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The Death of Traditional Hinduism

The Death of Traditional Hinduism

A tragic occurrence in the very long history of Hinduism was witnessed throughout the 19th century, the destructive magnitude of which Hindu leaders and scholars today are only beginning to adequately assess and address. This development both altered and weakened Hinduism to such a tremendous degree that Hinduism has not yet even begun to recover.

British Attack on Hinduism
The classical, traditional Hinduism that had been responsible for the continuous development of thousands of years of sophisticated culture, architecture, music, philosophy, ritual and theology came under devastating assault during the 19th century British colonial rule like at no other time in India’s history.

Innovative Cultural Genocide
What the Hindu community experienced under British Christian domination, however, was an ominously innovative form of cultural genocide. What they experienced was not an attempt at the physical annihilation of their culture, but a deceivingly more subtle program of intellectual and spiritual annihilation. It is easy for a people to understand the urgent threat posed by an enemy that seeks to literary kill them.

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Famous and influential Indian personalities who pose a threat to Hinduism

Famous and influential Indian personalities

I am penning this article in the background of the deadly Orlando attacks. It is now no secret that, religion has become the major cause for strife in this world. Previously, countries officially backed by their armies were prepared to go at war with each other for the sake of religion. Then, when a semblance of maturity started to envelop mankind after the 2nd World War and countries were asked to be more mature in response to provocation, religious bigots felt threatened. Since, being mature and without conflict was against the very purpose of religion invented by man. Hence, these same religious bigots invented Terror groups operating within the fringes of so called stable and mature nations. These groups waging war against those whom they deemed as enemies to their religion. Sometimes against their own country which housed those groups.

Nations gathered together with more cohesiveness to cut off the supply lines of these terror groups. More level headed talk and plain speak was being encouraged. Countries seen supporting these groups were being warned. Directly and Indirectly. The influence of these groups seemed to be waning, when, suddenly out of nowhere terror evolved from groups to lone wolves. Lone wolf terrorists now becoming the single most cause of concern for nations across the globe.

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A List of the 50 biggest enemies of Hindus (Dead or Alive)

A List of the 50 biggest enemies

Hindus should at least know who are their enemies. Jews have shown us that to remember, helps to make sure that atrocities do not happen again. Let us not forget that the biggest genocide ever – is that of the Hindus – which has been calculated at 100 million victims, from the Hindu Kush to the Mumbai attacks of 2006.

 This list, which is compiled without any hatred or malice, is not complete. I am counting on you to raise it to a hundred. If you think I missed someone, facebook it to me, with the name and two or three paragraphs on why you think he or she is an enemy of the Hindus.

 It would be also interesting to compile separately a list of say, the ten or twenty biggest enemies of Hindus in the US (or UK, or Canada) that could be circulated worldwide and damper the activities of these people….

 I have also made a hit parade of the ten countries that I feel are inimical to Hindus.

 HERE THE LIST:

  1. Thomas Babington, 1st Baron Macaulay. Played a major role in introducing English and western concepts to education in India. This was good and one cannot deny that English gives India an edge, say compared to China, in dealing with the West and conducting business. Yet, Macaulay had very little regard for Hindu culture and education: « all the historical information which can be collected from all the books which have been written in the Sanskrit language, is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England ». Macaulay thus succeeded in fashioning a class of “brown Sahibs”, who thought and acted British. Today, much of India’s intelligentsia and Media stands proof that Macaulay succeeded: they look down on their own culture and analyse India through the western Prism
  2. Indian National Congress. Few people know that the Indian National Congress was founded on 28 December 1885 by a Britisher, A.O.Hume. Its goals were to « allow all those who work for the national (read British) good to meet each other personally, to discuss and decide of the political operations to start during the year”. And certainly, till the end of the 19th century, the Congress, who regarded British rule in India as a “divine dispensation”, was happy with criticising moderately the Government, while reaffirming its loyalty to the Crown and its faith in “liberalism” and the British innate sense of justice”!!! Real nationalist leaders like Sri Aurobindo or Tilak, were side-lined by the ‘Moderate’ Congress’. Today, we find that the British succeeded in implanting an eternal love of the ‘White’ in the Congress, witness the sycophancy around Sonia Gandhi.

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Why is Yoga Strictly Hindu?

Why is Yoga Strictly Hindu-

Is Yoga Hindu or not? This question was answered differently by different prominent Hindu and Non-Hindu leaders, during “The International Yoga Day”. A lot of them, Hindu leaders in particular, severely criticized those, who aligned Yoga with Hinduism. People, who normally oppose the view of Yoga being Hindu, come up with analogies such as “will gravity become Christian, just because Isaac Newton, a Christian, discovered the laws of gravity”? Any sane person would say that it cannot be. Did anyone ever say that ZERO is Hindu because, Aryabhatta, a Hindu, invented it? None. Then why it is only in the case of Yoga, that people are linking Hinduism to it? Is there any validity to this argument?

