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Science and Faiths

Following topics are addressed 1.                 Three Ps 2.                 Atman (Soul) 3.                 Linking God to Energy 4.                 ABM System 5.                 Computers and Power Trains 6.                 Hindu Advaita Philosophy and Science 7.                 Concluding Remarks 8.                 References and notes are indicated with a star (*) and bracketed number.   Three Ps  The three P’s are Philosophy, physics and psychology. Philosophy and psychology are subjective disciplines and in general these are intuitive, not quantitative sciences. Physics is both subjective (theoretical) and objective (experimentally verifiable) sciences. If a scientific observation is supported by verifiable data then it is a fact, if not then it is a theory. Unlike psychology and social studies, etc principles of physics and physical sciences are experimentally verifiable. Of the three Abrahamic and two Vedic faiths only Hindus have internalized all elements of three Ps. Three Abrahamic faiths rely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, World

Peace in South Asia 911

Three 9/11 dates are memorable for peace and war. First 9/11: Swami Vivekananda presented Vedanta philosophy at the first-ever Parliament of World Religions opened on September 11, 1893, in Chicago Second 9/11:  Mahatma Gandhi adopted Satyagraha (Truth Force or Soul Force) in South Africa on September 11, 1906, as the only justifiable peaceful resistance method of achieving humane and just objectives. Third 9/11 stands for the unforgettable Tuesday in September 2001 for horrific terror attacks on New York and other places in the United States.   Peace leads to peace and war to more war. Al Qaeda attacks on the US led to the US War on Terrorism (WOT in Afghanistan-Pakistan, 2001 – present). Swami Vivekananda presented a memorable message for global peace based on Vedanta and the Satyagraha movement was first-ever peaceful struggle for independence of the British India from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

Happiness 360

The following topics are discussed   Introduction Happiness 360 State of Mind and Energy Technologies for Quantification Einstein’s Special Relativity References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number indicates more info is available in  reference, notes and an appendix. Appendix     Introduction Perhaps the oldest analysis (5th to 2nd centuries BC) of happiness is presented in Gita, Chapter 18 (especially verses, 13-14, 18-19 and 36–39). I use Gita with a Commentary by Swami Chinmayananda*(1). Gita essentially offers the Hindu philosophy of life, psychology and theoretical physics to help Hindus guide through life. For an introduction with ancient historical perspective of the discussion of happiness, a good start is to study Gita, Commentary by Swami Chinmayananda, pages 1039 – 1177. Everyone has the goal of gaining happiness or a better sense of fulfillment. Happiness and its opposite – pain and sorrow … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, Vedic Knowledge

Caliphate Mania

Following topics are discussed Introduction Aiding  and Abating Insurgencies Motives of Overt Operators Digital Revolution and Consequences of Two US Wars Motives of Covert Operators Unintended Consequences Impact of Demographic Changes Caliphate Dream Victims of New Muslim Political Reality Conclusion Reference and notes   Introduction  In an Op-ed, “Harsh lessons from regime change,” Irfan Husain commented on the state of political upheaval caused by the Arab Spring revolutions and arrival of Islamist militants’ leaders to replace previous dictators. Mr Husain is against Islamist militancy and he observed, “The path to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.” Mr Husain has covered obvious parts played by various international actors. The Islamists have filled the political vacuum to set the stage for political upheavals in the Middle East (ME) that is home to the ideological Islamic states. By its constitution Pakistan (PK) is an ideological Islamic state. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

Economies and Political Ideologies of Democratic vs Welfare States

The article focuses on economic impacts of the political ideologies used by Muslim welfare states and market economies of constitutional democratic capitalist nations. It suggests that recent actions of TTP (Tehrik-Taliban-Pakistan), TMQ (Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran headed by Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri or TQ), the army and political establishment may be contributing to internal destabilization of PK (Pakistan). The destabilization may be detrimental to on-going peace process in South Asia. The following topics are presented. Rocky Peace Process Youth in Welfare States Welfare States Economy and Institutions Dynamic and Static Political Ideologies References and notes: star (*) means see references and notes   Rocky Peace Process  The killing of Pakistan and India soldiers starting Jan 6, 2013 on both sides of LoC is fueling war hysteria in South Asia and making it harder for the peace process to remain on tracks. Politically … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Christianity, Economy, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

