I come from a family where everybody has its own funda’s about religion and god.
Being bought up in a family which has both Hindu as well as Sikh influences, I was always told that life is all about your Karma, and all you did in this life would ultimately come back to you.
A little mythological, but the basic thing I’ve been hearing all my life is that whatever good or bad deeds you do, they go with your spirit after you die. Heaven or hell would be decided based upon these deeds.
It will all ultimately come down to your death.
Strangely, all these ideas and rules about what you should do in this life are made by people who are still alive and have therefore no idea about what death is.
Though the holy book “The Bhagwad Gita” where the concept of karma is explained is believed to be a compilation of the verses that Lord Vishnu himself said, it takes utmost faith to believe this concept.
According to the Hindu mythology, a spirit will take 84 lakh births before finally getting a human birth. It is arguable scientifically, because there are millions of life forms on earth, but the Hindu mythology says that the spirit starts from something like an amoeba and gradually takes birth in every life form before it become human.
Mythlogically speaking, death is a scary thing. Once you die, all your life deeds are put out in front of you and you are asked to answer each decision of your so that you can go to heaven or hell.
To quote Albus Dumbledore or rather J K Rowling, “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”.
Not that I’m claiming to have a well organized mind, but frankly, I’m not scared of death. I’m just scared of not living.
I believe that all these concepts of heaven and hell were just made to create a fear in people. People tend to do or not do something due to fear.
So if you tell them that doing good deeds would get them heaven, they would try and be a better person, even though they have absolutely no idea what hell or heaven is going to be anyways.
And this idea has generally worked. Yes, there are some side effects as well but in every religion you will find the concept of heaven and hell.
Maybe all these concepts were created to establish a civilized society where people have a fear of doing something wrong.
I believe in spirits, but heaven or hell seem fictitious to me. How can you say that a person will have pretty angels surrounding him if he has helped poor and been a kind soul, but if he had been greedy and cruel, he would be thrown in pots filled with boiling lava! Why isn’t he punished in this birth itself? Why wait for him to die?
The concept of Karma though might be true. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So whatever good or bad deeds have been done in this birth shall be compensated and written off in this birth itself.
There is no waiting for death and no worrying about what is right and what is not. Most people would just do whatever the society tells them to do instead of what they want to do just because that way they will get heaven.
And trust me, all these people want heaven, but nobody wants to die!
But if all this is not correct and there actually is a heaven and a hell waiting for everybody, then I guess we’ll all just have to wait for our death so that we may embark upon this unknown exciting adventure.
Who knows where we might end up.