Tuesday, March 22, 2016


I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva

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PART 1


त्वमेव   माता   च   पिता   त्वमेव
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva
Om 


त्वमेव माता  पिता त्वमेव 

त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणम् त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देव ॥

Tvam-Eva Maataa Ca Pitaa Tvam-Eva |
Tvam-Eva Bandhush-Ca Sakhaa Tvam-Eva |
Tvam-Eva Viidyaa Dravinnam Tvam-Eva |
Tvam-Eva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva ||


Meaning:
1: You Truly are my Mother And You Truly are my Father .
2: You Truly are my Relative And You Truly are my Friend.
3: You Truly are my Knowledge and You Truly are my Wealth.
4: You Truly are my AllMy God of Gods.




A question was raised to me in a very casual talk in USA why Hindu Temples do not follow strict rules as in a Church? Or as in a Masjid? The immediate answer that got into my mind was "Ours is not a religion in the strictest terms of the Thesaurus meaning.  I said, "Our Faith is a way we live. We have the highest amount of freedom in observing religious rites. We do not go by COMMANDMENTS nor by STRICTURES". Our scriptures stipulate but do not force the "faithful" to strictly adhere to these strictures. 

INVADERS AND EVANGELISTS HAVE BEEN TRYING CONSISTENTLY SINCE INDEPENDENCE TO DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN HINDU AND HINDU WITH THE SIMPLE ARGUMENT THAT HINDU FAITH IS OWNED UP BY THE BRAHMINICAL THOUGHT AND THAT THE HINDU GODS AND GODDESSES ARE INACCESSIBLE ENTITIES TO PRAY BY THE OTHER GROUPS. REFUSING TO RECOGNIZE BHARATH AS MOTHER IS PART OF THIS HATE FILLED CAMPAIGN. POLITICIANS TOOK MAXIMUM ADVANTAGE WITH THIS KIND OF ANTI-NATIONAL STAND OF DISGRUNTLED GROUPS TRYING TO FOMENT TROUBLE. THERE IS NO BIGGER MYTH THAN THIS. HINDUISM IS A WAY OF LIFE AND THERE IS NO SCOPE FOR ONE TO CONTROL OR MARGINALIZE OTHERS WITH STRICTURES AND COMMANDMENTS. OR ELSE, WE CAN NOT IMAGINE THE SO CALLED LOWER STRATA OF SOCIETY LIKE ADIVASIS HAVING THEIR OWN RITUALS AND FESTIVALS AND EVEN THE LEARNED GUIDING THEM IN THESE. IDEA OF INDIA IS AGE OLD AND WILL REMAIN SO. 

I TRY HERE-AFTERWARDS TO EXPLAIN IN SIMPLE TERMS WHAT HINDU PRAYERS MEAN AND HOW THEY  BELONG TO ALL SECTIONS AND NOT ONE. IT IS FOR THE "LEARNED" TO MAKE THE COMMON HINDU TO DRIVE HOME THE POINT THAT MANTRAS ARE IN SANSKRIT JUST AS BIBLE IS IN ENGLISH AND KORAN IN ARABIC. ALL LANGUAGES ARE EQUALLY UNREACHABLE TO THE COMMON FOLK. AND IT IS NOT PROPER TO BLAME ONLY HINDU FAITH FOR TRYING TO SAY THAT THEIR RITUALS ARE IN A LANGUAGE THE COMMON MAN CAN NOT FOLLOW. HIGH PRIESTS AND KNOWLEDGEABLE SHOULD TAKE UPON THEIR SHOULDERS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF HINDUISM IN COLLOQUIAL LANGUAGES AND SEE THAT THE SCOURGE OF CONVERSION IS STOPPED FORTHWITH.

What does Hindu thought preach?

Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava
Aachaarya Devo Bhava Atidhi Devo Bhava!

