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YOGA – International Day of Yoga!

Relaxation in forest at the Waterfall. Ardha Padmasana pose.

Relaxation in forest at the Waterfall. Ardha Padmasana pose.

yogaToday is the International Yoga Day!

Yoga’s root goes back to the ancient religion and culture of Hinduism all the way back to the  antiquity of Indian culture.

Almost every deity of the Hindu pantheon is shown in Yoga poses

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Since the time Yoga became popular in the  west, the  non Hindu religious conservatives and the political left  who cannot bring themselves to be pluralistic and tolerant are unable to digit the fact that Yoga is rooted in Hinduism.   These groups are trying to deal with their denial in different ways.

The honest bigoted Christians (ironically the evangelicals) are honest about it and acknowledge that Yoga is Hinduism and openly preach and discourage Christians from doing Yoga.

Few other dishonest bigoted Christians have tried to hijack and are trying to digest  Yoga by making their own version called Christian Yoga.  This is not unlike how they digested the “pagan” Solstice  or yule  tree and Santa Claus by hijacking them into a Christian Holiday.   The sun salutation is now renamed as “son salutation”.   Whelp!  I guess we have to give them props for being creative?

But the most vile group of people are the illiberal political left I call “The capitalist Hippies”, who out rightly lie for the sake of profit. These are the carpetbaggers of Western “Yogies”.  The Yoga Journal is part of this group. For this group, Hinduism means “caste and curry” and so have tried to seperate yoga from Hinduism and make a false history for Yoga.  Like writing articles saying Yoga predates Hinduism, like Hinduism even  has a specific date of origin.    Their motive is to appeal to the larger group of anti Hindu bigots of the world to sell more subscriptions.  There was even an article in “Yoga Journal” about how Yoga originated in Germany and how it went to India from Germany. This is as ridiculous as the Aryan Invasion theory”.  (e.g. THE “SICK-ULAR” INDOCTRINATION OF INDIAN CHILDREN – PART 1) 

The Controversy is discussed here in an Al Jazeera TV.

TAKE BACK YOGA – HAF.

The question of who “owns” yoga has gained traction in recent years. In the United States, the Hindu America Foundation started a Take Back Yoga campaign. Shripad Yesso Naik, India’s yoga minister, told The Washington Post, “There is little doubt about yoga being an Indian art form. We’re trying to establish to the world that it’s ours.” Shankar stressed the importance of understanding the origins of yoga and its important texts, such as the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. He also worries about “inauthentic” yoga and informed me that the Indian government is considering starting a certification program and standardizing the requirements to be a yoga teacher.

I like this Yoga.  🙂

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A HINDU?

Steve Jobs’s Secret to Greatness: Yogananda

Yoga, a discipline from India that is so ancient in its roots that you can credit it only to unknown truth-seekers from some glorious past era, has an outer form that has seized our collective imagination: For 30 minutes every day, disconnect from the world, take your body through an array of yoga poses, breathe deeply, keep the mind focused, and presto! You will emerge relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready again to re-engage with the relentless pace of life.

By all accounts, yoga is one of modern civilization’s great movements. In the U.S. alone, more than 20 million people today are pursuing yoga–one of every 10 adults. This yoga revival is in direct response to an increased hunger for physical and mental well-being, and a growing suspicion that there’s more to the pursuit of happiness than the material accoutrements of modern civilization. A panoply of yoga instructors have arrived to offer their own twists to ancient poses. Western inventiveness has flourished in the bountiful soil of yoga; today, some instructors are even offering doga–yoga for your dog.

Yoga’s deeper purpose: Inner transformation.

But Jobs was on a quest for something altogether more powerful than stress-reduction, toning, and fitness. He was seeking the kind of inner transformation that many practitioners sense yoga is inviting them to embark on, but don’t know where it will take them or how to get there.

For this deeper dive, you can turn to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the authoritative and few-surviving ancient texts on yoga. Patanjali teaches that “yoga” means “union”–the dissolving of one’s individual self in the larger ocean of consciousness that pervades the universe–and that to help us achieve this union is yoga’s real purpose. Now you might think: “What is this ‘universal consciousness’ that Patanjali is talking about? And how can I ever get there?”

And that may be why Jobs, in his own quest for higher consciousness, turned to Yogananda.

