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. )
By Francois Gautier

Michel de Nostre-Dame, better known as Nostradamus (1503-1566), was a famous French astrologer whose predictions – which included the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy & the premature death of the previous Pope – have proved infallibly accurate.
Recently, unpublished manuscripts of Nostradamus have been discovered (and authentified) in an old trunk in the French city of Lyon. Curiously, there are two full pages, which deal at length with India, particularly with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the just concluded elections. We are giving here the first words in Latin, the language which he used, along with a rough translation in English.
1. “Politicus Bharatus Janatus Indicus veni grandus est vingtus unus centurus – Congressus oublium est …”
English: The Bharatiya Janata Party will come to dominate India in the 21st century, as the Congress, will slowly sink into oblivion.
2. “Malheureusus, duo annum millenium trahisonus idealum est Congressus ressemblum, fautum adoptus est. Electionirium Blanca Madamus attaquum”…
English: Unfortunately, to achieve power, the BJP may gradually forsake most of its idealism. In the 1999 elections for instance, (Nostradamus made here a prediction error : he said duum millenium = 2000), instead of concentrating on real issues – water, sanitation, education – it will waste all its energies on attacking the White Lady (Sonia Gandhi, we suppose).
3. “Surtoutnum idealus oublium Indianum magna Carta devenus est”…
English: But more than these basic issues, which any sincere politician should have at heart, it will not address the real burning changes which India needs to adopt so as to become again a Great Power.
And Nostradamus goes on to enumerate these changes :
4. “Congressus independantum Blancum copium est; necessarus changum indianus cumum facus est”…
English: As the Congress had heavily borrowed from the White Man (British ?) at Independence, it will become necessary to “Indianize” the nation so that it may manifest again its true unique soul.
5. “Panchayatum villagum empruntus. Sanskritus introdum est. Historicum ecritum manus, daemonus est. Yogum, respirationnus introdum est…”
English: Give back the power to the villages in the form of Panchayat. Reintroduce Sanskrit as the national language. Rewrite Indian History, which had mostly been devised by White Masters. Revive ancient traditional systems such as pranayama, yoga, and incorporate them in the education system and everyday life. Change the Constitution so that democracy may not be perverted as it will be. Privatise the over-staffed Iron Bird (Indian Airlines ?), which has the most expensive fares in the world…
6. “Malheureusus, secularus montrarus Congressus devenium est, corptionus introdus cancerus est…”
English: Unhappily again, goes on to say Nostradamus, the BJP in its eagerness to prove itself secular (secularus is originally a Latin word), will tend to become like the Congress : corruption, bureaucracy, the VIP plague, the madness of subsidies and the hunger for power, may eat its inner core as a cancer…
7. “Americanus octopussus contentus summum est; jaunus manus menacus ignorum est, Gaullus manum oublius est. Aurobindus Ghosus Propehetus ignorum est”…
English: It will try to please the American octopus (?) at the cost of India’s integrity, will ignore the great danger of the Yellow Hand (China ?), it will forget that a reuniting with Pakistan is of utmost importance for the stability of the subcontinent, will shun the friendship of the Gauls (France ?) and will also disregard the words of its Great Prophet, Aurobindo Ghose.
And this is Nostradamus’ scoop – if we may say :
8. “Politicus Bharatus Janatus interminum dividus duum et novus politicus formus”…
English: After some time, the Bharatiya Janata Party may split into two. Sincere idealists will form a parallel party which will have as its political platform many of the ideals which the BJP had forsaken.
9. “Indianus pretus reformus est, Grandus nationus manum”…
English: India by that time will be ready for the Big Change and the new party will sweep away the polls and implement these reforms.
10. “Sanskritus savantuus nationalum languus, decentralisum governmentus, aryanus theorum mortuum est, dharmum hinduus devenum. Christianum, Islamus influencum”…
English: Scholars will sit down to modernise and simplify Sanskrit; government will be decentralised; India will strive to form of a federation of SAARC countries; the theory of the Aryan invasion will be proved false and it will be shown that Indian civilisation is at least ten thousand years old and has influenced all great ancient civilisations and religions such as Christianity and even Islam.
And finally :
11. “Aurobindus Ghosus realisum est, Indianum Agus ancientus mortum non est”..
English: And the prophecy of Sri Aurobindo will be fulfilled : “India of the ages is not dead nor has She spoken Her last creative word. And that which She must seek now to awake, is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the Occident’s success and failure, but still the ancient immemorial Shakti recovering Her deepest self, lifting Her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaning and vaster form of Her Dharma”.
P.S. Nostradamus had written a Post Script:
12. “Post Scriptum : Politicus Bharatus Janatus minus votus, realisus stupidum est et changum exorcisus”…
English: As the BJP, in spite of its alliance getting overall majority (in 1999), will actually win less seats than in the previous election (because of it folly of forsaking its idealism and only attacking the White Lady), it may come to its senses and take-up again its original ideals, thus avoiding the Split. In this way, this semi-defeat may help to exorcise the demons of mediocrity.

