Archive for October, 2010


Some time back when P.Chidambaram introduced us to this word ‘saffron terrorism’, my reaction was, what the heck man, himself being a hindu how can he say something like that but honestly speaking he was not the first one, earlier to him also there have  been some talks  suggesting  how hindu’s (youth specially) are becoming more and more aggressive, when it comes to religion specially.  Everytime i heard these comments i used to think that may be another propaganda or another pseudo secularist trying to please a particular sect.

And i was not wrong in having such opinion. Whatever little i have read, heard and understood about hinduism tells me that a hindu can never be a terrorist, fanatic or anything of that sort. Hindu’s have always been a very peace loving sect. Thousand’s of years of history and you cannot find a single king who was very aggressive or obsessed with agenda of spreading hinduism. We have known many rulers  who have traveled thousand miles just to conquer the world but  how many of hindu kings have done that? none. Bharat (after whom this great nation is named) did not conquer, he ‘UNITED’ india, there is a difference. Alexander came, won some, lost one, went back, died on his way but chandragupt never tried to grab what alexander left. He very well could have but he didnt. Raja Bhoj defeated mallechs (so they were called) but left them alone and gave them their land back (which is modern day arab). Ashoka had his moments of madness but finally what he became we all know. I am compelled to mention Prithvi raj chauhan as well, he defeated mohd. ghazni 17 times before getting defeated but every single time he pardoned ghazni and never bothered to go after him. Some may call it a political blunder which it was but  it was neither the first nor the last error made by a hindu, we’ll leave it at that.

There is an instance in mahabharat, yudhisthir goes to bhism pitamah and ask him how hindu’s used to live when kings and kindoms were not formed. Pitamah replied

नैव राज्यं न राजाऽऽसीत् न दण्डो न च दाण्डिकः।
धर्मेणैव प्रजाः सर्वा रक्षन्ति च परस्परम्॥

There was no kingdom no king, no punishment no punisher. Every one used to protect eachother with dharma and character.

Buddhism born out of hinduism, many converted at those times when people were ardent hindu, no riots or massacre mentioned in any text of those times. Buddha is even considered incarnation of vishnu inspite of breaking away from hinduism starting his own religion which is slightly atheistic in approach. Bhagwan mahavir’s follower formed jainism, hindu’s call him bhagwan. Khalsa panth born out of hinduism, no problems there either, on the contrary sikh were called sword of hindus.

So you see we have been a very content and peace loving society. A society thriving on knowledge and spirituality. Now may be you share my dissentment toward chidambaram’s comments.

But then something happened which made me ponder and i ended up writing this blog. Chidambaram’s comments might not be exact in present times but may find some accuracy in future.

Off  late i met and chatted with many guys most of them in their 20’s or 30’s, who preached and believed in a very different kind of hinduism. I was totally unaware about this side of  religion. I actually never knew it existed, this saying aptly describes my situation

“Eye’s don’t see what mind does’nt know”

May be that is why i was unaware, i never looked at hinduism with this new ‘in fashion’ perspective. Hindu youth who proudly calls himself a nationalist,  believe’s this nation is a sole property of hindu’s, talks about hindu nation and how only hindu’s deserve all the fruits of it. Well personally i don’t have any problem with that and i also support this call to some extent but the mean to that end is very apalling. And when you converse more and go deeper into their mind trying to understand their psyche, some how you loose that feeling of fellow hindu, we are brother’s kind off thing is lost. You feel totally different, outcasted to some extent. As if you were strolling with a friend but suddenly in a dark corner of the road he turns your foe.

Youth today talks about mandir and is not ready to listen about anything else. Anything concerning peace is a cowardly act, you talk about peace and you are labelled as either a coward (responsible for everything bad that has happened to hinduism) or a pseudo secularist. They dont understand a word of tulsi ramayan let alone valmiki’s but claim to ‘own’ ram. They are not even aware of the state of our religion in parts of country, some of them even think caste system is totally abolished (believe me one of them said that to me, but added ” atleast in my district”,don’t know which part of india he was from). They claim to be staunch hindu and nationalist but all they mean by that is how to defeat muslims,i am unable to understand this fixation with muslim’s. I wonder are these guys hindu or is it more appropriate to call them ‘anti muslims’. Although i am very much aware of the friction and its cause, but i don’t agree with this general consensus that muslims are biggest threat to this religion. Dont we have internal problems which are bigger and more threatening to us than so to say muslim’s.  My fellow hindu’s today are not interested in how to improve our religion, not at all bothered  how lower class (including brahmin’s) and lower caste hindu is living or trying to live,  they are more interested in how muslims are living, their nationalistic ear cant hear the cries of hindu females mistreated by their husbands or in-laws  but they do pick up the voice of muslim cleric issuing a fatwa.

