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Soumitra Saxena

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Posted by on in Language & Writing

Hap-pi-ness noun

The state of being happy
Looking at the happiness in the face of a small, playing child he didn't know, the old man felt a familiar longing in his heart

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Posted by on in Humanities & Social Sciences

Section 1: Comparative religion studies

Introduction:

I had a lot of qualms when I first took the subject. I was always confused whether it is a good thing to study the faith, form and function of different religions. Therefore, even though I had left my belief and now I consider myself to be agnostic, still I was on my guard before the classes for this course proceeded. I knew a lot of beliefs would be challenged during class discussions, and even if I claimed that I am free from belief systems and faith, there would be certain area that would be probed and provoked. And that is what exactly happened during class discussions. Faiths were challenged, illusions of deities were broken, and the beliefs of a lifetime were challenged as we studied the origin and evolution of religion. People, especially in India have been raised by very a different concept of religion. India is a land of masses, and therefore majority of religion sects of India follow a mass, mob mentality when it comes to religion. That and the fact that India is a hub of culturally and aesthetically important religion backgrounds which laid the foundation of modern religion in many parts of the world. People who follow almost every major religion in the world live in India, therefore growing up in India is never a religion devoid experience for anyone. More than anything, I took the course out of curiosity and for the risks it involved. After studying Comparative Religion in depth for around 2 months, I find myself a changed person. I would not used the word enlightened here, but I would say that I definitely feel my conscience has been refreshed and I could see things around the world with a fairer perspective now.

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