Culture, History

THE EVER ABIDING IDEA OF BHARATAVARSHA

I make it a habit on most days to read to my daughter just before her bedtime. Though I read to her from a wide range of books, presently the reading sessions are on Rajaji’s Mahabharata.

Jarasandha has just been killed by Bhima and Jarasandha’s son is the new king of Magadha but he has sworn allegiance to Indraprastha. Yudhishtra is planning the Rajasuya to proclaim himself Emperor. Indraprastha is shining in all its glory and the kings from all corners of Bharatavarsha have come to the great central hall and assembled there – all of them acquiescing kings attending in token acknowledgement of Yudhishtra’s supremacy over the lands of Bharathavarsha. The discussion centers around who should be the “Guest of Honor” Bhishma is unequivocal in his assertion that the only person deserving of this honor is Sri Krishna. A smile is playing upon Sri Krishna’s face and the two exchange a quick glance. Both of them know that they are avatara purushas – one here to redefine and re-establish the Dharma and the other to show that it is possible to live exactly in accordance with the Shastras. This is where we are at now and we look forward to continuing our journey together tonight…

Interestingly, it is here that Rajaji slips in a wonderful paragraph which alludes to the abiding idea of Bharathavarsha an idea that is a slap on the face of all those leftists who keep insisting that India was never one country but rather many small warring pieces. That little paragraph below:

//THE INDIA OF THOSE DAYS CONSISTED OF A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT STATES. THOUGH, THERE WAS ONE DHARMA AND ONE CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE LAND, THE AUTONOMY OF EACH STATE WAS SCRUPULOUSLY RESPECTED. OCCASIONALLY SOME STRONG AND AMBITIOUS MONARCH WOULD SEEK THE ASSENT OF COMPEERS TO HIS OVER-LORDSHIP WHICH WOULD BE SOMETIMES GIVEN WITHOUT QUESTION. AFTER RECEIVING THIS ASSENT HE WOULD PERFORM A GRAND RAJASUYA SACRIFICE, WHICH ALL THE ACQUIESCING KINGS WOULD ATTEND IN TOKEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS SUPREMACY. //

India is but a 70 year young identity. Bharatavarsha on the other hand is the abiding idea of one people, one dharma, one shared legacy. Let no one forget that…

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Image courtesy: https://whatalotofbirds.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/maghas-shishupala-vadha-the-most-complex-poem-ever-created-sanskrit-poetry-krishna-mahabharata/

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Opinion, Politics

DHARMA IS NOT ANTITHETICAL TO VIKAS

(1) DHARMA is not antithetical to VIKAS.
(2) In NOTA lies a message.
(3) In VOTE-PRODUCTIVITY lies a story.
(4) In the agrarian crisis lies a WARNING.

Those who don’t want to see it, will anyway not see it. For those to whom culture is not important will dismiss it. For those who have hitched themselves to the juggernaut this is RW balderdash.

Sometimes bitter medicine helps clarify thinking. Halahala can turn the skin blue but it is that which makes Neelakanta the great power that he is…

Culture, Opinion, Politics

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

Even the fig leaf that covered the Emperor’s nakedness has been blown away and it does not make for pleasant viewing.

When an image speaks better than a 1000 words and so on, but say a few words I must…

Those who have pawned their souls to the juggernaut will come up with a story to defend this too. They have to for their survival depends on satiating the feeding frenzy of those who own them now. When defense becomes impossible in the face of irrefutable evidence they will go on the offensive, against those who call this shamelessness out – Extreme-Right, Fringe and so on…

Not doing anything for the Hindus was level-1, Siding with those who aim to break the Dharma is level-2, and openly supporting their twisted agenda (like here) is obviously level-3.

Depression is a mild word to capture the darkness that engulfs us. We will need an Avatara no less if we need to be pulled out of this morass.

We have before us two options – (1) A John Galtish walkout but are we Atlas that we may shrug? (2) Go back to our individual lives and eke it out, for the Dharmic fight is almost lost…

Acharya Vikas Massey wants to share his Good News folks and all of you are welcome

YATHA RAJA TATHA PRAJA (यथा राजा तथा प्रजा)

Ashish shelar

Politics

ISRAEL HAS THE FIRST RIGHT OVER JERUSALEM

This seems to be the question that is agitating the minds of many commentators on the latest move by the Don. The question of whether Jerusalem is the “spiritual” capital of the Jews, the Israelites and if it is they who have the first right over the holy city is being conveniently brushed aside.

The crux of the present dispute over Jerusalem centres around the division of Jerusalem into East and West in 1948, with Israel occupying West Jerusalem soon after the proclamation of a separate state for the Jews and the Jordanians retaining control over the Eastern part of the holy city.

In the six-day war of 1967, which was initiated by the Arabs mind you and not by Israel, the Israelis wrested control of East Jerusalem from Jordan and have retained it since. It is important to understand that Israel acknowledged Jordanian control over East Jerusalem from 1948 through 1967. It was as a result of the combined attack of Israel by the arab forces (Egypt, Syria, and Jordan) that the Israelis occupied East Jerusalem after decimating the combined Arab force in the six-day war. It has been for all practical purposes under Israeli control since then.

The UN security Council did decree that Israeli claim over entire Jerusalem is “null and void” asking that member states not establish their diplomatic missions there. That however is being challenged by Trump.

Trump by recognizing Israel’s right over Jerusalem has shown that his election promises are not mere rhetoric and that he intends to follow through on them. This is also a major concession to his core support base made up of the Jewish lobby and the evangelicals.

It must also be acknowledged that it is the Jews who have the historical and spiritual right over the holy city of Jerusalem. They have waited for a long long time.

