I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva
त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva
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 ||
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 All, My 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.