To get some water to drink I need to ask for “Neeru” in Karnataka, “Tanni” in Tamil Nadu, “Vellam” in Kerala, “Neelu” in Andhra Pradesh, in the Hindi heart land “Paani”, to one who knows English “Water” and finally a scientist understands it as two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen. That is not all the water which is in my glass in a liquid form becomes solid ice when I freeze it and vanishes as vapour when I heat it. A commonly needed water has many names and forms.
Now if water which is visible to naked eye has so many names what would be the state of Absolute which is neither visible nor comprehensible? But humans have given it names and forms, while a Hindu wants Him to be in solid form as Ice he finds Him in an idol. For a Christian He is in the liquid form like water flowing in everyone’s heart similarly for a Muslim He is like vapor formless present everywhere as moisture and mist. There is no doubt that all of them were addressing the same Absolute but in a different name and form. When this was so, from where did the fundamentalist attitude creep in?
It all started when people under the umbrellas of different religions foolishly started to project their God to be superior to those believed by the others. Unfortunately what they fail to realize is that just as water is same though it is called differently in many languages, God is same to all of them. Every individual has given a name and has recorded a form of God according to his own interpretation. Well, many a times God can be in human form also ask the near and dear ones of the patient who is wheeled into the operation theater the Doctor is God to them at that very moment. For a person starving to death the hand that offers a loaf of bread is that of Gods.
Rig Veda says there is only One Truth which is addressed by different names by various individuals. Rig Veda had anticipated that at some point of time there would be difference of opinion among people hence it had categorically stated that it is possible for human race to live in harmony even if they call the same Truth in different names. Now the issues to be addressed is not in calling that Truth in a different name which religion has induce but to stop thinking that the Absolute is different for different religion and the foolishness in thrusting the superiority over others.
Water is the same in all language and its relevance is in quenching my thirst whether the person who hands it over to me calls it Neeru, Tanni, Vellam, Neelu, Paani or Water……. Isn't it????