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Religious Conversions: Three Factors Dominating Religious Self, And Their Significance To Hinduism

Vadatu Samskrutam - Sat, 06/20/2009 - 12:07

1. What Governs Conversions ?

Domination of following 3 Factors Above Religious Self:
Survival Factor, Greed Factor, Love Factor

('Love Factor' in this context is defined as 'Perception or Illusion or Awareness or combination of these'
'Religious Self' in this context is defined as 'Positive Consciousness or Life Energy derived from or related to Religion')

2. Some Questions To Ponder Over

2.1 How did Christianity Spread in Europe, and British/French/Portuguese Colonies ?

2.2 What is History of Islam related to Conversions ?
How did it start from zero in 7th century, to become the second largest religion in the world within the span of few centuries ?

2.3 Red Indians in USA, before Europeans came here, had their own way of life, Faiths. Where are their Faiths now? Did all Native Americans get converted to Christianity by love factor ?

2.4 Back home in India, what factors came into play to convert 26% of Goa citizens, 19% Kerlalites to Christianity within just a few centuries?

2.5 One may say, times have changed now.... ... Hold...
So have Methods. The Principles have not changed. Principles have remained the same.

Ok, for Change of Flavor,

2.6 Why did Sikhism survive, when Punjab is historically at the gate of Barbarian invasions?

2.7 Why did Marathi State spread from a tiny kingdom after killing of Sambhaji in 1689, into one of the biggest Empire of BharatVarsha in 1758 ?

3 Three Factors

Coming back,
There are new means by which people are likely to get converted.

3.1 Survival Factor:
Historical... example Muslims in India....Why they were forced to Islam
Another example...People struggling to satisfy their basic life needs...ex. in Africa, some parts of India

3.2 Greed Factor:
How people in India and in modern countries are getting converted...
One of persons I know in India is a typical middle class family leader. Around the time of his conversion to Christianity, his physical assets got doubled for unexplainable reasons. The new assets acquired (within span of days) had all praise for 'Jesus' written all over them.

3.3 Love Factor (Illusion, Positive Awareness, Perception):
Example. How Michael Jackson got into Islam. Works on 'intellectual' level...

4 What is Significance of Conversions ?

4.1 History has shown that a person who goes away from a religion for any cause, has higher chances of doing damage to his old religion, than the person still being part of that religion. The extent of damage done to the old religion is roughly inversely proportional to time spent in new religion.

4.1.1 Why were Islamist rulers able to conquer good part of India,and damage the backbone of long living Bharatvarsha? Were all the cruel soldiers of Islam imported from somewhere else ? No. Refer to the above statement.

4.1.2 Why did Christianity start spreading left and right, when Empire of Rome was converted in late 4th century ? Why did long living original Roman Civilization break down so fast after that? Refer to the above statement.

4.1.3 In modern world, ex. in Orissa or Kerala and now in parts of Maharashtra, why are new-converts (to Christianity) working much harder than traditional Christians, to get people converted into Christianity ? Refer to the above statement.

4.2 There are other obvious factors such as principles of the religion itself....the way they are laid out to the community. If the religious foundation is faulty but religious self esteem is higher, and the head count is higher, it forms a hazard like a living human bomb. And that is liability to Mother Earth.

5 Why Conversion From Hinduism Is Damage To Hinduism ?

5.1 The Conversion Pattern:
Relating to a conversion activity in context with Hinduism, Chances of finding that a person is getting away from Hinduism is much higher than a chance of finding that someone is getting to Hinduism.

5.2 Damage to Relgious Self:
For any religion to live, a religious self-esteem in minds of people is very important. That goes beyond traditional rituals and personal practices. Hinduism has mainly lived since has been a way of life. Its principles have been traditionally in the blood of people. Ex. Compassion, Peace, Human Tolerance, Service; And their connection with the fact that diverse set of creeds (Jainism, Buddhism etc. ) existed within Hindu civilization. These have directly fed the body of Hindu society to flourish its religious self esteem.

