What, A Higher Reality ?

I really do not know how to broach or present this one. Yet, it is what I want to, now, when it seems to me the most important…

Let just start, shall we ! Everyone has realised some time or other the one underlying fact which totally changed the sense we had of a situation or sight before us : suddenly, the apparent victims turn culpable and the hard core nuisance character appears to have a far more sound, fundamentally substantial, basis for his behaviour. First, it meant one way to us, as they appeared; then, they acquire a more real, truer basis of why and how they were. That is, things clarified after the realisation dawned and the meanings apparent to our emotional take of the matter gave way to another, quite, out of a more correct and solid understanding of things.

It is like a compelling realisation, now etched sharp and clear despite your self, from behind a haze, as it were, that had camouflaged the truth out of our vision.

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Self realisation has the S of self in capital. It is because we are not speaking of our outgoing self, desiring and wanting, wishing and wisping, watching itself in the mirror surroung by an immense aura of exclusion and separation from the other individuals. It is realisation of the Self of ourself, within and behind. It is the Self on which our self rests, of which it is animated, which shines within ourself night and day.

If the suggestion means something to one, it is because he or she has found a way to travel within and see, rather sense, the being within but absolutely distinct and apart from the existential — feeling — emoting- — experiencing — self. How do we know ? By the absolute absence of this existential self just then, while the sense of the Self lasts. It is not if it is not thus overwhelming and absolute a presence.

Obviously, few would confirm such a realisation and be true about it. It does not just happen; and never through willfulness. It takes a seemingly endless self-effort, sensivity towards the phenomenon manifest within oneself, and the stupendous self-believe to ratify the reality witnessed by the unanimous consent of one.

It is then not necessary to be a student or practitioner of Dhrupad, the Indian classic oral music system, to understand the nature of the self effort it takes to master those pressure points of consciousness within the body, from which the Dhrupad singer draws to intently qualify the sounds issuing from the same common voice box in the throat.

It is a miracle, and would be equally miraculous if you see what I mean !

Hear the Gundecha brothers explain :

Tell us if you will…

When Kashmir Was Ethnically Cleansed…

While Farooq Abdulla and his National Conference was in office, in the State, and Rajiv Gandhi and the Indian National Congress were strutting about with plumes of power in Delhi… The quote below has historical and informational value at par with those pertaining to Netaji Subhas Bose under Gandhi-Nehru regime since the eve of India’s independence in 1942, when the die-hard nationalist was raising the National Flag in Port Blair.

The quote is a part of larger essay written as an open letter to Ayesha Begum, erstwhile well-known actress whose maiden name was Sharmila Tagore.

The entire essay can be read here.

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Srinagar, January 4, 1990. Aftab, a local Urdu newspaper, publishes a press release issued by Hizb-ul Mujahideen, set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1989 to wage jihad for Jammu and Kashmir’s secession from India and accession to Pakistan, asking all Hindus to pack up and leave. Another local paper, Al Safa, repeats this expulsion order.

In the following days, there is near chaos in the Kashmir valley with chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his National Conference government abdicating all responsibilities of the state. Masked men run amok, waving Kalashnikovs, shooting to kill and shouting anti-India slogans.

Reports of killing of Hindus, invariably Kashmiri Pandits, begin to trickle in; there are explosions; inflammatory speeches are made from the pulpits of mosques, using public address systems meant for calling the faithful to prayers. A terrifying fear psychosis begins to take grip of Kashmiri Pandits.

Walls are plastered with posters and handbills, summarily ordering all Kashmiris to strictly follow the Islamic dress code, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and imposing a ban on video parlours and cinemas. The masked men with Kalashnikovs force people to re-set their watches and clocks to Pakistan Standard Time.

Shops, business establishments and homes of Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley with a recorded cultural and civilisational history dating back 5,000 years, are marked out. Notices are pasted on doors of Pandit houses, peremptorily asking the occupants to leave Kashmir within 24 hours or face death and worse. Some are more lucid: “Be one with us, run, or die!”

Srinagar, January 19, 1990. …. Curfew is imposed as a first measure to restore some semblance of law and order. But it fails to have a deterrent effect.

Throughout the day, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists use public address systems at mosques to exhort people to defy curfew and take to the streets. Masked men, firing from their Kalashnikovs, march up and down, terrorising cowering Pandits who, by then, have locked themselves in their homes.

As evening falls, the exhortations become louder and shriller. Three taped slogans are repeatedly played the whole night from mosques: “Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai” (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah-O-Akbar); “Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa” (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); “Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san” (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).

In the preceding months, 300 Hindu men and women, nearly all of them Kashmiri Pandits, had been slaughtered ever since the brutal murder of Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, noted lawyer and BJP national executive member, by the JKLF in Srinagar on September 14, 1989. Soon after that, Justice N K Ganju of the Srinagar high court was shot dead. Pandit Sarwanand Premi, 80-year-old poet, and his son were kidnapped, tortured, their eyes gouged out, and hanged to death. A Kashmiri Pandit nurse working at the Soura Medical College Hospital in Srinagar was gang-raped and then beaten to death. Another woman was abducted, raped and sliced into bits and pieces at a sawmill.

In villages and towns across the Kashmir valley, terrorist hit lists have been floating about. All the names are of Kashmiri Pandits. With no government worth its name, the administration having collapsed and disappeared, the police nowhere to be seen, despondency sets in. As the night of January 19, 1990, wears itself out, despondency gives way to desperation.

And tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley take a painful decision: to flee their homeland to save their lives from rabid jihadis. Thus, takes place a 20th century exodus. …

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Let’s never forget our history.

This Has To Change…

I like the expression but only with a quiet passion behind it. A militant loudness spells an emptiness within the sound of it. I naturally will myself to stand with it when it is a statement, not a declaration.

My views of homosexuals’ call is similar : make things change, by youUr own example. It isn’t something to be worn on the sleeve. The last time it was done with the Star of David badge in Nazi Germany, and we know how vulgar, oppressive, terror and ultimate discrimination it was. Nor can you start on converting those around to shore up your sense of security that being in a crowd tends to provide.

The real way forward is not to demand or expect much from the mainstream community and be a part of it, instead. There are very many common, mainstream issues of more basic nature, affecting millions. Their importance and urgency will not change because one or few among us have special needs. There are government institutions and policies to suport and facilitate. We need to take it and strengthen ourselves, create our own flow through the day, and find ways to be and seem one among all… aspiring, doing, reading, talking, laughing and loving.

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I heard the line coming from women wanting equality in public spaces like pubs and restaurants, and roads to loiter. Most of it is not only filled by men but dominated by them. A woman’s presence raises eyebrows, suggesting questions or even more aggressive or teasing volleys.

