Originally posted by vedantka
Originally posted by JanakiRaghunath
The term 'mythological' is rather offensive a term to describe Hindu puranas, but I think we've all grown accustomed to it that many of us here don't let it bother us anymore.
However, I'd like to let the others here share their views. Should our forum's name be changed?
I truly find it strange that being accustomed to something can be an argument not to correct it ?????
I'm a Westerner and as I follow Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, a rasik saint from India, many times people try to argue with me that I'm kind of insane as Hinduism is all about millions of gods and goddesses plus strange fairy tale stories. And now you guys help them to promote this offensive type of thinking.
You have bought into Brithish scheme from colonial times and you continue it very carelessly.Yes, I do believe it is very very important to change the name of this forum and correct all these "mythological' offenses.
Look at Christians or Muslims. How proud they are about their religions, how loud they can speak to defend their holy books and you meekly accepted that absolute nonsense of using the term mythology towards your Divine Scriptures and carelessly continue to do it.
According to my guru, this is regarded as a spiritual transgression.
Imagine that Shree Krishna is reading this forum , you think He would be happy to see your carelessness ???Jai Shree Krishna!
I think it is only offensive if we take it offensively. After all, is that not Lord Ram's teaching, who is also an incarnation of Lord Vishnu just like Krishna? I believe that as long as we keep our faith in God and believe his incarnations to be true, nothing else really matters. Whether His stories are referred to as mythologicals, fairytales, historical tales, whatever...God, whether it be Krishna, Ram, Shiva, etc does not really care as long as his devotees believe in him.
Yes, I know that many people of other faiths speak out loudly against whatever is offensive to them, and many Hindus are like that too, but unless someone directly tries to argue against me about God, I will not speak up because I just don't believe it makes a difference to me or my faith. Even if Lord Krishna himself read this topic, he would not feel offended because God is above such earthly feelings. Ram and Krishna were never offended in their lifetimes. They always laughed at criticism and took insults lightly, and I think we too should be like that and follow their example. It is us humans who get angry, feel offended, and argue, but God himself just smiles at everything.
I honestly do not care whether Hindu puranas are referred to as scriptures or mythologicals. The name does not change the meaningfulness and the special place they hold in my heart. I believe them to be true, and that's all that matters to me.