5.3 Traditional Way Of Life And Modern Social Dynamics:
Changes to modern societies have been inherently bringing the changes in ways of life. Religious rituals are still useful, but they are partly becoming inconsistent with new styles of day-to-day living.
The old traditions of Bhikshuk Student earning 'intellect' or Dnyana by going door to door and saying 'Om Bhavati Bhiksham Dehi~' is long gone. These things are increasingly seeming artificial.

The traditional rituals (lightning lamp, bowing to elders) are also being challenged by 'intellectually' stubborn mind.
(Funny example: When people put their shoes at the temple door for their convenience irrespective of the fact that there is a shoe-rack outside the temple with instructions, and if someone keeps those shoes in the racks to help keep the dignity of the place or requests them to put shoes to appropriate place, people may feel it's getting into their personal zone. Some may educate you that it's democracy, and that you are not supposed to tell them so)

6 If So What Would Help Religion?

6.1 Raising One's Self Esteem as a Hindu:
So what are the ways beyond rituals with which religion can still live and Strengthen?
By the Principles which form the foundations... not only the foundations of the rituals, but the foundations of the religion itself.

Exploring and practicing the foundational principles with awareness in context with religion will help religious Self Esteem to grow.

6.2 Helping Fellow Hindus In Need:
One part of it would be helping the needy. Example...
Why to feel guilty helping a few Hindu Bhutanese refugees coming to USA who may loose their religion in the quest to service and improve ?
Who feels guilty when few billions of dollars are pumped from western Christian communities
in countries like India, Africa to 'Spread Love Of Jejus' worldwide ?
Does anyone share the guilt when petro dollars and Euro dollars are poured into Indian, Pakistani Madarasas to ensure young 'Allah Ka Banda' reads Quran and Hadith properly and is in good shape ?
(By the way if you have doubts about what's wrong in it, try reading some Quran and Hadith yourself. Yes I did try)

No no, wait....we are not getting into others' footsteps by helping other fellow Hindus . We are referring to helping people from our own religion, from loosing their religious self-esteem.
It not only goes to the great cause of helping them or religion, but also raising one's religious self, hence self-esteem itself.

6.3 Helping Any Needy:
Now I can hear global citizen inside you, asking...how about helping as a human being , rather than just a religious being ? ....
Sure go ahead and help Bhutanese Hundu/Buddhist refugees coming to USA in need of shelter and means to earn food.

Yes, ...in case you feel helping the Hindus in need and helping a non Hindu in need are two 'exclusive' things.....you come back and say..'How about helping others non-Hindus in need....?
Of course it's an awesome human value. And this article should not stop you from playing your 'human being' part.

A Side note, Hindu Civilization has been a source for a diverse, rich literature of all kinds....Science, Religion, Art. Example... Yoga can be looked in all 3 of these ways. Vedas are assets to be forwarded thru next generations. Named here are just 2 out of many.
These assets and principles of life, are not to be lost like most of the rich literature at Nalanda university in 1193 A.D. which was burning at the hands of Invading powers for several weeks, and was lost upto significant extent for ever.

Of course gone are the 'old' days, where conversions happenned with the tip of the sword.
But history repeats itself. Methods change. Principles are the same.
Systematic conversions is new branch of study for those who do have skepticism about this fact yet who don't want to give up and do more research.

7. Religious Self Esteem
Coming back, the point is of Religious Self Esteem. If it is confined to my rituals and my interpretations of religions without quest to explore identify and quest for the deeper meaning, then it won't do much damage to the religion itself, but it won't do good too beyond it's mere survival and grand self illusion of the self.

On the other hand, putting oneself to test and reviving it against the principles of relgion and humanity would be an awakening experience.

And I am positive..... Raising religious self of a Hindu will hardly do any damage to any other religion, or society. It hardly has.

