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Goal of achieving progress in an individual’s life changes with spiritual perspective. In fact, the real progress of an individual is in doing something for the spiritual progress of the society. Course of development of an individual and nation can be discovered only by following spirituality.

What is the meaning of progress of a human being at various levels in his life and when progress in real sense of the term, will be achieved. After the Second World War, progress of an individual started to be gauged with his worldly success, money, power as also by his looks, gait and style of talking etc. These measures are superficial. Spirituality takes care of an individual’s worldly needs and problems. Knowledge of good and bad, development of prudence is progress. Development from an animal to a human being, from a human being to a seeker and from a seeker to a saint that is divinity, is the real progress in a human’s life.

The concept of development of a society: If we think of our nation in the context of development, it is not even healthy, it is a sick nation. We have to think that how can we cure our nation of its ailments before we talk about development. The real concept of development is taught only by righteousness. America can think of eliminating Laden but it has no remedy for removing the Raja-Tama thoughts of terrorism. That can be done only by India, which is a ‘Sattva’ pre-dominant nation.

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By Francois Gautier

When Alan Paton wrote Cry The Beloved Country he was lamenting how the whites could devise, construct and implement race and colourbased social and economic injustices over the blacks in apartheidera South Africa. ‘Cry O my Beloved India’ could be very well applied to our politics, for things have gone to such a pitch of unfair, blatant and outrageousness that it baffles the mind. Yet neither the politicians, nor most of the press find anything wrong in it. Just a few examples: Varun Gandhi spent nearly three weeks in jail under the NSA, just because he said something that might be reprehensible. But many mullahs spew fire and venom in their Friday discourse in numerous mosques in India — and none ever gets arrested, because riots would erupt immediately.
Sadhvi Pragnya, a Hindu woman monk, has been languishing in jail for months, even though no conclusive proof has been brought forward of her direct involvement in the Malegaon blasts case. Recently she was assaulted by a Muslim inmate at Byculla Jail and sustained injuries to her face, nose and neck. But you have the Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani, a prime accused in the Coimbatore bomb blasts, which cost the life of 60 people, who is standing for election in Kerala with the full backing of the CPI-M.
In Orissa, the police arrested the BJP candidate from Kandhamal constituency, Ashok Sahu, because he accused the church of using foreign money to induce innocent tribals to convert — which is a well documented fact, please read Tehelka’s cover story.
Yet terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who went on killing people as if he was strolling in a mall, is enjoying a royal life. The entire Arthur jail has been vacated for him. 11.000 pages of his indictment charges are going to be translated in Urdu, just because he has asked for it and the court has even sanctioned the absurdity of DNA tests to determine his age. The entire country wants him judged quickly and hanged, but to please a minority, the Congress is dithering.
In the same way, the President of India, who is pliant to the will of the Congress, will not allow Afzal Guru, who has committed treason against his own country, to be hanged, till elections are over, for fear of alienating the Muslim vote. Yet the Congress keeps telling us Indian Muslims are patriotic. Then, why should it fear losing its votes when it hangs a traitor? Nobody thought two times about hanging Godse.
The LTTE blew up Rajiv Gandhi in a totally senseless and cruel manner, just because he was on the verge of becoming PM again. But today, because of Tamil Nadu votes, Rajiv’s widow, Sonia, sent emissaries to Sri Lanka to pressure the government to effect a ceasefire just as it is about to wipe out the LTTE after 25 years of a bloody civil war. Does it make sense to you?
India is about equality and rising above castes; yet since 1947, politicians of this country, particularly the Congress, and later V P Singh, Mulayam Singh, or Lalu Prasad, have divided India along castes and religious lines.
But Mayawati tops them all: she gave a push to her prime ministerial aspirations, promising Scheduled Caste status to 16 more castes if she takes power at the Centre.
In India, you are supposed to be elected with Rs 10 lakh of white money. But everybody knows that to become an MP today, you need Rs 10 crore, as you have to boast of a hundred-car caravan when you go campaigning, hire private planes, helicopters, gift free saris, dhotis, televisions, cash even, more and more. So where do you get the balance in black money? From corrupt businessmen, from the mafia, from kickbacks.
The tragedy is that the Indian press does not play its role, because not many mainstream newspapers or television channels complained when Varun Gandhi was in jail, while Madani, a criminal who has the lives of 60 innocent people on his hands, was not only scot free, but was standing for MP with the full backing of a political party, whose leader just said that he would not refuse the post of Prime Minister.
The real problem is that India has been colonised for too long, contrary to China whose people remain proud of their culture and intensely nationalistic. It has resulted in a deep-rooted inferiority complex in the Indian psyche, where every intellectual is always looking towards the West for approval and Indians are so obsessed with having the western type of democracy, without adapting it to the Indian conditions.
The system has become so perverted that only radical surgery to remove the diseased parts will start the indispensable cleansing process.
Cry O my beloved India: look at what Thy children have done to Thee…

