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The System Of Governance In India Has Gone To The Dogs !

The System Of Governance In India Has Gone To The Dogs !

Pictures always speak volumes.’A picture is worth a thousand words’ became quite evident when I came to see ‘dark images’ associated with the recent tricolour hosting attempt at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. I call these pictures “dark images” as they not only depict the brutality of police but also reveal the facets of a rotten system. A system that has nothing to offer to law-abiding citizens but has lot to offer to the corrupt souls involved in all sorts of inhuman practices.

It needs to be recalled that activists of BJP, who wished to hoist a flag at the Lal Chowk on this Republic Day to mark the culmination of Ekta Yatra were not allowed to hoist the flag, citing fears of law and order breakdown”. As per news items, the government machinery breathed a sigh of relief when it managed to keep the activists away from the Lal Chowk.

However, the other side of the story got delayed. After the emergence of these gory images, it’s quite clear that police crossed the line between human decency and barbarism in a mad attempt to prevent the hoisting of the flag. It’s not hard to imagine the plight of people who are behind the bars if that’s the treatment meted out to people engaged in harmless and noble gesture. It’s a real shame that all the human rights protection messages which one often finds posted on the walls of Police Station do mean nothing for the beasts functioning as policemen.It appears that police this time was inspired by the Pre-Independence British police!

I need to ask: Is attempt to hoist a National Flag a huge offence that should make police go berserk ? What was the need to beat the activists black and blue ? Isn’t our system promoting anarchism by allowing total liberty to the anti-national elements but at the same time dealing with iron hand activities that restore the pride of nation ?

I just don ‘t know how my readers are going to react ? However, after seeing this images, I am but convinced that our system compromising of legislature, executive and judicial branches has gone to the dogs.

The System Of Governance In India Has Gone To The Dogs !

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Reference:

Ekta Yatra


Brutality Of Police

Flag Hoisting At Lal Chowk

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Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

It’s really strange and quite baffling that on the very day when Constitution of India came in effect, the nation witnessed an unprecedented happening wherein activists belonging to BJP were not allowed to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. It’s really a huge blow to the spirit of constitution,which believes safeguarding the honour of elements inherent in it.The national symbols are representative of pride of India. The Indian government’s official website while talking about them says that “these symbols are intrinsic to the Indian identity and heritage. Indians of all demographics backgrounds across the world are proud of these National Symbols as they infuse a sense of pride and patriotism in every Indian’s heart.

Coming to the national flag, the images which depict how our revolutionaries lost their lives in an attempt to hoist the flag on the government buildings during the British are still stuck inside our memories. I remember a famous scene in Attenborough’s Gandhi,when a revolutionary is shot dead by the British official when he was about to hoist the national flag. Now come back to the present. Both Central government and State Government in Jammu and Kashmir prevented the determined souls from unfurling the national flag, which marked the culmination of BJP’s Ekata Yatra. It’s a real shame that government machinery acted like British government in Raj Era.

The whole incident has very serious repercussions. It also raises some very complex questions which admirers of national integrity apart from the intellectuals belonging to all sections need to answer in conscious and honest manner.Ridiculous reasons have been given in support of not allowing the BJP’s activist to hoist the flag.Home Minister P Chidambaram treating the whole exercise a part of confrontationist agenda requested the activists not to escalate the tension in the State. In his eyes,it was going to deteriorate the law and order situation there.The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also felt the same stating that state which has somehow managed to regain normalcy after three long months of turbulence should not witness another volatile act.It would be interesting to know that Lal Chowk, as per the separatists, is a place where the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, promised referendum to Kashmiris.

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

These arguments sound very stupid. I am really taken aback by the reactions of the intellectuals. It’s not difficult to intercept the reactions of people falling to the progressive class. Any issue if it’s sponsored by the BJP becomes an object of hatred in eyes of the Leftists. On the contrary,they will leave no stone unturned in sponsoring the cause of people found guilty of sedition. Well ,I am no political person,much less representative of BJP or RSS. Therefore,I wish to offer an altogether different perspective. What’s the chief reason which has made Jammu and Kashmir tense ? It’s the incompetence of both Central and State governments.

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

The governments are being virtually guided by the whims and fancies of the separatists. I am not saying that. It’s one of the recommendations made by the interlocutors which suggests that stating “that rights and dignity of people of Jammu and Kashmir be respected by “specially training” the armed forces” and ” specified areas in Kashmir and Jammu be demarcated where people could stage peaceful protests against the government.”This Kashmir Panel is headed by Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. That’s indeed an ideal way to deal with the likes of Yaseen Malik who enjoy the patronage of Pakistani government ! That’s indeed a great way to honour the sacrifices of brave soldiers who lost their lives while fighting with the infiltrators.

Coming back to the main issue, let me quash the bogus fears of Mr.Omar Obdullah. His fears pertaining to breakdown of normalcy is childish as few months back when Jammu and Kashmir was caught in flames of tension the separatists were not only allowed to organize a huge meeting at Lal Chowk but also allowed to hoist Pakistani flags. The separatists also raised anti India slogans. Was that a very encouraging gesture which prompted our Home Minster P Chidambaram to give a nod to it ? Were the present fears that gave rise to hallucination in minds of Chidambaram had gone missing in those times when separatists were given total freedom to get involved in anti-India gestures on September 11,2010 ? Are the scenes in this video promote peace in valley ? So what was the need to have such vague apprehensions when few enthusiastic souls wished to hoist our own national flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day ?

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

A meeting titled ‘Azadi: The Only Way’ was organized in New Delhi on October 21st, 2010 in which inflammatory anti-India speeches were delivered.What was our Home Minster doing then ? Had he no time to prevent this meeting conducted by Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the Hurriyat Conference (G) ? What should common people of this nation assume when government start behaving in selective and partisan manner ? Okay. They should assume that actions sponsored by the separatists give rise to peace while the nationalistic gestures such as hoisting the national flag escalates tension !

The double standards exhibited by both Central government and Omar Obdullah government have left us stunned. The hypocritical stance that whole show is mere political drama exposes their real faces. It’s not altogether devoid of truth that there was some politics involved in it but the greater question is that why matters pertaining to national security, integrity and pride are allowed to become subject matters of political parties ? You allow political parties to create mess or gain political mileage by not taking a clear stance on sensitive issues. You keep sensitive issues pending for years, making lesser organisations to cash on it.

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

So people accusing BJP of playing politics should think twice before pointing accusing fingers. In fact, it has given a chance to ponder over new aspects related with Kashmir. The issue has also exposed the people masquerading as intellectuals, who are, in fact, the other side of separatists operating in Kashmir. I mean people who think that honouring the national symbols gives rise to disturbed scenario. I would love to know from them how come hoisting flag on our own land and that too on Republic Day would lead to disturbance ?

It’s not a political issue. It’s a question that’s associated with the self-respect of nation. It would be hard to find an another nation wherein the government machinery prevented its own very people to hoist its own national flag. It’s a real shame. Now don’t make it a political issue by associating BJP with it. The issue is why one cannot hoist a national flag within national boundaries? In other words, why should we allow the separatists to rule our likes and dislikes? Who are they to dictate what we should do and what we should not do? Why do we not crush them badly when they thwart attempts to restore national pride? Remember, it’s the same place where separatists burnt our national flag,making mockery of our patience.

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

There is talk of confidence building measures but I don’t know how would it be done when we cannot even display elements representative of national pride ? I mean right from Naxalites to separatists can openly use weapons,organize anti-India meetings but when the peace loving citizens try to enter in nationalistic gesture they are arrested on grounds of causing harm to normalcy. Ironically, ” the UPA government is duty bound under the Transaction of Business Rules framed under the Constitution, to officially unfurl the tricolour national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, J&K. ”

Another important angle is to decide what’s really more important ? To find what’s making people in Jammu and Kashmir increasingly prone to anti India gestures or to kill all such attempts that try to make this state a part of mainstream India much like other states ? So are we spending hard earned money of the tax payers’ on this state to give rise to scenario wherein giving rise to nationalistic fervour is a criminal offence ? Anyway, time has come to marginalize intellectuals who love to support separatists,promote people involved in seditious activities and also create mayhem in the whole nation if something goes against their interests. So it’s really pathetic that they smell a rat in the motives of BJP or, for that matter, talk about maintaining law and order. We all know how “Bandhs” throw life out of gear in West Bengal.

It’s time to do some real soul searching. I don’t think that ideal way to curb the separatists and anti-India forces is to start talking about Hindu terrorism. The ideal way is to curb such negative forces with iron hand. It’s not at all a right way that we should compromise with national pride to keep intact fake peace in Kashmir valley. It’s hard to believe that it’s not government machinery but the will of separatists that decides what should be the course of action in valley ? So what is the Indian government waiting for ? Will it be dictated by them or is it going to tame them by hook or crook considering beasts are not used to soft measures ?

The hoisting of flag would have sent strong message to the all the negative forces that come what may we are not going to compromise with our national pride. It’s a real shame that we gave them an opportunity to laugh at our weaknesses. Let’s stop glorifying anti-India gestures unless we are interested in making cowardice a part of our national character. It’s time to give separatists strong signals that playing with the national pride would cost them dearly.

Hoisting The National Flag Is A Crime In India !

References:

BJP’s Ekta Yatra

Law To Hoist Flag At Lal Chowk

Chidambaram’s Statements

Video Sep.11,2010

Azadi:The Only Way

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तिरंगा फहरे या ना फहरे भला ये भी क्या एक मुद्दा हो सकता है ?

झंडा  ऊँचा  रहे  हमारा

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जुस्तजू जिसकी थी उस को तो न पाया हमने
इस बहाने से मगर देख ली दुनिया हमने

-शहरयार  

श्रीनगर के लालचौक पर  तिरंगा फहरे या न फहरे पर इस बहाने  इतना फायदा तो जरूर हुआ कि सयंमित से लगने वालो चेहरों से उनकी असलियत जरूर झलक गयी .वो गरीबी भी भली जो हमे अपने करीबी लोगो की असलियत से वाकिफ करवा दे.इस तरह के अवसर या इन  अवसरों पर होने वाली  बहसों से तात्कलिक लाभ यही होता है कि ये समझ में आने लगता है कि सभ्य से दिखने वाले चेहरे  अन्दर से कितने मक्कार और भ्रष्ट होते है.कितने ही बेसुरे तानपुरे अपना राग अलापने लगते है. आश्चर्य है कि यह तो ख़राब लगता है कि हमारे  दृष्टिकोण  को कोई  सिरे  से खारिज कर दे पर ये  बुरा नहीं लगता कि कोई राष्ट्र के स्वाभिमान से जुड़े प्रतीकों कि ऐसी कि तैसी कर दे और हम  खामोश बैठे रहे.भावनाओ का भी विचित्र स्वरूप होता है.राष्ट्र भावना के सम्मान से जुड़ा तो  पानी समान और अपनी क़द्र से जुड़ा तो लहू सरीखा  कीमती हो  गया.


