Throughout the Life of Pi, Martel consistently argues for the existence of God. Pi Patel demonstrates his love and belief in God through interest in religion, prayer, and his epic survival. Pi Patel was raised Hindu, but as his interest in religion grew, his mind opened to the thought of adding beliefs into his life. “I was fourteen years old – and a well-content Hindu on a holiday – when I met Jesus Christ. ” P. 50. After a year of embracing Christianity, Pi’s passion continued to seek new ways to worship. Islam followed right behind, hardly a year later. ” P. 58. When Pi visited a Mosque near the Pondicherry Zoo, a Sufi introduced him to the religion and its customs. With Pi’s increasing curiosity in the three religions, the religious superiors begin to fight over Pi and force him to choose one. Pi, upset about the fighting, shouts, “’I just want to love God,’”. P. 69. Pi has an apparent love for God displayed through his search for multiple religious views.
When the Tsimtsum sank and Pi was cast away on a lifeboat with wild animals, God helped him survive the multiple obstacles he faced on the lifeboat. He maintained his religious beliefs while on the lifeboat through his daily ritual prayers, which helped sustain him. “I practiced religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances…” P. 208. Pi made the comparison between Orange Juice and the Virgin Mary. “She came floating on an island of bananas in a halo of light, as lovely as the Virgin Mary” P. 111.
Truly, Pi’s religious faith remained strong throughout his journey on the Pacific Ocean and God saved him because of it. Pi grew up in a non-religious household He remembers the misery he felt after such a long time away from God, saying, “It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God” (Martel 315). As Pi simultaneously practices Islam, Christianity, and his native Hinduism completely by himself, he finds himself removed from his home and on a Japanese cargo steamer across the Pacific to Canada.