Monday, May 31, 2010

Back from Shenandoah

RK, my 4 year old daughter, is now able to distinguish between slow driving and fast driving. While coming back, she was literally very disgusted at the big traffic on the Interstate 66. Virginia is changing very fast. I am thinking of removing the car seat in a few days so that she could now sit in the front beside me and slowly learn how to drive. I have to find out who holds the world record of becoming the youngest driver and ask her to break the record as a challenge. Haha. I can't think of my baby being not at par with the best in the world in any areas of activity. Cruel me, right? Is it bad to put your kid through such rat-races since such an early age. Do comment. I like to know.

This is not a very good time to go to the park. A bit hot. But I always feel very energetic after the horse-riding at Shenandoah. This is called high testosterone. Yes women have it too. After all adventure is in our blood. And also there are not many places in the world which can match the beauty of Big Meadows. Mom will be here in a week. Lots of stuff to complete before she comes.
Will come back with more stories of life and many other things from time to time.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Discussion: Theology and Advaita Vedanta

(This post is motivated from a discussion in greatbong's blog on an article about Satyajit Ray and Tagore)

My opinion about any forms of theology is simple which is on the lines of Richard Dawkins. Be it Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam, or Hindusim or whatever. Is theology a subject? Does it answer any query of our minds that some other science or philosophy cannot? It can possibly never, because the corner stones of any form of theology are false, deception and fraudulence. For example, very amusingly, Vivekananda had strongly advocated in his writings for sexual abstinence, including masturbation, since he was under the impression that sexual abstinence promoted health. Therefore, it should be limited. if not completely overthrown except for the purpose of reproduction. When I am no way trying to support unhindered sexual romps in societies, Vivekanada's advice had no scientific basis. Even after research of several decades on this subject, no connection between sexual modesty and health benefits has been established. On the other hand, in a clinical study in Australia, it has been reported the male masturbation reduces the chances of prostate cancer.

In strict Hinduism, menstruating women are banned from any kind social mixing, probably on the misconception that the condition is infectious.

Bible says and stipulates its followers to believe that the God has created the Universe, and all animals and plants in just six days just around 6000 years ago. They also say that the dinosaurs and humans have co-existed. When we all know the Universe was created 4.8 billion years ago and the humans had come into existence much later than the dinosaurs had long gone. Most importantly all species on the earth have a common ancestor, when Bible says they were created by the God separately. However funny it may sound like, millions of people believe in such Biblical facts.

Can anybody explain why should I spend time to learn Advaita Vedanta when I can clearly see they are all pseudo-science.

Therefore I do not understand why there are still theology departments in famous Universities around the globe including those in Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Harvard etc. Most funnily they also award PhD degrees in theology.