A simple Venn Diagram. A ∩ B exists only when there is something common between the both. Building upon Assmann, who says two of the major advantages of ancient polytheistic religions were religious tolerance and international law, this intersection exists there because though everyone has got their own religions, there is an equivalent god for… Read More Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?
How many of us know that Jan 1 is new year because that’s the day on which Jesus Christ was circumcised? There was an utter confusion with regard to new year between 12th and 15th century, with the most standard dates being 1 Jan – Roman New Year and the day of circumcision of Jesus… Read More January First as New Year Day
The Zorastrians consider Atash Behram, the fire created out of the below 16 sources as the supreme. The sparks are collected and the fire is consecrated after 11000 hours of ceremonies. The one which was brought into India by the fleeing Zorastrians is considered to one of the oldest Atash Behrams and for that matter,… Read More The 16 fires of Zorastrians
Two days ago, I was in Simhachalam. That was my second visit to the temple. Because it was a Saturday and Panchami, the rush was massive in the temple. We decided to have a Darshan through the 100 rupee Special Darshan. It was a very big mistake. It took almost half an hour for us… Read More Simhachalam Temple – Need for Course Correction
Anquetil Duperron found a copy of Sirr-e-Akbar, Dara Shikoh’s translation of Upanishads and royally defaced the name, in the usual European style as Oppenk’hat. At the start of the book, Dara gives the author’s introduction to the work. This preface, where Dara says Upanishads are a commentary of the Quran, is considered to be the… Read More Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar
The story is all too known. Yayati summons his sons and asks them to give him their youth in lieu of the crown as a mollification of the curse Sukra gives him. All his sons reject and finally, Puru, the youngest, surrenders his youth. Sourced from Chapter 78, Bhumi Khanda of Padma Purana, below is what… Read More Yayati Cursing Turu – Defining a Mlechcha
Somewhere, I wrote, Communism is also a religion – Communists follow the principle “No god is my god”. But, the trigger is a tweet by Prof Makarand Paranjape – Sir, isn’t terrorism itself a kind of religion, with a wide range of adherents, some fanatic, some moderate, some even “liberal”? This makes one think of… Read More The Concept of Alternate Religion – Something which coexists with Religion