Goal of human life
The goal of human life according to Advaita Vedanta is Brahmajnana (knowledge
Brahman covered by Maya
Why don’t we experience Brahman? Why are we not able to see Brahman? We don’t because Maya shakti (power of Brahman) covers Brahman. In fact Sri Ramakrishna
says that various Vedantic MahaVakyas like Aham Brahmasmi do not apply to us:
View More Everything you wanted to know about Brahmajnana but were afraid to ask!
Physics is currently going through a crisis. It is of course true that Physics has faced crisis even in earlier times. For example, a hundred years ago one of the most baffling problems was the black body radiation problem. A black body is an object that absorbs all electromagnetic radiation that falls on it.
View More Crisis in modern Physics
Unknowability of Brahman
Reason is strongly stressed in Hindu dharma. Hindu dharma admits, however, that Brahman is beyond reason. For example, the Upanishads say poetically,
View More The Nature of Brahman
Buddhist Tripitaka scriptures were written about 200 years after Buddha's parinirvana. These scriptures now form the bed rock of Theravada Buddhism. A perusal of these scriptures shows a clear tendency to make fun of Hindu Devatas. Great Brahma is in fact shown as a humbug and a fool as is clear from Kevatta Sutta in Digha Nikaya which is given below.
View More Why should Buddhists worship Hindu Devatas?
This is a reappraisal of the book, 'Neo-Vedanta and Modernity' by Prof Bithika Mukherji (BM). Previously I had criticized her book assuming that she means Sri Ramakrishna when she talks of neo-vedanta. I have now been e-mailed a copy of the internet version of the book by my esteemed Medhajournal colleague Karigar.
View More A reappraisal of the book, ‘Neo-Vedanta and Modernity’
Nineteenth century was a century of ferment in India. New ideas from the western world poured into India through the medium of British presence in India. These new ideas in science, technology, economics and other material subjects created a crisis of confidence in Hindu dharma in those parts of India
View More A critique of the excerpts of Neo-Vedanta and Modernity
Higher criticism of the Bible is a huge area to cover. I decided to show how the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been studied from the historical point of view as an example of higher criticism. One reason for choosing the crucifixion is that it is crucifixion that causes the death of Christ and thus allows the resurrection of Christ, the raising of Christ
View More Crucifixion or CruciFICTION?
I have posted two articles giving examples of lower criticism of the Bible.
Lower criticism is textual criticism, weeding out scribal errors and textual
corruptions. Higher criticism is the inquiry into authorship, integrity, and historical accuracy. Higher criticism would include comparing the canonical Gospels, studying the influence of the old
View More Higher Criticism of the Bible: Comparing the Four Canonical Gospels
The ancient world had no access to printing press. Consequently it depended
on scribes to copy a book by hand. This resulted in many versions of the same
book due to simple scribal errors or deliberate deletions or insertions on doctrinal grounds. There are for example 5700 manuscripts of the New Testament books available. (Of course this also
View More Some More Lower Criticisms of the Bible
The Bible has been the most influential text of the western world for nearly
1700 years ever since Christianity was legalized by the Roman Emperor
Constantine in the fourth century. The Christian Bible (the New Testament)
was originally in Greek. The Roman Church had it translated into Latin. The translation was done by Father Jerome in the fourth century and is known as the
View More Lower criticism of the Christian Bible