It is close to Christmas eve in 2021. Just few days ago but I don’t remember exact date. My wife is reciting hanuman chalisa in the prayer-cum-study. I am around somewhere, probably other bedroom. Son keeps darting around the house doing stuff that 4-5 year olds do but out of the blue, I hear our […]
Long journey to Humanism
I frequently wonder as to why it took me almost 40-45 years to be completely distrustful of all religions and become a complete non-believer. Here are few questions I should have asked to myself and thought about. If done with honesty, rationality and with due weightage to evidence, I would have reached this journey much […]
प्रासंगिक आणि व्यक्तिगत. शिवशाहीर बमो पुरंदरे वारले. त्यांना ओम् शांती.माझ्या नजीक, फेसबुक वॅालवर नुसता पूर लोटलाय. श्रद्धांजलींचा व तितकाच, निर्भर्त्सना करणार्या लिखाणाचा. शिवाजी महाराजांबद्दल आमच्यासाठी प्रमाण पुस्तक होतं, त्यांनी लिहीलेलं शिवचरित्र.त्याची पारायणे केली होती, पन्नास एक वर्षांपूर्वी. नंतर संपर्क मिटला त्या शैलीतील लिखाणाशी.त्यांच्या कुटुंबियांच्या व चाहत्यांच्या दु:खात अनेक सहभागी असणार. वयाच्या योग्य (apt) स्थळी कुरुंदकरांचे […]
Lawrence Krauss – You are all stardust
It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all star dust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded because the elements the carbon nitrogen oxygen iron and all the things that matter for evolution were created at the beginning of time. They’re created in the nuclear furnaces of stars […]
Claim: Wonders of Indian Architectural & Crafting Technology?
http://diaryofnri.com/wp-content/uploads/How.mp4 One of the forwards I received from couple of WhatsApp groups as follows: This is one of the wonders of Indian Architectural & Crafting Technology. This is a brass handicraft of Bhagwan Shri Krishna sitting on his father Vasudev’s lap, made in ancient India. There is a hole in the bottom of the cup. […]
Emo Philips – à la Indian
In India, once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh or Christian?” He said, “A Hindu” I said, “Me, […]
Claim: A 15th century poem, Hanuman chalisa, mentions Sun to Earth distance.
On sites like Quora and in many of the whatsapp forwards in Indian communities, it is frequently claimed that Tulsi Das mentioned the distance between the sun and the earth in the Hanuman chalisa, a devotional poem. Many a times, this particular “fact” is touted as a proof that India had this particular “ancient wisdom” […]
Creation stories – why do we believe?
Today, let us take a trip down Greek “history” lane, approximately dated thousands of years ago. In the beginning (of universe) was Hecatoncheires (Greek for thousand headed, thousand eyed creature). From him formed the universe and he formed the human society. His mouth formed the Athens (upper class), Metics were his arms (middle class), freedmen […]
Krishna – Why the wait?
यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥ परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् । धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥ (Whenever there is decay of virtue and prevalence of wickedness, I manifest myself. To establish virtue, to destroy evil, to save the good (people), I come in different ages. ) I vividly remember […]
Soul – Dragon in my garage
I recently came across Carl Sagan’s book: The Demon-Haunted World. Sagan hypothesizes a claim of a person that he has a dragon in his garage. On further challenging the person about test-ability of such a claim, it is then clear that this dragon cannot be seen or detected by any means possible. Sagan then says […]