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हिन्दू धर्म : एक जीवन दर्शन, ना कि एक विचारधारा

हनद धरम एक जवन

भारतीय परम्परा और संस्कृति में शाश्वत जीवन मूल्यों को हीं 'सनातन धर्म' कहते हैं। कालान्तर में  टिप्पणीकारों न इसे हीं 'हिन्दू धर्म एवं दर्शन' के नाम से संबोधित किया। आधुनिक काल में विचारधाराओं पर आधारित लिखित इतिहास में 'हिन्दू' एवं 'धर्म' के बारे में जनमानस में विकृत सोच पैदा की गयी। यदपि भारतीय चिंतन में धर्म, विचारधारा (Ideology) का नहीं अपितु जीवन दर्शन (Life Philosophy) का विषय है फिर भी जनमानस में इसे विचारधारा  के रूप में हीं प्रस्तुत और प्रसारित किया गया। सभ्यता के इतिहास में शायद हीं किसी शब्द के साथ इतना छेड़-छाड़ किया गया हो जितना की "हिन्दू और धर्म" के साथ किया गया है। परिणामतः लोगों में अपनी हीं संस्कृति के प्रति भ्रम पैदा हुआ। कहना न होगा, यहीं भारतीय वैदिक समाज में हींन भावना पैदा करने, एवम विघटन का एक प्रमुख कारण रहा।                                               

पुनः आधुनिक इतिहास साक्षी है कि कालक्रम में बाहरी आक्रान्ताओं के द्वारा भारतवर्ष का लूटपाट,धन का दोहन, तथा इस्लामिक एवं यवन सत्ता तंत्र ने भारतवर्ष का जितना नुकशान नहीं पहुँचाया उससे कहीं अधिक नुकशान विचारधाराओं पर आधारित  विद्यालयों एवम् विश्वविद्यालयों में पढ़ाया जाने वाला पाठ्यक्रम और उससे बनने  वाली मनोदशा  ने पहुंचाया।         

विचारधारा का हीं दुष्परिणाम है-आज पश्चिम बंगाल में आतंकवाद का मोड्यूल। एक समय राष्ट्रवाद, संस्कृति, कला तथा साहित्य के क्षेत्र में देश का गौरव बढ़ाने वाला राज्य हिंसा,लूट-पाट, तथा कुव्यवस्था का प्रतीक है। करीब -करीब यहीं हाल पुरे देश का है। सत्ता लोलुप दलों एवं नेतावों ने इसे पुरे देश में फैलाया। कहना न होगा कि गाँधी जी द्वारा खिलाफत आन्दोलन के विचारधारा को समर्थन देने से यह रोग स्थायी हो गया और साथ हीं राजनीति में तुष्टिकरण की भी शुरुवात हुई। देखते-हीं-देखते नेतावों के द्वारा इसका उपयोग जाति-वर्ग में भी किया जाने लगा।

पुनः,आधुनिक कालखंड में भारतीयता को 'तोड़-मरोड़' कर प्रस्तुत करने के उत्तर्दायित्व जिस 'विचारधारा' ने किया उसे  सम्मिलित रूप से "वामपंथ" या साम्यवाद और मार्क्सवाद कहते हैं। जैसे-जैसे  वामपंथ नामक यह महामारी देश में फैलना शुरू हुआ,नाक्सलवाद,माओवाद,आतंकवाद,समाज एवं परिवार का विघटन तथा धर्मांतरण आदि जोरों से शुरू हो गया। वर्तमान NDA सरकार के स्वच्छ भारत अभियान का एक हिस्सा इस गन्दगी की सफाई भी होनी चाहिए।

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The Basis of the Hindu Identity and Cause for Unity

The Basis of the Hindu Identity

There are many factors that make up the Hindu identity, and they help outline the similarities among all Hindus, and actually help unify us in that identity and purpose in life. So let us go through some of the most important points.

1. First of all, all Hindus can be said to follow Santana-dharma, and Dharma is the path to complete balance and harmony. But that balance is based on realizing our spiritual essence, which means our spiritual identity beyond the body and the ever-changing material existence in which we find ourselves. And the processes for spiritual realization, there are more than one, are described in the Vedic texts, which is our second point.

2. Hindus accept the authority of the Vedic texts. This is the foundation of our Dharma, and to not accept the authority of the Vedic literature is to be avaidika. We don’t have only one book, but a whole library that describes and helps us understand the difference between matter and spirit, and how we are essentially spiritual beings, but also the different ways of understanding the Absolute Truth, or God.

One of the unique features of the Vedic literature is that it is based primarily on questions and answers. It is not a religious dogma that must be accepted without question, but we find that we can ask any question we want, and chances are it has already been asked and answered somewhere in the Vedic shastra.

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The War Against Hinduism

The War Against Hinduism

Over the years we have all heard about the many attempts that have been made in India to convert various sections of society from Hinduism to either Christianity or Islam. But only after one of my trips to India did I really get a much clearer understanding of what has been going on. Furthermore, most people, as well as many Indians, are not fully aware of how the war against Hinduism is happening, nor how serious it is. It is taking place on many levels, and because of this, in some areas the practice of Hinduism is declining rapidly.

When I was traveling in June of 2001, I had gone on a lecture tour, speaking every night on the importance of Vedic culture at places like Mumbai, Nagpur, Warangal, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Hyderbad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, and Chennai. So I had the chance to meet with many of the intellectuals and some of the spiritual leaders in these areas, and learned how conversion was a very hot issue.

