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The Ballad of Father Gilligan

The Ballad of Father Gilligan

Another beautiful poem that I recall from my school days is the Ballad of Father Gilligan, especially the last stanza: The old priest Peter Gilligan Was weary night and day; For half his flock were in their beds, Or under green sods lay. Once, while he nodded on a chair, At the moth-hour of eve, […]

Religion = Science

Religion = Science

There are many groups of people which claim that there is a disconnect between science and religion. I do not however see any disconnect – I will start from a scientist’s point of view. Albert Einstein did not believe in God. However, attributing to quantum mechanics he did say “God does not play dice.” He […]

Koi Bole Raam Raam

The hymn and its translation to English: ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ Raamkalee, Fifth Mehl: ਕੋਈ ਬੋਲੈ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਕੋਈ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥ Some call Him, ‘Raam, Raam’, and some call Him, ‘Khudaa-i’. ਕੋਈ ਸੇਵੈ ਗੁਸਈਆ ਕੋਈ ਅਲਾਹਿ ॥੧॥ Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allaah’. ||1|| ਕਾਰਣ ਕਰਣ ਕਰੀਮ ॥ He is the Cause of […]

Coffee table religion

Coffee table religion

I think I have just coined a new term. I was pondering on this for the last 2-3 days but the term wasn’t taking shape – this morning it dawned on me all of a sudden. I didn’t find anything googling for this term, although the term ‘Coffee table Buddhism’ did turn up. Coffee table […]

Sikhism – a distinct religion

Many people propagate the view that since Sikhism was born out of Hinduism, Sikhism is not a distinct religion. This is not correct – Sikhism is a distinct religion, as there are certain Hindu ideas that are not acceptable under Sikh dictates. The primary among these, being idol worship. As the fifth Guru quotes Saint […]