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Amritavarsham 60: My experience


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Amritavarsham 60, as expected was the biggest event I have ever attended in my life. I have started my seva on 20th of September as Br. Ashish said there is lack of people in doing sand seva. So I joined them for the first two days (18 hours per day shift). We cleared up around 1 acre of land (near the stage where the VIP’s sit) with coarse sand and with the help of around 150 volunteers.
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As more than half a million people were expected to attend the b’day, there was accommodation arranged for 6000 people in our college football ground (8 acres of land), 30 tents (each tent capable of accommodating 200 people) were build there for the same. There were only very few (5) tents which was floored properly with tiles. In rest of the tents, the floor had red sands (indeed mud). Hence the accommodation in-charge thought to put the bunker beds for the same. Within a week before the birthday, the Ettimadai metal industry had manufactured the parts for 2500 bunker beds at a record speed. From 22nd morning onward, Br. Hariji (our cyber security Hariji) asked me to help Br. Babuji (he is the incharge of preparing upma and idily in ashram kitchen) to assemble bunker beds. On the first day, we (around 30 people including Vipin sir, Jinesh ettan, some cyber security staffs, ashram inmates and few students  who work under Robotics Srinivasji) were able to assemble only 300-400 bunker beds. As I was new to such work, there were several cuts and wounds on my palm. It took 3 days to heal the wounds and It was really painful (indeed burning) while having food. That’s why I was using a glove during the birthday. A bunker beds sheet had fallen on my feet while unloading from that truck hence my left leg was swollen. I took an anti-septic injection at the end of day 1 from the temporary clinic setup near the darshan stage. But on next day, by Amma’s grace, around 150-200 people from Ettimadai had come there to help and we were able to assemble all the 2500 bunker beds within 24th afternoon. I was surprised how the Tamil devotees were working hard to finish the work. They were so enthusiasts and most of them are working in cultivation field and metal, packaged drinking water industries run by Ashram at Ettimadai. That’s why I think even the kids in their group are working like labors. Amazing stamina they have I would say. Even the head master of Amrita Vidyalaya, Ottapalam was there to help us assembling the beds in all days. On the second day, the ground accommodation in-charge Br. Babuji was impressed by my work and had given me a box spanner which can be used to tighten the nuts within 10 seconds. It takes atleast 2 minutes to tighten a nut using an ordinary spanner.
These 5 days were really good and there was no mental distress as it involved only physical activities (which indeed requires muscle power) and you don’t have to argue with someone. Food will be served at the place where you work and you don’t have to travel at all if you are not planning to have *luxurious* (comparatively) mess food!
Officially, I was one of the food coordinators of VIP/VVIP section, in which my duty was just to carry/transport food from college canteen to VVIP dining hall 1 (guest room near AUMS office) and VVIP dining hall 2 (near Vidyut office) and transport food from temporary kitchen setup near engineering boys hostel to VIP dining hall 3 which is the mechanical class rooms (at the entrance of college). We have to carry the food from the entrance near the Acharya hall all the way to the respective dining hall (around 100-150 meter). And each vessel weighs more than 60 kgs. Except last two days, we were given only first year cse student and most of them were lean and were not capable of capable of carrying food vessels which weighs more than 60 kilograms. So we (me, Bijoy sir (an ex-staff of Amrita), Br. Sudharshan ji (works in cyber security) and Murali sir (husband of Gayathri ma’am, ece dept)) had very hard time carrying heavy vessels.

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As I have mentioned earlier, the food for the VIP dining area is prepared in the engineering boys hostel kitchen and its the same food which is served in common food counters served near the darshan hall. The peculiarity of VIP dining area is one can sit and eat in a neat and clean place. We were told strictly *only to allow* special invites, swamijis, aghoris and people with food coupon on 25th and also for 26th morning breakfast. VIP dining area started functioning from 24th night and it went really smooth till 26th morning (before Sri Narendra Modi arrived). After he arrived it was full of chaos and none of the vehicles were allowed to enter the campus for security reasons. We had to carry food from the entrance gate at the back end of the college to the mechanical class room for the lunch (around 500-600 meters).  There was only single dining hall for VVIPs and VIPs i.e in dining hall 3 (mechanical class room) as Modi and other cabinet ministers had their lunch from dining hall 1 and dining hall 2. The situation became worse as the main food coordinator (name I am not mentioning due to security reasons) of food had issued many food coupons without informing us and left everything on us to handle the situation (so we had to use dynamic management :-P).The 26th night was horrible for the people who had dinner from dining hall 3 as the rice which we had brought from the kitchen was spoiled as it was cooked in the afternoon. Later, they gave us upma as a replacement for the rotten rice. As Amma came to know about the spoiled/rotten rice issue, she appointed Abhayamrita Chaitanya (pro chancellor of our University) to take care of food. And its amazing that only due to this management on 27th September, even though there were 1/2 a million people were there, there were only 3 vessels of rice, 2 pulisherry and 2 avails were left at the end of the day. He has such a good managing capacity and he is such a nice person to talk who has a lot of experience in dealing with various situations.
One of the most funniest conversation which I had with a bramacharini teacher in our campus is given below:
On 26th afternoon, when I was standing at the entrance of the dining area 3, Bri. XOXO  brought 2 of her relatives to counter who didn’t had any ID card or food coupon. She was arguing with me a lot telling so many moral stories about food, hunger and humanity. This is the last dialogue she told me: “You must show some humanity to people”. And I replied: “You must show humanity to your students too”. By hearing this she ran away with her relatives 😛 I just did my duty. Hence I don’t to worry about the consequences. On the same day, initially we were told not to allow any swamiji’s or aghoris from entering the dining hall till 2 PM as there are several VVIPs having their lunch. Dealing with the swamiji’s (not from our Ashram) was the most bitter experience I have ever had in my life. The gaali from Swamiji’s are worse than the politicians. They abused me in various Indic-languages which I think even Google translate cannot understand. Uff! I don’t know how they became swamiji’s and aghoris. I think, congress leader PC George is decent when compared to them.

