Creations belong only to the Creator, we have no right to kill to satisfy our lusty and greedy taste buds.



The below post is a little long, and is on animals, consumed as food. If you are a non vegetarian and have any guts to face the truth narrated below, then read it through. I challenge the meat eaters!

Humans have been blessed with higher intelligence compared to animals, and this is what sets us apart from them. We have the ability to think, to reason out and make an informed decision. In some areas like when faced with danger, we operate on instinct but in most other matters, we know how to behave. This is why we are social beings. We answer nature's call in a secluded toilet and we perform sex also within closed walls. Similar logic is applied on food choices also.

In matters of food, we do not operate on instinct but choose our food. That's why there are those who crave for meat daily while there are those also, who cannot stand meat. A lion will only relish meat but a deer will eat only grass. Either of them cannot change their food habits because they have been programmed by nature for the food chain to operate accordingly. We humans do not fall in that food chain as we have the ability to grow our own food in the form of crops. So, the stupid logic that humans are in the food chain falls flat and is just a misguided nonsense fed to us in schools.

Animals feel pain, they feel emotions; perhaps not the way we humans do but they have a well placed nervous system and so pain and pleasure is appreciated by them. Many discuss over the way an animal should be killed- humane way or slow bleeding them to death. There is no humane way of killing an animal! If a human was put under sedation and then killed for food or whatever reason, does that become humane and justified, specially if it is done to satisfy the taste buds? No. Killing is killing, no matter how it is carried out. There is no justification for that.

Animal love is not selective and cannot be hypocritical. A dog or cat owner, if relishes chicken/beef/mutton cannot be considered as animal lover but just a hypocrite. Does a chicken, goat or cow not feel pain like a dog does? Why this bias? All animals have the same pain sensation and understand when they are being killed. Their last emotions release certain hormones, which remain in their body, get consumed by the human system also. Just because meat is available nicely wrapped and packed in stores, does not mean that the animal didn't go through torture and willingly offered its life! You can choose to ignore but truth remains never the less, that you are equally guilty party to animal cruelty.

As far as comparison with plants is concerned, the basic difference between plants and animals is that plants grow back after being cut and if not consumed will anyways get rotten. Plants do not have a nervous system in place with rare exceptions of few plants which appreciate pain. I am sure that we do not consume those plants. Animals are beings with higher consciousness and feel extreme pain when killed, just like humans feel when killed. No human has the power to 'grow' animals but we can cultivate crops and plants. So, don't start the nonsense with me that plants also feel pain! That is the most ridiculous logic I get from meat eaters who want to justify anyhow their cravings!
Creations belong only to the Creator, we have no right to kill to satisfy our lusty and greedy taste buds. Love animals

Above all, the food that we consume also dictates our nature. We are what we eat. As the consciousness gets higher, one will get the realization that all beings are creations of the Creator and belong only to the Creator; we have no right to kill it to satisfy our lusty and greedy taste buds. If we cannot resurrect a dead animal, then what right do we have to put it to death?

The choice is always ours. To either be truly humane or behave like higher animals who kill lower animals for food. I have chosen to be a human.

~  Sofiya Rangwala

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RESPONSE TO IDIOTS ON WHAT SCIENTIFIC MEANS




Yoga is scientific, therefore it is equally valid in any religion.


IDIOT 1: “Yoga is scientific, therefore it is equally valid in any religion.”
RESPONSE: Gravitation is scientific. But not all bridge designs are reliable. Some bridges collapse because their design in flawed and does not adhere to the scientific principles to produce a bridge that will function. Similarly, I have explained in detail in BEING DIFFERENT that Christianity’s mandatory belief in Nicene Creed violates the worldview in which yoga is based. Being scientific does not mean every practice and worldview is compatible.

IDIOT 2: A medicine works the same way regardless of the patient’s religion. So must yoga.
RESPONSE: For a given medicine there might be specific diet or lifestyle or other things that are contraindicated, i.e. they will interfere with the medicine and even cause harm. These things have a negative interaction with this medicine. Similarly, there are certain beliefs embedded in certain religions that are contraindicated for yoga.

IDIOT 3: The word “Hindu” is fake, recent, coined by foreigners. Hence yoga cannot be Hindu.
RESPONSE: If I start calling an object something new, that will not change its attributes. By whatever name you might choose to refer to our spiritual heritage, it makes no different to the issue being discussed here. Hindu dharma is inseparable from yoga. This has to do with the metaphysics of Hindu dharma in which yoga functions properly. It is not effected by whatever name you give to this metaphysics.

[Sorry for the harsh tone, but I am tired of having to respond to basic issue that have been dealt with so many time before. This level of IQ is too low for the topics we discuss, yet it seems so common.]