उस राष्ट्र की नियति के बारे में भी सोचिये जहा ये भी एक  मुद्दा हो  सकता है की किसी जगह  तिरंगा फहरे या ना फहरे ? वाह  रे राष्ट्र ! कितने ही बहसों  में मैंने देखा है कुछ लोग बिल्कुल समत्व की मुद्रा में आ जायेंगे और ये लगेगा कि विक्रमादित्य का न्याय ही कर  डालेंगे.लगेगा न्याय अपनी  बात स्वयम कह रहा हो.असल में ऐसे चेहरे दस सर वाले रावण से ज्यादा खतरनाक होता है जो अलग  अलग जगह सिर्फ उपस्थिति जताने के लिए असरदार तरीके से अपनी  बात कहता है. लेकिन  गौर करने पे  आपको  समझ  में आ  जायेगा  कि  वे सिर्फ और सिर्फ अलगाववादियों की भाषा ही बोल  रहे है सभ्य तरीके से ! बहुतो को लग रहा है कि मुद्दे पे राजनीति हो रही  है.सवाल यह है कि किसी मुद्दे पे राजनीति करने का अवसर आप देते ही क्यों है ?
 

तिरंगे का अपमान करने वाले अलगाववादी तो सही पर सम्मान करने  वाले गलत  !

तिरंगे का अपमान करने वाले अलगाववादी तो सही पर सम्मान करने वाले गलत !


जब कुछ करना चाहिए तो समत्व कि बात करने वाले  दोगले बुद्धिजीवी  निष्क्रिय  बैठे रहते है. तमाशाई  बने रहते है.ये कहा थे जब अलगाववादियों  कि फौज दिल्ली  में आकर  देश  के  संविधान  पर थूक  कर चली  जाती है  आप उस थूक  को चाट कर रह  जाते है ! ये महान  कृत्य  है जो  कही  भी  कोई कर सकता है.पर तिरंगा फहरे या न फहरे इस पर बड़ा मंथन हो रहा है ! वाह रे इस देश को चलाने  वालो का विवेक ? चलिए माना भाजपा तो राजनीति कर रही है तो पहले ये बताये राजनैतिक पार्टी  राजनीति न करेगी तो क्या करेगी और दूसरा ये बताये कौन सी  पार्टी है  विश्व में  जिसके अपने राजनैतिक स्वार्थ नहीं होते ?कौन से पार्टी है जो दूध  की धुली है ?

आपने क्यों ऐसे हालत पैदा किये कि किसी को राजनीति करने का अवसर मिला ? वो भ्रष्ट है तो तुम निस्वार्थता की मूर्ती अब तक क्यों मुर्दा बने हुए थे ? बस पड़ जायेगे मुद्दे में और दोगली भाषा में बोलेगे यह भी सही है वो  भी सही है. देश में शान्ति लाने का तरीका यही है की देश के गद्दारों को तो  आप खत्म ही कर दे पर ऐसे लोगो को भी  खत्म कर दे जो  किसी  भी मुद्दे को अपनी भटकाव भरी  बातो से अराजकता की स्थिति उत्पन्न कर देते है.भाजपा का भगवा लोगो को  खलता हो तो खले लेकिन कुछ लोग  शायद ये भूल  गए कि भगवा अभिन्न रूप से भारत के  ध्वज का हिस्सा है.कल को उसको भी हटा दीजियेगा यह कह के ये सांप्रदायिक है !
 

 अलगाववादियों को क्यों नहीं दरकिनार करते ?

अलगाववादियों को क्यों नहीं दरकिनार करते ?

बात सिर्फ इतनी है भगवा और तिरंगा तो एक है और रहेगा और वो भी सबसे  ऊपर.बहुत से  लोग और कुछ राजनैतिक पार्टी का रुख ये  होता है  कि जैसे सच्चाई सिर्फ उन्ही के  पास गिरवी है.सच्चाई औरो को भी पता है साहब.ये पब्लिक है सब जानती है.सुना है कि नहीं.  अगर कुछ सिरफिरे लोगो  को वहा  तिरंगा फहराना  खल रहा  है तो उनकी  सुननी चाहिए कि उनकी सुननी चाहिए जो राष्ट्रीय प्रतीकों  का पूर्ण  सम्मान चाहते है.क्यों  आपका मन नहीं है ? बताये ? कहा है आपका मन ? राष्ट्र के दलालों  के पास ? जब पाकिस्तानी झन्डा फहर रहा  था तब मन था और अब नहीं  है ?

अच्छा बड़ी  मुश्किल से शान्ति आई है. तो अब क्या करे ? सब  राष्ट्रीय प्रतीकों  को हटा दे. स्वाभिमान बेच दे. बड़ा आसान है  ऐसी बकैती करना. ऐसे लोग पता है कैसे होते है.ये ठीक उन लोगो की तरह होते है जो किसी  की दुनिया उजड़  जाए तो  उसे  धैर्य बनाये रखने  के लिए  कहेंगे मगर खुद की अगर एक सुई भी खो जाए तो कितने बेगुनाहों को जेल के सलाखों पीछे डाल देंगे. ये लेक्चरबाजी बहुत घिसी  पिटी है.

कम से कम अमेरिका की स्पष्टवादिता अच्छी लगती है. या तो आप हमारे साथ है या तो  नहीं है. बात सिर्फ  इतनी है.भारत के ज़मीन पर ऐश करने वालो से यह पूछना चाहिए कि भारतीय प्रतीकों से उन्हें आपत्ति क्यों है ?  और इनसे क्यों  खतरा है ?  क्यों ऐसा माहौल है या निर्मित्त किया जा रहा है जिसमे भारतीय तत्वों के प्रति नफरत के बीज  बोये जा रहे है.इनका आप ईमानदारी से जवाब  दे.Anyway, let’s stop glorifying the anti-national gestures.बस यही कहना है कि उन सभी लोगो को नष्ट कर दे जो राष्ट्र के स्वाभिमान से जुड़े प्रतीकों की क़द्र नहीं करते. कम से कम उन्हें इतना तो समझ में आये कि राष्ट्र के प्रति सम्मान किन्तु परन्तु का विषय नहीं है और इसके साथ खिलवाड़ करना     राष्ट्रद्रोह  से  कम नहीं.
 

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Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

India is on the path of progress and glory. It’s a matter of pride that India on both economic front and scientific domain has attained glorious heights. That too when the nation being marred by series of scams one after another apart from being chased by horrible contradictions has virtually given way to chaotic state of affairs. However, such a complex scenario has not deterred Western nations to treat India as superpower in the making.

From one angle if we analyze our tremendous growth story, it’s really an encouraging sign for a nation that in not so recent past suffered series of jolts in a very long period of foreign rule. Though I have no intention of ignoring the rise of India, it’s still a very difficult task for me to go gaga over its success story. Why? In the very beginning, let me make it very clear that a nation which was once undisputed leader in the field of enlightened knowledge, it’s really a pathetic scenario that yardstick to measure one’s worth has become materialistic. As a result of shift from a knowledge-oriented society to purely wealth-oriented society,the nation has given way to strange set of values.

You switch on the radio.The first advt. that hits the ears is of a condom !! Look at the way to sale the condoms.The impression generated by the advertisement is that whole causal sexual act becomes no less than a holy ritual only if the partner has manged to have access to condoms. In the end, the man using a condom emerges as man of wisdom. Now that’s the sign of wisdom! Can you notice the subtle change in our attitude? Showing traces of guilt complexes and shame in such matters is backwardness. No wonder why, the younger generation is fast giving way to depressive tendencies. That too is evident if one is lover of radio like me.

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

I was taken aback when I heard and advertisement on radio that talked about visiting depression treatment centres. What is more shocking  is that advertisement cited funny reasons of catching depression.  Like if Mr. X comes to own car and Mr. Y is conscious of it than Y has given way to huge bout of depression.  Anyway, what I am trying to suggest is that the society, at present, having deviated away from the “samskaras” oriented life has given way to upsetting behavioural changes wherein the person cursing the old order of living is modern and progressive no matter even if he/she is in grip of wrong living patterns.

It’s time to ponder why India has given way to such tendencies that have given rise to society based on ‘Kama’ (desire) and Lobha (Greed). These are two attributes as per Lord Krishna ensure ones birth in the hell. It’s not all surprising that Indian society is exhibiting all the negative traits which have in their root these two attributes. Interestingly, I came to be aware of the fact that now Rural Courts would be order of the day in villages. This news was greeted in a positive way by all and sundry. However, the news was an alarming one for my ears. Matters which till now got settled within the four walls of house with the intervention of elders or senior citizens shall now be issue in case before the courts ! How can that be a healthy sign? However, the reactions of my friends in this regard made me look like a fool. My point of view is that it’s not wrong to rejoice over material progress.

What’s really wrong is that we have started treating material success as be all and end all of the human life. Let’s not downsize the value of human life. It’s been given to restore our connection with the Absolute. It’s not been given to create new bondage. May be that’s why we find that a business tycoon yields a greater respect than people representative of wisdom! Yes, it’s time to discover why money has marginalized knowledge in the Indian society? Why a society that once loved to explore the attributes in field of metaphysics and mysticism as its birth right is now more involved in attainment of material pursuits? Why we did not bother to borrow better values from Western worlds instead of accepting with open arms their discarded values ?

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

The analysts might come to the conclusion that it’s because of the sinister design of the Lord Macaulay who wished that Indians should be denied access to the refined attributes that have gone into the making of Indian culture. “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and ,therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.“(AN EXCERPT FROM LORD MACAULAY’S ADDRESS TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT, 2 FEBRUARY, 1835).

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

I must say that this gentleman named Lord Macaulay has emerged triumphant. Just cast a glance at people living in metros or the villages fast turning into cities. You would always find  individuals mired in the traits wished by the Macaulay. I am sure his soul, wherever it is, must be very contented over achievement of the desired goals for he has managed to give rise to a scenario wherein worshiping Goddess Saraswati is now communal or outdated happening, but celebrations related with Valentine’s Day is secular and is very much in tune with the times!

Anyway, there is no point in crying over spilt milk. Let’s talk about solutions. One easy way would be that let people in league with wisdom come to the forefront and play a dominant role in awakening of the consciousness of the people. One reason why the negative souls came to rule is that good souls are often passive in their approach. I am not saying that it’s a child’s play to rope in right values. What I am trying to suggest is that even if we all just make a beginning and stay on the route of reforms in a consistent way, I am sure,  sooner or later,  one would come to notice the changes we all longed for. If the souls capable of bringing in changes further delayed their active role then I must say the Indian civilization would meet the same fate like the civilizations which gave importance to opulence over simple lifestyle.