27th September was the most busy day when compared any other seva days as it was the birthday of our beloved Amma. I just got 1 hour of sleep as the VVIP food counter was wrapped up after Sivamani’s and other cultural event’s were there. All the cultural programme guests were coming and having food from the same dining hall. We had to collect the breakfast from the kitchen and college canteen at 6:00 AM as usual. On 27th, collecting food from the kitchen was the most tedious job as we have to literally fight with Abhayamrita ji and Gopan ji (mess in-charge of Ettimadai campus) to get food. They will always give very less food as they are afraid that we’ll return food back as it was the last day and they cannot reuse it unlike other days. So we had to do several trips to kitchen to collect the food required for the dining hall 3.

 

The lunch on 27th afternoon had given us the most mind stressing work. The main food in-charge had given us the wrong information regarding the count of people who will be having lunch from dining hall 3. The food in-charge had given a count of 1200 people and around 5500+ people had lunch from our count. We ran the counter for more than 4.5 hours to give food for those who came with coupon. When the food transport was not there, I was standing near the entrance to block people without coupons and also fake people who tries to tress pass the queue with various reasons.  As per the initial count, we had brought only 13 vessels of rice and equivalent amount of curry, sambar and payasam for the same. We had to do such 4 trips to feed the people who had come with the token. And that was really tiring. Without the help of S1 M.Tech mechanical students, I would have died then and there due to blood pressure as I had carried around 30 vessels in 4 hours. We had closed the dining hall 3 at 4:30 PM. It was a nice experience to see how people behave vigorously when they are feeling hungry. I have seen various VVIPs including music director Rahul Raj and Dr. Vijay Bhatkar who had waited in the queue along with his family to have Amma’s prasad. Where as its really hard to manage those who are not physically old and enact like old (they come with various diseases starting from gas trouble, diabetes to heat patients). The other set of busy people are news reporters who held up the collar of one of student volunteer for not allowing them to go to the stage through dining hall 3 corridor which is a short cut for them and its sad to know that they are from Amrita TV. A similar incident happened at the entrance of college main gate. As India vision’s sticker less car was stopped by the security guys. The reporters beat two of them. If we had done something against them, they will write something against Amma that’s why we didn’t do anything to the Amrita TV reporters when they tried to tress pass our dining hall 3 security.
A photo taken while transporting food during Amritavarsham 60

A photo taken while transporting food during Amritavarsham 60

Most of the people who tells me that “Your seva is just to have food where as we don’t even get food as we do XYZ seva where I have to sit for A hours daily or we do ABBC seva for H hours, where I have to grab all the wrappers lying down etc”. I have had meal only once from the dining area, rest of the time, I had food from thattukadas and various free food stalls which was installed near the darshan hall, as the food gets over in the dining halls.  My intention for the Amritavarsham 60 was to do a lot of seva beyond my capabilities (stressing my mind and body) and not for being near Amma just to get my face printed on the newspaper photo or in live streaming video.

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I am not happy that I was not able to see Amma’s paada pooja or hear Modi’s speech live. I was able to see the completed birthday stage only on 28th night at 1:00 AM i.e when a dance by Oddisi dancers was going on just before Shankar Tucker’s performance (as I was involved in various sevas). Sometime in the day time (1 or 2 hour between lunch and dinner), I used to do security job also. On September 27th night, we chased and caught two young local kids (aged around 16) from the college premises who were taking photographs of the girls sleeping in the lobby. We handed them to the security head Br. Abhiramji.
I stayed awake till 28th morning 8 AM. Then I was not able to control myself. I went and slept in the hostel till 29th 7 AM (23 hours). When I was sleeping I didn’t know what was happening around me. I didn’t even know when Arvind  (my roommate) came to my room and I opened door for him. Before going to sleep, I had my last food on 27th evening i.e Amma’s prasad. When I woke up, I was feeling so hungry and searched for food at Vallikavu. I couldn’t find any shops opened at Vallikkavu as it is Sunday. I went all the way to Parayakadavu and finally found that Theeramaithri  was open. It was like a situation in which a person searches for water in a desert and finally he finds a sea in-front of him. I had 3 full kutti puttu, 2 egg curries and 2 bananas. The bill had come around 50 rupees I gave her a 100 rupee note and asked to feed someone who is poor and hungry for free with the balance amount.
By doing all these sevas, Amma has taught me how to survive in such extreme conditions (sometime without food or without water and under red hot sun i.e while assembling bunker beds), how to manage situations under pressure, how to behave with various people. how to take decisions according to the situations etc. I have learned and leaned a lot at the end of this b’day with a lot of awesome memories and experience which my friends who were not able to attend Amritavarsham 60. I am feeling blessed to be part of Amrita Kudumbam and also to volunteer for Amritavarsham 60. I wish, I could also volunteer for Amritavarsham 70 in 2023. My four months workout at gym has helped me a lot to survive in such extreme condition. Only due to the same, I was able to do a lot (comparative, there are a lot of people who have done more than me) of seva. I wish Amma will give chance and strength to do seva like this always.
Amritavarsham 60: Main stage

Amritavarsham 60: Main stage

Aum Amriteshwayai Namah!

Why India needs NaMo to remain a secular state?


