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[GHHF] Karma Theory:Its Relevance to Modern Corrupt Society - Part 2

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan offers insight into how karma works in terms of one’s own choice. Life is like a game of bridge. We did not invent the game or design the cards. We did not frame the rules and we cannot control the dealings. The cards are dealt out to us, whether they be good or bad. To that extent, determinism rules. But we can play the game well or play it badly. A skillful player may have a poor hand and yet win the game. A bad player may have a good hand and yet make a mess of it. Our life is a mixture of necessity and freedom, chance and choice. By exercising our choice properly, we can control steadily all the elements and altogether determinism by nature. (The Bhagavad Gita. London: Allen and Unwin, 1948)

06 Apr 2020

[GHHF] Karma Theory:Its Relevance to Modern Corrupt Society - Part 2

                                             To read part 1, please clink on the link https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-karma-theory-relevance-to-the-modern-corrupt-society/642 Do the Actions have Consequences? Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan offers insight into how karma works in terms of one’s own choice. Life is like a game of bridge. We did not invent the game or design the cards. We did not frame the rules and we cannot control the dealings. The cards are dealt out to us, whether they be good or bad. To that extent, determinism rules. But we can play the game well or play it badly. A skillful player may have a poor hand and yet win the game. A bad player may have a good hand and yet make a mess of it. Our life is a mixture of necessity and freedom, chance and choice. By exercising our choice properly, we can control steadily all the elements and altogether determinism by nature. (The Bhagavad Gita. London: Allen and Unwin, 1948)             It is important to know how and what action you should undertake when faced with a situation to act. We have a choice to make. Just like a player in Bridge game, we are givenfreedom to select the options given in life. Our Vasanastend toinfluence the choice based our own Sanchita karmas. Karma can be accumulated with one’s own actions.Our actions are also interlinked to the actions and interactions of other people.Our actionsare in response to other’s actions or vice versa. These actions may yield consequences either in this life or in the future life. For example, one studies studiously for the exam, the result is seen in few months. He will be rewarded with passing the exam. One would fail if he did not take it seriously and did not prepare for the exam.You pass the traffic lightand if you are driving a car at a very high speed; the result would be immediate.             There are actions thatare performedin conjunction with other people knowingly or unknowingly.Some one in higher position asks you to perform a certain task. Depending on whether that task is moral or not, you will reap the consequences either immediately or aftersome time or in future lives. Because of our friendshipswe may reap the benefits or incur the losses or punishments.Hence the saying that you know a person by knowing the companyhe keeps.             Sometimes it is the environment or circumstances that may cause you to experience the consequences even without your own fault.A tornado may hit your home causing untold damage to the property or your own life. It is not that you worked for it or expected. But you cannot avoid the influence of nature. A drunk driver may hit you when you stopped at the red light, or a terrorist explodes a grenade causing severe damage.             Our own actions, actions of other people, or natural calamities, would have consequences. Even without your own fault, you may have to pay the consequences. But our actions have consequences irrespective of our awareness. Hence you cannot say all the consequences are the result of your own actions. Individual action has Consequences             Here is an example of the consequences of an individual action. Once a king ordered his three ministers to take a bag and go to the forest and fill up the bag with fruits. The first ministertook it seriouslyand thought that since the king had ordered to collect the fruits, he went to the forest and filled the bag with the best of the fruits. The second minister thought that since the king is a very busy person, he may not even look at what is in the bagverythoroughly. Thus,he collected whatever he could lay his hands. His bag was filled up with a mixture of good and rotten fruits. The third minister thought that the king would look at how big the bag is, and hedecided to fill the bag with all dried leaves and dust. All the three ministers returned to the court with their respective filled up the bags, having executed the King’s order of collecting the fruits. The King, without even seeing what their bags contained, just ordered that now the three ministers must be sent to separate jails for three months, where they will not be provided with any food and they were only allowed to carry the respective bags wherein they had collected the fruits. The first minister could spend the three months in the jail by eating the very nice fruits he had collected. The second one could survive for some time with the good fruits in the bag and later he developed diseases by eating the rotten fruits he had collected. The Third minister had nothing to eat and hence could not survive. This example shows the consequences of one’s own actionin one life.One cannot escape the consequences one’s own actions. Good and bad, everything you do, you reap the reward or punishment without doubt. It is a matter of time.   Karma from Mahabharat – Why Dhritarashtra lost all his sons in War. After the war, Dhritarashtra wanted to know why he lost all his 100 sons in the battlefield. He asked Lord Krishna as to why he met with such a disastrous loss even though he did not remember to have committed any such horrible crimes during his present lifetime. Lord Krishnaobliged, out of respect and sympathy for him gracefully bestowed divine vision on Dhritarashtra,the power to visualize what he might have done in his previous lives. To his surprise, Dhritarashtra discovered that he was a hunterof birds about fifty births back.He once threw his burning net on a tree causing hundred small baby birds to be entrapped and burnt to ashes, while the remaining big birds flew away but they became blind due to the scorching heat of the burning net. On account of effect of this horrible sinful deed, Dhritarashtra became and remained blind all throughout his present life.  He also lost his 100 sons in the battle. Dhritarashtra wondered and further inquired Lord Krishna as to why that wanton and sinful act did not immediately rebound on him to punish him in the same birth or the next birth, and why it remained dormant as Sanchita Karma for such a long period of fifty lifetimes. Lord Krishna smiled and replied that his past sinful deed had to wait for an opportune time up to 50 births during which time he could earn and accumulate enough pious deeds to merit him to be eligible to get a hundred sons in one lifetime so that his previous sinful Sanchita Karma could instantaneously confront him with the effects of his evil action. Thus, nobody can escape or avoid the punishment for his sinful actions even after 50 or five hundred births. Of course, the sinful deeds will remain latent and dormant as Sanchita Karmas waiting for the opportune time to confront the person… Such is the power of karma… Why Draupati had five husbands.             As we discussed that our karmashave consequences. Karama can be the result of our thoughts, intentions, desires and actions. In the case of Draupati, it is her desire to have a husband with certain qualities. As the story goes thatshe was Indra Sena’s wife of King Moudgalya. He died very early due to leprosy denying Indra Senathe marital bliss. She worshipped Lord Shiva to grant her wish to have a husband with five unique qualities. Shive told her that it is impossible to have all these qualitiesin one man. But she insisted on having a husband with these qualities. Those qualities were as follows: (1) He should be symbol of Dharma (2) He should be strong as Vayu (3) He should skilled in Archery as God Parasurama (4) He should be intelligent as Deva Guru Brihaspati (5) He should be the most handsome man In next life she had five husbands representing the five qualities. (1) Yudhisthira is symbol of Dharma (2) Bhima is strong as Vayu (3) Arjuna is skilled in Archery as God Parasurama (4) Sahadeva is most intelligent as Deva Guru Brihaspati (5) Nakula is most handsome among all. The lesson is that we should be very careful in asking what we want. We have ample evidence to prove that whenever we go to the Temples, have darshan of divine personalities, and do pujas, we do request them to bless us with the fulfilment of our personal desires. We also tend to sit infront of Gods and Goddessesand ask them favors. Even Gods and powerful kings did tapas for severalyears seeking the blessings of Gods. For example, Hiranyakashapurequested Lord Brahma to grant immortality. Brahma refused and granted that he will be killed only under certain impossible conditions.It gives us an example of what kind of things we should ask – not for selfish reasons and not with arrogance. We should pay attention to the words of God and should not insiston fulfilling our desires. When Indra Sena asked Lord Shiva to grant a husband with five uniquecharacteristicsin spite of Lord Shiva’s suggestion to make another selection since it was not possible to find a man with all the fivequalifications. Due to her refusal to obey His command, she ended up with five husbands. That means, we should be very careful in asking Gods to grant the boons. Passage to Yamaloka by Pandavas and Kauravas When Yudhishthira ascended to Heaven, he was quite taken aback to see all the Kaurava-brothers having a great time there while his brothers were nowhere to be seen. Upon inquiry he found out that his brothers were serving their Karma in Hell. Yudhisthira was so anguished to hear it that he expressed his desire to leave Heaven and be with his brothers in Hell. When he reached Hell, he was further tormented to see his brothers along with Draupadi serving the rigors of Hell. Completely distressed he asked Yamaraj, “Oh Dharmaraj, what kind of justice is this?  My brothers, who have always been righteous, are suffering in Hell; while the Kauravas, who have been full of spite and always did injustice to others are enjoying the fruits of Heaven.” Dharmaraj replied, “The Law-of-Karma has Its own way of functioning; every living being has its own pool-of-Karma – both Good & Bad.But one gets to suffer or enjoy that portion of Karma first which is proportionately lesser in number or quantity before going into next level. The Pandavas, who have always been righteous also have a small portion of Bad-Karma in them which they are serving in Hell at the moment before reaping the benefit of their Good-Karma in Heaven and the opposite is the case with the Kauravas. Don’t despair, oh Yudhishthira; very soon the process is going to reverse.” The message of this example is that we see a lot of people suffer despite being righteous, while a lot of crooks seem to enjoy life despite their blatant misdeeds. But as the Dharmaraj explains, one should not get bogged-down by this temporary setback and perform all actions in an ever-righteous manner. Why Dasharatha was separated from his Children during his death Dasaratha was a skilled archer and used to hunt the animals.Once when Dasharatha was young he went on a hunting expedition. He was so skilled that he could aim at the target by listening to the sound. He heard at a distance, a sound something like an elephant taking bath. Knowing where the sound is coming from, he shot the arrowtargeting the source.He heard the cry of a human. He rushed to help the human. To his surprise, he found out that his shaft fatally injured a young man, Shravan Kumar, who was trying to fill a pitcher with water for his parents. Before the boy died, he asked Dasaratha to take the pitcher and give it to his blind parents. Soon the parents realized what happened to their son and cursed Dasharatha, in a rage… “You too will suffer the pang of separation from your offspring and die, pathetically, seeking their reunion…” Although Dasharatha felt bad and tried to console them, he could not convince his parents from entering the funeral pyre lit for their son. He cremated the parents along with their son. Soon he forgot about it. When his time had come to leave this world, he remembered the incident and narrated it to Kausalya. He had to pay the priceat last! He was separated from all his four sons when he died as cursed by Shravan Kumar’s father. Do the Corrupt People pay for their Sins? What is the basis for doing our karma? What is the motivation behind performing certain deeds? Why some people engage in corruption? Why do dishonest (corrupt) people seem to be successful and lead a very luxurious life while dharmic people suffer.  Dharmic people can’t even make a living, let alone a comfortable living. Desire is the root cause of our actions, whether they are good or bad, helpful or hurtful to others, purificatory or sinful, and promote harmony or disharmony. Adharmic deeds can create heavy burden on themselves and go through mental, physical, spiritual, and social suffering. Agony, pain, diseases, sorrows, anger, greed, lust, stress, fear, and other mental ills will affect the mind, body and soul; there by creating anxiety and suspicion and draining the mental and physical energy.  In order to suppress their mental agony and anxiety, they will undoubtedly resort to adharmic ways of living – drinking and addiction to drugs. The law of karma is so powerful that it will affect not only the corrupt, but also impacts the family, friends and society.             In July 2017, in Hyderabad, a normal drug bust turned into a high-profile case where rich and famous were caught possessing and using LSD, cocaine and various other psychotropic drugs.  Many movie actors, directors, IT professionals and other celebrities were caught by the Excise Department of Telangana. It is not an isolated event. One of the celebrities revealed that, "It's very easy to enjoy. The rich kids want to try taking drugs. They want a separate world and it starts with alcohol. LSD and ganja, weed, and lot more addictive drugs are available in Hyderabad. They target crowded places like bars, schools and colleges. Drug dealers want to make good money. Everybody wants to make money. That operation is serious. The film stars are always in party mode. The drug dealers search and tempt the vulnerable and whoever is interested will take. Not all but some people will take. They take drugs."(India Today, July 26, 2017) Paul Brunton, who had many encounters with many sages, especially with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talked about the karma and how one may experience similar actions he may have inflicted upon others. If he has inflicted hardships, anguish, fear, anxiety and pain on others in discharging his duties, he is bound to experience the same if not more either in this life or in the nest. Day of reckoning will be waiting for him.  “The man who thinks he may live as freely as his unconsidered desires prompt him and yet not carry the burden of an eventual reckoning, is binding his life to a hollow dream. Whoever sins against his fellows or against himself pronounces his own sentence thereby. He may hide his sins from the sight of others, but he cannot hide them from the all-recording eyes of the gods. Justice still rules the world with inexorable weight, though its operations are often unseen and though it is not always to be found in stone-built courts of law. Whoever escapes from paying the legal penalties of earth can never escape from paying the just penalties which the gods impose. Nemesis — remorseless and implacable — holds such a man in jeopardy every hour." (A Search in Secret India, 1936) The result may have a tremendous effect on their children’s attitudes, behavior and way of thinking. Numerous cases revealed that many children become abusive and experience disciplinary sanctions. They become drug users as well as peddlers selling drugs on the school and college campuses. Obviously, the children get their money either with the knowledge or without the knowledge of their parents. Knowing how corrupt their parents are and how much money they bring home every day by cheating the people in their offices, it is hard for parents to deny their children’s request for money.  Basically, the parents are being manipulated by their own children. Torture as per Puranas   Garuda Purana is a dialogue between Lord Vishnu and Garuda dealing with various issues ranging from the death, funeral rites, reincarnation and the different levels of punishments for different types of karmas. For example, a person committed an act of cheating people to earn more money, he is likely to be roasted deeply in a boiling oil. Lord Vishnu tells that there are thousands of hells waiting for people who engage in wrongdoings. Twenty-one are the most dreadful of the dreadful. Even to listen to the punishments one accrues, will make one tremble. Lord Vishnu listed Tāmisra, Lohaśaṇku, Maharauravaśālmalī,  Raurava, Kuḍmala,  Kālasūtraka,  Pūtimṛittika, Saṅghāta,  Lohitoda,  Saviṣa,  Sampratāpana,  Mahāniraya,  Kāka,  Ūlu, Sanjīvana,  Mahāpathin, Avīchi,  Andhatāmisra,  Kumbhīpāka, Sampratāpana, and Tapana, as twenty-one hells. Lord Vishnu says that “those who delight in sin, destitute of compassion and righteousness, attached to the wicked, averse from the true scriptures and the company of the good, self-satisfied, unbending, intoxicated with the pride of wealth, having the ungodly qualities, lacking the divine attributes, bewildered by many thoughts, enveloped in the net of delusion, reveling in the enjoyments of the desire-nature, fall into a foul hell.” (1:16-17)             Every dead person accompanied by Yamadutas (messengers of Yama) arrive at the banks of Vaitarini River to be crossed to enter fell or heaven.  Vaitarini River is inhabited by all kind of creatures such as crocodiles, dolphins, fish, sharks, snakes and even cows. Based on our deeds, we are dropped at a point from where we cross to reach the destination. We may be chased by the crocodiles, we may be drowned, we may be subjected to tearing of chunks of our body by the sharks, we may be pushed around by the fish and if we are lucky we may be dropped at a point where there are cows who are gentle. Once we cross the Vaitarini River, Yamadutas will be waiting on the other side of the banks to be taken to Yama loka (court of Justice).             The Garuda Purana describesabout 28 kinds of punishmentsfor people who go to Naraka (hell) for their wrong doings. The punishments are so brutal, violent, barbarous and cruelthat it will discourage people to commit those crimes if they areknowledgeable about Garuda Purana.Let us look at how these people are punished for their crimes. People who acquired and enjoyed the property of others forcibly are tormentedby deadly serpents. Thosewho kill animals, especially cows for pleasureare thrown into burning oils. The eyes are removed using a metal clutch while their hands are tied behind for those who cheated either their husbands or wives. People are crushed to pulp, grinded under sharp teeth of animals if they disregarded their duty, misruled or indulged in unlawful activities. Sinners are cut into pieces for torturing and killing animals.People who cause harm to others, deceive people, kill people, and betray people’s trustare made to starve in intense hunger and thirst, birds are made to peck, sharp metal objects are pierced through the body.People who do not do any good to others and be charitable, they will be punished with stinging of needles and torturing with hunger and thirst.Like this, sinners go through various tortures depending on their bad deeds. Vishnu Purana describes the torments the sinners will have to go through.  They take numerous births and experience the torments in the hell before he is pushed back into this world. “In the different hells there are various intolerable tortures with burning sand, fire, machines, and weapons; some are severed with saws, some roasted in forges, some are chopped with axes, some buried in the ground, some are mounted on stakes, some cast to wild beasts to be devoured, some are gnawed by vultures, some torn by tigers, some are boiled in oil, some rolled in caustic slime, some are precipitated from great heights, some tossed upwards by engines. The number of punishments inflicted in hell, which are the consequences of sin, is infinite.” (Book 6:5:641) Agni Purana also describes the fate of sinners and the kind of punishments they are put to.  When human beings die, Yama “decides whether the dead person should go to heaven or to hell. After he has served his time in heaven or in hell, he is born again. Yama further decides what living being the person should be born as, depending on the actions in his past life. And so, the cycle of birth death and rebirth goes on and on.”            Chitragupta keeps records of all good deeds and bad deeds. Yama who is known as the God of Dharma rewards those who had done good and punish those who have committed sins. “There are twenty-eight circles of hells with many hells located in each circle. A sinner may have to go to more than one hell depending on the sins that he has committed. Some sinners are boiled in oil, others are pierced with spears and still others are whipped. Some sinners are fed heated iron balls, others are fed blood and rubbish. There are also machines for torturing sinners. Terrible birds eat up some sinners. Other sinners have their heads cut off.” (Book1:9.2) Markandeya Purana says, those people “who are ‘Midyhavadis’ (Protagonist of Falsity) and ‘Midhya Saakshis’ (Evidences of Falsity) or Killers of cows, Brahmanas, Parents, Well-wishers, Women, Close Associates; those who usurp land, commit rape, and such other serious offences are consigned to ‘Raurava Naraka’ which is two thousand yojanas far and wide ‘Agni Kunda’ (Fire Pit), where the entire treatment is by way of roasting, burning, scorching and frying.” (Chapter 8). Then these beings of false witnesses were taken to Raurava hell where they will be thrown into a burning charcoal. They scream and run hither and tither as they are burnt by the violent flames. They will be taken to different levels of hells where they experience even more torture commensurate with the types of sins. In Markandeya Purana, the Tortures in Hell are described to King of Videhi, who was supposed to a very pious and dharmic. He has a reputation of ruling the kingdom by practicing righteous deeds and followingmeritorious principles without showing any impartiality. But after his death, he was brought to hell to undergo severe punishments. He saw many others who are experiencing the tortures for their misdeeds.  The king asked Yamadoot, what sin I have committed to be brought to hell and what sins others have committed to face such tortures such as crowsprick their eyes. Yamadoot replied, 'O king! You once deliberately prevented your wife Pivari from conceiving because you were more attracted to your second wife- Sushobhana. It is because of that action that you have been brought here to undergo severe torture.'With regard to others who are experiencing frightening tortures, Yamadoot said, 'O king! Humans suffer or enjoy according to their Karmas. The effect of their Karmas diminishes in proportion to their sufferings. These crows are pricking the eyes of such people who had seduced other women and deceitfully acquired others' wealth. These people will suffer for the same number of years as their eyes blinked during the leering. These crows prick the tongues of those people who had criticized Vedas, deities, Brahmins and teachers. Those who caused differences between friends, husband-wives, father and sons and relatives, or killed the performer of the Yagyas are suffering under the saw. Those who insulted their parents and teachers have been thrown in the pit of pus, feces and other excretions with their head down. Those who had food before offering it to the deities, guests, servants, father and elders, fire and birds, stay in a pit of pus.” There is a vivid and terrifying description ofhell in detail. People who eat unpalatable things, who deceive and disrespect their friends, who indulge in illicit relationships, who abandon their wife, and who destroy public properties like garden and water sources are brought to hell.  Yamadoots tie their hands and legs and throw them into the fire. On their way to hell, crows, storks, wolves, vultures etc. bite them.As per Bhagavata Purana and Devi Purana, thereare twenty-eight Naraka’s (hells). The people who committed the crimes depending on the level of intensity, they are thrown in these hells. For example, there were a number drug busts around many cities in India. The people who are engaged in corruption day in and day out by squeezing as much as possible from the people who come to the government offices cannot escape the karmic consequences. They will experience the appropriate tortures in different Narakas. Karma and Diseases             Garuda Purana and Bhagavata Puranaclearly described the relationship between karmas and diseases. The actions we undertake in the present life will affect our health in future through various diseases. Whatever diseases one may have in the present life could have been the result of our actions committed in our previous life. How can we explain a newly born child suffering with numerous diseases and die in few days after his birth? The physical, mental and health problems one faces may have direct connection with his actions in his previous life where he may have caused similar suffering to others. That means everything we do is recorded and stored. Nobody can escape the consequences of their actions. The Prarabdha or stored karma will manifest in experiencing the corresponding suffering in the present life. Garuda Purana gives ample evidence in establishing the effect of different actions on the diseases one contracts. The man, who, through pride, insults his teacher, becomes an epileptic, who despises the Vedas and the holy scriptures becomes jaundiced. Who bears false witness becomes dumb; who takes meal separately from company becomes one-eyed; one who upsets a marriage-match becomes lipless; who steals a book is born blind? Who strikes a cow or a Brahmin with his foot is born lame and deformed; who speaks lies becomes a stammerer; who listens to lies becomes deaf? The Brahmin who does not recite the Gayatri, who does not meditate at twilight, who is inwardly wicked while outwardly pious, becomes a crane. Hundreds of such diseases accrued by their actions are well documented. Bhagavad Purana describes different hells and the suffering one undergoes due to his type of karma. Which region of hell one goes to depends on the karmas one does.  It described twenty-nine kinds of regions of suffering. In Mahabharata, Rishi Markandeya talks about karma and its consequences. He told Yudhishtira:  “The diseases from which men suffer, are undoubtedly the result of their own karma. They then behave like small deer at the hands of hunters, and they are racked with mental troubles. And, O Brahmana, as hunters intercept the flight of their game, the progress of those diseases is checked by able and skillful physicians with their collections of drugs. And, the best of the cherishers of religion, thou hast observed that those who have it in their power to enjoy (the good things of this earth), are prevented from doing so from the fact of their suffering from chronic bowel-complaints, and that many others that are strong and powerful, suffer from misery, and are enabled with great difficulty to obtain a livelihood; and that every man is thus helpless, overcome by misery and illusion, and again and again tossed and overpowered by the powerful current of his own actions (karma).” Chapter 208: page: 434)             The purpose of karma theory is to persuade people to follow the righteous path by engaging in activities by being truthful, engaging in good conduct, helping others, serving as role models for others, abstaining from violence and terror, showing compassion toward others, refraining from killing animals, desisting from cheating and corruption, practicing ahimsa (nonviolence), and avoiding illicit activities. How Karma Effects our Future lives             Many scriptures identified the effect of karma on our future course of life. We are responsible for our activities. Whatever we are experiencing in this life is the result of the accumulation of previous life’s karmas as well the karmas in this life. Our own karmas are responsible for: Various forms of lives as human beings, animals, birds, worms, insects, trees, etc. Diseases such as leprosy, addictions, disabilities, epilepsy, bodily injuries, etc. Deformities such as blindness, deafness, dumbness, Health conditions leading one to suffer Being born with a particularstatus in the society such as a king, pauper, doctor, engineer, musician, artist, etc. Establishing our contacts with people – with whom we may get attracted or repelled Our own happiness, suffering, stress, distress, agony, etc.  Length of time we may experiencing the present condition. Karma can be explained in either chanting, reading and speaking. "Phala" is fruit, benefit, reward or result. If, in the course of work or speech, it is said, “If you act in this manner you will gain such and such a fruit or benefit", it means that the purpose of the work or speech is to persuade you to act in the manner suggested so that you may reap the fruit or "Phala" given out. Whenever we chant Lalitha Sahasranama or Vishnusahasranam, at the end we will see the Phala of chanting. Similarly, we will also read about the Phala of reading or chanting Bhagavad Gita. How to Mitigate Bad Karma             Many people believe that whatever problems they are facing at present cannot be changed and one must endure it. Similarly, that whenever some people live in prosperity, blessed with good health and live a happy life that they do not have to do anything, and their ego will prevent them from doing their karma to preserve what they possessed. In reality, in both cases they have to do their karma either to mitigate their predicament or to preserve their fortunate circumstances. The fact of the matter is that it is their past karmas that have landed them in their condition. The karmas one does in this life either will change their current station or build up in the future life. Mahabharata and other scriptures suggest that any action done previously may be rendered ineffective by observing certain types of austerities, engaging in certain types of rituals and prayers, conducting yagnas (Homas), engaging in devotional activities and rendering selfless activities for the welfare of the society. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan argues that the past actions not only determine the present conditions of an individual, they will determine the future of the character and culture of the nation. The past continuously and consistently flows into the present. Every individual is indebted to the past. “Human minds do not draw up sudden stray thoughts without precedents or ancestors … There is no such thing as utterly spontaneous generation. Philosophical experiments of the past have entered into the living mind of the present … Life goes on not by repudiating the past but by accepting it and weaving into the future in which the past undergoes a rebirth. The main thing is to remember and create new.” (Religion in a changing World. P:145). Knowing that our present condition is given, and that we have to improve our conditionfor the future, we as humans have a choice to make and try to create bright future by mitigating the bad karmas of the present life. Connect with a Guru- a spiritual leader who can guide you to a righteous path. Chant mantra given by a Guru on selected Gods and Goddesses. Perform various Pujas to appropriate Deities. Chant Gayatri Mantra and OM. Visit Temples as often as you can. Practice Super Brain Yoga (Squatting). Recognize the future consequences of doing bad karma (corruption, cheating, deceiving, etc.). Think positively and evaluate yourself. Assess, recognize and Accept your faults to improve yourself. Disassociate with bad people or people with questionable character. Develop the habit of reading religious, sacred and spiritual books. Channel your mind to meditation and yoga to focus to grow spiritually. Stop exploiting others through deception and corruption practices. Develop an attitude to forgive and forget. Be aware of the consequences of your action not only yourself but your family members not only in this life but the future lives. Do seva without any expectations to the organization/ Temples. Be charitable to others. Acquire jnana marga. Let us remember the assessment of Anne Wilson who described the nature of karma and how we can improve. Once we engage in good karma, she says it would not allow the bad karma to penetrate. “Hindu texts prescribed a number of activities, such as service to cow, service to wise person, service to the humanity, service for environment protection ( particularly rivers and trees), giving donation,  giving foods and clothes to people, giving food to animals, pilgrimages to holy places, taking bath at river Ganges,  doing charity, and acts of devotion to God, that can reduce the effects of bad karma. Such positive actions are sometimes referred to as “good karma.”  Radiating positive vibration and thinking good about others are the acts of good karma. Doing good karma not necessarily immediately erase the effect of old bad karmas. However, good karma will help you in the long run to erase the effect of bad karma.  Good karma always acts as a protection and do not allow bad-vibration to enter.” (Anne Wilson) Karma theory is one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma and itsrelevance to the functioning of the society is irreplaceable. Our scriptures have described at length about the consequences of our thoughts, intentions, and our deeds. The adage that “as you sow, as you reap’is an age-old wisdom that applies to all our actions. No one can escape from their deeds. It is a matter of time. With rampant corruption, one wonders as to why these people are enjoying the life living in luxurious palaces while dharmic people sufferwithout having mere comfortable living.We addressed the consequences of the past, present and future lives of people and the kind of punishments or rewards they incur based on several scriptures. No body can escape the consequences of their actions. It is a matter of time to pay back either in this life or the next. It is hoped that theknowledge and awareness of thetorture they face when they go to Naraka(hell) and the kind of diseases they contract will discourage them to engage in corrupt practices and prevent them from doing adharmic activities.
06 Apr 2020

