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The Victim-Perpetrator Bond: The Religious Roots of Genocide – Part II

What abuse was inflicted upon Europeans prior to the fifteenth century that produced in them a drive for domination by violence, provided righteous justification for that violence, and led them to commit genocide and ecocide on a global scale? What happened in ancient Europe before Europeans went forth to conquer, convert and colonize the New World?

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The Redeemer Complex: The Religious Roots of Genocide – Part I

Humans may commit violence for many reasons, they may seek to oppress and dominate others for a variety of causes, but when domination by violent force, both physical and psychological, is infused with righteousness and underwritten by divine authority, violence takes on another dimension. It becomes inhuman and deviant.

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Comparing Religions on Taleb’s Anti-Fragility Scale

This article explores various religions all over the world on the Taleb's scale of anti-fragility. It analyzes how systems which seem very strong in normal times, may actually be very fragile and thus just one crisis away from total collapse. The Prophetic Monotheistic Religions of Christianity and Islam seem to be fragile and heading to an unseemly collapse, while Sanatana Dharma might gain from this disorder, as it has always been decentralized and personalized, not depending upon State or central structures.

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Perversion of India’s Political Parlance

Who is a 'leftist' or 'rightist' or who is 'secular' and who is 'communal'? In this article, Sita Ram Goel deconstructs the political and academic jargon. In doing so, he explains how language is used as a political weapon. This article is a must read.

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The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 1

In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, he explores the conception of Art in India. He analyzes icon worship in India and explains how the Hindus conceive divinity and how they worship it. He also analyzes the hypocritical attitudes of Christianity and Islam who blame Hindus of being superstitious.

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Psychology of Jesus

Everyone knows that the sources on Jesus’s life are insufficient for writing his biography.  But they are sufficient to reach the conclusion that he was a pathological personality.  At any rate, these are the conclusions which liberal theology has reached by thinking and taking into account the findings of modern psychiatry.

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On the Nature of Islam

This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. The world had just been shocked by 9/11 and the resultant interest in Islam and its nature led Krishnaswami to write this tract which is far from obsolete in the current situation and still crucial to understand the problem that plagues India and the world today. This is first in a series of articles, on the nature of Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual rather than political reasons, wants to remain anonymous.

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Examination of Advaita Spirituality – Dharma vs. Religion – Part 2

Sita Ram Goel in this brief excerpt discusses the principle of Advaita and the concept of spirituality according to Indic culture. He analyzes seven aspects of Advaita and Indian spirituality and also compares it with the Prophetic Monotheistic mindset.

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Dharma vs. Religion – Part I

In European languages, there was no one word which could completely express the essential nature of dharma. So the European scholars had to make use of different words relative to the context in which the word had been used in Indian literature. In the English language, dharma was translated as religion, righteousness, law, tradition, moral code, etc., according to the context. But the modern scholars in India did not have to experience any such difficulty in the context of translation. They heard the word 'religion' of the English language and decided instantly and unanimously that this word should be translated as 'dharma' in all Indian languages.

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