Over 80% percent of India’s population or 900 million people in the country are Hindus+Sikhs+Jains+Buddhists. Yet, shamefully, the country is being ruled by the Minorities, who may now constitute around 20% of the population count. India is the only country in the world where its minorities –– principally the Muslims and the Christians –– have ganged up together to enact laws that decide how the Hindu majority should behave in their own country! It is truly a matter of great regret and shame that Hindus are taking this injustice and tyranny lying down!

Since Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi led UPA, the sinister efforts are underway to selectively appoint the Christians and Muslims in sensitive and powerful positions within the administration. Here are a few glaring examples of it:

Chairperson of the country’s ruling political alliance UPA is Sonia Gandhi, a practicing Catholic Christian. Her son Rahul Gandhi, another Catholic Christian, is being groomed to be the next Prime Minister of India.

Country’s Defense Minister – A.K. Antony, the Foreign Secretary – Ranjan Mathai, Head of the Air Wing of military – Anil Kumar Browne, P.J. Kurien – Dy. Chairman Rajya Sabha, P.C. Chacko, newly appointed Congress Spokesperson, P.J. Thomas, 14th Chief Vigilance Commissioner (appointment subsequently quashed) are all Christians.

The country’s Foreign Minister Mr Salman Khurshid, Minister of State for External Affairs Mr E. Ahmed, Chief Justice of India Mr Altmas Kabir, the nation’s Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Mr Hamid Ansari, Chief Election Commissioner Mr S.Y. Qureshi, Attorney General of India Mr Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, Minister for Minorities Affairs – K. Rahman Khan, and Rashid Alvi – the Congress Spokesperson are all Muslims.

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To add an insult to the injury Syed Asif Ibrahim, a Muslim IPS officer has been appointed as Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). Many Hindu leaders believe that his appointment could endanger India’s internal security.

In this connection, readers should note that in order to pave the way for Asif Ibrahim to be the Chief of IB, at least four of his senior Hindu officers (R.N. Gupta, V. Rajagopal, S. Jayaraman and Yashovardhan Azad) were transferred to insignificant posts.

Closest political advisers of Sonia Gandhi are Margaret Alva, a Christian, Ahmad Patel, a Muslim and Oscar Fernandez, a senior Indian National Congress leader, a Christian. The country’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare Gulam Nabi Azad is a Muslim.

For all practical purposes, the overall Hindu people and India as the country are presently under a state of siege. Unknown to the common public, that siege has been laid with the help of radical Islamists, ISI jihadists, and Left Wing-Marxists. The chief aim of this insidious conspiracy is to demoralize and denigrate the Hindus and their organizations… and encourage the centrifugal forces to balkanize India into several mini-Pakistans and mini-Communist nations.

Almost all Hindus have already been driven out of Kashmir. Over 70 million (7 Crore) Bangladeshi Muslims have infiltrated into Assam, West Bengal and other neighboring states. The states like Assam, Bengal, and Kerala are witnessing a big demographic change. No matter how strongly we deny it, the unfortunate fact still remains intact that the “demographic conquest of any land is the most permanent form of a conquest.”

Discrimination against Hindus in India is rampant. Top Hindu temples like Tirupati and Sabrimala are taken away from Hindu hands – through the legislation – and given to ‘secular’ civil servants for managing them. From the religious offerings of Hindu devotees meant strictly for the Hindu issues, the bureaucrats unfairly dole away Rs. 690 crores a year as the Haj subsidy alone.

There is a complete economic mess and utter chaos in India created by various mega-scams: Coal-gate scam worth Rs. 10,86,000 crores, 2G scam worth Rs. 1,76,000 crores, and Commonwealth Games scam worth Rs. 70,000 crores. Massive payoffs from these scams have made it possible for a half-literate Italian-Indian woman like Sonia Gandhi to become the fourth richest politician in the world.

Amidst all this gigantic plunder and loot, there is little hope for our country. The only way out is if the honest and courageous leaders like Narendra Modi manage to get into the driver’s sea and, maneuver the country away from the sure doom and disaster waiting ahead. Jai Hind!!

If you want to restore the dignity to India, if you wish to put Bharat Mata on the pedestal of glory, if you want the country to be a super-power in real terms… it is incumbent upon all such residents of India to come out in big numbers on the polling day and vote for Narendra Modi and for National Security and safety… the only honest, hardworking and charismatic leader of Bharat.

Gandhi – The psuedo priest of non-violence


Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (a Mahatma for many), is not officially the father of our nation. He is well known for  serving our nation and humanity. Did he really serve our nation in a secular way? All his followers call him the priest of non-violence and call him Mahatma Gandhi, who never supported any type of violence but none of them dare to see the real face of the fake Mahatma which is so cruel and unusual (from such a great person). It needs a great courage to face the reality – the reality that Gandhi was the leader of first massacre/genocide of 20th century.

There’s another massacre happened in 1919 other than Jallianwala Bagh, the books of history (as all of them are written by communists ) called this khilafat movement , and the same books say that khilafat movement was rise of nationalism in which both Hindus and Muslims have participated with full zeal but none of those books talks about that how a matter of foreign country and the struggle for power in a very far situated country can be rise of nationalism . In fact, Kahilafat movement was a pure communal movement by Islamic Extremist which was driven by the spirit of Muslims that there are only two nation, one is Islamic world and another is non-Islamic (Kafirs). All the Muslims had seen the post-Kalifa as an attack of non-Islamic world on Islamic world. Khilafat movement was a fight by Islamic extremist against Non-Muslims in India. In the beginning, Ali brothers were the leader of this Jihad.

