Why don’t Hindus promote their Dharma and suggest Gharwapsi?

Anchors at Indian TV channels are generally intelligent and capable. However, when the topic involves religion, they often lack common sense or courage.

Recently Rishab Gulati said on NewsX that he wants to explore how to bring the Indian Muslims, who had been brainwashed into hard Wahhabi Islam, back to a softer Sufi version. Rishab surely would know that all versions of Islam are based on Quran and he would also know that the stark division between believers, who are considered good, and unbelievers, who are considered bad, is fixed in this foundational text itself.

So why would he not rather explore how Muslims could be brought back to their ancient, benevolent Hindu Dharma? It would make far more sense. Why would he want a big part of Indians continue to believe blindly, albeit in a softer version, what the invaders violently enforced several centuries ago? Why is he so diffident about his own tradition which has contributed maximum knowledge to science and human civilisation in general?

The reason may be that over the last thousand years it was very dangerous to stand up for Hindu Dharma. So people tried to be diplomatic, made compromises, and did not mention and certainly not praise their Dharma, even if they greatly valued it. This attitude seems to have got deeply ingrained and is even in today’s generation present. The English education system also did its bit to cement this attitude and even made it worse, as it portrayed the indigenous tradition contrary to facts as inferior. Not wanting to be “controversial” is uppermost in the mind of many Hindus, when they deal with converts. They rather indulge them, than ask probing questions.

This attitude is however in our times not helpful but dangerous. We have a window now, where we can be truthful and talk about the great advantage that Hindu Dharma has over Christianity and Islam. If we don’t use it, it may close again and then probably for a long time.

Most Hindus know, and if some still don’t know, it is urgent that they come to know, that both Christianity and Islam consider it as their divine duty to make their religion dominate the whole globe. Only then their God/Allah will be happy and start the Judgement Day proceedings, when the good believers are allowed to enter heaven. It has however not yet been clarified whether the Christian or Muslim believers have this privilege, as naturally only one “true religion” can be true. For Hindus of course it will be hell, both agree on this.

Can any sane person believe that the Creator of this unimaginably vast universe will punish the majority of human beings ETERNALLY in hellfire because they did not accept that the truth about how we should live, was revealed only recently and only to one particular person on this earth which is already some billion years old?

There are other points which are not flattering for those two religions: Christianity and Islam are not based on reason, intuition or experience, but only on blind belief. One can never know if Jesus is really the son of God who was sent to earth to save us from the original sin and who declared that the way to the father goes only through him.

Or we can never know if Allah really communicated via Gabriel with Prophet Mohamed and declared that he is the last prophet and all must follow what Mohammed said.

These two religions make blind, unverifiable belief, which is not a healthy attitude, look like a virtue: ‘if you believe blindly what the padres or the mullahs tell you, you will be rewarded with eternal heaven after Judgment Day’, is promised. It is an effective method to keep people subdued on earth, waiting for heaven. And common people suspected this already in the dark ages. In Germany we have an old saying that the Pope makes people stupid (and the King makes them poor).

Unfortunately, only members of Christianity and Islam go all out to spread their religion with full zest and especially in the case of Christianity, with lots of money and a detailed strategy. Pious members of both religions do not hesitate to claim that their religion alone is true and all others are wrong and will not be accepted by the ‘true God’. They have nothing to support their claim, except that the founder of their religion allegedly said so. This claim of eternal damnation is meant to frighten people to fall in line. On the other hand, it makes them arrogant, believing “We are the chosen ones. We believe the right thing. Earth and heaven belong to us. All others are damned for eternity.”

Believing their clergy, they are on a mission to eradicate all other faiths. And how successful they have been! All ancient cultures were eradicated, except for the Indian culture.

In India those two religions have encountered the greatest resistance. Indian culture still stands but greatly diminished. Yet neither Christianity nor Islam has conceded defeat, on the contrary. They push harder than ever now by demonising Hindus to an unbelievable degree. Do they want the world to believe a false narrative that an “uprising of the oppressed Muslims against the demonic Hindus” is justified and must be supported?

There is however one great power on the side of Hindus. It is Truth, both on the relative level (Truth is that Muslims are not oppressed in India, on the contrary) and on the absolute, spiritual level (Truth is one).

Hindu Dharma is the best option for humanity. Nobody is forced to believe anything that does not make sense or cannot be experienced. Hindu Dharma is not a fixed, unverifiable ‘belief-system’. It is based on reason, intuition and experience. Its claims make sense and can be verified, like the most basic claim that the essence in all is one and the same – ‘sat-chit-ananda’ – blissful awareness behind the names and forms.

