Are You a Secular Person? Should You Be?
From The Editor's Desk
(Hinduwebsite Editorial - Exploring Truth Amidst Illusions and Distortions)
What is the true definition of a secular person? The world secular is probably the most misunderstood and misused word in modern politics. People use the world for all the wrong reasons. The truth is by definition secularism is not a virtue but a vice. If you believe in any religious scripture, be it the Bhagavadgita, the Bible, or the Quran, you would not want to be a secular person. Here we will examine why it is so.
By definition secular originally and literally means, of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred. It means to be a secular person you have to give up your religiosity and become a worldly person. No religious person can be truly secular. When someone tells you that you should be secular, you are being told to be a worldly person, whereas worldliness is considered undesirable in every religious and spiritual practice.
Going by the definition you are either a secular person or a religious person but not both. I know I am wading in to hot waters by saying this. However, we are using the word secular wrongly for tolerance. Hence, we have the problem and the confusion. By definition a religious person should not be secular but tolerant and non-violent. He must express the virtues of his religion and not indulge in hatred. Secular also refers to people who have not taken up Sanyas or joined any religious order. However, it is not to be confused with tolerance.
The opposite of religious is irreligious, which refers to those who do not practice any religion or believe in it. It is almost synonymous with secularism. A truly religious person does not really indulge in hatred and violence. Hence, tolerance is not at all an issue with such people. Tolerance becomes important to worldly people, who cannot control their insatiable desires for wordily possessions and indulge in violent and selfish methods to pursue their goals. Secularism is a word used in politics to connote that a government should concern itself with worldly matters and not get into religious issues. However, nowhere it is stated that you should practice it in your personal life. Therefore, let the government be secular, but you should be religious.
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