Varanasi Ramabrahmam

God Belongs To Whom?

God belongs to whom?
To the fundamentalist, devotee, or to whom He belongs?
And belongs He only to the religion?
Religions hijacked by barbarians are
Causing civilized people confusion about religion;
Rituals are dominating, spirituality is missing;
Compassion and accommodation of dissidence disappeared;
Culture is defined and dictated by half-informed individuals;
Are religion and culture one and the same?
Is there any subtle difference leaving room to the individual’s interpretation?
Is religion just one aspect of sociology and social living among many?
Or an all encompassing and dominating social fabric
With no room or space for fresh weaving with new threads;
Are religions stagnated waters or flowing rivers;
Are they at dead end or are evolving?
Does at all God belong to religion?
Does not He have His own Existence,
Transcending limitations fixed by ignorant religious preachers and followers;
So many questions but no answer;
The Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent
Is understood confined to rituals and their performance;
It is sad that God is imprisoned in names, forms, slogans alone
And His presence every where and every moment
In the hearts of his Creation is forgotten;
God belongs to whom?
Belongs only to the religion, fundamentalist and such maniacs?
God only knows.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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  • Beth Bailey (9/16/2009 2:33:00 PM)

    This is a universal poem. There is no doubt that religion divides people. I don't think that kind of structure is needed to love or be loved by God. I prefer my church of one member...me.

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  • warner treuter (8/21/2009 5:02:00 AM)

    Except to His avatars, God is forever out of reach. We know that, and yet little minds, so-called leaders, the demanding kind of people, are forever bringing Him (or Her) down to earth and limning Him with closed-end rituals, not the good open-ended appreciation rituals. And these rituals are accepted, they catch on, feeding on hope. And people lose track of what a small part of life all rituals are, even the religious. Not that they're bad, but made universal; and no ritual should be universal, but free, like music. Would anyone demand that everybody like their kind of music? And have to listen to it? Now, that would create an interminable problem. I'm sure. It sure as hell would with me!

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  • Roshni D'Souza (8/16/2009 6:05:00 PM)

    You have asked some important questions in this one. Thanks, roshni.

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  • Rajaram RamachandranRajaram Ramachandran (8/16/2009 3:52:00 AM)

    In Bhagawad Gita Krishna says that He is seated in every heart. Instead of searching for Him inside our heart, we are trying to find Him outside, like searching for ghee elsewhere, when butter is in our hands. a nice theme comes out of this poem.

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  • ~*Nezra*~ Farrell (8/15/2009 10:06:00 AM)

    God belongs to no one.But WE belong to him.
    Sad to say at times I believe people combine their social status and religon together.
    God job, I like this piece.

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  • Supriya PrathapanSupriya Prathapan (8/15/2009 7:08:00 AM)

    Awesome! 'Religions hijacked by barbarians are
    Causing civilized people confusion about religion; ' This the story of India. This poem should be read by all the extremist leaders in our country who are dividing Indians on the basis of religion. It is a pleasure reading your on our Independence Day. We are still not free from COMMUNALISM.10++

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  • Inner Whispers (8/14/2009 8:16:00 PM)

    God belongs to no one. We belong to him. We are only his creations that at one click of His finger, we will deminish. No one can claim that God belongs to them solely. Thanks for sharing this....

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  • Suchitra Suchi (8/14/2009 10:43:00 AM)

    when people understand that god is withing us.. and that, god is omnipresent.. there will not be any strifes and discord.. a finely penned down poem..

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (8/14/2009 2:45:00 AM)

    Pertinent questions to the lot. A thought provoking work.........everyone should read this poem and start thinking. All religions tell the same thing. Only the so called religious people differ.........Wonderful poem Sir.

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