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क्या ईश्वर है ?
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स्वामी विवेकानंद के अनुसार इश्वर को सर्वशक्तिमान,सर्वज्ञ, सर्वव्याप्त, दयालु, न्यायकर्ता ,होना चाहिए अगर इश्वर में ये गुण नहीं तो वो इश्वर नहीं !

अब आइये इन गुणों से इश्वर को जानने का प्रयास करते हैं की क्या इश्वर में ये गुण है , सबसे पहले हम इश्वर के सर्वशक्तिमान वाले गुण की विवेचना करते हैं , क्या इश्वर सर्वशक्तिमान है , इश्वर के सर्वशक्तिमान होने का अर्थ है की उसके पास इतनी शक्ति हो की कभी भी कुछ भी कर सकता है !

लेकिन विश्व के इतिहास में इश्वर ने कभी भी कुछ भी नहीं किया , उसी के नाम पर कितने ही कबीले आपस में लड़-लड़ कर नष्ट हो गए , हजारों सालों से आज तक उसी के नाम पर इंसान ,इंसान से जुदा होकर लड़ रहा है , देश ,देश से जुदा होकर लड़ रहा है कहाँ है इश्वर और उसकी महाशक्ति ?

साम्राज्यवादियों ने शताब्दियो तक सैंकड़ो देशों के करोड़ों इंसानों को गुलाम बना कर रखा, शताब्दियो तक सैकड़ों पीड़ियो ने अपनी हड्डियों तक गला दीं इनकी गुलामी में,कहाँ था इश्वर और उसकी महाशक्ति ?

हिटलर ने ६ करोड़ इंसानों का क़त्ल किया क्या हिटलर से कमजोर था इश्वर , अमेरिका ने जापान पर अपने एटम बमों द्वारा हमला कर लाखों को क़त्ल किया हजारों को अपंग बनाया , तब क्या अमेरिका के अटमबमों को रोकने की शक्ति इश्वर में नहीं थी ,अगर शक्ति थी तो रोका क्यूँ नहीं !

चंगेज खान, हलाकू, तैमूर लंग, हिटलर , जिन्होंने करोड़ों इंसानों का खून बहाया , करोड़ों औरतों ,बच्चों को अनाथ, बेसहारा,और बेघर करने वाले इतिहास के इन महान अत्याचारियो को ईश्वर क्यूँ नहीं रोक पाया , शताब्दियों तक इनके अत्याचारों से उत्पीडित ,व्यथित, इंसानों पर उसे दया क्यूँ नहीं आई !

अरे कैसा निष्ठुर इश्वर है जो आंसुओं के अथाह समुन्दर को देखकर भी तठस्थ बना रहा , क्यूँ नहीं अपनी महाशक्ति का प्रयोग किया ,क्या उनसे कमजोर था ,या उनसे डर गया था ऐसा कमजोर और डरपोक इश्वर सर्वशक्तिमान तो क्या दयालु भी नहीं हो सकता ,बल्कि उसका नाम तो चंगेज खान ,हलाकू,तैमूर,और हिटलर के साथ ही जोड़ने लायक है, अगर वो है तो…..

क्यूंकि इन सबसे सर्वशक्तिमान होते हुए भी उसने इन्हीं का साथ दिया या सिर्फ मूकदर्शक बन के बस देखता रहा , क्या इसलिए की बाद में न्याय करेगा ? अरे बाद में मिला न्याय क्या किसी अन्याय से कम है ?जब तुम्हे न्याय करना था तब तुम सोते रहे और कहते हो की बाद में देखेंगे , नहीं चाहिए तुम्हारी झूठी तसल्ली, और ना ही तुम्हारे जैसे किसी इश्वर की हमें जरूरत है जो शक्तिहीन हो, निर्दई हो, और अन्याई हो !

क्या ऐसा इश्वर जो शक्तिहीन, निर्दई, और अन्याई हो वो सर्वज्ञ , या सर्वव्याप्त हो सकता है , अगर वो सर्वज्ञ और सर्वव्याप्त हुआ तो ये दुनिया के लिए अभिशाप ही सिद्ध होगा , लेकिन शुक्र है की वो सर्वज्ञ और सर्वव्याप्त नहीं है !

