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Religions without Prophets – List of those religions where prophets were not born.

Sikhism: Formed in 15th Century AD as a reaction to the social and religious practices of the time in the Indian subcontinent. The Sikh Gurus (or teachers) have emphasized on recognizing all humans as equal before Waheguru (Guru Nanak), regardless of colour, caste or lineage. The Sikh Gurus did not call themselves as prophets. The emphasis is on a single all pervading God and creating a relationship with him. There is no place for intermediaries. The Sikh holy book is known as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Which was compiled by Arjan Dev Singh, added the teachings of 5 Gurus beginning with Guru Nanak Dev Ji and includes passages from both Hindu and Sufi saints.The Sikh Gurus have referred to their compositions as “dhur ki bani” or the word of primal divine source. Place of ritual is Gurudwara Sahib. Major locations of stronghold are States of West Punjab, NWFP in Pakistan & in India East Punjab, Delhi NCR, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Major places of worship; Golden Temple Amritsar – India, Nanakana Sahib – Pakistan, Ponta Sahib – Punjab, Hem Kund, Nanak Matta – Uttrakhand, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Delhi – India.

Buddhism: Founded by Prince Siddhartha Gautama of North India in 6th Century BC who was after his enlighten known as Gautama Buddha? Its sacred texts are Pali Canon (Tripitaka), numerous Mahayana sutras written originally in Pali. As per Tibetan Buddhism Monk is the spiritual leader. Buddhism follows the system taught by Buddha. Place of worship is Temple, meditation hall. Main sects in Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana. Major locations of stronghold are India, China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, South East Asia. Major locations: Sarnath, Gaya, Patna, Twang, Dharamshala, Leh, Laol Spiti, Gangtok – India, Colombo – Sri Lanka, Bangkok – Thailand, Cambodia, Guangzou, Lahsa – China, Bagan – Burma.

Jainism: Jains derive their name from the jinas, spiritual conquerors who have achieved liberation and perfection. Included among these are the 24 spiritual leaders called “ford-makers” or tirthankaras. The last of the tirthankaras was Mahavira (599-527 BC), a contemporary of the Buddha and the man generally considered the founder of Jainism. Jinas are believed to reside in the

top level of heaven, above the realm of the gods. Accordingly, liberated souls are revered more than the gods. Formed in 550 BC, sacred scriptures are the teachings ofMahavira written originally in Sanskrit, major sects are Digambaras (“sky-clad”); Shvetambaras (“white-clad”), monks are the spiritual leader’s place of worship is the temple. Major location is India. Major places of worship are: Palitana, Shankheshwar, Shikharji, Vataman, Mumbai, Mahudi Shri Ghantakarna Vir Temple and Ahmedabad – India.

Taoism: also known as Daoism was founded by Lao – Tze in China in 550 BC, based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, a short tract written in the 6th century BC in China. Its emphasis on spiritual harmony within the individual complements; Taoism is also increasingly influential in the West, especially in the fields of alternative medicine and martial arts like Tai Chi. There are two main strands and schools within Taoism, usually labeled “philosophical Taoism” (Tao-chia) and “religious Taoism” (Tao-chaio). Tao Te Ching, Chuang-Tzu is sacred scripture originally written in traditional Chinese. Sage is a spiritual leader in Taoism. House of worship is temple. Major locations are; China, South East Asia.

 

Shintoism: Shinto (also Shintoism) is the term for the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of Japan. Shinto has no founder, no official sacred scriptures, and no fixed creeds, but it has preserved its main beliefs and rituals throughout the ages. The word Shinto, which comes from the Chinese shin tao, meaning “the way of kami“, came into use in order to distinguish indigenous Japanese beliefs from Buddhism, which had been introduced into Japan in the 6th century AD. Shinto has no founder or founding date. When the Japanese people and Japanese culture became aware of themselves, Shinto was already there. Yayoi culture, which originated in the northern area of the island of Kyushu around the 3rd or 2nd century BC, is directly related to later Japanese culture and Shinto. Among the primary Yayoi religious phenomena were agricultural rites and shamanism. Early shamans (miko) performed the ceremonies; eventually those of the Yamato tribe did so; on behalf of the other tribes and their chieftain assumed duties that led to headship of the Shinto state. Texts comprises of Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), Nihongi or Nihon shoki (Chronicles of Japan). Major location is Japan. Major places of worship are: Mt. Fuji, Dazaifu Tenmangu, Oyama Shrine, Toshogu Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Ise Shrines, Izumo Shrine, Atsuta Shrine, Heian Shrine, Meiji Shrine all are in Japan.

Baha’ism: Also popularly known as Bahai Faith was founded in 1844 – 1882 in Iran by the two controversial leaders proclaimed to be the first preacher of Bahai named Bab & Baha ullah, declaring themselves as the prophets of modern world. The laws of the Bahá’í Faith primarily come from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, written by Baha’u’llah, which is also a main scripture, It is sometimes also referred to as The Aqdas, “the Most Holy Book”, “the Book of Laws” and occasionally the Book of Aqdas, originally written in Arabic & its title in Persian. The Manifestations of God are analogous to divine mirrors which reflect God’s created attributes and thus reveal aspects of God without being incarnations of God’s essence.

