I think that Shackman, who has suggested this topic for this week’s 2 on 1 Friday post, asks about the supernatural variety and not the other kinds like illusion, the Indian rope trick etc. I shall therefore restrict my response to this area only. Please do go over to Shackman’s blog to see what he has to say on the topic.
If I have to write about the supernatural variety of magic, naturally it leads us to Miracles.
My post therefore is a simple short one. The answer is an unqualified “No”.
If that is so, what is the explanation for something like this? I believe in The Theory of Karma and this clearly brings about five lives who come together in this birth to experience the effect of some causes caused by them in either this earlier lives or past lives. I have simply not been able to come across any other explanation for such occurrences that take place with unbelievable frequency. Some with positive outcomes and some with negative ones.
I however believe in this kind of magic.
You sigh, the song begins, you speak and I hear violins, it’s magic
The stars desert the skies and rush to nestle in your eyes, it’s magic
Without a golden wand or mystic charms,
Fantastic things begin when I am in your arms
When we walk hand-in-hand, the world becomes a wonderland, it’s magic
How else can I explain those rainbows when there isn’t rain? It’s magic
Why do I tell me myself these things that happen are all really true
When in my heart I know the magic is my love for you?
Another Shackmanese topic!
And my, by now familiar, response. Why “Or”? Why not “And”?
In my ancient land, the majority of people practice what has, for historical reasons, been called Hinduism. Historical because, When people from the West first came to this land where the river Sindhu flowed, the residents were called Hindus. Hinduism does not qualify as a religion as it does not have any central authority, book or organisation and it does not proselytise. Each Hindu can do what he wants, or not do anything and nobody will criticise him for the latter. Under the umbrella of Hinduism, there are atheists, theists, monists, deists and any other ists that you can come up with.
It is a totally chaotic system of anarchy. Thoroughly confusing to people who have not been exposed to this from childhood.
For us, both creationism and evolution are valid beliefs and one is not better or worse than the other. It is all a matter of accepting that someone is of a particular frame of mind/development and the other is of a different level.
The Indian theory of creation is complex but does exist as a valid system and for those interested here is a link to a remarkable treatise on it.
Indian mythology of the Dasavatara is considered to be reflective of Darwinism.
My personal belief is that wo/man is the last stage of evolution of life as we understand it and the next stage in the progression is to reach Creation itself. This is the theory of Karma‘s ultimate end. So, I can be called an Evolutionist of a kind that Darwin did not think of.
Shackman has suggested this topic for the weekly LBC blog posts. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs. Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.