Truth exists at many levels. In media of today, however, “truth” is manufactured based on one’s agenda.
“Where once we were ice,
Now we are water.
Of exactly the same substance,
But with different freedoms.”
–Ruth Parks, from Fishing in the Styx
Here are some:
guru nanak. he was later, so no.
buddha. was before, so possibly.
sai baba. now, so no.
to worship allah or ?? , the rivals for the mekkans were Lat, Uzza and Manat deities. this doesn’t change the nature of allah or Uzza, but this is not a statement about their existence , just that they were being worshipped at the time and people converted for practical reasons.. …depends on the understanding .//
the point of 60,89 was to not offend first, and to take offence when attacked. it certainly is not relativist about religion – any one will not do, but dont offend.
yes i agree the line between muslim and non-muslim is quite clearly delineated, but in practice this was not so. because in reality there are shades. and mixture of influences. such as in the popular religions of today.
Deepak Chopra writes in Baltimore Sun on the need to "Listen to the Muslim World" for the Americans. It is a very thought provoking article. He gives some very defining and statistically interesting information (collected through Gallup Polls):
One-sided perspectives always are flawed, as this case proves. In the past year, the Gallup Poll has made a major effort to survey public opinion in 10 Muslim countries (Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia). It’s no surprise to find out that there is a highly unfavorable view of the United States. But what about these findings?
The BJP and its sister parties just seem to have lost the plot big time!! They need to take a re-look at where they are headed in life.. because this is NOT the way forwrad in any scenario! They arent coherent on any policy and go around putting their own office members to peril or plain embarrassing them!!
“The Muslim community is angered by the way some district BJP leaders used filthy language against Muslims in roadside public meetings to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti prior to April 14. They had threatened riots, re-enact of 1987 masjid attack and throwing of shoes on Pir Baba,” most of the office bearers of District BJP Minority Cell said.
Is US going in the right direction? With so many religious overtones to every aspect of life and governance – we see that people are becoming less tolerant of others. It may be possible that the vandals thought this temple was probably related to the Muslims – which would be indeed sad! Or the vandals were just jealous that a minority community could spend $9 million in that city JUST on a temple! Whatever the reason.. this is something that needs to be addressed here on a long term basis!!
A multi-million dollar temple under construction in mid-west Minnesota was vandalised on April 5 damaging large number of Hindu deities, which were specially imported from India.
Deepak Chopra in one his recent blogs says “Faith will no longer be seen as an irrational departure from reason and science.”
My take is that FAITH IS the biggest problem!! There is a very thin line between faith and orthodoxy! Every mind that has faith, is closed to reason, and all those minds that are closed to reason cannot be open to the Universal!
How can one “experience” the INFINITE by limiting oneself by faith and closing the mind for the “outside”!
Moreover, replacing one “Faith” with another “Faith” does not create a better scenario!! All the Prophets, Saints, Sons of Gods, or Gurus thought that THATS what they were doing – but you know what – ALL were Supreme failures in “introducing” a “better faith”, because for EACH Guru/Saint/Prophet/Son of God – we have MILLIONS of murderers who kill in their name! It is not a quirk of fate, but rather a CONSISTENT FAILURE of the “best minds” in the “Faith Business” to get to terms with a SIMPLE fact – that FAITH KILLS!!
The current controversy on the Prophet cartoons ceases to stop. And as it grows on around the world – more property and lives are lost. The debate on the range and intensity of response takes on a life of its own in all fora. I have been to at least two group blogs desicritics and Intentblog. There are several types of commentators on this issue:
1. Folks who consider any attempt to hurt wrong
2. Non-muslims who are “liberal” and the way to show their “solidarity” to the Muslims is self-deprecation and ridicule of the other non-muslims. Of course, their “hearts” do beat for “freedom of speech”
3. Muslims who are aghast at the cartoons but just cannot like the west.
4. Muslims who feel bad at the cartoons but feel the reaction is unjustified.
5. Non-muslims who stand up for Freedom of Speech and say reaction is completely unjustified.
Got this from this comments from Divya at Intentblog.. was so apt that I had to post it:
“The monotheist reaches the limit of the ludicrous when he struts around as an iconoclast or a butshikan, saying that the false Gods of the infidels could not save themselves from his sword and fire.
This is what Yahoo reported on the violence on the cartoons. Now, I just dont get this – what the HECK has India and Indians to do with the cartoons?? So why should an ordinary Delhi-ite or Kashmiri be subjected to mindless trouble??!
The main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir came to a standstill as shops, businesses and schools shut down for a day to protest the caricatures. Dozens of Muslim protesters torched Danish flags, burned tires, shouted slogans and hurled rocks at passing cars in several parts of Srinagar.
In the Indian capital of New Delhi, riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of students from Jamia University, who chanted slogans and burned a Danish flag.