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Religion is not faith

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 26, 2013

I have just started reading “No God But God” by Reza Aslan. Here is a beautiful commentary on the difference between religion and faith.

Religion, it must be understood, is not faith. Religion is the story of faith. It is an institutionalized system of symbols and metaphors that provides a common language with which a community of faith can share with each other their numinous encounter with the Divine Presence. Religion is concerned not with genuine history, but with sacred history, which does not course through time like a river. Rather, sacred history is like a hallowed tree whose roots dig deep into primordial time and whose branches weave in and out of genuine history with little concern for the boundaries of space and time. Indeed, it is precisely at those moments when sacred and genuine history collide that religions are born. The clash of monotheisms occurs when faith, which is mysterious and ineffable and which eschews all categorizations, becomes entangled in the gnarled branches of religion.

I think I’m going to enjoy this book.

 

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Message of the day

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 14, 2013

“Dedicate everything to God”

Turned on the TV this morning and saw Joel Osteen preaching. Yes, televangelists have taken over the morning slot on Indian television. Some make sense while others make money. Since I regard Joel to be the former, I didn’t change the channel. Of the many things being talked about, the one that left an impression on me was his message to dedicate everything to God; every word, every action, every desire. How every obstacle would be removed if only we began our endeavors in the name of God. I lit an incense stick and began my day.

Later in the afternoon, while reading “Personal Panchanga and the Five Sources of Light” by Komilla Sutton, I came across the following lines

“Agni (the element Fire) was the primary principle through which the gods communicated with the earth and agni feeds from the offerings given to gods by humans. Agni wants the soul to act in the voice of God, to dedicate all its actions and karma to the gods….If all actions are thus dedicated there is no need to worry about getting any negative effects of karma.”

What I like about this message is the fact that mere dedication of something can work as an offering. Gods do not ask for donations, riches, grand sacrifices that have become the flavor of the day in temples across India. All one needs to do, to seek divine blessing is to dedicate every action to God. That in itself serves as an offering.

A beautiful message from a Christian and a Vedic Source, couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday.

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The Chosen Ones

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 16, 2013

chosen

We are all God’s chosen people, its just that God doesn’t choose us all at the same time.

For me, being “chosen” means to be able to connect with the Divine, to be able to be one with the other world. And that connection is something that we are born with, but fades away as we blend into the ways of the material world. The opportunity to reconnect with the Divine beckons us again, but not when we want it to, rather, when the Divine wishes. It is at that moment that we become the “Chosen Ones”. For some people this reconnection may be momentary, while for others it may last for several years.

And more often than not, the connection is reinstated when times of prosperity have passed us by. It is in periods of hopelessness and despair that the human ego is crushed and this heightens our spiritual senses, making way for the divine contact.

So embrace the difficult periods of life with gratitude. Connect with the Divine. You have been Chosen.

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Divine Sunday

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on January 27, 2013

bless you

Came across an interesting piece this morning.

There are only 3 ways in which God responds to our prayers.

1) Yes.

2) Not yet.

3) Wait, there is something better in store for you.

Reminded me of my post “Its not about If…its about when”

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Its not about “IF”….its about “WHEN”

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 12, 2012

Proposition 1: Our Life is a sum of Inflows and Outflows.

The more I delve into questions relating to Astrology, God, Fate, and study people around me, a belief is reinforcing itself in me. It is the belief that God fills our lives with equal number of opportunities. Lets categorize these opportunities as “inflows” and “outflows”. Inflows are windows of opportunities that allow entry into our lives. These could be material goods entering our lives, special relationships entering our lives or anything else that gives us positive energy. Outflows are times when we witness a going away of what we feel are important to us and our happiness. The attachment to these things or people being taken away from us is illusory and the pleasure we receive from these things or people is nothing but a product of our senses and/or ego. Our Life is made up of these inflows and outflows.