We see God in Mother, Father, Teacher and Guest. And, if the world has billions of population and if any one can be your guest, what is objection in Hindus having billions of Gods? If we look at every woman except one as Mother, what is wrong to have billions of Goddesses? If we treat even toddler that teaches a lesson or two in life as Guru, what is wrong in saying proudly we have billions of Gods? This is besides us seeing God in all animate and inanimate things in Creation.

Hindus believe "Cleanliness is God" And what is wrong if people are asked to come to Temples with clean bodies, clean hearts and clean clothes? This is the way of life of any right thinking faithful. Is it not? 

Did you ever wonder how the daily prayer in Hindu rituals work? How do they start? Do we assign the Supremacy to the God we pray or do we consider Him one of us a Guru, a Guest and as a simple go-getter neighborhood. Hardcore Hindu Theists may laugh at me. But that is what Hinduism is easily understood by the faithful. 

I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva

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PART II



To prove my point as an analogue, running parallel to the high sounding ritualistic practices, I request you to understand the basic Pooja (prayer) method we offer Him daily. 

To start with, we light an oil lamp. Lamp gives light. Knowledge is light. 


While lighting the lamp, we say " May this light give me all the good and pleasantness, health, wealth and destroy the inimical forces. Oh! Light, I bow to  you!"

"Deepajyothi Parabrahma Deepajyothi Janardhana Deepo Me Hara Tu Paapam Deepaa Jyothir Namostute"

Om
Meaning: The literal meaning of the mantra is: "I fold my hands before the lord, the maintainer of this creation, in the form of this light. I adore this light, which destroys all the pains resulting from my omissions and commissions".  
We start our Prayer with the following Sloka. 
Aagamardhantu Devanam Gamanaardhantu raakshasam 

Kuru Ghantaravam Tatra Devatahvaana Lanchanm! 

Yes! Gurus tell us the Ghaantanadam (ringing bell) is to bring back our wavering mind to the God's presence.  It is right.  But as a way of life consider this. 

During night time a Gurkha roaming your streets makes sounds with a stick. Is it not to scare away the criminals (asuras) and create a confidence in the people sleeping or coming homes late? Likewise a police horn. It gives you confidence to walk freely without fear of criminals. So, God, our day's Guest is being invited with an assurance that we have kept the surroundings of our humble  home away from the Rakshasas. "Oh! Aagamaardhantu, Come! Oh! Asuras leave my precincts!" So, do we invite the Gods.  (Cant God protect himself? He can. But as a host we feel it a duty to assure Him. Is it not?)

After ringing the bell for few seconds, we recite this Sloka.

Guru Stotram: Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwara - in sanskrit with meaning - Stotra on Sri Gurudeva

- from Vishwasara Tantram (also many slokas are found in Guru Gita)
श्री गुरुस्तोत्रम्: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
Sri Guru Stotram: Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwara

Om

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥
Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |
Gurure[-I]va Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva),
1.2: The Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman); Salutations to that Guru.



See, Sirs! The greatness of Hindu thought? We pray our teachers first and equate them with the three Gods (Trimurthy) "Oh! Guru! I salute you!" And, know it, we never say Guru is representative of God. If anyone claims like that we can dump him. Guru is the knowledgeable. The All Knowing God is our ultimate Guru! 

Then we pray to the Lord of Obstacles, Vighnadhipathi.

शुक्लाम्बरधरं   विष्णुं   शशिवर्णं   चतुर्भुजम्
Shuklambaradharam Vishnum Shashivarnnam Caturbhujam


शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥
Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam |
Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye ||

Meaning:
1: (We Meditate on Sri Vishnu) Who is Wearing White Clothes, Who is All-Pervading, Who is Bright in Appearance like the Moon and Who is Having Four Hands,
2: Who is Having a Compassionate and Gracious FaceLet us Meditate on Him To Ward of all Obstacles.
Which human being, to whichever faith he belongs, does want obstacles in the way of  performing his duties? None, what so ever. As Hindu Faith is a way of life, we follow this whereas others are either shy of or their high priests do want to impose their hegemony on others by not allowing freedom to their followers to pray for what they need. Is there any other explanation for not praying the Almighty to help ward off obstacles?

