The Candid Eye

October 12, 2009

Is police in Kashmir Valley endorsing Islamist agenda?

A Hindu youth from Jammu, who was arrested by Ram Munshi Bagh police and kept under custody has been found to be dead under suspicious circumstances. It is being alleged that Rajneesh Sharma was killed because he married a muslim girl.

SOUNDS COMMUNAL but it is a fact that Kashmiris including politicians, bureaucrats and other high profile officials are ruling according to the law of Islam, which according to the radicals preaches that end of non- Muslims is the ultimate success of Jehad.

The death of a young boy from Jammu, Rajneesh Sharma, who was in the custody of Ram Bagh police station in Srinagar under mysterious circumstances is a clear pointer to the communal intolerance in the police and administration ranks. Sharma was accused of kidnapping a muslim girl, but his family members claim that he had no connection with any kidnapping case.

Going through recent developments in Rammunshi Bagh police station it is evidently an eye opener in this direction. As, in a police cell where a blanket, tooth brush or even a paper pin is not tavailable normally, then, from where the rope came, with which Rajneesh was found hanged.

Contrary to police version several political, social and religious organizations have raised strong questions on the manner in which the matter is being handled. Earlier, there has been big drama whenever any death occurred in custody by Kashmiris but why is not any body raising voice over the suspicious and tragic death of a Jammu youth, asked the organizational heads and spokespersons of different parties and groups.

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Kashmir

It may be worth to mention that in the name of custodial killings, Kashmiris have raised hue and cry against CRPF, Army and J&K Police every now and then but once the custodial death came in fore of a Hindu boy from Jammu where are these so called protectors of Human Rights Violation and custodian killing watch dogs, asks the believers of Kashmiriat.

“Suspending some unfortunate police cops under a planned design is not going to do, time has come when every commoner has to become a policeman, a journalist and a judge” said a religious leader and added that in the name of secularism and democracy Hindus of India have suffered unprecedented and irreparable losses but time has come when Hindus of India should wake up and stand unitedly to defeat the nefarious designs of the enemy.

“When Jammu and Kashmir government could order a CBI inquiry in the Shopian case , than why not in the case of Rajneesh” asked a student and added that it is acid test moment for government of Jammu and Kashmir as well as for the government of India as appeasement policy towards Kashmiris has been already exposed and response to the tragic custodial death of Rajneesh will be a clear eye opener for Hindus of Jammu in particular and of entire world in general.

The custodial death of a Sarwal youth in Sringar triggered tension outside Mortuary department of GMC after family members alleged police hand in the death of the youth instead of suicidal case and also targeted police for providing wrong information in case by mentioning death of elder brother rather than younger.

Mystery shrouds the death of a youth Rajneesh Sharma of Sarwal, whose dead body was shifted from Srinagar to Jammu in the name of his elder brother Pawan Sharma on Wednesday. Rajneesh son of Lt. Nanak Chand Sharma of Sarwal was picked by Bakshi Nagar police on September 30 and handed over to a police team from Ram Munshi Bagh police.

A case of kidnapping had been lodged against Rajneesh by family members of Amina, daughter of a house boat owner in Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Read the full report here.

Meanwhile BJP wants arrest of police officials & Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant says that Ameena,got converted to Hinduism and married Rajneesh Sharma,thus  making the Srinagar musilms angry which led to the custodial death of Rajneesh Sharma.

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August 30, 2009

Idol Desecrations in Bangalore!!

Filed under: India,Temples — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Soon after the event that happened in Mangalore Mahaganapathy temple,here in Bangalore there is a similar incident, planned and executed allegedly by radical elements in Gangaparameshwari temple, Nagawara.Excerpts from this news.

Tension prevailed at Nagawara bus stop for some time on Saturday morning as four idols at Gangaparameshwari temple were found damaged.

The miscreants had allegedly damaged the idols on Friday night and the priest of the temple had registered a complaint with the police. The local leaders, temple trustees and the police pacified the angry mob and assured them that the culprits will be brought to book.

This is something to be dealt very severely and the culprits involved in this incident should be severely punished.

I wonder what would have happened by now, if the same thing had happened in non-hindu places of worship.

May 24, 2009

What the Ancients did for us??

Filed under: Hinduism,India — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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‘What the Ancients did for us’ is a documentary series presented in BBC by Adam Hart-Davis.This research explores the scientific legacy of the ancient civilisations and their impact on the current modern day world.The series of videos by Adam Hart-Davis tells us what our ancestors had left for us.Excerpts starts here.

India is one of the oldest and richest civilizations in the world. It is home to the world’s first planned cities, where every house had its own bathroom and toilet five thousand years ago. The Ancient Indians have not only given us yoga, meditation and complementary medicines, but they have furthered our knowledge of science, maths – and invented Chaturanga, which became the game of chess.

