Feja - are you familiar with this term? Uskonto - have you ever heard about it? Crefydd - do you know what it means? Well, all the words mentioned above refer to one concept, Religion. Roots of present human civilization are directly connected to the religion. The concept of religion is very vast to know, understand and practice, without which people can be misguided in the name of religion. In today’s 21 st Century, some people just think, some may just try but no one can prove successfully that teachings of all religions are same. A boy, who was born fearless, positive, brave and honest, took an oath to prove the fact that teachings of all religions are same and only the way of preaching is different. So let us look at his journey whether he just thought or tried or became successful in achieving his goal.
Kabir, a middle class boy, get all his needs and desires fulfilled by his parents. Apart from fulfilling all his wishes, Kabir’s parents always make sure that he respects everyone. In his academics and his social life he was taught that all religions are equal and their teachings are also same. As years pass, Kabir grow up and learn many new things before finally stepping out in real world. Everything was going in flow and then came a day to give a lesson to Kabir that ideas he had about oneness of all religions were not correct. That day was 26 th November, 2008 infamously known as 26/11, where humanity was set ablaze. His thinking about Islam was questioned. His reasoning was deteriorated and by the time he overcame from shock given by this incident, a next storm was waiting for him. The storm of Delhi and Odisha riots by Hindus against Muslims and Christians respectively hit Kabir’s faith in Hindu religion. After these riots, he was forced to question his learnings. To come out of this chaos and to keep his mind calm he started reading many books and one day he came across a book named “Bristish Rule in India” by Pandit Sundarlal. While reading this book he was in complete awe when he found that not only Islam and Hindu religions, but Christian religion also was brutal in history. He came through many incidents where innocent people were tortured and killed. As he was not convinced after knowing these eventualities, he shared this situation with his mother. His mother advised him to go to nearby temple for relaxation. So he went to nearby Jain temple. While returning from temple, he saw a person scolding a poor man outside temple just because he was drinking water from temple’s water tap. His thinking, ideology and faith in humanity were demolished. There was a war between his heart and mind. Many unanswered questions raised in his mind which were strangulating Kabir’s ideologies somewhere deep inside his heart, mind and soul.
One night, when Kabir was in deep thinking, his father came and asked the reason. He narrated all his past experience. His father smiled and said, maybe the intentions of some persons are wrong but that does not mean whole world is unpleasant. There are always two sides of coin. You have to view the other side too. The world is run by humanity, for humans. After listening carefully to his father’s words, he got some motivation and courage. At that time, that minute, that very second he took an oath to prove to the world that religions are not violent, but their followers are. This journey is of victory of truth over falsity and victory of good over bad . He turned his career to become a theologist. He first started his research by reading the holy book of hindus, “Bhagavad Gita”. He read that Lord Krishna told Arjuna that violence on others is totally incorrect. If you are in trouble than counter attack done is not violenece but self defence. In Rigveda, hymn 10:22:25 words like truth and non-violence are mentioned at various places. He also read many Upanishadas and other Vedas, where he found same teachings in all of them. Teachings of peace, non-violence and truth are essence of Hinduism. After that, he started studying Holy book of Islam known as Quran. In Quran in Surah-at-Tauba, Verse 6 the same was mentioned as it was quoted in Bhagavad Gita. Non-violence was mentioned at various places. A term Al-Salam is a saying which means peace, which every Muslim speaks when they greet each other. In Juz number 22, Surah number 33, to speak truth is emphasized. Isalm is based on the same principles which are the essence of Hinduism. After that he put his foot forward to Christianity and started exploring it. There were various places in the holy book of Christians, Bible, where peace, truth and non-violence are mentioned. Peace is mentioned in verses Psalm 34:14 and Mathew 5:9. Truth is mentioned in Proverbs 12:19 and non-violence in Mathew 5:38. After all these hard work, he saw that dark clouds were disappearing and there was emerging a bright blue sky. Kabir started exploring the concepts in Jainism. He read that all the Gods known as Tirthankars always emphasized on no-violence, truth and peace. Mainly, Lord Parshvanath and Lord Mahavir have used this words various times in their preachings. He also found the same message in holy books of Jainism known as Agams, where concepts of Pranatipat Virman which means non-violence and Mrushavaad Virman which means truthfulness are well explained. He also studied holy books of other religions. Then he visited various religious gurus. Once he met a religious guru of Islam, and said that all religions have the same teachings. The guru became bit aggressive and yelled at him. Kabir asked, “If I wish something
from Allah, will he listen to me?” The guru replied, “Yes, sure, he will always listen to his child.” Kabir replied with a smile, “If he is ready to listen, then why you are not listening to me?”
After all his hardships, he concluded that though religions do not support bad things, their followers do. Christians say, be Christian, Muslims say, be Muslim, Hindus say, be Hindu, Jains say, be Jain. But I am proud to be categorized in religion of humanity which say, be human.
– YASH SHAH