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Indonesia A Lost Hindu Empire.


Genealogy of the kings of Majapahit, Indonesia

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This is awesome article about Indonesia a Lost Hindu Empire written by Shreyas Limaye and sheds light on History of Country and its civilization and root Vedanta Philosophy. I urge all the Indonesian people to do some research on their family roots and come back to religion of their ancestor and throw cult of terror from their Mother land and join the Humanity.

Sam Hindu

Lost Hindu Empires of Indonesia ;

By Shreyas Limaye , PhD

One of the common misconceptions about Hinduism is that it is an India-specific religion. Indeed it is true that Hinduism and the Vedanta philosophy originated in India and even today a vast majority of the followers of the religion are Indians; emigration and migration in the last couple of centuries and the universal appeal of Vedanta have made people recognize the fact that it is a global religion with a worldwide following.
 
Even historically, Hinduism was never an India-specific religion. Ancient Hindu idols have been discovered in places as far as central Asia. However, for a variety of reasons, Hinduism got erased from most of the places which lay to the west of India.
 
But in Indonesia, where Hinduism flourished in style and in substance, it continues to maintain its presence even today – reminding us of its past glory and global appeal.

How Hinduism was introduced in Indonesia:

Records of foreign trade with Indonesia exist from the early AD centuries. Consequently, it was earlier thought that Hinduism was introduced to Indonesia through traders arriving from India.

 However, recent discoveries of Sanskrit transcriptions in places like eastern Kalimantan, a considerable distance from the international trade route, and also in western Java have given rise to a new theory that it was introduced to the Indonesian islands through rishis and their Indian and Indonesian disciples.

 References in Balinese literature about Pura Pucak Raung (in the Eastern Javanese district of Glenmore), where Maharishi Markandeya is said to have visited and gathered followers, further bolster this claim.

Local Influence:

But as is common with most of the religions, Hinduism in Indonesia (known formally as “Agama Hindu Dharma” in Bahasa Indonesia) got influenced with local beliefs, customs and traditions and developed a distinctly Indonesian flavor.

 It shares all the main beliefs of Hinduism like a belief that all of the Gods are manifestations of the Supreme Being, belief in the Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu (Wisnu), Mahesh (Ciwa) representing the creator, preserver and destroyer roles of the Supreme Being, belief in sacred texts of Vedas, Puranas and Itihaasas, etc.

 However it lacks the traditional Hindu emphasis on cycles of rebirth and reincarnation, but instead is greatly influenced by the Chinese and Eastern Asian concept of ancestral spirits. Brahmins are regarded as the prestigious class but instead of being affiliated with any temple, they act as spiritual leaders and advisers to individual families.

Hindu Kingdoms:

Being accepted as an Indonesian religion, Hinduism is reflected in early Indonesian polity as well. Various Hindu kingdoms began to emerge in the main islands of Java and Sumatra. Most notable amongst them are Srivijaya and Majapahit which flourished to become empires and influenced the events of the region.

Srivijaya Kingdom:

Srivijaya kingdom was based in Palembang, in the island of Sumatra. Accounts of its origins vary from 200 AD to 500 AD. But mainly from 7th century AD, it appears in contemporary Chinese and other trade records as an important maritime Indonesian kingdom.

 Srivijaya established suzerainty over large areas of Sumatra, western Java and much of the Malay Peninsula. Dominating the Malacca and Sunda straits, it controlled both the spice route traffic and local trade, charging a toll on passing ships. Serving as an entrepôt for Chinese, Malay, and Indian markets, the port of Palembang, accessible from the coast by way of a river, accumulated great wealth.

 In 903 AD, a Muslim writer Ibn Rustah was so impressed with the wealth of Srivijaya’s ruler that he declared one would not hear of a king who was richer, stronger or with more revenue. Srivijaya also maintained close relations with the Pala Empire in Bengal and an 860 AD inscription records that the maharaja of Srivijaya dedicated a monastery at the Nalanda University in Pala territory.

 Fall of the Srivijaya Kingdom: Relations with the Chola dynasty of southern India were initially friendly but deteriorated into actual warfare in the eleventh century. Although Srivijaya managed to survive Chola invasion and conquest, it got gravely weakened, lost its regional hegemony and gave rise to formation of small kingdoms. As the decline went further, Islam made its way to the Aceh region of Sumatra.

 In 13th century, the kingdom of Pasai in northern Sumatra converted to Islam putting further pressure on Srivijaya. In 1365 AD, Srivijaya was conquered by the Hindu Majapahit Empire from Java. A rebellion in 1377 AD was squashed down by Majapahit, but left the area of Southern Sumatra in chaos and desolation giving further impetus to the growth of Islam.

 By 1402 AD, Parameswara, the last prince of Srivijaya who had fled Palembang after being defeated by Majapahits, married a Muslim princess of Pasai and founded a kingdom on the Malay Peninsula. In 1414 AD, at the age of 70 he himself converted to Islam declaring his kingdom as the ‘Sultanate of Malacca’. 

Other Hindu Kingdoms: During the same time period some other Hindu kingdoms like Sailendra and Singhasari existed on the island of Java. Some of the magnificent Hindu and Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia are built-in that time frame.

The Borobudur temple complex, in honor of Mahayana Buddhism, contains 2,000,000 cubic feet of stone and includes 27,000 square feet of stone bas-relief. Shiva’s great temple is less than 50 miles away at Prambanan.

Majapahit Empire:

Based in eastern Java in since 1293 AD, Majapahit was the last Hindu empire in Indonesia. It reached its height in the mid-14th century under King Hayam Wuruk (1350AD-89AD) and his Prime Minister Gajah Mada.

The New Year ceremony during the Majapahit era was a major religious ceremony which used to be attended by Indian scholars as well. Thus in one of the inscriptions, the poet asserts that the only famous countries in the world were Java and India because both contained many religious experts! However, after the death of Hayam Wuruk, the kingdom grew internally weaker due to family feuds and found itself unable to control the rising power of the Sultanate of Malacca.

Finally in 1478, Brawijaya the last Majapahit ruler converted to Islam. The last remaining courtsmen of Majapahit were forced to withdraw eastward. A large number of courtiers, artisans, priests, and Hindu members of the royalty moved east to the island of Bali at the end of Majapahit’s existence; where they remained isolated before being colonized by the Dutch.

Conversion to Islam:

In both Java and Sumatra, as the royalty converted to Islam, the citizens followed suit. And although many cultural aspects of the religion were preserved, Hinduism ceased to exist as a major spiritual force after being the main Indonesian religion for centuries.

This is undoubtedly a major event in the history of Hinduism and should be studied and understood in great detail by all those who love this ancient continuous tradition. It would reveal the conditions and reasons behind the downfall of Hinduism from one of its strongholds and might prove as a guidance to avoid such circumstances elsewhere in the future.

Hindus Renaissance and Challenges:

Preserved by Balinese Hindus through their turbulent history, Hinduism is experiencing a revival in all parts of Indonesia in the recent times. While many Javanese had retained aspects of their indigenous and Hindu traditions through the centuries of Islamic influence, under the banner of ‘Javanist religion’ (kejawen), no more than a few isolated communities upheld Hinduism as the primary mark of their public identity.

 Even officially identifying their religion as Hinduism was not a legal possibility for Indonesians until 1962 AD, when it became the fifth state-recognized religion. This recognition was initially sought by Balinese religious organizations and granted for the sake of Bali, where the majority was Hindu.

The largest of these organizations, Parisada Hindu Dharma Bali, changed its name to P.H.D. Indonesia (PHDI) in 1964, reflecting subsequent efforts to define Hinduism as a national rather than just a Balinese affair. Religious identity became a life and death issue for many Indonesians around the same time as Hinduism gained recognition, namely in the wake of the violent anti-Communist purge of 1965-66.

Persons lacking affiliation with a state recognized-religion tended to be classed as atheists and hence as communist suspects. Despite the inherent disadvantages of joining a national religious minority, a deep concern for the preservation of their traditional ancestral religious practices made Hinduism a more palatable option than Islam for several ethnic groups in the outer islands.

 In the early seventies, the Toraja people of Sulawesi island were the first to realize this opportunity by seeking shelter for their indigenous religious practices under the broad umbrella of ‘Hinduism’, followed by the Karo Batak of Sumatra in 1977 and the Ngaju Dayak of Kalimantan in 1980. The rate of conversion (or re-conversion) to Hinduism accelerated dramatically during and after the collapse of former President Suharto’s authoritarian regime in 1998.

For some Indonesians this return to the ‘religion of Majapahit‘ was a matter of nationalist pride. PHDI, in an annual report claims the ‘Hindu congregation’ (umat hindu) of East Java province to have grown by 76,000 souls in 1999 alone.

Temple Reconstruction:

Apart from political environment, socio-economic factors also contributed to this trend. In the last few decades, especially after being formally recognized as an official Indonesian religion, some of the ancient Hindu temples are being revived in Indonesia with the generous donations from wealthy Balinese Hindus.

 Surge in the number of households proclaiming themselves as the followers of Hinduism has been seen around these revived temples. Prominent among them include Pura (temple) Blambangan in the regency of Banyuwangi completed around 1978, Pura Mandaragiri Sumeru Agung, located on the slope of Mt Sumeru, Java’s highest mountain completed in 1992 and recently completed Pura Loka Moksa Jayabaya in the village of Menang near Kediri and Pura Pucak Raung in the Eastern Javanese district of Glenmore. Similar resurgence was observed around major archaeological remains of ancient Hindu temple sites in Trowulan near Mojokerto. Economically, the newly built temples have brought new prosperity to local populations.

 Apart from employment in the building, expansion, and repair of the temple itself, a steady stream of Balinese pilgrims to this now nationally recognized temple has led to the growth of a sizeable service industry. In the recent international environment, pondering on the secret to the economic success of their Balinese neighbors, several local inhabitants have also concluded that Hindu culture may be more conducive to the development of an international tourism industry.

What the future holds:Contributed by all these factors, a slow yet certain revival of Hinduism in Indonesia is observed. However, it also should be noted that simultaneously, a steady increase in the number of Wahabi mosques funded by Saudi oil money has contributed to the increased radicalization of Southeast Asian Muslim populace. It would be interesting to see how the Hindu revival movement proceeds under such circumstances in future.

Shreyas Limaye is a PhD student in the Industrial Engineering department at University of Washington, Seattle

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Those Who are Supporting A Mosque Near Ground Zero May Learn a Lesson FROM Ayodhya.


SOME TIMES BY ; SAM HINDU

After debating 60 years, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court ruled that the disputed land surrounding Babri mosque will be divided in three ways. Muslims will get one-third of the land and two other Hindu groups will have the other two.

The site is extremely sacred for the Hindus. They believe it was the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram and there was a massive temple before the mosque was built. Archaeological evidences clearly show that there was indeed a temple.

In the 16th century, the first Mughal emperor of India erected a mosque after demolishing the temple.

Those who are supporting a mosque near Ground Zero may learn a lesson from this event. Muslims are famous for hijacking other religions’ holy places.

Mohammed, the CULT  LEADER of Islam converted Kaba in Mecca from a worshiping place for the Quraish tribe to Muslims’ sacred place.

There was no mosque or any sign of Islam in Jerusalem when Mohammed delivered Islam. ISLAM AND ITS PROPAGANDA LIES THAT Mohammed stopped at Jerusalem when he was flying on a horse like creature NAMED BARAC to meet the god of Islam. At a later time, Omar, a Caliphate of Muslims built a small mosque in Jerusalem which was rebuilt at the time of Saladin’s rule.

Babri mosque was no exception. However, devout Hindus wanted to claim their sacred place and in 1949, they brought statues of Hindu deities in the middle of the night and started worshiping there. The government stepped in and the high court ordered to lock the mosque, prohibiting both Muslims and Hindus from worshiping.

In 1986,  Only Hindus were allowed  access TO THE TEMPLE AND DISPUTED  Mosque.

In 1992, amid the tension between Hindu and Muslims, a huge crowd of Hindus gathered and demolished the mosque. The incident sparked riot between Hindus and Muslims, and at least 3,000 people were killed.

An investigation took place and several law suits were filed. Finally, after 18 years, India has a verdict.

The three judges of the panel which comprised one Muslim and two Hindu judges acknowledged that the disputed place is sacred to Hindus. They further considered the beliefs of Hindus that it was the birthplace of Hindu deity Ram. The verdict also mentioned the Archaeological evidences of having a massive temple where Emperor Babar built the mosque.

The Hindu religious bodies and some Muslim leaders welcomed the verdict. However,  the Sunni Wakf Board, the Muslim group who earned one-third right is dissatisfied with the judgment and will move to Supreme Court.

Not surprisingly, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, the Minister for Religious Affairs in Pakistan criticized the judgment and asked the Indian Muslims to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. He said the verdict was, “totally in favor of the Hindu community.” He further claimed Pakistan has always been against any injustice among minority communities, whereas the Indian government is not treating the Muslims fairly.

Why is the CongI not interested in the History of Ayodhya?


A representation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka...

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Why is the CongI not interested in the History of Ayodhya?
  
Yes the post independence history of Nehruvian Congress is worst.
  
That is why the Nehruvian Congress has tried very hard to see that people forget its history. For this reasons its top and dynasty successors asking the people of India to forget history and look ahead for the future.
  
This is mainly because if the people of India forget history of Nehruvian Congress, the Nehruvian Congress can repeat the history. E.g. In 1970 Indira Gandhi had given a slogan “Remove poverty” and the left out CongI leaders thought they themselves are poor hence they removed their own poverty and flooded the accounts in Swiss and other banks. Off course people had forgotten that Nehru had given the same slogan in other wordings in 1952.
  
Now again in 2008 the dynasty successor asked people of India to forget history and gave a slogan of “Remove poverty”. It is the Nehruvian culture to give infectious slogans all the time and fool the common mass, which they have kept willfully poor and illiterate.
OK at the moment this is not our topic.
  
Our topic is as to why the Nehruvian Congress asks us to forget the Indian history as a whole?
  
Not clear?
  
It is only the way of handling the issue of Ayodhya by the Nehruvian Congress.
  
Why are there the archeology department and a minister thereof?
What is their duty?
For what are they there?
Are they paid for taking rest and not to apply their mind?
Are they paid for some routine maintenance of few selected structures of heritage and to neglect others unless a big hue and cry made against their negligence and they are forced to act otherwise they would lose of power?
  
In fact the ministry of archeology has very wide functions and duties. But it does not like to apply its mind and does not like to act unless the Nehruvian dynasty leader presses them to act. What can be done if a matter is beyond the caliber of the dynasty leader?
 
These Nehruvian dynasty leaders need consultants who either is from cross border (USSR) or some leaders of vote banks. The latter have their own limitations and vested interest.
  