कैसे आइये देखते है – अगर वो सर्वज्ञ है तो जब कोई दुखों से व्यथित होकर आत्महत्या को मजबूर होता है तो क्यूँ नहीं वो सर्वज्ञ होने का परिचय देते हुए उसके मरने से पहले ही उसके दुखों को दूर कर देता , उसकी आर्थिक सहायता करता या उसके क्लेशों को पहले ही जान कर उसका समाधान कर देता , जिससे उसके पीछे उसके बच्चे अनाथ न होते ,इसकी बीवी को बिधवा होने का दर्द न सहना पड़ता !

देश में ५०-५५ किसान प्रतिदिन आत्महत्या करते हैं , अभी इसी साल जनवरी से अब तक केवल इन आठ महीनों में ही देश के केवल एक जिले में ५०६ किसानों ने आत्महत्या की , इश्वर सर्वज्ञ था तो क्यूँ नहीं इनकी समस्याओं का निदान किया , या इन्हें निदान का रास्ता बताया ,जिससे आज इनके पीछे दुखी लाखों लोग बर्बाद नहीं होते ,क्या उसे इसका पता नहीं था, था तो क्यूँ बेमौत मरने दिया इन्हें ?

क्या ऐसा इश्वर जो शक्तिहीन ,निर्दई,अन्याई,अज्ञानी हो वो सर्वव्याप्त हो सकता है ,नहीं कभी नहीं, प्रतिवर्ष पूरी दुनिया में १० लाख लोग सड़क दुर्घटनाओं में बेमौत मारे जाते हैं , लाखों औरतों का प्रतिवर्ष बलात्कार होता है इनमें से हजारों औरतों को बलात्कार के बाद बेरहमी से मार दिया जाता है , दूधपीते बच्चों तक से बलात्कार होते हैं ,दहेज़ के लिए कितनी ही औरतों को जिन्दा जला दिया जाता है , पूरी दुनिया में प्रतिवर्ष लाखों लोग आतंक का शिकार होते हैं , करोड़ों जिंदगियां नालों, फुटपाथों और झुग्गियों में सड़ रहीं हैं, प्रतिवर्ष करोड़ों बच्चे कुपोषण का शिकार होकर मर रहे हैं !

कहाँ हैं वो सर्वव्याप्त ईश्वर क्या उसे ये दिखाई नहीं दे रहा है या दीखते हुए भी वो इतना असहाय है की कुछ कर नहीं सकता , ऐसे अंधे और असहाय ईश्वर की हमें कोई आवश्यकता भी नहीं जो सर्वव्याप्त होते हुए भी कुछ न कर सके !

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God Doesn’t Exist. Here’s why

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Theists often ask me for proof that God doesn’t exist. As if that’s my claim or even a relevant question from an epistemological perspective.

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One of my favorite memes when theists ask for proof there's no god.

This is one of my favorite memes for such instances because it attempts to highlight the absurdity of their request. As Bertrand Russell showed with his celestial teapot thought experiment , it’s not possible to falsify an unfalsifiable claim. Still, some particularly stubborn believers chose to focus on the choice of a unicorn rather than the logical failure it demonstrates.

So let’s set formal epistemology aside. These people clearly aren’t asking for an epistemological demonstration of an unfalsifiable assertion. Let’s just stick with colloquial usage. Consider the following simple questions:

*.Do fairies exist?
*.Do zombies exist?
*.Do elves exist?
*.Do vampires exist?
*.Do unicorns exist?

Most people have no problem answering these questions with a flat “no.”  (I offer several in case you answer “yes” to one of them.) The basis for that “no” is the fact that there’s no convincing evidence that one of these creatures exists and absent that evidence, it’s almost certain that they don’t actually exist.
From this point, it’s pretty darn simple:

God has all the same evidence as fairies, zombies, elves, vampires, and unicorns.

Most people say no to any or all ofthose mythological creatures above. I say “No” to the question of god for the exact same reason.
Does this mean I’m actively opposing evidence for god or spiritually blind ? Not at all. I engage with discussions online openly and honestly looking for someone — anyone with:

*.A clear definition of what their God is
*.A reasonable explanation of how they know it’s real

Unfortunately, many people just get mad that I have the nerve to ask hard questions and challenge fallacious responses. But my interest in knowledge and  truth is sincere. That’s why I had the courage to question Christianity and discover that my basis for belief was untenable.
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Finally, I whispered to myself: “There is no God.”

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Ah, the life of a pastor’s kid !

