Holy egoism

Man devised religions to conquer nature -2

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1. UNIVERSE  2. HUMAN EVOLUTION: Fat egoist  3. INFERNAL SWIRL  4. NATURE RAPES RELIGION.

 

Holy egoism

History has shown that entrenched religions have never sat on a common platform to take a positive global action for the good of the world. Christian churches with of their considerable financial strength and religious mission have continued to provide health, educational and social services in numerous communities. But how many Christians will accept to correct their Bible according to Pope Francis’ unequivocal statement with regard to man-nature relationship that “this is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the church”? He lucidly urges us to respect the laws of nature (not of the sacred books) and protect the Earth for future generations. We are part of nature, not its overlords, and we must care for nature as much as we care for ourselves because the two are inseparable in this common home. (Read: Big Bang Yoga: New God)

Can we rewrite the Bible or the Koran, each one considered to be the word of God, using the vast amount of knowledge ecologist-prophets have produced? When reading these books one finds that even God borrowed from the knowledge previously accumulated by people to dictate both books. Why can’t we?

All religions are basically anthropocentric, that is they deal only with the behavior of individual human beings in order to manage social groups.(Read: “Life is a river” in Twisted Turban)  For them everything else is of little relevance. Hindu and Buddhist teachings tend to promote mainly egoism, that is, each individual must attain the state of nirvana; social and environmental welfare is secondary. Ideally the followers are required to spend the lifetime practicing yoga, meditation and austerities for self-improvement at the same time attain self-denial or kill the ego. What contradiction!  This egocentric practice has benefited many individuals tremendously; but personal interest takes priority over societal and environmental concerns. This is evident from the enormous effort required to improve the unhealthy state of public amenities in these societies where nature has only a philosophical role: it is worshipped but not conserved. People know nature but only as a slave of human beings. (To continue).

Pope Francis resurrects

Man devised religions to conquer nature -1

Pope Francis resurrects

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1. UNIVERSE  2. HUMAN EVOLUTION  3. INFERNAL SWIRL – Religions going round and round never to meet!   4. NATURE RAPES RELIGION.

 

 

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on man and nature relationship has attracted considerable attention in many quarters. No one has said, “It’s too late.” For me it is difficult to accept: “It’s never too late”. The significance of the document lies in the fact that for the first time a pontiff, head of the world’s most powerful and the best structured religious order, has expressed on this subject. Why did it take over two thousand years for the Christian church to contradict the book of Genesis in which God decreed man’s “dominion” over the Earth, and hence exploitation of its resources for our own needs? It is definitely too late. The earlier message of Saint Francis of Assize soliciting Christians to respect the entire creation and to protect our environment has long been forgotten.

The Christian religion and the cohort of other big religions still have a grip on and rule the minds and spirits of almost  all peoples of the world. They have not used their pulpits to impress upon peoples that the human being is an element of nature, God lives in nature, and Nature is God and Nature should be revered and conserved.  In the  main article of this website  (para. 4.8) written a decade ago I expected the then new Pope would take the lead in this vital issue because he did show some inclination towards nature.

For Pope Francis to say “I think we have exploited nature too much,” is too weak and too late because the world knew it a long time ago and our modern prophets (ecologists, environmentalists and climatologists) have proclaimed it loud and clear.  Then he says, “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.” Surely, these are not religious voices seeking action.

The Pope has upset many powerful multinational and national enterprises. They are afraid that the followers of his church will listen to his message and possibly take action. They need not worry because religions are in an infernal swirl; the chance of their getting together is remote.

Other nature-based religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism have little impact on their adherents because they have become fossilized in ritualized adoration. The followers of Islam have been to this day preoccupied with recovery of their religious and political dominance. Safeguarding nature is not yet on the agenda.

What a formidable transforming  synergy it would be if all religious factions joined Pope Francis and used their pulpits to enlighten the masses on what the modern prophets have convincingly  revealed about our Nature, the real God! No prayer or God has so far succeeded in preventing social and ecological calamities. Is there any chance of an “ecological revolution” to take place without religions taking the lead and rewriting the sacred books? (To continue)

Running

 

When does one get old?

One defect in the Indian culture is the minimum importance given to physical competition especially after  one  retires. The reasons can be many. The majority of the people are preoccupied in the effort of feeding the family leaving no time, means and strength to practise sports.

One reason that stands out prominently is the cult of yoga and meditation which normally implies application of the minimum physical effort to achieve the maximum power of body and mind. It is an ingenious attraction that steers one towards laziness. For those who have the time and the means this approach to life has become a cultural trait that dissuades them from physical effort. Competitive physical effort even against “oneself” is considered dangerous.

From young age I was convinced that this cultural trait of laziness is the top origin of bad health. In order to verify and prove this dictum to myself I took up jogging just before retirement at the age of sixty. Fairly rapidly I progressed from running 5 km to half Marathons that empowered me to climb Kilimanjaro five years later. Other than wearing out many pairs of good shoes, running dozens of half-Marathons has cost me nothing. During the last 18 years my special bonus has been that I see my doctor only for the annual check-up.

The 2015 half Marathon of Geneva on 3 May started in rain that continued most of the time. Only the finisher can feel the thrill!

Naginder Sehmi's photo.