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

The first step towards revival of past glory is that let’s have a first hand experience of our cultural legacy. The tendencies of servitude which has come to environ us since the Muslim rule has made us incapable of accepting our stronger points in a positive way. It’s a strange thing that unless a certain theory is ratified as perfect by the outsiders, it’s really become a tough task for us to find meaning in them. It’s really pathetic that outsiders have to make us aware of our past glory. There is again a weird thing involved in attempts to get hold of our better aspects.

Though it’s beyond doubt that Western historians are guilty of distorting the reality and making us have not history but a concocted version of history. In the same crowd of prejudiced minds one also notices some exceptional people born in distant lands, who were not all hesitant in accepting the glory of Indian values.They were, in fact, thoroughly convinced about the supremacy of Indian civilization.  So it really embarrasses me when I find our so-called great progressive intellectuals leaving no stone unturned in making us feel backwards and brutes. Worse, they set road blocks on road to revival,proclaiming that there is an attempt on the part of “saffron brigade” to make all Indians owners of “cave-mentality”. I come to remember my writer friend who never misses an opportunity to suggest that Indians lack methodology to create something unique and universal. We are merely used to making false claims just aimed at generating sense of superiority.

Let me strongly refute his claims. It’s very necessary that such figures of negativism be sabotaged with right sort of revelations. ” More high-reaching, subtle, many-sided, curious and profound than the Greek, more noble and humane than the Roman, more large and spiritual than the old Egyptian, more vast and original than any other Asiatic civilization, more intellectual than the European prior to the 18th century, possessing all that these had and more, it was the most powerful, self-possessed, stimulating and wide in influence of all past human cultures.” (Sri Aurobindo).

Echoing the same feelings Radhakrishnan says: “ Indian thought is an extraordinary mass of material which for detail and variety has hardly any equal in any other part of the world. There is hardly any height of spiritual insight or rational philosophy attained in the world that has not its parallel in the vast stretch that lies between the early Vedic seers and the modern naiyAyikas.

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

May be in eyes of some readers, who would only believe when the same perception is conveyed by a foreign mind.  Let me bring in open the words of Julius Robert Oppenheimer who was a well known scientist and philosopher. He said that ” the general notions about human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of or new. Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place. What we shall find [in modern physics] is an exemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom.”

A French scholar and Orientalist Sylvain Levi is another gentleman who is not ashamed in acknowledging the worth of India on this planet. “From Persia to the Chinese Sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to the islands of Java and Borneo, from Oceania to Socotra, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales and her civilization.” Talking about India he says :“She has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim in universal history the rank that ignorance has refused her for a long time and to hold her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity.” Being a philosopher at heart I just cannot ignore the temptations to rope in glory of Indian philosophers and their philosophy. That’s being done to awake those souls caught in slumber of ignorance,  who find it hard to intercept the brilliance of Indian thoughts.

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

American historian Will Durant unfolding the greatness of Sri Shankara says:”In his short life of thirty-two years Sankara achieved that union of sage and saint, of wisdom and kindliness, which characterizes the loftiest type of man produced in India. ” “Shanakara establishes the source of his philosophy at a remote and subtle point never quite clearly visioned again until, a thousand years later, Immanuel Kant wrote his Critique of Pure Reason.”

Hegel who was a great German philosopher said that“ India is the land of dreams. India had always dreamt – more of the Bliss that is man’s final goal. And this has helped India to be more creative in history than any other nation. Hence the effervescence of myths and legends, religious and philosophies, music, and dances and the different styles of architecture.” “ India has created a special momentum in world history as a country to be searched for.

I know critics would point out that a nation that’s at present mired in rampant corruption, scams, ethnic violence and terrorism a discussion that’s aimed highlighting the better aspects of past Indian civilization would not serve any good. I just need to remind them unless we learn to to respect our beings in an honourable way, any attempt to create better changes shall not yield better result. An attempt to clean the blackboard of mind with a dirty cloth shall make it more dirtier. What do pseudo intellectuals really want? Should we try to resurrect good values with a dull mind? The right change can only be brought with a positive mindset.  It’s means that let’s delve deep into positive Indian orientations reflected in Hindus scriptures. Let’s acknowledge the brilliance of minds of ancient sages and Indian thinkers of yesteryear to make life beautiful not only for ourselves but for the humanity at large.

Why Have We Indians Become Bundle Of Negativism ? Time To Be Positive Again !

References:

The Soul of India – By Satyavrata R Patel p. contents).

 

Indian Philosophy, Volume I – By S. Radhakrishnan)

 

India as a Creative Civilization – By N. S. Rajaram).

 

Sylvain Levi in L’Inde et le monde (”India and the World”)

 

Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage – By Will Durant MJF Books. 1935. p 546 – 547

Hindu Wisdom

Lord Macaulay

Macaulay’s Thoughts

Salil Gewali’s “What Is India”

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Swami Vivekananda: A Great Visionary

Swami Vivekananda :A Great Visionary

The present age is passing through an age of confusion and disorder. There is war between various ideas and one is unable to decide what pattern of life one should adopt. When everything has failed to provide solace to our bleeding hearts there still remains a voice which has not lost its power of inspiration and which wakes us up from the deep slumber of ignorance. Though Vivekananda lived for a short period only,his ideas have nevertheless made him immortal.

On his birth anniversary let us attempt to be one with the essence of his ideals by trying to know what he dreamt for this nation. In Swami Vivekanand one finds the balanced proportion of all the traditional four yogas i.e. Karmayoga, Dhyanayoga, Bhaktiyoga and Gyanayoga all mingle to give rise to magnetism which his personality radiated. He was a visionary who laid the foundation of a spiritually vibrant India. Like every true saint he was worried over the neglect of common masses and was highly conscious of surroundings in which he lived.

He always worked for the causes of the poor and silently wept over the pain and trauma suffered by the down-trodden. He would feel deeply pained over the poor state of affairs prevalent in the country. His anguish could be visibly felt when he remarks”,The debt which the world owes to our motherland is immense. Taking country with country, there is not one race on this earth to which the world owes so much as to the patient Hindu, the mild Hindu.

Today when there are symptoms of cultural and moral breakdown one needs to be in the company of Indian way of living. Vivekananda emphasizing the need of it said, ” To many Indian thought,  Indian manners, Indian customs, Indian philosophy, Indian literature are repulsive at the first sight, but let them preserve, let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas, and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result. “ The problem which Indian society faces today could easily have been averted if only sincere application of the Indian values taken place. Our education system has given rise to ‘rotten beings’ who are doing more than producing anything of merit.

Swami Vivekananda :A Great Visionary

According to Vivekananda it was merely and entirely negative education being worse than death. The disadvantages in it are are of such a nature that all the good things do not surface up. It is not a man making institution but it merely stuffs the mind with unnecessary details not allowing the germination of the noble ideas and virtues in a man.

Swami Vivekananda had a soft corner for the women. He was of the firm opinion that women should be put in positions of power to solve their own problems in their own way. The welfare of the world is dependent on the improvement of the condition of the women. On this issue he remarked “, It is not possible for the bird to fly on one wing.” He was proud to belong to Hindu culture which had ” reverence for woman that is unmatched on the earth.”
Swami Vivekananda generated lot of dynamism in the youths .

It is a bare fact that it has always been youths who have brought revolutionary changes, leading to new order of things. In today’s scenario we find that they are divided on issues and their participation in national interests is minimal. They have been sidelined in from most of the issues related with interests of nation. We are a nation whose half of the population is comprised of youths but there are hardly strategies to tap their potential in honourable way. Vivekananda sought to prepare youths possessing ” muscles of of iron and nerves of steel”.  He believed that hindered young men having strength , vigour and dynamism were capable of revolutionizing the society if they lived up to the truth of the Upanishads.

Swami Vivekananda :A Great Visionary

Vivekananda, believed to be the incarnation of Shiva, was entirely devoted to eternal truth which he finally realized and became one with it. Though he always invented practical rules concerned with phenomenal world yet essence of everything was ” realization of the eternal truth. On this particular issue he never entered into any compromise and was of the opinion that India has been able to retain its identity because it never lost sight of God. He believed that’ God alone lives. The soul alone lives. Spirituality alone lives.’ The nations which believe in it have always survived amid deep crisis. It sounds true when he says that what we need today is to know that there is God and that we can see and feel him here and now.

The life is short and vanities of the world are transient.  So it would be better for us to take up one idea and make it our life in order to climb up the ladder of success. One is not aware of the fact that that it is only in this nation alone men of practical religion have born who successfully worked upon noble ideas. Let ” potentially divine souls” activate their unused energy and work for the betterment of our motherland. The seekers of truth should always remember that ‘love never fails my son ;today or tomorrow or ages after,truth will conquer ! Love shall win the victory.” The greatest tribute to Swami Vivekananda would be to honestly implement his ideals into our daily lives and be always in touch with eternal truth.

Swami Vivekananda :A Great Visionary

Reference: Literature Published By Ramakrishna Mission

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भारत क्या है?रौशनी की एक किरण

The Himalayas:Ideal For Meditation

The Himalayas:Ideal For Meditation

भारत आज भौतिक उन्नति के पथ पे है.ये हर्ष और गौरव की बात है.

चाहे हम वैज्ञानिक उपलब्धियों की बात कर ले या आर्थिक मोर्चे पर

अपनी  स्वर्णिम सफलताओ पे नज़र डाल ले तो हम ये  पाएंगे

कि भारत अपने तमाम विरोधाभासो के बावजूद  एक महाशक्ति के रूप

में उभर रहा है.ये उस देश के लिए गर्व की बात है जिसने एक लम्बे समय तक दासता

झेली हो.पर क्या उस देश को सिर्फ इन  उपलब्धियों को ही सर्वस्व मान लेना चाहिए

जिस देश में ज्ञान  के उच्त्तम सोपानो पे विचरण करना नैसर्गिक माना जाता रहा हो .

भौतिक उपलब्धियों पे गर्व करना अलग बात है पर उनको सर्वस्व या अंतिम लक्ष्य  मान लेना अलग बात है. दुःख की बात है की जिस देश में ज्ञान की महिमा

का बखान होता रहा है आज उसी देश में कंचन और काया की प्रधानता है.

ऐसा क्यों हुआ कि पूंजीपति की इज्ज़त ज्ञानियो से अधिक हो गयी ?

ज्ञान का पलड़ा पूँजी से हल्का कैसे हो गया  ? पाश्चात्य संस्कृति से महज अच्छे  गुण लेने के बजाय हमने उसको अपना पथ प्रदर्शक क्यों मान लिया ?

विश्लेषण करने वाले कह सकते है कि भाई ये तो लॉर्ड मैकाले कि शिक्षा पद्वत्ति का कमाल है . उसने चाहा था कि हमारे न रहने पर भी एक ऐसी नस्ल तैयार हो जो कि सिर्फ तन से

भारतीय हो.उसने चाहा कि ऐसी प्रजाति का जन्म हो जिसे अपने प्राचीन श्रेष्ठ गुणों

को आत्मसात करने में शर्म महसूस हो ,एक ग्लानि बोध का भाव उत्पन्न हो.

