Sanatan Dharma – Countering the lies..

Stumbled across this wonderful blog by Maria Wirth .Really heartwarming to see a German at the forefront of highlighting the richness of Indian heritage and culture. Wow! 🙂

Her recent piece on the various lies out there including the stupid Ghar Wapasi among others propagated mainly to put down the majority religion. Any attempts to highlight it is put as being majoritarian. The false narrative spun out not only by the media but also by the more powerful people behind them, which this blog so regularly highlights and endeavours to religiously (pun unintended) uncover, has been nailed here.

Here it goes ..

“Brahman is not what the eyes can see but That whereby the eyes can see. Brahman is not what the mind can think but That whereby the mind can think” (Kena Upanishad).

Profound insights like the above couldnt be matched by the over simplistic assumptions of the church which had a silly system of dividing people into “believers” and “unbelievers”. Or kafir (unbeliever) in Islam.

The intellectual elite there were deeply impressed and wanted more of it. Prominent personalities like Voltaire, Mark Twain, Schopenhauer, the Schlegel brothers, Paul Deussen and many others spoke in glowing terms about India’s heritage. In the early 20th century scientists like Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Pauli, Oppenheimer, Einstein or Tesla were in their research inspired by Vedanta and acknowledged it.

Naturally the intellectual elite spoke in glowing terms of this great philosophy i.e. Sanatan Dharma.

“…Teach children all over the world negative aspects about Hinduism (all Indian traditions got an “ism”- ending in the English language which made them look dogmatic) and after some 15 years, the new generation will not even want to know anything about Hinduism. They will be convinced that it is worthless because their teachers said so…. Neither were we told in school that all societies have a caste or class system and that the Vedic analogy of a society being like a human body was actually ingenious…”

The church strategy to counter the threat was to project the Hindu religion as the bad guy. And yeah! Catch ’em young (Mind you, not referring to paedophilistic behaviour of the church) The Thomas Macauley strategy of replacing the indigenous education with English education really worked. Isnt English the only way one would be able to spread propaganda? Caste system anyone?

India has the most terrible caste system” was, and still is, a strategy to put Hinduism and Hindus down, fairness was not to be expected. Otherwise it would become quickly clear that the sins against humanity by the Whites and Arabs were far greater than those by Indians. Slavery, colonialism, the Christianization of the Americas, the Muslim invasions, and even today discrimination against women, racism especially against Jews and Blacks, cruel oppression and terrorism in the name of religion took the lives of many millions of human beings. 

Indians come nowhere near their horrific record and have no need to go on the defensive. Yet unfortunately Hindus fall into the trap and become defensive. They enact more laws in favour of backward castes or women, but they of course cannot satisfy those who do not want to be satisfied.

Bingo!! Propagate the imaginery evil caste system. “Terrible, terrible caste system of India.” Wouldnt this overshadow the mass murder of the marauding Muslim rulers in India? Or the horrors perpetrated by the British? Very true this. Havent we become defensive and self loathing?

If Hindu Dharma were better known – and it needs to spread for the benefit of humanity – it will become clear that it was portrayed as the worst option for humanity, because nobody should know that it is actually the BEST option.

Signing off in style with the above. Respect!

 

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From Gandhar & Purusapur to Kandahar & Peshawar

Afghanistan, lying to the North – West of India, conjures images of massive waste lands ravaged by war over the years. Soviet occupation followed by the Taliban and subsequent US occupation has left the country devasted. Taliban were particularly destructive as they even blasted the statues of Buddha at Bamiyan. However, what is unknown is that Gandhar (present day Kandahar, Afghanistan. Remember Gandhari, the famous mother of the Kauravs from Mahabharata? Thats correct. She is believed to have hailed from Gandhar) was once the epicentre of trade, commerce and spirituality and a confluence point of united India and Persia.

Rajiv Malhotra has this and this excellent pieces.

It was a province of the Persian king Darius I in the fifth century B.C.E. After conquering it in the 4th century B.C.E., Alexander encountered the vast army of the Nandas in the Punjab, and his soldiers mutinied causing him to leave India. Thereafter, Gandhara was ruled by the Maurya dynasty of India, and during the reign of the Indian emperor Ashoka (3rd century B.C.E.)  

Takshashila became an important centre of Buddhist learning, especially in Ashoka’s time. Under the Kushanas, in the late first century A.D… international trade and urbanization reached unprecedented levels in the Indus valley and Purushapara (Peshawar) became the capital of a far-flung empire and Gandhara the second home of Buddhism, producing the well-known Gandhara-Buddhist art.

Gandhara’s capital was the famous city of Takshashila. According to the Ramayana, the city was founded by Bharata, and named after his son, Taksha, its first ruler. Greek writers later shortened it to Taxila. The Mahabharata is said to have been first recited at this place.