M.K Gandhi, who was leading congress at that time had supported this Khilafat movement. From the day on which it was started, the Khilafat movement was very a violent movement. The priest of non-violence said Mahatma Gandhi (the same person who had withdrawn his movement because of killing some policeman at ‘chauree chaura‘, said that India is not good enough to get freedom) had declared his support to this violence movement (at that time support of Gandhi means the support of the congress party). From the beginning of the Khilafat movement, there were riots against Hindus and support from Gandhi made this movement large and powerful.

Due to ambition (or some other hidden reasons) of being the biggest leader of India, Gandhi the priest of non-violence had not only supported this massacre but also lead this movement such that he could make the minority Muslims in India happy. This is not the only bad thing he did, when Ali brothers invited the ruler of Afghanistan to attack on India, M K Gandhi said that “If some external power attacks on India to protect the reputation of Islam and gives justice to Muslims, then even if I don’t support him directly, my moral support will be with him” (Gandhi entire Angmay – 17.527-528). From this it is very clear that an external attack cannot be non-violent and if it is an Islamic attack (massacre) on non-Islamic people, it can be justified for a good cause.

Despite of all these, when Khilafat movement ended up in failure, Muslims started killing Hindus as a way of showing their anger. Malabar region in Kerala was mostly affected by the same.

Now it’s time that we have to re-think about the current status of our country – pseudo-secular (which was started by M.K Gandhi after the partition). If it was a pure a secular country, then everyone (including Hindus, Christians, Jews, Sikhs and Muslims) would have got equal rights. Muslims in India are taking the advantage of being the minority religion. They have been given extra privileges, grants, subsidies (Hajj pilgrims are given subsides even though government is not getting any benefit from it., Whereas there are several Hindu temples which are under the control of government from where they only loot the money doesn’t pay back anything in return, neither for the temple nor for the welfare of the devotees) and even the government is going to open a special court for the expeditious trial of these Muslim youths who are getting arrested for terrorist activities in-order to prove their innocence (not everyone is a terrorist, I admit that truth). I admit that there are many good (patriotic) Muslims in India, but there are many who wants to change our secular country into an Islamic Nation. Indeed they want to make all the non-Islamic countries into  Islamic nations, that’s why they are unhappy in countries where they are minority (like India, US, France etc).

One question which always haunted me after watching the movie Hey ram was whether should we still call him (M.K Gandhi) as the priest of non-violence, father of nation etc. If we call him with those names, it would be an injustice and insult to the real patriotic hero’s in our country like Bhagat Singh, Subash Chandra Bose etc, who were stamped as the war criminals by the current Gandhi family (Nehru and his successors).

References:

[1] http://reddiarypk.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/alavi07082009/

If NaMo was blamed for post-Godhra riots, then who is responsible for Godhra?


Narendra Modi has never been exonerated by the Supreme Court of criminal culpability in post-Godhra riots. However, the anti-BJP and anti-hindu media constantly blames him. If they blame NaMo for the 2002 Godhra riots, then why don’t they constantly remind us of all the riots that took place under Congress Government?

Most of the victims in the below riots were members from the Hindu community, but the media doesn’t feel they need to remind us about these riots and will continue to blame anyone associated with BJP or that has relations with Hinduism.

To be fair, the media should remind us of the ruling governments in these riots and make sure that they do not stop until the Supreme Court of India has cleared them just as they did for NaMo.
(Following riots occurred in states, which were under the rule of either congress or communists)
[1] 1964 Communal riots in Rourkela & Jamshedpur – 2000 Killed
[2] 1947 Communal riots in Bengal – 5000 Killed
[3] August 1967 200 Killed – Communal riots in Ranchi
[4] 1969 – Communal riots in Ahmadabad – More than 512 Killed
[5] 1970 Bhiwandi communal riots in Maharashtra – Around 80 killed
[6] April 1979 Communal riots in Jamshedpur, West Bengal
[7] August 1980 – Moradabad Communal riots – Approx 2000 Killed
[8] May 1984 – Communal riots in Bhiwandi – 146 Killed, 611 injured
[9] Oct 1984 – Communal riots in Delhi more than 3000 Sikhs Killed
[10] April 1985 – Communal riots in Ahmedabad – 300 Killed
[11] July 1986 – Communal violence in Ahmedabad – 59 Killed
[12] Apr-May 1987 – Communal violence in Meerut, UP – 81 killed
[13] Feb 1983 – communal violence in Nallie, Assam – 2000 killed
[14] December 1992 – January 1993, Bombay Riots, Mumbai, 1125 Muslims,275 Hindus, 45 unknown and 5 others
[15] 1997 Sangrampora massacre, Jammu and Kashmir, 7 Hindus
[16] 1998 Wandhama massacre, Wandhama, Jammu and Kashmir, 23 Hindus
[17] 1998 Chapnari massacre, Chapnari, Jammu and Kashmir, 25 Hindus
[18] 1998 Chamba massacre, 3 August 1998 Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, 35 Hindus
[19] 20 May 2000, Bagber massacre, Tripura, 45 non-tribal Hindus
[20] 2000 Amarnath pilgrimage massacre, Jammu and Kashmir, 30 (Hindu pilgrims)
[21] 2001 Kishtwar massacre, Jammu and Kashmir, 19 Hindus
[22] 2002 Qasim Nagar massacre, Jammu and Kashmir, 29 Hindu
[23] 2003 Nadimarg Massacre,  Jammu and Kashmir, 24 Hindus
[24] Marad massacre, 2 May 2003, Kerala, 8 Hindus and 1 Muslim
[25] 2012 riots in Uttarpradesh ~ 22 killed
[26] 2012 Assam riot ~ 77 killed
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Hindu survival: What is to be done by Koenraad Elst



Recently, I came across this wondrous post by Koenraad Elst about Hindu survival.

