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Agnijaat and Agnishatdal Books in Kindle

Hope you had a wonderful festive time! Wish you all the very best in life!

Here are the foursome from Ezine Desks this durgapuja

Agnishatdal Book 3
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Agnishatdal Book 4
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Agnijaat Book 3
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Agnijaat Book 4
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Pieces from Agnijaat 29 Razia Sultana

Razia Sultana was a painful reminder of how women has been oppressed for centuries, even though they have every quality society chose men.

Razia Sultana was first woman empress of India, I guess she was the only Indian woman empress who ruled with her own authority, there have been one or two other Indian queens and empresses but they have ruled as representatives, not themselves. So, in 1236 A.D. she certainly was an icon of Women’s Liberation.

She was legendary Sultan Iltutmish’s daughter, her father knowing the society most probably tried to train his firstborn as Sultan, but he died untimely, next he tried the eldest son alive, a worthless man who totally disappointed him, finally he tested Razia, he gave her the authority to rule for a year when he went away from the capital and she did that with such expertise that he decided that she will be his heir, not his sons.

He was too powerful to be meddled with but when he died his nobles instantly revolted against Razia and imprisoned her, her brother was made the Sultan but he was so horrible that the public revolted against him and dethroned him and made Razia Sultana again.

Once she was the Sultana again she tried in vain to keep the throne, by appointing non-Turkish as her nobles, that only sealed her fate. They united and conspired against her, lured her away from her loyal subjects of Delhi and imprisoned her.
Her captor, Altunia liberated her and married her, together they marched for Delhi, hoping to free it but were killed by the rebels. Ending the rule of first Empress of India in four years.

Source- History of medieval India by Dr. Bimal Malhotra and Dr. Eugene J. D’Souza

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Pieces from Agnijaat 28 Bhakti Andolan

India has seen many religions, beliefs and sages flourishing in her bosom, on her laps, one of my favorites is the Bhaktivad or Bhakti movement, bhakti means devotion, its sages gave it a higher rung, they taught their disciples that love is the only way of winning God’s love, salvation, nirvana, sort of rhymes well with me!

It has been stated in the very Vedas that one of the three ways of attaining God is Bhakti or devotion but that was cleverly omitted from the scriptures of later centuries and replaced with money coughing rituals, which ultimately made people sick and tired and in sixth century Bhaktivad returned in Tamil Nadu, from there it spread as the worshippers of Shiva (Nayanars) and Narayana/ Vishnu (alvars). It flourished in South India after that, for centuries.

It took a long time to spread its wings in northern India though. Here the savior of Hinduism was Shankaracharya, he gave more importance to knowledge (gyan) than rituals and instructed his disciples to do that for nirvana, his followers replaced gyan with bhakti because that is much easier for common people, and Bhaktivad took its wings in Northern India.

History of medieval India by Dr. Bimal Malhotra and Dr. Eugene J. D’Souza

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Pieces from Agnijaat 27 sins of father

Skill 4 : Avoid those who directly or indirectly justify one man paying for another’s deed or sins.

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Avoid those who directly or indirectly justify one man paying for another’s deed or sins. You will often hear them, if they are harmless then saying “Paying for father/forefather’s sins.” If they are spiteful, not very benevolent then “That’s what happens to…” and if they are monsters (They are quite alarming in number, you will see them in every battleground and riot) “He should pay for… who cares if he is innocent/a child/ a woman…” the latter part is often not added, but sometimes, in private it too is added to their statements.

Anyone who justifies/tries to justify torment/suffering of an innocent person is not a very good person in heart, unless of course s/he says those words but does not means. You can always pry and find out that and then decide how closely will you mingle with that person. After all, in future your parents/siblings may harm him without your knowing that and he may settle their score on you, or, worse, they may have harmed him in past and he has befriended you to get even with them!

If you ask for my opinion I believe in today’s world good, innocent people should be included in category of endangered and treated likewise. Everyone should protest, detest their slaying.

Whatever you do, I will suggest you to avoid their mindset to not allow it to taint your mindset, your belief, one rotten potato destroys the whole basket-full, such is the power of rot!

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Pieces from Agnijaat 26 meerabai

Mirabai (1498 to 1547) is one of the most popular mystic poetesses of India, the true devotion of her words, her all giving love to Lord Krishna touches the very soul of the listeners, readers.

She was Born at Merta in Nagaur District of Rajasthan. She was daughter of Rana Ratan Singh of Mewar. When Mira was six years old, her mother gave her an idol of Krishna, whom she worshipped day and night. At the age of sixteen, her father’s elder brother named Viram Deo fixed Mira’s marriage with Prince Bhoj Raj, the eldest son of Rana Sanga of Chittor.

Though she married Rana Sanga she could not love him as a husband, or perform duties of a wife, she passed her hours in the temple, wooing Lord Krishna, there are many stories spun about her marital discords, how her in-laws miffed by her openly mingling with men- saints and sages tried to kill her but Lord Krishna saved her.

She became widow at a very young age and her final days are absolutely blurry, there are many stories about what happened to her, some say she went to Brindavan, some say she disappeared in Dwarka, in a Krishna Temple.

All that is left are her songs, filled with purest love for Lord Krishna. Love of such depth is rarely found.

Source: ColoursofIndia.com

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Pieces from Agnijaat 25 before you pick up the stone!

Before you pick up the stone

I don’t recollect the exact details but as a child I have read a story and it stayed in my mind ever since, I believe it was about Jesus, a group of people were baying for the blood of a woman, branding her corrupt and vile, Jesus picked up a handful of stones and handed them over to the crowd, then asked them to hit her with the stones but the first one who will be pelting will have to be sinless.

