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Does Koran call for killing of Kafirs?

Swami Vivekananda says Mohd accidentally stumbled upon God. But he interpreted the knowledge wrongly. Either that, or the people who interpreted and wrote their own versions of Koran were high on power. 
Whatever be the reason, the current day Koran needs to be cleaned of the verses that call for killing of kafirs. Most importantly, Koran should change the definition of kafir. Kafir means atheist. People praying to God in any other form or calling Him with any other name doesn't mean they are atheists. They believe in God and pray to Him, maybe not in the way prescribed in Koran but they are praying.
Also, the thought of killing atheists is bad because it is not that God hates atheists. In real world, atheists cannot exist because they too pray - unconsciously - to the force that rules the universe. For example, when they think - Oh please, someone save me - they are praying though they do not know it.
As such, there are no kafirs. So there is no point in killing people of other fait…
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Too many gods spoil the faith

Maybe, I should now pray to God in some another form. This whole Mother Goddess and mom things are mixing up. Or maybe they were true when they said I should pray to Lord Vishnu only because am born in some Vaishnav family.

But seriously, do so many Gods or gods exist? They say 33 crores gods exist. A bit of research shew there are 33 types of gods, including the Supreme God. So where does all this mythology fit in?

It's all fiction because God said (in Bhagwad Gita) that all paths lead to him. Call Him by any name, in any form.

It cannot be that the God of Mohammad was different to that of Jesus. Why does Ramayana mention that Lord Ram prayed to Lord Shiva prior to attacking Lanka. And Lord Hanuman prayed to Lord Ram.

The Shri Hanuman Chalisa says people praying to Lord Hanuman attain Lord Rama. If that's the case, praying to Lord Rama, who is considered incarnation of Lord Vishnu, should direct us to Lord Shiva. But again, Lord Shiva (not Rudra) is always seen meditating so …

Who is Hindu? What is Hinduism? Is the Hindu Right Wing different from Communists?

Looking at the way some extreme right Hindu groups are behaving after that BJP minister's speech on Taj Mahal, calling it a blot on India's history, I wonder if the Indian right wing is actually right.

It seems more of fanatic nature to forget the past many years' history and fighting to bring back an era 1300 years old.

They are giving a whole new meaning to Hinduism. I too feel confused now. Is Hindutva different from Hinduism? Aren't they all encompassing nature of Hindus?

What are Hindus? Is Hindu a religion? If it is a religion, it should have at least one prophet or mesiah. Whom do we have? Who started Hindu dharma, if at all anyone did so?

The name, Hindu, was given by rulers of Middle East. Likewise, West called them Indians. Hindu never was or is a religion. Some people imposed some rules and Sanatan Dharma was born. That too, due to people who wanted power over masses.

Nay, the guys who think Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, etc are symbols of oppression mus…

Were Mughals not Indians?

Dunno what I will be labeled for saying this... I am not too sure how to put it but let's try.

When we spend our childhood or a significant part of our life at any place, that place owns a part of us. We go live our early career years in the USA only to acquire part of its culture. A foreign student who studied in Benaras Hindu University, will keep coming back for those ghats, temples, and culture.

Based on the above deduction, I think it is alright if Mughals ruled India for 800 years. Maybe Babar was an outsider but he settled here in India, his following generations were born here and thus, are part of Indian culture.

They did force people to convert and many converted. But forced conversions still happen. Besides, we love Mughal structures - Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Mughlai cuisine - Biryani, Haleem, etc. So what's the point in hating them?

I think it's time we stopped seeing Mughals as outsiders and accept them as part of Indian culture. There may have …

What is a BEST browser?

Have you been researching on browsers? I tell you, all of them are same. Except for Google Chrome because it uses too much of RAM. Also, it records everything you do on different webpages & sends the details to Google.

Firefox attempts to preserves your privacy...although "privacy" is just a fancy word once you connect to the Internet.

Internet Explorer is dead because Microsoft killed it to promote Microsoft Edge.

However, in front of all big brands, Edge seems just like a pacifier given to a kid.

What I am trying to say is that despite all the speed tests, incognito mode, and all, there is no difference among current day browsers.

Pollution issue in India: Polluting the minds of innocent

BAN CRACKERS? I didn't want to comment on that, hoping for greater good. But when our very intellectuals make it a communal issue, one is forced to talk.

Why is it that Supreme Court interferes only with Hindu festivals? In his tweet (see screenshot below), Shashi Tharoor says goats are lesser beings and that Muharram processions hurt only themselves.

Then why did Supreme Court set the dahi handi height limit? Wasn't that to stop people from getting hurt?