[GHHF] Delhi riots and its urgent lessons of Global designs for India

Satya Dosapati (@SatyaDosapati) https://www.opindia.com/2020/03/delhi-riots-western-ecosystem-anti-india-anti-hindu-propaganda-opinion/ Make no mistake, it can be conclusively claimed that Delhi riots were engineered by some from Aam Aadmi Party who were supported and fueled by the Global and anti-national eco-systems. It did not happen overnight and a good amount of planning, preparation must have taken place for a long time. The tragedy of this instigation and pursuant retaliation through pre-calculated campaign caused immense damage to innocent people and property with Hindus bearing the brunt of it. More importantly, if not effectively addressed now it will lead to another breaking of India in just few decades. Thanks us understand that before the violence occurred on the streets, there was enormous emotional violence that occurred. There is no doubt that some wrong statements were made during the heat of election campaign, but is it possible that there could be such targeted violence and destruction of such a large scale caused by those statements? The violence appears to have been planned and orchestrated by sinister Global and local forces. India needs to piece together as to what went wrong, how & why the intelligence community was unable to see it coming and use it for future study and corrective measures. This requires a deep study of the ‘deep state’ which this article attempt to address. The scale and intensity of the Delhi riots shows that it is high time to push through steps & measures to curb Political Islam like many other countries such as Sri Lanka, France, China and others. India should not be intimidated by the propaganda of Break India forces from abroad and in fact should be countered with full force. IN FACT, THE HIGH DECIBEL WESTERN PROPAGANDA IS TO STOP INDIA FROM TAKING EFFECTIVE ACTION AT THIS MOMENT. This article goes at length into the agenda behind such forces and the detailed steps India needs to take to counter (see last section) the internal and external Break India forces. Now is the time to take the bull by the horn to address the longstanding issues of Uniform Civil Code, NRC, demographic changes, Laws for immediate arrest with mandatory long term sentences when hate speeches are made in public, laws to close down Mosques & other religious places carrying arms or teaching hate, seizing not only rioters property but also those who created a situation for rioting to occur, riot readiness, strengthen Police and internal security, put a complete stop to FCRA that is bringing in billions to implement global designs and cut the cord between Western agencies and local NGOs/handlers, media, intellectuals, Bollywood (if Switzerland can do it for Mosques, why not India). Focus on development alone without addressing fundamentalism will be a greatest disaster, as history has shown Let us note that focusing on development agenda alone and expecting that to help us tide over the deep-rooted fundamentalism and political nature of Western Abrahamic religions (Islam and Christianity) is a very big mistake. History has shown us many examples that the greatest of civilizations and progress can be demolished in no time. Vijayanagar Empire had flourished with enormous wealth and progress for nearly 350 years. But, once it lost to neighboring Sultans, all the development was wiped out in less than 6 months. India was the richest economy for thousands of years with more than 25% of world’s GDP, but the lack of unity to address Islamic marauders caused it to weaken and become easy target to European colonists and eventually ended up as the most impoverished nation on the earth. We can build the country into a major economic power but if bold and necessary steps are not taken now to address political Islam and the Western agenda of conversions and control of India’s destiny, it is just matter of time before the country is destroyed. How other countries are addressing Political Islam In response to recent Church attacks, Sri Lanka banned burqa and required any Mosque speeches to be pre-approved. In response to radical Islamic activities, China is not just curbing Islam, but systematically wiping out Uighur race by putting the males in so called, 'education' camps and party officials sleeping on the same bed with the wife of the husband sent off to camps. Just recently Switzerland attempted to ban any external funding to the Mosques in their country. Hungary & Poland are very wary of bringing any Syrian refugees and blocked any attempt to bring them into their country. Myanmar understood the civilization threat of demography and radical supremacist mindset of Islam and used the army to purge Rohingya Muslims. Europe (as reported in ForeignPolicy.com) is increasingly wary of Islamism and has taken steps such as banning foreign funding (as Austria did) or limiting it (as the Netherlands is discussing); training Imams (as Germany does) and deporting radical ones (Italy deports more than any other country); and cutting public funding to organizations connected to Islamist networks for religious, social, pro-integration, anti-Islamophobia, or radicalization prevention activities (Sweden recently removed funding for a Muslim Brotherhood youth group that did not “fulfill the democracy requirement” necessary to receive aid). Just recently France President Macron said, 'Islamist separatism is incompatible with freedom and equality'. In response to 2015 ISIS attacks, France declared emergency for 2 years resulting in raiding 3,600 houses, leading to more than 400 arrests and siezing 500 weapons including 40 war weapons. They later incorporated many of the emergency powers into laws to be used anytime! But before we formulate our actions, we need to have clarity of the external Global designs on India. Sections below will provide larger perspective of the Global designs and what concrete actions India need to take up. Understanding Global Designs (Western business establishment, Christian Missionaries and Western Agencies) Will Durant, the famous American historian, in the book, 'The case for India' wrote after his visit to India in 1930's that during British rule most of the principalities under direct rule of British it was common to have Muslim Hindu riots while those principalities ruled by local rulers hardly had any communal riots. British deliberately set Muslims against Hindus by favoring one community over another to divide and rule. We are seeing a similar pattern recently with western eco-system engaging propaganda in both international media and their local media enablers, NGOs and providing support to parties like AAP (which are coming to power with block vote of Muslims) to engineer riots. Western media is deliberately engaging in propaganda showing Muslims as victims and Hindus as perpetrators, promoting blatant and outright falsehood, to selective news coverage or spinning the truth to project a biased view. It is unfortunate many in India are not grasping the Global design for India, especially of the mafia of Western business establishment (e.g., the Globalists such as George Soros who ranted blatant lies against India during recent Davos conference), Christian Missionaries and Western agencies (CIA, USAID) to contain, convert and control India. Western business establishment on one hand they want to prop India to contain China while on other hand they do not want it to grow economically powerful so as not to challenge the West dominance, like how China did. They want to use 1.4 billion people market to sell their goods and get a steady supply of cheap technical labor to build their industries while at same time do everything possible to keep India industry either subservient or not be a challenge to their industry. (This is similar to what East India Company and later the British colinisers did). They command most of the western media and are excellent at implementing an eco-system whether it is media, NGOs, human rights industry, awards industry along with local enablers. Christian missionaries on other hand have a stated agenda of converting the world population in 10/40 latitude in this century, which comprises mostly of India and they are pouring literally billions of dollars through FCRA to India and using these enormous funds to support rampant conversions, especially in South India (during last financial year Tamilnadu alone received more than 300 Million Dollars, Andhra and Telangana received about 200 Million Dollars each). These funds are used to support shady NGOs, media and local groups to set one group against another in the targeted country (in India it is Muslims against Hindus), planting churches, buying properties to further finance their agenda all setup to weaken the country and its civilization so that they can gain upper hand in converting. Plundering, dividing and conquering is how they have done for centuries as they expanded from Americas, Africa (e.g., Rwandan genocide) and now to Asia, particularly India. Western agencies, the establishment, controlled Politicians in the West, it’s institutions like CIA, USAID, USCIRF, and other European Institutions, NGOs, awards industry (Magsaysay, Nobel and many others), even Hollywood collaborate with local partners by working hand in glove with Western business establishment and Christian Missionaries to accomplish their common agenda across the world. See this explosive article by Arvind Kumar, "Religions Crusades of CIA', it details how CIA, Business establishment and Christian missionaries work collaboratively in India, Latin America and other parts of the world in their quest for resources and converts. An old article by Tehelka shows the deep connection between USAID and Christian missionary mafia conversions in India. Inter- working of Western business establishment, Missionaries and Western Institutions for Global dominance Western business establishment (finance, pharma, weapons and other industries of the West), support majority Christian community through Christian Missionary complex in order to enable them to continue their agenda of Global dominance. Christian missionary complex in turn get to use the apparatus of Western business establishment to help with their agenda for conversions (for example much of the western media is owned by Western business establishment). They both are well supported by Western agencies. All these groups work collectively and collaboratively in their goals on the target country with single goal of West’s global dominance by controlling, converting and containing other societies, particularly vulnerable, free, non-Abrahamic and democratic societies/culture like India and other parts of the world. In India, Congress, AAP, Leftists, Church, media, Naxalites, Global Naxals, are the local collaborators in their designs supported by extensive financial support (billion and half dollars per year through FCRA and other channels) pouring into India. Below are more details on how their agenda pans out in relation to India. Bogey of 'Religious Freedom' as cover for conversions West frequently raises the bogey of religious freedom (which is a euphemism for the dubious religious conversions of Hindus to Christianity and Islam) as if India needs lessons on religious tolerance from them. US Presidents, perhaps prodded by missionaries, raise the issue of religion freedom during their visits to India. This is to intimidate and serve a preemptive strike on Narendra Modi and the BJP Government if they attempt to stop or slow down the large-scale conversions going on in India today. The irony is that the missionaries along with its western eco-system are lecturing to India about religious freedom, when they have destroyed, enslaved and plundered civilizations across the world (well summarized by African leader of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta who said, 'When missionaries came we had land and they had bible, they said, let us close our eyes and pray, but after we opened our eyes, they had land and we had bible'). 40 million Christian Europeans literally wiped out 60 million natives across the world, subjected many millions to horrendous slavery, plundered and destroyed countries using colonialism AND They want to teach Hindus and India about religious tolerance, a country which sheltered every persecuted religion. Israeli parliament honored India as the only country in the world that never persecuted Jewish people, but the Powerful and arrogant have little consideration for these facts. Muslim Love India needs to understand the 'Muslim love' shown by the West is not only for their designs for India but also to cover up the atrocities perpetrated against Muslims in Middle East. The high-level goal of this complex for India is to divide India with Muslims, Dalits, converted Christians on one side and Non-Dalit (upper caste) Hindus on other side to invent, engineer and exploit the divisions to contain and convert India. They want to constantly use propaganda to portray Muslims as victims and Hindus as perpetrators with outright lies, lending their support to the radical Islamic elements, to arouse Muslims against Hindus as a tool to put a lid and control Hindus and subjugate it for conversion. This is very similar to what they did in Rwanda setting one tribe against another that ended in brutal genocide and then conveniently apologized for their actions after they gained upper hand. It is interesting how the Indian media which has deep connections to West and many times are their subordinates will never report when large number of Muslims atrocities against Hindus occur. It is only due to social media people came to know the ongoing atrocities in West Bengal, Kerala & Tamilnadu. On other hand they magnify any wrongdoing by Hindus in retaliation to atrocities with selective reporting and even blatant spinning/lying to show Hindus as perpetrators. Recently, veteran journalist Gopikrishna (who earlier exposed 2G scam) tweeted about how he was offered $2500/- by Western media establishment to write religion-based article on Delhi riots!! The enormous violence of Muslims against Dalits across India rarely gets reported in Global or Indian media since they want to use Muslims, Dalits along with Christians to vote together and gain power so as to convert and finally declare India as a Christian country, a satellite of Western establishment design. Western business establishment with enormous clout of media etc., are also working with West eco-system showing their love for Indian Muslims as a cover for the atrocities they are doing to plunder and destroy Middle East to grab its oil wealth and getting rid of Middle East threat to Israel. They shed tears for Rohingya Muslims but not Kashmiri Hindus who are living as refugees in their own country for last 30 years, and worse show Kashmiri Muslims as the victims. They never censure Saudi Arabia for human rights violations or the Christian Europe’s increasing curbs on the radical Islam. They created ISIS who have systematically butchered fellow Muslims and caused the genocide of Yezidis. They are not interested in talking about how 250,000 Iraqi Muslim children died due to Clinton era sanctions. However, they are extremely interested in taking Myanmar to international court on Rohingya Muslims since Buddhists are next to Hindus, as low hanging fruits for conversion. As soon as anything happens in India these forces wake up with a high decibel propaganda against Hindus. They are interested in human rights of terrorists in India but not the rights of victims of these terrorists. All the dubious human rights organizations created by these forces, such as Human Rights watch and others have not only NO interest on Hindu victims in the neighboring Islamic countries or in India but are actually tools of their propaganda. They are created to serve the Western agenda. They target societies and countries with deception like the 'Weapons of mass destruction' to invade and capture Islamic Iraq for its oil wealth (read, 'Confession of Economic hit man' to see the Western methods) and killed more than half million Iraqi Muslims in a senseless war based on deception, but in India and Myanmar they exhibit lot of love for Muslims. They created bogus missionary based agencies like USCIRF and use their might to mobilize votes and funds for US politicians, they use them as weapons for their agenda against India, constantly writing dubious reports with concerns for Muslims in India. They talk about oppression and lack of religious freedom, which is really a facade to weaken and convert. This Western ecosystem and their Indian counterparts will never talk about the plight of Kashmiri Hindus when reporting on Kashmir and Article 370 or the enormous persecution of non-Muslims in neighboring Islamic countries during CAA debates. On other hand, they twist the narrative if persecuting Muslims in Islamic countries and disenfranchising Indian Muslims. Such is the perversion of West eco-system they term ISIS mastermind Baghdadi as Islamic scholar and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as militant monk since he is unapologetic Hindu and Hindu assertion is a threat to their agenda of conversion and containment. Deception is the name of the Game Western Organizations like CIA, USAID (even UN) work deceptively with missionary Organizations and players in other countries to accomplish the goals of West business and its dominance. This was on display in India when CIA funded churches in Tamilnadu to engineer agitation in 2011 against Kundankulam Nuclear plant using Russian Nuclear technology. Many of these activities were well documented in India Facts article by Arvind Kumar, ‘The Religious Crusades of the CIA’. West created ISIS but they use proxies like Saudi Arabia to do the job and they pursued international court case against Myanmar but they use an African country like Zambia. The charade of the various agencies including UN in filing lawsuit in Indian Supreme Court against CAA is not about truth or merit of the case or to win the case, BUT to fuel divisions in India. In this article by Arvind Kumar that appeared in Sunday Guardian, ‘UN don’t follow the Hypocritic Oath on CAA’, showed everything about CAA is in line with UN Guidelines but that is not their goal. We may see funding coming in from Islamic countries for protests in India but that could very well be at the behest of mafia. Missionary goals against Hindus in India Western missionary complex work hand in hand with media, NGOs, leftists in India using medieval methods to destroy Hinduism by targeting Hindu saints, from defaming (example Sathya Sai Baba, Ramakrishna as homosexuals), intimidation (Arrest of Kanchi Sankaracharya on false murder charges, for his work with Dalit colonies to bring them back into the Hindu fold) or torture (of Swami Aseemananda under dubious charges of terrorism, for his work in Gujarat tribals discouraging conversions), Assassination (Swami Laxmanananda in Orissa for his work discouraging conversions, Attempt on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar). They arrested Kanchi Sankaracharya on Deepavali day and assassinated Swami Laxmananda on Krishna Janmashtami to show Hindus that their gods are powerless in the face of a Christian god. They achieved these with the help of Sonia Gandhi, whom they categorized as Constantinople of India. They are now targeting Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and are exploring ways to penetrate and destroy ISHA Foundation or even possibly get Sadguru assassinated through radical elements. They are working with local Congress governments to bring in anti-superstition laws to eventually categorize all Hindu worship as superstitious like they did 'pagan' religions in Europe, Americas and Africa. Many believe that the stampedes in the temples are engineered by missionary forces to discourage people from visiting temples across India. They join hands with shady environment bodies, Green tribunals to discourage Diwali celebration as causing pollution BUT Conveniently IGNORE Bakrid, which causes slaughter of millions of goats in public places, AND Christmas, which results in cutting of millions of pine trees. They are supporting dubious NGOs to use courts to categorize Sabarimala temple as discriminating against women but do not speak out against Mosques, which do not permit any women across the whole country. They are planting illegal churches in every street of every village in states like Andhra and write derogatory literature about Hindus to make naïve and gullible peoplehate Hinduism and become anti-nationals. No wonder Mahatma Gandhi who deeply abhorred missionary work in India used strongest words, 'Stop all conversions is India, it is deadliest poison that ever sapped the fountain of truth' and strongly supported Ghar Wapsi of bringing in Christians converted with dubious methods back to Hindu fold. In the West too, they are attempting to turn young Hindus against their own religion by littering negative propaganda about Hinduism in school textbooks while showing all creationism as science and India and Hindus as nothing but cow, caste and curry. They are so concerned that Westerners would adopt Hinduism with popularity of Yoga and others that they constantly engage in dubious and high decibel propaganda to show Hindus as savages and Hinduism as primitive with dubious news, derogatory shows in BBC, CNN and Netflix etc. a) Divide and Conquer It should be noted that while many in the West are adopting Hindu principles and practices (e.g., Yoga, meditation, Bhajans & even vegetarianism,) because of its scientific basis and it simple efficacy, enlightening them to be better and pluralistic Christians; In India, the medieval methods used by missionaries with blatant dubious conversions and hate creates fissures in families, set them against their culture and their nation. They perceive BJP and Modi as their biggest enemies. Many original Christians in India have little support for these activities, but they also get carried away by church propaganda. The interesting part is when natives retaliate when things go beyond limits, the missionaries propagate blatant lies that Christians are targeted and get more money to fund their activities. They use local agents to create their atrocity literature. For many centuries they have been creating blatantly false literature that North Indians are Aryans who subjugated Southerners and use the dubious examples of demons in Hindu pantheon being portrayed as dark skinned (ignoring Krishna was dark complexioned too). They understand that to destroy Hinduism the Upper Caste must be brought down and create narratives that Brahmins subjugated rest of Hindus. They create literature justifying religion as basis for social issues such as Dalits, whereas Valmiki and Vyasa who wrote the grand epics Ramayana and Mahabharata that are root of the Hindu civilization, were Sudras too. They conflagrate CASTE as a race issue whereas the CASTE was basically closely tied to occupation. Will Durant writes in his book 'Case for India', that before the British colonized India, the Indian school system was very open to all Hindus and there was no discrimination on Caste basis. The so called western term 'CASTE' is really 'Jati', i.e., occupational, but truth is never told. Constantly inventing, deeply studying the culture and sects of India and Hindus with devious intentions to destroy, using billions of dollars, manpower, media, educational institutions, Co-ordinating with enormous resources of Western business establishment and Western agencies the missionaries are bent on converting India. The enormous clout of the eco-system of leftists, intellectuals, professors & media with missionaries is seen in the case of 'Award Wapsi' charade where many intellectuals returned Government awards because of alleged Government silence on communal violence. This charade was timed before Bihar state elections so as to defeat BJP and Narendra Modi and support 'Indian Constantinople' Sonia Gandhi Congress party. Today, Catholic Church is the largest Real Estate owner in India. Swathes of coastal areas in South India are being bought/occupied. They are even using bollywood /film industry to accomplish their conversion goals. Protestant missionaries and church are supporting terrorist organizations in the North East to break India. They are supporting Naxalites to weaken it and proudly placing map of divided India with Dravidastan in the South separated from India. Keeping India weak will provide more opportunities for harvesting souls and constantly crying wolf about religious intolerance is a preemptive strike against Modi Government in preventing any actions against the large scale civilization destruction happening particularly in South India. They descend as hawks wherever calamities occur with food packet and a bible. They are like hyenas looking for weak points to capture and digest and they target poor and needy families or areas with scarcity (e.g, water) to use their sops to convert. For the Missionaries, Hindus and other Asian religions such as Buddhists in India, Myanmar, South Korea etc., are the low hanging fruits that can be used to convert. In many respects, missionary’s mindset is no different from that of an ISIS terrorist, only methods are different. Worse, at least in the case of an Islamic terrorist their methods are known and visible, but missionaries work closely with western establishment and local enablers to do deceptive large-scale destruction of societies by dividing them, plundering resources and wholesale conversions. b) Satan is most effective when he has Gods name on his lips Mahatma Gandhi once rightly said, “Satan is most effective when he has God's name on his lips”. Christian Missionaries are using Jesus’s name to plunder and destroy societies, they are using the name of Jesus (who did not utter a single word of hate on those who crucified him), to crucify, murder and plunder other societies and saints. They are using the same Jesus who said look at the log in your eye before you point faults in others to create and invent hate literature and create divisions in families, societies, appropriating and digesting other cultures as if it is their own (e.g., Christian Yoga, Easter, Halloween). Such is their perversion, they create literature that India is poor and miserable because of Hindu religion whereas the Hindu society had nearly 25% of world GDP up until 17th century and has been even more for thousands of years and it is the Christian British who plundered India stealing many trillions of dollars of wealth and as per Will Durant actually enabled the Industrial revolution of the West that helped the great scientific discoveries and advances in the West. Will Durant was shaken to the core on the destruction of India and poured his heart out on the wretchedness with which British left the Hindus and said the only difference between Louisiana slaves in US and the Hindus in British India was lynching. In this article, Arvind exposed how anti-Hindu and bigoted USCIRF, a missionary front, is caught up in a scandal with at least one of their former commissioners alleged to be involved in several cases of pedophilia and other commissioners involved in the cover up sandals involving the sexual abuse of young children. c) Hindus as savages The missionary agenda recognized that in order to destroy a society one must destroy the defenders of that society. Categorizing a community or group as savages in first step to destroy that community, just as they did to native Americans by categorizing them first as savages before systematically destroying them, indigenous people in Australia and North America where they even separated native children from their families to 'civilize' and systematically decimated them in mass graves (e.g., in Canada), Aztecs in Mexico and other civilizations in the Africa. With nearly 40% Africa converted in just the last century, their target is convert India this century which they publicly claimed (see "Death of Hinduism' presentation in the reference). Given an opportunity, the missionaries would want every Hindu child separated from their parents in the name of civilizing the 'savage' and destroy them (or convert them and use them as messengers of spreading Christianity like they did with many in South Korea). Western media mostly owned by Globalists business establishment provides the front for this missionary agenda. In his article, 'The religious crusades of CIA' Arvind points out how dubious Western scholars are spreading falsehoods against Hindus and Hinduism, e.g., Wendy Doniger is daughter of Lester Denier who is firm believer in converting people to Christianity and published two journals to help Churches to become powerful and efficient. Audrey Truschke, another Hindu baiter is protege of Wendy Doniger and is married into family of Christian pastor. Sheldon Pollock is a professor of Sanskrit at Columbia who aspired to study Hindu scriptures not out of reverence but to find faults. Michael Witzel, a linguistic professor at Harvard supported the missionary agents in the derogatory representation of Hinduism in US School text books. These people are a front to help accomplish US agencies and missionary agenda. Many of these dubious scholars happen to be of Jewish origin, perhaps used as a front by Western propaganda because any opposition to them is immediately categorized as being an anti-Semitism. Awards Industry The awards industry, whether it is Magsasay or Noble or any other prize is another tool of the Western complex to maintain global dominance. These awards are given based on how it fits into their agenda and many times the recipients for non-scientific categories become spokespersons for their agenda. Even Noble prize is a highly compromised institution supporting the Global agenda of Western dominance with very few Indians ever getting the top prize in sciences despite their accomplishments. E.g., Eminent Physicist George Sudershan (born Christian and became a Hindu) whose work was used by others who received Noble prizes but he himself was never awarded the coveted prize. Mahatma Gandhi, considered as the Apostle of Peace was never considered for Nobel peace prize due to his deep abhorrence for Christian missionary conversions in India. Might is right While West gloats about its ideals of democracy and openness in their own countries the Western eco-system practices the philosophy of ‘might is right’ in non-Western countries. Enemies and friends are made not based on morality and ideals but based on retaining Western Global dominance. This vast eco-system has enormous power to make or break countries and has pillaged, plundered, murdered people and assassinated their leaders using an intricate and grand eco-system of manipulation and deception working with a system of proxies and locals hired to do the local dirty work for them. International trade must be in US Dollar or they will be brought in line. They can manipulate a lie into truth or truth into lie e.g., the way they are projecting India’s citizenship Amendment as a tool to disenfranchise Indian Muslims. One Nirbhaya rape was blown up so much that gave impression India is a rape capital of the world while India has among the lowest rapes per 100,000 whereas US, Sweden and many other countries is much higher resulting in loss of billions of dollars’ worth of tourism revenue in India. Interestingly, even in the West with the enormous resources of money, voter mobilizations, this eco-system will allow only those political candidates that suit their agenda to be elected. The vicious campaign against Trump has more to do with his keeping ‘Make America Great again’ initiative to address trade imbalances especially with China that goes against the Globalists agenda. They use legalized corruption such as for example Super PACs and what they cannot accomplish through politicians due to fear of voter backlash, they accomplish through compromised judiciary. The inability to fix US health system is a testimony to their hold on the US political system. In summary, the Western eco system works with an agenda of using other countries as resources (e.g., technical labor, raw materials), as markets to sell their goods and for harvesting souls, basically a system of raping the land and the mind and making other societies subservient to their dominance. This is new form of colonialism which China understood well and upped the game. Rajiv Malhotra, famous book, 'Breaking India' covers many aspects of these along with wonderful research articles by Arvind Kumar. Intimidating BJP and Modi Government from taking firm action on Islamists and on Conversion agenda The aftermath of Gujarat riots in 2002 and the relentless campaign against Narendra Modi must have left an indelible scar on him. Narendra Modi is an unapologetic Hindu who banned conversions in Gujarat and is incorruptible. The Global eco systems worked hard to bring him down and tried every possible method to frame and arrest him using politicians, dubious NGO's, activists. But things changed. China which understood Western ways and their eco-system beat them in their own game and became a Superpower. Western Global dominance is severely challenged with China expanding and asserting in Asia and capturing the best of mineral wealth of Africa and obtaining the best of secrets of technical industries of the West using the same methods West uses, maybe even better, while at same time creating with single pointed focus their own infrastructure, education and scientific advancements. Suddenly West feel they need a partner in Asia in size and capacity to China and found that India is their best chance. So, now they have two competing goals, one is to use India to contain China by helping improve its economy and the second goal of accomplishing the conversion of India. India is a great market for Western goods and it should be allowed to grow enough as to provide constant market for Western goods, source of good technical coolies to grow and retain the supremacy of Western industries while at same time strictly monitor and craft India’s growth to be subservient to Western global dominance. But an economically strong India will provide lesser opportunities to harvest converts from 1.4 billion souls! This is a see saw game that they are well apt at balancing. On one hand, they praise India and Modi and its economy, while on other hand they engage in propaganda against Hindus in their media and other eco-system both in the west as well as in India. Things were going somewhat smoothly in the first term of Modi. However, starting with second term, the extraordinary mandate, the firm hand of Modi, Shah and Doval and the way they handled Article 370, Ram Mandir, Triple Talaq posed a serious concern and insecurity. What if this newfound assertion will result in curbing conversions agenda as well as propel India to become very strong without enough controls from the West? Will India become another potential threat like China since throughout history both China and India have dominated the global economy. Will they meet their goals for harvesting souls? A firm Indian Government taming radical Islam will deprive one of the tools they have to control and convert India. They are still blowing hot and cold, on one side praising Modi on economy since they still believe India has to rise economically and on other hand they have upped with high decibel propaganda setting Muslims against Hindus with most bizarre lies and constantly raising false bogey of religious freedom to preempt, thwart and perhaps even serving as a warning to Modi/Amit Shah in taking any action against the enormous civilization destruction happening across South India through conversions which has dangerous consequences to India as a country. It is a warning lest the strong Government act in curbing other tools such as dubious NGOs, media stooges, abolish FCRA resulting in them losing control of India. Note that they would not dare to do this to China because China understands them and unlike a totalitarian state like China, they perceive the Indian democracy is vulnerable enough for them to destroy Modi/BJP if necessary because Hindus are not united and many Indians do not associate with nationalist feelings. Hindus are low hanging fruits for slaughter. What actions can India take? The most important thing is to understand the problem, the designs of the Western eco-system. India should not be intimidated in addressing the civilization issues and assert its independence and not be thwarted by designs of the West. Below are some of the steps India need to consider. a) Stop FCRA funding completely and curtail Western influence on local journalists and NGOs. India needs to completely stop any FCRA funding into and any foreign support to Indian NGOs (like Indira Gandhi did), cut the cord between Indian and Western media, ban dubious NGOs all which are breaking India forces that are seriously damaging the integrity of the country. b) Need same urgency in addressing both development and fundamentalism at same time India needs to understand single focus on development without seriously addressing the civilization issues will result in eventual disaster. As noted earlier, even the greatest advancements of Vijayanagar Empire was destroyed in less than six months. No matter how much develops, it can be evaporate in a flash. Political Islam has little to do with poverty as is seen in Europe and not being bold in addressing deep rooted fundamentalism will be an unmitigated civilizational disaster that will wipe out any development and advancement India would make. India needs to make political Islam based violence accountable through seizing properties, monitoring speeches (such as only pre-approved speeches are permitted) at Mosques and make any violence that caused by speeches in Mosque accountable both for life and property, stop any foreign funding of places of worship, address demographic changes by focusing areas with high birth rate and set 2 child policy via incentives/inducements, Use military, CRPF, and to use laws to bolt down anti-nationals. Ban organizations such as PFI whose members have committed many murders and fueled violence, where banning should imply that they cannot start any other organization and initiate cases against them for being agents of murder. Seditious speeches against nation, public threats of violence and all terror supporting activities (including rioting causing damage to life and property) should carry long and mandatory non-parole jail sentences of 15 to 20 years or more. Acts of terrorism or violence against women such as acid attacks, gang rapes or deaths should carry mandatory capital punishment. Make love jihad a crime on those who are planning and implementing it. India needs to seriously investigate the Islamic Umma and Christian Umma funding to Bollywood and its designs on India and take measure to cut the cord. Bollywood is powerful force that are deliberately misleading public on many civilizational issues. Where states are playing vote bank politics and not taking effective action against Radical Islam (for example West Bengal, Kerala, Telangana) it needs to change laws so that individuals and institutions can take central institutions help to punish the culprits. India must be bold enough to suspend State Governments temporarily which think they can defy constitution and not implement central policies. c) Invest in internal security and consider it as important as external security A recent article that appeared in India Facts spoke about how India spending enormous amounts for external security to avert potential threat (sometimes single weapon costing millions of dollars) but not spending enough on internal security which is a daily threat in many areas of the country particularly where Muslims are in large number and are politically active. India needs to identify potential trouble spots and train and equip police with riot proof gear, plastic bullets etc., that can be deployed in matter of minutes in trouble prone areas. It should learn from countries like US, Israel handling such riots. Where citizens feel regularly threatened, it needs to have constant and visible police presence well equipped to handle it. Like Israel India needs to enrol every young person, both men and women, to serve in military for a period of one or two years. The training there will not only inculcate a sense of nationalism but also help them with potential civilization struggles that India would face. d) Free Hindu Temples and fix discrimination against Hindus in Indian constitution and remove the bogus history taught in textbooks Hindu temples under Government control along with discriminatory articles in Indian constitution such as not allowing Hindus to teach Hinduism in schools and bogus history in school textbooks, all under administrations of rulers who are Hindus themselves is a tragedy and needs to be corrected with urgency. For millennia temples have been centers of education and culture of India that brought people together. In future, after a potential holocaust becomes a reality, we will recall how inaction in this area now had cost India. The fear of Hindus of another ‘Direct Action day’ in just few years is not imaginary fear. If history is any indication, all the so-called secularists and vote bank politicians will be mercilessly treated by political Islam. An excellent discussion on many of points on this appeared recently in NewsX. c) Election reforms India needs to bring in election reforms such as conduct elections only once in a year (like in US), provide incentives to vote and discouragement for not voting. India should seriously consider curbs through laws against freebies and making promises like farm loan waiver that cannot be met and winning elections. d) Countering Western propaganda India needs capable and effective people to lead its institutions such as ICSSR to counter the Western propaganda. Western portals like Wikipedia are blatantly anti-India and anti-Hindu on Delhi riots, CAA and these need to be taken up, since these are widely read in the West. Do not be apologetic to Western propaganda and file cases against local Indians generating vicious and blatant propaganda for Western media that is becoming a fodder for civil disturbances. India needs to have laws on Press behavior of selective presentation of facts with biased articles causing social disturbances by making them pay large fines and imposing mandatory jail sentences to not just journalists but the main editors who approved it. Set laws to break any connections between media and NGO industry in India with the West and challenge the blatant Western propaganda through effective and professional institutions, legal and other means. Create a parallel website that counters the daily Western propaganda, for example, a website called counterpropaganda.org and NYTimes.counterPropaganda.org to counter NY Times propaganda etc., so that viewers can have an alternate source to the propaganda. Doordarshan can create a daily program called, ‘Counter Propaganda’ and put those up on YouTube etc., e) Have open debate on troublesome Islamic verses and Christian Conversions agenda & remove minority classification of Muslims who are already close to 20%. India need to have open discussions on troublesome doctrines in Islamic scriptures, Islamic Umma and its use of religion for political objectives. It should require that Islamic preachers reject it. On Christian conversions agenda, India can effectively use Mahatma Gandhi’s deep abhorrence based on his works to educate India on threat of conversions as practiced by missionaries. This article written after a rally at US in front of Lincoln memorial in DC highlighting missionary menace in India provides some details. India need to address what is a minority as per writers of its constitution? Can population of nearly 20 percent still be a minority? e) Bring in proven external experts and depend less on bureaucrats India needs to get proven extern experts to lead Government institutions than use bureaucrats to head institutions like ICSSR on social sciences research. Each ministry should be guided by a team of experts. f) Local Innovations, create Indian alternatives to Western social media like Google, Facebook, twitter, Instagram India needs to encourage local innovations because that is the fastest path to progress, in facts it needs to be obsessed with it. These innovations can be used to address security and other issues. It needs to create local versions of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram like China than give away the most important resource of data on Indians to Western institutions and become hostage to it. This data will only be used to further Western agenda, it is like giving our hair in their hand and later crying to be freed from their grip. g) Strengthen primary and secondary education and patent India’s knowledge from ancient times It needs to strengthen primary education and making public schools as good as private schools. Hinduism should be allowed to be taught at least in Hindu schools and RTE should not be applied only to Hindu schools. It needs to patent its 10,000 years old sciences in Ayurveda, Yoga, Astronomy. h) Develop local leaders and make MP, MLAs accountable It needs to develop local leaders and make MPs and MLAs accountable to their constituencies and emulate at State what was done at the Center by Narendra Modi such as create a State level app for smart phones, constant connect between CM and people, creating effective State institutions. i) Disinvest colossal bleeding of India by PSU’s to free resources for development and security India needs to dis-invest the bleeding PSUs that is sucking India's precious resources. As per Fortune magazine PSU losses are more than Rupees 1 lakh crores per year and per Dr. Swamy if you combine all the incentives it is much more higher making it the greatest leach of 's economy which any nation can ill-afford . Dr. Swamy has done a detailed study of economy and provided many suggestions in his book, 'Reset: Regaining 's economic legacy'. Finally, India needs to develop a well thought out plan to counter the deceptive and selfish game of the Western eco-system and learn not only to counter it but up the game like China to create its own eco-system.   Remember, British did not leave India for all non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi but the threat of use of strength by Subhash Chandra Bose. NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of GHHF. References: Europe is getting tough on Radical Islam, Foreign Policy.com, Feb 24, 2020 The Case for India, by Will Durant, Oct 1, 1930 Breaking India, by Rajiv Malhotra – Infinity Foundation The Religious Crusades of the CIA by Arvind Kumar, Jan 21, 2015 Anti-Hindu USCIRF, Sex, Crime, Bigotry in the name of religious freedom by Arvind Kumar, Dec 2019 Bible Thumpers by Arvind Kumar, 2005 DC rally at Lincoln Memorial highlighting Mahatma Gandhi’s message against Christian missionary menace in India – PGurus.com, 24th December 2019 Selection Engineering, Political Filters in JNU’s Admission Process by Arvind Webinar on Breaking India Forces by Rajiv Malhotra, PGurus.com, Feb 2nd, 2020 Tehelka Undercover Investigation of Christian Missionary activity in India, 2005 'Death of Hinduism' Presentation, 2007 ‘UN, don’t follow the ‘Hypocritic’ Oath on CAA, Sunday Guardian by Arvind Kumar   NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of GHHF. -- Dhanyavad, Prakasarao Velagapudi, PhD 601-918-711
09 Mar 2020

