Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why, as I think, the west describes Hinduism as Dharmic religion

Hinduism is not a rigid system, having a well-laid rituals to observe for demonstrating one's conformity to this faith.  Hinduism is highly syncretic in nature, that is, it contains the contradictory , mutually inconsistent beliefs.
Syncretic polytheist that we are, it leads us to a few problems.
Firstly, one conforming member may fall into argument with other as to what one must observe and one must forbid to prove allegiance. Any rigid ritual will have the effect of doing to Hinduism just what it is not.
Two, Hindus are highly susceptible to suffer internal confusion and conflicts by putting ourselves to comparisons with new age religions and as a consequence of upholding the differences which we have generated by personal thoughts, one group of Hindus might end up adopting certain rituals as a must, which can bring in a localised rigidity into them.
Thirdly, Indeed the vast level of subdivision within Hindu society is explainable on the factor of our multiple belief system . Hindus were never united; they could never become a strong political and military force. But at the same time they have survived innumerable invaders, and prevailed and survived. Today we stand as the oldest religions still surviving against all forces of change; till date we contain within us almost all the characteristics which the ancient religions have -- polytheism, anthropomorphism, demigod worshipping, spirit worshipping.
Fourth, Hindu societies are highly prone to defilement and impurity. Inspite of our pluralist, multi-belief system the one reason why the impurities do not completely run down into our culture is that we believe in Justice. From the myriad beliefs that we hold, we are constantly in search of the truth, the DHARMA. Dharma is our method of selection of one best thought from our marketplace of beliefs by which each group of Hindus run our community. Hinduism survives despite its multi belief system because of this single biggest characteristic , the Dharma, the constant search of the truth and justice. I think that this characterstic pattern of our polytheism, which underlines how come we still survive, is the best understood explanation why the western theologist describe the Hindu faith as Dharmic religion.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Carrot-and-stick technique, Feudal Narcissism and our desire to win medals in olympic games

Highly feudal narcissist that we are, carrot-and-stick is the only method of men management which is known and practiced in such societies.
"Carrot-and-Stick" is the summary of the reasoning why we don't invest in the sports earlier while we reward so generously after the medal is won.
In feudal societies , which are inherently narcissist too always, "free carrots" are not allowed to be lying around. the "feudal lords" see that as "wastage of resources". The feudals... think that they are the owners of the social resources , and hence cannot allow it to be freely available. They use the carrots to reward the "better performing" people who otherwise deserve a stick in their backs. Carrot-and-stick saves the spending of large amount of carrot, for achieving a "small success". Carrot-and-stick kills free spirit, innovation, but then the feudals don't care. They have enough carrots to buy away the new from outside. It is merely a lip-service by our feudal lords to be seen wondering and questioning why we lack innovation or why we don't enough Olympic medals per population.

