Culture, Opinion, Politics

Why the Hindu must fight alone

My twitter thread (@rameshvenkatramreproduced below  where I point out why the Hindu has to fight on his/her own. The Abrahamic religions particularly Christianity and Islam are basically monotheistic (although Christianity does accept the concept of the “Trinity” – which is but a representation of the “ONE GOD OF THEIR FAITH”


  1. Abrahamic religions – Christianity and Islam are based on a substratum of “NEGATION” and “REJECTION” – NEGATION AND REJECTION OF THE “OTHER”
  2. This “Othering” involves rejecting & negating everything he/she holds dear – Culture, Tradition, Customs, Beliefs, Values, Gods, Goddesses…
  3. When a Hindu converts, he/she is expected to uproot himself/herself from his/her previous value system
  4. Each person is a “Sinner” or a submissive servant who submits to the will of one god/one prophet
  5. Salvation comes only from submitting to the one god, or his son, or his prophet and from none other
  6. Not submitting, not accepting, the one God, the one prophet dooms you to eternal hell
  7. The heathen who pray to “False Gods” must be brought into the fold of the one true religion by any means
  8. Each Christian is therefore a “fisher of men” and for each Muslim conversion of the infidel is “obligatory”
  9. The Hindu concept however is that there can’t be any negation/rejection – how can there be when everything is divine?
  10. The Hindu believes the various forms are but manifestations of the one supreme principle that pervades, invades and resides everything
  11. The Hindu believes no one is a sinner & each person is potentially divine and can realize this divinity within
  12. As Vivekananda said “The Hindu believes all religions to be true” and “all paths lead to the same goal”
  13. This is the principal of the Universality of the concept of God special to the Hindu faith
  14. It is this very principle of acceptance and tolerance that is being used against the Hindu
  15. The Hindu is being told that his own seers & saints accepted Jesus as the true god by putting words into their mouths. See image below:
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  17. The Hindu is attacked by the Evangelical Christianity on one hand and by radical Islam on the other
  18. Don’t ever think the the Christian who fights a Muslim and a Muslim who fights the Christian will ever stand for you. They are united in their hate for the “Hindu”
  19. The only way out is that of the Kshatriya – Hindu assertiveness that is still fledgling but needs to be strengthened & consolidated
  20. When it comes to the Hindu, the christian and the Muslim are united in their hate for the “common enemy”
  21. The proof of their hate is to be seen in India – how they get together and spew venom on the Hindus and the present “Hindu” government of the day.
  22. Much like the earlier religious wars, evangelism, conversion, and Love Jihad are wars too – modern warfare to convert & dominate the “heathen”
  23. Secularism as practiced in India is another that privileges the minority & punishes the majority (Hindus)


Culture, History, Religion

The Vedas are the authoritative texts of Sanatana Dharma (1)

What is the authoritative book on which your religion is based? If this question was posed to a Christian, he/she would say “The Bible”, a muslim “The Koran”; a parsi “The Zend Avesta”; a Buddhist “The Dhammapada”; a Jew probably “The Torah” or “The Tanakh” or “The Hebrew Bible”; a Sikh “The Granth Sahib”

If we were to pose this question to a practitioner of Sanatana Dharma (erroneously referred to as the Hindus) what would his/her answer be? In all probability we would not receive one standard answer – some would say Bhagavad Gita, someone else the Ramayana, someone the Upanishads and so on.

The reason for this is very simple – Sanatana Dharma is the only religion in the world where parents of children do not provide even a basic foundation or grounding in the tenets and principles of their own “Dharma”. I choose not to use the word religion because the word does not capture the true essence of Sanatana Dharma – This “Dharma” was, is, and never will be a religion

Religion means rituals whereas “Dharma” refers to those principles one must follow in life to be CONTENTED and HAPPY. This is probably the reason why even the Supreme Court of India observed that Hinduism is a way of life. This is one major difference between Sanatana Dharma and all other religions.

Besides this, there is one other major difference between Sanatana Dharma and all other religions – All other religions are “Pourusheyam” i.e. “Revealed Texts” – there is one founder or Prophet, or Saint whose commandments form the core of that religion’s beliefs, principles, and practices. Sanatana Dharma however is “Apourusheyam” i.e. not revealed by any one “purusha” or human being – they are timeless, limitless “Truths” that have existed before the time of creation itself and will do so forever.

Therefore, if one were to look for a book or rather a single source of authority in the ocean of Sanatana Dharma then one must look for a book that is truly “Dharma-Pramana” (that which establishes the TRUTH). If this be the criterion, then the Vedas alone pass muster – the Bhagavad Gita is but a small speck in the ocean of Sanatana Dharma – it derives from the Vedantas (Upanishads) and is not even a commentary on the vedas in their entirety.

The Kanchi Paramacharya Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi in the second volume of his “Deivathin Kural” (The voice of God) uses the two quotes below (in Tamizh) to establish what constitutes “The Vedas” (Translation appears below the image)


The Vedas are four (4) in number (Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharva), then the six (6) Vedangas – angas or limbs or divisions of the vedas (more about each of these in subsequent posts), followed by Mimamsa (vedic interpretations), Nyaya (logic), Puranas (Mythology), and Dharmashastras (Codes of Conduct) making it Fourteen (14) in total. To these 14 may be added the 4 Upa-angas (ancillary limbs) namely Ayurveda (Science of Life), Artha-Shastra (Science of Wealth and Economics), Dhanur-Veda (Science of weapon-making and warfare) and Gandharva-Veda (Writings and treatises on the fine arts including music, dance, drama) bringing it to a grand total of 18 – these form the “Vidya-Sthanas” – “…that in which knowledge and wisdom are enshrined”

I will conclude this post with a beautiful conversation between Hanuman (representing the embodied Atman) and Rama (representing the Supreme Divinity – Paramatman) that appears in the beginning of the Muktiko-Upanishad of Sukla Yajurveda which epitomizes the great vastness of the Vedas…

Hanuman asks Rama: “Tell me Raghava, how many are the vedas, and how many their branches and how many the Upanishads?”

Rama replies: “The Vedas are four (4), their branches many and so also the Upanishads – The Rig Veda has 21 branches, the Yajur Veda 109, the Sama Veda a 1,000 and the Atharvana Veda 50 – each of these branches has its own Upanishad (Vedanta)…

Subsequent posts will look at other aspects of the Vedas.


  1. Deivathin Kural Volume-2; Vanathi Publications; 2016 edition/Reprint
  2. Thirty Minor Upanishads – Translated by K. Narayanaswmi Aiyar; 1914 edition. Printed by Annie Besant, Vasanta Press; Adayar; Madras.