Friday, January 24, 2014


OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD For scientific minds, religious subjects may seem ridiculous. But when they are considered by a scientist, it feels unusual. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku claims to have created a theory that may point to the existence of God. The information created uproar in the scientific community. Michio Kaku is considered one of the most important scientists of today – one of the developers of the revolutionary String Theory, which is highly respected around the world.
To come to his conclusions, the physicist made use of what he calls “primitive semi – radius tachyons”. Tachyons are theoretical particles capable to “unstick” the Universe matter or vacuum space between matter particles, leaving everything free from the influences of the surrounding universe.

Most physicists think that faster-than-light particles cannot exist because they are not consistent with the known laws of physics. Although the technology to detect the true tachyon particles is still far from being achieved and despite theoretical arguments against the existence of faster-than-light particle, experiments have been conducted to search for them. After conducting the tests, Kaku came to the conclusion that we live in a “Matrix”. “I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence”, he affirmed.
“Believe me; everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore.” And he added: “To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

Dr. Michio Kaku is a very well-known theoretical physicist and also an acclaimed writer who has had more than 70 articles published in professional physics journals such as Physical Review. His research seemed to have led him to recognize that there are other ‘forces’ that controls the world and it cannot be explained. In several occasions, Kaku made connections between science and religion, questioned what is behind all theories about the creation of the world and reflected on the existence of eternal life, and the “God of Order.” He has said, “I work in something called String Theory which makes the statement that we are reading the mind of God. It’s based on music or little vibrating strings thus giving us particles that we see in nature. The laws of chemistry that we struggled with in high school would be the melodies that you can play on these vibrating strings. The Universe would be a symphony of these vibrating strings” In one of his declarations in video Dr. Kaku says that “God must be a mathematician.” Spiritually advanced cultures used of the principles of mathematics to advance towards God realization. A common belief among ancient cultures was that the laws of numbers have not only a practical significance, but also a mystical and religious significance. For example, at the heart of the Pythagorean world view was a unity of religious principles and mathematical propositions. Our spiritual masters have taught us that “wisdom” is more than the mere “exercise of intelligence.” Unfortunately, modern man's worship of intelligence does not allow him to realize the superiority of “love” over “reason.” (Editor's note).

Mathematics has only recently risen to attempt to usurp the throne of Godhead. Ironically, it originally came into use in human society within the context of spiritual pursuit. ... In ancient India, mathematics served as a bridge between understanding material reality and the spiritual conception. Vedic mathematics differs profoundly from Greek mathematics in that knowledge for its own sake (for its aesthetic satisfaction) did not appeal to the Indian mind. The mathematics of the Vedas lacks the cold, clear, geometric precision of the West; rather, it is cloaked in the poetic language which so distinguishes the East. Vedic mathematicians strongly felt that every discipline must have a purpose, and believed that the ultimate goal of life was to achieve self-realization and love of God and thereby be released from the cycle of birth and death.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014


IN PROCESSION TO MARK THAIPUSAM - Devotees thronged the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India on Thursday to celebrate the Hindu festival Thaipusam, one of the most spiritual and important events in the Hindu calendar, which took place on Friday.  Thousands of devotees gathered at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road to begin their procession to the Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road. One of Singapore's oldest temples, this Perumal Temple is the starting point of the annual Thaipusam procession. 
Thaipusam is an auspicious day for the many devotees who take up specific vows and fulfil them. They include not just Indians but also people of other races who carry kavadis and milk pots. Devotees carry various types of "kavadi" to seek blessings from the Hindu warrior god Murugan.

During a temple visit, Second Home Affairs Minister S Iswaran said: "I just met a Chinese gentleman who is here to support his colleague who will be carrying a kavadi, and he has been doing this every year: "So I think this epitomises the way we do things in Singapore. We come together as a community across different ethnic and religious groups in order to celebrate a specific custom or cultural aspect. And I think we should continue to be committed to that and celebrate that." 
As large crowds were expected at Little India, the Public Order Act proclamation has been in effect in the area. As in past years, hundreds of volunteers, including road marshals and security personnel, also helped out in the procession, ended at 11pm on Friday. The alcohol ban in Little India takes effect from 6pm on Thursday to 6am on Monday.