About Yoga And Yogis

47 Islamic Nations also join in on International Yoga Day

 

Some  photos from around the world:

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Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Mother and daughter doing yoga at city
Mother and daughter doing yoga at city
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Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Young woman in yoga pose sitting near watefall, Rear view
Young woman in yoga pose sitting near watefall, Rear view
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Healthy family – mother and son doing exercises against blue sky
Pacific Islander woman practicing yoga under wooden pier on beach
Pacific Islander woman practicing yoga under wooden pier on beach

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Marilyn Monroe Was A Badass Yogi

(Dhanurasana)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Salamba Sarvangasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Paschimottanasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) reaches to touch her toes. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) reaches to touch her toes. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Paschimottanasana

circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Navasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Navasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Salamba Sarvangasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Our New Favorite Yogi Is Teaching Us All About Body Confidence

And then we have Angrier Yoga!

The Confidence Of Hindus

Quote: Rambachan advocates ‘self-critical humility’ as the appropriate approach for Hindus in this context; I say the days of being meek and mild are over.
 
In the context of Hinduphobia, this unlevel playing field on which we are forced to compete, this negative baggage that others saddle Hinduism with, developing a strong, positive Hindu identity founded on pride and confidence is absolutely necessary. Confidence counters bigotry and gives us the courage and conviction to stand up for ourselves, our tradition and our identity.Confidence is what allows us to define ourselves rather than letting others define us.
 
Confidence does not mean fundamentalism or fanaticism; it does not mean violence or the issuance of fatwas. It means that we will fight scholarship with scholarship (but we absolutely do not accept that the only valid scholarship is that which is produced by academic cartels in the Ivy League and other elite Western universities); we will fight bias in the media through media channels of our own; we will counter stereotypes in popular culture and art through new art forms of our own; we will proceed with gharwapsi programmes of our own so long as predatory proselytization continues unchecked and unimpeded.
 
We will not let our traditions of yoga and meditation be looted, distorted, digested and appropriated by the West and we will not concede sovereignty over the definition and depiction of our dharma to outside interests.
And then we have this evil.
https://youtu.be/VFJFvcNogFU

World War II and the Mahabharata.

Of all the wars Americans have waged, the World War II is the one that is least controversial. There is an almost unanimous agreement on the virtue of this war against Nazi Germany  and the imperial militant Japan. The only exception to that is the particular event of using nuclear weapons in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Almost every moral precepts that we preach to one another was violated while waging this war against Hitler and his henchmen.  The allies (the “good guys”) killed brothers and sisters and fellow man. They told lies through and through. They stole, they massacred, they bombed the innocent (collateral) yet, in the bigger scheme of things, what the allies did was the right thing to do.  Almost every “wrong” mentioned here had a purpose for the larger moral purpose.. The larger moral purpose here is that evil cannot be allowed to reign supreme. These immoral acts of “killing”, “lying”, “spying”, etc were the cost to pay for the larger moral purpose of stopping a larger evil.  With the few exception of the idiotic “pacifists” there was a general consensus that the war should be fought.  Most reasonable people would agree that, in the absence of the WWII Hitler would have had the nuclear weapons and even if he did not possess the nuclear weapon , he would have continued to do more evil, Hitler and his Nazis managed to eradicate 6 million Jews by following Martin Luther’s fundamentalist wish to eradicate Jews for they refused to convert to Christianity.

Mahabharata (the Great Epic) and the  Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the lord”) 

 

Tell me,  Sanjaya, of the warriors’ deeds 

On that day when my sons faced the sons of Pandu

Eager to to battle on the field of Kuru,

On the field of Valor.

– The Bhagavad Gita

The story in the  Mahabharata (the Great Epic) and the  Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the lord”)  in it describes a story, a sophisticated  moral story with the background of war between brothers in the battleground Kuru  The lecture of Lord Krishna to the prince Arjuna on his obligation to fight the war. Arjuna was hesitating to kill in battle, while talking about immorality of taking another’s life. Yet Lord Krishna prompts him to wage the battle for greater good, for the moral duty a man has to prevent evil from winning.   Yes, the subtle discussion of killing, lying to win the war of righteousness is the story of the Mahabharata. Our moral obligation to help good over evil is what its about.   Many anti Hindus including the “pacifist” Wendy Doniger and Martha Nussbaum et al  (University of Chicago professors) talk about the evilness of the Gita.  They have taken the Gita out of context and say, Hinduism preaches violence . The sad irony is, Wendy Doniger , Martha Nussbaum et al  political leftist fanatics are Jewish. What did these “pacifists” expect  during Nazi reign?  Nazis to continue to gas more Jews and the allies to remain pacifist and not war against such evil?

