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Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts

Gugga Jahar Veer Ji - A Hindu Diety

Gugga Ji at www.letmesay.in siteGugga Ji, who is also known as Goga Ji or Jahar Veer Gogga, is a Hindu folk deity. Worshiped in several states of northern India, especially in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, he is warrior-hero, venerated as a saint and a 'snake-god'. Worshiped as a peer, Gugga ji is believed to protect his followers from snakes and other evils.


Gugga Ji believed to be born by the blessings of widely-respected Guru Gorakhnath, who gave 'Guggal' fruit in the form of prasad to Gugga's mother, Bachhal. As the fruit of Guggal was bellieved to be the cause of this deity's birth, he was referred to as Gugga. Devotees add the suffix 'Ji' to call him Gugga Ji in respect.

Gugga Ji's shrine, referred to as "madi" or "medi", consists of a one-room structure with a minaret on each of four corners and a grave called Mazar inside, marked by a symbol or a sign that is made up of a long bamboo with peacock plumes, some colored threads. On the 9th of the Hindu month of Bhadra, devotees worship his symbol -- a black snake painted on a wall in madi. A fly-flap, called chhari, is taken round the village, and devotees pay their respect to it.

The tales of Gugga Ji are typically recited and sang from the festival of Raksha Bandhan to Gugga Naumi by this deity's followers, who are offered grains and other stuff. All the collected offerings are brought to the temple, where the festival of Gugga Navami is celebrated for three days. In addition to various pujas and rituals, a wrestling competition (Dangal) is organized for where wrestlers from across the region compete. The annual 3-day fair is also a part of these festivities where people come and enjoy delicious regional food and sweets, and shop for cosmetics, toys, household goods, cosmetics, handicrafts and decorative items.

Read more »

Give Your Best But Give Up Results


Devote yourself totally and give your best in whatever you have to do, but keep it in mind that you are only the instrument and not the doer -- God, the Almighty, is the doer.

You can’t know the Almighty’s intentions or plans. It is only the three qualities (gunas) of nature that are always at play. It is the yearning for action that binds the person. It is the aloofness from action that dissolves the karmic seeds. Thus, you should constantly work only for work's sake and give up the desire for results, which may be good or bad.

Do your best. If you have knowledge of a better way to serve, make sure you use it. Don’t hold back just due to fear of hard efforts or criticism. Don’t work in a slapdash or lukewarm manner just because no one is watching or because you feel you will not get desired results from the work. Always give your best and strive to do such actions that can bring maximum good and minimum evil to all as a whole. Do Karma Yoga and stay away from sin.


Read more »

What is Sin?


In a common religious context, sin can be described as the act of willfully violating The Almighty’s or God’s will. In other words, any act that violates the ideal relationship between a person and The Almighty is sin. It you willfully or deliberately diverge or vary from the perceived ideal order for human living or violate some religious or moral principle, you ‘miss the mark’ and commit a sin.
letmesay.in image showing sin separating man from God

Moral sin is perhaps found only in humans because humans are intelligent beings and have the ability to decide what is morally wrong and what is right. A moral sin deprives an individual some moral good. Moral evil or sin occurs when an intelligent individual, who is aware of God and His law, willingly refuses to obey.

God has endowed humans with the abilities to reason and exercise free-will, in addition to a sense of responsibility. The Almighty has also made humans subject to His law, which is known to them by the dictates of conscience. Thus, it is supposed from humans that they will exercise their conscience and their acts will conform to the God’s law. As it has already been described that sin is a morally bad act, any act that not in accord with the Devine law is sin.

Sin can mainly be divided into two parts – sin of commission and sin of omission. A sin of commission can be described as an intelligent creature’s positive act contrary to some prohibitory percept, while a failure to do what is commanded by the Devine law is a sin of omission.

Read more »

Peace And Islamic Philosophy: Islam Is Often Misunderstood

An IS militant (letmesay.in)Like any other religion in this world, Islam is also based on the principles of peace and justice. But, the religion of Islam is often misunderstood.

The most common Arabic word that is used in almost all parts of the world by the followers of Islam is “Salaam,” which stands for “secured, pacified and submitted”. One interpretation of Salaam and Islam, which have common roots, is that this religion encourages an individual to pursue and attain personal peace by utterly submitting to Allah – the Almighty. (Let me make it clear that Allah is no different from God or Bhagwan). 

