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Old October 7th, 2014, 10:43 AM
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Only if it was that simple. There were enlightened sages like Vashishtha, Vishwamitra, Gautam, Kashyam, Bhrigu, Bharadwaj, Atri, Agatsya etc. who would rather spend time meditating or doing Yagya for kings...but it seemed that service to poor and underprivileged was not worthy of effort. Even Rama and Krishna would rather take up glamorous job of fighting demons than unimpressive grunt work of fighting poverty. They'd rather be neutral on this by pointing to karma as the reason for person's state/status in society.

Likewise, there was Lao Tse who was enlightened but didn't give a fig about poor and underprivileged. So, the concept of saint started with Jesus (Moses wouldn't care about poor and underprivileged after escaping with slave kinsmen from Egypt) and continues to date with different Christian denominations. Likewise, the concept of "seva" in Hinduism as a meritorous act started with Vivekanand. Previously the only seva worthy of effort was that to family elders and guru, but there was concept of charity by way of "daan".
Almost all Hindu priests and Gods were part of royalty. Bharadwaja was the chief priest of the Bharatas. His son Drona was a general in the Mahabharata war. Vishwamitra was King Kaushika. Vishwamitra's general was Jamadagni. Vashishta, Gautam .. all of them were active administrators. They ran the governments of their times. It's easy to preach about poverty but if you are tasked to do it, it's a whole different story.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:42 AM
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How come a small outfit like ISIS is able to annex towns in face of allied bombings?
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How? With money of course. The source of money is the question.
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Why saints/sages in ancient religions (Hinduism/Jainism/Judaism/Taoism) did not actively volunteer to serve the poor and needy/underprivileged, and relatively modern religions (Buddhism/Christianity) have an explicit directive for saints/monks to help poor and the needy/underprivileged?
True Saints are always involved in service of poor, needy or underprivileged. But they don't do this for publicity; so keeping low profile. But their Primary role always is Spiritual Uplifting of society. Once one is spiritually advanced, his outlook towards everything changes & he learns to overcome the notion of being poor or underprivileged. And only this is in fact a great & true service. Rather than just distributing things among them; but keeping them low spiritually.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 02:09 AM
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True Saints are always involved in service of poor, needy or underprivileged. But they don't do this for publicity; so keeping low profile. But their Primary role always is Spiritual Uplifting of society. Once one is spiritually advanced, his outlook towards everything changes & he learns to overcome the notion of being poor or underprivileged. And only this is in fact a great & true service. Rather than just distributing things among them; but keeping them low spiritually.
While there is no measurable evidence of spiritual upliftment, there is plenty of evidence that the technological/economic/political deterioration of Indian subcontinent (modern day southern Afghanistan to Meghalaya & Lanka and upto Arabian sea or Indian ocean) continued during tenure of these saints. How many new technologies were developed after Mahabharata leading up to and until British occupied India? That leads to the question of the day.

Does spiritual upliftment of civilization/society necessitate or cause its political/economic/technological deterioration?
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Old October 10th, 2014, 03:41 AM
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The protectors of Buddhism are Indra and Brahma, while in purana stories on other hand both of these have been punished by Lord Shiva for offenses. Brahma was punished more severely where one of his head was decapitated and cursed that nobody would worship him. So, you don't see Hindus in general worshipping Brahma. There are some ancient relics of his worship in Khedbrahma (Guj) and Pushkar (Rajasthan).

Could it have been the case where Buddhism was Indra and Brahma's revenge on Shiva that decimated much of Shaivism in its heyday? Many emperors who were worshippers of Shiva were also anti-Buddhists...
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What kind of offenses were Indra and Brahma punished for? I would love to know. If you have any material, i would love to read.

I dont think Buddhism was a revenge per se. I am sure Shiva would have had something to counter if that were the case.
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What kind of offenses were Indra and Brahma punished for? I would love to know. If you have any material, i would love to read.

I dont think Buddhism was a revenge per se. I am sure Shiva would have had something to counter if that were the case.
And why do you think he is not doing exactly that What do you think is happening all over the world... especially in the middle-east? Who do you think the god of peace really is
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How come none of the macroscopic life forms on earth evolved to have wheels as form of locomotion?
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I had a question, but it was answered by google

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Re: Question of the day

Some more interesting question.

How come so many of the Victoria's Secret Angels are Brazilians?
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Some more interesting question.

How come so many of the Victoria's Secret Angels are Brazilians?
Brazilians Angels are open minded
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Re: Question of the day

Did Mohammed get idea of 72 celestial virgins from Buddha? Buddha showed an apsara to Nanda, who in turn inspired him to lead a pure life on earth.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/lob/lob41.htm
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Counter question - How relatively younger to Jainism is Buddhism. Mahavir and Buddha were not too far apart from what I recall.
Mahavir was about 25-30 years older than Buddha
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If a person limits his/her personal details to self only, can his/her privacy be violated via Facebook?
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