Now let us come to the point.
  
What was the duty of CongI at least when the structure of the Mosque in Ayodhya was demolished?
 
It is on recorded history that it is the traditional culture of the rulers belonged to the herds of Christian and Muslim religions to demolish the cultural structures especially the places of devotion of the people whom they conquered.
 
Christians especially of western world have discontinued this tradition. But Muslims still maintain the tradition. This cultural tradition had been articulated in Afghanistan. Some Hindus had also articulated this in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir by Muslims on the name of reaction of the demolition of a Mosque in Ayodhya by some Hindus. There is no end to the reaction of Muslims fanatics in the world. They do not need even a reason for reaction.
 
What was the issue in Ayodhya?
 
A case was pending in a court of law where one party was Hindu and the other party was Muslim had a claim on a same property.
 
After demolition of the Mosque, the court asked government to acquire the place and to excavate the site as to know what existed under the ground of the structure of Mosque.
Now you must have a look at the site. The vast area itself is a high level area. Further the land of the Mosque itself on a significantly high Plateau.
 
It is a matter of common sense that there must exist something archeological interest.
 
It is a well-known dispute whether the character of Rama was a myth or historical.Who was Rama ? (via Santosh Bhatt’s Blog) Rama lived in Ayodhya as per the epic. Ram Setu and Lord Rama… (via Santosh Bhatt’s Blog) Off course according to Nehruvian dynasty led Congress and some western historians, Rama merely a fictious character, and thereby it was a very good opportunity for this Maculae’s devotees to prove themselves pious and lovers of Historical truths.
 
Some how the court of law had given the instructions to carry out excavation beneath the mosque. Viz. approximately feet by 40 feet i.e. 1200 square feet that had been occupied by the mosque.
 
The team of archeological excavation found a lot small and big items of archeological interest.  It was the duty of the ministry of archeology to give instructions to carry out wider and extensive excavation to try to find out likely more archeological structures. This ministry could have done this of its own, as this was its duty to put efforts to unearth the archeological evidences of Indian history.
 
Since the existence of archeological evidence had been proved, the whole of the area or even whole of Ayodhya with land covered within 8 kilometers of radius, must have been acquired by the government. No body’s claim on that place can be entertained once the site becomes archeological interest.
 
But Nehruvian Congress wants to divide people by religion. The Ayodhya issue has been allowed to continue as an issue related with religion instead of being historical evidence.
Since all the coverage is being given with a communal color, the Nehruvian Congress is trying very hard to keep the fear alive of communal riots.
 
In fact neither Hindus nor the local Indian Muslims (with minor exceptions who support cross border terrorists) are interested in riots.
 
The cross border terrorists only are interested in making people of India unrest.
 
These cross border terrorists have never reacted suddenly. They use to survey the target. Then they plan for the attack. Then they prepare gangs and then execute the plan.
CongI and its intelligence must be aware of this tradition. In spite of this CongI is making big show of its security arrangement. CongI has generated a paper tiger and it has presented it as a real tiger.
 
Consequent to the Court’s judgement nothing would happen but CongI would say that by its security arrangement the tiger could not harm the people.
This is called politics in joint venture by Communists & Gobbles.

Berlin Wall & Ayodhya Temple


Berlin Wall on 16. November 1989.

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Berlin Wall & Ayodhya Temple

By Dr Jay Dubashi

The Wall itself was an ugly structure, which only communists can put up. It was an eyesore right in the midst of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. When I climbed the Wall and stood on top, I could see East German soldiers patrolling beneath us, with drawn bayonets.

On November 9, 1989 to be exact, a wall came down in Europe and it changed history for all time to come. It brought an empire built up by monsters known as communists crashing down on their heads.

 It was an earth-shaking event whose after-effects are still being felt across the world, though it happened twenty years ago. And the whole thing began with the removal of a single brick from a wall that had stood between the people of Europe and freedom.

I am referring, of course, to the Berlin Wall that was brought crashing down on that date, but I also refer to other mental bricks that the communists had erected around the world in an effort to safeguard their imperial interests. With the Wall, went the 72-year-old history of a moth-eaten revolution, in the name of which, the commies had tried to bamboozle a whole world, and almost succeeded.

There is also another quirk of history. While the Wall was coming down in Berlin, the first brick of the Ramshila foundation was being laid in Ayodhya. While a temple was going up at Ayodhya, a communist temple was being demolished at the same hour and on the same day five thousand miles away in Europe. If this is not a historic coincidence, I do not know what is.

Actually, it is not a coincidence. It is history in the making, for history has a way of righting a wrong and restoring a balance to the entire historical architecture. The Berlin Wall came crashing down because it was a perversity and a product of twisted minds. Ayodhya Evidence The Ayodhya temple was going up because it was a right temple at the right place, for where else would you have a temple for Sri Ram except at Ayodhya, the sacred place where he was born? All that has happened is that a wrong has been righted, which is what history does, for that is its main function.

I was at the Berlin Wall a few months before it fell. I had gone there more as a tourist, but also as a student of history. I wanted to know how it feels to be part of history, in fact, to be history itself, for I had a strong suspicion that the Wall was destined to come down sometime or the other, maybe even in our own lifetime, though that was too good to be true. I flew from Frankfurt to Berlin in a rickety plane that almost crashed before we landed. But our Berlin hosts assured us that we were safe, probably safer than the Wall itself.

But when I arrived at the Wall, not far from the old Hitler chancellery, I somehow felt that things were not quite right. The Wall itself was an ugly structure, which only communists can put up. It was an eyesore right in the midst of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

When I climbed the Wall and stood on top, I could see East German soldiers patrolling beneath us, with drawn bayonets, as if preparing for an assault. One soldier was so close to us that I could almost touch him and nearly did, until I was told that these men had shot dozens of East Germans crossing over to West Berlin, as it was a crime to leave your part of the city to go into another part. Communists have strange rules about domicile, for sometimes you are a citizen of their country though there are times when you are not.

This was twenty years ago. Things have changed and the whole of East Germany has now become part of Germany. There is, of course, no Berlin Wall, and you can drive from one part of Berlin to another without bothering about visas and such things. Lots of countries east of the Berlin Wall have now left the Soviet Union which itself has ceased to exist.

 There is no Soviet Union. There is no hammer and sickle, and there are no red flags. Lenin’s corpse is moulting in the mausoleum while the government decides what to do with it. Moscow is, however, full of broken statues of Joseph Stalin and his comrades, gathering dust and moss in some forlorn parks where even children fear to go.

The Berlin Wall was more a symbol than a piece of brick and mortar, but the fall of the Wall was succeeded by the fall of communism itself, as if the two were related, which, of course, they were. It took only two years more for the communist regime in the Soviet Union to collapse, as if it was waiting for the Wall to fall. Even Mikhail Gorbachev must have been surprised at the way the Soviet Union disintegrated so rapidly after the dismantling of the Wall.

What about Ayodhya? It will take maybe another thousand years before a temple comes up at the place. It is shocking how slowly things move in India. As I said, it took the East Europeans only a couple of years to dismantle the evil empire of Stalin & Co. and recast their country in a new democratic mould.

Those who have visited the new Russia say that the country is no more what it used to be under Stalin & Co. Some things are better and some things are worse, but the new Russians as a whole are much better off than they used to be. There are still beggars taking shelter in the Moscow underground and young women offering themselves right under the windows of the Kremlin-as they did when Stalin was alive-but otherwise things have changed for the better. People are better dressed, they eat better, and children go to schools that have proper teachers and proper textbooks.

But, as I said, nothing has changed in Ayodhya. Time has stood still, as it always does in India, when there is no one to push it. We Hindus are a timid lot. We are always looking for someone else to solve our problems, as if we had nothing to do with them, and the problems were not our responsibility. Ayodhya is not someone else’s responsibility; it is the responsibility of Hindus-and Indians.

 It is true we have a hostile government in Delhi and an equally hostile and irresponsible one in Uttar Pradesh, but we cannot go on endlessly waiting for someone come from the heavens to help us build the temple. It is time we Hindus gave up looking for others to solve our problems. If we cannot make an effort-legal, political and social-to have a temple for Sri Ram built in Ayodhya, what is the use of all these millions of Hindus who are supposed to inhabit this land of ours?

Hindus have to help themselves, even if the whole world is against them. Didn’t the people of West Berlin help themselves? The Berlin Wall was demolished, brick by brick, stone by stone, until nothing remained in the place on November 9, 1989. But we Hindus are still waiting for our temple.

Source: Folks Magazine

Hindus Unite Before You Are Eliminated


 

Let all Hindus come together

  By: Francois Guatier                                            

He is adored by millions. Terrorists have laid their weapons at his feet. Nobody has ever seen him utter a word in anger. Truth and love have been his constant motto in life. Yet, much of the media has maligned His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar after the shooting incident of Sunday (May 30) in Bangalore, and he has more or less been accused of lying. The truth is that at the moment there is a witchhunt against Hindu gurus.

 It started with the Shankaracharya, then Swami Nityananda was thrown in jail for 45 days, for allegedly having consensual sex with a woman. Today, the media and the government are trying to malign Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the eyes of his disciples and Indians in general. Who is next?

 One should analyse why Hindus are so much under attack at the moment. First, there is such a thing as karma. Hindus have often betrayed each other and have become lethargic, complacent and sometimes arrogant. Secondly, there are at the moment combined forces, which are assaulting Hinduism, knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously, openly or covertly.

 First you have as a pivotal leader of this country, a person, who whatever her qualities of honesty, hard work and dedication, is a Christian — it would be impossible in a Christian dominated country, such as France, to have a Hindu as the ‘Eminence Grise’ behind the scenes.

 Secondly many of India’s present leaders, are of a Marxist bent of mind, which considers religion as an old fashioned and eventually to be rid off (but mind you, they will not touch at Christianity or Islam); this is why in the land of yoga, yogic and spiritual organisations are being taxed today.

 Thirdly, Christian conversions have never been this rapid, even at the time of the British: statistics say only three per cent of Indians are Christians, but you will be surprised at the new census: after the tsunami, at least 12 per cent of the Tamil Nadu coast has been converted with millions of dollars given by gullible Westerners.

 Indian Muslims working in the Gulf have also brought back to India a more radical brand of Islam, which indirectly helped in fuelling the violent anti-Hindu waves of terrorist attacks. Indeed, there is no way Pakistani terrorists can function without local Muslim help and encouragement.

 Finally, Westernisation through television and advertisements, is sweeping across India, and this may be the greatest danger, as westernisation has killed the souls of many Asian countries.

The Christians have a Pope, the Muslims the word of the Quran, communists have Das Kapital of Karl Marx. But Hindus are totally disunited. Hindus are busy at the moment making as much money as possible and aping the western way of life, not even bothering to teach their children Hindu values and culture, whereas every Muslim child is told about the Quran.

 Hindu groups in the US or the UK, are constantly fighting  with each other and thus have very little lobbying power, contrary to the Indian Muslims or the Christians, who are able to deny visas to a chief minister whose state runs efficiently and without corruption. It is said that even the Hindu deities and goddesses are jealous of each other.

It is thus of vital importance that Hindu gurus and swamis regroup under one umbrella which could be called the ‘Supreme Hindu Council’. Each group and guru will retain its leadership and autonomy but will meet three times a year and issue a number of adesh, which will be binding to 800 million Hindus in India and a billion worldwide.

 There are too many gurus and swamis all over India and the world and it would not be possible to assemble them all in one group. Thus I propose that the 12 gurus in India who have the most disciples, represent all the other swamis and gurus. Amongst them, of course, we should find Sankaracharya,  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Amrita Anandmayi, the Shankaracharya of Kancheepuram, Guruma of Ganeshpuri, Shri Baba  Ramdev, Satguru Jaggi, etc.

 The leadership of this group will be rotated every year and so can membership for that matter, as there are quite a few other gurus of India who have a huge following.It is not only Hinduism which is at stake, but the ‘Knowledge Infinite’ which came down, through the ages and has survived today only in India in a partial form.

 This knowledge only can save the world. Let Hindus understand that not only do they have the numbers, but also that they are one of the most successful, law abiding and powerful communities in the world. Nobody should denigrate their gurus.

Source: Express Buz

“ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD”. IS IT ?


Dr Zakir Naik

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SOME TIMES BY ; SAM HINDU

“Follow the right path, irrespective of how many people are with you. Don’t reject the truth even if you are alone and whole world is against you, because in the end, it is only truth, which will prevail”
Rigveda

  I wrote an article on Face Book about a  Muhammad: A Cult Leader leader http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=454895685699#!/note.php?note_id=404635110699&comments which was originally written on my Blog Muhammad: A Cult Leader or Muslims are struck in a cult. and after this  note I had a debate with one of reader and he claimed about  Muslims AND Islam that…

   “ISLAM IS THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD”. IS IT ?

  So let me answer that statement in details.

 As Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world, this would mean that at least some point in time Christianity was the fastest growing religion in the world. Does this mean that Christianity is still the one true religion OR was it only the one true religion during the centuries when it was the fastest growing?

Since in the early and mid 20th century, atheism was the fastest growing “belief” in the world, does that mean that there was no God during those decades?

If pork consumption becomes the fastest growing dietary trend in the world, does that mean that God is trying to tell mankind that pork is God’s choice of meat?

  Islam is claimed to be the fastest growing religion by the new cult of Islam and his puppet Dr.  Zakir Naik and his followers. Large section of people inspired by the new messenger can be seen indulged in debating others over the issue of fastest rate of growth of Islam.

  Interestingly, on one hand, Mullahs in countries like India are assuring the people of other faiths about trueness of Islam through their own census, on the other hand, in Muslim countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc, murderer  warriors are killing their fellow Moslims for not being true Muslims!

  But, one thing, which makes Islam different from others, is the spectrum of its preachers starting from Mullahs proving Islam through peaceful speeches to Osamas and Kasabs, who implement the peaceful teachings of Islam through their peaceful actions! That’s a part, today, we shall analyze the claims of Moslims about Islam to be the fastest growing religion.

  We will pick one by one the claims of Muslims on why Islam is from God, which we have come across quite often, and will scrutinize those in two ways. Comment “a” below every claim will examine it by assuming the claim to be true. Comment “b” will contain the reality of the claim, whether it is right or wrong.

Islam is best and the only religion from God because…

Claim 1: it has the following of over 1.5 billion and in few years, Islam will become no. 1 surpassing Christianity.

(a).
(i) Still the majority is with Christians! If number is the criterion of being best, Christianity is better than Islam. Moreover, we can generalize this logic and say that, since non muslims are 5.5 billions (almost 4 times the muslims), non muslims are better and hence Islam is not from God!