I can see why such behaviour and vibes are idiotic. Why can’t they see how they are driving beautiful people away ? People who are perhaps are the best of our kind !

The Human Clamour For Rights To Freedoms Is The Resolution Of A Monkey Council That Knew No Better ?

It’s in the constitution of every democratic country today. It also what occupies numerous national, non governmental and multilateral institutions : fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are in the manner of how a council of monkeys will resolve when they suddenly find themselves liberated of fear from higher predators in their midst.

What happens in the courts of law which adjudicates on related issues or upon complaints of breach ranges from the foolish to the ridiculous that yet pass the muster of law. The right to freedom to snore in sleep is found to contravene the right of a spouse to sleep in silence : enough to be a ground for divorce. The rights of a child supercedes the rights of a loving parent to raise their progeny as they deem culturally fit. The right of a government to snoop conflicts with an individual’s right to privacy…

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The law seems necessary but limiting to our evolution on to being a community of compassionate people. It is enough for us to mind our own business. But that has made the family redundant. Now who in the world would support all these people who have erred, not criminally but out of naivete, and are weak enough to be classified as ‘mentally disadvantaged’ ? There is no law to enforce the Right To Compassion.

So what would ? Life today is culturally structured to cause one to flow from secular education into a career, economy or business. If the person just minds his own business, there is nothing in law to lead into concerns about his wasting brother, who is an adult and must therefore take care of himself and his own. Only, he can’t. At first, he couldn’t judge things right and, secondly, he wasn’t smart. He was just honest, sincere and could be trusted. No ambitious employer or business owner will take him on a salary that would pay for a decent living. He is surrounded by law-abiding, upright and unimpeachable citizens.

The law then sounds like those quality standards, to be achieved through Go — NO GO control. It would enable some, for the monkeys, to prevent their fall back into chaos. But no more.

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Is there a culture in which we could have the Right To Compassion and restoration of compassionate families ? There were such communities of culture over a long period in past…

“This is the age of Science and Rationalism. If there is one scripture, which is highly rational and challenges the human being to experiment upon himself, it is the Upanishads! Throughout its pages, one finds this theme running like a thread – Tad Vijijnasasva – find out for yourself. No wonder the rational minds of western philosophers brought up on the thought processes of the Age of Reason have found the Upanishads a gold mine of spirituality. When Swami Vivekananda was once asked why one should study the Vedas and the Upanishads, he said, “To get rid of superstitions.” This is precisely what appeals to the modern mind. It is not only philosophers of the East and the West who have experienced it. Scientists too are discovering in the Upanishads a way out of the predicament which quantum physics finds itself in as to the role of Consciousness in natural phenomena. A trend set off by Erwin Schrodinger in the 1930’s and 40’s has now gained momentum and is now engrossing the minds of scientists, as evidenced by the large number of seminars and conferences in India and around the world on the comparison of Scientific and Upanishadic principles. The fearless uncompromising pursuit of truth is, after all, what binds these two disciplines together so strongly.

“What is the message of the Upanishads to the modern mind? One cannot do better than to quote Swami Vivekananda, “Let me tell you that we want strength, strength and every time strength. And the Upanishads are the great mine of strength. Therein lies strength enough to invigorate the whole world; the whole world can be vivified, made strong, energised through them. They will call with trumpet voice upon the weak, the miserable and the downtrodden of all races, all creeds, and all sects, to stand on their own feet and be free. Freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom and spiritual freedom are the watchwords of the Upanishads.”

“The modern world is in the throes of a cultural crisis. We do not know whether we are steadily progressing towards a better tomorrow or tumbling helplessly to an inevitable destruction. No wonder, many thinkers have started paying attention to the eternal values of ancient cultures. The Upanishadic culture and philosophy of life stand out like a beacon light beckoning us to make a better world for ourselves. The message is there. All that is needed is the will.”

(Extract quoted from article featured at http://www.eng.vedanta.ru/library/vedanta_kesari/upanishadic_culture.php)

Journal : Atharva Veda – Part II

Dharma, to the Vedic people and Sanatan followers, means a codified art of living as individuals and being as a community. It purported to build upon nature, its beauty and wealth, a human order that would be in accord, that would institute a way of life which allowed animal fulfilments in civilised ways and constantly point to ways and means to excel at that, both personally and collectively. It raised the perspective and values system oriented towards ” Liberation for Self and Welfare of All,” ” The World is One Family,” … very dictums that guide the informed Hindu even today.

Dharma endeavours to mould and form human beings who would not sink into animal attitudes and behaviour in personal life or take to socially destructive conduct upon assuming power or authority of sorts, who would instead become, contribute and continue to tread the path of excellence all his life. Every feature and practice of the Vedic order was instituted with that purpose in context, especially the Gurukul education and internship system that fostered such values as respect for truth, justice, love, friendship, liberty, forgiveness, uprightness, honesty, sincerity, humility and self restraint.

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A SMALL SELECTION OF FREELY PARAPHRASED HYMNS … contd 

[ Part I @ https://vamadevananda.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/journal-atharva-veda-part-i-29-2/ ]

Source :Hymns of the Atharva Veda [ 1895 ] by Ralph T.H. Griffith

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/av/av01034.htm

Vedas, Vedic Age and Vedic People : A Brief contd

Vedas do not advocate any religion. It is a body of truth and practice, with a knowledge and belief system in accord, that projects the ” Sanatan ” way of life. It does not have a God apart from ourself, a Prophet for our exclusive salvation, an organised administrative structure headquartered in a particular place, a specific Book for veneration, and a plethora of rules with manned mechanism for watch and control over the laity.

The Vedas are panentheistic, the perspective concomiting with monism, which blows away the seeming idolatory in Vedic practice oft apparent to Western eyes. Even the proverbial ” beam in the eyes ” of the…

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Liberty, Equality And Fraternity Need The Secure Ground Of The Assured Freedom To Be

Those people, the perpetrators, need to be watched over 24/7, and everything should be done with them, to them, soft and hard, protective and pre-emptive, to prevent the next such tragedy from happening, in France and the world over.

That is a responsibility every government worth its salt owes to its people.

But I suspect many in India would still not understand my premise. They did not when Mumbai 26/11 happened. And even earlier, when a whole population was chased out of Kashmir Valley because they were Indian but not Muslim. Or, when followers of Islam infiltrated from across the border and changed the demographic profile of the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, and proximate regions in North Bihar.

That general agreement on the nature of the problem people are faced with has still to happen in India and in every other country of the world.

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#ParisAttack

I believe many in the world are coming to realise this basic truth : liberty, equality and fraternity are add on values to the more fundamental one of secure life and assured freedom to be.

And yet there is a plethora of secular-liberal calls harking on openness and tolerance, the values people fear might get eroded in France’s response to these attacks that has resulted in 160+ dead.