If you are not familiar with the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita  I suggest Peter Brook’s play to get familiar (if you are interested.)

Point :  “Thou shall not kill”: Lord Krishna prompting Arjuna (Arjuna being the varna of Kshatriya/Marine. Semper fi ) to take up arms to fight even though Arjuna becomes a pacifist at the start of the battle.  The  context of this battle is, the battle at Kuru was a last resort.  After all reasonable negotiations had failed.  The battle was not the first option.  Now put this in the context of WW II and the D-Day. Imagine the doubt in a warrior’s heart and mind just at the time on D-Day. What is that soldiers duty? What is his Dharma (righteousness) at that time? What is his life worth? Why should he risk his life at that point in time? What about his Judaeo Christian obligation of “thou shall not kill”?  Lord Krishna’s lecture to Arjuna would have been perfect in the context of D-day and the soldier who is about to do his duty has a bout of “pacifist”  cowardice. Not to act at that point in time and context is evil. Allowing evil to survive is evil. To act to defeat evil is our foremost duty (Dharma aka Righteousness).  Even if it would kill us in the process. Our duty is to defeat evil. That is our primary duty (Dharma aka Righteousness).

Point : “Thou shall not bear false witness”: Anti Hindus often point to Lord Arjuna rationalizing lies and deception to win the battle to defeat the mightiest evil of his time.  Arjuna often questions Lord Krishna  about the immorality of telling lies and the immorality to deceive (even to his enemies). Yes, lies and deception are immoral and not right in absolute and isolation. But in certain context these are not evil. Lord Krishna lectures and prompts Arjuna to do the same. During WWII, deception and lies and false rumors were  used to defeat the enemy (to defeat evil). No reasonable person would consider that bad, compared to the alternate of losing to evil. The Mahabharata and the Gita are sophisticated philosophies of good vs evil, about morality and virtuousness. Its about doing our duty (Dharma aka Righteousness) and its  about the  constant moral battle that all of us have to wage in our hearts.  Its a moral precept, a guide of sort to put these things in context and judge for ourselves.. It expects us to be sophisticated in our thought and  actions. It asks of us to do our moral duty to be righteous (Dharma) and to do our duty no matter where the fruits of our labor may fall. Do the right thing.  “Doing the right thing” is not prescriptions to do certain things like “Thou shall not kill”, “thou shall not bear false witness”, “Thou shall not covet” etc. Such empty morality  without a context is not worth the stone its etched on.  These lessons are to do the right thing using our moral compass and in the context  in which we might be in at any time. It’s not about copy paste absolute rules  but to use our mind.

Point: Krishna persuades the hesitant Arjuna to kill Karna even when he knew all the misfortunes, misunderstandings and virtues of Karna. Here, Karna is a moral person. a good person fighting for the other side.  The context here is, although  karna is a moral person, he is now fighting on the side of evil. He is vulnerable at this time in the battle Taking him out at this vulnerable time is like shooting him in the back. Yet Lord Krishna prompts Arjuna to take him out. Karna is in possession of a WMD that can wipe out humanity. Karna is being prompted by evil to use the ultimate WMD.  Imagine an otherwise moral and  good person who has access to a nuclear weapon and happens to fight  for someone who is evil out of loyalty and who is  prompting Karna  to use the WMD to end all of humanity. In  this context, Lord Krishna is prompting Arjuna to take Karna out.  What about the immorality of shooting someone in the back while  a good moral man Karna  is vulnerable?.  Good and evil is not black and white at times… Yet we have to use our mind and heart to do the right thing, after taking into account all the small sins and morality and immorality and still do the right thing. This is the sophistication of the morality in the Mahabharata.

There are various such moral dilemma that one faces during the epic story of the Mahabharata.   This is a sophisticated thought process for all of us. Not some simpleton precepts like “thou shall not kill”, “thou shall not bear false witness”  which is meaningless in the sophisticated moral dilemma we face every day.

