To a Christian friend Prasanth: In reply to his comment


By: Shreepal Singh

My dearest Prasanth,

You invoked God to bless me and my family and it is so nice of you. Why me and my family alone, let God bless the whole humanity! Because God is compassionate to all, even to insects, who have no religion and none of their saviors to save them from hell! Let me assure you, I have nothing against you. Why should I be against you? My use of the words like “deceive”, “pretend”, “cheating”, “faking identity” and “strategy” etc. are directed against them who try to ‘unsuspectingly  approach’ innocent people who don’t belong to Christian religion, nor would like to become one if ‘directly and plainly’ approached by a person having the sole motive and mission to bring such ‘unsuspecting ones’ to Christianity.  Do you include yourself in that group of Christian? If you include yourself in that one, then certainly you ‘deceive’, ‘cheat’ … etc. Why? You know, when lion approaches its prey, it uses ‘stealth’ and suddenly pounces upon it before the prey is able to understand anything! And, that is the end-game of the innocent. Is it not so, dear Prasanth? Prasanth is a lovely name and you have every right on Earth to use it to your heart’s content. But, in India it works as ‘stealth’ for the unsuspecting Hindus. Is it not so, Prasanth? And, please be aware, it is not me, when I used these unpalatable words that you may be seeking to ‘deceive’ me; it is the millions of uneducated, innocent, unsuspecting Hindus that I had meant.

Please believe me I have nothing against Jesus Christ or millions or billions of persons who are following him. Please visit

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what I stand for.

What I am against is this: You are entirely wrong in putting all your energy and time in ‘Spreading the Good Word’. You got Christ wrong in that. He said millions of things and you pick-up one of them and make it a mission of your life! Every great Saint or spiritual person in history wished that spiritual knowledge should reach to everyone. For example, Lord Buddha also told his followers to spread the spiritual message; in fact, his first five disciples were directed by Buddha to go in all directions to teach his spiritual message!

What I am against is this: Please treat a book as a book only! Be it holy or otherwise. It is all hearsay; hearsay of those who heard him. Do you know a scientific experiment was conducted about how the ‘facts’ are distorted when they pass from one hand to another hand? Facts are really distorted when they pass from hand to hand. Or, you don’t believe in science and its experiments? If it is so, then it is unfortunate (for you)! Yes, Jesus Christ realized the Supreme Being, call it God or whatever. There have been millions of them who had/have similarly realized that Supreme Being.

What I am against is this: It is hearsay to claim that one can reach God only through one person – Christ. I implore you, please be a rational person! Can’t you see the folly of this claim when you are put a question: What will happen to those who lived and died before Christ was born? Please reflect on this: How mean a God would be to animals, trees (do you believe tree are living beings?), insects, birds etc. when He ordains that none will be saved unless he comes to the refuge of Christ? Is God not omnipresent, I mean was He not there when Christ was not yet born? What had happened to those unfortunate people – for no fault of theirs – who lived long back before Christ, say people of Rakhigarhi or Bhirrana who lived 9000 years ago? Buddha never claimed any such exclusive position. Was Buddha a fool? Or, the book is wiser than Buddha in claiming so?

I expect you to reflect on all these things, before being persistent on your position.

You are a nice person and I never misunderstood you, completely or otherwise. You have school friends who are/were Hindus and nobody has any problem with you; it is really nice and we all should be like this. I assure you, I receive your comments in a positive way and we are discussing issues. I understand that you are guided by reason; and, if you say otherwise, then, yes, I misunderstood you.

Your name is beautiful and has a wonderful meaning! No doubt about that. All the more, it looks more appealing to us Indians when we find it is derived from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. Please rest assured, I have not an iota of intention to shake your belief in Jesus Christ! Do whatever you can do to reach your God; but do not make it a business – with all the trappings of a mundane business – of your life to recruit others because they have their own God to take them in His lap! Never, ever, say that they all will go to eternal hell-fire who do not join the army of your faith. Is it not reasonable enough to demand from you, dear Prasanth?

This reply is in response to a Christian friend Prasanth’s

COMMENT

posted at

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blog.

Dr. Zakir Naik, We encourage you to learn in the footsteps of your ancestors!


