Friday, 7 November 2014

Diwali in Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism

The question in an article in this link asks [[Is Diwali only a Hindu Festival?]].
I don’t think it’s a question that comes to the minds of Hindus.

The answer say [[it has special significance in other religions too, namely Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.]]
What orther relgions? Some of you may be asking.
Is it because we don’t see Buddhism Sikhism or Jainism as a separate religion from Hindusim?


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Some thoughts on Diwali

It’s the time of year to make good food to impress your family and friends.
But is the skill of making sweets, barfi, ladoos, Ghoogras, Jalebi, biscuits, chevdo etc being lost due the availability of ready made food (?)

It’s the time to make merry with your friends. Go to pubs, go to restaurants, visit distant friends etc
And why not?

It’s the time to feel good and enjoy shopping for presents and gifts and gold and sarees and toys etc
If you can afford it then enjoy it.
If you can’t then enjoy what you can with you have.

It’s the time think about God.
But very few of us do.

It’s the time follow the rituals
But who actually knows what they are and why bother with them??

It’s the time to phone friends and relatives.
Don’t get caught out by the New Years Day rush!!

It’s the time for religion to bring home the noble truths and spiritual values to the people.
Who’s actually listening?? 
Is anyone listening?
But never the less we must all persist.
Why just leave it to the temples and community organisations only!!?

It’s the time to give to charity.
What’s that?
We don’t think like that. Do we???

Oh yes and its definitely the time to ask Goddess Laxmi to make you a millionaire.
But just remember – so are a billion other people asking the same from Goddess Laxmi.

It’s the time to be inspired by the Ramayana.
It’s also the time to be inspired by Krishna.
But we no longer believe in these stories –do we?

Yet we still celebrate Diwali.

Never the less, please do make time to recite stories of Rama and Krishna to your children.
Don’t make excuses that you don’t have time.
Don’t make excuses that you are not interested in these things.
At least give your children the same options that you once had.
Don’t decide their fate for them.
Don’t leave it to the schools, mandirs, your community, other classes etc
Do it your self.

If you don’t know the stories – find out!!

It’s the time be poetic about the real meaning of Diwali.
It’s the time to spread the true meaning of Diwali.
It’s the time to interpret it to the modern generation.
Its time to make it acceptable to the next generation.
So proud of you all who do this.

Oh you missed it all did you?
Diwali is gone and finished. 
Never mind.
You can do all this at any time of the year.

Please do let me have your thoughts.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Right Thinking

It is very difficult to think rightly, justly, morally unless you have trained your mind to do so.

In a conversation with a friend:- He told me that he got involved in a small useless argument with someone who had scratched his car.
He said “I shouted at him for no reason. It was not in my nature to shout but I did.
The scratch was not important and it was not such a big damage as I had suspected, but in the heat of the moment I lost control.”

He said if he could re-live that moment then he would stay calm and speak to him calmly and if he didn’t want to pay for the damages then I would not have minded.

In hindsight we would all perhaps change some of our actions.

It’s only when we are placed in challenging situations or tested or perhaps experience our own wrong doings, only then perhaps we can better understand and reflect on our emotions and improve on them. Until then we might be living in a delusional world that we think we are really nice and calm good people.

I hope this story will help us to understand our nature better and use them wisely when the time comes.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

What does this quote mean to you?

What does this quote mean to you?

“The fewer one's possessions, the greater are one's enjoyment and freedom.”
By Swami Chinmayananda

Please leave your views on it. It does not matter if the views are simple, complex, wrong or right.

Thank you.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Photo :- Spiderman and other Superheroes chanting Hare Krishna

 Spiderman and other Superheroes chanting Hare Krishna in Leicester Temple

Hindus spend too much money on Garlands

Many Hindu organisations are far too engrossed in collecting money for flowers for offering to the murtis of gods Gurus and others.
The amount that has to be spent on garlands of flowers is frightening.
Does the god/guru they worship demand this?
Do they really believe that the God/Guru will be pleased with so much money spent on such trival thigns?
Yes it is trivial in comparision to feeding a hungry mouth with that very money.

By all means make a small garland offering.
But to spend 100s of rupees, pounds or dollars is beyond ridiculous.

