The Origin of Religions: An Open Eyed Journey Through a Mystic World

The Origin of Religions: An Open Eyed Journey Through a Mystic World

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Book Specification

Item Code: UAM950
Author: B. K. Karkra
Publisher: Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788121211673
Pages: 268
Other Details 8.90 X 5.90 inch
Weight 460 gm

Book Description

The book is an open-eyed journey through the mystic world of faith. It is an intellectually stimulating account of the birth of religions. As animals, for definite, have no religions and intelligence is the dividing line between man and animals, it should be amply clear that religions have risen out of the thinking faculty of man. These are about God and His creation all right, but not from God--- though human brain itself is certainly a great gift of God. The writer has tried to visualise what might have actually happened on the ground in this spiritual area ages back and how it came to settle in human psyche as faith. The book traces the story of religions from the earliest times and tries to reach to the core of all major belief systems of the world. Towards the end, it draws a sort of balance-sheet of the religions to form a view what good and bad these have done to the humankind. An effort has also been made to have a peep into their future.

B.K.KARKRA is a well-decorated and battle hardened soldier with scholarly inclinations. He had the privilege of putting on four different uniforms in his career. the olive green of the Indian Army, the khaki of the Indian Police, the grey of the National Security Guard (better known as the Black Cat Commandos) and the black of an Indian lawyer. His book-- 'RANI PADMINI- The heroine of Chittor, a Rupa Publication, is perhaps the only authentic work on the historicity of the celebrated beauty. His other work-"Some Leaves-Fallen from Life"-is a collection of small soulful stories, lifted from life, especially out of his service experience in the armed forces and police. Besides this, he is a freelance journalist of repute who has contributed hundreds of articles on wide ranging subjects to most of the national and some reputed regional newspapers.

As animal, for definite, have no religions and intelligence is the dividing line between man and animal, the religions. have clearly risen out of the intelligence of man. They started germinating as soon as the first spark of intelligence got ignited in the human brain. A conscious being is always keen to know about his past and his future. It is thus the curiosity about. the Creator and the fear of future that have brought the religions in to being. These are about God alright, but not from God.

The book traces the story of religions from the earliest times. The existential anxieties first kept the man tied to his present for quite a while. As the things started getting somewhat under his control, he began thinking about his future and the next life. This was the stage at which religious ideas started blipping on his mental radar. At first the animal and the elements of nature that overawed him or to whom he felt beholden for meeting his needs, got deified. Then it was the turn of some royalties to be seen in the image of gods- for instance, the Egyptian Pharaohs (rulers) got installed as gods after their death and the Chinese emperors were considered just next to the Spirit of Heavens, their highest deity. The belief in after-life also resulted in development of the art of preservation of mummies. The climatic conditions of Egypt helped in the matter.

Ultimately, around four millennia back, man became conscious that there was some supreme power managing the affairs of the universe from behind the scenes. Thus, the humankind progressed from gods to God. God remains undiscovered and would remain so. However, the concept of God, as we know today, got first mooted by the Jewish Prophet Abraham (AC 1900). He named God as 'El Shaddai'. This got changed to Yahweh during the time of Prophet Moses in around BC 1500. Near about the same time, the Aryans identified Him as 'Om' on the basis of the primordial humming sound that the galaxies produce during their motion at an unimaginably long distance from us. Accordingly, it was the Jews and the Aryans who must be given credit for introducing God to us. Who went past the post first, could be a matter for an interesting research.

Judaism and Hinduism, are, thus, the parent faiths. Two major religions, Christianity and Islam, have their origin in Judaism. These three Semitic religions together command the faith of over half the humanity today. The major off-shoots of Hinduism are the Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Confucianism and Taoism are the indigenous faiths of China and Shinto that of Japan. Interestingly, all these religions are of Asiatic origin. There are numerous smaller religions like Zoroastrianism, Baha'ism and various tribal faiths. Besides, all religions stand divided in to a number of cults.

All these belief systems have been discussed in the book in a brutally objective manner, but with a deeply reverent attitude. There is neither an attempt to flatter nor to malign any faith. After all, behind all the religions stands the faith and wisdom of man. An attempt has been made to get to the inner core of every religion and present what they really stand for in essence. It is true that the religions turn in to business like ventures in no time. Still they keep on getting periodic course corrections to maintain their majesty. Their sacredness and high station in mind of man can never be denied. Moreover, their 'Sufi' strains greatly help them to stay spiritually relevant.

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