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Hindiusm Vs Hindus

Uddharet aatmanaatmaanam 

naatmaanam avasadayet 

Aatmaivahyaatmano bandhuh 

aatmaiva ripuraatmanah 

“Let a man raise himself by his own self; let him not debase himself. For he is himself his friend, himself his foe.” 

The Bhagavad Gita, VI-5.  

If only the Hindu society had pondered over the above message of Lord Krishna, the history of Bharatavarsha during the last one thousand years would have been entirely different and most glorious. Bharat fell before the enemies not because of the latter’s prowess or military might, but because of internecine quarrels and betrayal of her own sons. Prithviraj Chauhan fell in the battle field not because of the might and valour of Mohammed Ghori whom he had humbled repeatedly in earlier battles and spared his life out of chivalry and compassion, but because of the shameless betrayal of Jayachandra. And at last Jayachandra also met the same fate as Prithviraj at the hands of the Muslim marauder whom he had helped in defeating his own countryman, but the Hindu society never learnt a lesson from his saddest episode in its history. Throughout the Islamic period and during the British period, the enemies were able to rule over the Hindus and subjugate the land of Bharatavarsha only because of the disunity and mutual betrayal of the Hindus. And the casuality was Hindu Rashtra, Hindu society, Hindu temples, Hindu way of life and everything that was connected to the Hindus. Even during the period of India’s freedom struggle no two Hindu leaders could stand together. Veerapandya Kattabomman was betrayed by Ettappan. The revolutionaries were betrayed and let down by the ‘non-violent non-cooperationists’. A fierce freedom fighter like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was forcibly thrown out of the Congress by a ‘mahatma’ and he had to leave the shores of the country to seek strength and support from outside. The great revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajaguru and Sukhdev, had to ascend the gallows as the leaders of the ‘non-violent non-cooperation movement’ considered them ‘misguided Patriots’ and criminals and did not take any effort to save their lives. Even the great Patriot, Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who was awarded two life sentences by the British Government, was in the Free India, branded as a Hindu fanatic and falsely implicated in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case. In the matter of vivisection of the country, those who wanted to become quickly the rulers of Hindusthan, hastened the partition of the country without bothering about the heavy price that the Hindu society had to pay.  

Even after Independence, Hindus never learnt a lesson from their past history. Communalism of the so-called minorities and divisive tendencies raised their head only because of the selfish interest of the Hindu political leaders. In the race for political power, the Hindu politicians competed with each other in pampering the so called minorities and promoting the disintegrating forces which have taken today the form of a dinosaur.  

Let us leave aside the politicians and turn to the so-called social, religious and spiritual leaders of the Hindus both inside the country and outside. Are they in any way better than the worldly-minded politicians? No two Hindu spiritual or religious leader could see eye to eye, though from the pulpits they will give inspiring orations on the highest messages of Vedanta, the unity of the Self, the universality of all religions and the brotherhood of man. Personal prejudices, jealousy, mutual hatred and a competitive business mentality in promoting their own narrow sectarian and organisational interests prevent them from coming together. Even for the celebration of Ramanavami, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, Navaratri or Ganesh Chaturthi, these leaders will not come together. The fear that the intermingling of devotees under one banner may drive away their own sheep from their herds to other herds compel them to tie their own sheep to a tether on their own paths. Though they say that all the paths lead to the same goal, they don’t want the sheep to reach the goal lest the herd will be no more under their control. And the best, cunning and convenient ‘scriptural’ excuse that they will proclaim is that though all these paths are true, one must stick only to one’s own path and should not turn to any other, as if these Paths are contradictory and not complementary to each other. What an ingenuous mockery of scriptural injunctions to suit one’s selfish interest and gratification of power!  

Even those who speak about breaking the barriers among the Hindus and uniting them all under one banner are not always free from their ego and ego-centric desires. While projecting themselves as the integrators of the Hindu society, they pick and choose social, religious and Spiritual leaders who will implicitly toe their line of thinking and ignore other Hindu leaders, however worthy and selfless they may be, if they have a slightly different view on matters concerning the interests of the Hindu society. This sort of attitude will only further divide the Hindu society and create new groups and will never forge unity. Those who want to promote the integration of the society must be prepared to sacrifice themselves like a candle that burns out while shedding light around. Great things could be achieved only through self-sacrifice. The Vedas proclaim that, for the sake of creation, the Purusha sacrificed Himself. A real leader is one who will make himself a stepping stone for everyone to climb up and not one who will make others stepping stones for himself to climb up. When he achieves his goal, he will make all those who stood by him to feel that they have achieved something great. Dharma needs no one’s protection, but Dharma protects one who upholds Dharma. The Dharma of the Hindu society in the Age of Kali is to stand together to uphold the eternal values of life that have been propounded by the great sages and seers of Bharatavarsha. Sangau shakti kalau yuge ¬– “Strength in the Kali Age is in unity”, says the scriptures. The crying need of the hour is Hindu unity, not only for the welfare of this glorious nation of Bharatvarsha, but for world peace and human brotherhood. It is only the universal values of Hinduism which can replace the fundamentalistic faiths like Islam and Christianity which claim themselves to be the sole custodians of salvation. As long as the Hindus are divided, these fundamentalistic religions will grow like cancer eating away the vitals of human society. Those who want to forge unity among the Hindus must strive to identify those who have similar goal and must strive to embrace them for the common cause. No Hindu is ever inferior — Na Hindur patito bhavet. Every Hindu should consider the other as his brother and every Hindu religious, social and spiritual leader should consider the others as members of his own family. Unless this attitude is built up assiduously within the Hindu society, Hinduism will always be under the threat of annihilation by the very Hindus. Those Hindu organisations and leaders who are not hesitant to sacrifice the Hindu interest for their own selfish interests will certainly find annihilation, for Dharma will destroy those who strive to destroy Dharma. This is the writing on the wall.  

Vande Mataram!  

Signed Sadhu Rangarajan 

“All weakness, all bondage is imagination. Speak one word to it, it must vanish. Do not weaken! There is no other way out … Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is! If death comes–that is the worst of our miseries – let it come! We are determined to die game. That is all the religion I know. I have not attained to it, but I am struggling to do it. I may not, but you may. Go on!” 

Author: Professor Sadhu Rangarajan

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