But for people to know this, they need to be told, including those, whose forefathers have converted and who have been brainwashed into blind belief. If they knew and reflect on those insights, they might see that indeed Hindu Dharma is the best option. Therefore it would be so much better if Hindus went all out and informed others of the value of Hindu Dharma.

Compare the Indian reluctance to project its wisdom with China. China has only few sages, but makes full use of them. It established already 15 years ago hundreds of Confucius institutes all over the world which are affiliated to colleges and universities. They teach Chinese language and promote Chinese culture to the Western world.

India is the cradle of civilization. It has so much knowledge, and millions of texts are not even translated into English. It has Sanskrit, the language which helps develop the brain, apart from being a perfect language; it has documentation of a number of great sages reaching back thousands of years, it has the deepest philosophy still expressed in a vibrant religion; a huge body of literature, amazing art, dance, music, sculpture, architecture, yoga, Ayurveda, delicious cuisine, incredible temples and yet Indians do little to propagate those treasures. “We are not like them”, many Hindus say, “we don’t advertise our religion and push them into accepting it, like the others”.

The insights of the Vedic Rishis need not be pushed; they only need to be known. They result in a very beneficial mind-set, definitely far more beneficial than the divisive, narrow mind-set of the new-comer religions. Knowing that God is within gives inner strength, and knowing that God is also in others, including in animals and nature, makes people kind. This broad mind-set needs to dominate in the world, and it is Hindus who can lead the way.

Bad people would still exist; they are there in every age, but normal, good people would not be indoctrinated en masse by their clergy into despising and even killing ‘unbelievers’ because they worship the Supreme Intelligence by other names. Looking at Muslims and Christian countries, such attitude also does not seem to make for a happy society.

Meanwhile, especially in the West, many Christians and Muslims lost faith and say it openly. I am one of them and sometimes Hindus tell me: “It’s good that you write. You are an insider, you can do it. We can’t.” My reply is: “YOU need to speak up. Don’t wait for ex-Christians or ex-Muslims. Most of us, who lost faith, don’t bother about religion any longer. But YOU have been suffering for centuries, with millions killed, and the danger is real that it happens again. If someone is fully authorised to talk about those doctrines, and the harmful mind-set they produce, it is YOU, Indian Hindus. In fact you owe it to those millions who were massacred for being Hindus.”

Fortunately, in recent years more Hindus do speak up. Maybe soon a mainstream channel will have the courage to debate frankly what Muslims and Christians are taught about Hindu Kafirs and Heathen, and maybe more Christians and Muslims in India, who have lost faith in their religion, have the courage to say it openly. It surely would be a relief for them. Living a lie by pretending to be believers is painful. Hindus can help by being truthful, even if it means being “controversial”.

By Maria Wirth

 

31 comments

  1. Neera Bhardwaj · · Reply

    Religious discussions where both sides put forth arguments for their beliefs, in public, would be a good idea. Especially in the age of social media…

  2. KULDEEP cHANDRA · · Reply

    Thanks for the beautifully written article full of truth.. The problem is that the brute power of Chritianity and Isla, cannot easily make Hindus statnd for themselves . There is strong possiblity of faster annuihiliation, Santam Dharama does not believe in religious conversions. It , in my understanding that people can be sanaranies irreespective of their beliefs once they understand the concept of one truth, the concept of one’s inherent divinity and identity of that divinity in every object. If all universioties of the world teach one class on world religions and ech students internalizes the meaning and significance of Geeta and its contents in full details, then one can hope that people would evolve to a level when they may feel happy to imbibe in their life Santan Dharma.
    At preset he mental barriers are so great amongst Muslims , Christians that no Hindu concept can easily enter into their so called rational mind. Ask a christian or a Muslim what is happiness , he would never be able to explain it as a phenomenon of satisfaction of soul vis a vis satisfaction of senses which is pleasure.
    Once I tried to describe that meaning of God, Allah and Parbrahm in terms of their functionalities., They understood it and agreed to identity of functionality. Then I said m however ther has to be one and only one and.. the moment I said these are synonyms, prompt came a response Parbraham could be yours ours is Allah How can any one penetrate this kind of mental barriers. zYou mighy have seen the dead end to understanding between Zakir and Shri Shri Ravishankar Ji

    1. Yes, I agree with you. The barrier is tremendous. Yet my hope is that there are some who lost faith, but they can’t say it in India. In the West it’s easier. Here they get privileges, is one reason, plus family pressure. I saw a video a few days ago, uncensored of Irrfan Khan and he clearly was not a “believer” in the narrow sense anymore.

  3. Muthukumar R · · Reply

    I agree with your views. Hindus historically have been complacent and even Gandhiji has said that Hindus are cowards – whereas Muslims are bullies and itch for violence at least pretext.