Is God dead in Europe?

By James P. Gannon

Two snapshots from a recent tourist trip to Europe: We are in Prague, the lovely and lively capital of the Czech Republic, where the bars and cafes are full, the glitzy crystal and art shops are busy, and the dozens of historic cathedrals and churches are largely empty — except for gawking tourists snapping photos. In The Prague Post, an English-language weekly newspaper, a front-page article reports, in titillating detail, how the city has become Europe’s new capital for pornographic filmmaking, while an op-ed examines why only 19% of the people in this once-religious country believe that God exists.
Change the scene to Rome. We are at the Vatican, swimming in a sea of 150,000 people waiting in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Benedict XVI to appear at a special celebration for Catholic children who have made their first communion in the past year. Rock bands and kids’ choirs entertain the faithful until a roar sweeps through the crowd at the first sighting of the “Popemobile,” carrying the waving, white-robed Benedict down barricaded lanes through the throng. The crowd goes wild.
For an American Catholic visitor, Europe is a puzzling and sometimes discouraging place these days. Is God dead here? Many signs suggest that Europeans think so.

Decline in attendance

“Common wisdom has it that alcoholics outnumber practicing Christians and that more Czechs believe in UFOs than believe in God — and common wisdom may be correct,” wrote Nate and Leah Seppanen Anderson in a Prague Post commentary; he’s a freelance writer, and she’s a political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois and a specialist in Czech politics and society. Surveys show a sharp decline in church attendance and religious practice in most European countries. A series of Eurobarometer surveys since 1970 in five key countries (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy) shows that regular church attendance fell from about 40% of the population to about half that figure. Declines were sharpest in predominantly Catholic nations.
Even so, how do we account for the extraordinary outpouring of grief at Pope John Paul II’s death in April and the enthusiasm that his successor seems to evoke? Are these mere public spectacles, signifying nothing about Europe’s drift from its religious roots, or are they signs of yearning for something more than peace, prosperity and la dolce vita?
As only an occasional visitor to Europe, I claim no expertise in these matters. But some who do see the emergence of a post-Christian era in Europe that has profound consequences for the continent and perhaps is an ominous portend for the United States. Where Europe has gone, America could be going — and that is a prospect that is frightening Christians and sharpening the religious divide in this country.
Western Europe, the cradle of modern Christianity, has become a “post-Christian society” in which the ruling class and cultural leaders are anti-religious or “Christophobic,” writes George Weigel, a Catholic columnist and U.S. biographer of Pope John Paul II. In his new book, The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God, he argues that religious differences help explain the policy tensions between Europe and the United States.
“It would be too simple to say that the reason Americans and Europeans see the world so differently is that the former go to church on Sundays and the latter don’t,” Weigel writes. “But it would also be a grave mistake to think that the dramatic differences in religious belief and practice in the United States and Europe don’t have something important to do with those different perceptions of the world — and the different policies to which those perceptions eventually lead.”
A fierce controversy over any mention of Europe’s Christian heritage erupted in 2004 when officials were drafting a constitution for the European Union, Weigel notes.
Any mention of the continent’s religious past or contributions of Christian culture — in a preface citing the sources of Europe’s distinct civilization — would be exclusionary and offensive to non-Christians, many argued. Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who presided over the process, summed up the dominant view: “Europeans live in a purely secular political system, where religion does not play an important role.”

‘Demographic suicide’

