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738. It is an ancient and venerated custom of people in my country to start a story by praying to a Higher Power.
I guess, Your Excellency, that I too should start off by kissing some god’s arse.
Which god’s arse, though? There are so many choices.
See, the Muslims have one god.
The Christians have three gods.
And we Hindus have 36,000,004 divine arses to choose from. (Gods & Hindus) Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
4,795. Hinduism emerged more than three thousand years ago. (Woman & Hinduism) Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women I: When God was a Girl, BBC 2012
12,333. The story of Jesus wasn’t quite as unique as you might have thought. That the Hindu God Krishna also had a miraculous birth and was also attended by angels and shepherds. And that like Jesus the Buddha also performed miracles, walking on water and feeding the five hundred. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Hindu & Buddha) Dr Robert Beckford, The Hidden Story of Jesus
12,334. Krishna: there is also an immaculate conception and the birth is heralded by angels. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Hindu) ibid.
12,336. More similarities I found between Krishna and Jesus. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Hindu) ibid.
12,350. Here in Kashmir there is a totally different story – one that claims that Jesus did not die on the cross but escaped to India. Where he continued his teaching, got married, had a son and lived to a ripe old age. And even that he was buried here. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Hindu & India) ibid.
12,351. Ghandi’s Jesus was the original charismatic teacher. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Hindu & India & Teacher) ibid.
75,839. The ancient Hindus created a calendar that some interpreters believe also points to 2012. The mythology of the Hindus, like that of the Maya and Hopi, believes that life in the universe occurs in cycles. According to Hindu myth each cycle of life is divided into four ages called Yugas, the Dvapara, Treta, Satya and the Kali. (Hinduism & Time) Nostradamus Effect: Extinction 2001
75,840. The modern system of Time we use on our watches – it’s twelve hours of a.m. and twelve hours of p.m. ... Our present system of Time is a microcosm of the Yugas system. (Hinduism & Time) Walter Cruttenden, author Lost Star of Myth and Time
75,841. Hinduism has produced an astonishing variety of forms and expressions. Inside and outside India it seems there are almost as many ways to be a Hindu as there are Hindus. Professor Robert Winston, The Story of God
75,842. The ultimate religious truth is this: we are all God. ibid.
75,843. It has no single founder and no unified system of beliefs spelt out in a creed. It’s a rich and complex faith whose diversity is powerfully reflected in its iconography and architecture. Art of Faith: Hinduism
75,844. Carved from a solid mountain side this is the Kailasanatha Temple in Ellora. ibid.
75,845. Mamallapuram caves and carvings. ibid.
75,846. Khajuraho shrines and erotic carvings. ibid.
75,847. Brihadeeswara Temple Thanjavur. ibid.
75,848. Hinduism isn’t so much a religion as a way of life. ibid.
75,849. Angkor Wat Cambodia: ibid.
75,850. The incredible and awe inspiring celebration of the world’s oldest religion happens every twelve years, at the place where Hindus believe two sacred rivers meet. Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show on Earth, BBC 2013
75,851. The largest gathering of humans in one place ever. ibid.
75,852. There are millions here from all over the world. ibid.
75,853. The festival goes on for fifty-five days. ibid.
75,854. Sadhu: these Ascetic wear no clothes and cover their bodies with ash. ibid.
75,855. The very birth of a priest [Brahmin] is the eternal physical form of religion; for he is born for the sake of religion and is fit to become one with ultimate reality. (Hinduism & Priest) Laws of Manu 1:98
75,856. The man who gives shim [the pupil] the benefit of the revealed canon … should be known as his guru. 1:149
75,857. Since people in the other three stages of life are supported every day by the knowledge and the food of the householder, therefore the householder stage of life is the best. 3:78
75,858. You can never get meat without violence to creatures with the breath of life, and the killing of creatures with the breath of life does not get you to heaven; therefore you should not eat meat. (Meat & Vegetarianism) 5:48
75,859. A girl, a young woman, or even an old woman should not do anything independently, even in [her own] house. (Hinduism & Girl) 5:147
75,860. Man has said that non-violence, truth, not stealing, purification, and the suppression of the sensory powers is the duty of the four classes, in a nutshell. 10:63
75,861. From delusion lead me to Truth.
From darkness lead me to Light.
from death lead me to immortality. The Upanishads, Brihadaranayaka Upanishad
75,862. Be compassionate. One should practise this same triad: self- restraint, giving, compassion. (Hinduism & Compassion) ibid.
75,863. The invisible and subtle essence is the Spirit of the whole universe. That is Reality. That is Truth. Thou art that. ibid.
75,864. Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind. ibid.
75,865. In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges. Henry David Thoreau, Walden
75,866. The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity. Aldous Huxley
75,867. Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love. Bhagavad Gita