By: Maria Wirth     (Blog Link)

Hindus generally don’t criticize other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hinduism badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do Hindus know what is preached in the innumerable churches and mosques across India? I know for sure that Hindu gods are called devils by Christian missionaries. Yet Hindus neither defend their gods nor challenge the Abrahamic dogmas in spite of having a solid philosophical basis for their beliefs, which is lacking in Christianity and Islam.

Some years ago, Zakir Naik had ridiculed Ganapati and thrown a challenge to prove that Ganapati is God. I assume he means by God the Supreme Being that Muslims call Allah.

Now what do we know about Allah?

Foremost, Allah is great and merciful, and the faithful as well as the unfaithful are loudly reminded of it five times a day. He also knows what all human beings are doing, but is separate from them. It is claimed that Allah has communicated his final words to Prophet Mohamed. Those words are in the Quran. Allah declared that Islam alone is true. So, all human beings must follow Islam because other paths are wrong. And they must hurry up, because every human being has only one life.

Those, who do not accept Islam during their lifetime, will be thrown into eternal hellfire where “boiling water will be poured over their heads that not only melts their skin but also the inner parts of their bellies…” (Q22.19-22)

Clearly, here is where Allah’s mercy ends. He does not brook any dissent. And the Azan, which started compassionately, ends with: “Oh Allah, guide us to the Right Way. The Way of those whom You have favoured, not of those who have earned Your wrath…” Al-Fatiha 1

This means, Allah is merciful only to his followers who are called Muslims and he is wrathful to those who are not Muslims.

Dr. Zakir Naik, I am confident that I got the concept of ‘God’ in Islam right because Christianity has a similar concept. And I dare to claim that it is not true. Can you prove (and this challenge goes also to Christian clerics) that Allah/ God is indeed so unfair and divisive? Can you prove there will be this huge cauldron of fire where billions of people will burn for ever after Judgment Day? Do these claims of “eternal hellfire for unbelievers” not rather have the purpose to keep the flock in check? To divide and rule?

There are about 2 billion Christians, who are told they have to remain Christians, otherwise they can’t go to heaven. And then there are about 2 billion Muslims who are told that they have to remain Muslims, otherwise they can’t go to paradise. Both religions had plenty of time to sort out which one is true, but they did not do it. Why? Because they cannot prove it. They can only make claims and counterclaims and fight among themselves, between Muslims and Christians and with heathens or infidels. They do this for the last 2000 years.

Under these circumstances, can anyone claim that Islam or Christianity is beneficial for humanity? Is it not time to have a thorough check of what REALLY is the truth?

In regard to the absolute Truth, Dr. Zakir Naik, your ancestors, the Indian Rishis, made valuable contributions and you can be proud of them. In ancient times, long, long before Christianity or Islam appeared on the scene, the Rishis had a very mature understanding of Brahman which would be ‘Truth’ or ‘Supreme Being’ or ‘God’ in English. Brahman is not personal, not a superhuman entity somewhere in heaven, not male or female, not jealous of other gods, not revengeful if ignored, but it is Sat-Chit-Ananda, the conscious, one essence in all names and forms – like the one ocean is the essence of all the waves.

The Rishis realised that this universe is a wrong perception of Brahman. They called it Maya, not really true, only apparently true.

For anything to qualify as absolute Truth, it has to be always – past, present and future – and it has to be self-evident.

The Rishis came to the conclusion that nothing fulfils these criteria except pure (= thought free) consciousness. This consciousness is here and now, always, everywhere. Yet we miss it because we focus only on things or thoughts, emotions, etc.  – like, when we focus a torchlight in a room only on the furniture and miss the empty space. Infinite space, which throbs with life and love is actually a good metaphor for Sat-Chit-Ananda – the highest truth that underlies names and forms (nama-rupa).

Science has meanwhile discovered the Sat-aspect of the truth. Oneness is there. To discover that this Oneness is also aware (Chit) and blissful (Ananda) scientists would need to turn to their own consciousness to research further instead of looking outside. Let us see whether the scientists will support also the claim of the Rishis that this whole manifestation is alive and full of bliss.

