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The Commoditizing of God..

If I haven’t made myself clear about where I stand as far as God goes, then:

a) it has been deliberate or b) you haven’t read all my posts here in this blog.

Given where I stand on this, it is only natural that I had to react quickly and post something about it when I came across this petition that is being circulated around in the area I live in.

To begin with, irrespective of anyone’s belief in these things, the very premise of this argument sounds a bit ridiculous. I guess the Bharatiya Temple Board of Trustees have a very practical perspective on this matter. They think that “a temple is merely a place for like-minded believers to gather and pray & Where the temple is and what is inside the temple shouldn’t matter much”.

 
On the other hand, I totally see the petitioners’ perspective too. They may be thinking “If that is the case, why bother sanctifying gods based on where the temples are located? In other words, why should the highly religious Hindus bother to make a trip to Varanasi and not attain the same supposed salvation by praying from the comfort of their living room?”.

Well. These are questions that I am sure all believers cannot answer alike.

For me though, this just proves that religion is a market where the primary commodity that is sold is God, the way religion defines it…