Among the consequences of Europe’s abandonment of its religious roots and the moral code that derives therefrom is a plunge in its birth rates to below the replacement level. Abortion, birth control, acceptance of gay marriage and casual sex are driving the trend. Europe is “committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself,” according to Weigel.
United Nations population statistics back him up.
Not a single Western European country has a fertility rate sufficient to replace the current population, which demographers say requires 2.1 children per family. Germany, Russia, Spain, Poland and Italy all have rates of about 1.3 children, according to the U.N. The Czech Republic’s is less than 1.2, and even Roman Catholic Ireland is at 1.9 children. (The U.S. rate, which has remained stable, is slightly more than 2 children per woman.)
Fifteen countries, “mostly located in Southern and Eastern Europe, have reached levels of fertility unprecedented in human history,” according to the U.N.’s World Population Prospects 2004 revision.
As children grow scarce and longevity increases in Europe, the continent is becoming one vast Leisure World. By 2050, the U.N. projects, more than 40% of the people in Italy will be 60 or older. By mid-century, populations in 25 European nations will be lower than they are now; Russia will lose 31 million people, Italy 7.2 million, Poland 6.6 million and Germany 3.9 million. So Europe is abandoning religion, growing older, shrinking and slowly killing itself. These are signs of a society in eclipse — the Roman Empire writ large. Is this any model for America?
In his 2001 book, The Death of the West, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan argues that a European-style “de-Christianization of America” is the goal of many liberals — and they are succeeding.
Court decisions that have banned school-sponsored prayer, removed many Nativity scenes from public squares, and legalized gay marriage are part of that pattern, as is the legal effort to erase “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency and “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Europe is showing us where this path leads. It is not the right path for America.
James P. Gannon is a retired journalist and author of A Life in Print: Selections from the Work of a Reporter, Columnist and Editor
Reference: USA Today

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

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.


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.


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.


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?

He is adored by millions. Terrorists have laid their weapons at his feet. Nobody has ever seen him utter a word in anger. Truth and love have been his constant motto in life. Yet, much of the media has maligned His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar after the shooting incident of Sunday (May 30) in Bangalore, and he has more or less been accused of lying. The truth is that at the moment there is a witchhunt against Hindu gurus.

It started with the Shankaracharya, then Swami Nityananda was thrown in jail for 45 days, for allegedly having consensual sex with a woman. Today, the media and the government are trying to malign Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the eyes of his disciples and Indians in general. Who is next?

One should analyse why Hindus are so much under attack at the moment. First, there is such a thing as karma. Hindus have often betrayed each other and have become lethargic, complacent and sometimes arrogant. Secondly, there are at the moment combined forces, which are assaulting Hinduism, knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously, openly or covertly.

First you have as a pivotal leader of this country, a person, who whatever her qualities of honesty, hard work and dedication, is a Christian — it would be impossible in a Christian dominated country, such as France, to have a Hindu as the ‘Eminence Grise’ behind the scenes.

Secondly many of India’s present leaders, are of a Marxist bent of mind, which considers religion as an old fashioned and eventually to be rid off (but mind you, they will not touch at Christianity or Islam); this is why in the land of yoga, yogic and spiritual organisations are being taxed today.

Thirdly, Christian conversions have never been this rapid, even at the time of the British: statistics say only three per cent of Indians are Christians, but you will be surprised at the new census: after the tsunami, at least 12 per cent of the Tamil Nadu coast has been converted with millions of dollars given by gullible Westerners.

Indian Muslims working in the Gulf have also brought back to India a more radical brand of Islam, which indirectly helped in fuelling the violent anti-Hindu waves of terrorist attacks. Indeed, there is no way Pakistani terrorists can function without local Muslim help and encouragement.

Finally, Westernisation through television and advertisements, is sweeping across India, and this may be the greatest danger, as westernisation has killed the souls of many Asian countries.

The Christians have a Pope, the Muslims the word of the Quran, communists have Das Kapital of Karl Marx. But Hindus are totally disunited. Hindus are busy at the moment making as much money as possible and aping the western way of life, not even bothering to teach their children Hindu values and culture, whereas every Muslim child is told about the Quran.

Hindu groups in the US or the UK, are constantly fighting each other and thus have very little lobbying power, contrary to the Indian Muslims or the Christians, who are able to deny visas to a chief minister whose state runs efficiently and without corruption. It is said that even the Hindu deities and goddesses are jealous of each other.

It is thus of vital importance that Hindu gurus and swamis regroup under one umbrella which could be called the ‘Supreme Hindu Council’. Each group and guru will retain its leadership and autonomy but will meet three times a year and issue a number of adesh, which will be binding to 800 million Hindus in India and a billion worldwide.

There are too many gurus and swamis all over India and the world and it would not be possible to assemble them all in one group. Thus I propose that the 12 gurus in India who have the most disciples, represent all the other swamis and gurus. Amongst them, of course, we should find Satya Sai Baba, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Amrita Anandmayi, the Shankaracharya of Kancheepuram, Guruma of Ganeshpuri, Shri Ramdev, Satguru Jaggi, etc.

The leadership of this group will be rotated every year and so can membership for that matter, as there are quite a few other gurus of India who have a huge following.It is not only Hinduism which is at stake, but the ‘Knowledge Infinite’ which came down, through the ages and has survived today only in India in a partial form.

This knowledge only can save the world. Let Hindus understand that not only do they have the numbers, but also that they are one of the most successful, law abiding and powerful communities in the world. Nobody should denigrate their gurus.

Reference: Express Buzz