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I grew up in Cambridge Cambridge,Minnesota – a town of 5,000 people and 22 Christian churches. My father was (and still is) pastor of a small church. My mother volunteered to support Christian missionaries around the world.
I went to church, Bible study, and other church functions every week. I prayed often and earnestly. For 12 years I attended a Christian school that taught Bible classes and creation science. I played in worship bands. As a teenager I made trips to China and England to tell the atheists over there about Jesus.
I felt the presence of God. Sometimes I would tingle and sweat with the Holy Spirit. Other times I felt led by Him to give money to a certain cause, or to pay someone a specific compliment, or to walk to the cross at the front of my church and bow before it duringa worship service.
Around age 19 I got depressed, probably because I did nothing but work at Wal-Mart, download music, and watch internet porn. But one day I saw a leaf twirling in the wind and it was so beautiful – like the twirling plastic bag in the movie American Beauty. I had an epiphany. I realized that everything in nature was a gift from God to me. Grass, lakes, trees, sunsets – all these were gifts of beauty from my Savior to me. I thought of this every time I saw something beautiful, and God delivered me from my depression (and my porn addiction).
I read Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy , a manual for how to fall in love with God so that following his ways is not a burden, but a natural and painless product of loving God. My dad and I read lots of this Christian self-help stuff. We shared our latest discoveries with each other and debated theology.
I moved to Minneapolis for college and was attracted to a Christian group led by Mark Van Steenwyk. Mark’s small group of well-educated Jesus-followers were post modern, “missional” Christians: they thought loving and serving others in the way of Jesus was more important than doctrinal truth. That resonated with me, and we lived it out with the poor immigrants of Minneapolis.

The seeds of doubt
By this time I had little interest in church structure or petty doctrinal disputes.I just wanted to be like Jesus. So I decided I should try to find out who Jesus actually was. I began to study the Historical Jesus.
What I learned, even when reading Christian scholars,shocked me. The gospels were written decades after Jesus’ death, by non-eye witnesses. They are riddled with contradictions, legends, and known lies. Jesus and Paul disagreed on many core issues. And how could I accept the miracle claims about Jesus when I outright rejected other ancient miracle claims as superstitious nonsense ?
These discoveries scared me. It was not what I had wanted to learn. But now I had to know the truth. I studied the Historical Jesus, the history of Christianity, the Bible, theology, and the philosophy of religion. Almost everything I read –even the books written by conservative Christians – gave me more reason to doubt, not less.
I started to panic. I felt like my best friend – my source of purpose and happiness and comfort – was dying. And worse,I was killing him. If only I could have faith! If only I could unlearn all these things and just believe. I cried out with the words from Mark 9:24, “Lord,Help my unbelief !”
I tried. For every atheist book I read, I read five books by the very best Christian philosophers. The atheists made plain, simple sense, and the Christian philosophers were lost in fog of big words that tried to hide the weakness of their arguments.
I did everything I couldto keep my faith. But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t force myself to believe what I knew wasn’t true. On January 11, 2007,I whispered to myself: “There is no God.”

The next day I emailed my buddy Mark:

I didn’t want to bother you, but I’m lost and despairing and I could really use your help, if you can give it.
I made a historical study of Jesus, which led me to a study of the Bible, historical and philosophical arguments for and against God, atheist arguments, etc. It has destroyed my faith. I think there is almost certainly not a God…
I’m fucking miserable… I told my parents and they sobbed for 30 minutes. Can you help me ?

As always, Mark responded with love and honesty. But he didn’t give me any reasons to believe. He said he believed mostly for the “aesthetics of belief” and his “somewhat mystical experiences of Christ.” He wrote, “In a way, I am a Christian because I want to be one, and the logic flows from there.”
I also wrote a defiant email to an atheist radio show host to whom I’d been listening, Matt Dillahunty:
I was coming from a lifetime high of surrendering… my life to Jesus, releasing myself from all cares and worries, and filling myself and others with love. Then I began an investigation of the historical Jesus… and since then I’ve been absolutely miserable. I do not think I am strong enough to be an atheist. Or brave enough. I have a broken leg, and my life is much better with a crutch… I’m going to seek genuine experience with God, to commune with God, and to reinforce my faith. I am going to avoid solid atheist arguments, because they are too compelling and cause for despair. I do not WANT to live in an empty, cold, ultimately purposeless universe in which I am worthless and inherently alone.
I hope that I find a real, true God in my journey of blind faith. I do not need to convince you of that God, since you seem satisfied as an atheist. But I need to convince myself of that God.

