The Curious Kid
I was at my cousin’s place for the Ganesh puja, when, while listening to the bhajan “Om jai jagadish hare…bhakt janon ke sankat, daas janon ke sankat, kshan mein dur kare,” this imaginary conversation took place in my mind:
Curious Kid: Why are we singing a bhajan that assumes we are perpetually in trouble?
Stubborn Mommy: Human life is full of trials and tribulations and hence we need the help of god to see us through.
Smart Alec: In Hindu beliefs, solving the day-to-day problems of the worshippers is the primary task of gods. So, no troubles (or looking at troubles in a positive way) means the bhakts won’t have a reason to remember the god. Which means no livelihood for the priests in the temples and the godmen of the world. Hence these bhajans are a part of an elaborate mechanism to remind us of how miserable our lives are and make us, subtly, go to the almighty.
Curious Kid: I love my religion.