Your views welcome.

Hindus empower yourself.

Krishna said “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.”

Friday, 25 April 2014

You Tube Video:- Some Gujarati Mothers

If you are a Hindu Gujarati then I think you will find this video really funny.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hindu meetings

When ever there is a meeting held by some Hindu community there are always some people who will react negatively about the meetings.  They say:-

What has this Meeting got to do with me?
Like many meetings we will never know the outcome of the meeting.
Like all meetings its always about those in power and famous or rich.
What do they know what we want!
They never invite us ordinary individuals.
Nothing ever comes of these meetings.
Who are they to speak on our behalf? 

And many such moans and complaints are made. 
Let me say :- Whatever the outcome of the meetings and whatever is discussed and whether it has impact on our lives or not, it does not mean you can wash your hands of your own reasonability towards your Dharma. They are tackling the 'problems' at their level.

At least they are trying to do something.
What exactly are you doing? 
These meetings are not about those in power!
The problems they discuss are not about them!

If you really look, its about you and me; who must also make a difference.
Its up to us all to tackle any 'problems' in our Dharam or problems faced by us.
Its up to us all to learn our Dharma and spread it to the best of our abilties.

If we do not take any responsibilities then who will?
Only a few good men (Gurus)?
Is Hinduism the responsibility of only those people at some meetings?
We are all responsible for our Dharma.
Empower yourself and think positively about this article. Don’t waste your time in idle criticism. Do something positive so that their efforts do not go in vain. 


Don't worry, be happy!

The following information (extracts) has been copied from WIKI

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks.
The song's title is taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba.
The original music video stars Robin Williams and Bill Irwin

The Indian sage Meher Baba (1894–1969) often used the expression "Don't worry, be happy" when cabling his followers in the West. However, Meher Baba communicated variations of the sentiment; fuller versions of the quote – such as, "Do your best. Then, don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you" — which incorporate responsibility with detachment, as well as the master/disciple spiritual relationship. In the 1960s, the truncated version of this expression by Baba was printed up on inspiration cards and posters of the era. In 1988, McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression's charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song, which was included in the soundtrack of the movie Cocktail, and became a hit single the next year. In an interview by Bruce Fessier for USA Weekend magazine in 1988 McFerrin said, "Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says 'Don't worry, be happy,' which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think."

Listen to the song here
By the way its not sung by Bob Marley as the website suggests.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

DON'T BUY the book The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger

DO NOT BUY the book The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger.

Whenever a book is declared controversial the first thing people do is go out and buy it as they wish to see for themselves what the controversy is.
This naturally adds to the popularity of the book, adds value and respect for the author and profit of the companies selling it. But above all it makes popular the insults and the negative views the book holds. It increases hate and its backward views eventually becoming more powerful than what it originally intended.
So hence I say don’t buy this book but rather read here the controversies
Some excerpts from the book are here.

In this instance I can safely say, please trust the complaints from those Hindus who have read the book.
So don’t borrow it from the library and certainly don’t buy it and thus give money towards their profit.


What is the Bhagvad Gita?

This article was forwarded by Stephen Knapp in his websites and group. I am forwarding the same.

If you prefer to watch a video of this presentation, you can watch it here:


Importance of Bhagavad-gita in This Day and AgeBy Stephen Knapp
 Most everyone at some point hears about the Bhagavad-gita, but do they know what it really contains, or how profound and deep is the knowledge that it provides?

 Besides being the classic Eastern text that it is, and the summary of most Upanishadic information, it is the core of the deepest levels of spiritual knowledge. It is also like a handbook for life. Just as when you purchase an appliance of some kind, like a refrigerator, television or computer, you get a manual that teaches you how to use it. So in the same way, if God created this world and put us here, doesn’t it seem that He should also tell us what is the purpose of this life and how to use it accordingly? The Bhagavad-gita is such an instruction manual for anyone. It provides the basic answers that most people have about life, and the universal spiritual truths that can be used by anyone, anywhere, and at any time in history. In this way it is timeless.