Thaipusam is celebrated in the month of January and commemorates the immortal dance of Lord Shiva. Thaipusam is a full-moon festival in honour of Lord Murugan (aka Lord Subramaniam), son of Shiva and Parvati, who represents the triumph of good over evil.  This festival recalls the day that Parvati gave Murugan the vel, a magical weapon that destroys all wickedness, sins and banishes negativity from the soul. Today, Shaivite pilgrims from all over India and abroad congregate to venerate Lord Murugan. Each pilgrim takes an offering, called a kavadi, meaning "sacrifice at each step", to remind them of their previous sin and their personal vow to Lord Murugan. In an extreme act of personal penance and homage to Murugan, a devotee may volunteer to be hooked up to a huge wooden or metal structure. Before that, the volunteer has to undergo a whole month of inner cleansing, with a strict vegetarian diet, celibacy and spiritual nourishment to give him strength. On the day of Thapusam, with the help of the frantic drumming and the chanting by the crowds, the devotee enters a deep trance to make the pain disappear, and then spears and hooks are pushed through his flesh. The Vaishnava devotees also perform penance or tapasyas to increase devotion to Krishna. For example, during the month of Kartik, devotees give up different types of food, eat just once a day, stay continuously singing, and try with all their might be more and more close to the level of consciousness that have been exhibited by pure devotees. Other forms of devotional tapasya are the parikramas made in the saints dhams in India, where you accept many drawbacks to purify the conscience. Other kind of austerity is sankirtana tapasya, or the distribution of Krishna consciousness in all times and places. Our teachers have taught us that “Without tapasya, no success is possible in spiritual life.”. (Editor's note).

Thaipusam is a festival to celebrate two important events in Hindu mythology. The first is the anniversary when Lord Murugan received the Vel (spear) from His Mother, Goddess Parvathi. The second event is the day that God Shiva danced the ananda tandava and revealed His form of Nataraja to the devas, sages and priests gathered at the hallowed Shiva temple of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Thus Thaipusam is celebrated in both Shiva and Murugan temples, though Thaipusam is more popular as a Murugan festival. Thaipusam is a one day festival which usually falls on the last week of January or beginning of February. The Vel (spear) that Lord Murugan received from his Mother is a symbol of purification. According to the myth, the Vel was given to Lord Murugan to vanquish three asuras that were terrorizing Earth and the Heavens at the time. The asuras were Surapadman, Singamugan and Tarakasura. The three of them represent the forces of fear, hatred, greed and arrogance. The Vel, a symbol of light and wisdom was used by Lord Murugan to rid the world of the three asuras and bring peace and balance back to the Heavens and Earth. Thus the Vel is the protecting and purifying force of Lord Murugan and Thaipusam is a celebration of these forces.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


NEW THEORY SAYS ‘NO’ It’s a question pondered by philosophers, scientists and the devout since the dawn of time: is there an afterlife? While the religious would argue that life on earth is a mere warm up for an eternity spent in heaven or hell, and many scientists would dismiss the concept for lack of proof - one expert claims he has definitive evidence to confirm once and for all that there is indeed life after death. The answer, Professor Robert Lanza says, lies in quantum physics – specifically the theory of biocentrism. 
The evidence lies in the idea that the concept of death is a mere figment of our consciousness. Biocentrism explains that the universe only exists because of an individual’s consciousness of it - essentially life and biology are central to reality, which in turn creates the universe; the universe itself does not create life.

The same applies to the concepts of space and time, which Professor Lanza, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, describes as “simply tools of the mind”. He explains that with this theory in mind, the concept of death as we know it is “cannot exist in any real sense” as there are no true boundaries by which to define it. Essentially, the idea of dying is something we have long been taught to accept, but in reality it just exists in our minds. 
Professor Lanza says biocentrism is similar to the idea of parallel universes - a concept hypothesised by theoretical physicists. In much the same way as everything that could possibly happen is speculated to be occurring all at once across multiple universes, he says that once we begin to question our preconceived concepts of time and consciousness, the alternatives are huge and could alter the way we think about the world in a way not seen since the 15th century’s “flat earth” debate. 

