Sri Lanka has just woken up to a time of no war. Sure, the war and conflict ended in 2009, more than three years ago. Does this mean Sri Lanka has been a peaceful country since 2009? Ah, that’s the one question that makes us stutter, look around for words, change the subject.
So the racial issue which was originally a fight for power was brought to an end. The Tamils and Sinhalese hugged and kissed and stopped killing each other. Now we have a new issue, a new fight for power. And that’s where religion comes in.
Because any unwise comment will only put me behind bars, I will not go into the details of this conflict. I’ll simply say that it has become a religious issue. A religion that is known for its hate-free nature using words as a weapon and not a shield and a religion that is often [wrongly] blamed for violence around the world that only wanted a prayer said for the animal that was about to be slaughtered.
Why do Buddhists claim the Buddha’s doctrine isn’t a religion? Because, it isn’t. What makes Buddhism a religion are the traditions and rituals that surround it.
What is expected from a religion? Relief. Some way to unburden your self of various things. This is why, I think religions with a God, especially a forgiving one, has so many followers. The idea of a God gives the faithful a friend, a listening ear, someone to lean on.
Creation? Religion shouldn’t be about proving things of a scientific nature. Leave creation, the end of the world and what not for science.
Putting down a religion or belief just because it hasn’t proved anything isn’t needed. We read fantasy books, watch various movies and play unrealistic games without burning down buildings or hating people. Religion is in a way a fantasy. A soft pillow that will comfort you and will offer some thing to live for.
So no matter what your religion is, no matter what you believe in or rather, don’t believe in. Be tolerant and patient. Accept and love.