    Hindus will generally prefer peace till they are struck – that’s unfortunate but largely a fact. The saving grace is that now Hindus are better aware and they have some political clout. God willing Hindus will wake up – and I only wish for a divine miracle so that people of all faith understand that God is one – and there is no need to force their views on others.

    One women Saint – a follower of Sri Satya Sai Baba had written in her book that eternal teachings will be recognised as the only eternal way – which accommodates all paths – and Muslims will be the last to realise that God is One. Pl note she says that Muslims will be the last to know that God is one. Presently they say God is one and he is my God – Allah!!

    Thanks for your mails.

    Regards

    Muthu

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  4. DR.SHRIHARSHA SHARMA · · Reply

    Most of the Hindus do not know Hindu Dharma or popularly known as Hinduism.Unfortunately Hinduism not taught in schools and universities.Most of the Hindu priests only engaged in rituals and singing devotional songs or Bhajans.
    The constitution of India as adopted on 26 Jan. 1950 is anti Hindu and Hinduism. This constitution does not allow Hinduism to be taught in schools or institutions.The article 30 of Indian constitution clearly is agaist teaching of Hinduism in schools but Artcle 30 A gives full freedom for the teaching of Christianity and Islam aswell as financial help. Now the efforts are under way to Aolish these articles so that descrimination against Hindus is finished.
    The parenys and grand parents of hindus are ignorant about Hinduism so Hindus are a at loss and religiously orphan so they are efooled by Christianity and Islam. The conversion of Hindus has been going on for 1300 years by Islam and by Christianity for nearly more than 300 years during slavery. The post independent rulers were anti Hindus too that is why constitution of India is against Hindus. I clearly put the blame on CONGRESS PARTY OF INDIA AND LESS THAN MAN LIKE JAWAHARLAL NEHRU,
    this is the truth .
    We are fighting to abolish ARTICLE 30 AND 30A to clear the way .
    SATY MEV JAYATE TRUTH WINS BUT YOU HAVE FIGHT FOR IT SO JOIN TO ABOLISH ARTCLE 30 AND 30A of indian constitution,

  5. Bhagi · · Reply

    Thank You. Keep it up ✌🇮🇳🕉🙏. Together we can.

  6. […] article was first published on the author’s blog on 7 May, 2020 and is being reproduced with permission, after minor edits to conform to HinduPost […]

  7. Eye-opening write-up Maria ji, again! Pl. accept my greetings.

    There are two main reasons why the so-called ‘Hindus’ do not propagate or promote their religion.

    1. First of all, as you know, it is not a religion like Islam, Christianity, Judaism or any other you best know. Hence Hindus don’t care or not interested to propagate or promote it. Neither Hinduism is a religion to propagate nor any product to promote.

    2. As majority of Hindus (especially in India) are themselves ignorant of Hinduism. Most of them are still thinking it is a religion like other religions in India and the world. It is not their mistakes but they were taught purposefully like that by the Christians hundreds of years, generation by generation. So, where is the chance of uplifting? When I don’t know Algebra, how can I teach others? However, the present Hindus are enough knowledge to follow a lot of rituals (although it is also declining) without understanding it only because it is said by their elders or their family Guru/Brahmins.

    If other sect people do not mind me, let me say this too. The root of Sanatana Dharma lies on the stronghold of Brahmins’ knowledge of Vedas and other literature and rituals they perform for themselves and others. Without cutting any branches and trunk of the tree, you can still kill the tree if you cut the roots and so is the Brahmins for Sanatana Dharma. The invaders of Islam and Christianity had already failed in this mission 1000 of years combinedly. It is not Brahmins stronghold or power alone but the construction of the structure in Sanatana Dharma. Hence it is an unfinished task to both of them.
    Well, the point I would like to share with other visitors here is, we don’t, in fact, need a tool like propagate/promote Hinduism. All these thousands of years, our Sanatana Dharma never used this and would never use it too. Neither we want to entice other religion people nor we are talking the pitfalls of those religions. There was one Adi Shankaracharya, there was one Vivekananda, there was one Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and there was one Kanchi Maha Swamy – came all the time when there was a threat like feeling felt and they neutralized the threat so easily. Today, we have such ‘Neutralizer’ in the seat of the helm. Tomorrow someone will emerge, that is the beauty of the structure of this Sanatana Dharma. One can only enjoy, enrich, evolve, experience and bring forth further this Dharma. It cannot be destroyed by any means as long as the World is surviving.

    Come, let’s take a holy dip in this pious river called ‘Sanatana’.

    Sarvam Krushanarpanamastu. Jaya Jaya Shankara…. Hara Hara Shankara….