Is that what comes to your mind just now ? Not to mine. No, not more of those candle light processions or laudatory speeches of how the French people have been strong… et al.

People have been killed. Families have been affected. Children, women young and old have been traumatised. It’s a tragedy caused through deliberation, by people with a particular profile. And they will do it again, in France and anywhere else, wherever. Because, they are committed to doing so…

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Winter, Heart And Trump

Swapan Dasgupta lays out a contrarian scope to Donald Trump’s call to bar entry of Muslims in the United States, until there is a robust and accurately differentiating mechanism in place to filter in only those who subscribe to universal human values. Dasgupta says that Trump was “merely following a time-tested technique of protest : using drama to force attention on an issue. In effect, he was doing with words what the terrorists he so loathes do with guns or bombs.” You may read the rest of the article here…

The usual social media herds have reacted to Trump’s remark sharply and have more or less echoed President Obama’s exhortation not to “demonise Islam.” Which, in my view, is really the point : to caution the world and the Muslim communities everywhere against ideological Islam, one which is religiously political and not spiritually religious. Obama, and the entire secular-liberal lot, fail to distinguish the ideology from the man.

I would embrace any Muslim – the man – if and only if he were without Islam – the ideology. The world must encourage the Muslim the man, with a spiritual religion to practise within the bounds of his home, tending to his soul with discrimination and love. What we see instead are Muslim mobs, speaking and hearing of a political ideology that is intolerant of others with different beliefs, that mocks at universally accepted human values, vocations, industry and aspirations.

The world must stop treating the ideological followers of Islam with kid gloves. That is what Trump’s call is all about. Because they mean terror, death, rape and destruction : material, ethnic and cultural. Those who died in San Bernardino deserve more than mere lip sympathy : their death must prod us to prevent more such carnage and massacres in future.

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The winter is here. It is a change I guess most of us wait eagerly for, for our individual reasons. I like the sunshine during these cool and cold days. It spells light and comfort, the mellow feel, against the blinding fury it strikes us with in summer months. Personally, it also reminds me of life in the mountains and physical wellness…

Those with a heart condition must however take good care, keep themselves warm, take blood thinners if necessary in consultation with their medic, and generally pay close attention to metabolical and respiratory functions.

It is especially the season for thanks. We should be healthy and happy enough to give fully, with our whole heart.

India And Japan

Yesterday, Prime Minister Abe’s featured article on the eve of his India visit raised a positive swell of hope and committment. Today, China Global Times writes of Abe’s visit as an attempt to contain China.

Japan will execute the 15 billion bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It has the extended potential of 1000 billion over the next 7-10 years, considering the other train routes that need similar conversion. A great start for India – Japan partnership…

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Prime Minister Modi’s ongoing visit to Japan is about a new partnership between the two countries. Japan is already a top investor in India, even if China is the leading bilateral trade partner. There are over 1000 Japanese companies in India, and a very significant surge in their number is sure to follow in coming months.

Both the prime ministers at the scheduled bilateral summit are unabashed nationalists and have a hard nose for filling their agenda with decisions that back their vision for their respective countries. Abe and Modi are expected to strengthen security ties and finalise a framework for defence coordination. Supply of US-2 amphibian search and rescue aircraft to India has been discussed since December last and the Abe administration has eased the nation’s long-held ban on weapons exports, including technology transfers, in April this year. The two leaders are expected to continue joint maritime drills in addition to trilateral ones with the…

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Our Capacity To Realise…

Most do not notice. Others do not care. We all prefer to join in the Dionysian party if we can put curtains over the virulent leftist claim upon our idealism-fired rebel hearts. The Appolonian frame seems too dark and idle in comparison when the mind is yet untamed and the flesh is rippling for grandstanding flavours of youth.

However the morning after inevitably presents, restoring balance with a spread of pessimism and an unsmiling beauty of things in themselves all about us. Gone is the revelry and boister, like a dream abruptly displaced by truth pinned on the wall by oblique rays of light from the rising sun. There was life through the evening before; it now stood proportioned with death.

Yes, I say, nodding imperceptibly to myself : life is the canvas framed in death. It did not seem dark at all, nothing wormingly ominous, in the early morning glow. The presence was plain; as was the truth of the matter. Only, it is not seen but realised.

Contemplation is driven by our distinctly human capacity to realise, though it may not always end with a realisation. Indeed we might ask, what is there for us to realise, beyond all that we understand through our everyday animal frenzy ? Humanity, without doubt, since access to this capacity is uniquely available to us humans alone. It is our humanity that we realise : first in our heart and then in our mind, before committing ourself to long labour and strife in order to bring its truths to light.

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All sciences — natural, occult or of inner spiritual realm — proceed from the human capacity to realise them. With them does the population know, people are weaned away from their ready brute indulgence and children are schooled into the wondrous arts of knowledge and discovery, and the civilisation grows.

The more I have informed myself of real history of people in the Indian subcontinent, the greater is my understanding of the premium their ancient civilisation lay on individuals with the capacity to realise compared to them who could merely do. The stratification of Indian society, before its democratised avatar, could be understood in that light :

— Brahmins with naturally gifted and well honed capacity to realise, expanded and refined, and tuned to apply instantly in everyday situations;

— Kshatriyas with cultured capacity to realise, expanded to include the interests of the community and the nation, to act and do accordingly;

— Vaishya with cultured capacity to know and act in ways that meets the needs of the community;

— Shudra with cultured capacity to act and do in order to help the knowledge and community keepers contribute.

One can understand, then, the strong organised foundation of the early Vedic societies, the massive textual outputs in later periods, the spread and prosperity of Sindhu Sarasvati civilisations, the spiritual reform movements during post-Sarasvati millennia, the flowering of alternate ways of life, arts and culture through Buddhist and Jain prominence, the Hindu restoration centuries… before a millennium of disruptions set in, bringing us uptodate in the democratic age of 21st Century.

We, the humanity, will continue to discover our own newer extensions and depths, greater capacities for beauty and truth, freedom and compassion, happiness and peace… but not without those amongst us who are gifted with the primary capacity to realise. It is always there for us to harness, if only we will free ourselves of indulgence and ideologies of whatever form or hue, religious or secular.

Our capacity to realise is both most fundamental and precious.

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Journal : Dec 26, 2011 : 2.30 AM

My first real blogpost…also the journal entry of the day. It was a bitterly cold day. There was a basket of thoughts on my mind, from my son’s departure for long work stay in SAfrica to prtions of a fine spiritual discussion brought over from elsewhere.

There is something of the universal man in local happenings here.

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Delhi :  The cold wave has intensified. Temperatures in London, Dublin and Athens are 6 – 7 deg C. In Delhi, Amritsar ( Punjab ) and Churu ( Rajasthan ) thermometer readings are touching 2.9, – 0.6 and – 1.6 respectively. Gurgaon ( Haryana ) might have hovered around 0. In the morning, dew on the grass at India Gate seemed like icicles.

