Now is the time for ‘Pseudo-Hinduism’!

Raja Desai [email protected]

Today, on the day of Swami Vivekananda’s birthday (January 12), we need to think about what narrow religion we are pursuing, when the idea of ​​what exactly is religion in this land is affecting the whole world.

Have we Indians ever wondered why the American Christian audience applauded with the simple words ‘brothers and sisters’ of a saffron-clad young monk in his thirties? In this neglect, not only the true Indian religion but also the secularists are facing a great defeat. The question is not only of intellectual narrative; It has a very strong connection with the present and so Nilaja not only shares the same thoughts but also the words here.

Centuries before the Chicago Conference, all religions had become skeletons. It was shocking to the West that a pagan man heartily referred to us as ‘brothers and sisters’ against the bloody background of hundreds of years of Semitic religion (Jewish, Christian, Islam). The sound of applause was the roar of God or humanity that resides in all human beings.

The decline of the Semitic religion was due to religious intolerance and intolerance, while the main reason for the decline of religion in India, especially Hinduism, was untouchability and the fear of social inequality and bigotry among castes. Even today, in the 21st century, we see the sense of superiority and inferiority of the caste system. He says, “We treated Dalits and Shudras in such a way that they forgot that we are human beings. Are we ready to give them the rights we are demanding from the British?” What a severe denial of Swadharma. Are we Hindus ready to conduct a rigorous neutral introspection even after 125 years?

Anyway. In the post-partition 1952 elections, all the parties with the nationalist ideology got 4% of the votes and why is it time for secular (!) Politicians to make various apologetic efforts to show that they too are Hindus? After the slogan of Hindutva, Shiv Sena’s rapid spread all over Maharashtra or the response to the 1992 Rath Yatra, especially in the North, and the subsequent change in the politics of the country.

In a democracy, even in the business of ‘vote’, one has to take into account the right and wrong feelings of the society. Religion is still a highly flammable substance in the Indian subcontinent. In order for democracy to be strong, it is always necessary to awaken the mindset of that group by taking into account the structure of that group. Vivekananda says that India has to explain anything through religion (not in the conventional sense). Gandhiji called himself a Sanatani Hindu and said, ‘My politics is for salvation’. Did you think of his words when he said ‘keep religion at home’?

But in later times, this consciousness quickly disappeared. In the name of secularism, the ‘vote’ of the minority vote was going on, but the train reached the philosophy that ‘minority communalism is not harmful to the nation’. Little did we know that it was having a detrimental effect on society. ‘Everything related to the written Hindu word of these congregations is bad; However, the Hindu mentality that they are always silent or supportive of non-believers (now the situation is trying to go in the opposite direction) has completely broken the dialogue with the society on the subject of religion and it has moved away from secular groups which seem to be terribly biased. After all, it is a strong fact that every group has not only love for their religion, culture, etc., but also feelings of self, pride (often even wrong); Ever wonder why even good people all over the world don’t get rid of the pride of religion (or someone’s ism!)? There must be loyalty to the truth that appears to oneself, but it should not be hostile to other thoughts and hurt their beliefs. Muhammad Iqbal was of the opinion that ‘Aurangzeb’s ability to fight against religion is equal to that of Prophet Abraham’ (Iqbal was not only an extraordinary poet but also a keen student of religion). Muslim Alberuni, who came from Central Asia in the century and studied Sanskrit and learned Indian theology, said to India, ‘Why do you drink poison when you have nectar?’

Anyway. Let’s go back Dharmabhiman is not removed by adjectives like ‘racist’ etc., on the contrary, it is strengthened. And when we lose our morality on a highly emotional subject in the society due to our biased behavior, it does not even listen to us. Wrong but honest impartial thoughts do not destroy morality. Only look at history as history, not out of feelings of revenge or pride, victories, etc. Isn’t it true that we have lost the morality to tell everything, especially to the Hindu community? Telling him Swamiji’s thoughts on what religion really is and why they are all basically the same is a long way off.

The chemistry of many attitudes like good-bad feelings, hope-aspiration, greed-lust-revenge etc. in the heart of every person is different. Waves of joy and sorrow, victory and defeat, hope and despair, peace and unrest etc. are constantly rising in his mind. Every man is freed from this and thirsts for unbroken peace and contentment; He who has this thirst does not need religion. Because of the chemistry in everyone’s heart, everyone needs a different religion (not the norm). So Swami Vivekananda says, ‘The day on which every human being’s religion is independent will be a golden day in human history!’ How many religious people have the courage to say that even in the 21st century? Let it be Swamiji and after him many people who went to the West to express their views on life in India. He got millions of disciples, but he did not convert anyone to Hinduism etc. The features of Indian religion are hidden in this.

Like Swamiji’s above, many thinkers have been firmly rooted in the Indian way of life for thousands of years. Although we do not have much to do with that outlook on life today, the world has not completely lost its sense of it. Arnold Toynbee, a world-renowned historian and cultural commentator, said in a lecture in Delhi in 1960: Christianity and Islam worked to destroy tolerant religion in western India. Indian religion, philosophy and attitude is liberal. The special quality of India that has had a profound effect on me is hatred. Today we are exposed to contemplation. Nothing can save the human race from self-destruction without the spiritual inspiration that is still in place in India. ‘ Here the words uttered by Swamiji VIII to the West, ‘We will take science lessons at our feet, but for the eternal (indestructible) truth (which gives peace in life) we have to come to India.’ Did any of these words come from their pride? While science today is tearing apart the subjects of many religions and beliefs, ‘Shraddha! Shraddha! ‘ All religious people should think about how long it will last in the modern world. Swamiji said, ‘If religion does not want to confront science, the sooner it is destroyed, the sooner the welfare of human race will be.’ Of course, things that have not been proven by science and things that are not contradictory or irrational have nothing to do with it.

Anyway. Let’s learn at least one lesson from today’s situation in India: As much as it is harmful to dig up history, it is also harmful to cover it up with partisan and selfish sentiments. All-religious Indians and especially Hindus should try to find answers to three questions.

1) In the 600 years of Muslim rule, in spite of the events which have dealt a severe blow to the Hindu psyche, especially regarding religion, why does not Swamiji utter a single bitter word about Islam and Muslims?

2) Why is Swamiji saying that no power can save India if India’s religion of unity of creation is abandoned?

3) Isn’t it because of the social equality he has instilled in Islam in Swamiji’s picture of India that ‘India will be the head of my dreams and Islam will be the body’?

Anyway. Nature does not tolerate any excess. After carrying out the natural task of defeating ‘Pseudo-Secularism’, he will not tolerate ‘Pseudo-Hinduism’ for long! The author is a retired professor and Vivekananda is a scholar of literature.

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