Then we purify our hearts and souls with the following Sloka.

om apavitrah pavitro vā
sarvāvasthāṁ gato api vā
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahya abhyantaraṁ śuciḥ
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu
Both pure and impure, passing through the conditions of material life, if remember the lotus-eyed Lord, then one becomes externally and internally clean.
Cleanliness is God. Not only the external, we purify the internal thought process to keep it clean. What a wonderful way to start a prayer?
Then we chant the following Mantra to drive away evil forces and start the Brahma Karma, the Prayer to the Lord.
Then we recite the following Mantra.
uttishTantu Bhhota Pisachaha Eteh bhhomi bharaka
eateashaa ma viroadheana Brahma Karma Samarabhe!
We are purifying the place of prayer by getting rid of the inimical forces and starting the Brahma Karma (Prayer). 
Then follows the Achamanam. We recite the names of Lord Vishnu (Shivaya Vishnu Ruupaya, Shiva Ruupaya Vishnave. If they are names of Lord Vishnu, they are names of Lord Shiva too. So, followers of all three forms of prayer the Vaishnavites, the Shivites and the Smartas follow the same pattern of reciting the names). As a ritual we are told to clean hands and feet and take three sips of water while reciting the names. But there is more than this in the ritual. We are purifying various parts of our body by installing the image of the Lord there. Each name we chant represents one part of our body which we purify and intal the Lord therein. 
  1. Keshavaya Namaha - Thumb to touch the right cheek
  2. Narayanaya Namaha - Thumb, left cheek
  3. Madhavaya Namaha - Ring finger, right eye
  4. Govindaya Namaha - Ring finger, left eye
  5. Vishnave Namaha - Index finger, left side of the nose
  6. Madhusudhanaya Namaha - Index finger, right side of the nose
  7. Trivikramaya Namaha - little finger, right ear
  8. Vamanaya Namaha - little finger, left ear
  9. Shridharaya Namaha - third (middle) finger, right shoulder
  10. Hrishikeshaya Namaha - third finger, left shoulder
  11. Padmanabhaya Namaha - four fingers (hand with thumb folded inwards), navel
  12. Damodaraya Namaha - four fingers, head.
  13. Sankarshanaya namaha
  14. Vasudevaya namaha
  15. Pradyumnaya namaha
  16. Anirudhaya namaha
  17. Purushothamaya namaha
  18. Adhokshajaya namaha
  19. Narasimhaya namaha
  20. Achyutaya namaha
  21. Janardanaya namaha
  22. Upendraya namaha
  23. Hariye namaha
  24. Sri krishnaya namaha

why do we purify our body? It is as good as purifying our body at every stage of our daily chores.  That is why, Hindu Pooja represents a "WAY OF LIFE". It is more than praying for our daily bread or believing the God exists only on one side of the Universe.
Daily purification is done on the following occasions.
  • Immediately after waking up in the morning
  • After urination and other forms of excretion
  • After brushing one's teeth
  • Before and after a bath
  • After wearing clothes
  • Before and after a meal
  • Before and after giving or accepting alms or donation
  • After sneezing, shedding tears or blood
  • Upon association or contact with ritually "impure" substances such as blood, semen, human hair, fire, cattle, cats, mice, refuse, etc.
  • After sexual contact with women.

