A Human Being Is Not An Entity But A Process

I have noticed that human beings often judge other people based on the notion that a human being is a static entity. When they talk about other human beings, they somehow unconsciously assume that the person never changes. We often reduce human beings into mere labels such as ‘he is a good guy’, ‘he is a bad guy’ etc. We tend to define human beings and confine people within the boundary of a definition. This is usually based on a very short time acquaintance with another human being. You may know a person for the past six months and within those six months that person has already been conceptualized as a static entity inside your mind; Based on how you react to the experiences with that person, you tend to form an opinion that never changes in your life. I mean, you never bother to revise that opinion.

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We often say that the first impression is the best impression. I think that is wrong. The first impression is the worst impression. Because the first impression is usually formed with insufficient data. You hardly know a person but you think you have already figured it out. The saddest part is, this first impression is usually difficult to change. Because of this, people often stress the importance of leaving a good impression at first meeting. This is often given as a self help advice. But people should also be advised about the fact that the first impressions about a human being in your mind doesn’t capture the full picture of what that person is.

In fact, it is impossible to grasp a full picture of a human being. Because, as I said, a human being is a process. In the lifetime of about 60 years, a human being undergoes many changes. He very frequently changes his ideologies and opinions, regrets his past actions, refines his behaviour, learns new things and tries to be more mature.

Every human being is born as a clean slate but has the genetics to have some predisposed qualities or characters. This genetic part is under nobody’s control. You are simply born with certain genes and it was not your choice. But a person learns behaviours and thought patterns by interacting with the environment. Everybody tends to repeat the behaviours which are rewarding and stop the behaviours which lead to unpleasant consequences. This type of conditioning is called operant conditioning. So how a person behaves at any given moment is a product of his genetics and his learned behaviours.

Usually, the type of environment a person gets to interact with and the type of people he gets influenced by is not in his control either. The environment is so huge with complex network of thousands of people who influence what you think and how you behave; but the human being is so tiny. He can’t control what he interacts with completely. So, if you think about it, a person is helpless when it comes to his character at any given moment. He has so and so character traits because of thousands of factors which was not under his control. Of course, everyone has free will but the free will is only an appearance. Any decision that you make in any given moment is tied to both your genetics and everything that you have learned and absorbed from the different environments you have interacted with in your entire life.

If you understand this correctly, it will automatically increase your compassion towards other human beings. It will make you more tolerant, accept other human beings as they are and forgive them easily for their defects.

Second, it is a fallacy to judge people based on their past actions. What a person did ten years before is not important and it doesn’t define how he is now. He interacts with the environment everyday and lets it shape him. So everybody goes through waves of personal transformations throughout their lives. To understand this, let us recall what I said in the beginning of this post: a human being is not an entity but a process.

There is a beautiful story in ancient Indian literature. Valmiki, the author of Ramayana was said to be a thief once. After his interaction with Narada, he is said to have completely transformed. This story gives an example of how a thief turns into a saint because of his interaction with the environment. Oscar Wilde says “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”. Future opens the door for transformation.

I would even say that the words like saint and sinner are mere labels which do not capture the totality of a human being. A human being is way more huge and complex than these labels. Every human being usually has good intentions, passions, care for loved ones and understanding and tolerance towards other human beings. But sometimes things go wrong and they end up learning behaviours and ideas which deviate from the social norm. All that needs to be done is to make those people unlearn those behaviours. If humanity does more research on that, we can come up with better options than punishments. Punishments are barbaric and only some poor unluckier ones go through it. The rich and influential can often get away without going through legal actions, in spite of committing crimes that are worse.

The Angry Gods and Barbaric People – Exposing the Truth About Religions

In Hebrew Bible, Yahweh is portrayed as an angry God who commanded his people to kill innocent children and women. Obviously, it was written by human beings to show their hatred towards another group.

There are a lot of problematic verses in Koran that apparently promote and justify violence. Those verses, hoping that the translation is correct, seem to justify killing non-believers. Terrorists worldwide have justified their acts by quoting Koran.

