Posts Tagged ‘religion’
of late, i have been hearing a lot of people talk about spirituality. when i was 18 years of age, i had many questions about religion and in order to find the answers to my questions i set out on a personal journey to learn about different religions. i read all of the important religious texts in the world, talked to religious people and spent a lot of time in worship places.i must say that i like all religions. i just hate religious leaders and people who use religions for their own personal gains.
given a choice, i’d like to say – i believe in bits and pieces of every religion.
i feel sad that most people would not be as privileged as me. religion is an inheritance for a lot of people. they won’t get to choose what they want to believe in. they would have not have the privilege like me to try and get to know god.
people always tell me they find spirituality in far away exotic places like india, bali and tibet. i must say conde nast and lonely planet have done an amazing job positioning these two places as spiritual vortexes. i want to start asking the indians and the balinese people – are you guys spiritual? just because they lay out offerings at street corners or do yoga in the mountains – are those signs of spirituality?
maybe as well- trained consumers, we feel that something is good only when we have to pay for it. haven’t you noticed that there is a course about everything. we have failed to see that spirituality is everywhere. you don’t need to get on a plane to find it. start by listing out things that make you happy and what makes you productive. people or things that cast a negative energy on you, do i what do – ignore them!!
when i was 28 years old, i made friends with an orthodox jew from new york. he became one of my favorite clients and we e-mail each other loads just to talk about life in general.
he was my first jewish friend.
ever since i was young, i felt the frustration of seeing life the way i know how to see life. i wanted to see life from another perspective. i don’t ever want to be a gilded caged bird.
i met an arab girl last weekend. she asked me do you ever have plans of coming back to malaysia to live. the answer is no. she asked me why.
i said to her, ” i hope what i say will not offend you. i love hong kong because people could choose who they want to be. if they want to be gay or lesbian, it’s their lives”.
i told her about my friendship with daniel, my jewish friend.
and i said,”actually the jewish people have so much in common with the muslims. i do not know what they are fighting about anymore”. we have been fighting for so long – can someone please say – hello, i am tired of fighting. can we try something new?
the torah has more in common with koran than the bible. but has it ever occur to you that we may be praying to the same guy upstairs – the channel may be different. we live too short of a time span to prove anything and yet somethings do not need to be proven.
i feel frustrated because we are all fighting the wars of our fathers and of power crazy people. they always talk about how different we are. we are not. we are the same. our culture may be different but the ties that bind us are the same.
in wars – sons get killed, generations lose opportunities, people grow disillusioned, childrens’ lives are robbed. let’s start talking about how alike we are.