Monday, October 27, 2008

Post of 'n'th order - Part 3

It really hurts when the converted Christians support the inquisition (like it was some kind of salvation for them). Pope dint waste much time to criticize the violence in, I don't support the violence. I'd call for castrating the animals in public who burnt the orphanage. Don't the people of Goa deserve an apology from the Pope? (not that I care) It took the Vatican 400 years to give an apology for the treatment meted out to Galileo Galilee. So i don't expect any apology anytime time soon(unless a miracle happens).

"The word 'Christianity' is already a misunderstanding - in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross."
- Friedrich Nietzsche.

Ok, enough of Christian bashing.

Let me do surgery on modern Hinduism. Its was beautiful religion but a failed religion nonetheless. Still plagued by Caste system and senseless rituals. A woman from a lower caste was killed a few months back in Uttar Pradesh because her shadow fell on a person of higher caste. I myself have been ill treated sometimes. Wondering how did that happen? Saraswats had started to eat fish which other Brahmins (people from the highest caste) believe is against the brahminical code. Sometimes survival demands certains adaptations and compromises to be made. I personally wouldn't hesitate to kill a human and eat him/her if that is what it takes to survive.

"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion –- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven."
- Mark Twain.

Moral of the Story?
God if any is a jerk. The almighty God who likes to be praised all time. The religions inhibit free thinking. Lets see wat God has to say about this.

"Worship Me or I Will Torture You Forever. Have a Nice Day.
- luv, God.

Atheism is Salvation. No gods, no religious obligations and no crap. Atheists are not god can hate something that does exist. How can you hate a non-existent God,huh? :-D We are not devil worshippers either...coz we dont believe in the devil.

There is no hell or heaven. We have got one chance to do something good on this earth. Lets all spend our days in peace.

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

So, here we the end.(I wish I could indulge in more religion bashing...I've to leave. Its time for the bus)

What did I get out of this blog? Nothing, only crap [Oh! I forgot the chappals that a female threw @ me]. But I must admit that I've had a sense of satisfaction telling about stuff that I'd never do in real life.

Do feel free to comment on any of the previous posts. Here we come, to the end of Season 1. I honestly have not thought about a Season 2....Mother Google will be unhappy about this.

Parting Quote:
Uich gwennen na 'wanath ah na dhín. An uich gwennen na ringyrn ambar hen. Boe naid bain gwannathar, Boe cuil ban firitha. Boe naer gwannathach.

Translation: You are not bound to loss and silence. For you are not bound to the circles of this world. All things must pass away, All life is doomed to fade… Sorrowing you must go.

(source: Breath Of Life from Lord of The Rings, the most beautiful fantasy movie)

Starting a new journey I am...wish me luck you should. Godspeed readers... May the Force be with us.

Yours Watever,

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Post of 'n'th order - Part 2

[ contd from Part -1.... The story of Aryans settlers]

The river Sarasvati vanishes under mysterious circumstances. "The Holiest River" had now dried up. Now eat this: Guess how many times does the river Ganga's name pop up in Rig veda? Only once.
If you thought Ganga/Ganges was the holiest then think again. Ganges rose to the top spot to take Sarasvati's place.

The Sarasvati settlers, The Saraswats, now under the threat of extinction, had to relocate. A few travelled north to become the modern day Kashmiri Pandits. The rest moved towards east and south-east to Kingdom of Videha (Modern Bengal/Bihar/Nepal). Some followed the course of river which emptied into the Arabian sea and settled in the region of Kutch (Gujarat).

Probably a millenia later they moved south to Gomantak (Modern Goa) along with their Gods/Godesses. They finally had a place that they could call home. All went well until ships from western Europe started to sail in. Portuguese had arrived and they came with an intention to do a lot more than trade. One by one provinces in Goa started to fall. Every temple was razed to the ground and churches built on them. Christianity was the only way to go. Non compliance would lead to arrest.

I will now elaborate a little on the tortures inflicted on the victims....(This is my fav part)
1] Victims would be tied with a rope, both hand and legs. They would be pulled up and dropped down. This would go on till the victim's joints get dislocated.
2] Victims were tied to an iron rod and immersed into water. You either break your back trying to free yourself or drown.
3] People were hung over fire.Occasionally they would also burn people alive in public. etc etc.

Priests stood and watched this holy ceremony of cleansing the pagans. A friend of mine also mentions that they would use needles to pierce the penis of victims. Some storied also tell about the bodies of children being dismembered in front of their parents. 1560 A.D., The Goan Inquisition had began. Sephardic Jews in Goa were also persecuted. It took the blood of innocents to establish the divinity of Christ in Goa (love thy neighbor).

"Goa is sadly famous for its inquisition, which is contrary to humanity as much as to commerce. The Portuguese monks deluded us into believing that the Indian populace was worshiping The Devil, while it is they who served him."

Saraswats had to flee. They moved further south along the coast and settled on the west coast of India in places like Karwar, Mangalore/Udupi and also Cochin. This was a brief history of Saraswats. As a remnant of this clan I thought I should pay my tribute to my history.

I dislike the religions of the desert, all 3 of them. This does not mean that I am deeply in love with Hinduism. At least I know it was not meant to be what it is right now. But for the current state of Hinduism, I despise it.

Christians have problem believing in the imaginary Hindu gods flying around in the sky but they have no problems with virgin birth. Christians have a problem with the caste system and horny Hindu gods like Indra who comes to earth with an intention of having sex with beautiful women (remember Ahalya?). But they have got absolutely no issues with Lot having incestuous relationship with his daughters. If my memory serves me right then Lot did offer his daughters to be gang raped by the people of Sodom (source: Genesis from the Holy Bible). Liberal Christians believe that Lot's act of offering his daughters was more of a "mythical story". They'd rather look at the positive side....emphasizing the fact that Lot treated strangers with kindness( heights of "athithi devo bhava"). Moses was a mass murderer. Abraham's character is seriously flawed. What standards do you expect a person to set who had sex with a slave and then lets the Pharaoh have sex with his wife?(he pretended that his wife was his sister). If Old Testament was not a religious book then it would have been a best selling horror book. Its a book full of sex, murder and violence (this holds good for all the holy books).


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 || "

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 || "


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.....]

Quote of the Month

"They say an Idle mind is devil's workshop but they forget that an occupied mind is his retail outlet."

- TheChaosMonger (yes, that was my original line)

Post of the (n-1)th order

I am home for 3 days...Ahhh.... It feels goood. The menu for 3 days was decided long back. Now I just have to hog. I miss the "ghar ka khaanaa" sooo much...I'll eat anything that mum prepares, anything. Mum couldn't be happier. Get food poisoned 4 times in a month (that averages to once every week) had its consequences on my eating habits. Forget it.... Worst part was no decent Internet access. One stupid Reliance Web World(RWW) which uses only the ancient version of Internet Explorer... It displays the blog edit in XML(couldn't get any stupid). I felt like suing Anil Ambani for the mental torture RWW inflicted on me. IE sucks! If you still don't realise that fact then you are a moron. Internet that company provides can be used but you've gotta comply with certain rules and regulation. Although their firewalls and filters are no match for my skills. I know how smart I am but I am not so sure how smart the other side is. I still wouldn't wanna get caught.

The campus is 40 minutes away from Mysore. Now, Mysore is one of the cities that has still retained the old charm. Buses from city to campus are super crowded. Bus arrives and people rush in like zombies waiting to devour the humans. Some even try to get in through the window.Jesus!.... I stand n watch.... a shocked spectator. That's it for now.... expect a bigger post within 24 hrs.