In one point, however, you are right, Dr. Zakir Naik: There is only one Truth, one God, which the wise call by different names. But the nature of it you got wrong. It does not send non-Muslims or non-Christians eternally into hellfire. The Supreme Being is indeed merciful and great.

But you wanted to know whether Ganapati is a deity.

May I explain a bit of your ancestors’ tradition which struck me as most profound when I came to know of it?

Sanatana Dharma is not only about intellectually knowing Sat-Chit-Ananda, but about realising it. Since Brahman is all pervading, it must be also in us (Ayam Atma Brahman). So we can tap and feel it. For this, however, we need to follow certain rules. We need to purify ourselves, lead a moral life, speak the truth, etc. To eat plenty of meat and have plenty of sex is not conducive for this purification. Yet one factor is very conducive: Bhakti – love for God.

Here Hindu Dharma brings in Ishwara.

The concept of Ishwara is close to the Abrahamic notion of a personal God but more benevolent. There is of course no eternal hell for unbelievers. Everyone gets chance after chance in life after life till he realises that he is not a separate wave, but one with the ocean.

Ishwara is God with attributes and has innumerable aspects, as this universe has innumerable aspects or human nature has innumerable aspects. These aspects are personified in different deities and the devotee can choose the one who is dearest to him. It helps to develop love for the invisible Truth – for example through Ganapati.

Those Devas are mistakenly much maligned by Christianity and Islam. They are not separate entities but kind of access points to the one Brahman, which is otherwise unimaginable. It is possible to feel familiar with them, to love them, to talk with them. And the scriptures leave no doubt that devas are ultimately Brahman.

And here, Dr. Naik, you may get an answer to your question whether Ganapati is ultimately the Supreme Being.

The Ganapati Atharvashirsa Upanishad, which is part of the Atharva Veda, states: “Tvameva kevalam karta si, tvameva kevalam dharta si, tvameva kevalam harta si.

Tvameva sarvam khalvidam brahmasi, tvam saksadatma si nityam.”

It means: You alone are the creator, you alone are the sustainer, you alone are the annihilator. All this is Brahman and you are that Brahman. You are indeed the Atman eternally.

This declaration, however, is not unique for Ganapati. It is said for other deities, too.

Yet the fact that this is written in a sacred text, is not proof enough. There are plenty of sacred texts in this world and if everything in them is blindly accepted as true, we end up with all kind of proclaimed truths which are not true. We need to verify what is declared as truth on the touchstone of reason, intuition and experience. If it contradicts all of these, it is not worth believing it and certainly not dying for it.

The proof that all deities are Brahman is because only Brahman really exists. Brahman is like the ocean. The waves are not separate from it. The name with which one worships the Divine, does not matter. What matters is how much devotion one feels. The greater the devotion, the more miracles can happen. Ganapati is loved by millions of Hindus worldwide. He is the door through which they try to access Sat-Chit-Ananda.

Sanatana Dharma is very ancient. And yet the Rishis had such deep insights, for example that the world is a wrong perception of what is really true, like seeing a snake at dusk when in fact there is only a rope. Westerners who ridiculed Hindus because they believe that the world is an illusion keep now quiet as science supports the Hindu view.

Meanwhile NASA scientists have detected the building blocks of DNA in meteorites. The Max Planck Institute in Germany published the first picture of the whole universe. It had an oval shape. Could it be possible that those who ridicule Hindus for worshipping a Shiva lingam might soon rethink their attitude, as well, lest they embarrass themselves?

Great men have come and gone in India’s ancient civilisation. Some have been made into gods. There is nothing wrong with it. The Divine is in all.

It should make you reflect, Dr. Naik that science keeps validating the insights of the Rishis, for example the mindboggling age of the universe, or the ultimate Oneness of all.

Attempts to vilify Indian tradition by you and others are successful because the British weaned Indians away from their tradition and most people know little about it. Yet if you are sincere, you will realise that the wisdom of your ancestors scores high over the worldview and the mind set of Abrahamic religions. The attitude of “We alone are right and you go to hell if you don’t accept our religion” is doing great harm to humanity. It may be helpful for world dominion, but do you want to live in a world where everyone has to wear a straight-jacket?

