The moment man became religious should have been the end of all conflict, but unfortunately, everywhere in the world, religion has become the main source of conflict. This has taken the maximum number of lives and caused the maximum amount of pain on the planet for thousands of years. This is only because people believe in something that is not a reality for them. Somebody believes in something, somebody else believes in something else, and naturally conflict cannot be avoided.
Religion started as an inward path; but over time they got twisted and have simply became a set of beliefs.
We need more people to understand the correct definition of religion and the ultimate meaning of the word religion. The word religion comes from the Latin word religare that means to re-join or re-connect. Re-connect with what? The answer according to me is re-connect with self, others and a divine. An even if we take out the divine part due to lack of scientific evidence, re-connection with self and others remain the goal. However, I then found on the internet that this origin of the word religion is in dispute. Does that mean that all fine sentiments about the word’s significance are worthless?
Nothing is worthless if something can be learned from it.
Religion is not a bad word. It doesn’t encourage people to stop thinking. In fact, religion encourages people to think about how they can re-join themselves or re-connect with an almighty who is infinitely more intelligent and loving. I have witnessed those that have dedicated their lives to reconnecting with the almighty, become infinitely happier than those that fight against almighty, or even the very idea of an almighty or intelligent designer. Almighty might also mean universe or supreme being or different things for different people.
There is massive controversy surrounding the word religion and the definition of religion. People define religion as a set of beliefs and duties, and then atheists assume that because a set of beliefs has become corrupt, religion is corrupt. But, ancient wisdom has a an interesting perceptive.
Let’s see what can I have understood after reading various ancient scriptures:
- Dharma is a Sanskrit word, often mistakenly used as religion. But it’s not, in fact, Bhagavad Gita, in its introduction, gives a beautiful definition of धर्म—ultimate duty or can be interpreted as righteousness or love. The world has seen a river of blood flowing all over in the name of religion. It’s the order, the law that governs that are all interconnected and interwoven with love and light.
- Madhab is an Arabic word, often mistakenly used as religion. But it’s not, in fact the real meaning is something different—route or path.
Ancient wisdom provides clarity of what religion is and as per that we can clearly see that Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism etc. are all ways or paths to reach religion—not religion itself; as per my limited knowledge and perspective.