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A conference was held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 18 October 2006 to 22 October 2006. The conference was titled ‘Asian Mission Congress’. Though this conference was not given much coverage in the Bharatiya Newspapers, Goa’s English newspaper ‘Herald’ gave it reasonable coverage in its inner pages. Those interested in details of this conference can access relevant web sites. Not only every awakened Hindu but also every righteous follower of Eastern religions should take note of this conference and also note what transpired at the conference. The importance of this conference can be gauged upon gleaning the list of participants.
1047 representatives from 25 countries participated in this conference, in which 5 Cardinals, 69 Archbishops and Bishops, 385 priests participated with their delegations from various countries. Pope Benedict XVI sent Cardinal Sepe as his special envoy to the conference. Similarly Cardinal Ivan Dias, Head of the ‘Congregation for the Evangelisation (in short, Evangelisation means promoting Christianity) of people’ (this is the office that handles the spread of Christianity in the world for the Vatican) was also present for the conference.
Upon going through the theme of the Conference and reading the news coverage of various speeches made during the conference, it will be clear that the members are determined to ‘Spread the message of Christianity in Asia using any and every mean what so ever!’. Determination is a good attribute. But what if this attribute is used for an ulterior objective and with an undesirable methodology? That is why, all this has to be seriously pondered over not by the missionaries, but by the enlightened and righteous people of the Eastern religions. The missionaries claim that it is their right to propagate their religion. In doing so, they do not think much about what is proper or improper way to do so. What is important to them are ‘the numbers converted’ or their harvest. That is why they do any thing – lie, misrepresent, coerce to convert people to Christianity; this is applicable to missionaries the world over and is well known to all who have studied their activities and history. The theme of this conference was ‘The Story of Jesus Christ in Asia: A Celebration of Faith and Life.
Accordingly, many propounded that ‘Jesus was from Asia’ From this it should be understood that the non Christians shall be told this again and again emphatically. Asians consider Christianity to be a foreign religion; and so this missionary endeavour. Here the word ‘inculturation’ comes into play. We could say that it means getting inducted into the culture and heritage of a people. In practical terms it would mean that the converted Christian continues to perform the rituals and practices of his original religion. Along with this it would be said that there is an instruction in Bible about these rituals, and it (inculturation) also means that this is how it will be told. We provide here, what was said by some important dignitaries in this conference, as it will provide an opportunity to the Hindus to study the psychology of the missionaries, their perspective, their policies and their method of propagating Christianity. In our previous article we examined the statements made by the Pope’s special envoy Cardinal Sepe and Cardinal Poupard. In this article, we shall examine the messages propounded at the conference by Cardinal Toppo, Cardinal Diaz and Archbishop Angel Lagdameo. The passages in bold font are the views of the Author.
(What is clear from this repeatedly is the singularly obstinate Christian mentality that whatever others might possess is inferior to what they have and whatever happens, theirs will be the last word.
Bharatiyas were celebrating Diwali when this conference was on. At least now the Hindus should be aware of what is happening around them, when they are celebrating their festivals !)
They say the Church has always respected the cultures of the Asian sub-Continent!

