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by Kumar
04 May 2007 05:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335555

On the first picture, the Prithvi missile has 'TGT 02' printed on the fuselage. So it would indeed appear that this was the target, not the interceptor. The last pic appears to indicate the other side of the fuselage has 'PAD 02' stencilled on it. We've heard some folks talking about how the test l...
by Kumar
04 May 2007 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335555

I don't think Prithvi shown in the images was the interceptor. It was the target. The report is talking about the second stage of the interceptor. Prithvi is single stage liquid fueled. AFAIK the interceptor was solid-fueled.

The images don't show the interceptor or the interception.
by Kumar
27 Apr 2007 06:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni III Test - News & Discussion-3
Replies: 275
Views: 83255

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by Kumar
24 Apr 2007 22:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni III Test - News & Discussion-3
Replies: 275
Views: 83255

Arun_S, We know a lot about Indian missile capabilities thanks to your good work. What is lacking as of now is a good comparison of Indian missiles with those in the extended neighborhood. That analysis will be very helpful in informing people where India stands wrt others in the neighborhood and be...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 10:38
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

one time I met one of those "cobra sadhus" with 2 or 3 snakes wrapped around his neck ... I was cool about it till some one pointed out that the snakes were "live" as in "fully loaded" ... I believe that was one instance when I ran like a freak and decided that Physics...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 08:58
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Recalling that comment by Nietzsche about the phrase "For god's sake" Its like someone starts confidently to swim across a lake, reaches the middle, and happily drowns The phrase "for God's sake" is an oxymoron which intially presents a veneer of viability, since God, the omnipot...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 03:55
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Acharya wrote:
Kumar wrote: And if Samavedi families want to treat their methods as propreitary material, then I can't argue against that.

No they dont. I come that sampradhaya

So they would teach anyone, or just immediate family?

Which shakha? Kauthuma?
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 03:48
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Does anyone know the recruitment policy for those gurukulams? I have heard many times that they only accpet brahmin children as students. What I would like to know whether there are further restrictions on which families or which geographical regions those children could come from? If I ran a guruku...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 03:17
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Valkan, Enough water has flown down the Ganga to make this issue of horse & cart irrelevant. Why can't affirmative action be means & opportunity based? Why does it have to be "birth" based? Just to get the proper scale of things, how many children attend those gurukulams? What kind...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 02:46
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

I'll point you to a simple example. Are non-Brahmin children admitted to the Gurukulams run by the Kanchi or Shringeri Maths even today ? Do those gurukulam attending brahmin-children qualify for any quota benefits by the govt? Govt discriminates against a large number of children "based on th...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 02:26
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

The question on why Hindu religious trusts were targetted is the one that needs to be understood. It is best understood in the consensus of the Constituent Assembly that Hindu religious trusts of the day were - if left to their own devices - NOT going to change the caste rigidity in their policies ...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 02:15
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Then Hindus have the right to expect the govt to prevent foreign EJs to thrive inside India. ... You have not answered my question There are two options. I think in the previous version of the thread I had mentioned them too. (i) Demand internal reforms within Christianity and Islam, so that their ...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 01:57
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Valkan, Caste based issues were surely on constitution-framers' minds. But that is not the point. A non-discriminatory thing would have been for the govt to keep the option of meddling with any religion for public good. Why pick "only" hinduism? There was no need for "special protecti...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 01:38
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

SRoy, The problem is that the constitution gives special rights to minorities regarding educational institutions etc. Such rights are not explicitely mentioned for non-minorities. That ties the judiciary's hands. It may still be worth a PIL to see what view the courts take. But what is primarily ne...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 01:17
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

SRoy, The problem is that the constitution gives special rights to minorities regarding educational institutions etc. Such rights are not explicitely mentioned for non-minorities. That ties the judiciary's hands. It may still be worth a PIL to see what view the courts take. But what is primarily ne...
by Kumar
04 Apr 2007 00:55
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

SRoy, The problem is that the constitution gives special rights to minorities regarding educational institutions etc. Such rights are not explicitely mentioned for non-minorities. That ties the judiciary's hands. It may still be worth a PIL to see what view the courts take. But what is primarily nee...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 22:05
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

There are two main groups of religions and they are often called "Dharmic" and "Abrahamic". But most of the issues that energise people are related to proselytizing part of Christianity and Islam. Since Jews have a first claim on Abraham, and if they don't wish to be clubbed toge...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 21:40
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Our angst...is it directed towards the outsider or to the insider ? If it is to the latter then how much longer shall we go on seeking for some closure ? Shall the society remain perpetually divided on this basis...if not, what is the timeframe ? Especially considering the Generation-X of any commu...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 21:05
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Historically hindus have had a bad experience with non-dharmic religions in power. Islamic rule in India & Christian rule in Goa were the most explicitly violent. British rule OTOH didn't do so much external/physical violence, but has done a lot of violence on the fundamentals of hinduism using ...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 10:10
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Kumar, My response to Johann was based on something I read when was about 18 years old ... I hope you recognize this ... such words can have profound impact on a young mind ... [Johann was speaking of disconnect between science and society ... the part above explains my comment about "Nietzsch...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 09:22
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Two sharp critiques of christianity from two western philosophers. 1. Nietzsche is the most controversial one for introducing the phrase "God is dead" in his main work "Thus spake Zarathustra" . Nietzsche on Christianity 2. Bertrand Russel , philosopher, logician & mathamatic...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 09:09
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Imangine Nitzche (sp?) doing science ... that is my model ... Einstein said, "I retreat into my world of physics to find peace" ... he used to row his boat to the middle of the lake and sit there contemplating just to get away from his SHQ ... :) Interesting that you mention Nietzsche and...
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 03:02
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56118

Valkan,

Aditya didn't mean goddess Kaali when he used the word "kali". It is clear from reading his posts.

