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We do the same. What part did we make up? By the way, I'm not trying to convert you or anything like Saintnow tries every time he posts. People of all religions can be dharmic and Hindu. I bet you already are. I just want to understand what your views of my religion are and debate them based on what I know.
Those sources are interpretations. Find me the vedic verse that says I will be born as a literal plant if I do bad, and I should do good karma so I don't end up a plant or animal or untouchable.
And before I get sidetracked, let me address your single argument by simply quoting a verse from the Bhagvad Gita which proves that in true Hinduism, you are not worrying about how much Dharma points you have, but that your actions are dharmic.
Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana,
You have the right to perform your actions,but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions.
Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani
Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.
But then a natural question comes up, "Won't this detachment from desired result kill the motivation of Karma?" That is where these myths about becoming a flower or a pig in your next life pop up. They are created to provide motivation. However, as you said, they make people selfish and get caught up in their results instead of in their actions.
That is not true Hinduism.
Now you may think that even though I'm saying all this stuff, it must be some offshoot of mainstream Hinduism. You are very wrong and a victim of ignorance. the textbooks that teach about Hinduism are written by a Western, British perspective. Our rituals and mythology are too complicated and symbolic for the Westerners, who used to think of us as savages, to understand. Therefore, they tried to simplify them and dismiss them as idol worship and believing in ghosts/spirits.
I am in close contact with the President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (world hindu council) of America. He comes over every month to have a discussion with my friends. I was wondering about stuff like reincarnation which I had trouble believing. He, along with the late president of the worldwide VHP, taught me about real Hinduism. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them.
Well I can't speak for any other religion, but our example of Hinduism is wrong. Hinduism does not say in any book that "you will be punished for sinning, so don't sin" or "you will be rewarded for doing good, so do good". It simply says you shall sow what you reap and then lists 10 attributes of a person that makes them better.
Unlike Christianity, Hinduism never says to be selfless and unlike Islam, nowhere does it say to donate money to the poor. This is not because we are selfish, it is because we understand that if everyone looks out for themselves and their families and is independent, there will be less problems. We are not trying to please a God, we are trying to partake in actions that benefit us and make us happy.
Why shouldn't we steal and lie then? Well, there is nothing that says thou shall not steal in HInduism. However, it does stay that stealing and lying hurt you in the long run because you will have to carry the emotional weight of each lie and theft, which may seem to be intangible and nonexistent but will eventually ruin your life.
Also where does it say that Humans will become animals or be reborn as victims of the abuse they dealt out in their past life? I can explain this if you find an example.
Oh fuck I should have used google.
So I did a Bing search and here's what I came up with:
1)Mash avocado in a large bowl. Stir tomato, green onions, lime juice, salsa, garlic, sour cream, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and cumin with the mashed avocado until evenly mixed; season with salt and black pepper.
2)Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.
So, are you saying that liberals don't know how to make spicy guacamole? ;)