The Pope’s special envoy to the conference said, ‘the local churches work towards an intra-religious dialogue. The Catholic Church has always had great respect for various cultures of the Asian sub-Continent.’
(There are many examples right from the Dark era of the ‘Inquisition’ in Goa, which show that the ground reality is quite different. Reading what the Catholics did in Goa would send shivers down any ones spine. (The curious should read books written by Late Dr. T. B. Cunha, a catholic himself and a congressman or historians like Late Shri. A.K.Priolkar). It is another matter that even today there are news reports of Christian schools not allowing girls to wear bangles, apply Kumkum on their forehead, or not allowing boys to wear rakhis in school. Missionary use of words like’ always had great respect for various cultures ‘ is nothing but a whitewash !)
The true face of the Missionary work, which is supposed to be in the interests of society!
Cardinal Sepe, special envoy of the Pope at the conference referred to Pope John Paul 2 when he told the congregation, ‘If any charitable act is not done in Jesus’ name, it will remain only an action useful for society.’
(If they want to remind themselves about JESUS while performing the charity work then its a little different matter. But ground reality is that they are interested to remind the beneficiaries about it. Working for the benefit of the society is a mere fa’ade for the Missionaries. They even do not miss a chance of telling a person not to do so!)
The cardinal insisted – The story of Jesus is not imaginary!

In his message, Cardinal Poupard referred to the ‘Convention on Christian Humanism’ held at Bangkok in the year 1999. He said that the proceedings of this convention were compiled in the book ‘Illuminating the Light of the Gospel, the Mosaic of Asian Cultures’ and that the story of Jesus was not imaginary, but a true story.
(Many western Historians have refuted the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth. May be it was because of this that the cardinal felt the need to stress the factuality of Jesus !)
We are reproducing in short important passages of Cardinal Poupard’s speech. This will help the readers understand the direction the missionary movement in Asia will take and the strategy they will zealously pursue in future.
The Missionaries’ Strategy!

‘The Story of Jesus, therefore, necessarily calls for the evangelization of cultures and the Inculturation of the faith. The evangelization of cultures and the Inculturation of the Gospel go hand in hand, in a reciprocal relationship which presupposes constant discernment in the light of the Gospel, to facilitate the identification of values and counter-values in a given culture, so as to build on the former and vigorously combat the latter’. (Cf. A Pastoral Approach to Culture # 5) ‘ Cardinal Poupard.
(This is like the foreign liquor manufacturers deciding to come to villages in Bharat and telling the womenfolk the proper and improper methods of preparing Roti! Alert Hindus should now observe and study Christianity and the missionaries in the context of their own Hindu angle !)
The Missionaries perspective of the local cultures is a medium of promoting Christianity and as culture is a human creation, it is therefore marked by Sin!

The Story of Jesus Christ is first and foremost an Asian story. Jesus Christ is an Asian gift to Mankind. It is unfortunate that for centuries now the story of Jesus Christ has not had the desired impact in Asia, partly because Christianity has been seen as a foreign religion. Asia is the cradle of major religions and spiritual traditions of the world. The countries in the continent of Asia have ancient cultures, which are profoundly influenced by non-Christian religions and traditions of wisdom. The story of Jesus Christ cannot be celebrated in a vacuum. Local cultures are necessary vehicles to express God’s (Jesus’) revelation of love that is at the core of faith. At the same time, it will be appropriate to remember that, “since culture is a human creation and is therefore marked by sin’, it too needs to be ‘healed, ennobled and perfected’. (Redemtoris Mission # 54) There is a close link between faith and culture; there must be a healthy osmosis between the two. The synthesis between culture and faith is not only a demand of culture but also of faith’A faith that does not become culture is a faith not fully accepted, not entirely thought out, not faithfully lived.’ This was so prophetically highlighted by our dear departed John Paul II.
I do wish that the reflections and discussion at this Asian Mission Congress will lead to a more effective proclamation of the person of Jesus Christ in the Asian continent, even while accepting, respecting and appreciating the cultural values and truths found in Asian Cultures and religions. Asia has its diversity of cultures and creeds. What we need to do is to illumine it with the Light of the Gospel, so that its beauty shines forth with greater splendour’. ‘ Cardinal Poupard
(The Missionaries while examining why they have not been able to convert as many Asians as they expected to, do not want to take into account the fact the religions of Asia teach that anyone can worship God in whichever way they like and no one should force their way on others. If the Missionaries sincerely follow this and try to realise God in this way, no one will question them (but then they will seize to remain missionary!); instead they try every method to convince how the other religions are worthless and how only their path is the only correct path to reach God. Manifestation of this egotism, is the effort to show the ‘splendour’ of Asian cultures in the light of their ‘Good News’. Of course they are then thinking of Inculturation of the Asian Cultures into Christianity. Which means that the respect, they are now showing to the local cultures is their policy for promoting Christianity and not a sincere feeling of respect towards it. The observers should note this. It is clear that under the cover of the Asian cultures, they will establish themselves and when possible they will throw these very same Asian Cultures overboard. The only difference is that in the olden days the missionaries did their work without adopting such devious methods. As an example, see the History of Missionary activity in Goa !)
‘The story of Jesus is the Biggest Bestseller!’ ‘ Cardinal Toppo

