What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
The song has been playing on my mind since quite a few days now. I am experiencing a lot of changes, circumstantially… while like most things in life, these too are temporary… but they are solidifying my perspective and outlook in a more permanent way than anything has before.
People are interesting… not one soul has THE perfect life… there’s at least one piece missing no matter what heights you achieve, or what echelons of fame and prosperity you touch. And I wouldn’t just call it a man’s greed that keeps him from attaining THE state of mind where he is unmoving like the mountains, and light like a feather. Circumstances play their role dutifully.
The few who achieve a state of eternal bliss and calm are the ones who have renounced the world and matters associated with it and have set about seeking the divine as the sole purpose of lives. Unless you take that extreme course, life will never cease to be the roller coaster ride that it has always been. Mitigation of pain, cushioning of impacts is all possible and done by many through multi-variant means ranging from smoking, drinking to sharing personal bonds with special few to resorting to meditation and other similar practices. But the fact remains, the effects are never absolute.
And that makes me wonder… if there exists the supremacy of a higher being, often called God… how would he possibly fare in the setup that we live in… away from the reclusive abode that is often attributed to Him and His likes?
In the place where the burning ambition of handfuls sets aflame anything and anyone that as much as touches their path to perceived glory… Where ego runs the show, and accommodation of ideas and perspectives is despicable as a sign of weakness… where poverty runs so extreme, that infants born to dead mothers are fed dirty water instead of milk… where naiveté is abused in heinous forms everyday… where the powerful and the corrupt run the show unabashed with great élan… where men and women are beaten, burnt or tortured to death for lame reasons… where almost every day, every individual feels cheated while cheating someone or the other… would His supremacy still last? Would He still be as calm and wise as the scriptures claim Him to be?
I sometimes wonder if renunciation and this whole idea of eternal bliss and after-life is all a farce, devised by some bright chaps to keep some semblance of sanity in our world. To give us the ever elusive hope for a better day someday, living or otherwise. And one fine day, when redemption doesn’t come our way and we die… and well, that’s it…, just die… would we know that we were cheated by this whole idea of the cycle of Karma and stuff all our lives? I guess no… as we’ll be too dead to realize…
I am not a non believer or an atheist… and I am not a staunch conformist either… I am an inquisitive soul who finds conflicts in beliefs, both old and new found, and facts almost every other day… and I really get lost at times… and on days when I run out of all explanations, factual and imaginary, I see how pointless my wrestle of thoughts is… but what’s the point anyway! 🙂