When it is said that Yoga is Hindu, one must understand that it is neither about the usage of Yoga nor about the practical applicability of Yogic principles, but about the basic philosophy of Yoga. It may be is not too popular, to call Yoga strictly Hindu/Dharmic, but whether some one likes it or not, it is actually the case. One needs to understand not just Yoga but also the differences in the basic philosophies of Dharmic Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism) and Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism) to appreciate the fact that Yoga is Hindu/Dharmic in nature

The most important part of Yoga is adhyatma vidya (Inner Science). It has 8 parts or anga and so it is called Astanga Yoga.

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Hinduism’s Tree of Unity in Diversity – The Core of Sanatana Dharma

How should a 20 year old Hindu understand Hinduism?

Inspired by the idea of Unity in Hinduism triggered by Rajiv Malhotra

1. Background

As a 20 year old, many questions on Hinduism end up coming into the mind of a boy/ girl brought up in a Hindu household. If brought up in a good Hindu environment, such a kid should probably be aware of some a few key Shlokas, few episodes from the Purana/ Itihasa literature as well as certain terms (Karma, Yoga, Puja, etc) from the Hindu texts. If lucky, they may have picked up a few basics on how to undertake important Pujas. Some bright kids may even be ready for deep texts like Yoga Patanjali or Shankara/ Ramanuja Bhasyas on the Brahma Sutras or even complex texts by Abhinavagupta, etc. Most however may not even be prepared for such texts till the end of their lives. More importantly, most remain unaware of the need for being exposed to such texts and their relevance to our day to day lives. Key reason for such state of affairs for most current day Hindus is ignorance about the core of Hinduism.

Paper below attempts to propose a basic core that defines Hinduism; this should provide a useful foundation for our 20 year old friend to look at all aspects of Hinduism with a more informed eye. More importantly, a visual representation of the core in the form of a tree is given for internalization by all Hindus. No detailed argumentation and referencing is given to keep the idea simple. A call is made for a great joint venture by learned Hindu scholars to expand this core at the end of the paper.

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Ten 21st Century Challenges for Hindus

Ten 21st Century Challenges for Hindus

Every 6th person on this Planet is a Hindu and Hindus still constitute the overwhelming majority in India – nearly 80% of the population. Humanity needs thus to re-discover the wonder that is Hinduism, the oldest spirituality still in practice in the world. It is also true that Hindus must to rise to the challenges of this second millennium. Here they are – in order of difficulty.

  1. Break the Polytheist image. One of the most enduring clichés about Hinduism is that Hindus adore a multitude of gods and goddesses, which makes them heathens in the eyes of Christians, thus good to be converted to the ‘true’ God, often with unethical financial baits; & ‘kafirs’ for Muslims from all over the world, particularly from neighbouring countries, such as Pakistan, which encourages them to wage a jihad on India.

Yet, Hinduism, whether you want to call it a religion or a spiritual system, is without doubt one of the most monotheist creeds in the world, because it always recognized that the One is Many and that He incarnates Himself or Herself in a multitude of forms – hence the million of gods & goddesses in the Hindu pantheon. Vedic Sages (from the Vedas, the oldest and most sacred Scriptures of Hinduism) had understood that man has to be given a multiplicity of different approaches to the Unfathomable. And truly, for the Hindus, the Divine cannot be “this” or “that” – neti, neti. In its essence, He cannot be several – or even one – and thus can never be perfectly seized by the human mind. Indeed, Hindus, who were once upon a time the best dialecticians in the world (and this is maybe why they are today the top software programmers of this planet), were able to come-up with this kind of equation: a) God is in the world; b) the world is in God; c) the world is God; d) God and the world are distinct; e) God is distinct from the world, but the world is not distinct from God; f) it is impossible to discern if the world is distinct from God or not… Never has the unique nature of Hindu polytheism been better defined.

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Shades of Hindutva– Examining challenges from within and without

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Hindutva, a stock of knowledge and way of life unique to Indian civilisation, is being viewed differently and is facing challenges from within and without. On January 21, M. Venkaiah Naidu, India's Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, tweeted: "Feeling immensely motivated by seeing the great Hindu monk of India, Swami Vivekananda, who has taken…[the] message of Hindutva across the globe. Naidu made the comment after visiting the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari. In this sense, Hindutva is seen as a universal way of life, and was presented in this meaning by Swami Vivekananda at the Chicago Parliament of the World's Religions in September, 1893. In Chicago, Vivekananda had stated: "We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

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