The Story of Jesus! Even after 2000 years, this story remains a bestseller and will remain so in the years to come till the end of time. The story of Jesus is the core around which revolves the story of mankind. Take away this story and the entire plot of the story of mankind falls flat, making human life meaningless’. – Cardinal Toppo, (Archbishop of Ranchi, President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Bharat) at the beginning of his address.
(The Gita, Mahabharat, Ramayana and other treatises were being read and followed in Bharat (and Overseas) long before the birth of Christianity. They formed the basis of preaching; but never did devout Hindus view them as ‘bestsellers’. In the Hindu culture, stories of Gods, meant to preach Righteousness (Dharma) were not valued for their ability as ‘Bestsellers’. The missionaries view their God’s story in this light. That is the difference! This is how a mentality gets manifested unknowingly. Cardinal Toppo’s address brings out the ‘business-like attitude’ (It is besides the point, that when compared to the preachers Hindus have known, like Adya Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekanand, these missionaries can definitely not be called preachers.) and their capital! The Hindus should examine the activities of these missionaries and the teachings of their religion (Christianity) on the basis of the teaching in the Hindu religion.

If human life without the ‘bestseller story of Jesus’ is meaningless, then the life of the Asian people over the centuries should have been more aimless than that of the westerners. It is a well-known fact that when Bharat was developed and prosperous in every way, the western countries did not even know of the simple things for everyday living. Bharat even had cities and rules for urban living. The civilization was advanced to the extent that when two Kings fought a war, the common man did not suffer. If the story of Jesus has the ability to give meaning to human lives, why then are the churches in the western nations barren? Why have the westerners used and rejected this ‘bestseller and a product that will be of use till the end of the world’? Or is it that what they are trying to sell, is non-existent, as has been made clear by the western historians! Of course, if one’s very existence depends upon the ‘business’, and then to make the business prosper one will follow any means! )
Christians are masking their only God to propagate Christianity in Asia!

‘Intercultural and inter-religious dialogues are taking up the Asian Synod’s challenge to present Jesus Christ in a new way to the people’s of Asia. This First Asian Mission Congress is crafted to do just that by presenting ‘The Story of Jesus in Asia” through a pastoral and catechetical approach. In Asia, ‘We want to see Jesus” (Jn. 12, 21) with an Asian face; this has been the concern of Asian Theology and Asian Christology. This first Asian Mission Congress, I am happy to note, is accepting this.’ – The Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, in his address.
(Now, why does a story told for the last 2000 years needs to be told in a different way? This seems similar to the approach of Multinational companies marketing their products for Asia, when they do a market study of the Asian taste and likings and modify their products eg Potato Chips etc. Or it might also remind you of the phrase, ‘Old wine in a new bottle’. Where is spirituality in such an attitude? If we are to accept the Asian face of Christ as true, then what about his earlier face or faces?)
The Missionary perspective on St. Francis Xavier, torturer of the Hindus!

This year there are added reasons not just to renew our commitment but to review and renew our commitment to mission at all levels: Bishops-Priests-Religious-Laity-Associations-Movements-Institutions, as this year we celebrate the fifth centenary of the birth of St Francis Xavier, patron of mission and missionaries, who was instrumental in spreading the Faith in various countries of Asia. – Fr. Saturnino Dias
(These words lay bare the mentality of the missionaries. When we say any thing about the oppression of the Hindus in Goa, or about the cruel Inquisition of that period, they call it a thing of the past. And also say that the Pope has apologised for the Inquisition. (Actually the Pope has apologized for the European Inquisition).
But on the other hand, they do not stop praising the cruel Saint Francis Xavier as their Missionary brother. He was first to ask for the Inquisition in Goa. Penrose’s words throw light on St. Francis’s missionary zeal. He writes, ‘if one is like to pinpoint a date that started the downfall of the Portuguese empire, then that would be 6th May 1542, the day St. Francis set foot on Goan soil. After that Jesuit oppression reached the zenith. All methods of corruption, oppression and torture were used by him for conversions.’ Another ‘achievement’ of St. Xavier is that he is the originator of anti-Brahmin feeling in Bharat. If the Missionaries have a respect for such a St. Xavier, then the shrewd intelligencia must have realised the cunningness in all the missionary talk of dialogue with other religions, (local) Inculturation, respect for customs of other religions etc. )