  8. Sudha · · Reply

    Hi! When it comes to converting to Hinduism, I always had a doubt.. Asked you the same on Twitter too.. But you might have missed it among all those comments.. So asking once again

    Since caste and gotra of a person are central to many Hindu rituals, what caste and gotra is assigned to a foreign convertee? And on what basis?

    1. when i do puja, the pujari automatically says Kashyap.
      caste is no issue

    2. Maria Ji, may I takeover Ms.Sudha to answer this question?

      So many people say ‘we don’t know Gothra and Rishi, we are not Brahmins, we do not know all these’, etc. This is not true. Without Rishis, there is no human race at all. We all came under Kashyapa Prajapati and hence we call us ourselves as Kashyapa Gothram only. There is nobody here without Kashyapa Gothram. As so many generations we forgot to say this, so many people unaware of this. We are all children of Kashyapa Prajapati. Henceforth one can say, ‘Kashyapa Gothrapavasya ………….. Namadesya……etc. There is nothing wrong in it. ‘If three-generation says Kashpa Gotham is theirs’, they get the right to say themselves as Brahmin’ – says Āpastamba Sutram. Any caste can claim this.

      I read this reference in a Telugu book ‘Margadarshakulu Maharishlu’ (4 Vol.) by Satguru Sri Sri Sri Dr K. Sivananda Murthy Garu published by SS Foundation, Bhimili, Vizag. Fortunately, I was privileged to translate this book (1 and 2 Vol.) into Tamil.

      As per Sudha JI doubt is concerned, yes, all converted foreigners come under Kashyapa Gothram only.

      Hope this would clear you doubts Sudha Ji.

  9. Prof G R C Nair. · · Reply

    Yes, as I see, many more Hindus are opening up and coming forward. But is it not too little and too late? People like me, who while continuing to be the same Hindu I ever was, with a lot of respect for all other religions and have studied most of them in depth, had already been branded as ‘Sanghy’ or ‘RSS’ etc, though I am yet to join them and just continue as I ever was! Of late, making a lot of efforts in making Hinduism known to others and recently even authored a book on “The Hidden Messages in Indian Scriptures”. But as you have indicated, much more people, particularly Hindus, have to come out and speak for them selves and for their way of life.

  10. Rather than trying to convert members of other faiths, I think what needs to be done is taking our faith to the lower and lower middle class Hindus who are totally ignorant of our faith. This is especially needed in urban slums. Go to any slums in Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata you find a disproportionate number of people converted or half-converted to Christianity. Same with Tribal groups.

    Hindus commenting on the blog are interested to preaching to Caucasoid people, but will not touch a person from the slums.

    Are you ready to go to a Dalit settlement and willing to teach out the message of Bhagavad Gita. And please stop the rote memorization of Bhagavad Gita and “chanting competitions”. The focus should be on content, not rote learning. Go to the slums, distribute the Bhagavad Gita in LOCAL LANGUAGE.

    The life of poor is miserable. Do you know why go to Church. They find some relief there. So what should Hindus do? We have Yoga-the best method for anyone to find relief. Conduct Yoga sessions in Lower class residential areas. Talk to them. If you don’t talk to them, then Church father will talk to them and convert them.

    The Christians narrate them stories of eternal paradise where they can meet their lost loved ones. Counter them. Tell them about re-birth, how connected souls will keep meeting in next lives.

    And stop the obnoxious practises that some Hindus practise. There are some rural/Tribal practises where people offer alcohol, meat to the God’s. If today, you don’t go and tell them to drop these practises, don’t be surprised when a Christian convinces them.

    How many of you people commenting in the blog are ready? Are you ready to volunteer in your free time? Are you ready to preach message of Bhagavad Gita in Sundays? Are you ready to enter a slum? If yes, pls respond to my comment.

    1. Dear varun2048fan,

      Either you might have written this out of agony with a few Hindus’ behaviours towards other Hindus what you call them Dalit or any other lower caste. I won’t say any caste is lower one (a Hindu correctly learned Sanata Dharma, will never say so or behave rudely with them). Well, let me answer your comments specifically line by line which all needs a response from a responsible Hindu.

      ‘Hindus commenting on the blog are interested to preaching to Caucasoid people, but will not touch a person from the slums.’

      When you pointing out Hindus, you must be not a Hindu, otherwise, you would have addressed it ‘we Hindus’. The very remark you made Caucasian itself wrong as this race is not in India or Asia, it is a European/North American race. Why do we need to touch somebody to show our intimacy to them? Forget about the unknown, even known people and some times, their own-people also, Hindus won’t touch in certain circumstances. What touching you are talking about? The entire world is reeling under Covid-19 and people are learned to remain untouched for better safety, WE HINDUS follow these hundreds of thousands of years what the World is learned today. Compassion is not mere touching but shown in action and WE HINDUS do it wherever/whenever there is a need. We don’t need an outside person to teach us.