~ Rajiv Malhotra


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Understanding of Sanatan Dharma by a non-Hindu.



Sanatan Dharma - Idol worshipping and illogical rituals
Sanatan Dharma, more popularly and falsely known as Hinduism and its followers, the Hindus are poorly understood or rather misunderstood; this included me also sometime ago when I had assumed that Hinduism was all about idol worshiping and illogical rituals, until I dug deep and unearthed its mystery, beauty, ethereal and eternal philosophies. Below is my understanding, which I acknowledge is limited yet enough for me to conclude that Dharma is the only philosophy, which can bring peace and harmony in today's chaotic world.

The word Hindu only came into existence because of foreigners, who named the people living near the Indus river as Hindus. Hinduism is not a religion, contrary to what is commonly misunderstood. It is a philosophy on life, death, after death, Universal truths and the final Self Realization,which when achieved is said to liberate the Soul. Like any system or culture in the world, Indians also had certain practices like Sati, child marriage, women subjugation and so on, but with changing times, modern Hindu has been steadily evolving as a result of which, the cultural practices have also been modernising. This willingness of the modern Hindu to change comes from the fact that Sanatan Dharma is not an organized and rigid religion but is meant for the betterment of society and mankind. The real essence and deep teachings of Sanatan Dharma are beyond the understanding of ordinary people and need's a spiritually evolved mind to grasp it. The literature is so vast and deep, that even the most modern intellectuals will not be able to comprehend it. To understand Dharma, one need not have worldly formal education but needs to have spiritual knowledge and wisdom, the grace for which comes only from God. What most people follow and practice is superficial and full of rituals, which is a good start for ordinary people to stay connected with God.

For as long as I remember and as taught to me by my Islamic teachers in school, I had believed that Hinduism was all about idol worshipping, which I will admit that I was taught to look down upon, so that I can feel superior as Muslims are taught to pray to a formless God. Unfortunately not only non-Hindus but even most Hindus are not aware that Nirguna Bhakti or formless worship is the highest form of devotion to God. That being said, worshipping to a God in form is not wrong either, which is known as Saguna Bhakti. This form of devotion came into existence to make it easier for people to worship God and as one progresses on the spiritual path, one also shifts towards Nirguna Bhakti, which is the essence of concentrated deep meditation, which leads to the state of Samadhi. This flexibility of worshipping God as per one's convenience and preference makes Sanatan Dharma unique in nature and hence literally encompasses all faiths! This is the reason why there is no judgement or criticism of other faiths and the ignorant ones who actually criticize are absolutely wrong and bigoted. Even the great saints like Sri Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri ParamhamsaYogananda have preached that anyone can attain Moksha from any religious background, so long as one follows the prescribed process, essentially Kriya Yoga.

Every ritual performed during the process of pooja has significance but sadly how many Hindus are aware of it? I checked with many of my friends and asked them why Kumkum or Tilak is applied, why lamp is lit or why offerings are made to God? I was disappointed to find that hardly anyone knew why they did all that but they were just blindly following the practices, where as there is a spiritual meaning behind each one of these practices. Kumkum is applied as a gesture to awaken the Third Eye or Higher intuition while diya is lit as a symbol to ask God to light our path and to illuminate our consciousness. Not a single practice is done illogically and mindlessly but its the ignorance of people because of which, Hindu rituals have been ridiculed.

Why is there so much ignorance and lack of knowledge? Why have so many modern Hindus become enemies of their own culture and resort to mindless bashing? I believe that education begins at home and children always emulate parents so start teaching your children at home all that they need to know. Stop promoting nonsensical Bollywood and Hollywood movies in the name of modernisation and instead make them study about their roots and who they are. If not, that day is not far when India will lose its identity completely and will be taken over with the identity of a lost nation. This is the revolution that Hindus need to bring about, not be resorting to violence or fighting but by simply teaching the truth. If you are yourself unaware then first educate yourself. This is what I have been doing, since no one taught me and if I can erase all my childhood's mental conditioning and understanding then I am sure that all Hindus can do it easily. Study, meditate and understand our hidden treasure of knowledge and wisdom, which is readily available to all those who seek for it. So seek for it and it shall come to you.

To bring light in the world, we need to become a small lamp, which is enough to light up the greatest of baton of flame. Let us stop wasting our time in fighting with ignorant people but enlighten ourself, so we can share our wisdom with others. Knowledge is the ultimate power.

