Sunday, 22 July 2012

The God Story.




There was a man in a big village his name was 'God.' He was all lonely. He had nothing to do, no need to eat, drink, sleep; he had no ego, no attachments, no knowledge, no psyche, no properties, no form and no nothing and no Dharma; yes, this makes my usage 'man' a bit questionable. So be it; the man met a woman and love was born and they procreated by divine inspiration and now divine is a questionable word; then reproductive organs were born; then their children were born.



The woman's name was changed to God by the man and don't forget that man was called God. The children, 100 of them, were all named God. There was slight confusion in family but soon they all became equal because word used to call them was same : "God." 


They were very attentive, very alert and vibrant; they all had whole mind and they all had only one task to do: Remember word "God," and sometimes call it out aloud and whatever they wanted was present before them. There were no distinctions, no comparisons because they were all alike and then whoever wanted to do whatever was allowed; here 'allowed' is a slightly confusing word. 




They were all "everready" for each other; or you can say that they were all happening in each other; there was no father, no mother and no children. No distinctions and no divisons and yet they were 102; 1 for creation; 0 for sustenance and 2 for dissolution of the families in future; yes future was born into present in form of time and thought because they wanted it to drive the play of Maya; their power. 


They lived happily, procreated, kicked the asses for a few days and it was very astonishing that nobody had ever seen their family!


{ Even more rotfl is the fact that it's even more suspicious now; since if they were not 'seen' how were they reported?}




God continued to divide itself and danced with big white whiskers for long and then love was all around and sandal breeze and science "fiction" was also there. God was fond of internet and like Maya, his power which like a spider, sends its net out and weaves meticulously, but gets it back inside itself as soon as it's done with net; uses many other cinematic experiences to amuse itself.


God likes to divide till a limit--Higgs-Boson-Hubbasson and then it must come to an end. God gets bored of playing and goes to sleep and then there is a sleeping man and there are no laws and then there is a village and its name was God. 



{ God knows that God reading this Godly passage would find a lot of resemblances to Godly Vedanta, Bible and other Gods.}


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Critique of intelligent design



The Couch Forum: Cripes wrote about intelligent design:



 Every point he gives could be addressed and 'proof' for it is as impossible to give as impossible it's to refute those who refute 'intuition, anumana and imagination,' i. e. Charvakas and Atheists. But lets see following first.

Speaking of mocking the 'intelligent design,' short-sighted assessment disregarding the majesty of universes created which are very well written about in many scriptures including Bhagvata; The modern Science is a very new religion in opposition to 'intuition,'{Eistein,Kekule and many other geniuses created theories by hunches and intuition and then 'faith' along with 'reason' guided them through--look how much we respect Einstein today but he did not respect our use of nuclear energy but it was inevitable; this much for Science without faith and intuition and Dogma of many religious wars in last three-four centuries has been horrendous. Mahabharata did use missiles and other powerful weaponry---that 3-5000 years old battle might have caused destruction of some key places--but then there is no evidence so who knows what kind of missiles they actually were!} similar to charvakas(atheists/hedonists/epicureans,) and only if there could be nuclear-natural disaster-free scientific progress of say 1000 years, Science will be in a position to really start validating some religious theories. I cannot say 'wait and watch' because chances are that this physical form of mine will not be present then, but then, who knows what Science may come up with!

Charvaka: Atheists in India


There was an ancient school of Philosophy of materialism in India in 600 BC, it was called 'Charvaka School.'


They did not believe in anything without proof and their only dictum was 'only life we have is this one so enjoy, who knows of after-life.'