8. Some Referencecs:
http://freetruth.50webs.org/ Things They Don't Tell About Christianity
Youotube on: Cultural Genoside of Hindus by Christian missionarys in India
Youtube on: 'India -- How Britishers (Christians) fooled the Hindus'
Youtube on: 'And the world remained silent - Part 1 (on Kashmiri Pandits)'

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Maharashtra Forts For Sale - II : Sihangadh

Vadatu Samskrutam - Fri, 05/29/2009 - 11:59

1. Government Funds' Allocation
Number of forts in Maharashtra are being allocated 'few crores of rupees' each for repairs.
Sihangadh is one of the first ones. Funds summing approx. Rs. 16 Crores have been allocated for doing the fort repairs. This is on top of a Pune Municipal Corporation's 'work' going on involving the total of Rs. 5 Crores for the slopes of the fort.

2. Significance of Sihangadh
Pune region is considered cultural capital of Maharashtra and historically one of locations of country carrying cultural pride.
Sihangadh 25 km west to Pune city, is a hallmark of bravery and valor displayed by Marathas against Muslim invaders.
No wonder, most 'Puneits and many history loving Maharashtrians and Indians have emotional and cultural bonding with the fort and the region.

3. What's Hurting?
Puneits are known for their awareness for the social, and public matters. But when it comes to watchfulness and awareness regarding how surrounding forts are being abused
- by government contractors
- by politicians
- by shameless social elements
Punekars seems to be conveniently ignorant.

4. Damaging Facts:
4.1 Sidetracking the Goal Of Repairs To Favor Politician's Relative
A relative of a currently co-ruling party in Maharashtra, NCP headed by Mr. Sharad Pawar
has been awarded with contract.

4.2 Misuse of The Fort for 'Repairs'
Although terms of contract make it clear that the resources of the fort itself such as sand stones, won't be used for any addition to civil real estate of the fort, tens of contractor's trucks are digging into different regions of fort's slope for sand and stones.
The snap in the article shows a local newspaper clearly describing that the trees are being killed in order to 'aid' the 'repair' work of the fort. It also mentions that the forest department does not position itself to act against this.
The contractor is freely using four wheeled vehicle on the fort itself for his mission, although it is clearly provibited by law to do so, even for contractors.
4.3 Corruption In Repairs
The stonework being done is not enough to sustain the stones beyond a few years. Stones will come apart from the set locations. Cement being put in the gap is insufficient. Watering is not being consistently.
It is quite easy to consume these failures, by explaining at later time that....'visitors were continuously using the roads stonework was being done on, during the construction'.

5. The Bigger Danger
5.1 If Sihangadh Can Be Victimized, Other Forts Are No Big Deal:
If Sihangadh, the fort alert citizens feel probably most about, can be used as a corruption field, it is no brainer how the funds that will be allocated to other forts will be consumed.

5.2 Sihangadh: First victim in series...to be spoilled by destructive repairs via corrupt political system
It has been in news that gradually many more forts will get compatible level of funding for such 'repair works'. Rajgadh has been approved some Rs. 5 crores of such funding. Politicians are talking about rejunuvating Pratapgadh. Pratapgadh is the fort where Shivaji Maharaj killed the demon Afzal Khan.

5.3 Step In Killing Few More Of People's Pride Points:
Victimization of Sihangadh just shows the level of valueless politics and corruption the politicians are prepared to do.

5.4 Adding Shame To Indian Intellectual Society:
And this also robbery of government funds happening in daylight in the daylight points how shameless and coward, we are becoming as far as taking pride in efforts in preserving the history .....for creating which our ancestors laid their lives.