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Many times we find that people often quote the Khajuraho Temples as an excuse to equate Hinduism and Hindu Deities with nudity and sex. What is actually Khajuraho, what does it contain and how many of the quoters have actually visited the Temples ? Here are the facts.

Lady Applying Make-up

Male and female Statues

Chandela War March

Chandela Musicians

Finally Erotic Sculpture Depicting the Kamasutra Positions. (Less than 10% of the total carvings)

The name Khajuraho may be derived from khajura (date palm), which grows freely in the area and perhaps because there were two golden khajura trees on a carved gate here. The old name was Kharjuravahaka (scorpion bearer), the scorpion symbolizing poisonous lust. The temples were built under the late Chandela kings between 950 and 1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. With the fading of Chandela fortunes, the importance of Khajuraho waned but temple building continued until the 12th century at a much reduced pace.

The Chandelas were followers of the Tantric cult which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards attaining the ultimate liberation. Tantrism has been mostly misunderstood and the Philosophical part of Tantras like the Mahanirvana Tantra have been totally forgotten. This was one of the reasons why Tantrics perished. Nevertheless it remains a distinct path of Spiritual Practice though it has very few followers all over the world.

The facts

1. It must be emphasized that Khajuraho Temples, do not contain sexual themes inside the Temple premises or near the deity but only on external carvings. They portray that for seeing the deity, one must leave his sexual desires outside the Temple. They also depict that the inner deity of the Temple is pure like the soul (atman) which is unaffected by sexual desires and other gross tendencies, destiny etc, whereas the external curvature and carvings of the Temples depict the bodily changes that occur in us.

2. Only as many as 10% carvings contain sexual themes, not between any deities but between ordinary humans. The rest depict the common man’s life of those days. For example ladies applying makeup, musicians, potters, Farmers etc. All these are away from Temple deities. They give the message that one should always have God as the central point in one’s life even though one is engaged in worldly activities.

3. It is a misconception that since Khajuraho are Temples, they depict sex between deities!

4. In Khajuraho Temples, the idols of Shiva, Nandi, Goddess Durga, Incarnations of Vishnu etc are fully clothed.

5. All over India, in no Temples have idols of Deities been shown nude and in sexual positions !

6. Types of beauty in the Hindu religion – Union of man and woman

‘The basic Universal Divine Energy (Shakti) is a symbol of the union of man and woman and it is the main spiritual emotion in Hindu art depicted in the man-woman sculptures seen in Amravati, Khajuraho, Konark, etc.Here Divine Energy (Shakti) manifests  in the man-woman union, the basis of Vedic art and culture. Sculptures in the Ajanta caves are also a depiction of the man and woman, but sexual congress is prohibited in the sculptures’.  Bharatiya Sanskruti Kosh, pages 166-169

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Bhutan Rich in natural resources!

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in its report of 2006 has raised the question of 3 lakh Hindu refugees of Nepalese linage. Bhutan is a tiny nation with a population of 3 lakh. 90% of its Budget comes as a grant from the Government of India! Bhutan is divided geographically into 2 parts. The northern region is mountainous. The people living there are of Tibetan lineage and followers of Buddhist religion. Agriculture is the mainstay of the southern plateau. Here rice, wheat, raggy, potatoes, cardamoms, oranges and apples are grown. Farming and the orchards are the main industries of Bhutan. In this industry for the last hundreds of years Hindu farmers and laborers of Nepalese lineage have been engaged. Even today 30 to 35% of Bhutan’s population is Hindu of Nepalese lineage. Beside this Bhutan is very rich in mineral resources. It has large deposits of minerals like Surkhadi, Sangameshwar, Graphite, Lead, Copper, Mica, and Gypsum. And because of this Bhutan is being coveted by China. Bhutan has a treaty of cooperation with Indian Government for its Foreign policy and Security.