If I were you, Dr. Naik, I would be worried especially about one thing: what if you wake up after death and there is NO paradise waiting for you? What if all those Jihadis, who were inspired by you, cursed you after realising there was no paradise for them? What if you are taking birth again in another form and reap the fruits of your actions of this life where you consciously or unconsciously distorted the truth? Rebirth is not only mentioned in the Indian texts. There is also plenty of evidence for it – over 3000 cases are documented in the archive of Virginia University.

Dr. Naik, I don’t know how deeply you believe what you preach. I know from personal experience how effective brainwashing in childhood can be. But I also know that it is possible to get out of it, and it seems the older one is, the easier.

For me, it was a great relief to come out of the Christian religious straight jacket and I would encourage you to also genuinely enquire into the truth. Your concept of God is not Truth. You quote a book as support. Truth does not fit into a book. Truth is THAT WHAT TRULY IS.

Your ancestors, the Indian Rishis, spoke from experience, not from book knowledge.

‘Indian Sepoys’: In British-India and in India of today!


By: Ganesh Arnaal

At their peak the number of Britishers in India was 3,00,000 ( three Lakhs) and the Indian population was 33,00,00,000 (thirty-three crores). A ratio of 1100 Indians to every Britisher.

How can one man defeat 1100 people opposed to him and rule over them? Clearly there were many Indians like the Police, the Indian Civil Services (ICS), the petty clerks in the Government, and the judges who took their orders and were implementing the laws and rules laid down by the British. When our people were the front end for the British rule, it was very difficult for the average citizen to rebel against or even question the rulers.

It was easy for the British to spread the ‘memes’ they wanted to propagate viz. the White man’s burden, British valour, fair play (cricket and its literature was very useful to prove the point), English literature and its superiority (once Macaulay shut the Sanskrit Path Shalas it was easy to establish the superiority of English), problems with Hindu society like Sati (though very very rare and entirely voluntary), caste system etc.

Similarly, now you have the sepoys talking to us in ‘third person’, and spreading whatever ‘memes’ they want about the inferiority of India and the superiority of the West.

In the language of mergers and acquisitions, I would say that the takeover of India by the British is the biggest Leveraged Buy Out (LBO) ever in the history of the world.

We know the British Equity was just 3 lakh people and the ICS, the Police, the judiciary making up the debt. It would be instructive if someone were to research to establish the number of Indian Sepoys working for the British.

And, we may add, it would be equally interesting and instructive if someone were to research today to find out the number of Indian Sepoys and counting them by their names who are working for the Western interests in free India of 2016!

Can we be honest about the motive of ISIS terrorism?


By: Maria Wirth (Blog Link)

President Obama and other politicians worldwide steadfastly maintain that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam and most liberal non-Muslims share this opinion. Several Muslims, too, express the same view. They label the terrorists ‘misguided youths’ but don’t seem to be interested who or what misguides them.

On the other hand, those who joined ISIS are clear: “We follow the true Islam”, they declare with full conviction and ridicule those who think otherwise.

Who is right?

Is it difficult to discover?

Killing people who go peacefully about their daily lives clearly goes against human nature. So why do they do it? Apart from some pathological cases, the reason is that they are convinced that they do the right thing. Of course, these youths are misguided, but by whom or what?

To be fair – the Islamists are not the first to be misguided. Communists and Nazis were misguided by divisive ideologies, which made them believe that, if certain people are dead, a glorious future awaits them.Christians were misguided by their baseless belief that heathen and heretics are an eyesore to their god and are better done away with if they refuse to join the “true faith.”

Thanks to the pressure of a more enlightened civil society, they had to give up torturing and killing in the name of god a couple of centuries ago. Yet many Christians still wrongly believe that they have to convert the whole world to Christianity – if not by force, then by allurement and deceit.

Prime Minister David Cameron recently described the ISIS as “one of the biggest threats our world has faced”. So surely it is of utmost importance to understand what drives them. The German ‘SZ- Magazin’ (link below) carried an eye-opening interview with a would-be ISIS-Jihadi that gives insight into their mindset.