Analyzing Muslim Asymmetric Wars

 Following points are discussed: Introduction Evolution of Asymmetric Wars Statistical Islam Muslim Terrorism Conflicts in Middle East and South Asia Arab  Springs UN and Muslims Peace  on Earth References and notes    Introduction  Some Muslim nations as well as non-state actors (NSA) such as al Qaeda in many Arab lands and the Af-Pak region, Taliban of Pakistan and Hamas of Palestine, etc use terrorism to wage asymmetric wars hoping to resolve territorial disputes with militarily powerful neighbors. Al Qaeda, the most notorious organization was organized (1988-89) by Osama bin Laden, a billionaire Saudi Arab. Al Qaeda is a globally diffused Muslim terrorist organization engaged in asymmetric wars to challenge the US and Muslim dictators aligned with the US. Osama was killed (2011) in a raid by a US special ops force in the garrison town of Abbotabad, Pakistan. The global arms of al Qaeda … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, India, Islam, Politics, World

Analyzing US 2012 Election Results

Introduction  A post mortem of the US 2012 election victory by President Obama is in order to explain voter choices. The articles identified issues that explained why Republicans lost 2012 election. The following topics are discussed: Moochers, Takers and Makers Changing Demographics, Culture and Ethnicity Two Philosophies Swing States and Entitlements References and Notes   Moochers, Takers and Makers  Economy, taxes, federal budgets, jobs, healthcare, women issues and immigration reforms dominated the election rhetoric. Romney-Ryan maintained that the 47% Americans were ‘moochers and takers.’ Purist in the Republican Party called high annual income earners ($50,000+) as ‘makers’. They ignored a reality that 75% Americans earned less than $50,000 and with existing loopholes they can avoid paying income tax. Loopholes also helped Romney and other wealthy to pay income taxes on unearned income at a rate lower than salaried secretaries. The 2010 … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, Politics

US Healthcare Insurance and Pro-life Ideology

The 2012 October surprises came in spurts. The biggest October surprise was hurricane or tropical storm Sandy essentially leveled parts of water fronts in several NJ towns. The devastation brought together President Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christy into a bipartisan alliance to help people in the devastated areas. Other surprises included a private political meeting video made in September 2012 went viral in October and it showed Romney explaining his strategy to get elected and views on a variety of issue to potential donors. The Romney labeled 47% Americans as moochers and takers. A couple of Tea Party candidates for senate used voodoo science to classify rape. Some other candidates used religious beliefs to justify the pro-life stance and opposition to reproductive health care rights for women. Mitt Romney appeared … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, NRI, Politics

USA Elections 2012

The following topics are covered Introduction Democrat vs GOP Job Creation and Economic Record The GOP Mantra Social Engineering Impacts of Changes in Demographics Obama and GOP Political Tricks     Introduction  I watched two conventions; 3 days (August 28 – 30) of GOP and three days (Sept 5 – 7, 2012) of democrats’. One convention was full of passionate attendees who believed in government initiatives to help solve national problems and other had delegates essentially to answer a roll call as they believed in keeping government out of solving people’s problems. The GOP nominee for President with an etch-a-sketch persona focused on pleasing the audiences he was with and most of convention was for reinventing and polishing his image. At the convention the etch-a-sketch attempted to switch from a politically moderate robot to a likable most conservative … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Politics

Religion, Arts and Understanding Life

The following topics are considered: Introduction Religion and Politics Political Ideologues Numerous Dichotomies God and Justice The Force, Energy and God Scriptures and Psychology Arts References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes. Introduction  Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. Terrorism was examined from social and cultural angles in previous article. Second article on introduction to Understanding Life series of four articles discusses how religious dogma is exploited by political establishments. Life is dynamic and ever changing or evolving. Known is history, unknown is future and present is what counts. Understanding life challenges mind. Life revolves around belief systems, arts and material world. Tools for understanding life include comparative studies of religions, art and science. The tools define the various people groups – cultures and societies – across the world. Religions and Politics   We have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, Vedic Knowledge