You were right when you said, instead of wasting 20 INR buying milk to pour on the Shivling, people should donate the milk to the starving & kids! BTW, just as an aside, did you ever sell that 1.2M GBP “modest house” (Bolton Mansion) in England? That money, I presume, was to buy milk for those “starving kids“! But anyways, getting back to us Hindus and our crazy rituals, flowers, and fruits to idols?? Is that piece of stone going to eat those fruits or smell the flowers? NO! BTW, to those that say putting a chaddar (blanket) on the tomb of Chisti (in Ajmer) is likewise, of no use!! Apples and oranges, folks! In Chisti’s case, he was a living person who is buried underground!! His boney remains must be feeling cold!! Shiva, living in the Himalayas, must be used to the cold!!
Aamir, I was reading the Ramayana and my humble interpretation was as follows: Ramayana had four brothers Ram, Lakshman, Bharat, and Shatrughna. Why only 4? Because this is what I consider the beauty of Ramayana, Ram represents Dharma (righteousness); Lakshman represents Kama (desire); Bharat represents Moksha (salvation) and Shatrughna represents Arth (economy).
Dharma is universal and hence, Ram traveled to Sri Lanka (to make sure Dharma was re-established). Without Dharma, Kama becomes uncontrollable; so Lakshmana traveled along with him.
There’s no Moksha without Dharma and, the entire Ayodhya needed Moksha for what happened to Dharma! As a result, Bharat brought Ram’s padukas (footwear) on his head to Ayodhya. Moksha ensured that Dharma was re-established in Ayodhya and a representative of Dharma stayed in the holy city (at least for ignorant Hindus).
Arth (an economy and thus, prosperity) can’t leave a country; a country devoid of an economy and prosperity brings disaster. Yes, Shatrughna HAD to stay in Ayodhya. But then, Aamir, I’m an ignorant Hindu while you seem to have more than abundant knowledge; I will defer to you!
There were three women that were punished in the Ramayana. Manthara, Shoorpanakha and Taraka. Manthara, who was kicked by Shatrughna! Artha kicked greed out as an economy can NOT flourish where greed rules the mind; Shoorpanakha whose nose was chopped off by Lakshman. She represented unnatural sexual desire which, Kama (along with Dharma) destroyed; and Taraka (representing the antithesis of righteousness) who was killed by Dharma. But again, that’s an interpretation from a guy that believes pouring milk on the Shivling is a mark of respect to the hundreds of gods that we, the ignorant Hindus, believe in.
Could we also talk about the flat earth? I know, it’s not something you decried or said anything against, but since you’re on the warpath to put down religious beliefs, it might be a good idea to talk about it? No? I mean, the flat earth society claims that at the edges of the earth is a big wall of ice. So I’m assuming that right next to Australia is a 40,000-foot wall of ice! It makes sense! Even if it didn’t make sense, get rid of Australia as they have too many cricket trophies!! But getting back to what I was saying, if the ice walls melt, the Pacific Ocean never dries up and could cause a deluge (akin to the 40 days and nights of flooding that happened over 2000 years ago)! You don’t know about the 40 days and 40 nights? Surprising since you claim to be a bookworm! Read the Bible and you’ll see it.
Another point: What about the belief that, since women are very emotional, their testimony in court is worth half that of a man? You don’t know about this? It’s a part of your religion. Again, it is a correct assumption that women are emotional. Thank god they are! When I mess up, my wife, my mother, and my sisters shed tears but, they are there to wipe my tears! For that, I thank god (Shiva, Narayan, or one of those hundreds of gods we Hindus have)! But, again, that’s an interpretation from a guy that believes pouring milk on the Shivling is good for him and the world!
To those that believe we should spend approximately INR400 per person and watch his movie, Aamir himself has suggested buying a glass of milk (in this case 20 glasses of milk) and handing it to those “starving kids”. I’m sure Aamir wouldn’t mind! Would you, Aamir?
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