Atharva Vedas have hymns that ask fatal diseases to go and affect innocent women and children living in the kingdoms like Magadha which didn’t strictly follow Vedic way of living. Texts like Manusmriti say that if a Sudra or a person belonging to the fourth/lower varna listens to Vedas even by accident, molten metal should be poured into his ears. The religion has promoted Sati, burning the widows alive in the funeral pyre of their husbands, at some point of time in history.The Angry Gods and Barbaric People - Exposing the Truth About Religions

This shows that all religions have barbaric ideas and all holy books have nonsense. But all religions do have love and peace as their central teachings too. Religions have evolved as human society has evolved. Religions are like coconuts. The outside shells may appear different but the water inside tastes the same. It is time for humanity to discard barbaric and unscientific ideas in religions and just focus on the spiritual core. It is not difficult to do. Rumi was a Muslim and he did it; Meister Eckhart was a Christian and he did it. Ramana maharishi was a Hindu and he did it. Just like the water inside the coconut tastes the same regardless of the differences in coconuts, their shells and their sizes, the spiritual core of all religions remains the same regardless of the differences in rules and regulations and commandments on how one should live.

We are evolved human beings and we have changed a lot since we first appeared on this planet as anatomically modern human beings 200,000 years before.We do not need these holy books to dictate what is ethical and what is unethical any more. In fact, these same holy books have a lot of unethical and inhumane ideas which makes modern human beings way better than the so called God who gave these scriptures as eternal laws.

So, what is this spiritual core all about? The spiritual core is much liberal. It is focused towards human salvation while living, not after the death. It lays down a path to reach the ultimate potential as a human being, were your personal boundaries are dissolved and you feel one with the whole or God. It is a path to union with God, but this God is not personal. He doesn’t have human attributes or qualities. He is the all pervading essence of everything that exists.

The idea that God as a person would create human beings and would also punish them for their wrong doings is actually silly, if we think carefully. All human beings behave according to their nature and nurture. Even though we feel like we have free will, the decisions that we make out of free will are actually the products of nature and nurture. In other words, it all depends on the person’s genetics and the experiences he went through in life. A main factor that decides how much tolerant, altruistic, loving, patient and disciplined a human being would be is his genetics. A person who is genetically predisposed to have more altruism and patience will behave more ethically. On the other hand, a person who is genetically predisposed to have negative qualities have to exercise a lot of self control and even then ends up failing to be a good human being. So, in a way, going to heaven or hell is not in your control. This is very unfair and I don’t think an intelligent God would be so unfair and stupid. Punishing his own creation doesn’t make any sense, if you think about it deeply.

Praying to God doesn’t make sense either. Doesn’t God know what you want? And what kind of God he is if he is ready to help only if you pray? Why would a God that understands the nature of all human beings and love everyone equally be partial only to those who pray? Human beings have obviously attributed human qualities to God. It is humans who expect appeasement, not God. A God who expects appeasement and prayer from people cannot be God by definition.

So I have strong disagreements with two ideas that is there in every religion: 1) God rewards good people and punishes evil doers. 2) God answers your prayers.

In fact, God as a person in the sky doesn’t make any sense at all! But God as the all pervading essence that Vedanta talks about does make sense. It is this God that Meister Eckhart, Ramana Maharshi and Rumi were devoted to. This devotion is an immense longing for union with God, which ultimately breaks the idea that you are a person separate from God. It is this God that Jesus asked people to love. This God is not the stupid person in the sky who is obsessed with ten commandments and is allergic towards idols; there is no such person. God is not a person; it is a fallacy to attribute human qualities to God. What we are talking about here is truly beyond time and space, eternal and the essence of everything that exists. We personify it for convenience, that’s it!

Between 8th century BCE to the 5th century BCE, we see revolution in the religions all parts of the world. Buddha and rishis of Upanishads in India, Lao Tzu in China and Socrates in Greece lived in this period and added a new dimension to religion. We can just isolate this new dimension and call it as spirituality. Spirituality is not interested in a person in the sky; it is interested in personal transformation that leads one to live a blissful and peaceful life. Even though the philosophies of these people appear different, most of the differences are only semantic differences. They used different words but ultimately meant the same thing. This dimension of religion is focused on humanity, love, peace and bliss.

This new dimension of religion or the spiritual core of all religions has been preserved in Sufism, a school of thought in Islam and Christian mysticism, a path followed by saints like the John of Cross and Saint Theresa of Avila in Christianity. It is also preserved and immensely discussed in the school of Yoga and Vedanta. But it is so sad that even about 2500 years after the period of Buddha, this truth remains only with spiritual seekers and hasn’t reached the common public. And, the members of the common public are fighting to preserve the outdated rules and regulations that their religions have produced.
Any human being doesn’t choose a religion out of choice, except in the case of conversions. You are a Hindu, a Muslim or a Christian because you were conditioned to believe and follow that religion from birth. And anyone following a religion is made to believe that his religion is right and other religions are wrong. This biased way of bringing up children naturally leads to religious prejudice when they become adults. Religion becomes their identity and they start to defend it. People have become very sensitive that they are no longer interested in theological discussions, healthy debates and looking for ways to reform their religions. The spiritual core of the religion still remains a secret that is restricted to a small percentage of spiritual seekers who seek to know the truth, instead of blindly believing in age old barbaric concepts.

