Thursday, January 26, 2017

How do thoughts work? What are thoughts?

On Thoughts:
What are thoughts?

Thoughts and ideas are basically a wave passing through one's brain to another. I don't know how a thought is created, or an idea strikes. But I know that if you don't pick it up, it is passed to someone else. And then, when the other person speaks about it, all you can do is to clap while thinking how did the person in question steal your thoughts or ideas.

See the entire universe as a single brain and we, the people, as just cells composing that huge brain.

A thought, an idea, occurs in one of these cells (person). If it is anything against our beliefs we reject the thoughts. We are groomed to do so. That's what schools are for: to give you a mindset that would help various power centers. If you follow that mindset, you are a gentleman. If you don't, you are a failure.

Anyway, coming back to thoughts and ideas, they keep bouncing from person to person until someone is ready to accept them and put them to use. That means we are all connected by or in some medium. Probably that medium is what is called God? Or you may think in terms of something like radio waves. Whatever it is, it connects all of us - irrespective of geography, language n religion.

That's my personal observation. It has happened many times when I avoided ideas and saw others talking them up. The next time your brain fires up, stop and grasp that thought so that you don't regret it later...
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Gandhi - The Father of Nation

If government can make Pongal an optional holiday, let it make other holidays optional too. Especially Oct 2nd. Nobody likes Gandhi anymore, after knowing him. He is not the father of nation. He did not lead the freedom struggle alone. He just appeared towards end n took all the credit.

Before continuing, I just want to say I don't hate Gandhi. It is the tactics he and historians used and use to make it appear that the entire freedom struggle started only after Gandhi's entry; and that he gave birth to dynasty politics while aiming for a Republic.
Nobody talks about Mangal Pandey who revolted against British from within the British forces. Forget Azad, Bhagat Singh n Sukhdev. They are branded terrorists now.

Lakhs fighted, thousands died n hundreds were jailed. Nobody remembers 1857. It is not there in school text books. Rani of Jhansi, Tatya Tope, and Bahadur Shah launched an attack on English... giving spark to what is now called the freedom fight and whose credit goes to Gandhi.

The British sent many to Andaman to isolate them. Was Gandhi ever sent there? No. He enjoyed most of his prison time in lavish guest houses of the British.

It was Sardar Vallabh bhai who shaped current India. It was Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel who used his convincing skills to ask different princely states n provinces to join the Indian Republic. It was Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel who had Indian army launch an attack on Hyderabad that was trying to join Pakistan. The army defeated Razakars who were on killing, looting n raping spree. It was Patel who brought peace to that area.

His fellow fighters got beaten up brutally but this guy wasn't as much as like see a baton in India. South Africa is a different story. He took entire credit of the work of common people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was supposed to be one country but is three parts now.

And as if all that was not enough, he lent his surname to Feroz Khan so that Indira Khan could become Indira Gandhi.

Ever since, these fake Gandhis exploited the poor average person. Nobody really wants to remember Gandhi seriously. We and our immediate neighbors are still paying the price of the great gamble that Gandhi-Nehru duo played.

There's lot more to the story but I don't want my account suspended again. The above is enough for people to understand that Gandhi was not what he projected himself as. And if anyone is to be blamed for the killings of forces on both sides of border, it is Gandhi. You simply can't blame the governments of India or Pakistan.

Kashmir became a sacrificial goat. Because when two power centers fight, it's always the general public that is sacrificed. What was supposed to be one huge power is now three power centers, all thanks to Gandhi. Why a holiday on his birthday? Why the hype? Just because a certain family can rule India for long. And it did.

Ah BTW, who was Baba Amte? Ever heard of him? No?!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Republic Day 2017 - Where do we stand after 68 years?

*Happy Republic Day 2017*

Tomorrow is Republic Day. People feel patriotic on this day so they buy lots of flags n then do not dispose those flags properly. Two days hence, there would be plenty of national flags lying on road and in the municipal garbage bins.

Republic Day celebrates our constitution that was released n country was declared Indian Republic.

Basically, it is a copy paste job. Our constitution is based on the constitutions of different democracies all over the planet. I suppose it was created with good intentions. But that was 68 years ago. This is 2017. We have to read the Constitution again n make changes to it so that it is updated, with new n better things for current n coming generations.

Currently it though only 68 years old, contains ideas of 19th n 20th century. But that's ok because what good is a constitution without loopholes?!

