhi, were people of both the religion worshipped in temples and mosques together. The teacher has the greatest responsibility of building a nation. In a multiethnic and multi-religious country like India the teacher’s task is very noble and ennobling.The world is divided into narrow domestic walls. Hardly a day passes without a terrorist killing an innocent person and somebody murders a person out of revenge. Every country wants to display her power by going in for atomic bombs. In this trouble torn world, we need peace and harmony. This is not possible by changing our religious faiths or declaring a war against a country on flimsy causes and excuses. If we try to study the essence of all religions, we should come to the conclusion that no religion professes hatred and violence. If some people are labeled as terrorists, the religion does not owe responsibility for them. Terrorists do not belong to any religion. They are a separate entity. In this huge and gigantic world, we can’t think of a single religion and faith. There are bound to be many cultural and religious differences. The people need to live in a state of peace and harmony despite their religious and cultural idiosyncrasies.
Should We Have Religious Beliefs?
There are so many arguments against a god or religion, especially when there hadn’t been one before. But so many reasons show that people do need have religious beliefs. The most important reason is that religions make people want to live. “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate God, there is no god but He, the Ever-Living, the Self-Subsistent. ” And there was a research made by Viktor Frankl in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz led him to a startling conclusion. It was not the youngest, strongest or even smartest inmates who tended to survive. It was those who had found meaning in their lives. People, it turns out, need a reason to live. Frankl once expressed it: “Man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.” It is believed that religion is a man-made creation. It is the result of self-awareness and human essential need for meaning-making. Religion serves to help people respond to existential questions. Then, religious beliefs are usually meant primarily to support humanity and to promote good in our societies. The English word ‘religion’ is believed to have been derived from the Latin word ‘religo’ which means ‘good faith’ or ‘ritual’. Some people believe that the religion led a person to live the right role of life. Religion helps people to know more of what they want to be; and how they lifestyle will be and families as well. And Myers discussed that religious can give people a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives, help them accept their setbacks gracefully, connect them by putting their ultimate mortality in perspective . Besides, religious beliefs make people happier. A number of surveys suggest that people with heartfelt religious convictions are more likely to be happy than people who characterize themselves as nonreligious. By these paragraph we all believe that each and every person who is born on these Earth requires religion and he should also have faith in his religion because it definitely teaches every individual to survive and live the life by following the natures path and it is very much required in these era because the belief in one another is getting wiped out and jealousness is increasing day by day. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the god of Love and Peace will be with you.