Then we do a Kalasha Pooja. This is necessary as water is the essence of life.  We purify the water with a Mantra and invoke the various rivers that are the life line of our economy. Who said "Hinduism is for the upper echelons of Society" We invoke the rivers daily as a prayer to them to flow 365 days a year and provide irrigation and food to the populace. The Mantra is as follows 

अथ कलश पूजा
कलशस्य मुखे विष्णु,कण्ठे रुद्र समाश्रितः |
मूले तत्र स्थितो ब्राह्मो मध्ये मात्रुगनास्म्रुतः ||
कुक्षौ तु सागरास्सर्वे सप्त द्विपा वसुन्धरा |
ऋग्वेदोऽपि यजुर्वेद: सामवेदो ह्यथवर्णः  ||
अन्गैश्चसहिता सर्वे कलशाम्बुसमाश्रिताः |
अत्र गायत्री सावित्री शान्तिः पुष्टिकरी तथा ||
आयान्तु देव पूजार्थं दुरितक्षयकारकाः |
सर्वे समुद्राः सारिताः तीर्थानि जलदानदाः ||
गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वती |
नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलेय्स्मिन्सिन्सन्निधिंकुरु ||
गंगा दि  सर्वतीर्थेभ्यो नमः कलश पूजां समर्पयामि.||
6. Kalash Pooja
Kalashashya Mukhe Vishnu, kanthe rudra samaashritah.
Moole tatra sthito brahmo madhye ganaasmrutah. ||
Kukshau tu saagarssarve,sapta dvipaa vasundharaa.
Rugvedoapi Yajurvedah, samaveda hyathavarne.||
Angaishcha sahitaa sarve,kalashaambusamaashritaah.|
Atra gayatri, savitri shanty pushti kari tathaah||
Aayaantu deva poojartham,durita kshyakaarakaah |
Sarve samudraah saritaah tirthani jaladaanadaah||
Gangecha yamune chaiva,Godavari saraswati. |
Narmade sindhu kaveri,jaleysmin sannidhim kuru. ||
Gangaadi sarva tirthaabhyo namah kalash poojaam samarpayaami. |
Here we are praying the life line of the Universe, Water. While invoking Gods in the water pot, we are offering our adulation to all the Oceans, Seas and Rivers and offering it to the Supreme. We are purifying the prayer material, the Idols of Goda and our own soul with the pure waters of all rivers.

I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva

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PART III


Then we do Pranayama 
ॐ   भूर्भुवः   स्वः
Gayatri Mantra: Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah


 भूर्भुवः स्वः
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
Tat-Savitur-Varennyam |
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||

Meaning:
1: Om, (that Divine Illumination which Pervades the) Bhu Loka (Physical Plane, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha or Intermediate Space, Consciousness of the Prana) and Swar Loka (Swarga, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),
2: On that Savitur (Divine Illumination) which is the Most Adorable (Varenyam), ...
3: ... and which is of the nature of Divine Effulgence (Bhargo Devasya), I meditate,
4: May that Divine Intelligence (Dhiyah) Awaken (Pracodyat) our (Spiritual Consciousness).
We invoke the divine Intelligence pervading the Trilokas, The Earth, The Space and The swarga, The Heaven.

This is also a part of cleansing our breath to attain health of body and soul. Inhaling, holding and exhaling breath cleanses the lungs of impurities.  Again, a way of healthy life! 

Sankalpam: 

Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will.[1] In practical terms, the word, Sankalpa, means the one-pointed resolve to do or achieve; and both psychologically and philosophically, it is the first practical step by which the sensitivity and potentiality of the mind is increased; it is known as the capacity to harness the will-power and the tool to focus and harmonise the complex body-mind apparatus.

Sankalpah: Mamopatta-Samasta Duritakshaya-dwara-Sri–Parameswara - preetyartham Pratah Poojanca Karishye.

Mamopatta - All that has accrued in meSamasta-durita  -All sins
Kshaya-dwara -By destroying 
Sri Parameswara Preetyartham- to be worthy of the Grace of the SupremeLord
Paratah - of the morning
Poojanca -the Sandhya Goddess
Karishye -I begin to worship.

I worship  God of the Morning to be worthy of the Grace of the Supreme Lord by the destruction of all sins that have accumulated in me in previous births. 
  

While chanting this Mantra, we invoke our Gotra, the Rishis who were our ancestors, the sacred place we are praying the God and pray God to bless us with peace and prosperity. 