[GHHF] Karma Theory: Relevance to the Modern Corrupt Society

“If you oppress a man, you will suffer oppression in this or another life and reap the fruits of the seed you have sown in this life. If you feed the poor, you will have plenty of food in this or another life. There is no power on the earth, which can stop the actions from yielding their fruits. Such is the Law of Karma.”Swami Sivananda Every time I go to India, I hear about rampant corruption and how the government officials take the opportunity to exploit the people who come to their offices and how they manipulate the system to cheat their customers. One wonders as to what happened to the morals, ethics and honesty that was the hallmark of India for thousands of years. It is mindboggling to realize the extent of corruption, cheating and bribery has crept into the daily life of the average person. Nothing gets done in the government offices without bribing the officials. If you want to be honest and get the things done scrupulously in the offices, takes days, months and even years without the assurance that your work will be attended to.  Letters written to officials are never acknowledged and answered.                 The corrupt people go to any level to take advantage of the people who rely on these government officials for their work. The personal experiences of my family members made me speechless and questioned whether karma theory really works for the corrupt, dishonest and crooked government officials. Few months ago, my brother passed away in Vijayawada. His two children who live in USA came to witness their father’s death and devastated to witness their dad leave this world. My brother retired as a principal of college. To receive the pension and support for their mother, a death certificate for their father was required. My nephew went to the government office innocently thinking that they would give knowing the urgency of the matter. After visiting the government office three times, it became crystal clear that he had to pay about ten percent of the pension his father was to receive. After paying the amount he assumed that the official would issue the death certificate. The next day, my nephew went to the office to realize to his horror that the official was on leave of absence. Nobody knew when this official would return. Other “sharks” were waiting to attack and bite him. Fortunately, a lady official in the office, who had lost her husband realized the torture that bereaved family members go through, was very sympathetic and helped him to issue death certificate with no expectation. It took about 15 minutes to issue the certificate. More than one week was wastedin so much mental agony and frustration in addition to thousands of rupees bribe for 15-minute job.                 In another example, our family members who live in USA had signed a contract to sell one housing plot in Hyderabad. The Registrar’s office came to know that this couple live in USA and were planning to leave the same day the registration was to take place. As you may have guessed that the official in the Registrar’s office kept delaying until this couple agreed to pay the amount, he demanded knowing that they do not have any choice left except to grease his hand. Obviously, there is no time limit as to how soon a particular request should be addressed and disposed-off. These corrupt officials are not accountable to higher echelon because the higher ups are part of the problem and recipients of certain percentage of the grease (bribe).  The corruption is rampant and unchecked. Just imagine how many people go to these offices to get their birth certificates, death certificate, registration of the property, building permit, etc.  Can we imagine how much money they could be making in a day. Everyone knows, but nobody dares to do anything. It is deeply engrossed in the system. They are waging an assault on the honesty, morals and ethics of the country that was considered the most ethical, honest and moral one                 Many people argue that the most corrupt, dishonest and ethically bankrupt people are living a good life, living in most expensive neighborhoods, driving expensive cars, spending their time in the most expensive bars and restaurants, and get away from any prosecution. The most honest, ethical and moral officials live in  relatively substandard conditions relative to their position. In fact, several cases are reported where the honest officials are trapped and humiliated by dishonest people. They are either transferred or charged with corruption.  Some of them are even imprisoned with false accusations.                 Since we are all taught about the importance, relevance, and significance of karma theory, we would reflect on the consequences of bribery, cheating, corruption, lies, inducements, and deception on their life. As per karma theory, whatever we do in our daily life during this lifetime in addition to the effect of past liveswill have consequences in this life as well as the next life. The Origin of the Idea of Karma Although the concept of karma is not explicitly explained, there is evidence that the people of Vedic period believed that their rituals, homas and Guru Kulashad consequences for those who benefitted from them. Vedas revealed that the deeds of the dead have consequences. The dead are either  rewarded or punished in accordance with the appropriateness of their performance of yagnas. Vedic people performed manyyagnas/homas to appease the panchabhutas to ensure that all the respective Gods bless them to be peaceful and bless them with good life. In those days the unpredictability of the panchabhutas instigated the people to take some action to please them. They performed yagnas to make sure that rains do not create havoc,negative planets do not harm, crops are not damagedand untimely deaths are avoided. Yagnaswere performed to remove potential threats to the family welfare, to secure progeny, to acquire wealth and prosperity, to protect from sickness, to prevent diseases, toyield proper harvest, to prevent natural calamities, to assure marital bliss, and to eliminate enemies. By proper chanting of Vedic mantras, they expected fulfilment of their wishes. In those days, priests in the villages were given free lands, houses to live, clothes to  wear, paddy and vegetables as food items. These gifts were given for teaching sastras to the interested people and doing pujas and conducting homas for the welfare of the families and welfare of the society. In Vedic period, Gurukula concept was prevalent where young children are sent to Gurus’ ashram to learn. After completing a number of years of study, the students used give Dakshina. It is a kind of reward for learning from the Gurus. Hymn CVII of Tenth Mandala of the Rig Veda describes the benefits of generously and liberally giving Dakshina (gifts) to the Brahmanas who have performed a Yagna (ritual) for you. HYMN CVII. Dakṣiṇā. 1. THESE men's great bounty hath been manifested, and the whole world of life set free from darkness. Great light hath come, vouchsafed us by the Fathers: apparent is the spacious path of Guerdon. 2 High up in heaven abide the Guerdon-givers: they who give steeds dwell with the Sun for ever. They who give gold are blest with life eternal. they who give robes prolong their lives, O Soma. 3 Not from the niggards-for they give not fireely-comes Meed at sacrifice, Gods’ satisfaction: Yea, many men with hands stretched out with Guerdon present their gifts because they dread dishonour. 4 These who observe mankind regard oblation as streamyVāyu and light-finding Arka. They satisfy and give their gifts in synod, and pour in streams the seven-mothered Guerdon. 5 He who brings Guerdon comes as first invited: chief of the hamlet comes the Guerdon-bearer. Him I account the ruler of the people who was the first to introduce the Guerdon. 6 They call him Ṛṣi, Brahman, Sāma-chanter, reciter of the laud, leader of worship. The brightly-shining God's three forms he knoweth who first bestowed the sacrificial Guerdon. 7 Guerdon bestows the horse, bestows the bullock, Guerdon bestows, moreover, gold that Rsisters. Guerdon gives food which is our life and spirit. He who is wise takes Guerdon for his armour. 8 The liberal die not, never are they ruined: the liberal suffer neither harm nor trouble. The light of heaven, the universe about us,—all this doth sacrificial Guerdon give them. 9 First have the liberal gained a fragrant dwelling, and got themselves a bride in fair apparel. The liberal have obtained their draught of liquor, and conquered those who, unprovoked, assailed them. 10 They deck the fleet steed for the bounteous giver: the maid adorns herself and waits to meet him. His home is like a lake with lotus blossoms, like the Gods’ palaces adorned and splendid. 11 Steeds good at draught convey the liberal giver, and lightly rolling moves the car of Guerdon. Assist, ye Gods, the liberal man in battles: the liberal giver conquers foes in combat. As we can see that Charity givers live high up in heaven,  they who give steeds dwell with the Sun forever. They who give gold are blessed with eternal life. They who give robes prolong their lives. He who brings Dakshina (largess) comes as first invited... Guerdon bestows the horse, bestows the bullock, Guerdon (Dakshina/largess) bestows with gold that glisters, gives food which is our life and spirit. The liberal  (generous)people are not ruined, suffer neither harm nor trouble, gain fragrant dwellings, get themselves brides in fair apparels, obtained their dose of liquor, conquered those who assail them. His home is like a lake with lotus blossoms, like the Gods’ palaces which are adorned splendidly. The liberal man will be in battles to conquer the foes in combat. The hymn says that giving Dakshina to the Brahmanas performing your Yagna can bestow a place in high up in heaven, an eternity with Surya, eternal life, a long life, being invited first, becoming chief of your village, a horse, a bullock, gold, food, a bride, a beautiful house, a bride, liquor, a good chariot, and many more. This is a clear case of KARMA where good deed leading to benefits in both this life and in the afterlife   Definition of Karma            Karma is defined as action or deed, generally interpreted to mean cause and effect. For every action, there is reaction. What goes around comes around. The relevance of karma is not limited to either one religion or one country. Word Karma has become acceptable lexicon in many countries. William M Mahony recognizes the importance of karma, “It is likely that no other notion from the sacred traditions of India has had more influence on the worldviews assumed by non-Indian cultures as that of karma, for in it lies the foundations of a wealth of astute ethical, psychological, metaphysical, and sacerdotal doctrines.”     "Karma" literally means "deed" or "act"and more broadly refers to universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, which Hindus believe governs all consciousness. Karma is not fate, for we act with what can be described as a conditioned free will creating our own destinies. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determine our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other lifetimes. Swami Vivekananda explained about Karma to the people of United States: “Any word, any action, any thought that produces an effect is called karma. Thus, the law of karma means the law of causation, of inevitable cause and effect. Whatever we see or feel or do, whatever action there is anywhere in the universe, while being the effect of past work on the one hand, becomes on the other, the cause in its turn and produces its own effect. Each one of us is the effect of an infinite past. The child is ushered into the world not as something flashing from the hands of nature, as poets delight so much to depict, but he has the burden of an infinite past. For good or evil, he comes to work out his own past deeds. This makes the differentiation. This is the law of karma. Each one of us is the maker of our own fate.” Max Weber described the idea of Karma as follows: “Karma doctrine transformed the world into a strictly rational, ethically determined cosmos; it represents the most consistent theodicy ever produced by history.” (The Religion of India first published in 1916.)   "Guilt and merit within this world are unfailingly compensated by fate in the successive lives of the soul which may be reincarnated innumerable times in animal, human, or even divine form.... The finiteness of earthly life is the consequence of the finiteness of good or evil deeds in the previous life of a soul. What may appear from the viewpoint of a theory of compensation as unjust suffering in the terrestrial life of a person should be regarded as atonement for sin in a previous existence. Each individual forges his own destiny exclusively, in the strictest sense of the word."   He further states that "The mechanism of rebirth is, therefore, a consistent deduction from the super-divine character of the eternal order of the world, in contrast to the notion of a god who is set over the world, rules it personally, and imposes predestination upon it."   Judith Willer (The Social Determinism of Knowledge. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1971) believes that weber was correct in his interpretation of karma theory and concludes that the Karma doctrine does not have the same logical difficulties as other religious systems. The Karma system works without a deterministic role for God.  There is no problem of theodicy in the Karma system because no all-powerful god is needed or postulated.   "The law of karma along with the doctrine of rebirth has the merit of solving one great problem of philosophy and religion, a problem which is a headache to the western religions, and which finds no satisfactory solutions in them. The problem is: How is it that different persons are born with an infinite diversity regarding their fortunes although God is equally good to all? It would be nothing short of denying God to say the He is whimsical. If God is allGoodness, and All powerful, how is it that there is so much evil and inequality in the world.Indian religions relieve God of this responsibility and make our karma responsible." (R. K. Tripathi, Problems of Philosophy and Religion, Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University, 1971).   Sri Aurobindo has summed up the principle of the Universal Law of Karma in these words: "...a man's past and present Karma must determine his future birth and its happenings and circumstances; for these too must be the fruit of his energies: all that he was and did in the past must be the creator of all that he now is and experiences in his present, and all that he is and is doing in the present must be the creator of what he will be and experience in the future. Man is the creator of himself; he is the creator also of his fate. All this is perfectly rational and unexceptionable so far as it goes and the law of Karma may be accepted as a fact, as part of the cosmic machinery..." (The Life Divine, pp. 806-07) (Author's emphasis) Shiva Purana 1:17“Each soul is binded by these eight aspects of the Nature. The actions performed as the result of these bondages is called Karma. A man reaps the fruits of his actions- Whether good or evil. He either enjoys pleasures or suffers because of sorrow, due to this Karma.” The soul takes rebirth in a cyclical way and is binded by the effects of his Karmas. The eight Chakras are nothing but the eight forms of nature. Shiva is beyond the reach of these eight chakras, on the contrary he has full control on these eight chakras. So, a man can become free from the bondages of this world, only by worshipping Shiva Linga. The linga is both gross as well as subtle. There are five types of Lingas on this earth- SWAYAMBHU LINGA, BINDU LINGA, PRATISTHIT LINGA, CHAR LINGA, GURU LINGA. A person desirous of worldly pleasures should worship the gross Shivalinga, whereas one who is desirous of attaining salvation must worship the subtle Shiva linga.” Karma Concept in Upanishads For the first time the doctrine of the transmigration of souls depending on the deeds of the individuals appeared in Upanishads. What is distinctive about the Upanishads is that man's character and lot in this life is determined by his deeds in previous life, and that what he is now in this present life determines what he shall be in a future existence. Early ideas of rituals and traditions may have resulted in the belief that action alone determines the future of their lives. Artabhaga asks Yajnavalkya, after a man's bodily organisms are dissolved into the elements following his death, what becomes of the man?  Yajnavalkya says, "Take me by the hand, my dear Artabhaga; we must talk about this by ourselves, not here in the assembly. So, they went out and conversed with each other, and what they spoke of was works, and what they praised was works. Verily by good works a man becomes good, evil by evil." The meaning is clear in another utterance of Yajnavalkya: "According as a man acts and behaves, so he is born; he who does good is born as a good man, he who does evil is born as a bad man; by holy works he becomes holy, wicked by wicked. Therefore, it is said: Man is wholly made up of desire; as his desire is so is his insight; as his insight, so are his deeds (Karman); according to his deeds so is his destiny." In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad(III.2.13) the teaching that "one becomes good by good action, bad by bad action" become lexicon of Hindu way of life. Even in villages, it is accepted as a philosophical way of looking at their life experiences.  Whenever they experience obstacles in life, it is accepted by saying “it is my karma. I have to face it.” But the karma concept is quite explicit about the ethical significance of the doctrine of karma:“According as one acts, according as one conducts himself, so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of evil becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.” (IV.4.5) One of the earliest formulation of the Karma doctrine occurs in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. For example: Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad; he became pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds; And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, so is his will; and as is his will, so is his deed; and whatever deed he does, that he will reap. — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Hymns 4.4.5 "To whatever object a man's own mind is attached, to that he goes strenuously together with his deed; and having obtained the end (the last results) of whatever deed he does here on earth, he returns again from that world (which is the temporary reward of his deed) to this world of action. So much for the man who desires." (4.4.6) In the Chandogya Upaniṣad ( V.10.7) conduct and consequences are further linked up across lives: “Accordingly, those who are of pleasant conduct here -- the prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a pleasant womb, either the womb of a Brahman, or the womb of a Kshatriya, or the womb of a vaiśya. But those who are of stinking conduct here -- the prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog, or the womb of a swine, or the womb of an outcast (caṇḍāla).” This theme is also reiterated in other Upanishads. For example,  Shvetashvatara Upaniṣad ( V.11-12): “According unto his deeds (Karman) the embodied one successively assumes forms in various conditions. Coarse and fine, many in number, the embodied one chooses forms according to his own qualities. [Each] subsequent cause of his union with them is seen to be Because of the quality of his acts and of himself.” In many of the Upanishads, the doctrine of karma has become fused with the doctrine of rebirth. It is, however, worth distinguishing between these two doctrines, which are in fact logically independent. The doctrine of karma makes certain claims about the relation of actions to results; the doctrine of rebirth makes certain claims about our survival of death. The former claims neither entails, nor are entailed by, the latter. Nevertheless, historically the two doctrines were regarded in the Indian context as intertwined. In particular, the form of one's rebirth was held to be determined by one's karma. Karma in Puranas Markandeya Purana recognizes Kindness, noble association, noble activities aimed at the ‘Paraloka’, Truthfulness, espousing the right causes of mankind; worship of Guru, Devas, Rishis and Siddharishis; Sadhu Sangam (Company of Sadhus), Practice of Good Actions, Mitrata or Friendship and constant ‘Namasmarana’ (recitation) of Bhagavan are considered good acts worthy of emulation. “Through the ripening of the fruits of his actions he does not attain any rest, like a worm caught within a whirlpool. The desire for liberation arises in human beings at the end of many births, through the ripening of their past virtuous conduct.” Yajur Veda, Pingala Upanishad 2.22 Devi Purana says everybody is under the influence of karma. No one is exempted. Not even the celestial Gods including Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar. “No individual can arise without some sort of action or other. It is through karma that the Sun traverses in the sky; it is through karma that the Moon was attacked with consumption disease; it is through karma that the Rudra holds the disc of skull bone. This karma, therefore, has no beginning nor end (till moksha); now that this Karma is the sole cause in the production of the Universe.” (Book IV:11: 12-13). “Therefore, O King, the sages declare that the seed of Karma is eternal. This whole universe changes incessantly, being controlled by this karma.” (IV:11:17) Vayu Puranam states, “Now all these are captives in the chains of acts, and at the end of their existence become slaves to the power of Yama, by whom they are sentenced to painful punishments. Released from these inflictions, they are again born in the condition of gods, men, or the like: and thus, living beings, as the Sashtras apprise us, perpetually revolve. Now the question I have to ask, and which you are so well able to answer, is, by what acts men may free themselves from subjection to Yama?” (Book III:7:4-6) Vishnu Puranam sates, “Man performs all acts for the purpose of bodily fruition, and the consequence of such acts is another body; so that their result is nothing but confinement to bodily existence.” Thus man, like a brute beast, addicted only to animal gratifications, suffers the pain that ignorance creates. Ignorance, darkness, inactivity, influence those devoid of knowledge, so that pious works are neglected; but hell is the consequence of neglect of religious acts, according to the great sages, and the ignorant therefore suffer affliction both in this world and in the next. (Book 6:5: P:639) Karma in Mahabharata In Anusashana Parva of Mahabharata, Yudhishthira asks Bhishma: "Is the course of a person's life already destined, or can human effort shape one's life?"Bhishma answers by saying that the future is both a function of current human effort derived from free will and past human actions that set the circumstances. Repeatedly, the chapters of Mahabharata recite the key postulates of karma theory. That is: intent and action (karma) has consequences; karma lingers and doesn't disappear; and all positive or negative experiences in life require effort and intent. For example:  happiness comes due to good actions, suffering results from evil actions.  By actions, all things are obtained, by inaction, nothing whatsoever is enjoyed. If one's action bore no fruit, then everything would be of no avail, if the world worked from fate alone, it would be neutralized. (Mahabharata, xiii.6.10 & 19) Markandeya mentions in Mahabharata the relationship between karma and its consequences: “In the world of men, no man reaps the consequences of another man's karma. Whatever one does, he is sure to reap the consequences thereof; for the consequences of the karma that is once done, can never be obviated. The virtuous become endowed with great virtues, and sinful men become the perpetrators of wicked deeds. Men's actions follow them; and influenced by these, they are born again.” Anusashana Parva: Section VI Yudhishthira said, “Tell me, O learned sire thou art versed in all the scriptures, of Exertion (Effort) and Destiny which is the most powerful?' "Bhishma said, 'This ancient story of the conversation of Vasishta and Brahma, O Yudhishthira, is an illustration in point. In olden times the adorable Vasishta enquired of Brahma as to which among these two, viz., the Karma of a creature acquired in this life, or that acquired in previous lives (and called Destiny), is the more potent in shaping his life. Then, O king, the great god Brahma, who had sprung from the primeval lotus, answered him in these exquisite and well-reasoned words, full of meaning.'" "Bhishma continued, 'Nothing comes into existence without seed. Without seed, fruits do not grow. From seeds spring other seeds. Hence are fruits known to be generated from seeds. Good or bad as the seed is that the husbandman soweth in his field, good or bad are the fruits that he reaps. As, unsown with seed, the soil, though tilled, becomes fruitless, so, without individual Exertion, Destiny is of no avail. One's own acts are like the soil, and Destiny (or the sum of one's acts in previous births) is compared to the seed. From the union of the soil and the seed doth the harvest grows. It is observed every day in the world that the doer reaps the fruit of his good and evil deeds; that happiness results from good deeds, and pain from evil ones; that acts, when done, always fructify; and that, if not done, no fruit arises. A man of (good) acts acquires merits with good fortune, while an idler fall away from his estate and reaps evil like the infusion of alkaline matter injected into a wound. By devoted application, one acquires beauty, fortune, and riches of various kinds. Everything can be secured by Exertion: but nothing can be gained through Destiny alone by a man that is lacking in personal Exertion. Even so does one attain to heaven, and all the objects of enjoyment, as also the fulfilment of one's heart's desires by well-directed individual Exertion. All the luminous bodies in the firmament, all the deities, the Nagas, and the Rakshasas, as also the Sun and the Moon and the Winds, have attained to their high status by evolution from man's status, through dint of their own action. Riches, friends, prosperity descending from generation to generation, as also the graces of life, are difficult of attainment by those that are wanting in Exertion. “(VI:16-17) Karma and Bhagavad Gita Karma played a crucial and fundamental role in the teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjun. When Arjuna was disheartened and saddened by the possible killings of his relatives, Gurus and friends, Lord Krishna talked about his responsibility and the need for discharging his action. Bhagavad Gita is more philosophical and practical treatise than a religious one. Lord Krishna recommended karma yoga for everybody irrespective of their station and volition. No one can avoid their responsibilities in their life. Your human right is for activities only, never for the resultant fruits of actions. Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction - Bhagavad Gita 2:47 Perform all actions forsaking attachment (to their fruits), being indifferent to success and failure. This mental evenness is termed Yoga - Bhagavad Gita 2:48 Ordinary action (performed with desire) is greatly inferior to action united with the guidance of wisdom; therefore, seek shelter in the ever-directing wisdom. Miserable are those who perform actions only for their fruits. -Bhagavad Gita 2:49 Actionlessness is not attained by simply avoiding actions. By forsaking work no one reaches perfection. Bhagavad Gita 3:4 Perform those actions that are obligatory, for action is better than inactivity; even simple maintenance of the body would be impossible through inaction. Bhagavad Gita 3:8 Worldly people are Karmically bound by activities that differ from those performed as Yajna (religious rites); Labor nonattached, in the spirit of Yajna, offering actions as obligations- Bhagavad Gita 3:9 The individual who truly loves the soul and is fully satisfied with the soul and finds utter contentment in the soul alone, for him no duty exists. Therefore, always conscientiously perform good material actions, and spiritual actions without attachment, by doing all actions without attachment one attains the highest. Bhagavad Gita 3:17-18 Like unto the lotus leaf that remains unsullied by the water, the yogi who performs actions, forswearing attachment and surrendering his actions to the infinite, remains unbound by entanglement in the senses. Bhagavad Gita 5:10 When dutiful action is performed solely because it should be done, forsaking attachment to it and its fruit, that renunciation is considered Sattvic. -Bhagavad Gita 18:9 It is truly impossible for an embodied being to abandon actions completely, but he who relinquishes the fruit of actions is called renunciant. -Bhagavad Gita 18:11 What does Nishkama Karma mean? Nishkama Karma is a central theme in the Bhagavad Gita. An important philosophical concept in Karma yoga, it means to act unselfishly, without attachment or without personal gain in mind. When acting out of Nishkama Karma, an individual is acting without any expectation that good will be returned to him/her. In Sanskrit, Nishkama means “action without motive,” “work without desire" or "desirelessness.” Seva is rendered for the sake of rendering without any expectation of reward of fruits. It is not done for the sake of either name or fame. Nishkama karma is done at your conscience level – divine level. It is a feeling that God propels you to do it. The motto of seva expressed by Swami Vivekananda is ‘Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha’ which means ‘For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world’. To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction. (2:47) "Fixed in yoga, do thy work, O Winner of wealth (Arjuna), abandoning attachment, with an even mind in success and failure, for evenness of mind is called yoga. (2.48) “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty” (3:9) Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme. (3:19) "With the body, with the mind, with the intellect, even merely with the senses, the Yogis perform action toward self-purification, having abandoned attachment. He who is disciplined in Yoga, having abandoned the fruit of action, attains steady peace. (5.11) In Karma yoga philosophy, there are two central concepts: Sakama Karma and Nishkama Karma. Sakama Karma is to act under self-centered motivations with the goal of being appreciated, recognized or receiving goodness in return. Nishkama Karma is the opposite of Sakama Karma, considered to be selfless action without being recognized or appreciated. Whenever there is a motivation, expectation, manipulation, or exploitation involved in performing our activities, it is Sakamakarma whose aim is goal oriented.   It is the intention behind doing your karma determines that act to be either good or bad, desirable or undesirable and helpful or useless.  Best example is found in Christian missionaries. In the pretext of doing God’s work, they convert people with deception, allurement and trickery. Gandhi strongly objected to conversion tactics as he saw a coercive and intimidating force to make people embrace Christianity. Ultimately, Nishkama Karma is considered non-attachment to the result of personal actions in life, but with selfless loving motive. The karmic concept centers on whatever actions a yogi does within the world for the sake of others and not for self-benefit. There are many Gurus who go to the Western hemisphere only to impart Vedic knowledge, not to convert them to Hinduism. Karma works on many levels and it’s very difficult for a human being with limited intelligence, who knows only about his current existence, to figure it out. As Lord Krishna said:  “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty” (3:9) Thy right is to work only, but never to its fruits; let not the fruit of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction.” (2:47) Therefore, giving up attachment, perform actions as a matter of duty, for by working without being attached to the fruits, one attains the Supreme.(3:19) By performing their prescribed duties, King Janaka and others attained perfection. You should also perform your work to set an example for the good of the world. Whatever actions great persons perform, common people follow. Whatever standards they set; all the world pursues. (3:20) Sri Ramakrishna expressed this nishkama karma while talking to Bankim Chandra Chatterjee by saying that it is done for the sake of others rather than for one’s self.  “When a sannyasi gives something to another he knows that it is not himself who gives. Kindness belongs to God alone. How can a man lay claim to it? …. If a householder gives in charity in a spirit of detachment, he is really doing good to himself and not to others. It is God alone that he serves-God who dwells in all beings; when he serves God, he is really doing good to himself and not to others” (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.(P: 670-671) Sree Pada Sree Vallabha Transfers Karma The Story of Shiva Sarma is one of the examples where one’skarma is transferred to another person. The law of karma cannot be denied or tampered with. This is a universal principle that must be adhered to.  Sree Pada Sree Vallabha, the first incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, was born in 1339 in Pittapuram and lived only 30 years. He was born with tremendous powers. In that village there lived a Vedic scholar and strictly adhered to religious practices in the lineage of Kashyap Sage. He had a son who was born dullard and nonintelligent. One day Sree Pada Sree Vallabha came to his village and had an opportunity to recite Vedas in his presence. Appreciating his knowledge and realizing the sadness on the face of the scholar, Sree Vallabha asked him to express any desire he may have. He expressed concern about his son’s intelligence.  Reply given by Sree Vallabha reveals the nature of karma and how karmas can be paid. In reply Sreepada Sree Vallabha stated, "My child! The fruits of past actions are unavoidable even to great people. The entire creation is moving subjected to unbreakable laws. Women get husbands as fruits of their worship. One begets children as fruits of his devotion. One should always donate to deserving people. Donations made to unworthy persons bring undesirable results. If food is offered to a good person, the donor of food derives some part of the merit accruing from the good deeds performed by the good person. Donation should be made without arrogance. Then only it gives good results. Sri Pada Vallabha replied, “On account of the past karma (acts in previous life/lives and its effects on the present life) in previous lives you got a dull witted one as your son. You both wanted a child with long span of life. You did not want a short-lived one. So, I granted you a son with complete span of life. If the sin earned in the previous life needs to be erased and want your son to be a scholar,you have to be ready to sacrifice your life. Itneeds to be done in consonance with the karmic principle. If you are prepared to sacrifice your life, I will make your son a worthy scholar. For that Shiva Sarma replied, "Swamee! I entered old age. I am ready to relinquish my life. What more can I aspire than my son becoming a great scholar and speaker like Brihaspati." Then Sreepada who had the power to make things happen declared, "Yes! You will die soon. After death you will remain for some time in subtle body and undertake penance in an underground cellar below a neem tree in Dheesila town. Afterwards, you will take birth in the holy land of Maharashtra. Don't reveal this to your wife under any circumstances." Three Types of Karmas Everything that we ever thought, spoke, acted or behaved is karma, as is also that which we think, speak or do this very moment.  Hindu scriptures divide karma into three kinds: Sanchita, Prarabdha and Kriyamana. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait classified them as Dormant, Active and Potential. Sanchita / Dormant is the accumulated or stored karma of the past lives. One’s tendencies (Vasanas) such as character, behavior, intentions, activities, efforts, desires, and thought process in previous lives will be carried over to the present life. Sometimes, accumulation of several life experiences may navigate the present actions. Sometimes, one previous life experiences may direct them to act. It would be impossible to experience and endure all karmas in one lifetime. From this storehouse of sanchita karma, a portion of actions are carried to the present life.   All sanchita karmas may not be exhausted in one lifetime and they are likely to be carried on to the next lives. Prarabdha/ Active. When a portion of accumulated karma gets "ripened", one experiences the fruits of those activities whether good or bad. The activities undertaken in this life are the result of previous life experiences.  We are born with a set of Vasanas which influence our behavior, thought processes and actions. All of us have certain set of Vasanas (tendencies) unknown to us that influence our thinking, desires, intentions and actions. One should not interpret to mean that an individual does not have chance to mend his behavior.  One can make deliberate effort to reduce the negative tendencies and improve the positive behavior to neutralize the sanchita karma. What we do in the present life will be transferred to the next life. Krishna said to Gandhari after witnessing her lamentations on passing of her 100 sons: “On the loss of children, on the loss of substance or friends and kinsmen, men suffer exceeding anguish, like the fire of a burning forest. This whole world depends upon Prarabdha Karma (past actions) in pleasure and pain, in birth and unborn being. Whether a man has friends or not, whether he has foes or allies, whether he is wise or void of wisdom, he gets his happiness through Prarabdha Karma.” Kriyamana/ Potential. Our way of thinking, doing, behaving, relating with others and performing our activities in the current life is Kriyamana karma. All Kriyamana karmas flow into sanchita karma that shapes our future. All the activities conducted in the present life are stored for next life. Only in human life we can change our future destiny. After death we lose Kriya Shakti (ability to act) and do (Kriyamana) karma until we are born again in another human body.Tigunait captured the essence of kriyamana karma with this statement: “Potential karmas are like arrows that have not yet been made, although the factory, the skilled arrow maker, the raw materials, and the customer are all present. The ego is the factory, the senses are the arrow makers, anxiety is the raw material, and the desire-ridden mind is the consumer. It is up to our faculty of discrimination to make the final decision as to whether or not these arrows will be made. If they are, they will be stored as dormant (sanchita) karmas, and sooner or later they are bound to be shot, resulting in destiny-prarabdha karma.”  Tulsidas, a Hindu saint, said: "Our destiny was shaped long before the body came into being." Till the stock of sanchita karma lasts, a part of it continues to be taken out as Prarabdha karma for a being to experience in the present lifetime, leading to the cycle of birth and death. A Jiva cannot attain moksha (liberation) from the cycle of birth and death, until the accumulated sanchita karmas are completely exhausted. “All consequences of actions should be experienced, whether good or bad. The unexperienced karma will not subside even after hundreds of crores of kalpas (one Kalpa equals 4,320 million years).”  (Brahmavaivarta Purana 33:45.)
03 Mar 2020

[GHHF] Meeting in SUPPORT OF CAA held in Plano, Texas was a Great Success

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation organized a meeting in SUPPORT OF CAA on February 23 in Plano Texas. As we are all aware that Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by both the houses and became an ACT on December 12, 2019. Nine speakers spoke about the content of CAA, and how it became an Act. Discussed about the agitation taking place in India. The CAA is designed to make sure that minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are not treated as illegal immigrants if they entered into India. Minorities in these countries are identified as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians. Ever since the CAA is passed many self-serving political parties, crooked politicians, radical students, Muslims who want to make India a Muslim country, the wretched media and mindless secularists have all conspired to rake up controversy and tarnish the image of India and discredit Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are very happy to report that a large number of people attended and some of the audience had a chance to express their views also. Ten distinguished members of our community shed light on the vital issue. They are: Ashok Mago Prashant Patel Satya Nemana Atman Raval Charan Reddy Pankaj Kumar Jayesh Thakker Badrinath Singh Bheema Penta Prakasarao Velagapudi. TV9 Coverage of WE SUPPORT CAA Meeting in Plano Texas. Ten distinguished Speakers were invited to share their concept of CAA, its purpose, why it was passed by both houses, who can be a citizen of India and partisan protests against CAA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCwWio3OYWA&feature=youtu.be We mentioned that minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are allowed to get Citizenship in India because they are being prosecuted. For example, the Hindu population dwindled from about 20 % to 1.2% in Pakistan. A similar experience is faced by Hindus in Bangladesh where Hindu population declined from about 25% to about 6%. Minorities in these three countries are systematically persecuted by the government and the people. Islam does not tolerate any other religious people. Majority of Islamic countries do not give any freedom to worship and deny the fundamental rights. In the meeting it is suggested that Modi should repeal the Uniform Civil Code, introduce a family planning program and eliminate minority status for Muslims and Christians. In fact, it was suggested that he should introduce in the parliament and get them passed at one time rather than staggering them over a period of time. This would only encourage these minorities to agitate, destroy property, abuse the fundamental rights and sabotage the country. It was also suggested in the meeting that the government should look at the two-nation theory and see if they can enforce it. India was divided as a Muslim state and a Hindu State. Pakistan became an Islamic country. Why India has not been declared as the Hindu nation as was agreed at the time of Independence. Why Hindus are denied the privilege of living in a Hindu Country while Muslims are privileged to live in a Muslim country - Pakistan. Hindus should learn from the past as to how Muslims have slaughtered Hindus, raped women, destroyed Hindu Temples and looted the riches of India. Hindus should reflect and take necessary action to declare India s a HINDU COUNTRY and give privileges to Hindus before they are accorded to Muslims. That is what is happening in Pakistan. Hindus have no rights and they have been reduced by 1.2%. It should be a wake-up call for all Hindus before they are tortured and conquered in the next two decades. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCwWio3OYWA&feature=youtu.be PICTURES are attached below: {{album_23}}
26 Feb 2020

All is not well in Tirumala!