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Harassment of Hindus by imposing the Buddhist religion on Bhutan!

In 1990 the movement for establishment of democracy gained momentum in Nepal. And Bhutan’s absolute Monarchy became fearful of its Hindus of Nepalese lineage. Fearing that these people would also demand a democracy now the reigning King declared Buddhism as the official religion of Bhutan. And ‘the Dopcha’ worn by the Buddhists residents of north Bhutan, was declared as the National costume of Bhutan. Now it has been made compulsory for everyone to wear this costume. At the same time the King under the guise of taking a census declared 3 lakh of these Hindus of Nepalese Lineage as infiltrators and deported them from Bhutan. 2 lakh of these people went to Nepal and 1 lakh came to India. Both these countries did not recognize them as their citizens. These countries accepted them as refugees and kept them enclosed in various refugee camps, putting the onus of looking after there food and welfare on the United Nations. This was 15 years ago but there has been no change in their status. The United Nations High Commission which handles the questions of the refugees has expressed its worry and concern.

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The fate of Bhutan’s 3 Lakh Hindu Refugees Uncertain!

Actually in 1998 when the new King ascended the throne in Bhutan, he took many modern measures to establish democracy. He has even passed a new constitution, in which Bhutan’s National legislative has been given the right to dethrone the king by 2/3 majority. In spite of this Nepal has not been able to force the question of refugees on Bhutan as Nepal itself has been troubled by its own internal instability. India’s position is strong but it has not been able to force the question as it is apprehensive about China. Like India, China too has some border issues with Bhutan. If Bhutan calls of its treaty with India China is ready to accept the ‘Macnovan line’ as the border between the two countries. (It should be noted that China does not accept the Macnovan line in other parts of the country) If Bhutan breaks the security treaty with India and joins China, then India’s border security plank becomes weak; as Bhutan is like a security plank between India and China. Hence India is unable to throw its weight on Bhutan.

But what ever may be the reason, the fact is that there is no one to stand up for the 3 lakh Hindu refugees. World wide this is the plight of the Hindus. So now the time has come to leave the attitude of pleading, and take a firm and resolute stand on this issue. If not then the process of Hindus being turned to refugee status will continue all over the world.

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The Bad condition of the Kashmiri Pandits!

‘The Human Rights watch’ an international organization evaluated the medical condition of the families who are listed as refugees in their own country. These families are staying in Jammu and Delhi. In this evaluation it was found that in the period 2000-2005 16 infants were born and 549 persons died. These deaths were of persons in the age group of 20 to 25. The reason for the drop in birth rate was examined. It was found that the women’s menstruation cycle had stopped 10 to 15 years earlier than normal. And the reproductive efficiency was at 25%. The Birth rate was dropping due to lack space and privacy. The doctors examining the Kashmiri Pandits opined that the Kashmiri Pandits were physically and psychologically 10 to 15 years older than their natural age. If this condition continues there is a danger of the extinction of the race of Kashmiri Pandits.

Thinking that the Indian Politicians would seriously consider about this situation seriously would be futile positive attitude. Then hypocritical Human rights activists like Teesta Setalwad are never seen to be addressing this issue. Whenever one sees them refer to this report and ask them, ‘what is your stand on this issue?’ and ‘Are you or aren’t you going to speak about this issue?’ in these blunt words we must question them in their public meetings. And if they do not give a clear and frank answer, walk out from the meeting. Unless the hypocritical Human rights activists are exposed, the Hindus will not get to learn of the Truth. How then, will they galvanise into action?

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An article by Gurudev Dr. Kateswamiji exposing the so-called western historians who malign the Hindu religion and Anti Hindus who toe their line!

1. Cows were slaughtered as a Hindu marriage ritual !

Indologists like Macdonald, Weber, Winternitz have pronounced the Vedas to be barbaric and concluded that ‘Hanyante Gaavaha’ meant that cows were slaughtered in marriage rituals. Our ancient Hindu scholars on the basis of this information from these Indologists pronounced us to be beef eaters. Macdonald has misconstrued the word Hanyante Gaavahaa by saying that in a marriage ritual a cow is slaughtered on the day of the magha lunar asterism and everyone feasts on the cow meat ! The Rigveda states the following in relation to the Sun God’s marriage.