It is about Erhan, a handsome, almost shy youth of 22 years, of Turkish origin. Some of his friends are in Syria. He tried to join them but didn’t succeed on his first attempt. A few years ago, he became dissatisfied with the lukewarm “Euro-fake” Islam that his parents practice. His father doesn’t even pray, he rued, and his mother distorts the Quran so that it fits her interpretation. He wanted to follow the ‘real’ Islam and started to read the Quran. He grew a beard, prayed 5 times a day, went to the mosque and even wore a turban to school. His classmates asked him what happened, and he told them about the Quran. They never asked him again. “I had expected more criticism from them,” Erhan said.He and his friends were banned from the local mosques in their Bavarian town because they kept lecturing the Muslims there that they don’t follow the Quran correctly and need to oppose democracy. However, the ban convinced them that they were on the right path, because “in the Quran is written that there will be opposition”.

Erhan is convinced that Islam is the only true religion, and he wants ISIS to create a state where “the Quran is lived as Allah wants it”. In his view, the present Islamic countries, like Turkey, are not really following what Allah wants.

When the interviewer reminded him of ISIS’s brutality, he replied, “If one kills for a good cause, it is legitimate”.

One of Erhan’s friends, David, recently died fighting in Aleppo and another one, Philipp, became a suicide bomber after he was injured. “Were you sad?” he is asked. “At first a little, but I also envied them, because I know where they are”, he replied, but he strongly rebuked the notion that it is because of the virgins. “Honestly, if only women were to be gained, I would not do it. I do it for Allah.”

He comes across as a naïve young man who wanted to make his life meaningful and found guidance in the Quran.

He connected with like-minded youngsters. They checked out several groups and became convinced that ISIS is the best to join because its goal is clearly in tune with the Quran: the goal to spread the Islamic State further and further till the whole world is for Allah.“Oh believers, fight them until there is no more mischief and the Deen of Allah (way of life prescribed by Allah) is established completely” (Quran 8.39)“Oh believers, fighting has been made obligatory for you much to your dislike. It is quite possible that what you dislike is good for you… Allah knows and you do not.” (Quran 2.216)“Those believers who stay at home – having no physical disabilities – are not equal to those who make Jihad in the cause of Allah with their wealth and person. Allah has granted a higher rank to those who make Jihad… They have special higher ranks, forgiveness and mercy. Allah is forgiving, merciful” Quran 4.95/6.

Could Erhan and his friends have any doubt what these and similar passages mean?

Does it need an Islam expert to interpret them?

If the experts had come to the conclusion that those passages were meant exclusively for the contemporaries of Mohammed and not for all time thereafter, they should have said this loud and clear long ago – too much blood has been shed over the last 14 centuries, much of it in India.

But those experts kept quiet.

Does it follow that the Quran exhorts Muslims to fight till the “Deen of Allah is established’?

The command to fight the enemy appeals to young men. Islam is far more successful than Christianity to make men stand by their religion. Christianity is seen as a religion for women and children. At least that was the impression I got in my youth. Men generally went to Sunday mass in small town Bavaria, but they made sure not to look pious. They considered it a social affair to meet friends. Only the clergy can afford to look pious.

It is different in Islam.A German police study which questioned 45,000 students between 14 and 16 years of age about their level of religiosity and their readiness to be violent, confirmed this:Girls were more religious than boys in all religions except in Islam, where boys were more religious than girls. Further the study found that that those who considered themselves more religious were less inclined to be violent in all religions, except – again – in Islam. There the boys who considered themselves more religious were more inclined to be violent.Even small boys like toy guns. Bigger boys want a good reason to fight.

A divine command to fight those, who are evil, is the perfect reason for many youngsters. Further, there is the ‘divine promise’ that it will be a win-win situation: if one dies, one is guaranteed to enjoy paradise and if one lives, one may benefit from the wealth and the women of those killed.

There are many passages in the Quran where the unbelievers are portrayed as most despicable, for whom perdition and eternal hellfire are certain. Even the torture in hell is described in horrific detail:“There are the two adversaries (the believers and disbelievers) who dispute with each other about their Rabb: as for the disbelievers, garments of Fire will be cut out for them, boiling water will be poured over their heads, which will not only melt their skins but also the inner parts of their bellies, and there will be maces of iron to lash them. Whenever, in their anguish, they cry to escape therefrom, they will be forced back therein, and will be told: “Taste the punishment of conflagration!” (Quran 22.19-22)

Do such passages explain the savagery of ISIS?

