O Hindus, where are you going? – Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan

“The intolerance of narrow monotheism is written in letters of blood across the history of man from the time when first the tribes of Israel burst into the land of Canaan. The worshippers of the one jealous God are egged on to aggressive wars against people of alien cults. They invoke divine sanction for the cruelties inflicted on the conquered. The spirit of old Israel is inherited by Christianity and Islam.”  – Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in Hindu Way of Life.

“The white man came with the Bible in his hand, gave the Bible to us and took away our lands!” – Jomo Kenyata

Sadhu RangarajanHindus outside Bharat are waking up. They went out of this country about two centuries ago to countries like South Africa as indentured labour. The forefathers of the present-day Indians in those countries were mostly illiterate and they also lost contact with their Motherland soon after they reached the foreign shores. All that they carried with them was some customs and traditions which they learnt from their forefathers. In the midst of poverty, suffering and slavery, they strived to preserve whatever they carried with them. However, many were converted to alien religions by their masters during the period of their slavery. The others preserved, in the midst of all hardship and adverse circumstances, their hoary cultural values which they inherited. Today, their descendants who have seen the light of freedom, enlightenment and human rights, are waking up and have started to realize the glory and greatness of their ancient spiritual civilization and want to proclaim to the world the universal and eternal way of life that they have inherited. Because they are minorities in the lands where they are settled and the religion and culture of those lands do not have the generous vision and universal outlook of Hindu way of life, the Hindus have to struggle hard to protect their religious and spiritual values. Though they belong to different sects and sampradayas of Hinduism, they realize the necessity to rise above their differences and stand together as Hindus first and foremost.

Therefore, today, they have not only formed Hindu councils and other such bodies that unite them under one banner, but also have started celebrating the Hindu religious and cultural festivals jointly, making them occasions to forge stronger bondage of brotherhood among them. This Sadhu’s recent visit to South Africa has revealed the fact that the Hindus in the country are becoming more and more united and want to rise above all sectarian and organizational differences. Spontaneous welcome was accorded to him by various Hindu bodies — Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Gujarati — some of them propagating Saivite, Vaishnava, Shakta and Kaumara ways of worship and some belonging to the modern spiritual movements that have gone from India to that country.  All of them feel it a proud privilege to accord a warm welcome to a sadhu or sannyasi from India, to whichever sampradaya, cult or organization he may belong. This gave an opportunity to this Sadhu to highlight the need for unity and integrity in the Hindu society for the preservation of our hoary culture and heritage from the onslaught of alien cultures and religions which are narrow and fundamentalist.

Contrary to what is happening outside Bharat, the Hindus inside the Motherland, who are in a majority, are proving themselves to be the grave diggers of their own culture and society, knowingly or unknowingly striving to bury all that the Hindu nation has preserved since times immemorial and to destroy the Hindu identity of the future generations of this land. Utter selfishness and materialistic goals have prompted them to be enemies of their own brethren in their own Motherland. The so-called Hindu leaders in our country today are vying with each other to prove themselves to be greater Jayachands than the one who betrayed Prithviraj and invited Mohammad Ghori to invade this land, destroy Hindu nation and all that the Hindus cherished for ever. Even those Hindu political leaders who once stood under a common banner and proclaimed the glory and greatness of Hindutwa and Hindu Rashtra are today divided into rival camps striving to destroy each other. They are prepared to join hands with the avowed enemies of Hindu values and Hindu Nation to destroy their own brethren who till yesterday stood by their side. In the meanwhile, the anti-Hindu forces have forged strong alliances among themselves to take on the Hindus and they revel in the division of the Hindus and the emergence of modern Jayachands among them, whom they want to entice.

At such a juncture, what is the role played by the so-called Hindu religious and spiritual leaders? In their urge for domination, they play all nasty roles to keep their folk away from a larger Hindu sanghatan. They are afraid that if the sheep in their herd get involved in the herds of other shepherds like them they will lose their hold on them and therefore they see to it that their followers do not go to other congregations. They inject into them a strong virus of sectarian fanaticism so that they will look down upon other Hindu congregations as something inferior to their own. The leaders are also afraid of joining hands with leaders of other Hindu organizations and create a strong Hindu unity, because they are afraid that they will lose their importance in such a bigger congregation. They are too proud to work under any other leader of any such big organized set up.

They want to be called “Jagat Gurus” — preceptors of the whole world — and expect every one to fall prostrate at their feet, but they are not prepared to look beyond the interest of their own narrow sect or sampradaya or their organization.  Mahakavi Bharati, in his severe criticism of “nadippu swadeshikal” (pseudo-swadeshis) of his time, sang: “Uppenrum cheeni enrum ulnattu chelaiyenrum cheppi tirivaaradee, solvatariyaarade” — “They will sing salt (salt satyagraha), sugar and home-spun clothes (swadeshi), but they do not know what they are talking about”. Similarly, these “Jagat Gurus” will speak about Vasudaiva kutumbakam – the whole world is one family – which our great ancient Rishis proclaimed, but they will not look beyond their own sects and sampradayas.

JehovahSome of the so-called spiritual leaders among the Hindus always sing the song of sarva dharma samabhaava which they translate as equality of all religions. The Christian leaders spit at their face and condemn them as “heathens” and call upon them either to join Christianity to get relieved of their “sins” or get lost in hell. The Muslims call them “kafirs” who should either be converted to Islam or annihilated in a Jihad. However, the fools among these so-called Hindu leaders still say that Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are equal and sit in their mandirs, maths and ashrams and sing, Ishwar-Allah-Jehovah-Jesu tera naam. They do not know even the meaning of the words Hindu and Dharma. Hinduism is not a religion, but a highly scientific and spiritual way of life evolved by the great sages and seers in this sub-continent called Bharatavarsha. All those who respect and revere this way of life and adore the land of its origin stretching from River Sindhu in the north to the southern ocean, Sindhu-or-Hindu Maha Sagar, as the land of their forefathers, the punya bhoomi, karma bhoomi, jnaana bhoomi and moksha bhoomi are Hindus. The Hindu way of life allows ample freedom to mankind to worship the nameless, formless Ultimate Reality called God in any name or form so that everyone will realize It in his or her own Self.

Christianity and Islam are not at all religions as they claim themselves to be, but imperialist political forces which have come into existence to subjugate the entire humanity under their rule and they have put on the garb of religion and project prophets and saints only to hoodwink the poor and innocent.  Jomo Kenyata, the great African leader, once declared: “The white man came with the Bible in his hand, gave the Bible to us and took away our lands!” The world-renowned philosopher and former President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan says: “The intolerance of narrow monotheism is written in letters of blood across the history of man from the time when first the tribes of Israel burst into the land of Canaan. The worshippers of the one jealous God are egged on to aggressive wars against people of alien cults. They invoke divine sanction for the cruelties inflicted on the conquered. The spirit of old Israel is inherited by Christianity and Islam.” (Hindu Way of Life, Unwin Books, 1960, P. 40).

However, our stupid pseudo-gurus who get into inter-religious dialogues and go out-of-the-way to call Christianity and Islam as “Dharma” are a curse on Hindu society and nation. The Maha Narayana Upanishad defines the word Dharma as follows: dharmo vishvasya jagatah pratishtitha, loke dharmishtha prajaaupasarpanti, dharmena paapamapanudati, dharme sarvam pratishthitam, tasmaad dharmam paramam vadanti — “Dharma constitutes the foundation of all affairs in the world. People respect those who adhere to Dharma. Dharma insulates (man) against sinful thoughts. Everything in this world is founded on Dharma. Dharma, therefore, is considered supreme.”

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