I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva

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PART VI



As I said earlier, we treat God as one of our guests while daily praying him. In Hindu households, feeding a guest before the Grihasthu takes food is an old concept With times the practice changed but in days of yore the wife and husband used to wait until a guest arrived to partake the oblation offered to the Gods. "ATHIDHI DEVO BHAVA" .

Just as we treat a guest when he arrives we pray God similarly.  We have sixteen UPACHARAS (services) that are offered to guests. Right from offering a NAMASKARA (Greeting) when he arrives till he takes rest these sixteen services are performed. What more proof is needed to say that Hindu thought is a WAY OF LIFE?

Let us see how we pray God as our guest. 

We recite the relevant prayer to the God (or God Form) we pray and chant "DHYAAYAMI" Dhanam Samarpayami. This exactly means, Oh! God! My today's Guest! My greetings to you. 

Then we invite him inside. "Avahayami" Oh! God, my Guest! I invite you wholeheartedly to my humble house, the situation of which, I already described in my Sankalpam to pray you!

"Come! Oh! God! My Guest! Please be seated!"  Navaratna Khachita Simhasanam Samarpayami" "Please occupy this gem studded chair."

After the Divine Guest rests for few minutes on the seat we offer him water to clean his feet.

Padayo Padyam samarpayami. 

To clean His hands.

"Hastayo Arghyam samarpayami."

To clean his face.

"Mukhe Suddha Aachamneeyam Samarpayami"  

Is this not we ask our guests to do? "You traveled a lot of distance. Please refresh with water. And this water is taken from "gangeca, Yamuneca, Godavari, Saraswati etc.,. It is purified with Vedic Chants."

Then we pray the Guest to take bath with all the "Sugandha Dravyas" (the same dravyas are now used in preparation of creams and soaps).  

"Panchamruta, Phaloadaka, Pushpoadaka, Suvarnoadaka, Rajatoadaka, Gandhoadaka etc., Snanam samarpayami."

Then we pray Him to take bath with purified water.

"Sudhoadaka Snanam Samarapayami"

Then we pray the Guest to wear the new clothes and other ornaments we got ready for His visit.

"Nutana Vastrani Samarpayami, Abharanani Samarpayami"

Then we request him to wear the new Sacred Thread, that is part of Hindu custom to wear.

"Nutana Yagnoavitam Samarpayami."

After the Guest wears new clothes and new Sacred Thread, the host (Devotee) offers Him Sandalwood paste to apply to his forehead and neck. Sandalwood is "Sugandham"  (smelling great), Sumanoharam (Looking pleasant). To the weary traveler that travels through varying climates, Sandalwood is offered as a coolant. (Now we keep various sandalwood products in bathrooms for guests) . Times changed by Yugas but Hindu way of life remained same . It is emulated by the whole world. The greatest quality of Hindu life is the ADAPTATION to changes. There are no rigid rules in the practices of the Hindus.  

"Gandhan Dharayami"

Dhupam is offered with a special smelling incense, that heats the body and hair of the Guest and keeps him away from colds. The best part of Hindu practices is that they leave no chance for the guest to suffer from any minor inconvenience. Same with the God! 

"Dhupa maghrapayami"

Then we light the lamp to throw away the darkness. It is symbolic of lighting our souls with the Divine Light. In the mundane, it is to offer the Guest enough light when he partakes food.

""Deepam Darshayami"

Then we offer the oblation, the food prepared in a clean environment. We offer fruits, jaggery, sweet etc., with regular food. The Guest is satisfied with the meal. Then we offer him water to clean hands, feet, to drink, to clean inside his mouth etc., We do all these to our regular guest.

"Naivedyam Samarpayami"  

Then we offer Tambulam. Now we offer a pre-prepared Pan Beeda to the guest. But in olden days guest were offered Tambulam with 

" Phugi phala (Betel Leaves)  samayuktam, nagavalli (Japatri petals)  dalairyktam, karpurena (Yellow edible camphor used in sweet preparation)  samanvitam Tambulam samarpayami."