Proposition 2: Law of Natural Equilibrium

Number of Inflows=Number of Outflows=Universal Constant

We tend to forget that our life is not over till it actually is. Genesis as well as Vedic astrology considers a human’s life to be 120 years long. Thanks to lifestyle changes we have reduced it to around 75 years. So, by natural laws we still have 75 years to live. We should not judge God or His kindness on us by taking into consideration only 30 or 40 years of our lives.

In the long run, the number of inflows that God blesses us with are always equal to the number of outflows. And this number is the same for every individual. This is the universal constant.

Proposition 3: Karma determines the timing of the Inflows and Outflows

While as stated above, the number of Inflows and Outflows is the same, God rewards and punishes human beings for their past life karmas by changing the timing of occurence of these inflows and outflows in a person’s life. If He wishes to reward you during your youth, He will bless you with a phase where a number of inflows will come into your life one after another. Similarly, He might punish you during your middle age by filling your life with consecutive outflows. This, God fixes by judging your past life Karmas and then aligning your astrological planets to reward or punish you accordingly.

Proposition 4: Change is around the corner

Following the above stated propositions, it is evident that one of the keys to Happiness is knowing that nothing is forever. At times when inflows are prevalent in your life, be aware that a time of outflow is around the corner. Save for that time. Recall how Joseph (son of Jacob) saved Egypt by storing grain during the seven years of abundance to provide for the years of famine that followed.

Similarily, during phases in your life when outflows are weighing heavily on your mind, creating anxiety, fear and suspicion, know that God has not abandoned you. Good times are around the corner. Just hold on.

Proposition 5: Happiness is a state of mind and not meant to be connected to inflows and outflows. The one who has achieved this separation of Happiness from Inflows and Outflows, achieves eternal bliss and enlightenment.

It is not a question of “If”, but “When” does God want you to get the things you desire. And your past life karmas have a lot to do with that.

Comments welcomed.

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Interesting Similarities

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 15, 2012

In Hindu mythology, puranic texts mention the story of a great flood,wherein the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu warns the first man, Manu, of the impending flood, and also advises him to build a giant boat. In Genesis, Noah is instructed to build an Ark.

                 

The first man in Hindu Mythology is called “Manu”, while the English word for a male is “Man”. In the Bible, the first man was “Adam”, while the Hindi word for a male is “Adami”.

                 

Ancient Persians on account of their language aspirated the “S” sound and pronounced it as an “H”. Keeping this in mind it is interesting to observe that while “Ahura Mazda” is the Avestan name of a divine being in Zoroastrianism, “Asuras” are considered demons in Hindu mythology. The terms “Ahuras” and “Asuras” are linguistically related. With the passage of time, Ahuras began to be considered as higher beings in Avestha, while in Hinduism the Asuras began to be considered lesser beings.

                 

In Genesis, the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh:his days shall be 120 years.” The Vimshottari Dasha system of Vedic Astrology considers a human being’s life to be 120 years long.

                 

I love it when I come across instances in one culture that I can relate with similar stories in other cultures. Some of these similarities are due to cultural exchanges and ancient travelers. Others are mere coincidences. Above are the ones that come to my mind. Would love to know of ones that you can think of.

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Part 2: Exploratory Despair Is Better Than Bliss Borne Out Of Ignorance

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 13, 2012

Why do philosophers still exist? Why do people even bother to ask questions? What still motivates you and I to ponder over spiritual and metaphysical unknowns? Why does the “Spiritual Guru” producing mill never run out of business? The last four thousand years have given us the greatest minds possible; Buddha, Mahavira, Kautilya, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Freud, Keynes, Friedman, Einstein et al. Yet this world is no closer to eternal prosperity, peace, harmony, oneness or individual bliss than it was when Adam and Eve left Eden. You would think that if these great guys couldn’t do it, then no one can. Pretty credible historical trends strongly suggest that the path to finding the universal truth leads to nowhere but despair. So should we just give up our arduous efforts to seek that elusive elixir? No. And there are two reason why.

