Is India a Hindu Nation?
Maria Wirth is a person of German origin who has embraced Hindu religion has articulated this question. She has argued that if Germany with 59% of population calls itself Christian nation why India is apologetic to call itself Hindu nation with 80% or more of population practicing Hindu Religion in one way or the other. Her full article is here.
Her question is appropriate but she could not find answers. Infact there are many reasons, why it has not happened.
A simple reason offered by a Nehru baiter would be that since he was a Muslim converted to non practicing Hindu, he did not do it. His grandfather is stated to be last Kotwal (Police Commissioner) of Delhi with the name Ghiazudeen Gazi and after 1857 freedom war they changed the surname. I couldn’t find the factual foundation of this fact either way. How ever let’s consider serious reasons.
If we look at historical monuments it will be apparent that symbols of Hinduism are found even today in the central Asia, Persia, Yezdis (Sun and fire worshipers), Uzbekistan (who count numbers in Hindi) Afghanistan in the west and right upto Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and other the Asean countries. Asean countries may have different methods of worshiping today, they continue with traditional Ramleela, in one form or other. Numerous temples and images of Hindu Gods cover this entire landscape. Some say that Saudi Arabia too has statues similar to Hindu Gods.
Short Note on Hinduism:
Hinduism is a misnomer rather a colloquial term given by outsiders mainly Turkish and Arabs. Bharat i.e. India as it originally stood was separated from rest of the land by river Indu (later called Indus by English speaking people) in the West and Brahamaputra in the East. India was called by the name of river Indu. However, the Turkish & Arabic languages have no vowels & therefore they chose to speak Indu as Hindu. Thus, the term Hindu was coined. As a matter of fact the so called Hindus call all creatures on Earth as ‘Jeev’ and human beings as ‘Manav Jati’(human cast). The law governing human cast is called Sanatam Dharam which means Eternal Law/Duty/Etiquettes. (Dharma means all the three together.)
Core Principles of Sanatam Dharama
According to Sanatam Dharam, the world exists between Pralay to Pralay. There are 4 yugyas called Satyug, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug. Thereafter, the world destroys itself which is Pralay (a kind of cosmic catastrophe which destroys everything ) and the cycle starts again.
In a way it is similar to the views of Stephen Hawking’s views on “Beginning of time.”Click to read his lecture on the subject.
When there was/is nothing, there existed a sound pronounced as Om. Continue reading
Parliamentary Elections in India in 2014.
Elections process kick started today on the day of Ashtami, considered auspicious by most of Hindus, which is the 8th auspicious day of the celebrations of Navratra. India shall vote to elect the Union/Central Government in New Delhi. The Constitution of India is quasi-federal. In other words it is heavily biased in favour of Central/Union Government in terms of power. Every adult person is entitled to vote for the Government. This being Parliamentary form of Government, a representative from each constituency shall be elected and all elected representative shall form a Government. But that is only in principle.
Involvement of political parties with their legal power to whip the members of parliament to act in a certain way, makes the formation of Government, a mere formality if that particular party comes into power with majority seats in Parliament. However the larger question is: How electors elect the representatives? Continue reading
Maya is a Sanskrit word which is often used in Hindu Mythology and scriptures to define the phenomenon called ‘the World.’ A variety of translations or interpretation of this word exist and are being propounded. It however appears to me that real meaning of word ‘Maya’ is ‘enchanting illusion.’ To explain it is an illusion which not only look real but appear to be there when it is not. A kind of backward Mirage of past, extending into present. To exemplify, the Blogging efforts made by some bloggers.
What is philosophy?
An abstract principle drawn from series of acts!
The language of the principle is that of philosopher. He may have his own meaning to chosen words. He may have those meaning in mind which may be related to his life but totally unrelated to us. Why read philosophy? If read, why claim to understand it from words without experiencing it. We do not experiment with fire or chemicals without safety, why start to apply philosophy without caution. Philosophy could be anything from religion to humanity. From compassion to enlightenment. But that is not relevant. How easily we accept things on the basis of our logic or reasoning. In other words a philosophy which supports our way of thinking is acceptable and the one which challenges our belief or reasoning, is unacceptable or worse blasphemy. Continue reading