The Mahabharata and the Gita are not about the virtues of violence  or blood letting like the anti Hindus are telling others about Hinduism. It is a story that challenges us to exercise our own mind and to fight our own battle in our hearts and minds every day to do the “Right thing”. To Act but not to reflect on the fruit of the act.. To not act against evil while pontificating the virtues of pacifism  is not only cowardice, it’s downright evil.

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The longer version of Peter Brooke’s Mahabharata: Part 1

Part 2

Oppenheimer Quotes out of Hinduism’s Bhagavad Gita after the first Nuclear explosion

 

”The Legend of Bagger Vance”’s Hindu parallels

Louis L’Amour’s “The Quick and the Dead” – Full movie available on You Tube. See the parallels of the values in this story is to the Mahabharata 

The morals and virtues in the Mahabharata are the same values of the American Frontiersmen. I don’t mean the christian values of people who robbed the Natives of their land in the Americas using the term “Manifest destiny” or The church’s “Doctrine of Discovery “.  I mean the values of ordinary western frontiersmen who traveled west and tried to make a home for themselves and in how they fought for  the underdogs and for righteousness.

IF you want to understand a people, you need to understand their folklore.  Folklore celebrates a peoples heroes, their values.  IF anyone wants to understand the people of India (Dharmic people)_, it would help to read and understand their folklore of the Mahabharata  and the Ramayana. And if anyone wants to understand the Americans, It helps to be familiar with their folklore. Louis L’Amour novels are one of the best way to become familiar with the American folklore. (There are other movies like “The wizard of Oz”, “Its a wonderful life”. I found Oz to be quite boring…but its fascinating to see why Americans at large keep this movie close their heart)

Growing up reading the Amar Chitra Comics  (Folkore of Hindu people) and the Louis L’ Amour novels (American folklore), I saw the uncanny  similarity of  Hindus morals and values were to the American western frontiersmen values. If you really think about it, the true nature of the American to stand up to bullies and to not to succumb to cowardice  is the true nature and values prescribed in the Mahabharata.

Louis L’Amour’s “The Quick and the Dead”

This is the story of a Pacifist navigating the world of outlaws and Krishna  like benefactor lecturing the pacifist to stand and fight for what is right  and in the process helps this pacifist grow into a real man.https://youtu.be/3o5Tn5tv_eg

 

Louis L’Amour Quotes:

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“One may talk of peace only with those who are peaceful. To talk of peace with him who holds a drawn sword is foolish unless one is unarmed, then one must talk very fast, indeed.” -Kerbouchard

Book: The Walking Drum

Charlie Farnum and me we started east for the herd, riding together. When we were a few miles off we started to sing, and we sang a dozen songs before we shut up and left it to the coyotes. That Charlie Farnum had a better voice than me. For that matter, so did the coyotes.

Book: Galloway

I knew the dangers a coward can offer, for his fear will often drive him to kill more quickly than if he were a brave man. ~Mathurin Kerbouchard

Book: The Walking Drum

“Do not be afraid. A little fear can make one cautious. Too much fear can rob you of initiative. Respect fear, but use it for an incentive, do not let it bind you or tie you down.” ~Miss Nesselrode

Book: The Lonesome Gods

“What it all comes down to in the end is a matter of honor and simple decency. If a man doesn’t have that, he’s nothing, and never will be anything, no matter how many cows he owns.” ~Dal Traven

Book: The Shadow Riders

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.

Louis L’Amour

EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG IN THEIR MYTHOLOGY. BUT NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG IN THEIR FACTS!


Religious Iconoclasm!

(iconoclasm (countable and uncountable, pluraliconoclasms

The belief in, participation in, or sanction of destroying religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually with religious or political motives.)