During other times, the capital of Gandhara was Purusapura (abode of Purusha, the Hindu name for the Supreme Being), whose name was changed by Akbar to Peshawar. Near Peshawar are ruins of the largest Buddhist stupa in the subcontinent (2nd century C.E.), attesting to the enduring presence of Buddhism in the region. Purusapura is mentioned in early Sanskrit literature, in the writings of the classical historians Strabo and Arrian, and the geographer Ptolemy. Kaniska made Purusapura the capital of his Kushan empire (1st century C.E.). It was captured by the Muslims in C.E. 988

What follows is a veritable carnage, loot, genocide of the worst nature.

Mahmud converted the Ghaznavids into Islam, thus bringing Islam into the sub-continent’s local population. In the 11th century, he made Ghazni the capital of the vast empire of the Ghaznavids, Afghanistan’s first Muslim dynasty. The atrocities by Mahmud of Ghazni makes the Taliban look benign by comparison.

Will Durant explains: “The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within

“Each winter Mahmud descended into India, filled his treasure chest with spoils, and amused his men with full freedom to pillage and kill; each spring he returned to his capital richer than before. At Mathura (on the Jumna) he took from the temple its statues of gold encrusted with precious stones, and emptied it coffers of a vast quantity of gold, silver and jewelry; he expressed his admiration for the architecture of the great shrine, judged that its duplication would cost one hundred million dinars and the labor of two hundred years, and then ordered it to be soaked with naptha and burnt to the ground. Six years later he sacked another opulent city of northern India, Somnath, killed all its fifty thousand inhabitants, and dragged its wealth to Ghazni. In the end he became, perhaps, the richest king that history has ever known.”

This plunder and loot started by this mass murderer of Turkish descent was effectively followed by others. Its now the turn of another bad guy, Ghori.

“In 1186 the Ghuri, a Turkish tribe of Afghanistan invaded India, captured the city of Delhi destroyed its temples, confiscated its wealth, and settled down in its palaces to establish the Sultanate of Delhi ..

..Kutb-d Din Aibak, was a normal specimen of his kind — fanatical, ferocious and merciless.

..Balban, punished rebels and brigands by casting them under the feet of elephants, or removing their skins, stuffing these with straw, and hanging them from the gates of Delhi.”

…Alau-d-din (the conquerer of Chitor) had all the males — from fifteen to thirty thousand of them — slaughtered in one day.”

..Muhammad bin Tughlaq.. He killed so many Hindus that, in the words of a Moslem historian, “there was constantly in front of his royal pavilion and his Civil Court a mound of dead bodies and a heap of corpses, while the sweepers and executioners were weaned out by their work of dragging” the victims “and putting them to death in crowds.” In order to found a new capital at Daulatabad he drove every inhabitant from Delhi and left it a desert….””

The moral definitely is ,.. civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within..”  The missing link clearly is that why and how we became so utterly defenseless and helpless. In the land of Ram, Krishna, Arjun, Bheem, Chanakya its hard to believe that we were so incapable of putting up a credible defense against these marauders. Are we missing something here?   

 

Mohenjo-Daro

Havent seen the movie though. Reviews were mostly bad with ‘critics’ panning it and calling it ‘DDLJ in ancient setting’. But kudos to the director Gowarikar for attempting to make a movie on a subject of which almost nothing is known. Memories of school history came rushing back. 3 vivid images of ‘Dancing girl’, ‘priest king’ and ‘animal seal

Mohenjo-Daro (Pakistan government attempted to change its name to MoenjoDaro) can be roughly translated as;

  • ‘Mound of Dead Men’? in Sindhi (But who would name a living city as city of dead?),
  • ‘Mound of Mohan people’ (Pakistani archaeologists’ interpretation of the name referring to the local fishing community? or even;
  • ‘Kukuttarma’ – Dravidian name – ‘City of the cockerel’?

Basically a mega city of ~ 35000 – 4000o people and part of the great Indus Valley civilisation, which is reported to have spread from the present day Iran to Gujarat (basically undivided India if one can exclude parts of Iran), Mohenjo-Daro is reported to have been established ~ 2500 BC and went into decline around ~ 1800 BC (a good 700 years). Its ruins were only discovered ~ 4000 years later in the 1920’s by an Indian archaeologists.

An interesting interpretation can be found here. Another piece here.

Idea of India

Every Indian should read this piece by Sankrant Sanu. Re – read after you have finished reading it. Fab stuf 🙂

  • Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport has the Samudra Manthan depiction which is an integral part of Indian mythology.
  • Bali, in Indonesia, is a Hindu majority island (83% Hindus) province of the biggest Islamic country in the world, Indonesia. An interesting sketch of Balinese history can be found here
  • Angkor Wat temple complex of Cambodia is essentially dedicated to Vishnu.

With this i start off with “Indic Thought” segment. Hope to write more under this to explore more about the history of our great country.