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Monday, May 25, 2015

EXPOSE: Debasing Tamil Culture

I meant to add (if any left) to the post's title, but that would have made it long, and redundant too.

It is said in almost every meaningful scripture across the cultures of the world that when depravity takes over most of humanity, the end will come about quite suddenly.

It is indeed pathetic to see that the once glorious Tamil culture is now slowly being debased through a steady decline in moral values and eclectic pursuits like gentle performing arts, valorous martial arts, uplifting music and outstanding literature. It is being replaced with the most ugly facet of rottenness that every culture dreads would lead to its ultimate demise. Tamil Nadu is no exception!

I used to quip lightheartedly that "DK started all of this decay" by turning an intellectually superior, morally strong culture into a mere paper tiger. But then came the films, and the societal breakdown took an even deeper nose-dive. All of the videos you will see below are stellar examples of that demeaning influence of Tamil films. Some of the actions that you see in these performances are small exaggerations of what you get to see on the silver screen.

I am not sure if we will ever regain the glory that was once the Tamil that spread across continents, or get to see the brave men and women who would bend a coin with their hands and drive a tiger away with a mere muram.  All of this will continue to remain in the distant past!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

EXPOSE: Whitherto Ye Moral Beacon?

What can you tell a patient who is in grave danger of certain death because of rotting from the inside? Especially if it is your own mother-land?

I am sure there would be pointers and evidences to the contrary, but the scar left by the Delhi Rape incident will stay forever in India's psyche as a grim reminder that we have lost our way and meandered from being the once moral beacon-light of this world.

I will not indulge in a boring cycle of "upadesha"s to what is now merely a "upa-desha". Enough to state that this once mighty and noble "desha" is dying from a cancerous wasting disease far worse than it had faced during its subjugation by the Mughals and then by the British. I will let the remaining god-fearing and righteous hearts of India decide how we wish to go about cleansing India and making her whole once again:
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Monday, February 16, 2015

A badly translated shlokam in SINGHAM

What ticks me off also forces me to post an article on it.

This time it is the bad, and I mean really bad, translation of the "Mukharavosya Mrugendra" shlokam from the movie Singham. All over the web where the lyrics to the title song are splattered, the translation seems to be copied and awfully woeful.

The actual lyrics carefully noted from the film song with my translation, after researching the Sankrit-English dictionary for the correct meaning of the words:
Mukharavosya (Mukha Ravasya) Mrugendra Sugharjana
The breath from the mouth of the animal king lion is his great roar
Sabala Matta Gajendraabhi Mardanah
A killer he is, of a mighty and mad elephant
(remember Gajakesari Yoga of Vedic Astrology?)
Vipinaraaj Sadrusho Balavaanayam
He is seen to be strong in the thicket (of a forest)
Samanujo Hi Nrusingha Balas Tatha
Amongst humans, the man-lion is mighty thus!

And the horrible errors in sanskrit words and poor translation effort as seen on several websites:
Mukharavosya Mrugendra Sugharjana
The roar of the lion (His roar) defeats
Sabala Patra Gajendraabhi Mardanah
A crazy wild elephant
Vipinaraa Sadrusho Balavaanayam
His strength is comparable that of a powerful wind
Samarjo Hi Nrusingha Balas Tatha
That is how strong Lord Narsimha is

My humble request to the enthused and well-meaning hindi film fans who post such lyrics is to give due consideration to our ancient language Sanskrit, which is a treasure-house  and source of our national pride. Remember please, no word (shabdha) in Sanskrit was ever coined meaningless.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A gnawing spiritual riddle solved!

Why Would a Perfect God Create an Imperfect Universe?

A question that has always plagued my mind since my childhood. I kept playing God's and his arch adversary's advocate alternately, until I could play no more to get an answer! This article came as a welcome relief and even contained a sensible solution I could agree with (you see Librans like me can never quite make up their mind between blind faith and inquisitive reasoning by themselves, they need a healthy debate to help scratch their personal itches). But even from the many convincing answers, I still remain unconvinced about a perfect God engaged in the needless act of an imperfect creation. The only sanskrit verse from the Vedas that even dares to wrestle with my mind is 'Sa Eko Na Ramyathe!' (God did not enjoy being alone). Anyway, the solutions from the article are excerpted below for your immediate reading pleasure:

R. Jay Pearson • 2 years ago
Lausten, turning your question around, or upside down, or inside out . . . what (with the theology you've presented for analysis in mind) do you imagine the universe and humankind should look/behave like if God is the perfect Creator? What specific expectations ought people have of the God you've described?

Lausten North R. Jay Pearson • 2 years ago
I’m asking the question about the specific God of the Bible. If we were talking about what haunts me about Shiva, or what troubles me about Plato, we would have no problem agreeing on many things. I ask the question because there are so many who claim this specific God is working for them. These are my neighbors, these are the people who cancel my vote and want me to live like them.