It is bitter in the mountains : Pahalgam Kashmir ) – 4.1, Kalpa ( Himachal ) – 6 and Chamoli ( Uttarakhand ) 3. Uttarakhand seems a shade better off, but a low maximum temperature of about 15 – 17 in Chamoli, Almora and Nanital makes life tough all the same.

And, as with every other crisis that descends upon us, it is the poorest and weakest who die, despite having the largest of hearts to embrace misery with expanded measures of peace. Not one of them…

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What Is The Issue, Amir Khan ?

He is a PR padded celebrity with a controversial baggage, prominently as a top signatory to appeal made to US authorities to deny visa to incumbent Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, while he was Gujarat Chief Minister.

He made an “intolerant India” statement, purportedly a concern voiced by his wife, and has invited all manner of skeletons in his cupboard. Opinions and facts contradicting his (er, wife’s) opinion, his bonafides, have been comprehensive, voluminous and unsparing. Every issue and aspect raked up online could keep a dicussion panel hotly engaged for hours.

I intend keeping this rejoinder brief : the real issue is why did he raise the matter at all ? The earlier rounds, started with “award wapsi” and fellow celebrity Shahrukh Khan’s statement, had just died down. Why, why now ?

We know the consequence : it has kept people divided and freshly exercised, drawn public attention to the exclusion of every other more immediate common concerns like economy and development, and generally disrupt even the possibility of a meaningful dialogue between the federal govt and the Indian people. The last part is tenuous at the best of times in a politically charged up polity, such as India has always been through days of Kamraj Plan, Emergency, Mandal, BJP wins in 1998 and 2014.

And that is the real, primary issue.

Why would Amir Khan, and those before him, serve to engineer these disruptions that have been remarkably regular and frequent of late, with a media clique waiting to lap up, further and push ?

Why ?

Again, we know the consequence : it keeps the attention of the whole nation diverted and deeply factionalised, away from areas that would make the nation strong and its people better served, in real terms.

The last qualifier is subtle but crucial : in real terms, for even these disruptive agents claim to further the national cause albeit ideologically.

Which brings me to my final analysis : why is ideology, make that plural please, more important than Jan Dhan movement, reducing Gas subsidy, agriculture inputs, floods in South, Bangladeshi infiltrators, GST, cases of corruption, action on black money, improvements in justice delivery, etc etc. There are 50 more issues more important for our people and our nation than ideological rubs between diverse groups within the country’s population.

The next query : Who ?

Who wants and is investing huge in keeping India weak, militarily and economically, and the people divided and distracted from empowering and building themselves up ?

That is for our intel agencies to find and act to neuter.

Muslim Terror Flows From ‘Holy’ Quran

Muslim celebrities, closet anti-Hindus and political harvesters of “divide and rule” can continue till the cows come home… but there’s nothing contradict or explain away these hard evidence that confirm : Terror flows from the holy Quran.

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It’s not in men but the belief Quran instills in them. As author Taslima Nasreen said, “Islam is the theory. ISIS is the practice.”

What is stated in the verses of the Book can have no other interpretation than to kill, drive terror, destroy and subjugate people who do not accept its tenets and surrender to the believers of Islam.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament, the verses of violence in the Quran are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding…

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Islam – Prehistory, Myths & Present (VI)

There have been concerted attempts by Saud rulers to eliminate any evidence that would impair the authority of Islam, and hence their own as keepers of the holiest two shrines at Mecca and Medina. But for that, if archaeological excavations could be undertaken, all other idols too could be found buried in Kaaba precincts or trampled underfoot in labyrinthine subterranean corridors.

The Black Stone is badly mutilated; its carved base has disappeared, and the stone itself is broken at seven places…

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English: A picture of people performing (circu... Muslims circumambulating the Kaaba.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tsabaism – Origin Of Abrahamic Religions

In his book Origines, Vol III & IV, Sir W. Drummond writes : “Tsabaism was the universal language of mankind when Abraham received his call, and their doctrines were probably extended all over the civilized nations of Earth.”

In all probability, Tsabaism is a corruption of the word Shaivism which is part of the Vedic religion. On page 439 of this book, Sir Drummond mentions some of gods of pre-Islamic Arabs, all of which were among the 360 idols that were consecrated in the Kaaba shrine before it was raided and destroyed by Muhammad and his followers.

Here are some of the Arab deities mentioned and their Sanskrit names :


Arabic                                   Sanskrit                    …

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India and the West

Indian astronomer and mathematician Bhaskaracharya in the 5th century BC (this is an estimated date that may be too recent), calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun to nine decimal places. Algebra, trigonometry, and calculus were first set forth in ancient India….

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A German manuscript page teaching use of (indo... A German manuscript page teaching use of (indo-)Arabic numerals (Talhoffer Thott, 1459). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flow of Science and Mathematics

From India to Arabia and Europe

Dr Kenneth Chandler

Origins Of Vedic Civilisation

A Lighthouse for Scientific and Mathematical Discovery

India remained a lighthouse for the advance of civilisation long after the classical Vedic period. Our modern zero-based number system (the place-value number system) was first developed in India. Called ‘Arabic numerals’ in the West, they actually originated in India and were passed into Europe through Arabia, whence they derived their name in the West.

In Arabia, mathematics was called the “Indian Art,” and the numerals used in Arabia were called “Indian numerals.” Arabic scholars knew that mathematics had come into Arabia from India and not vise versa. It was also in India that the counting numbers were first invented. This inspired Albert Einstein to say, “We owe a…

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No, this is not a Muslim thing…

Quoted ad verbatim from a post on Facebook put up by Faisal Saeed Al Mutar : Context #ParisAttack. It could easily be a conversation between the current US Prez Barack Obama and ISIS Chief Baghdadi. Read on.

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EDIT: “My friend Joseph from the United States wrote this on my wall after hearing my discussion with Dave Rubin and he gave me a FULL permission and copyright to share it under my name without any attribution” :

“It must be incredibly frustrating as an Islamic terrorist not to have your views and motives taken seriously by the societies you terrorize, even after you have explicitly and repeatedly stated them. Even worse, those on the regressive left, in their endless capacity for masochism and self-loathing, have attempted to shift blame inwardly on themselves, denying the terrorists even the satisfaction of claiming responsibility.

It’s like a bad Monty Python sketch :

“We did this because our holy texts exhort us to to do it.”
“No you didn’t.”
“Wait, what ? Yes we did…”
“No, this has nothing to do with religion. You guys are just using religion as a front for social and geopolitical reasons.”
“WHAT !? Did you even read our official statement? We give explicit Quranic justification. This is jihad, a holy crusade against pagans, blasphemers, and disbelievers.”
“No, this is definitely not a Muslim thing. You guys are not true Muslims, and you defame a great religion by saying so.”

