A Movement to Get Back the Lost Respect and Dignity of Ordinary Religious Teachers and Leaders of All Religions in India




Spiritual Leaders, religious teachers etc of various religious Institutions play a vital role to save real form of culture of the concerned religion and a role model to its followers. If Spiritual Leaders / Religious Teachers of any religious Institution are delivering the exact original material of their respective religions to the followers then all this helps in constituting the fruitful society consisting people of different religions and a healthy democracy in any country.

All religions of the world are helpful enough to make human beings lives more beautiful, responsible, prosperous and disciplined.  A religion prevents to its followers from committing the wrong deeds which are really curse to our society, democracy and whole mankind community. 

None of the religion of the world supports to the act of theft, killing of innocent people, back biting, defamation of individuals, derogatory behaviour towards dignity of women, inequality among people etc.

Some religions of the world may be blamed for the wrong deeds and may be associated with certain type of crimes due to international media propaganda. But the people who have misconceptions (I also might have misconception about any religion) about a particular religion are strongly recommended to study (I should also study) that religion first then I challenge that the people will love that religion because religions are meant to spread communal harmony, common brotherhood, love and peace.

So what do Religious Teachers/ Spiritual Leaders do that they represent themselves according to their concerned religions as their followers should follow and the qualities that religion inherits.

So in order to follow and understand a religion in a right manner, its followers need to possess basic knowledge about their religion so that they would follow their religion as they should follow.
The people who are follower of a particular religion and have less or negligible knowledge about their religion, can't understand their religion and can't follow their religion as they should.
Hence they will spread rumours about their religion and about other religions too.

Religious teachers are the primary source of their concerned religions to preach its teachings among their followers. In my point of view religious teachers are the real public leaders who are more responsible to make a society peaceful and prosperous. So that duties of religious leaders become enhanced and enlarged with more accountability.
So from above lines it become at least bit clear that how religious teachers are important to us, to our society and to the development of a country.
Society is comprised of people belonging to various fields of their expertise, out of which they are entitled to do certain types of works to earn their livelihoods. The much people earn the more happily they live. So that people of the society earn according to their skills and area of expertise.
Pay levels and lifestyle standards are varied country to country. Here because we are talking about India context and about Religious Teachers so earning level of these Public Religious Teachers belonging to all religions is record lowest among the all other professions.
In my region Uttar Pradesh (west) India itself average pay for daily wage labourers is INR 12 k - 15 k per month while average pay for religious teachers of various religions is just INR 5 k -8 k. 
However religious teachers of reputed religious institutions are paid handsomely but still their salaries too are not too much rewarding as other employees of the state.
People say that money is not everything but money matters a lot. It is required to support family needs, heath concerns and such others things which are essential parts of life. You can not say that religious people should not have money or should not think about money for them I say that Without money life is without oxygen because we are living in the world and not in virtual world. If someone needs oxygen in critical health care system then he/ she will have to buy oxygen failing to buy that oxygen will be resulting in death without treatment. We are living in such scenario in which hospital levy charges on dead body. We can not apply this statement that money is not issue for religious people but it applies to all people living in society.  

Chief Religious teachers of different of popular cities of India enjoy rewarding salaries however religious teachers of small religious institutions located in rural areas and urban towns situation is really bad.
However area of duty of a religious teacher is immensely covered as a lot is expected from a religious teacher such as dressing sense, good behaviour, should make the face as per religious standards, no business to earn extra money, responsibility to represent the religion, maintenance of religious institution, prayer arrangement to the public, daily visiting to the concerned religion community etc.
But in exchange what does a religious teacher get?
Only a few thousand Indian Rupees like 4000 to 7000. Which is of course not enough to the kind of task which a religious teacher performs. However to become a religious teacher one has to study under specific kind of rigorous pedagogies and training. To understand a religion and to forward its true message to its followers a religious learner spends at least average 10-12 precious years of life as religious studies are not as much simple as academic studies, its a lifelong process. Its true that a religious learner already knows that he/she wouldn't earn much in his/her life and feel suppressed, backward from the mainstream of the society, they already know that they wouldn't provide their kids the good clothes, good education, better health care and good residence because their earning will not allow them to do so. Yet a religious teacher chooses the path just to serve the community and make a beautiful society which helps to make a strong democracy in a country.
Should we as being responsible people of a society ignore the sacrifice of a religious teacher?
I am taking about ordinary religious teachers of all religions whether Pandit Ji, Maulvi Ji, Guru Ji, Pastor Ji, Buddhist Monk or any other Religious teacher.
What's our responsibility to them?
  1. We should always respect them and behave well.
  2. If we see some minor mistakes in religious teachers then let me know instantly but personally and privately rather than discussing those matters publicly or public places.
  3. If we see major mistakes of religious teachers or breaking the law then its our responsibility to get them punished by law. But always remember that all religious teacher are not same. Some may be corrupted.
  4. Never ignore wrong deeds of religious teachers just because we respect them and holding religious position but point out that issue or discuss that issue personally so that the issue may be improved for today and future. If not improved that fault will be increasing and proved a curse for future generations.
  5. Islam says if you bring something good for your children to eat then do give some amount of that good stuff to your nearest religious teacher.
  6. If you are cooking something special at your home, please offer them a little bit.