In a Recent Interview, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, a senior Indian politician, stated that he was not a Rama Bhakta, a devotee of Lord Rama, the Hero of the epic Ramayana – but, a Hindu Bhakta. And, that his fascination with Rama was because of the ideals he stood for, which were the Hindu Ideals.
Arjuna of Yesteryears was Confused, but humble. He was willing to lower his head before his mentor, who was also his cousin and charioteer, and beseeched him: “I am confused, I know not which way to go, please guide me, please show me the way.”
There was a Time when Sanskrit was almost forgotten. Nobody cared to learn the language. Now, thanks to the Hinduttva wave, there is an interest in Sanskrit. Many have turned to Sanskrit greetings for various occasions. Good, commendable.
Let Us Go Back to the Times of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The term “Hindu” did not exist then. We were not divided as we now are, both geographically and Dharma-cally (just coined a new word). We all were people of the planet, the Earth People. We revered Mother Nature. We respected the forces and elements of Nature.
Making Rounds in Various Hindu Groups, the message under the above picture is very clear: Stop slaughtering animals. Dharma does not depend upon such bloody rituals. The Sacred Fire of Yajna – prescribed by the Dharma texts -is to burn away our negative traits and tendencies.
Since Dharma is NOT a Belief System that requires unquestioning blind faith, it cannot depend upon an individual or an institution for its survival. It is nobody’s monopoly. In our ignorant zeal, however, we often fall into the trap of believing so.
Fanaticism in Any Form is Against the Hindu Spirit. We may justify our fanaticism in the name of Dharma, to save Dharma, to stop the Hindus being converted to, what we normally refer to as “other faiths” and embracing “other belief systems”.
The question is: How do we save Dharma,
So, It is NOT Hindu-“ism” but Hindu Dharma and Dharma refers to a set of Natural Laws, which have been there since time immemorial. And, if time is limitless, without beginning and without ending, then Dharma would be the same, with no beginning and no ending too.
Hindu is NOT Just Another “Ism”. So, first and foremost, this has to be fixed. “Ism”s are based upon dogmas and doctrines. They must have “a” book, a prophet, a savior, a messenger – and if there are more than one prophet, one savior or one messenger, than one of them must top the list. Similarly, if there are …