चोटी काटने वाली चुड़ैल नहीं बल्कि है ये कीड़ा,लोगों ने पकड़ा ऐसा कीड़ा जो काटता है बाल..देखें वीडियो

जालंधर: इस समय देश के कुछ राज्यों में चोटी काटने वाली चुड़ैल का खौफ छाया हुआ है। लोगों में इतनी दहशत है कि वह रात के समय घर से बाहर भी नहीं निकल रहे हैं। कुछ दिन पहले कुछ पुरुषों ने भी दावा किया कि चोटी काटने वाली चुड़ैल या गैंग ने अब लगेपुरुषों को भी बनाना शुरूकर दिया है। लोगों का कहना है कि रात के समय चुड़ैल आती है और चुपके से चोटी काटकर चली जातीहै और किसी को इसके बारे में पता ही नहीं चलता है। peak cutter insects.

लोग लेने लगे हैं तांत्रिकों का सहारा:

सुबह जागने पर उनकी चोटी कटी हुई मिलती है। लोगों में इसका इतना खौफ फैला हुआ है कि लोग अब इसके उपाय के लिए तांत्रिकों का भी सहारा लेने लगे हैं। कुछ लोग चुड़ैल से बचने के लिए अपने घरों के मुख्य दरवाजे पर मेहन्दी के छाप भी लगाने लगे हैं। हालांकि यह एक अफवाह मात्र ही है या ऐसा सच में हो रहा है, इसके बारे में अभी तक कोई पुख्ता सबूत नहीं मिले हैं। पुलिस भी इस गुत्थी को अब तक सुलझाने में नाकामयाब रही है।

इस कड़ी में एक नया खुलासा हुआ है, जिसके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान हो जायेंगे।हाल ही में देर रात शहर के पुरानी सब्जी मंडी में लोगों ने एक कीड़े को पकड़ा और दावा किया कि यह कीड़ा चोटी काटता है। कुछ लोग इस बात से काफी खुश है कि आखिर पता चल गया कि कौन चोटी काट रहा है। घटना की सुचना मिलते ही मौके पर पहुँचे थाना 2के एस. आई. बलविंदर सिंह के कीड़े को कब्जे में लेकर जाँच शुरू कर दी है।

कीड़ा पीठ पर चढ़कर जा रहा था बालों की तरफ:

मंडी में दूकानदार के पास काम करने वाले अखिलेश यादव का कहना है कि उसनें दोपहर में सोशल मीडिया पर देखा कि एक कीड़ा महिलाओं की चोटी काटता है।उसने बताया कि देर रात उसका साथी दुकान में काम करता है। वह उस दिन भी काम कर रहा था, तभी एक कीड़ा उसके पीठ पर चढ़कर उसके बालों की तरफ बढ़ रहा था। उसनें उस कीड़े को पहचान लिया, जो सोशल मीडिया पर दिख रहे कीड़े से मिलता जुलता था।

यह देखते ही उसनें झट से कीड़े को कुलदीप के पीठ से नीचे गिरा दिया। इसके बाद कीड़े को मारने के लिए उसनें उसके ऊपर ईंट से भी प्रहारकिया, लेकिन कीड़ा मरा नहीं। यह देखकर उसनें शोर मचाना शुरू कर दिया। थोड़ी ही देर में वहाँ आस-पास के कई दूकानदार इकठ्ठा हो गए। सभी ने मिलकर कीड़े को पकड़कर एक प्लास्टिक के डिब्बे में डाला।

एस. आई. बलविंदर सिंह का कहना है कि कीड़े को हिरासत में लेकर वह जंगल विभाग के अधिकारीयों से इसके बारे में बात करेंगे और पता लगायेंगे कि क्या सच में यह कीड़ा बाल काट सकता है या नहीं? इससे पहले कुछ भी नहीं कहा जा सकता है।

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Atheists in Muslim world: Silent, resentful and growing in number

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BABYLON, Iraq — Lara Ahmed wears a headscarf and behaves like a pious Muslim.

But the 21-year-old Iraqi woman hides a secret from her peers at the University of Babylon: her atheism.

“I was not convinced by the creation story in the Quran,” she said. “Besides, I feel religions are unjust, violate our human rights and devalue women’s identities.”

She doesn’t dare share her strong beliefs with strangers.

“I wear a headscarf despite being an atheist,” said Ms. Ahmed, who studies biology at the school, about 115 miles south of Baghdad. “It is difficult not to wear it in southern Iraq. Few women take the risk not to cover their hair. They face harassment everywhere.”

Her fears stem from the remarks of powerful politicians such as Ammar al-Hakim, the head of Iraq’s Islamic Supreme Council, a major Shiite political party and the president of the National Alliance, a Shiite parliamentary bloc.

“Some are resentful of Iraqi society’s adherence to its religious constants and its connection to God Almighty,” Mr. al-Hakim said on his party’s TV channel in May, claiming a rising tide of atheism was threatening the Arab world. “Combat these foreign ideas.”

Statistics on atheism in the Middle East and North Africa are hazy, but analysts say Ms. Ahmed represents an increasing trend basedon recent developments.

In 2014, an Egyptian government-run Islamic legal institute, citing a dubious international study, said that only 866 atheists lived in the country of more than 90 million. Recently released court statistics saying thousands of Egyptian women sought divorce in 2015 claiming their husbands were atheists — one of the few ways women can initiate divorce under Islam — suggested the numbers might be far higher.

In 2011, the now-defunct Kurdish news agency AK news published a survey finding that 67 percent of Iraqis believed in God and 21 percent said God probably existed, while 7 percent said they did not believe in God and 4 percent said God probably did not exist.

Today, the information revolution fueled by the internet, the freedoms released by the Arab Spring, the growing power of sectarian religious parties and the rise of the harsh orthodoxy ofthe Islamic State have all fueled growing unbelief in God and traditional religions, said atheists and others.

“For youths, who are the majority of new atheists, the savagery of the Islamic caliphate established by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2014 created a reaction that [has] shaken the religion’s image,” said Ali Abdul kareem Majeed, 22, a non atheist Iraqi sociology student who conducted a study on atheism for a religious body that he asked not to be identified for his safety.

Social Media Shutdown

Last year, Facebook shut down more than 50 atheist, Arabic-language pages in after extremist Muslim groups campaigned to remove them, according to a petition sent to Facebook by the Atheist Alliance-Middle East and North Africa, a U.S.-based global atheist federation.

Many of those Facebook pages have been since been relaunched.

In March 2015, U.S.-based Iraqi and other Arab atheists launched the Arabic and English-language Free Mind television and magazine websites, which promote atheistic view points and have recorded more than 1 million visits so far.

That led scholars at Al-Azhar University, a pre-eminent Sunni Muslim center of learning in Cairo, to call on Egyptian President Abdel Fattahel-Sissi to push Free Mind organizers to repent or face execution by beheading. Mr. el-Sissi responded by suggesting that those who insulted religion should lose their Egyptian citizenship.

Even so, online atheist programming is easily available in Arabic now.

Atheism is not illegal in Egypt or Iraq, but officials often level blasphemy or other charges against atheists in those countries. Those rejecting the faith face the death sentence in Saudi Arabia, Iran, theUnited Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Mauritania.

Many atheists in the region say their bigger fear is not being punished for their beliefs but that they will become targets of violent sectarian groups seeking political support from the faithful.

“It is a distraction from the fact that Islamists were not able to accomplish anything over the past 13 years,” said Faisal al-Mutar, a U.S.-based Iraqi human rights activist who heads Ideas Beyond Borders,a nonprofit that supports minorities in the Middle East. “So they want to create ‘anenemy’ to keep [the] constituency united against and avoid being held accountable for their mistakes.”

Keeping their beliefs secret is the norm for atheists of all backgrounds throughout the region.

In Jordan, an Amman-based writer at the Free Mind Magazine — whose last name is Farouki but who asked to keep her first name secret — said she is nearly estranged from her family, angered by her rebellion against religion. “They see me as insane,” said Farouki, 50.

“Jordanians can not accept atheists, and it is highly possible to be killed if you are one.”

Social media has provided atheists with a meeting place and source of information.

“Most of my atheist friends have not changed all of a sudden,” said Osama Dakhel, 21, a fine arts student in Baghdad. “Some were so devoted at first exploring the religion’s minute details. They start to read for Islamic reformers. Then they start to accept other opinions, discuss atheists online and end up atheists.”

Ahmed Abdul-Aziz, 22,a medical student in upper Egypt, also writes openly for the Free Mind Magazine on atheism. “It is easier to announce your ideas in Cairo,” he said. “Nobody would look after you, but in small rural towns, everyone watches the other.”

Even so, Mr. Abdul-Aziz said, he hides his beliefs from his own family.

“They will feel angry even modern Islamic ideas,”he said. “I am forced to attend the Friday prayers and fast during Ramadan. I feel uneasy to practice things I do not believe in.”

Ms. Ahmed paid a price for unwittingly drawing notice for not praying or fasting during Ramadan at the University of Babylon. “A colleague called me an ‘infidel’ and insisted on waking me up at dawn to pray,” she said. “I faced problems even for not using the name of Allah to swear.”

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The little girl has been dead for 96 years. But then she opens her eyes

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In Palermo, Sicily, there’s a 100-year-old cloister built by Capuchin monks that’s famous for its crypt, filled with 2,000 mummies. Stored in a glass sarcophagus is one very particular person who found her final resting place there, a little girl.

Rosalia Lombardo was just two years old when she died of pneumonia in 1920. Her father, an Italian military officer named Mario Lombardo, almost died of grief after his little girl was taken away. Then he decided to do something that would preserve the beautiful child he loved so much: he commissioned an embalmer called Alfredo Salafia to prepare his daughter’s body. This involved replacing her bodily fluids with formaldehyde and treating the corpse with alcohol. The result is astonishing.

Watch the strange phenomenon for yourself in slow motion Watch Video

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The toddler with sweet blond locks and a peaceful look seems like she might have just dozed off and could wake up at any moment, despite having died nearly 100 years ago. And this body has a creepy secret that’s made quite a few people wonder if it’s really dead or not.

Numerous visitors have witnessed what should be impossible: Rosalia opens and closes her eyes!

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Experts explain that it’s caused by an optical illusion from light and her already slightly open eyelids. But when you see it, you’ll get goosebumps just as generations of other visitors have.

Rosalia Lombardo, the sleeping beauty of the crypt, is one of the best preserved mummies on Earth and has fascinated people from all over the world. This little girl’s legend may just survive for another hundred years…

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अन्धविश्वास : समाज में घुलता एक जहर

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भारत के गौरवशाली इतिहास में यहाँ की मान्यताओं का भी एक विशेष स्थान रहा है. यह अपने रीति –रिवाज और परम्पराओं के लिए भी विशेष रूप से जाना जाता रहा है. पहले ये मान्यताएं हमारे हित में हमारे बड़ों द्वारा बनायीं गयी थीं,जो वैज्ञानिक आधार पर भी खरी उतरती थीं. जैसे…भोर की बेला में नहा धोकर तुलसी व् सूर्य को जल अर्पण करना. यहाँ तुलसी एक औषधि के रूप में कारगर है तथा उगते सूरज की किरणों से हमारे शरीर को विटामिन डी मिलता है. ऐसी ही अनेक रीतियाँ हमारे भले के लिए हमारे बुजुर्गों द्वारा बनायीं गई थीं, जिन्होंने आगे चलकर परम्पराओं का रूप ले लिया. लेकिन इन परम्पराओं में किसी दकियानूसी सोच के जुड़ जाने से कुछ गलत परम्पराएँ भी बन गयीं. जिन्हें हम रूढ़िवादिता या अन्धविश्वास कहते हैं.

तो जिन रीति रिवाजों से समाज में किसी का अहित होता हो वे अन्धविश्वास कहलाती हैं. मसलन विधवा स्त्री का किसी शुभ कार्य में शामिल होना अपशकुन माना जाना, या स्त्री का अपने पति की मौत पर सती के रूप में उसके साथ जिंदा जल जाना आदि. ऐसे अनेक कृत्य जो मानवता को तार तार करते हैं आज भी हमारे समाज में प्रचलित हैं. हांलाकि समय समय पर किसी न किसी समाज सुधारक द्वारा इन गलत मान्यताओं को सिरे से नाकारा गया है व् उनके खिलाफ आवाज भी बुलंद की गई है. फिर भी अपने स्वार्थ व् लालच के वशीभूत होकर कुछ लोग आज भी इन मान्यताओं और धर्म के नाम पर भोली भाली जनता को ठगने से बाज नहीं आते हैं. आज के दौर में जहाँ एक तरफ प्रौद्योगिकी व् तकनीकी विकास तेजी से हुआ है वहीँ दूसरी तरफ इन ढोंगी बाबाओं, अघोरियों, तांत्रिकों, पंडितों, ज्योतिषियों, अंकशास्त्रियों आदि काकारोबार भी लाखों, करोड़ों, अरबो, खरबों की शक्ल में फ़ैल चुका है. मजे की बात यह है कि,इन अंधविश्वासों में जकड़े लोग किसी वर्ग विशेष से संबंधित नहीं हैं. चाहे अमीर हो या गरीब, चाहे पढ़ा लिखा हो या अनपढ़, नौकरीपेशा हो या कोई नेता अभिनेता. सभी इन बाबाओं के मकडजाल में उलझे हैं.

नित नए बढ़ते चैनलों में भी मीडिया द्वारा लगातार ऐसे बाबाओं के प्रवचन व् प्रोग्राम रात दिन दिखाए जाते हैं, जो साफ़ साफ़ आडम्बरयुक्त नजर आते हैं. ये भक्तों के नाम पर सिर्फ अपने व्यापारिक ग्राहकों की संख्या बढ़ाते हैं. निकम्में, बेकार, मनमौजी व् आलसी व्यक्ति के पास एक यही बेहतर विकल्प होता है कि, बाबा बन कर लोगों को ठगा जाय. ये वो व्यापार है जिसमे कोई रिस्क नहीं होता, और ना ही रुपयों का कोई बड़ा इन्वेस्टमेंट. भक्तों से मिले दान व् चढ़ावे से इनकी रोजी रोटी चलती है और एक दिन इसी की बदौलत ये ख्यात बाबाजी का चोला धारण कर लोगों पर बड़ी आसानी से राज करते हैं. आलीशान गाड़ियों और बड़े बड़े आश्रमों के मालिक ये बाबा जल्द ही अपनी ताकत के बल पर सिद्ध पुरुष या किसी भगवान् का अवतार बन जाते हैं. और भोली भाली जनता इन्हें पूजकर अपने आपको धन्य मानती है.
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इन बातों का ये मतलब कतई नहीं है कि आज के सभी संत महात्मा ऐसे ही ठग हैं. परन्तु संतों की जमात में ६०-७०% तक ऐसे ही लोग शामिल हैं. जो आमजन की परेशानियों व् तकलीफों की आंच पर अपने मतलब की रोटी सेंकने से बाज नहीं आते.

आजकल इंटरनेट के उपयोग में भी हमें इन अंधविश्वासों की झलक आसानी से देखने को मिल जाती है. उदाहरण के तौर पर फेसबुक और व्हाट्सअप  पर ऐसे सैकड़ों सन्देश रोजाना पोस्ट होते हैं जिनमे लिखा रहता है, तुरंत लाइक करें, नकारें नहीं. शाम तक कोई गुड न्यूज मिलेगी. या फिर ये मैसेज पढने के १५ सेकंड के भीतर ९ लोगों को सेंड करें, चमत्कार होगा. और फिर शाम तक ऐसी पोस्ट को लाखों लाइक मिल चुके होते हैं.

इसी तरह का एक वाकया मेरे साथ हुआ. अभी कुछ दिन पहले एक भाभीजी का व्हाट्सअप पर मैसेज आया, जिसमे एक विशाल पेड़ के अन्दर गणेश जी दिखाई दे रहे थे. लिखा था, ये फोटो तीन ग्रुप में सेंड करें. फोटो देखकर साफ़ लग रहा था कि ये ट्रिक फोटोग्राफी का कमाल है.जब कब उन भाभी जी के ऐसे ही मैसेज आते रहते थे. मैं परेशान हो चुकी थी. उस दिन मैंने कुछ हिम्मत जुटाकर उन्हें मैसेज किया कि मैं इन बातों पर विश्वास नहीं करती, कृपया आगे से मुझे ऐसे मैसेज न भेजें. फिर तो जैसे मेरी शामत आ गई. जवाब में तुरंत उन भाभी जी का फ़ोन आया, जिस पर उन्होंने मुझे खूब खरी खोटी सुनाई कि ज्यादा पढ़े लिखे होने से तुम्हारा दिमाग खराब हो गया है. ब्राह्मण कुल में जन्म लेकर भी तुम हिन्दू देवता का अपमान कर रही हो. मेरे लाख समझाने पर भी उन्होंने मुझे जी भर कोसा.

आज समाज में ऐसे कई उदाहरण रोजाना ही हमें देखने को मिलते हैं. क्या हम आशाराम बापू के घिनौने कृत्यों से वाकिफ़ नहीं हैं? फिर भी अंधभक्ति में जुटे कई लोगों को आज भी वे ईश्वरतुल्य नजर आते हैं. ये उजले वस्त्रधारी किन-किन संगीन गुनाहों में लिप्त हैं, ये कोई नहीं जानता या तो जानकर भी अपने फ़ायदे के लिए अनजान बना रहता है.

आज वक्त आ चुका है कि हम अपनी आधुनिकता का सही मायने में उपयोग कर समाज को इस गोरखधंधे से मुक्त करवायें. परम्पराओं और रूढ़िवादिता में अंतर समझें. विश्वास और अन्धविश्वास के बीच का महीन फ़र्क पहचानें. तभी हम अपने देश को दुनिया में आगे की पंक्ति में खड़ा कर पाएंगे.

— पूनम पाठक ‘पलक’

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Why I Hate Vivekananda : 17 Castiest Quotes of Vivekananda

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Vivekananda’s ”Ideological” Yatra

1. I do not propose any levelling of castes. Caste is a very good thing. Caste is the plan we want to follow.

2. The plan in India is to make everybody a Brahmin, the Brahmin being the ideal of humanity.

3.  Indian caste is better than the caste which prevails in Europe or America.

→ Which caste system prevails in Europe or America Mr. Vivekananda? Here he glorifies caste system in India!

4.  Where would you be if there were no caste? Where would be your learning and other things, if there were no caste? There would be nothing left for the Europeans to study if caste had never existed!

→ We would have been better off without caste, our situations would have been better. What learning so called caste system gave to Dalits? Caste system taught only discrimination.

→ Yeah, you guys invented caste system so that Europeans have something to study because poor Europeans didn’t have anything to study!

5. Caste should not go; but should only be readjusted occasionally. Within the old structure is to be found life enough for the building of two hundred thousand new ones. It is sheer nonsense to desire the abolition of caste.

6. Brainy Vivekananda suggested to lower castes that are fighting and writing against higher castes is of no use, learn Sanskrit and you problems will be solved! Sucha brainy was our Swami!

7. The Brahminhood is the ideal of humanity in India, as wonderfully put forward by Shankaracharya at the beginning of his commentary on the Gitâ, where he speaks about the reason for Krishna’s coming as a preacher for the preservation of Brahminhood, of Brahminness.

→  Dr. Ambedkar was against Brahminhood and Brahminism, which is a mentality of people that makes them to suppress and discriminate. Vivekananda supported Brahminism.

→ Yes, Vivekananda is against anyone fighting casteism, because fighting casteism is fighting against Brahmins, who are, of course, according to him, Gods on earth.

8. In India, even the lowest caste never does any hard work. They generally have an easy lot compared to the same class in other nations; and as to ploughing, they never do it.

→ Dalits and Shudras, in Vivekananda’s opinion, do no work. The fields plough themselves, by magic! And only hard work is done by Brahmins sitting in A.C. Temples and earning millions, sitting in A.C. is very tough work!

9. Why is India not a superpower? Of course, because we “abolished caste”: “Then what was the cause of India’s downfall? — The giving up of this idea of caste.As Gitâ says, with the extinction of caste the world will be destroyed. Now does it seem true that with the stoppage of these variations the world will be destroyed… Therefore what I have to tell you, my countrymen, is this: that India fell because you prevented and abolished caste… Let Jati have its sway; break down every barrier in the way of caste, and we shall rise.”

10. So what is the basis of the Indian’s social order? It is the caste law. I am born for the caste, I live for the caste. I donot mean myself, because, having joined an Order, we are outside. I mean those that live in civil society. Born in the caste, the whole life must be lived according to caste regulation.

11. Now look at Europe. When it succeeded in giving free scope to caste and took away most of the barriers that stood in the way of individuals, each developing his caste — Europe rose. In America, there is the best scope for caste (real Jati) to develop, and so the people are great.

→ Here Mr. Vivekananda again glorifies the caste system! First thing first, Mr. Vivekananda, there was/is no caste in western societies.

12. “As Manu says, all these privileges and honours are given to the Brahmin, because “with him is the treasury of virtue”. He must open that treasury and distribute its valuables to the world. It is true that he was the earliest preacher to the Indian races, he was the first to renounce everything in order to attain to the higher realisation of life before others could reach to the idea. It was not his fault that he marched ahead of the other caste. Why did not the other castes so understand and do as he did? Why did they sit down and be lazy, and let the Brahmins win the race?”

→ Vivekananda is a defender of Manu, the “great” law-giver, and blames the lower castes for their sorry lot. Is it surprising that most of the followers of the cult of Vivekananda are high caste Hindus?

13. The only safety, I tell you men who belong to the lower castes, the only way to raise your condition is to study Sanskrit, and this fighting and writing and frothing against the higher castes is in vain…

→ Vivekananda doesn’t want that Dalits write against their oppressors and he wants that Dalits keep on suffering silently! Lower castes fight is for equality and Sanskrit is a language of discrimination and it originated to maintain the caste discrimination. How learning Sanskrit will help lower castes get jobs, respectand dignity and how it will solve the problem of caste discrimination? I am not able to understand, can you?

14. To the non-Brahmin castes I say, wait, be not in a hurry. Do not seize every opportunity of fighting the Brahmin, because, as I have shown, you are suffering from your own fault.

15. Vivekananda blames lower castes for their suffering. Yeah, as if while studying, lower castes themselves poured lead in their own ears, cut their own tongue and plucked their own eyes after reading.

16. This Brahmin, the man of God, he who has known Brahman, the ideal man, the perfect man, must remain; he must not go.

→ Yes, Vivekananda is against anyone fighting casteism, because fighting casteism is fighting against Brahmins, who are, of course, according to him, Gods on earth.

17. This Brahmin, the man of God, he who has known Brahman, the ideal man, the perfect man, must remain; he must not go. And with all the defects of the caste now, we know that we must all be ready to give to the Brahmins this credit, that from them have come more men with real Brahminness in them than from all the other castes. That is true. That is the credit due to them from all the other castes.

References –

Swami Vivekananda, “The Abroad and the Problems at Home”, The Hindu, Madras, February 1987, in “Interviews”, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda,Volume 5.

Swami Vivekananda, in “The Future of India”, Delivered at Victoria Hall, Madras, in “Lectures from Colombo to Almora”, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3.

Swami Vivekananda, in “Women of India”, Delivered at the Shakespeare Club House, in Pasadena, California, on January 18, 1900, in “Lectures and Discourses”, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 8.

Swami Vivekananda, in “A Plan of Work for India”, in “Writings: Prose”, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 4.

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इस वक़्त इस मंदिर में भक्तों को मिलता है ‘पीरियड के खून’ से सना कपड़ा

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योनि, वेजाइना. एक ऐसा शब्द जिसे बोलने के पहले सौ बार सोचेंगे. उसके लिए दूसरे शब्द तलाशेंगे. और पीरियड्स की बात! वो तो भूल ही जाओ. आज भी देश के आधे पुरुष ये मानते हों कि पीरियड का मतलब पैड पर नीली स्याही गिरना है, तो अचंभा नहीं होगा.

मगर ऐसे ही समाज में एक मंदिर ऐसा है,जहां देवी की योनि की पूजा की जाती है. और साल में एक बार उन्हें होने वाले पीरियड पर बड़ा सा पर्व मनाते हैं.

असम में 22 जून से अंबुबाची पर्व शुरू होने वाला है.और ये अगले चार दिन यानी 25 जून तक चलने वाला है.देश भर से भक्त मंदिर में दर्शन के लिए जायेंगे. उस दौरान सिटी का ट्रैफिक थम जाएगा और सभी लोग इस फेस्टिवल को धार्मिक और पवित्र ज़ज्बे के साथ मनाएंगे. असम की सरकार ने श्रद्धालुओं को आकर्षित करने के लिए इसमें कुछ कल्चरल परफॉर्मेंसेस को भी जोड़ने का फैसला किया है.

अब सुनिए उस पर्व की कहानी, जहां मिलता है ‘पीरियड के खून’ से रंगा हुआ कपड़ा.

कामाख्या – ‘द मिथ

कामाख्या को ‘सती’ (जो कि भगवान शिव की पत्नी थीं) का एक अवतार माना जाता है.सती की मृत्यु के बाद, शिव ने तांडव नृत्य शुरू कर दिया था. उन्हें रोकने के लिए विष्णु ने अपना चक्र छोड़ा था. जिसने सती के शरीर को 51 हिस्सों में काट दिया था. ये 51 हिस्से धरती पर जहां-जहां गिरे, उन्हें ‘शक्तिपीठ’ का नाम दिया गया.इन्हीं में से एक हिस्सा वहां गिरा, जहां पर इस वक्त कामाख्या मंदिर है.क्यों पड़ा ये नाम? सती का गर्भाशय जिस जगह पर गिरा था, उसका पता तब तक नहीं चल पाया था जब तक कामदेव ने उसे ढूंढा नहीं था. कामदेव ने शिव के शाप से मुक्त होने के लिए इसे ढूंढा. कामदेव का शरीर तहस-नहस हो चुका था. लेकिन उन्होंने सती की योनि ढूंढ कर उसकी पूजा की. और अपना शरीर वापस पा लिया. इसलिए इस मंदिर या देवी को कामाख्या के नाम से जाना जाता है. क्योंकि कामदेव इनकी पूजा करते थे.

कामाख्या मंदिर

ये मंदिर 1565 में नर-नारायण ने बनवाया था. अपने बनने के साथ ही ये मंदिर अंबुबाची मेले से जुड़ गया था. मंदिर के गर्भगृह (मेन हिस्सा) में देवी की कोई मूर्ति नहीं है. उनकी पूजा की जाती है एक पत्थर के रूप में. जो एक योनि के आकार का है और जिसमें से नैचुरली पानी निकलता है.

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अंबुबाची मेला

अंबुबाची का पर्व ‘अहार’ (जिसे आषाढ़ कहते हैं) के महीने में आता है. आषाढ़ जून-जुलाई में आता है. जबसे कामाख्या मंदिर बना है,हर साल ये पर्व मनाया जाता है. महीने के आखिरी चार दिनों में ये मेला लगता है.ऐसा कहा जाता है कि ये वो चार दिन वो होते हैं, जब कामाख्या देवी को पीरियड आते हैं. मंदिर के दरवाज़े बंद रहते हैं. ऐसा कहा जाता है कि इस दौरान मंदिर के अंदर बने हुए एक छोटे से तालाब का पानी लाल रंग में बदल जाता है. प्रसाद के तौर पर देवी का निकलने वाला पानी या फिर अंगवस्त्र (लाल कपड़ा, जिससे देवी की योनि को ढका जाता है) मिलता है. लोग ऐसा मानते हैं कि इस प्रसाद में औरतों में होने वाली पीरियड से समस्याओं को ठीक करने और उन्हें ‘बांझपन’ से मुक्त करने की ताकत होती है.कौन जाता है इस पर्व में? नागा साधुओं से लेकर अघोरी तक. वो लोग भी, जो ये मानते हैं कि अधर्म ही ‘निर्वाण’ को पाने का सही रास्ता है; और सभी तरह के संन्यासी इस फेस्टिवल में जाते हैं. हालांकि ये पर्व सिर्फ साधुओं और संन्यासियों के लिए नहीं है. बल्कि असम राज्य के और हिस्सों से और भारत के हर कोने से लोग देवी के दर्शन करने और उनका आशीर्वाद लेने आते हैं.
इस साल असम के चीफ मिनिस्टर सर्बानंद सोनोवाल ने इस चार दिन के पर्व में एक कल्चरल परफॉर्मेंस भी जोड़ा है. इस इवेंट में कुछ स्थानीय कलाकारों की परफॉर्मेंसेस और लोक संगीत भी प्रस्तुत किया जाएगा. इसमें मंदिर का एक स्पेशल गाइडेड टूर भी होगा और साथ ही ब्रह्मपुत्र नदी में वॉटर स्पोर्ट्स भी.

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Why Millennial Women Are Embracing Atheism

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Danielle Schacter never thought she would become an un-Christian. “I slowly became more and more disgusted by the way I saw people treating others,” says the 32-year-old, who was raised Baptist. “I didn’t want to be associated with a religion that preached so much hate.”

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Danielle Schacter, who identifies as agnostic, is one of a growing number of people who identify with no religion. Photo courtesy of Danielle Schacter.

Schacter, like so many millennials, has chosen a secular life, and she’s not alone: according to the Pew Research Center, only four in 10 millennials say that religion is very important to them, compared with six in 10 Baby Boomers.

The numbers of religiously unaffiliated support this, too : 23 percent of the population identifies with no religion. This number is up from 2007, when it was only 16 percent.Of older millennials, 35 percent are religiously unaffiliated— and they’re driving the overall growth of the nonreligiously affiliated in America.

“I didn’t want to be associated with a religion that preached so much hate.”

This is a big deal. To be religiously unaffiliated means you not only avoid identifying as a Christian or Jew or Muslim, but that you eschew organized faith altogether. From there,”nonreligious” can be broken down into four categories: secularism (the belief in separation of church and state and that all beliefs are equal), agnosticism (the belief that it’s impossible to know if there is a god), humanism (the idea that human reason drives us, not higher powers), and atheism (the belief that there is no god). This last group,the atheists, has become increasingly vocal in recent years. They are fighting to keep religion separated from laws that affect them and to shift society away from religious trappings.

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Kayley Whalen, a queer transgender Latinx woman who identifies as “a humanist and an existentialist and an atheist.” Photo courtesy of Kayley Whalen.

What’s fascinating is that while millennials are moving away from religion, they are moving toward spirituality. This demographic considers itself just as spiritual as older demographics, even as they represent an exodus out of organized religion and into the throes of secularism. When you consider the issues facing young people today, the reasons for the exodus are easy to understand. In rejecting religion, millennials are asserting their progressive attitudes and passion for social justice. They’re committed to the idea that they don’t need religion to know the difference between right and wrong.

Perhaps no one represents this cultural shift better than millennial atheist women. While they may sit at the most extreme side of the nonreligious spectrum, atheist women are fueled by the same concerns plaguing millennials in general: a quest for independence and a rejection of the status quo.

The Atheism and Feminism Connection

Lauryn Seering, 27, has never been religious, but she found atheism in high school in reaction to mainstream fundamentalist Christian ideas that condemn her lesbian mother. “Millennial women want autonomy over their own bodies,” says Seering, communications coordinator for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the separation of church and state.

“They recognize that all the arguments against this autonomy (contraception, birth control, marriage) are religiously fueled,” Seering continued.”Women aren’t being pressured by society anymore to get married at a young age, have children right away, and tend house while their husbands work.”

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Lauryn Seering, an atheist who works for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Photo courtesy of Lauryn Seering.

Schacter identifies as agnostic. She’s based in Kansas City, MO, where she founded a digital marketing agency called Boxer & Mutt. To her, growing secularism is a sign of independent women. “It’s becoming more socially acceptable for women to think for themselves and really question why things are the way they are rather than blindly accepting them,” she says.

Kayley Whalen, 31, is a queer transgender Latinx woman who identifies as “a humanist and an existentialist and an atheist.” These different identities certainly influence how she approaches the world.

“We have ethical values without the need for the supernatural,”

Whalen says. “We believe in social justice,that we can live a life with meaning, purpose,and dedication to social justice without the need for supernatural guidance.”
Unsurprisingly, Whalen’s beliefs are tied up in her activist work: she’s the digital strategy and social media manager for the National LGBT Task Force and is on the board of directors for both the Secular Students Allians and the Trans United Fund.

As Whalen epitomizes, many young women who do not believe in God share a point of view that goes beyond just being atheist or just being a woman. The two are intertwined identities oppressed similarly in the United States.

“We have ethical values without the need for the supernatural.”

Lee Blackwolf, who runsthe popular Facebook Page Black Atheists, constantly copes with this intersection. “It’s important to me because, as a black bisexual woman, there’s not many of us who are atheist,” explains Blackwolf, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mother in Twinsburg, OH. “We’re not welcomed in most spaces that are atheists. We already have a lot of hurdles to jump through in life so it takes a lot of strength. I lost an entire family because of it. I actually have the luxury to say that I’m better off without them. It’s not the same for most.”

Blackwolf’s concerns hint at societal assumptions about atheist women, which every woman we spoke with touched on: being a woman who isn’t religious breaks away from the social norms that frame femininity. Emily Greene, an artist and activist working in promotional marketing in Augusta, summed it up best. “You’re probably seen as less feminine,” the 32-year-old said. “You’re definitely judged, looked at more harshly.It’s an assumption that it’s a negative thing.”

Ironically, being atheist can mirror being religious, as it plays a role in many aspects of young life. “That was very important to me inchoosing a partner,” says Katherine, a 32-year-old HR manager in California.”I have gotten into some debate with friends before where they’re like, ‘If you’re an atheist, why do you care if the other person is of faith?’ I’m like, ‘You— as, say, a Christian person — would not want to marry a non-Christian person.”

Why Are Young Women Interested in Atheism?

Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, believes that young people are turning away from religion as a result of how closed-minded andconservative many congregations can be, particularly when they are responsible for enabling xenophobic and queerphobic mindsets. For instance, many churches reject the idea of same-sex marriage, while 71 percent of millennials support it (in comparison with only 46 percent of Baby Boomers).

“A lot of young people are being turned off of by that brand of Christianity,” he explains. “They’re just seeing religion as an institution and saying, ‘Ah, screw it.’ Even though that brand of Christianity is not the majority — most Christians are decent, kind people who aren’t anti-gay and aren’t racist and aren’t anti-Islamic. But they don’t make the headlines. They’re not dominating the news.”

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Emily Greene, an artist, activist, and atheist. Photo courtesy of Emily Greene.

The internet is also serving as a conduit for less religion. As technology occupies more of our time, says Zuckerman, it chips away at “religion’s ability to maintain a monopoly on truth . . . It’s really corroding religion’s ability to dominate our culture and dominate people’s lives.”

While there have always been religious skeptics — the farthest back is believed to be the Charvaka movement in 7th century BC — the present shift away from religion is notable because the numbers of religiously unaffiliated and atheists are way up. Although the movement is still predominately male and white, more women are stepping forward as religion reveals itself to be optional in their lives —and sometimes to stand in the way of their independence.

Zuckerman believes this has to do with traditional organized religions’ male-centrism: teaching women that they’re second class, must remain virginal, and must stay out of leadership positions. Pair this with the amount of women in the workplace rivaling men, and the group doesn’t need to turn to a church for social or financial support that churches typically offer.

Being an Atheist Is a Political Act

Molly Hanson grew up in a Catholic household but has always been skeptical of the”invisible man in the sky” who tells people what to do. The 23-year-old Hanson, like many atheists, finds that questioning faith and religion makes people wonder ifsomething is wrong with her womanness.”

If a woman doesn’t bow down to this god and lord, she must have an issue with that god or lord,” says Hanson, an editorial assistant at the Freedom For Religion Foundation. “She must have been damaged. There’s a reason why she decided to leave that god. She might have been morally corrupted by another man or might have — I don’t know — been wronged.”

This issue isn’t confinedto religious communities. One woman — a 30-year-oldIndian American writer in New York who declined to give her name — finds this flaw in atheist leaders, too.

“The movement itself is really alienating toward women,” she says.”Leaders like Richard Dawkins are pretty sexist and condescending and talkdown to women. Women have been left out in those major discussions of atheism.”

The nonreligious believe that, once the church is taken out of the state, equality can be achieved.

Whalen agrees: “It’s really difficult that one person like a Richard Dawkins or a Bill Maher can be seen as the face of atheism. The difference between a woman who is an atheist, and a male, cisgender atheist is that a woman doesn’t have the choice to be a single issue. She can’t say, ‘Oh, religious discrimination is the most important thing —and being a woman comes second.'”

For women who are atheists, discrimination is complicated further by the many ways their identities intersect. Gender as it relates to religious affiliation is complex, and it’s even more complicated as it relates to black female atheists, as Blackwolf can attest. “A lot of black atheist men are often heard saying, ‘Black women sure do love them some church!'” she says.”When we start having adiscussion, there are implications about where my place in the community should be, and that’s behind the man.”

Atheist Women Want a Future of Equality

In speaking with young atheist and secular women, some through lines appear, among them a hope for equality that could be stymied by religion’s grasp on society. There is a desire to normalize differing points of view, from LGBTQ people to atheists.

Katherine sees public events like the inauguration of President Donald Trump as a perfect example. “I was really struck by so much praying happening,” she says. “I’d like to seeus move kind of away from that and use logic and science and that holistic definition of freedom.”

The nonreligious believe that, once the church is taken out of the state, equality can be achieved. Hanson believes these roadblocks arise as the result of unequal representation.”Women understand what it’s like to be oppressed by laws that are rooted in religious ideas that oppress women and their sexuality,” she explains.”To get more women in government positions is going to be a challenge,especially right now.”

When women hold elected office, it inspires more women to run— and more women in government has a powerful trickle-down effect on women as a whole.

But what if these women leaders were atheists? Would they still succeed?

Surveys have shown that atheism is ine of the traits in a leader that Americans are most biased against. “I cannot imagine a president who identifies as an atheist,”says the Indian-American writer in New York. “I’m a woman anda person of color: a female person of color who is an atheist could never be the president of the United States. It feels like another barrier.”

Others, like Whalen, see these many layers as vital to change: “I want a woman politician to run and say that she’s an atheist and that she’s for reproductive justice, that she’s for transgender rights, and win. I want a transgender woman to be able to do that.”

Ultimately, for atheist women (and atheists in general) to succeed at changing society, they need to continue on the path they are on and not settle for being silenced. Zuckerman draws parallels to the LGBT community.”Coming out does have an effect,” he says.”More and more people feeling comfortable saying ‘I’m not that religious’ has an effect.”Atheists just want to be seen as starting from the same place as any other decent American.

Greene sums it up nicely: “We want to get up, go to work, and enjoy our friends and families and our lifestyles just the same way as the person who gets up on Sunday and goes to church. We have our own ways of self-care. A lot of people find religion and that’s how they take care of themselves — and that’s great. We just do things a different way and that’s OK.”

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