Do you want to join the small percentage of spiritual seekers in the world and understand what spirituality is all about? Get my book “The Truth About Spiritual Enlightenment: Bridging Science, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta”.

If I Speak in the Tongues of Men or of Angels – A Commentary on I Corinthians 13 and Bible’s Connection with Advaita Vedanta

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Hi people! Is there anything that is greater than love? Can there be anything ever that is greater than Love itself? No! I don’t think so! Love is the only thing that connects us… No matter which part of the world you are from… You need to understand that we belong to the same family! I am your relative no matter where you are from… This whole earth is one family and our family!

Let us all unite together, be happy and treat everyone as our own family members. I love you guys… We as humans have to stand up for a global unity and peace.

We CAN make this world a better place to live..

I don’t see any difference between John 14: 19-21 and Bhagavad Gita 9:29. I have no idea why people are fighting…
 
Gita 9:29:
I am equal to all living beings; I don’t have anyone that I hate or anyone who I told dearer than the others. But whoever worships me with devotion, they are in me and I am in them
 
John 14:19 -21:
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

What we call as God is beyond time and space; but we understand him or imagine him as a person. This is because human mind always detects an agent for everything; this agent deduction in the human mind imagines God in human form or an invisible personality that has human psychology. But this is due to our limitation, not God’s! God is not a person but a personification that points to a direct experience and presence beyond time and space.

Also, most of the scriptures got distorted because of later interpolation, poor translation, lost verses, edited verses and testimony from people who are not direct eyewitnesses. Even the testimonies of eyewitnesses can be biased and memory can be biased too! But regardless of all that, the essence of the scriptures have been realized by millions of sages before us and their teachings can guide us to salvation.

Here is a riddle for you: 

He sees through the eyes of every being, knows through the awareness of every manifest organism and walks using the legs of every piece of life.

As an Octopus he has eight legs; as the son of Man, he has two legs; as the son of God, he is the inner light of every little thing that eats, procreates and decomposes!

He is beyond time and space.

He exists as the love of every mother, as the care of every father, as the company of every brother, as the support of every sister, as the closeness of every wife and as the convenience of every servant.

He shakes hands with you through every friend you see and he pays your wages as every boss you work for. He is the one who eats and he is the one who gets eaten, yet he neither eats; nor gets eaten. He is the essence of every word, every sound, every sentence, every contradiction, every confusion, everything that is good and bad; NOT EVEN AN ATOM MOVES WITHOUT HIS WILL…

He is the one who robs, which gets robbed and the act of robbing; yet he neither robs nor gets robbed. He is beyond the limits of human intellect even though intellect itself is a manifestation of him; he is beyond the power of human vision, even though human vision itself is one of his manifestations!. He is beyond the power of human ears and yet he is everything that you hear…

He is She; She is it, and it is You!  … His kingdom is within you and He is closer than the mane behind your neck! All praise ultimately goes to him and no one else.. He is the good shepherd and the sheep, he is the Gopalan and the Gomata; he is the Pashu and he is the Pathi! He is the Kartha, the doer; every biochemical living piece on planet earth is just a puppet; this puppet show is going on for aeons as a holy game of God…. you suffer, you laugh, you enjoy, you grow, you sin and someday you may even become a saint.. but you know, it is all in the game… in the eyes of God, there is no discrimination!

He is the sweetness of the milk and the sourness of the toddy; He is the intoxication and he is the clarity.. everything happens to according to His will and His will alone.. He is both the uppercase and the lower case letters and the one who is beyond, before, beneath, below and in the middle of all the letters.. He is the first and he is the last, yet He has no beginning and no end!

He expands through and from you in all directions and pervades everything, including every single stone pillar on earth, every single speck of dust and every heart that beats…

He is every mistake and he is every correction … He is… Only He is… He is the one truth which is known, spoken, and understood by various means, forms, names and practices by wise people…

He is not a person but a personification!

Who is He?