If the government thinks it is secular, then by inference, the entities it controls must also be secular. Which begs the question, are Churches and Mosques secular? ByTeam PGurus -February 24, 2020 https://www.pgurus.com/all-is-not-well-in-tirumala/ Many are wondering as to how a religious institution can be secular; the very foundation of TTD is a Devasthanam, which is clearly a religious institution ofDevasthanam.  Would the honourable court use the same yardstick if this were to have happened in a Church or a Masjid? All is not well in Tirumala and in Andhra Pradesh.  What is happening in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) in relation to the 44 employees who received notices from the authorities? This is the question circling in everyone’s mind. The answer? Nothing. 36 out of the 44 employees approached the Andhra Pradesh court, (WP 3023/ 2018) and the court gave a stay order on the termination clause of the show cause notice. The learned court opined that these employees could not be terminated but instead be moved to other departments; however, the employees can respond to the notice. The final verdict, in this case, is yet to come. Here is the gist of the order (Figure 1 and Figure 3): “As the petitioners have all been working with the TTD for the past several years and, in a few cases for more than a quarter of a century, we are, prima facie, of the view that the TTD may not be justified in terminating their services solely on the ground that they do not profess Hindu religion, even though they are all employed by the TTD outside the Temples being run by it. While we see no reason to interdict the show cause notice and direct the petitioners to submit their reply thereto, the second respondent – TTD shall not terminate their services pending further orders in this Writ Petition. It is made clear that this order shall not disable the TTD from posting the petitioners to any of its institutions or departments outside its Temples.” Why was Sneha Latha not served a notice? The Government order of Nov 1, 2007, did not apply to the likes of Deputy EO Sneha Latha, a Christian, who was caught going to church in a TTD vehicle[1]. In her case allegedly the recruitment happened based on Government Order 1060 dated October 24, 1989, that stipulated that appointment to any categories, except in the case of teaching institutions shall be made only from persons professing Hindu religion[2]. It is in the Government Order that was issued on Nov 1, 2007, that Rule 9, sub-rule (vi) was amended to mandate that all TTD employees including those working in TTD-funded institutions be Hindu, and is reproduced below: Figure 1. APHC ruling The timeline for the cases is presented below: Figure 2. Timeline of cases In the above case, the order was in favour of those employees who profess Islam and Christianity while working in Hindu endowment related organisations. In other words, their paycheques are being paid by devout Hindus who are religious. As per the court’s directions, TTD can only transfer them, not terminate their employment. The Court thought that they are employed in the secular activities of the TTD. Recently these employees approached the court demanding retirement and other benefits as part of the employment. (WP 1778/2020). Figure 3. The relevant section of the ruling Many are wondering as to how a religious institution can be secular; the very foundation of TTD is a Devasthanam, which is clearly a religious institution of Hindus. Yet the court thinks that it has some secular aspects. Would the honourable court use the same yardstick if this were to have happened in a Church or a Masjid? It must be kept in mind that it was the British who took over TTD from the Hathiram Matham (Figure 4). Figure 4. Balaji Temple timeline Some observations:  No one begged the government to take over the management of Hindu temples and its related activities. Yet the government took over citing half-cooked studies (in our opinion) such as the Challah Kondaiah Commission report[3].   When taking over any organisation, whoever takes over the responsibility is also responsible in the upkeep of the so-called standards which they mentioned earlier to take over these temples.  The government can’t pick and choose issues to suit their political gains. They must take complete responsibility on what goes on in the endowment and the TTD.  The TTD board is formed purely on a political basis, not on a religious basis. Earlier there were attempts to appoint people professing Christianity as board members – one such example being Anita, a Member of the Legislative Assembly[4].  If other religious members visit Tirumala, does it make it a secular place? If so, since Hindus too visit many Dargahs and Churches would they (Dargahs and Churches) also not become secular? If so, why are they not asked to take or support these employees?    It is a well-known fact that Churches and Mosques are receiving huge funds from abroad. Why then did the government not appoint a commission like the Challah Kondaiah commission to study the financial mismanagements of these organisations?  What is good for the goose is good for the gander too, isn’t it?   There are many devout Hindus who are qualified and unemployed but were not given an opportunity to serve their lord. How did non-Hindus get jobs in Hindu religious places in the first place?    The most important of all is that many Christian and Islamic organisations are running Hospitals, Schools etc. where it is alleged that religious proselytization is happening in these organisations on a large scale. The final victim in most cases is a Hindu.    How come the name of Jesus appeared in the Tirumala online library? It has been several months since the library was taken down. Why has it not gone active online? Was the appearance of Jesus online a deliberate attempt to shut down the free library or Hindu religious material access to the public?[5] It is widely believed that the timing of the statement of the then AP Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam with reference to the non-Hindu employees was a diversionary tactic used by the government to deflect people’s attention away from the following two major things that happened in Aug 2019[6]: It helped in diverting public attention from the Non-Hindu employee’s appointment issue at Srisailam Temple, Andhra Pradesh[7] and There was a huge amount of gold (53 gold coins, 4 gold chains… etc. missing) and silver missing from Tirumala; It was not only missing but some items that were not even entered in the log were found in the audit. Such a huge scam on record got caught and the news started spreading just about that time when the announcement came from L V Subramanyam. A detailed list of missing items that surface during the audit in this reference[9]. Soon after the announcement, everyone’s attention turned to anticipating the possible action on the non-Hindu employees in the Hindu endowments department. The opposition party Telugu Desam (TDP) also went quiet on this issue because it was during their tenure that the scam took place. The whole saga came to an end with Mr. L V Subramanyam getting transferred to another department[8]. The political parties had successfully diverted public attention and a sincere bureaucrat was sacrificed at the altar of politics. The very basis of implementing the Justice Challah Kondaiah Commission report was to deal with alleged financial mismanagements in the endowment. But that is exactly what is not happening under the secular government management of temple wealth. The government’s complacency has failed to address several critical issues as listed below:   It failed to safeguard the devout Hindu’s interests    It failed to reduce the financial mismanagement – in fact, more such irregularities are coming to light from many places.    It failed in anticipating the attacks on Hindu religious beliefs by the nonbelievers.    It failed in enhancing the Hindu Dharmaprachar, which is being portrayed by other faiths as the incompetence of Hindus.     It failed in taking countermeasures from the infiltration of the non-Hindu Believers.     To be or not to be (secular)? That is the question!     The government is responsible for nurturing, fostering and ensuring that Hinduism reaches every nook and corner of the state. Unlike other religions, Hindu temples are under the control of the government, so the onus is on the government to ensure that Sanatana Dharma flourishes. In other words, if the government thinks it is secular, then by inference, the entities it controls must also be secular. Which begs the question, are Churches and Mosques secular? Since they have their own bodies managing them and thanks to copious inflows, why do they have to be paid from the coffers of the government? There is only one way out – the government must leave managing Hindu temples to Sanatanis – treat all religions the same way.     Where is the audit?     While passing the above judgement, the court cited Sri Adi Visveswaraya of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, the Supreme Court case.  It read:     “By the very nature of things, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to define the expression “religion” or “matters of religion” or “religious beliefs or practice”. Right to religion guaranteed by Articles 25 and 26 is not absolute or unfettered right to propagate religion which is subject to legislation by the State limiting or regulating every non-religious activity. The right to observe and practise rituals and right to manage in matters of religion is protected under these articles. But the right to manage the Temple or endowment is not integral to religion or religious practice or religion as such which is amenable to statutory control, these secular activities are subject to State regulation but the religion and religious practices which are an integral part of religion is protected. It is a well-settled law that administration, management and governance of the religious institution or endowment are secular activities and the State could regulate them by appropriate legislation.”     Figure 5. SC judgment on Govt. role in a religious place     Audits done sporadically on Hindu temples have been sloppy, to say the least [9]. As said by the Supreme Court in the above judgment, “the administration and governance of the religious institution or endowment are secular activities and the state could regulate them by appropriate legislation”.  Why not enact laws to that extent so that all religions are treated equally by the secular government and hence must be done on a regular basis irrespective of the religion?     Conclusion     This order allows for all to work on religion-based-institutions, regardless of the religion of the worker. It is up to all institutions to welcome with open arms the most qualified candidate for a job – not constraining it with the religion. This is how Uthisht Bharat will happen.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
24 Feb 2020

[GHHF] Dr.Subramanian Swamy's Three Comments on TTD are misleading and inaccurate.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) has written a letter to Sri Anil Kumar Shingal Executive Officer of TTD and discussed about various issues related to TTD. Four of us went to meet EO on December 23 and talked about issues related to TTD and the experience of an employee in the hands of few Christians in BRRD hospital. We talked about how Hindu nurses were being insulted, how they insult Lord Venkateswara as shila (stone) and how they demean prasadam as Seitan food. In our discussion EO agreed to install CC cameras to monitor them and see what action can be taken.                 In that letter we mentioned that there are as many as 15-20 percent employees are practicing Christians working in TTD. This based on one interview with one of the nurses and three other people. Sri Shingalji never contested that figure. He never said that our figure was false during our on-hour face to face conversation. The letter I submitted to EO was shared with Dr. Subramanian Swamy before the meeting we organized in Tirupati on December 29, 2019. Statement by Dr Swamy at a Meeting Organized in Tirupati on December 29, 2019                 On December 29, GHHF organized a meeting with Dr Subramanian Swamy and Sri Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi in Sri Padmavati Mahila University Auditorium. At that time, Dr Swamy stated that “I do not believe in the propaganda being done by the opponents of chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy that he is trying to Christianize Tirupati as I have found no evidence of it.”                 This statement angered many people who are familiar with TTD who have been working to preserve the sacredness of TTD. Many people including former high-level employees wanted to find out what king of evidence Dr Swamy had to make a blatant statement. I requested him to share that evidence so that we can pass on that information to all our friends. Dr Swamy did not respond to my request to provide the evidence he might have. Realizing the pressure some of the Hindu nurses are experiencing, Sri Shingalji himself mentioned that he will require all the BRRD hospital employees to attend Special Puja performed every Saturday where somebody will be assigned to put Tilak on forehead, give prasadam to be eaten there itself, offer Theertham to drink and observe doing pradakshina. He even agreed to install CC cameras to monitor the employees practicing Christianity to take appropriate action against non-Hindus. Additionally, on August 25 the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh L V Subramanyamsaid,“taking a serious view of the reports of proselytization in Tirumala and all over non-Hindu employees working in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam,… those who were engaged in such activities should voluntarily give them up, so as not to hurt the sentiments of devotees.” In fact, he even stated that “surprise inspections will be conducted in the houses of employees to ensure they are not practicing other religions.”  (The New Indian Express, August 26, 2019) If there are no employees practicing Christianity, and if no Christianization is taking place, why would the Chief Secretary make that kind of announcement and ask the authorities to make surprise visits to the houses of non-Hindus? If no such Christianization is happening, why L V Subramanyam was not contradicted by Chief Minster Jagan Mohan Reddy, TTD Board Chairman Y V Subba Reddy, or TTD Executive officer Anil Kumar Shingal. That means they all know that the Christianization is going onTTD and other Temples. The question is where did Dr Swamy get the information to say that there is no evidence of trying to Christianize Tirupathi? Two Statements during an Interview with Anuraag Saxena In a recent interview with Mr. Anuraag Saxena, Dr Swamy made two statements that are either incorrect or misleading. 1) Dr Swamy stated that 44 non-Hindu employees are appointed by Chandra Babu Naidu government. This is an incorrect statement. They are appointed over a period of several years by different governments. In fact, they are appointed since 1989. New India Express quoted EO Sri Shingal as stated on January 6, 2018 that "We have identified 44 people who got appointed in the TTD against the guidelines since 1989. Majority of them are employed under the compassionate ground category. We are now contemplating sending them to other State government departments.” Hindustan Times reports in February 2018 that EO Sri Shingal stated that "The official inquiry revealed that as many as 35 non-Hindus were recruited between 1988 and 2007 in various cadres. Even after the issuance of the order in 2007, another seven non-Hindus got recruited in TTD against the guidelines". Dr. Swamy’s statement that all 44 non-Hindus were appointed by Chandrababu Naidu government is totally wrong.   When TTD was planning to transfer them to other government departments, they went to High Court and got stay order on February 14, 2018. Hindustan Times states " The Hyderabad high court on Wednesday stayed the transfer of 44 non-Hindu employees, initiated by the TTD on the ground that they were recruited in violation of the service rules of the institution. As of today, the stay order is in force. It has not been lifted to our knowledge. As you can see that it was during Chandra Babu Naidu time, TTD was planning to transfer them to other government departments which was blocked by High Court. 2) Dr Swamy stated that the present government (Jagan Mohan Reddy Government) has issued orders to transfer these 44 employeesto other governmental bodies. In fact, these transfers were planned in 2018, not during the Present government. To our knowledge no such Order was issued by Jagan government. Two questions regarding this statement: 1) Can any government issue order to transfer the employees when High Courts’ Stay Order is in force? 2) Is there a copy of the order issued by Jagan government to transfer them to other government bodies?  To our knowledge that Jagan government did not issue any order to transfer these 44 non-Hindus to other department.                 The statement that Jagan government issued orders to transfer the 44 non-Hindus to other government bodies is misleading.                 I have requested Dr. Swamy to clarify on these matters. No response is received as of today. Thanks.   Prakasarao Velagapudi, PhD GHHF
12 Feb 2020

Hathiramji Matham and the devious design of the A.P.Government

The Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? For vast tracts of land? For the Jewellery of the Tirumala Mandir? Or for alleged land-deals by the Mahant?... By S V Badri -February 6, 2020 https://www.pgurus.com/hathiramji-matham-and-the-devious-design-of-the-a-p-government/   Now Hathiramji Matham has been appropriated so the government could have absolute control over the Mandir. There are some puzzles around the devious plot of the successive governments. Mahant Sri Arjun Dass Ji, the Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. First by the Naidu Government on 10-07-2003 and now by the Jagan Government on 28-01-2020. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? Is it for the control of vast tracts of land? The Jewellery that never was under the control of the Matham since the takeover of the Tirumala Mandir by TTD? Or the same alleged land-deals by the Mahant which was also one of the reasons for his suspension by the earlier Government? “The book lists the descendants of Parikshit and their total rule for 2663 years, 20 Chola kings, Salivahana I, 12 each of Ven(Hun?), Kotanan and Pandya Kings, 14 Yadava Kings, Oraganti Pratapa Rudra, Balle Rao (Ballala?), Ana Vema Reddy, 26 Raya Kings (including Sri Krishnadeva Raya), 10 Mohammedan rulers.” The reason for suspending the Mahant is different. The Government won’t admit it. The real reason is to retain the Government control on the Mandir, permanently. If Tirupati is not returned to the rightful Vicharanakartas, Kainkaryakartas, Tirupati Jeeyars, Archaka Mirasidars, etc., the Hindu Society can forget the return of its Mandirs to the society. I have in an earlier article explained how the Naidu government laid the foundation to this by retiring the Pradhana Archakas from the 4 families that served the Bhagawan for 40 generations[1]. The Archaka Mirasi, Gamekars were earlier abolished by the Government. The Tirumala Jeeyar has been rendered functionless except as an ornamental-head during His daily Jeeyar darshan during Sathumurai and other major Utsavams. Now Hathiramji Matham has been appropriated so the government could have absolute control over the Mandir. Before I go into piecing together what I see as the devious plot of the successive governments including this, let me give a background of Sri Hathiramji Matham and the connection it has to the Tirumala Balaji Mandir. Sawal-e-Jawab: Sawal-e-Jawab is a unique record published in Fasli 1213, ie., 1801-02 C.E. in question & answer format in Telugu. An English Translation of a part of this book was made by Sri V.N. Srinivasa Rao and was published in 1950. Sri Srinivasa Rao laments in the preface that “So far no authorised account containing the entire material has been made available to the public by the Devasthanam authorities. The Government has been equally reticent about the publication of the wealth of material that should be available with them, not only this, they have been refusing access to these records even to research scholars”. I have managed to get a xerox copy of the book in Telugu recently. The various rulers of the territory in which the Mandir was situated: While the book doesn’t record the exact year of the construction of the Mandir, it gives the names of the rulers and the number of years of their reign, under whose patronage the Mandir was. It lists out the kings right from the Mahabharata War, from Parikshit to the Moghul rulers, East India Company and the number of years the Mandir was in their respective control. It might come as a surprise to most readers as it did to me that the Mandir was in shambles and was first renovated and consecrated by Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit. The book lists the descendants of Parikshit and their total rule for 2663 years, 20 Chola kings, Salivahana I, 12 each of Ven(Hun?), Kotanan and Pandya Kings, 14 Yadava Kings, Oraganti Pratapa Rudra, Balle Rao (Ballala?), Ana Vema Reddy, 26 Raya Kings (including Sri Krishnadeva Raya), 10 Mohammedan rulers. A list of 119 rulers totaling a reign of 4902 years. “Around 1500 CE, Hathiram Bavaji, a North Indian Bairagi had Bhagawan Balaji come in his dream and beckon him to Tirumala. Hathiram Bhavaji arrived at Tirumala and instantly became an ardent devotee of the Bhagawan Venkateswara.” The Nawabs and the East India Company: The Mandir came under the Nawab of Carnatic. The Nawabs collected an annual income of TWO LAKH RUPEES from the renters and excess income of the Mandir in the 1700’s. Sawal-e-jawab records: The last of the Nawabs, “Muhammad Ali, the patron and protégé of the East India Company assigned the revenues of the Temple to the East India Company for restoring his authority in the Carnatic as a sure source of discharging his dues to the Company”. This was between 1744 and 1750 C.E. Muhammed Ali also had assigned the country around the Mandir to East India Company and on 31st July 1801, the direct management of the Mandir was taken over by the East India Company. (Another version says: On the close of Fourth Mysore War in 1799 and after the death of Mohammad Ali in 1795 and his son in 1801, the company made an agreement with Mohammad Ali’s second son, Azim-ul-Umra, in July 1801 by which he handed over the entire political sovereignty over the Karnatic to the East India Company in return for a fixed stipendiary allowance). Thus from 1748 i.e. middle of the 18th century, the East India Company came into possession of the income of the Tirumala Temple of Sri Venkateswara and later it took over the direct management of the temple at the beginning of the 19th century when they arrived at an agreement with Mohammad Ali’s son[2]. The East India Company as Sri Srinivasa Rao writes in the Preface of his book: “The first collector of North Arcot District was Mr. Stratton, who was then styled Collector, Western Poliams, made exhaustive inquiries not only about the territory entrusted to him but also about the history, tradition, and resources of the Temple. He asked a series of questions on all aspects of its administration and answers were furnished by those in the actual management of the affairs of the temple and information gathered from these questions and answers is locally known as the “Sawal-e-Jawab” account. He constituted the country around Tirupati into a Taluk and the Tahsildar of Tirupati was in direct management of the Temple which was expressed by the term “Amani” as against the previous practice of farming out the revenues to renters annually”. Hathiram ji Matham in brief: Around 1500 CE, Hathiram Bavaji, a North Indian Bairagi had Bhagawan Balaji come in his dream and beckon him to Tirumala. Hathiram Bhavaji arrived at Tirumala and instantly became an ardent devotee of the Bhagawan Venkateswara. Bhavaji set up an Ashram near the Temple which later became the Hathiramji Matham. It is believed that Bhagawan Balaji played dice with his ardent devotee, Hathiram Bhavaji. How the head of Hathiram Ji Matham come to be Dharmakartha/ Vicharanakartha of the Mandir: A Judgement in O.S. No. 51 of 1937 dated 15-6-1942 on the file of Subordinate Judge, Chittor records that after the East India company appointed the Tahsildar of Tirupati to manage the mandir, and on account of the dispatch of the Court of Directors that the Government should not have anything to do with Temples and the places of Religious resort of the Hindus, the management of the Temple was handed over to Sri Mahant Sevadoss, the then Mahant of the Hathiramji Matham. (This was during East India Company, British Christian rule, while our secular governments/pseudo-Hindu governments indulge in every dirty trick to takeover new Mandirs and to hang on to existing ones) Mahant Sevadoss executed a Vicharaka to the Government. The Government also granted a sannad to Sri Mahant Sevadoss Ji transferring the management of the Mandir to the Sri Mahant of the Hathiramji Mutt who was to be called the “Vicharanakartha” (Dharmakartha) of the Temple. To be continued… Note: 1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
07 Feb 2020

Sri Sree Iyer of PGURUS interviews Dr Prakasarao Velagapudi on Christian aggressiveness and non-Hindus in TTD

An interview was conducted by Sree Iyer of PGURUS. The letter I had written to Sri Anila Kumar Shingal, E O of TTD about various issues related TTD promptedthis interview. https://www.pgurus.com/prakasarao-velagapudi-on-ttd-employing-non-hindus/?fbclid=IwAR3cww_ccXq5-ZsxspKHiZ0UnfmRC1aHHTS4fXkqg2KABryZwvx_Ea_p4WE                 We talked about the presence of Christians in TTD in general and BRRD hospital in particular and how they insult Hindu nurses and employees, how they denigrate Lord Venkateswara as a stone (shila) , and how they defame the prasadam as Seitan food. They insult Hindus as being foolish to practice Hinduism and how they slander the application of Tilak on their forehead.                  We mentioned based on our sources of information that there are 15-20 percent employees are practicing Christians and no body in TTD wants to bell the cat. Sri Shingalji never contested our figure and never even disagreed with us. They put the whole issue under the carpet.                  After 44 employees were identified as non-Hindus, the TTD wanted to transfer them to other government offices. But they went to High Court and got stay order and they have been working still in the same offices doing their business of missionary activities in a subtle way. We have requested EO to ask for review of the stay order and see that the High Court lifts the stay order. So far nothing happened.                 TTD developed dress code for pilgrims and put the posters of properly dressed pilgrims of the walls in prominent places for pilgrims to follow. Unfortunately, very few TTD employees follow the dress code although they have one developed for the to follow. When we visited the Balaji Temple in December, we have seen many employees without Tilak on their forehead. In fact, I asked one of them why they do not wear Tilak. One employee said no body enforces the dress code; hence they do not put it. We even mentioned to EO that additional EO Sri Dharma Reddy does not apply Tilak on his forehead. EO laughed and said that he forgets. As many of you may know that Right to Information Act (RTI) does not apply to TTD.  That means you cannot get any kind of information from TTD. How they spend money and for what purpose cannot be shared. The question why they do not want to share that information to the devotees. Why so much secrecy.? One can only conjecture that there is a lot corruption, misuse of funds, squeezing of TTD funds by the government, and wastage of funds. In short TTD officials are not accountable to anybody, they can use the funds at their will and keep charging more and more money for tickets, room rentals and laddus. We also discussed about the misuse of funds by Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad, need for the resumption of building Hindu Temples in poor Hindu population villages, need to start Sunday schools to educate our children by all Hindu Temples, and such other issues. NOTE: Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is the architect and builder of Hanuman Temple in Frisco. I am just one of the volunteers like anybody A saga that has been going unchecked for long, that of non-Hindus working in TTD-run institutions claims Dr. Prakasarao Velagapudi. In the current dispensation, they have got emboldened and are poking fun of Hindus, and actively proselytizing, leading to a disruptive environment. When will the government act? https://www.pgurus.com/prakasarao-velagapudi-on-ttd-employing-non-hindus/?fbclid=IwAR3cww_ccXq5-ZsxspKHiZ0UnfmRC1aHHTS4fXkqg2KABryZwvx_Ea_p4WE
27 Jan 2020

