Yet alone at the end of it all…..just no shortcuts.
Hinduism has been one of the eldest and most responsive religions that guided lifestyles of mankind on this planet. Varied formats and innumerable personifications of Gods to identify with, have been the hallmark of beliefs.
Therapies in the forms of Chaliya, Sankalp, Puja, Yagnya etc are prescribed as instant solutions for perceived bad times or what is often passed off as Griha Disha. Someone in midst of an instant problem has no option but to be drawn instantly by it.
We can wear rings of precious stones of desired weights and hues, apply holy ash or Chandan to our forehead, tie red thread endlessly on our wrist, in anticipation of a favorable judgment. We get delighted by the mere idea of a dip in the holy rivers and their tributaries. We go uphill the Trikoot Parbat for the holy glimpse of Mata Vaisho Devi and often enhance the experience with a visit to the shrines of other deities as Ma Chamunda,Kangra Mai, Ma Chintpurni and Ma Jwalamukhi. All this to thwart the outcomes of our own Bad Karmas.
We experience contentment in being a part of holy processions to mark different occasions. It is emotionally very refreshing to attend a Satsang and staunch believers would travel long distances to be a part of the same, leaving no stone un turned for a glimpse of the Godman who lectured it through. We are yet alone in the end, after dispersal of the gathering.
All these efforts are good, but at the same time are just instrumental in making our presence felt, marking our attendance or utmost a way to quench our thirst for cultural connections. For some they work as a short break from the happening of the world they have brought themselves to dwell in. What in the end of it all? What next after it? If a holy dip in the river was the answer to it all, population living on the river bank would have attained salvation. We ourselves believe that we are in a time space called Kalyug and Karma is Pradhan. In other words our deeds would see us through. It would be wishful to expect God to arrive as a personification to see us across our matrices of life. After all just how many instances are there in the entire set of beliefs. Wishful thoughts would only have us drawn to Gurus and Godmen with a desire to seek temporary comforts.
We know but find it difficult to acknowledge that there are no shortcuts in present yuga or time. It is only and only our good Karmas or deeds with consistent reactions and behavioral patterns that are selflessly in line with good of humanity that can make this world a better place on one side and see us through of our personal matrices of complexities of life, towards our salvations