My religion is my civilization
(completly based on a wonderful write up by Dr(Sri) N.Gopalakrishnan of Indian Institute of Scientific heritage , in Malayalam . My Humble request .It is lengthy but please read it)
My religion is beginning less perennial civilization
When I was born, my grandma lit a lamp,
And heralded to the world that a light was born,
On the eleventh day , with joy and celebration ,
I was given a ceremonial Bath .
On the twenty eighth day in front of a lamp they all,
Joyously named me and called me by that name
And when I further grew up , they decided,
To give me food , that too with God as witness.
After I became mischievous boy or girl,
They took me before our God , who knew all,
And taught me how to write my first letters ,
By holding my hand and making me write God’s name
When I learnt how to read, by the help of the person,
Whom my parents told me was as great as God,
They also told me that I am going to learn everything ,
From books and that the book was my God forever.
Then they took me to the schools and also told me,
That the school was and will be my temple forever,
And the greatest wealth that I am ever going to earn,
Would be what I am going to learn from those temples.
They told me that my parents are greater than gods for me,
And never and never I should forget to fall at their feet ,
And they also they me , to touch those people , elder or younger
On whom my feet touches by mistake and touch my head .
When i grew up , they told me that my actions are my Gods,
And when I took a partner in life, we had to mutually promise,
That we would respect and love and look after each other,
In front of the lighted fire , our elders as well as our friends.
When we entered any temple of any of our Gods .
I was told that I should , not think other thing,
Except the God , when I was there and they told me ,
That He will fulfil all my needs and also look after me.
Our elders showed us a mirror kept inside the temple,
And asked us to see our God inside that mirror,
And when with curiosity we peeped and saw ourselves,
Our elders told us that we ourselves are our God.
My elders took us to the very learned Guru,
Who told us how there is para Brahmam was our God,
And the reflections of the great concept in each and everything ,
Was the Gods who see in our temples in various forms.
He also made me understand that i am not a prisoner,
Within my religion and my religion has not told me,
Any acts or rules which are compulsory to my religion,
And it has never scared me by any of its teachings.
It has told me and taught me that I should select ,
The path through which I have to travel to my God,
And all these paths would lead me to God Narayana,
Just like water raining any where would reach the sea.
It told me to uproot all the blind beliefs in my way,
And told me no where , anything has been told ,
In my religion that by not doing that act ,
I would be considered as not belonging to my religion.
My religion is my culture and not at all my religion,
If I consider anything it it as communal , I have,
Every right to change it And every day in my life,
I would be thanking God , that I am from that religion.
This culture is the tree of heaven which was nurtured,
By Valmiki, Vyasa , Vasishta , Narada , BHeeshma ,
Kalidasa , Bharthruhari , Thiruvalluvar , THunjan,
BHatathiri , Vivekananda , Ramana and Maha Periyava.
THis culture has been nurtured by music of Narada,
The medicinal skill of Dhanvanthari , the yoga suthra ,
Given to us by Pathanjali , science of flying by BHaradwaja,
And the concept of zero given to by our forefathers,
I am extremely proud of my great ancestors,
When Parsis , jews and also Budhists of Tibet,
Were driven out of their motherland,
They welcomed them and gave them home and food.
They recognised and respected all religious thoughts ,
That were found by our own philosophers,
And also very many people who came from other countries,
Because we knew all rain water reaches the sea.
My culture never told me to please any body else,
For by pleasing and scaring , I do not have anything to get,
My religion never tells me to convert any one to it,
It never tells me only I will go to heaven and they all to hell.
My culture has always taught me to pray with faith ,
“May all the worlds with its people have a pleasant life,”
It has told me that if I follow the rules of proper and just dharma ,
That Dharma would protect me from everything and anything.
I will always follow my culture and will always pray for this world.