एक ऐसी नस्ल तैयार हो जिसे अपने ही गौरव को धिक्कारने में रस का अनुभव हो.

मुझे कहने में सकोच नहीं कि मैकाले ने जो चाल चली

उसमे वो कामयाब रहा.अगर वो आज  जिन्दा होता तो अपनी सफलता पर खुश हो रहा होता.

आज आप कही भी नज़र डाल के देखिये सब उसी के  चेले आपको नज़र आयेंगे.

एक ऐसा देश अस्तित्व में आ गया है जिसमे लोग सरस्वती पूजा को तो लोग

सांप्रदायिक मानते है पर वैलेंटाइन डे को अंगीकार करने में कोई हायतौबा नहीं मचती.

इस अजीबोगरीब माहौल में आज जरुरत है उन बुद्धिजीवियों ,लेखको कि

जो हम भारतीयों को प्रचीन मूल्यों को गर्व के साथ अपनाने का मार्ग प्रशस्त कर सके.

अगर ऐसा न हुआ तो हम भी उसी गति को प्राप्त होगे जो उन सभ्यताओ  का हुआ जिनमे भौतिक मूल्यो पे ज्यादा आस्था प्रकट की गयी.इसी  सोच के साथ सलिल ज्ञवाली ने “भारत क्या है ” पुस्तक को लिखा है.आज के युग  में गरिमामय  मूल्यों को पुनर्स्थापित या फिर प्राचीन सनातन संस्कृति के आदर्शो में लोगो का विश्वास  फिर से बहाल करना टेढ़ी खीर है.सलिल जी ने इस चुनौती को स्वीकार करते हुए एक दुष्कर शोध और कठिन मेहनत के उपरान्त “भारत क्या है” की रचना की है.

इस पुस्तक में सलिल जी ने पाश्चात्य विचारको ,वैज्ञानिको के साथ ही भारतीय विचारको के कथन का हवाला देते हुए इस बात की पुष्टि की है कि जिस सनातन संस्कृति के ज्ञान को हम श्रद्धा के साथ आत्मसात करने में हिचकते है वही ज्ञान पाश्चात्य जगत के महान  वैज्ञानिको,लेखको और इतिहासकारों की नज़रो में अमूल्य और अमृत सामान है. वे हमारे ऋषि मुनियों के ज्ञान को बहुत आदर  की दृष्टि से देखते है.कितने आश्चर्य कि बात है कि हम आज इसी ज्ञान को रौंद कर आगे बढ़ रहे है .

What is India ? : A Book By Salil Gewali

What is India ? : A Book By Salil Gewali

सलिल जी की  इस अद्भुत कृति में आप  आइन्स्टीन ,नोबेल से सम्मानित अमेरिकन कवि और दार्शनिक  टी एस इलिएट ,दार्शनिक एलन वाट्स ,अमेरिकन लेखक मार्क ट्वेन,प्रसिद्ध विचारक एमर्सन ,फ्रेंच  दार्शनिक वोल्टायर,नोबेल से सम्मानित फ्रेंच लेखक रोमा रोला ,ऑक्सफोर्ड  के प्रोफ़ेसर पाल रोबर्ट्स, भौतिक शास्त्र में  नोबेल से सम्मानित ब्रायन डैविड जोसेफसन,  अमेरिकन दार्शनिक  हेनरी डेविड थोरू,एनी बेसंट, मनोवैज्ञानिक  कार्ल जुंग  के साथ भारतीय विचारको जैसे अब्दुल कलाम के विचारो को आप पढ़ और समझ सकते है.ये विचार आप को अन्यत्र भी पढने को मिल सकते है पर जो इस किताब को औरो से अलग बनाती है वो बात ये है कि आप को स्थापित विचारको से जुड़े  कई महत्वपूर्ण विचार  एक ही जगह पढने को मिल जाएगा.

थोडा सा  किताब के कथ्य पर भी गौर करे.इतना तो स्पष्ट है किताब को पढने के बाद कि भले आज अपने प्राचीन ऋषि मुनियों की संस्कृति से दूरी बनाये रखने को ही हम आधुनिकता का परिचायक मान बैठे हो पर इस आधुनिक जगत के महान विचारको ने अपने ऋषि मुनियों के ज्ञान की मुक्त कंठ से सराहना की है. अब आइन्स्टीन को देखे जो यह कह रहे है कि” हम भारतीयों के ऋणी है जिन्होंने हमको गणना करना सिखाया जिसके अभाव में महत्वपूर्ण वैज्ञानिक खोजे संभव  नहीं थी.”

वर्नर हाइजेनबर्ग प्रसिद्ध जर्मन वैज्ञानिक जो क्वांटम सिद्धांत की  उत्पत्ति से जुड़े है का यह कहना है कि”भारतीय दर्शन से जुड़े सिद्धांतो  से परिचित होने के बाद मुझे क्वांटम सिद्धांत से जुड़े तमाम पहलु जो पहले एक अबूझ पहेली की तरह थे  अब काफी हद तक सुलझे नज़र आ रहे है.”इन सब को पढने के बाद क्या आपको ऐसा नहीं लग रहा कि आज  की शिक्षा पद्वति में कही न कही बहुत बड़ा दोष है जिसके वजह से पढ़े लिखे गधे पैदा हो रहे है जिनको अपने ही देश के ज्ञान को अपनाने में लज्जा महसूस होती है. खैर इस किताब के कुछ और अंश देखे.

ग्रीस की रानी  फ्रेडरिका जो कि एडवान्स्ड भौतिक शास्त्र से जुडी रिसर्च स्कालर थी का कहना है कि “ एडवान्स्ड भौतिकी से जुड़ने के बाद ही  आध्यात्मिक खोज की तरफ मेरा  रुझान हुआ. इसका परिणाम ये हुआ की श्री आदि शंकराचार्य के अद्वैतवाद या परमाद्वैत रुपी  दर्शन को जीवन और विज्ञान  की अभिव्यक्ति मान ली अपने जीवन में “.प्रसिद्ध जर्मन दार्शनिक आर्थर शोपेन हॉवर का यह कहना है कि ” सम्पूर्ण भू-मण्डल पर मूल उपनिषदों के समान इतना अधिक फलोत्पादक और उच्च भावोद्दीपक ग्रन्थ कही नहीं हैं। इन्होंने मुझे जीवन में शान्ति प्रदान की है और मरते समय भी यह मुझे शान्ति प्रदान करेंगे .”

The Himalayas Again: Source Of Bliss and Wonder

The Himalayas Again: Source Of Bliss and Wonder

प्रसिद्ध जर्मन लेखक फ्रेडरिक श्लेगल  (१७७२-१८२९) ने  संस्कृत और भारतीय ज्ञान के बारे में श्रद्धा प्रकट करते हुए ये कहा है कि ” संस्कृत भाषा  में निहित भाषाई परिपक्वत्ता और दार्शनिक शुद्धता के कारण ये ग्रीक भाषा से कही बेहतर है.यही नहीं भारत समस्त ज्ञान की उदयस्थली है.नैतिक ,राजनैतिक और दार्शनिक दृष्टिकोण से भारत अन्य सभी से श्रेष्ट है और इसके मुकाबले ग्रीक सभ्यता बहुत फीकी है.” इतना तो यह पढने के बाद समझ में आना चाहिए कि कम से कम हम भारतीय लोग अपनी संस्कृति का उपहास उड़ना बंद कर दे.कम से कम वो लोग तो जो यह मानते है कि पीछे मुड़कर देखने से हम “केव-मेंटालिटी” के शिकार हो जायेगे.

इसके आगे के पन्नो में सलिल जी ने अपने लेखो में इन्ही सब महान पुरुषो के विचारो को अपने तरह से व्याख्या कि है जिसमे आज के नैतिक पतन पे क्षोभ प्रकट किया गया.कुल मिला के हमे सलिल जी के इस पवित्र प्रयास कि सराहना करनी चाहिए कि आज की विषम परिस्थितयो में भी उन्होंने भारतीय संस्कृति के गौरव को पुनर्जीवित करने  की  कोशिश कि है.उम्मीद है कि ये पुस्तक एक रौशनी की   किरण बनेगी और हम सब अब्दुल  कलाम की तरह सोचने पे विवश हो जायंगे कि क्यों मीडिया या भारतीय आज नकरात्मक रुख में उलझे हुए है? क्यों हम अपनी  उपलब्धियों और मजबूत पहलुओ को नकारने में ही सारी उर्जा खत्म कर देते है.चलिए हम अपनी संस्कृति पे गर्व करना सीखे बिना किसी  ग्लानि बोध के.आज से और अभी से!

Ganges In My Village: So Close To Me :-)

Ganges In My Village: So Close To Me 🙂

Link To The Book:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/36498555/What-is-India#fullscreen:on

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Himalayas Again

Unfolding The Vision Of Swami Vivekananda

Unfolding The Vision Of Swami Vivekananda

Ours world is playhouse of conflicts in which future course of life is paved with unpredictable dilemmas. While most of us get crushed in the affairs of life some not only manage to save themselves from ironies of life but they also come up to play an active part in shaping the future of society. Swami Vivekananda, a spiritual giant who devoted his life for regeneration of India, explored and interpreted secrets of nature in a remarkable way. He unfolded the glory of Vedanta vis-à-vis efforts aimed at finding solutions of complex problems haunting India.

What a pity that Hinduism which is storehouse of principles formulated by the Rishis for upliftment of human soul has attained a dubious from in the land of its origin. Unlike our pseudo intellectual’s secular interpretation of Hindutva which has done more harm than good, Vivakananda in an unambiguous terms revealed his love for it. “If at present the word Hindu means anything bad, never mind; by out action let us be ready to show that this is the highest word that any language can invent. It has been one of the principles of my life not to be ashamed of my own ancestors.

There will be few takers of it if I say politics in our county can never be kept away from religion.But Vivekananda feels the same way when he says, “It is not only true that the ideal of religion is the highest ideal; in the case of India it is the only possible means of work; work in any other line, without first strengthening this would be disastrous.” Elaborating it further he says, “But the Hindu can understand even politics when it is given thorough religion; sociology must come through religion, everything must come through religion.For that is the theme, the rest are the variations in the natural life.” I wonder how those will react who believe religion should be confined to private life alone.

Vivekanand was conscious of the potential of youths and its power to change the fate of nation if effectively brought in application. Sadly, an overall picture of today’s youth does not present an appealing image.Although they have made rapid progress in spheres at par with materialistic aspirations their inner beings, however, are ruled by monsters of modernity converting them into cold-blooded heartless souls averse to concerns of those around.George Eliot’s words are fitting remark on their state-of-affairs when he calls them ‘figure led with dull consent into insipid misdoing and shabby achievements.’ Still, thinkers like Vivekananda lay great hopes on them as they know well what wonders can youths create once ‘knowledge of self’ is aroused in them.