So, I grew up with the essence of that story, judging myself before picking up a stone, unfortunately being quite a sinner I never got the chance of pelting a stone at someone after crossing my twenties. Before that I was quite quick to judge and pass dictums too, that too straight on face, then I learned by multiple slips that I am not a thought-reader or lie detector or sin detector, I am just a human being. So I became patient and started to take time to make decisions, especially sharing them with everyone, once in a while I just used mirror effect, that is deflecting back what was sent to me, lately I procrastinate in that too, with age and maturity I am becoming quite indifferent to fools and their stupidity. But that deflection tactic is quite needed in human society. Though some people do deserve the first punch but experience has taught me to not haste, but wait and allow that person to do what his or her nature is and then either you will be glad that you did not punched him/her or s/he will get the well-deserved punch as payback!

Can’t say the situations have not been tempting, actually they have been more than tempting, but having seen both sides of coins, the dark and the light I have realized one thing, situations are not always what they seem, human beings are quite manipulative creatures, and they have the power to brand saints as heretics, so, let the mud settle down before you scoop up the water to see if it is worth drinking. That is what circumstances are too, some are born with the see-through eyes but we, the normal human beings are quite gullible, can be easily hoodwinked into believing the manipulative ones, in fact we are more prone to believe the manipulators than the manipulated so we should rather wait and see where things actually stand.

If you ask my opinion, if you deem someone untrustworthy keep safe distance from that person. If you think that a person is evil, wicked expose his or her actions in such a way that s/he fails to capture prey but try not to hit someone directly, openly merely on the basis of circumstances and assumption. Sometimes they are absolutely wrong, unless of course you catch him or her in action.

Before you think about pelting a stone remember, the crowds that pelted stones at Jesus, Buddha or Mohammed were not all sinners and evil, some were hoodwinked too!
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Pieces from Agnijaat 24 What went wrong with Sita?

What went wrong with Indian women after women’s liberation? Now, if you are looking for hypocrisy these words are not for you, these are for people who can accept the truth that an axe is an axe and a quill is a quill. They are not meant to be and can’t be same thing, serve same purpose mostly.

Now you can of course use an axe to make someone wield a quill and use a quill to make someone use an axe but that is a different story altogether. Not what we are about to mull over.

What went wrong with Indian women after women’s liberation, now, if we dig deep we will notice that the women described in post independence literature and the ones in pre independence era are so different that you will think that they all packed their booties and jumped down the hill to hell of materialistic pleasures and fun; shedding all those dumb (!) old values that have been tormenting them mostly but keeping the society in a better path.

The fact is Indian society has never been nice to women, just take a look in the past and you will see, dowry, sati, Kaulinya Pratha… oh boy! They will make your hair stand up like pins and prick you!

Dowry is the only evil that outlived its two other sisters, this gorgon is staying because women too want it to stay, that is the women getting married after procuring a hefty amount of money and other goodies from their parents to start their new lives, now, why will they be all against it? It provides them with better bargaining position when it comes to buying a groom, forget about the Venus+Minerva combo package, a Cyclops will have cupid’s hands in marriage if her father can buy him. The Cupid will of course go out and have dozens of extramarital flings but most husbands do that anyways, at least this will be the one ground in which she will be able to beat Venuserva- not that bad is it or the society that looks down upon women just because they are ugly? She will settle score for all her ugly sisters who have been forced to marry monkeys (without tail) or leftovers of the society just because daddy can buy her a diamond ring? A little tempting, is not it? That must be the reason that this one gorgon sister did not die, because no matter how hard women try to deny with red eyes and foaming mouth at least 70% are willing partners in this social crime. Bribing is a common practice in India to get what you can’t have, dowry is no exception.
As for Satipratha, the custom in which women were burnt alive with her husband’s corpse, yups! It was quite rampant till Raja Rammohan Roy and William Bentinck saved Indian souls by banning it in 1829, it is one ugly stain on Hinduism if you take my word for it. So, naturally women certainly won’t be desiring it thus it went away for good.
Equally creepy was the Kaulinya Pratha for women, Kaulinya Pratha was introduced to Bengal, only Bengal in 15th Century with very little time it became an ugly system, women born in Kulin families could marry only men from Kulin families and vice versa, you can guess the result- a huge amount of dowry or one man marrying multiple women, there were men who married for only one purpose- money and fun, they had hundreds of wives who sometimes saw their husbands only once or twice and lived a barren life, serving their families like slaves or worse.

So, no wonder women decided to settle scores when they finally got liberated I guess, in place of improving themselves they mostly went astray. Just like the bull that tears its chain… they went on rampage of the old values. There can be another side of the coin too, Hindu men killed majority of decent women, so the decent women that are still born are surrounded by huge majority of Surpanakhas, so they have become invisible.

Therefore, in the pre-independence era India was full of Sitas and now it is full of Surpanakhas.
Now you must be wondering who is Sita and who is Surpanakha, well, Sita was Ramchandra’s wife (Ramayana), when they were living in forest to fulfil Ram’s father’s promise to his wife Kaikeyee Surpanakha, a female demon, Ravana’s sister saw Ram and fell in love with him, she proposed him, he said he was married and asked her to propose Lakshman, she did, he too refused, angered she tried to kill Sita, but Lakshman chopped off her nose and ears and drove her away, this incident resulted in the epic war of the mythology. Surpanakha of course settled her vengeance indirectly, she ruined Ram and Sita’s marital life. Must have had the last laugh if she survived the Lanka war. Anyways, it is a huge story, you can read it in Internet. This is the gist.

BTW remember one thing, when Surpanakha pitted the Rakshasas against Ram she certainly did not admitted her own wicked deeds. Just like so many women we see around us these days. They blame men for everything, hiding their own follies.

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