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by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Resurrect the Myth
Replies: 154
Views: 28132

NoMan (or Shanti), Your post is, as always, extremely erudite. Yes, I agree that religion is alive and well, but does it embrace myth? In my opinion, most organised religions have died a "Myth Death": it being most pronounced in Islam, where belief is reduced to a code of conduct, and all products o...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Modern Men of Myth: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 6502

I'd say King succeeded, in trumps. He brought about a positive change to the society, as did Gandhi. I consider that success. It is easy to drag down great people by criticism, but that doesn't change the fact that many people take inspiration from great lives. Criticism doesn't touch them. So Steve...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Modern Men of Myth: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 6502

On 2007-01-22 22:31, SteveC wrote: They were both a personal success. But the concept of success, as applied to society, is not theirs to claim. While he may have inspired you to change your thinking, it is still your thinking that changed by your volition, and not by his. Inspiration is precisely ...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Modern Men of Myth: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Replies: 38
Views: 6502

There is the story of a house of mirrors, into which two dogs entered. The first one was smiling, so it saw a group of friendly dogs in the mirror. The second dog growled, so it saw a group of ferociously unfriendly dogs. Actually there were no dogs in the house: only mirrors. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: What would Campbell have thought of this?
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

On 2007-01-22 18:46, SteveC wrote: Funny how easy it is to show up at some thousand year old rubble and declare oneself the heir apparent. How long until the first schism? This remark brings up some interesting points. ("Thousand-year-old-rubble"? I certainly wouldn't characterise ancient ruins thi...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Atheists vs. Theists: The Quest for Middle Ground
Replies: 55
Views: 13955

So, the 1st commandment of "my" theism may be:
"you can not take your interpretations too serioulsy, because they can't be anything but wrong."
http://www.jcf.org/new/forum/viewtopic. ... orum=27&46

This thread might be of interest.

Nandu.
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: What would Campbell have thought of this?
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Steve, We don't understand myth the same way, that's all. But I've found that it's not worthwhile to discuss it, after many failed attempts. It's what I mean when I use the similie of the colour-blind or the tone-deaf person. I mean no disrespect: but there is no use trying to explain something to a...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: What would Campbell have thought of this?
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Vissi, I think the problem arises because we consider the Ellinais as "the" Greek religion. They are only "a" Greek religion! In India, you will find Vishnu, Shiva, The Goddess, etc. all worshipped as the supreme deity in different temples. In fact, if you read the myths of the different Gods and Go...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: What would Campbell have thought of this?
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

On 2007-01-26 15:59, Vissi wrote: nandu wrote: I think the problem arises because we consider the Ellinais as "the" Greek religion. Nandu, I don't. In my post I raised other possibilities, each equally Greek --- which is the point of many of my comments. Vissi, I know you don't subscribe to this mo...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Village Compound
Topic: COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2007
Replies: 16
Views: 4496

It's about time someone raised this question, Martin. I too have thought about this long and hard. The quality of our conversations have come down drastically. Most probably I too am to blame for this: I cannot be sure as I cannot analyse my posts with the same objectivity that I do others'! Here is...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Village Compound
Topic: COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2007
Replies: 16
Views: 4496

On 2007-01-27 16:06, Martin_Weyers wrote: Part of the problem are the recurrent comments you mentioned. We have indeed a couple of main contributors who 1. post more or less the same comment again and again in each and every thread, and, what is even more irksome, start the same quarrel with the sa...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: CHRISTIANITY
Replies: 6
Views: 1957

siempre se valiente,

I tried to understand your above posts but seem to be having a problem in communication. Maybe English is not your first language. So correct me if I am wrong, but are you restating the claim in the Quran that Christ never died?

Nandu.
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Village Compound
Topic: COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2007
Replies: 16
Views: 4496

Clemsy, I sometimes still labour under the delusion that intelligent exchange of ideas is possible with anybody . <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> However, sometimes even ignoring is not enough. You can check some of my threads where I have been persisitently attacked, so that other p...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Resurrect the Myth
Replies: 154
Views: 28132

Hello everybody! Sophia Heller wrote the following in her book, The Ghost at the Back Door: The Absence of Myth : "Living long outside of myth, human thought has emptied the word myth of its original value and turned it into a concept that mirrors those who use and study it." We had a hot discussion...
by nandu
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Resurrect the Myth
Replies: 154
Views: 28132

Steve, Susan and Clemsy, In the first volume of The Masks of God Joe Campbell relates the story of a little girl (I think it was from Leo Frobinus). A father gave his daughter three matchsticks to play with: one was Hansel, the other Gretel, and the third one the witch. After some time, the girl ran...