 So let me explain a little of its importance and why we should take it seriously. I will not go into the details of what the Bhagavad-gita teaches, but I will provide a quick overview and summary of each chapter to give you an idea of the information you can discover and the benefits if you read it.

 Of course, we know it was spoken on the battlefield at Kurukshetra as the forces prepared for war, a war meant to uphold the Dharmic principles against those who were bereft of them and before things became more evil then they already were, so there was little time in which to speak the Bhagavad-gita. Therefore, it was a brief conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna. So, once the scene is set in the first chapter, from the second chapter it begins to explain some of the highest spiritual realizations known to humanity. It begins to explain exactly who and what we really are as spiritual beings. Without this knowledge in a person’s life, the Vedic literature says that humans are little better than polished animals.

 The human life is especially meant for spiritual inquiry because in no other species of life here on earth does the living being have the faculty, such as the intelligence and the means to understand spiritual knowledge.

 However, it is not merely the means to acquire knowledge from the teachings and explanations of others, but it is also the facility to realize it within oneself by practice. It is a matter of uplifting one’s consciousness so that one can perceive the higher dimensions that exist all around us. This is more than merely accepting something on faith alone, but it is a matter of attaining direct perception of what the Vedic literature discusses.

 So from the second chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, we begin to learn our real identity as the soul within these bodies. The Bhagavad-gita explains the size and nature of the soul, and how it is completely transcendental or beyond the body itself. It is beyond time and beyond the effects of the three dimensional world. It is beyond the limitations of the body and mind.

 This teaches us many things. It shows that regardless of our physical limitations, we can rise above them because, spiritually, we are already above them. We simply have to realize that. What does it mean to realize it? It means to directly perceive that truth, to see it as plain as day. And then live according to that realization. This teaches us that regardless of our situation, socially or physically or economically, we can rise to higher levels of existence, both in this world and in the next.

 This teaches us that no matter what kind of pressures we may feel from our classmates at school, or what good or bad biases that may come from our fellow workers, or what kind of labels they put on us, or how much they may purposefully demean or criticize us, or even how great we think we are, we can be grounded, fixed in understanding who and what we really are as a spiritual being inside the limited material body. That is how we should see ourselves. And then we can be confident that regardless of what others may say, we know who we are and can go through life fixed in perceiving our real identity and our purpose in this life and what our higher potential really is. As an old saying points out, it is better to see yourself truly than to care how others see you.

 When you are spiritually grounded, it is no longer necessary to always try to convince others of your self-worth, or of your social status, or of trying to make it into the right clique or group of people. We become convinced of who we are. We work in our own way to provide a contribution to society, to make something of ourselves that has meaning, beyond the typical superficialities and meaningless and worldly gossip that occupy the minds of most youth and even many adults. We know that as long as we keep working in our own way, both intellectually and spiritually, attaining the skills that will enable us to do something significant, that our time will come when we can make a mark on this world in our own sphere of influence, which may continue to expand from there. 

 So we may be popular in school or not, but by our spiritual knowledge, as provided in the Bhagavad-gita, and by the confidence it gives us, we work to always become better, more uplifted, more refined, and more realized than we are, always making ourselves into a better person. Then we can help ourselves and others in more effective ways. This is just some of what the second chapter of the Bhagavad-gita can provide if we look into it carefully and understand who we really are and what is our greater potential.

 As we proceed through the Bhagavad-gita, in Chapter Three, Lord Krishna discusses Karma-yoga, the knowledge of how every action creates an opposite and equal reaction. Fifty years ago in this country of the USA, hardly anyone spoke of karma, unless they were students of yoga or Eastern Philosophy. Now everyone talks of karma, it is a part of the vocabulary, whether they really understand it or not. But the point is, where do you think that came from? How do you think they started to know about karma, or yoga for that matter, except for the fact that the teachings of the East and yoga, which are centered around the Bhagavad-gita, continued to spread throughout the West.