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P.S. STOP THE OPPRESSION OF GENTLE VEGETARIANS BY MILITANT MEAT-EATERS!! :) :)

---Fellowship of the Few (a distinct minority)
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 00:16
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

No master. Just a student.
by Kumar
03 Apr 2007 00:11
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Am I the only one here with a boring lifestyle, i.e. with no meat, no eggs, no sea-food, no-alcohol, no smoke .... (definitely no beef) I haven't had this strong "minority" feeling on this board before. Where are you my fellows in creed! Show yourself, and be counted! :) :shock: What do y...
by Kumar
02 Apr 2007 23:45
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Aditya Vikrams wrote:Kumar, I am one your kind but we will always be a minority

Aditya,

Thank you. Be not a'frodo. the "Fellowship of the Few" grows. Soon it will be able to tackle the Dark (matter) Lord.
by Kumar
02 Apr 2007 23:38
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

SaiK wrote:Valkan,

what is cellular automaton?
:)

Also Setphen Wolfram's (of Mathematica fame) new book "A new kind of science" makes huge claims based on cellular automata.
by Kumar
02 Apr 2007 23:17
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

SaiK, I guess during the peak of Jainism-Buddhism period. My mom used to tell me not to disturb the plants or trees after dark, presumably because they were sleeping. And seeing someone hurting ants or turmites, even their eggs or mice or mice-babies etc would make her wince with utter discomfort.
by Kumar
02 Apr 2007 22:55
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Am I the only one here with a boring lifestyle, i.e. with no meat, no eggs, no sea-food, no-alcohol, no smoke .... (definitely no beef)

I haven't had this strong "minority" feeling on this board before. Where are you my fellows in creed! Show yourself, and be counted! :)
by Kumar
02 Apr 2007 07:33
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Srikumar, please look at the following example. May be A can't deny the subject in himself. But B can deny the subject in A. Budhist shunyavAda constructed a logical system denying everything, i.e. everything is shunya, the object, the observer, the observation and even Wikipedia. In that system ev...
by Kumar
01 Apr 2007 21:43
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

{Valkan,Alok}Ji, The definition of God that was given by ValkanJi in the previous thread tried to define God "logically". I was curious if you know if someone has done it in formal logic i.e. using syntax of predicate/modal logic ? Valkan, Insisting that you don't require axioms for a &qu...
by Kumar
01 Apr 2007 21:11
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Srikumar, please look at the following example. Valkan, Let me put it this way. If you haven't used "axioms" then your construction is not logical. Period. That's the most profoundly illogical axiom, ever.:lol: Existence of the Subject is an uncontradictable(self-evident) fact, and not an ...
by Kumar
01 Apr 2007 20:43
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Valkan,

Read the link. Or find some other source. Your ideas of "logical" and "scientific" seem to be your own, not what is generally accepted.
by Kumar
01 Apr 2007 20:34
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

I asked you to point out ANY axioms that I have used thus far. I state it once again,- I have used NONE. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Let me put it this way. If you haven't used "axioms" then your construction is not logical. Period. This for a complex system like advaita. http://en.wikipedia.org/w...
by Kumar
01 Apr 2007 20:10
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 64738

Have you seen me take recourse to 'faith' in any logical presentation of a viewpoint ? Axioms are faith, whether presented without recourse to scripture or not. Scientific method is just one way to experimentally lend support to the axioms. One critical requirement for picking a scientific axiom is...
by Kumar
31 Mar 2007 20:26
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 53340

Alok, Thats just fine. I just wanted to make sure where you stood regarding "scientific" nature of advaita.
by Kumar
31 Mar 2007 19:59
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 53340

It doesn't mean that there is no instrument of knowledge left after the mind falls silent. A new kind of instrument arises.But this new instrument appears so different in properties that Yogis give it different names. The term "vijnAna" is used to explain the way of knowing when the mind ...
by Kumar
31 Mar 2007 07:03
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 53340

SaiK wrote:for the gurus, what is the meaning of:
YA nirvritis thanu bruthAm thava pAda padma dhyAnAth bhavat jana kathA
sravaNEna vA syAth
SA brahmaNi svamahimanyapi nAtha mA bhooth kim thvantakAsi lulithAth
pathathAm vimAnAth

thanks

Sai, Please check Srimad Bhagavatam 4.9.10.
by Kumar
31 Mar 2007 06:05
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 53340

Similarly, why should you have to extinguish thought to "experience" Brahman or Purnam or Whole ? ... How will you "realize" something if your analytical process (thoughts) is not working ? Many yoga authorities use a negative terminology when they say that thought must be extin...
by Kumar
31 Mar 2007 05:17
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 53340

How do you know anything when your mind is blank, and no thoughts arise ? There are two kinds of knowing. sivab. with that distinction, you also wipe out the distinction between Hindu thought and any other thought/religion ... if the "experience of Truth" by a "select few" is th...

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