To bring transformation in youths it’s necessary that gulf which exists between their inner world and external world gets reduced to maximum.

Unfolding The Vision Of Swami Vivekananda

To make it a reality mind and heart of an youth is to be moulded in ‘life building, man-making, character making ideas’ right from childhood.Massive overhauling of education system is all what is required if we want to see future generation loaded with divine attributes.What are divine attributes? Charity, self-control, fearlessness, freedom from envy and from the passion of honour are some of the few divine qualities mentioned by lord Krishna in chapter sixteen of Bhagavad-Geeta.

But if we observe messy state of education system one gets the feeling it wishes otherwise. Emotionally dead but efficient in articulating perceptions alien to our culture is the picture of present day students.Can you imagine a more grim situation than the above in a nation which boast of a rich cultural heritage?


Even though the situation is alarming pessimism won’t improve it either.Instead, let us restore our faith in our abilities and strengthen it further by pondering over truths of our scriptures.

Give up the awful disease that is seeping into our natural blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up. Be strong and have shraddha (faith), and every thing else is bound to follow.

” Let these words of Vivekananda gets enshrined in our hearts forever.

Unfolding The Vision Of Swami Vivekananda

Reference:

Literature Published By Ramakrishna Mission.

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In Defence Of A Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

The previous article ”Why have the Brahmins become a miserable lot in India ?” gave rise to some pertinent concerns.  One of the main concern was that the previous article needed more analytical and serious approach.  I wish to present the missing links to establish that although the Brahmins have lost their aura to a great extent, it’s still contemptuous to pass lowly remark on their potential. I didn’t go in in-depth analysis in the previous article merely because my primary concern was to simply highlight the plight of the Brahmins.

However, as I now do so, I should make it absolutely clear at the beginning that there is no attempt to project the superiority of Brahmins over other caste. It’s not an attempt to substantiate the caste differences but only a humble attempt to make Brahmins realize that they have come far away from their original nature and yet it’s not too late to restore it back. Or for that matter, let’s make an attempt ,to gain the lost sheen which is in my eyes a simple task owing the ability of Brahmins to learn quickly.

True, the times have changed and it’s indeed not possible to move backwards. However, nothing has prevented us to imbibe the essence of past. Before I move ahead,I need to present set of views that seems to take note of the special features that separate the Brahmin from the rest of the community. It’s a tough task to fulfill the criterion which makes Brahmin worthy of being hailed as Brahmin.

The way Brahmins have to undergo so many sanctions,so many rituals and other ceremonies are indicative of the fact that living a Brahmin’s life is a tough task.It’s only their bonhomie with so many rigorous practices and prohibitions which makes them attain a tag of superior class.  While criticizing Varna Vyavastha which in some eyes is a mean to upheld the superiority of Brahmins, I must say that Vedic sages had imposed more restrictions on Brahmins than on any other class of people.If there were do’s and don’ts for other classes,the Brahmins had lot more restrictions imposed on them by the sages.The progressive group of writers always talks about do’s and don’ts made for Dalits ,females and etc.but they simply fail to take note of the set of rules ascribed to the Brahmins.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Anyway, let me discuss the definition of Brahmins before I come to have a take on the whole issue in my own way. One’s that especially quoted by others to lambaste and ridicule Bramhins. One’s which are often quoted to prove that even when a person belongs to different “varna”(caste or group) he/she can be treated on par with a Brahmin. I have to do that because many of us love to quote them, in out-of-context manner, without bothering to realize that there is no point in bringing on forefront the essence of “Brahminhood” when the world has become a changed place.

There are many who love to remind Brahmins about the loss of their Brahminhood on the basis of these very defintions of Brahmins. Well, I would love to know which class of people are in tune with their “Svadharma” (roles defined on par with one’s nature) with right set of orientations ? None. Are women in league with essence of womanhood ? No. Are other castes in league with their orientations? No. Virtually all the class of people have deviated away from their pre defined roles yet we find them being promoted and pushed ahead with favours and concessions.

However, the Brahmins are supposed to retain and exhibit their Brahminhood to elicit respect and promotion ?  Am I at this point trying to make Brahmins worthy of admiration minus Brahminhood? No. The point is that though it’s a great loss that most of the Brahmins have deviated away from the attributes that once made them special, it’s still sheer hypocrisy to measure their worth against backdrop made up of such lofty definitions.  It’s another thing that most of them are in league with their potential lying in a dormant state within them. They are still reflecting the same essence but in a diminished way.  At this point I must say, there is no need for the Brahmins to give way to concessions and favours. Let them retain most of their intrinsic features whether or not that makes them object of admiration in eyes of people around. That’s one of the chief purposes of this article.

I should begin with this verse :

“janmana jayate sudrah
samskarad bhaved dvijah
veda-pathad bhaved vipro
brahma janatiti brahmanah”

(By birth one is a sudra, by the purificatory process one becomes a dvija, by study of the Vedas one becomes a vipra, and one who knows Brahman is a brahmana.)

श्रणु यक्ष कुतं तात् ,न स्वध्यायोन न श्रतम |

कारणम् हि द्विजत्वे च व्रतमेव न संशयः ||

(Mahabharata Vana Parva )

(One is brahmin because of one’s action not because of one’s ancestry or Veda’s recital.)

“Yasya yallakshanam proktam punso varnaabhivyajyakam |
yadanyatraapi drshyet tat tenaiva vinirdeshet ||

(Srimadbhag 7/11/35)

“Whatever be the signs, indication, distinguishing features, characteristics (lakshan) of a Brahmin, such as self-restraint and self-controlled (sham-dam) etc. if those qualities and characteristics naturally are in one from a different “varna”, then inspite of being in a different “varna” at birth, he must not be considered so.”

uttamanuttaman gacchan
hinam hinams ca varjayan
brahmanah sresthatam eti
pratyavayena sudratam

“If a brahmana disassociates himself from lower caste people and associates only with higher caste people, he attains greatness. If he does the opposite, he becomes a sudra.” (Manu 4.245)

“brahmanah ksatriya vaisah
sudrah papa-parayanah
nijacara-vihinas ca
bhavisyanti kalau yuge

vipra veda-vihinas ca
pratigraha-parayanah
atyanta-kaminah krur
bhavisyanti kalau yuge”

(Padma Purana )

“In Kali-yuga, all four varnas are devoid of character and proper behavior and are addicted to sin. The brahmanas are devoid of Vedic knowledge and sacrifice. Giving up the five sacrifices mentioned in the Vedas and all brahminical behavior and consciousness, they engage in inferior activities.”
In Srimad Bhagvat Geeta Lord Krishna has stated that “Serenity, self-discipline, austerity, honesty, purity, forgiveness, knowledge, wisdom, and faith in the almighty” are the traits of Brahmin (Chap.18,Sholka 42)

na yonir napi samskaro
na srutam na ca santatih
karanani dvijatvasya
vrttam eva tu karanam

“Neither birth, purificatory ceremonies, nor learning, nor progeny are qualifications for brahminical status.Only brahminical conduct is the basis for brahminical status.” (Mahabharata‚ Anusasana Parva 143.50)

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

We are often reminded of the story of Ravana. Ravana was a grandson of risi Pulatsya. He was an expert on Vedas too. So, he was a Brahimin by birth under Manu definition as well as a Brahimin (educated) by qualification (veda-gyata). However,he paid a heavy price for his wrongdoings. Some also love to tell us that how others who were not Brahmins by birth got status of Brahmin by their karmas.  The example of Rishis like Vishvamitra, Maharaja Dhrsta, Satyakama and others are often presented to show that how actions or Karma could lead transformation.In fact,some very enthusiastic souls would quote from Purush Sukatam to suggest that all the castes are basically one and the same as they belonged to the same Paramatma. Some over enthusiastic souls would also never fail to quote that a devotee( bhagavata) is superior ,and hence, even if one is Brahmin one is Sudra if the said Brahmin is not a devotee.

One would find numerous such analogies,assumptions, references and so on and so forth whose principle motive is to suggest that one is Brahmin by action and not Brahmin by birth. Anyone can be Brahmin , whether one is born in a Brahmin yoni or not. That is what so many so-called lovers of Shastras (scriptures) wish to prove.  Is it true that actions or Karma alone define Brahminhood and Brahmin by birth means nothing ? This is what I wish to explore and ascertain in my present lengthy piece. Is being Brahmin by birth means nothing ? Is there nothing special in being Brahmin if one is devoid of traits associated with Brahmins ? Aren’t the Brahmins a special class even as in the eyes of Lord all is equal-something so strongly expressed in Purush Suktam and other scriptures ?

My point is that most of the present age commentators have downplayed the importance of “Brahmin yoni”merely to serve their diabolical interests. The verses have been interpreted in whimsical manner to suit their own interests. It’s a well known fact that even a demon can quote verses to serve its interests.It’s motive which defines the utility of a given set of actions.This is ridiculous and dangerous as well that in our age it has become a fashion to misquote “Shastras ” and come out with self-concocted theories in their name. No one is above Shastras. Let us understand this fact very well. Once you get this fact very well half the problem is solved. Now let’s hear what Krishna says in Bhagvad Gita:

Yah sastra -vidhim utsrjya vartate kama-karatah

Na sa siddhim avapnoti na sukham na param gatim

Tasmacchastram pramanam te karyakaryavyavasthitau

Jnatva sastravidhan oktam karma kartum iha’rhasi
-Bhagavadgita, 16. 23 & 24.

(Who so forsakes the injunctions of the sastras and lives according to his own desires does not obtain liberation, finds no happiness. The Sastras determine your work, what is right and what is wrong. You must know the way shown by the sastras and pursue the work – vocation – according to them.)

We find that Krisna who loves to superimpose his persona/will in verses of Gita never suggests that do what as I say in matter pertaining to set of actions ascribed to four Varnas.  He says do what scriptures suggest you as far as set of rules are concerned for living a proper life. If that’s the case let me suggest that scriptures convincingly suggest that not only one is Brahmin by birth but also that Brahmins as a class are superior as they enjoy so many privileges. This may shock many,especially who make a shrill cry about a society devoid of castes in which all are equal.  As per their view “caste-less” society alone ensures a egalitarian society. I must say that people while discussing this issue forget one thing that exceptions are not rules. They also forget that reading scriptures in a sweeping way and then proclaiming fallacious interpretations as truth is a very dangerous phenomenon as it’s an attempt to hide the truth from the seekers. An attempt to confuse and distort the truth is certainly demoniacal.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Isn’t it reveals something that the way some people have so eagerly quoted that one via certain set of actions can become a Brahmin automatically proves that Brahmins as a class are superior in the hierarchy of Varna system ? Here lies the great paradox. Though the detractors are eager to quote the sholkas that suggest transformation of one class into a Brahmin class, it’s really hilarious to note that they are not willing to treat them as superiors.Then what is the urgency to be hailed as a Brahmin? Stay in the class to one which you belong. The urgency is so great that one is willing to be a Brahmin even if one has not attained a Brahmin yoni.What does that suggest ? Anyway, let me in simple ways try to bring clarity in this very complicated issue.  Now let’s know what is varna system.

