This photo is from Rajiv Chopra’s blog, reference below. To me, the Woman’s Eyes Reflect a Calm Acceptance of her Circumstances and Her Inevitable End. What Runs in Our Minds? Westerners might be Shocked at seeing things like these. But it is the Most common sight for Indians. YET, Almost Every Time, We pass them by without a second glance. As mentioned many times in comments in Rajiv’s blog, APATHY. That is the Root of Mankind’s problem. But where does it spring from? Are We born with that?
The problem may be Age old. It had existed at the time of Christ, which He addressed by the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Bible has said that We Are Our Brother’s Keepers. But, Modern-day Christian Leaders Speak of Faith, Speak of Praying, and Keep Asking for Donations… One wonders if they even know the Parable mentioned!
We might Ignore it, Fight it, or even Hate it, but Religion does Influence Us. Our Behaviour might change, but 6,000 years of Human Experience cannot be put aside so easily.
As little as 50 years ago, Religion had its sway, People ‘Felt’ and Believed that doing Bad would bring ‘Bad’ in their lives. Where and When did this mentality change?
Hinduism does not propagate its Teachings in a Formal manner, as Do Christians and Muslims, where regular assemblies are there, and Teachings. Yet the Hindu Way of Teaching, if I can call it that, has been the Most Successful One, seen from the fact that it has Resisted changes. For Instance, Christianity could not make a numerical impact in India.
Yet Changes Have taken place. Indians were Known for their Care and Concern. The Prevailing, Uncaring Attitude of India today is something New. Let us see Why and How this happened.
50 years ago, Religious Institutions were not rich, EXCEPT for… Christianity. I can and do speak about this as I know quite a few things because of my age and my Way of Observance, and because I am a Christian myself. To See particular, Real instances, please click here.
Christian Leadership has been Abysmal. The Useless Museum housing Thousands of rich artefacts in the vatican, the Rich lives of the cardinals and bishops, the corruption in Velankanni in TN(!), etc, seem to have ‘Opened’ the eyes of Other religious leaders, albeit in a Negative way, whereby they too seem to have fallen in love with money.
I was in Gorakhpur, UP, for long years, and I know that a GREAT amount of Food Grains used to accumulate there as offering. Yet nothing bad was said about the Gorakhnath Temple or its administration. That was 50 years ago. What have We NOW? Reports of the Shankaracharya of the South having ‘properties’ in Nepal, and court cases against him, is an example.
People are Not listening to What their (Religious) Leaders are Saying. They Observe, and they Emulate. Thus Religious Leadership Plays the Greatest of Roles in Shaping Society. The Vacuum in the Religious Leadership is the Root of the Problem.
Please Do Visit Rajiv’s Blog: http://rajivchopra.me/2014/08/04/the-hunger-project-3-what-do-you-see/