“Huh !? Who are you to tell us we’re not true Muslims! ? Islam is literally at the core of everything we do, and we have implemented the truest most literal and honest interpretation of its founding texts. It is our very reason for being.”
“Nope. We created you. We installed a social and economic system that alienates and disenfranchises you, and that’s why you did this. We’re sorry.”
“What? Why are you apologizing? We just slaughtered you mercilessly in the streets. We targeted unwitting civilians – disenfranchisement doesn’t even enter into it!”

“Listen, it’s our fault. We don’t blame you for feeling unwelcome and lashing out.”
“Seriously, stop taking credit for this! We worked really hard to pull this off, and we’re not going to let you take it away from us.”
“No, we nourished your extremism. We accept full blame.”
“OMG, how many people do we have to kill around here to finally get our message across?””

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Muslim Terror Flows From ‘Holy’ Quran

It’s not in men but the belief Quran instills in them. As author Taslima Nasreen said, “Islam is the theory. ISIS is the practice.”

What is stated in the verses of the Book can have no other interpretation than to kill, drive terror, destroy and subjugate people who do not accept its tenets and surrender to the believers of Islam.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament, the verses of violence in the Quran are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Quran.

Muhammad’s own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.

The Quran

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.

The verse prior to this (190) refers to “fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you” leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did).

Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah’s rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, “fitna”, can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned “until religion is for Allah” – ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah.

This is the theological basis for today’s suicide bombers.

Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward “

This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle). According to the verse, Allah will allow the disabled into Paradise, but will provide a larger reward to those who are able to kill others in his cause.

Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”

Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah”

Some translations interpret “fitna” as “persecution”, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there – just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammad’s intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until “religion is only for Allah”, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that “Allah must have no rivals.”

Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”

Quran (8:59-60) – “And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

Quran (8:65) – “O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight…”

Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religion’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.

Quran (9:14) – “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.” Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even “healing” the hearts of Muslims.

Quran (9:20) – “Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah’s way are of much greater worth in Allah’s sight. These are they who are triumphant.” The Arabic word interpreted as “striving” in this verse is the same root as “Jihad”. The context is obviously holy war.

Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

“People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam “superior over all religions.” This chapter was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

Quran (9:38-39) – “O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.”

This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.

Quran (9:41) – “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew.”

See also the verse that follows (9:42) – “If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them” This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).

Quran (9:73) – “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”

Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that unbelievers are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why today’s devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.

Quran (9:88) – “But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.”

Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

How does the Quran define a true believer?

Quran (9:123) – “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”

Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.”

Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is “utter destruction.” (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam).

Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.” He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son.

(Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.1-2).)

Quran (21:44) – “We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?”

Quran (25:52) – “Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness…” “Strive against” is Jihad – obviously not in the personal context. It’s also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.

Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.”

This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered “merciless” and “horrible murder” in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to “fight in the way of Allah” (3:167) and hence don’t act as Muslims should), those with “diseased hearts” (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and “alarmists” or “agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammad’s biographers.

It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what today’s terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allah’s eternal word to Muslim generations.

Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord… So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)… If it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”

Those who reject Allah are to be killed in Jihad. The wounded are to be held captive for ransom. The only reason Allah doesn’t do the dirty work himself is to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test.

Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”

Quran (48:17) – “There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.”

Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means ‘spiritual struggle.’ If so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell.

Quran (48:29) – “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves”

Islam is not about treating everyone equally. This verse tells Muslims that there are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for ‘hard’ or ‘ruthless’ in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as ‘painful’ or severe’ to describe Hell in over 25 other verses including 65:10, 40:46 and 50:26..

Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way”

Religion of Peace, indeed! The verse explicitly refers to “battle array” meaning that it is speaking of physical conflict.

This is followed by (61:9): “He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.”

(See next verse, below). Infidels who resist Islamic rule are to be fought.

Quran (61:10-12) – “O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of ‘Adn – Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.”

This verse refers to physical battle in order to make Islam victorious over other religions (see above). It uses the Arabic word, Jihad.

Quran (66:9) – “O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey’s end.”

The root word of “Jihad” is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include “hypocrites” – those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such.

Other verses calling Muslims to Jihad can be found here at AnsweringIslam.org

The Hadith

Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).”

In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.

Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, ‘He who fights that Allah’s Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause.

Muhammad’s words are the basis for offensive Jihad – spreading Islam by force. This is how it was understood by his companions, and by the terrorists of today.

Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’

Abu Dawud (14:2526) – The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)

Abu Dawud (14:2527) – The Prophet said: Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler, whether he is pious or impious

Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”

Muslim (1:30) – “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

Bukhari (52:73) – “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords’.”

Bukhari (11:626) – [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.”

Muslim (1:149) – “Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause…”

Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”

Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.'”

Muslim (19:4321-4323) – Three separate hadith in which Muhammad shrugs over the news that innocent children were killed in a raid by his men against unbelievers. His response: “They are of them (meaning the enemy).”

Muslim (19:4294) – “When the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him… He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war… When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them… If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.”

Bukhari 1:35 “The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty ( if he survives) or will be admitted to Paradise ( if he is killed).”

Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, “Kill any Jew who falls under your power.”

Ashraf was a poet, killed by Muhammad’s men because he insulted Islam. Here, Muhammad widens the scope of his orders to kill. An innocent Jewish businessman was then slain by his Muslim partner, merely for being non-Muslim.

Tabari 9:69 “Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us” The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

Tabari 17:187 “‘By God, our religion (din) from which we have departed is better and more correct than that which these people follow. Their religion does not stop them from shedding blood, terrifying the roads, and seizing properties.’ And they returned to their former religion.”

The words of a group of Christians who had converted to Islam, but realized their error after being shocked by the violence and looting committed in the name of Allah. The price of their decision to return to a religion of peace was that the men were beheaded and the woman and children enslaved by the caliph Ali.

Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 484: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 990: – Lest anyone think that cutting off someone’s head while screaming ‘Allah Akbar!’ is a modern creation, here is an account of that very practice under Muhammad, who seems to approve.

Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992: – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Muhammad’s instructions to his men prior to a military raid.

Saifur Rahman, The Sealed Nectar p.227-228 – “Embrace Islam… If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if your refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all of your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship.”

One of several letters from Muhammad to rulers of other countries. The significance is that the recipients were not making war or threatening Muslims. Their subsequent defeat and subjugation by Muhammad’s armies was justified merely on the basis of their unbelief.