~  Sofiya Rangwala

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Hindu Cosmology: Incredible truth of Vadic India




philosophy of cosmology

Hindu Cosmology upholds the idea that creation is timeless, having no beginning in time. Each creation is preceded by dissolution and each dissolution is followed by creation. The whole cosmos exists in two states - the unmanifested or undifferentiated state and the manifested or differentiated state. This has been going on eternally. There are many universes - all follow the same rhythm, creation and dissolution (the systole and diastole of the cosmic heart). According to the Bhagavad Gita this srishti (creation) and pralaya(dissolution) recur at a period of 1,000 mahayuga or 4.32 billion years or 4,320 million years:

For a thousand ages lasts One day of Brahma, And for a thousand ages one such night;
This knowing, men will know (what is meant by) day and night.
At the day's dawning all things manifest; Spring forth from the Unmanifest;
And then at nightfall they dissolve again, In (that same mystery) surnamed "Unmanifest"

Introduction


The Rig Veda describes the origin of the universe as:

"Then was not non-existence nor existence: 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? Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day's and night's divider. That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever. Darkness there was at first concealed in darkness this. All was indiscriminated chaos. All that existed then was void and form less: by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit. Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit. Sages who searched with their heart's thought discovered the existent's kinship in the non-existent. Transversely was their severing line extended: what was above it then, and what below it? There were begetters, there were mighty forces, free action here and energy up yonder. Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation? The devas are later than this world's production. Who knows then whence it first came into being? 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" - (Rig Veda 10.129.1-7)

Structure of the universe

The Yugas

Satya or Krta (1,728,000 years): Satya means "truth"; the age is also known as Krta, "action," i.e., the age in which the people did unquestioningly what their benevolent elders told them.
Treta (1,296,000 years): Treta means "three," the third age, counting backwards from the present: also the age in which the feelings and forces of good are as three parts, and those of evil as one; also the age in which people were specially "protected," trayate, by their elders.
Dva-para (864,000 years): Dva-para means "two-sided," hence doubt also.
Kali (432,000 years) which rotates in succession. Kali means "discord," "struggle".

And all of these add to 4,320,000 years. Now, these four yugas, taken together, constitute one Mahayuga. One thousand Mahayugas are one day of Brahma. Brahma's one day is one Kalpa. So one day of Brahma will be 432 crores or 4,320 million years or 4.32 billion years. A similar expanse of time will make His one night, and that is another Kalpa. Our wildest imagination staggers in conceiving Brahma's life-span. This is the expansive view of time. No other culture had this unique vision of the infinity of time as well as the infinity of space.

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Why saying 'I am a Hindu' should be respected



Saying "I am a Hindu" is bound to meet with denigration in the West and even in India - more so if someone born in the West states to have formally become a Hindu.

Yet for someone in the West to say that they have become a Buddhist or a Muslim does not meet with the same negative response. Nor does it occur for someone in India, even from a Hindu background, to say that they have become a Christian or a Muslim.

Like a number of Westerners starting in the 1960s, I became immersed in Hindu based practices of yoga and vedanta, extending to the worship of Hindu deities like Shiva and Devi.
When people asked me what religion I followed, I realised that I was clearly a Hindu in my way of life from puja and pilgrimage, to mantra and meditation. I decided to formally become a Hindu to affirm this, particularly when I saw Hindus in India remaining under extensive conversion assaults.

Students of Yoga and Vedanta
However, most in the West who take up yogic teachings do not formally call themselves Hindus, even if they adopt Sanskrit names relating to Hindu deities. This is owing to deep-seated propaganda against Hinduism as characterised by backward social customs, not enlightened spiritual teachings.

Many yoga students claim to be followers of their particular guru or sect. Others claim to be part of a universal tradition of yoga that includes all religions, of which Hinduism is only one. Yet all follow ideas and practices rooted in the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras - primarily Hindu sources - overlooking the fact that they are benefitting enormously from Hindu teachings.

Some say practicing yoga will make a Christian into a better Christian. I had given up my Catholic background because I could not accept the theology, rituals, or conversions efforts behind it. The law of karma, rebirth and the pursuit of liberation in Hinduism made much more sense to me, not the heaven, hell, sin and salvation of Christianity.

If practising yoga and meditation, with statues of Shiva and Devi in my shrine, made me into a better Christian, it was not something any mainstream Christian group would acknowledge or recommend.
There are those in the West who want to become Hindus, but find little support. The most helpful group I discovered was Hinduism Today magazine and some thoughtful, articulate Western Hindu swamis associated with it. In India, most helpful was the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and authors Ram Swarup and Sitaram Goel, who wrote extensively on modern challenges to Hindu dharma.

The situation for Hindus today
To tell Christians or Muslims today that one has become a Hindu is to invite ridicule and charges of idolatry and superstition. Academicians disparage Hinduism as a strange sensational set of cults, ignoring its profound meditation-based philosophies - a negative approach they would not take relative to any of the other great religions of the world.

