The Worst Form of Worship

Religion is the worst form of worship.  Unless it is understood properly.

There was once a sage who used to offer worships with food items.  Rats used to trouble him because of the food items.  So he started keeping a cat.  But the cat became a nuisance during his pujas.  So he tied up the cat during the puja. 

Eventually the sage became famous for his spiritual powers.  He could heal the sick, for example.  And many sick people came to him and got healed.  Illness, more often than not, is a matter of the mind and the master of the spirit could heal the mind easily.

The sage became famous.  The sage continued to heal the sick.  And there were too many sick people in the world. So the sage became famous in the world.  The sick people made him famous. 

Eventually disciples gathered round the sage.  Every successful person gathers disciples easily.  Even an illiterate politician can gather disciples.  Even a villainous gangster can gather disciples.

The disciples saw the cat tied up at the time of the puja.  They did not know why the sage tied up the cat.  They knew only why people gathered round the sage.  They were only interested in the people.   Rather, they were only interested in the donations that people brought in.

Eventually the sage died.

The puja continued. 

There were no rats to disturb the pujas.  Rats had become extinct in the man-infested precincts with too much fragrance of fumes. 

The pujas continued.  The sage’s cat died.  The disciples bought a cat.  The disciples chained the cat at the spot of the puja when the puja was conducted.  They thought that the cat was an integral part of the puja.

That’s how much they had understood the master, the sage. 

That’s how much the believer understands religion.

That’s how much a commentator understands a blogger. Sometimes!

This blogpost is dedicate to that bracketed S. [How silly of me!]

Note: the storyline in this post is borrowed from somebody whom I can’t recall anymore.  Maybe somebody whom S will be able to recall.

S, I hope I have flattered your ego enough. Want more?  [No time.  Read my entire writing, go back to the old pages…]

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21 Responses to The Worst Form of Worship

  1. DEEPAK KARTHIK says:

    HEHE VERY TRUE sir !
    we follow so many things without knowing what is what..
    we copy as much things possible, still we criticize a young student for copying in exams 😀 😀
    meaningful post !

  2. Sid says:

    Got only one thing to say – LOL !!!

  3. seema says:

    lovely post Sir…

  4. Sunil Deepak says:

    And traditions, likes the tied cats continue to oppress and subjugate people because that is the only right way … thanks for sharing it so simply and yet profoundly

    • matheikal says:

      Exactly, Sunil ji, the cat is a symbol of hidebound traditions.

      Thanks for seeing through the simplicity of the writing. I did mean it sound religiously simple.

  5. S says:

    Matheikal Saar,

    Even here, you are hiding your ‘true motives’. Instead of trying to ‘devote’ your time for me, Why don’t you ‘publish’ my censored post??

    Regarding this “S, I hope I have flattered your ego enough. Want more? [No time. Read my entire writing, go back to the old pages…]

    No ego here, Saar.

    I would like to add 2 ‘bits’ to your story. SO here it goes.

    “The sage became famous. The sage continued to heal the sick. And there were too many sick people in the world. So the sage became famous in the world. The sick people made him famous.”

    Sage’s name was J. he was to be the ‘gawd’ of all atheists and marxists, all pseudos included.
    No other ‘gawd’ including ‘Y’ should be ‘worshipped’ before or after him.

    After all , he is the ‘gawd’ of all people all over the world, including the atheists and marxists and revolutionaries and pyschologists and pyschiatrists and……. YOU.

    • matheikal says:

      As long as you continue to hide behind a mask called S, I will choose which comment of yours to be published or not. You give your real identity, and I’ll take your comments with due seriousness. Otherwise, you’ll remain a joker for me.

  6. Amit Agarwal says:

    Absolutely and..really wonderful!

  7. hemant says:

    A nicely narrated story with a learning about the most discussed and controversial topic “Religion”….

    That’s why they say – Religion is the cause of the problem…and in a strange way..solution too (I don’t know who they are) 🙂

    • matheikal says:

      Yes, Hemant, the problem as well as the solution, both are us, the people. We create religion, we create the divisions in the name of religion, we create wars in the name of those divisions… And only we can solve those problems.

  8. Jen says:

    LOL! You sure wanted to proclaim something strong right? 🙂 Well said. I liked it.It holds so true to what is happening in our times now :).I think we too behave like hypocrites sometimes! It’s so human but yes, not everything humans do can be forgotten. 😛

    Your newest follower 🙂

  9. alka says:

    love the opening line and the story that follows n the moral of the story:)

  10. A great story of how blind our religion is…Also, a great way to interacting with S. I think even I need to do something with Anonymous bloggers who write an essay comment without disclosing who they are…

    • matheikal says:

      I wouldn’t mind if the person was in the habit of doing it with different bloggers; then I could console myself that he was a maniac. But this guy seems to have picked just me and I wonder why. At least he should let me know what grudge he holds against me, if not reveal his identity and intention.

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