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Forwards 'n Rituals..!

Saturday, July 07, 2018
By Robert Clements

Ssshhh… Let me whisper this to you: You see they hide In the darkness of the night, these monsters, waiting for the crack of dawn, and with the sun’s first rays, they scream, shout, some silently pounce on unprepared me with whoops, and blood curdling battle cries and fill my Whatsapp inbox, till choked and strangled other important posts cry out to free them from these gatecrashing invaders!

Who be these invaders but an army of forwarded ‘good mornings,’ ‘have a good Day,’ ‘happy birthday,’ ‘like you,’ ‘love you,’ and other readymade matter! Truly an invasion, thoughtless, senseless, useless!

I value the person who sends me a greeting, painstakingly written, but when someone forwards something he or she often has not read, then like viral infection it clogs, festers, creates havoc for others!

Yes, I do forward stuff to friends on topics I feel they would value reading, but the ‘carpet bomber forwarder’ doesn’t do that, he trains his ‘forward’ machine gun on an unsuspecting public and sprays them with gay abandon! Very often I’ve sent a response to them and found no reply cause it’s a one-way street, no conversation, they’re not interested in dialogue, only on turning the garden hose and watering me with useless forwards!

We do the same thing with God:

We carpet bomb the Almighty with meaningless Forwards called Rituals!  “Say ‘twenty Our Father’s before you enter the exam hall son!” cries the mother to her exam going child.

The Lords Prayer or ‘Our Father’ is a prayer full of meaning, and is worship, invocation, and a plea to God, to be prayed with total sincerity, meaning and conviction, but in repeating it without meaning, we actually mock God! So too, with other rituals in other religions; they were placed to bring deep spiritual thought into worship, not to be done mindlessly.

Sincerity, earnestness, and seriousness go into a greeting, and the same with worship.

Here’s another touchy part of a forward, it’s also sent by many to show off!

“See what I listen to!”

“See what I read! How intelligent I am!”

And then waits for you to acknowledge it with a thumbs-up. I see the same grand show among the pious ritual followers; who tell others how often they fast, how often they pray, how often they go to their church, temple, mosque or gurudwara! 

Their chanting, their loud prayers are heard by everyone below, but God whispers from above, “Please stop these forwards, just give me your heart..!”

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