Firstly, I strongly believe that setting your initial goal as seeking universal truth and changing the world is a mistake. The initial objective of reasoning should be to work on yourself and make yourself a model of what you would like to see the world as. The initial focus of exploration must begin from within and must address one’s own body, mind and soul.Only when you have achieved inner oneness and peace, should you venture without. The outcome of this approach is that when your attempt to change the world or conform it to your own views fails (it will), you will not be left in despair. You will recognize your new inner self as a good enough reward for your efforts. What if you couldn’t change the world, you changed yourself and at that moment, you will be the world unto yourself.

The second reason was laid out beautifully in this story that I posted in my earlier post.  Below is that post for you to read and enjoy. As always, comments welcomed!

Very few people are gifted with an inquisitive mind, a disposition to question the origin of every matter or thought. And if such an individual is bestowed with an add-on feature called Intelligence,then life can be quite a catastrophe. Such lucky unfortunates maybe called the Philosophers of the World.

While some of these wise men pursue there voyages in the realm of research and sciences, a lot more have to live with it while they make a living off the “regular”, more worldly sources of income. For this latter group, the gift of a cerebral window is nothing less than a curse. And soon enough they start wishing that they were not God’s Chosen Ones,but, the Ignorant Ones!

So for all those who feel that way, here is an extract from Voltaire’s story

The Good Brahmin

“I wish,” said the Brahmin to me one day, “I had never been born!”

“Why so?” said I.

“Because,” replied he, “I have been studying these forty years, and I find it has been so much time lost. While I teach others I know nothing myself. The sense of my condition is so humiliating, it makes all things so distasteful to me, that life has become a burden. I have been born, and I exist in time, without knowing what time is. I am placed, as our wise men say, in the confines between two eternities, and yet I have no idea of eternity. I am composed of matter, I think, but have never been able to satisfy myself what it is that produces thought. I even am ignorant whether my understanding is a simple faculty I possess, like that of walking and digesting, or if I think with my head in the same manner as I take hold of a thing with my hands…. I talk a great deal, and when I have done speaking remain confounded and ashamed of what I have said.”……
…..The same day I had a conversation with the old woman, his neighbor. I asked her if she had ever been unhappy for not understanding how her soul was made? She did not even comprehend my question. She had not, for the briefest moment in her life, had a thought about these subjects with which the good Brahmin had so tormented himself. She believed from the bottom of her heart in the metamorphoses of her god Vishnu, and, provided she could get some of the sacred water of the Ganges in which to make her ablutions, she thought herself the happiest of women.

Struck with the happiness of this poor creature, I returned to my philosopher, whom I thus addressed:

“Are you not ashamed to be thus miserable when, not fifty yards from you, there is an old automaton who thinks of nothing and lives contented?”

“You are right,” he replied. “I have said to myself a thousand times that I should be happy if I were but as ignorant as my old neighbor, and yet it is a happiness I do not desire.”

MORAL OF THE STORY:

As quoted in “The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant: “Even if Philosophy should end in total doubt…it is man’s greatest adventure, and his noblest.”

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What Makes You Smile Before Going To Bed? Part 2

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 5, 2012

It saddens me, to see people over-complicate their lives and entrap themselves in a self woven web of sorrow and distress. Keywords here: “over-complicate” and “self woven“.

I sympathize with fellow human beings whose sufferings are beyond their control and a consequence of external circumstances that are not of their doing. But there are others, and many, who complicate normal circumstances to create an illusory state of hardships. They then drown themselves in their self imagined sorrows and soon enough start blaming others around them.

While at times I have the liberty to ignore such behavior, it becomes extremely hard to deal with when people displaying it are closely related to you or are ones you care for. More often than not, at the end of such melodramatic acts, it is I who ends up being labeled a villain. And that hurts.

So in order to avoid being hurt myself, I have decided to “Mind my own business“. Even when the person who is going through one of the above attacks is closely related to me, I will just let them be. I will not try to speak sense into anyone’s head. I will not try to awaken anyone’s mind. I am not going to try to be a savior. To be one, requires a level of spiritual accomplishment that I have not attained. And until I attain that, I shall “Mind my own business”.

I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences such tough situations. Any similar stories out there?

