Kama, the God of Love and his consort, Rati, the angel of Spring had forced the anger of Rudra himself, when he had opened his trinetra, upon being disturbed in his meditation. As a result, Kama had been incinerated by the anger of Shiva. It was only on the pleading of Vishnu, Brahma, Indra and the gods, along with a devastated Rati, that Shiva had agreed to Kama being reborn as a mortal. Later, Rati and Kama were reunited in a later era, after hundreds of years. Thus, when it was time again to disturb one of the trinity, Vishnu, in his parallel manifestation as Nara and Narayana while in intense meditation and austerities, Kama was justly worried and hesitant. He knew of the anger of Vishnu as Narasimha, and later, as Nara and Narayana, when they had attacked Prahlada, their own foremost devotee, at Naimisha, upon being disturbed from meditation. Continue Reading..
Archive for: August 2014
Dr. Bharat Bhushan
The Supreme Court judgment on Darul Qazas deserves to be welcomed for the juridical finesse with which it distinguished between the right of an institution to exist and the legality of its pronouncements. On the one hand, the court ruled that neither the existence of Darul Qazas nor the practice of issuing fatwas could be declared illegal as they were part of an “informal justice delivery system” that seeks to amicably settle disputes between parties. On the other hand, the judges made it clear that as Darul Qazas were not part of the corpus juris of the State fatwas issued by them or for that matter any person or religious body does not amount to adjudication of dispute by an authority under a judicial system sanctioned by law. Therefore, a qazi or mufti has no power to impose his fatwa on anyone by any coercive method, and any attempt to do that would be illegal and actionable. Continue Reading..