Matt responded to my every sentence with care, understanding, and reason. But I still tried to hang onto my faith. For a while I read nothing but Christian authors. Even the smartest ones just made lots ofnoise about “the mystery of God.” They used big words so that it sounded like they were saying something precise and convincing.
My dad told me I had been led astray because I was arrogant to think I could get to truth by studying. Humbled and encouraged, I started a new quest to find God. I wrote on my blog:

I’ve been humbled. I was “doing discipleship” in my own strength, because I thought I was smart enough and disciplined enough. [Now] having surrendered my prideful and independent ways to him, I can see how my weakness is God’s strength.
I’ve repented. I was deceived because I did not let the Spirit lead me into truth. Now I ask for God’s guidance in all quests for knowledge and wisdom.
I feel like I’ve been born again, again.
It didn’t last. Every time I reached out for some reason – any reason – to believe, God simply wasn’t there. I tried to believe despite the evidence, but I couldn’t believe a lie. Not anymore.
No matter how much I missed him,I couldn’t bring Jesus back to life.

Later…
I don’t recall how it happened, but eventually I found out that I could be more happy and moral without God than I ever was with him. I “came out” as an atheist to my family, friends, and church. They were surprised, but they still loved me. They were much more concerned when two elders of my church decided they were Catholic. I bonded with them briefly because the three of us were suddenly outcasts.
I had stubbornly resisted my deconversion, but these days I am excited to accept reality, no matter what it is. I remember when I finally realized the problems inherent to my precious Libertarianism. I was not dismayed or resistant; I was thrilled.
This comfort with truth unleashed my curiosity about Christianity and religion in full force. In my studies I uncovered lots of false facts and dishonest arguments from Christians and atheists. Each discovery only deepened my hunger for knowledge, but also my realization that humans know very little, and with little certainty.

Looking back
In many ways I regret my Christian upbringing. So much time and energy wasted on an invisible friend. So many bad lessons about morality, thinking, and sex. So much needless guilt.

But mostly I’m glad this is my story.Now I know what it’s like to be a true believer. I know what it’s like to fall in love with God and serve him with all my heart. I know what’s it like to experience his presence.
I know what it’s like to isolate one part of my life from reason or evidence, and I know what it’s like to think that is a virtue. I know what it’s like to earnestly seek the truth but still be totally deluded.
I know what it’s like to think that what I believe, or what my loving pastor says, or what my ancient book says, is more true than what reason and evidence say. I know what it’s like to think faith is a strength, not a gullible weakness.
I know what it’s like to be confused by the Trinity, the failure of prayers, or Biblical contradictions but to genuinely embrace them as the mystery of God. I know what it’s like to believe God is so far beyond human reason that we can’t understand him, but at the same time to fiercely believe I know the details of how he wants us to behave.
That was my experience for 22 years, and I am grateful for it. Now I can approach believers with true understanding.

– Luke Muehlhauser

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नास्तिकता का फैलाव

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नॉर्वे में हाल ही में हुए एक सर्वे से पता चला है कि वहां ईश्वर में विश्वास न रखने वालों की संख्या उसको मानने वालों से कहीं ज्यादा हो गई है।यह सर्वे वहां हर साल होता है लेकिन इस बार के सर्वे में महज 37 फीसदी लोगों ने माना कि वे ईश्वर में आस्था रखते हैं। खुद को नास्तिक बताने वालों का प्रतिशत 39 रहा। बाकी लोगों का कहना था कि उन्हें नहीं पता, ईश्वर है या नहीं।

अब तक यह माना जाता रहा है कि आस्तिकता सहज स्वाभाविक है। कुछ लोग किसी दार्शनिक मत या किसी खास विचारधारा के प्रभाव में आकर ही ईश्वर की अवधारणा को नकारने की मन:स्थिति में आते हैं।इसके अलावा राज्य के सक्रिय हस्तक्षेप के चलते भी एक दौर में साम्यवादी देशों में नास्तिकता का विस्तार दर्ज किया गया।
मगर, इन बाहरी कारकों का प्रभाव खत्म होते ही कम्यूनिस्ट देशों में भी धार्मिक शक्तियों के पुनर्प्रतिष्ठित होते देर नहीं लगी। ऐसे में नॉर्वे का यह सर्वे मानव स्वभाव का नया पहलू उजागर करता है। इस देश में न तो कोई सर्वसत्तावादी नास्तिक सरकार है, न ही कम्यूनिज्म जैसी किसी राजनीतिक विचारधारा का प्रभाव है। करीब 52 लाख की आबादी वाला छोटा सा देश नॉर्वे विश्व बैंक और अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुद्रा कोष की सूची के मुताबिक प्रति व्यक्ति आय के हिसाब से दुनिया में चौथे नंबर पर आता है।