6. What Can Be Done? 6.1 Hundreds of People visit Sihangadh each week. They are distributed...in thought, purpose, time and mission.
Can they gather together .....at single time....with single purpose....to demonstrate their disapproval to the 'witness of Glorious Indian history' victimized ?
- This will be a unity of good souls and representation that proud history lovers are watchful.
- Coming together of similar thinking citizens may give rise to the next level of action items , which may go long way in preserving well deserved history for future generations

6.2 Can the local groups such as 'RashtraSeva', Political parties and local citizens, come together and pressurize the ignorant and careless government not to mess up with the historical pride matters ?
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Maharashtra Forts For Sale - I : Korai Gadh

Vadatu Samskrutam - Wed, 05/20/2009 - 09:19

Had a chance to revisit Kori gadh (also called as 'Korai') in March 2009. The first visit was in 1997. (Fort was in pristine state at that time)
Fort LocationAmbavane village is approx. 80 mins to south of Lonavala by Bus.

Fort ViewA flat top fort. Easy to climb.Around 1 hour from Amabavane to the top for beginner . Korigad is famous for its excellent fortification (‘Tatbandi’). There are two lakes and many cannons on the fort. Korai devi temple – the deity of the fort Korigad (4ft height). The surrounding forts of Tung, Tikona, Prabalgad, Matheran, Manikgad can be seen from the top.

Symptom Of DangerPython of Amby valley/ Sahara City is tightening it's grip on the fort.- One can not make a circle around the fort. Most of south-east, south, southwest, and part of west has been captured by Ambi Valley.
The slope around the forts have been dug at many places. Sand and stones have been moved.
- Ambi Valley “Guards” will interrogate you on your way up to the fort. They will dare to ask you “where did you come from, how long do you plan to stay, how many people” etc
This particular guard even offered us to stay in the nearby 'Ambi Valley' resort that has been recently available !
While encrotching physical richness of Amby vally is quite evident, the temples on the forts are in bad shape. The forest deartment or tourism department did not have any presence around the fort.

Real DangerI see this as an experiment. If the fort very near to population, and in the middle of two big cities, can be ‘swallowed’, it is easy for industrial and political pythons to ‘defeat’ the remote forts, and establish their imperial regime there.
I witness the forts representing great Maratha history are getting victimized in the face of industrial and political aggression. Korai seemed like a lion of jungle has just forced to join the circus.This is going in direction to obliterate the rich proud history. An irreconcilable damage the gospels of industrializations are doing to the History of Maharashtra.
The history is under indirect attack from new form of invaders, these are worse than Islamist invaders , much similar to modern Christian invaders.Christian Churches are gathering millions of dollars in the West saying they want to spread 'love of Jejus to poor people like Indian society'. In reality they are using these funds for brutal conversions of Hindu society. On similar lines, industrial pythons such as Ambi Valley wish to take 'fruits of modernization' to Indian society which they think is desperately seeking to modernize like the West..
This is treason.
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A Byte on the Issue Of Hinduism in North American Academia

Vadatu Samskrutam - Fri, 05/15/2009 - 08:49
#1 Youtube Following Keywords:
Teaching Hindu History in American Schools (Part 1/2)
Teaching Hindu History in American Schools (Part 2/2)

#2 There are certain action items at the end of video 2/2
If you are convinced, please spread the word.

#3 Social Studies textbooks for grades six and seven in California teach about the history of various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. When it comes to a discussion of Hinduism, textbooks portray all social evils as Hindu beliefs and suppress all achievements of Hinduism.
Such portrayal will lead to the humiliation of Hindu children in the classroom and eventually alienate them from Hinduism.

I personally see this as a small part of continued 'hard work' going on by Anti-Hindus, to corner Hinduism hence Indian Culture, whenever and wherever possible to them.

Related websites:
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Islamization At Doorsteps

Vadatu Samskrutam - Sun, 05/10/2009 - 11:56

*1 See 2 images.

*2 What is It ?
This is news from 10th May, 2009 Pudhari (Marathi Newspaper)This is real. And this is this week's information.A racket of Muslim youths has been found out.Names came out so far are Muslims.

*3 Method Used
3.1 With no initial exposure of religion, focus on girls around colleges.
3.2 Get them 'involved'.3.3 Onece in trap, use them, have Muslims in other parts of country use them.
3.4 Then force them for conversion to Islam.
3.5 Send some of them to Saudi Arabia.

