We went to three Buddhist temples this afternoon. MBA, PBA and another Thai Buddhist temple in Pulau Tikus. Our reason is to pass an hour or two while waiting to pick up another son at karate. It is also a photo opportunity for me, albeit a 1.3MP camera.
I notice that men are more impartial where religion is concerned. Like my multi-religion hubby. He does not see the need to actualy ‘do something’ to ‘achieve something’. Previously, we would go to these temples and I would be the one lining up for the holy water and blessings. We were offered a free packet of joss-sticks in exchange for the parking fee but my hubby did not take up the offer.
His reason – No need lah, I got secret communication with Lord Buddha wan.
In one of the temple, my toddler was so curious about a container for alms. He went several times to peek at the bowl with money. Round and round, he would toddled back to that bowl and peek in like looking at a bowl of goldfish. The amazement and curiousity on his face is priceless.
So, I gave him money to drop in the bowl. The monk took his little, chubby arm and tied a string for protection on his wrist. Then, the monk sprinkled him with holy water which of course is very thrilling for a toddler of 2 yrs.
After the ceremony, my dear, understanding hubby untied the string and jokingly asked toddler, calling him Catholic baby, if he enjoyed his ‘baptism’. (Don’t anyone, Christians or Buddhists try to decipher anything. There is absolutely nothing attached to this except the innocence of a small but curious baby and the understanding nature of his parents.)
Recently, I am terribly sad reading about all these smearing of the Holy Quran by some fanatics and people seem to think that Christians and Muslims are at logger-heads. With the advent of the internet, we have too much information in our hands. Most times, we stumbled upon some very extreme and frightening private opinions of some very misguided people and many of us would just jumped in and label them by their respective, perceived religions. Eventhough it is just a small number of people, many of us would see a certain religion as ‘bad’ and conveniently forget about the millions and billions of people who are ‘good’.
In my opinion, if we try to right the wrongs of these misguided people, we are abetting them in their twisted mission. Best thing is to leave them alone, in their corner. If they had been that misguided, there is very little men can do to change their views. Nothing will ever go into their mind.
Through some co-incidences (though I wouldn’t see it as co-incidence), I had been given almost the same reading in my lector duty. Three times – I read from the Bible that ‘God does not discern us for what we are externally – whether we are Jews, slaves, citizens, circumcised or uncircumcised.’
Further, I learnt yesterday that our brain is too small to comprehend everything related to religion. To know the great mystery, is like trying to fit in the water from the ocean into a small hole dug by a little boy. (Re: St. Augustine, Holy Trinity) So, I shall fall back on faith in God and try to adopt some of the impartiality towards religion like my husband.
Happy Wesak to all Buddhists and please surf over to my Penang Faces for some photos.
Added : I would like to point out to some people that
the *Je. hovah. Witnesses is NOT a denomination of Christianity. (* spelling intentionally altered to avoid web-crawler)