According to Albert Einstein, they “taught us how to count”, as they invented the numbers 1-9 and ‘zero’, without which there would be no computers or digital age. Unfairly we call this system of counting Arabic numbers – a misplaced credit.

Two thousand years ago the Indians pioneered plastic surgery, reconstructing the noses and ears on the faces of people who had been disfigured through punishment or warfare. They performed eye operations such as cataract removal and invented inoculation to protect their population from Smallpox, saving thousands of lives.

To create images of their gods they invented a technique of casting bronze called ‘Lost Wax’, a five-millennia old process still in use today. India was one of the first civilizations to successfully extract Iron from ore and they quickly learnt how to cast huge structures with it – some of them surviving. Their metallurgists went on to invent steel which they called Wotz. Although apparently mentioned in Beowulf, it would take the British until the 19th century to rediscover same substance.

In 1790 the Indians defeated the British Army in the battle of Pollilur with a secret invention – the rocket. The British eventually stole the idea and used it against Napoleon’s fleet.

But perhaps the most important invention the Indians have given us is cotton. 3500 years ago whilst we were lumbering around in animal skins and itchy wool they were cultivating a plant and weaving it into a material that would revolutionise Britain. They also pioneered the printing and dyeing of cotton in a staggering array of colours and invented the spinning wheel – something Europe wouldn’t catch up with until the Middle Ages. The mechanisation of this simple device by Hargreaves and Arkwright led to the industrial revolution and turned Britain into a superpower.

Excerpts ends here.

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 1 

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 2 

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 3

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 4 

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 5 

What Ancients did for us – The Indians – Part 6

April 22, 2009

Ever wanted to evangelize to a Hindu but don’t know how to do it?

Filed under: Christianity,Evangelists — thecandideye @ 1:57 AM
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I have come across this interesting piece of article on this site by Slavah TebYeah.After the request by one of the readers, I am reproducing the entire article here.

Excerpts starts:

A lot of times while on earth you’ll be faced with many different religions which all deviate the simple truth of the gospel and mainly their doctrine’s concerning Jesus Christ!  Sometimes you may be stuck trying to figure out what the real truth is behind Christianity and how to I get it out to one of my friends that I don’t even understand why they are rejecting it.  Well, if you are interested in possibly changing one of your friends lives who is a Hindu please read on.

Anyways the first thing that you should remember is that the number 1 problem between Hinduism and Christianity are the absolutes.  In other words if you took away their Ghangas river it would be equivelant to taking away Israel. 

            Another thing that you should keep in mind when trying to evangelize to Hindus are the two types of barriers dealing with evangelizing to them.  These include the Conceptual Barriers and the Theological Barriers.  The Conceptual Barriers would include the following 5 things:

  1. Hindu concept of equality of religions
  2. Hindu terminology – different meanings
  3. Hindu attitude to exclusiveness
  4. Hindu persecution of Christians (true Christians are excluded)
  5. Their concept of Christianity ( they see Christianity as western and as music, etc.  even though it really came from the east)

The Theological Barriers would include:

  1. Karma is incompatible with grace
  2. Brahman is incompatible with God
  3. Man as emanation is incompatible with man as created in the image of God.
  4. Illusory world is incompatible with the real world.
  5. Sin concept is incompatible with Biblical sin.

The next thing that you should keep in mind when trying to evangelize to Hindus are the right ways to evangelize to them and not offend them.  These would include the following:

YOU SHOULD…

         be well versed (know their 4 sacred books)

         practice renunciation (you have t live in their houses.  They have to see that none of the things from the western world you hold onto are not part of your Christianity.

         Define terms carefully (what does god mean… etc.)

         Contrast God with deities (this is what (Paul did in Acts 17)

 Ok so you know a little bit about Hinduism so where do you begin when evangelizing to them?  If I were you I would start right off the bat focusing on these four things in the following order:

 Explain grace not Karma

  1. Face up to absolute truth (motivating them to be intellectually honest)
  2. Focus on gospel not religion
  3. Admit that western forms are expendable

 Finally if your running out of ways to share the gospel with a Hindu you should consider the 10 Commandments For Sharing the Gospel With Hindus.  This would include:

 Make friends (1st, really make them your friends, by showing true friendship.  Be prepared to give and receive help in practical ways(Jn. 4:17)

  1. Be hospitable.  Invite them into your home
  2. Respect their customs and sensitives.  Concerning food and drink, ask beforehand if they are vegetarian…
  3. Be modest in dress and reserved in manner.
  4. Recognize the importance of being a good listener.
  5. Build bridges not barriers (start with common ground)
  6. Avoid debate because they’ll probably win.
  7. Present them with a copy of John or Luke.
  8. Pray with them
  9. Share your own personal testimony.

