27 September 2010

My beliefs

After reading Pseudo's blog post, I thought about my own beliefs and felt like blogging about it.

I am a strong believer in a higher power (which may just be the power of all the good thoughts of humanity). But to me this higher power is not someone/something that can be neatly codified and labeled as this or that. In my view, when somebody professes to believe in God, the absolute given is that God is much more than any human being. Therefore, how can anyone one of us human beings presume to quantify this Power.

Religions have always reminded me of the story of the elephant and the eight blind men,. a commonly told story in India. To me each religion is a way of trying to make sense of the unknown and the part of the higher power that a particular group of people have come into contact with. But that higher power is much more than that.

Another point I feel strongly about is, that my relationship to God/the Power is a totally private matter. I do not need someone to intervene for me or give me specifics on how I can communicate or not with God. I pray/have mental conversations, whatever I may feel like at the moment and there have been times when there have occurred happenings that have made me feel "that is truly grace" for which I am oh so grateful. But having had those moments of grace, I feel, does not give me the right to tell anyone else to believe in the same kind of higher Power that I do believe in, believe the same way as I do or communicate as I do.
'Love thy neighbour as thyself' sums it up for me.
Having said all of the above, I do hope, as this blogger says, that this post does not cost me some of my bloggy friends and that I do not offend any other readers.

25 September 2010

The only photos I took on my impromptu weekend holiday.  You can just about see the sea behind the sandbar, visible through the trees.

22 September 2010

I can't believe that I haven't posted  for more than a month on this blog!  But so many events happened during this time, which kept me away from blogging.  All I had time for--when I got at a computer at all--was usually just enough to catch up on mail and a some of the blogs on my blog roll.  Now at last life seems to be settling down.
I have also come back from a short holiday, which was lovely and all the more because it was sudden decision on the part of my husband.  As he is not at all given to that kind of thing, (specially as he has grown older), it made it even more exciting for me !  The place was so relaxing, the weather pleasant and, to top it all, I had a wonderful back and shoulders massage from the Ayurvedic clinic there (ubiquitous now in Kerala).  The place was here though we didn't stay right in those floating cottages.
So now, I hope to post more often.