Clue: The answer is inside you, within you and lies very close to you; close your eyes and keep looking until you find it…

When you find it, your expression certainly will be, ‘Oh My God!’….

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What Is Maturity and What Is Immaturity? – (Warning! A Mature Content Written by an Immature Person)

Over the last three decades, many people who are close to me have attempted to teach me what maturity is…Sometimes it gets too much. Let me tell you the big difference between being an adult and being a kid.kisspng-child-care-pre-school-learning-infant-kids-5ac47661a290b9.8229482415228248016659.pngWhen a kid is too young, it doesn’t follow what you say as a parent but follows what you do as a parent. In other words, an immature kid is only interested in imitating others… Only when it grows up, it starts to think on its own.

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But still, we actually end up being immature to some extent, because even as an adult we still only try to follow the herd and live just like everyone else… True maturity is when you stop following the herd.

True maturity is to stop being a buffalo and becoming a lion.

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But there is another beauty in being a child. The beauty lies in its innocence, self-honesty, interest in giving and receiving love, lack of self-conflict, not being afraid of being yourself, thinking outside of the social conventions, lack of fear and shyness and not worrying about other people’s opinions. If that is what you call as immaturity, then there is nothing wrong in being immature.🤾‍♀️🤹

 

Labels Are Not The Truth!

Labels are not the truth! A word has a meaning only because we give meaning to it. So whether immaturity is good or bad depends on what you mean by that damn word. In fact, this also applies to words like ‘good’ and ‘bad’…😎

 

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If somebody gave me 3000 crores and tells me that the only choice I have is to build a statue, or else he will kill the whole humanity, then I will build a big statue of Buddha holding a board which has Kalamutta sutta written on it, with the following note:

“Let this be the last statue that we build for the sake of pride or political advantage when one part of the population is dying because of hunger. This statue is nothing but an example of the stupidity of humanity. “ 😂

Here is the Kalamutta sutta by the way:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations. …

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

But when, after observation and analysis, you find anything that agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

Buddha, Kalama Sutta

 

A Request to The Readers:

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By the way, many parts in India is getting swept away by floods. There was a huge flood in Kerala and then there has been a destructive flood called Gaja in Tamil Nadu, which resulted in the loss of wealth and peace of millions of people. In India, the political situation is very bad;  many politicians from almost all parties seem to exhibit dishonesty quite transparently in public and the common public really does not seem to understand what is happening. I don’t understand how we can justify building 3-4 statues with thousands and thousand crores of money when people are dying in hunger today as we speak. After Patel statue, the plans for building many statues have been proposed.  I also suspect that what is happening in India today will be a historical example of social hypocrisy in the upcoming generations. Human rights and freedom of speech are getting violated a lot. People who speak for common men and activists are getting jailed and being called as ‘anti-nationalists’.

Since this blog is read by readers from various parts of the world, I request you, readers, to contribute something in some way to the recovery of people who are affected by Gaja floods. Only common people are getting into the fields and doing the work. Some politicians are helping but not all. And, I can’t stand seeing my people crying without food and basic facilities! Please contact some authority or some friend and try to help those people in some way..

Piyush Manush is a very sincere Activist in Salem, Tamil Nadu.  He is currently doing hard work in helping people. Here is his profile: https://www.facebook.com/piyush.manush .

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If you check his posts, you will know how hard he is working for the society. But you won’t believe that he got jailed a few times; there are people who troll him and personally attack his family. Please understand, this is the time we can show that we are humans! So, I am here begging the international readers to pay attention to the issues in India and help in whatever way you can. You can contact Piyush Manush and he is always available to provide assistance to people who are willing to help wholeheartedly

Thank you all! 

 

 

The Holy Jihad in Islam and its True Spiritual Meaning

The meaning of Holy Jihad in Islam
The meaning of Holy Jihad in Islam

 

The greatest Jihad is to battle your own soul. to fight the evil within yourself
                                                                      – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

( Please visit this link for more examples of this concept: https://abuaminaelias.com/jihad-against-the-soul-in-islam/)

This is the true meaning of Jihad in Islam. Jihad is nothing but conquering oneself. An external Jihad is fought during unavoidable circumstances to protect the world against people who want to destroy peace. But Islam says that unless a man first fights against his own ignorance, craving, delusion etc, he is not qualified for an external Jihad.