1. Self-knowledge

                The first thing Hindus have to do, is to know themselves. The great problem of Hindus today is that they have become sleep-walkers, forgetful of their civilization. It gets worse with every passing year, as the ever-larger Hindu middle-class is becoming Americanized both in consumer patterns and in values. Their knowledge of Western films and music is becoming bigger as their knowledge of Hindu tradition is lessening. And the worst is that increasing numbers take pride in their ignorance.
                In the past, it didn’t matter if you skipped religion classes. You would just breathe Hinduism. You would know the tales from the Mahabharata and the Puranas through songs and theatre plays performed in your village square. Girls would learn Hindu traditions from their mothers and pass them on to their own children. But that can no longer be taken for granted.
                In a way, the world has become more conducive to Christian-style religion. NRI-PIOs congregate in their temples the way Christians gather in their churches. They organize Sunday school for their children the way they learnt from their Protestant neighbours. India itself is becoming similar, if only because the same family pattern with two wage-earners is being transplanted. You can study religion on your own, the way the first Christians practised their religion (even in secret), against or at least without support from your surroundings. At any rate, unlike in the past, if you don’t make a deliberate choice to do something about your religion, chances are that you won’t.
                To Hindus, this is a new situation. In days  gone by, religion was just there, you fell in line with your surroundings, you did as everyone did. Now, to an increasing extent, you have to make a choice for it. The law of inertia is no longer working for Hinduism; it starts to work against it. The missionaries know this; the Hindus, I am not so sure.
                But they can save their Hinduism by practising it. The very first result is that they themselves will realize again what Hinduism is all about. Not otherworldly Hinduism but the kind that Krishna preached, on the Kurukshetra, with the real enemies and opportunities and the real world.


2. Language

                For Hindus abroad, depending on circumstances, knowledge of Indian languages is probably lost. In a few places, native languages are perhaps viable, like Hindi in Suriname or Tamil in Singapore. If Hindu families can speak their Indian language inside the home and transmit it to the children, so much the better. But in mixed families and in oceans of powerful languages like the Anglosphere, children or grandchildren are bound to take to the language of their surroundings, so it is a waste to still your guilt feelings as an immigrant by forcing your children to learn a smattering of Bengali or Kannada. It is better to teach your children Hindu values, and if this has to take the form of a language, let it be Sankrit, the key to the main Hindu scriptures. For the rest, let  them acquire a thorough grounding in Hindu stories and ritual, in English or whatever vernacular they take to, rather than investing your and their precious time in a language that is bound to die.
                In India itself, English should be shown its place as first foreign language. Mind you, mine is a position against self-interest, for I will never have more fluency in an Indian language than in English; by contrast, all Indians and Westerners pleading for English happen to be self-serving. At any rate, an anti-English stand is not voguish, now that Indian politicians are not just sending their own children to English-medium schools while promoting vernacular-medium education for the common man, but openly replace vernacular with English schooling. This is a political choice: either Panjabis and Malayalis will speak English with each other, like Danes with Koreans or Congolese with Pakistanis; or they will speak an Indian language. If you want Indian unity, you’d better aim for an Indian language that will set India apart from the Anglosphere.
                That Indian language can only be Sanskrit. At this distance, we can say that it was a fateful day when the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad, cast the deciding vote in the Constituent Assembly in favour of Hindi as link language, to the detriment of the other candidate, Sanskrit. Hindi was not accepted by the chauvinist speakers of the other vernaculars. One of the good reasons was that it was but a recent language, a common denominator between old literary languages like Braj Bhasha, Awadhi, Rajasthani and others. Hindi as it is, was deemed vulgar by speakers of highly civilized non-Hindi languages like Bengali or Telugu. It didn’t have the kind of prestige that could overrule such objections.
                By contrast, Sanskrit if chosen as the link language would have sent a cry of admiration through countries like China and Japan, Russia and Germany, France and America. The state of Israel, that chose to make Biblical Hebrew its first language, would have understood very well that India made its main Scriptural medium into its second language. The Flemish, who waged a struggle against French-language masses all while accepting Latin masses as a matter of course, would have understood it if the Indians had preferred their common sacred language over a vernacular. Even the Muslim world would have understood it. Most importantly, it would have been accepted by the Indian people. Speakers of the constituent members of the Hindi commonwealth would have had no objection, and speakers of non-Hindi languages (even Tamil chauvinists) would have had fewer objections than against Hindi. As for the English-speaking elite, it would militate no harder against one Indian language than against another.
                The vote in the Constituent Assembly, fifty-fifty between Sanskrit and shuddh Hindi,  shows how far India has slipped, and what an outrageous failure the so-called Hindu Nationalist movement has been. If the vote were held today, it would rather be fifty-fifty between English and Bollywood Hindi, i.e. Urdu. The secularists were then a small coterie around Nehru, now the same stream of opinion controls all the cultural and other institutions. Back then, a vote for English would be unthinkable, now the same taboo counts almost for a vote against English. The Muslims were only 10% and smarting under their guilt for the Partition, not in a position to make demands; now they are 15% and growing fast, and in active opposition to every language policy that smells of either Hinduism or nationalism. Sanskrit has been borrowed heavily by the South-Indian languages and would be welcomed by their speakers (so would shuddh Hindi, for that matter, and for the same reason), whereas “Hindustani” or Urdu brings Hindi a lot closer to the official language of Pakistan but at a greater distance from the Southern languages of India itself.
                So, you have a choice. Supporting Bollywood Hindi will make Indian unity weaker and the Muslim factor stronger. But more importantly, supporting English will make Indian unity and democracy weaker, and the hold of the secularist elite stronger. By contrast, supporting Sanskrit will make Indian unity stronger, along with popular access to the Hindu tradition. Whether India as a unified state survives, depends on many things, but English will certainly not be a factor of unity. A Kannadiga may speak English with a native of Karachi or Chittagong, as he would with a native of Hong Kong or Cairo or anywhere, without sharing a national state with them; and the same counts for a native of Mumbai or Delhi.
Admittedly, Sanskrit is a difficult language, but then it is equally difficult for everyone. And if one positive development can be mentioned since 1947, it is the decreased importance of caste pride, which led many upper-caste people to have a sneaking sympathy for the Nehruvian anti-Sanskrit policy, which at least kept Sanskrit out of the hands of the lower castes. One of the formative episodes in Dr. Ambedkar’s life was when he was denied the right to study Sanskrit in school because of his low caste. It helped make him a partisan of Sanskrit as national link language, a choice not followed by his so-called followers in the Dalit movement. They favour English, a choice unthinkable to the freedom struggle generation.
So, the anti-Sanskrit forces are a lot stronger than in the late forties, when they very narrowly won the day. Still Sanskrit is the only chance the lovers of India have. Hindi failed, and English will only weaken Indian unity, apart  from being an utterly undignified choice of link language. Brace yourselves for a difficult struggle – or for national disintegration.