Throughout history, Religious iconoclasm of destroying, usurping others religious iconography for the purpose of conversion and waging a religious war were committed by both Christianity and Islam (e.g. Hagia Sophia  in Istanbul, The Cordoba church in Spain, many temples including but not limited to Ayodia in India) .  But one would have thought that it was all part of history we read about in school and  today we all have matured and live in a  pluralistic and tolerant world with social norms of  decency.  Interestingly Muslims of the world with the exception of the Taliban’s destruction of the Bahamian Buddhist statues in Afghanistan, for the most part have given up on this vile practice,  particularly in India,. However, Christian evangelicals  still continue on this path through out this world and it has taken on a rabid and rapid pace in India. (Recent event in Malaysia where evangelicals hijacked the word “Allah” for the Christian god while emphatically stating the exclusivity of the Christian god which is supposedly superior  to all other “false gods” )

I am afraid this is not going to lead to some happy place.   This is going to rile up a lot of people and its eventually going to lead to religious riots. But I believe the evangelicals have  already taken  into account the potential riots and its cannon fodder casualties  into their calculus.. The Gora evangelicals could care less if two brown people kill one another..for these hateful blokes, it’s a net profit for Christianity. Every time  an innocent brown Christian dies in a riot, it’s a martyr for these “gora” Christians to use that to raise more money for funding more  religious wars in Africa, India and other third world countries.

Bottom line is they  still see these events as a net gain for the spread of Christianity.  We need a constitutional amendment to prevent evangelicals to do their deadly deeds

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As foretold “Ganeshji for Adoption” was only the beginning… 

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The Saffron brigade?

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Note: None of these photogrpahs are mine.. I linked this from various sources by Google search.

Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s patriotism and his message of patriotism to be the down trodden in India is very clear Conversion to non-Indic religions is undesirable and will be detrimental to the integrity of this nation and this country. The truth of this is borneout by facts – those areas where the majority Indian population has converted to the non- Indic religion, Islam had seceded from India( Pakistan and Bangladesh). In the north-east of India, most people were converted by missionaries to Christianity and therefore, they are also engaged in secessionist movements and insurgencies.

Christian Missionaries approached him to convert himself and his dalits to Christianity. They promised huge financial and other inducements . The Muslims also pleaded with him for conversion to Islam. In fact, the Nizam of Hyderabad offered him Rs. 75 mln if he and his flock converted to Islam.Dr. B.R.Ambedkar spurned the offers of Christins and Muslims . He said: if one converts to Christianity he ceases to be an Indian. The brotherhood in Islam is confined to the Believers; that is, only to Muslims. It cannot promote universal brother-hood. I will not convert to either of these religions . I will convert to one of the religions that are born here, in this country India. Of all the various Indic religions, Sanatan Dharma, Arya Samaj, Vaishnavism. Savaism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Veerasevism, etc. Buddhism appeals to me most . It is all humanity embracing . It has no castes. I will therefore convert to Buddhism and advise all my Dalit brothers to convert to Buddhism and avoid conversion non-Indic religion.

This is not unique to India. This is also happening in other far east countries against Buddhists and other minority faiths of this world.

S. korean christians praying for Buddhist temple to collapse

Korean Christians Vandalize and Burn Buddhist Temple

WHY WOULD GOOD PEOPLE DO SUCH EVIL? They would if they were influenced by eviI!

God of Christianity exposed as evil

Biblical Evidence Proving That God is Evil (Part 1)

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Pope Gregory the Great instructed Abbot Mellitus that:

“I have come to the conclusion that the temples of the idols in England should not on any account be destroyed. Augustine must smash the idols, but the temples themselves should be sprinkled with holy water, and altars set up in them in which relics are to be enclosed. For we ought to take advantage of well-built temples by purifying them from devil-worship and dedicating them to the service of the true God.”

Christians Mimic Islamists in Attacks on Nigerian Culture

 

The Christian Caste System.

 

List of Mosques in various states which were built after demolishing Hindu temples

Keeping Judaism Jewish

THIS MAKES ME SO SAD AND ANGRY

Today I discovered that at least one and most likely two very nice young couples are in reality, the worst kind of Jew scammers.

A few weeks ago, during the Kiddush after Shabbos services, I met two couples that are so young, I was surprised they were married.  They were dressed as Orthodox Jews right down to the tzitzit on the men (although the women’s heads were uncovered) but there was something, “off” about them. During our conversation I discovered that they were Christians that were looking to connect with and eventually convert to Judaism. I asked them if along their path they had ever been involved with any messianic “Jewish” organizations such as, Hope of Israel. They said no but they had been members of Bella Torah. I must have looked askance because they quickly disavowed the group. They said that they discovered it was phony Judaism and that was why they were here.