It is through these divine educators that humans can approach God, and through them God brings divine revelation and law. Bahá’ís believe that God expresses his will at all times and in manyways, and specifically through a series of divine messengers referred to as Manifestations of God or sometimes divine educators. The supreme seat is based in Israel. Major locations are Israel, Europe, US, India, South East Asia.

Greek Religion: Greek religion is the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices. Greek people recognized the major gods and goddesses: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, Demeter, Hestia and Hera though philosophies such as Stoicism and some forms of Platonism. Grreks believes in afterlife or re incarnation. Their sacred texts are Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Pindar’s Odes. Major Locations are Greece, Italy, and Cyprus. Major places of worship were: Arcadia.

The end of the cleptocrate woman

Two days before the resignation, Leila ben Ali transferred 400 million euro to Dubai, besides this she also demanded that 1 1/2 tonn gold woud be flown out of the country. When the sentralbank didnt show any effort to accept this demand, she nagged on her husband until he transferred gold worth 45 million euro with just making one phone call. She would command her prostate cancer husband to do anything that she wanted but didnt understand that this would hit them in the face one day. January 14th 2011, the hated family and one servant was escorted to the runway where a Boeing 737 was waiting for them. The plane taking off showed that it was the end for the cleptocrate Leila Ben Ali who had gone from being a hairdresser to First lady. She was dissolved in tears as the desire and plans of being the first woman to take over power was destroyed.

In went from bad to worst in the plane. In the airspace somewhere between Libya and Egypt, the pilotes got order to land in Dschidda in the very religious Saudi Arabia, because it was here the family had got permit to stay. this didnt suit the former hairdresser well as she had never in her life worn hijab and never turned down a drink. Women in Saudi Arabi have to cover their hair and all alcohol is strictly forbidden.

Leila was born as Trabelsi and into poverty in July 20th 1957. She married just 18 years old with a newspaper dealer but the marriage lasted only for 3 years. The young and sexy woman had bigger plans for herself. She managed to catch then security minister Ben Ali and when he took over power in 1987 in a coup, the poor girl had become first lady. And she enjoyed the power as she treated the ministers as lackeys and reigned as a queen. First in the shadow of her husband, then in front of him leaving him in the shadow. She gave important and prominent positions to her relatives and plundered Tunisia for its money.

In the days before the escape, she worked hard to move and values out of the country and managed to buy an apartment near the triumphal arch in Paris for the safety of his son Mohammed’s name.
It is strange how a woman who was born into poverty could be so blinded by greed that it marked both her and her husbands end. She should have understood her people’s situation and have empathy with the needy, but instead they chose to look the other way and enjoy the power and wealth. The Ben Ali’s would have gone far with the 400 million euro they posessed, and she could at least have opened schools, orphanages and shelter for women and girls who had been victims of violence and abuse. Then at least she would have left with her dignity and self respect instead of shame.

World News Headlines of March 5

Libyan fighting could be ‘sustained conflict’

Washington (CNN) — Anti-Gadhafi fighters appear to have the resources to carry on the fight against the Libyan government for some time, according to a U.S. official. “This could be a sustained conflict,” said the official, but acknowledged this was a fluid situation. When asked if the conflict in Libya was now becoming a civil war, the official,…

China’s Wen delivers “State of the Union”

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) – Premier Wen Jiabao delivers China’s version of a “State of Union” address on Saturday. In a prepared text of his speech to the annual parliament session, Wen said that fighting inflation was the government’s top priority and warned about the impact of loose monetary policies in wealthy economies. (For a full story,…

Fury at funeral of Pakistan’s assassinated minister

By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Khushpur The atmosphere at the funeral of Shahbaz Bhatti, in his predominantly Christian home village, was one of anger and pain Continue reading the main story Related Stories Motives behind Bhatti’s murder Q&A: Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws Blasphemy reformer death threats Shahbaz Bhatti’s funeral was not the…

Fighting on in Libya’s oil heartland

Atul Aneja Protests in Tripoli after Friday prayers…

Egypt’s military appoints new PM after Mubarak ally quits

Compiled by Daily Star staff Friday, March 04, 2011 – Powered by –> Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq resigned Thursday and the military asked a former transport minister to form a new government which pro-democracy activists want to be purged of Hosni Mubarak’s old guard. The opposition hailed the decision as another victory for…

New Iraq protests draw thousands amid tight security

Demonstrators calling for better public services and government take to the streets across Iraq despite beefed-up security forces, curfews and bans on vehicle movement. The protests are far less bloody than earlier demonstrations that erupted into violence. Share Related Stories By Alice Fordham and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times…

Libya clashes widen, unrest erupts in Tripoli

TRIPOLI – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi widened attacks on rebel-held areas in an escalation of Libya’s crisis on Friday and unrest spread to the capital when gunmen opened fire to break up dissident protests. Eastern-based rebels pressed home their push to the west with an attack on the oil town of Ras Lanuf, claiming to have taken its airport….

Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN

Ivory Coast crisis Eyewitness: ‘We were slaughtered’ Life on hold Rebel capital: ‘Running for water’ Q&A: Ivory Coast election crisis Parts of Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan resemble a “war zone”, the UN refugee agency head in the West African nation, Jacques Franquin, told the BBC….

Yemen Protesters Claim Attack By Army forces

North Yemen Shi’ite rebels claim military forces fired rockets at their anti-government protest killing two people and wounding seven. A rebel at the scene is reported to have said: “A military site bombed a number of protesters and struck dozens”. More to follow… Political unrest continues across the Middle East with demonstrations expected in…

Analysis: Obama refines talk of Libya intervention

The Obama administration has spoken with two voices on Libya. On the one hand Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said that “nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan Government continues to threaten and kill Libyans.” That talk has been amplified by calls from the Senate Foreign Relations chairman John Kerry and Senators Joe…

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Important Events on March 5

March 5: Lei Feng Day in the People’s Republic of China; St Piran’s Day in Cornwall (United Kingdom)

"Guerrillero Heroico" by Alberto Korda

  • 1496 – King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
  • 1940 – World War II: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and the Politburo signed an order for the execution of about 22,000 Polish military officers, policemen, intellectuals and civilian prisoners of war that were captured during the Soviet invasion of Poland.
  • 1960 – Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (pictured).
  • 1981 – The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, was launched by Sinclair Research and went on to sell over 1.5 million units around the world.
  • 1999 – Paul Okalik was elected as the first Premier of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Autopsy with difference – Pathological Research

While pathologists often need to open large parts of the body to investigate possible causes of death of the deceased, a new technique has opened discussions about maybe changing the entire autopsy process, writes BBC.

The technique developed by a research team at the University of Leicester, is to make a small incision in the neck of the deceased, and then they scan the body.

Trauma, fractures and cancer

Through computerized tomography, which is a cross-section image of the body without doing damage, or CT scans, the research team able to scan the body for external trauma, fractures and cancer.

Examination of the heart requires however a slightly different technique, but even here there is no more than a cut in the neck that is needed. A catheter is brought through the incision down to the arteries around the heart. Air and white liquid injected through the catheter, before a CT scan allows a detailed search for heart disease.

The technique, which has been tested on 33 people, has determined causes of death by 80 % accuracy. Sarah Saunder, who leads the research team, believes this method is as good at estimating the causes of death, like the original and it will also cost less to implement, and far more effective, she argues.

But it is still a disagreed method as other pathologists around Europe think it will be rather expensive to implement this technique as well as that the old method is the most secure one.

Villain for West & Friend for his own People – Ahmadinejad – President of Iran

The car was not a luxury car but a 34 year old Peugeot 504’en has definitely seen its best days, but nevertheless achieved anything other than list price. Ahmadinejad, who in the West is known for his uncompromising language and his hateful outcomes, primarily against Israel, put the car up for sale 1 January. A site invited potential buyers to place bids, and the Iranian President vowed to use money for housing for the disabled and female parents alone.

According to the state welfare organization that organized the auction bids poured in from many parts of the world, but who eventually got the bid of 25 billion rial is not known.

“My client bought the car from his personal interest in President Ahmadinejad and his energetic fight against the arrogance and Zionism,” said the Iranian lawyer Mahmoud Esari representing the buyer.

The car seems to be relatively rusty, not at all a matter of course for French cars produced in the 1970s and the blue seat covers also testify to the careful use and good maintenance.

Poor People’s Friend

Ahmadinejad does not live any extravagant life and have always liked to portray themselves as poor people’s faithful servant. When he was elected as President in 2005, he had to under Iranian law give up his personal fortune. Besides his white 1977 model Peugeot 504, he listed out the 40-year-old house in a middle class area east of Tehran and the balance in two bank accounts. When he was re-elected in 2009, he promised to make housing, creation of new jobs and economic reforms to their banner issues.

Angelina Jolie & The UN show off

The American film star and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie has spent two days in Afghanistan to meet refugees in war-torn country.

– We must make sure to rebuild the country now. This means that we not only provide shelter, but also ensure that there is water, employment opportunities, schools for the children and medical clinics, “said Jolie in a statement at the end of the stay.

Jolie arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and ended the visit on Wednesday.This is the actor’s second visit to Afghanistan. Though this great actress is also a great social worker but UN must focus on the fast & efficient utilization of funds & proper execution of the projects. People needs the basic not the stars to get plastic smiles as a remedy for their wounds. Though the efforts are app laudable but nothing better has been neither done so far nor achieved.

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