3. Build your own Hindu organization

                It is counterproductive to hope for tangible results from the Sangh Parivar. In most respects, they achieved nothing for the Hindus. A few merits go to their credit, viz. relief work and, in some areas,  security for Hindus threatened by aggressive “minorities” (i.e. the local branches of international religions with a lot of support from abroad). Important as these merits undoubtedly are, they do not justify the Sangh Parivar’s national claims for the “awakening of the Hindus”. On the contrary, the Sangh Parivar has done its bit for keeping the Hindus asleep. They have misdirected their flock and neglected a number of concerns of those Hindus who were awake.
                One good thing the Sangh did, was to organize. I call upon you to do the same. Unfortunately, the Sangh saw this as a goal in itself. It forgot to make self-organization subservient to a Hindu vision, because it had none.
                However, that criticism of the Sangh has been expressed enough times and on enough forums. Repeating it is only one form of what Rajiv Malhotra calls “mouse-clicking Hindu activism”, a useless activity that may be ego-flattering but otherwise makes no difference. It may be necessary to keep Hindus from a mistaken line of involvement, but it has mostly outlived its use now. The thing to do is simply to set up your own Hindu centre of activity and ignore the ideological line of the Sangh.
                The focus may be very different depending on local needs. Physical security is an important concern in areas where the so-called minorities are strong and growing, like West Bengal and Kerala. That is why the Hindu Samhati in West Bengal is so important: it promises to be more effective than the RSS, and has so far also lived up to its promise. It channels the natural Hindu capacity for self-defence. In opulent areas where Hindu self-forgetfulness due to the invasion of American consumerism is a greater menace, by contrast, the focus may be more on Hindu identity and the revival of Hindu knowledge.
                The national and international dimension can be taken care of far more easily that in the past, thanks to the internet. The pure communication dimension of this transregional cooperation will take care of itself. But is there a need of some more formal way of grouping along national and international lines? In particular, shouldn’t there be a party like the BJP?
                If there were an effective lobby group, like the Jewish lobby in the US, there would be no need of a Hindu political party. There is no Jewish political party, but both the Democrats and the Republicans do their best to curry the favour of the Jewish lobby. For the impartisan form, the VHP (World Hindu Council) has in the past approached all political parties with its “Hindu agenda”, but in practice it only counted on the BJP. And even this party did not do the Hindu lobby’s bidding, e.g. whereas the VHP’s Hindu agenda of 1996 contained an anti-abortion item, in keeping with the Brahmanic-Shastric interdiction of abortion, the BJP programme (in keeping with most other parties’ and governments’) was all for birth-control by any means necessary, including legal abortion. So Hindus don’t consist of the right human material to form an effective lobby-group pressurizing political parties.
                A party like the BJP is better than nothing, according to many Hindus. While it fails to do anything for Hindu causes, at least when it is in power nothing will be done against the Hindus, unlike the other parties; or so they say. The opening of Indian media ownership under the NDA regime can be given as a counterexample, a BJP-engineered disaster for Hindu society; but we don’t want to be difficult. Well, let the BJP exist, it will do so anyway, but let that not stop you from doing anything on your own.
                Once you’ve built up something, it will automatically become the lobby that some were dreaming of. The BJP, and perhaps other parties, will seek your approval when making its programme, your support during the campaign. It always does so when it sees people who know what they want; it did so with the secularists, and it will do so again with Hindus. This will put you in a position to make demands. The BJP will make some of your programme its own if it has the impression that you are consistent and credible. All  this and more will accrue to those who really do something and get started.