We believe in death because we have been told we will die. As we associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die, almost all of us fear death. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think. Scientists are beginning to realize that an infinite number of realities may exist outside our old classical way of thinking. Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness. “Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. ... when we die, our life becomes a “perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse (meta-universe),” said Professor Lanza. Immortality has always concerned both men and demigods and demons. In the past, the demigods and the demons churned the Ocean of Milk using Mandara Mountain as a churning rod to obtain the nectar of immortality. However, this material brahmana of fourteen worlds, including heaven, is non-eternal. At the time of universal dissolution, all the material universes are destroyed, along with the demigods. The Vedic scriptures give knowledge by which we may become immortal: No more birth, no more death, no more old age, no more disease. The famous stanza of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says: “Lead me from the unreal to the real / Lead me from darkness to light / Lead me from death to immortality”. But only the Vaisnavas know about the positive and progressive immortality. (Editor's note).

A barren conception of mere “deathlessness” cannot afford us any knowledge of a positive thing, but only freedom from the negative side. ... How can one become immortal? One must search out his intrinsic location in the universal order. It will not do to attempt to solve only the negative side of life which is full of suffering-birth, death, infirmity, and disease. We should know that there exists a conception of life worth living for. This positive side has been almost totally neglected in most general religious views. For instance, the Buddhist theory is that after liberation, nothing remains. And the Shankarite monist theory of liberation is to lose one's individuality by “becoming one” with the non-differentiated aspect of the Absolute. But in Vaishnavism, immortality is a positive, dynamic existence. Above the non-differentiated Brahman aspect of the absolute, the transcendental variegated experience begins. Situated there in the spiritual plane is the positive Kingdom of God.

Śrīla Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Mahārāja :
“Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam”
“Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls
Positive and Progressive Immortality”
Bhaktivedanta Memorial Library

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Monday, January 6, 2014


Today, Jan. 6 is the celebration of Epiphany. Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day is a Christian celebration marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. It is a traditional feast that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Christians believe the twelve days of Christmas ends with the “Feast of Epiphany” which is also known as “The Manifestation of God."
Epiphany is celebrated in many different ways across the globe, however, Italy has a deep tradition that is a definite kid favorite. For example, in Italy, the night before Epiphany, also known as a twelfth night, is known to most children as a night when the good witch, known as the Befana.

In Italy, it is said that Befana arrives on her broomstick and brings sweets, chocolates, fresh fruit and treats to the children have been good and coal to those who have not. Usually the children leave socks out so the Befana will fill them with the gifts. According to Biblical study the Three Kings, or better known as the Three Wise Men, (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) followed a bright star to Bethlehem that had been prophesized hundreds of years beforehand that was to lead them to the future King of Israel. 
Upon their arrival the Kings found a newborn child who they believe is a promised Savior of all who believe in God, for this child is Son of God, Jesus Christ. The Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Today, January 6 marks the second-oldest Christian feast day after Easter and it is a holy day for Catholics. Also known as “Little Christmas,” the Feast of the Epiphany is a day of religious observance for many Christians around the world. This day, the 12th Day of Christmas, commemorates the visitation of the wise men (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazzar) to the son of God born as a man,Jesus Christ. Across the globe, many people leave their Christmas tree up until the Feast of the Epiphany. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany Mass today. The prayer service commemorates the arrival of three wise men in Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus. The pope greeted pilgrims in St. Peter's Square as part of the Three Kings Day celebration. According to the Christian scriptures, the three wise men to travel to see the baby Jesus and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those were gifts usually offered according to Oriental etiquette; by presenting them, they honored the new-born babe as king. In this story there is a clear parallel to baby Krishna who was also presented with gifts that included sandalwood and perfumes - about three thousand years earlier in Vrindavana, India. Gold existed in India. Although incense and myrrh came from Arabia, they were doubtless imported also to India. It was perfectly natural for the rishis from India offer the traditional gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. (Editor's note).