Basically, the followers of Lord Ram are supposed to stop using water on Holi. Diwali is something a kid waits months in advance and now he can't use fireworks and crackers because fireworks cause pollution.

1. If it is really pollution, install dust collectors all over Delhi?

2. What about illegal factories operating from residential colonies all over Delhi?

3. Why are old vehicles still on roads?

4. Why can't government use permanent remedies instead of pushing a particular community to the corner?

5. If petitions…

Next Operating System from Microsoft might be completely cloud based

Microsoft is right now racing in the cloud computing scenario. Though Satya Nadella said it would be "mobile first" for Microsoft, emphasis is clear on its cloud systems.

It (Microsoft) is promoting and receiving a tremendous response for all its cloud based products, especially Office 365 & Azure.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is currently leading the cloud market with Microsoft and Google close at its heels.

We had earlier observed that not only is Microsoft neglecting mobile phone market, it isn't showing much interest in Windows 10. Incidentally, Microsoft has now made it official that Windows phones won't receive any more support (budget).

Probably, it is working on a cloud based operating system - OS as a service. The concept would be to boot up local devices using firmware and connect to the cloud operating system.

We are already seeing a shift in Microsoft offerings - from local to cloud. Could it be that Microsoft is focussing on cloud before going back to…

Sons of Lord Rama - Was Kusha born to Lord Rama?

It is well known that after being exiled by Lord Rama, Sita was offered shelter by Rishi Valmiki. Sita stayed in Rishi Valmiki's Ashram and gave birth to Luv. Only one child.

But we know there was Kusha too. And that both Luv and Kusha were twins. So how did it happen that Sita gave birth to a single child and yet there were twins?

After giving birth to Luv, Sita went about performing her duties in the Rishi Valmiki's Ashram.

In course of her duties, Sita once went to forest with a Maharishi. She had to do something by the river side so she gave Luv to the Maharishi and told him to care for the child while she did her job.

The Maharishi agreed to look after Luv until Sita returned from the river side.

While performing her work, Sita suddenly felt afraid for Luv. "What if the Maharishi goes into samadhi (meditation) and some animal takes away Luv?"

With such thoughts, she ran back to the place where she left Luv. She saw that the Maharishi was indeed deep into medita…

What is heaven - Heaven leads to Hell

Heaven leads to hell. I am not the one saying that.  Pick up any religion. Teachings are same. If we consider those teachings in light of those same teachings, heaven leads you to hell. Let's see how.

By its definition, heaven is a place out of this world where only good exists - for eternity. Now that's a bit exaggeration. Things are said to be good when they are in your favor. Things are said to be good when you are enjoying them.

Is it really possible that you can enjoy anything for eternity? You enjoy it when it first rains after a long summer. If it keeps raining, you'll see that temperature goes down and the hot air is gentle breeze. Let it rain for few more days and you'll feel the repulsion. Everything is wet, cold, and dark due to clouds. Doesn't it sound like hell? Hell is often described as fire but cold, damp, and dark is also unacceptable.

If you are given mangoes, you'll enjoy them for a while. What if you are force fed only mangoes till eternity…

When Buddhists picked up guns!

Buddhism is said to be the most peace loving religion among all religions on this planet. But hey, welcome the new age liberals. For them, the only peace loving cult is Sunni Muslims.

They (the hardcore Muslims) get special treatment all over the world. They are peace loving, most tolerant (rather, tolerated) cult on earth. Much advanced. They take direct actions.

They are the fish that soil the water. They can't stand Hindus because Hindus worship idols and not their Allah. They say there is one God and He is Allah. But don't you dare call Him with any other name. They'll kill you without thinking twice.

Why do you think Buddhists in Myanmar took up guns? Because everything has its limits. These Muslims were on mass killings and gang rapes spree. The Buddhists have to protect themselves.

Their Buddha, unlike our Gandhi, never told them to let their women get raped if Muslims want so. Their Buddha, unlike our Gandhi, never told them to get killed if Muslims want to kill t…

How to get motivation?

How to get motivation? In my honest opinion, there is no such thing called motivation. All those motivational quotes and posters are BS. If your brain is good enough to be charged with a quote or two, you don't need any motivation.

On the contrary, if you are a tired soul, nothing can motivate you - except circumstances.

There may be motives behind every action or inaction. But thinking that going through a few quotes, watching a movie, or reading a book, will give you necessary strength is stupidity. It's not motivation. It's the strength you already have.

This strength is within everyone. Motivation is "I have to do it." If there are no other options and you have to do it, it is motivation.

