A brief meditation on Khyati

Introduction

Khyati (Epistemology or sources of knowledge) has been a fierce
subject of debate in India for many centuries. How can one have valid
knowledge (Prama) and what are the proximate means (pramanas) to valid
knowledge? This issue is important in Indic dharma systems because of their
claim that dhyana (meditation) or japa (repeatation of mantra) can lead to
supreme knowledge. An objection raised to this claim is the possibility that
dhyana or japa might be deluding people. How can one know that the experiences
claimed by Yogis are not hallucinations? Vedantic Acharyas were sensitive to
these issues.

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Strengths and weaknesses of ‘The God Delusion’

INTRODUCTION

I found this book to be a passionate espousal of Athiesm, "absence of belief"
and a strong denunciation of "blind belief". The book is correct in its denunciation of Christian theology's insistence on faith or blind belief but
its strong advocacy of Athiesm leads to logical inconsistencies and flaws.
Moreover, Richard Dawkins' treatment of Dharma systems and matters related
to India are seriously flawed at best and exhibits double standards at the
very worst. I will cover these three issues sequentially. I will finally deal
with my philosophical disagreement with Dawkins' entire approach.

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The problem of evil in the presence of a loving God

INTRODUCTION

 

It is a pet theme of western athiests and westernised Hindus to point out that the presence of evil in this world is not compatible with a loving creator. How can a loving, all powerful God, allow thousands of people to die for no fault of their own?

 

I would like to show that while this argument is a potent weapon against Christian theology, it fails against the Hindu Darshanas.

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Hypocrisy and Bankruptcy of Indian leftist intellectuals

INTRODUCTION

Indian intellectual life has been dictated by a cabal of leftist intellectuals
for the last 60 years. This leftist intellectual cabal views everything
through the biased lens of what it claims is liberalism. These intellectuals
are not swayed either by facts or by reason. They have not been able to come
up with a single original idea in the last 60 years. No one can accuse our
leftist intellectuals of actually thinking for themselves. Only hypocrisy and
complete bankruptcy are found to hold sway among these so-called
intellectuals. I give below two examples of such hypocritical and bankrupt
leftist views. I have posted excerpts of two articles by "eminent"
intellectuals and my comments on these articles.
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Looming Danger

INTRODUCTION

Recently West Bengal has been in news reports for problems associated with land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram. The principal opposition leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, has been extremely active with her shrill denunciation, hunger strike, her encouragement of ultra-left and Islamic forces and her adamant opposition to the use of farm land for industrial use. I will in this article argue that her adamant opposition to the use of farm land for non-agricultural land is misplaced and that her encouragement of Islamic forces is a looming danger. I understand her anger against CPI(M) but her tactics is incorrect. I will discuss the reasons why industrialization is a must and that some farm land will have to be used for industrialization and urban use. I will point out the dangers of using Islamic forces to score points against CPI(M) and the correct strategy.

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OM and its significance

INTRODUCTION

When I was young, I used to see the OM symbol in Hindu temples. I used to wonder at its meaning. It is only later that I learnt that OM is clearly explained in Mandukya Upanishad (MU). MU is one of the ancient classical Upanishads commented upon by Acharya Shankara. It comprises of only 12 shlokas (verses). It is also one of the most fascinating for reasons that will become clear as we go through the short text. I found, however, that the significance of OM was not clear to me even after going through MU. I fully understood only after reading Vivekananda and Ramakrishna on OM. I will first of all go through the text of MU and then discuss the significance of OM as explained by Vivekananda and Ramakrishna.

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