Faith is not just about religion (“In god’s abode, questions for man,” July 4). It is immanent in every act of ours. You board a plane because you have faith in the pilot. You believe he has a valid licence and is not drunk and that the plane is airworthy. You walk on footpaths because you have faith in motorists; you believe they will not knock you down. But our faith has been proved wrong many times in such matters.
It is impossible for a person to reason out every action of his. Even the greatest scientists have not denied the existence of a superior inscrutable power.
There are as many ways of viewing this power as the number of human beings on earth. A temple, a mosque, a church or a synagogue is no more than a symbol and reminder of such power. A tragedy or stampede in religious abodes has nothing to do with faith — it is to be attributed to poor management by the authorities.
The true understanding of god is the understanding of one’s self, the true meaning of thathwamasi. Pilgrimage is just one of the many spiritual quests man undertakes to feel the god within.
It is man’s greed that makes nature furious.