Home; About Us; How to order; Discount; Shipping; Contact Sometimes they take very antagonistic and conflicting forms. I have recently been confronted about my absence of faith by a very smart individual from one of my philosophy classes. Nevertheless, it is possible to describe some general similarities which tend to be common among quite a few atheists, particularly atheists in the West. Atheists and agnostics are both non-theists as both lack the belief there is at least one god. Om Publications. I know that will be the end when the rope is tightened round my neck and the rafters move from under my feet. translation into other Indian languages. I think they’ve missed the clear message of Christ, they haven’t read the better Old Testament scholars, or (most likely) they’ve approached both God and the scriptures with way too much hubris. As they come to believe in ghosts, and evil spirits, so they also evolve a kind of belief in God: the only difference being that God is almost a universal phenomenon and well developed theological philosophy. I think they’ve missed the clear message of Christ, they haven’t read the better Old Testament scholars, or (most likely) they’ve approached both God and the scriptures with way too much hubris. The ideas contained in Bakunin’s ‘God and State’ seem inconclusive, but it is an interesting book. Charles Darwin has tried to throw some light on this subject. He was re-arrested in connection with the murder of one Saunders, a deputy superintendent of police who was killed by Sukhdev, Rajguru, and Bhagat Singh in 1928 in retaliation for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. Athletes and musicians I admire are getting into it, including Ice Cube and O.J. After my elementary education, I was sent to D. A. V College, Lahore. Since I’m not merely a non-theist, I will focus my discussion to why I’m an atheist in the stronger, belief-implying sense. It is child’s play for God. I am not one of these two creeds. English version was itself a translation, MIA volunteer Ibne I don't believe any gods exist, but I'm not an atheist any more than I am an asantaclausist or an aeasterbunnyist. Hindu atheist matters, because we've been ignored for the last thousand years and still are today. I have been studying quite a few logical arguments … See what you think. Why I Am an Atheist. I was not completely atheistic in my beliefs. To use more precise religious terminology, that will be the moment of utter annihilation. Christians ought to read this for a couple of reasons - one is the way Loftus was treated. As I have indicated, one of my revolutionary friends used to say that “philosophy is the outcome of human weakness.” Our ancestors had the leisure to solve the mysteries of the world, its past, its present and its future, its whys and its wherefores, but having been terribly short of direct proofs, every one of them tried to solve the problem in his own way. Editorial Note: "Why I am an Atheist" was Since I am not a native English speaker, any comment on language is also welcome. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. That’s foolish. Have you heard about this amazing new trend? This is the negative side. No more mysticism! Not that they are keeping us under subjugation with the consent of God, but it is with the force of guns and rifles, bombs and bullets, police and militia, and above all because of our apathy that they are successfully committing the most deplorable sin, that is, the exploitation of one nation by another. Being atheist, I ask a few questions from theists: 1. It deprives a man of his understanding power and makes him reactionary. HTML/Proofread: Juan Fajardo, for marxists.org, Sept. 2020. Why I am an Atheist is an essay written by Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh in 1930 in Lahore Central Jail. Later If an honest atheist is willing to examine the facts, he will either cease being an atheist or he will cease being honest. And no one can claim to be more than that. A Genghis Khan! It was a turning point in my revolutionary career. You agree or not, it is binding upon you to take it as truth. Just wow. Why I am an atheist There is a life beyond transcendence! Then why should we waste our time in such discussions? His point of view was a sort of mystical atheism. Some have always been complaining that I am bossy and I force others to accept my opinion. When? Edit 4: Another point of contention in the post seems to be confusion about what I mean when I say, "I'm not asking why you are not religious, I'm asking why you are atheist." The Facebook page of this site. Only my readers, not I, can decide whether my arguments carry weight. For this reason alone they hold power in their hands. source to Urdu/Persian script by Maqsood Saqib; translated from Urdu to English by Hasan for marxists.org, 2006; It was our respected Comrade Sachindara Nath Sanyal. To my own surprise, I was very calm at that time. [9], After the death of Singh, the essay was published on 27 September 1931 in Lala Lajpat Rai's English weekly The People. I was in full control of myself. It is a matter of debate whether my lack of belief in the existence of an Omnipresent, Omniscient God is due to my arrogant pride and vanity. According to them the whole burden rests upon the shoulders of parents whose conscious or unconscious deeds caused mutilation of the child prior to his birth. I will discuss it later in the essay. Being realistic, he will have to throw his faith aside and face all adversaries with courage and valour. Merciless criticism and independent thinking are