GHHF Activities and Accomplishments December 18, 2019 - January 15, 2020

Dear Friends:                 I was in India for about 11 weeks and spent about two weeks attending the 11 days of Atirudra Yagam organized by Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji in Varanasi / Kasi with more than 116 priests who have done Homas for about five hours every day morning  followed by evening discourses and bhajans.                 Then we went to Hyderabad and met Swami Paripoornananda Swamiji. We also met several Shiva Shakti team for two times. Sugguna Karunakar, Kalyan Kumar, Santosh and others. I was ably interviewed by Karunakar which was released on January 10, 2020. As of January 21, more than 54,000 people watched.                 We have met a host of people in Tirupati where we started our office in 2018. We also met four attorneys who are willing to help any writ petitions we want to file to make sure the sanctity of our Temples ismaintained, and Hindu dharma is preserved and protected.                 Are Churches built illegally? As per our knowledge that many churches are built without permit.  We are planning to take appropriate to address these issues.                 Please visit our earlier report on the actions and accomplishments of the earlier report in our website: https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-activities-participated-andor-organized-from-november-10-thru-december-2019/631   December 18 GHHF supports Bhajan Brundas in Tirupati Area; Donates musical instruments On December 18 evening Save temples office organized Bhajans in Chandragiri by inviting 10 bhajan groups to Mette Gangamma Temple. We spoke briefly about our commitment to preserve and promote our Hindu traditions. By singing bhajans every day in the village will preserve our age old Nagara sankirtan tradition. We talked to them about how to encounter Christians when they come to their village. Appreciating their effort, we donated one Mridangam, kanjira and ten bhajan bells.   December 19 Met BJP leader Sri Bhanu Prakash Reddy We have a long association with Bhanu since we started GHHF in 2006. We worked together on many issues such as Vakula Mata Temple, Islamic University etc. He invited us to his residence and spent some time talking about our mutual interests. He filed many cases in the high court and did protests on numerous occasions. He even went to High Court to stop the funding of non-religious projects such sewer system, road widening, flyover construction and others. He contested the funding of more than 400 crores of TTD money for the construction of Garuda Varadi.   December 20 Meeting with Sri Swaroopananda Saraswathi in Tirupati On December 20 evening we met with Sri Swaroopananda, Peethadhipati of Visakha Sharada Peetham and discussed about various issues - Christian menace in TTD, Salaries to the pastors and imams, 50 percent reservations to SC, BC and ST communities. He wanted me to share a letter I drafted to the TTD chairman. In few hours we went and shared the letter containing our concerns. He wanted us to update the information periodically. We presented two books to His Holiness. We also briefly with Sri Bala Swamy and mentioned about our concerns.   December 20 Met Brahmashri Samavedam Shanmukha Sharma in Tirupati. On December 20th morning I had the privilege of meeting Sri Shanmukha Sharma in Tirupati where he was doing pravachanam on Bhagavat Puranam focusing on the essence of Bhagavan Krishna. I had about one hour meeting discussing about various things about the current affairs and how to address them.   December 22 Another 10 Bhajan groups received musical instruments from GHHF We went Ramachandrapuram village and met about 75 people who are engaged in singing bhajans in the in the nearby Hindu Temple. We spoke about the importance of bhajans and how they can protect Hindu dharma in the villages. We gifted them one Mridangam, kanjira, and ten bells to do bhajans. We mentioned that Christian nuns will come and target women in the villages; they should be careful. They asked as to face them when they come to the villages. We told them that they should keep some kumkum, turmeric and prasadam like sugar in their houses. When Christians come to their houses, simply tell them that it is our custom to invite people by putting kumkum on their forehead, applying turmeric on their face and giving prasadam. Since their religion would not permit any of these, they will run away from their house and village. We asked them to be prepared with these three items when they come to their village.   December23 Met with Sri Anil Kumar Shingal, E O of TTD Last week, four of us met with E O of TTD and presented eight-page concerns. When we start discussing, he called JEO Basant Kumar to participate in the discussing, as he oversees BIRRD hospital. We talked about non-Hindus in TTD and hospital, demeaning of Hindus by Christians, dress code, RTI, honorariums to Christians and Muslims, 50 reservations for BCs, SCs and STs, Stay order by High Court on 44 Christians, initiation of Sunday schools, and other concerns. He spent nearly one hour and said he will try to address them as much as possible. We gifted our books "Reviving Hinduism" and " Ambushing Hinduism" to both.   December 26 Attended Virat Hindustan Sangam Annual meeting in New Delhi Dr. Subramanian Swamy organized this meeting inviting all State representatives who reported their activities. Five representatives from USA also attended and reported the problems and promises of PIOs and NRIs. See Iyer, Guruvayurappan, Aditya Sarasangi, Hasmukh Patel and me talked about our experiences and numerous activities we have been associated with to exemplify the richness of Hindu Dharma.   December 27 Sri Samavedam Shanmukha Sharma Garu recognized my efforts to protect Hindu Dharma We met Sri Samavedam Garu in the green room before he was to give pravachanam at Mahati Auditorium. We discussed about my letter to EO of TTD. Then we proceeded to the stage. Before he began his pravachanam, he told the audience that he is going introduce one yuvakudini (young man) to all of you. He lives in USA and doing a lot for protecting Hindu Temples and Hindu dharma. He is Velagapudi Prakasarao who is only 81 years and invited me on to the stage and honored me with a shawl and a book.   December 29 GHHF/Save temples have organized an event at Padmavathi college in Tirupati. Dr. Subramanya Swamy and Sri Paripoornananda Saraswathi were invited as Guest Speakers. Dr Swamy reiterated that his legal combat would continue until all Hindu Temples are freed from the clutches of Government control. They should be under the control of Hindu society. He made a controversial statement by saying that there is no evidence of AP trying to Christianize the world renowned Tirupati. “I don’t believe the propaganda of the Chief Minister’s opponents that he is trying to Christianize Tirupati. I have found no evidence of it.”                 This is contrary to all the information we have from different sources. We have submitted a Memorandum on this topic to Sri Anil Kumar Shingal by saying that there are about 15 percent Christians practicing Christianity in violation of the Temple guidelines.                 He also demanded that the TTD should be audited over the last five years by CAG and should be made available to the public.   Hindu leader and Sreepeetham Peethadhipathi Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi also addressed the meeting emphasizing the need for propagation of Hindu tradition and culture and for protection of temple institution and save the temples. He announced that there are about 15 percent Christians deceptively working without revealing their identity.                 He said that he is ready to go on Pada Yatra to highlight the importance of maintain the sacredness of Hindu Temples and submit the concerns to Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy.   December 31 and January 2 Discussed several issues with Sri Velampalli Srinivas, Endowment Minister of AP On 31st of December I had the opportunity to meet the Minister in Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji Ashram in Vijayawada. I talked to him on the phone before and corresponded from USA. He recognized me immediately even though we never met before. He invited us to come and meet him personally. On January 2, we met at his office at his house and discussed several issues related to TTD and other Hindu temples. He said he is very much interested in addressing the issues and he will do his best to investigate them.   January 6 Attended Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival at Nizamabad Temple Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji celebrated Vaikunta Ekadasi program on January 6th. Darshan line started at 6:30am and continued till evening. Sri Swamiji gave a powerful speech on the nature of human beings as he explained the forest fires in Australia. Later explained the Bala Krishna story in graphic manner and with vivid colors. One can easily be transported the childhood pranks, mischiefs, innocence and naughtiness of Sri Krishna as he was going up with Yashoda.   January 8 Attended Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 30th Anniversary Celebrations Before I left India to USA, I was invited to attend as a Special Guest. Dr. Satyanarayana Raju Garu has been a backbone of this Bhavan for decades who coordinated the event. Two guests - one from Sanskrit College and another one from Chennai - gave inspirational speech to the graduating students and awarded the prizes to the students. I was given the opportunity to give the honors to the Guest speakers, Cultural activities were conducted in a very disciplined way and the students from ages 5- 16 were given prizes for their academic achievements. December 10 Supeuna Karunakar of Shiva Shakti interviewed Prakasarap Vella gapulli The YouTube link given below is the result of an interviewing Dr. Velagapudi Prakasarao by Sri Sugguna Karunamakar. The interview was done in Telugu language. Hence this brief in English is presented http://https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAmTgM9Vo&t=975 Karunakar introduced me by saying that he has been living in USA for about 55 years and we will find how fashioned his life in the religious and spiritual life I introduced myself as hailing from a small village called Akarur about 25 kilometers from Vijayawada After high school gradation, I spent two years in Hindu college and two years National College in Machilipatnam to receiveBA degree and received MA degree from Andhra University. After working for two years in New Dehi, went to USA in 1965. received MA from Michigan State University and PhD from Mississippi State University. After working for 36, I retired as Chairmanof the Department of Sociology at Jackson State University MS. When I went to USA, I had no knowledge about therichness of HinduismI used avoid any discussion about Hinduism when my son was about 7 years he came back from school and wanted to find out when we will go to Church. That was the turning point that lead me to start conducting Sunday School it snowballed to start a Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi as a Co Founder and Chairman from 1985 to 1991. In 1990, I had the opportunity to meet Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and later was appointed as Chairman of Datta Yoga Center (DYC) with many centers in USA With his blessings, I coordinate different activities of Sri Swamiji including the construction of one of the largest Temples in USA Karya Sicchi Haruman Temple in Frisco, Texas USA Recently, DYC bought two Churches in Chicago and California to corwert them into Hindu Temples. After my retirement in 2006, I returned to India On August 23, I was reading Enadu newspaper to my surprise and shock that AP government issued GO 21 allowing crures ofrupees for the construction of new churches and renovation of old churches. Consequently, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) was started in 2006 by a gap of highly professional people in USA with the purpose of freeing the Hindu Temples from the government control by challenging the Endowment Act in the court of law, and protecting and preserving Dharma Serving as President of GHHF since its inception In the interview a number of activitis and accomplishments are desobed. Please CLICK this link to watch the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAmgyWo&t=975   January 12 Last batch of Bhajan groups received musical instruments from GHHF We went to Chandragiri village and met about 75 people who are engaged in singing bhajans in the Hanuman Temple. We spoke about the importance of bhajans, how they can protect Hindu dharma in the villages and how they can encounter Christian aggressiveness. We gifted them one Mridangam, kanjira, and ten bells to do bhajans. We mentioned that Christian nuns will come and target women in the villages; they should be careful. They asked as to face them when they come to the villages. We told them that they should keep some Kumkum, turmeric and prasadam like sugar in their houses. When Christians come to their houses, simply tell them that it is our custom to invite people by putting kumkum on their forehead, applying turmeric on their face and giving prasadam. Since their religion would not permit any of these, they will run away from their house and village. We asked them to be prepared with these three items when they come to their village.   NAMES OF THE VILLAGES WHO RECEIVED BHAJAN INSTRUMENTS 1.VEDURUKUPPAM MANDALM 1.ALLAMADUGU (AAW) 2.PERUMALLAPALLI 3.VENUGOPALAPURAM 4.KOMMAINDLU 5.CHINTHALAGUNTA 6.CHENCCHUGUDI 7.SADDIKOLLAPALLI 8.PACHHIKAPALAM 9.DEVALAMPETA 10.DAMARAKUPPAM 11.CHATTIGUNDLAPALLI 2.VADAMALAPETA MANDALAM 1.BUTREDDYKANDIGA 2.BALINAIDUKANDRIGA 3.VADAMALAPETA 4.VADAMALA 5.YANAMALAPALEM 6.MUDIPALLI 7.S V PURAM 3.KV PURAM MANDALAM 1.KOTA MANGAPURAM 2.OBULRAJU KANDRIGA 4.NARAYANAVANAM MANDALAM 1.SAMUDAYAM 2.GOVINDAPPA KANDRIGA 5.RAMACHANDRA PURAM MANDALAM 1.CHITTATTURU 2.KALEPALLI 3. KUPPAM BADURU 4.RAYALACHERUVU 5.TIMMARAJUPALLI 6. NR KAMPALLI 7.NATHHIKUPPAM 8.NADAVALURU (AAW) 9. NADAVALURU HW 10.AGRAHARAM 6.CHANDRAGIRI MANDALAM 1.CHANDRAGIRI 2. PULITTIVARIPALLI 3.VENKATAMPETA 4.THONDAVADA ( HW) 5.DORNAKAMBALA 6.DWARAKANAGAR 7.KONGARAVARIPALLI 8.THONDAWADA ST 7.RENIGUNTA MANDALAM 1. VEDALLA CHERUVU 8.TIRUPATHI MANADALAM 1.ANCHERUVU 2.DURGASAMUDRAM 3.MULLAPUDI 4.VEDANTHAPURAM 5.DHARMAKSHETRAM 9.PEDDAMANDYAM MANDALAM 1.BIKKAVANDLAPALLI 2. PEDDAMANDYAM 3.REDDYVARIPALLI 4. KURAVAPALLI 5.UPPARAPALLI _____________________________________________________________________________________ If you need further information on our activities in India, please contact us at:             Phone Number:     601-918-7111             Email:                    http://dycusa@gmail.com    
22 Jan 2020

[GHHF] Karma Theory:Its Relevance to Modern Corrupt Society - Part 2

                                             To read part 1, please clink on the link https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-karma-theory-relevance-to-the-modern-corrupt-society/642 Do the Actions have Consequences? Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan offers insight into how karma works in terms of one’s own choice. Life is like a game of bridge. We did not invent the game or design the cards. We did not frame the rules and we cannot control the dealings. The cards are dealt out to us, whether they be good or bad. To that extent, determinism rules. But we can play the game well or play it badly. A skillful player may have a poor hand and yet win the game. A bad player may have a good hand and yet make a mess of it. Our life is a mixture of necessity and freedom, chance and choice. By exercising our choice properly, we can control steadily all the elements and altogether determinism by nature. (The Bhagavad Gita. London: Allen and Unwin, 1948)             It is important to know how and what action you should undertake when faced with a situation to act. We have a choice to make. Just like a player in Bridge game, we are givenfreedom to select the options given in life. Our Vasanastend toinfluence the choice based our own Sanchita karmas. Karma can be accumulated with one’s own actions.Our actions are also interlinked to the actions and interactions of other people.Our actionsare in response to other’s actions or vice versa. These actions may yield consequences either in this life or in the future life. For example, one studies studiously for the exam, the result is seen in few months. He will be rewarded with passing the exam. One would fail if he did not take it seriously and did not prepare for the exam.You pass the traffic lightand if you are driving a car at a very high speed; the result would be immediate.             There are actions thatare performedin conjunction with other people knowingly or unknowingly.Some one in higher position asks you to perform a certain task. Depending on whether that task is moral or not, you will reap the consequences either immediately or aftersome time or in future lives. Because of our friendshipswe may reap the benefits or incur the losses or punishments.Hence the saying that you know a person by knowing the companyhe keeps.             Sometimes it is the environment or circumstances that may cause you to experience the consequences even without your own fault.A tornado may hit your home causing untold damage to the property or your own life. It is not that you worked for it or expected. But you cannot avoid the influence of nature. A drunk driver may hit you when you stopped at the red light, or a terrorist explodes a grenade causing severe damage.             Our own actions, actions of other people, or natural calamities, would have consequences. Even without your own fault, you may have to pay the consequences. But our actions have consequences irrespective of our awareness. Hence you cannot say all the consequences are the result of your own actions. Individual action has Consequences             Here is an example of the consequences of an individual action. Once a king ordered his three ministers to take a bag and go to the forest and fill up the bag with fruits. The first ministertook it seriouslyand thought that since the king had ordered to collect the fruits, he went to the forest and filled the bag with the best of the fruits. The second minister thought that since the king is a very busy person, he may not even look at what is in the bagverythoroughly. Thus,he collected whatever he could lay his hands. His bag was filled up with a mixture of good and rotten fruits. The third minister thought that the king would look at how big the bag is, and hedecided to fill the bag with all dried leaves and dust. All the three ministers returned to the court with their respective filled up the bags, having executed the King’s order of collecting the fruits. The King, without even seeing what their bags contained, just ordered that now the three ministers must be sent to separate jails for three months, where they will not be provided with any food and they were only allowed to carry the respective bags wherein they had collected the fruits. The first minister could spend the three months in the jail by eating the very nice fruits he had collected. The second one could survive for some time with the good fruits in the bag and later he developed diseases by eating the rotten fruits he had collected. The Third minister had nothing to eat and hence could not survive. This example shows the consequences of one’s own actionin one life.One cannot escape the consequences one’s own actions. Good and bad, everything you do, you reap the reward or punishment without doubt. It is a matter of time.   Karma from Mahabharat – Why Dhritarashtra lost all his sons in War. After the war, Dhritarashtra wanted to know why he lost all his 100 sons in the battlefield. He asked Lord Krishna as to why he met with such a disastrous loss even though he did not remember to have committed any such horrible crimes during his present lifetime. Lord Krishnaobliged, out of respect and sympathy for him gracefully bestowed divine vision on Dhritarashtra,the power to visualize what he might have done in his previous lives. To his surprise, Dhritarashtra discovered that he was a hunterof birds about fifty births back.He once threw his burning net on a tree causing hundred small baby birds to be entrapped and burnt to ashes, while the remaining big birds flew away but they became blind due to the scorching heat of the burning net. On account of effect of this horrible sinful deed, Dhritarashtra became and remained blind all throughout his present life.  He also lost his 100 sons in the battle. Dhritarashtra wondered and further inquired Lord Krishna as to why that wanton and sinful act did not immediately rebound on him to punish him in the same birth or the next birth, and why it remained dormant as Sanchita Karma for such a long period of fifty lifetimes. Lord Krishna smiled and replied that his past sinful deed had to wait for an opportune time up to 50 births during which time he could earn and accumulate enough pious deeds to merit him to be eligible to get a hundred sons in one lifetime so that his previous sinful Sanchita Karma could instantaneously confront him with the effects of his evil action. Thus, nobody can escape or avoid the punishment for his sinful actions even after 50 or five hundred births. Of course, the sinful deeds will remain latent and dormant as Sanchita Karmas waiting for the opportune time to confront the person… Such is the power of karma… Why Draupati had five husbands.             As we discussed that our karmashave consequences. Karama can be the result of our thoughts, intentions, desires and actions. In the case of Draupati, it is her desire to have a husband with certain qualities. As the story goes thatshe was Indra Sena’s wife of King Moudgalya. He died very early due to leprosy denying Indra Senathe marital bliss. She worshipped Lord Shiva to grant her wish to have a husband with five unique qualities. Shive told her that it is impossible to have all these qualitiesin one man. But she insisted on having a husband with these qualities. Those qualities were as follows: (1) He should be symbol of Dharma (2) He should be strong as Vayu (3) He should skilled in Archery as God Parasurama (4) He should be intelligent as Deva Guru Brihaspati (5) He should be the most handsome man In next life she had five husbands representing the five qualities. (1) Yudhisthira is symbol of Dharma (2) Bhima is strong as Vayu (3) Arjuna is skilled in Archery as God Parasurama (4) Sahadeva is most intelligent as Deva Guru Brihaspati (5) Nakula is most handsome among all. The lesson is that we should be very careful in asking what we want. We have ample evidence to prove that whenever we go to the Temples, have darshan of divine personalities, and do pujas, we do request them to bless us with the fulfilment of our personal desires. We also tend to sit infront of Gods and Goddessesand ask them favors. Even Gods and powerful kings did tapas for severalyears seeking the blessings of Gods. For example, Hiranyakashapurequested Lord Brahma to grant immortality. Brahma refused and granted that he will be killed only under certain impossible conditions.It gives us an example of what kind of things we should ask – not for selfish reasons and not with arrogance. We should pay attention to the words of God and should not insiston fulfilling our desires. When Indra Sena asked Lord Shiva to grant a husband with five uniquecharacteristicsin spite of Lord Shiva’s suggestion to make another selection since it was not possible to find a man with all the fivequalifications. Due to her refusal to obey His command, she ended up with five husbands. That means, we should be very careful in asking Gods to grant the boons. Passage to Yamaloka by Pandavas and Kauravas When Yudhishthira ascended to Heaven, he was quite taken aback to see all the Kaurava-brothers having a great time there while his brothers were nowhere to be seen. Upon inquiry he found out that his brothers were serving their Karma in Hell. Yudhisthira was so anguished to hear it that he expressed his desire to leave Heaven and be with his brothers in Hell. When he reached Hell, he was further tormented to see his brothers along with Draupadi serving the rigors of Hell. Completely distressed he asked Yamaraj, “Oh Dharmaraj, what kind of justice is this?  