The Muslim greeting term ‘As-Salaamu alaykum’ means “peace to be upon you”. Muslim’s Holy Qur’an states that the ideal society is “Dar as-Salam,” which means “House of Peace” or the “Abode of Peace”. The ideal society is the one in which there is justice, peace, abundance, well-being, security and brotherhood. According to Prophet Mohammad, the ideal society is the one in which there is love, self-sacrifice, tolerance, compassion and mercy for other. 

I wonder, if Islam and the Holy Qur’an propagate of those virtuous principles, then why Islam is often misunderstood. Actually, our perceptions are based on what we see and believe. We see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant) and his men killing innocent people and raping minor/teenager girls. They take pride in posting videos of their brutalities on social media sites. They have been spreading terror in the name of Islam. How can they claim that they are Muslims when they themselves are not following the basic principles of Islam?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his terror-spreading militia are calling them Islamic State (IS). Let me make an open suggestion to Al-Baghdadi and militia that they should rename their terror-spreading organization as Anti-Islamic State or Anti-IS. 
     

Read more »

Vaishnavism - A Branch of Hinduism

image showing Lord Vishnu with Goddess Laxami
Vaishnavism is a branch of Hinduism or Hindu religion. for the Vaishavites, Vishnu is the chief object of worship and devotion as supreme being. the very initial step in the evolution of Vaisnavism was the identification of Vasudeva with Vedic deity Vishnu. Later, Vasudeva Krishna - Vishnu with Narayan - was identified in the same process of evolusion of Vaishnavism.

the earliest evidence of identificantion of Narayana with Vishnu is found in Dharama Sutra written by Badarayana. A key feature of Vaisnavism was the worship of Avatara (incarnations) of Vishnu; and Hindus believe in incarnations even today.

The Matsya Purana lists a total of 10 avatars (incarnations). According to Matsya Purana, Vishnu came as a savior in different avatars:

Vishnu's ten Avatars and the purposes of their arrival on Earth are as mentioned below:
  1. Matsya (Fish): To save Earth when our mother planet was overwhelmed by floods.
  2. Kurma (Tortoise): To help in the sea manthan. 
  3. Varaha (Boar): To kill the demon Hiranyakashya and to raoise Earth on tusk.
  4. Vamana (Dwarf): Measured the whole universe with just three steps.
  5. Narasimha (Half Man & Half Lion): To save Prahalada and to kill Hiranyakashibh.
  6. Parsurama (Rama with Axe): To kill Kshatriyas.
  7. Rama (Prince of Ayodhya): To kill Ravana, the king of Shri Lanka.
  8. Balaram (Brother of Krishna).
  9. Krishna: To Kill Kansa.
  10. Kalki: The predicted tenth incarnation/avatar of Vishnu. He is yet to come.
Read more »

ISIS Turning Earth Into Hell In The Name Of Islam

ISIS millitants selling woman as sex slave www.letmesay.in
Whenever I imagine what hell would be like, the regions occupied by ISIS or Islamic State (IS) pops up in front of my helpless eyes. When I saw these pictures of helpless women being sold like animals by ISIS militants (yes they are militants irrespective of their claims that they are fighting for Ala), I couldn't help urging the Almighty to let loose all fire of the hell on these cruel brutes.  These militants are calling themselves crusaders, those who fight to protect their religion, but these people are in fact blemishing Islam. I pray to the Almighty to remove these brutes from Earth as soon as possible.

Read more »

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Opens Gates of Hell in Ramadan

Allah sign seeking to restore peace among humansWhile the whole world is lamenting the heavy loss of dozens of innocent people who lost their lives in a series of terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France yesterday; Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi must be very happy as he once again managed to hurt humanity.

The series of deadly terror attacks on Friday, June 26, claimed at least 38 people in Tunisia and 25 in Kuwait. I was more hurt to learn that a decapitated   head (the head of an executed man) was displayed on the fence of a gas factory in France.

The deadly, heinous and inhuman attacked were launched after Islamic State, which is also called as Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant (ISIL) urged its supporters to carry out attacks during Ramadan.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is said to one of many pillars of Islam. Muslims spend this holy month in fasting. It is said that the Holy Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during Ramadan, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibreel to the Prophet Mohammad, who  told his followers that the haven’s gates would be open for the whole month, while the gates of hell would be closed.

But, let me say that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his supporters opened the gates of hell in the month of Ramadan itself.

Shame on terrorism!

