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India: Searching for God

Hindu ritual items

Kimaya, Ranbir, and Mayra did not have an easy, peaceful life. Their father, Ritesh, often made their home an unpleasant place to live. He quarreled, argued, and sometimes he even hit the children.

Like the majority of the people in India, Ritesh and his family were Hindus. For 35 years, Ritesh worshiped idols. But he had no peace. When peace did not come to him, he worked harder to search for it. “I used to worship idols for nearly an hour and a half, morning and evening,” he said. He visited the Hindu temple, burned incense, and brought offerings to false Hindu gods.

His rituals included washing, and after he washed, his wife was not allowed to touch him. If she needed to hand him something, she held it high and dropped it into his hands. And the rituals did not help Ritesh treat his children better.

Still searching for peace, Ritesh listened to Hindu songs. But the music was not clear or loud enough to suit him. So Ritesh went to an electronics shop to buy speakers.

Read more about Ritesh’s search for peace and truth in the next post.

To Talk About
*How did Ritesh try to find peace?
*What are rituals?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)


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