The following Tuesday I was at the JLI (Jewish Learning Institute) at Chabad and one of the couples was there as well. We spoke again and they were such a nice young couple that I let my guard down.

During Kiddush a week ago, my husband overheard the men making irreverent comments about what one of the Rabbis was saying. He later told me that he got a bad vibe from them, even thinking that they might be Jew Scammers.

It was the last JLI class last night and the placards with our full names on them were clearly visible. I copied down the names of the one couple that was there. The next morning I started my investigation. Sadly, I quickly found out that they were still active members of Bella Torah. I have written about Bella Torah and their connection to First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ). FFOZ is a Torah centric, educational clearing house for groups of messianic “Jews”. They teach them to do everything they can to be more like the Jews. It is a slightly different form of Messianic  “Judaism” as they tell the Jews they do not want to convert them, just study Torah together. This Torah however is not our Torah. They  then take their time bringing in the Jesus centered conversations.

Once I had gathered all my evidence, I called Chabad and spoke to one of the Rabbis. He asked me to send the information to him which I did. It was a very sad moment for me and for the Rabbi as well. He told me that Joseph Squiccharini had assured him that they had no intentions of trying to convert any Jews.

The first thing Joseph told me when I was introduced to him was that he was Jewish. When I commented that his name was very Italian sounding and asked if he might be Sephardic, he quickly backpedaled and said that his whole family was studying to become Jewish. When I met his wife moments later and asked how she was doing in conversion classes, she looked at me as if I had two heads. She emphatically stated that she, Joseph and her children were all Christian and had no intention of ever becoming Jewish. Joseph heard me talking to her and after giving his wife one of those “looks” said that they hadn’t started conversion classes yet but were hoping to in the near future. Rule one; like Doctor Who, Joseph lies. In fact, they all lie, all these Christians who devote their lives to make themselves seem Jewish to lure Jews into becoming Christian.

As I write this post I can feel my sadness turning to anger. How could I have allowed myself to be duped by these people? Every other time I have met one of these Jew Scammers the hairs on the back of my neck have literally stood up. Not this time. I was fooled by the obvious warmth of these four young people and ignored my own early suspicions. That will never happen again.

Here is my biggest fear; if I can be fooled, even for a short time, how many others will be as well. The evangelical Christians are spending millions, possibly billions of dollars to do one thing; get Jews to accept Jesus as their savior.They are fanatics and they will not be stopped. The only answer is to keep educating Jews, not only about the multitudes of Jew Scammers out there but about their own religion. Judaism is full of beauty and spirituality. It is there for you to learn. Judaism is our beautiful heritage and why any Jew would look for that light elsewhere is a question for which I have no answer.

The political ideology of Christianity to Dominate others.

Reference:

Title: The Antichrist

Author: Frederick. W. Nietzsche (Online book that talks precisely about the reasoning behind this behavior. This is a book that is available online for free. If you want to understand the nature of this business, its worth a read)

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19322/19322-h/19322-h.htm

 

“hate the sin and not the sinner” – St. Augustine.

A cautionary note.  I would say, Majority  of the Christians of this world are wonderful, generous and kind.  In today’s world you do not see these kinds of things from the vast majority of Christians, either in the west nor in India. But the small activist minority  of Christians with the financial backing of some powerful evangelical organizations of the world are involved in this unkind behavior with the fervor and zeal of the new convert.


Dr. Koenraad Elst speaks about the Ayodhya verdict

For a while now I was trying to understand the whole Ayodhya issue.  And here in six short 10 minute clips, Dr. Koenraad Else explains it succinctly.  It’s very clear, left to  Indian Muslims and Indian Hindus, they could resolve most of the issues amicably. But the real villains in all this are the far left JNU types who use the Trojan horse of “secularism” to create religious tensions in India.

The enemy  in India re not the religious Muslims nor the religious Hindus..but the Marxist leftists self titled “Intellectuals” of India.

“And thus I clothe my naked villany
With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”

King Richard III (I, iii, 336-338)

Part 1/6 (10 min)

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List of Mosques in various states which were built after demolishing Hindu temples


What do you have to believe to be a Hindu?

