Saturday, June 03, 2006

Hindu Temple Architecture

Such overwhelming wealth of architectural elements, sculptural forms and decorative exuberance - one of the main characteristics of Hindu temple architecture.
Hindus believe that their lives are merely stages in the progression to ultimate enlightenment (in a way same as Buddhists).
The temple is a place where God may be approached and where divine knowledge can be discovered.
When the devotee enters a temple, he is actually entering into a mandala and therefore participating in a power-field.
The many deities - The Hindu religion also believes in many celestial entities, called Devas. The feminine of deva is devi.
Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. And it has often been coined as a "environmental friendly" religion.
Malaysia has thousands of Hindu temples and shrines, many built on private or plantation land by Indian migrant labourers before the country gained independence from Britain in 1957.
The land has since then been acquired by local councils or state authorities, who argue the temples are illegal buildings and have been knocking them down.
The land is said to be belonged to the government and the government has to build roads, schools and bridges. This had primarily gone unnoticed due to the fact that the caretakers of these temples are mainly downtrodden, poor, uneducated, ignorant and defenseless citizens of the Indian community within Malaysia.
The latest incident happened on 12 June 2006 where a 110-year-old temple's three Hindu deities were smashed to pieces and destroyed with sledge hammers right before the devotee's eyes.
Simple government intervention would have prevented this from occurring, but was this not done ? Is there violation of freedom of religion ?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Taku again !

At 3 months, Taku now weighs about 9 kg. One and half months ago, he was only 2.5 kg. Well he takes Eukanuba, and three varieties of dog snacks with good amount of vitamins and sometimes apples.
He has taken three jabs of vaccination. Healthy dog. The doctor advised to let him have the fourth and the final one. After that he will start to take pills monthly to prevent heart worms.
He likes to chew. Rugs, newspaper, clothes and wires !! He chewed some of my photo albums. I became so mad and gave the poor puppy a hard beating. When I am at work, he will be in the cage for the day.
Do I have time to play with the puppy ? Only night time after work. And during the weekends. Now I hardly have time to blog. Work most of the time. Dog the rest of my time. He is good with the balls. Golden retriever eh !
Taku doesn't sleep too much unless something is wrong with him. Sick probably. Hyperactive !

This dog is costly. Keeping him is also costly.