      ‘And please stop the rote memorization of Bhagavad Gita and “chanting competitions”. The focus should be on content, not rote learning.’

      Why not? If WE HINDUS do not do this memorization process, how would have Vedas survived? Your present modern education system, for that matter, is more rote learning than getting involved in the subject. Check it with all Engg/MBA and other students of the present day and you will find it yourself how most of them just memorize the subject only to write exams.

      What is wrong is ‘chanting competitions’ as you said? This is something health competition among learners of Bhagavad Gita. Don’t you see in your Christian Bible rote memorization? By the way, what is your business in our learning system?

      ‘Go to the slums, distribute the Bhagavad Gita in LOCAL LANGUAGE.’

      Why should we do this? That’s your Christians’ job to persuade weaker Hindus by luring them with food/material/money, etc. We don’t need to entice them with anything, a seeker of truth will search it in our Vedas through a Guru.

      ‘The life of poor is miserable. Do you know why go to Church? They find some relief there. So, what should Hindus do? We have Yoga-the best method for anyone to find relief. Conduct Yoga sessions in Lower class residential areas. Talk to them. If you don’t talk to them, then Church father will talk to them and convert them.’

      If you Christians are really compassionate towards humankind, why not just help without converting them in to Christianity? You won’t, you don’t, because your aim is ‘to convert’ not helping them by the way of luring them with food/money/material, etc. If every Christian is getting a relief in Church, the entire World would have become Christianity, but that is not a true man. How daringly you say, that a Church Father will try to covert them if we won’t reach them. This itself apparently shows your determination of converting huge Hindus in to your religion.

      ‘How many of you people commenting in the blog are ready? Are you ready to volunteer in your free time? Are you ready to preach message of Bhagavad Gita in Sundays? Are you ready to enter a slum? If yes, pls respond to my comment.’

      Who are you after all? Why we need to commit ourselves for you? Bhagavad Gita is not to be read only on Sundays as you Christians do your Bible. WE HINDUS read it daily or any time we want to read it – no restrictions at all.

      Next time when you Christians try to enter in any slum for conversion, be aware that there will be a vigilant Hindu watching you to prevent you.

      1. Lol,I am no Christian. If you don’t believe, here is my declaration

        “I deny the message of Jesus and deny all his claims to be Son of God. I consider him to be an imposter and egomaniac who assumed himself to be Son of God. Indeed, may all Christians face mental torment for believing in an imposter”.

        What other proof you need. My name is Varun and let me tell me I hail from a Brahmin family and don’t pull off your nonsense theory. I have seen in my own eyes the caste discrimination. I have seen how servants are offered tea in a separate cup which they have to clean themselves. I have seen my own parents and relatives making comments on backward caste people. I have seen parents accepting inter-caste marriage if castes are of equivalent rank, but resorting to murder if it is a Dalit boy. Lol, you jokers are supporting untouchability. Untouchability does not apply to Savarna. I have seen Savarna people touching and mingling, but showing hestiancy with members of lower castes.

        ” Check it with all Engg/MBA and other students of the present day and you will find it yourself how most of them just memorize the subject only to write exams.”

        — Exactly that’s why India is the worst in bringing out innovations and all bright Indians move abroad.

        “We don’t need to entice them with anything, a seeker of truth will search it in our Vedas through a Guru.”

        —Not everyone is priviledged enough as you to learn Classical Sanskrit, then Vedic Sanskrit and finally read the vedas. Do you think people in the slums have time to learn Sanskrit?

        And it is not as if you any Savarna is willing to teach them. Most of orthodox mutts(Sringeri, Kanchi,Puri etc)only admit Brahmins.

        “If you Christians are really compassionate towards humankind, why not just help without converting them in to Christianity? You won’t, you don’t, because your aim is ‘to convert’ not helping them by the way of luring them with food/money/material, etc. If every Christian is getting a relief in Church, the entire World would have become Christianity, but that is not a true man. How daringly you say, that a Church Father will try to covert them if we won’t reach them. This itself apparently shows your determination of converting huge Hindus in to your religion.” – I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN AND I AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS.

        “Why we need to commit ourselves for you? Bhagavad Gita is not to be read only on Sundays as you Christians do your Bible. WE HINDUS read it daily or any time we want to read it – no restrictions at all.”
        — And so is the Bible. There is no time to read it.