Then we pray the guest with camphor lit light. This is done to remove any "bad drishti" that might have cast its spell on the Guest. 

"Karpoora Neerajanam Samarpayami"

These are the sixteen types of Sevas we offer to our regular guests in one form or other. The same Sevas are offered to God. What we do in our mundane lives is Hinduism. I am proud to be born in the Hindu Faith. Who is not?  The whole world follows these practices though they are not practicing Hindus. Is it exaggeration that the Hindu Faith showed the world a "WAY OF LIVING"? 


I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva

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PART V



MYTHS ABOUT HINDU THOUGHT PROCESS AND THE IDEA OF INDIA



Swamy Vivekananda vehemently opposed the propaganda of detractors about practices prevalent in Hindu thought. 

Myth No.1: Aryans invaded India and ruled over aborigine Dravidians

The first myth was that Aryans invaded India and ruled over the Dravidians, the only aborigines. This is one of the most distorted versions of Indian history and was used by colonial rulers to divide India on caste prejudices and rule. In the Volume III of The Complete Works of Swamy Vivekananda (Lecture from Colombo to Almora), Swamy Jee's views on the subject were elucidated. He demolishes the theory by quoting from the history of contemporary American, England and Portugese who held Africans as slaves and how they kept children born to them in slavery. Here the Swamy Jee, tries to throw the ball in their court. He asks them whether they think if it were a repeat of their history of today they are surmising as having happened in India thousands of years back. He emphatically says “ as per the truth of these theories there is not one word in our scriptures, not one, that the Aryans came from anywhere outside of India” He debunks the theory that Shudras were all  aborigines by questioning the very logic. He further debunks the theory that the Shudras were all non-Aryan as equally irrational. He explains that The Mahabharata gave the right explanation that there was only one Varna in the beginning of Satya Yuga, the Brahman and depending on occupations the society got divided itself into different caste groups. He further elaborates that at the beginning of the new Satya Yuga all these castes would become one again, the Brahman.


Myth No.2: That India (Hinduism) has myriads of Gods and worships Idols



This myth is still prevalent in contemporary India maliciously spread by pseudo secular political, religious groups and self-serving NGOs. In many of speeches Swamy Jee denounced the myth unambiguously. In his famous speech before the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Swamy Jee emphasizes that indeed superstition was a curse but bigotry was a bigger menace. He questions why people following other religions look towards Sky while praying and why there are so many images of the Lord in their Temples of Faith.He further elaborates that by the law of association the material image calls up the mental idea and vice versa and that is the reason a Hindu uses an external symbol when he worships. “Is it wrong if a man wants to realize his divine nature through a material image?”, he asks. About the many Gods in Hinduism he says that unity in diversity is the plan of nature. While other religions have fixed dogmas to pray the Lord, Hindus recognized the fact that the "The Absolute" can be realized through the relative and all images/idols are mere pegs to hang the spiritual ideas.

Myth No. 3 Myth: India was not a country when the British arrived

Today a few monomaniacs derive devilish mirth in refusing to utter the word "Bharath Mata" and "Vande Mataram".  For these bigots, India does not exist as a single cultural entity but as a land divided by a plethora of political though processes and religious conflicts. What they forget to study is the historic cultural unity that India stood for despite being ruled by various kingdoms represently by various political or religious thoughts. British derived Satanic pleasure saying that their rule united India as one nation. Truth can not far from this flimsy theory.

C.J.H. Hayes, the American Historian elucidates this point in clearer terms. " If we are to to grasp what a nationality is, we must avoid confusing it with a state or nation. Cultural nationalism may exist with or without political nationalism. For, nationalities exist for fairly long periods without political unity and independence.

Bharat existed as a nation in 7th Century BCE as referred in the works of Panini and in 3rd Century BCE according to Kautilya's Ardh Shastra. 

Travelers like Columbus traveled East to explore India. If Bharath did not exist then why did they travel all the way risking the tempestuous Oceans? A moot question the anti-national bigots should answer. 

