Q: Why do people subscribe to religion?
A: You have to ask them.
Q: Is it wrong for them to subscribe to religion?
A: There is no right or wrong.
Q: Is it bad for them to subscribe to religion?
A: There is no good or bad.
Q: Do you subscribe to religion?
Q: Why not?
A: I have no interest in formalities. I do not need any doctrine. I do not follow anybody.
Q: Is that how you view religion?
A: Why does this matter?
Q: I wish to know your point of view.
A: In all accounts, there is the absolute and the bastardized. There is the immaculate and there is the artificial. It can be said that at one time religion was immaculate. But whether it was or not, this is not what it is not today.
Q: What is it today?
A: Bastardization, rituals, artificiality, and cunningness.
Q: But isn’t religion a gateway to god?
A: Religion has nothing to do with god.
Q: Would you kindly explain?
A: The moment you seek god, you seek an idea. What’s worse, the word god has become a wishing well; and religion: a social club. The idea of god has turned mankind into beggars. If god was seen as someone who does not have the power to give mankind an object of desire, no one would give him the time of day.
Q: Some claim that religion brings them peace.
A: Peace is derived from within. Not from external objects and images
Q: What about prayers?
A: What about them?
Q: Do you pray?
Q: Why do people pray?
A: Out of habit and fear.
Q: Would you please elaborate?
A: If one is taught to pray from a young age, she will pray out of habit. Prayer is not done for the well-being of the object one prays to. It is done for the well-being of the one who prays. Prayer is also done out of fear. The fear of losing possessions or the fear of punishment if one does not pray; in other words, a cry of self-pity.
Q: What is it that you do?
A: I seek the Truth.
Q: Do you think spirituality leads to the Truth?
Q: Why not?
A: Spirituality is as depraving and polluted as religion.
Q: But spirituality has nothing to do with religion.
A: It replaces one object of devotion with another.
Q: In what way?
A: Spirituality is a series of concoctions and prescriptions that are merely half-truths. It is a circus of people conversing in spiritual psychobabble using ineffective jargons like meditation and mindfulness.
Q: Why do you think this has happened?
A: Because humans are forever interested in formalities and fashion. Truth seeker is as rare as a needle in a haystack.
Q: Should people seek the Truth?
A: There is no should.
Q: Would they be better off if they did?
A: Not if it was done by following a teacher, by way of a doctrine or a prescription. One must have the desire for the Truth within his bones. Only then will he not stop until he finds it. Not because he should, but because he has no choice.