My brothers, who have always been righteous, are suffering in Hell; while the Kauravas, who have been full of spite and always did injustice to others are enjoying the fruits of Heaven.” Dharmaraj replied, “The Law-of-Karma has Its own way of functioning; every living being has its own pool-of-Karma – both Good & Bad.But one gets to suffer or enjoy that portion of Karma first which is proportionately lesser in number or quantity before going into next level. The Pandavas, who have always been righteous also have a small portion of Bad-Karma in them which they are serving in Hell at the moment before reaping the benefit of their Good-Karma in Heaven and the opposite is the case with the Kauravas. Don’t despair, oh Yudhishthira; very soon the process is going to reverse.” The message of this example is that we see a lot of people suffer despite being righteous, while a lot of crooks seem to enjoy life despite their blatant misdeeds. But as the Dharmaraj explains, one should not get bogged-down by this temporary setback and perform all actions in an ever-righteous manner. Why Dasharatha was separated from his Children during his death Dasaratha was a skilled archer and used to hunt the animals.Once when Dasharatha was young he went on a hunting expedition. He was so skilled that he could aim at the target by listening to the sound. He heard at a distance, a sound something like an elephant taking bath. Knowing where the sound is coming from, he shot the arrowtargeting the source.He heard the cry of a human. He rushed to help the human. To his surprise, he found out that his shaft fatally injured a young man, Shravan Kumar, who was trying to fill a pitcher with water for his parents. Before the boy died, he asked Dasaratha to take the pitcher and give it to his blind parents. Soon the parents realized what happened to their son and cursed Dasharatha, in a rage… “You too will suffer the pang of separation from your offspring and die, pathetically, seeking their reunion…” Although Dasharatha felt bad and tried to console them, he could not convince his parents from entering the funeral pyre lit for their son. He cremated the parents along with their son. Soon he forgot about it. When his time had come to leave this world, he remembered the incident and narrated it to Kausalya. He had to pay the priceat last! He was separated from all his four sons when he died as cursed by Shravan Kumar’s father. Do the Corrupt People pay for their Sins? What is the basis for doing our karma? What is the motivation behind performing certain deeds? Why some people engage in corruption? Why do dishonest (corrupt) people seem to be successful and lead a very luxurious life while dharmic people suffer.  Dharmic people can’t even make a living, let alone a comfortable living. Desire is the root cause of our actions, whether they are good or bad, helpful or hurtful to others, purificatory or sinful, and promote harmony or disharmony. Adharmic deeds can create heavy burden on themselves and go through mental, physical, spiritual, and social suffering. Agony, pain, diseases, sorrows, anger, greed, lust, stress, fear, and other mental ills will affect the mind, body and soul; there by creating anxiety and suspicion and draining the mental and physical energy.  In order to suppress their mental agony and anxiety, they will undoubtedly resort to adharmic ways of living – drinking and addiction to drugs. The law of karma is so powerful that it will affect not only the corrupt, but also impacts the family, friends and society.             In July 2017, in Hyderabad, a normal drug bust turned into a high-profile case where rich and famous were caught possessing and using LSD, cocaine and various other psychotropic drugs.  Many movie actors, directors, IT professionals and other celebrities were caught by the Excise Department of Telangana. It is not an isolated event. One of the celebrities revealed that, "It's very easy to enjoy. The rich kids want to try taking drugs. They want a separate world and it starts with alcohol. LSD and ganja, weed, and lot more addictive drugs are available in Hyderabad. They target crowded places like bars, schools and colleges. Drug dealers want to make good money. Everybody wants to make money. That operation is serious. The film stars are always in party mode. The drug dealers search and tempt the vulnerable and whoever is interested will take. Not all but some people will take. They take drugs."(India Today, July 26, 2017) Paul Brunton, who had many encounters with many sages, especially with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talked about the karma and how one may experience similar actions he may have inflicted upon others. If he has inflicted hardships, anguish, fear, anxiety and pain on others in discharging his duties, he is bound to experience the same if not more either in this life or in the nest. Day of reckoning will be waiting for him.  “The man who thinks he may live as freely as his unconsidered desires prompt him and yet not carry the burden of an eventual reckoning, is binding his life to a hollow dream. Whoever sins against his fellows or against himself pronounces his own sentence thereby. He may hide his sins from the sight of others, but he cannot hide them from the all-recording eyes of the gods. Justice still rules the world with inexorable weight, though its operations are often unseen and though it is not always to be found in stone-built courts of law. Whoever escapes from paying the legal penalties of earth can never escape from paying the just penalties which the gods impose. Nemesis — remorseless and implacable — holds such a man in jeopardy every hour." (A Search in Secret India, 1936) The result may have a tremendous effect on their children’s attitudes, behavior and way of thinking. Numerous cases revealed that many children become abusive and experience disciplinary sanctions. They become drug users as well as peddlers selling drugs on the school and college campuses. Obviously, the children get their money either with the knowledge or without the knowledge of their parents. Knowing how corrupt their parents are and how much money they bring home every day by cheating the people in their offices, it is hard for parents to deny their children’s request for money.  Basically, the parents are being manipulated by their own children. Torture as per Puranas   Garuda Purana is a dialogue between Lord Vishnu and Garuda dealing with various issues ranging from the death, funeral rites, reincarnation and the different levels of punishments for different types of karmas. For example, a person committed an act of cheating people to earn more money, he is likely to be roasted deeply in a boiling oil. Lord Vishnu tells that there are thousands of hells waiting for people who engage in wrongdoings. Twenty-one are the most dreadful of the dreadful. Even to listen to the punishments one accrues, will make one tremble. Lord Vishnu listed Tāmisra, Lohaśaṇku, Maharauravaśālmalī,  Raurava, Kuḍmala,  Kālasūtraka,  Pūtimṛittika, Saṅghāta,  Lohitoda,  Saviṣa,  Sampratāpana,  Mahāniraya,  Kāka,  Ūlu, Sanjīvana,  Mahāpathin, Avīchi,  Andhatāmisra,  Kumbhīpāka, Sampratāpana, and Tapana, as twenty-one hells. Lord Vishnu says that “those who delight in sin, destitute of compassion and righteousness, attached to the wicked, averse from the true scriptures and the company of the good, self-satisfied, unbending, intoxicated with the pride of wealth, having the ungodly qualities, lacking the divine attributes, bewildered by many thoughts, enveloped in the net of delusion, reveling in the enjoyments of the desire-nature, fall into a foul hell.” (1:16-17)             Every dead person accompanied by Yamadutas (messengers of Yama) arrive at the banks of Vaitarini River to be crossed to enter fell or heaven.  Vaitarini River is inhabited by all kind of creatures such as crocodiles, dolphins, fish, sharks, snakes and even cows. Based on our deeds, we are dropped at a point from where we cross to reach the destination. We may be chased by the crocodiles, we may be drowned, we may be subjected to tearing of chunks of our body by the sharks, we may be pushed around by the fish and if we are lucky we may be dropped at a point where there are cows who are gentle. Once we cross the Vaitarini River, Yamadutas will be waiting on the other side of the banks to be taken to Yama loka (court of Justice).             The Garuda Purana describesabout 28 kinds of punishmentsfor people who go to Naraka (hell) for their wrong doings. The punishments are so brutal, violent, barbarous and cruelthat it will discourage people to commit those crimes if they areknowledgeable about Garuda Purana.Let us look at how these people are punished for their crimes. People who acquired and enjoyed the property of others forcibly are tormentedby deadly serpents. Thosewho kill animals, especially cows for pleasureare thrown into burning oils. The eyes are removed using a metal clutch while their hands are tied behind for those who cheated either their husbands or wives. People are crushed to pulp, grinded under sharp teeth of animals if they disregarded their duty, misruled or indulged in unlawful activities. Sinners are cut into pieces for torturing and killing animals.People who cause harm to others, deceive people, kill people, and betray people’s trustare made to starve in intense hunger and thirst, birds are made to peck, sharp metal objects are pierced through the body.People who do not do any good to others and be charitable, they will be punished with stinging of needles and torturing with hunger and thirst.Like this, sinners go through various tortures depending on their bad deeds. Vishnu Purana describes the torments the sinners will have to go through.  They take numerous births and experience the torments in the hell before he is pushed back into this world. “In the different hells there are various intolerable tortures with burning sand, fire, machines, and weapons; some are severed with saws, some roasted in forges, some are chopped with axes, some buried in the ground, some are mounted on stakes, some cast to wild beasts to be devoured, some are gnawed by vultures, some torn by tigers, some are boiled in oil, some rolled in caustic slime, some are precipitated from great heights, some tossed upwards by engines. The number of punishments inflicted in hell, which are the consequences of sin, is infinite.” (Book 6:5:641) Agni Purana also describes the fate of sinners and the kind of punishments they are put to.  When human beings die, Yama “decides whether the dead person should go to heaven or to hell. After he has served his time in heaven or in hell, he is born again. Yama further decides what living being the person should be born as, depending on the actions in his past life. And so, the cycle of birth death and rebirth goes on and on.”            Chitragupta keeps records of all good deeds and bad deeds. Yama who is known as the God of Dharma rewards those who had done good and punish those who have committed sins. “There are twenty-eight circles of hells with many hells located in each circle. A sinner may have to go to more than one hell depending on the sins that he has committed. Some sinners are boiled in oil, others are pierced with spears and still others are whipped. Some sinners are fed heated iron balls, others are fed blood and rubbish. There are also machines for torturing sinners. Terrible birds eat up some sinners. Other sinners have their heads cut off.” (Book1:9.2) Markandeya Purana says, those people “who are ‘Midyhavadis’ (Protagonist of Falsity) and ‘Midhya Saakshis’ (Evidences of Falsity) or Killers of cows, Brahmanas, Parents, Well-wishers, Women, Close Associates; those who usurp land, commit rape, and such other serious offences are consigned to ‘Raurava Naraka’ which is two thousand yojanas far and wide ‘Agni Kunda’ (Fire Pit), where the entire treatment is by way of roasting, burning, scorching and frying.” (Chapter 8). Then these beings of false witnesses were taken to Raurava hell where they will be thrown into a burning charcoal. They scream and run hither and tither as they are burnt by the violent flames. They will be taken to different levels of hells where they experience even more torture commensurate with the types of sins. In Markandeya Purana, the Tortures in Hell are described to King of Videhi, who was supposed to a very pious and dharmic. He has a reputation of ruling the kingdom by practicing righteous deeds and followingmeritorious principles without showing any impartiality. But after his death, he was brought to hell to undergo severe punishments. He saw many others who are experiencing the tortures for their misdeeds.  The king asked Yamadoot, what sin I have committed to be brought to hell and what sins others have committed to face such tortures such as crowsprick their eyes. Yamadoot replied, 'O king! You once deliberately prevented your wife Pivari from conceiving because you were more attracted to your second wife- Sushobhana. It is because of that action that you have been brought here to undergo severe torture.'With regard to others who are experiencing frightening tortures, Yamadoot said, 'O king! Humans suffer or enjoy according to their Karmas. The effect of their Karmas diminishes in proportion to their sufferings. These crows are pricking the eyes of such people who had seduced other women and deceitfully acquired others' wealth. These people will suffer for the same number of years as their eyes blinked during the leering. These crows prick the tongues of those people who had criticized Vedas, deities, Brahmins and teachers. Those who caused differences between friends, husband-wives, father and sons and relatives, or killed the performer of the Yagyas are suffering under the saw. Those who insulted their parents and teachers have been thrown in the pit of pus, feces and other excretions with their head down. Those who had food before offering it to the deities, guests, servants, father and elders, fire and birds, stay in a pit of pus.” There is a vivid and terrifying description ofhell in detail. People who eat unpalatable things, who deceive and disrespect their friends, who indulge in illicit relationships, who abandon their wife, and who destroy public properties like garden and water sources are brought to hell.  Yamadoots tie their hands and legs and throw them into the fire. On their way to hell, crows, storks, wolves, vultures etc. bite them.As per Bhagavata Purana and Devi Purana, thereare twenty-eight Naraka’s (hells). The people who committed the crimes depending on the level of intensity, they are thrown in these hells. For example, there were a number drug busts around many cities in India. The people who are engaged in corruption day in and day out by squeezing as much as possible from the people who come to the government offices cannot escape the karmic consequences. They will experience the appropriate tortures in different Narakas. Karma and Diseases             Garuda Purana and Bhagavata Puranaclearly described the relationship between karmas and diseases. The actions we undertake in the present life will affect our health in future through various diseases. Whatever diseases one may have in the present life could have been the result of our actions committed in our previous life. How can we explain a newly born child suffering with numerous diseases and die in few days after his birth? The physical, mental and health problems one faces may have direct connection with his actions in his previous life where he may have caused similar suffering to others. That means everything we do is recorded and stored. Nobody can escape the consequences of their actions. The Prarabdha or stored karma will manifest in experiencing the corresponding suffering in the present life. Garuda Purana gives ample evidence in establishing the effect of different actions on the diseases one contracts. The man, who, through pride, insults his teacher, becomes an epileptic, who despises the Vedas and the holy scriptures becomes jaundiced. Who bears false witness becomes dumb; who takes meal separately from company becomes one-eyed; one who upsets a marriage-match becomes lipless; who steals a book is born blind? Who strikes a cow or a Brahmin with his foot is born lame and deformed; who speaks lies becomes a stammerer; who listens to lies becomes deaf? The Brahmin who does not recite the Gayatri, who does not meditate at twilight, who is inwardly wicked while outwardly pious, becomes a crane. Hundreds of such diseases accrued by their actions are well documented. Bhagavad Purana describes different hells and the suffering one undergoes due to his type of karma. Which region of hell one goes to depends on the karmas one does.  It described twenty-nine kinds of regions of suffering. In Mahabharata, Rishi Markandeya talks about karma and its consequences. He told Yudhishtira:  “The diseases from which men suffer, are undoubtedly the result of their own karma. They then behave like small deer at the hands of hunters, and they are racked with mental troubles. And, O Brahmana, as hunters intercept the flight of their game, the progress of those diseases is checked by able and skillful physicians with their collections of drugs. And, the best of the cherishers of religion, thou hast observed that those who have it in their power to enjoy (the good things of this earth), are prevented from doing so from the fact of their suffering from chronic bowel-complaints, and that many others that are strong and powerful, suffer from misery, and are enabled with great difficulty to obtain a livelihood; and that every man is thus helpless, overcome by misery and illusion, and again and again tossed and overpowered by the powerful current of his own actions (karma).” Chapter 208: page: 434)             The purpose of karma theory is to persuade people to follow the righteous path by engaging in activities by being truthful, engaging in good conduct, helping others, serving as role models for others, abstaining from violence and terror, showing compassion toward others, refraining from killing animals, desisting from cheating and corruption, practicing ahimsa (nonviolence), and avoiding illicit activities. How Karma Effects our Future lives             Many scriptures identified the effect of karma on our future course of life. We are responsible for our activities. Whatever we are experiencing in this life is the result of the accumulation of previous life’s karmas as well the karmas in this life. Our own karmas are responsible for: Various forms of lives as human beings, animals, birds, worms, insects, trees, etc. Diseases such as leprosy, addictions, disabilities, epilepsy, bodily injuries, etc. Deformities such as blindness, deafness, dumbness, Health conditions leading one to suffer Being born with a particularstatus in the society such as a king, pauper, doctor, engineer, musician, artist, etc. Establishing our contacts with people – with whom we may get attracted or repelled Our own happiness, suffering, stress, distress, agony, etc.  Length of time we may experiencing the present condition. Karma can be explained in either chanting, reading and speaking. "Phala" is fruit, benefit, reward or result. If, in the course of work or speech, it is said, “If you act in this manner you will gain such and such a fruit or benefit", it means that the purpose of the work or speech is to persuade you to act in the manner suggested so that you may reap the fruit or "Phala" given out. Whenever we chant Lalitha Sahasranama or Vishnusahasranam, at the end we will see the Phala of chanting. Similarly, we will also read about the Phala of reading or chanting Bhagavad Gita. How to Mitigate Bad Karma             Many people believe that whatever problems they are facing at present cannot be changed and one must endure it. Similarly, that whenever some people live in prosperity, blessed with good health and live a happy life that they do not have to do anything, and their ego will prevent them from doing their karma to preserve what they possessed. In reality, in both cases they have to do their karma either to mitigate their predicament or to preserve their fortunate circumstances. The fact of the matter is that it is their past karmas that have landed them in their condition. The karmas one does in this life either will change their current station or build up in the future life. Mahabharata and other scriptures suggest that any action done previously may be rendered ineffective by observing certain types of austerities, engaging in certain types of rituals and prayers, conducting yagnas (Homas), engaging in devotional activities and rendering selfless activities for the welfare of the society. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan argues that the past actions not only determine the present conditions of an individual, they will determine the future of the character and culture of the nation. The past continuously and consistently flows into the present. Every individual is indebted to the past. “Human minds do not draw up sudden stray thoughts without precedents or ancestors … There is no such thing as utterly spontaneous generation. Philosophical experiments of the past have entered into the living mind of the present … Life goes on not by repudiating the past but by accepting it and weaving into the future in which the past undergoes a rebirth. The main thing is to remember and create new.” (Religion in a changing World. P:145). Knowing that our present condition is given, and that we have to improve our conditionfor the future, we as humans have a choice to make and try to create bright future by mitigating the bad karmas of the present life. Connect with a Guru- a spiritual leader who can guide you to a righteous path. Chant mantra given by a Guru on selected Gods and Goddesses. Perform various Pujas to appropriate Deities. Chant Gayatri Mantra and OM. Visit Temples as often as you can. Practice Super Brain Yoga (Squatting). Recognize the future consequences of doing bad karma (corruption, cheating, deceiving, etc.). Think positively and evaluate yourself. Assess, recognize and Accept your faults to improve yourself. Disassociate with bad people or people with questionable character. Develop the habit of reading religious, sacred and spiritual books. Channel your mind to meditation and yoga to focus to grow spiritually. Stop exploiting others through deception and corruption practices. Develop an attitude to forgive and forget. Be aware of the consequences of your action not only yourself but your family members not only in this life but the future lives. Do seva without any expectations to the organization/ Temples. Be charitable to others. Acquire jnana marga. Let us remember the assessment of Anne Wilson who described the nature of karma and how we can improve. Once we engage in good karma, she says it would not allow the bad karma to penetrate. “Hindu texts prescribed a number of activities, such as service to cow, service to wise person, service to the humanity, service for environment protection ( particularly rivers and trees), giving donation,  giving foods and clothes to people, giving food to animals, pilgrimages to holy places, taking bath at river Ganges,  doing charity, and acts of devotion to God, that can reduce the effects of bad karma. Such positive actions are sometimes referred to as “good karma.”  Radiating positive vibration and thinking good about others are the acts of good karma. Doing good karma not necessarily immediately erase the effect of old bad karmas. However, good karma will help you in the long run to erase the effect of bad karma.  Good karma always acts as a protection and do not allow bad-vibration to enter.” (Anne Wilson) Karma theory is one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma and itsrelevance to the functioning of the society is irreplaceable. Our scriptures have described at length about the consequences of our thoughts, intentions, and our deeds. The adage that “as you sow, as you reap’is an age-old wisdom that applies to all our actions. No one can escape from their deeds. It is a matter of time. With rampant corruption, one wonders as to why these people are enjoying the life living in luxurious palaces while dharmic people sufferwithout having mere comfortable living.We addressed the consequences of the past, present and future lives of people and the kind of punishments or rewards they incur based on several scriptures. No body can escape the consequences of their actions. It is a matter of time to pay back either in this life or the next. It is hoped that theknowledge and awareness of thetorture they face when they go to Naraka(hell) and the kind of diseases they contract will discourage them to engage in corrupt practices and prevent them from doing adharmic activities.
06 Apr 2020