” Varna is a Sanskrit term derived from the root ‘vṛ’ meaning “to enclose” or “colour”.The term, which also means letter, paint, cover, coat, class and caste, has been used in various contexts in the hindu scriptures. In historical Indic traditions the varna and caste systems are not the same system, although they are related. Varna and caste systems are beleived to have become related to mean the same thing, as caste, after the Vedic_period when the puranas and dharmashastras were written.In popular belief, the varna system, also known as varnashrama dharma, is based on principles laid out in the scriptures of the Vedic tradition, which categorize Hindus into four “varnas” or social classes and prescribe specific duties for each.’

Now we are living in times of “Varna sankara” (distortion of caste), which Arjuna has talked about in Bhagvad Gita.Many are of the opinion that a classless society should be the aim and this Varna System is an obstacle. The most strongest reason is that it promotes superiority of Brahmins. May be in our times the caste politics has generated such impression but our sages were not politicians. They didn’t provide apparent privileges to Brahmins to create conflict. This varna system was not devised to proclaim one’s superiority over others but to ensure a balanced society by ensuring proper chanallization of one’s tendencies.

The “Gunas” (attributes) and “Karma” (action) became the deciding factor.The sages could easily see that this a best system to ensure a proper society instead of creating a so-called classless society. “None excels the sages in impartiality. They do not talk glibly like us of equality but they are truly egalitarian in outlook since they look upon all as one with Isvara.The conduct of the world’s affairs is such that it requires people following different vocations, doing different jobs and with different mental qualities in keeping with them. It is in conformity with these differences and dissimilarities that the sages assigned the samskaras also differently to different people. There is no question of high or low among them.

Now what was the need to ensure that Brahmins enjoyed privileges? Let’s not raise eyebrows over the word “priviliges”. Let’s read it along with the word “sanctions’ to avoid heart burn. The Brahmins are supposed to follow so many strictest rules. So what’s wrong if in the process they enjoy certain privileges ? Basically these “ privileges” enjoyed by them are for the ” Atmic and cultural advancement” of the rest of us.Aren’t in modern society most of the preachers of equality in which a bureaucrat is supposed to treat a commoner on equal footing have ensured for them all sorts of privileges ? So what’s the need to blame the sages that ascribed certain privileges to Brahmins ? They had some higher motives unlike the present people enjoying privileges for their own sake.”

In our religion there are many duties and rites that are common to all. But to carry out one’s special duties certain conveniences are needed: as a matter of fact what are called conveniences are actually not conveniences or privileges, and also they are necessary to carry out the duties of the caste concerned for the welfare of the society as the whole. It is important to accept this truth: the special dharma of any jati (caste) is meant not only for those who constitute that jati but for society as a whole.” No wonder,that Brahmins have been denied access to lucrative professions other than to pursue Vedic learning in an attempt to balance for the privileges enjoyed by them.Vedic learning in our times could mean dissemination of knowledge of the scriptures.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Now progressive people who are raised to making hue and cry about this varna vyvastha saying that it promotes all sorts of complexities just forget that we as owner of oldest civilization loaded with this system have managed to overcome all the crisis. We have remained the part of universe while so many societies across the globe plunged into nothingness with their so-called liberal values.  Doesn’t that compels us to bow our head in admiration for the vision and understanding owned by our Rishis? Today we are living a life hailed as “it’s my life” under the impulse of teachings shared by modern Gurus.Now see how “it’s my life” has given rise to unspeakable problems. Therefore, let’s kill the illusion that sages created dharmashatras for their own benefit with a treacherous design to promote Brahminism.

Now let’s solve the dilemma with the Brahmin by birth or Brahmin by action ?This has to be solved to prevent the flow of unholy set of actions.I have already presented many verses that talk about the Svadharma(duty) of the Brahmins. I have also presented verses that suggested that almost anyone can be Brahmin if he/she ensures certain set of actions ascribed to the Brahmana. In the same breadth,these people have also suggested with the help of verses that how a Brahmin loses Brahminhood due to lack of sincerity in following code of conduct assigned to them. In lighter vein, it looks like treat all as Brahmins or else we will strip Brahmins of their dignity by pointing out flaws in their system !

I will begin with simple logic why Brahmin yoni is required to be hailed as a real Brahmin.It looks fascinating that all can be a Brahmin.However, a close reading of the scriptures proves that this simply can never be the case. There are exceptions. Sorry ! Exceptions are not rules.I just fail to understand even if a Brahmin fails to observe certain set of actions how does it ensure that “birth” no longer remains an essential quality to be hailed as Brahmin ? Now is there any relation between both of them ? I don’t think so. However,the overenthusiastic souls when they quote that Brahmins means following certain set of actions they often link it with futility of a Brahmin birth ? Now,how on earth this logic holds any merit ? However, the blockheads continue to see a relation.

Anyway, Gosvami Tuslidas says that “to attain a human birth” one needs grace of Lord-bade bhag manus tan pava. When that’s the case how come Brahmin by birth be of little significance? Why are we seeing this only in light of observance of certain code of conduct ? In Saisatcharitra we find that while talking about the glory of human birth, it has been stated that to be born in refined Brahmin family is a greater blessing than a mere human birth. Actually,the problem is that the so-called interpretors of scriptures read scriptures with a closed mind,having certain biases towards the Brahmins. After all, they are special ! That’s the only reason why they have come out with so many vague theories that have made Brahminhood slave to certain set of code of conduct. Though Brahmins have no problem with this drama as they themselves are highly conscious of their downfall , it’s an altogether a different thing to promote false theories.

Now how important it is to be Brahimin by birth whether or not we are in league with code of conduct shall be explained in light of relevant examples. In fact, the Dharmashastras are unambiguous about the importance of Brahmin by birth.

yajna-siddhy-artham anaghan

brahmanan mukhato’srjat
brahmanyam brahmanenaivam
utpanno brahmanah smrtah

“From the mouth (of the Lord) sinless brahmanas were created for the purpose of performing sacrifices.The child born of a brahmanain the womb of a brahmana wife is known as a brahmana.” (Harita Smrti 1.12.15)

Now in Yakshna Prashna episode in Mahabharata the Yaksha talks about for special feature that defines a Brahmin:

1. Kula-ancestry

2. Vritta- good conduct

3. SvAdhyAya- proficiency in Vedic recitation

4. Shruta- learning

Yudhisthar gives preference to good conduct to determine the “Brahminhood”but the fact remains that “Kula” has not been ignored which we often ignore when we suggest that just good conduct is essential to be a Brahmin. Had that been the case the other three options would not have emerged and simply good conduct would have prevailed. Here let’s apply some common sense to grasp it. How come a human birth that is result of good previous past actions is so honourable but Brahimns who are hailed as “Brahmin Devta ” the yoni that determines their Brahminhood holds no meaning? What sort of logic is that ? This is height of irrationality. Take the example of Karna hailed as “Sootpootra”.  His example shows that there is no need to be surprised over varna determined by birth rather than by actions.In fact,the most ridiculous impression conveyed is that once a Brahmin is devoid of right conduct he immediately ceases to be Brahmin and turns into a Shudra. No he doesn’t turns into a shudra.He still remains a Brahmin by birth. Not a qualified Brahmin but an ordinary Brahmin. The fall of Ravana is so much quoted to highlight importance of actions but one forgets that he is all the time hailed as Brahmin- a Mahapandit.His ancestry still holds importance.

Now coming to the king of ridiculous assertion: ‘From birth everyone is Shudra’.Why ? Any answers ? That’s not correct.This shloka is a popular one but it serves little purpose other than creating confusion,other than laying stress on the fact that you have to be a “Dvija”.”Dvija” means one who has two births.One human and other spiritual. At higher level it means when a person attains realization. However, we are not concerned with this definition.

Let’s deal with it at gross level after all we are determining the Brahimin and Shudra at a gross level being more concerned with the “by birth” aspect.” Now how will yajnopaveetam would be conducted , which is a pre-requisite for becoming Dvija and taking education in the Vedas ? “Ashtame varshe braahmanam-upnayet, ekaadashe varshe-kshatriyam , dvaadashe varshe vaishyam “. It can be seen that no rule exists for Shudra to turn into a “dvija” via this ceremony which is necessary to turn into a “dvija”.Only the first three varnas in Hindu Dharma namely Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are included in Dvija. Swami Dayanand Saraswati has stated in Satyarth Prakash that the Shudras can read scriptures but they are not supposed to have “Upanayanam”. Against,this backdrop isn’t a great dilemma that if all are born “Shudra” it would automatically mean that none of them would have “Upanayanam” and therefore the “vedarambha sanskaar” or for that matter sending Brahmins to Acharya-kulam for the study of the Vedas would be then impossible. This sacred Sanskaara of “Upanayanam” whereby one attains dvija-hood or second birth, where Gayatri is the mother and Guru the father would then be impossible.”

“Tatra yad brahm-janma- asya maunji-bandhan- chihnitam/

Tatraasya maataa saavitri pita tu-aacharya uchyate// Manu 2:170″

Now people who boast of varna based on “attributes need to tell how are they going to determine which one of them is going to follow a certain route via the Upanayanam if “by birth” aspect is zeroed.” If the above ages do not relate to the caste of the child from birth, then how precisely in the tender age of 8th, 11th and 12th years does one determine the varna of the child (according to attributes or propensity) in order to perform the Upanayanam at the correct age as stated in the scriptures?  Moreover, at such a tender age how exactly do we ascertain (simply by attributes) which child is to undertake study to become a Brahmin, Kshatriya or Vaishya?” The people who are used to convey false impressions via the half baked understanding of the scriptures need to understand that their false understanding would lead to serious confusions. It would only lead to meandering.

