The answer to this question is as vast as the heavens above. This is my attempt to explain what religion means to me. Religion lies not only in churches, temples or mosques, neither is it to be found exclusively in our holy books.
Practises such as genuflexions and meditation, visiting these holy places and reading such books are good in that it helps us to focus on something greater than ourselves and channel our energy towards positivity. These actions are good if they stimulate us to perform deeds for the good of our fellow man and it lifts our thoughts towards divine perfection. It is important to acknowledge that there is a God and we be allowed to pray to him in whatever form we choose.
Religion is so much more than what we learn at Sunday school. It is about acknowledging the uniqueness of every man, appreciating the differences and still finding enough similarity to live in harmony with each other. In whatever form you may worship there are common threads in every religion. I believe that religion is seeing the good in man, being good and doing, that is the true essence of religion.
Below we find that this is confirmed in every religion on earth.“Sri Ramakrishna – I have now come to a stage of realization in which I see that God is walking in every human form and manifesting Himself alike through the sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious.”
“Buddha – Goodwill toward all beings is the true religion; cherish in your hearts boundless goodwill to all that lives.”
“Jesus Christ – But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
“Mohammed – All God’s creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God’s creatures.”
Being good requires less effort than some people may realise and the rewards are in abundance.