Have the vivid images of hell over the centuries instigated the brutalities of the Christian Inquisition and of the Muslim invaders in India and elsewhere? Was there such brutality against civilians before the arrival of religions which claimed ‘eternal hellfire for unbelievers’?

If Erhan succeeds in going to Syria, he is ready to behead unbelievers and also Muslims who are not following what Allah really wants, he said. He does it for Allah, not for the virgins.

Secondary incentives may exist.

His friends in Syria share photos via Facebook. “They live in luxury, have computers, guns, snacks”, Erhan said.This may sound attractive not only for young men, bored with the monotonous life in the west.

For girls, too, it may be appealing to get ‘brave’ husbands and become part of a community of young people who have a genuine cause that is ordained by God himself as it were.

Some German girls from a Christian background are also drawn to those intense, handsome men who are not shy to talk about Allah. “Only yesterday we converted a girl”, Erhan said.

It is difficult to see in him the ruthless terrorist.

But he may turn out to become just that – a ruthless killer. He said that he would kill even his parents if they oppose the Islamic State. “In 20, 30 years the Islamic State will be in Germany and gradually will cover the whole planet”, he is sure.

Are we not responsible to stop these youngsters from destroying themselves and others? Yet is it possible as long as those passages are considered the word of Allah?

Even if ISIS gets defeated in near future, new terror groups will continue to draw legitimacy from those passages, and powerbrokers can motivate youngsters for their own interests, making them believe that Allah will be pleased.

Those passages have tremendous potential to mobilize youngsters for a cause that is worthwhile and just in their eyes.

They don’t realize that they are used – like the US used the Taliban to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.Erhan’s parents in Germany, his uncle in Turkey, imams of the local mosques – all tried to prevent him from turning radical. But what can they tell him? That he should not take the Quran seriously? That Allah didn’t mean what he said?

Erhan considers those imams who are against ISIS as old, confused men. And logically he has a point, but it could also make him wonder why older Muslims, including imams, do not opt to become suicide bombers even if they have a serious illness. Are they not convinced that paradise is guaranteed by killing others?

“What can stop you”, the journalist asked him.His answer: “Nobody can stop me.”

He is right. No outsider can stop him.

If a Muslim tries to influence him, he will see in him a hypocrite who tests his faith in the ‘true’ Islam. And if an unbeliever tries to influence him, he is sure that he only wants him to leave the right path.

But there is one thing that can stop him: it is doubt.

Once doubt springs up on its own, it is not possible to regain the former blind belief.

I know this from own experience, as I also once believed in eternal hell and that God wants everyone to be Christian.

If Erhan starts wondering whether the compassionate Allah really wants all this killing, he can easily come out of the grip that blind belief has on his mind.

Curiously, this option of doubting the doctrine is not considered even by western ‘unbelievers’ who are portrayed so badly in it.

Why?

I can only guess that there is too much at stake for the powers that be.

If Islam comes under a cloud as not being the only true religion, Christianity will also come under a cloud, because both religions have a lot in common. The Abrahamic God will need to be questioned whether he can possibly be true.

This will be a major earthquake.

For centuries both religions have violently enforced their version of “the only truth” and demanded unquestionable respect.

How can they allow their dogmas to be questioned?

They managed to hold on to them for so long. They managed to get altogether over 3 billion people into their fold. How can they admit that dogmatic religions generally do not make human beings better, but on many occasions worse? They managed to successfully demean those traditions that are closer to the truth, especially India’s tradition. How can they let all this go waste?

So what is their solution?

Put the head into the sand and declare: “ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. Terror has no religion” and continue to hit out at those who are in a position to question your truth, so that they become defensive and won’t dare to challenge you for a debate.

The viciousness with which Christianity and Islam attack ‘Hindu fundamentalists’ almost seems to indicate that both consider Hindus a greater enemy than ISIS and other equally violent groups.

To some extent they are right.