 Similarly, considering all the knowledge that the Bhagavad-gita has within it, do you think that you will learn such things in the colleges or university courses? Hardly. You have to go beyond that. You have to take separate or alternative studies, like in studying the Bhagavad-gita, or listening to those who know about it. Then you can also begin to learn the basic laws of the universe as outlined in the Bhagavad-gita, as in the laws of karma. Otherwise how will you begin to understand that your present circumstances and tendencies may be carry-overs from a previous existence? Or even many previous existences that we have experienced. You only begin to understand these things by studying the Bhagavad-gita, the teachings of which are also expanded in the Upanishads, and then even more elaborated in the Puranas and other Vedic texts and commentaries.

 In Chapter Four, called Transcendental Knowledge, it is explained to Arjuna how this knowledge was given down through the parampara, or disciplic succession. Lord Krishna explains the purpose and the transcendental nature of His appearance in this world. Also how to perform one’s actions so they are spiritual activities, which can then enable a person to reach the spiritual abode.
 In Chapter Five, Karma-yoga, Action in Krishna (Spiritual) Consciousness, it is explained how to perform one’s actions in the right consciousness of bhakti-yoga, and the way to focus on the natural, self-sufficient happiness within.
 In Chapter Six, Sankhya-yoga, we find the instructions on how to conquer the mind to attain the natural inner happiness–beyond the senses-and become established in self-realization, the perception of one’s real identity. And then to see all else, all things around you with a steady mind, free from desires and possessiveness.

 Then Lord Krishna gives instructions on how to practice yoga and meditation so that we can eventually perceive the spiritual dimension all around us, of which we are a part. Then we can enter and experience boundless transcendental joy and bliss, free from maya or illusion, and in touch with the Supreme Consciousness. Then such a person can see God everywhere and every being in God. Thus, he is never lost.
 In Chapter Seven, Knowledge of the Absolute, we have the instructions on how to know God, how to see that everything rests and depends on God, like pearls strung on a thread. Also, how to recognize the power of God in all the powerful aspects of nature. Thus, we become aware of God and His potencies in all things until we reach the abode of God.
 Chapter Eight, Attaining the Supreme. This chapter gives more specific information about the ways of material nature, how to get free of it, and how our consciousness at the time of death, developed by our thoughts, words and deeds, determines our next life, our next destination. Therefore, if we are remembering God, Krishna, then we can attain Him. So the instructions include how to think of Lord Krishna and attain Him through devotional yoga. Also there are instructions in how to understand the higher and eternal nature, beyond all matter, which is the ultimate destination of us all.
 In Chapter Nine, The Most Confidential Knowledge, Lord Krishna gives advice that this spiritual knowledge is the king of all knowledge, the most secret of all secrets, and by following it we can attain direct perception of the self by realization. Lord Krishna goes on to explain how everything is working under Him, but fools will never be able to recognize this. But by engaging in devotional yoga, the mind becomes spiritualized enough to understand God as He is by realization, far beyond any mental speculation. Lord Krishna goes on to explain that He is impartial to all, but becomes a friend to those who offer loving service. By engaging in the process systematically, you can reach the highest abode.
 In Chapter Ten, The Opulence of the Absolute, we find explanations on how everything, all spiritual and material worlds, emanate from the Absolute Truth–God. Those who know this engage in devotional yoga to God, and with that love, Lord Krishna gives them the understanding by which they can come to Him.

 Then Lord Krishna tells Arjuna how He is situated in all the powers and powerful things throughout the universe, whether it is the radiant sun, the tranquil moon, the water of the ocean, the transcendental Om, the chanting of the holy names as in japa meditation, and in the immovable Himalayas, and much more. But it is only with a single fragment of His energy does Lord Krishna pervade and support this entire universe. This leads to...
 Chapter Eleven, The Universal Form. It is in this chapter wherein Lord Krishna shows Arjuna, by giving Arjuna divine eyes, how He is spread throughout the entire universe by His energies and expansions. Some of what Arjuna sees is beautiful beyond compare, and other things that are terrible and frightening. Some are hundreds of thousands of multicolored divine forms, as well as demigods, planets, past and future events, and a splendor so bright it would equal hundreds of thousands of suns. Both birth and death could be seen within this amazing universal form that spread in all directions, both near and far throughout the universe.
 This made Arjuna humble, who then requested Krishna to relieve him of this view and show him His four-armed form, and then again His more familiar and lovable two-armed form.

