Posted on : 12-01-2012 | By : Krishna Yoga | In : FAQ
Tags: Chanting, questions, radhanath swami
Answer :There is a general confusion amongst people whether to believe or disbelieve in the existence of God! Many people are faithful and have a belief in some sort of God for various reasons as described below.
1) DESIRES – to fulfill desires,
2) UNKNOWN – fear of the unknown,
3) SOCIETY – fear of society and peer pressure,
4) TRADITION – blind following of traditional rituals.
This can be explained by an example as below :-
Once upon a time, a saintly person visited a village. The villagers invited him to give a discourse. Just before beginning his discourse he asked them, “How many of you believe in God ?” No one raised his hand. The saint said, “If none of you believe in God, what is the use of my giving a discourse ?” He then got down from his seat and started walking away. Some villagers ran after him and persuaded him to come back. Again he asked the same question, “How many of you believe in God ?” This time, all of them raised their hands. On seeing this, he said, “If all of you believe in God, what is the need for me to give a discourse ?” And he got down from his seat and started walking away. He was again brought back. When he repeated his question again, this time, by previous agreement, half of the people raised their hands and half of them did not. When the saint saw this, he said, “Those who have faith teach those who don’t have faith” and walked away.
In this way we can see that most people don’t have proper knowledge about God and so they neither disbelieve in Him, nor have complete faith in Him. Even those who profess to be theists maintain some faith only due to fear of the unknown, social pressure or to fulfill some desires in a pious way.
Thus to fulfill their desires or due to fear of the unknown they keep visiting many different temples on different days of the week.