I just wish more people would just Simplify their lives and be Thankful to the Divine for all the things we have. For those of us lucky enough to be awakened to the possibilities of our lives, here’s an extract from one of my early posts.

Was pondering upon parameters of happiness when I thought of this: When you hit the sack at night do you smile and feel happy about seeing the next day in the blink of an eye? What is it about the next morning that makes you wanna sleep and travel through night at the speed of light?

Here are a few things that put a smile on my face when I think of waking up the next day:

  • the morning newspaper crossword 🙂
  • the morning cup of tea 🙂
  • the period of solitude and self reflection that I spend in the toilet 🙂
  • the good morning greeting to my folks and hearing their response 🙂
  • the comic strip in the newspaper 🙂

With a little more effort, this could translate into an effective scale for measuring happiness and work/life balance. So what puts a smile on your face?

 

 

 

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Garden of Your Life

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 3, 2012

I thank Kishore Shah for sharing such beautiful thoughts with me. Love the clever usage of puns and the profound wisdom underlying the words.

A Guide To Planting the Garden of Your Life

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE YOUR GARDEN YOU MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for God
2. Thyme for each other
3. Thyme for family
4. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!

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Am I Letting Freedom Ring?

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 26, 2012

There are three forms of behavioral existence I experience in my life. One defines the relationship I share with myself, my body, mind and soul. Second is how I (a collection of my body, mind and soul) interact with another human being. And third is how I as part of a group of human beings (country, religion, race etc.) interact with or perceive another group of human beings.

Since “I” is common to all three forms of interaction, I assumed that “I” would remain constant in both its nature and essence. I could not be more wrong! I see disturbing changes in the way “I” behaves in the three different dimensions. I describe this change “disturbing” because it exposes the hypocrisy in me and  presents a huge obstacle in my path to Bliss.

And I do not think I am alone in this predicament. Many of us are unaware of this dormant contradiction that is plaguing our being. It is time to take notice of this malady and remove it as soon as possible from our journey towards spiritual awakening.

The title of this post is inspired by the fact that above thoughts came to my mind while I was listening to this:

“…..Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring — when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics — will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963

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Ask God for an Enlightened Mind…the Rest is in Your Hands!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 24, 2012

Om bhūr bhuvah svah

tat savitur varenyam

bhargo devasya dhīmahi

dhiyo yo nah pracodayāt

– Gayatri Mantra, Rigveda (3.62.10)

This is one of the most revered mantras from Vedic Hinduism and is an invocation to the Sun God, Savitr for an enlightened mind and stimulated prayer. So why does one of the most widely quoted Vedic mantras, the prayer that symbolizes the break of dawn, ask the Holy One for only an enlightened mind and glory? There is no mention of food, no plea for peace and happiness, no asking forgiveness for our sins. There is no reference to success or failure nor is there any appeal for the good things in life. Why?

Because only the Mind is absolute. Everything else is relative, and in most cases an emotionally conceived illusion. In addition, Mind is a truly free entity. It is divine. We cannot control the thoughts that emanate from it. Yes, we can train ourselves to control how we react to those thoughts and direct them into actions, but we cannot suppress the birth of a thought or check the nature of those thoughts. And for what we humans feel helpless against, we must turn to God.

Everything else, everything, is subordinated to us. We have been blessed with powers to deal with hunger, sadness, stress, sins and evil. Some of us treat these “Imposters” as just that and do not let them affect our lives. The rest of us have capabilities to change the circumstances around us. However this ability relies heavily on having an aware, intelligent and healthy mind.

Hence, prayer to God should seek divine thoughts and an enlightened mind. The rest is in our hands.

As always, comments welcome!

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Is God Still Relevant?

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 10, 2012

In an earlier post I argued the complementary nature of Karma and Astrology. “Our past life actions determine the quality of life that we lead in our present lives”, says Karma. And the tool it uses to implement this principle is Astrology. Schedule the time and location of a person’s birth in a manner, that the natal planetary positions influencing the life of the person result in an existence that conforms with the past life deeds of the person, good or bad.

