Swamy Vivekananda foresaw the dangers of Globalization as early as in 1893 when he spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. To quote his soul-stirring words: “Shall India die? Then, from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct ; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be”.
Swami Vivekananda said: “Arise, Awake and Go Forth as Proud Hindus”. This message forms the basis of Dr Subramaniam Swami’s definition of the following five maxims which should constitute the fundamentals of Hindu Unity today:
1. A Hindu, and those others who are proud of their Hindu past and origins, must know the correct history of India. They must learn the concept of India as Hindustan.
2. According to Hindu belief, all religions equally lead to God, and not that all religions are equal in the richness of their theological content. Respecting all religions, Hindus must forcefully demand from others that such respect is a two-way obligation. Muslims and Christians shall be part of the Hindustani parivar or family only if they accept this truth and revere it.
3. Hindus must prefer to lose everything they possess rather than submit to tyranny or terrorism.
4. The Hindu must have a mindset to retaliate when attacked. The retaliation must be massive enough to deter future attacks.
5. All Hindus to qualify as true Hindus must make an earnest effort to learn Sanskrit and the Devanagiri script in addition to their own mother tongue and must pledge that one day in the future, Sanskrit will be India’s link language since all the main Indian languages have large percentages of their vocabulary in common with Sanskrit.
Dr Swami declares with majestic aplomb: “These five fundamentals constitute the concept of VIRAT HINDU UNITY”.
Even reknowned people in the west like Arthur Schopenhauer has said, ”It is my belief that the philosophy and knowledge of the Upanishads would become the cherished faith of the people in the West.”
I wonder whether we have become so “secularized” to the extent that we are prepared to forget our civilization ethos! What a pity. In this context I would like to quote these immortal words of Shri Aurobindo in his last political speech at Uttarpara on 30 May 1909: “I say it again today, but I put it in another way. I say no longer that nationalism is a creed, a religion, a faith; I say that it is the Sanatan Dharma which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatan Dharma, with it it moves and with it it grows. When the Sanatan Dharma declines, then the nation declines, and if the Sanatan Dharma were capable of perishing, with the Sanatan Dharma it would also perish. The Sanatan Dharma, is indeed nationalism. This is the message that I have to speak to you”. If India is held together, it is because of SANATANA DHARAMA.”
(Inspired by blogs of Mr. V Sundaram (Retd IAS) at www.ivarta.com)