Serendipity -- building a case for why freebies are important for a democracy

To be able to cultivate in our country innovation, research and winnings in the Olympic games we will have to focus ourselves on understanding the importance of ‘free carrots to a free-spirited, free-will democracy.
Understanding the contributions of ‘Free-carrots’ to a democratic society is important so that we may stop ourselves from cussing its proponents with the arguments such as “wasting the precious resources of society” or the  anecdote of socialist marking of examination sheet done by a professor in a class. We need to understand the fallacy in the argument which says that the freebies to the people are wastage of social resources, and an unjustified distribution of the profits earned by hard working people to lazy people.
                Have you ever wondered as to who spends for those lion and snake stories that we so regularly watch on science channels as the Discovery Channel and the NatGeo. Who pays and why does he pay to go to Africa to research on those animals and those impoverished people. How did the humans chance upon the study of wasteful subjects as history and the fossils in the archeology? Have you ever wondered as to what form of cost went into sending a “knowingly” waste voyager as Ferdinand Magellan or Christopher Columbus to the ‘edge of the earth’ where he would fall off the surface, then never to return- neither their own life nor the cost of putting their voyage? And do we appreciate the currency of the cost recovery after investing in such wasted sectors?
                America which is known as an abode of inventions, and where all these above activities so regularly happen has typically described the salient feature of their ‘inventing and exploring habit’ by a word, ‘SERENDIPITY’.
Serendipity means when a person has *accidentally* found something when there was no intention to search that thing. Do we know that the word ‘Serendipity’ has an interesting relation with India? It comes from the Sanskrit word “charan” which means legs of a person. In the olden times, the western explorers often landed on the island south of India, then know by the name “charan dweep”. Owning to linguistic accent issues, they called it “serene dweep” and used the idea to describe the event of accidental discoveries.
                In modern times, the sociologists have used the idea in the word “Serenedeep” to understand and explain the causation how America and the west world had become an abode of inventions, discoveries and explorations. They call the cultural idea as “Serendipity”. 
                Today, we the Indians need to understand the cultural idea and its close relation with Economic system which is practiced in a country, because the economic systems are themselves the result of the political ideas prevailing within a country. Serendipity occurs in the form of a “habit” or in other words a “cultural occurrence”. This cultural habit has been seen in those countries where the frees spirit people have not been tamed down by reasons such as autocratic political administrative systems, or alternately the impoverished economic policies, such as the socialism and the communism. Of course, capitalism is as bad an economic system. The West has kept the balance between the extremes of free-will democracy and the chained-spirit of Communism, or the heavily regulated society through a system of control different from ours here in India. The west has largely practiced the free-spirit political administrative system called as the Democracy, and they have managed to preserve the social evenness by way of adopting *mechanism of control* in the Judicial system, instead of the Economic policy system, which our “socialist democracy” of India has done. By changing the site of putting the controlling device, that is, by putting controls in the Economic System, (Socialist economics such as the Five Years plans, yojna-systems) it is the people who are put in control instead of the Governments. I think that characteristics of the true democracy is that it is the governments which need to be controlled, not the people. Comparably, we see that judicial outcomes in the west has resulted in such as high voltage penalties awarded by the judicial systems as in the Exxon Valdez oil disaster, or the famous Erin Brockovich”. This choice of site for putting the control mechanism has been better idea because, first, it eliminates the disgruntlement of unjustified distribution of profits and, second, it has forced the splurge of money into the directions which opens the path for serendipity to happen. The second purpose can be contrasted with the other choice of site wherein it has resulted in wasted splurges such as the constructions of large expensive personal living mansions, extravagant wedding processions, the politically-motivated historical monuments, or political funding so to keep the location of control mechanism intact and then acquire more riches.
                Administrative systems which have concentrated on controlling the people have become nothing but another feudalistic, narcissistic substitutions of the past. The rule of law has remained absent in these systems as the way it was in the dark era of the past. 
Political and economic theories researched by greats like Amartya Sen seems to another repetition of the same idea, which I have stumbled on from my own observations and life experiences.
Therefore, the moot idea is that the we need to bring about economic emancipation to our people before we may start demanding of our systems to become progressive or developed. That is the method of triggering the Serendipity habit in our culture. We cannot allow ourselves to get entangled in the chicken-first-or-egg-first query by raising questions as to how useful are the freebies for the people. We all observe in common as to what are symptoms of the wrong happening with our system. The likes of Chetan Bhagat, or even Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty seem to make commentary of what is wrong with India, —the symptoms. We differ in our approach of the cure, because our diagnosis from the observed symptoms are different from each other. Freebies in a democratic society are important in certain sectors, as contrasted with how some other religious states do it arbitrarily for other reasons. Maybe the idea of freebies confuses up with free-religious charities in some theocratic states. Hence we feel averse with freebies, which is wrong.
To sum it up, -- there is fallacy in the argument which says that  the freebies to the people are wastage of social resources, and an unjustified distribution of the profits earned by hard working people to lazy people.