Many of us have heard the stories and concepts of Heaven, Hell, Adam- Eve, Angels, Ghosts, Devil, Prophets, Judgement day. Many people even literally believe in these concepts until they grow up and mature mentally (Though some people take quite a time, agreed!)
Presented below are rational interpretations of these fantasy concepts that makes us wonder, whether the establishers of these superstitions in past were really onto something? Perhaps they had an audience with a primitive understanding and thus they had to follow ‘know-your-audience’ principle in order to steer their masses in fruitful direction.
These interpretations, which are from a rational perspective, infuses great meaning into the otherwise superstitiously promoted concepts to discipline childish minds. Art of making such explanations which are from a Vedic Hindu lens, has the potential to transform even an ISIS ideology influenced mindset into that of harmony and rationality.
Agniveer Sanjeev Newar explains –
Vedas do not ask us to believe in Heaven, Hell, Adam, Eve, Angels, Judgment Day, Prophets, Ghosts or Satan. [ Instead, ]
Heaven and Hell lie in this world itself. When we benefit from good deeds, it is Heaven. When we face troubles due to bad deeds, it is Hell. They do not refer to any villages in world atlas.
Adam and Eve refer to man and woman in general. All men and women should be monogamous and devoted to one spouse only.
Angels refer to noble people who work for society. All scientists, social workers, selfless freedom fighters, teachers, mother and father are angels. There are no angels who fly around in sky.
Judgment Day refers to every moment in life when we must decide between doing good deeds and bad deeds. This alone shapes our destiny in next moment. Judgment Day does not refer to any fictitious event in calendar of God when people will rise from graves and line up in a queue to be allotted some Heaven or Hell. God does not need to do such shows and employ some prophets as lawyers.
Prophet refers to our own soul. When we resolve to do good things alone, we make it certain that we would have success in life. Thus we can make prophecy of our bright future and hence we become Prophets. There is a Prophet in each of us. And there is no Prophet outside us.
Ghosts refer to bitter memories of past that deter us from paying attention to duties of present. They should be thrashed away and we should only look ahead.
Satan is the villain in each of us. Let us kill the urge to conduct vices and hence win over Satan. Satan lies inside us, it does not come from outside