Recently, Calvy read me a news story about the Karnataka Tourism Minister (Mr. Gali Janardhan Reddy) who ‘gifted’ a 42 crore worth of a diamond-studded crown to the ‘GOD’! I understand the fact that the minister is a mine baron and has obscene amounts of currency at disposal yet I wonder, pardon me if I sound naive, why would god need such a gift? The dogged intuition that I inherited gives me this much of an insight that Gods don’t crave for materialistic desires…the halo over their head requires no diamond studded crown to add sheen to its aura. What can a human offer to the great one? I thought it was in camaraderie and cordial coexistence of species that God would have drawn a probable gift from us.
Benevolence is often misinterpreted to be lavish show of money in sanctified places. Be it Jesus or Jagannath,Mecca or Mathura, trillions worth of offerings are made to the supreme being…all in the name of religion or god, misunderstood sometimes as the ticket to heaven such donations which in no way can add to the lord’s bank balance, only show the hideous state of careless and crippled orthodox minds. I’m quite sure that god would have loved it more if that gift was used to feed the poorer section of the society, which laments in all seasons without shelter and is forced to live on meager handful of grains. I’m not advocating to sign claques for animal welfare…if humans have no heart for their own species then expecting them to take care of others is way out of the line. Philanthropy, I guess is long forgotten. Call me an atheist, if you wish to, but I’d always believe that kind acts that touch a soul are way greater than the money vested in driving faux displays of piety. I would always stand by my beliefs that direct me to believe in actual efforts rather than reciting rituals. The only ticket that’s accepted at heaven’s gate has a price that no denomination can buy; it’s with your acts that you become owner of one.
Reminds me of these lines from a song, ‘कभी प्यासे को पानी पिलाया नहीं, बाद अमृत पिलाने से क्या फायदा?’ ( If we can’t provide water to the thirsty, then offering even the elixir of life is of no use.)
A gift for god but then does any god really need it? May sanity prevail…