Braahmanah kshatriyo vaishyas-tryo varnaa dvijaatayah/ Shankh 1:6

Braahmanah kshatriyo vaishyah tryo varnaah dvijaatayah/Anusha. 47:7

Braahman-kshatriya- vaishyas- tasmaad-ete dvijaah smrutaah/Yag. 1:2:17

(Scriptures suggesting who are the people on route to dvija)

Teshaam janma dviteeyam tu vigyeya maunji-bandhanam/ / Yag. 1:2:17

Maatur-agre adhijananam dviteeyam Maunji-bandhane/ Manu 2:169

Matur-yadagre jaayante-dviteeyam Maunji-bandhanaat/ Yag. Aach. 39

(These suggests that “Upanayanam” is an essential aspect )

I must say that people who are used to making frivolous declarations must come out with authentic declarations in support of their claims. If that’s not possible there is no point in going against the “Varna Ashrama” as laid down in the scriptures. There is also no merit in talking about the dominance of “guna” over “birth” via erroneous assertions with the help misquotes.Once again need to restate that while talking of rules let’s not rope in exceptions.If in some case two plus two is five I don’t think that gives one right to quash two plus two is four. People who talk about burning the Vedas, people who talk about caste less society, people who talk about superiority of Karma and Guna over birth and people who consider Varna Vyavastha a system to impose the dominance of Brahmin class are in reality the Moodhatmas (block heads).They are the quacks in the field of spiritual knowledge.Remember people with shallow knowledge are dangerous as their only task is to sow seeds of confusion where none exists.

Now let’s deal this “brahmin by birth” issue from a more higher angle.Beginning from an interesting perspective, Lord Krishna assures to Arjuna that “yoga bhrasta” (seekers unable to complete the spiritual journey) should not worry as they are born again in high-ancestry to begin from where they left in previous janma (birth). My question is that if “ancestry ” something that proves “birth” is essential how come in some eyes “birth” issue is insignificant. The most striking principle of Karma theory is that human birth is result of set of good actions. Obviously, only chosen fools would speculate that birth and high ancestry means nothing even as they come to believe that accumulation of good karmas and grace of Lord leads to birth both in manusya yoni(human birth) and mansya yoni in higher clan. It’s laughable that scholars who diminish the importance of “birth” forget to take note of Astrology that is totally dependent one “birth” aspect. It’s strange that in a mad rush to promote “gunas” or “set of actions” they have rubbished the cardinal principles of Jyotish-one of the six auxiliary disciplines of Vedic religion.I mean if the very birth is of no significance how will this science have any value ?

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

Now coming to the most important aspect which gives “birth”desired importance over “actions’ I need to unfold the most important declaration in this regard.The words of Krishna in Bhagavad Gita,which are simply the manifestation of views of ancient sages in Shastras (scriptures).  Two slokas viz. (IV.13) and (XVIII.41) of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita support four castes by birth. Many interpretations have been given against it to upheld that though Krishna has determined the nature of tasks on par with natural tendencies (gunas), it’s ultimately the set of actions that determine the caste. Since I am myself not that qualified enough to comment on it in an authoritative fashion and also I am not interested in putting forward my own interpretations,  I would rely mainly on bona fide declarations of scriptures interpreted in light of words said by people belonging to authoritative and bona fide Hindu institutions related with the study of Vedantic scriptures like Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peethama and others.

The problem is that when so called Gyani-Dhyanis ( so-called people of wisdom) make stupid interpretations they are merely promoting “karmantara-pravista”(change in duties) which is even a greater offence than “Karma bhrasta” (people who have forsaken varna orientations). That simply means they are doubting over the wisdom of saints. Now what’s the need for one “varna ” to give way to duties of other varna only because “svabhava”(tendencies) of one Varna has become “svabhava” of another Varna or, for that matter,a Varna has attained rights through noble actions to be hailed as Brahmin class. People who love to quote Vishvamitra and other sages examples should first tell me that do the one’s wishing a virtual change in yoni leading to status of Brahmin have the aura and stature like Visvamitra ?If not ,then they better stop making bogus declarations. Remember one thing when you are born in a certain caste which includes the very birth then it is simply the manifestation of divine will.

I mean had one really deserved a Brahmin birth one would have attained it from the very beginning.If one has not attained it then it should mean wait until your time arrives in future births.It does not mean at all that be a Brahmin as you have done this or that set of noble actions in this very birth. That too by pointing out that Brahmins have not been performing their duties? I laugh at such childish arguments. Suppose I feel that a certain bureaucrat is not discharging the duties in sincere way then that does automatically gives me the right to replace him/her ?

Even if I am granted the rights to replace that bureaucrat will qualifications required to deserve that post shall also be amended just for my sake who has the will,desire and ability to hold that post ? No. It’s simply impossible.May be an exception is generated but I don’t think a rule can be framed.But then have a look at people promoting Brahminhood without a Brahmin yoni ? I mean when you guys simply cannot bend an earthly rule that easily then who has given the rights to you people to make ridiculous assertions in matter of Varna system coined by enlightened sages. That “Brahmin yoni” in itself is meaningless in absence of right karma (actions). “The word svabhava means one’s inherent nature. This inherent nature arises from samskaras or past impressions and karma or reactions from past actions and is the root cause of determining birth as a Brahmin.” (Ramanuja’s commentary).

Now let’s have the two shlokas from Gita that talk about Varna Vyvastha.

cātur-varṇyaḿ mayā sṛṣṭaḿ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ |
tasya kartāram api māḿ viddhy akartāram avyayam ||

The four orders of society were created by Me [Krishna] classifying them according to the mode of Prakrti predominant in each and apportioning corresponding duties to them; though the author of this creation, know Me, the immortal Lord, to be a non-doer.”

(Chap.IV Shloka 13)

Brahmana -Kshatriya-visham sudranam ca parantapa,
karmani pravibhaktani svabhava-prabhavair gunaih.

(Chap.18,Shloka 41)

O Arjuna,the activities of Brahmanas, Kastriyas,Vaishyas, and Sudras are clearly divided according to the qualties born of their own nature.

The popular belief is that since Lord Krishna has based caste on one’s guna ,the caste system by birth is of little significance. This is far away from truth. The question often asked is “Where does He say that Varna is determined by birth in a particular family of parents of the same varna?” Most of the so-called lovers of classless society in blunt way state that ” Krsna Paramatman says in the Gita that the vocations are assigned to people according to differences in their nature, not according to their birth.”

This is once again to create a vulgar mis-impression.I wish to ask the detractors where does he suggest that “by birth” holds no significance? Here the shloka plainly suggests that various castes have been asked to perform their duties as per the natural traits.Had he been utterly against the “by birth” concept then there was no need for him to specify the castes. When people talk about these two verses they forget to present the big picture involved in it. Now let’s remember the words of Krishna are to be understood in light of analytical understanding with the help of scriptural references. One fails to understand that how come one is talking about “svabhava” without “birth” ? If actions or karma had been that important as suggested by the people who wish to switch over to duties ascribed to others by quoting Vishvamitra and others ,then there was no need for Krishna to specifically refer to four castes. He would have then simply stated look these are the types of actions and anyone who may comes closest to them should treat themselves to be of that caste.

However, we find that’s not the case.Here svabhava or Gunas (attributes) are specifically used against the four varnas.The people who say that Brahmins are at par with other class are also wrong. “The predominating attribute of the Brahmins or spiritual class is sattva guna the mode of goodness. It is the Vedic scriptures which defines what qualities are possessed by Brahmins and what are the duties proper to their status as well as what occupations they may engage in. This Vedic directive applies to the other orders in society as well.“.(Commentary by Sri Ramanuja) . This commentary establishes two thing. One that any aspect need to be understood in light of Vedic directives ,and secondly, Brahmins are representative of Sattava and thus greater among equals.

The another curious thing is that when people so easily talk about to be known on the “basis of actions” or on the basis of traits that belongs to others they then forget that Krishna has also talked about “svadharma” ( following one’s duty in league with natural tendencies).In other words, there is no need to be lured by the charm of attributes of others. May be in our times when there is state of “Varna-sankara) this point may not be intercepted with true essence but then this is the ultimate truth. Remember,this was the dilemma before Arjuna who was talking like a philsopher when his basic duty was to fight like a warrior.

My request to over enthusiastic interpreters is that let’s not corrupt the proper interpretations with selective references. I think the problem is that democratic values have made Indians devoid of etiquette. They think that they have got right to curse Brahmins or Vedic system the way they feel like. Since greater blockheads (the people in league with demoniacal tendencies ) have occupied the media and government sector,the partisan and flawed views have hit our consciousness. And as we all know that we the people have become the part of rat race,there is little time left for the people to discriminate between right and wrong other than to give way to false impressions generated by the secular religious preachers. Anyway,  my advice to conscious souls is that they should also remember the words of Krishna in Chap.16 wherein He suggests that who dares to follow his own stupid ways not on par with scriptures shall not attain proper end.

sreyan sva-dharmo vigunah
para-dharmat svanusthitat
sva-dharme nidhanam sreyah
para-dharmo bhayavahah

It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though they may be faultily, than another’s duties. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.
(Chap.3;Shloka 35)

It would be interesting to know that why Krishna did not refer to birth in clear terms while ascribing gunas to each castes.In other words ,though He meant birth yet there is no strong emphasis.  It’s because He knew clearly that “whatever be the outward qualities of individuals, their inner quality is in keeping with their hereditary vocations.” It would be interesting to know that in his times “the various castes were divided according to birth: we learn this, without any room for doubt, from the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata and the Visnu Purana.”.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

It was commonplace to find an individual’s vocation determined by birth in those times.In fact,if we take into view the opinion of present age scientists it’s now proven beyond doubt that ” heredity and environment play a crucial part in determining a man’s character, abilities and attitudes.” In those time unlike the confused state of affairs in our times the professions practised according to birth came to be the same as that practised according to guna.In our times ,it might be that some variations have appeared but then who can deny that heredity and the environment in which we are placed still the determining factor. It’s not that strikingly visible that Gunas and birth are one and the same but in those times the relations was highly obvious.

The relation is in our times is also very much clear but then we are used to propaganda instead of having faith in words of sages and Lord. The guanas and karamas that determine us are the ones we receive via heredity even as we swing to a different mode. That’s why Krishna suggests that there is a greater chance to succeed in professions that are at par with one’s natural traits.However,the point is that heredity is the essence of one’s persona irrespective of gunas one come to possess. I am not sure that how many of us who are so vocal about “actions and gunas alone ” are truly are having a job at par with Gunas they claim to possess.If we look closely at the problems that have hit the modern times one would know that most of the problems are result of people doing the work not at par with their inner traits. Only God knows what will happen if one who is supposed to be a teacher turns into a warrior ?

And that’s the reason why a highly respected saint from Kamakoti Peetham in unambiguous way states that “Sri Krsna establishes that an individual owes his caste to his birth.There should not be the slightest doubt about it.” So when Lord Krishna gives values to “attributes” he is not trying to create a contradiction. He is surely confirming the “by birth” phenomenon as that’s desirable.

The same thing has been confirmed by other great saint Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharajji.His interpretation when read together with the authentic interpretation by Sri Adi Shankara presents a different meaning to the Gita’s shloka from Chap.IV. whose popular interpretation says that “The four fold varna was created by me based on guna and karma.”

