Apparently my response to the following comment is what got me banned:
Pandu, this reminds me of the famous Ben Franklin quote “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
I agree with this totally. I am free and independent, no one is protecting me except my dog. Life is a risk and although I’ve had my share of misfortune (see my other comments here or elsewhere) I would never give up my freedom for security. Women are not children and should not be treated as such.
Maybe women accept this “protection” in more paternalistic cultures, but thankfully I don’t live any of those other places.
However, I do understand your concern. I don’t think you are evil or that you deserve the harsh criticism you are receiving here.
We just don’t buy it.
(UPDATE: HuffPo published my comment [copied below], so I have no idea what made them ban me. If they thought my comment was inappropriate, why did they publish it anyway?)
What makes you think you have any real freedom to give up? Following the urges of the mind and senses is not freedom, it is bondage. Contentment is actual freedom.
If you tell a kid he is free to smoke cigarettes, have you given him freedom? No, you have given him a clear path to addiction, the opposite of freedom. If a person has no wisdom, her freedom is illusory. That is the freedom you seem to cherish.
You are protected by a dog? Oh! If your shelter is a dog, then your attraction may carry you to the womb of a dog when your present body is finished. Narayana means the real shelter of all living entities, and is one name of God. Women may not be children, but the Vedas, which were directly manifested by Narayana, say she should be given the same freedom as a child, for her protection and the good of society. If a gentleman offers such protection but she rejects it and gets raped by some wretched man, then that was her foolishness. One can understand that in a previous birth she had been a man who had raped a woman and thus could not avoid nature’s punishment, just as the contemporary rapist must suffer the same fate in due time.
If you don’t buy it, it is only due to your poor fund of knowledge. Vedic philosophy is like selling diamonds, and not everyone is qualified to buy.