Additional Notes:
Other than the fact that Muslims haven’t killed every non-Muslim under their domain, there is very little else that they can point to as proof that theirs is a peaceful, tolerant religion. Where Islam is dominant (as in the Middle East and Pakistan) religious minorities suffer brutal persecution with little resistance. Where Islam is in the minority (as in Thailand, the Philippines and Europe) there is the threat of violence if Muslim demands are not met. Either situation seems to provide a justification for religious terrorism, which is persistent and endemic to Islamic fundamentalism.

The reasons are obvious and begin with the Quran. Few verses of Islam’s most sacred text can be construed to fit the contemporary virtues of religious tolerance and universal brotherhood. Those that do are earlier “Meccan” verses which are obviously abrogated by later ones. The example of Muhammad is that Islam is a religion of peace when Muslims do not have the power and numbers on their side. Once they do, things change.

Many Muslims are peaceful and do not want to believe what the Quran really says. They prefer a more narrow interpretation that is closer to the Judeo-Christian ethic. Some just ignore harsher passages. Others reach for “textual context” across different suras to subjectively mitigate these verses with others so that the message fits their personal moral preferences. Although the Quran itself claims to be clear and complete, these apologists speak of the “risks” of trying to interpret verses without their “assistance.”

The violent verses of the Quran have played a key role in very real massacre and genocide. This includes the brutal slaughter of tens of millions of Hindus for five centuries beginning around 1000 AD with Mahmud of Ghazni’s bloody conquest. Both he and the later Tamerlane (Islam’s Genghis Khan) slaughtered an untold number merely for defending their temples from destruction. Buddhism was very nearly wiped off the Indian subcontinent. Judaism and Christianity met the same fate (albeit more slowly) in areas conquered by Muslim armies, including the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe, including today’s Turkey. Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of a proud Persian people is despised by Muslims and barely survives in modern Iran.

Violence is so ingrained in Islam that it has never really stopped being at war, either with other religions or with itself.

Muhammad was a military leader, laying siege to towns, massacring the men, raping their women, enslaving their children, and taking the property of others as his own. On several occasions he rejected offers of surrender from the besieged inhabitants and even butchered captives. He inspired his followers to battle when they did not feel it was right to fight, promising them slaves and booty if they did and threatening them with Hell if they did not. Muhammad allowed his men to rape traumatized women captured in battle, usually on the very day their husbands and family members were slaughtered.

It is important to emphasize that, for the most part, Muslim armies waged aggressive campaigns, and the religion’s most dramatic military conquests were made by the actual companions of Muhammad in the decades following his death.

The early Islamic principle of warfare was that the civilian population of a town was to be destroyed (ie. men executed, women and children taken as slaves) if they defended themselves and resisted Islamic hegemony. Although modern apologists often claim that Muslims are only supposed to “attack in self-defense”, this oxymoron is flatly contradicted by the accounts of Islamic historians and others that go back to the time of Muhammad.

Some modern-day scholars are more candid than others. One of the most respected Sunni theologians is al-Qaradawi, who justifies terror attacks against Western targets by noting that there is no such thing as a civilian population in a time of war:

“It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar Al—Harb [ie. non-Muslim people who resist Islamic conquest] is not protected… In modern war, all of society, with all its classes and ethnic groups, is mobilized to participate in the war, to aid its continuation, and to provide it with the material and human fuel required for it to assure the victory of the state fighting its enemies. Every citizen in society must take upon himself a role in the effort to provide for the battle. The entire domestic front, including professionals, laborers, and industrialists, stands behind the fighting army, even if it does not bear arms.”

Consider the example of the Qurayza Jews, who were completely obliterated only five years after Muhammad arrived in Medina. Their leader opted to stay neutral when their town was besieged by a Meccan army that was sent to take revenge for Muhammad’s deadly caravan raids. The tribe killed no one from either side and even surrendered peacefully to Muhammad after the Meccans had been turned back. Yet the prophet of Islam had every male member of the Qurayza beheaded, and every woman and child enslaved, even raping one of the captives himself (what Muslim apologists might refer to as “same day marriage”).

One of Islam’s most revered modern scholars, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, openly sanctions offensive Jihad: “In the Jihad which you are seeking, you look for the enemy and invade him. This type of Jihad takes place only when the Islamic state is invading other [countries] in order to spread the word of Islam and to remove obstacles standing in its way.” Elsewhere, he notes: “Islam has the right to take the initiative…this is God’s religion and it is for the whole world. It has the right to destroy all obstacles in the form of institutions and traditions … it attacks institutions and traditions to release human beings from their poisonous influences, which distort human nature and curtail human freedom. Those who say that Islamic Jihad was merely for the defense of the ‘homeland of Islam’ diminish the greatness of the Islamic way of life.”

The widely respected Dictionary of Islam defines Jihad as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims…[Quoting from the Hanafi school, Hedaya, 2:140, 141.], “The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect.”

Dr. Salah al-Sawy, the chief member of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America, stated in 2009 that “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time,” tacitly affirming the legitimacy of violence for the cause of Islamic rule – bound only by the capacity for success. (source)

Muhammad’s failure to leave a clear line of succession resulted in perpetual internal war following his death. Those who knew him best first fought afterwards to keep remote tribes from leaving Islam and reverting to their preferred religion (the Ridda or ‘Apostasy wars’). Then the violence turned within. Early Meccan converts battled later ones as hostility developed between those immigrants who had traveled with Muhammad to Mecca and the Ansar at Medina who had helped them settle in. Finally there was a violent struggle within Muhammad’s own family between his favorite wife and favorite daughter – a jagged schism that has left Shias and Sunnis at each others’ throats to this day.

The strangest and most untrue thing that can be said about Islam is that it is a Religion of Peace. If every standard by which the West is judged and condemned (slavery, imperialism, intolerance, misogyny, sexual repression, warfare…) were applied equally to Islam, the verdict would be devastating. Islam never gives up what it conquers, be it religion, culture, language or life. Neither does it make apologies or any real effort at moral progress. It is the least open to dialogue and the most self-absorbed. It is convinced of its own perfection, yet brutally shuns self-examination and represses criticism.

This is what makes the Quran’s verses of violence so dangerous. They are given the weight of divine command. While Muslim terrorists take them as literally as anything else in their holy book, and understand that Islam is incomplete without Jihad, moderates offer little to contradict them – outside of personal opinion. Indeed, what do they have? Speaking of peace and love may win over the ignorant, but when every twelfth verse of Islam’s holiest book either speaks to Allah’s hatred for non-Muslims or calls for their death, forced conversion, or subjugation, it’s little wonder that sympathy for terrorism runs as deeply as it does in the broader community – even if most Muslims personally prefer not to interpret their religion in this way.