The native land of the three saints has frequently been placed in the Arabian area or, as the attribute of origin ‘from the East’ rather leads one to expect, in the Indo-Iranian region. The Indian thesis of their origin is nowadays steadily gaining adherents. ... But where did the Magi come from? What is East, seen from Jerusalem? ... Indian wisdom was proverbial. Persian historians praised that wisdom. They went to India 'in search of the tree of wisdom'. India was the country where wisdom had been of a high order since earliest times. The sages of India, called 'rishis', have always and even into our days formed a 'social cast superior to all others in the land'. ... Vedic custom is to offer presents to a newly born child. See SB 10.5.10, etc. Later, during anna-prasana samskara (rite of passage, “first grains”) at six months of age, children are offered various items like rice, gold, coins and books to choose from and thus show their inclinations in future life.

Vedic Knowledge Online - Vedic Connections 
“Ancient Vedic World - Christianity”
“3 Wise Men of Bible were from India”

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


WAS EATEN ALIVE BY 120 HUNGRY DOGS - Kim Jong-un’s uncle was killed after being stripped naked and fed to a pack of hungry dogs, according to reports in a Chinese state-backed newspaper. North Korea has already described Jang Song Thaek as “despicable human scum, worse than a dog,” but the report, which appears in Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper, suggests he may have met his end in the jaws of dogs. The account - which cannot be verified - describes how Jang Song Thaek and five of his aides were stripped naked and fed to 120 hungry hounds, who had been starved for three days. The whole process lasted is reported to have lasted an hour, and as they were eaten, hundreds of officials watched. The Singaporean Straits Times claims that the brutal account listed alongside a number of other criticisms in the report shows how Beijing is displeased with the changing regime.

Previously it had been reported that a number of Jang Song Thaek’s aides were executed with anti-aircraft machine guns. Aidan Foster-Carter, a senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, told The Independent: “I put no cruelty past the North Korean regime, but it does sound extreme even for them. In the recent past, they did have an effigy of the South Korean president mauled by dogs. 
The Straits Times adds: “The horrifying report vividly depicted the brutality of the young North Korean leader. The fact that it appeared in a Beijing-controlled newspaper showed that China no longer cares about its relations with the Kim regime.” It also claims “the official litany of Jang’s treason implicated China three times.”

According to this news report North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed uncle by feeding him to pack of starving dogs. Jang Song Thaek was stripped naked, thrown in a cage and mauled by 120 hunting dogs that had been starved for many days. Kim Jong Un and 300 officials reportedly watched the gruesome hour-long horror show during which the one who had been considered Kim's second-in-command was eaten alive. International observers have considered that North Korea is now engaged in a reign of terror and it is feared that Jang's execution is just the first public killing of a senior official and a wave of purges would follow very soon within Kim's brutal regime. It is our main duty to bring spiritual understanding to the general public, specially towards those living under communist regimes or in a godless society, without knowledge and spiritual practices. Our spiritual masters have taught us that we have to ask ourselves “Is our life truly beneficial to anyone? Really? What is it so urgent that prevents us to work toward spreading spiritual knowledge. What is it that is so crucial that it distracts us from this purpose?” Are we really dedicated to distribute the wonderful teachings about universal love we have received? Why are we so selfish that we only interested in our spiritual progress and we do not mind spreading these spiritual wonders for people who are in the darkness of atheism? If we cannot engage in distributing the deep spiritual wisdom that Srila Prabhupada and the true representatives of the Vaisnava Guru Parampara has given to us, then … what are we doing? (Editor's note).

For those of us who know the deep aspects of spiritual truth, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves for the conditions of the world. It is up to us to change it by delivering this knowledge to others. So if things have not been adjusted appropriately, then it is because we have not done our duty to bring this knowledge to the mainstream of society in a way in which allows everyone to take it and participate in some aspect of it. It is our fault for whatever is wrong in this world. It is our fault we haven't carried out the mission of our spiritual master. That is up to us. And if we all felt that way enough to remain free of the distractions and stay focused on our mission, the world could change and be uplifted quite rapidly. In light of this, I can't help but feel somewhat responsible for what happened. I ask myself, have I done all I can do? Could I have done something more to spread spiritual knowledge in a way that would help reach enough people so that crimes like this would not happen?

Dr Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“A Reason Why I Am Determined to Spread Spiritual Knowledge”

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