Almost all of us are convinced that there must be ‘something’ that none of us cannot be excluded from. Many of us have tried to know and understand about that ‘something’ and have even reached to some conclusions that appear to be right to them, but not absolutely right to many others, because others have also tried their level best to know and understand about that ‘something’ and have drawn their own conclusions that are different from those drawn by others. It is the uniformity of our intellect that convinces all of us that none of us, without exception, is beyond that ‘something’; but, the differences and variations in our respective intellects lead us to reach to different conclusions. For the purposes of communication with others and with ourselves, we refer to that ‘something’ as ‘the absolute truth’. Whether we value the uniformity of our intellect in believing about the existence of ‘the absolute truth’ or we give more importance to the variations of our intellects leading to different conclusions drawn about ‘the absolute truth’ is up to us.
If we devalue the component of human intellect that has remained unaltered, surviving all kinds of changes of the time, space and circumstances, and rely on the component that keeps changing for developing any understanding of the truth that we desperately seek for our survival, we expose an immature and childish part of our nature. If we put our respective religions in the same category that we allot to the types of clothes we need to wear in different parts of the world according to the variations in weather conditions, we are guided by principles that sadly lack even the elementary human sensibility.
Faith is about settling in the uniform component of human intellect that does not vary with time, space and circumstances; it has nothing to do with insensibilities of human mind.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]