I think Maher was afraid of something like this happening to him.
Mak, I don’t know how devout a Hindu you are, but there’s something I’ve always wanted to ask.
You’re certainly aware that many devout Jews, Christians and Muslims take a very literal view of even some of the more implausible mythologies of their religions: the earth actually was formed over the course of six 24-hour days, roughly six thousand years ago.
Noah actually accommodated a mating pair of every species of mammal, reptile, insect, bird, and freshwater fish on a wooden boat for 150 days. Jonah actually survived for three days in the belly of a fish. Jesus actually came back from the dead after three days and physically ascended into heaven. And so on.
Is this the case among Hindus as well? How widespread is the belief, for example, in the existence of an actual elephant-headed deity named Ganesha, or an eight-armed, blue-skinned deity named Kali (one of my favorite goddesses, by the way,
along with Saraswati), or for that matter, in the account that your own home country was actually created when a gigantic eagle-deity named Garuda threw a banyan tree branch into the sea, after eating an elephant and a tortoise?
Or do they look at these more as metaphors for a greater truth? Inquiring minds want to know.[/quote]
Haha, a pic of Kali? I have a tattoo of her. Her standing on her husband would be a symbolic gesture of the power women have over men. The severed head would be what happens when you mess with her (or her kids O.o)
Hinduism isn’t a single religion, but more of a categorization by the British to identify all the religions in India. They were all similar bordering on the same though.
Hinduism is all about interpretation. Technically, you shouldn’t convert people either, as it’s our belief that faith practiced with sincerity will lead to the same end-game: time in heaven, then back into the cycle of rebirth until all your “bad karma” is worked through.
Everything you hear about Hinduism should really come from the Vedas, and not the tribal myths that get spread around. I’d like to say that everyone that practices Hinduism is sane and rational but sadly, as with all religions, this is not the case.
I see things like numerous Gods as our way of making it easier on ourselves. Ganesh, for example, would be one aspect of God who we worship or pray to when we have obstacles in our path, or matter of education at hand.
Everything outside of the Vedas is meant to be read with care. A lot of the stuff I’ve read on “Hinduism” is political bullshit designed to keep the rich rich and the poor poor (i.e. the new caste system where everyone is born into a caste and the addition of “untouchables”).
Here’s a link I found hilarious, but it covers the basics better than I could.
“Try and stay outta trouble, things will probably pan out fine”