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.
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.
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
About Author: NARAYANAN (NARA) is a freelance consultant helping international organizations. He is the coordinator for international program, Asia Open Source Software Program [www.asia-oss.net]. He has traveled extensively in the Asia Pacific region to form alliances and initiate/execute research projects. He has published over 40 technical papers, few hundred presentations and conducted 200 over training programs and conferences for government officials, scientists and researchers from asian countries. Nara holds a Bachelors in Technology in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T), Madras and Masters in Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Nara has been interested in Hindusim from early days. Now he devotes much of his personal time in understanding asian culture, beliefs and languages. He was an active researcher for language Observatory Program. He visited many holy places in India, Nepal, SriLanka, Cambodia, Bali, Java to understand evolution of Indian religion and spread of Indian culture to south east asia. He has given many talks on Indian astronomy, Philosophy, Science and IT industry. He has created web pages for helping Hindus to do simple pujas