Although scholars like Ibn Khaldun, one of Islam’s most respected philosophers, understood that “the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force”, many other Muslims are either unaware or willfully ignorant of the Quran’s near absence of verses that preach universal non-violence. Their understanding of Islam comes from what they are taught by others. In the West, it is typical for believers to think that their religion must be like Christianity – preaching the New Testament virtues of peace, love, and tolerance – because Muslims are taught that Islam is supposed to be superior in every way. They are somewhat surprised and embarrassed to find that this is contradicted by the Quran and the bloody history of Islam’s genesis.

Others simply accept the violence. In 1991, a Palestinian couple in America was convicted of stabbing their daughter to death for being too Westernized. A family friend came to their defense, excoriating the jury for not understanding the “culture”, claiming that the father was merely following “the religion” and saying that the couple had to “discipline their daughter or lose respect.” (source). In 2011, unrepentant Palestinian terrorists, responsible for the brutal murders of civilians, women and children explicitly in the name of Allah were treated to a luxurious “holy pilgrimage” to Mecca by the Saudi king – without a single Muslim voice raised in protest.

For their part, Western liberals would do well not to sacrifice critical thinking to the god of political correctness, or look for reasons to bring other religion down to the level of Islam merely to avoid the existential truth.

There are just too many Muslims who take the Quran literally… and too many others who couldn’t care less about the violence done in the name of Islam.

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Liberty, Equality And Fraternity Need The Secure Ground Of The Assured Freedom To Be

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I believe many in the world are coming to realise this basic truth : liberty, equality and fraternity are add on values to the more fundamental one of secure life and assured freedom to be.

And yet there is a plethora of secular-liberal calls harking on openness and tolerance, the values people fear might get eroded in France’s response to these attacks that has resulted in 160+ dead.

Is that what comes to your mind just now ? Not to mine. No, not more of those candle light processions or laudatory speeches of how the French people have been strong… et al.

People have been killed. Families have been affected. Children, women young and old have been traumatised. It’s a tragedy caused through deliberation, by people with a particular profile. And they will do it again, in France and anywhere else, wherever. Because, they are committed to doing so for dominion over others, for establishing their way of life and values over the rest.

Those people, the perpetrators, need to be watched over 24/7, and everything should be done with them, to them, soft and hard, protective and pre-emptive, to prevent the next such tragedy from happening, in France and the world over.

That is a responsibility every government worth its salt owes to its people.

But I suspect many in India would still not understand my premise. They did not when Mumbai 26/11 happened. And even earlier, when a whole population was chased out of Kashmir Valley because they were Indian but not Muslim. Or, when followers of Islam infiltrated from across the border and changed the demographic profile of the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, and proximate regions in North Bihar.

That general agreement on the nature of the problem people are faced with has still to happen in India and in every other country of the world.

Bangladeshi author, Taslima Nasreen, states it simply : Islam is the theory; ISIS is the practice. The name and the faces may change. But so long as Islam and its book, and people subscribing to it remain … There will always be an ISIS and Baghdadi and his suicidal mercenaries to menace the people’s security and their freedom to be.

We have the history to underscore this ‘divine’ incorrigibility of those chosen people we know as followers of the only allowable Prophet and the path he has laid.

An American Adapts To Love The People’s Food In Vietnam

This is an interesting, frankly personal recount of a young US citizen’s adaptation to people’s food in Ho Chi Minh City. A great read about little spoken struggles with a rich native cuisine culture, as of Vietnam ! It truly informs.

Click Here to access the article in Vietnam Times archive.

In the summer of 1996, fresh out of college, I moved to Ho Chi Minh City for one simple reason: I loved Vietnamese food. At restaurants in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, I’d grown fond of the staples of the cuisine — grilled meats, startling herbs, crunchy vegetables — and particularly of pho, the aromatic beef noodle soup that is Vietnam’s national dish. As graduation approached, I knew I wanted to live overseas, and Communist Vietnam, which had just opened its doors to the West, was the obvious choice. In fact, it didn’t even feel like a choice at all — it felt like destiny.

But as I quickly discovered, liking a cuisine is not the same as understanding it. My first sense of this disjunction came a couple of weeks into my stay, when I settled in for lunch at a downtown restaurant. The manic energy of the streets — the flood of motorbikes, the clanging construction crews, the gawking tourists — had dissipated in the midday heat. Time to eat, and nap and breathe and think, away from the tropical sun.

This respite is likely the only reason that I happened to notice the man with the gun. He was across the street, standing in the clear sunshine. He was Vietnamese, in his early 40s. He wore sunglasses. And at his side, he held what I assumed was an Uzi. Then he disappeared into a storefront. If the street had been full of 100cc Hondas, as it had been an hour earlier, I would’ve missed him entirely.

It was an odd sight, and I wanted to ask someone — anyone — about it. Was the man a gangster? A cop? Then my food arrived, and I forgot all about him. I hadn’t known what to order, but something on the menu caught my attention: luon nuong mia, freshwater eel wrapped around sugarcane (held in place with a chive bow) and grilled over charcoal. As I bit, I fell in love. The eel was rich and oily, caramelized from the charcoal heat, infused with the tang of garlic and fish sauce and the sweetness of raw cane. And the cane itself, when I gnawed it, released a burst of sugary juice tinged with the meaty slick of the eel.

This, I knew, was what I couldn’t get back home. This was why I’d picked up stakes and moved to Vietnam. The eel was so great that I wanted to turn to my neighbors and tell them that it justified everything.

But I had no neighbors. I was alone in this restaurant — alone and confused. After all, this seemed to be a quality spot; the eel was proof. So where was everyone? What was I doing wrong?

Those first months in Vietnam were full of such confusion. All around me, I was fairly sure, were amazing food experiences waiting to be had, yet I couldn’t figure out what to eat, how to order, and where, and when, and why. At lunch, for example, I’d often order pho at the renowned Pho Hoa Pasteur. But when I told my students in my English classes, they looked confused. To them, pho was breakfast, not a midday meal. I’d protest: Plenty of Vietnamese people were at Pho Hoa Pasteur! My students would backtrack, perhaps wanting not to contradict their teacher, or just to make me feel comfortable. Oh, sure, they’d say, you can eat any food anytime you want. Khong sao — no problem.

But it was a problem. And I knew its roots. At Vietnamese restaurants in America, all kinds of foods are served together — noodles, soups, stir-frys, spring rolls. But in Vietnam, restaurants are often devoted to a single dish: pho, banh xeo (a rice crepe stuffed with pork and bean sprouts), goat hot pot. Adapting to this was hard. Knowing only a small subset of dishes, and only a few words of Vietnamese, I didn’t even know what to commit myself to. I knew that I should just blindly walk in, point to whatever I saw on other tables, and enjoy the result, but fear and shyness kept me at bay. Is there anything more alienating than not knowing how to eat?