the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking. What hope should I entertain? I was passing through a garden and all of a sudden the police surrounded me. When, in 2006, MIA sought to Down with Him! I do not differ on the essential point that all religions, faiths, theological philosophies, and religious creeds and all other such institutions in the long run become supporters of the tyrannical and exploiting institutions, men and classes. (I did later apologize for any unintended insult or misunderstanding.) Have you any answer to these questions? This in itself is a significant issue not only in the original language meaning but also in the fact that syntax was much less important in Koine than it is in English; conjugation of words put forth meaning, and while syntax did matter to a point it was much less significant than it is in English. After that comes in the positive work in which some material of the olden times can be used to construct the pillars of new philosophy. He challenged the Authority of God. It never occurred to me that sometime in the future I would be involved in polemics of this kind. I have extreme difficulty reconciling any kind of omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent deity with cruelty and suffering. Living persons in this list are people relevant to their notable activities or public life, and who have publicly identified themselves as atheists. It is a clear reflection of his thoughts. I totally reject the existence of an Omnipresent, all powerful, all knowing God. The question is: If God does not really exist, why do people come to believe in Him? The Tamil version of the essay was published in Kudi Arasu in 1935. How many of them have you met who were donkeys in their previous births for having committed any sin? I had an apprehension that some day I will also consider it a futile and hopeless task. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with Karachi conspiracy case. Some texts were edited to correct minor typographical errors and aesthetic concerns. But the minute I use the word "Atheist," people stop listening. Can the pride they take in their noble cause be called vanity? Though I was never a particularly devout believer, I did take for granted the religious beliefs of my upbringing and only ever flirted with doubting them. Right from the first page of his only book, ‘Bandi Jivan’ (Incarnated Life) he sings praises to the Glory of God. You ask me how I will explain the origin of this world and origin of man. Now another piece of manufactured logic! Item by item he has to challenge the efficacy of old faith. The Retribution Theory is now condemned by all the thinkers. This is the briefest sketch of this phenomenon. As Mahatmaji is great, he is above criticism; as he has risen above, all that he says in the field of politics, religion, Ethics is right. It does not harm our argument whether he claims to be a god or considers God to be a reality in existence above his own being. If by chance these poor creatures heard a few words of your sacred books, Vedas, these Brahmans poured melted lead into their ears. I had not the least idea that I was wanted by the police. Let them see all this and say “All is well in God’s Kingdom.” Why so? The first leader I met had not the courage to openly declare himself an atheist. I do not boast of being above these human follies. Published: 19 December 2008 (GMT+10) Image Wikipedia.org Atheist Stalin rid education of God, but created hell on earth, not utopia. written in English by Bhagat Singh while in prison. According to the prosecution, the ‘Revolutionary Leaflet’ which was distributed throughout India was the outcome of Sachindara Nath Sanyal’s intellectual labour. publish "Why I am an Atheist", the only digital English-language edition that I have read all of them, many more than once, but not in the original language. That is exactly my state of mind. I developed more interest in this subject. British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking schmoozed with popes during his lifetime, even though he was an avowed atheist. (In Sept. 2020 MIA was provided with images of the original publication in Yes, poverty is a sin; it is a punishment! If, as you believe there is an Almighty, Omnipresent, Omniscient God, who created the earth or universe, please let me know, first of all, as to why he created this world. Website: – Appreciations Received: – Glimpse: “Why I am an Atheist” – I bought this book a long time back but did not have the motivation to read it though. I have a weakness in my personality, for pride is one of the human traits that I do possess. Quite the contrary, I feel that I am enjoying a spiritual, physical, intellectual and philosophical equilibrium, which is allowing me to be “normal”. They told me that I was in Lucknow during the Kakori Party Trial so that I might devise a scheme to rescue the culprits. I began discussions on this subject with my friends. Why I am an atheist? The whole post describes why I am not an atheist, therefore the label, whatever it implies to you, is inappropriate and ultimately, offensive. Absolutely no one of this sort! Loftus' story is a sad one of immorality and rejection. In that leaflet, one full paragraph was devoted to the praises of God and His doings which we, human beings, cannot understand. He claims to know the objective truth about the universe in respect of a divinity—that the universe contains no such entity. 