 According to Zakir Naik, sinners in the world are increasing. Readers can watch one of his videos answering a question about reincarnation. This is evident from the deeds of people as well. Everyone can see the moral values going down. People have become more selfish and they are no longer ardent devotees of God, as they happened to be in the past.  

    People are not as truthful as the people of past era used to be. So, the number logic says that lies, selfishness, immorality, and atheism are from God as they are practiced the most! Also, sins and Islam both are increasing simultaneously as per Zakir Naik. So, if one is from God because it is increasing, other would also be from God by the same logic. Wise will conclude the rest!

(iii) What about the time when Muhammad started preaching his philosophy? His religion was neither in majority nor was its rate higher. Should not then Islam automatically fails to qualify the majority/highest rate test at least in past?

 Just like Islam today is claimed to have high growth rate, idolatry was at boom some few thousand years ago. Isn’t then idolatry from God? And everything, which either was/is in majority or had/has highest growth rate should be from God by this logic!

  (v) Since number is so important for Muslims, then, is it not strange that they believe in just One God and one prophet? Why are not polytheists better than Muslims since they believe in more Gods? Or is it that number logic works opposite here? Can anyone enlighten us, in which case this number logic works, in which, it gets reversed, and in which it does not work at all?

 (b). Islam will become number one for sure in terms of population. But the reason behind this is not the people converting to Islam but higher number of babies muslims produce. It is evident from the fact that muslim countries have highest growth rates, which is the result of high birth rates rather than any conversion, since all are already muslims there with nobody to convert.

  Claim 2: more and more people are coming to Islam
(a).
(i) Logic of majority/high growth rate has been examined above.
(ii) Islam is the comfort zone for the people fond of lust.  
Was Islam’s “perfect man” sexually restrained? Thus people with lower character accept this opportunity to enjoy 72 virgins forever.Understanding Muhammad & ;) His Women Sex Slaves. 

 This is the main reason behind most of the conversions to Islam. Muhammad’s Evil Tactics of ‘Virgins in Paradise’ for deceiving Youths http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2347471856#!/note.php?note_id=454895680699

  Moreover, Islam provides complete package of 4 wives and innumerable concubines to the males in this world itself. This makes Islam favorite for many, who are in search of moral justification to have extra marital relationships!

(iii) It’s true that more and more people are accepting Islam but at the same time, many are leaving it too. If accepting Islam by people is seen as truthfulness of it, why not leaving Islam by many people is a proof of its falsehood?

  (b). Zakir Naik says that don’t judge a car by its driver. Thus we should look down to Islamic scriptures to know Islam and not see what the people say or do. One will be called as a muslim only when he does Fard (duty) as per Quran and Hadith.

  (i) Today, most of the muslims of Indian sub continent (I am not sure about other muslim countries) worship graves. and Dead Bodies, Nijamuddin Auliya in Delhi, Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Haji Ali in Mumbai, and many others like these are visited by muslims in huge numbers, making these the largest gatherings of muslims anywhere in the world after Hajj.  

   But according to Quran, grave worship is Shirk and Shirk is the only sin, which will not be forgiven! Thus most of the people, who think they are muslims but actually they are not, will go to hell!

  (ii) Praying 5 times a day and fasting in the month of Ramadan is also the duty of a muslim.THIS IS WHAT ALL MUSLIMS RECITE ALL DAY IN THEIR FIVE DAILY SALATS AND FREE TIME  Can Zakir Bhai tell us how many of so-called muslims are actual muslims as per the above condition?

  (iii) Many hadith say that a muslims should not dress like Kafirs. Many places, it is written that a man’s dress should not hang beneath the ankle. If it is, the man will not be entertained by Allah on the day of resurrection! And interestingly, modern-day cult leader  of many muslims,  Zakir himself dresses like Kafirs (wears suit and tie), which has been called Haram by Muhammad!
(iv) Muhammad ordered muslims to grow beard.
The Bearded And Moslim But today, we see hardly any muslim except madrasa bred Mullahs having beard.
In short, it can be concluded from the above points that a muslim is the one, who does not do grave worship, does offer prayers five times a day, fasts for whole month of Ramdan, does not wear cloths like Kafirs i.e. pants, shirts, suit, tie etc, does not wear garment which hangs beneath the ankle, has beard as per Islamic norms etc. And the one, fails to do any one of the above, will burn in hell forever!
There would hardly be few million people, who actually follow the above norms. If this is the case, Islam is actually the fastest declining religion today and has least number of followers among all religions!

  Claim 3: Quran is the most read book of its time
(a). This is yet another logic which many muslims used to give. Again, by this logic, Quran cannot be said as word of God because it was not read as much as other books like Vedas used to be in the past. And today, books like Harry Potter, five point someone etc are read by crores of people, which by number logic, should be from God!

   One can ask that we are discussing religious scriptures and not the fantasy books or novels and hence Quran cannot be compared with these books. But, we should remember that Quran too is full of the stories of angels, Jinns, Satan, flying donkey, splitting of moon, birth of a baby without father, weeping of trees, stones talking to man, sky as roof supported by invisible pillars, seven skies, heaven, hell, pre decided fates etc.

  So, for a sensible person, there is hardly any difference between Quran and the stories of Ali Baba Chalis Chor! We have categorically analyzed Quran in our previous articles and we have shown that why cannot Quran be from God. Readers are requested to go through the articles listed under the section “analysis of Islam” in our site.

(b). Indeed, Quran is the most read book in the name of religion, but it is the most hated book of its time as well! So, it cannot be from God since its haters are more than its lovers.

  Claim 4: Quran is the only text on the face of the earth, which is free from any tampering
(a). By this logic, every article on this Blog  is from God, and SAM HINDU is Profate  since no tampering whatsoever has been done in my writing.

  (b). Actually, this claim of muslims regarding perfectness of Quran is a hoax. There is a dispute among muslim scholars regarding the exact number of verses in Quran. Everyone knows that Shia muslims consider this current Quran to be incomplete and they believe in a Quran, which they say original, which is composed of 17000 verses, but is not available today.

   In other sects of Islam, some people estimate about 6236 verses, some say 6349, some even claim 6666! Many even say that some verses were from Satan instead of Allah! After this much of contravention, how can one claim Quran to be free from any interpolation?

   Moreover, current Quran was compiled much later after the death of Muhammad by his followers, who were fighting each other to spread the message of religion of peace!. In these circumstances, who can believe in the claims of Quran to be unchanged from its beginning?

  Claim 5: many fake Hindu saints  like self-proclaimed title of  Shankaracharya of Banaras  has openly announced Muhammad to be the last prophet and Quran to be the final word for whole humanity.

 (a).
(i) First of all, we would like to know, can a Hindu Shankaracharya, who is a Kafir and believes in idol worship, become source of inspiration for muslims to believe in Islam? If that be so, why not idol worship be accepted by muslims as holy work since Shankaracharya does it?
(ii) Bringing a Hindu preacher in an Islamic gathering is itself against the doctrines of Islam. So, the muslims including Zakir Naik should do Tauba for committing this sin. Since muslims are not to believe in the words of Kafir, Shankaracharya should not be taken seriously in the matters of Deen! Hence Islam is not from God.

 Why do Moslims need other religion Priest and Saints to acknowledge and promote and propaganda  Islam ?  it means you as a Moslim you don’t trust your own scriptures and message.

  A clarification and correction on fake Shankaracharya.

  (b). There is no Shankar Math and hence no Shankaracharya in Banaras by the way!

  Claim 6: many famous scientists have embraced Islam.

  (a). All the scientists were/are non muslims. Thus, if scientists are to be followed, Islam is not from God!
(b). The fame of those famous scientists is yet to reach non muslims and intellectuals! We are trying to
contact IRF regarding these famous (?) scientists but have got no response.

  Claim 7: Islam is being accepted by many people in west. Number of women converting to Islam is higher than men. This is the biggest proof that Islam gives highest respect to women. Understanding Muhammad & ;) His Women Sex Slaves.
(a). People of west do many more things like drinking, open sex, multiple partners for both man and woman etc. Do Moslims accept these deeds also right? If not, how can the decision of such people accepting Islam be said right? Hence Islam is not from God! In Pakistan, women are called awra. or Aurat means Vagina..

(b). People of west are really coming to Islamic ideology! That is why Zakir Naik has been banned from even entering in Canada and UK. May be, westerns have become so much Islamic that they don’t require outside preachers preach Islam anymore!

  Claim 8: Miracle of Kaba being center of the earth has been proven scientifically.
(a). If Kaba is at the center, how does it prove trueness of Islam? Kaba was built by Ibrahim, who was the father of Jewish people. Should not then this miracle of Kaba being the center of earth proves trueness of Judaism instead of Islam?

  Kaba was a Hindu temple and i have written an article on my Face Book Notes.http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2347471856#!/note.php?note_id=454895680699

  (b).
(i)Anyway, this is the most foolish thing one can claim! Earth is almost spherical and its center lies inside it. How can Kaba be at the center? Can the center of a sphere lie on its surface? Even if one talks about the surface, every point on the surface of a sphere is geometrically same.

   Then what is so special about Kaba?
(ii) The scientists, who claimed it, must be Madarsa alumni because science has not become advanced enough to shift the center of gravity of earth from its center to its surface! Of course, Madarsas have the technology of “Kun Fayakun”, which is unique solution to every problem and above all, Allah knows the best!

 Claim 9: Miracles of Allah are seen even in animals and birds. For example many goats, cows have been found to have name of Allah and Muhammad written on their backs. Many crows, dogs, and donkeys have been seen to call “Allah Allah”. One can type “miracles of Islam” in youtube and find hundreds of such videos.

  (a). It seems that the testimonies of famous (?) scientists, Moulvis, and Shankaracharya were not enough to prove Islam best. Hence people have started giving testimonies of animals in order to show superiority of Islam. Wise choose the path, which other wiser people have chosen. But in Islam, it is other way round. Muslims argue that we should accept Islam because animals say “Allah Allah”!

  Again the question arises, can deeds of animals be the bench mark for humans? If that be so, why do muslims wear cloths, go to schools/Madarsas, accept the marriage bond, work in offices, wash hands, take bath….? Moreover not all animals say Allah! So again, by number logic, Islam is not from God! Anyway, we give advice to Zakir and his followers, not to follow animals, but follow intelligent.

 (b). In reality, the videos of such miracles of Allah are nothing more than the laughter shows! Readers can themselves see those videos and get a heavy dose of laughter. Those videos are even more entertaining than those of stage performer Zakir Naik. All I can say, it is the biggest mockery of Islam and Allah by muslims themselves in the name of miracles.

  Claim 10: People are leaving other religions to accept Islam but no muslim leaves Islam.
(a). This is obvious as Islam orders to kill the one, who leaves it. This is the reason why is Islam a one way trap, in which one can enter but cannot come out. Biggest reason behind this is the coward mentality of muslims of not allowing non muslims to preach in their countries. One can see heights of fanaticism of Muslims that they want freedom of speech in every country and they enjoy converting others. But they don’t have guts to let others preach their religion among muslims.

 (b). This claim is false though! There have been great scholars within Islam, who openly criticized many doctrines of it. For example, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the biggest Islamic educationist of India, founder of Aligarh Muslim University, openly denied the existence of Satan. He criticized many other beliefs as well and as a result, fatwa was issued that he is a Kafir!

  Anwar Shaikh, another eminent scholar of Islam from Pakistan, calls Islam, “The Arab Imperialism”! He was cremated instead of burying as per his wish to die as Vedic follower. He was very proud of his Vedic culture and ancestors.

  Another notable scholar from Pakistan is Ghulam Jelani Barq, who completely rejected the hadith! He was also listed as Kafir by the mullahs.

 Today, Ali Sina, Parvin Darabi, Wafa Sultan, Parvez Hoodbhoy, Tariq Ali, Imam Mehboob Ali, and many more are criticizing Islam greater than any non muslim. They all were born in Islamic families. So according to this logic, Islam is false because many scholars have left it!

After analyzing these claims, we can conclude that fanatics like Zakir Naik are spreading the hoax of Islamic superioritySuperiority complex is a mask to hide one’s inferiority complex. ( Islamic invention )  based on their own false census of highest conversion rate. People are being fooled by the so-called experts of comparative religion in the name of childish logic, self created census, and science.

We have seen that how mocking was it to claim Islam best because some animals said “Allah Allah”. In the end, we request everyone to think rationally and then take a decision. Crowded place should not be the destination of intellectuals. Rather, it should be based on logic and morality.

  “Follow the right path, irrespective of how many people are with you. Don’t reject the truth even if you are alone and whole world is against you, because in the end, it is only truth, which will prevail”
Rigveda

References ;

   https://samhindu.wordpress.com/ 

   http://agniveer.com/1624/islam-the-fastest-growing-religion/

  http://www.faithfreedom.org/

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Hinduism: Age of the earth according to Vedic chronology


 

 

Hinduism: Age of the earth according to Vedic chronology

by Sam Hindu on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 6:36am
Hinduism:
Age of the earth according to Vedic chronology
“The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long. Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang. And there are much longer time scales still.”

“A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions.”
Dr. Carl Sagan, (1934-1996) famous astrophysicist
According to Vedic chronology, Hinduism describes the age of the earth in detail. Details can be found in the Bhagwat Maha Purana or Bhagwatam.

Our earth is part of a material manifestation called a BRAHMANDA, a group of interrelated but separate regions or abodes called lokas, each conditioned by its respective quality of material time and space. In other words, what would be equivalent to one year in one of these lokas may be correspond to 12,000 of our earth years.

Most of our brahmandais subtle and imperceptible to us. Our earth planet is part of this configuration. A brahmanda is basically comprised of one planetary system with an earth inhabited by living beings, a sun and the above described regions.

According to the chronology of Hinduism, the divine personality who creates this with God‘s grace and who oversees it is called “Brahma” (the creator). This is a seat or position located in the subtle or celestial regions of a brahmanda (Brahma – name of the creator), anda – his spherical creation, literally ‘egg’.)

In one galaxy, there is an inestimable number of brahmandas (earth planet + other interrelated and subtle abodes) and their corresponding Brahmas.

The supreme creator or original inspiration for the creation of the entire universe is God.

How old is the earth? The earth came into existence with Brahma and will exist as long as he does. As long as Brahma lives, his creation continues to exist. When his term ends, this brahamanda will enter into absolute dissolution.

In between, there are periodic episodes of dissolution and creation of a lesser order, in which the earth enters a period of dormancy, when all life ends, but is again restored. Brahma is the personality that observes and maintains this schedule.

A soul incarnates in a particular brahmanda and remains there until its end. After this, that soul will enter another brahmanda. This has happened eternally for all the souls and will continue eternally. Only the soul who becomes liberated from maya is exempted from this.