Read more »

PK - A Slap On False Religious Notions

poster showing name of actor & producer Amir Khan's P.K. film
Whenever Bollywood produces an extraordinary or out of character film/movie, particularly about religion, there is a fuss. Yesterday I got an opportunity to watch the highly controversial movie “PK.”

In the movie, PK is the leading role played by the very special actor Aamir Khan. He is an alien with a body similar to that of humans. He lands on earth but gets stranded in Rajasthan as a thief robs him of his spaceship's remote control device. In a desperate attempt to get back his remote control device, he tries different ways of worship that humans with different religions on Earth use to get their desires fulfilled.

Many religious leaders have been severely criticizing PK, saying it is against religion because PK (Aamir Khan) questions the authenticity of the ways of worship that humans have long been following without reasoning. PK calls attention to the fact that one thing that is considered auspicious in one religion/culture becomes inauspicious in another. For instance, a Hindu woman wears white sari/clothes when her husband dies or she becomes widow. On the other hand, a Christian woman wears white clothes on her very auspicious marriage ceremony.

White color is just a color. It can’t change with religion or tradition. How can the same color be auspicious for one sect an inauspicious for the other? In fact, it is just out state of mind or way of thinking that makes a thing auspicious or inauspicious.

The two most important facts that PK points out in the PK are:


1) The visible differences among various religions only shallow fashions. God make all men alike, and there is no difference among newly born Hindu, Muslim and Christian babies. It is only with passage of time, as the baby grows, that he/she learns whether he/she is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian.

2) Wrong Number: How can we contact the right person if we dial a wrong number? For example, when a nervous student goes to a religious leader or ‘baba’, he/she is instructed to do something like chanting a mantra for a particular number of times. Can this method guarantee good marks in exam? – Definitely not. But focusing all attention on studies will surely enable the student to get good marks.

God is one; but as per the movie PK, God is of two types – one who create the universe and another that is created by so-called religious leaders. The second is based on people’s fears and superstitions.

PK is not against the real God – the Almighty who created the whole universe, including Earth. He is against the second type, which is created by cunning religious leaders to grind their own axes. In short, PK is a tight slap on false religious notions.


Read more »
Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts
12/30/2016
Gugga Jahar Veer Ji - A Hindu Diety
Gugga Ji at www.letmesay.in siteGugga Ji, who is also known as Goga Ji or Jahar Veer Gogga, is a Hindu folk deity. Worshiped in several states of northern India, especially in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, he is warrior-hero, venerated as a saint and a 'snake-god'. Worshiped as a peer, Gugga ji is believed to protect his followers from snakes and other evils.


Gugga Ji believed to be born by the blessings of widely-respected Guru Gorakhnath, who gave 'Guggal' fruit in the form of prasad to Gugga's mother, Bachhal. As the fruit of Guggal was bellieved to be the cause of this deity's birth, he was referred to as Gugga. Devotees add the suffix 'Ji' to call him Gugga Ji in respect.

Gugga Ji's shrine, referred to as "madi" or "medi", consists of a one-room structure with a minaret on each of four corners and a grave called Mazar inside, marked by a symbol or a sign that is made up of a long bamboo with peacock plumes, some colored threads. On the 9th of the Hindu month of Bhadra, devotees worship his symbol -- a black snake painted on a wall in madi. A fly-flap, called chhari, is taken round the village, and devotees pay their respect to it.

The tales of Gugga Ji are typically recited and sang from the festival of Raksha Bandhan to Gugga Naumi by this deity's followers, who are offered grains and other stuff. All the collected offerings are brought to the temple, where the festival of Gugga Navami is celebrated for three days. In addition to various pujas and rituals, a wrestling competition (Dangal) is organized for where wrestlers from across the region compete. The annual 3-day fair is also a part of these festivities where people come and enjoy delicious regional food and sweets, and shop for cosmetics, toys, household goods, cosmetics, handicrafts and decorative items.

7/20/2016
Give Your Best But Give Up Results

Devote yourself totally and give your best in whatever you have to do, but keep it in mind that you are only the instrument and not the doer -- God, the Almighty, is the doer.

You can’t know the Almighty’s intentions or plans. It is only the three qualities (gunas) of nature that are always at play. It is the yearning for action that binds the person. It is the aloofness from action that dissolves the karmic seeds. Thus, you should constantly work only for work's sake and give up the desire for results, which may be good or bad.