“India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim.” - Osho Rajneesh


Myth  4: India was always backward and poor 
There is no bigger distraction of truth than this specious argument. It was said that during the rule of Sri Krishna Devaraya pearls were being traded on the streets of Rayala Seema (now in AP). Mughals invaded India attracted by its immense wealth. Nizam V was the richest man in the world. Where did the wealth go?  In 1750 China accounted for one third of world's manufacturing output, India one fourth and the West one fifth. Much of the wealth was looted by the invaders and post independence by the greedy rulers.
"According to a fresh estimate by a trio of senior economists from the Bank of Italy. Indians' share in this is estimated at $152-181 billion, by one calculation. This is only wealth invested in shares and debt securities or held in bank deposits. It is impossible to get a handle on other wealth invested in physical assets like real estate, gold or art." Times of India report. 
Time is ripe for the world to recognize India as a major economic power and a sleeping lion. And it is happening again under a responsible Right Wing dispensation.

Myth: Caste system of India is based on birth
There is no such word as ‘Caste’ in any Indian language. The word caste comes from the Portuguese word ‘casta’ which was imposed on Indians during their first voyage to India in the 16th century. What India has is "Varna System" . It is not pre-determined into which Varna one is born. It is the Guna and the profession one undertakes that determines the Varna.  Political opportunists and religious bigots used this imposed divide on India to carry forward with their selfish motives. Hope education and literacy will help rid of this menace sooner than latter. .

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Why is Hindu thought more of faith and way of life than strictly a religion with commandments and strictures? You go to a Temple on a Festival Day. You will find a group of devotees breaking coconuts, another group lighting oil lamps, one more group going round the Sanctum  a pre-determined number of times, one more group dancing in front of the Sanctum, another singing devotional music or bhajans, a few falling on all their eight organs (Shasthanga Pranamam), a few thronging the Priest for a prayer in their family names. Every one has his/her way. Unfaithfuls call it chaos. No! In that chaos, you find freedom. A freedom no other religious thought in the world gives. That is Freedom to pray. Pray as it suits your convenience. There is no scripture that says "THOU SHALT NOT". Hindu scriptures say "Thou shalt believe in that ONE GOD manifesting in crores of forms represented by the various creatures in the Universe. And thou shalt pray as thou wisheth" Yes! There are scriptural rituals with the chanting of Mantras. But that is again freedom to practice. Those who have the capacity to learn can learn and follow. It is not imposed.  
You go  to the prayer halls of other religions. You will have a code of conduct. No devotee will violate the code. Some may have dress code, some silence code, some the direction in which you pray code and some strict prohibition of fairer sex inside prayer halls code. It is not in the least objectionable. These religions have a GOD, The Supreme but they too have a representative of the God, who is materialistic, who saw the world, enjoyed or suffered from the human idiosyncrasies and based on His experiences evolved a code, which He said would make the world a happier place to live. The only draw back here, if any, will be that this code is fixed and will not change with the times, unlike Hindu thought where there is no code and faithfuls follow their wishes as per the changes that take place in the way people live or behave at various times.  
In the Godfather novel the Godfather goes to a High Priest and offers to confess his sins. The Priest asks whether he is ready to stop sinning again. "No" says the Godfather, "I can not. If I stop sinning my entire family will be eliminated."  The Priest asks him what the point is in confessing when he can not stop sinning. In the religion that the Grandfather follows, it is is said that if one confesses his sins are pardoned. How the devout take it is in their realm of thinking. Sin and confess and sin again to confess again is not what the Religion has intended to convey.
Compare this with the Hindu Philosophy. Any religion prohibits sinning as a basic tenet. But Hinduism has no place for condoning sin. It postulates the Theory of Karma. The sin committed in one birth is carried forward to the next birth. Sinning and donating to charity does not rid a human from the karmic effect of the sin.  So, as a way of life, live with thoughts and actions, say Hindu philosophers. 




There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”  M.K. Gandhi