We can calculate the age of the earth from the age of Brahma. The Vedic chronology of Hinduism uses a base unit of calculation called a chaturyugi. This is comprised of 4 yugas (periods of time). Their lengths and corresponding names are:

1,728,000 years = sat yuga

1,296,000 = treta yuga

864,000 = dwapar yuga

432,000 = kali yuga

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4,320,000 years = one charturyugi (one 4-yuga cycle)

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1000 chaturyugis = one day of Brahma

1000 chaturyugis = one night of Brahma

8,640,000,000 years = one full day (24 hours) of Brahma

100 celestial years = age that Brahma lives to

50 celestial years = Brahma’s current age, or,

155.5 trillion years = the current age of this earth. bold

OM

CHRISTIAN TERROR – EXPOSED


  • CHRISTIAN TERROR – EXPOSED
    Interview of a Christian Evangelist in India

    By: Bandyopadhyay Arindam
    The world today could have been a much better place for all of us, had we all refrained from trying to prove the superiority of our own religion………..

    This is an interview of “Father Johnson’ after his award by the Government of India for his exemplary work in India in enlightening the people in the path of the ONLY God. Father Johnson returned to the USA after 10 years of service, to uplift the people of India in the name of God. The interview was taken in July 2005 by a journalist in Houston, USA……

    Welcome home Father. You have been in India for 10 years, where “our mission’ is still going on. Tell me Father, how is India?

    India is a fascinating country, a land of contrasts. Modern India is the largest democracy, the budding economic superpower, with the second-largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world. India is also the only surviving ancient civilization with over one sixth of the world population. At one time, not so long ago, when Europe was in the “dark ages’ and America was not even “discovered’, India was a far advanced and developed country with a contribution of over 25% of world GDP till the 17th century and far advanced in all aspects of life, be it knowledge, philosophy, science, mathematics, arts, astronomy or navigation.

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox, (1850-1919), American poet and journalist, wrote “India – The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.”

    Dick Teresi, American author of “Lost Discoveries’ mentioned “Some one thousand years before Aristotle, the Vedic people asserted that the earth was round and circled the sun….Two thousand years before Pythagoras, philosophers in northern India had understood that gravitation held the solar system together, and that therefore the sun, the most massive object, had to be at its center….Twenty-four centuries before Isaac Newton, the Hindu Rig-Veda asserted that gravitation held the universe together….. The Sanskrit speaking people subscribed to the idea of a spherical earth in an era when the Greeks believed in a flat one…..The Indians of the fifth century A.D. calculated the age of the earth as 4.3 billion years; scientists in 19th century England were convinced it was 100 million years…”

    Despite all its riches, history says that India never invaded any country. On the contrary, India has been repeatedly assaulted and conquered by numerous invaders and has been ruled by “foreigners’, first the Muslims and then the British for over a thousand years. India, before the advent of the British rulers, was a rich and prosperous country.
    Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland (1842-1936), Unitarian minister and reformer, wrote that “…when the British first appeared on the scene, India was one of the richest countries of the world; indeed, it was her great riches that attracted the British to her shores. For 2,500 years before the British came on the scene and robbed her of her freedom, India was self-ruling and one of the most influential and illustrious nations of the world ….. This wealth was created by the Hindus’ vast and varied industries.”

    What about Hinduism as a religion?

    Hinduism has a deep philosophical and spiritual heritage that has repeatedly mesmerized the world including western scientists, leaders and philosophers. Despite propaganda to the contrary, Hindus, like us, believes in one Supreme God but they do so in many forms, that helps to develop personalized relations. Hinduism is the oldest major religion in the earth with 900 million followers. Unlike monotheistic institutionalized, religions like Judaism, Islam or Christianity, it is not based on any single prophet or scripture, but allows its followers all the freedom to pursue God and Truth in their own way, while living harmoniously with all creation.

    We know that the Hindus are tolerant of other religions. Recently, UNESCO pointed out that out of 128 countries where Jews lived before Israel was created, only one, India, did not persecute them and allowed them to prosper and practice Judaism in peace. Similarly the Zoroastrians, when driven out of Persia by Islam were given shelter by the Hindus in India and still coexist in India peacefully. Very recently, the Dalai Lama, driven from Buddhist Tibet, has been accepted with open arms. Such is the ethos of Hinduism and India.

    I have heard that Mark Twain once said that “In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire’. I have also read Arnold Toynbee’s writing “…at the religious level, India has not been a recipient; she has been a giver. About half the total number of the living, higher religions are of Indian origin’. What do you think about it?

    We know India gave birth to religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Hinduism, though the predominant religion, has, to quote Aldous Huxley, “never been a persecuting faith, have preached almost no holy wars and have refrained from that proselytizing religious imperialism which has gone hand in hand with political and economic oppression of colored people.’

    What many do not know and I will not elaborate further for obvious reasons, is that there are researchers who think that the teachings of Jesus Christ have something to do with the ancient wisdom of Vedas. The Hindu concepts of “karma’, and “reincarnation’, which are part of the New Age Movement that we see today, were not unknown to Jesus.

    Then Father, why do we need to convert people in India?

    You see, we in the western world, have the “white man’s burden’ of civilizing the rest of the world. We also have the need and desire to spread the message of Christ, since we believe that it is the ONLY way to salvation and all other nonbelievers will go to hell. The faith in Christianity is being eroded in Europe and America. That is why our Pope on his visit to India said, “Just as in the first millennium, the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the third Christian millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent.’

    Why do you target India?

    India is the right country because Hindu Indians are generally peace-loving tolerant, law abiding people who are truthful and virtuous. India”s devotion to being good rather than being clever comes nearer the heart of a true civilization, said W. J. Grant, in his book,
    “The spirit of India’. The unsuspecting Indians have always welcomed everybody on their shore and still keep on doing so. You cannot say the same about a Muslim country or of communist China. You see Hindus are such naive – they go out of their way to say that “all religions are same – they all lead to God’. Christians and for that matter, no other religion, says that.

    Where does your resource come from?

    There are five major aid-giving countries, viz., USA, Germany, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands. According to the available data, in the last decade alone, foreign aid organizations received more than 2.5 billion dollars. This is only official statistics. According to the record and report of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the statistics about the foreign aid being received by Indian Non Government Organizations shows that 80% of it is meant only for the Christian organizations that have been buying their ways into the Indian society and converting unsuspecting people under the guise of social service.

    How powerful is Christianity in India?

    Oh, though we are only 2.4% of the population officially, we have a large control over the country because of our economic invasion. You see, the present leader of the main political party-The Congress Party of India is a Roman Catholic with close contact with the Vatican. There are Christian Chief ministers in 5 out of 29 states. Because of the British rule of India, we have a large section of the leaders of India who look up to us. Believe me, we are the second largest land owners in India. We own and control 80% of the Indian media like NDTV 24*7, CNN-IBN ,AAJ TAK, THE TEHELKA etc and newspapers .The best example is how these media made a huge hue and cry over the Gujarat riots.Riots have happened everywhere in India.But in case of Gujarat riots, the reports were deliberately inflated,stories were built up and a systematic,planned malicious and slanderous campaign was launched against the NDA government.
    Inspite of the fact that India took giant leaps in progress in every field and there was a surge in National pride and self confidence for every Indian during their tenure,India’s Most Popular Government led by India’s Finest Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was made to suffer shock defeat. We overtly or covertly have alliance with key political associations. So it is very easy for us to influence the right people.

    You must have a very organized system?

    Yes, we do. Have you heard about the Joshua Project? It identifies and highlights the people groups of the world that have the least exposure to the Gospel and the least Christian presence and shares this information to encourage pioneer church-planting movements among every ethnic group. The Joshua Project has identified the North India Hindi belt as “the core of the core of the core” because of its population density (40% of the Indian population- the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh lies in this region); it is the religious hub of India; and it has the smallest Christian presence in India. Thus detailed plans have been drawn up to target India’s 75,000 Pin Codes.

    The Seventh Day Adventists owes its Indian success to Canadian evangelist Ron Watts, President for the South Asian Division. When he entered India, in 1997, the Adventist Church had 225,000 members after 103 years of operations. In five years, he took it to 700,000.

    Some methods used include the 10-Village and the 25-Village Programs, which involve five sets of laymen, under guidance from a regular pastor, who identify 10 or 25 villages in close proximity. Once the villages were selected, the teams would approach the leaders of each village and invite them to send two leaders to a 10-day seminar at a nearby resort, at the organization’s expense. It is before no time that the local leaders will then start working for our faith and organization. In 1998, there were seventeen 10-Village Programs and 9,337 were baptized. In 1999, forty programs were held and nearly 40,000 people baptized.
    Under the Christian Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. Samuel Rajashekar Reddy, the Adventists shifted to a 50-village plan. They began baptizing at the rate of 10,000 persons per month and have increased it to 5,000 persons per day all over India.

    The US-based Maranatha Volunteers International provides buildings for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They are committed to build 750 churches in 2 years in India. The Oregon based, Fjarli family have a goal to build 1000 churches at a rate of 1 per day.

    How do you carry out conversion attempts?

    You see the local people are so simple and naïve that they do not have any clue as what out motive or means are. We target mostly the poor, illiterate, tribal people because they are the easiest to convert. We do that by various means – we establish schools, hospitals that overtly or subtly promote our faith, we allure them with money or goods to the needy when they convert, we “stage’ miracle cures, we use our influence on the media, we use our experts in propaganda, we promote the influential people and so on. We use the money sent to us by unsuspecting religious and faithful Christians from all over the world. We have numerous NGO and AID organizations to funnel the money into the country. There are a great number of missionaries of various denominations who are working there, all literally competing for the most number of converts. The Southern Baptists alone are a group that has nearly 100,000 career missionaries in North India, all working to spread our “good word.”

    We convince the “natives’ by our appearances and even use their own culture. A native converted person will continue to use his Hindu name so as not to alienate himself. Some of the numerous Catholic priests in Southern India dress like “sannyasis’ (monks), and call their organizations “ashramas’ (hermitage). This is to make Christianity more similar to the Vedic traditions. Bharat Natyam, the classical dance of India, is also taught in the Christian schools, but with Christian symbols and meanings replacing the Vedic. This is all in the attempt to actively sway Hindus over to Christianity. The Evangelical Church of India (ECI), established in 1954, targets the slums, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, in cities and villages. Its logo depicts a cross struck deep in a lotus, the seat of Hindu divinity.

    Is the so called caste system in India an advantage?

    The “Caste-ism in India’ is a boon to us. Though Varna or caste was once an essential part of the culture, based on occupation and vocational skills, which kept the civilization going for over 5000 years, caste-ism is a degenerated socio-political system now that has been declared illegal. http://santoshbhatt.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/hinduism-age-of-the-earth-according-to-vedic-chronology/   However it is one big weapon against Hinduism.  https://samhindu.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/varna-vyavastha-cast-arrangements-written-in-webdunia-com/     We have learnt from the colonial British that it is very easy to divide the population on the basis of caste and religion based politics and we use it to our own interest to the maximum.Brahmins and Gotra  We join the anti-Hindu forces and help to keep the stigma of caste-ism alive for our own benefit. We target the “untouchables’ (the unprivileged people, that has so marvelously crafted to be a result of the Hindu religion and not the social system) and convert them in the lure of “liberating’ them. However I must confess that we maintain their “untouchability’ by not allowing them to mix with the general Christians, maintaining separate entry to churches and even giving them separate churches and cemeteries. The Scientific Dating of the Mahabharat War 4th Dec. 7323 B.C.+ 2010 A.C = 9333 years.

  •  We also use opportunities that God gives us. During natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and the recent Tsunami, taking advantage of the need, we were able to convert successfully entire low caste villages in Tamil Nadu to Christianity with the lure of money and aid.How successful are you in your conversion attempts.Oh we are doing a good job. The Northeast Indian states like Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur, have witnessed a surge of nearly 200% in their Christian population in the past 25 years.
    Their grasp is so strong now that practicing Hinduism is forbidden in some areas. Hindus can no longer do worship or “puja’ in the open because of our influence.
    In another northeast state, Tripura, where there were no Christians at the time of India’s independence, 55 years ago, there are now over 120,000 today. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1710 Christians in 1961, but over 1 million today, along with over 780 churches. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming-up every day in far flung villages and there is an attempt to set-up one near Tirupati, the world famous Hindu temple. Many of the North-East separatist movements, such as the Mizo or the Bodos, are not only Christian dominated, but also sometimes function with the covert backing of the missionaries. Christian Nagaland terrorists have been killing non-Christians for decades on end. More than 20,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in Assam and Manipur in the past two decades. We understand that there are some social problems that crept up – the northeast states are the highest in India in terms of drugs and AIDS related problem – but we accept that as “casualties of war” –that should not deter us from our goal.

    Do you face any resistance?

    Of course we do. But we brand any resistance as “Hindu fundamentalism or militancy” and the media and our favorite leaders take care of the rest. We have set the mind of the unsuspecting population in a way, that whenever any of our people are harassed, attacked or killed, from any reason including their own faults, the blame automatically goes to these so called “Hindu fundamentalist and Communal Elements” and even though almost all of these instances are later proved to have nothing to do with these Hindu groups, the initial hue and cry that is raised makes sure the memories persist in the mind of the populace and the sympathy stays with us. There are instances when nuns have been proved to be raped by Christians, but the blames continues to stay with the Hindus.

    Is there any legal barrier?

    Yes there are some rules and laws that sometimes impair our activities. The Indian Supreme Court had declared that: “The right to propagate religion does not mean the right to convert… Conversion done under allurement, use of force and fraud in which the poverty or ignorance of the individual is taken advantage of, is not only undemocratic but also unconstitutional…Respect for all religions is the foundation of secularism whereas the seeds of conversion lie in religious intolerance.”. Anti conversion laws have been passed in various states. But as I said, we have our ways.

    Sometimes the law does get us though. We had some instances where members of our faith have been convicted with resultant imprisonment or expulsion. As in churches all over the world, some clergymen have been penalized for cases of sexual exploitation, including pedophilia. But that does not deter us from our goal and our almighty Lord takes care of our soul.

    How satisfied are you with the progress of the missions?

    It is really satisfying. We find enormous pleasure in converting the Hindu “pagans’. However I wish we could do more. I wish I could say like St Francis Xavier, during the Goa Inquisition in 1560, “When I have finished baptizing the people, I order them to destroy the huts in which they keep their idols; and I have them break the statues of their idols into tiny pieces, since they are now Christians. I could never come to an end describing to you the great consolation which fills my soul when I see idols being destroyed by the hands of those who had been idolaters.”

