Saturday, July 24, 2010

What if God was one of us....

What if God was one of us,
Just a slob like one of us.
Just a stranger on the bus,
What if God was one of us ?
Lyrics of Song from Joan Osbome . Watch the song on You Tube here

As uncanny and as thought provoking the song may be, imagine another thought provoking scenario- Among all of us on this earth, YOU are given the privilege to be GOD?
Lucky You!! Or so it seems at the first instant. For however excitig the opportunity sounds, it comes with its set of unique dilemmas. For starters, there are so many Gods in this world, .so which God to be?  Without a doubt you deserve the best (after all , you are God). So why be any other God and why not be the best God?
So the dilemma now reshapes itself into - To find which God is the best? Your dilemma is made even more difficult when you realize that you cannot approach anyone for advice. After all, every person would claim that the God he/she follows is the best God.
After realizing that your Social Network will not be able to help you out on this one, you decide to try your hands at History only to discover that human history is tainted with the loss of countless lives in an attempt to put one God better than the other. But amidst all this bloodshed, History still fails to point toward a Supreme God among other Gods.  
Keeping History books into history, you decide to research a modern text. Maybe modern analysis can solve your dilemma .You get hold of the book, If world were a Village. The book tells you that if on this earth there were only 100 people -- 33 would be Christians, 18 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 16 Non Religious, 6 Buddhists and 13 followers of other religions..
Aha! This gives some pointers. Should you become the God which most people follow? But does this line of thought not imply that the lesser followed Gods are the lesser Gods? Doubtful of this hypothesis, you lunge into the field of Sales expecting to see some light. But alas, as you feared, Sales teaches you that there is no definite relationship pattern between the numbers of consumers of a product and the quality of that product. There are many other parameters which collectively affect the end users choice. So you realize that the parameter ‘Number of followers of a God ‘ is not a sufficient one to choose The God among Gods. (I told you at the start, it won’t be an easy problem solve)
Perplexed by your dilemma, you come up with an exhaustive solution - Study about each God that there is and then decide which God is the Numero Uno!. As comprehensive as  the idea sounds ,let me warn you  it is not a practical one. Just to give you the reason behind my apprehension , when you would reach Buddhism in your study, you will find the Buddha has 32 avatars. So you have to 32 avatars to understand the Buddha.  Oh! What do you say – 32 is not such a big number. You can study the 32 avatars. Okay, But then let me tell you about Hinduism, The total Gods in Hinduism is 330000. By the time you would complete the study of their life, your life would be completed.. Case closed!

You seem to be a bit lost now with all these approaches failing to give you an answer. Let me suggest you a compromise – Instead of choosing the best God , let us only decide to choose the best religion. It seems a more manageable prospect. It is also very closely related to the initial dilemma - after all , it was God only who gave religion to men and women ( Or was it  the other way round ? Let’s not dwell into it , we have work to do ).
And on top of other things, your decision would  also help the whole human race. The whole race has been fighting among themselves for ages  to prove their religion as supreme, Maybe you can decide for them and settle the issue once and for all, And they are sure to agree with your decision ( after all  you are God 1 )
So let us work together and try to list down the major teachings of the various religions of the world. Then we will try to categorize the teaching into some categories so that we can analyse them in detail. So let’s get to work .............................

And there!!, we have the table ready below. Now all we need to do is analyse and pick out the best religion
Yes, my friend, I am as shocked as you are -- All the religions teach the exact same things via their respective Gods and via their own respective means ??!! 
But why then have humans been fighting among themselves since time immemorial to prove that their religion and their God is better than the religion and God of others? Apologies my friend, I have no idea how to answer this new dilemma. But I have a feeling that the day every human starts taking the trouble to ponder over this question, the world would be a better place. Do you share the same feeling my friend? 

What if god was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Just trying to make his way home
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone
Just trying to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the Pope maybe in Rome...


  1. i wish if religion cud change its spelling to
    yet a super script to read and implement..stay stunning..sanjeev raj

  2. I think the title of this box 'Post a Comment' should be dynamic depending on the content quality of the post and esp for this one it should be changed to 'Post Comments' because this touches not only one characteristic that defines us "the God we pray to" but a host of issues amongst others.
    Im glad I read it and I read it keeping my religion, Buddhism aside. I read it as an educated adult trying to make a living and tired of all the repercusssion read bomb blasts, long frisking in airports, security checks in malls etc all because of "religion" .
    I love the analogy to sales and it delights the "analyst" me and I love the jab at the religious fundamentalists at deciding what
    came first: religion or god.
    Thank you for this post and barring a few spelling/grammatical mistakes and some layout aesthetics here and there it was a pleasure to read. Keep writing!!

  3. @Zorro-interestig observatiob buddy !! thanks for the encouragement !!

  4. @Tenzin - thanks for the encouragemrnt - i definately will try to pen down (rather type down)
    my thooghts -- hope u continue to read tehm and keep giving ur observations ----
    spelling smistakes are some howunavoidabel for me :)) but i am imporving them -- from 1 mistake in one sentence this is a bit better -- isint it ? :)

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  6. I admire the true follower of these religions (or others not included). The true follower never is a fundamentalist.. i mean a inflexible one.
    Religion is bad? Religion is gud? There 2 faces for this instituitions created by humans.
    In my opinion, everything can be bad or gud. Its depends of who will use it.
    I understand religions as many forms to see a single God, a single supremacy... even it maybe called God or Higher Power, State...
    1 of the things i want study is religion... it seens a very interesting world. Everybody should learn more about every religion to understand their neighboor.

    As lawyer, i understand that some rules are needed to rule all society.. Religion gave us basis for our laws, respect for others, living well in a coletivity...etc. Religion yes, not those bad followers.

    I was born in a family with a mix of religions... no much but yes... and i am learning more and more to be flexible :).

    I respect all religions and i like to learn from them.

  7. @ Mari - very interesting point of view in your comment !

    "I was born in a family with a mix of religions..." -- this must be a very unique experience - why don't you write a blog about it as to explain how this diversity shaped your personality or the new experiences that it brought?