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post Aug 31 2009, 01:51 PM
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So, I was feeling a bit down for a while and Saturday night the mother and father prayed for me, anointed me with oil and were just like y'know asking God and Jesus to help guide me and lift me from despair and stuff. It was really nice just like, though Im not a Christian the stuff they were saying was transferrable. After the father was saying that it seemed like I needed to find a philosophy to live by than the one I have, that it didn't have to be faith, just yeah.

Mine don't seem to be working too well, I don't think: So I'm wondering what are your life philosophies?

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post Nov 25 2009, 11:33 PM
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Thanks for coming back BJ. Can you summarise the main thesis of your book? I don't know much about Hinduism and the underlying philosophies, so can you try and boil them down into a couple of paragraphs?

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post Nov 28 2009, 02:12 PM
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Following is a para on 'Philosophy of life from the booklet.

A theory is considered scientifically correct if real life observations when viewed through that theory , validate the theory rather than leaving believers of theory confused and surprised. Same is true with the philosophy.

I believe that most of what we get in life is by chance. So I don't get surprised by even and odds in my and everybody else's life.

I do not deny free will, but how much free is ' free will' ? For an average person, if you compare things within his control to the things which are beyond control , you may find that things beyond control considerably outweigh things within control. You have little control on the society and family in which you are born. No doubt there are examples of 'rags to riches' and vice versa , but these are more of exceptions than rule.


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"If good can happen, even if we do bad, why bad can't happen even if we do good?"
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post Nov 28 2009, 06:06 PM
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QUOTE (bjgupta @ Nov 28 2009, 02:12 PM) *
"If good can happen, even if we do bad, why bad can't happen even if we do good?"

I hear the reverse of that idea quite a lot - often as an argument as to why God cannot exist. It's usually along the lines of: "My <relative/friend> died of cancer at 25, and he never hurt anybody. How is that fair? Why would God do that to a good person?". No matter what my religious views are, that argument doesn't really cut it. But that's not the point...

I often hear similar comments that meet the other side of the idea held in your sig's quote, BJ:

"Can you believe it? The person who won £8million on the lottery hasn't had a job for years, has been sponging off the government all that time, and has a criminal record. He doesn't deserve to be win... it shouldn't be allowed!"

I do like how, as a society that uphold science more and more as the decades pass, there seems to be a spirituality that we apply to the notion of fairness. In some ways it's as though - whilst no longer implementing the idea of Heaven and Hell after death - we use our morals and ethics to guide us towards what we think we 'deserve' in life as a result of our behaviour. That, in a fair world, we receive some reward for our good conduct, and punishment for our misdemeanours. Are lottery wins, healthy children, satisfying jobs, etc. the post-religious Heaven? Is our new Hell simply the idea of getting some form of karmic comeuppance?
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- - bjgupta   Pl refer to booklet titled ‘Philosophy of life and...   Nov 23 2009, 05:06 PM
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