The credit for current constitution goes to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He is hailed as Messiah of Dalits n untouchables. Few know that he converted to Christianity in his prime. Not only that, Ambedkar also called for conversion of Dalits n untouchables. He believed that only conversion to another religion was the best method to bring in equality among castes. But we proved him wrong. Today, exist things like Dalit Christians n Dalit Muslims. The tag "dalit" stayed with the lower caste even after conversion. Maybe he should have asked Dalits to settle elsewhere so that they can get rid of their lower caste status. He did not know that Indian Republic would bring in reservations.

It did. The Mandal commission identified lower castes n further categorized them as SC, ST, OBC etc. The idea of reservation was to benefit people lagging behind in the society. It never served the purpose though. Of course there is reservation but it is (mis)used by well off lower caste people. The reservation system does not serve the real lower castes. All schemes, including the current government's Mudra n Housing for All schemes favor SC, ST. And OBC too. Not to forget the minorities!

There are so many ifs n buts in the constitution that the economically backward lower castes cannot really benefit from it. There go the government schemes into dustbin, making the unfortunate Dalits still think that conversion is the best way for a better life... which in my opinion, will take many more decades.

You and me can't change overnight to embrace these so called untouchables in India. Conversion doesn't provide them equality but it helps their children to study in convents run by missionaries who brainwash these kids into believing that Indian culture is disgusting. They grow up to hate their own people and leave their country for an uneasy life abroad.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh yes, *Happy Republic Day*
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Concept of Sin in Hinduism

What exactly is sin? How do you define sin? What all acts comprise sin? Every religion in the world has developed a set of rules that tell us what is good and what is sin. Then they ask you stay away from sin so that you don't end up in hell after your life on the planet ends. When you deviate from those rules, you are supposedly committing a sin. Does anything like sin really exist?

The concept of SIN has always been a debatable topic in Hinduism (let's see it separate for a while, from the Sanathan Dharma being practiced as Hindu religion). I am not saying sin doesn't exist. I have my own reservations that I present in this post. As always, the topic - SIN in HINDUISM - is open to debate and you can debate it here in comments or via email link below the post.

In the formative years of Bharatvarsha (India), when the learned wanted to bring in a peaceful social structure in place, they brought in the concept of sin. There is no exact definition of sin but if you listen to Mahatma Gandhi, sin is an act that makes you feel guilt.  But then, if you feel guilt after eating a pizza, did you sin? Some people feel guilty after sex act. Are they sinners? Isn't it a natural process required to keep the species alive? One might bring in the scenario of adultery into this so I will say a line about it as well... later, below.

Before that, I should say - before Indus valley civilization was actually civilized- the nomads and cavemen committed way too many sins, if you go by the current religious books. When I say 'current religious books', I mean the distorted versions of original books written by the learned. Often, things are lost in translation ...but in almost all religions, this distortion is deliberate have a better command over people and their acts (as well as thoughts).

You probably know most governments are controlled by the Vatican. You might also have seen Muslim uprising as a direct result of US' greed for oil. Not to mention the Hindus who are hell scared that they are going extinct. Where do these theories fit in? As long as people believe they are sinners, they carry a broken image of theirs with them everywhere. To get help, they'll go to priests and godmen who take advantage of their guilt. It is easy to control a broken person as he or she would be listening and adhering to it pretty sincerely.

One particular religion advocates that people are born sinners. That the sins of their ancestors is their own sin. Once they start believing it, they look for redemption. The power centers utilize this weakness of common people without any mercy. They have books, for example, the Garuda Purana which is supposedly written by Lord Vishnu to explain the types of punishments one has to undergo for each sin mentioned there. The punishments are in place to tame people so that the social balance always remains there... in the favor of religious gurus who work for governments directly or indirectly, in implementing its decisions. But they also help in containing crime and things like that because there is a punishment already there, waiting to catch them as soon as they commit a supposed sinister act.

Coming back to ancient India, various acts that prevented peace and harmony among people and other inhabitants of the planet, were first identified and then categorized as sin. This was done so that people do not go about killing and harming other people or animals. That doesn't mean if you are a butcher, you are incurring sin on a daily basis. You are just following your dharma, which in this case, is to sell animal meat. In some cultures, the thought of hurting cow is a sin. This came into place because the ancient sages want to preserve cows because of the different benefits one avails from these animals. Actually, cow is considered holy in Hinduism as well as Sanathan Dharma.

So? Don't hurt cows. It is a sin. It will give you bad if you sell the cow for its meat. The topic is under debate... many states in India have banned cow meat and yet India is one of the largest exporters of cow meat. I do not know where the balance hangs in this case. Are they the governments sinning or are they the people into meat export. I'll leave this example here at this so you may deduce on your own about the sin incurred, whether it is a sin and also, who is the sinner in this case.