Suryaayaa Vahatuha Praagaat Savitaa Yamavaasrujat
Aghaasu Hanyante Gaavorjunyoha Puryuhyate – Rigveda 10.85.13

Meaning: Savita gifted the moon who was his daughter’s to be father-in-law with a cow on the auspicious day of Magha asterism and performed the ritual of giving away of the bride (kanyadan) of Surya on the Falgun lunar asterism.

Clarification: The word Aghaasu is Maghaasu in the Atharvaveda . There is no difference of opinion about these words among our ancient translators. In a marriage Agha( Magha) and Arjuni (Falguni) asterisms are important.

2. Godaan is offering of a cow and Govikartaa means a cowherd !

All deities are present in Cow (Gomata)

This is the meaning that these westerners give. The word ‘go’ means ‘hair’.

2 A. Godaan: This word comes from the Rigveda and Smrutigranth. ‘Go’ means hair and ‘daan’ means to cut thus Godaan is cutting of hair. In the Shrout and gruha traditions importance is given to tonsuring. Also the ritual of Chudaakarma means the cutting of hair. Godaan is actually the ritual of ‘Keshant’ as is clearly given by Smurtikar. Chudaakaran, godaan and jataakaran are all synonymous words.

2. B. Govikarta : Govikarta means a barber and not a cowherd.

3. Gopati means a bull!

Max Mueller has derived that ‘gopati’ means a bull . Actually ‘go’ means rays and ‘pati’ means the master of the rays that is the Sun.

Can a dictionary give the exact meanings?

– Gurudev Dr. Kateswamiji

Understand the meaning of the Vedas, not by Maxmuller’s method, but by the analysis method

Criticism – Maxmuller’s ideology has created havoc while interpreting the meaning of Vedic words e.g. Vedic Sages used to consume cow’s meat, widows were re-married, unwed mothers were treated respectably, adultery was considered legitimate, etc.

Rebuttal – They have invented this historic method of deriving the meaning with the sole aim of labeling the Vedas as crude and uncivilized. When the words ‘Get Saindhav (salt)’ are used during meals, it means ‘get salt’. However, when the same words are uttered when one is going to one’s village, it means ‘get a horse’! There are rules to the interpretation of Vedic sentences. The rules enumerated by the analytical sciences explain the meaning of the Vedic mantras in the most appropriate manner.’

– Gurudev Dr. Kateswami

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In the ashram of Gurudev Dr. Kate Swamiji at Wadala Mahadev, there was a gathering of ‘Rhugvedi Pundits’. The purpose of the gathering was to felicitate ‘Vedamurtis’ striving to keep alive and maintain Hindu customs and traditions. ‘Satyanarayana puja’ was performed on the occasion besides discourse by Gurudev Dr. Kate Swamiji.

In his discourse, Dr. Kate Swamiji said, “Vedas are divine. They are not written or composed by man; but they were created just through inspiration. Had they been composed so many years back by man, they would have been destroyed in the course of time; but they are eternal. Sage Bharadwaj could learn only a small portion of ‘Vedas’ even after study of 400 years. ‘Vedas’ are in Sanskrit (language of God). One needs to have a subtle perception to understand the meanings which is not very easy. It can happen only after undertaking spiritual practice for many years. Recently, some have tried to understand the ‘Vedas’ but their effort has been wrong and incomplete. How can one understand the ‘Vedas’ unless one knows the history about their origin. The knowledge of ‘Vedas’ was verbally passed on from generation to generation. The ‘Vaidik Brahmins’ have still maintained the traditions and it is the main purpose of this gathering to felicitate them.”

The program started in the early morning at ‘Brahma muhurta’ after the group of Brahmins had auspicious bath. Dr. Kateswami attended the program from 9.00 A.M. when recitation of ‘mantras’ was going on in the presence of ‘Vaidik’ Brahmins and devotees. Revered Vedamurti Athalye was felicitated. The morning session ended with recitation of ‘Pavaman sukta’. On the eve of the gathering i.e. on 20th April, vaidik Brahmins arrived at the ashram from various places like Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Pune, Nanded, Alandi etc. On the occasion of ‘Hanuman Jayanti’ and full moon day, the usual program was also held.

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