मार्केट इकॉनमी के बावजूद यहां राज्य का कल्याणकारी स्वरूप कायम है और नागरिकों को शिक्षा, स्वास्थ्य और रोजगार से जुड़ी जीवन की सामान्य अनिश्चितताओं से काफी हद तक मुक्ति मिली हुई है।इसी स्थिति का परिणाम है कि लोग जीवन के स्वाभाविक तर्क को, या कहें कार्य-कारण संबंध को ज्यादा सहजता से देख-समझ पा रहे हैं। उन्हें जीवन की सामान्य सफलताओं या असफलताओं को किसी दैवी शक्ति से जोड़ने की जरूरत नहीं महसूस होती।

आज जब धर्म में आस्था हमारे सामाजिक, सांस्कृतिक और राजनीतिक जीवन को निजी तथा सार्वजनिक, दोनों स्तरों पर लगातार अतिक्रमित करती जा रही है, यहां तक कि हमें दूसरे धर्मों-संप्रदायों के मनुष्यों को मार डालने तक के लिए प्रेरित कर रही है, विकास का नॉर्वे मॉडल मानव समाज के लिए नया दिशा सूचक सिद्ध हो सकता है।

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The Rajiv Dixit Comedy Show: Partition of British India (1947)

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I was feeling bored and was desperately in need of a material which could cheer me up and inspire. One fine morning  ‘Yellow and Orange’ , knocked on my door. Yellow asked me to watch videos of Rajiv Dixit (1967-2010) an activist. The first video I stumbled upon was Rajiv’s unique research on history. According to Rajiv, Muhammad Ali Jinnad (Quaid-i-  Azam), Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten were class fellows in Harisse College in UK. First two had secret affair with the later who encouraged both of them at the same time.

Historical facts

Fact 01 -Date of Births

Muhammad Ali Jinnah 25-12-1876
Jawaharlal Nehru 14-11-1889
Edwina Mountbatten 28-11-1901

Fact 02- Edwina and Mountbatten were married on 18th of July 1922.

Fact 03: Jinnah returned to India in 1896 after becoming Barrister. The event happened 5 years before the birth of Edwina. Nehru was 7 years old at that time.

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17 hilarious April fool pranks you can’t afford to miss

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There are many of us who are desperately waiting for April 1 and want to taste the satisfaction of some successful pranks. Who doesn’t wants to witness that priceless reaction just after the prank? So here are some hilarious pranks to rule this April Fools day:

For Your Family :

1.Put some hot chilli sauce on toothbrush then wash it off after some time. Put it back and be ready to see their reaction.

1.Put Vaseline all around the toilet seat and give a midnight surprise to your family.

1.Grab the phone of your husband and change the language settings to a foreign language and watch him learn the new language.

1.Paint a soap bar with transparent nail paint and let them struggle with it forever.

1.Use your best acting skills to scare your kid. Act as if you’ve got the call of principal of the school and his/her complaint is made to you.

1.Put sprite in all the water bottles at dinner table.

1.Change alarm clock ringtone to national anthem

1.Tell some gadget enthusiastic member of your family that you have brought them an iPad (if they don’t have one).

For Your Friends and Colleagues :

1.Open computers of your colleague, screen print the desktop, set this image as desktop background and hide all the icons of desktop. Have fun!

1.Exchange the drawer items and let them find theirs.

1.Conference call two of your friends and don’t utter a single world.

1.Place a house for rent/sale Ad in quicker giving your friend’s number.

1.If you’re a boss, seriously tell your best employee that you don’t need him/her anymore . .. Fire him and enjoy the expression.

1.Create a fake shaadi.com profile for your friend.

1.Change your roommate’s or sibling’s ringtone to Arnab Goswami debate, hide the phone somewhere and keep calling continuously.

1.Park your car in a busy lane and make it a dancing car of PK to amuse the world.

1.April Fool! Ha ha ha ha. Do none of them. Do you think we are sitting here to give you such stupid advices?
Lol. You need to take this piece of advice seriously . . .

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