India’s wisdom can expose the weak basis of their belief systems. This seems to be a great fear for them. The religions who claim to be the only true religions fear a genuine debate on what the truth is.

They don’t want to hear that truth cannot possibly be linked to only one name and only one concept, and that truth cannot possibly be dependent on some ‘correct’ thoughts in human heads. It is the eternal, indivisible, one consciousness in all.

Link to the interview in the magazine:

http://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/42259/Ich-glaub-das-steht-irgendwo-im-Koran

Place of ‘Reason’ and ‘Faith’ in Vedas


By: Y. K. Wadhwa

Broadly speaking, Shraddha (faith) is described as performance of anything with love and respect.  Sanskrit Grammar book ‘Nighantu’ describes the etymological formation of Shraddha as being made-up of two roots: ‘shra’ (= truth) and ‘dha’ (= adoption).    Thus, the two roots in ‘Shradha’ (or, faith) imply adoption and preservation of Truth.

In view of this, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883), while commenting upon Rig Veda, has described  ‘Shraddha’ as ‘Love for Truth’.

It is thus obvious that there exists a clear link between ‘shraddha’ and ‘satya’ (= Truth) which leaves no scope for any superstitious belief or belief in any irrational idea.

The word ‘Shraddha’ has been repeatedly used in the ‘Shraddha sukta’ of Rig Veda in Mandala 10. The mantra 10-151-1 therein states that it is with ‘Shraddha’ that the fire of knowledge is kindled and the charity is given. The (Sanskrit sloka runs thus: Sraddhayagnihsamidhyate sraddhaya huyate havih.  Sraddham bhagasya murdhani vacasa vedayamasi).

The full meaning of above Rig Veda mantra is “Agni is kindled with Shraddha, faith in truth pursued with commitment in thought, word and deed.  Oblations into fire are offered with complete faith and commitment to truth and sincerity of conviction.  And we, on top of life’s highest glory, celebrate and exalt with the sacred Word of the Veda and declare it as commitment to truth and reason.” (Source: English translation of four Vedas by Dr.Tulsi Ram pub.by Arsh Sahitya Prachar Trust, Delhi. Ed.2013).

According to Sri Krishna (in Gita), a person full of ‘Shraddha’  acquires knowledge — Sanskrit sloka of Gita runs: Shradhavan labhate gyanam, tatpar syantendriya (Gita 4-39).

While commenting upon ‘Yog Darshan’ (= roughly translated as Yoga Philosophy. Note: ‘Darshan’ is Non-translatable and not a philosophy but ‘viewing something in inner consciousness), Maharishi Ved Vyasa observes: Shradha Chetas Samprasada, Sa hi janneev kalyani yogin paati  i.e., Faith (Shraddha) protects  the Yogi like a mother.

It is said that through ‘Shraddha’,  ‘Dharma’ (= Dharma is again ‘Non-translatable term and does not mean ‘religion’ as traditionally translated) is achieved and not through accumulation of wealth.  Thus many ‘Muni Sadhakas’ even in the complete absence of riches attained ‘Moksha’ (= Moksha is also Non-translatable term and is not ‘salvation’ as traditionally translated).

It is interesting to note that, while ‘Shradha’ is accorded a high place of importance in Vedas, along side this ‘Shraddha’, another thing called ‘Medha’ (‘Medha’ means pure reason) has been given equal importance there. The fact that in Vedas ‘Medha’ (= pure reason) is given an importance equal to ‘Shradha’ is evident from the  ‘Medha Sukta’.

Atharva Veda 10-2-26 suggests to stitch mind and heart (heart representing Shraddha or faith and mind represents Medha or reason) together so that they act in harmony with each other.

In the book “Solutions to Modern Problem in Vedas” by Acharya Pt.Dharmadeva Vidyamartand (English translation by Bharat Bhooshan,  published by Sri Ghudmal Prahlad Kumar Arya Dharmarth Nyas, Hindaun City, Ed.2008), it is beautifully concluded thus,  “The Vedas visualized that mere faith may lead to superstition and mere reason to atheism and, therefore, presented a fusion of the two  as an ideal before the mankind to follow.”

Cooperate! Cooperate globally to right the wrongs!


