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!

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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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HINDUISM AS A STAGNANT POOL ? (Post No.8680)

WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8680

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

R.Nanjappa

Established orthodox Mutts and Swamis like Sankaracharys are harping on the golden age in the past and urging people to stick to tradition. While the Mutts are patronised and the Acharyas worshipped, no one cares two hoots for tradition, except in the elementary externals. Now, even Hindu marriage and family as an institution are disintegrating. Ask any modern educated Hindu girl about “Stree dharma” and see the reaction. Wisely, even the Swamis do not talk about it in public. This is an example of how archaism is given as a solution and it does not work. 

There are any number of Gurus and movements promising a new age. Yes, the promoters have ensured a new age for themselves!


HINDUISM AS A STAGNANT POOL ?

Traditional scholars do not view Hinduism as an evolving force. For them, everything is eternally fixed. But those who study with an open mind and historical sensitivity do understand that though the basic elements have been the same, their expression in practice has varied over time. This is the clear idea we get from the Gita. After all, the society or the people we see in the Ramayana and Mahabharata are not the same! Both were Vedic civilizations! If things can continue the same forever, where is the need for Avataras?

SAINTLY RESPONSE TO MUSLIM THREAT 

When the Muslims invaded and captured large parts of India, our Vedic religion broke down. Our temples were broken down. Throughout North India, Saints appeared and promoted the religion of devotion to God. This had two main elements: replacement of Sanskrit by local dialects for religious purposes, and replacement of Vedic karma by acts of devotion. These saints were not irresponsible upstarts: they based themselves on our scriptures, but on different parts. The Bhakti movement that they promoted is solidly based on the Bhagavatam and the Gita. The Bhakti movement embraces a larger chunk of Hindu society than the merely karma-based Vedic variety!

TANJORE AS THE BASTION OF ORTHODOXY

Vedic Hinduism [ that part based on karma or rites ] got protection under Vijaynagar and  Mahratta kings, but even then came to be  confined to the Tanjore belt under the Serfojis. The region has gradually declined and ceased to be such a centre in the last century, though the descendants of those people still carry on the tradition in however  truncated a manner. But they form a minuscule minority.

How are Hindus as a whole reacting to the current realities? 

TRAGEDY OR OPPORTUNITY ?

This represents an enormous tragedy, or chance for tremendous transformation, depending upon how one looks at it! The 68th Pontiff of Kanchi Mutt is highly respected and he has spoken extensively on this subject.  The crux of his argument has been that it was Brahmins who were responsible for the decay: they left villages, abandoned their traditional role, took to English education and work for salary, and left their dharma and the whole society followed them and  our dharma is lost! It is as though Brahmins did all this with deliberate intent, with group consciousness! But the fundamental question is:  Why did the Brahmins have to leave the villages?  Why is the exodus, consisting of non-Brahmins, from the rural areas continuing even today? 

It was because we had new rulers (English) under whom the traditional administration and economy changed drastically. Social reform was spreading, the Brahmins could neither rely on the patronage of rulers nor on the performance of the traditional arrangements. If we look back and trace the social history of the last 200 years, we clearly see how society was fundamentally changing! This was a phenomenon taking place in all old societies.[ Read Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Deserted Village” or the novels of Thomas Hardy to see how English society was getting affected by socio-economic changes.] The Brahmin alone cannot stem the tide of change or restore the old dharma.

To be continued……………………………………………..

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