Written by London Swaminathan


Date:20 October 2017


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Post No. 4318

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In a lecture on missions delivered in the nave of Westminster Abbey on December 3, 1873, Max Muller declares that “Brahmanism as a religion cannot stand the light of the day. The worship of Shiva, of Vishnu and of other popular deities, is of the same, nay, in many cases of a more degraded and savage character than the worship of Jupiter, Apollo and Minerva; it belongs to a stratum of thought which is long buried beneath our feet; it may live on, like the lion and tiger, but the mere air of free thought  and civilised life will extinguish it……..

“It is true that there are millions of women, men and children in India who fall down before the stone images of Vishnu with his four hands, riding on a creature half bird, half man or sleeping on a serpent; who worship Shiva, a monster with three eyes, riding naked on a bull, with a necklace of skulls for his ornament. There are human beings who still believe in a god of War, Kartikeya, with six faces, riding on a peacock, and holding bow and arrow in his hands, and who invoke a god of Success, Ganesha with four hands and an elephant’s head, sitting on a rat. Nay, it is true that in the broad day light of the Nineteenth century, the figure of the goddess Kali carried through the streets of her own city, Calcutta, her wild dishevelled hair reaching to her feet, with a necklace of human heads, her tongue protruded from her mouth, her girdle stained with blood. all this true; but ask any Hindu who can read, write and think, whether these are the gods he believes in and he will smile at your credulity. How long this living death of national religion in India may last no one can tell.”


Sir Monier Williams says of Brahmanism: “Its policy being to check the development of intellect, and to keep the inferior castes in perpetual childhood, it encouraged an appetite for exaggeration more monstrous and more absurd than would be tolerate in the most extravagant European fairy tales. The more improbable the statement, the more childish delight it was calculated to awaken. Time is measured by millions of years; space by millions of miles; and if a battle is to be described, nothing is thought of unless millions of soldiers, elephants, and horses are brought into the field.”



Lord Macaulay similarly says, “The Brahminical mythology is so absurd that it necessarily debases every mind that receives it as truth”.


Source: The Gods of India, Rev. E. Osborn Martin, London, 1914