600 years before the Roman General Titus in 70 AD destroyed Jerusalem and put to death more than 60,000 Jewish men, women, and children, Jerusalem had earlier been completely destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon but then the Jews returned to rebuild the city within 50 years of that event. However for 2,000 years after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus the Jews could not return to their land and lived and suffered persecution in many countries.

They have finally been given their due. Jerusalem belongs to all three of the Abrahamic faiths but Israel undoubtedly has the first right over the Holy land.

And a bipartisan reading of what Trump meant should make it clear to anyone that he meant the entire Jerusalem – both the East and the West.

Jerusalem

Culture, History, Religion

NO COMPROMISE. SIRF MANDIR BANEGA WAHAN

I was a student when the Babri Masjid was brought down. It was also the time when I was shaking off the effects of 12 years of brainwashing at a Christian mission school and was slowly understanding what had been done to the Hindus as a people, as a civilization, and as a culture.

As I revisited History and read about the depredations and humiliation that had been wrought upon my ancestors I was shocked to say the least. I had never been taught all of this at School or College and therefore it came as a shock and a revelation.

More importantly it made me go back to my roots and re-examine my own connection with the tenets of my own Dharma. Dec 6, 1992 is therefore one of the most important days in my life.

It showed that a more assertive and a stronger Hindu who fights for his/her rights is the need of the hour, someone who would be uncompromising, firm, and clear in his/her vision that he/she is the legatee of the greatest culture the world has ever known. This land, this Karmabhoomi -Bharata is the only place now where this culture still flourishes (however distorted or diluted). It is our collective duty to preserve, recharge, and hand over to the next generation.

In this context, I read an article yesterday which talked about how Tulsidas had made no mention of the demolition of a Temple. It was written by a “nominal” Hindu, the kind who are deracinated and ashamed of their own roots.

Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya, considered the foremost authority on Tulsidas has however cited verses from two works composed by Tulsidas which, in his opinion, are relevant to the dispute. The first citation consisted of eight verses from a work called Dohā Śataka, which describe the destruction of a temple and construction of a mosque at the disputed site in 1528 CE by the Mughal ruler Babar who had ordered General Mir Baqui to destroy the “temple of the infidels” – the temple dedicated to Maryada Purushottam Rama

Below is a snapshot from that “Doha Sataka” where Tulsidas talks poignantly of how these barbarians came and destroyed this Ram temple. See highlighted portions in the photo below. It is takea from this PDF available at this link (http://elegalix.allahabadhighcourt.in/…/ay…/honsaj-vol-4.pdf) which was part of the evidence submitted to the court. Please do download and read the entire PDF.

Ramjanmabhoomi-Tulsi-shatak

#MANDIRWAHINBANAYENGE #WAHANSIRFMANDIRBANEGA#JAISHRIRAM

Culture, History, Religon, Spirituality

SATYAKAMA JABALA – THE SEEKER OF TRUTH & THE KEY ROLE WOMEN PLAY IN INSTILLING VALUES & RESPECT FOR THE DHARMA

In the Chandogya Upanishad one reads the story of Satyakama, the son of Jabala. Satyakama was brought up by Jabala a single-mother (yes during the vedic times, so there is nothing new about single-mothers now). No one knew who his father was. Interestingly, neither did Jabala herself.

Jabala was a very good mother and she instilled all the right values in Satyakama. She particularly taught him the importance of speaking the truth at all times and Satyakama took this to heart and imbibed it fully.

As Satyakama grew up into a young lad, he saw that all the other boys in the neighbourhood and even his friends were enrolling themselves into the Gurukula and Satyakama was also very keen to get himself admitted into a Gurukula.

As per the practice then, a boy desirous of getting into a Gurukula had to state his Kula, Gotra, father’s name, essentially his lineage. He walked up to his mother and told her about his desire to join the Gurukula and asked her to tell him his father’s name and his lineage.

His mother replied “Son, I have worked at many places, served many people, and lived at many places. You were born when I was young and I honestly don’t know who your father is. She went on “You can go to the Gurukula and when the Guru asks you, tell him this – I am Satyakama, the son of Jabala and I am interested in acquiring knowledge”

Satyakama walked to the Gurukula and stood before Rishi Haridrum Gowthama and when questioned by the Rishi, stated the exact words that his mother had taught him. The Rishi Gowthama looked at the young boy for a moment and then smiled. He said “You are truly a boy from a very high Gothra/Kula. Only someone born to great parents can speak thus. From today you shall be my son, let us first perform your upanayana and then we shall start your Vidyabyasa.”

This story illustrates the key role women play in protecting and nurturing the Dharma and also how important it is for them to instill the values of our Dharma into children.

In the concluding section of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, called the “Vamsha-Brahmana” there is a listing of the “Gurus” who have protected and taught the Upanishad over the years along with their lineage. In this list, for many Rishis only their Mother’s name is mentioned. There is no mention of a father’s name. The list of mother’s names is fairly long, showing how much importance was accorded to women in the Dharma.

Adi Sankara in his commentary on this Upanishad notes in his typical clear and pithy style “The mother it is who determines the character of a person. All these Gurus mentioned in the Upanishad are truly of impeccable character – It is perhaps because of this that only the names of their mother’s is mentioned here…”

satyakama

This story also brings out two key points:

  1. It shows what qualities are important for a student – he/she should be truthful and he must have within him this thirst for acquiring knowledge.
  2. The Guru must be willing to teach any student who is desirous of learning and acquiring knowledge – that should be the most important criterion and all other factors such as caste, lineage etc. are not really that important.