An excerpt from the article:


Why are you opposed to Dharma?
We are not opposed to Dharma when it stands for pure Righteousness. However, we have problem with the idea of Dharma as defined by Brahmanism. What Brahmanism loyalist call Dharma is nothing but Adharma, pure and simple. The hallmarks of Brahmanism are Varna Dharma and Jati Dharma. How can a Dharma consider some people as inherently inferior to others and condemn them to a life of servitude? The doctrine of the Gunas of Prakriti and Law of Karma, the very foundation of Brahmanism and Varna Dharma, were evil inventions of Brahmins to maintain their class superiority over everyone else, and to rule them for personal profit and security. By brainwashing people about these dogmas (BG: 3:5, 27, 33; 18: 40-45; 59-60), they practically enslaved them psychologically. Over three thousand years, millions upon millions of people suffered untold misery due to class and caste discriminations officially sponsored by Brahmanic Adharma.
A Dharma, which does not treat all people as equals; mistreats people on the basis of their skin color, race, occupation or some other feature; and which does not strive for the welfare of all people in the society, is not Dharma at all. It is Adharma. Even Upanishadists declared Brahmanism as Adharma (BG: 4:7- and proceeded to replace their doctrines with Upanishadic doctrines (BG: 2:39-40) of Brahman and Yoga. Even they condemned Varna Dharma by saying that Brahman was the same in all and therefore all people are equal (BG: 5: 18-19). Brahmanism pretended to embrace Upanishadism and yet kept on promoting Varna and Jati Adharmas




They clearly are not 'against' Dharma but against false rituals which are devoid of soul or essence and against caste system ( against race system as well.) But dramatically they used say:






How is it that your philosophy was so much hated and caricatured by theistic systems?


Opposition to the Vedas and Veda-based rituals is as old as Vedas themselves. You know that the post-Vedic period of 800-200 B. C. was one of great turmoil due to steady decadence of Brahmanism, which became obsessed with sacrificial rituals, superstitions, class system and other nonsensical stuff. We Charvakas were the only people who challenged them, “Prove your claims or just shut up.” Unlike other rebels, we did not mince words when we did so. Whenever someone challenges Brahmanic shenanigans, their response is to indulge in personal attacks against him. They portrayed us as some type of demons who were born to destroy the world. So they attacked us, distorted our philosophy and caricatured us as some freaks of nature, and even destroyed our literature.






Bramhins were 'cause' of rituals, caste-system and ad-hominems to classical atheists in India, so it goes both ways. They were hypocrites and rituals were to earn money and 'ranks.' They did not understand Vedas and Puranas when they said that "All world is a family," or "Everything including you is God your father, brother, mother and husband."  There are stories in Bhagavata Purana regarding curse of bull(vehicle of Shiva) to Bramhins because of which they became hypocrite, ritualistic and dogmatic and started insisting on selling their Vidya. It's also said that Charvaka philosophy was a 'poor' reaction to that school of thought whereas Buddhism; as Buddha-the-Gautama is considered an avatara of Vishnu--came to set wheel of Dharma in motion again and he made Bramhins 'wreck.'  But then the 'true message' was forgotten(or Bramhins believe so) therefore AdiGuruShankaracharya came to again turn the wheel of Dharma in motion in India.


While life is yours, live joyously;None can escape Death's searching eye:When once this frame of ours they burn,How shall it e'er again return
   Buddhism rejected Charvaka Philosophy:


{ John Wolfgang Von Goethe did say "All the great thoughts have already been thought, we have to just rediscover the." He also said:


Who never ate his bread in sorrow; never wept o wailed thinking for morrow, never burnt midnight oil; hasn't known ye, oh heavenly powers. God only knows what Goethe or Swedenborg or Leibniz referred to when they called 'heavenly powers' or 'God.' They were certainly not 'morons'. }


Charvaka's were similar to today's materialist atheists and Epicurean philosophy was also similar. But yet they were Dharmas and they loved Truth. 


Criticism


Buddhist philosophers reasoned that the Carvaka proposition, that inference could not be used as a form of evidence (Pramana), was absurd. If no arguments were given to prove this proposition, it would just be a bare assertion. Whereas, if some form of argumentation were given, it would result in absurdity, because inference was being used disprove its own efficacy as evidence. Besides, when existence of any object, be it the authority of inference, was denied on the ground of its not being perceived, inference was itself admitted in proposing such an argument, with middle term being the non-perception
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If you read it, it's pretty evident that Charvaka or Atheists in India sprouted a philosophical crop which ate itself up.  But just observe that the Philosophy of Buddhism which was a definite cure for 'rituals' and 'caste-system' of Bramhin Hindus, became the faith which rejected Charvakas as well, because the goal of setting wheel of Dharma in motion was achieved by Buddhism.


