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I always asked questions regarding religious practices and I always got the same answer at the end in Kannada, “ನದಿ ಮೂಲ ಋಷಿ ಮೂಲ ಕೇಳಬಾರದು” which means you should not seek the truth behind rivers and hermits. What they want to say here is “Hey, look at the utility value of a river /hermit rather than asking how they formed or what they were in their early life”.  Probably it targeted on hermits like Valmiki or Vishwamitra who had a very hostile beginning but contributed a lot to the humanity later and gained respect.

But I wonder why they apply it to religious practices and religion? Why we should not ask? In this blog I post my thoughts and questions to all. I will be happy to have a discussion and conclude the truth behind.

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  1. Arvind Prasanna says:

    Hello Hmatadhi!

    Thank you for writing such a nice blog about sanatana dharma and sharing your thoughts on vedic scriptures. Although I have not read all your blogs, in fact just one of them i have read, they indeed are informative to say the least.

    When I looked at the about section, you have ended by asking an extremely difficult question to answer and no wonder many like you and I remain perplexed till date that as to why we should not question our elders about the root cause of everything! I felt good to see that you have mentioned a saying in kannada that “nadi moola matthe rushi moola kelbardu” because I’m a kannadiga too. Anyway, you have expressed your willingness to have a discussion on this and that’s the whole point I’m writing it.

    Of course, I’m no saint! I dont know many things and you definitely seem to know much better than me (because you have written this blog on varied topics) but I am an ardent believer of our sanatana dharma and would like to implement most of them in my daily life in this modern world which definitely is difficult! However, In the process of trying to understand and implement them, I have read books albeit very few of them but I believe that I seem to have understood some principle points! The first and foremost is that our (human) brain, senses have limitations and are imperfect and that the human brain/mind cannot comprehend the enormity of the supreme soul! That is beyond our comprehension! Once we accept this fact, a huge burden goes off your shoulders.

    As to an attempt to answer your question, perhaps it might be that unless we try and meditate or seek truth by ourselves, we will not be able to know it even if it is explained to us! Sages had performed rigorous penance for a significant period of their lives and only then might they have received some knowledge on the ultimate truth! So, perhaps one needs to experience it oneself by such practices or in a simpler but yet in a more effective way, just accept what they have said and believe in it.

    The second thought that you have shared is a bit tricky! Not able to understand the benefit of religion? I’m actually surprised that you have such a view!

    Finally, I do not know if I have answered your question for I keep asking questions to myself challenging my own wisdom on this topic and I do no know many things myself! However, I’m open for a discussion with a view to enhance my knowledge and seek the ultimate truth.

    Best regards,
    Arvind Prasanna

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    • Hi Arvind Thanks for commenting.
      1. Yes it is difficult perhaps incapable for us to look at the bigger picture when we are busy in the life. God is truly beyond senses and whom we can understand only if we can control senses and not through them (Thaithiriya says the same). Religion however is set of practices a community cultivates to assuage in achieving the above. And hence we can question them.
      2. Perhaps I wanted to say religion in a different sense. War on crusades, ISIS and many mindless practices in hinduism (levels of severities may change but they are there). I see religion as a tool as I said in point 1 above. A tool can be used for both boon and bane. Without proper understanding it becomes a bane. So only to understand God better Gurus have mandated to be a sanyasi-beyond religions. I know it may sound as confused, but I both appreciate and condemn religions. Religion like binding force keeps us united, but when broken does more visible damage.But we need religion. Compare this to nucleus of an atom. We are all protons and we need neutrons to keep us bonded within the nucleus. Neutrons are analogous to religion and customs, constraints that help us be together. But when neutron becomes more than protons, the atom becomes unstable and starts to decay.

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