Beliefs, Religion and Reason – A perspective of Hindu Atheist

December 31, 2009

Welcoming 2010

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The most significant event of 2009 for me was my marriage … last few months were really hectic for the same reason.
Hoping to find more time for this blog in 2010 …
Hoping to read more on reason in 2010
Hoping to contribute to the reason movemnt in some way in 2010 …

Happy 2010!!!

October 11, 2009

Who we?

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Some misguided individuals tend to think they’re Hindus, they’re marathis, they’re gujaratis, they’re Indians, they’re Americans, they’re Chinese, they’re muslim, they’re whites, they’re blacks …. they’re wrong.
We’re people, I’m people, you’re people …. we’re nothing but people!!!

May 16, 2009

Positives of Indian election results

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Some of the positives of Indian election results are stable government, relatively more secular government, communist cleansing from Indian politics and crushing defeat for Lalu Yadav.

Overall, this is the best one could have hoped for ….

May 15, 2009

Spiritual but not religious

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I have seen many people using this expression – ‘I am spiritual, but I am not religious’. I used to say that about me too. But I don’t think I’d fully understood what it means and I still don’t. It is just one of those intelligent sounding sexy expressions. I’d love to hear if someone can tell me the real difference between the two.

To me it is like saying – 
I am not superstitious like some rural construction worker, I do not perform all the rituals blindly the way prescribed by the books, but I thoroughly believe in religion and wholeheartedly worship (or fear?) god.
I do not paint my body with colorful powders and ashes, but I prefer to a carry a signature of my belief on my forehead in rather aesthetic way.
I do not listen to mythological dumb folklore stories, but I am generally overwhelmed by the talk of some suave sadhubaba, living in five star aashrama having commode toilets and A/C meditation halls, preaching banal discourses on life, sufferings, happiness, austerity and pseudo-science of metaphysics.
I do not participate in religious processions where people are coarsely singing religious hymns, beating the drums to add to the cacophony and wildly dancing on that tune half drunk, half naked. But I proudly carry the CDs of stotras, bhajans, prayers, mantras in my car and occasionally listen to them as a mark of my spirituality.

So if that is spirituality, then is it just not an uptight, upscale, presumptuous version of gross religiosity?

April 11, 2009

Indian Secularists and their attitude towards Islam

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Two terrific posts by NitWit on this topic,
What Secural Indians need to know about Islam – part -1 and part-2

Just like the actual posts, comments are also a great read.

March 18, 2009

Funny and sad

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(via HA) Just like Charlie Chaplin himself, the news of opposition to Charlie Chaplin statue is funny and sad.

Charlie would have laughed at his own fate and cried at the same time.

March 3, 2009

On hiatus

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By thumping its nasty foot on my buttocks,  recession has sent me packing to Bangalore.
So bye bye Toronto and Hiiiiiiiii there, Bangalore.

Meanwhile though, I’m on hiatus ……

February 17, 2009

Evolution and voice of sanity

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While I blogged about ISKCON’s view on evolution sometime back, I should also post this very moderate and rational view on evolution emerging out of same ISKCON.

Sita-pati das unequivocally accepts the proven aspect of evolution and disputes the chemical evolution. Fair enough! (although you can not just keep saying ‘life comes from life’. the regress has to terminate somewhere to answer ‘how the very first life came into being’)

The important difference is the attitude towards science. Science has brought in tremendous improvement in overall quality of human life. Enjoying all material comforts enabled by science, preaching hatred for science is clean hypocrisy.

If this is how everyone in ISKCON thinks about evolution, that’s a good news.

Update: Meanwhile, New Vrndavan Club 108 continues its tirade of vilifying Darwin.

TIME top 25 blogs for 2009

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TIME has come out with a list of Top 25 blogs for 2009

Top Blogs

Most Overrated Blogs

The rise of Huffington Post is remarkable.

Paul Krugman’s blog and Freakonomics are two of my regular reads.

February 14, 2009

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin

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A setback to creationists and IDiots.

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a “higher power” for the complexities of life.

It further goes on to say,

Marc Leclerc, who teaches natural philosophy at the Gregorian University, said that no scholar could “remain indifferent” to the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth tomorrow. There was, however, “no question of celebrating” it.

The Vatican would “take the measure of an event, which has left its mark for ever on the history of science and has influenced the way we understand our humanity”. The “time has come for a rigorous and objective valuation” of Darwin by the Church, he said.

No one can stop an idea whose time has come. So Vatican, that time is now. And after your objective valuation, don’t you come up with something like ‘evolution’ is already explained in bible or god whispered theory of natural selection in Darwin’s ears, because god designed nature that way.

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