Excerpts ends:

I have reproduced the same with my comments.It is very intetresting to note how highly skilled the evangelists are in spreading the gospel.Highly remarkable their marketting skills and perseverence are.It seems Evangelisation is primary goal of many christians today if not all.

A lot of times while on earth you’ll be faced with many different religions which all deviate the simple truth of the gospel and mainly their doctrine’s concerning Jesus Christ!  Sometimes you may be stuck trying to figure out what the real truth is behind Christianity and how to I get it out to one of my friends that I don’t even understand why they are rejecting it.  Well, if you are interested in possibly changing one of your friends lives who is a Hindu please read on.

Anyways the first thing that you should remember is that the number 1 problem between Hinduism and Christianity are the absolutes.  In other words if you took away their Ghangas river it would be equivelant to taking away ..Israel. 

            Another thing that you should keep in mind when trying to evangelize to Hindus are the two types of barriers dealing with evangelizing to them.  These include the Conceptual Barriers and the Theological Barriers.  The Conceptual Barriers would include the following 5 things:

  1. Hindu concept of equality of religions
  2. Hindu terminology – different meanings
  3. Hindu attitude to exclusiveness
  4. Hindu persecution of Christians (true Christians are excluded)
  5. Their concept of Christianity ( they see Christianity as western and as music, etc.  even though it really came from the east)(Infact many people know that Jesus lived in Kashmir after resurrection.Christianity has been westernised by Church to suit their needs and now it is being Indianised!!But they want to cling on to the word Christianity.Ridiculous!)

The Theological Barriers would include:

  1. Karma is incompatible with grace (It’s a wonder how Christianity has accepted the concept of Karma!But this knowledge on Karma is welcome.Only Master’s grace can eliminate bondage of the Karma.There are two types of Karma.Prarabhda Karma  which can not be changed in this life time and Sanchitha Karma which can be changed thru spritual practices & Satsang.In India there were/are enlightened masters who can do this.Lord Jesus, an enlightened soul is no exception to this ability.)
  2. Brahman is incompatible with God(Brahman,God,Guru,Jesus,Krishna,Buddha,Allah are all same.The supreme being is being referred by different names.It is very naive to say that God and Brahman are different.There is no question of compatibility here.You are talking about compatibility wherea as Hinduism says they are all ONE.)
  3. Man as emanation is incompatible with man as created in the image of God.(Every living creature itself is divine infact.Jesus taught people to love their neighbours because they could not understand the reality that the other person also God.So HE said Love thy neighbours.Hindus throughout the ages have been worshipping their parents,Teachers,Other living beings as GODS.Worshipping is nothing but sign of love that Lord Jesus preached.)
  4. Illusory world is incompatible with the real world.(Illusions and realities are our perceptions.To get clear perception one have to do the meditation.Thats why even Jesus did meditation during his unknown period of his history.Infact the reality is only one.The truth is only one.Confusion arises only when there is no clarity in the mind for which meditation, invented in the East,practised by Lord Jesus is best remedy )
  5. Sin concept is incompatible with Biblical sin.(You are born out of Sin.This sin concept is needed for Church to survive and they have been doing that remarkably well for the past 2000 years.Infact Lust is sin and not Love.Lust is sin because you treat the other person as an object for your satisfaction.Love treats other person as God.Lust demands whereas Love offers.Lust tries to control other person whereas Love surrenders to other person.That is why Lust is called sin.Between a husband and wife exists Love and not Lust.Then why do they say You are born out of Sin??Is it lust to control the entire humanity? )

The next thing that you should keep in mind when trying to evangelize to Hindus are the right ways to evangelize to them and not offend them.  These would include the following:

YOU SHOULD…

         be well versed (know their 4 sacred books)(Hinduism does not value scholarly lecture of someone about the vedas unless until he/she lives by that.)

         practice renunciation (you have to live in their houses.  They have to see that none of the things from the western world you hold onto are not part of your Christianity.)The very fact you are saying this shows how tolerant and lovable Hindus are.Is this not what Jesus preached?

