some views of India

The Abrahamic religions are not dominant in some parts of the world.  We wonder if the Abrahamic religions’ ideas and teachings seem as foreign, alien and even perhaps weird to those raised in an Indian religion as Indian religious and spiritual concepts appear to Bible believing Christians and Talmudic Jews.  (No doubt, male circumcision and the idea of a “chosen” people are very alien concepts to the peoples of India.)

India has given rise to what we know as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.  (Much later, Sikhism was an attempt to reconcile Hindu concepts with Islam in northernmost India in the late Middle Ages.)  For us, the philosophy supporting Indian religion appears to be deeper and more profound than the Western philosophy that was used to support Christianity.  Albeit at the village level in the local shrines and local festivals, Hinduism appears to be polytheistic, at the highest level, the Vedas present a monotheistic view.  The major argument appears to be whether God is impersonal (the impersonal Absolute of the idealist philosophers) or is a person (has a personality, a supremely transcendent personality as in Lord Krishna).  The Bhagavad Gita speaks of a personal God (Krishna) who is eternal, immortal, all-powerful and all-knowing.

We now begin sharing pictures taken in India this past February when our blog’s photographer was on holiday in northern India with her family.  The advantage for the Western tourist is that English is spoken by many of the Indians one meets on the streets and on the various tours.

 

 

 

Floating flowers add ambience to meal times at the hotel in New Delhi.

 

 

An interesting view of a building and courtyard.

 

 

A monkey in this picture.

 

 

Colorful flowers afloat on the water.  Lots of vibrant color in India even in the market stalls along the side streets.

 

 

A scene not far from the hotel in New Delhi.

 

 

This may be a Marian (Catholic) shrine.

 

 

“Touch me not” flowers for looking at but not touching.

 

 

Another flower arrangement.

 

 

A multi-colored walkway here.

 

 

Old buildings in a tropical country with modern air conditioning.

 

 

A view of one of the passenger terminals in New Delhi’s airport.

 

 

Another view.

 

 

What a long flight, or 2 flights we should say!  San Francisco to Amsterdam, and then on to New Delhi.

 

 

Many hours earlier, this image was taken (through heavy glass) at San Francisco International Airport on 01 February 2017.  We guess this plane may have been headed to distant Africa for a safari experience.

 

 

Getting settled in for a very long flight experience.  Thankfully, the plane was only about 60 per cent full.

 

 

A plant seen in the hotel lobby.

 

 

Ah, relaxing in comfort in the hotel.  Our travelling photographer enjoys coffee and deals with jet lag – a difference of 13 1/2 hours (from GMT minus 8 hours to GMT plus 5 1/2 hours).

 

 

It is going to be some effort to put these images up in a systematic manner or with proper grouping by place or event, but we will try.  More images to come in the days ahead.

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4 thoughts on “some views of India

  1. The Vedas are most emphatically not Monotheistic! Monotheism is not merely the worship of one god but the worship of one god ALONE. Nothing could be further from the Vedic teachings than that. However the Vedas are also not Polytheistic or Pantheistic either. The essence of the Vedic teachings can perhaps be described as a Panentheistic Unitheism that recognizes the existence of a Supreme Personal, Pleniformic Being who Creates, Sustains & Dissolves all Reality while simultaneously according due respect to Celestial Divinities who function in the Kosmic government as the Supreme being’s Ministers and are thus accorded the Respect & Veneration that are rightly due to them in accordance with scriptural canons. The One and the Many are both equally important in Hindu/Vedic philosophy & theology.

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