God and Man

By Dr. K S Radhakrishnan on 05-07-2011

The Big World of  Maya (XXV)

         The
present day religious practice of devotion is a brilliant example for the
materialistic interpretation of God. The contemporary popular devotee firmly
believes that God is a person or a force to provide everything to achieve the
unlimited human wants. Prayers have become exercises to present inventories to
the Almighty and get it realized at the earliest. Interestingly, God is not
expected to spend more time in this process. Here, God is considered a
participant in the human activity of accumulating more and more of worldly
pleasures at a minimum effort. More profit at minimum rate is an attractive
slogan of the present day market mechanism and the same has been accepted as a
way to God by the present day religions.

       The human being who is indulged in
worldly pleasures offered by the market is really a hollow man, always trying
to find peace and happiness among everything that market provides. One who is
forced to purchase a number of automobile vehicles for his regular travel
forgets the fact that he cannot use more than one vehicle at a particular time
to reach a particular destination. This is what luxury means and such a
luxurious life pattern compels everyone who has been trapped in it to speed
more and to purchase more. According to the market economy, the hall mark of
human existence is purchasing capacity. A God whose prime purpose is to support
human purchasing capacity is the contribution of the market economy to
religion. Now-a-days, it is sad to say that all religious customs and practices
in action have this ‘pleasure factor’ hid behind.  

           No society is an exception to the
general rule shared by other societies world over. In religion, people believe
in a God who can do miracles to make the devotees rich. God has not been
conceived as a solace, even if one fails to get anything from the society.
Here, God should be an active participant and He has been reduced to one of the
ingredients of the pleasures to be attained from the world. Such a God has got
the responsibility to satisfy the greed rather than the need.

On the basis of the faith in God, who
satisfies the greed, humans all over the world believe in gambling. Everyone
expects an SMS from a known or an unknown quarter offering millions of dollars
as price money for the work he/she has not done. Again, humans have cultivated
a habit of believing in slogans which say that ‘you will get your invested
money doubled within a short span of time’. That is, everyone wants to believe
that somebody remains in mystery just to make them rich by hard work. Instead
of earning something through hard work, the present day slogans make us believe
that we will get everything without earning anything and the only thing we have
to do is invest our money either with a firm or a person whose credibility is
not known.

            Naturally, the world has become a
fertile land of cheating. People are ready to get in it because they are greedy
and they believe in the aphorism that greed is not bad. But here, they forget
the simple fact that there is a ‘one to one’ correlation between hard work and
earning. The moment we forget about hard work and think only of earning, we are
in the world of maya because it conceals the fact that one
can earn only through hard work and it projects that earning is possible
without hard work. Hence, the market economy propagates a world of maya filled with cheating despair and
resultant disappointments. 

About The Author

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan (formerly Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University and Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission) is a learned scholar who has been earnestly trying to revive the ancient knowledge in Indian culture. He worked as a lecturer early in his life and now lives an eloquent advocate of social and cultural causes.