The idea of Brahman in Hinduism is closer to “the Force” of the movie Star Wars OR to “Eywa” (the Great Mother) of the movie Avataar, than to the idea of God of the Abrahamic religion.
Such a non-judgemental idea of a Creator is also much more liberating than the God or Allah of Christianity or Islam. I say this because the God or Allah, beyond the layer of mysticism, gets down to “dos and donts” and “rewards and punishments” (of heaven and hell) — which are among the worst of human behaviour.
The idea of a simple all pervading Creative Force, simply shoves all responsibility of making meaning out of life on the individual and the society-collective, as opposed to instructions given in holy books from holy men for answers on living life driven from carrot-and-stick ideology.
Published originally at https://medium.com/essays-on-india-and-hinduism. Reproduced with permission.