2. Of … Open your eyes and see millions of people dying of hunger in slums and huts dirtier than the grim dungeons of prisons; just see the labourers patiently or say apathetically while the rich vampires suck their blood; bring to mind the wastage of human energy that will make a man with a little common sense shiver in horror. The atheist regards himself as knowing there is no God in just the sense that he regards himself as knowing, say, that the earth is round. A few days later I found an Eric S. Raymond piece on why he believes "The End of Faith" would be a Language: English (Original language Punjabi) Publisher: The People (Lala Lajpat Rai’s English Weekly) ISBN: 1983124823. apparently originally This in itself is a significant issue not only in the original language meaning but also in the fact that syntax was much less important in Koine than it is in English; conjugation of words put forth meaning, and while syntax did matter to a point it was much less significant than it is in English. I am also an antitheist. The next day I was taken to the Railway Police lockup where I spent a whole month. First of all, let us differentiate between pride and vanity as these are two different things. What is your view about those punishments inflicted on the people who were deliberately kept ignorant by selfish and proud Brahmans? In May 1927, I was arrested in Lahore. In both these states of mind he cannot be an atheist in the true sense of the word. Written: October 5–6, 1930 About. In order to answer this question I relate the truth. He mentions that his family were firm believers in God, that he himself grew up as a religious boy who would chant prayers for hours and goes on to explain how despite this he went on to become an atheist. Perhaps it was the writer Upton Sinclair who wrote (Bhagat Singh is referring to Sinclair’s pamphlet ‘Profits of Religion’ – MIA transcriber) somewhere “only make a man firm believer in the immortality of soul, then rob him of all that he possesses. My previous beliefs and convictions underwent a radical change. We do not take a leap forward; we go many steps back. I ask why the Almighty created this world which is nothing but a living hell, a place of constant and bitter unrest. All right. God, or he, or the learned people of that society? I thought that I would settle it to myself whether I could brag only in days of peace and happiness that I was an atheist, or in those hard times I could be steadfast in my convictions. Society must fight against this belief in God as it fought against idol worship and other narrow conceptions of religion. I am known as a dictator among my friends. I am, after all, a human being and nothing more. If it is, I stand for it. This world which is full of woe and grief, and countless miseries, where not even one person lives in peace. They jeered at us. In the jail, on 4 October 1930, Baba Randhir Singh, a religious man and member of Ghadar Party who was convicted in the first Lahore conspiracy case, met Bhagat Singh and tried to incite his belief in God; however, Bhagat Singh did not change his stand. You may criticise me as skinny, but you would be grossly wrong to call me fat. It cannot be called empty pride. Supposing that he commits a sin, who shall bear the consequences? My friends say that after Delhi bombing and Lahore Conspiracy Case, I rocketed to fame and that this fact has turned my head. Then I lived with my father. His God was an all-pervading Entity. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and enjoy it… He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. Christians ought to read this for a couple of reasons - one is the way Loftus was treated. “Why I Am An Atheist” was converted from the original Gurmukhi (Punjabi) to Urdu/Persian script by Maqsood Saqib and translated from Urdu to English by Hasan for Marxists Internet Archive in 2006. Atheists say they disbelieve because they’ve read the Bible. I am a realistic man. His convictions are infirm, his emotions feeble. I was an atheist even when I was an unknown figure. In spite of this I could not convince myself of the efficacy of Sikh religion or any religion at all, for that matter. See more. I tell you that the British rule is not there because God willed it but for the reason that we lack the will and courage to oppose it. In this way I would be set free and even rewarded and I would not be produced as an approver in the court. It was not an easy task to face that ordeal. At least one thing is true that I have not evolved this thought because of vanity or pride. I ask why He does not fill the hearts of all capitalist classes with altruistic humanism that prompts them to give up personal possession of the means of production and this will free the whole labouring humanity from the shackles of money. [3], Later still I came across a book entitled, Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, http://scroll.in/article/715660/on-bhagat-singhs-death-anniversary-why-i-am-an-atheist, "Bhagat Singh as seen by Ramasami Periyar", "Martyr Bhagat Singh lost in red tape on India's 67th Independence Day", "Periyar admired Bhagat Singh, criticised Gandhiji", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Why_I_Am_an_Atheist&oldid=955687334, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 May 2020, at 06:10. The clarity of thoughts he possessed at such an age of 22 is so remarkable. Why I am an atheist is an essay by Bhagat Singh written in Lahore Central Jail in reply to his religious friends who thought Bhagat Singh became an atheist because of his vanity. There have been many philosophers in recorded history who were atheists.This is a list of atheist philosophers with articles in Wikipedia. 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