What Is a Hindu Kingdom?
A popular pilgrimage site, Nepal has been paralyzed by protests against the king, considered by supporters to be a Hindu god.
07/09/2006 04:34:17 PM
any man who usese divine status to opress others is by no means a god or an avatar of a god.
07/02/2006 05:32:42 AM
Hi MightyMountainGorilla You mentioned that Krishna was killed/shot by an arrow to the heel? Which verse in the Gita stated that? As I've read the Gita many times, but there seems to be no recollection of this section.... I've also read the story of the war epic itself and yet there is no mention of Krishna being killed in the war at kurusetra! Could anyone of you point out that particular verse/section to me, please?
05/11/2006 07:01:24 AM
I do hope the king isn't deposed completely. This king doesn't sound like a good one, but constitutional monarchies often form much more stable governments than republics. Think of all the prime ministers that have been able to ask Her Majesty for advice, because she's worked with their predecessor(s)
05/09/2006 08:33:01 PM
Sucheta, It is up to us to be ‘part of the solution’ and see that the divine guiding light of this great ancient mother be put to proper use else we will be ‘part of the problem’ by being witness to destruction of earth as well as of the human race and will incur the blame of not doing anything about it while we could have. Nicely said.
05/09/2006 01:59:31 AM
Hinduism is a creative and uplifting force for all of mankind (as it doesn’t differentiate between a Hindu/Non-Hindu) which has proved itself many times over. Today India has survived the hell of last millennium and is looking up to its future only because of the potent force of Hinduism. Can any other ideology make such parallel claim!!! Knowledge was and is the basis of Hinduism and poverty ails it. The wise say even today that there is one guide light to the world and that is India and that is because of Hinduism. It is up to us to be ‘part of the solution’ and see that the divine guiding light of this great ancient mother be put to proper use else we will be ‘part of the problem’ by being witness to destruction of earth as well as of the human race and will incur the blame of not doing anything about it while we could have. Om Shanti - Sucheta
05/09/2006 01:56:55 AM
That “Hinduism & Buddhism are a major force of peace on this earth as apposed to Abrahamic religions and even Communism” is very visible today to anyone who wants to ‘rise above’ their preconceived notions and biases. Hinduism by its very definition is all accommodating hence ‘democratic’ when it comes to differences. Communism on the other hand seeks conformity and… Religion! It has no room for such ‘impractical’ things. In the name of democracy... communism is creeping into the Hindu fabric of the Indian sub-continent. It is indeed very sad what is happening in Nepal and North East India today. It is interesting to note that no such protests and tensions were present before the Maoists came to the Himalayan kingdom when Hindus, Buddhists and tribals lived amicably with each other. Islam and/ Christianity provide the fodder and Communism gives the light as can be seen in Bihar, India also.
05/09/2006 01:55:21 AM
Isn't it amusing to note that no one here thinks that all that is happening in Nepal today can perhaps have something to do with the Maoists/Communism and … China’s desires! Spirituality, religion, faith or a belief in some higher power is a very basic human need as can be seen thru all times and places over human history. So the need for rising above it doesn't arise for something that is such a fundamental part of us. There is no denying that Politicians / religious dogmas have misused this very fact for their own worldly good thru out time. Peace has generally prevailed wherever Hinduism and (its’ other gift to the world) Buddhism were practiced, although peace was not evenly distributed thru out times and lands as religion is not practiced in vacuum but societies who see things differently at different times.
05/03/2006 05:30:24 PM
When will most people of the world start rising above "politics" and the many ways it can divide? To answer fromoz's question though, the likelihood of people "rising" above religion is very slim. Furthermore, it is not so much religion that is the trouble as it is the failure of individuals to respect one another. In the case of this king who presents himself as a god; he is deceiving others and perhaps himself even. He perhaps has no concept of love or how to love others appropriately.
05/03/2006 02:06:20 PM
(cont from below) I think the way ancient hindus reconciled these two divergent principles was through samsara--reincarnation cycle--by which ppl are reborn into higher castes in different lifetimes as they gain good karma. Therefore, a warrior should perform his duties, with hopes that in the next life, he'll be born as a Brahmin--where he can be a priest, think of philosophical ideas, and try to never harm a living creature. After that, his soul reaches moksha. It's not air tight, but like I said, neither is any religion. And if there's one thing government should strive to be, it's concrete in its principles. Probably why no government should intermix with religion.
05/03/2006 02:06:05 PM
Well, see, that's one of the big oxymorons of Hindu religion. Almost all books regard ahimsa as the one, true goal of human life. And yet, even Krishna (in the Bhagavad Gita) and the Pandava Princes (in the whole of the Mahabharat) and Rama (Ramayana), etc., recognized that as kings and warriors, they needed to also be true to their caste-specific roles. For instance, Krishna was a warrior who killed hundreds of enemy soldiers in order to win the war against evil. Yet, even though he was acting for the good of the world, his reasons do not diminish the fact that he KILLED many ppl. As such, the Bhagavad Gita tells of his death, shot by an arrow in the heel, due to his bad karma.
05/02/2006 05:31:39 PM
Just out of curiosity and to prune back my own ignorance (it keeps growing) how does Ahimsa relate to having a Warrior caste? Is this spiritual battle or preparation for actual physical war with killing and everything?
05/02/2006 01:40:23 PM
Well, as usual, what religion says and what people do can be very, very different. For instance, the Bhagavad Gita contains several stories, preaching the need of a person to perform their caste-related duties (and for a king, these duties include keeping your kingdom in order and squashing protesters). However, this same book also recognizes the need for all Hindus to try and attain the goal of ahimsa (non-violence). And as one can see from this, religion provides a lot of answers, but they aren't always as clear-cut as need be for the real world. That's why the king really should consider making his country a constitutional monarchy, like Britain--with most of the power residing in the Parliament, but the preservation of the monarchy. After all, basing any government on a particular religion is wrong-headed because of faith's vague nature, which is something governments should strive NOT to be.
05/01/2006 07:47:50 PM
When will most people of the World start rising above "religion" and the many ways in which it can divide?