Sunday, October 26, 2008

Post of 'n'th order - Part 1

Jagshemash Readers,

Its 14 months since Jul 17th 2007 when I decided to start a blog, apparently for no reason. Then I had all those rosy dreams about earning $dollars$ and bling bling. A guy started a tech blog with me... now he has moved to an independent domain, his blog recognized by Lifehacker, Downloadsquad, Laughingsquid [Neva heard of these sites? Well, you qualify to be called a noob] ...whats more? He has steady revenue now, 350,000 page views per month....he even threw prizes worth $3500 on his blog's first birthday. What did readers of this blog get? Curses, insults and uncivilized rants
. Congratulations readers. Now don't ask me for his blog address coz I ain't doing free advertisement.

I missed out on a lot of things to blog about.... let me start with some that I can recall. Churches getting vandalized by right wing Hindu organizations. Reason? The Hindus did not like the "alleged" conversion activities of the church. I don't remember meeting any ex-Hindu who has converted into Christianity in the recent times..... I am not a fan of Christianity but the Konkani speaking Christians here are among the most civilized people.
Most of them are well educated and earn their bread by relatively fair means.At least they don't treat you like a outsider when you are invited into their homes. My mom during her childhood lived for a few years in an area where majority of the people where Catholics. Never, not even once does she remember any event of friction between the people following 2 different faiths.

I recall going with my mom to the house of a Catholic woman(ex-neighbor) to collect a herb called 'Thaikilo'(konkani delicacy) that grows during rainy season. I don't recall much of the conversation but it was all related to my mum's childhood. After all the chit chat it was time to leave n the woman smiles n says "dev barey karo" (may god bless you). It was not said for the heck of it... I mean you know when a person means what he/she says.

Catholic institutions have been providing quality education to all the sections of the society. If I ever were to do some charity then I'll be more than happy to give the money to one of these institutions. I am not telling that the people who run such institutions are saints...everyone has motive and so do they. If there were no restrictions against forced conversions then I am pretty sure that these people would have done a Spanish Inquisition - Part 2. [ Some blessed atheist said, "The Spanish Inquisition: The Original Faith-based Initiative"..... lol]

Lemme tell you a story now:

Around 1500-2000 BC, a bunch of people, Aryans to be precise, flourished in fertile plains of northern India. A section of these people settled on the banks of River Sarasvati which is non existent now [ I wont get into the details of what happened to the river and the stories and theories revolving around it. Do some googling for more info ]. Then came the first book of Sanatana Dharma (Translation:eternal religion, another name for Hinduism), Rig Veda. Take my word, this is perhaps the most beautiful books ever written. Sad part however is that the current sad state of Hinduism is a direct result of gross misinterpretations of the same book that laid the foundation of the religion.

Rig Veda is the epitome of philosophy and metaphysics...and this was 4000 god damned years back. Plato's and Aristotle's ancestors were probably busy having bunny sex on the shores of Aegean with nymphs and minotaurs back then.

Check the sample: The following are the first and the last verses of Nasadiya sukta (translation Nasadiya: Not the non existent) from the 10th mandala of Rig Veda. Source: Wikisource.

" Nasadasinno sadasit tadaneem nasaidrajo no vyomaparoyat | Kimavarivah kuha kasya sharmannambah kimaasith ghahanam ghabhiram || "

Translation:
THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?


" Eyam visrushtyartha abhoova yadhi va dadhey yadhi va naa | Yo asya adhyakshaha paramey vyomanthsyonga vadey yadi ya na vadey || "

Translation:

He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not. ( Did you notice what I noticed? This hymn is questioning the authority and the existence of the "alleged" God. Amazing! Height of awesomeness. )

There were never meant to be any Gods. I mean people were not crazy to invent 330 million Gods. The God of the elders was the God of Gaps.... Someone who would complete the incompleteness of the human mind.
Like a variable that would balance the equation. God was, is and always will continue to remain a psychological need rather than an entity that transcends physical realm.

The word Veda comes from Sanskrit word 'vid' which means knowledge. It was a work of infinite beauty. More importantly it was an intellectual pursuit and a puzzle for the future generations to crack. Look what we have done to it now.... we have twisted the meanings to suit our needs and build an organized religion out of it,Hinduism.... selling it successfully to around 800 million people around the globe.

[to be contd in part 2.....]

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