Sunday, April 11, 2021
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I’m Not God-fearing #SoulfulSunday

For a long time, I used to believe that praying means asking God for things. Things that made my life good and happy. Then one day some years ago, I realized if there is a god he or she doesn’t need my telling what I want. God would know everything. 

Why would I pray to something that needs to be specifically told what I was going through and where I want to go! God is not a shopkeeper trying to sell us things or a computer program that can be programmed the way we want! Right?

God is that powerful being who would take care of the world just like that. The stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana were twisted to support to instill that god-fearing element in human’s mind. 

From the time I accepted that God is not a headmaster sitting in his office room upstairs with a monitoring device and a punishment chart I felt liberated. I stopped doing things to please God. Instead, I did things to please myself. 

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I choose to believe that anything that my mind stumbles on God will know about it. I don’t have to be fearful because God is not looking to punish me. My actions would bring consequences. God is my friend, my light to move forward. 

This way of thinking freed my mind tremendously. 

I have a good relationship with God where both of us are free to be ourselves yet there for each other. 

That’s the foundation of a good relationship, don’t you think?


Written for #SoulfulSunday, an exercise to nourish our creative side, formulated by Esha and supported by Shilpa and yours truly.

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Vinitha

Vinitha
<p>An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts(http://thevoidthoughts.com) and Reflections..(https://www.vinithadileep.com)</p>

5 thoughts on “I’m Not God-fearing #SoulfulSunday

  1. I love how you changed that connection with God from being based on fear to one based on a feeling of liberation and light! From centuries, one section of people marketed God as a fearful force that only needs appeasement, but that’s also because they wanted to exploit people by offering to be the medium of appeasement. A lot of people I know are still stuck in that ‘god-fearing state even today and it’s a shame because that’s not how it should be.

  2. So true Vinitha like with human beings there should be no love with conditions attached, why should it be with the Gods and Goddesses. It’s like we put so much pressure on the omniscient and indulge in a give and take relationship.

  3. Oh Vini, I love you for writing this post!
    How very true, no, that we would think that God only answers our wishes and solves our problems if we pray to him. If we don’t, then he would punish us. I mean, how can we even think that our god is so petty-minded as to care about only those who prayed!

    I too have a different kind of relationship with God. We converse, we listen to each other and we live happily together, whether I pray or not, light a diya in the temple, or not.

    God is our best friend, and even as I type these words, I am overwhelmed and have tears in my eyes…that itself goes to show how solid a bond I share with God, right?

  4. I love this post so much, Vinitha. You have spoken my mind in this post. Sometimes I feel like I want to know who was the first person or when was it the first time when God was made to be a faraway entity needing to be pleased with prayers, offerings, rituals and sacrifices. Not limiting to this, God was even reduced to being petty with getting offended and furious when he became unpleased. Actually, humans created a version of their own beings in the name of God and this way it was easier to control the masses. The latest, but going on for centuries, is God needs saving in the name of various religions whereas still it is all about weilding the power and control.
    Contrary to the above, how uplifting it is to have a personal relationship with God and with the universe he created in just the unique way as unique we are.

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