By this very reasoning, God’s significance in the whole scheme of things becomes pretty untenable. Assuming God existed, His role would be limited to judging the actions of a person’s past life. I am certain that this judgement is not subjected to an arbitrary scale, but follows a well defined scale of good and bad. And I trust God to be virtuous enough to not cheat the system by favoring a  person who has visited the Church every single day. Since God’s role is limited to being a judge that honestly follows a well defined set of laws, we can rule out that He has any powers Himself. Think of it this way, worshiping a Supreme Court judge does not change either the probability of you being punished nor does it change the severity of the punishment. Both parameters are governed by the Constitution and an honest Judge is subservient to the written word.

So that has pretty much ruled out the need to worship God. And since most religions are based on the very act of worshiping God, they are rendered redundant. Or are they?

We need religion. Period! Governments need religions to control their subjects. Yes, we are subjects of our governments no matter how much freedom and democracy our leaders sermonize. They fall back on religion to justify their policies, they fall back on religion to divide people and play vote-bank politics, they need religion to colonize countries, and they rely on religion to suppress people’s intelligence and prevent a revolution.

And we the subjects need religion too. It is our only hope when things seem down, it is the refuge we turn to after committing sinful acts. It is the sanctum that lets us be bad and evil, because we always know that there is forgiveness to be attained by worship. It is the source of calm that arises from the belief that we have bribed an incorruptible God.

I leave rest of the reasoning to you. I saw my astrological chart this morning, and something in it tells me that I better go worship my God now 🙂 .

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Unfulfilled Wants Beget Lust For Power

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 7, 2012

“Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.”

– Bertrand Russell in “The New York Herald-Tribune Magazine” (1938).

What effect does suppression and control have on a form of energy that governs everything within us and without?

It would be a mistake to equate suppression with elimination. A want, desire or any other manifestation of human energy can only be temporarily restrained, it cannot be eliminated. Over time, the bottled up energy transforms its nature and eventually finds a way out in forms that are more malignant than its original existence.

A pure desire borne out of the human heart is as innocent as a new born baby. And every desire has an energy driving it, an energy which itself is divine.

However, external repression corrupts the very benign nature of this energy and the result is the birth of a desire that is evil and  wicked.

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Free Download Coupon Code for my new Ebook

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 2, 2012

I must admit. This ebook comes totally out of schedule and was not planned until yesterday. A friend of mine who teaches at a local village school asked me if I could put together seven of my posts that she had selected in the form of an ebook. She wanted the essays in a compiled manner to facilitate discussing them in a Debate club that she conducts at the school. So I spent a whole day putting together an ebook for her and her students, yes it took me a whole day because I edited a lot of the posts with thoughts that had come up since they were published.

And since I put in a day’s work into producing this, I decided to share it with you all as well. The ebook is published on Smashwords and as always, for readers of this blog it is free 🙂 (for a week at least).

Just follow the following steps to grab your free copy.

1) Go to the books page here

2) Enter the Code EZ47H prior to checkout to get your free copy.

I have edited the essays to incorporate thoughts that have developed from subsequent discussions with readers of the posts. Some of the posts are from a while back and you may enjoy reading them. I look forward to your harsh critique 🙂 Please bear with the editing if you find any glitches. I continuously work on correcting any oversights.

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Heavenly Father, may I Holla at You Briefly

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 1, 2012

I believe in God. Yes, I do. I practice Hindu rituals to reach out to the Supreme, but I do not belong to a religion. I respect all religions and their Gods because I do not want to play with fire. What if I diss Jesus in this life and after death I come face to face with him! What if I irk Allah and realize after death that the Quran was right all along! No, don’t mess with any religion or God because you never know what may really happen. Respect them equally and give yourself a chance in Heaven.

But seeing Clint Eastwood’s deep exchange of words with Obama at the RNC, I couldn’t help think of a scenario where I could question God myself. And it happened. That night I had a vision, and here is the transcript of my  chat with the Divine himself.

“So God, how do you handle promises you have made when you were busy sending your messiahs to Earth to deliver your message. How do you handle them? and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?  Do you just — you know — I know — people were wondering — you don’t — handle that OK.

