Demonizing Atheists (pt 1) or the Bhagavad Gita As It Isn’t

What do religious people have against atheists? It is not only celebrity psychologists dabbling in inconsistent anti-realism or pious politicians who rail against the purported ill effects of religious unbelief on society as a whole, the "traditional" nuclear family, and allegedly venerable  "Judeo-Christian" values. More qualified, and even less religious, philosophers have done so too.

“We have done evil that good may come” – an experiment in American theodicy (1862)

"Nature never intended the negro to be our master, or even our equal, but our servants. Nature's plans are simple; her results are sublime. Every infant born is another link in Nature's chain. Progression is her first law. The sun comes on, and leaves us at the horizon, but is always moving. Little things make … Continue reading “We have done evil that good may come” – an experiment in American theodicy (1862)

“The State of the Faithful” – quick commentary

Religious language is often very tricky. It would be tricky even if there was nothing otherwise remarkable about it, because religious language, by the nature of its use, refers to, expresses, or otherwise circumlocutes so many tangible and intangible features of people's lives and values (it shares this elusive yet all-encompassing quality with ethics and … Continue reading “The State of the Faithful” – quick commentary

“Remember the One” – a poem from Sukhmani Sahib by Guru Arjan

ਸਿਮਰਉ ਸਿਮਰ ਸਿਮਰ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਉ ॥ Remember Him, remember and find peace, ਕਲਿ ਕਲੇਸ ਤਨ ਮਾਹਿ ਮਿਟਾਵਉ ॥ and suddenly anxiety shall cease! ਸਿਮਰਉ ਜਾਸੁ ਬਿਸੁੰਭਰ ਏਕੈ ॥ Remember the all-pervading One in praise, ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤ ਅਗਨਤ ਅਨੇਕੈ ॥ Whose Name is sung by all in countless ways! ਬੇਦ ਪੁਰਾਨ ਸਿੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਸੁਧਾਖ੍ਯ੍ਯਰ ॥ Vedas, Puranas, … Continue reading “Remember the One” – a poem from Sukhmani Sahib by Guru Arjan

“The State of the Faithful” – a poem by Guru Nanak

  ਮੰਨੇ ਕੀ ਗਤਿ ਕਹੀ ਨ ਜਾੲਿ ॥ The state of the faithful cannot be described. ਜੇ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਪਿਛੈ ਪਛੁਤਾੲਿ ॥ Those who attempt shall regret that they tried. ਕਾਗਦਿ ਕਲਮ ਨ ਲਿਖਣਹਾਰੁ ॥ Neither paper, nor pen, nor scribe by their word, ਮੰਨੇ ਕਾ ਬਹਿ ਕਰਨਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ The state of the faithful … Continue reading “The State of the Faithful” – a poem by Guru Nanak