November 4th, 2013
02:54 PM ET

The lights of Diwali: From candles to lanterns to full-blown fireworks

By Stina Backer and Matthew Ponsford, for CNN

(CNN) - Fireworks boom, bulbs flash, and flames flicker as tens of millions of people across the globe celebrate the beginning of the Festival of Lights.

Diwali - from the word Deepavali, meaning "row of lights" - is observed by Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities, who celebrate for five days in autumn to mark the victory of light over darkness.

This year, the festival begins on November 3, with splashes of color, lighting displays and blaring parties set to greet Diwali's arrival.

Celebrated for centuries across much of the Indian subcontinent, Diwali is now exploding: spreading the promise of wealth, knowledge and happiness to new communities across the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Hinduism

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Apple Bush

    Double dose,
    shouldn’t ought to do it

    Tell myself I got to have it
    But do I really crave it?

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Is addiction just a brain fuck
    Or a physical attraction

    You wanna get your own junk
    Or find out my reaction

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Man I get ills, I need pills
    I got the paper; call for delivery

    Blow your own mind
    doubt what you find

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Put the bottle down fool, pill popping fuck

    November 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
  2. Apple Bush

    All you want me for is your stupid sex.

    I do.

    I know, they are wonderful.

    I went behind your back

    We are making a mistake

    Her first date


    November 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
  3. Apple Bush

    This shaggy dog was prowling the bar and spattin’ out pussy hair like sunflower seeds.

    I have taken that walk with him.

    He never said much…that you could remember anyway. Not much difference in the pour either.

    November 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Trailer Tom

      That was beautiful man.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  4. o susie q

    I am the light of the world

    November 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  5. Lee

    If you have to celebrate for 5 days "light over darkness" by waving sparklers on a roof and driving tacky neon-lit smart cars, you've already lost.

    November 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Sara

      If you've got an excuse to party for five days, odds are you're winning somewhere.

      November 6, 2013 at 7:07 am |
  6. bootyfunk

    In the beginning god created

    November 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • God factory

      In the beginning man created gods.
      In the 2nd century, man created Christianity.
      In the 21st century, a large percentage of the population is still infected with the Christianity virus.

      November 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • Responding to the Pride

        Christianity created in the 2nd century? Can you explain, therefore, how most scholars (secular too) place the timing of Paul's letters to within 15-40 years after Jesus was crucified? Since those letters are being written to established churches in Italy, Greece, Turkey, etc.–that would have taken some time to be accomplished. Facts-just as easily ignored by atheists and agnostics as they are, all too often, by the faithful.

        November 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  7. Lawrence of Arabia

    That's a picture of me grinning with fire works in my hand.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Nice 'A' cup.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Gu Che


      So, you chose to go top.less for your fall collection,eh! 😉

      November 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  8. forgot my alias

    Food and fire works. Best stuff on earth.

    November 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  9. Raymond J

    "Diwali is now exploding: spreading the promise of wealth, knowledge and happiness to new communities across the world."

    India and Nepal have the largest Hindu population and there is no indications of those well-being factors listed in that statement.
    In fact, the largest slave population in the world currently is in India, which is sad.

    People need hope for this life and the next! Placing that hope in false religions only compounds the problem and the misery.
    We love all people and all people deserve that chance to come to know the one true God.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Universal

      Mauritania is the slave capital of the world.

      November 5, 2013 at 10:58 am |
      • Raymond J

        That is incorrect.

        The Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million).

        November 5, 2013 at 11:00 am |
        • Sara

          The issue is per capita slavery. There is no point in comparing absolute numbers of slaves from the wrold's largest countries:


          November 5, 2013 at 11:06 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          Per capita, Mauritania has the most slaves in the world by a very large margin.

          November 5, 2013 at 11:08 am |
        • meifumado

          if only we could get the actual numbers from Islamic nations we would see they have more then anyone else.

          November 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • Alias

          That number includes what the authors considered 'forced marriages'.
          You should be careful how you throw numbers around.

          November 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Alias

      You are amusing. You read what you wanted to see, not what the words actually meant.
      "spreading the promise of wealth, knowledge and happiness " does not guarantee those things. Google 'Marketing' maybe?
      The slave population you are referring to would include arranged marriages. Please be more open about the numbers you are using.
      Finally, they have exactly as much proof and reason to believe in their god as you have to believe in yours.

      November 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Centra

      RJ-Valid point. What promise of wealth, knowledge and happiness there is to spread to the rest of humanity, when your very own people , i.e. one fourth of the population live below poverty level-that is approx.the size of the U.S population?