Image: Live with happiness till you have life, even if you have to borrow money, drink Ghee, Once this skeleton is destroyed, when does it come back?



Earliest description of Brihaspati
Brihaspati is sometimes referred to as the founder of Carvaka/Lokayata philosophy. The earliest direct quote from Brihaspati's lost writings is found in the text Sarvasiddhantasamgraha, which is controversially attributed to Shankara. In the Sarvasiddhantasamgraha, the author quotes Brihaspati as follows:
Chastity and other such ordinances are laid down by clever weaklings; gifts of gold and land, the pleasure of invitations to dinner, are devised by indigent people with stomachs lean with hunger.
The building of temples, houses for water-supply, tanks, wells, resting places, and the like, please only travelers, not others.
The Agnihotra ritual, the three Vedas, the triple staff, the ash-smearing, are the ways of gaining a livelihood for those who are lacking in intellect and energy.
The wise should enjoy the pleasures of this world through the more appropriate available means of agriculture, tending cattle, trade, political administration, etc.


In famous American TV series Lost, Jeremy Bentham( a hedonist, dies.) John Locke(epistemology and liberalism) never dies--this is an aside associated with Hedonism.

Uluka: Owl, Lucifer and Laxmi




The owl is called Uluka in Sanskrit. Uluk is vehicle of Goddess Laxmi, consort of Shri Mahavishnu, goddess of wealth and prosperity( material and spiritual.) Conspiracy theories consider owl to be a secret symbol of Lucifer--Satan--Evil--Adharma incarnate. It's obvious therefore that owl is an ill omen in view of conspiracy theories. 






Uluka is considered to represent two scenarios as vehicle of goddess of wealth- Laxmi in Indian mythology: One, it represents a fool who losses all his prosperity owing to Adharmic(evil) deeds he does by using the wealth. Second it represents 'wisdom' of a wise man who remembers Laxmi as one on owl and hence spends his money wisely in charity and good deeds. 'Ullu bana diya,' in Hindi means 'made a fool out of you.'

Moon: The Whole Mind and Great Saints and Avataras

The whole mind is giving whole attention to all of the parts of universes and this dissolves the universe in form of an ecstasy, bliss and joy beyond words--"Ananda--which is lord Narayana----Shri Mahavishnu. Buddha-the-Gautama and Zen do pay attention on "whole mind," which is to attend the universe(Narayana) and remember it all the time.


The totality of attention is the basis of Siddhi or Mahasamadhi by meditation; meditation be it of witness sense(expressed as in 'watching the 'thinker') or be it pure imagination with sustained attention. The method of meditation suggested in Bhagvata Purana is to first imagine any one part of lord Mahavishnu and then another in a series of isolated events and then imagine them together. The stories which play a great role in entering into the subconscious of a Sadhaka are very important because they lay down the foundation on which crops of Bhakti are cultivated to give Amrita-rasa of infinite bliss called 'Shrihari.'


Moon represents whole mind and Buddha was born on a full Moon day. Krishna was not born on a full Moon day but his beautiful face was Moon like; he was born at midnight. Many saints like Kripalujimaharaj, Guru Nanaka(Sikhism), and others were also born on a full Moon day. Full Moon suggests a consciousness which is subtle, sensitive and soft and which is waiting to bloom fully.


The Bhakti, greatest of yogas without any doubt has been a great whole mind concept. The attention when sustained, gives rise to totality of energy which is directed at making universe blissful, because this attention starts vibrating your consciousness at such a high frequency that you are able to be blissful at every given moment. Bhakti is therefore a metaphysical practice. The monkey mind is the source of all trouble, that is why you need to put your attention to a sense object which is full of goodness--sattva--pure creative energy and beyond--because when you give your attention to any sense object without being careful about its goodness, you would end up being less alive and more trapped in Karmic debt. That makes Bhakti a practice where a Sadhaka(practitioner) chooses his goal in form of bliss--the anand in search of which entire universe is moving randomly and with causes.