4. Let the facts speak for themselves

According to Rajiv Malhotra, Hindus are “under-informed and over-opinionated”. I already had that impression, but being a foreigner, I had no business saying it. However, if an Indian says it, it deserves to be quoted. They haven’t done their “Purva-Paksha”, their study of the opponent’s viewpoint, and —  now I quote Sita Ram Goel —  yet “they think they know everything about everything”. I have, for instance, made many an argument with Hindus who claimed to know more of my home religion, Christianity, than I myself did. Perhaps it is an atavistic behaviour pattern dating back to the time when India was on top of the world, and when Indians had a superiority rather than their present inferiority complex.
On the internet, I have come across many Hindus who were ill-mannered and unwilling to abide by the general rules of good conduct. That will not influence my opinions too seriously, because my mind has by now been made up, but it will affect those of many others.  What they prove is that a good cause can be spoilt by bad servants. They give a good message a bad name by their lack of self-control.
They feel good about themselves because they had their say. They think it is impressive if they shove it into the other side’s face. But what they never do, is listen to feedback. Am I achieving what I set out to achieve? Well, the problem with most of these folks is that they don’t really want to achieve anything. The thought of getting somewhere just doesn’t cross their minds. They merely want an emotional kick, a feeling of having said it in a way that the other side, or more likely the sympathizing reader (they are not aware of another side), is unlikely to forget. They want to live out what is inside of them, and the result be damned.
The fact that they are participating in discussions on Hinduism and its plight at least proves they feel that something is not right. Let that be a start. For the rest, you have your own teachers to go to. You don’t need me to tell you that self-control (in Sanskrit: yoga) is better for you and for everyone than self-indulgence. You have Hindu civilization for that.
Hindu tradition teaches you all about Purva-Paksha, the “earlier wing” against which your own viewpoint is the counter-wing. It teaches you that you first have to acquaint yourself with what the others are saying before you can answer them. Short, it doesn’t want you to be lazy. It doesn’t want you to take the laughable posture of pretending you know it all without studying. By extension, it teaches you to take into account what the others say in answering you. It wants you to learn from their feedback. Thus, there has never been a Hindu who has convinced an outsider by means of a false (P.N. Oak-ian) etymology, it has solely earned them ridicule; only Hindus fall for this kind of “argument”, and that should tell you something.
How does this work out in practice? Instead of letting your emotions take centre-stage, you should let the facts speak for themselves. That works best. Isn’t it funny, Hindus who have the facts as their best friends yet want to hide these behind their own anger? In making your point, you should first of all let reality do the talking. Nothing convinces as much as reality does.
And yet, reality is not enough. Some Hindus know how to let reality speak and how to make their own emotions shut up, yet their performance is insufficient. For instance, so many times already I have received copies of Nathuram Godse’s speech about Mahatma Gandhi. Hindus think they are meritorious by spreading the word and propagating Godse’s speech, because it stays close to the facts,and because it is itself a historical fact. But except for a secularist of sorts (Ashis Nandy), I am the only author of an analysis of Godse’s speech. Many Hindus admire Godse, but they don’t bother to stop and think about his speech. They merely repeat it, mantra-like, without adding anything to it.
So, once in a while it is necessary to think things over. Was Nathuram Gods right? Was he more right in his words than in his act? What was the result of his act? Discussion forums are an excellent place to make a start. The “wisdom of crowds” is represented there, and I have already learnt a lot from it, even from the most ordinary people who have their moments of brilliance too, and their area of expertise. Hindus could learn a lot too, and train themselves in making up their own minds and influencing other people’s.


5. Don’t create false problems

                According to textbooks, Hindus and especially low-castes (who were only induced into Hinduism by the evil Aryan invaders) are fed up with “empty ritual”. That is, according to the secularists, why they want to leave Hinduism. If you see Christians eat the flesh of Christ, just remember that they would never want to be Hindus and condemned to doing “empty rituals”.
                In reality, there may be some things in Hinduism that trouble them, but “empty ritual” is not it. Take it from an eyewitness to the slow death of a religious culture, Christianity in Europe, who has seen numerous contemporaries sigh: “Yes, Christianity is a pack of fairy-tales, but where will I find such a good ritual setting for my funeral as a mass in church, conducted by a real priest?” Religion may be nonsense, but ritual is very important. So, when I see Hindus on internet lists complain about “empty ritual”, I know they are just rattling off what they learned in their Jesuit school. Of course, the Jesuits know the value of ritual and also practice it, but to Hindu pupils they teach about its emptiness.
Ritual will take care of itself, it gets reborn easily, but some matters are more serious when they are made into problems. One perfectly false issue that has been keeping Hindus busy for a century and a half (if not for a thousand years) is polytheism vs. monotheism.  Pharaoh Akhenaten, Moses and Mohammed thought  they stumbled upon some important realization when they declared monotheism true and polytheism false. Against them, some Hindus defend their ancestral polytheism, which nowadays is a brave thing to do. Others, whom the Buddha called lickspittles, try to curry favour with their enemies by espousing monotheism. To have an edge over other Hindus, they declare that the others have not understood how a single God is hiding behind the seeming multiplicity of Vedic gods.
But the truth of the matter is that the Vedic seers didn’t cared two hoots for this quarrel between monotheists and polytheists. The divine manifests itself as one or as many, and both could be lived with. You should not import into Hinduism a problem that only your enemies created, and in the name of which they have destroyed your idols and temples.
A related “problem” is that of idolatry. For thousands of years, Hindus have depicted the divine through paintings and sculptures. To be sure, they also worshipped in the open air, with the wind as the natural idol of Vayu, the thunder as the natural idol of Indra, and so on. But surely the culture of artificial idols has so long and so intimately been interwoven with living Hinduism that we can call idolatry Hindu par excellence. So, it is safe to ignore those Hindus who, wanting to cozy up to their self-described enemies, suddenly “discover” that the Hindus have always been oppressed by false and evil idolatry.
The so-called problems of polytheism and idolatry are false problems floated by those Hindus who want to feel  superior to other Hindus, viz. by bathing in the reflected glory of Christianity and Islam. Hindus had better concentrate on real issues, like how to maintain their Hinduism in a sea of hostile forces, or how to save girl babies.

