I have always been a non-religious and non-ritualistic person. I have my personal belief system in God or some super power or whatever you would like to call it. But what I believe and what I do with those beliefs is something that I don’t need to share with anyone else. It’s my business how I deal with hard situations or things in life that I have no explanation for. Whether I pray for it or deal with it on my own or leave it fate, how does it matter? I’m neither an atheist nor an agnostic not a deist. Basically I don’t find the need to categorize myself. Which quite obviously doesn’t go well with everybody, because of course people need to know your stand and then change it to what they think is right.
Such beliefs are so personal to oneself, formed by your family values, your upbringing, years of different experiences you face, situations you find yourself in and lessons that you learn along the way. So it’s really frustrating when people try to push their beliefs on you or expect you to change yourself just because you live in a household where certain ‘rules’ are to be followed.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding – Bill Bullard
Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish people would look beyond their own little bubble and see, notice, observe how the other person feels, thinks, likes to do things and have the common sense and common courtesy to acknowledge that, respect that and just let them be!
This was another look that we shot at the famous Vittala temple in Hampi. Thanks to our guide who made the whole tour extremely interesting with stories about the Vijayanagara empire, about life back then, the bazaars and the people and their daily activities. One could almost see the Queen dancing in her private dancing chamber built for her and hear the rhythm of the music being played on the musical pillars. The kind of life people led back then was ruled by two main things – commerce (trading) and God (which is why there are about 80-90 temples in Hampi).
Sitting there and absorbing the surroundings, I couldn’t help but think of the contrast between how life would have been then and how life is now!