Yes i agree muslims have had a very aggressive agenda when it comes to conversion but how many of us really know that more hindu convert to christianity than to islam. Hundreds of christian missionaries come to india every year with prime objective of converting as many hindus as they can, a  large number of tribals are converted to christianity and missionaries claim, because tribals are not  hindu’s (west believe’s tribals dont have any religion) so this cannot be called a conversion. Lower caste hindu’s convert to other religion because of castist mindset of upper caste hindu’s. Financially poor hindu’s convert mainly because they see financial gains. Muslims  target hindu’s no doubt about that but so do christian’s  then why are we so obsessed and focused on muslims. Infact why focus at any of them, why not focus at the root cause of our problems and address them.

Education being one of biggest problem if not THE Biggest. By education i don’t mean academic but education about our religion-why it is great to be a hindu?, education about caste-why it is absurd to allocate caste by birth?, education about society-why it is preposterous to mistreat females?. Education should be our primary weapon against any threat, it plays a very important role in ones life. Education is  not just a mean to earn bread and butter, its a mean to achieve a higher goal and that is eternal happiness.

Uneducated people follow religion more blindly and hence are sitting ducks for frauds in attire of sadhu’s. When these innocent hindu’s realize that they have been duped, their faith in religion is dented and are easily convinced into conversion by people of other religion. Those uneducated hindu’s who do have various degrees to boast about their qualification but who looks at a person’s caste first and then at his deeds or those hindu’s who think dominating the females in their households is the most courageous  thing, they need education. Educate them, they should know that hinduism teaches equality, caste system is just to define a persons mode of earning livelihood. Caste is not by birth, its by actions. An uneducated brahmin does not have any right to call himself a brahmin, because he is not. A lower caste who teaches children is a real brahmin.

Respecting women is the very basis of hinduism, Rigved says

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः।
यत्र तास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः॥

Where a female is worshipped, god himself reside there. Where females are not respected, nothing is successful there.

Hindu should know about hinduism, its basis, its history, its motive. People should understand what is hindu dharma and its importance in life. I am not asking you to become a sadhu and leave for himalaya’s, understanding religion doesnt mean that you should become a sanyasi, arjun after getting gita gyan from bhagwan krishna went for a war. Hindu dharma  makes you think clearly, it allows you to understand things better. It changes your perspective, your approach towards life in specific and towards people in general.

Learn hinduism, preach hinduism, let others know how great this religion is. Don’t get bogged down by what others are doing. If someone is bad to you that doesn’t mean you will be the same, what will be the difference then?

Gist is we do not need to become like muslim’s in effort to counter them. Its good to be passionate about your religion and culture but there is a thin line between being passionate and being a fanatic. Yes we do need a shield for our religion but instead of taking up aggression as a shield why not make knowledge and self awareness our shield. Aggression doesn’t last very long and even if it does it will do more harm to us rather than to those whom it’s against. Lets think of hinduism as one single body and we all as different part of it. All as one, no caste, no regional differences, no language issue’s. Lets be one big hindu society. UNITY my friends is the key for survival in this world-

सङ्घे शक्तिः कलौ युगे॥

Unity is the need of hour, lets work together to build that. Make hindu dharma a single body,  body so healthy that no bacteria/virus of any kind can attack it. So strong that anyone thinks million times before confronting it. But this health should not be for hunting others, it should be for our good. Remember peace can only be restored by a strong man, weak never get’s any peace. I know many will counter this with many instances of past, will remind me of atrocities made against hinduism. People will say how can you even think of peace when you know what have been and is been done to hindu’s.

My only reply to them is what Bhagwan krishna told us-

शान्तितुल्यं तपो नास्ति तोषान्न परमं सुखम्।
नास्ति तृष्णापरो व्याधिर्न च धर्मो दयापरः।

There is no greater penance like peace, there is no greater happiness than satisfaction, no greater disease than desire and there is

NO GREATER DHARMA THAN MERCY.

Jai Hind

RAM AND RAM MANDIR

This is my first blog,i hope first of many to come ,i don’t think that everyone shares the same excitement as i do but still, just like our beloved ‘prime minister’ i will carry on without taking into consideration what others think.

Its kind off strange, when i decided to write a blog, first thing that came to my mind was RAM. May be because of all the recent occurring as you might think, but more appropriate reason will be because being a hindu, Ram (or god in any form) comes to me first. But there was a tussle as well whether should i write about ram or ram mandir, should i write about ram’s persona or his ‘janambhoomi’ ? People seem to be more obsessed with later but i prefer former, so may be i’ll give you a mix.