    Thank you, Father for your time and honesty.
    Thank you, my son. God bless you.

    Epilogue

    “Christianity offers nothing that is not already available somewhere in the many forms of Hinduism. Hinduism never rejected the teachings of Jesus. Those who have converted either agreed with a gun pressed at their skulls as in Goa, or because it provided an escape from caste tyranny, as well as a guaranteed professional advancement. Through its Vedic legacy, Hinduism respects all faiths. It clearly states that God is one, but has many forms”.
    (Paul William Roberts, author of, “Empire of the Soul: Some journeys in India’)

  • ઈસ્લામ ધર્મના અનુયાયીઓએ વિશ્વના ઘણા દેશોને ગુલામ બનાવી ત્યાંની પ્રજા પર અકલ્પનીય અત્યાચાર ગુજારી સદીઓ સુધી ત્યાં શાસન કરી તેઓની તમામ ધન-સંપત્તિ લુંટીને સહુને બેહાલ કર્યા છે.


    

    (1)
    તમે પગની આંટી વાળીને ઉભેલા, મુખેથી વાંસળી વગાડતા કૃષ્ણને જોયા છે? એ કૃષ્ણની પાછળ ઉભેલી ગાયને તમે જોઈ છે? કૃષ્ણની વાંસળીથી માત્ર ગોપીઓ જ નહિ, ગાયો પણ ઘેલી થઈને ખેંચાઈ આવતી. પ્રેમભાવથી ઘેલા થઈને નાચવું એ આપણો સ્વભાવ છે. જ્યાં નિર્ભયતા હોય છે ત્યાં ઉમંગ-ઉલ્લાસ જોવા મળે છે. અને નિર્ભય વાતાવરણનો સર્જક એવો આપણો ક્ષત્રિય ‘ગો-બ્રાહ્મણ પ્રતિપાળ’ કહેવાય છે. શું ક્ષત્રિય આ દેશમાં પોતાનો ધર્મ પાળી શકે છે? ગાયને કપાતી રોકી શકે છે?

    (2)
    જે દેશમાં દસ-દસ વાર ભગવાને અવતાર લઈને માનવજાતને જીવન જીવવાનું માર્ગદર્શન આપ્યું એ દેશના રાષ્ટ્રધ્વજમાં રામ-કૃષ્ણ કે સંસ્કૃતિના મહાસપૂતો એવા મહારાણા પ્રતાપ કે છત્રપતિ શિવાજીને રાખવાને બદલે સફેદ-લીલા-ભૂરા રંગો રાખવામાં આવ્યા હોય, રાષ્ટ્રના કોઈપણ માનદંડ(રાષ્ટ્રધ્વજ, રાષ્ટ્રીય મુદ્રા, રાષ્ટ્રગીત)માં કરોડો હિન્દુ ભારતીયોની શ્રદ્ધાનું એક પણ પ્રતિક(મોરપીંછ, વાંસળી, સુદર્શન ચક્ર, સુર્ય, ધનુષ્ય-બાણ, શંખ, ગદા, કમળ વગેરે) ન રાખવામાં આવ્યું હોય, અને જે ધર્મને જગદ્ગુરુ શ્રીમદ આદ્ય શંકરાચાર્યે ભારતભરમાંથી મારી હટાવ્યો એ ધર્મના પ્રતીક એવા અશોકચક્રને રાષ્ટ્રધ્વજમાં સ્થાન અપાયું હોય એ દેશમાં આપણું કહી શકાય એવું શું છે? આપણા દેશમાં આપણે જ પરાયા?

    (3)
    આઝાદી મળ્યે સાઠ-સાઠ દાયકાઓ વીતી ગયા છતાં આપણા બાળકોને ભારતીય સંસ્કૃતિ મુજબનું તપોવન પદ્ધતિનું શિક્ષણ આપણે આપી શકતા નથી. આપણી સંસ્કૃતિના અભ્યાસવિષયો કેટલા બધા સમૃદ્ધ છે! સત્તર-સત્તર પ્રકારની રાજ્યવ્યવસ્થાનો ઉલ્લેખ આપણે ત્યાં જોવા મળે છે. આપણા અર્થશાસ્ત્રમાં ઉપાર્જનની સાથે-સાથે જોવા મળતા વિનિમયના સિદ્ધાંતો પણ વિચારણીય છે. ભ્રષ્ટ ઈતિહાસકારોએ લખેલો હોવાથી આપણો સાચો ઈતિહાસ પણ આપણે ભણાવી શકતા નથી. શું અર્થ છે આવી આઝાદીનો?

    જગતની અડતાલીસ સંસ્કૃતિઓમાંની એક માત્ર ભારતીય સંસ્કૃતિ, જે 80 હજાર વર્ષ જુની હોવા છતાં આજે અસ્તિત્વમાં છે. બાકીની તમામ સંસ્કૃતિઓ જન્મી ને કેટલીક શતાબ્દિઓ સુધી જીવીને કાળના પેટમાં દટાઈ ગઈ. ભારત દેશ આર્યોનું મુળ વતન વિશ્વસ્તરે સાબિત થઈ ચુક્યો છે. જમીનસીમા વધારવા કે કોઈની ધન-સંપત્તિ લુંટવા આર્યોએ ક્યારેય કોઈ દેશ કે રાજ્ય પર આક્રમણ કર્યું નથી. ખ્રિસ્તી તેમજ ઈસ્લામ ધર્મના અનુયાયીઓએ વિશ્વના ઘણા દેશોને ગુલામ બનાવી ત્યાંની પ્રજા પર અકલ્પનીય અત્યાચાર ગુજારી સદીઓ સુધી ત્યાં શાસન કરી તેઓની તમામ ધન-સંપત્તિ લુંટીને સહુને બેહાલ કર્યા છે. આ ધર્મોના અનુયાયી શાસકોની એક હજાર વર્ષની ગુલામીમાંથી મુક્ત થયા બાદ ફરીથી આપણને આઝાદી મળી એનો અર્થ એવો નથી કે વૈદિક ધર્મ અને સંસ્કૃતિએ પોતાની દિવ્ય-ભવ્ય પરંપરાનો ગર્વ ભુલીને હજી હમણા જ જન્મેલા અને રક્તરંજિત ઈતિહાસ ધરાવતા ખ્રિસ્તી-ઈસ્લામ ધર્મની સાથે સમાન બનીને જીવવું. જ્યાં સુધી ભારતદેશ આર્યાવર્ત તરીકે પોતાના પુન:ગૌરવને પ્રાપ્ત ન કરે ત્યાં સુધી આપણે આઝાદ થયાનો કોઈ અર્થ નથી.

    (5)
    આપણા દરેક ઈષ્ટદેવના હાથમાં સ્વરક્ષા માટે તેમજ દુષ્ટોને દંડ દેવા માટે હંમેશા હથિયાર હોય છે. ભારતીય સંસ્કૃતિની વિશિષ્ટ વિચારધારા ટકે એ માટે શંકરે ત્રિપુરાસુરને બાળ્યો, રામચંદ્રે રાવણને તેમજ ગણેશે સિંદુરાસુરને માર્યો. ભગવાન વિષ્ણુએ અનંત રાક્ષસોનું હનન કર્યું. ભારતને આઝાદી મળ્યા બાદ ચાર નાદાન અને મુર્ખ છોકરાઓની બિનસાંપ્રદાયિકતા જેવી સ્વકપોળ કલ્પનાઓ વૈદિક વિચારધારા સામે કેટલું ટકી શકવાની છે, એ આપણા આર્યોના બાહુબળ પર આધારિત છે. ભારતની આઝાદીનો યશ ભલે ગાંધીજીની અહિંસાને મળ્યો, પરંતુ આઝાદીના રહસ્યો જાણી લેવા જરુરી છે. બીજા વિશ્વયુદ્ધમાં બુરી રીતે હારી ચુકેલા ઈંગલેંડને પોતાના બાહુબળથી જીતાડનાર અને ભારતને કોઈ પણ સંજોગોમાં આઝાદી ન આપવાનું વ્રત લેનાર ચર્ચિલ, યુદ્ધ બાદ તરત ઈંગલેંડમાં આવેલી ચુંટણીમાં, અગાઉ એક પણ વાર ન હાર્યો હોવા છતાં પ્રથમ વાર હારી કેમ ગયો? અને ભારતને આઝાદી આપવાના મતનો લિબરલ પક્ષ ઈંગલેંડના ઈતિહાસમાં પ્રથમ વાર ચુંટણી જીતી કેમ ગયો? ભારતને આઝાદ કરવાનું કાર્ય કર્યા બાદ તરત જ લિબરલ પક્ષ સત્તા ગુમાવી બેઠો અને ચર્ચિલનો હારી ચુકેલો કોંઝર્વેટીવ પક્ષ ફરીથી ચુંટણી જીતી ગયો. ત્યારબાદ પચાસ વર્ષ સુધી લિબરલ પક્ષ સત્તા પર આવ્યો નથી. ત્યારે કહેવાનું મન થાય કે ભારતને ભગવાને આઝાદી અપાવી છે, કોઈ વ્યક્તિએ નહિ. આજે પણ આર્યાવર્તના દેશભક્ત સપૂતો દુ:ષ્ટોને હણીને વૈદિક વિચારધારાને પુન: પ્રસ્થાપિત કરવા, આપણા ઈષ્ટદેવને અનુસરવા થનગની રહ્યા છે.

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    આતંકવાદીઓ, દેશદ્રોહીઓ પકડાય, સુપ્રીમકોર્ટમાં તેઓને સજા થાય છતાં એ સજાનો અમલ કરવાને બદલે એ ગુનેગારોના પરિવારજનોને મળીને તેઓની માફી માગનારાઓ આ દેશમાં ટોચની સત્તા પર બિરાજ્યા હોય ત્યાં આપણે આઝાદ તો નથી જ, પરંતુ સુરક્ષિત પણ નથી. દેશનું સર્વોચ્ચ માનદંડ એવી સંસદગૃહ પર હુમલો કરનાર અફઝલગુરુ હોય કે સેંકડો નિર્દોષ નાગરિકોનું લોહી વહાવનાર અજમલ કસાબ હોય, એ રીઢા ગુનેગારોને અન્યાય ન થઈ જાય એ બાબતનું ધ્યાન રાખવા, એને સાચવવા વર્ષોના વર્ષો સુધી કરોડોનો ખર્ચ એ દુ:ષ્ટો પાછળ કરવામાં આવે ત્યારે કાયદાકીય ગુંચવાળી ન્યાયની પ્રક્રિયા નિરર્થક અને વ્યર્થ કસરત જણાય છે. કોર્ટમાં સાબિત થયેલા ગુનેગારની વધુ એક પળ માટેની હસ્તી સમાજ માટે પ્રાણઘાતક જોખમ ધરાવતી હોય ત્યારે એ ગુનેગારને વધુ ને વધુ જીવીત રાખવો યોગ્ય ગણાય કે એને ત્વરિત ગતિએ ફાંસીએ ચઢાવી દેવો યોગ્ય ગણાય?

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    કાશ્મીરના વિદ્વાન પંડીત પરિવારો દસકાઓથી નિરાશ્રીત બનીને ન્યાયની આશાએ દિલ્હીના ફુટપાથ પર વિચરતી જાતિની જેમ જિંદગી ગુજારી રહ્યા હોય, આ દેશના કયા ભાગમાં કોણે રહેવું કે ના રહેવું એ આતંકવાદીઓ-ત્રાસવાદીઓની એ.કે.56 બંદુકની અણી નક્કી કરતી હોય ત્યાં આપણે સ્વતંત્ર કેવી રીતે કહેવાઈએ?

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    હિન્દુ દેવી-દેવતાઓના અશ્લિલ ચિત્રો ચીતરીને આપણી ધાર્મિક લાગણી દુ:ભવવામાં આવતી હોય, અભિવ્યક્તિ-સ્વાતંત્ર્ય તેમજ કલાના નામે દુષ્ટ ચિત્રકારોને આવા કામ માટે સરકાર તેમજ ન્યાયતંત્ર તરફથી છુટ આપવામાં આવતી હોય એટલું જ નહિ પરંતુ તેઓના ચિત્રો મોંઘા ભાવે ખરીદીને સમાજમાં આ નાલાયકોને સન્માનવામાં આવતા હોય ત્યારે તેઓને સજા અપાવવા આપણે કંઈ જ ન કરતા છાના-માના બેસી રહેવાનું હોય એવી આપણી આઝાદી શું કામની?

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    દાણચોરો તેમજ ડ્રગ્સના સોદાગરો પાસેથી ફાયનાંસ લઈને બનતી હિન્દી ફિલ્મોમાં મોટે ભાગે હિન્દુ ગોરમહારાજ, પુજારીની ઠઠ્ઠા-મશ્કરીઓ કરવામાં આવે, મુસ્લિમ ફકીર તો હંમેશા ઉચ્ચ કક્ષાનો અલ્લાહનો બંદો હોય, મા-બાપને દગો દઈને લુખ્ખા-મવાલી જોડે ભાગી જાય એ છોકરી જ સાચો પ્રેમ કરે છે એમ પ્રતિપાદીત કરીને મુગ્ધાવસ્થાની છોકરીઓને ગેરમાર્ગે દોરી, ભરમાવીને એનો ગેરલાભ એમના જ મવાલીઓ, ટપોરીઓ લેતા રહે, ઉચ્ચ પોલીસ અધિકારીના યુનિફોર્મમાં રહેલા પાત્રને ફટકારતા સડક છાપ રોમીયોનું દૃશ્ય બતાવીને મવાલીઓને કાયદાનો ડર ન રાખવાનો સંદેશ આપવામાં આવે, અને એવું દર્શાવીને આપણી આ દેશના સાચા નાગરિક તરીકેની કાયદાપાલનની ભાવનાને ચુંથી-મસળી નાંખવામાં આવતી હોય ત્યારે આ દેશમાં આપણે સ્વસ્થ કેવી રીતે રહી શકીએ?