  Now Arjuna was convinced that Lord Krishna was the Supreme and everything both within and beyond this material manifestation, as well as the father and creator of this material creation.
 Then in Chapter Twelve, Devotional Service, Lord Krishna explains the ultimate goal of life, and the essence of how to practice Bhakti-yoga, focusing especially on how to serve and fix our mind and intelligence on the Supreme, Lord Krishna in all our activities and undertakings.
 Then we have Chapter Thirteen, Nature, The Enjoyer, and Consciousness. This explains how the body is the center of the field of material activities, and how we should understand the body as the vehicle in which both the soul and Supersoul–Paramatma–reside. Also, that the body is not our real identity, but we should see through the body to recognize the living being within. The soul is beyond the body and illuminates the body by consciousness. This is the symptom of the soul within. Now we merely have to spiritualize our consciousness to directly perceive the soul, and then see the difference between the body and soul.

 The field of activities also includes the five elements, ego, intelligence, the senses, mind, and various emotions that project from the mind, along with all moving and non-moving things. Aside from all this, Lord Krishna explains the characteristics of His expansion as the Supersoul and how to perceive Him within.
 In Chapter Fourteen, The Three Modes of Material Nature, Lord Krishna describes the three modes or gunas and their characteristics as goodness (sattva), passion (rajas) and ignorance (tamas), and the nature of those according to how they are situated in each of these modes of nature. This also determines if one is progressing upward while acting in the mode of goodness, or simply maintaining while in the mode of passion, or regressing downward in ignorance or darkness. This analysis will also determine the condition of one’s next birth. As explained in verses 14 and 15 in this chapter: “When one dies in the mode of goodness, he attains the pure higher planets. When one dies in the mode of passion, he takes birth among those engaged in fruitive activities; and when he dies in the mode of ignorance, he takes birth in the animal kingdom.”

 So the goal is to know how to act in order to rise above these three modes, which Lord Krishna clearly explains as being the process of devotional yoga. 
 Chapter Fifteen, The Yoga of the Supreme Person. Here Lord Krishna emphasizes how to engage in that yoga process which can elevate you to rise above all material inebriates and limitations, and material happiness and distress, in order to reach the spiritual abode.

 Even though the living beings are all parts of the Lord, they are struggling very hard with the mind and the mental interpretations of our experiences within this material field of activities and the way we see ourselves in this world. Furthermore, until these conceptions are purified, they are carried from one body to the next, one life to the next, just as air carries aromas. One who is spiritually ignorant cannot understand how this takes place. But the progressing transcendentalist can clearly see all of this. Krishna also explains that one who knows Him as the Supreme Being knows everything and engages in devotional yoga to Him, and his endeavors will know perfection.
 Chapter Sixteen, The Divine and Demoniac Natures. Here Lord Krishna makes it clear how to recognize the Divine qualities and actions, as well as the demoniac, both of which are in ourselves and in those around us. It is only the divine qualities that are conducive to spiritual progress and liberation, whereas the demoniac actions and qualities will keep you bound in material existence for many lifetimes. So the next step is to associate with those of a divine nature and develop such qualities in ourselves, and avoid the demoniac. The demoniac can never approach God nor the spiritual world, but reach progressively lower forms of existence.
 Chapter Seventeen, The Divisions of Faith. In this chapter Lord Krishna explains that there are different kinds of faith and religions depending on what level of the modes of material nature are displayed by the living being, such as goodness, passion or ignorance. Therefore, some religions will be more materialistic, based on ego, or the bodily identification and attachment and pride, while others will be more spiritual. So there is a difference. Lord Krishna describes the difference herein in a way we can clearly see the varieties and categories to which they belong. It is up to us to study this carefully to understand this.
 Chapter Eighteen, The Conclusion, The Perfection of Renunciation, or Yoga of Renunciation for Moksha–Liberation from Material Existence. Herein Lord Krishna explains the way to become spiritually perfect through the proper means of renunciation or detachment from activities, but also how to continue with prescribed duties. Yet out of all we may do or practice, Lord Krishna finally concludes with the instructions on the ultimate way of perfecting one’s spiritual life and realize the highest truth, which is by performing devotional service, bhakti-yoga, and in this way reconnect one’s relationship with God and then reaching the eternal and imperishable spiritual abode.

