7, May 2012
How can converting to another religion affect your community? The Life of Pi
In the book Life of Pi, Yann Martel describes Piscine as an outstanding Indian boy that practices many religions. A child should have the same rights to choose their religion, like an adult, regardless of the religion of their parents. Religion is based because of Pi's choices in life he has discovered three religions he wants to follow. In one occasion Pi even mentions how people loose God throughout their life, but that wasn’t his case. He refers to how he has always been interested in God and religion and how he has explored different religions. Throughout the book, Pi explores three different religions Hindu, Christianity, and Islam. He was born into a Hindu family and has been a part of the faith ever since. His faithfulness to Hinduism did not change his curiosity towards exploring other religions. Pi shows a great deal of independence to learn as much as he can. This independence is present when Pi is on the boat and has to fend for himself. His enthusiasm towards religion doesn’t change while he is on the boat. By reciting his daily prayers, religion gives Pi a sense of hope that will help him to survive.
Different perspectives of Hinduism can change the way we face religion. There are many times that we feel trapped, and don’t know how to confront problems within religion. “Religion faces the same problem; certain illusions about freedom plague them both” (p19). Many religions tried to change how a person sees life or how they act, meanwhile Hinduism doesn’t. While Hindus in each of these societies have altered their religion to suit the needs of their cultures all Hindus share a core of rich poetic, and complex traditions”(Wangu p14). Even though many were born and raised there don’t show that all are Hinduism. “Unlike Buddhism Confucianism Taoism, Christianity, Islam, or most of other active world religions, Hinduism was not found by one individual” (p14). You can admire many Gods, unlike other religions. Pie actually did this in a certain point of his journey! Hinduism is considered one of the oldest religions in existence; many other religions are not suitable to be counted as a “stable religion.”
Life can change from one moment to another and surprises you in every aspect. When you see your life gone in a second, you think about your journey. “From its beginning, Hinduism has been a polytheistic religion, meaning that its followers believe in many gods” (Wangu p16). Pi made his own temple in his house adoring many Gods, unlike Christianity! The name Hindu came into use when the Persians; in their attempt to label all non-Muslim people living beyond the Sindhu river, mispronounces the words Sindhu. We can assume that this religion come from all those years, we assure that it’s a truthful religion. Pi felt safe only in the zoo, he saw the animals as his second family. This made him miss everything he had there, because he grew up with all the animals in there. Another reason why Pi’s life was changing was because his peers kept making fun of his name. For example, “He increased his arm; pointed at me and shouted, “ It’s Pissing Patel” (p20).
Along with that, when you become ill, you believe that God is not helping you at all. Mr. Kumar didn’t believe in God because he believes that he didn’t save his life. “Religion will save us,” Pi said. “Since when I couldn’t remember, religion had been very close to my heart” (p 27). In a large population we see God and religion as a shadow in our life. Pi says, “Darkness? I was puzzled. I thought, Darkness is the last thing that religion is. Religion is light” (p 27). If we see deep in religion, most of us say that we don’t want God in our lives because of something that happen. Other than that when we really need him, we pray, and seems like he don’t listen. I think that if we really pray with devotion and be within God in the...