The Role of Religious leaders in Overcoming Hindu Catastrophe

via Dr Babu Suseelan published on January 2, 2011

Hindu’s contribution to world in philosophy, psychology, music, literature, life sciences, art, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, algebra, and physics can never be underestimated.  The extent of our spiritual influence and the practical blessings to the world can never be disputed. Hindus have developed a distinctive system of philosophy, logic, epistemology, Ayurveda, wealth creation, and spiritual system for transcendence.

The aim of Vedas and Upanishads, Puranas and Darsanas were to achieve control of our life, to seek freedom and means to seek Godhead. Specific philosophical systems about how to achieve control on life and seek freedom differ. In spite of differing schools of thought, Hindus enjoyed a prosperous, harmonious and peaceful life. Men were active in promoting our culture and wealth was accumulated.  Indian culture reached its zenith. Foreign travelers like Megasthenes and Fa-hsien had noted the peacefulness of Hindus, the rarity of crime and how people lived in social harmony. Slowly Buddhism and Jainism had appeared on the scene and the passive, tolerant and negationism of Buddhism and Jainism had influenced Hindu thought and life. As a result, our Kings have dismantled armies and Ahimsa was practiced. The goal of life has become liberation from bondage. Attempts were made to reconstruct our society and dilute our philosophy. The strange doctrine of Buddhist thought of tolerance, passivity, ahimsa, and avoidance has heavily influenced our philosophers, kings and rulers.

As a result Hindus have become passive and tolerant and the Islamic invaders rapidly overran the fertile northern part of India. Altogether, Muslim invasion was brutal and millions of Hindus were slaughtered and our culture was destroyed or deconstructed. Islamic rule was established and Muslim empire in India continued until European Christian Colonialists succeeded in establishing their control over Hindus. The world famous historian Will Durant has written in his STORY OF CIVILIZATION that “the Mohamedan conquest of India was perhaps the bloodiest story in history”.

Under the colonial rule a dramatic change of education, concepts and ideas has occurred. The colonial education system has profoundly changed our world view and Hindus were unable to defend Hindutva, their basic language and culture. The problems were not merely intellectual but amounted to blindness to social, economic and political reality. Today, after several years of independence, India is ruled by the Congress Party headed by an uneducated Italian born Catholic lady unaware of India’s culture and social-political problems. India is in deep crisis. Jihadi terrorism, looting of public money, Maoist violence, separatism, poverty, starvation, suicide, inflation, border disorder, rising wave of crime and violence, coercive religious conversion, and energy crisis are rampant. We can read about its numerous manifestations every day in the newspapers.

These crises are essentially a crisis of our perception, our reality orientation, apathy, indifference and attention deficit of elected officials and cognitive disorder of our religious leaders. Pakistan and China are exploiting our national malady. Our citizens are indifferent to facts and our religious leaders are increasingly incapable of judging the depth of national crisis created by corrupt politicians, Marxists and Jihadis. Their myopia has serious consequences for India’s future and our eternal Hindu culture.

DELUSIONAL AND NIHILISTIC THINKING

It is time for us to uncover emotionally besotted, delusional thinking perpetuated by few Hindu swamis. Delusional thinking, ignoring reality, apathy and indifference have become a hallmark of Hindus. In spite of many challenges we face, many Swamis have already given up on their community and relapsed into comfortable, passive life. This has created a negative loop that continues to add to the larger psycho-social-political problem.

Recently I had a conversation with a Hindu Swamiji of repute with large followers all over the world. This reputed Swamiji was not interested in knowing about the perennial conditions of Hindus including coercive religious conversion, Jihadi terrorism, corruption, Chinese and Pakistani border infiltration, massacre of Hindus in Kashmir by Islamic terrorists, looting of temple wealth and Hajj subsidy. He listened to my questions with care. But he was not interested in any vigorous discussion with the utmost seriousness. We differed on all points. He disagreed with my statement that the prevailing mood of Hindus is frustration, denial, bewilderment and despair.

My questions with this Hindu Swami and his answers will astonish all serious Hindus worried about the rising ignorance of Hindu religious leaders and phony secular politicians.

*Question:       Did you hear that Islamic terrorists have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus recently in Varanasi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Kerala.

*Swamiji:   
     “Oh”. Muslims are terrifying people now. Why Hindus are afraid? How funny. Did you know that meditation can make you strong?

*Question:       Jihadi terrorists are kicking out all Hindus from Kashmir and do you have any suggestion to stop ethnic cleansing in Kashmir?

*Swamiji:        You know that we are not real, our body is not real. Read our Vedas and Upanishads. It might be a good time to check it out.

*Question:       Congress Party headed by Italian born Sonia is looting our wealth by corrupt means. Do you have anything to say?

Swamiji:    
      People are after money and material wealth. You can join our meditation group for peace and tranquility.

*Question:       Today our life is hard. We are faced with Jihadi terrorism, Maoist Violence, deceptive religious conversion, people are being robbed, alcoholism and drug abuse are on the increase. What is the hope? Where did our glorious past go? What will be our future as a nation?

