Religion A Personal Belief
The dictionary defines religion as a system of belief in, or worship of, a supernatural power or god. Here we could add that this system of belief or worship is a private matter — a sacred and unique relationship between an individual and his creator.
Even in today’s violence-driven world, the ringing of church bells, the lighting of an earthenware lamp, the sweet tones of Gurbani and the homage paid to a saint at his tomb have the power to move us. Wars may have been fought in the name of religion, arms may be hidden in places of worship, but man continues to retain that special and personal relationship with the Almighty.
The outward manifestations of religion —its rites and rituals, public processions and even the evil acts of misguided men, do not detract from the essentially private nature of religion. Religion is a matter of faith and in the ultimate analysis, it is of no significance what form this faith takes. We should always remember the basic tenets of all religions are same, that is, all religions teach us to be tolerant, kind, truthful, etc. What is of importance is the fact that religion gives us strength, courage, patience and a set of imperishable values.