In other words, motivation is awakening your strength and getting down to work in either of these cases:
1. You seriously (desperately) want to do something - in which case you don't need any external motivation
2. You are left with no options; you have to do it; in t…

हिन्दू या मुसलमान होना आवश्यक तो नहीं है। है?

Someone asked me to call him if I am a brahmin. Well. No. I am not any brahmin. Neither Hindu. Nor Muslim or Buddhist. Not even atheist.

बड़ी मुश्किल से निकला हूँ जातिवाद में से। नहीं हूँ ब्राह्मण या श्री वैष्णव। नही बनना मुझे यह सब। दिखावा है। आडम्बर। अगर किसी से कोई नाता है तो इंसानियत का। बाकी तो आता जाता रहेगा।

इस जन्म में हिन्दू श्री वैष्णव के घर पैदा हुआ। क्या जाने अगले जन्म में किसी मुसलमान के घर पैदा हो जाऊँ। तब क्या करूंगा? कोई भी क्या करेगा?

धर्म, जाति, लिंग, देह - सब माया है। उद्देश्य ईश्वर की प्राप्ति होनी चाहिए। ऐसा कोई नियम नही है किंतु मुक्ति चाहिए तो कुछ करना ही पड़ेगा। कुछ ऐसा करें कि पाप और दुष्कर्म का फल कम हो। कर्म और कर्म फल के बीच ईश्वर भी नहीं आते। यदि पाप हुआ है तो दंड भी मिलेगा। इस जन्म में न सही तो अगले जन्म में।

आप अधिक से अधिक, उस कर्मफल को टाल सकते हैं। लेकिन फल तो मिलेगा। अवश्य मिलेगा। आपको क्या लगता है? क्या श्रीकृष्ण चाहते तो महाभारत रुक नहीं सकता था? रोकना नहीं चाहे। अभी के लिए बस इतना ही।

जय माता की,
Arun Kumar
26/09/17 - 1444 hours (IST)

Why pray to Lord Ganesha before any task?

*Why do we invoke Lord Ganesh before performing any task?*

There are two reasons. One is known widely & is based on Hindu religion. The other reason is scientific.

First, let's talk about the reason you already know. Lord Ganesh is also called विघ्नहर्ता (remover of all obstacles). If you have been celebrating Shri Ganesh Chaturthi, you know that Mother Goddess designated Him as Agrahari... That is, people pray to Lord Ganesh so that their tasks are completed without many or any obstacles.

The second reason lies in Chakra system of meditation. You might already know that there is this Sushumna nerve (something more like a pipe) inside human spine. Actually, there are three pipes - Ida, Sushumna, and Pingala. When you perform pranayama, you breathe in and out using Ida & Pingala alternatively. We'll talk about pranayama in a separate post.

Coming back to Sushumna nerve pipe, yogis say there are seven main centers in the spine that connects tail bone to the bulb (medula…

Concept of giving (help) in Hinduism

न कोई मरता है
न कोई मारता है
न कोई जीतता है
न कोई जिताता है

मैं तो सिर्फ निमित्त मात्र हूँ।

इसलिये हे मानव, गर्व न करो के तुमने किसी की सहायता की।

You can't help anyone.
You cannot help even yourself. The only thing you can do, is for yourself. Your body is an instrument. Keep it fit & strong so that God can use it to provide for others.

Don't revel that you helped others. You just can't help anyone. You expect returns. You expect that the person you helped will be grateful to you. That is not help. The moment you expect something in return, it is trading. Help is much above trading. It takes full understanding that you are just an instrument that God is using for providence.

You can serve God better by being in a position where God can use you to provide for others.

इसलिये गर्व न करो। Be honest to yourself. God placed you in that position so that He can provide for others, providing for you in the process.

Like I said earlier, these are not my words. These words h…

Autosave in MS Office may cause Data Loss

📎 If you have the habit of saving documents to cloud so that you can access them from other drives, take the following precautions seriously.

Unlike early versions, Office 2010 and above versions do not have autosave function.
They do store a copy of your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets so that you can recover your work in an event of system crashing.

With earlier versions, these backups used to be in the same folder as that of originals. Later versions save it somewhere in User Accounts. There is no guarantee it might have autosaved all your data.

I recommend using add-ons for MS Word so that you can have a local copy in case of crash or improper syncing.

By improper syncing, I mean Microsoft's assumption that the document having latest timestamp is the one to be kept in OneDrive. It's a different story if you don't save your files directly to OneDrive.
For example, if you write 10 pages using Office 2016 on your PC, it will be uploaded to OneDrive automatica…