         Define terms carefully (what does god mean… etc.)(By carefully talking like this, you are losing your credibility as Honest Intelluctual.Crooked intelligence is nowhere accepted)

         Contrast God with deities (this is what (Paul did in Acts 17) (Hindus don’t worship deities.They worship GOD thru deities.Like you do with Jesus on a cross)

Ok so you know a little bit about Hinduism so where do you begin when evangelizing to them?  If I were you I would start right off the bat focusing on these four things in the following order: 

  1. Explain grace not Karma.(Grace is known to many Hindus.They believe Jesus as an avatar and His presence is still there.Presence is nothing but the soul.The very concept of Hinduism)
  2. Face up to absolute truth (motivating them to be intellectually honest)(When you know absolute truth,you will come to know that people are already intellectually honest.You will accept people as they are.)
  3. Focus on gospel not religion(Hinduism has been doing for past 7000 years.Infact it goes one step further and says “Focus on experiencial level of understanding and not only gospel.It also says gospel is useless unless you experience it yourself.)
  4. Admit that western forms are expendable.(Extensibilty is core concept of Hinduism.You are welcome to do that.Extensibility means you accept people,their customs,their traditions,their belief,their worshipping,their Gods – the whole thing as it is.Anything less than this is mere hypocrisy.)

Finally if your running out of ways to share the gospel with a Hindu you should consider the 10 Commandments For Sharing the Gospel With Hindus.  This would include: 

  1. Make friends (1st, really make them your friends, by showing true friendship.  Be prepared to give and receive help in practical ways(Jn. 4:17)
  2. Be hospitable.  Invite them into your home
  3. Respect their customs and sensitives.  Concerning food and drink, ask beforehand if they are vegetarian…
  4. Be modest in dress and reserved in manner.
  5. Recognize the importance of being a good listener.
  6. Build bridges not barriers (start with common ground)
  7. Avoid debate because they’ll probably win.
  8. Present them with a copy of John or Luke.
  9. Pray with them
  10. Share your own personal testimony.

What is use of all these actions if your intentions are different?Jesus tells us to maintain integrity and be faithful.

April 17, 2009

The Facts of Khajuraho

Recently I was arguing  with one of my friends about M.F.Hussain getting Raja Ravi Varma award from the Kerala goverment.I told him by giving this award the Kerala communists are hurting the sentiments of Hindus and thus appeasing the other community people.It should be noted that Hussen drew only Hindu gods,goddesses  in the nude and not others.Why Bharat Mata alone?Why not Jesus,Mary,Mohammed?Perversion and Obscenity have become part of Artists’ lives nowadays.Art or Paintings which are targettted to offend/hurt some ones sentiments are to be banned.Here is a wonderful meaning of sculptures in our temples.

Many times we find that people often quote the Khajuraho Temples as an excuse to equate Hinduism and Hindu Deities with nudity and sex. What is actually Khajuraho, what does it contain and how many of the quoters have actually visited the Temples ? Here are the facts.

The name Khajuraho may be derived from khajura (date palm), which grows freely in the area and perhaps because there were two golden khajura trees on a carved gate here. The old name was Kharjuravahaka (scorpion bearer), the scorpion symbolizing poisonous lust. The temples were built under the late Chandela kings between 950 and 1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. With the fading of Chandela fortunes, the importance of Khajuraho waned but temple building continued until the 12th century at a much reduced pace. The Chandelas were followers of the Tantric cult which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards attaining the ultimate liberation. Tantrism has been mostly misunderstood and the Philosophical part of Tantras like the Mahanirvana Tantra have been totally forgotten. This was one of the reasons why Tantrics perished. Nevertheless it remains a distinct path of Spiritual Practice though it has very few followers all over the world.

1. It must be emphasized that Khajuraho Temples, do not contain sexual themes inside the Temple premises or near the deity but only on external carvings. They portray that for seeing the deity, one must leave his sexual desires outside the Temple. They also depict that the inner deity of the Temple is pure like the soul (atman) which is unaffected by sexual desires and other gross tendencies, destiny etc, whereas the external curvature and carvings of the Temples depict the bodily changes that occur in us.

2. Only as many as 10% carvings contain sexual themes, not between any deities but between ordinary humans. The rest depict the common man’s life of those days. For example ladies applying makeup, musicians, potters, Farmers etc. All these are away from Temple deities. They give the message that one should always have God as the central point in one’s life even though one is engaged in worldly activities.

3. It is a misconception that since Khajuraho are Temples, they depict sex between deities!

4. In Khajuraho Temples, the idols of Shiva, Nandi, Goddess Durga, Incarnations of Vishnu etc are fully clothed.

5. All over India, in no Temples have idols of Deities been shown nude and in sexual positions !

6. Types of beauty in the Hindu religion – Union of man and woman

‘The basic Universal Divine Energy (Shakti) is a symbol of the union of man and woman and it is the main spiritual emotion in Hindu art depicted in the man-woman sculptures seen in Amravati, Khajuraho, Konark, etc.Here Divine Energy (Shakti) manifests  in the man-woman union, the basis of Vedic art and culture. Sculptures in the Ajanta caves are also a depiction of the man and woman, but sexual congress is prohibited in the sculptures’.  Bharatiya Sanskruti Kosh, pages 166-169

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