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Foreword


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I have always been interested in indian history, epics, philosophy and spirituality. This created interest to visit many places and read a lot of different books on these subjects. This web site is to share my information collected from many places and people.

Background Info

We all were taught by our family, religion, and community/society do’s and don’ts. We used to follow many of them blindly though most of them were superstitious. There was some reasoning behind each one of them and all were passed on to us after many generations in form of saying/writing. But many get misinterpreted or exaggerated or twisted or not applicable now.

History of Belief is always written wrong. It needs always to be continuously re-written with new facts, so that one can put our history on a scientific basis. This is particularly important for India, which has been the victim of invasions and colonisation over several centuries.
In matters of religion and history, reality differed seriously from what we have been taught/told and lectured. Many leaders and scriptures can not be questioned. They feel it is perfect and no more changes allowed. The human mind is a lot like the human egg, and the human egg has a shut-off device. When one sperm gets in, it shuts down so the next one can't get in. The human mind has a big tendency of the same sort.

Myths in Bharath

Until 14 years old, for me, puranic stories, slokas and our beliefs were beyond doubt or questioning. They were my only source of my knowledge. We believed that Hanuman will fight chinese and save Indians during Indo-china war. Indra is pouring water from heaven to get rain. If you fly upwards, you can meet Indra and Gods. Godmen will talk with Siva and Kamakshi during night. Priests can talk to ancestors. I believed that snakes are Gods and we have to give milk to them as part of worship. My friend showed me Encyclopedia to prove snakes can not digest milk. It is a myth. So, my source of knowledge is not perfect. I should check whether information obtained from religious people is true or not.

At school, for names, they will give some meaning. For tamil names, we know what it means like Rajaraja and Kalaivani. For sanskrit names, we just say it is gods/goddess name. We tell the story of the gods/goddess. At times, this showed ignorance. If we understanding meaning, it is easy to talk and discuss. same way if we understand background and reason behind customs, it is helpful to discuss and make it two way communication.

People consider learned, musicians, magicians, good administrators and spiritual business men as Gods/Godman, with super natural powers. As in Bajagovindam, many godmen just pretend to be Gods to earn livelihood. [ஜடிலோ முண்டீ லுஞ்சிதகேஸா | காஷாயாம்பரபஹுகர்தவேஷா| . பஸ்யணபி சந பஸ்யதி மூடா| உதரநிமித்தா பஹுகர்தவேஷா| - There are many who go with matted locks, many who have clean shaven heads, many whose hairs have been plucked out; some are clothed in orange, yet others in various colors --- all just for a livelihood.]

We expect wonders. Buddhist teachings enlightened me. "we are all ruled by Dhamma, powerful divine law or law of nature. Buddha can not bring back life of "Gautami's child". All have to accept, as of now, no one can cheat death. Every one should seek enlightenment or their own Nippana. Guru/Teacher can show you reference material, explain some terms or some belief theories. You have to find your own enlightenment.

Concluding Remarks

Hinduism is a huge library with scriptures on all possible topics. Hinduism is a great ocean and what any one can understand may not even be a drop. Life is about learning and we are all trying to understand some basics.

Race, Language and Culture are not static. No race is pure and changes with migration. Meaning of words get modified over time. All languages borrow words from other languages. Some cultures over a period becomes wrong, some becomes right, then it again goes wrong. The whole process is a cycle. Accept to learn changes in change of times.

We should use our knowledge, logic and reasoning to accept right things and to reject or correct wrong ones. Be different. Be yourself. The only way to get to know this real self is through research and contemplation

Acknowledent to many fellow travellers/gurus



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