        “Next time when you Christians try to enter in any slum for conversion, be aware that there will be a vigilant Hindu watching you to prevent you.” = WHERE? Come to CHennai, half the slum dwellers are already Christian. It is they who are gonna vigilantly stand against Hindus.”

        Overall, you are betraying the mindset of a typical Orthodox Hindu. You are not willing to mingle with poor people, find stupid excuses for not wanting to do so . You expect Christianity can be fought by employing goondas. People like you in the old days were responsible for conversion of Hindus to Muslims, as you refused to accept back forcibly converted Hindus by saying once they ate beef, even if fed forcibly , cannot come back to the Hindu faith.

        Orthodox people like you are a drag on Hinduism.

  11. @varun2048fan:

    Nice to see your reaction to my response. Well, I don’t need your clarification or a declaration of your religion. Your comments showed that you are a religion of other or atheist of Hindu religion, the way you described Jesus as ‘Imposter’, confirmed that you are so. Well, that is up to you.

    I don’t any interest to know you are from a Brahmin family or not, but you are more despaired with religion and rituals. Being hygienic is caste discrimination, you are an idiot to understand the concept wrongly. This is because of your parents behaved badly with servents, you decided all Hindus do this way. How sad! My parents made me sit with servents and we had food together some time, if not regularly. I taught such equality to my children too. It was your parents to be blamed, not the entire society. Caste systems are made by the British, only to divide and rule us. No our literature like Ramayana, Maha Bharata, even Chilapathikaram or Seevagachindamani have ever discussed caste discrimination because it was not existing in those times. Inter-caste marriages are not the solution for avoiding caste discrimination. It is in people’s mindset. It is there in their mindset only because they have not been taught of Sanatana Dharma properly. A person with a clear understanding of humankind will never treat any human with caste discrimination.

    You are talking about Savarna and untouchability. Soon I take bath and going for Pooja when my child comes fast towards me to hug, I stop my child from doing so. It is because I am in a Souchyam to perform Pooja. Does it mean I hate my child? When a Brahmin keeps the so-called ‘Dalits’ just for a time being, you just decided that it is caste discrimination. LOL for your understanding. Just because I don’t take food at somebody’s house, you think it as caste discrimination. Great understanding.

    You said that ‘Not everyone is privileged enough as you to learn Classical Sanskrit, then Vedic Sanskrit and finally read the Vedas. Do you think people in the slums have time to learn Sanskrit?’

    No need to go Vedas at first-step itself. Start exploring Sanata Dharma first with an open mind. The rest will automatically follow. Do you think these Slum dwellers will have enough time to understand the Bible and Quran, even you give them in the local language? I don’t think so.

    It is false allegations that Mutts of Sringeri, Kanchi, Puri won’t allow the people other than Brahmins. Either you are falsely informed or you are paid to write like this.

    If you are Chennaiate, it is a common phenomenon to see caste discrimination in TN, the land of Dravida Parties. Who are main responsible for caste division in TN. No Indian State has these many caste divisions as TN has. Hinduism never said that a converted Hindu cannot come back to his mother’s fold. There are plenty of Hindus still eating beef with the influence of Westerners and Moguls. However, Sanatana Dharma doesn’t accept beef-eating, but they are still Hindus.

    Finally, you called me a typical orthodox Hindu, engage Goondas to fight with Christianity, etc. Unfortunately, this is the mentality that all the time leads you to misunderstanding Sanata Dharma. You are the most confused and brain-washed person. My simple advice to you is, just keep away from the people who talk against Hinduism for some time and you will be seeing the world differently thereafter. Please stop caste discrimination lamenting for God’s sake.

    1. You are too obsessed with attacking me , rather than taking on the message. No one pays me, why would anyone pay anyone to post comments on a blog.

      I know how Christian missionaries work. I studied in a Christian school, and I have shared my apartment with CHristian evangelicals. I know how they work and target people. But you are not interested in hearing that. You are only interested in attacking me, claiming I was a Christian, now I am “paid”.

      My message is simple – Hindu society suffers from many faults, including the faults of elitism and casteism. And people like you are true representatives of that mentality.

      “Do you think these Slum dwellers will have enough time to understand the Bible and Quran, even you give them in the local language? I don’t think so.” – — YES AND YES. The message of Bible is simple – believe in Jesus and go to heaven. I have seen a CHristian Doctor friend who distributed Bible along with cake for his birthday. Such are their dedication for spreading their belief.

      But typical elitist Hindus like you be like “Oh my God, how do I preserve my Souchyam”

      ” Just because I don’t take food at somebody’s house, you think it as caste discrimination. Great understanding.” = Yes, it is , because, it is what exactly it is. I have seen people claiming they won’t visit non-Brahmin restaurants and they will visit restaurants only run by Brahmins.