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    મુસ્લિમો શરિયત(તેઓના ધર્મના કાયદા પાળવા)નું પાલન કરવા માંગે છે ત્યારે તેઓને એવી છૂટ શાસન તેમજ ન્યાયાલય તરફથી આપવામાં આવે છે(શાહબાનો કેસ). જેમ કે, મુસ્લિમ ચાર બીબી રાખી શકે, માત્ર ત્રણ વખત ‘તલાક’ બોલીને પોતાની બીબીને છુટાછેડા આપી શકે વગેરે. શું આપણે હિન્દુ આપણા ધર્મશાસ્ત્રનું પાલન કરી શકીએ છીએ ખરા? આપણું ધર્મશાસ્ત્ર(ગીતા) આતતાયી(આપણું ઘર બાળનાર, પત્ની સાથે બળજબરી કરનાર, આપણું ધન લુંટનાર, મૃત્યુ નીપજાવવા આપણા પર હુમલો કરનાર વગેરે)ને વિના વિચાર્યે તત્કાલ મારી નાખવાનો આદેશ કરે છે. શું આપણે એના પાલન માટે મુક્ત છીએ ખરા? શરિયતનો કાનુન અને ભારતીય કાનુનમાંથી કોઈ એકનું પાલન કરવાનું થાય તો મુસલમાનો કયો કાનુન પાળશે? એ અંગે તેઓ પોતાનો મત જાહેર કરશે? દેશનો કાનુન પાળતી વખતે હિન્દુ પોતાના ધર્મના કાનુનને યાદ પણ ન કરતો હોય તો આ દેશમાં વધુ સેક્યુલર કોણ ગણાય? હિન્દુ કે મુસલમાન?

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    હિન્દુ વિસ્તારમાં ઘુસીને ગુપ્ત રીતે કોઈ મુસલમાન મકાનમાલિક ન બની જાય એ માટે સરકાર તરફથી કાયદો કરવામાં આવતો હોય ત્યારે કોઈ કેવી રીતે કહી શકે કે આ દેશમાં આપણે ભય તેમજ આતંકથી મુક્ત આઝાદીની હવામાં શ્વાસ લઈ રહ્યા છીએ? મુસલમાનોની એવી ફરિયાદ છે, કે હિન્દુઓ એમના વિસ્તારમાં મુસલમાનને મકાન ખરીદવા નથી દેતા. એનો અર્થ એ થયો કે મુસલમાનને હિન્દુ તરફથી કોઈ તકલીફ નથી. હિન્દુઓની નિર્દોષતા અંગેનું આથી મોટું પ્રમાણપત્ર બીજું કયું હોઈ શકે? છતાં સ્થિતિ એવી છે, કે હિન્દુઓને ન ગમતી બાબત જેવી કે, ગાય-વાછરડાને કાપીને ખાવા, ધર્માંતરણને ઈસ્લામનો આદેશ ગણીને એ બહાને હિન્દુ છોકરીઓ પર જાતીય અત્યાચાર કરવા, બોમ્બવિસ્ફોટ તેમજ આતંકી હુમલાઓ કરીને મૂર્તિપૂજકોને મારવાનો અલ્લાહનો આદેશ ગણીને ત્રાસવાદીઓ-આતંકવાદીઓ દ્વારા હિન્દુઓને ખતમ કરવામાં આવતા હોય ત્યારે તેઓનો સક્રિય વિરોધ ન કરવો, અજાણ્યા જાતભાઈની પુરતી તપાસ કર્યા વિના એને રહેવા કે નાનકડો ઉદ્યોગ કરવા માટે આશ્રય આપી એની ખુફિયા પ્રવૃત્તિ અંગે અજાણ રહેવું, શરુઆતમાં પોલીસ આવા શકમંદોને પકડે એટલે ‘હમકુ ખાલીપીલી પરેશાન કરતે હે’ એવા બુમબરાડા પાડવા અને શકમંદો વિરુદ્ધ જાનના જોખમે પોલીસ નક્કર પુરાવાઓ શોધી કાઢે ત્યારે ‘હમકુ ક્યા માલુમ થા?’ કહીને પાણીમાં બેસી જવું વગેરે કાર્યો મુસલમાનો દ્વારા થયા જ કરે છે.

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    માતૃભુમિને સલામ કરવાનો ઈંકાર કરનારની આ દેશ પ્રત્યેની નિષ્ઠા કેવી અને કેટલી? રાષ્ટ્ર એટલે શું જમીનનો એક ટુકડો માત્ર? જમીનના ટુકડા પ્રત્યે કોઈ દિવસ નિષ્ઠા ઉભી કરી શકાય ખરી? રાષ્ટ્ર એટલે તો એ સ્થળની હજારો વર્ષ જુની દિવ્ય અને ભવ્ય સંસ્કૃતિ અને તેની તેજસ્વી આધ્યાત્મિકતા, ત્યાગ અને સંયમની ઋષિમુનિઓની ગૌરવપૂર્ણ પરંપરા. અવતારો જે ભૂમિમાં જન્મ લઈને નાચ્યા-કુદ્યા ને હસતા-રમતા માનવજાતને જીવન જીવવાનો સચોટ રાજમાર્ગ બતાવ્યો. આ તમામ બાબતોના પાયામાં રહેલા સંસ્કાર તેમજ મુલ્યો પ્રત્યેની નિષ્ઠા એટલે રાષ્ટ્રનિષ્ઠા. આમ રાષ્ટ્રભક્તિ, નિષ્ઠા વગેરે ખ્યાલો ધર્મના ક્ષેત્રમાં જ સમાવિષ્ટ થાય છે. રાષ્ટ્રનિષ્ઠા ક્યારેય ધર્મનિષ્ઠાથી સ્વતંત્ર હોઈ જ શકતી નથી.

    મોટા ભાગના વિદેશી ભારતીયો તેમજ એક વાર વિદેશ જઈ આવેલા આપણા લોકોની હંમેશની ફરિયાદ રહી છે, કે ભારતના નાગરિકો દેશ પ્રત્યે તદ્દન બિનજવાબદારીપૂર્વક વર્તે છે. એમનામાં સિવિક સેંસ જેવું કંઈ નથી. એના મૂળમાં જોઈએ તો ત્યાં પણ દેશભક્તિની ભાવનાનો અભાવ જ જોવા મળશે. કોઈ એક ધર્મનિષ્ઠા વિનાના દેશ પ્રત્યે ત્યાંના નાગરિકોમાં દેશનિષ્ઠાનો અભાવ રહેવાનો જ. પશ્ચિમના દેશોમાં કાયદાના ડરથી જ બધા સીધા ચાલે છે, એવું નથી. એક ધર્મનિષ્ઠા ધરાવતા હોવાથી તેઓમાં પોતાના દેશ માટે ગૌરવની લાગણી વધુ કાર્ય કરતી હોય છે. ધર્મનિરપેક્ષતા લાદીને દસકાઓ સુધી ભારતના એક કાળના મુર્ખ નેતાઓએ કરોડો હિન્દુઓની ધર્મભાવના દેશ સાથે જોડીને દેશના વિકાસમાં એનો ઉપયોગ કરવાને બદલે એમ ને એમ પડી રહેવા દીધી છે.

    વિશ્વમાં પાંચસોથી વધુ દેશો છે. દરેક દેશનો કોઈ ને કોઈ ધર્મ છે અને એ ધર્મનું માન્ય પુસ્તક રાષ્ટ્રીય પુસ્તક ગણાય છે. આપણે જાણીએ છીએ કે વિશ્વમાં ઈસ્લામિક રાષ્ટ્રો છે, ખ્રિસ્તી દેશો પણ છે. કોઈ પણ દેશનો ધર્મ એ દેશની પરંપરા, સાંસ્કૃતિક તેમજ આધ્યાત્મિક વારસાને ગૌરવવાન બનાવી રાખે છે. એ ધર્મના કારણે ઊભી થતી અસ્મિતા જે-તે દેશના નાગરિકમાં ખુમારી ભરી દે છે. એથી એ રાષ્ટ્ર કોઈ સામે ઝુકતુ નથી. પતિવ્રતા સ્ત્રીને જેમ પતિભક્તિની ખુમારી હોય છે એમ એ રાષ્ટ્રનો નાગરિક દેશ માટે મરવા તૈયાર થઈ જાય છે. કોઈ સ્ત્રી પોતાના પતિ અને પાડોશી પ્રત્યે સમભાવ રાખી શકે? જે સ્ત્રી પતિ અને પાડોશી પ્રત્યે સમાન વ્યવહાર કરતી હોય એને તમે શું કહેશો? આઝાદી મળ્યા બાદ ભારતના તમામ નાગરિકો પર સર્વધર્મસમભાવની નીતિ લાદવામાં આવી. પતિવ્રતાની જેમ પોતાના ધર્મ સાથે જોડાયેલા હિન્દુને ઈસ્લામ કે ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મ પ્રત્યે સમભાવ કેવી રીતે હોઈ શકે? વેશ્યા જેમ તમામ પુરુષો પ્રત્યે સમભાવ રાખતી હોય છે એમ બધા ધર્મો પ્રત્યે સમભાવ રાખનારનું આવા દેશમાં પૂજન થતું હોય છે. પતિવ્રતા સ્ત્રી પ્રેમ મેળવવા તેમજ પ્રેમ આપવા પોતાના પતિ પ્રત્યે એકનિષ્ઠ હોવી જોઈએ કે તમામ પુરુષો પ્રત્યે આસક્ત હોવી જોઈએ? એ સ્ત્રીની પોતાના પતિ પ્રત્યેની એકનિષ્ઠાને શું કટ્ટરતામાં ખપાવશું?

    જેમ ઈંગલેંડ-અમેરિકાનું નાગરિકત્વ મેળવેલો હિન્દુ ભારત પ્રત્યે નિષ્ઠાવાન રહેશે તેમ ભારતનો કે દુનિયાના કોઈ પણ દેશનો મુસલમાન નાગરિક ઈસ્લામિક રાષ્ટ્રો પ્રત્યે ઢળતો રહેવાનો જ! આથી રાષ્ટ્રનો કોઈ એક ધર્મ હોવો અનિવાર્ય છે. અને રાષ્ટ્રનો એ ધર્મ ન પાળનારા નાગરિકો એ રાષ્ટ્ર માટે દ્વિતીય કક્ષાના નાગરિકો તરીકેની જ સગવડો પામે, જેમ આપણા હિન્દુઓ વિદેશમાં એ બાબતથી ટેવાઈ ગયા છે તેમ.

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    શું આપણે બળજબરી કરીને કે લાલચ આપીને કોઈ મુસ્લિમ કે ખ્રિસ્તીનું ધર્માંતરણ કરીને તેઓને હિન્દુ બનાવ્યા? કેટલાક મુસ્લિમ છોકરાઓ હિન્દુ નામ રાખીને પહેલા હિન્દુ છોકરીઓને પટાવે છે. પછી બળજબરી કરીને લગ્નના બહાના હેઠળ એનું ધર્માંતરણ કરે છે. તેઓના આ કૃત્યને ધાર્મિક ગણાવીને મુસ્લિમ ધર્મના કેટલાક કહેવાતા ધર્મગુરુઓ કથિત રીતે મસ્જીદ જેવા પાક સ્થાનોમાં અનુયાયીઓને આવા કામ કરવા ઉશ્કેરે છે. આથી કહી શકાય કે બહાર ગયેલી પોતાની દીકરી ઘરે પરત ન આવે ત્યાં સુધી હિન્દુ મા-બાપો આજે પણ આ દેશમાં મોગલોનું શાસન હોય એ રીતે ગભરાયેલા રહે છે. આપણા હિન્દુ ધર્મગુરુઓ પણ આપણમાં રહેલું શૌર્ય-વીરત્વ જાગ્રત કરે છે, પરંતુ અન્યાયનો પ્રતિકાર કરવા માટે, મુસલમાનોને અન્યાય કરવા માટે નહિ.

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    આ દેશ કોનો છે? સાતસો પચાસ વર્ષ મુસ્લિમ ગુંડાઓએ અને બસો પચાસ વર્ષ અંગ્રેજ ગુંડાઓએ આ દેશ પર રાજ્ય કર્યું. એ લોકોનું એમ કહેવું હતું, કે તેઓ ભારતમાં આવ્યા એ પહેલા આર્યો પણ લુંટફાટના ઈરાદે ભારતમાં આવ્યા હતા અને અહિં રહી ગયા. વાસ્તવમાં આર્યો મુળ ભારતના છે.(ઐતિહાસિક પ્રમાણો છે.) તેથી આપણા ઘરમાં કોઈ ગુંડો ઘુસી જાય તો એને મારીને હાંકી કાઢવો એ આપણું કર્તવ્ય બને છે અને એ ગુંડો આપણા ઘરમાં જ આપણને મારે તો એ ત્રાસવાદ છે. આપણે એ ગુંડાઓને તો હાંકી કાઢ્યા. છતાં એમણે મોકલેલા ફિદાયીનો(ત્રાસવાદી-આતંકવાદીઓ) અને એમના કૃત્ય પ્રત્યે પૂર્ણ મઝહબી ભાવ ધરાવનારા આ દેશના ગદ્દારો આપણા દેશમાં છુપી રીતે રાષ્ટ્રદ્રોહની પ્રવૃત્તિ કરી રહ્યા છે. સામસામેના યુદ્ધમાં આપણા હાથના બે-ત્રણ વાર તમાચા ખાધા પછી તેઓ પ્રોક્સીવૉરની લડત આપી રહ્યા છે. અને તેઓ પ્રત્યે કેન્દ્રિય શાસન તેમજ ભ્રમિત બુદ્ધિવાળા હિન્દુઓ(માનવાધિકારવાદીઓ, સેક્યુલરો) સહાનુભૂતિ ધરાવતા હોય ત્યારે કેવી રીતે આપણે આઝાદીની ઉજવણીનો ઉમંગ માણી શકીએ?

    (15)
    મુસ્લિમ ધર્મના અનુયાયીઓ હિન્દુને ‘કાફર’ ગણે છે. અને ‘કાફિરો કો કાટ ડાલો’ એ જગતભરના મુસલમાનોનું પ્રિય સૂત્ર છે. કાફરને મારવાથી અલ્લાહ રાજી થાય છે અને મર્યા પછી જન્નતમાં ‘ગાઝી’ની પદવી(સ્વર્ગમાં ઈન્દ્ર જેવી શ્રેષ્ઠ પદવી) મળે છે, એવી મુસલમાનની દૃઢ શ્રદ્ધા છે. કોઈ એક મુસલમાન પાસે ‘આ વાત ખોટી છે.’ એવું તમે જાહેરમાં બોલાવી શકશો? છતાં આ દેશનો મુર્ખ વડાપ્રધાન હિન્દુઓની બહુમતિ ધરાવતા આ દેશમાં કહે છે, કે ‘આ દેશના સંસાધનો પર મુસલમાનોનો પ્રથમ હક્ક છે.’ ત્યારે હિન્દુઓએ શું આત્મહત્યા કરવાની?

