Last week three major religions of the world had three major festivals -

Hindus celebrated Dashera - Festival of Dashera concludes the festival of Navaratri, and the holy day also commemorates the triumph of good over evil

Jews celebrated Yom Kippur - also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for religious Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance

Muslims celebrated Id-ul -Fitr - it signifies the end of Ramadan - the islamic holy month of fasting -Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiáš­r means "to break fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.

Now to me this is very ironic and raises a lot of questions -
1) How come all religions have overlapping "holy" days?
2) Why is this month a month of fasting and repentance?
3) All the religions are basically trying to achieve HIM by their different actions of religions indulgences - why then this great divide between You and Me - Your Faith and Mine - Your God vs Mine

Some questions always remain as questions and it is upon US to choose to celebrate and enjoy these differences or bicker about them.

I for myself enjoy all the festivals and have been lucky to have friends in many different faiths and religions - I believe in celebrating LIFE AS A WHOLE and savor all its varieties.

The title of the post and the thoughts that made me write the above note -

ONE is a song that is playing in the background performed by U2 - the biggest rock group in the world currently - and Bono its lead singer has been a proponent of various non profit awareness programs and a strong voice against many injustices around the world.

The band is actively involved in improving human rights around the world with organizations such as Make Poverty History, Live 8 and Bono’s DATA campaign

Last week I was able to see them perform at U2 360 Concert at Giants Stadium - New Jersey. It was a spectacular event - with a crowd of 82000 plus - singing, chanting and simply being ONE with music the most powerful weapon in the world. (no wonder Apple and its I tunes sold more than a billion song some time back).

I am unable to portray my experience in words - I have been listening to them since my high school days and finally was thrilled to see them live.

Here are some pictures and also a link to You Tube - some videos that I posted.

Here is the link to the videos - You Tube Ceedyreflections

Don't forget we all are ONE in spite of our differences.


Jaggu said...

Wonderful buddy. This looks like the show I watchedin Las Vegas(LE REVE). It was also awesome.
Looks like you are enjoying your life.

Aaarti said...

I had the same questions too.. alas, yet to find answers!!!

Awesome pics of the show, must have been one memorable evening!!:)

Anonymous said...

i love the photo collage you have! this thought has always intrigued me as well..all religions seem to hone in on this season for some reason!!
as far as U2 I am sOOOOOO jealous!!

Hiren said...

Your blog header pic ... also somehow gives me the feeling of ONEness ... as usual - nice shot :)

No comments abt U2 .. dont want to cuss you on your blog ... :P

Pavi!!!! said...

u2 must have been such a grand experience! they are reallly awesome.

n yes..i like the observation u have made...there must be more than just concidence as to why all these festivals overlap each other.I'm so darned convinced that there is only one God.

Mysterious Mia said...

how much more jealous do u wanna make us.....n i guess another such post coming soon inne...


Abreysham said...

kickass stage setting!

re: God, all my suspicions (il)logic is drowning in chemicals, and I'm none the worse for it :)

In Dubai some years back we had Christmas, Eid and Diwali within the same week. At that time I thought it was God's way of having fun- watching all the different displays of affection almost at the same time. Must make him real proud ;)

Vinz said...

Lucky U...

Ther z only one power..!!

Some questions will never be answered, i guess..!!

joie de vivre said...

The motives of achieving the 'one power' are different..but we probably opt different routes..

Ria said...

wow!!the pics were lovely. And yes some questions dont hav an answer, but never the less its good to ask questions.

~PakKaramu~ said...

Visiting your blog

Satish Bolla said...

u r right abt the religions. after all, y do we fight for GOD when we don't know how life after death is?

anyways, u rock man. 82000 people. that was one hell of a number. lucky bro.

m.flowerr said...

Nice blog........

Pri said...

printed copies of this post should be mailed to all those stupid fundamentalists who keep striking horror in the lives of innocent people.
if only they could read your blog, maybe..just maybe!! (u know me--always wishing for the impossible)

well written as always :)

Preethi said...

Oh my! Wonderful theatrics..... love the colors, i'm sure you'd have been thrilled with the music...if i remember right... u went for that virtual music show and were raving abt it.... :)