      Don’t try to whitewash your crimes, I am no Outsider, I am an Insider, I have seen rampant discrimination with my own eyes. People like you can’t tell me it’s fake.

      ” My parents made me sit with servents and we had food together some time, if not regularly. I taught such equality to my children too.” — One Tamil word response is enough “OLU OLU”.

  12. @varun2048fan:

    Thank you for reacting again. Your obsession with Christianity is most welcome. Please try to continue there.

    I have never seen one is criticizing his mother for the sake of somebody’s mother. Fine, you like other’s mother, appreciate, celebrate, do any service, no worries but don’t criticize your mother.

    You find some mistakes/wrongdoings in your religion, have you ever tried to correct it with your reach? One always makes a complaint that the drain water is overflowing in the street, but never makes a complaint to the authorities concerned. You are one of them, no doubt. You don’t take responsibility to set-right something within your reach, you don’t set an example to others by the way of behaving and practicing the correct methods. Yes, you love to complain, praise other religion, another country, but you don’t set an example to others. Wow…. what a life you are leading to.

    Without understanding the essence and nuance of our Dharma, you talk all rubbish. Of late, I felt you are another perverted Hindu (as you claiming yourself) who believes another religion is great. If you are comfortable with that, please go ahead and join. Don’t try to spoil the sport here. Since you felt everything wrong here, why not you leave and join the one which gives you relax and comfortable? Pl. don’t waste our time and your time with these meaningless discussions. Let’s close the chapter, we don’t discuss healthy.

    All the best for your future life!

    1. When there is flith in the house, I feel it better to clean the filth rather than living on other’s house.

      However, persons like you believe there is no filth at all.

      I guess, we have to agree to disagree then.

      1. Maria Ji has the last word to say!

      2. I soon will post an article on “don’t lecture India. Look at your own record”
        Regarding discrimination, I feel it’s possibly a remnant from colonial rule. Noticed that friends talk down to their taxi driver, call him “tum”, yet kids of their friends “aap”, when the taxi driver is a Singh, and malik also is kshatriya.
        Regarding sauchya I wrote in the article.

  13. True, India has given so much to the world in the form of Ayurveda, Yoga, surgeries etc. But they’re given so little recognition! Here is a Hindu child prodigy and scholar. https://thoughtsoftharun.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/meet-abhigya-anand-the-child-prodigy/

  14. Because #hinduism is like an open source project where anyone can chose to (or not to) participate, contribute and/or take benefits from a huge library of wisdom that talks about saving/upholding Dharma. http://tinyurl.com/dharmic

  15. Rajesh Babu · · Reply

    Sadly once again an article from this author is laced with extreme bigotry to other religions. Promoting a very utopian image of one religion as being the “only” supreme and the “only” truth and “scientific” as compared to others. Opposing conversion and promoting gharwapsi is hypocrisy as well. Ultimately were now behaving actively or passively no different from any other religions in pre-independant India’s past. This is where we are making a mistake today. Instead we should be showing the world the way by speaking the truth about Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma, promoting inter faith dialogues to bring peace harmony and unity among people of all religions and acknowledge goodness, positives and similarities from all religions and diversities. Conversions either to Indic or non indic faiths have happened throughout millennia in our vibrant and diverse history sometimes forced or through self conviction. We have to know our history, our past, who we are and acknowledge the atrocities imperialists and invaders have committed to our people in the past. But there is no progress in expecting an apology from history. Ultimately religion should be the personal choice of an individual and this choice should be protected in a modern free society. I invite the usual hatred and abuses I will receive for my thoughts and the accusation of being political or of a non Hindu origin.

    1. Well, Rajesh Babu, those pacifying days are over now. We have been pacified every time when we were about to say something happening against Hinduism.

      What happened all these years since independence, the pseudo secularism we were following? It benefitted only politicians like Mulayam Singh, Mayawati, Mamata, Karunanidhi, his son Stalin, Congress Party, Communist Parties, etc. No common public benefitted by this. So much of Christian Missionaries opened NGOs for bringing funds from foreign countries, only to propagate and convert Hindus into Christianity. You accept or not that was (is) the fact. Shameless a few paid Indian Medias sold themselves to propagate false allegations against Hinduism. You cannot ride on two horses simultaneously. It is dangerous to self and others too.

      Now, in India is in right track. You have two options, either join the progress of the country by adapting and following ‘single major religion and at the same time respecting other religions’ or keep yourself away from this giant flood, otherwise you will be crushed in the flow of flood.