[GHHF] Karma Theory: Relevance to the Modern Corrupt Society

“If you oppress a man, you will suffer oppression in this or another life and reap the fruits of the seed you have sown in this life. If you feed the poor, you will have plenty of food in this or another life. There is no power on the earth, which can stop the actions from yielding their fruits. Such is the Law of Karma.”Swami Sivananda Every time I go to India, I hear about rampant corruption and how the government officials take the opportunity to exploit the people who come to their offices and how they manipulate the system to cheat their customers. One wonders as to what happened to the morals, ethics and honesty that was the hallmark of India for thousands of years. It is mindboggling to realize the extent of corruption, cheating and bribery has crept into the daily life of the average person. Nothing gets done in the government offices without bribing the officials. If you want to be honest and get the things done scrupulously in the offices, takes days, months and even years without the assurance that your work will be attended to.  Letters written to officials are never acknowledged and answered.                 The corrupt people go to any level to take advantage of the people who rely on these government officials for their work. The personal experiences of my family members made me speechless and questioned whether karma theory really works for the corrupt, dishonest and crooked government officials. Few months ago, my brother passed away in Vijayawada. His two children who live in USA came to witness their father’s death and devastated to witness their dad leave this world. My brother retired as a principal of college. To receive the pension and support for their mother, a death certificate for their father was required. My nephew went to the government office innocently thinking that they would give knowing the urgency of the matter. After visiting the government office three times, it became crystal clear that he had to pay about ten percent of the pension his father was to receive. After paying the amount he assumed that the official would issue the death certificate. The next day, my nephew went to the office to realize to his horror that the official was on leave of absence. Nobody knew when this official would return. Other “sharks” were waiting to attack and bite him. Fortunately, a lady official in the office, who had lost her husband realized the torture that bereaved family members go through, was very sympathetic and helped him to issue death certificate with no expectation. It took about 15 minutes to issue the certificate. More than one week was wastedin so much mental agony and frustration in addition to thousands of rupees bribe for 15-minute job.                 In another example, our family members who live in USA had signed a contract to sell one housing plot in Hyderabad. The Registrar’s office came to know that this couple live in USA and were planning to leave the same day the registration was to take place. As you may have guessed that the official in the Registrar’s office kept delaying until this couple agreed to pay the amount, he demanded knowing that they do not have any choice left except to grease his hand. Obviously, there is no time limit as to how soon a particular request should be addressed and disposed-off. These corrupt officials are not accountable to higher echelon because the higher ups are part of the problem and recipients of certain percentage of the grease (bribe).  The corruption is rampant and unchecked. Just imagine how many people go to these offices to get their birth certificates, death certificate, registration of the property, building permit, etc.  Can we imagine how much money they could be making in a day. Everyone knows, but nobody dares to do anything. It is deeply engrossed in the system. They are waging an assault on the honesty, morals and ethics of the country that was considered the most ethical, honest and moral one                 Many people argue that the most corrupt, dishonest and ethically bankrupt people are living a good life, living in most expensive neighborhoods, driving expensive cars, spending their time in the most expensive bars and restaurants, and get away from any prosecution. The most honest, ethical and moral officials live in  relatively substandard conditions relative to their position. In fact, several cases are reported where the honest officials are trapped and humiliated by dishonest people. They are either transferred or charged with corruption.  Some of them are even imprisoned with false accusations.                 Since we are all taught about the importance, relevance, and significance of karma theory, we would reflect on the consequences of bribery, cheating, corruption, lies, inducements, and deception on their life. As per karma theory, whatever we do in our daily life during this lifetime in addition to the effect of past liveswill have consequences in this life as well as the next life. The Origin of the Idea of Karma Although the concept of karma is not explicitly explained, there is evidence that the people of Vedic period believed that their rituals, homas and Guru Kulashad consequences for those who benefitted from them. Vedas revealed that the deeds of the dead have consequences. The dead are either  rewarded or punished in accordance with the appropriateness of their performance of yagnas. Vedic people performed manyyagnas/homas to appease the panchabhutas to ensure that all the respective Gods bless them to be peaceful and bless them with good life. In those days the unpredictability of the panchabhutas instigated the people to take some action to please them. They performed yagnas to make sure that rains do not create havoc,negative planets do not harm, crops are not damagedand untimely deaths are avoided. Yagnaswere performed to remove potential threats to the family welfare, to secure progeny, to acquire wealth and prosperity, to protect from sickness, to prevent diseases, toyield proper harvest, to prevent natural calamities, to assure marital bliss, and to eliminate enemies. By proper chanting of Vedic mantras, they expected fulfilment of their wishes. In those days, priests in the villages were given free lands, houses to live, clothes to  wear, paddy and vegetables as food items. These gifts were given for teaching sastras to the interested people and doing pujas and conducting homas for the welfare of the families and welfare of the society. In Vedic period, Gurukula concept was prevalent where young children are sent to Gurus’ ashram to learn. After completing a number of years of study, the students used give Dakshina. It is a kind of reward for learning from the Gurus. Hymn CVII of Tenth Mandala of the Rig Veda describes the benefits of generously and liberally giving Dakshina (gifts) to the Brahmanas who have performed a Yagna (ritual) for you. HYMN CVII. Dakṣiṇā. 1. THESE men's great bounty hath been manifested, and the whole world of life set free from darkness. Great light hath come, vouchsafed us by the Fathers: apparent is the spacious path of Guerdon. 2 High up in heaven abide the Guerdon-givers: they who give steeds dwell with the Sun for ever. They who give gold are blest with life eternal. they who give robes prolong their lives, O Soma. 3 Not from the niggards-for they give not fireely-comes Meed at sacrifice, Gods’ satisfaction: Yea, many men with hands stretched out with Guerdon present their gifts because they dread dishonour. 4 These who observe mankind regard oblation as streamyVāyu and light-finding Arka. They satisfy and give their gifts in synod, and pour in streams the seven-mothered Guerdon. 5 He who brings Guerdon comes as first invited: chief of the hamlet comes the Guerdon-bearer. Him I account the ruler of the people who was the first to introduce the Guerdon. 6 They call him Ṛṣi, Brahman, Sāma-chanter, reciter of the laud, leader of worship. The brightly-shining God's three forms he knoweth who first bestowed the sacrificial Guerdon. 7 Guerdon bestows the horse, bestows the bullock, Guerdon bestows, moreover, gold that Rsisters. Guerdon gives food which is our life and spirit. He who is wise takes Guerdon for his armour. 8 The liberal die not, never are they ruined: the liberal suffer neither harm nor trouble. The light of heaven, the universe about us,—all this doth sacrificial Guerdon give them. 9 First have the liberal gained a fragrant dwelling, and got themselves a bride in fair apparel. The liberal have obtained their draught of liquor, and conquered those who, unprovoked, assailed them. 10 They deck the fleet steed for the bounteous giver: the maid adorns herself and waits to meet him. His home is like a lake with lotus blossoms, like the Gods’ palaces adorned and splendid. 11 Steeds good at draught convey the liberal giver, and lightly rolling moves the car of Guerdon. Assist, ye Gods, the liberal man in battles: the liberal giver conquers foes in combat. As we can see that Charity givers live high up in heaven,  they who give steeds dwell with the Sun forever. They who give gold are blessed with eternal life. They who give robes prolong their lives. He who brings Dakshina (largess) comes as first invited... Guerdon bestows the horse, bestows the bullock, Guerdon (Dakshina/largess) bestows with gold that glisters, gives food which is our life and spirit. The liberal  (generous)people are not ruined, suffer neither harm nor trouble, gain fragrant dwellings, get themselves brides in fair apparels, obtained their dose of liquor, conquered those who assail them. His home is like a lake with lotus blossoms, like the Gods’ palaces which are adorned splendidly. The liberal man will be in battles to conquer the foes in combat. The hymn says that giving Dakshina to the Brahmanas performing your Yagna can bestow a place in high up in heaven, an eternity with Surya, eternal life, a long life, being invited first, becoming chief of your village, a horse, a bullock, gold, food, a bride, a beautiful house, a bride, liquor, a good chariot, and many more. This is a clear case of KARMA where good deed leading to benefits in both this life and in the afterlife   Definition of Karma            Karma is defined as action or deed, generally interpreted to mean cause and effect. For every action, there is reaction. What goes around comes around. The relevance of karma is not limited to either one religion or one country. Word Karma has become acceptable lexicon in many countries. William M Mahony recognizes the importance of karma, “It is likely that no other notion from the sacred traditions of India has had more influence on the worldviews assumed by non-Indian cultures as that of karma, for in it lies the foundations of a wealth of astute ethical, psychological, metaphysical, and sacerdotal doctrines.”     "Karma" literally means "deed" or "act"and more broadly refers to universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, which Hindus believe governs all consciousness. Karma is not fate, for we act with what can be described as a conditioned free will creating our own destinies. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determine our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other lifetimes. Swami Vivekananda explained about Karma to the people of United States: “Any word, any action, any thought that produces an effect is called karma. Thus, the law of karma means the law of causation, of inevitable cause and effect. Whatever we see or feel or do, whatever action there is anywhere in the universe, while being the effect of past work on the one hand, becomes on the other, the cause in its turn and produces its own effect. Each one of us is the effect of an infinite past. The child is ushered into the world not as something flashing from the hands of nature, as poets delight so much to depict, but he has the burden of an infinite past. For good or evil, he comes to work out his own past deeds. This makes the differentiation. This is the law of karma. Each one of us is the maker of our own fate.” Max Weber described the idea of Karma as follows: “Karma doctrine transformed the world into a strictly rational, ethically determined cosmos; it represents the most consistent theodicy ever produced by history.” (The Religion of India first published in 1916.)   "Guilt and merit within this world are unfailingly compensated by fate in the successive lives of the soul which may be reincarnated innumerable times in animal, human, or even divine form.... The finiteness of earthly life is the consequence of the finiteness of good or evil deeds in the previous life of a soul. What may appear from the viewpoint of a theory of compensation as unjust suffering in the terrestrial life of a person should be regarded as atonement for sin in a previous existence. Each individual forges his own destiny exclusively, in the strictest sense of the word."   He further states that "The mechanism of rebirth is, therefore, a consistent deduction from the super-divine character of the eternal order of the world, in contrast to the notion of a god who is set over the world, rules it personally, and imposes predestination upon it."   Judith Willer (The Social Determinism of Knowledge. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1971) believes that weber was correct in his interpretation of karma theory and concludes that the Karma doctrine does not have the same logical difficulties as other religious systems. The Karma system works without a deterministic role for God.  There is no problem of theodicy in the Karma system because no all-powerful god is needed or postulated.   "The law of karma along with the doctrine of rebirth has the merit of solving one great problem of philosophy and religion, a problem which is a headache to the western religions, and which finds no satisfactory solutions in them. The problem is: How is it that different persons are born with an infinite diversity regarding their fortunes although God is equally good to all? It would be nothing short of denying God to say the He is whimsical. If God is allGoodness, and All powerful, how is it that there is so much evil and inequality in the world.Indian religions relieve God of this responsibility and make our karma responsible." (R. K. Tripathi, Problems of Philosophy and Religion, Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University, 1971).   Sri Aurobindo has summed up the principle of the Universal Law of Karma in these words: "...a man's past and present Karma must determine his future birth and its happenings and circumstances; for these too must be the fruit of his energies: all that he was and did in the past must be the creator of all that he now is and experiences in his present, and all that he is and is doing in the present must be the creator of what he will be and experience in the future. Man is the creator of himself; he is the creator also of his fate. All this is perfectly rational and unexceptionable so far as it goes and the law of Karma may be accepted as a fact, as part of the cosmic machinery..." (The Life Divine, pp. 806-07) (Author's emphasis) Shiva Purana 1:17“Each soul is binded by these eight aspects of the Nature. The actions performed as the result of these bondages is called Karma. A man reaps the fruits of his actions- Whether good or evil. He either enjoys pleasures or suffers because of sorrow, due to this Karma.” The soul takes rebirth in a cyclical way and is binded by the effects of his Karmas. The eight Chakras are nothing but the eight forms of nature. Shiva is beyond the reach of these eight chakras, on the contrary he has full control on these eight chakras. So, a man can become free from the bondages of this world, only by worshipping Shiva Linga. The linga is both gross as well as subtle. There are five types of Lingas on this earth- SWAYAMBHU LINGA, BINDU LINGA, PRATISTHIT LINGA, CHAR LINGA, GURU LINGA. A person desirous of worldly pleasures should worship the gross Shivalinga, whereas one who is desirous of attaining salvation must worship the subtle Shiva linga.” Karma Concept in Upanishads For the first time the doctrine of the transmigration of souls depending on the deeds of the individuals appeared in Upanishads. What is distinctive about the Upanishads is that man's character and lot in this life is determined by his deeds in previous life, and that what he is now in this present life determines what he shall be in a future existence. Early ideas of rituals and traditions may have resulted in the belief that action alone determines the future of their lives. Artabhaga asks Yajnavalkya, after a man's bodily organisms are dissolved into the elements following his death, what becomes of the man?  Yajnavalkya says, "Take me by the hand, my dear Artabhaga; we must talk about this by ourselves, not here in the assembly. So, they went out and conversed with each other, and what they spoke of was works, and what they praised was works. Verily by good works a man becomes good, evil by evil." The meaning is clear in another utterance of Yajnavalkya: "According as a man acts and behaves, so he is born; he who does good is born as a good man, he who does evil is born as a bad man; by holy works he becomes holy, wicked by wicked. Therefore, it is said: Man is wholly made up of desire; as his desire is so is his insight; as his insight, so are his deeds (Karman); according to his deeds so is his destiny." In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad(III.2.13) the teaching that "one becomes good by good action, bad by bad action" become lexicon of Hindu way of life. Even in villages, it is accepted as a philosophical way of looking at their life experiences.  Whenever they experience obstacles in life, it is accepted by saying “it is my karma. I have to face it.” But the karma concept is quite explicit about the ethical significance of the doctrine of karma:“According as one acts, according as one conducts himself, so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of evil becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.” (IV.4.5) One of the earliest formulation of the Karma doctrine occurs in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. For example: Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad; he became pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds; And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, so is his will; and as is his will, so is his deed; and whatever deed he does, that he will reap. — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Hymns 4.4.5 "To whatever object a man's own mind is attached, to that he goes strenuously together with his deed; and having obtained the end (the last results) of whatever deed he does here on earth, he returns again from that world (which is the temporary reward of his deed) to this world of action. So much for the man who desires." (4.4.6) In the Chandogya Upaniṣad ( V.10.7) conduct and consequences are further linked up across lives: “Accordingly, those who are of pleasant conduct here -- the prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a pleasant womb, either the womb of a Brahman, or the womb of a Kshatriya, or the womb of a vaiśya. But those who are of stinking conduct here -- the prospect is, indeed, that they will enter a stinking womb, either the womb of a dog, or the womb of a swine, or the womb of an outcast (caṇḍāla).” This theme is also reiterated in other Upanishads. For example,  Shvetashvatara Upaniṣad ( V.11-12): “According unto his deeds (Karman) the embodied one successively assumes forms in various conditions. Coarse and fine, many in number, the embodied one chooses forms according to his own qualities. [Each] subsequent cause of his union with them is seen to be Because of the quality of his acts and of himself.” In many of the Upanishads, the doctrine of karma has become fused with the doctrine of rebirth. It is, however, worth distinguishing between these two doctrines, which are in fact logically independent. The doctrine of karma makes certain claims about the relation of actions to results; the doctrine of rebirth makes certain claims about our survival of death. The former claims neither entails, nor are entailed by, the latter. Nevertheless, historically the two doctrines were regarded in the Indian context as intertwined. In particular, the form of one's rebirth was held to be determined by one's karma. Karma in Puranas Markandeya Purana recognizes Kindness, noble association, noble activities aimed at the ‘Paraloka’, Truthfulness, espousing the right causes of mankind; worship of Guru, Devas, Rishis and Siddharishis; Sadhu Sangam (Company of Sadhus), Practice of Good Actions, Mitrata or Friendship and constant ‘Namasmarana’ (recitation) of Bhagavan are considered good acts worthy of emulation. “Through the ripening of the fruits of his actions he does not attain any rest, like a worm caught within a whirlpool. The desire for liberation arises in human beings at the end of many births, through the ripening of their past virtuous conduct.” Yajur Veda, Pingala Upanishad 2.22 Devi Purana says everybody is under the influence of karma. No one is exempted. Not even the celestial Gods including Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar. “No individual can arise without some sort of action or other. It is through karma that the Sun traverses in the sky; it is through karma that the Moon was attacked with consumption disease; it is through karma that the Rudra holds the disc of skull bone. This karma, therefore, has no beginning nor end (till moksha); now that this Karma is the sole cause in the production of the Universe.” (Book IV:11: 12-13). “Therefore, O King, the sages declare that the seed of Karma is eternal. This whole universe changes incessantly, being controlled by this karma.” (IV:11:17) Vayu Puranam states, “Now all these are captives in the chains of acts, and at the end of their existence become slaves to the power of Yama, by whom they are sentenced to painful punishments. Released from these inflictions, they are again born in the condition of gods, men, or the like: and thus, living beings, as the Sashtras apprise us, perpetually revolve. Now the question I have to ask, and which you are so well able to answer, is, by what acts men may free themselves from subjection to Yama?” (Book III:7:4-6) Vishnu Puranam sates, “Man performs all acts for the purpose of bodily fruition, and the consequence of such acts is another body; so that their result is nothing but confinement to bodily existence.” Thus man, like a brute beast, addicted only to animal gratifications, suffers the pain that ignorance creates. Ignorance, darkness, inactivity, influence those devoid of knowledge, so that pious works are neglected; but hell is the consequence of neglect of religious acts, according to the great sages, and the ignorant therefore suffer affliction both in this world and in the next. (Book 6:5: P:639) Karma in Mahabharata In Anusashana Parva of Mahabharata, Yudhishthira asks Bhishma: "Is the course of a person's life already destined, or can human effort shape one's life?"Bhishma answers by saying that the future is both a function of current human effort derived from free will and past human actions that set the circumstances. Repeatedly, the chapters of Mahabharata recite the key postulates of karma theory. That is: intent and action (karma) has consequences; karma lingers and doesn't disappear; and all positive or negative experiences in life require effort and intent. For example:  happiness comes due to good actions, suffering results from evil actions.  By actions, all things are obtained, by inaction, nothing whatsoever is enjoyed. If one's action bore no fruit, then everything would be of no avail, if the world worked from fate alone, it would be neutralized. (Mahabharata, xiii.6.10 & 19) Markandeya mentions in Mahabharata the relationship between karma and its consequences: “In the world of men, no man reaps the consequences of another man's karma. Whatever one does, he is sure to reap the consequences thereof; for the consequences of the karma that is once done, can never be obviated. The virtuous become endowed with great virtues, and sinful men become the perpetrators of wicked deeds. Men's actions follow them; and influenced by these, they are born again.” Anusashana Parva: Section VI Yudhishthira said, “Tell me, O learned sire thou art versed in all the scriptures, of Exertion (Effort) and Destiny which is the most powerful?' "Bhishma said, 'This ancient story of the conversation of Vasishta and Brahma, O Yudhishthira, is an illustration in point. In olden times the adorable Vasishta enquired of Brahma as to which among these two, viz., the Karma of a creature acquired in this life, or that acquired in previous lives (and called Destiny), is the more potent in shaping his life. Then, O king, the great god Brahma, who had sprung from the primeval lotus, answered him in these exquisite and well-reasoned words, full of meaning.'" "Bhishma continued, 'Nothing comes into existence without seed. Without seed, fruits do not grow. From seeds spring other seeds. Hence are fruits known to be generated from seeds. Good or bad as the seed is that the husbandman soweth in his field, good or bad are the fruits that he reaps. As, unsown with seed, the soil, though tilled, becomes fruitless, so, without individual Exertion, Destiny is of no avail. One's own acts are like the soil, and Destiny (or the sum of one's acts in previous births) is compared to the seed. From the union of the soil and the seed doth the harvest grows. It is observed every day in the world that the doer reaps the fruit of his good and evil deeds; that happiness results from good deeds, and pain from evil ones; that acts, when done, always fructify; and that, if not done, no fruit arises. A man of (good) acts acquires merits with good fortune, while an idler fall away from his estate and reaps evil like the infusion of alkaline matter injected into a wound. By devoted application, one acquires beauty, fortune, and riches of various kinds. Everything can be secured by Exertion: but nothing can be gained through Destiny alone by a man that is lacking in personal Exertion. Even so does one attain to heaven, and all the objects of enjoyment, as also the fulfilment of one's heart's desires by well-directed individual Exertion. All the luminous bodies in the firmament, all the deities, the Nagas, and the Rakshasas, as also the Sun and the Moon and the Winds, have attained to their high status by evolution from man's status, through dint of their own action. Riches, friends, prosperity descending from generation to generation, as also the graces of life, are difficult of attainment by those that are wanting in Exertion. “(VI:16-17) Karma and Bhagavad Gita Karma played a crucial and fundamental role in the teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjun. When Arjuna was disheartened and saddened by the possible killings of his relatives, Gurus and friends, Lord Krishna talked about his responsibility and the need for discharging his action. Bhagavad Gita is more philosophical and practical treatise than a religious one. Lord Krishna recommended karma yoga for everybody irrespective of their station and volition. No one can avoid their responsibilities in their life. Your human right is for activities only, never for the resultant fruits of actions. Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction - Bhagavad Gita 2:47 Perform all actions forsaking attachment (to their fruits), being indifferent to success and failure. This mental evenness is termed Yoga - Bhagavad Gita 2:48 Ordinary action (performed with desire) is greatly inferior to action united with the guidance of wisdom; therefore, seek shelter in the ever-directing wisdom. Miserable are those who perform actions only for their fruits. -Bhagavad Gita 2:49 Actionlessness is not attained by simply avoiding actions. By forsaking work no one reaches perfection. Bhagavad Gita 3:4 Perform those actions that are obligatory, for action is better than inactivity; even simple maintenance of the body would be impossible through inaction. Bhagavad Gita 3:8 Worldly people are Karmically bound by activities that differ from those performed as Yajna (religious rites); Labor nonattached, in the spirit of Yajna, offering actions as obligations- Bhagavad Gita 3:9 The individual who truly loves the soul and is fully satisfied with the soul and finds utter contentment in the soul alone, for him no duty exists. Therefore, always conscientiously perform good material actions, and spiritual actions without attachment, by doing all actions without attachment one attains the highest. Bhagavad Gita 3:17-18 Like unto the lotus leaf that remains unsullied by the water, the yogi who performs actions, forswearing attachment and surrendering his actions to the infinite, remains unbound by entanglement in the senses. Bhagavad Gita 5:10 When dutiful action is performed solely because it should be done, forsaking attachment to it and its fruit, that renunciation is considered Sattvic. -Bhagavad Gita 18:9 It is truly impossible for an embodied being to abandon actions completely, but he who relinquishes the fruit of actions is called renunciant. -Bhagavad Gita 18:11 What does Nishkama Karma mean? Nishkama Karma is a central theme in the Bhagavad Gita. An important philosophical concept in Karma yoga, it means to act unselfishly, without attachment or without personal gain in mind. When acting out of Nishkama Karma, an individual is acting without any expectation that good will be returned to him/her. In Sanskrit, Nishkama means “action without motive,” “work without desire" or "desirelessness.” Seva is rendered for the sake of rendering without any expectation of reward of fruits. It is not done for the sake of either name or fame. Nishkama karma is done at your conscience level – divine level. It is a feeling that God propels you to do it. The motto of seva expressed by Swami Vivekananda is ‘Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha’ which means ‘For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world’. To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction. (2:47) "Fixed in yoga, do thy work, O Winner of wealth (Arjuna), abandoning attachment, with an even mind in success and failure, for evenness of mind is called yoga. (2.48) “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty” (3:9) Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme. (3:19) "With the body, with the mind, with the intellect, even merely with the senses, the Yogis perform action toward self-purification, having abandoned attachment. He who is disciplined in Yoga, having abandoned the fruit of action, attains steady peace. (5.11) In Karma yoga philosophy, there are two central concepts: Sakama Karma and Nishkama Karma. Sakama Karma is to act under self-centered motivations with the goal of being appreciated, recognized or receiving goodness in return. Nishkama Karma is the opposite of Sakama Karma, considered to be selfless action without being recognized or appreciated. Whenever there is a motivation, expectation, manipulation, or exploitation involved in performing our activities, it is Sakamakarma whose aim is goal oriented.   It is the intention behind doing your karma determines that act to be either good or bad, desirable or undesirable and helpful or useless.  Best example is found in Christian missionaries. In the pretext of doing God’s work, they convert people with deception, allurement and trickery. Gandhi strongly objected to conversion tactics as he saw a coercive and intimidating force to make people embrace Christianity. Ultimately, Nishkama Karma is considered non-attachment to the result of personal actions in life, but with selfless loving motive. The karmic concept centers on whatever actions a yogi does within the world for the sake of others and not for self-benefit. There are many Gurus who go to the Western hemisphere only to impart Vedic knowledge, not to convert them to Hinduism. Karma works on many levels and it’s very difficult for a human being with limited intelligence, who knows only about his current existence, to figure it out. As Lord Krishna said:  “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty” (3:9) Thy right is to work only, but never to its fruits; let not the fruit of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction.” (2:47) Therefore, giving up attachment, perform actions as a matter of duty, for by working without being attached to the fruits, one attains the Supreme.(3:19) By performing their prescribed duties, King Janaka and others attained perfection. You should also perform your work to set an example for the good of the world. Whatever actions great persons perform, common people follow. Whatever standards they set; all the world pursues. (3:20) Sri Ramakrishna expressed this nishkama karma while talking to Bankim Chandra Chatterjee by saying that it is done for the sake of others rather than for one’s self.  “When a sannyasi gives something to another he knows that it is not himself who gives. Kindness belongs to God alone. How can a man lay claim to it? …. If a householder gives in charity in a spirit of detachment, he is really doing good to himself and not to others. It is God alone that he serves-God who dwells in all beings; when he serves God, he is really doing good to himself and not to others” (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.(P: 670-671) Sree Pada Sree Vallabha Transfers Karma The Story of Shiva Sarma is one of the examples where one’skarma is transferred to another person. The law of karma cannot be denied or tampered with. This is a universal principle that must be adhered to.  Sree Pada Sree Vallabha, the first incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, was born in 1339 in Pittapuram and lived only 30 years. He was born with tremendous powers. In that village there lived a Vedic scholar and strictly adhered to religious practices in the lineage of Kashyap Sage. He had a son who was born dullard and nonintelligent. One day Sree Pada Sree Vallabha came to his village and had an opportunity to recite Vedas in his presence. Appreciating his knowledge and realizing the sadness on the face of the scholar, Sree Vallabha asked him to express any desire he may have. He expressed concern about his son’s intelligence.  Reply given by Sree Vallabha reveals the nature of karma and how karmas can be paid. In reply Sreepada Sree Vallabha stated, "My child! The fruits of past actions are unavoidable even to great people. The entire creation is moving subjected to unbreakable laws. Women get husbands as fruits of their worship. One begets children as fruits of his devotion. One should always donate to deserving people. Donations made to unworthy persons bring undesirable results. If food is offered to a good person, the donor of food derives some part of the merit accruing from the good deeds performed by the good person. Donation should be made without arrogance. Then only it gives good results. Sri Pada Vallabha replied, “On account of the past karma (acts in previous life/lives and its effects on the present life) in previous lives you got a dull witted one as your son. You both wanted a child with long span of life. You did not want a short-lived one. So, I granted you a son with complete span of life. If the sin earned in the previous life needs to be erased and want your son to be a scholar,you have to be ready to sacrifice your life. Itneeds to be done in consonance with the karmic principle. If you are prepared to sacrifice your life, I will make your son a worthy scholar. For that Shiva Sarma replied, "Swamee! I entered old age. I am ready to relinquish my life. What more can I aspire than my son becoming a great scholar and speaker like Brihaspati." Then Sreepada who had the power to make things happen declared, "Yes! You will die soon. After death you will remain for some time in subtle body and undertake penance in an underground cellar below a neem tree in Dheesila town. Afterwards, you will take birth in the holy land of Maharashtra. Don't reveal this to your wife under any circumstances." Three Types of Karmas Everything that we ever thought, spoke, acted or behaved is karma, as is also that which we think, speak or do this very moment.  Hindu scriptures divide karma into three kinds: Sanchita, Prarabdha and Kriyamana. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait classified them as Dormant, Active and Potential. Sanchita / Dormant is the accumulated or stored karma of the past lives. One’s tendencies (Vasanas) such as character, behavior, intentions, activities, efforts, desires, and thought process in previous lives will be carried over to the present life. Sometimes, accumulation of several life experiences may navigate the present actions. Sometimes, one previous life experiences may direct them to act. It would be impossible to experience and endure all karmas in one lifetime. From this storehouse of sanchita karma, a portion of actions are carried to the present life.   All sanchita karmas may not be exhausted in one lifetime and they are likely to be carried on to the next lives. Prarabdha/ Active. When a portion of accumulated karma gets "ripened", one experiences the fruits of those activities whether good or bad. The activities undertaken in this life are the result of previous life experiences.  We are born with a set of Vasanas which influence our behavior, thought processes and actions. All of us have certain set of Vasanas (tendencies) unknown to us that influence our thinking, desires, intentions and actions. One should not interpret to mean that an individual does not have chance to mend his behavior.  One can make deliberate effort to reduce the negative tendencies and improve the positive behavior to neutralize the sanchita karma. What we do in the present life will be transferred to the next life. Krishna said to Gandhari after witnessing her lamentations on passing of her 100 sons: “On the loss of children, on the loss of substance or friends and kinsmen, men suffer exceeding anguish, like the fire of a burning forest. This whole world depends upon Prarabdha Karma (past actions) in pleasure and pain, in birth and unborn being. Whether a man has friends or not, whether he has foes or allies, whether he is wise or void of wisdom, he gets his happiness through Prarabdha Karma.” Kriyamana/ Potential. Our way of thinking, doing, behaving, relating with others and performing our activities in the current life is Kriyamana karma. All Kriyamana karmas flow into sanchita karma that shapes our future. All the activities conducted in the present life are stored for next life. Only in human life we can change our future destiny. After death we lose Kriya Shakti (ability to act) and do (Kriyamana) karma until we are born again in another human body.Tigunait captured the essence of kriyamana karma with this statement: “Potential karmas are like arrows that have not yet been made, although the factory, the skilled arrow maker, the raw materials, and the customer are all present. The ego is the factory, the senses are the arrow makers, anxiety is the raw material, and the desire-ridden mind is the consumer. It is up to our faculty of discrimination to make the final decision as to whether or not these arrows will be made. If they are, they will be stored as dormant (sanchita) karmas, and sooner or later they are bound to be shot, resulting in destiny-prarabdha karma.”  Tulsidas, a Hindu saint, said: "Our destiny was shaped long before the body came into being." Till the stock of sanchita karma lasts, a part of it continues to be taken out as Prarabdha karma for a being to experience in the present lifetime, leading to the cycle of birth and death. A Jiva cannot attain moksha (liberation) from the cycle of birth and death, until the accumulated sanchita karmas are completely exhausted. “All consequences of actions should be experienced, whether good or bad. The unexperienced karma will not subside even after hundreds of crores of kalpas (one Kalpa equals 4,320 million years).”  (Brahmavaivarta Purana 33:45.)
03 Mar 2020

