Dec 14, 2005
The perennial confusion
In case you were wondering why I wrote the post on Sandyavandanam, here is why: A little flashback..
Mid-eighties: I watched the movie 'Yaar' starring Arjun, Nalini, Jayashankar, Jaichitra, Senthil, et al. It was about a satanic child being born when 7 planets are aligned and how good defeats evil in the end.. It made me think (yes, when I was in class 6) about the existence of God. I told my mom that, with scientific awareness increasing among the populace, thanks to education, people would slowly give up several religious rites, and in 30 years (one generation), there would be more atheists than theists.
That was the time I started questioning about God. In mid-90, one incident happened which made me believe God for sometime but after sometime I was again confused (and continuing to remain so). A few days ago, I read somewhere in the internet that the present generation of young and educated are quite religious and so on. I wanted to verify a part of that by asking the question in the aforementioned post. I have a few beliefs about where we stand now:
IMHO, on an average,
* Ladies are more religious than gents.
* The previous generation and kids (age<10) are more religious than the present generation of adults/teens.
* People in villages/towns are more religious than those living in metros/other big cities.
* NRIs are more religious than those in India (added, after some brain-storming within and Deepak's comment).