The success of the Hindu community in the US and UK has muted these criticisms, but not removed them. Hindu-Americans still have to face both religious and racial prejudices for the images of their deities and the color of their skin.

You will not find a single department of Hindu Studies at any major India universities, even BHU (Banaras Hindu University). You can find a lone Hindu department at Oxford in UK, run largely by non-Hindus, but none elsewhere at any major universities in the West. This is though Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world and has the oldest and most diverse literature of any religion.

Clearly there has been a long history of maligning and suppressing Hindu dharma that continues worldwide today. There has been a deliberate strategy both to discourage people from becoming Hindus and to discourage Hindus from asserting their own identity. The influence of vested interests from missionary, colonial and Marxist groups is easy to discern behind these concerted efforts, often with extensive political and media support.

Today in India when Hindus question this long-standing and well-funded anti-Hindu bias that they continue to face, they find themselves demeaned as "intolerant".

Fortunately, there is a slow awakening to the value of Hindu dharma and its rishi traditions. To respect Hinduism is to respect our ancient spiritual roots and our potential for higher consciousness.


Padma Bhushan Dr David Frawley(aka Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) @davidfrawleyved
Vedacharya, author, Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish teacher, 
Padma Bhushan awardee by President of India 

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Please Hindus, don’t say: “All Religions are the Same”



Observations by someone who grew up in the stifling atmosphere of dogmatic Christianity and appreciates the freshness and freedom of undogmatic Hinduism– and wonders why a section of Hindus are so apologetic about their religion when it actually is the best bet for a fulfilling life.
Shiva Parwati


Hindus used to say, “All religions are equal”. They did not want to see that the two biggies, Christianity and Islam, did not agree. Each of those religions claimed for itself, “We alone are the only true religion. Our God is the only true God.” They pitied Hindus that they might actually believe that by stating that all religions are equal, Hinduism would be elevated to their level. Of course, the ‘true religions’ will never allow this.

Now Hindus say, “We respect all religions. We teach it to our children. Our children hear a lot about Christianity and Islam and how good these religions are. We don’t want to offend anyone, so we teach very little about Hinduism and what we teach is only about superficial things, like festivals and customs and not about the deep philosophy and scientific insights which would portray Hinduism in a good light and might irritate other religions.”

Again, Hindus don’t want to see that Christianity and Islam do not respect Hinduism. The clergy of those religions don’t say it into their face, but to their own flock: “Hindus go to hell, if they don’t convert to the true religion. It is their own fault. We have told them about Jesus and his Father or the Prophet and Allah respectively. Still, they are so arrogant and foolish and hold on to their false gods. But God/Allah is great. He will punish them with eternal hell-fire.”

In a variation of “We respect all religions” Hindus also say, “All religions teach the human being to be virtuous and good and lead him to God, the creator. Hindus attend Inter Faith Dialogues and try to find the commonalities. Of course these are there. Hindus try to build on them. “Yes, all religions have good points. Yes, all religions have good people.” They keep repeating that all religions teach goodness, as if to convince themselves. However, deep down, Hindus know that this is not honest and lacks intellectual integrity. They know that Christianity and Islam have gone off track by preaching exclusiveness and hate to their flock. Those religions have encouraged persecution of others and brainwashed otherwise kind human beings into fighting for an imaginary god who supposedly hates all those ‘others’ who don’t believe, what they are told to believe. They have left a trail of bloodshed in history. But Hindus choose to ignore it. ‘Why provoke unnecessarily?’ they might feel, still betraying a psyche wounded by thousand years of oppression.

Is it not time that Hindus call a spade a spade? Swami Vivekananda has said that every Hindu who leaves his faith is not one Hindu less but one enemy more. He said this while India was ruled by the British, and Christians and Muslims were encouraged to feel superior to the “idol worshiping Hindu”. Hindus were not in a position to put the record straight, as their own elite put Hinduism down due to a malicious British education policy. Yet today, 66 years after independence, it is about time to tell the world loudly and boldly what Hinduism is about.

It is not about ruling the world. It is not about believing in unverifiable dogmas. It is not about being nice to those of one’s own faith and not nice to those of other faiths. But it is about discovering what we really are, apart from the ever-changing body and mind. The ancient rishis have discovered the oneness underlying the apparent multiplicity, long before western scientists did. This conscious, blissful oneness is not somewhere out there. It is permeating everyone (and everything) and can be felt as one’s own essence. This essence can be called by different names, but the main thing is, that it is within everyone and within everyone’s reach. So, we truly are all children of the same infinite divine Presence. We all belong to one big family. Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam. This truth provides the basis for a harmonious world and it makes sense, or does it not?

by Maria Wirth

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