Sub cultural practices and Hindu dharma

via Dr.Babu Suseelan published on May 20, 2006

Hindu Dharma and traditional spiritual practices play a central role in the lives of Hindus. Hindu religious and spiritual dimensions of culture are among the most important factors that structure individual, family and community beliefs, behavior and values. The widespread practice of Hindu Dharma significantly affects personal behavior, ethical conduct and reduces the incidence of social problems.


 


Among Hindus, across various regions of India, different social customs, traditional practices and rituals exist. Due to foreign invasion, oppression and tyranny of invaders, Hindus were forced to abandon several traditional customs and social practices. Under pressure, Hindus were forced to adopt many social practices inconsistent with traditional Hindu Dharma.


 


Today, Hinduism is assaulted with more words and images than could have ever been previously imagined. And each image-be it from television or from the other media fueled by missionaries, bogus secularists, and communists exists in denigrating our Vedic heritage. Often the message is that Hinduism causes social problems, and sub-cultural social practices are the result of Hindu spiritual belief system. The mischief mongers tries to find and tailor words and images unique for themselves to establish correlation between Hindu religion and unacceptable social sub cultural practices. More and more we find combination of words and images combining with the politics and philosophies of anti-Hindu forces.


 


People are constantly bombarded with reports that wife burning, dowry, child marriage, corruption, suicide, violence, sex crimes and several social practices of sub-cultural groups are sanctioned in Hindu Dharma. These anti social behavior and several sub cultural practices have not sanctioned in Hindu Dharma. Some of these practices are the unforeseen result of the social disorganization and social engineering perpetuated by colonialists and Islamic invaders.  Psycho programming, media manipulation and propaganda by missionaries make the casual connection. Indeed, their goal is to free Hindus from their spiritual heritage and enslaves them with rigid, closed dogma. The antagonists want to present fundamentalist, dualistic, pre fabricated ideologies as receipts for the ‘good life’ and ‘success’ without any social problems.


 


It can no longer be taken for granted. The practice is repugnant. All of this manipulation, negative caricature and deliberate denigration is to disconnect Hindus from their spiritual past. Thus the notion of social problem and sub cultural practices are intimately related to Hindu values is false and mischievous. Hindu darsana, rituals, belief and spiritual practices should hardly view as involving or a cause for social ills. 


 


Modern technology, consumerism, coercive religious conversion, phony secularism and transitory values are now tempting people to cut off from their Hindu past in favor of transitional, superfluous, essentially meaningless life style. One cannot blame Hinduism, when the consequences of wrong choices and dead ends come home to roost, one cannot blame Hinduism

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  1. patriot Reply

    May 21, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Re: Sub cultural practices and Hindu dharma

    Here is an intersting article in Hindustan times on line edition about a social trauma , a social change in woman’s beahaviour never thought of when Hinduism reigned everywhere and christianity was somewhere in charity houses; Now that the western white American and European Missionaries flood India with secret money (amounting to billions of dollars)to establish a big white Empire with the help of their MNCs like coca cola, Pepsi, Monsanto who fund BUISH ELECTIONS FREELY, hinduism is targeted as an obstacle for their cunning MISSION;
    so, logically, they want to destroy Hinduism by secretly manipulating indian government and sending their faithful and loyal secret agents to hold high level govt posts so that they might collaborate with Bush to realise their imperialistic dreams. you may see that INDIAN PMS CLOSE CONTACT WITH AMERICANS IF YOU CAREFULLY STUDY THEIR BIOGRAPY THEY OFTEN SERVE IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS LIKE THE UN , ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, IMF, WORLD BANK ETC before becoming PM OF INDIA !! DANGER !!! THIS AMERICAN AGENTS WILL WORK MORE FOR BUSH WHO IS DOLLAR-GENEROUS THAN FOR THE PEOPLE OF INDIA..
    LOGICAL NO???

    Nivriti Butalia

    New Delhi, May 21, 2006

    Think alcoholics, and you think of glassy-eyed men, staggering all over the place, clutching on to a bottle of booze. But now it is time to be less sexist as women alcoholics are suddenly tumbling out of the closet. According to Dr Nikhil Raheja, a Dwarka-based psychiatrist and therapist, alcoholism in women is growing at an alarming rate of around 10 per cent. “Even five years ago, we had no women patients,” he says.

    At the Masihgarh Church in Sukhdev Vihar — where meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are held regularly — there are 14 women who attend meetings now. And Dr Megha Hazuria Gore, clinical psychologist at Max Health Care, agrees that an increasing number of women are admitting to alcohol problem and seeking treatment for it. “Women today see drinking as a part of acceptable social behaviour,” she feels.

    Teesta was an alcoholic for 12 years before joining the AA fellowship. Early on, as a newly-wed, her reason for hitting the bottle was a rapidly souring marriage to an abusive husband. “I drank for the high,” she says. Then, there came a time when she would have blackouts: “I felt I would die without my drink.” Three years ago, she kicked the habit.

    Vinita, 32, an ex-airline hostess, started drinking in her early twenties. “I’d finish a bottle of vodka in my room at night when everybody was asleep,” she admits.

    It’s not just a bad marriage/love life or stress that’s making women take to the bottle. A case of social drinking gone wrong, Anjali, a naval officer’s wife says the frequent cocktail parties are what made her take to liquor. “How long can you sip Coca-Cola wearing high heels?”

    The lowest common denominators for these women seem to be: they belong to the upper middle class, are educated and have the money to buy the bottles.

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