Too often I wound up at the non-Vietnamese restaurants in the backpacker and tourist districts. They were often good: excellent Italian fare, thanks in part to fresh tomatoes and basil; a devoted expatriate clientele demanded serious Japanese; and a century of French colonialism meant that pâté, red wine and onion soup were vernacular dishes. But these meals all reminded me of my ongoing failure to penetrate Vietnamese culture.

After a few months, I moved from my sixth-floor rented room to another on the fifth floor. The new room was larger and air-conditioned, but I took it for the simple reason that it had a tiled patio that was ideal for takeout alfresco lunches.

But what to bring home? Ham-and-brie sandwiches? Thai ground pork with holy basil? On a stroll down nearby Bui Vien Street one day, I spotted a man grilling pork chops outside a com binh dan, an institution that translates as “the people’s food.” Com binh dan are everywhere in Vietnam. For less than a dollar, you can have a plate of rice and a serving of, say, pork belly braised in fish sauce and sugar, water spinach (rau muong) stir-fried with garlic, or a soup of bitter melon stuffed with pork and mushrooms.

But com binh dan had never appealed to me. Maybe their folding tables, plastic chairs and worn silverware looked too shabby. Maybe the pre-made dishes, sitting in the humid open air, turned me off. Maybe I needed to read a menu. Or maybe I was just afraid. My palate could handle a challenge, my fragile psyche couldn’t.

When I smelled the suon nuong, or pork chops, however, everything changed. Marinated in garlic, sugar, fish sauce and shallots, they gave off an intense aroma of fat and caramelization, one I couldn’t turn away from. So I ordered to-go — suon nuong on a mound of rice, with rau muong and sliced cucumbers — and carried the plastic foam box to my fifth-floor oasis, where I ate in utter bliss.

The com binh dan around the corner quickly became my go-to spot for good, unpretentious food. Usually, I’d get the perfect suon nuong, but the shop also had squid, stuffed with pork and braised until soft, as well as crispy-fried fish. And a fried egg could be added to anything.

Eating on my patio was nice, but more and more I ate at the com binh dan’s flimsy tables, noticing how other customers ate — with chopsticks, with fork and spoon, or with a combination. I studied the way they prepared dipping sauces, either by filling dishes with dark fish sauce and a few shreds of red chiles, or by pouring nuoc cham, a mix of fish sauce, water, lime juice and sugar, from the plastic pitchers placed on each table. (I’d thought it was iced tea — whoops!) People ate without much ceremony. This was good cooking, but it was also a refueling stop. As I watched and copied them, day after day, I didn’t even realize that, for the first time, I was eating like a regular person.

Nor did I realize that mastering this one meal would have collateral effects. Now that I’d locked down lunch, I could eat breakfast and dinner however I wanted. No longer did I have to feel guilty about starting the day with black coffee and fresh croissants; in a few hours, I’d be feasting on pork chops.

I could also experiment at dinner, testing dosas at the new South Indian restaurant, partying with friends in the Siberian Hunting Lodge, or feasting on braised snails and grilled mussels in a converted auto garage near the Saigon River. Whether these meals turned out delicious or dull, authentic or artificial, I knew that the next day I’d be eating a people’s lunch.

There was, however, one casualty of my growing cultural adeptness. Now that I better understood lunch, the restaurant that served sugarcane eel no longer fit into my eating life — by then I knew it was not a lunch spot, and come dinnertime there was so much else to explore. I never returned. The luon nuong mia, so fixed in my memory, seems like a heat-induced hallucination, almost as illusory as the man with the Uzi. Except it was all real, as real as the charcoal smoke that still billows forth from the com binh dan on Bui Vien Street, on a thousand other streets throughout Saigon, and wherever regular folks gather to eat.

We Got To Be Responsible…

Whether we are or not, the need remains : we got to be responsible. And I am not speaking just of what others — parents, employers or law — ask us to own, in our own interest.

The need for being responsible flows from the fact that we will always mean something to other people, and even to our pets. Like it or not, convenient or troublesome, this meaning would form from a range of aspects we present to others starting with how we look, our colour and gender, and how we behave. Mostly, we instinctively choose among those we know, or have, to gravitate towards some and avoid the others. But our need to be responsible is full-time, even among those we do not know.

In what we mean to others, one part is physical. It is our responsibility to establish our own acceptance of the face, colour, height and weight, and other physical features we possess, in order that other people too join in to the exuded comfort level. Our own negativity regarding one or more of these only confirms the negativity others might possess towards them. Even laughing on ourself about it does not cover our feeling, but accentuates it : our positivity seems more positive and negativity more negative.

The gender features demand that we be responsible for being prepared, on the watch, for what it has begun to mean to persons around or before us. For instance, breasts in women and beards in men… can provoke people into thinking offensively, if not act. Though contained just then, either self-consciously or thwarted by the eyes around, the act flowing from the thought is never far from materialising. Our responsibility would involve pre-empting unpleasant experiences through such encounters by becoming pre-aware and conscious, either avoiding such company known from before or being alert and prepared to deal with it on the trot.

We are required to be especially responsible in our relationships, whether of love or hate. Our behaviour or inadvertance during interactions could hurt — the other or oneself. For, the meanings people have of others may not flow from merely bias or prejudice, or norms attached to particular kind of relationship, but would form hugely on the spot on account of expectations and trust people have from us. These need more care and caution than we are normally conscious of; and are hence often breached, which we then need to manage.

The entire process during interactions offers opportunities to intervene at several stages, to smoothen matters or prevent some disaffection from blowing up. Almost all of us would have experienced being at our tether’s end, on occasions when we fail to contribute meaningfully to a relationship we value or redress situational breaches responsibly.

And, that 24/7 responsibility we have to ourself, for ourself, by ourself… to know our body and mind, our history — personal and collective, and ourself !

@PMOIndia, Think For A Moment !


@PMOIndia,

Whether it is the corrupt, anti-national or paid media … It is all evident in the money trail, more black than white.

How much has been spotted ?
How many has your Govt prosecuted ?

What good is all this ‘development’ if it only strengthens the alien religionists, the corrupt, the anti-national and the paid media ?

Because all that strength will come back at you, at us who support you, and win power for them politically.

Do your Ministers understand as much ?
Are the Civil Services cadres with you ?
Is Arun Jaitley, the Fin and I&B Minister, with you on this ? And Justice AP Shah, the SIT chief ?

Why has Govt given up on NJAC ?
Was the Govt counsel, Mukul Rohatgi, merely bluffing when he declared in Supreme Court that the collegium system is passe even if the NJAC is struck down ?

Why has the Govt not resorted to Joint Parliamentary sessions, to get over legislative obstruction in Rajya Sabha ?

Who are these ‘advisors’ around you that are keeping you and your govt weak and your party defensive ?

Think, for a moment …

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