      November 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  10. Apple Bush

    I am a troll.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Complete moron

      Using another person's name is fun.

      November 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  11. mzh

    O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). – Al Quran 49:13

    November 5, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Now for the horror that is koranic-driven Islam:

      http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/005.asp et al

      o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:29-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      November 5, 2013 at 10:28 am |
      • mzh

        I appreciate you are doing this to let others know about the verses of Quran…

        November 5, 2013 at 11:53 am |
        • mzh

          The only thing I would like to say to you and others whoever would be reading these verses is that – you have to know that the entire quran was revealed in over the period of 23 years…

          November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am |
        • mzh

          For example: Jews used to live in the city of Yathreb (current name is Medina) and they were doing hypocrisy like when they see muslims they behave one and behind they plotted against muslims, and how would muslims know what they were doing behind? So the revelation came and Jews were so surprised that how they know what we plotted… and many more… some of the Jews accepted Islam and lots of them said its just a sorcery and magic and rejected the message…

          November 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
        • mzh


          Thats nice of you to collect all these info/collections...

          I think people know all about these incidents these days taking places... and also people knows that each one these incidents have different background and they would not generalize by pointing the pillars of Islam... Bashar al assad claims that he is Muslim does not mean he follows what he is commanded to follow as a leader... and people around the earth knows about it...

          Despite of all these you have mentioned, people are embrassing Islam gladly with strong in their faith...


          November 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Live4Him

      Did Allah make a mistake when he declared that Mary was a part of the Christian trinity?

      November 5, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • Sara

        Although he was probably just wrong, it's really hard to know what various Christian sects were claiming at that time.

        November 5, 2013 at 11:02 am |
      • mzh

        The answer to your comments:

        - TRINITY
        4:171 – O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.

        5:116 – And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, 'Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?'" He will say, "Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.

        5:117 – I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness.

        5:118 – If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

        5:119 – Allah will say, "This is the Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness." For them are gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them, and they with Him. That is the great attainment.

        5:120 – To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is within them. And He is over all things competent.

        Also the TRINITY concept was added to the NT on early 3rd centruty by Constantinople and this is known by all the Christian Scholars...


        November 5, 2013 at 11:30 am |
        • Commenter

          "Also the TRINITY concept was added to the NT on early 3rd centruty by Constantinople and this is known by all the Christian Scholars..."

          And Allah was added to the array of fantasy gods in the 6th century.

          November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • mzh


          "To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)." – 109:6

          So no hurt feelings.... 🙂

          Today I voted and I realized that one family may have different opinions to chose from the list... but we live this earthly life with peace... 🙂

          November 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • Maddy

        This again? My gosh, you're a one-trick pony, aren't you?
        Allah=God. Quibbling over the books is petty, but unsurprising.

        November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  12. mzh

    It is He who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot; then He brings you out as a child; then [He develops you] that you reach your [time of] maturity, then [further] that you become Elders (old age)And among you is he who is taken in death before [that], so that you reach a specified term; and perhaps you will think. – 40:67

    O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it, its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you. – 4:1

    Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are arrogant and boastful. – 4:36

    Every soul will taste death (NO EXCEPTION), and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion. – 3:185


    November 5, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • mzh

      O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily! We have created you (i.e. Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female discharge i.e. offspring of Adam), then from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood) then from a little lump of flesh, some formed and some unformed (miscarriage), that We may make (it) clear to you. And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants, then (give you growth) that you may reach your age of full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down water (rain) on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells and puts forth every lovely kind (of growth). – 22:5

      November 5, 2013 at 8:42 am |
      • Tony

        Proof of your crazy tales please. Oh, of course, you don't have any. Enough of your religion of terror already.

        November 5, 2013 at 10:43 am |
        • mzh


          I am just a reminder or informer to let othes know and its all up to you as we all have the 'Free Will' to chose what we wish to believe and this is why we see human do not believe in The Creator, and human do associates others with The Almighty and some of them do believe in Oneness of The Almighty... no one is being forced but one chose what he or she wants to be...


          November 5, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  13. Apple Bush

    Could someone loan that guy a bra for crying out loud?

    November 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • Lee Kung-Pow

      Are your nipples getting hard with jealousy over those fantastic man-boobs? Nay, stay thy curmudgeonly attempts to bring this down to your level. Admit you don't know your own bra size and bite the wax tadpole.