By: Shreepal Singh

There was a time in history when wise and alert people used to get together in a tribe to discuss things affecting them and take decisions on them. Everything was done in a system.

Then, there was a time in history when such wise and alert people used to get together in a kingdom to discuss things affecting them and take decisions on them. Everything was done under a system.

Again, in our own times, there are wise and alert people who get together in a nation to discuss things affecting them and take decisions thereon. It is all done in the prevalent system.

Now the time has come for the wise and alert people to think globally, discuss globally and decide globally.

See, what is happening in our world! It is increasingly becoming a hell to live!

There are wrongs galore!

Terror, killings, bigotry, deceit, hatred, taking undue advantage of the weak and meak, cruelty in the heart and smile on the face! And, all around!

And we are mute spectators to all this. And we are globally connected. We are globally one almost like a nation, or call it super-nation.

See, terror in the name of God is systematically being spread.

See, bigotry in the name of God is being systematically spread. Killings, hatred, jealousy, deceit, enticement, competition in the name of God! In the name of religions, religion that has everything to do with God! Exclusively dealing with God!

It is time to cooperate. Cooperate, wherever you are; cooperate in whatever you do.

People are busy – busier than businessmen – in bringing other people to their creed, their faith, their religions. It is all being done in the name of “Truth”! It is being done, as if it is a mercy on those other people; height of deceit and bigotry!

Did you ever see science and scientists – since the days of Galileo and Copernicus – to try to make efforts to make people believe what science and scientists have at that point of time discovered as truth? Never!

It is nonsense to make efforts – much less to make it a business to devote one’s entire life – to make people believe the truth! Truth stands on its own feet; and, falls on its own, if it is found untrue!

Let us all declare that we wish to make the ‘Dialogue with God’ a science! Let us declare that in our world there is no need for those people whose sole business is to spread the ‘Word of God’ Let us declare that there is no place for them in our world!

Let us make an appeal to them all – of all hues – to leave our world unmolested by this nuisance!

There are people entrenched in high positions in universities, institutions, organizations making it a business of their life – and the business of their bread – to spread this bigotry, deceit, concocted truth, creed under the pretension of high-sounding “Religious Studies”. Such people are entrenched in high positions around the world, in all countries.

Expose them! Expose them and their nefarious creed of “Spreading the Truth”! Wherever they are! Let there be global cooperation to weed them out!

There is no need in this world to make it a business to spread the truth – be it the truth of God!

Let the truth of God stand on its own feet!

Let the truth of God be made a science – just like many other branches of science.

This world does not need – there is no place in this world – to teach, spread or practice terror, hatred, deceit, enticement, bigotry, mental blindness! Our world cannot afford it anymore!

Another wrong!

In the times we live in, people need freedom. Freedom to think, freedom to live as they wish. But a few people have made it a mission – the mission of a gang of common interests – to organize as a gang does to subjugate other people and gag them. It is all done in the name of high-sounding pretension of “workers democracy, proletariat dictatorship, Communism or Socialism etc.”. O, powerful humans! just realize, these subjugated people are also human beings; they too cherish freedom; they too love to live as they wish!

O, powerful humans! do not be wicked. How much you will get out of your wicked acts? You are not immortal. Please remember, if there is a grain of truth in the science of God – and that includes Buddha also – you shall never be happy, never be contented, never be proud of your deeds! This is addressed to you.

Let us cooperate and cooperate globally against such “powerful humans”, expose them and their deeds or misdeeds!

Let us cooperate and isolate them and their countries they lead! Have a pity on the people who are living under their subjugation!

Another wrong!

You too!

O, mighty man with money!

You take – and indeed you do take – undue advantage of the weak; the weak who has no money or means; the weak who is not clever like you; the weak who is not educated and/or intelligent like you!

With your greed of more money, please do not make this world a hell! Mind your heart, there are human beings under your feet!

To you also we address: if there is a grain of truth in the science of God, remember – and don’t forget – you shall never be happy, never be contented, never proud of your deeds – or misdeeds! This is addressed to you!

Let us cooperate and cooperate globally to force them to mend their greed of more money! Watch their every move carefully! Volatile days may be ahead in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Robotic-Economy!

This much for today!

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