6. Creativity
                One very good thing by which Hinduism stood out, both in its Vedic and its Puranic phase, was its unbridled creativity. Today, this is what is sorely lacking. Sita Ram Goel diagnosed the Hindu activists among his fellow students ca. 1940 as the most mediocre of the lot. Those who had nothing to offer individually gravitated towards causes which tilted them above themselves but to which they themselves had indeed little to offer. They gave their time and energy, nobody can deny them this dedication, but a winning movement cannot be built exclusively of such grey people.
                The creative people are on the other side. Most Bollywood actors and directors are either on the anti-Hindu or, at best, on the mindlessly Hindu side. They have named their industry after its American counterpart and some say their product is lousy, but at least they know how to attract money and they certainly have a good time. Hindus ought to feel jealous, if at all they have the ambition to do as well as Bollywood.
                Creativity was to be found in the late M.F. Husain, hated by the Hindus and disliked by a great many Muslims too. He was driven by hate, old and uninspired hate, but undeniably he created things in painting. Hindus could do nothing but demand a ban, the most humourless and uncreative solution. No Hindu came forward to be the anti-Husain, let alone some original way to silence him.
                It was different once. Every art form was steered to new heights by Hindu artists. Every province of India had its own variation of the performing arts. In the visual arts, no tradition was a match for the richness in characters that the fable collections, epics and Puranas had to offer. Whereas Chinese and Japanese classical music are museum pieces next to omnipresent Western classical music (at performing which the East-Asians excel), Indian classical music remains as the only rival. More individualistic yet more complex, it differs from European classical music the way adult music differs from children’s songs. Hindus are fairly good at maintaining what was great among the inventions of their ancestors, but not so good at giving a creative answer to today’s challenges.
                So, gird up your loins to start anew. Create Hindu art. Let it not be an imitation of Western “modern art”, the West is fed up with it and you have no need of Indians pretending to like it. Forget about trying to be original, just be Hindu and your originality will take care of itself. Except for calendar artists, no artist wants to be known as a Hindu, so by doing Hindu art you automatically stand out.

7. Celebrate
                The greatest thing about Hinduism for all its adherents are its festivals. As long as people celebrate these, the religion will exist.  Just apply the Americans proverb: “If it’s fun, it gets done.” The same counts for the more serious Hindu business, like meditation. It is not airy-fairy, as Westerners imagine, but very down-to-earth, the most realistic thing in the world. But it is also the happiest thing, the source of joy.
  And judging by this criterion, Hinduism is alive and kicking. So, I am not all that pessimistic about the future. You simply have to do what it takes.

Why does Hinduism have so many Gods?


Hindus all believe in one Supreme God who created the universe. He is all- pervasive. He created many Gods, highly advanced spiritual beings, to be His helpers. CONTRARY TO PREVAILING misconceptions, Hindus all worship a one Supreme Being, though by different names. This is because the people of India with different languages and cultures have understood the one God in their own distinct way. Through History there arose four principal denominations- Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism, and Smartaism. For Saivites, God is Siva. For Shakthas, Goddess Shakthi is Supreme. For Vaishnavites, Lord Vishnu is God. For Smartas- who see all Deities as reflections of the one God- the choice of Deity is left to the devotee. This liberal Smarta perspective is well known, but it is the prevailing Hindu view. Due to this diversity, Hindus are profoundly tolerant of other religions, respecting the fact that each has its own pathway to the God.

One of the unique understandings in Hinduism is that God is not far away, living in a remote heaven, but is inside each and every soul, in the heart and consciousness, waiting to be discovered. This knowing that God is always with us gives us hope and courage. Knowing the One Great God in this intimate and experiential way is the goal of Hindu Spirituality. Elaboration: Hinduism is both monotheistic and henotheistic. Hindus were never polytheistic, in the sense that there are many equal Gods. Henotheism (literally “ one God”) better defines the Hindu view. It means the worship of one God without denying the existence of other Gods. We Hindus believe in the one all- pervasive God who energizes the entire universe. We can see Him in the life shining out of the eyes of humans and all creatures. This view of God as existing in and giving life to all things is called panentheism. It is different from pantheism, which is the belief that God is the natural universe and nothing more. It is also different from strict theism which says God is only the above world, apart and transcendent. Pantheism is an all- encompassing concept. It says that God is both in the world and beyond it, both immanent and transcendent. That is the highest Hindu view.

Hindus also believe in many Gods who perform various functions, like executives in a large corporation. These should not be confused with the Supreme God. These Divinities are highly advanced beings who have specific duties and powers- not unlike the heavenly spirits, overloads or archangels revered in other faiths. Each denomination worships the Supreme God and its own pantheon of divine beings.

What is sometimes confusing to non- Hindus is that Hindus of various sects may call the one God by many different names, according to their denomination or regional tradition. Truth for the Hindu has many names, but that does not make for many truths. Hinduism gives us the freedom to approach God in our own way, encouraging a multiplicity of paths, not asking conformity to just one.

There is much confusion about this subject, even among Hindus. Learn the right terms and the subtle differences in them, and you can explain the profound ways Hindus look at Divinity. Others will be delighted with the richness of the Indian concepts of God.

Om Namah Shivaya, sounds good! But what does it mean?


Om Namah Shivaya is also called Panchakshara, the “five-syllable” mantra.Basically its meaning is adoration to shiva who is present in everywhere……..
There are many other meanings and interpretations to this maha mantra .The most beautiful one may be

Na signifies not or negation. mah means mine. So Namah means not mine. What is not mine? that belongs to Shiva

Thus this mantra, in its subtle meaning, emphasises negating our ego of possession and moving to the state of being possessed by the supreme being.
Another interpretation is that the 5 letters, represent the 5 primary elements which constitute the entire universe

Na is the sound of earth
Ma effects water factor
Shi energises the fire factor
Va energises the air factor
Ya energises the space

Everything in the universe, including our body is made up of these five basic elements. . So the mantra purifies the whole body and the surrounding.