The situation of Bhagwad Gita is actually an external Jihad. Arjuna refuses to fight the war against adharma, even though it is his duty as a warrior. But Krishna asks him to surrender the fruit of actions and just do his duty. This concept of surrender is the basis of both Karma Yoga in Bhagavad Gita as well as Islam. The word Islam itself means ‘surrender’. Prophet Mohammed’s main work was to resurrect the old Abrahamic concept of unconditional love and surrender to God. That is what Islam means.Everything else in Quran is a collection of social laws that Muhammad gave to people of those days in his country.

The key concept here is Inner jihad. It is a way of purifying one self. The concept of Navaratri that we are celebrating is also a symbolic representation of the Inner Jihad. Mahishasura represents the three malas: ahankar, karma and maya (delusion). Kali destroying Mahishasura in 9 days represents destroying these three malas (3 days for each mala). The tenth day, Vijayadasami represents the victory of the inner jihad. A victor who conquers himself thus is called as Jina in Jainism. Mahavira (which means ‘the Great warrior’) was called by that name as he had conquered himself.

This is the significance of festivals like Navratri or Durga Puja and even Diwali. Today is Vijayadasami, the tenth day following the 9 day Navaratri celebrations that just happened. Navaratri is a festival that is celebrated all over India in a grand manner. In Eastern parts of India, it is celebrated as Durga puja. On this Vijayadasami day, let us all remember the significance of walking on the spiritual path, removing the ignorance and reaching salvation .

Love and Love Only – Poem

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Love is a journey from receiving love to giving love…

When you beg for love, it becomes a need;
When you crave for love, it becomes greed;
When you want to own someone’s love, it becomes a possession…
When you get addicted to someone’s love,
it becomes an obsession.

But when you discover that
the spring of love is inside your heart,
you will stop begging love
and start giving love…

Love is inside your heart;
once it is discovered as such,
it flows unconditionally
towards all directions and
to everyone,
just like the scent of aromatic flowers…

When you discover true love,
you will discover yourself;
When you discover yourself,
You will discover God…
God is love!

As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم) – Peace Be Upon You: Some Quotes, Mantras, and Comments on Love and Peace

I love the Arabic way of saying ‘hi’, which is As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم). It means ‘Peace Be Upon You’. I want to greet the readers of my blog with a loving ‘As-salamu alaykum’ today.

This is a personal post. Today is my birthday and I just finished writing an answer in Quora for the question “Are birthdays over-rated?”:

As an individual human being, you are one in 250 million; because you are a unique pattern created by the combination of nature and nurture, with one part of your ancestry coming from one sperm cell that won the race among 250 million sperm cells! Your birthday is the day when that one sperm cell and one egg became a fully developed baby to take its first breath! Don’t we have to joyfully celebrate this at least once a year?

The celebration doesn’t have to be grand though. Your birthday can be a day when you do things that you like so much, talk to people whom you love very much and look back at life to cherish past memories. A birthday can also be a day of thanksgiving to your beloved ones because they were with you all these years.

Your birthday is your personal new year! For me, a birthday makes more sense than a new year. As far as you are concerned, your birthday is the new year for you in this life. It is a milestone in your journey.

I don’t think birthdays are overrated. But they are probably celebrated in a cliched, and mechanical ways these days.

Today, September 26th, is my birthday… 🙂 . It is 1:43 AM as I am writing this answer. Today I am going to do everything that I love doing. One of them is writing answers on Quora.

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So, I am going to do things that I love to do today. I don’t want to make a video since my throat is not good; so I just thought of writing a casual post.

I have been recently making some pictures to share on social media; they are about peace, love and meditation. If you like them, please feel free to download and share. Here they are:

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Asifa Bano’s Rape – A Shame for Humanity

The brutal gang rape and murder of Asifa Bano has enraged the whole world and also reflects the kind of evolution that humanity has attained. It was extremely saddening to see many people rallying to support the accused. Here, I am republishing an answer written in  Quora by Anjana Nair, a student of Journalism and English literature and also a freelance writer. Thanks to Anjana Nair for letting me to share her thoughts here:


Asifa Bano’s case is clearly selective outrage. I double dare these hypocritical Bollywood celebrities to pull up posters against Muslims. Don’t they know better than to criticise Hindu culture? And all these people protesting, why don’t they care about the girl from Unnao? Or the dozens of Hindu girls raped? Our culture is under assault.”

Everyone who posted this disgusts me. I mean it. I’m looking at you, sanctimonious Quorans with a victim complex the size of Texas.