That God was supposed to help the descendants of Abraham build a kingdom in the land of milk and honey. That worked out for a while and differences between Elohim and Yahweh were fading but differences between Moses and Aaron split the kingdom and eventually both fell. That was quite a while ago, and I’m seeing a lot of people in need of milk. That’s my first criteria, the end of chronic starvation. We were supposed to get back to living under the laws of Moses, then God would be back on our side, but who has ever unscrambled those laws? Second criteria, a clear sense of what it means to lead a good life. This one really shouldn’t be that hard, but so many fail at it while saying they are righteous. Then God comes down and says that soon everything will be done, and we just need to live by the law of love. It was an improvement, but too much was left to chance and the laws were still unclear. Not even a statement on slavery, that should have been an easy one. Now simply too much time has passed and too many prophecies have gone unfulfilled. I’d like a world with no death and very little pain, but even just some incremental steps towards some of the promises of the Bible would be nice.

R. Jay Pearson Lausten North • 2 years ago
Lausten, from what I gathered, your main issues are with the following: 1) inconsistencies of insistent Bible-believers; 2) temporal and moral inconsistencies of Bible pronouncements; 3) unfulfilled Bible prophecies.

You also mentioned objections to chronic starvation and slavery. In most cases, starvation is a result of regional wars and conflicts (e.g., Darfur, Ethiopia, Iraq, etc.). Man-made events. The same with slavery. It is a man-made thing. Not God-made. So starvation and slavery is on us, not God. Therefore it is up to us to solve our own errors.

As to the Bible . . . I would say that it is also man-made. God-inspired? Perhaps. But inspiration is not authorship. The most rational conclusion I make about the Bible is that while it contains godly words, it is not the "Word of God." It is ultimately the product of man. And so any disappointment you may have about the inconsistencies and failures of the Bible's pronouncements and prophecies should come as no surprise.

As for the God of the Bible . . . with the Bible being a product of man, logic requires us to accept the probability that the image of God in the Bible is a reflection of man's ideas, not cosmic/universal reality. The God of the Bible is an icon borne of human imagination. Ultimately, a fiction. (This isn't to say that, where the nature of "God" is concerned, there are no "diamonds of reality" in the otherwise vast "dunghill" of Scripture, as Thomas Jefferson once eloquently put it. But the diamonds are scatterings, and not representative of the whole.)

As for those believers who insist that the fiction is a reality, and try to impose that fiction on others . . . well, their imbalance will only create imbalance. We can either engage it with balanced humanity, or lay expectations on a fictional God to handle it for us.

Like you, I would also like to see a world with no death and very little pain. Outside of the uninterrupted natural progression of our human lifespans, we create death and we create pain. How do we create death? By our own destructive and self-destructive behaviors. How do we create pain? Through those same behaviors, but also by the attitudes and values we embrace and which inspire those behaviors. We are the creators of most of our suffering.

So the solutions to almost everything you've mentioned rest in our own human hands.

Lausten North R. Jay Pearson • 2 years ago
Amen to that.

Pax • 2 years ago
I really like to speculate about this question. It seems to me that there are at least two parts that can be looked at individually:

1) Does God's will that we love him mean that he is lacking in some way? I don't understand God's love in that way. God's love for us is agape: selflessly willing what is best for us. However, when we love God, there's no need to wish what's best for Him, but we can have agape for each other - loving the things He loves. So, our love for God includes conforming our will to His, which ultimately makes us (and others) better, and so it's not for God's benefit but for ours. It's not something that God needs for His own sake.

2) Why would a perfect being create something imperfect? I think anything that is not God must stop short of Him and therefore must be imperfect. Thus, a "perfect creation" is a logical contradiction. It's like asking if God could create a stone so heavy that He couldn't lift it. But, of course, we can talk about degrees of perfection. So, why didn't He create us more perfect than we are? Actually, I think that's what He's doing. We're all in formation to become more and more perfect. The imperfections of our world have tremendous value in our formation.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The LOTUS (PUNDIT blogs) blooms again!

What a mighty win for India and its people! (click image to view Modiji's Speech)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HUMOR BREAK - KEJRIWAL TO THE RESCUE!

    Some Kejriwal jokes
  1. Kejriwal is so honest he refuses to have a false ceiling
  2. Kejriwal is so honest he wears a helmet while driving his car
  3. Kejriwal is so honest that lie detectors are tested by him
  4. Kejriwal is so honest he doesn't wear underwear coz it has VIP written over it.
  5. Kejriwal is so honest that he doesn't have any LIC policy because honesty is the best policy.
  6. Kejriwal is so honest he actually calls a policeman to scare his small kid, when he doesn't eat.
  7. Kejriwal is so honest he wants to make Sunny Leone the spokesperson of AAP because she has nothing to hide.
  8. Kejriwal is so honest that when Raja Harishchandra was a kid, his father used to tell him stories about Arvind Kejriwal.
  9. Kejriwal is so honest that the church confesses to him.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

RECLAIMING THE INDIAN GENIUS

This post is part of a series on the resurgence of that renowned culture and civilization that ancient India (Akhanda Bharath) showcased to rest of the world once upon a time, and its present synergy with the expanding boundaries of knowledge and innovation of our times (Nav Bharath). This is indeed the golden ideal that Swami Vivekananda dreamed and often espoused in his many lectures. What better way for India Pundit to showcase the not-so-celebrity architects behind this silent reconstruction, than to present vignettes from out of IITM's own homegrown Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC). In this continuing series, we proudly present the breath-taking breadth and depth of the vidwat of Shri. ShraddALu RAnade, scientist, educator and scholar, who has a striking physical resemblence to Sri Aurobindo himself: