The word God is the product of human weakness

The word God is the product of human weakness

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In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt“, and made known his views on religion. Apparently Einstein had only read the book due to repeated recommendation by their mutual friend Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. The letter was bought at auction in May 2008, for £170,000; unsurprisingly, one of the unsuccessful bidders was Richard Dawkins.

Translated transcript follows.

(Source: David Victor; Image: Albert Einstein,via.)

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Translated Transcript

Princeton, 3. 1. 1954

Dear Mr Gutkind,

Inspired by Brouwer’s repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. What struck me was this: with regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element. This unites us as having an “unAmerican attitude.”

Still, without Brouwer’s suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this for me. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions isan incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and whose thinking I have a deep affinity for, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the firstone. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual “props” and “rationalization” in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes,

Yours,

A. Einstein

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Hawking: ‘I’m an atheist, science is more convincing than God’

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The world’s preeminent theoretical physicist has explicitly acknowledged for the first time that he is an atheist, explaining that “science offers a more convincing explanation” of the origins of the universe than ‘God.’

In an article published in the leading Spanish daily El Mundo, Hawking clarified an in famous passage in his international best selling book A Brief History of Time, in which he wrote:

“If we discover a complete [unifying] theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.”“What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t,” Hawking, 72, told El Mundo reporter Pablo Jáuregui. “I’m an atheist.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe,” said Hawking. “But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”Although Hawking does not believe in any supernatural ‘God,’ he is convinced that earth isn’t the only planet harboring intelligent life.“The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant,” Hawking told El Mundo. “

Considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.”But Hawking warned humans would be wise to proceed with extreme caution when attempting to reach out to extraterrestrial beings, comparing any first contact to Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.

“[That] didn’t turn out very wellfor the Native Americans,” he noted.

Hawking, who has previously stated that he doesn’t believe humanity will survive the next thousand years “unless we spread into space,” reiterated his assertion that space exploration was humankind’s best hope for long-term survival.

“It could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets,” he said.

Hawking’s ‘coming out’ was among the worst-kept secrets in the world of science. He has strongly hinted at his atheism on numerous occasions.

In a 2010 conversation with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, Hawking was asked if he believed the origin of life on earth is nothing more than coincidence.

“The existence of the earth and the properties that made it possible for biological life to develop depend on a very fine balance between the so-called constants of nature,” he explained. “If they were more than slightly different, either planets like the earth would not occur or the chemical processes necessary for life would not take place.”

“One might take this as evidence of a divine creator, but an alternative explanation is what is known as the multiverse,” Hawking continued. “The idea is that there are many possible universes [and] only in the small number of universes that are suitable will intelligence beings develop and be able to ask the question, ‘Why is the universe so carefully designed?’

“Hawking has even resorted to the sort of provocative anti-religion rhetoric that made Dawkins a household name and the world’s most famous atheist.

Comparing the human brain toa computer, Hawking suggested to the Guardian in a 2011 interview that ‘heaven’ was a “fairy story.”

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he explained when asked what happens when people die. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
When asked by ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2010 whether there was a way to reconcile science and religion, Hawking cited a “fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason.”

“Science will win because it works,” he asserted.Still, Hawking has also occasionally confused observers by seemingly leaving the door open to the possibility of a ‘God.’

During a 2010 CNN interview with Larry King, for example, Hawking said, “God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.

”But his “we could know the mind of God” passage has been seized upon by some religious believers, who erroneously claim Hawking is aman of faith, or at least an agnostic. His latest comments, however, leave no doubt abou this atheist beliefs.

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नफरत हिंसा द्वेष घृणा का ढूंढा तो आधार धर्म ।
जितना खून बहा है जग में उसका भी आधार धर्म ।
विश्व विवादों की जा जड़ में देखा तो आधार धर्म ।
भूख गरीबी और शोषण का इनका भी आधार धर्म ।
आतंकवाद का पहन के चोला करता नरसंहार धर्म ।
रूढिवाद पाखंडवाद पाषाणवाद का खोल धर्म ।
छल प्रपंच का जाल रचाकर ठगने का ब्यापार धर्म ।
सारे पाप माफ हो जाते लगता यह पचनोल धर्म ।
पोप पुजारी जी को करता देखो मालामाल धर्म ।
आंख के अंधे भक्त गणों को करता यह कंगाल धर्म ।
स्वर्ग नरक भगवान भाग्य का फैला यह भ्रमजाल धर्म ।
तीर्थ और ब्रत में जा देखा पोपो की हर चाल धर्म ।
गांधी को गोली से उडाया इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
ईसा को सूली पे चढाया इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
दयानन्द को जहर पिलाया इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
मोहम्मद साहब को भी सताया इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
किया अहिल्या का मुंह काला इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
एकलव्य का कटा अंगूठा इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
सति बृन्दा के सत को लूटा इसका भी आधार धर्म ।
फिर बचा कौन दुष्कर्म जगत में न जिसका आधार धर्म ।
मंदिर मस्जिद बैर बढाते इतना तो शैतान धर्म ।
इनसे तो अच्छी मधुशाला इतना तो बदनाम धर्म ।
तर्क इसे न अच्छा लगता अक्ल पे ताला पड़ा धर्म ।
सुंदर सुघर सलोना मुखड़ा दिल का काला किन्तु धर्म ।
ढोंगी और पाखंडी कहते हिंदू सिक्ख इस्लाम धर्म ।
संत फकीर सभी यह कहते ईसा मूसा राम धर्म ।
ज्ञानी ध्यानी सव जन कहते वेद पुरान कुरान धर्म ।
सौ बातों की बात एक है मानव का इंसान धर्म ।
कोई कहता है आचार धर्म कोई कहता है ब्यवहार धर्म ।
पर मेरी समझ में यह आया बस मानव का उपकार धर्म ।
मानव सेवा ईश्वर सेवा मानवता ही है सार धर्म ।
कबिरा ने सिखाया प्यार धर्म बरना आडम्बर यार धर्म ।

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Blind Obedience (For An Insecure God)

Believe I am what I say I am
simply because I say,
“I am”!
Do not question me.
Never ask me why!
Only…believe that I love you.
And believe that I care.
Believe that I know what’s best for you.
And believe that I’m there.

Now, Bow down to me,
Die for me,
Devote your life to me,
Do all that you do- for me,
But never question me,
Never ask me why !
Demand no proof !
Believe that I would never hurt you.
And that your blindness is a virtue.
Believe I am what I say I am simply because I say,
“I am”!

– Michael Pain
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The Guy Who Invented Religion

The Guy Who Invented Religion

He said:
I want a barrier
To divide Different people
Who stood side by side.

I want hypocrisy
And constant war.
Common sense
I want to ignore.

I want exploitation,
My voice to be heard
And to spread disease
Throughout the World.

I want riches,
“It’s god’s word,” i’ll cry.
While millions of people Fall down.
And die.

(By -‘The Cat ‘)

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Suggest Me Please !!

Are you familiar with the man Prem Rawat (प्रेम रावत) ?

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Prem Rawat

For detail click on www.wopg.org and his humanity work on www.tprf.com
He is worldwide famous speaker on the subject peace called as Maharaji and regarded as theMessenger of Peace”.His message is listened by the people of all religion from 90 countries and in 70 languages.He always says there is a God inside our heart ..But he denise the temple,mosque and ..
I think he is an agnostic (not sure about agnosticism ) but  he says it’s not the matter of debate on God.
..My whole families are nonreligious and are the disciple of him and they wanted from me to go in this direction but not in pressure .
In the beginning, I was attracted  to listen his programs because he used to say God is not found in temple, mosque or what we atheist say besides God is not found.
On the subject God he says it is in every heart and we have to find out.

Is it right to spend whole life in it ?
Don’t leave it on my choice !

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