    2. Instead of demonizing another religion, we should be promoting harmony between all faiths. All religions have preached brotherhood as the highest virtue. The belittling of other religions is sheer ignorance and based on maya- illusion. In reality, only oneness exists and all human beings were created in the image of God, and are a reflection of the Divine. The world is as we are. When our vision is pure, we see purity.

      1. You are very precise ‘booksbybarbaraannbriggs’.

        What you said is one of the very core values of Sanatana Dharma or what World people call as Hindu Religion. The very outline one reads/understands Hindu Religion, the lesser/poor idea one will have on it. Religions don’t need a propagation for spreading further, so that does Hindu Religion too. One doesn’t need to oppose others’ Religion only to promote, however, one must prepare to defend his/her own when attacks are taking place, no matter it comes from internally or externally. Maria ji is an another boon to Sanatana Dharma for defending it time and again. Hindus owe a lot to her.

      2. The essence of Sanatana Dharma is Vasudaiva Kutumbakam- The world is my family.
        Hindus don’t need to be told what to do by a Westerner. By nature, Hindus don’t propagate or demonize other faiths. They know better. Just as all Germans were not Nazis, similarly, all Muslims are not terrorists.
        We need not polarize the world more than it is already. The world needs unity in diversity.

  16. Gandhiji tried this approach and failed spectacularly.

  17. Yusuke · · Reply

    “… and He shows you His signs that you might reason.”

    This article seems like it was written by a true hater. Islam absolutely was founded on reason the word reason (aql) is all over the Qur’an.

    ۞أَتَأۡمُرُونَ ٱلنَّاسَ بِٱلۡبِرِّ وَتَنسَوۡنَ أَنفُسَكُمۡ وَأَنتُمۡ تَتۡلُونَ ٱلۡكِتَٰبَۚ أَفَلَا تَعۡقِلُونَ

    (Sahih International)
    Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?

    (English Transliteration)
    Ata/muroona annasa bilbirriwatansawna anfusakum waantum tatloona alkitaba afalataAAqiloon

    -Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 44

    فَقُلۡنَا ٱضۡرِبُوهُ بِبَعۡضِهَاۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يُحۡيِ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡمَوۡتَىٰ وَيُرِيكُمۡ ءَايَٰتِهِۦ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ

    (Sahih International)
    So, We said, “Strike the slain man with part of it.” Thus does Allah bring the dead to life, and He shows you His signs that you might reason.

    (English Transliteration)
    Faqulna idriboohu bibaAAdihakathalika yuhyee Allahu almawtawayureekum ayatihi laAAallakum taAAqiloon

    -Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 73

    Truthfully this author must be ignorant of the enormous contributions of Muslims to science including the invention of algebra and possibly algorithms, what did the Hindoos contribute, the numerals said to be from a lost Alphabet by Al-Biruni? It does not seem that the Hindoos did much of anything, they have no codexes older than Medieval times and it seems to be racist Orientalists and their modern disciples who desire to attribute nothing to Muslims, if there is something they say they borrowed from the “Greeks” but they are not fond of producing evidence to support their assertions.

    Clearly the author of this article is an angry man and without educating himself has chosen to write about a topic that only makes him look ignorant.

    Reason is used 45 times in the Qur’an and never does it speak of reason as something negative.

    Faith is not blind, it is just a belief that can’t be proven and Hinduism is far from a reasonable religion. It’s heathenism straight up.

  18. Yusuf · · Reply

    I find it bizarre that an Indian is writing, complaining about another Indian because this other Indian (oddly) wants Muslims in India to embrace some form of Sufism.

    Why should anyone care about what religion another person CHOOSES to believe in and follow.

    Why would the author of this article write this article except to lie about Islam? Saying it is not reasonable is an ignorant opinion that one can quote the Qur’an to refute. The Christian Trinity is unreasonable in my opinion, if you are going to say that you believe in One God but actually it’s 3, that’s absurd and not what the Messiah taught. Not what the Gospels teach.

    It’s still far more morally superior to the heathenism of the Hindus. Aren’t Indians currently being encouraged to embrace and celebrate Hitler?

    Yes. Yes they are. And that fact alone proves my point. Indians are persecuting Indian Muslims and trying to deny then citizenship because they are not Hindoos, they are harassed every day, one only needs to watch the news to know this.

    In what country are Muslims ignorantly persecuting Hindus or anyone? Myanmar, India, Palestine all are guilty of violating the human rights of Muslims because they are Muslim, trying to kick them out of their own country and succeeding.

    If you had any decency in your heart you’d be less concerned with spewing your ignorance and you would be telling people to make noise about these crimes committed in India by Indians.

    Which shows what kind of religion Hinduism truly is. One that believes in the superiority of the Hindu people and religion as a matter of doctrine.

    Hitler lovers.

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