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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Common misunderstandings related to Vedanta

Vedānta is a very deep and delicate subject. Understanding it requires utmost dedication and preparedness. There are some errors I come across routinely in my discussions with people, so here are a few of them I addressed for our readers:

1) The Self can’t be experienced: The human mind is designed to go outwards (or even inwards) to gain experience. That is good, it allows us to innovate and progress in our worldly lives. However, when it comes to gaining Ātmā jñānam, the mind again looks for experience of an object called Ātmā. This will fail miserable. Ātmā is the very Self, the subject. Only an object endowed with attributes can be experienced. The consciousness, which is the Self, cannot be known as an object of experience. The Self can only be understood through the process of acquiring jñānam through the timeless veda utterances. Tat tvam asi [Thou art That] is the teaching of the Guru, aham brahman asmi [I am Absolute Reality] is the understanding of the student.

2) Re: Internet knowledge: Swami Google-Ānanda and Brahmachārini Wikipedia are not reliable teachers of Vedic knowledge. Please do not use search engines to learn scriptures, they will only add to the confusion.

3) Re: Finding a Guru: There is no substitute for a living teacher. If a person was not your Guru WHILE he was alive, after his passing away you cannot consider him your teacher. A guru is supposed to remove your ignorance in an interactive way. Those who are no longer with us simply cannot help us with our doubts.

Also be careful, too many cooks spoil the broth. This is to be avoided at all costs, please stick to one parampara if it is clarity that you wish to have, having a teacher from all possible faiths is not going to help better understand shāstra. This holds especially true when one is starting out on their journey and do not have a refined viveka to filter through

4) Mālā Japa is NOT a substitute for knowledge to gain mokṣha: Many falsely believe only chanting a particular mantra is the fastest way to mokṣha. This is as far from the truth as it can get. Bhakti (devotion) leads to jñānam (knowledge), and self knowledge alone is liberation. Krishna Bhagwan is crystal clear about this, it is unfortunate that people misinterpret his teachings. Gita Ch 4, verse 38 says ‘there is nothing more purifying than knowledge’. Gaining Ātmā jñānam (self knowledge) from a qualified teacher who can handle shāstra (scripture) as a pramāṇam (means of knowledge) is the only way to go.

5) Shraddha [trust in the teacher and scriptures] makes life easy… Very easy: Debate only generates heat, and no light. Either we argue or we learn. Humility is the key to opening the doors to knowledge, if one approaches the scriptures with a challenging attitude, the Vedas will always elude such a person. Sincere seeker-ship is always rewarded. shraddhā is faith in one’s dev-guru-shāstra (god, guru, scripture).

6) Re: Tradition: Respect the Vedic culture. Culture is the medium through which knowledge is propagated. You cannot separate knowledge from traditional practices. If one dies, the other will not last very long. Vedic culture and religion go hand in hand and are inseparable. Both need your support. Both will support you.

7) Re: Purpose of Meditation: Entering into meditation will NOT enlighten a person. Meditation can be divided into four types: a) Relaxation b) Concentration c) Expansion d) Value assimilation.

Relaxation does just what it says. Concentration hones your ability to focus on a vastu (thing) for longer uninterrupted periods. Expansion is where your cognition reaches out to incorporate a vishva rUpa of this jagat/ishvara, wherein you try to visualize yourself from the smallest particle, to the farthest reaches of space and time, where nothing in the universe is separate from you. Value-based meditation is where you bring about a transformation in thoughts.

Meditation before gaining knowledge is a good conditioning program to prepare your mind for knowledge, also called upāsana yoga. Meditation after studying scriptures is a program to help assimilate knowledge, also known as nidhidhyāsanan Of course to gain jīvan-mukti/mokṣha, shāstric vidyā is indispensable.

8 ) There aren’t MANY gods: So many needless Vishnu vs Shiva fights can be avoided. Vishnu and Shiva are manifestations of the same Īshvara, presented to you in whichever form you prefer. Same goes with other representations such as Ganesha, Mātāji etc.The whole purpose of this diversity is to appreciate Īshvara’s creation, not create divisions within Īshvara… Every form is a form of Īshvara alone. This is the beauty of Advaita which so few understand and appreciate. To be clear, there is only one Īshvara. Nay, there is ONLY Īshvara.

9) Vedānta is a means of self-knowledge: Upanishads stand as a consistent part of the Vedas, there are no contradictions. The former half of the Vedas treat you as a doer, prescribing necessary actions/karmas that you can perform in the form of rituals, prayers, duties etc, the latter half reveals the nature of the very inquirer.

10) Different religions do NOT lead to the same goal: All religions are not the same. Often I read posts like. Church = Temple = Mosque = 6 letters. Bible = Quran = Geeta = 5 letters, so all religions teach the same thing. While I can appreciate the intention, it is just a dishonest pseudo secular way to look at things.

The goal of most other religions is a temporary heaven. Logic says that a limited action cannot earn a permanent result. Limited actions on earth can only buy you limited stay in heaven, the concept of eternal heaven and hell are logically faulty.

The goal of a Vaidika is mokṣha, and that is absolute freedom from all limitations – bodily or otherwise. As Pūjya Swāmi Dayānanda ji says, when you are in heaven, you still may have to struggle to get a “front seat” to see your favorite God! So let us accept that all religions are different, and let us accommodate the differences without badmouthing them, and focus on our own

11) Different yogas do NOT give the same result: Karma yoga, jñāna yoga, bhakti yoga and dhyāna yoga are not different ways to achieve the same end. Karma yoga and dhyāna yoga (or more precisely, upāsana yoga) are preparatory steps to achieve jnāana. Bhakti is the attitude with which we conduct all our activities. Ultimately it boils down to mokṣha through jñāna alone: jñānam is equivalent to mokṣha.