    ભારતના આજના મુસલમાનો કે ખ્રિસ્તીઓ તો એક કાળના વટલાયેલા હિન્દુઓ જ છે. એ સમયે તેઓને હિન્દુ ધર્મમાં પાછા ફરવું હતું પરંતુ હિન્દુ ધર્મની રુઢિચુસ્તતાને કારણે તેઓ એમ કરી શક્યા નહિ. આજે હિન્દુ ધર્મ તેઓને ગૌરવભેર અપનાવવા તૈયાર થયો છે ત્યારે નીચ અને હલકટ રાજકારણીઓની શૈતાની ચાલબાજીમાં આવીને તેઓ પોતાની મુસ્લિમ તેમજ ખ્રિસ્તી તરીકેની ઓળખને વળગી રહ્યા છે. પાંચ-સાત પેઢીઓથી વિદેશી મુસ્લિમ-ખ્રિસ્તી ઘેટાં-બકરાંના ટોળામાં રહ્યા હોવાથી આજે પણ તેઓ બેં-બેં કરતા મુસ્લિમ-ખ્રિસ્તી રાષ્ટ્રો તરફ મુખ કરીને બેઠા છે. તેઓ જાતે સમજીને પુન: સિંહ જેવા હિન્દુ ધર્મમાં પાછા ફરશે ત્યારે આ દેશ પોતાની ખરી આઝાદી ઉજવશે.

    દરેક ચિંતકને ભવિષ્યવાણી કરવાની ઝંખના હોય છે. એમાં વેદવ્યાસથી લઈને કાર્લમાર્ક્સ સુધીના કોઈ બાકી નથી રહ્યા. આથી હું પણ એક ભવિષ્યવાણી કરવાની ઈચ્છા રાખુ છું. યુરોપ અને અમેરિકા જેવા ખ્રિસ્તી રાષ્ટ્રો અને મધ્યપૂર્વના ઈસ્લામિક રાષ્ટ્રો વચ્ચે નાનકડા યુદ્ધોની શરુઆત થઈ ચુકી છે. લિબિયા, કુવૈત, ઈરાક, અફઘાનિસ્તાન વગેરે રાષ્ટ્રોને સંપૂર્ણ રીતે કચડી નાંખવામાં આવ્યા છે. પાકીસ્તાન અમેરિકન પેટ ડોગ સિવાય કોઈ ખાસ વજુદ ધરાવતું નથી. આથી જ તો ઈસ્લામિક રાષ્ટ્રોમાં મુસલમાનોની દયનીય હાલત જોઈને ભારતીય મુસલમાનો ભારતમાં વધુ હુંફ અનુભવતા થયા છે! રશિયા તો ક્યારનું ખલાસ થઈ ગયું છે. જાપાન સ્વભાવથી જ ઈસ્લામ વિરોધી છે. ચીનને ઈસ્લામ અને ખ્રિસ્તી રાષ્ટ્રો લડે એથી કોઈ ફર્ક પડતો નથી. ભવિષ્યમાં ઈસ્લામિક તેમજ ખ્રિસ્તી રાષ્ટ્રો વચ્ચે મોટા યુદ્ધો થવાના જ. પરિણામે બન્ને ધર્મો પણ ઈતિહાસ બનીને રહી જશે. તે સમયે ભારતીય હિન્દુમાંથી વટલાઈને મુસલમાન કે ખ્રિસ્તી બનેલાઓને પોતાનો હિન્દુ ધર્મ યાદ આવશે. (26મી જાન્યુઆરીએ ફરી આ વિષય પર વિચાર કરીશું.)

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    SWAMI VIVEKANANDA'S SPEACH At the World's Parliament of Religions, Chicago11th September, 1893:


      
    SWAMI VIVEKANANDA S SPEACH At the World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago,
    11th September, 1893:
     
    Sisters and Brothers of America,
    It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the n…ame of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
    My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
     
     I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites,
    who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny.
     I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings:
     “As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”
    The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.” Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilisation and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

    15th September, 1893
    I will tell you a little story. You have heard the eloquent speaker who has just finished say, “Let us cease from abusing each other,” and he was very sorry that there should be always so much variance.
    But I think I should tell you a story which would illustrate the cause of this variance. A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there, and yet was a little, small frog. Of course the evolutionists were not there then to tell us whether the frog lost its eyes or not, but, for our story’s sake,

     

     
    we must take it for granted that it had its eyes, and that it every day cleansed the water of all the worms and bacilli that lived in it with an energy that would do credit to our modern bacteriologists. In this way it went on and became a little sleek and fat. Well, one day another frog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well.
    “Where are you from?”
    “I am from the sea.”
    “The sea! How big is that? Is it as big as my well?” and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other.
    “My friend,” said the frog of the sea, “how do you compare the sea with your little well?”
    Then the frog took another leap and asked, “Is your sea so big?”
    “What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well!”
    “Well, then,” said the frog of the well, “nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; this fellow is a liar, so turn him out.”
    That has been the difficulty all the while.
    I am a Hindu. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well.
     
     The Christian sits in his little well and thinks the whole world is his well.
     
    The Mohammedan sits in his little well and thinks that is the whole world.
     
     I have to thank you of America for the great attempt you are making to break down the barriers of this little world of ours, and hope that, in the future, the Lord will help you to accomplish your purpose.

    Read at the Parliament on 19th September, 1893
    Three religions now stand in the world which have come down to us from time prehistoric — Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. They have all received tremendous shocks and all of them prove by their survival their internal strength.

     
    But while Judaism failed to absorb Christianity and was driven out of its place of birth by its all-conquering daughter, and a handful of Parsees is all that remains to tell the tale of their grand religion, sect after sect arose in India and seemed to shake the religion of the Vedas to its very foundations,
     but like the waters of the seashore in a tremendous earthquake it receded only for a while, only to return in an all-absorbing flood, a thousand times more vigorous, and when the tumult of the rush was over, these sects were all sucked in, absorbed, and assimilated into the immense body of the mother faith.
    From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists, and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hindu’s religion.
    Where then, the question arises, where is the common centre to which all these widely diverging radii converge? Where is the common basis upon which all these seemingly hopeless contradictions rest? And this is the question I shall attempt to answer.
    The Hindus have received their religion through revelation, the Vedas. They hold that the Vedas are without beginning and without end. It may sound ludicrous to this audience, how a book can be without beginning or end.
     
     But by the Vedas no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times. Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery, and would exist if all humanity forgot it, so is it with the laws that govern the spiritual world.
     
     The moral, ethical, and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits, were there before their discovery, and would remain even if we forgot them.
    The discoverers of these laws are called Rishis, and we honour them as perfected beings. I am glad to tell this audience that some of the very greatest of them were women. Here it may be said that these laws as laws may be without end, but they must have had a beginning. The Vedas teach us that creation is without beginning or end. Science is said to have proved that the sum total of cosmic energy is always the same. Then, if there was a time when nothing existed, where was all this manifested energy? Some say it was in a potential form in God.
     
     In that case God is sometimes potential and sometimes kinetic, which would make Him mutable. Everything mutable is a compound, and everything compound must undergo that change which is called destruction. So God would die, which is absurd. Therefore there never was a time when there was no creation.
    If I may be allowed to use a simile, creation and creator are two lines, without beginning and without end, running parallel to each other. God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. This is what the Brâhmin boy repeats every day: “The sun and the moon, the Lord created like the suns and moons of previous cycles.” And this agrees with modern science.
    Here I stand and if I shut my eyes, and try to conceive my existence, “I”, “I”, “I”, what is the idea before me? The idea of a body. Am I, then, nothing but a combination of material substances? The Vedas declare, “No”. I am a spirit living in a body. I am not the body. The body will die, but I shall not die. Here am I in this body; it will fall, but I shall go on living. I had also a past. The soul was not created, for creation means a combination which means a certain future dissolution. If then the soul was created, it must die. Some are born happy, enjoy perfect health, with beautiful body, mental vigour and all wants supplied. Others are born miserable, some are without hands or feet, others again are idiots and only drag on a wretched existence. Why, if they are all created, why does a just and merciful God create one happy and another unhappy, why is He so partial? Nor would it mend matters in the least to hold that those who are miserable in this life will be happy in a future one. Why should a man be miserable even here in the reign of a just and merciful God?
    In the second place, the idea of a creator God does not explain the anomaly, but simply expresses the cruel fiat of an all-powerful being. There must have been causes, then, before his birth, to make a man miserable or happy and those were his past actions.
    Are not all the tendencies of the mind and the body accounted for by inherited aptitude? Here are two parallel lines of existence — one of the mind, the other of matter. If matter and its transformations answer for all that we have, there is no necessity for supposing the existence of a soul. But it cannot be proved that thought has been evolved out of matter, and if a philosophical monism is inevitable, spiritual monism is certainly logical and no less desirable than a materialistic monism; but neither of these is necessary here.
    We cannot deny that bodies acquire certain tendencies from heredity, but those tendencies only mean the physical configuration, through which a peculiar mind alone can act in a peculiar way. There are other tendencies peculiar to a soul caused by its past actions. And a soul with a certain tendency would by the laws of affinity take birth in a body which is the fittest instrument for the display of that tendency. This is in accord with science, for science wants to explain everything by habit, and habit is got through repetitions. So repetitions are necessary to explain the natural habits of a new-born soul.
     
    And since they were not obtained in this present life, they must have come down from past lives.
    There is another suggestion. Taking all these for granted, how is it that I do not remember anything of my past life ? This can be easily explained. I am now speaking English. It is not my mother tongue, in fact no words of my mother tongue are now present in my consciousness; but let me try to bring them up, and they rush in. That shows that consciousness is only the surface of the mental ocean, and within its depths are stored up all our experiences. Try and struggle, they would come up and you would be conscious even of your past life.
    This is direct and demonstrative evidence. Verification is the perfect proof of a theory, and here is the challenge thrown to the world by the Rishis. We have discovered the secret by which the very depths of the ocean of memory can be stirred up — try it and you would get a complete reminiscence of your past life.
    So then the Hindu believes that he is a spirit. Him the sword cannot pierce — him the fire cannot burn — him the water cannot melt — him the air cannot dry. The Hindu believes that every soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose centre is located in the body, and that death means the change of this centre from body to body.
     
     Nor is the soul bound by the conditions of matter. In its very essence it is free, unbounded, holy, pure, and perfect. But somehow or other it finds itself tied down to matter, and thinks of itself as matter.
    Why should the free, perfect, and pure being be thus under the thraldom of matter, is the next question. How can the perfect soul be deluded into the belief that it is imperfect? We have been told that the Hindus shirk the question and say that no such question can be there. Some thinkers want to answer it by positing one or more quasi-perfect beings, and use big scientific names to fill up the gap. But naming is not explaining.
     
    The question remains the same. How can the perfect become the quasi-perfect; how can the pure, the absolute, change even a microscopic particle of its nature? But the Hindu is sincere. He does not want to take shelter under sophistry. He is brave enough to face the question in a manly fashion; and his answer is: “I do not know. I do not know how the perfect being, the soul, came to think of itself as imperfect, as joined to and conditioned by matter.
     
    ” But the fact is a fact for all that. It is a fact in everybody’s consciousness that one thinks of oneself as the body. The Hindu does not attempt to explain why one thinks one is the body. The answer that it is the will of God is no explanation. This is nothing more than what the Hindu says, “I do not know.”
    Well, then, the human soul is eternal and immortal, perfect and infinite, and death means only a change of centre from one body to another. The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present. The soul will go on evolving up or reverting back from birth to birth and death to death. But here is another question:
     
     Is man a tiny boat in a tempest, raised one moment on the foamy crest of a billow and dashed down into a yawning chasm the next, rolling to and fro at the mercy of good and bad actions — a powerless, helpless wreck in an ever-raging, ever-rushing, uncompromising current of cause and effect; a little moth placed under the wheel of causation which rolls on crushing everything in its way and waits not for the widow’s tears or the orphan’s cry?
     
    The heart sinks at the idea, yet this is the law of Nature. Is there no hope? Is there no escape? — was the cry that went up from the bottom of the heart of despair. It reached the throne of mercy, and words of hope and consolation came down and inspired a Vedic sage, and he stood up before the world and in trumpet voice proclaimed the glad tidings:
     
     “Hear, ye children of immortal bliss! even ye that reside in higher spheres! I have found the Ancient One who is beyond all darkness, all delusion: knowing Him alone you shall be saved from death over again.” “Children of immortal bliss” — what a sweet, what a hopeful name! Allow me to call you, brethren, by that sweet name —
     
     heirs of immortal bliss — yea, the Hindu refuses to call you sinners.
     
     Ye are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. Ye divinities on earth — sinners! It is a sin to call a man so; it is a standing libel on human nature. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.
    Thus it is that the Vedas proclaim not a dreadful combination of unforgiving laws, not an endless prison of cause and effect, but that at the head of all these laws, in and through every particle of matter and force, stands One “by whose command the wind blows, the fire burns, the clouds rain, and death stalks upon the earth.”
    And what is His nature?
    He is everywhere, the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All-merciful. “Thou art our father, Thou art our mother, Thou art our beloved friend, Thou art the source of all strength; give us strength. Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe; help me bear the little burden of this life.” Thus sang the Rishis of the Vedas. And how to worship Him? Through love.
     
    “He is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life.”
    This is the doctrine of love declared in the Vedas, and let us see how it is fully developed and taught by Krishna, whom the Hindus believe to have been God incarnate on earth.
    He taught that a man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world — his heart to God and his hands to work.
    It is good to love God for hope of reward in this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love’s sake, and the prayer goes: “Lord, I do not want wealth, nor children, nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth, but grant me this, that I may love Thee without the hope of reward — love unselfishly for love’s sake.
    ” One of the disciples of Krishna, the then Emperor of India, was driven from his kingdom by his enemies and had to take shelter with his queen in a forest in the Himalayas, and there one day the queen asked him how it was that he, the most virtuous of men, should suffer so much misery.
     Yudhishthira answered, “Behold, my queen, the Himalayas, how grand and beautiful they are; I love them. They do not give me anything, but my nature is to love the grand,
     
     the beautiful, therefore I love them. Similarly, I love the Lord. He is the source of all beauty, of all sublimity. He is the only object to be loved; my nature is to love Him, and therefore I love. I do not pray for anything; I do not ask for anything. Let Him place me wherever He likes. I must love Him for love’s sake. I cannot trade in love.”
    The Vedas teach that the soul is divine, only held in the bondage of matter; perfection will be reached when this bond will burst, and the word they use for it is therefore, Mukti — freedom, freedom from the bonds of imperfection, freedom from death and misery.
    And this bondage can only fall off through the mercy of God, and this mercy comes on the pure. So purity is the condition of His mercy. How does that mercy act? He reveals Himself to the pure heart; the pure and the stainless see God, yea, even in this life; then and then only all the crookedness of the heart is made straight. Then all doubt ceases. He is no more the freak of a terrible law of causation. This is the very centre, the very vital conception of Hinduism. The Hindu does not want to live upon words and theories. If there are existences beyond the ordinary sensuous existence, he wants to come face to face with them.
     