 In this way, a person can cross over all obstacles of conditional life by Lord Krishna’s grace. Otherwise, a person will remain lost in the whirlpool of material existence. By surrendering unto Him, and then by His grace you can attain peace and the supreme abode. Lord Krishna then concludes that this is the most confidential of all knowledge given for your benefit. He instructs that if you think of Him, become His devotee, worship Him, just surrender unto Him, then you will be free from all sinful reactions and come to Him without fail.

 It is further concluded that anyone who studies this conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna worships Lord Krishna with his or her intelligence. And simply by listening with faith to this conversation a person becomes free from sinful reaction and at least attains the planets of the pious. 
 So these are the basic instructions that are related in the Bhagavad-gita, and some of the benefits of studying it. So, in this way, a person can acquire proper direction in life, a deeper realization of one’s true identity, and attain a level of self-confidence and peace by inward reflection and realization that can never be reached through ordinary, materialistic studies or endeavors. Furthermore, these can be applied to assist us in all aspects of life to help bring us to our higher potential in everything we do, materially or spiritually. This is the power of the Bhagavad-gita and the instructions of Lord Krishna found within it.
 Thank you very much,
 Jai Sri Krishna.

Noah is not Mythological

The film Noah is released and there was not one report from the UK media that I have seen or heard saying that this was a mythological movie.
It seems only Indians and in India are such foolish words used for their own stories. Just the other day I found this article and the very first paragraph reads

[[When a story told a million times and a mythology tale one has heard over and over again since childhood is still written with a flair and style that make it exciting and gripping at the same time, then you have a great read in your hands. This is one such book.]]

The reporters on Noah would say things like “whether you believe in this story or not is a matter of faith”.
Most of the time such question would not even come up and they would merely get on with talking about the movie.
They would only refer to it as Biblical Film –which is good.
Indians don’t even refer to their stories as Vedic!!
It seems Indians are hell bent of destroying their own faith whereas the western media is empowering faith.

Comments from the Web:-

“Rediscover the epic story of one man and the most remarkable event in our history.”
You can see how they write its HISTORICAL and not false or mythological!!
Indians must learn the lessons from the WEST.
Some Indians are very na├»ve of their own culture and religion. 

2] “A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.”

3] “Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope.”

4] I couldn’t spot a single word called ‘mythological’

5] Newspapers –not a word
Bible epic 'Noah' starring Russell Crowe

6] BBC

Epic biblical film Noah, starring Russell Crowe, has opened at the top of the US box office, taking $44m (£26.4m) over the weekend.

The film is based on the story of Noah, who in the Bible was warned of an impending flood and built an ark to carry two of each species of animal to safety.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Make Peace with Yourself

One often finds questioning ones status, position, lack of Knowledge and understanding, etc.
This is quite natural.
But one must know how to get out of such depressive thoughts.

This is the solution from Sai Baba.

“Do what your soul desires and if you cannot, for whatever reason, then make peace with yourself and accept your present situation with grace, as the will of Lord. There is no other way”.

If you are not religious then the same quote will give you inspiration.
“Do what your soul desires and if you cannot, for whatever reason, then make peace with yourself and accept your present situation with grace. There is no other way”.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Outstanding Coincidences of Certain Words

There are certain words in the English language which have outstanding coincidences.
Look at the following words.

LIFE has 4 letters so does DEAD.
HATE has 4 letters so does LOVE.
ENEMIES has 7 letters so does FRIENDS.
LYING has 5 letters so does TRUTH.
HURT has 4 letters so does HEAL.
NEGATIVE has 8 letters so does POSITIVE.
FAILURE has 7 letters so does SUCCESS.
BELOW or UNDER has 5 letters, but so does ABOVE.
CRY has 3 letters so does JOY.
ANGER has 5 letters so does HAPPY.
RIGHT has 5 letters so does WRONG.
RICH has 4 letters so does POOR.
FAIL has 4 letters so does PASS
KNOWLEDGE has 9 letters so does IGNORANCE.
JESUS has 5 letters so does SATAN

Are they all just coincidences?
We often find these words in blogs or magazine or facebook etc which gives the message as follows:-

“WE should choose wisely, Life is like a double-edged sword.
WE should always choose the better side of Life”

If I wrote
MOSQUE has 6 letters so does CHURCH.
QURAN has 5 letters so does BIBLE.