Taking up the issue of adultery, it is defined as  infidelity of a partner in a relationship towards the other partner. The concept of sin here in Hinduism is to keep both partners faithful towards each other so that they and their offspring live in peace. In such cases, if one commits adultery, it certainly is considered a almost all religions. But then again, some cultures allow polygamy. For example, if a religious book says a man can have four wives, then he is sleeping with four wives and it it okay with God. If the female sleeps with someone else, it is a grave sin... whose punishment is, in most cases, death or at least ouster from mainstream society.

Mahabharata cites Draupadi has five husbands. So according to religion A, it is a sin and according to religion B, it is not a sin. There are many a folklore here and I guess I am not the right person to comment on that so I leave out this example too, again, so you may deduce the sin and sinner. I must add that while Draupadi had five husbands, each of the husband except perhaps Nakula, had more than one wives. But Mahabharata is again a saga that may or may not be just a myth. It doesn't make much difference though. Sin is sin and if you bathe in river Ganges after committing sin, all your sins go *pooof* (vanish/forgiven).

The idea of sin is to tame people who will otherwise be barbaric like demons. With fear of God instilled in their brains, they prevent incidents (sins) that often create chaos. With that in mind, the learned of yester ages created the concept of sin. The acts of sin and the extent of punishment vary in different religions. Also, what is sin in some religion may be perfectly okay in some other religion.

I read a comment somewhere on a YouTube video. I am reproducing it here as it adds to the above argument...Here it goes:
"Rightness" or "Wrongness" is not an intrinsic condition. It is a subjective judgement in a personal value system. A thing is only right or wrong because you say it is. A thing is not right or wrong intrinsically. The first thing to understand about the universe is that no condition is "good" or "bad". You cannot know and become that which you are, in the absence of that which you are not. What would happen if everything I thought was "wrong" was actually right"? Evil is that which you call Evil. Yet even that I love; for it is only through that which you call evil that you know good". ~ Vinod P.

With that, I conclude my argument about SIN in Hinduism. Please comment your views. I am more than willing to know what people think about this.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Concept of Evil in Hinduism

Talking about EVIL, you will be amazed to know that it has not been defined or explained in Hinduism.

Concept of EVIL in Hinduism:
Other religions have a DEVIL necessarily, that causes harm to the soul or misleads people to misery. In case of Hinduism, there is no mention of any such thing. The devil simply does not exist.
Of course, you have mythical characters such as demons etc but they are what they are: imagination or rather, perspective.

One can deduce from Bhagwad Gita that absence of good is evil - just as absence of light is darkness. There is no material or matter that creates darkness. It is simply absence of photons (light).

Thus, things that cannot be called good are EVIL.

There is no definition of good either. What is good for one can be evil for other. It is just our perspectives that tell us what all can b classified as good or as bad.

There are books that try to define certain acts as good and others as EVIL but I will tie them to the cults formed much later. These books are simply perspectives of their authors.

As such, anything that harms others should be considered evil but then, if you look at food chain, for example, you will have to survive on dry dead plants or animals to be considered good.

This can go on and on so I will just sum up the thing. EVIL in Hinduism is just a perspective and so is the Good.

You can deduce two important points from the above
1. It is better not to carry guilt all the time
2. Never be afraid of losing your place in heaven because neither heaven nor evil are present. The soul goes from one life to another life, all the while realizing the Truth and finally rests with the Ultimate.
The whole idea is that you should do your duties and leave it to karma to figure out if it was good or EVIL.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to love being miserable? Ignore this post

Everywhere I see, I see people living their lives. Discontented, broken but yet living. It feels their only aim is to survive yet another day on this planet. Ask them what is wrong. They'll blame their fate|luck. They'll call it their karma.
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None of them will hit back the system that placed them in that position. They'll ignore the issue completely even though dying a bit daily, little by little...with each passing second. They have given up. The rules can't be changed. That's what they believe. That's what is hardwired n programmed into their brains.

How do things change? By changing their perspectives somehow. That 'somehow' would be different for different set of people. You, as an agent of change, will have to figure it out.

Take the Bengaluru New Year molestation incident. Everyone washed off their hands saying the girls invited it. That is because the system prohibits women from pursuing happiness as such. Even the women in system believe that they are born to serve others.

How many parents - both mother n father - really train their kids to respect women? How many of them won't show discrimination between genders? How many can become a good example to kids so that they don't treat women as inferior?

Change is inevitable, they say. Let the change be for good. Not for worse. Act now.

PS:  Simple point: If things get better & problems reduce, power holders lose their grip on u. That's y u r living the life u think u r living. Are  u really living or just wasting away your life? Give it a thought. Contact us if u want.

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