Well, I know even people in your own party, Zoroaster, Buddha, Mahavira, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Prophet et al. were very disappointed when you stopped the Crusades. And I thought, well continuing the Crusades, why go on with it, we had already lost so much blood in it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse– what do you mean shut up?

OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of setting up a country in a burning, barren, scorched, unforgiving land that is Jerusalem. I’ve got to to hand it to you.  I have to give credit where credit is due.  You did finally overrule that finally.  And that’s — now we are moving onward.

I know you were against evil, and that’s okay. But you thought giving birth to Pol Pot was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing.  We didn’t check with the Jews how they did from 1930 to 1945.

But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and I think that, when we get to maybe — I think you’ve mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody to justice, The Judgement Day.  You gave that target date centuries ago. My questions is, ‘Why don’t you judge us all tomorrow morning?” And I thought — I thought, yeah — I am not going to shut up, it is my turn.

So anyway, we’re going to have — we’re going to have to have a little chat about that.  And then, I just wondered, all these promises — I wondered about when the — what do you want me to tell Socrates?  I can’t tell him to do that.  I can’t tell him to do that to himself. You’re crazy, you’re absolutely crazy.  You’re getting as bad as Scientologists.

See I never thought it was a good idea for a man to be God. Men are so macro oriented. You know they are always looking at the big picture. But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe a Woman.  How about that? A stellar woman.  Quote, unquote, “a stellar woman.” And I think it’s that time.  And I think if you just step aside and a woman can kind of take over.  You can maybe still keep sending your messiahs once in a while.

OK, well anyway.  All right, I’m sorry.  I can’t do that to myself either.”

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God.Philosophy.Science.Reconciled.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 20, 2012

English: Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is an extract from Richard P. Feynman’s “Six Easy Pieces”. It is a text that creates wonderful harmony between  Gods, Philosophy and Science.

“What do we mean by “understanding” something? We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes “the world” is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. We do not know what the rules of the game are; all we are allowed to do is to watch the playing. Of course, if we watch long enough, we may eventually catch on to a few of the rules. The rules of the game are what we mean by fundamental physics. Even if we knew every rule, however, we might not be able to understand why a particular move is made in the game, merely because it is too complicated and our minds are limited. If you play chess you must know that it is easy to learn all the rules, and yet it is often very hard to select the best move or to understand why a player moves as he does. So it is in nature, only much more so; but we may be able at least to find all the rules. Actually, we do not have all the rules now. (Every once in a while something like castling is going on that we still do not understand.) Aside from not knowing all of the rules, what we really can explain in terms of those rules is very limited, because almost all situations are so enormously complicated that we cannot follow the plays of the game using the rules, much less tell what is going to happen next. We must, therefore, limit ourselves to the more basic question of the rules of the game. If we know the rules, we consider that we “understand” the world.”

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Making My Life Public: Of Astrology,Gods and Karma.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 10, 2012

If you believe in astrology then you would agree that sharing one’s astrological chart is equivalent to sharing one’s entire life. So why am I going ahead with it? Because instead of spending hours seeking answers, I hope that someday an enlightened astrologer will stumble upon this post and be kind enough to foretell my future.

Belief in Astrology serves as a good subject to study contradictions. On the one hand we pray to Gods and are convinced of their abilities to change our fortunes. Conversely, we look to stars and planets to read a predestined fate. Well, if fate is predestined by the position of planets and stars at the time of our birth, then how do Gods have the power to change that fate!

However, Astrology and Karma are two schools of thought that compliment each other fairly well. Karma holds one accountable for his actions by creating a future or next life based on their righteousness. This forms the basis of a predestined fate designed around a person’s karmas. So depending upon the nature of your past life karmas, Gods decide the date,time and place of your rebirth in a way that your next life fortunes (based on planetary positions at time of your birth) conform with the predestined fate accorded to you.

Belief in Karma and Astrology strips Gods of their powers to change your state of being. Which side are you on?

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