FOSSIL SOCIETIES: ARE HINDUS TURNING FOSSILS ? – 2 – Part 3 (Post No.8685)


LONDON HARE KRISHNA CHARIOT FESTIVAL 

WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8685

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FOSSIL SOCIETIES: ARE HINDUS TURNING FOSSILS ? – 2 – Part 3

BY R.Nanjappa

BRAHMIN NEEDS KSHATRIYA PROTECTION

The Brahmin always depended on the protection of the rulers and support of the others. As Tiruvalluvar says in the Kural:

The Sceptre of the ruler is the basic support of the science of the Brahmins and dharma.                                543

The udders of the cow will yield less milk, and the Brahmin will forget his science (learning of Veda ) if the king does not rule with justice.  560           

Who was the Creative Minority?

Can we say the Brahmins were the “Creative Minority ” who helped meet the challenges in the past? Maybe not. Nor did they become a “dominant ” minority as they always depended on the support of others. The theory of Brahmin superiority is a silly myth. In Hindu civilization, the “creative minority” have been the Seers and Saints. Many of our ancient Rishis like Visvamitra, Vashishtha, Vyasa were not pure Brahmins. Nor was Valmiki, our Adikavi. Our two most popular and dominant Avataras -Rama and Krishna- are Kashatriyas, while Brahmin Avatars like Vamana and Parashurama are not worshipped! But Brahmins acted as the preservers of Dharma and in that sense they were a protective, though not a pro-active minority ! 

The Saint -singers united the Hindus and helped them meet the Muslim challenge. But a new wave of domination came with the Europeans who changed our society wholesale, with the Christian missionaries on their side to pose a direct challenge to our religion. Sri Ramakrishna appeared at that time and reassured the Hindus of the soundness of their faith, though some practices required change. Vivekananda took the battle to the world stage. Sri Aurobindo declared India to be a Goddess, and its freedom a spiritual necessity. For a time it looked as if Hindus would reassert themselves. 

MODERN INDIA IS  KHICHDI- NOT HINDU CIVILIZATION

But this did not happen :
1. The leaders of Independent India did not follow Vivekananda or Sri Aurobindo. They have generally been anti- Hindu  (in the name of secularism) and reformist, following Western trends and ideas.

 2. The followers of Ramakrishna have made him a cult figure, limiting his appeal.
3.The system of education introduced by the British still continues and it is basically anti-Hindu in spirit and substance.
4.Christians and Muslims have regrouped and now pose a bigger threat than ever to our religion and civilisation.
5.Hindus who lacked common leadership have now lost the sense of their Hindu social identity almost totally! 

A Hindu is even apologetic in admitting that he is Hindu! The modern political Hindus have invented a hundred things to divide themselves. Just one example:  Muslims or Christians do not fight over language- only Hindus do! Hindus-especially the educated ones- do not support the cause of the Cow or Sanskrit! They allow their temples to be run by a so-called secular government!
The Jews were driven out of their homeland. Hindus are getting immobilised in their own land- which is no longer de jure Hindu country!

LONDON KANAKA DURGA TEMPLE FESTIVAL

HINDUISM – TURNING FOSSIL ?

But perhaps the greatest weakness is that Hinduism depends upon many social arrangements and mutual interactions among social groups. These are disintegrating. Today, the main avenues of interaction are economic and political. Society is reaching such a stage and shape that Hinduism in the traditional sense [as Vedic religion] cannot be practiced. The challenges are so overwhelming and the creative instinct is so conspicuously absent among the Hindus, that it seems Hindus are on the way to becoming fossils- unless a new leadership emerges, and springs of authentic renewal are activated. 
 We may participate in a formality without experiencing the reality.

[Why and how Hindus have been reduced to such a state requires further exploration.

Before that we have to see whether a society still needs a religion as the cementing bond.]

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