Chaaturvaryam=chatvaar eva varnaaH chaaturvarnya

Maya= eeshvarena

sRShTam=utpaaditam (braahmano’sya mukhamaaseet-ityaadi shruteH)

guna-karma vibhaagashaH=sattva-rajas-tamaansi

(From the Geeta Bhashya by Sri Adi Shankara)

What Bhagavan Krishna ji says is that the fourfold varNa system as described in Shruti (Brahmana was the mouth of Purush etc.) is designed by me and a person takes birth according to the prevalence of the three guna (sattva-rajas-tamas) coupled with the effect of their karma (according to the actions of previous existences etc.). There is no inference here that a person’s caste is determined by their actions and attributes in their current existence. Hindu Dharma upholds that the prAni attains a birth according to the fruits of their previous lives and that action done in that life will determine the outcome of any subsequent birth. This also applies to the verse from Gita (18.41) which actually means that all varnas are allocated duties according to the guNa (sattva-rajas-tama) that has determined their birth. There is no implication that these attributes develop through the current existence and in fact refer to the guNa which a person possesses at birth.” ” Genetics has proven that we inherit various traits, idiosyncrasies and disorders from our parents, so would we now refute this also? One’s jati or natal kinship community (not varNa) is intrinsically linked to parentage.”

Before I conclude I must clear the air,especially to the secular and progressive minds, that it’s not at all an attempt to project the supremacy of Brahmins.It’s also not an attempt to lessen the value of actions. After all,  why would I ,a lover of Advaita philosophy, come to glorify the gross body. I had to get involved in the painful exercise yet highly enlightening experience of writing a long piece merely to quash the fallacious views that have gained importance. And yes ,as I say ,I am not at all interested in creating caste conflict by bringing the supremacy of Brahmins on the fore.

On the contrary, I am in league with the words of Sage Vyasa that “Sudrah sadhuh” (sudrah is at par with saint). Since a Sudrah is devoid of most of the restraints that has been imposed on other three castes,a sudra always has a great chance to have an inner perfection via his set of simple actions.  A few word on the deterioration that has hit the Brahmins.  It would indeed be foolishness to suggest that Brahmins alone have fallen from the grace. Nearly all the classes have given way to corrupt practices as highlighted in one of the verses from Padma Puranas.  Most of us are aware of the reasons that have caused the degradation of various castes.  So instead of using the downfall as a pretext to curse Brahmins,it’s time to allow Brahmin Devatas to regain their lost glory.Let’s not make the revival of Brahmins a difficult task by giving rise to so-called progressive theories aimed at transformation of society.

In Defence Of  A  Brahmin: Brahmin By Birth Alone !

References:

Sri Geeta Talk

Vaishnava Literature

Kamakoti Peetham

Kamakoti Peetham

Kamakoti Peetham

Kamakoti Peetham

Kamakoti Peetham

Kamkoti Peetham

Dvija

Varnashrama

Sri Geeta Sholka

Sri Geeta Shloka

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Sri Ramakrishna

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Saint Tulsidas

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Sri Ramanuja

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

We celebrate our Independence day on August 15.It’s a very special day for all the Indians.It’s also a day to acknowledge the contributions of all the freedom fighters who made India’s tryst with freedom a reality.This day is also celebrated as birthday of India’s one of the greatest yogis Sri Aurobindo,who was much influenced with life of Lord Sri Krishna.He was instrumental in creating a big awakening among the Indians via his writings and speeches.

Ours is land of saints, bhaktas and yogis.It’s here alone that the invisible supreme has manifested himself in diverse ways like Krishna and Rama.Not only this, there exists so many ways to reach Him.While Gyana Yogis(Seekers of Knowledge)come to realize him through Shravana(Listening),Manana (Reflection) and Nidihidhyasana (Meditation),the Bhaktas(devotees)attain the Divine Abode by singing His divine glories.The Yogis come to apprehend him by disciplining their minds whereas followers of Tantra attain him via set of complex rituals.Each path further gets divide into various sects to provide suitable environment for the perfect development of the seekers according to his/her natural tendencies.

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

Sri Aurobindo’s arrival manifested one more fascinating path to strike union with the Lord.He was born on August 15, 1872 in Calcutta.His father Dr. K.D.Ghose ,a civil medical officer , favoured European upbringing for his children. After spending two years in Loretto Convent School at Darjelling ,Sri Aurobindo went to England for higher studies.He was earlier interested in joining Civil services and was nearly very close to fulfilling his ambition but destiny had planned something better for him.It’s strange but true that though he was raised in an European atmosphere he always dreamt of reforming the Indian society. At the age of 21, after spending 14 years in England he returned back to India. The restlessness or “Tamas”(darkness) that has gripped his mind during his stay in England gave way to extra ordinary spiritual well being in Sri Aurobindo soon after his arrival.

He joined the ongoing national movement and was one of the accused in Alipur Trial.In the jail the solitude gave him an opportunity to ponder deeply. As a result he came to ascertain that he was “called upon to preach to my country to make them realize that India had a mission to perform in the comity of nations”. He viewed the attainment of freedom as a first step towards establishment of Divine Rule in India. He engaged himself in spiritual practices for a greater target than freedom-the liberation of human race. He was a Mahayogi (supreme soul) who carved a unique way for the fulfillment of his task. Mysticism heavily shrouds his path which makes exact description of his ways and means adopted a little difficult for average person. So what exists is merely the tip of an iceberg. One reason which could be stated in this regard is that he functioned from a plane of thought that transcends earthly logic. In other words to coin earthly phrases for his sentiments serves little purpose. A fact which he himself asserts in the following words:” No one can write about my life because it has not been on the surface for man to see.”

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

His Yoga which has become known as Internal Yoga or the Integral Yoga has aspiration, surrender and rejection as its chief components .When one sincerely emulates his path one becomes open to supermind. His integral philosophy says that the “divine transcends from pure existence through the play of consciouness” and then there is compete transformation.There must first be the psychic change, the conversion of our whole present nature into a soul instrumentation; on that or along with that there must be the spiritual change, the descent of higher light ,Knowledge ,Force, Bliss, Purity into the whole being, even into the lowest recesses of the life and body, even into the darkness of our subconsconscience; last, there must supervene the supramental transformation, there must take place as the crowning movement the ascent into the supermind and the transforming descent of the Supramental Consciousness into our entire being and nature.”

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

We come to recognize our true nature when the veil is removed that separates the lower being from the higher being through the descent of the higher into the nature of the lower being and the forceful ascent of the lower being into the nature of the higher. The mind then recovers its divine light in all comprehending supermind and the soul realizes its divine self in the all-possessing all blissful ananda. Unlike the view maintained by Sri Adi Shankara who considers objective world an illusion, Sri Aurobindo feels that it has a reality separate from human consciousness. When we know ourselves, thinks Aurobindo, by going within ourselves and see with an inner knowledge man rises to the level of Brahman. The Suprarmental light at that stage imbibes his personality. But prior to that final state of pure knowledge or complete descent of supramental consciousness, a being has to pass through several stages from mind to supermind. Such a totally transformed person is known as Gnostic being. The normal human being reasoning rests on senses and reason but the Gnostic personality comprehends and penetrates the object by immediate total identification with it. Put differently, his reason is infused with synthetic vision of unity or identity. Such a being is not opposed to the so-called not -self but he treats it to be the part of the self which ignorant people fail to do.

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

Before the descent of supramental consciousness the mind passes through higher mind, illumined mind and the overmind. In the higher mind the limitations of thought or the rules of logic are absent. Totality is grasped as a single view in the higher mind. In the illumined mind the intuition plays a great role. Intuition allows one to look deeper into the reality underlying the substance by an intimate truth perception. Intuition brings before our eyes unknown by harmonizing will, feelings and emotions. Next comes the overmind which has the capacity to reconcile differences but that is not enough to bring integral transformation. The overmind cannot counteract the negative forces cause downward pull of the human soul.

The fear vanishes with the emergence of supramental consciousness. The descent of supermind is a prerequisite for formation of spiritualized society in which all the individuals unite themselves in a single world State This yoga comes to bring an inner elf development by which all beings discover the one self in all and evolve into higher consciousness. He comes to apprehend ‘the real truth of spirit in the world and real truth and highest law of life’. The attainment of this vision needs complete overhauling of our personality in order to make it adaptive to the higher consciousness.The supramental transformation brings an’ inner organized consciousness’ and personality vibrates with psychic abilities. But there must be preparation from below and grace from above. The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Asharama in Pondicherry provides us the features of being who has undergone supramental transformation which are a perfect and constant equality and absolute certainty in the highest laws of nature.

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

Sri Aurobindo was of the opinion that gap between reason and faith, the phenomenal and noumenal world and the world of necessity and the world of freedom can be reduced to zero. He says” when we speak of It (read Absolute) as unknowable, we mean that, It really escapes the grasp of our thought and speech, instruments which proceed always by the sense of difference and express by the way of definition; but if not unknowable by thought. It is attainable by supreme effort of consciousness. There is even kind of knowledge which is one with Identity and by which, in a sense, It can be known.” In order to fulfill his dreams he set up a Ashrama at Pondicherry.On December 5,1950 he left his physical body to make his dream of getting Supermind into the material a reality. The much awaited descent of Supermind took place on February 29,1956. The Mother emphasized on April 24,1956 :’ The manifestation of the supramental upon earth is no more a promise but a living fact , a reality. It is at work here and one day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling will be able to recognize it.’

Sri Aurobindo: The Dreamer Of Divine Conquest

According to Sri Aurobindo whatever he is doing is “a beginning, not a completion.It is the foundation of a new consciousness on earth- a consciousness with infinite possibilities of manifestation”.

Let us not ignore the principles of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma as that will dangerous for the progress of this nation. What he wrote in Karma Yogin needs to placed firmly in our hearts and mind. He stated that “The task we now set before ourselves is not mechanical but moral and spiritual.We aim not at the alteration of form of a government but the building of nation. Of that task politics is a part, but only a part. We shall devote not only to politics alone ,nor to social questions alone ,nor to theology or literature or science by themselves, but we include all these in one entity which we believe to be all important ,the dharma, the national religion which we also believe to be universal. There is mighty law of life , a great principal of human evolution , a body of spiritual knowledge and experience which India has always been destined to be guardian ,exemplar and missionary. This is Santana Dharma-the eternal religion.We must return and seek the sources of life and strength within ourselves. We must know our past and recover it for the purpose of our future. Our business is to realize ourselves first and to mould everything to the law of India’s eternal life and nature. We believe that it is to make Yoga the ideal of human life that India rises today; by the Yoga she will get the strength to realize her freedom, unity and greatness, by the Yoga she will keep the strength to perceive it. It is spiritual revolution we foresee and the material is only its shadow and reflex.”

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REFERENCES:

1. Sri Aurobindo by Navjata (National Book Trust, India)

2. Concepts Of Reason And Intuition By Ramesh Chandra Sinha (Janaki Prakashan ,Patna and Delhi)

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