Do your best. If you have knowledge of a better way to serve, make sure you use it. Don’t hold back just due to fear of hard efforts or criticism. Don’t work in a slapdash or lukewarm manner just because no one is watching or because you feel you will not get desired results from the work. Always give your best and strive to do such actions that can bring maximum good and minimum evil to all as a whole. Do Karma Yoga and stay away from sin.


4/28/2016
What is Sin?

In a common religious context, sin can be described as the act of willfully violating The Almighty’s or God’s will. In other words, any act that violates the ideal relationship between a person and The Almighty is sin. It you willfully or deliberately diverge or vary from the perceived ideal order for human living or violate some religious or moral principle, you ‘miss the mark’ and commit a sin.
letmesay.in image showing sin separating man from God

Moral sin is perhaps found only in humans because humans are intelligent beings and have the ability to decide what is morally wrong and what is right. A moral sin deprives an individual some moral good. Moral evil or sin occurs when an intelligent individual, who is aware of God and His law, willingly refuses to obey.

God has endowed humans with the abilities to reason and exercise free-will, in addition to a sense of responsibility. The Almighty has also made humans subject to His law, which is known to them by the dictates of conscience. Thus, it is supposed from humans that they will exercise their conscience and their acts will conform to the God’s law. As it has already been described that sin is a morally bad act, any act that not in accord with the Devine law is sin.

Sin can mainly be divided into two parts – sin of commission and sin of omission. A sin of commission can be described as an intelligent creature’s positive act contrary to some prohibitory percept, while a failure to do what is commanded by the Devine law is a sin of omission.

3/14/2016
Peace And Islamic Philosophy: Islam Is Often Misunderstood
An IS militant (letmesay.in)Like any other religion in this world, Islam is also based on the principles of peace and justice. But, the religion of Islam is often misunderstood.

The most common Arabic word that is used in almost all parts of the world by the followers of Islam is “Salaam,” which stands for “secured, pacified and submitted”. One interpretation of Salaam and Islam, which have common roots, is that this religion encourages an individual to pursue and attain personal peace by utterly submitting to Allah – the Almighty. (Let me make it clear that Allah is no different from God or Bhagwan). 

The Muslim greeting term ‘As-Salaamu alaykum’ means “peace to be upon you”. Muslim’s Holy Qur’an states that the ideal society is “Dar as-Salam,” which means “House of Peace” or the “Abode of Peace”. The ideal society is the one in which there is justice, peace, abundance, well-being, security and brotherhood. According to Prophet Mohammad, the ideal society is the one in which there is love, self-sacrifice, tolerance, compassion and mercy for other. 

I wonder, if Islam and the Holy Qur’an propagate of those virtuous principles, then why Islam is often misunderstood. Actually, our perceptions are based on what we see and believe. We see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant) and his men killing innocent people and raping minor/teenager girls. They take pride in posting videos of their brutalities on social media sites. They have been spreading terror in the name of Islam. How can they claim that they are Muslims when they themselves are not following the basic principles of Islam?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his terror-spreading militia are calling them Islamic State (IS). Let me make an open suggestion to Al-Baghdadi and militia that they should rename their terror-spreading organization as Anti-Islamic State or Anti-IS. 
     

2/28/2016
Vaishnavism - A Branch of Hinduism
image showing Lord Vishnu with Goddess Laxami
Vaishnavism is a branch of Hinduism or Hindu religion. for the Vaishavites, Vishnu is the chief object of worship and devotion as supreme being. the very initial step in the evolution of Vaisnavism was the identification of Vasudeva with Vedic deity Vishnu. Later, Vasudeva Krishna - Vishnu with Narayan - was identified in the same process of evolusion of Vaishnavism.

the earliest evidence of identificantion of Narayana with Vishnu is found in Dharama Sutra written by Badarayana. A key feature of Vaisnavism was the worship of Avatara (incarnations) of Vishnu; and Hindus believe in incarnations even today.

