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Purpose no. 1.
Most common purpose of prayer is to ask God to do things – fulfill requests, grant favours, and generally use his supernatural powers to act on behalf of the petitioner.
Simple logic shows that any prayer that asks God for anything is pointless. Is prayer going to bring to God’s attention a need of which he was not previously aware ? Is it going to convince him to do…Continue
His name was Bukhari, a sunni Muslim. He was the Training Manager at BHEL, Trichy (India). He used to invite me from Madras for conducting 3 to 5 day training programmes & workshops for his middle level & senior level managers. During the lunch break, I would walk from the conference hall to his cabin in the next building for a chit-chat.
I never took lunch since it would make me sleepy. I had to be at my best…
I had a disturbing dream recently. I had renounced non-belief in the supernatural phenomena like gods, soul, afterlife, heaven, Karma, reincarnation and become a devout Hindu brahmin once again. I was doing maha mangalarthi to Durga mata by dancing like the Bengalis do. I woke up in cold sweat and felt relieved that my secular humanism was in tact. Perhaps it was the consumption of too many vadas my loving wife had made the previous night.
In real life, this can happen only if my…Continue
Religion as per some philosophers is all about Comfort & Consolation. Religious beliefs (Soul, Afterlife, heaven & gods) are molly-coddling illusions. Afterlife beliefs are the primary reasons for the case that religion is a product of wishful thinking.
The belief in life after death may eliminate or weaken:
- The fear of personal extinction
- The overwhelming sadness when loved one dies
- The sense that a life of finite duration…Continue