It hurt today when some people accused me of not believing in God because I’m Hindu. It made me feel angry, sad and helpless. I know it shouldn’t have bothered me because it was just words that kids at my school said. Words of ignorance and fear. But to just hear those words “You don’t believe in God”, I couldn’t get it out of my head.
I just want to comfort other Hindus that have ever been falsely accused or that have been put down by those too ignorant to find out what exactly Hinduism is. I urge you, don’t become angry. Don’t become upset. Don’t let these words change your mood for the worst. Be calm. Find somewhere you can be alone, close your eyes and sing. It can be out loud, in your head or hummed. Sing or chant a mantra, aarti song or bhajan.
After the class let out, I went to the bathroom in the upper academy hall where no one ever goes, locked the stall and sang to Lord Shiva while gripping my mala. After about twenty minutes of chanting and thinking of scripture, I felt better. I realized that I had let someone else’s influence and ignorance cloud and change my happiness. If I would not have took some time to meditate on God, I might have been unkind to another out of my bad mood, and churning the cycle of this one person’s negativity. Those people who had been unkind were simply unaware of God’s oneness and were not educated on the subject. They were taught to hate and discard ideas that were not their own. I prayed that I may one day be able to accept each person’s circumstance and individual opinion. I prayed to Maha Mother Kali that She destroy these waves of bad feelings that I experience when I hear hurtful ignorance. I prayed that She destroy these people’s ignorance all together.
So, anyways, I felt that I should share this experience I had today with you all. Please know that you may submit any heavy feelings or happenings that you have experienced which have hurt you here. Share them, receive support, and pray for their release!
Thank you all for reading and may Sri Lord Shiva and Mother Kali bless you all!