Would we still say that Life is like a double-edged sword?
WE should always choose the better side of Life. Yes but which one?

Now look at these words
MANDIR and TEMPLE has 6 letters so does CHURCH and so does MOSQUE.

Would we still say that Life is like a double-edged sword?
WE should always choose the better side of Life. Yes but which one?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Ramayana:- Jabali argues from an atheistic view point

This an extract from Ramayana. Rama is in the forest for his 14 year exile. Bharata asks Rama to come back and rule the kingdom. Rama refuses as he has a duty towards his father. Others try to convince Rama to come back in their own ways. Here is one attempt by a priest called Jabali. Makes interesting reading.

As Rama was consoling Bharata, Jabali, the greatest of all Brahmins spoke these unrighteous words.
“Rama, a noble and intellect man like you should not think like a common person! Every man is born alone and dies alone. Who is related to whom? What is the meaning of a family? A man who clings to a mother or a father must be considered deluded. No one is anything to anyone! Just as a man arrives in the village and stays somewhere for the night and leaves the next morning, so mothers and fathers are mere stops along the way in life. A wise man does not cling to these. Do not renounce your fathers kingdom and take the difficult path which will cause you much hardship. Crown yourself in the prosperous city of Ayodhya which waits for you.

The man who lives without restraint walks an unrighteous path. He does not live in accordance with our sacred teachings and he shall never have the respect of good men. It is a mans characters and his deeds that determine whether he is high or low born, pure or impure, brave or simply a hoax . The King has gone where he had to go for that is his destiny of all mortals. You concern yourself with irrelevant matter! I feel sorry for those people who pursue wealth and those that pursue dharma. They suffer in life and the next. See how men waste food by performing rituals for the dead! Can a dead man eat? The books that tell you to perform sacrifice, do penance and give gifts are written by wise men who want to help others spend their money! You are wise enough to know that that there is no world other than this one. Believe in what you can see and turn your back on the unseen! Take the kingdom as Bharat has asked you to!”

Rama replies:- "What you have just said is totally unacceptable though it seems appropriate, completely improper even though it seems reasonable.

The man who lives without restraint (ie control or balanced judgement) walks an unrighteous path. He does not live in accordance with our sacred teachings and he shall never have the respect of good men. It is a mans characters and his deeds that determine whether he is high or low born, pure or impure, brave or simply a hoax.

The timeless rules of kingship are bound by truth and compassion. Truth is the mainstay of kingship and the world is established in truth. The gods and sages declare truth to be the highest goal. It is supreme in the world and exalts one to heaven. Men despise a liar as they despise snakes. Truth controls the world and is the only refuge. It is the basis of everything. Nothing is greater than truth. Gift giving, sacrifices, penances, good deeds, even the Vedas, are established in truth and therefore, it is the highest good.

How can I fail to carry out my fathers promise where I am committed to it by oath of truths? I cannot violate my fathers bond with truth out of greed, delusion or even out of ignorance! Gods and ancestors reject the offerings of men who are fickle and do not keep their word. It is clear to me that every man must hold to the truth, that it is his Dharma. It is for this reason alone ascetics command so much respect. I renounce the dharma of a ksatriya because it is fundamentally unrighteous even though it has some good things about it. It attracts the base, the cruel, the greedy and those inclined to be wicked.

What you have just asked me to do is wrong, even though you have supported it with a great many arguments. I promised my father in the presence of elders and teachers that I would live in the forest. How can I do what Bharat wants without breaking that promise? By living in the forest I shall be able to pursue purity by eating simple foods and making offerings to the gods and ancestors. I shall nourish my body but go through life without deceit, depending on my powers of discrimination!”

Taken from the Book Valmiki The Ramayana by Arishia Sattar and published by Penguin Books ISBN –9780140298666 in Chapter 14 of the book.