The Matsya Purana lists a total of 10 avatars (incarnations). According to Matsya Purana, Vishnu came as a savior in different avatars:

Vishnu's ten Avatars and the purposes of their arrival on Earth are as mentioned below:
  1. Matsya (Fish): To save Earth when our mother planet was overwhelmed by floods.
  2. Kurma (Tortoise): To help in the sea manthan. 
  3. Varaha (Boar): To kill the demon Hiranyakashya and to raoise Earth on tusk.
  4. Vamana (Dwarf): Measured the whole universe with just three steps.
  5. Narasimha (Half Man & Half Lion): To save Prahalada and to kill Hiranyakashibh.
  6. Parsurama (Rama with Axe): To kill Kshatriyas.
  7. Rama (Prince of Ayodhya): To kill Ravana, the king of Shri Lanka.
  8. Balaram (Brother of Krishna).
  9. Krishna: To Kill Kansa.
  10. Kalki: The predicted tenth incarnation/avatar of Vishnu. He is yet to come.
12/20/2015
ISIS Turning Earth Into Hell In The Name Of Islam
ISIS millitants selling woman as sex slave www.letmesay.in
Whenever I imagine what hell would be like, the regions occupied by ISIS or Islamic State (IS) pops up in front of my helpless eyes. When I saw these pictures of helpless women being sold like animals by ISIS militants (yes they are militants irrespective of their claims that they are fighting for Ala), I couldn't help urging the Almighty to let loose all fire of the hell on these cruel brutes.  These militants are calling themselves crusaders, those who fight to protect their religion, but these people are in fact blemishing Islam. I pray to the Almighty to remove these brutes from Earth as soon as possible.

6/27/2015
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Opens Gates of Hell in Ramadan
Allah sign seeking to restore peace among humansWhile the whole world is lamenting the heavy loss of dozens of innocent people who lost their lives in a series of terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France yesterday; Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi must be very happy as he once again managed to hurt humanity.

The series of deadly terror attacks on Friday, June 26, claimed at least 38 people in Tunisia and 25 in Kuwait. I was more hurt to learn that a decapitated   head (the head of an executed man) was displayed on the fence of a gas factory in France.

The deadly, heinous and inhuman attacked were launched after Islamic State, which is also called as Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant (ISIL) urged its supporters to carry out attacks during Ramadan.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is said to one of many pillars of Islam. Muslims spend this holy month in fasting. It is said that the Holy Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during Ramadan, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibreel to the Prophet Mohammad, who  told his followers that the haven’s gates would be open for the whole month, while the gates of hell would be closed.

But, let me say that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his supporters opened the gates of hell in the month of Ramadan itself.

Shame on terrorism!

1/09/2015
PK - A Slap On False Religious Notions
poster showing name of actor & producer Amir Khan's P.K. film
Whenever Bollywood produces an extraordinary or out of character film/movie, particularly about religion, there is a fuss. Yesterday I got an opportunity to watch the highly controversial movie “PK.”

In the movie, PK is the leading role played by the very special actor Aamir Khan. He is an alien with a body similar to that of humans. He lands on earth but gets stranded in Rajasthan as a thief robs him of his spaceship's remote control device. In a desperate attempt to get back his remote control device, he tries different ways of worship that humans with different religions on Earth use to get their desires fulfilled.

Many religious leaders have been severely criticizing PK, saying it is against religion because PK (Aamir Khan) questions the authenticity of the ways of worship that humans have long been following without reasoning. PK calls attention to the fact that one thing that is considered auspicious in one religion/culture becomes inauspicious in another. For instance, a Hindu woman wears white sari/clothes when her husband dies or she becomes widow. On the other hand, a Christian woman wears white clothes on her very auspicious marriage ceremony.

White color is just a color. It can’t change with religion or tradition. How can the same color be auspicious for one sect an inauspicious for the other? In fact, it is just out state of mind or way of thinking that makes a thing auspicious or inauspicious.

The two most important facts that PK points out in the PK are:


1) The visible differences among various religions only shallow fashions. God make all men alike, and there is no difference among newly born Hindu, Muslim and Christian babies. It is only with passage of time, as the baby grows, that he/she learns whether he/she is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian.

2) Wrong Number: How can we contact the right person if we dial a wrong number? For example, when a nervous student goes to a religious leader or ‘baba’, he/she is instructed to do something like chanting a mantra for a particular number of times. Can this method guarantee good marks in exam? – Definitely not. But focusing all attention on studies will surely enable the student to get good marks.

God is one; but as per the movie PK, God is of two types – one who create the universe and another that is created by so-called religious leaders. The second is based on people’s fears and superstitions.

PK is not against the real God – the Almighty who created the whole universe, including Earth. He is against the second type, which is created by cunning religious leaders to grind their own axes. In short, PK is a tight slap on false religious notions.