Ram born to dasharath and kaushalya in ayodhya, their eldest son, is considered 7th avatar of vishnu. Besides Ram, he’s also referred to as kosaladheesh, kaushlesh, Maryada-purushottam  meaning ‘Man of highest Virtue’ or ‘God of Virtue’, etc. His Biography has been written down by many great people like Valimiki (in sanskrit) ,tulsidas (in hindi dialect), guru gobind singh (named ramavtara),etc. They are all very much different from each other,understandably having different  views but one thing  remains common in all form of ramayans written all over,  that is Ram is considered  Maryada Purushottam by all.

What is it that makes him the most written about god in recent history of this religion? Is it this name of his ‘RAM’ or is it his life or just because he was an incarnation of vishnu?

Tulsidas writes pages full of how his name is so precise and appropriate. He says

” एकु छत्रु एकु मुकुटमनि सब बरननि पर जोऊ ।
तुलसी रघुबर नाम के बरन बिराजत दोउ ॥”

when ‘ra’ of ram is added to your name (in hindi offcourse) it stands like an umbrella saving you from all the miseries and when ‘ma’ of ram is added it looks like a jewel on your forehead making your soul even more beautiful. What a beautiful interpretation. And along with it, tulsidas emphasizes the importance of name (on the contrary to shakespeare who says whats in the name) by saying

” देखिअहिं रूप नाम आधीना ।  रूप ज्ञान नहीं नाम बिहीना ॥”

when we look at someone his name comes to our mind, when we think of him( his name) his image comes to our mind.

Ramcharitmanas is full of  praises for Ram, Valmiki ramayan not so, Valmiki even criticizes Ram at many instances but that’s a different issue. No where in any ramayan written by anyone is any emphasis of any kind on temple. Its understood for valmiki ramayan as at that time temples where not of that much importance but why nothing in ramcharitmanas or ramavtara, etc. SOME will say how can Ram himself ask to build his temples,but many gods of other religions do ask their followers to build places of worship than why not ram?  Maryada purushottam perhaps but tulsidas (Born 1532AD) also says nothing about it. He on the contrary says

“जाकी रही भावना जैसी प्रभु मूरत देखि तिन तैसी ॥”

God appeared to everyone in different forms, depending on their faith.

Then why today we are so obsessed with a temple? Ayodhya has 11000, yes eleven thousand temples but  zero at the place it matters, Ram janambhoomi. Ram in itself would neither feel happy or ‘dejected’ if temple there is build or not, but his followers will be.

So in quest of that ‘one’ temple, we unintentionally made ram a small word preceding bigger words like MANDIR and JANAMBHOOMI.

Yes, what happens at that 67 acres land in ayodhya will have a long lasting and bigger impact on this nations future (little on this religion), but is that THE MOST important thing, is it worth being so fanatic and in the process becoming just like those whom we are fighting against. A temple at what cost? Cost of even a single life is too much to afford but we in the process have given many. We might get our temple in the end but will we get those lives back?

No doubt that huge and majestic temple will boost our ego but will that temple solve the basic problems of hinduism due to which hundreds of lower caste hindu’s change their religion, will it make hindu’s understand that caste is not by birth but is from action’s as maharishi Manu said originally or will that temple make hindu’s understand their religion? which at present they don’t, even the flag bearers of temple movement are not that aware of what hinduism actually is.

Having said all that, please don’t think that i don’t want that temple, i want it as much as you do, even more than politician’s do. Ram himself when offered lanka by vibhishan after killing ravan says

“जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी॥”

Mother and motherland are better than heaven. He emphasizes on the importance of motherland (Janambhoomi) and i being his humble follower cannot reject the importance of janambhoomi or janamsthan. All i am trying to convey is that temple is good but who is inside is more important. Ram mandir at his birth place is great but RAM in our heart and in our action’s is superb.

The only good thing about that mandir movement of early 90’s was that it united hindu’s like never before. Hindu’s for once thaught, worked, moved and lived as one, the otherwise unbreakable boundaries of caste were broken, we were all brothers  up for one cause. Lets work towards recreating that unity and brotherhood, i am sure thats the only way to connect with our beloved Ram.

Atlast, phew finally, i will end this by quoting sumitra, when lakshman was to leave with Ram and Sita on vanvaas he came to see sumitra to take her blessings. Sumitra says

“रामं दशरथं विद्धि मां विद्धि जनकात्मजाम्।
अयोध्यामटवीं विद्धि गच्छ तात यथासुखम्॥”

Regard Ram as your father, Sita as your mother, this world as ayodhya and you will always be happy .

Jai shri ram