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According to Wikipedia – The Holy Land (Hebrew: אֶרֶץ הַקּוֹדֶשׁ Eretz HaKodesh, Latin: Terra Sancta; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Arḍ Al-Muqaddasah) is an area roughly located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that also includes the Eastern Bank of the Jordan River. Traditionally, it is synonymous with both the biblical Land of Israel and historical Palestine. The term usually refers to a territory roughly corresponding to the modern State of Israel, the Palestinian territories, western Jordan, and parts of southern Lebanon and south-western Syria. It is considered holy by Jews, Christians & Muslims. Natural question comes ‘whether world is compose of only these three group? What about others?
Webster Dictionary says – exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness for HOLY& for LAND -the solid part of the surface of the Earth: an area of ground
Indians might talk good or bad about the country, but certainly it is fun to be Indian.
People here know how to enjoy life even with a 3 figure salary; can enjoy the day in just 100 Rs with friends & family. Why? Mistakes are ignored as ‘Sab Chalta hai’ and past is obliterated as ‘Choro na yaar’. Here everyone hides an engineering mind who can fix anything with a ‘Jugad’. Every boy is united as ‘Bhai hai apna’ and every girl this bhai hates will be abused and hated by all other Bhai. We are not limited to a piece of Land for being ‘HOLY’ it could be anything RIVER; Mountain; a construction Site; a city or even a PERSON. Ganges is Holy River; Mount Kailash is Holy Mountain; Our Dams are Holy; Rameshvaram or Kashi are Holy Citifies or Sain Baba as Holy Person or more recently Baba Ram Rahim Gurmeet Singh. In India one can find a Different Religion at every Seventy Kilometre away and different Language.HOLY LAND: India is gem of a country. It’s history, culture & heritage is as unique as it is rich. It’s no wonder that a lot of great personalities have acknowledged India’s contributions to the world; there are not limitations in name, number or form for Gods, including ‘0’, formless, attribute-less. Possibly the only thing that is common, is the acknowledging that other’s have the right to their own Gods. While a Hindu may consider their conception of God as the superior one, they would acknowledge that the other person’s concept is valid to them as well. Indian philosophy (Sanskrit: दर्शन) comprises the ancient philosophical traditions of the Indian subcontinent. The schools of Indian philosophical thought are classified as either orthodox or heterodox – āstik or nāstik – depending on one of three alternate criteria: whether it believes the Vedas are a valid source of knowledge; whether the school believes in the premises of Brahman and Atman; and whether the school believes in afterlife and Gods &Devtas.
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” – Mark Twain.
India is the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else.
Religion has had been archaic ways of living in a divisive, discriminatory environment, atmosphere, earth and aura. There have had been too much -isms to live with. Religions were born and grew regionally, tribally-racially as divisive, discriminatory pro for its core groups and classes and cons for opponents and enemies. Humans have had personified spirits to various natural phenomena too. e.g. Air god Vayu, water god Varuna, fire god Agni, sun god Surya, cloud and rain god Indra. God is someone who has had (been) super-natural Holy-Spirit.
In ancient and medieval era texts of Hinduism, the human body is described as a temple and deities are described to be parts residing within it, while the Brahman (Absolute Reality, God) is described to be the same, or of similar nature, as the Atman (self, soul), which Hindus believe is eternal and within every living being. Deities in Hinduism are as diverse as its traditions, and a Hindu can choose to be polytheistic, pantheistic, monotheistic, monistic, agnostic, atheistic or humanist, commonly known as Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary of Albanian origin who lived most of her life in India of which, since 1948, she was a citizen. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”
Man has throughout the ages been seeking something beyond himself, beyond material welfare – something we call truth or God or reality, a timeless state – something that cannot be disturbed by circumstances, by thought or by human corruption. Man has always asked the question: what is it all about? Has life any meaning at all? He sees the enormous confusion of life, the brutalities, the revolt, the wars, the endless divisions of religion, ideology and nationality, and with a sense of deep abiding frustration he asks, what is one to do, what is this thing we call living, is there anything beyond it? ALL life forms are sacred, to be loved & revered, so you have to follow Ahimsa – non-injury.- Divinity exists in unseen worlds and temple worship, rituals, sacraments & personal devotions can help in connecting with God. Thus God can be worshiped in many forms – as Krishna, Ganesh, Kaali, Durga, Shiva, Surya, Agni or any other form/name.
As the Rigved Richa (1/164/46) proclaims: – God is called Indra, Mitra, Varun, Agni, Divya, Suparna, Garutmaan, Yama and Maatarishvaa etc. but God is one, wise call him by
many names. Therefore, in the end of the number of names of the same God do not really matter. Although the pantheistic system allowed only a subordinate rank to the old polytheistic gods, and the actual religious belief of the people was probably but little affected by their existence, they continued to occupy an important place in the affections of the poet, and were still represented as exercising considerable influence on the destinies of man. The most prominent of them were regarded as the appointed Loka palas, or guardians of the world; and as such they were made to preside over the four cardinal and (according to some authorities) the intermediate points of the compass.
Thus Indra, the chief of the gods, was regarded as the regent of the east; Agni, the fire, was in the same way associated with the southeast; Yama with the south; Surya, the sun, with the southwest; Varuna, originally the representative of the all-embracing heaven (atmosphere), now the god of the ocean, with the west; Vayu (or Pavana), the wind, with the northwest; Kubera, the god of wealth, with the north; and Soma with the northeast. (Note: In some traditions, Eesana, an aspect of Siva is regarded as the regent of the northeast and Nirrti the regent of the southwest.)
In the institutes of Manu the Loka palas are represented as standing in close relation to the ruling king, who is saki to be composed of particles of these his tutelary deities. The retinue of Indra consists chiefly of the Gandharvas, a class of genii, considered in the epics as the celestial musicians; and their wives, the Apsaras, lovely nymphs, who are frequently employed by the gods to make the pious devotee desist from carrying his austere practices to an extent that might render him dangerous to their power. Narada, an ancient sage (probably a personification of the cloud, the water-giver), is considered as the messenger between the gods and men, and as having sprung from the forehead of Brahma.
Worship takes a multitude of forms depending on community groups, geography and language. There is a flavour of loving and being in love with whatever object or focus of devotion. Worship is not confined to any place of worship, it also incorporates personal reflection, art forms and group. Hindus usually perform worship to achieve some specific end or to integrate the body, the mind and the spirit in order to help the performer evolve into a higher being. What matters is that Truth/God is one – it can be called by various names by various people. India is a country where parents spend more on their daughter’s marriage than what they spend on her education. A country where everyone is in hurry but no one is ever on time.