Wednesday, March 31, 2010
So many babas, three of the latest, Swami Bhimanand, Swami Nithyanand and the criminal couple Kalki and Amma bhagwan. They did everything immoral.
Nithyanand is a smart swami, he hasn't done anything illegal so far but he limited himself to immoral stuff, he can't be punished under law but still he made a fool of so many.
Bhimanand should be arrested under PITA (Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act)
Kalki Bhagwan should be arrested under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
Except for Bhimanand everyone is gonna get light punishments under the law, hardly matters for the gross time of so many people they have wasted.
People should learn from this.
Long live Periyar and long live Atheism. Atheism is solid spirituality, believe in it, you will never be disappointed.
Check my previous post on why Atheism is the best worship
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In the British comedy Bedazzled there is a scene where the Devil, played by Peter Cook, comes to earth and meets Dudley Moore, your average man-on-the-street. Moore asks the Devil, “Why did you revolt against God.”
“Come, I’ll show you,” says the Devil. He perches himself atop a pillar box and tells Moore to kneel at its base. “Now, start grovelling and praising me,” says the Devil.
Moore starts grovelling and singing the Devil’s praises. When he shows signs of flagging the Devil goads him into grovelling more obsequiously, praising him even more loudly.
After a while Moore says: “Hey, this is getting boring. Can’t we change places for a while.”
“Exactly,” says the Devil. “That answers your question as to why I walked out on God: worshipping Him is boring.”
God-worship is not just boring; it is the ultimate in trivialisation. It infinitely trivialises the boundlessness of the cosmos that lies, seamlessly, both outside and within us. God-worship reduces the Creator – the First Principle, the Big Bang, the Singularity, whatever you want to call whatever it is that started it all – to a Lalaji who likes to surround himself with sycophantic yes-men, forever extolling his virtues. Is the Force that created everything, from the gossamer glow of the endless galaxies to the rainbow sheen of the dragonfly’s wings, no more than that, a petty bossman who thrives on the most undiluted flattery? God help us, and the universe, if he is.
And what does God-worship make of us, the devotees? In public, we say that when we pray, when we petition God for a boon, it is for all humankind, for all creation. We say we pray for world peace, for a cure for cancer, for a solution to global warming and climate change. And perhaps we do.
In the privacy of our innermost desires, however, our prayers are almost invariably personal: Oh, God, help me to pass my exam, get a good job, find someone suitable to marry, get my green card, win the lottery of life.
There is absolutely nothing wrong in wishing for any or all of these things. Indeed, they’re all good things which any sensible person would wish for. But why make it God’s job to get you what you want? Why give up your responsibility to make of your life what you can and what you will?
A French sociologist has likened personal prayer and the giving of votive offerings to bribery. He has noted that in countries where the tradition of personalised God-worship is most entrenched –as in India, and in Roman Catholic Italy – the incidence of bribery in everyday life is also proportionately high. If God himself is a Babu who can be bribed to do your bidding with a prayer and a few diyas or candles, where’s the harm in slipping some currency notes to a bureaucrat or politician or policeman to do what you want done? Doesn’t God himself teach us to bribe? In which case, how can bribery and corruption be bad things, if they’re God-given?
The atheist not only lives according to a higher code of ethics than that sanctioned by a bribable God, but also inhabits a higher plane of spirituality. This is far from being a paradox. God-worship, in which typically the devotee seeks to get personal desires granted, inevitably reinforces and entrenches the sense of self, of one’s individual ego which is special and separate from all other created beings and forms. God-worship is really self-worship, a deification of one’s ego, and as such the hardest obstacle to overcome in the journey of spiritual liberation.
The atheist realises that God did not create humankind in his image; humankind created God in its own image: selfish, gullible and by nature susceptible to flattery and bribes. Rather than pay lip service to such a God, the atheist chooses to disown God and God-worship. And in doing so, the atheist takes the first step on the path to freedom from the silken bonds of maya.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Glance the book, understand the ebbs and flows of the book from its preface, know what can be expected from different parts of the book. Glance the manuscript to get a feel on the author's style of presentation.
You may not be convenient with the style of presentation, if you are feeling convenient, you are saved otherwise if the document/book is from a SME (Subject Matter Expert), the style of presentation probably suits the domain necessity, so get around by morphing ur mind to the author's style of presentation for a while. A good book will have consistent style of presentation, so you get a mental picture of a list of items you are looking after 2 to 3 chapters of reading.
A good book should inform the author about the change in the ebb, flow and the speed of narration and take the reader into its lap before the change, this has to be done by meaningful conversation to the reader.
A good book should have references to previous section on what has been said, if not the reader should build the references, writing or scribbling or drawings on the book helps.
I strongly believe a book has to be owned by the reader, his presence be instilled in the book by his constant ranting on all pages, in the way you own the book, it stays close to your heart, you never miss what you learnt and you are destined for success coz you own the information from the book.
A good author should post some ways of contacting him.
A good reader should not have any ego, he should be charmful enough to thank the author of the book, may be send him an email or a letter or atleast thank him in his blog or social network account, I consider that charmful reading, sometimes the way you read seduces you, my reading style is seductive and yours??? :)