Books for 2007

I had a plan to read at least 50 books last year. It’s not a big task with the speed I read, but it is difficult to do it with the laziness I have, with the other hobbies I have and also with the free time I get.

One great achievement is I finished fountainhead (of Ayn Rand) in Nov 2006, which I happened to start reading in Nov 2005. You should appreciate me, for the effort, patience and determination that I invested in that book. My sad and pitiable experience with that book is worth a post in this blog. (Coming soon) Those who suggested me this book shall here from me soon, and better take that books off from favorites list in Orkut.

Here are some I read…

  1. A Call to honor (Jaswant Singh)
  2. Lajja (Taslima Nasrin)
  3. Alchemist (Paolo Coelho) Continue reading “Books for 2007”

Ahimsa Paramo Dharmaha

I was searching the roots of all famous Sanskrit quotes. But this one “Ahimsa paramo dharmaha“( अहिंसा परमो धर्मः ) did not yield any results in internet. More than 500 results and just “Ahimsa paramo dharmaha”. Every one is happy mentioning only up to there. The meaning is Non-violence is Ultimate religion (or duty). The sentence is repeatedly gets mentioned whenever Indian philosophy and tolerance is explained, especially context of explaining ancient Hindu (sanatan dharma), Buddhism, Jainism and Gandhian philosophy. 

One result gave the latter part of it. धर्म हिंसा तथीव च  – Dharma himsa tathaiva cha “. Now that means Violence is also religion (duty). I am getting different meanings out of them.

1.      Non-violence is the ultimate duty of life, and in some contexts violence is also. Here what is the extremity of the context?

2.      Try to follow Non-violence and given no choice follow violence (for protect your self). This is most optimistic meaning I have taken

Anyway the sentence is frequently mentioned, but forgetting the second part of it. It’s something like Ashvathamaha hato kunjarah, telling half truth. If some one has a better explanation, or complete hymn please leave a comment.

Atheism and India

I used to wonder sometimes, when was a first time man started realizing they have created too may of gods by now. When was the first time someone realized there are too may rule to follow and too may of holy books to worship. There was a wonderful piece of information on net, here.

Everyone is born atheist: it is indeed as old as mankind. Some men have always disbelieved in gods or supreme powers. The only problem is that the phenomenon of atheism could not be easily described early on, as primitive languages had no way to symbolize negation, or existence. Hence saying “gods don’t exist” would be a daunting task indeed. The arrival of phonetic language changes that. Atheistic views started to emerge in India, then

It says the first reference comes from India and its none other than rig-Veda Probably the first sign of skeptic thought comes from the Rig-Veda, a text which is thought to have been written around 1000 BC. The philosophy promoted in it could be said to be atheistic by omission, as shows us this creation hymn:

Who knows for certain? Who shall here declare it? Whence was it born and whence came this creation? The gods were born after this world’s creation. Then, who can know from whence it has arisen? None know whence creation has arisen and whether he has or has not produced it. He who surveys it in the highest heaven, he only knows, or happily, he may know not“.

Around 500 BC, Buddhism, inspired by the Rig-Veda, became a theistic philosophy. Jainism, an atheistic religion, also began around that time.