First off I am a Hindu. I was born into one. I also love to eat a nice prime rib cooked medium rare (and a hamburger) once in a while. Now, do I fear that I would be excommunicated for eating beef? Nope. Cause there is no authority that can excommunicate me in the first place. I am very much a Hindu. I am free to believe what the Bhagwat Gita says or not believe a good portion of what the Gita says and I would still be a Hindu. I may even cherry pick what I want to believe from the Bible and the Koran. But does it mean there is no structure of any kind in Hinduism? Are Christians and Muslims Hindus?. Well! let me bring a different context (Political) and see if that would help explain.

Context 1:

Western concept of liberty as a political system: e.g. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. It’s a very broad framework. It does not go into the minutia or stipulate what it is that would make you happy. Does it mean, that you can bring in a rigid system of communism or fascism ideology under that framework of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? Obviously not, since those political ideologies would violate the basic framework of liberty in the political context. However, you can still have socialism as normative values within the frame work of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

Now apply the same concept  to Hindu religion vs a vis other religions. There is no set ideology that Hindus should adhere to, to be a Hindu.. Hinduism is freedom of spiritual quest for an individual as long as the framework is not violated. if you insist that your belief or ideology is the only true one and the rest are false or that every other faith except yours is in violation, then you are violating the basic freedom of spiritual quest and most Hindus would not accept that as being Hindu.

Context 2:

Another illustration is how western liberal ideology is pilloried by some conservative societies of the world by pointing out to the worst in western civilization as an excuse for they not adopting a free society. e.g. They often point to pornography in the west as failure of a free society. They conveniently do not realize that westerners do not necessarily celebrate pornography instead consider that a price they have to pay for living in a free society.

Let me apply that to Hinduism. Because there are no rigid rules nor any Institution to enforce any in a “libertarian” faith called Hinduism, naturally you would find some odd and strange practices within Hinduism including some bizarre Tantric rituals and agories. Missionaries and religious supremacists and leftists  often highlight these outlier sects/practices to point to the failure of Hinduism just like countries that have a tyrannical political system who point to pornography as the central tenet of free society to rationalize the supremacy of their tyrannical ideology/belief system. Most Hindus would tolerate these bizarre tantric practices (within the context of a law and order) but not necessarily celebrate them as Hindu rituals/customs. When there is no institutional organization or founder or a book then anyone can try to box it according to their own whims and fancy.   This also provides ammunition to the anti Hindu leftists like Wendy Doniger (the alleged Hindu expert of the western academia) to “define/box” Hinduism by way of cherry picking stuff to her own perversion.

Context 3.

Process of scientific quest: Scientists and the process of scientific quest is about the pursuit of that never reaching wall of absolute knowledge. Its the pursuit and not necessarily about finding all the answers there is to know. They constantly keep pushing that wall of ignorance a little further and the constant debate to fine tune. Yet, you would find some individuals (Creationists) who would use this as a weakness to deride scientists and what they do for they claim their Green Goblin up in the heavens has created it all.

In Hinduism, its not about a set of revealed set of truth given to 1 or 2 individual that has adjudicated all questions and that subsequent generation would just have to accept this “adjudicated revealed truth” into perpetuity and that they would be punished if they challenge these “truths” (“Revelations” are really hearsay packaged as Truths). Instead, Hindu beliefs are really musings of individuals over 4000 years. Its intuitive perceptions of seers while introspecting and meditating deeply without guarantees to what they say is the absolute truth (They are opinions). Its devoid of compulsion by way of intrinsic threats for one to follow and believe what they say. These musings still continue and will never end just like scientific musings are a never ending pursuit.

Remember this axiom. “A person has a right to be wrong in their opinions but no one has a right to be wrong in their facts”.

Rig Veda. Genesis

HYMN CXXIX. Creation.

THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it. What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?
2 Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day’s and night’s divider. That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever.
3 Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness this All was indiscriminated chaos. All that existed then was void and form less: by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit.
4 Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit. Sages who searched with their heart’s thought discovered the existent’s kinship in the non-existent.
5 Transversely was their severing line extended: what was above it then, and what below it? There were begetters, there were mighty forces, free action here and energy up yonder
6 Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation? The Gods are later than this world’s production. Who knows then whence it first came into being?
7 He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it, Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.

“The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths.
It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long. Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang.”

Carl Sagan, Cosmos

The above is true of Hinduism (Sanatna Dharma) in a philosophical sense. However many practice the religion with some specific belief set. Though they are not compelled in anyway to such specific beliefs.