Now I don’t have anything in particular against Christianity itself. I was born and raised a Christian, so I know what it is, but also how they work. My main contention is when the teachings that are said to come from Jesus are twisted and misinterpreted into something that does not spread the genuine love of God and humanity that we are all supposed to develop, but becomes the dog-like barking and criticism against every other religion that is not Christian. This does not only go on toward every religion outside of Christianity, but also within it between Catholics and Protestants and other denominations. It seems that this faith has become not something that promotes our similarities for cooperation, but our differences in that everyone who is of an unrelated Christian denomination are all going to hell.

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Hinduism - An Inner Gaze

Hinduism An Inner Gaze

Sanatana Dharma’s expression has been morphing with times. The great Rishis of the yore have predicted the impact of yugas (time) over the values followed in each yuga. Bhagavatam gives a graphic description of Kali Yuga with a bull standing on one leg. Of the four aids available, Tapah-Soucham-Daya-Satyam  “austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness”, we are now left with only Satyam. Only Truth is the remaining aid. We will use this to turn our gaze within.

The sad truth is Hinduism discussions begin and end with Casteism. Caste, as understood today, is not even an original Hindu idea. The Varna-Ashrama dharma is totally defunct and non-existent and the distorted caste representation is such a travesty. For this reason alone, we will not focus on it. (Read more about Varnas – a journey to its roots)

In Kali Yuga, the most effective path available is bhakthi. The modern man’s mind, colored heavily by commercialization and materialism, has reduced bhakthi to a transaction. The love for the para has been replaced it with the evil trinity - I, ME, and MYSELF. What can I get by this deal with this God of my imagination? If I cannot get it, maybe another idea of God (or even different God) may give this is the delusion. This fatal flaw has spawned an entire ecosystem of exploiters and fulfillers. This is the reason why there exist fake swamijis, proselytizers, and rabid hinduphobic bashers, not to forget the sepoys and left media.

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INFLUENCE OF SHRI RAMA AND RAMAYANA ON HUMANITY

Influence of Shri Rama and Ramayana on Humanity

It is difficult to describe the word DHARMA satisfactorily as it is expansive and intricate. As Sri Swami Shivananda said, “Dharma is like a priceless jewel with numberless facets of brilliance of knowledge”. Dharma has several meanings —THAT WHICH BEHOLDS THE UNIVERSE IS DHARMA.  It means natural laws (prakriti dharma),  justice (nyaya dharma),  natural characteristics (swabhaava dharma), different species (jaati dharma),  social conduct (samaja dharma),  religious conduct (shroutha dharma),  vedic varnaashrama dharma, paaramaarthika dharma,  aachaara dharma,  neeti dharma,  pravritthi dharma, nivritthi dharma and others.  That which is the cause of prosperity and salvation is dharma.  A law of nature which beholds all creations is called dharma.  Dharma bestows perennial happiness and adharma produces sorrow and misery.  That which is eternal is dharma.   

Only God is eternal.  Great personalities have defined dharma in different ways.

“That which takes us from the world to MOKSHA is dharma.” Vinoba Bhave

“That which makes you forget yourself is dharma” Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

“If you protect dharma, it protects you.” Bhaasa

“Dharma is in action, not in blind belief.” Dr. Radhakrishnan  

“Good of everyone is dharma” Shankaracharya  

“Dharma is self sustaining “ Madhvaachaarya  

“Service for others is dharma” Swami Vivekananda   

“Whoever feels sorry for others’ misery and feels happy with others is a dharmatma”-Bhagavatha

“Truth, non stealing, conquering anger, feeling sorry for mistakes committed, cleanliness, firm mind, discrimination between good and bad, absence of haughtiness, control of senses and good education are the essential parts of Dharma” Yajnavalkya

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KRISHNA'S PERSONALITY

Krishnas Personality

We refer to Sri Krishna mentioned in Chandogya Upanishad (Devakiputra) and not Krishna of Rig Veda (1.116.23) or Krishna of Kowsheethaki Brahman (30.9) or Aithareya Aaranyaka (3.26). We consider Krishna as a syncretic deity of four: - Naarayana, Vishnu, Vaasudeva and Gopaala.

Krishna has been ruling the hearts of millions for a long time. His Avathaara was for establishing righteousness (Dharma) on a firm foundation.

HIS CONCERN FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED
The care he took of the cowherds, his curing Kubja of her deformity, his protecting the honour of Draupadi and his bestowing the wealth to Kuchela indicate his care for the weak.

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Jehovism Deconstructed

Jehovism Deconstructed

WHY THIS ARTICLE?

This article is dedicated to the untiring efforts of Shri Rajiv Malhotra, a dharmic warrior par-excellence, who has been shining light on the various issues plaguing Sanatana Dharma. For decades, he has lamented, despite great following, few do more than watch the bull fight from the popcorn stands. I refuse to participate in the heart ache of this intellectual giant, hence this squirrel’s contribution to the Sethu bandana, of raising the awareness of Hindus. I begin with a clarion call to all dharmis to get onto the arena as players and not merely be spectators.

PURPOSE

In the tradition of PurvaPaksha, we try to understand other traditions and logically, theologically and intelligently challenge the loopholes in their theory. The intention of the article is not to dwell on the inconsistencies within the bible, gross inaccuracies despite a massive bibilical archeology push or to expose the uncharitable acts of the missionaries or proselytizers, since the invention of that religion. For the latter, one can read more in Breaking India – Rajiv Malhotra.

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