Vidhi Kohli –  Perusing MBA at Thakur Institute of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai

Religion is the source of great literature and art, the motivator of deeds of love and mercy and self-development, and the doorway to transcendence and mystical experience. Religion shapes the way we see the world. It is something that we are born with. Like millions of people present in the world, there are a number of religions that are also present with them. Religion is the chrysalis of the meanings, values, and norms of society, supporting the different rituals which mark the turning points of our lives. Every religion has its own belief, its own pattern of worshipping the superpower and its own culture.

Talking about religion, apart from the various different names given to them, the basic idea of all the religions still remains the same and that is “Humanity”. Everyone are busy satisfying the one superpower they have their faith on forgetting the very fact that its just not about the one almighty that has to be taken care of but about its very own creations that are alive on this earth . today, in the name of religion people have turned into animals who are busy killing its own kind. Its like the world is suffering from humanity crisis and religion is acting like a loophole for it. Religion is involved in the ugly wars around the globe. But this is just the dark meaning that is bought to religion by us. Religion is a lot more than that. Today, Religions claim to speak the truth for all, making all other religions wrong. without hurting the sentiments of any religion the scenario in the present world is Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims are killing each other in their homeland, Christians kill Christians in Ireland, Buddhists and Hindus are hurling grenades in Sri Lanka. Jews and Muslims are slaughtering one another in the Middle East. Why are human beings becoming the enemies of one another?

Religion being a very pure word itself needs to be purified and redefined. Its like we are living in a global village. We are now in the twenty first century. The quality of research on both the inner and physical world has reached quite high levels, thanks to the tremendous stride in technological advancement and human intelligence. However, the world is also facing a lot of new problems, most of which are man-made. The root cause of these man-made problems is the inability of human beings to control their agitated minds. How to control such a state of mind is taught by the various religions of this world. but if one practices one religion, he/she doesn’t get the right to point out on the other various religions that are been practiced around the world. People in the past have already suffered a lot on the name of religion like cruelty to other human beings: lynching, human torture, the mistreatment of women and children, evil racial attitudes, the bombing of abortion clinics, and the slaying of their office personnel. But when thought about it today,it seems to be a complete waste.

But the most important and interesting question that we all need to ask ourselves is that have we really improved or learned anything from the mistakes made by the people in out past? Are we working on the betterment of our surrounding in the actual way that we should? The answer to this would be a clear NO. because even today competition is at the heart of the world’s religions. Even though we are living in 21st century, small issues like intercaste marriage, business with people of different religions are not very comfortable to the people in the society. The answer to these questions should have been “we must honor the differences, the religions of the world must find a way to transcend the differences for the sake of the world community and for the sake of our Mother Earth.We can draw closer together to work for the good of all if we acknowledge and celebrate what religions hold in common. People are forgetting that a single stream runs under and through all of the great religious traditions. Even while the surface waters of the traditions are vastly different, a single stream of mystical experience, belief, and practice unites the world’s religions in a subtle way.

All religions of the world have a “that without which” part of their belief systems, the areas on which they agree are so vast that we should have hope that a new dawn can be born out of our present world crisis. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam agree on many points. Only if people begin to practice what is preached in their religion i.e. “Heaven is within the heart”, “Love thy neighbor”,” There is one God”,” A man is known by his deeds, not by his religion” this world would be a much better place to live in. unless people don’t start respectin every religion that they come across,the conflict on religion would always prevail in the world. Keeping in mind the current situations, peace and harmony are two things that are going to play a vital role in the survival of mankind. To attain them it is very essential for the people of the world to be on mutual grounds when it comes to such a sensitive topic of religion.

Religion should be taken as a holistic concept and not on very narrow basis.Half of the world’s battle is fought if people around the globe decide to go mutual on every religion that comes their way. If a harmonious relationship is established amongst societies and religious beliefs in today’s multi-ethnic, multireligious and multi-cultural world the survival of every mankind belonging to any religion would maximize to its fullest potential. Therefore, it is very important to live in harmony and analyse where the opinion of the other lies because in the end its just us who have to face all the good and bad consequence.its always better to live as who we are that is”Humans” than to convert our world into a jungle and live like animals .