      November 5, 2013 at 1:57 am |
  14. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    If only religion were all about fun, festivities, fireworks, lights and colour, and not about oppression, repression, guilt, recrimination, and a struggle to avoid eternal suffering, there might be a place for it in the world.

    November 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      ask the hindus about the Dalits or "Untouchables". people born poor that are considered to be so dirty mentally, physically and spiritually that they are treated worse than barnyard animals by devout hindus. their only crime is being poor. they aren't even allowed to go to temple.

      this short video sums it up pretty well

      November 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        If I was treated like that I would start a revolution.

        November 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
      • mzh

        O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). – Al Quran 49:13

        November 5, 2013 at 8:50 am |
      • STFU

        post by some moslem wannabe, bootypunk

        November 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Gol

      "and not about oppression, repression, guilt, recrimination, and a struggle to avoid eternal suffering,"

      You just described about 60% of all the atheist people on here.

      November 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        Gol, an atheist may be the closest thing to a saviour you will ever know.

        November 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
      • Grönnnnn

        Gol think with dirt. Throw rocks at Gol and laff.

        November 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        i love you, brother. i love you so much i want you to be free of the religious brainwashing that's holding you back. i want that for all my brothers and sisters of the world. i want you to think for yourself.

        November 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
        • Spectrophiliac

          If I'd been brainwashed would my mind still be dirty?

          November 5, 2013 at 10:36 am |
        • STFU

          Ya Bootypunk, I want you to be free of the Islamic brainwashing that's holding you back.

          November 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  15. Neanderthal

    "Diwali is now exploding: spreading the promise of wealth, knowledge and happiness to new communities across the world."

    Do you see your community wealthier and happy? Good try, but Diwali just brings noise and keeps on waking me up when I want to sleep.

    November 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Grönnnnn

      All nandertals smell bad, use rocks in head.

      November 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Sara

      It bring good food, color, and an excuse to socialize. Most people enjoy these things.

      November 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Caveman

    Fire good.

    November 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Meat in fire very good...

      Fire good...

      November 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • Grönnnnn

      Fire bright and hot. Good in dark. Good in cold. Not good to touch.

      November 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  17. Reality # 2

    Only for new members of this blog-

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include HInduism:

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations/reborn and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinke rbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    November 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • thoughtpurification

      it is time to put a duct tape on your mouth, for posting garbage on BB.

      November 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Bob

      Thanks for posting that, Reality # 2. Great material. Keep up the good work.

      November 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
      • thoughtpurification

        Bob, you reminds me a B.O.B joke; Bill Bradley's girlfriend tattooed B on her both but-tocks for him; when he came home, she bent over with skirt up to show him tattoo. Bill goes...Who is BOB?

        November 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      Added details as requested by the new members of this blog:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, the Filipino “koranics”and the Boston Marthon bombers.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      November 5, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  18. Doc Vestibule

    I wonder how many Southern Americans are against the idea of letting any non-christians get their hands on explosives...
    "If'n y'alls let them hindu muslim types get sparklers, they gonna burn down our churches!"

    November 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Sire D...

      Protagonists' bereavements toward bickering professionalism leaves a sublimely concise repertoire of mediocre non-scripture repaginations ever lurking vociferously midstream within the socially endowed ones of the vocally sincere writers willingness to tell others a story or two,,,

      November 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • Lawrence of Arabia

      Before you go insulting southerners too much, just remember it was yankees that gave us Punkin' Chunkin'.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  19. thoughtpurification

    Thank you, you are a good man.

    November 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • thoughtpurification

      oooops !! was meant for the post below.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  20. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Happy Diwali to all our Hindu friends.

    November 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Yes, and to the Sikhs and Jain people too.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • Akira

        I echo your sentiments, GOPer.

        November 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
      • Oops

        I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


        no offence, but your post is yet another "my religion isbetter than your religion" argument – like all the religious do.

        Why are there so many religions – none of which can agree on the details?

        October 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

        November 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
        • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

          I'm guessing "Oops" is not @Kimberlee. This is certainly not her style.

          I'm happy to wish my Christian friends "Merry Christmas" in due time. And my Muslim friends "Happy Eid al-Fitr" as well.

          What's your point?

          November 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
      • Wut

        And what does GOPer's post have to do with the comment you just reposted? I see no Oops.

        November 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • thoughtpurification

      Thank you, you are a good man.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Grönnnnn

        He not good. Has name of stupid longness. He needs hit with stick.

        November 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • Sara

      Happy Diwali to all!

      November 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
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