If Your Religion Didn’t Demand It

The help you give, the food you unwillingly provide,
The love you show to those
Against whom you secretly pass remarks snide.
Fear makes you do this or duty.
If your religion didn’t demand it, would you still do it?
Afterlife is what worries you,
An entry to heaven is what you crave.
Not knowing, once you die, no one can torture you.
You’re good and kind, but so obviously fake!
If you truly believed God was watching, wouldn’t He know it?
You breathe bothered only about where to live after you die.
If you understood the irony, would you laugh at it?
Why be hypocritical, when it’s easier to be honest?
Why not be happy and truly alive – before you die?
Why not let people be free to choose what they believe is best?
Why not be genuinely kind if you felt like it?
Tell me, if your religion taught you the truly good things, would you even believe it?
PS: I wrote this poem about a year ago, but did not post it on my blog as I felt it might offend some people. However, considering that if we are to make our voices heard, then hiding behind shadows isn’t an acceptable thing to do; I felt it was time to put it up. I must admit though that some stanzas from the original have been removed/edited.

14 thoughts on “If Your Religion Didn’t Demand It

  1. Tomichan Matheikal April 15, 2015 / 6:13 AM

    Great lines, Shreesha. Hypocrisy is as natural as jealousy and greed. Religion nowadays panders to much worse evils. However, your poem is superb in its own way.


  2. Archana Chaurasia Kapoor April 15, 2015 / 6:56 AM

    Glad you posted it! Because these questions are very pertinent and we better introspect and find the answers ourselves! Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem Sreesha 🙂
    Ps – I just read a 'lifey' post on Meoww's site, and you had commented above; I landed up calling her Sreesha :p ofcourse I apologised. So this time, I cross checked twice to see if this was your post that I was reading 🙂


  3. Keirthana April 15, 2015 / 7:14 AM

    So true! It's actually created in the name of religion, these evils.


  4. Kokila Gupta April 15, 2015 / 7:55 AM

    Hypocrisy is what force them to do so.. I agree with Matheikal that its a natural quality, 'to put the best foot forward mentality' but why not put effort in making that foot actually the best ? In that way perhaps a lot of energy is saved and complications solved.


  5. Sreesha Divakaran April 16, 2015 / 5:40 AM

    Nowadays, yes, that's true that religion is rearing more evil heads. At the time this poem was written, at least in our country, there was less open outrage as can be seen now. The evils were always there, but now the outrage is a lot louder.


  6. Sreesha Divakaran April 16, 2015 / 5:41 AM

    Oh! I had just discovered Meoww's blog today. That was a really good post she had put up. Such errors happen when you see a word/name and end up typing it without thinking 😛 😀


  7. Sreesha Divakaran April 16, 2015 / 5:42 AM

    Yes, that was my idea. Instead of putting up a farce, show what's truly good about you without expecting rewards.


  8. CYNOSURE April 16, 2015 / 3:40 PM

    Well…Thanks for posting…nice one it is…

    BTW as for religion…most easy thing to get is “hypocrisy”…anyways it will be a long discussion. Will discuss offline 😉



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