Anku, I shall answer your questions if you promise to ponder over it with an open mind. That is very essential.
I have clearly said that there is no difference between Shiva or Ram or Krishna. They all are different facets of the same existence. We can collectively call them Purusha/Brahm or Sat-Chit-Anand. Most of you consider Him to be God with various attributes, worthy of being worshiped in religious places; while I consider Him to be nothing more than my own consciousness. Krishna is my guide, my charioteer, not God. I seek Him for advice but I do not worship Him.
Now coming to Scriptures and Tables. Bhagwad Gita is not a table, its the Tree from whose trunks these tables are made. The Tree can exist independently but the tables have neither existence nor identity without the tree whence its material comes. Tables are man-made while Tree is the creation of the nature or Parabrahm. Similarly Scriptures/Rule books (viz. Vedas, Shastras, Quran) containing all do's and dont's, worldly traditions, rituals and customs are written by men who claimed to be God's representative while Gita is the word of Krishna Himself. That is why Scriptures are temporary and even can be wrong at places and may not be accommodated with changing times, but Bhagwad Gita is universal and eternal as is its narrator, Krishna.
Ram and Krishna :
You need to understand one thing, Ram Avatar was much restrictive - Ram came as an ordinary man and all His life, He behaved like an ordinary man. He cried, He suffered, He was defeated, He fainted in battles, He displayed limited knowledge, He sought other's advice and help and in rarest occasions, He even got angry. On the other hand the cowherd of Vrindavan, Krishna, was complete and beyond all worldly restrictions. He never cared much for traditions or norms and He could have gone to any length to secure justice. He had one simple funda - Everything can be abandoned for Righteousness but there is nothing for which Righteousness can be abandoned.
While Shri Ram was bound by His Maryada and acted accordingly, Krishna was ready to break any Maryada or custom for the sake of Dharma/ Righteousness. In Sita's banishment, Ram obeyed the prevalent custom and passed His verdict accordingly. But customs never prevented Krishna to stand for absolute justice. Krishna married 16,100 sex-slaves of Narakasur to save their honour, without caring what others would say. In those days slaves were treated like prostitutes and they had no right to self respect, and marrying a prostitute is a sin according to the Vedas. But Krishna broke this tradition for the sake of justice and honour of those women. That is the difference between Ram and Krishna. There were irrelevant customs in both of their ages, but where Ram and Krishna had to choose between Customs and Righteousness, the former stuck to customs while the latter stood for absolute justice and righteousness.
Well Ram did it because of the curse of a sage. But what kind of example did he want to set? Now think this with an open mind. If today there is a custom that if a woman is captured/kidnapped then after being released she has to prove her chastity by walking on fire. And God forbid, if you are that woman - would you accept that. Would you take it kindly if your husband refuses to accept you without Agnipariksha? Would you still venerate your husband as a just man? Such practices are still prevalent in remote villages where apostles justify themselves with the excuse of Ram. In certain scriptures, its written that women must cover their faces behind veil or wear Burkha in public. I ask why? Is being a woman a matter of shame that she has to cover her face in public? Why the scriptures restrict women's education? Why are women never allowed to cremate their parents? These questions must be asked to the Pundits and Maulavis. Such traditions need to be broken for the sake of Dharma, for the sake of a better future and the initiative must be taken by you girls. And for that you need to shed all sort of blind faith and deal matters with your own intellect and power of reasoning.
I am sorry if I have gone off the topic once again, but I had to clarify certain things.
Edited by Darklord_Rehan - 07 May 2011 at 3:32pm