Sunday, November 11, 2007

Genuineness, disinterestedness, and goodwill

Traditional religious festivals were occasions for fostering faith in the Divine powers. But they have turned huge spectacles over the years due to commercialism and media overkill. Many political and social organizations who are interested only in the crowd love this sanitized picture of religion as it helps to ferment discontent and irreverence in the minds of the people. Affluence and access to various avenues of entertainment is preventing people from god-ward feelings giving rise to a secular atmosphere at another level.

Striving to counter this situation is the need of the hour and Savitri Era Religion is the best bet in the prevailing circumstances. Even if people happen to read the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, may be, for intellectual or aesthetic pleasure, the call to spirituality crops up some day. Similar is the case with the feeling of identifying with the political ideals expounded by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The overall idea is to exhibit genuineness, disinterestedness, and goodwill in public which is in short supply today. And then people in large numbers can feel attracted towards this great ideal and be willing to participate in this great adventure. [TNM]

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