12) Ātmā is NOT a part/product/property of Brahman: Ātmā is brahman, that’s all.

13) Ātmā does NOT take rebirth: Ātmā is often mistaken to be the sūkshma sharira (subtle body: the mind, sense powers, powers of action and the prANas). It is the subtle body that goes from birth to birth, inhabiting one physical body after another.

14) There is only ONE Ātmā: The Ātmā is an all pervading entity, and there is only one Ātmā. Rather, there is ONLY Ātmā/brahman, and this world of names and forms is a manifestation. When one dreams, a single individual creates an entire universe of forms within his own mind, and then enters that very dream to experience it, and now the dream that was within the individual suddenly appears to be a real world outside of the individual.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Well done Shri Ashok Khemka

Taking on the son-in-law of India's most powerful dynasty has already led to Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka's transfer. But reports say the worst is yet to come with the Government of India likely to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the officer.

Khemka shot into the limelight --- when he was transferred within three days of ordering a probe in land deals involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF. According to reports, Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy is learnt to have moved a file to initiate action against the senior IAS officer with a record 40 transfers in the 21 years of his administrative career.

Earlier, the Congress government in Haryana had transferred Khemka from the revenue department after he initiated the probe into Vadra's sale of 3.531 acres of land in Shikohpur village at Manesar to DLF for Rs.58 crore. The transfer of an upright officer, who decided to take on the mighty and the powerful, has created a huge uproar with civil society members and Opposition parties attacking the government.

Speaking to media, the 47-year old IAS officer, who also claimed that he was receiving death threats, alleged the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda was responsible for his transfer and there were "malafide reasons".

qouted from: India Today New Delhi, October 17, 2012

We the citizens of INDIA appeal to all IAS officers to take intiative now and come together for the protection of your welfare and the welfare of the nation and it's citizens. I guarantee that how much money you earn to fulfill your greed, is not going to help you in your lifespan, only and only you would earn and die and it would be gone to somebody which even you do not know who is it, its very fluid in nature and even I guarantee it would not come to help your next generation anyway if you want to give something to your next generation give them the will power to study and gain knowledge to become the next IAS officer like you. should you have little bit of shame for yourself then Please defy government of india and come together to protest and protect your respect and dignity by saving Mr Khemka.

Believe in yourself if Mr. Kejriwal can do then you too definitely, you have more power than we common people have and even you have the great power to drive these dirty Politicians who are about to sell our nation once its sold completely you would not have any natural resource and anything to make money and fulfill your greed.


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Sunday, 13 May 2012



The AUTONOMY: Myth number 1

This is a very involved topic. This itself will need a long blog post to do justice to all parts. But since this keeps coming in all Kashmir related discussions, let's provide a few real scholarly links which would quench the knowledge thirst of any serious reader. For starters, 26th October 1947 was the date when Jammu and Kashmir princely state's maharajah, Hari Singh, signed a legal accession document to bring the state as a part of India.

a) V.K. Krishna Menon's marathon speech at UN lasting over 8 hours, on 23rd January 1957 is the ultimate place to figure all answers to misconceptions being floated in the plebiscite aspect.

•Part 1: http://www.un.int/india/ind29.pdf
•Part 2: http://www.un.int/india/ind31.pdf
•Part 3: http://www.un.int/india/ind30.pdf

b) A book by Jagmohan, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir during the most turbulent times - My Frozen Turbulence

c) The Origins of a Dispute book by Prem Shankar Jha.

d) The Secular Agenda book by Arun Shourie.

e) Vision of India and Kashmir's place in that vision.

f) Kashmir: Illusion and Reality

g) Autonomy: Nuts and Bolts of Operational Reality.

Please read article from the source

Kashmir Valley Muslim Victimization: Myth number 2

Two maps would illustrate most of the things we want to convey on this important sub topic. Here is the tiny valley that everyone focus on as "Kashmir problem".

However, the image below is the reality of Jammu and Kashmir entire state, including the parts illegally occupied by fuck'd up Pakistan and China.

Thus "Kashmir" that media portrays is about 7% in area of undivided Jammu and Kashmir, or about 15% of Jammu and Kashmir state within India today. Ladakh, about 59,000 sq.km in area, which is 58% Buddhist, plus has a Muslim region of Kargil, has no "problem". Jammu, about 27,000 sq.km in area, which is about 70% Hindu ha no "problem". So essentially, 86,000 sq.km of Jammu and Kashmir which is under Indian control today, has no alienation or "problem".

Coming to jobs. There are around 4,00,000 government jobs in Kashmir valley alone! That is about 6 to 7% of the entire valley's population employed the government. I don't think there can be another state or division in India where you can find such a high number of population on government pay roll! Let's not get into who might have taken over the 60,000 odd government jobs that Kashmiri Pandits were in, before they were kicked out of the valley by gun totting muth fuk'n Jihadis squad.

Land: Jammu and Kashmir was probably the first state in India that reformed land, essentially giving lands to the tiller in late 1940s. Most of the large land owning Kashmiri Pandits lost huge amounts of land overnight.If one looks into the land ownership in Kashmir valley today, almost everything would be owned by Muslims.

If one is serious to learn about learning statistics of how Muslims, particularly Kashmir valley Muslims, are dominating every segment of Jammu and Kashmir administration, check out this highly informative link:


It is really heart wrenching to see the fate of pandits who were forced out of their homeland and left in the lurch and any number of their agitations are not even in public eye.

So plenty of government jobs, plenty of government package/investments, complete land ownership, lack of poverty compared to rest of India, must tell us that the whole Kashmiri Muslim victimization campaign is quite shaky.
Islamic Terrorism caused Kashmir Refugees. {Source: thekashmir}