Monday, January 4, 2010
WHO WILL SAVE HINDUISM?
By Deepak Kamat
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I hate to repeat the cliches but I have no options to repeat it. Hinduism is under relentless onslaught — chiefly from Islamic-Christian-Left-Corporate baiters of various hues. The attack is in all dimensions — physical, mental, intellectual and probably spiritual.
To add to the difficulty, Hinduism is an unorganised religion (way of life). So the logical question that any concerned Hindu has is: Who will save Hinduism?
Now certainly, there are several individuals and organisations that are working for Hinduism — overtly and covertly. I desist from mentioning their names. However, I am afraid to say that their efforts are just a drop in the ocean. The area to be covered is too vast and the work that is done is too little.
Despite our organisational weakness, the ironical fact is that Hinduism is spreading like wildfire. Remember the Newsweek Report that even the USA is a Hindu nation.
That is because Hinduism does not require saviours. The basics of Hinduism is designed in such a way that it is timeless.
Let me explain: The fundamentals of Hinduism is in the four purusharthas (objectives) of dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth) , kama (fulfilment of desires) and moksha (freedom). Freedom is the highest virtue in Hinduism.
The human soul longs for freedom. All human beings (including the self-styled enemies of Hinduism) long for freedom. The difference is only in the path.
Muslims think they can attain absolute freedom by converting or killing the kafirs. Christians think that absolute freedom in the lap of God is reserved only after they kill or convert heathens. Communists have their own concept of freedom by killing the haves (bourgeoise) through a bloody revolution. The MNCs think they can have absolute freedom by killing competitions and having absolute monopoly.
The only sad part for the Four Ms (Muslims, Marxists, Missionaries and multinational companies) is that their path won’t lead to absolute freedom.
The path to absolute freedom is logically detailed in the Pathanjali Yoga Sutras and the Vigyan Bhairava Tantra. Don’t get me wrong. I am not making Patanjali the Mohammed of Hinduism.
Patanjali says that — Yoga is the cessation of the mind (Yogaha Chitti Vritti Nirodhakaha).
Absolute freedom can be attained only through the stilling of the mind. Both Yoga and Tantra are full of those techniques.
It is Yoga and Ayurveda that will save Hinduism because there are practical techniques in it to lead man to freedom. Yoga and Ayurveda is not a dogma. It really sets you free.
Hinduism as an idea will never die so long as the human race will continue to exist. No need for saviours. Hinduism does not need it.
Postscript: Only a dying person needs to be saved. Hinduism is alive and kicking. I am of the opinion that the Four Ms (Muslims, Marxists, Missionaries and Multinational Macualyites) need saviours because they are on the deathbed.