Why Question The ‘What’ Question?

(English version of the original Nepalese language post प्रश्न के? प्रश्न किन?)

There are questions, plenty of them, but confusions as well in plenty – 

how to present the question, what to say, in which format.

Scribes of varieties of scriptures are in plenty, 

abundance of replies queue up even before the question is completed, 

but there is an acute shortage of answers. 

Abundant replies didn’t answer the question, question hasn’t even been addressed, 

status quo continued, answer remained a far off  stranger.

Scribes of the scriptures presented their self contemplated explanations on the subject matters 

just only for their own satisfaction, no care for the inquirer’s question.

Found out many teachers who love to lecture on the knowledge of their own likes, 

but none to give ear to the inquiry of the inquisitor. 

Life or a series of lives? What? How? By whom? (By What?) Why? 

For Whom? (For What?) Where from? From What? What First? What After? 

Questions to no end, mind disturbing, confusions piling up quickly, 

inquisitor lost in finding a teacher, teachers’ pick up easy followers.

Serious thinker looked up and down, inside out, all around in deep thought, 

wondering impartially got to some vague picture,

– There has to be somebody or something, 

establishing the perfect plans and meticulous running systems 

of celestial structures in geometrical accuracy and vibrant earth bearing the continuity of life.

This thought bringing some consolation on the burning question, 

the thinker attempted to give a name to that somebody or something,

To give a name to his thought he needed a word in his voice, 

and took a deep breath in and breathed out an audible air from the depth of his living heart 

– Oohhhhh, a word coined by the thinker, now said God.

The creator of all creation created the conscious men, 

they utilized the same consciousness to identify the creator with a name, 

In different times, as per the need of the situations, 

in accordance with their understanding and backgrounds, 

the created beings gave various names to the creator. 

Not only names, they even gave looks, colors, shapes and sizes; 

also allotted place, boundary, background and family; 

even painted with the emotions of anger and grace,

The feeble worked hard to please the fearsome due to scare, 

the greedy praised the provider with flairs of flattery songs, 

named innumerably as male and female, as father and mother, 

single creator decorated with many names.  

— 

Various places, varieties of names, disunity soured the unity of thought; 

due to the very act of naming of the creator of all 

A chasm entered in the society assembled in unity by the unseen God, 

differences set in as mine and thine, 

the giving of name became the very reason for communal division. 

The original question remains as it was, has not moved a bit:

Life or a series of lives? What? How? By whom? (By What?) Why? 

For Whom? (For What?) Where from? From What? What First? What After?   

Questions to no end, mind disturbing, confusions piling up quickly, 

inquisitor lost in finding a teacher, teachers’ pick up easy followers.

Answer seeking thinkers were trying to take pleasure in the self coined name, 

but the society got divided by allotting multiple looks and qualities to the same name.

Every divided section defined its coterie as per its own speciality, 

divisive groups were formed in the name of uniting God,

Every group kept a select name for itself – this religion, that religion, 

the righteous word “religion” acquired a very bad reputation.

Irreligion, non-religion, bad religion, mean religion, sprouted plentifully; 

pity that the original meaning of the  prestigious word “religion” went to oblivion.

In the many religions established in the veracities of thoughts, 

the name God remained limited only in slogans, 

the very creator of all was put in place by the created,

No care about the all caring God, has been kept neglected; 

divisive selfish religions started dominating, getting stronger, the religion ruled. 

Thought about God got oblivious, preaching of religion held the day, 

preaching became a lucrative profession of honour, 

trading entered in, treachery infiltrated, power ruled; religion went to war.

In the name of compassionate God, 

the arrogant religious zealots constituted rules and regulations, 

huge volumes of scriptures were put in place with exaggerated, self-benefiting interpretations, 

Rulers were appointed to enforce religious rules,

 judges to ensure adherence to the rules 

and scribes to open and explain the scripturized rules.

Therefore, with the passing of time, as the religious groups accumulated power, 

power was preferred, God got shelved, religion recognized,

Misled men in ignorance, stood for religion instead of God, started vouching for religion,

 in the pride of selfish religiosity got lost under the pile of unrighteousness. 

Albeit, the original question remains as it was, has not moved a bit:

Life or a series of lives? What? How? By whom? (By What?) Why? 

For Whom? (For What?) Where from? From What? What First? What After?   

Questions to no end, mind disturbing, confusions piling up quickly, 

inquisitor lost in finding a teacher, teachers’ pick up easy followers.

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