     If there is a soul in him which is not matter, if there is an all-merciful universal Soul, he will go to Him direct. He must see Him, and that alone can destroy all doubts. So the best proof a Hindu sage gives about the soul, about God, is: “I have seen the soul; I have seen God.” And that is the only condition of perfection. The Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realising — not in believing, but in being and becoming.
    Thus the whole object of their system is by constant struggle to become perfect, to become divine, to reach God and see God, and this reaching God, seeing God, becoming perfect even as the Father in Heaven is perfect, constitutes the religion of the Hindus.
    And what becomes of a man when he attains perfection? He lives a life of bliss infinite. He enjoys infinite and perfect bliss, having obtained the only thing in which man ought to have pleasure, namely God, and enjoys the bliss with God.
    So far all the Hindus are agreed. This is the common religion of all the sects of India; but, then, perfection is absolute, and the absolute cannot be two or three. It cannot have any qualities. It cannot be an individual. And so when a soul becomes perfect and absolute, it must become one with Brahman, and it would only realise the Lord as the perfection, the reality, of its own nature and existence, the existence absolute, knowledge absolute, and bliss absolute. We have often and often read this called the losing of individuality and becoming a stock or a stone.
    “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
    I tell you it is nothing of the kind. If it is happiness to enjoy the consciousness of this small body, it must be greater happiness to enjoy the consciousness of two bodies, the measure of happiness increasing with the consciousness of an increasing number of bodies, the aim, the ultimate of happiness being reached when it would become a universal consciousness.
    Therefore, to gain this infinite universal individuality, this miserable little prison-individuality must go. Then alone can death cease when I am alone with life, then alone can misery cease when I am one with happiness itself, then alone can all errors cease when I am one with knowledge itself; and this is the necessary scientific conclusion.
     
    Science has proved to me that physical individuality is a delusion, that really my body is one little continuously changing body in an unbroken ocean of matter; and Advaita (unity) is the necessary conclusion with my other counterpart, soul.
    Science is nothing but the finding of unity.
     
     As soon as science would reach perfect unity, it would stop from further progress, because it would reach the goal. Thus Chemistry could not progress farther when it would discover one element out of which all other could be made. Physics would stop when it would be able to fulfill its services in discovering one energy of which all others are but manifestations, and the science of religion become perfect when it would discover Him who is the one life in a universe of death, Him who is the constant basis of an ever-changing world. One who is the only Soul of which all souls are but delusive manifestations. Thus is it, through multiplicity and duality, that the ultimate unity is reached. Religion can go no farther. This is the goal of all science.
    All science is bound to come to this conclusion in the long run. Manifestation, and not creation, is the word of science today, and the Hindu is only glad that what he has been cherishing in his bosom for ages is going to be taught in more forcible language, and with further light from the latest conclusions of science.
    Descend we now from the aspirations of philosophy to the religion of the ignorant. At the very outset, I may tell you that there is no polytheism in India. In every temple, if one stands by and listens, one will find the worshippers applying all the attributes of God, including omnipresence, to the images. It is not polytheism, nor would the name henotheism explain the situation. “The rose called by any other name would smell as sweet.” Names are not explanations.
    I remember, as a boy, hearing a Christian missionary preach to a crowd in India. Among other sweet things he was telling them was that if he gave a blow to their idol with his stick, what could it do? One of his hearers sharply answered, “If I abuse your God, what can He do?” “You would be punished,” said the preacher, “when you die.” “So my idol will punish you when you die,” retorted the Hindu.
    The tree is known by its fruits. When I have seen amongst them that are called idolaters, men, the like of whom in morality and spirituality and love I have never seen anywhere, I stop and ask myself, “Can sin beget holiness?”
    Superstition is a great enemy of man, but bigotry is worse. Why does a Christian go to church? Why is the cross holy? Why is the face turned toward the sky in prayer? Why are there so many images in the Catholic Church? Why are there so many images in the minds of Protestants when they pray?
     
     My brethren, we can no more think about anything without a mental image than we can live without breathing. By the law of association, the material image calls up the mental idea and vice versa. This is why the Hindu uses an external symbol when he worships. He will tell you, it helps to keep his mind fixed on the Being to whom he prays. He knows as well as you do that the image is not God, is not omnipresent. After all, how much does omnipresence mean to almost the whole world? It stands merely as a word, a symbol. Has God superficial area? If not, when we repeat that word “omnipresent”, we think of the extended sky or of space, that is all.
    As we find that somehow or other, by the laws of our mental constitution, we have to associate our ideas of infinity with the image of the blue sky, or of the sea, so we naturally connect our idea of holiness with the image of a church, a mosque, or a cross. The Hindus have associated the idea of holiness, purity, truth, omnipresence, and such other ideas with different images and forms. But with this difference that while some people devote their whole lives to their idol of a church and never rise higher, because with them religion means an intellectual assent to certain doctrines and doing good to their fellows, the whole religion of the Hindu is centred in realisation.
     
     Man is to become divine by realising the divine. Idols or temples or churches or books are only the supports, the helps, of his spiritual childhood: but on and on he must progress.
    He must not stop anywhere. “External worship, material worship,” say the scriptures, “is the lowest stage; struggling to rise high, mental prayer is the next stage, but the highest stage is when the Lord has been realised.” Mark, the same earnest man who is kneeling before the idol tells you, “Him the Sun cannot express, nor the moon, nor the stars, the lightning cannot express Him, nor what we speak of as fire; through Him they shine.” But he does not abuse any one’s idol or call its worship sin. He recognises in it a necessary stage of life. “The child is father of the man.” Would it be right for an old man to say that childhood is a sin or youth a sin?
    If a man can realise his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. To the Hindu, man is not travelling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, mean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realise the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength, till it reaches the Glorious Sun.
    Unity in variety is the plan of nature, and the Hindu has recognised it. Every other religion lays down certain fixed dogmas, and tries to force society to adopt them. It places before society only one coat which must fit Jack and John and Henry, all alike. If it does not fit John or Henry, he must go without a coat to cover his body. The Hindus have discovered that the absolute can only be realised, or thought of, or stated, through the relative, and the images, crosses, and crescents are simply so many symbols — so many pegs to hang the spiritual ideas on.
     
     It is not that this help is necessary for every one, but those that do not need it have no right to say that it is wrong. Nor is it compulsory in Hinduism.
    One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots. On the other hand, it is the attempt of undeveloped minds to grasp high spiritual truths. The Hindus have their faults, they sometimes have their exceptions; but mark this, they are always for punishing their own bodies, and never for cutting the throats of their neighbours. If the Hindu fanatic burns himself on the pyre, he never lights the fire of Inquisition. And even this cannot be laid at the door of his religion any more than the burning of witches can be laid at the door of Christianity.
     

    May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians, give strength to you to carry out your noble idea! The star arose in the East; it travelled steadily towards the West, sometimes dimmed and sometimes effulgent, till it made a circuit of the world; and now it is again rising on the very horizon of the East, the borders of the Sanpo, a thousandfold more effulgent than it ever was before.
    Hail, Columbia, motherland of liberty! It has been given to thee, who never dipped her hand in her neighbour’s blood, who never found out that the shortest way of becoming rich was by robbing one’s neighbours, it has been given to thee to march at the vanguard of civilisation with the flag of harmony.

    Christians must always be ready for good criticism, and I hardly think that you will mind if I make a little criticism. You Christians, who are so fond of sending out missionaries to save the soul of the heathen — why do you not try to save their bodies from starvation?

     
     In India, during the terrible famines, thousands died from hunger, yet you Christians did nothing. You erect churches all through India, but the crying evil in the East is not religion — they have religion enough — but it is bread that the suffering millions of burning India cry out for with parched throats.
     
    They ask us for bread, but we give them stones. It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics.
     
     In India a priest that preached for money would lose caste and be spat upon by the people. I came here to seek aid for my impoverished people, and I fully realised how difficult it was to get help for heathens from Christians in a Christian land.

    26th September, 1893

    I am not a Buddhist, as you have heard, and yet I am. If China, or Japan, or Ceylon follow the teachings of the Great Master, India worships him as God incarnate on earth. You have just now heard that I am going to criticise Buddhism, but by that I wish you to understand only this. Far be it from me to criticise him whom I worship as God incarnate on earth.

     
     But our views about Buddha are that he was not understood properly by his disciples. The relation between Hinduism (by Hinduism, I mean the religion of the Vedas) and what is called Buddhism at the present day is nearly the same as between Judaism and Christianity. Jesus Christ was a Jew,
     
     and Shâkya Muni was a Hindu. The Jews rejected Jesus Christ, nay, crucified him, and the Hindus have accepted Shâkya Muni as God and worship him. But the real difference that we Hindus want to show between modern Buddhism and what we should understand as the teachings of Lord Buddha lies principally in this:
     
    Shâkya Muni came to preach nothing new. He also, like Jesus, came to fulfil and not to destroy. Only, in the case of Jesus, it was the old people, the Jews, who did not understand him, while in the case of Buddha, it was his own followers who did not realise the import of his teachings.
     
     As the Jew did not understand the fulfilment of the Old Testament, so the Buddhist did not understand the fulfilment of the truths of the Hindu religion.
     
     Again, I repeat, Shâkya Muni came not to destroy, but he was the fulfilment, the logical conclusion, the logical development of the religion of the Hindus.
    The religion of the Hindus is divided into two parts: the ceremonial and the spiritual. The spiritual portion is specially studied by the monks.In that there is no caste. A man from the highest caste and a man from the lowest may become a monk in India, and the two castes become equal. In religion there is no caste; caste is simply a social institution. Shâkya Muni himself was a monk, and it was his glory that he had the large-heartedness to bring out the truths from the hidden Vedas and through them broadcast all over the world. He was the first being in the world who brought missionarising into practice — nay, he was the first to conceive the idea of proselytising.
    The great glory of the Master lay in his wonderful sympathy for everybody, especially for the ignorant and the poor. Some of his disciples were Brahmins. When Buddha was teaching, Sanskrit was no more the spoken language in India. It was then only in the books of the learned. Some of Buddha’s Brahmins disciples wanted to translate his teachings into Sanskrit, but he distinctly told them, “I am for the poor, for the people; let me speak in the tongue of the people.” And so to this day the great bulk of his teachings are in the vernacular of that day in India.
    Whatever may be the position of philosophy, whatever may be the position of metaphysics, so long as there is such a thing as death in the world, so long as there is such a thing as weakness in the human heart, so long as there is a cry going out of the heart of man in his very weakness, there shall be a faith in God.
    On the philosophic side the disciples of the Great Master dashed themselves against the eternal rocks of the Vedas and could not crush them, and on the other side they took away from the nation that eternal God to which every one, man or woman, clings so fondly. And the result was that Buddhism had to die a natural death in India. At the present day there is not one who calls oneself a Buddhist in India, the land of its birth.
    But at the same time, Brahminism lost something — that reforming zeal, that wonderful sympathy and charity for everybody, that wonderful heaven which Buddhism had brought to the masses and which had rendered Indian society so great that a Greek historian who wrote about India of that time was led to say that no Hindu was known to tell an untruth and no Hindu woman was known to be unchaste.
    Hinduism cannot live without Buddhism, nor Buddhism without Hinduism. Then realise what the separation has shown to us, that the Buddhists cannot stand without the brain and philosophy of the Brahmins, nor the Brahmin without the heart of the Buddhist. This separation between the Buddhists and the Brahmins is the cause of the downfall of India.
     
    That is why India is populated by three hundred millions of beggars, and that is why India has been the slave of conquerors for the last thousand years. Let us then join the wonderful intellect of the Brahmins with the heart, the noble soul, the wonderful humanising power of the Great Master.

    ADDRESS AT THE FINAL SESSION27th September, 1893

    The World’s Parliament of Religions has become an accomplished fact, and the merciful Father has helped those who laboured to bring it into existence, and crowned with success their most unselfish labour.
    My thanks to those noble souls whose large hearts and love of truth first dreamed this wonderful dream and then realised it. My thanks to the shower of liberal sentiments that has overflowed this platform. My thanks to his enlightened audience for their uniform kindness to me and for their appreciation of every thought that tends to smooth the friction of religions. A few jarring notes were heard from time to time in this harmony.

     
    My special thanks to them, for they have, by their striking contrast, made general harmony the sweeter. Much has been said of the common ground of religious unity. I am not going just now to venture my own theory. But if any one here hopes that this unity will come by the triumph of any one of the religions and the destruction of the others, to him I say, “Brother, yours is an impossible hope.” Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid.
    The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth; or the air, or the water? No. It becomes a plant, it develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant.
    Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth. If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

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    To the Hindu, then, the whole world of religions is only a travelling, a coming up, of different men and women, through various conditions and circumstances, to the same goal. Every religion is only evolving a God out of the material man, and the same God is the inspirer of all of them. Why, then, are there so many contradictions? They are only apparent, says the Hindu. The contradictions come from the same truth adapting itself to the varying circumstances of different natures.
    It is the same light coming through glasses of different colours. And these little variations are necessary for purposes of adaptation. But in the heart of everything the same truth reigns. The Lord has declared to the Hindu in His incarnation as Krishna, “I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.” And what has been the result? I challenge the world to find, throughout the whole system of Sanskrit philosophy, any such expression as that the Hindu alone will be saved and not others. Says Vyasa, “We find perfect men even beyond the pale of our caste and creed.” One thing more. How, then, can the
    Hindu, whose whole fabric of thought centres in God, believe in Buddhism which is agnostic, or in Jainism which is atheistic?
    The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.
    This, brethren, is a short sketch of the religious ideas of the Hindus. The Hindu may have failed to carry out all his plans, but if there is ever to be a universal religion,
    it must be one which will have no location in place or time; which will be infinite like the God it will preach, and whose sun will shine upon the followers of Krishna and of Christ, on saints and sinners alike; which will not be Brahminic or Buddhistic, Christian or Mohammedan, but the sum total of all these, and still have infinite space for development; which in its catholicity will embrace in its infinite arms, and find a place for, every human being, from the lowest grovelling savage not far removed from the brute, to the highest man towering by the virtues of his head and heart almost above humanity, making society stand in awe of him and doubt his human nature. It will be a religion which will have no place for persecution or intolerance in its polity, which will recognise divinity in every man and woman, and whose whole scope, whose whole force, will be created in aiding humanity to realise its own true, divine nature.
    Offer such a religion, and all the nations will follow you. Asoka’s council was a council of the Buddhist faith. Akbar’s, though more to the purpose, was only a parlour-meeting. It was reserved for America to proclaim to all quarters of the globe that the Lord is in every religion.

     

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