But you are up to something sinister, as you are twisting the narrative to make it look silly and worthless. And then you are blaming me for giving the correct version!
No you do not. You are twisting the narrative. Your lies and misrepresntations cannot impress me. They only disgust me.
Nobody I know sees myth as literal truth. Myth is always transcendental truth, and gives the very origin and meaning of reality, and forms the core of all worthwhile culture and civilisation. Good myths give good cultures, bad myths (such as the deification of Mao, Stalin, etc.) give cultures that do not last. But it takes true culture, and a highly refined mind, to understand the meaning of the time-honoured, wonderful myth. And a lot of good breeding to put that meaning into day-to-day practice. Barbarians cannot, of course, understand the subtlety underlying myth.
No it is not. You are simply giving a wrong, debased, demeaning view about the great epic. Again, this is not surprising. As an exercise (in 1989) I once typed in Mahabharata in a very large library (Monash Arts). I got *no* hits. Whereas I got hundreds for the Bible. When I typed in Ramayana, I came across only one copy of the Indonesian Ramayana.
The Indian epics are thus banned effectively in the Christian countries; and I would guess, in all monotheistic and atheistic countries as well. All you have, instead, is some anecdotal, debased, mean-spirited accounts - just as you have narrated, your very self, in this thread!
At the kindest, you show that you are not fit to understand mythology.
Good minds find no difficulty in finding the difference. They can also distinguish between the mythical and the legendary. The Indian descriptions of vimans, atom plants, IVF, televsion, etc. are not mythical - they are legendary. In other words, there could be a distant historical basis. The possibility exists, certainly. The Puranic tales of the Gods and Goddesses are, on the other hand, mythical. That is to say, they are beyond the scope of time. They are always valid, as they are metaphysical.
I am not doing that. Myth is always there, unchanged and beautiful, while history is the evolutionary narrative of the winners of the time.
I believe the percentage in India is the highest. Which is only natural, as India has been subject to so many foreign influences, and there are so many local cultures that vary widely.
You do not know what you are talking about. Hinduism is *not* full of paradoxes. It is wonderfully sound, and without contradiction, though expressed in a vast range of diversities. Hinduism is ultimately the sole business of Hindus, and modern Hindus are increasingly less likely to take any definition of it from foreigners with foreign interests. If you don't like it, leave it alone! Just do not make a mockery of it, by giving wrong interpretations and silly accounts. And insulting those who try to correct your probably deliberate misperceptions. Most so-called fundamentalist Hindus are simply mainline Hindus who are resisting secular and bigoted attempts to demean Hinduism. The rest, do not particularly care one way or the other.
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I know only one person in India who is a Sanskrit scholar, and she is a Bengali lady. I have neither seen nor heard of...
It is, when there is no basis for such criticism.
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Hunter1 A most lousy excuse, though a tidy escape line. Lousy relativist thinking, the bane of the modern world. You are...
Yes, do so and face the facts.
Nor do I want to wear the cap of the martyr. I want people to read and understand what I have written. In any case, I have no intention of being a martyr; and I am *not* a martyr, in any true sense. I am simply one who has written articles showing that the theories of relativity are base upon a flawed analysis of the first and most basic MMI experiment; and I have discovered a new mathematical formula for unlimited energy, which reduces the laws of thermodynamics to special cases. With these two breakthrough, our entire concept of physics gets changed, and brought back to sane levels. And the way we look at the universe, also changes. These are thus very big advances.
Now, it takes time for such ideas to sink in. I know this. I take some steps to reduce this time, from time to time, and so try to ignite interest in the general public. This is by no means my sole area of interest, either. I just hope that one day some rich person or caring organisation will take interest in this work and help me out, so that I can make some demonstrations to prove my new ideas conclusively.
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It wasn't, actually. He determinedly missed every point I made and answered it with refutations of things I did not say or mean. If I get round to it, I'll do the...
And keep mouths shut, as well?
Just show me one who can speak Bengali half as well as I speak English.
Rather less than you are determined to be offensive. But you can redeem yourself in my eyes by reading my physics papers, and then accept them, or give good reasons why you reject them. And saying that the established scientists do not accept it, simply dismiss it, will not be a good reason! I am sure you can understand my paper - it is clearly written, and the maths is only of high school standard.
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whatever the history of caste intolerance, may be we can spare ourselves debating the history of it here, the modern india has come a long way...
How, may I ask?
But you have not been giving criticism. You have been giving abuse, by making a mockery of the origin of the epic, and insisting that legendary accounts are no better than fairy tales. You have been patronising, and indifferent, and not caring at all about what I write. I have only expressing the way we Hindus feel, and defending same.
But you are. Myths and legends form the core of Indian cultural foundations, and so, anti-Hindu foreigners and their local agents (usually of the converted or atheist-communist stripe) have been trying their best to demean Indian myths and legends. For this purpose, their defined concept of Indian history and the use of same (like, the so-called Aryan invasion); and their mistranslations and corruptions of Indian traditional accounts, are good methods. Basically, no one can really harm Hindu culture and history - the accounts will remain unchanged, but will be meaningful only to those who are good at heart, and blessed with Divine Grace.