It’s easy to fall prey to skepticism and unfaithfulness in the present world where a day starts with reading about violent crime cases in the newspaper headlines, where we feel unsafe to go out at night, where people are not what they actually are, self-interest and personal gains are the prime agenda behind every move they make. When we are losing faith in humanity, how do we hold on to our faith in God? When everything visible around spreads a negative vibe what fills you with optimism in the end of the day? In my case it has been reading books. Every day I find time to read a book in my busy schedule.
I had started to lose hope; faith in God had begun to shrivel. I thought why to stay good and righteous alone when most of them around don’t bother if it comes to their personal gain. I wanted to see a better world and not the one which imbibes negativity and selfishness in its every bit. How was it possible without bringing back the faith in the one whom we look up to when everything else fall out of place? How was it possible without faith in God?
While reading the book- Ramayana, The Game of Life, Shattered dreams, I found a plot named, ‘skepticism to belief’. Here, Jabali says that he is fed up of the madness called Dharma, righteousness, hell, heaven. He says all relationships, including that of a father or mother, are transitory phases in this journey called life. Everyone is born alone and dies alone. Only crazy fool gives importance to the relationships. Life is a combination of sperm and ovum and it shouldn’t be valued anything more than this. He further says that he pity those who devote their life to religion and appreciates those whose life is centered on pleasures. He simply negates the existence of the supreme power above us all. Rama had been listening to him. Ignited, he spoke to shield Dharma from the spears of Jabali’s sugar-coated poisonous speech. Rama said that when one rejects the Vedic concepts, he submits to the mind, a mind that always plots to drag you towards your lower nature. The intention behind a person’s behavior is the actual measure of his strength. Great people have the ability to discern true behavior by zooming into the hidden intention rather than judging on the basis of appearance. Such sensible people lose respect for those that lead a hypocritical life. Rama said if he had to live just for the sake of enjoyment, then he had to struggle with double standards, one standard to please his mind and the other to inspire the world to accept his leadership. He had to be noble person for the world externally and a dishonest one in reality. When a leader plays a game of double standards (which is the predicament of the present world) he couldn’t expect his followers to be transparent to him. The basis of governance is truth. He said that nothing can cause him to forsake the path of morality.
Such flawless was the character of Rama and such righteous were his intentions. Disbelief in God and righteousness can only pave our path towards doomsday. Skepticism brings hopelessness and faith brings hope for a better life and a better world. Faith in God is a gift. One who believes in the goodness would certainly see the goodness around. So, who do you look up at when you feel low? For me there’s my lord, my beloved God.