We all grew up celebrating the festival of light with fireworks, oil baths and visiting friends and relatives etc. Most of us may not have noticed how our Parents and Grandparents performed puja of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh, and other deities. So when a bunch of youngsters come together to celebrate Diwali in the ‘traditional’ way, we turn to the only source of information that we know of – The Internet.
So the new age Diwali Puja goes something like this.
Step #1: Google Diwali Puja customs and purchase required items
Step #2: Download Ganesh Aarti and Lakshmi Pooja Aarti
Step #3: Perform the Pooja as per downloaded instructions, play the bhajans and then make a wish.
Step #4: Set up the table for gambling and drinks, and hope your wish comes true tonight.
It is true that we turn to www for all of life’s problems. Think about it. Even before your family doctor comes to know about that weird wart that is growing on your hand, you start searching about it on the Internet. If you are planning that trip to Honk Kong, you go to Makemytrip.com before contacting your travel agent. Your banker, accountant, neighborhood box office, shopping mall, telephone, television, everything is on the Net. If you feel down you turn to the Net to cheer you up with some jokes. If you feel lonely, you turn to Facebook.com to catch up with Friends. If you feel like celebrating you download your favorite songs and look for party ideas. The Net knows all and is present everywhere.
The last I checked, we knew the Omnipotent and Omnipresent as Him. The One! The Almighty. So is the Internet the new God?
Logically, one could get to this conclusion. God lives within all of us. This means, He is a part of every individual. A collective unit of humanity, if you may. Guess what the Internet is.
So will the Internet replace God as we know Him or Her? That’s unlikely, I guess. Sometimes, it takes a little more than knowledge to pull us through this world. We call that faith!