*4 Purpose Of And Direction of This ?
4.1 I have been hearing for years but ignoring that Indian Muslim youth are paid to trap Hindu girls for conversions.I can not ignore this anymore.

4.2 I have also been ignoring the fact that in most of movies,the Hero is Muslim (XYZ Khan) and heroine is a Hindu one.I now have growing feeling that this is deliberate slow posioning the Hindu society.

4.3 I have been ignoring the question: Who controls Key Indian media houses ?I recently came across 2 links regarding Indian media. Even 25% of this video below is true, I am getting concerned where this is going.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCEO4Rw9Zd8 http://www.truveo.com/NDTV-Indian-Media-Exposed-must-watch/id/78671023

4.4 I knew that countries like England are facing challenges of Muslim terrorism (reference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZApV8IwVc )

I am getting convinced that in midst of poverty and lack of unity in Indian peoplethis will get worse and worse in India.........if we do not play our part to do something about it.

Yes..we.While I have my doables, I welcome your suggestions as to what we can do in our capacity towards this.
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Confession Of An Indian ‘Citi’zen

Vadatu Samskrutam - Sat, 12/06/2008 - 14:05

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After Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, security loopholes are exposed; the sense of vigilance and care for the citizens and for the country from various ‘caretakers’ is not being seen so far.

I have been asking myself.…. “Who’s To Blame?…Who’ll Build India of my dreams?”

Answer was ....each time …”No one else, It’s me”


I blame politicians; because?….they don’t seem to care for the country

I blame channels; because? … they don’t seem to care for country….

Wait …now………………”Do I seem to?”

Chanakya said…..” That Country has problem where the people have no sense of shame, have no fear of anybody, no intelligence, or a charitable disposition.”…..

On my usual “happy” day when I am driving to office, I expect that the soldier on the border be dutiful and watches ‘my’ country’s borders. Else it’s shame, or Deshdroha !

But at that very moment, when I drive on roads, do I care to watch traffic laws?.... all of them?

I also cry against corruption and politics in government schemes….

In Oct 2005, protectors of democracy brought nationwide”Right to Information” after long struggle.

While I hardly fail mourning about politics, have I been agile enough to use the Right to Information for social cause?

I also become furious relating to taxes and ‘mehengai’

When lots of essentials are subsidized by Government, do I really make sure our daily purchases’ tax funds go till the Government?

Simply put…How many times, do I insist on a valid receipt from a shop or a seller?

I expect righteously that the nation protect us. Do I make sure to protect my own sense nationality? Or am I busy in protecting my own personality? ..Kind of “Laila Majnu” type innocent romantic smile?

I have so many complaints against the TV channels…

Trying to recollect…which type of programs do I watch?.... Informative, educating me nationally?...or relaxing ‘masala’? What do I ask them to cook for my viewing appetite ?

How regularly do I dare myself to the ritual of knowing realistic issues such as farmers’ deaths, rather than indulging in some bollywood or cricket related entertainment?

When expecting the police to fight well trained terrorists, how regularly do I do the usual exercise to keep myself fit as an agile citizen?

When expecting intelligence to know everything, do I know enough about my neighbors?

The heinous did terrorists performed against my Nation in the name of religion has no comparison. It must be answered. The political willpower must become matured to do this on behalf of me as an Indian citizen……

But don’t I need to expand my will power, raise my character to fuel the political, government will power and raise National character to stronger level?

In order to fix the house, foundation must be fixed first.

I don’t know about others, but I am gonna fix myself.

I’m gonna change myself…. with a dream that

… the parents of those involved in Rave Parties, will not come shouting with straight neck in Public.

… breaking a traffic law will be considered a matter of shame

..a smile… in case of minor collision of road, will be the way to settle the dispute

.. everyone will be so agile that every seller will provide by default, a receipt of sale

..No one is slaves of the idiot boxes.

And I’m gonna try something different...than I have been trying...

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