Why is it that I hear this excuse most often when something clearly connected to Hindutva and its affiliates comes to light? When proud Hindus commit atrocities in the name of their religion and that is pointed out, suddenly everyone cries “SeLeCtIvE OuTrAGe, WhAt AbOuT KaSHmIrI PuNDiTs, wHaT aBoUt MuSLimS rApInG HiNdUs, wHaT aBoUt ChRiStIAn cOnVersIoNs? #JuStICEeFoRAlL you LiBtaRDz and CoMmuNiSt PiGs!”

“Hey man, your house is on fire!”

“So? SO?! How dare you selectively point out my house! Didn’t you know Abdul’s burned down last week?”

“Yes but-”

“What? Why are you not talking about that huh? Why is it always my house? You’re just jealous because it is so big!”

“It’s on fire…”

The same people have no problem pointing out the religion and caste of others when it suits them, have no problem in identifying problems and outrages committed by people outside of their own circle. To borrow a phrase from Habib Fanny, this is circumfornication at it’s finest. They will happily drag out the No True Scotsman fallacy and Strawman their opponents to a stupor but mysteriously become deaf when their own religion is clearly connected with it.

Take the case of the young Kashmiri girl who was brutally gangraped and killed[1] . A young, eight year old girl kidnapped, drugged and kept on temple premises[2]. A girl who was brutalised in every way possible. A girl who was used as a sex doll by men who even invited a man from another state to satisfy his lust[3] . a girl who was chosen to be brutalised to drive away her Muslim community from a certain place.

Police officers connected with the case have struggled to uncover evidence in the face of harassment and threatening.

And what happens?

This.

Jammu: Two BJP ministers attend rally in support of Kathua rape-murder suspect

This.

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This.

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Is this your Hindu culture? Is this the religion of peace and tolerance which surpasses Islam? Is this the religion which allowed India to form? Tell me with a straight face that those are not Hindus! Tell me with the same conviction and outrage you muster for bloody Christians and Muslims that they are not bloody Hindus marching in support of rapists and paedophiles!

What differentiates you from the Muslims and Christians and dozens of foes which seek to bring down your religion?

What differentiates you from the corrupt and bloated politicians seeking to cover up heinous crimes for their own benefit?

Why are you so quick to bring up others faults when your own lie bare? Do you first address the rot in your own backyard or do you dig through your neighbour’s trash?

I’ll tell you what’s happening – whataboutism is.

If you have an ounce of shame – an ounce of bloody shame, just a tiny bit! – you will accept the wrongs done in the name of your religion. You will bow your heads. You will act with the humility and the consciousness of wrongs committed that you failed to observe in others. You will prove yourselves different. If not, you are just as hypocritical, just as guilty as those your profess superiority over.

Kashmiri Pundits – or whatever is left of those poor souls – will be hanging their heads in shame. They have been used to justify atrocities committed in the name of their religion and driven out of their rightful homeland by another religion’s fanatics. They are used as political pawns by a public which has no interest in actually helping them, only using their name to deflect accusations.

Hold your own culture up to the standards which you impose on others.

That is why we criticise Hindu culture when it is used as an excuse for defilement and desecration and atrocity. Because we should. Because we are the only ones who can raise it up.

Shame on you for using a dead and brutalised eight year old child as a whataboutism weapon.

Oh and in case someone is planning on a “MUSLIMS! THE ANTICHRIST! HITLER DID IT TOO! COMMUNISTS ARE RUINING INIDA! WHY DONT YOU POINT THEM OUT! WHY ARE YOU OPPRESSING MY RELIGION!” rant…

Don’t.

Just don’t.

–   By Anjana Nair, a student of Journalism and English literature


My comments:

First, It is our duty to protest for bringing justice to this girl and her family. And, I think the identification that people have with any religion should be completely dropped. Even in Indian culture, the peak of spiritual progress is letting go of all identifications. And identification creates prejudice and in-group out-group bias.

One of my favorite line from Upanishads is ‘Vasudaiva kutumbakam’ which means ‘(whole) earth is (our) family’.. The same concept also exists in Tamil, which is ‘யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்’, meaning ‘Every place is my hometown and everyone is my relative’. Raising awareness of this attitude may somehow reduce the crimes that happen in the name of religion.

In fact, the core teaching in most of the religions is loving another human being as oneself. So, whoever does a crime to show that their religion is superior is actually bringing down the reputation of their own religion. Let us destroy the imaginary divisions we have created in the name of religions and promote peace and love…

 

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