Swamiji:          All civilizations function like a human being, that both will continually die, when the time is up. We must learn to appreciate the horrors and dangers of life, to move past them and look beyond something greater. We can make it if we use the power of our soul, and realize that you are part of Brahman. Help fight your inner frustration, emotions and feelings. I pledge alliance to my Guru. Please join our meditation group.

*Question:    Government of India spent a staggering sum of 2,891.77 core rupees (Rs28, 920, 000,000) (US $672,558,140) for Muslim Hajj pilgrimage where Muslims are required to behead innocent animals. Hindu temples are managed by atheists, Marxists and phony secularists and temple wealth is looted. Do you have any suggestion to stop this evil practice?

*Swamiji:       You concentrate on realizing the real self, seek the ultimate truth. Why do we have to speak up on such matters? Jump starts your spiritual progress and experience an abiding sense of peace.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE SOUL CHASERS

I found this Hindu Swami with millions of followers around the world as profoundly spiritual but            devoid of any reality orientation. Is he intellectually exciting…I doubt. His avoidance of real threatening issues astounded me. In his incredible arrogance, the Swami imagined himself entirely sufficient unto himself. He claims that the present crisis is only an illusion fostered by ignorant Hindus. Salvation of our soul and self-realization are the catch word for him. It seems that he is worshipping his own power and enjoying his luxury and worldwide followers. My encounter with him was appalling, and its consequences could hardly have been otherwise.        Horrors which we all believed has been banished since independence, missionary rule, Islamic terrorism, and torture of Hindus in India have come back in the most virulent form. Are our Hindu religious leaders concerned about our torturous life, the all-absorbing problem? Can these Swamijis join the distinguished group of statesmen like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Aurabindo, Swami Ramdev, Shivaji Maharaj, Subbramanya Bharathi, Sravrkar, Hedgewar, and Guru Golwalkar? We can learn from them, appreciate them and we can go beyond delusional thinking, and see things what they really are. These great men offers the way, if we care to use it, and unlock our shackles and open our mind kept closed for thousands of years.

The illusion, nihilistic philosophy and denial of reality and inward looking for external problems has created conflicts, encouraged Jihadis with full of hate to continue their terrorism and destruction of our culture. Such Swamis with their nihilistic, illusory philosophy are forcing Hindus to ignore reality, tolerate corruption and to bypass social intervention for corruption, coercive religious conversion, Jihadi terrorism and Maoist violence.

 These Mayavadi Swamijis force Hindus to believe in nothingness and compel them to believe that oppression is a step towards salvation. As a result our citizens are unable to recognize foul play, and political assaults on citizens go on unchecked.  In spite of many challenges we face

Our modern generation shackled by this illusory philosophy must find a way out. But one thing

Seems to be emerging as the foundation of the new Hindu consciousness; the realization, plunder,

 Looting and the collapse of our will power, the disasters of our time, are somehow the fruit of the fatal

 Illusory philosophy of nihilism, and avoidance of reality.

OVERCOMING DENIAL AND AVOIDING CATASTROPHE

We need to fashion our life, our culture entirely in human terms and explicit denial of any social political

reality should be avoided. We need Hindu leaders capable of articulating our Dharma’s timeless and essential insights into functional concepts and action strategies as a response to complex issues confronting Hindu society. To stand witness to our present predicament, and try to communicate a sense of its meaning and reality is at the bottom of all Hindus can do. If we fail, we are falling into delusion and cognitive disorder. Hindus have to accept our whole existence, past and present and chart out a new direction. Apart from Dhyana, and self-realization, there is something more in life. Our psychological and physical power has to restore which was diluted after years of Islamic rule and colonial education, to improve the pathetic condition of Hindu society.

CHENGE OUR MIND, CHANGE OUR WORLD

It is time for us to have a belief analysis to pinpoint our limiting beliefs and the mechanisms that shackle us in apathy, indifference and passivism. Upanishad says that everything that happens in our world is a reflection of how we think:

“One’s own thought is one’s world.

What a person thinks is what he becomes—

That is the eternal mystery”. (Maitri Upanishad)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that what we think is what we create, and he called this principle the “Law of Laws”. We are taught that all thinking is in terms of abstractions, universals. How then shall we grasp the real “I” of my existence, the concrete, individual persons that I am? If we cannot grasp it in objective thought, how shall I ground its existence? It is not the “I” who is in peril. It is the whole society that is in peril. Both are concrete and real. We owe much to such philosophy. It is not our thoughts under attack, we as humans are under attack. We still have the capacity to make decisions, to make a choice. It also means responsibility. Our phony secular and corrupt politicians are making us insecure. Every move we take to overcome our insecurity must protect our freedom, culture and our nation. The philosophy of nihilism, nothingness and illusion cannot protect us. We have to overcome semi-illusory subjectivity and relativism. Without a secure foundation based on reality, our Santana Dharma will be doomed. Hindus will face deprivation of sense and meaning leading to catastrophe.

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