Lecture scheduled on "Raising Hindu Children in USA" at Hindu Temple in Brandon, October 27.

We request all interested parents and youth to attend this lecture which focuses on the need for inculcating the richness of our Sanatana Dharma, what kind of knowledge to be transmitted, how to create pride among our youth and also how to discuss about various facets of Hinduism with others. Knowledge is power. More we know about our culture more we can explain and defend ourselves customs, traditions, practices and rituals. My own experience of raising my own children and grandchildren and and observations of other parents' struggles to raise their children may provide necessary information for parents and youth to channel their resources in proper direction. Lecture is scheduled on October 27 at 11:00 am at Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi, 173 Vernon Jones Road, Brandon, Mississippi.
23 Oct 2019

[GHHF] Andhra Pradesh Government Reversed its Decision: Not Distributing Hindu Temple Lands for the Poor

GOOD NEWS Andhra Pradesh Government decided not to distribute Hindu Temple lands for poor people. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has written a very strong letter asking the government not to use the Temple lands. Many other organizations also dis the same. In fact, we were preparing a Writ Petition challenging the government decision to distribute Temple lands. We will keep monitoring all the government actions related Temples, Temple money, Temple management and temple lands. Please read the NEWS Item Andhra Pradesh govt not to distribute temple land for the poor Press Trust of India | Amaravati Last Updated at October 20, 2019 19:55 IST Bowing to pressure from different quarters, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to give away temple lands in the form of house sites to the landless poor. The government had announced it would distribute house sites and housing units to over 25 lakh beneficiaries on Telugu New Years Day 'Ugadi' next year. In line with this, Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Manmohan Singh issued a memo to all district Collectors asking them to identify land available village-wise. He also asked the Collectors to identify endowment lands, which the "temples and choultries are willing to auction with the permission of the High Court. This stirred a controversy with the BJP and some Hindu religious organisations strongly opposing the move to dispense with temple lands. The issue came up for discussion during a review meeting on lands Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted here recently. The Chief Minister was categorical that no temple land should be touched. Instead, he wanted the required land acquired for distribution to the poor, a senior official, who attended the meeting, said. Officials estimated that over 40,000 acres of land would be required for distribution to the landless poor. So far, over 20 lakh prospective beneficiaries were identified under the programme. While 21,948 acres of government land was identified for distribution, another 19,000 acres has to be acquired from private persons. In some districts, lands earmarked for industrial promotion are also being converted into house sites since there has been no industrial development in the last few years, official sources said. The land acquisition will cost us anywhere between Rs 8,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore. We will complete the process of beneficiary identification by this month-end and then go for land acquisition, a senior official added. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) Link to the original Article. https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/andhra-pradesh-govt-not-to-distribute-temple-land-for-the-poor-119102000635_1.html
21 Oct 2019

Death Threat to Savetemples from a Christian Pastor; Case Registered in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Dear Friends: Following is the email we received in our website http://www.savetemples.org PLEASE CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT AND WEBSITE THAT IS SAVETEMPLES.ORG. OTHERWISE WE WILL KILL YOU SOON. OTHERWISE WE HACK AND DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT. WE HAVE WEAPONS. OUR VOLUNTEERS READY FOR BATTLE. KILL YOU IF YOU WONT DELETE.                 On July 25, we have received this message through email from Pastor R. Praveen Kumar.“One book, one God, and one way” is the Christian doctrine. Anybody who disagrees with this doctrine is condemned to hell. Even after 2000 years, since Christians are not able to make inroads into Hindu faith, they resort to violence and terror. They have always succeeded to convert many nations only through violence.                 Christians in India are using every deceptive method to convert Hindus by even adopting all Hindu rituals to woo Hindus. Failing, they are resorting to their age-old tactic – threatening to kill.Pastor R. Praveen Kumaris following what Christians have always followed. Create fear in the hearts of Hindus with threats to kill as suggested in the Bible. How many presidents abhorred Christianity?Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) says, "Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned: yet we have not advanced one inch towards humanity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support error and roguery all over the earth" In the name of  their God, Jesus, though out the history, the Christians  fostered hatred, proclaimed exclusivity, demeaned the lives of other religious people, destroyed the idols, disfigured the images, converted forcefully, demolished Hindu temples, banned Hindu rituals and festivals, prohibited speaking native language, triggered violent encounters, inflicted horror on the children, disallowed wearing Indian dresses, dismembered children in front of their parents, and even proscribed the items such as betle leaves, turmeric, kunkum, flowers, coconuts, areca nuts, etc. This was all done in Goa and other places in India. They want to repeat those atrocities by threatening Hindus and their organizations. What the Christians are doing today with their rampant Christian conversion machinery is reminiscent of Goa inquisition where the cruelties are the vilest. They do what Bible tells them to do as found in I Samuel 15:3, the prophet Samuel gives King Saul this commandment from the Lord: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”The secular media is blind to the atrocities of proselytization, exclusivity and one god phobia, one wonders about their source of living. Are they abetting the atrocities of Christians?  Are they sold to the Christian money machine?                 Now Christians are getting emboldened with the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh and showing their real colors.  Buttressed by the support of the so-called secularists, liberal media, so-called intellectuals, politicians, so-called Hindus and atheists, Christians and Muslims are targeting Hindus. It is time for Hindus to stand up and fight for their survival.                 Below you will see the threatening email, IP address, Cell phone information, Calvary Church address, and Google location. We have provided additional information to Police authorities in Hyderabad. We will try to keep you updated on the course of actions being taken. Thank you for all your support.
02 Aug 2019

Christianity took over Andhra Administration?

Hindu Activists voices are being muzzled with police power By Sudha Mohan Mylavarapu - July 22, 2019 https://www.pgurus.com/christianity-took-over-andhra-administration/   Christianity took over Andhra Administration? There are thousands of Hindu temples across India where Christians are openly trying to preach and convert Hindus by saying Hindus are devil worshippers. Andhra administration seems to be working hand in glove with Christian missionaries Visakhapatnam's police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena issued a memorandum to the city police to protect minority Christians and their churches from Hindu aggression. As per Vizag's city police website, the commissioner took charge on 27th June 2019 and this memorandum was issued on 4th July 2019. Commissioner did not waste any time issuing the orders to protect the Christians. The person who requested protection seems to have close links with the Andhra Christian chief minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. Rajiv Kumar Meena's memorandum to the Vishakhapatnam city police to protect minority Christians and their churches from Hindu aggression All over Andhra, Hindus are under attack. Except in rare circumstances mostly aggressors and provokers are from so-called "Minority" community. When Hindus retaliate in desperation[1], Christians play the victim card and use the mighty power of the administration to muzzle the voice of Hindus. One such example is Shivaji, a Hindu activist from Shiva Shakti organisation was arrested in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. He was arrested for sending WhatsApp messages which are alerting Hindus from the lies peddled by other religions. After the arrest, Andhra police have declined to give answers to the public and booked him on charges related to WhatsApp messages. Police are also blocking and not answering phone calls. Is the Andhra administration following traditional Christian methods to oppress or discourage Hindu voices? Shiva Shakti Shivaji's arrest in Kurnool is an indication of the attitude of the police. As per the above memorandum, this is likely to repeat in Visakhapatnam and other places in Andhra too. "Andhra government came up with a scheme of appointing several hundred village volunteers. It is being alleged that many of these appointees are Christians and also YSR party members." In Andhra, during Y.S. Raja Sekhar Reddy's rule, several evangelists tried to proselytize in some of the famous Hindu temples such as Tirumala. After protests from the Hindu society, the administration issued orders restricting Evangelical activities near-certain temples. We can see the copy of that G.O below. GO order There are many grey areas in this G.O; there is no mention of how far a distance from the Hindu temples such evangelical activities are restricted and why only a few temples? Is this G.O indirectly saying that the government is allowing the Christians to preach near the Hindu temples which are not mentioned in this list? Why not a blanket ban? Did the government punish the guilty Christians ever? May be government or the police don't have the evidence. Social media is full of such evidences. In this video we can clearly see how these missionaries are trying to proselytize near a temple near Visakhapatnam. Andhra was known to divert Hindu endowment funds to the government's common good funds. Endowment department is making thousands of crores or rupees every year[2]. [3] Despite having huge sums of money, many Hindu temples are in a very bad state. Many Archakas are struggling to make a living.[4] On the other hand, the Christian preachers and Islamic mullahs are getting huge sums of money from abroad (5] via FCRA and FDI, and their communities are also paying them well (Dasama Bhagam, i.e. 1/10 th of their earnings are donated to church or Mosque). Super secular Abrahamised Government is sucking all Hindu temple money and have not dared to touch Islamic and Christian funds. As per the news on Telugu MSM, Andhra govt announced salaries to imams (Rs-10,000), pastors (Rs 5,000). It makes sense to pay salaries to Archakas because the government is making huge sums of money from temples. One would wonder on what basis the Christian ruler of Andhra gives state sponsored salaries to pastors and mullahs? There are many farmers committing suicide, the government has no love for these hard-working farmers!! Where is the money coming from to pay these salaries? Is the govt using Hindu temple money for their schemes? Is this for electoral gains? Or is Andhra chief minister openly supporting the aggressive conversion racket to convert all Hindus? It is time all Hindus must demand separation of temples from the state's clutches. Andhra government came up with a scheme of appointing several hundred village volunteers. [6] It is being alleged that many of these appointees are Christians and also YSR party members. Their recruitment is in the final stages now. God only knows the real reason why these are appointed, maybe it is for converting Hindus at village level? Christian missionaries are notorious in using the administrative power to convert the indigenous populations across the world. History filled with many instances and evidences to prove the destruction of indigenous cultures and religions. Christian missionaries use the money power or the administrative power for conversion. One such best living example is persecution of Canadian indigenous population. [7] By doing such heinous acts the Church grew to become the world's strongest political institution under the garb of spirituality. "The orders issued by the Andhra police is an indication of the Chief Minister'sChristians and Muslim appeasement mentality.” In British Raj, when East India company put restrictions on missionary work in India, missionaries used "Sati" propaganda to enter into India on the pretext to civilize barbaric Hindus.[8] The same missionaries turned a blind eye to the persecution of their women on the name of the witch hunt. Approximately 9 million women in Europe were murdered, with the support of the church. [9] From the past couple of hundred years, Christianity is spreading in India like water under the carpet. Officially India's Christian population stays between 2-3%, unofficially it is approximately 20-30% of India's population. In many states Hindus are minorities. Historically Christians and Islamists are abusing Hindu goodwill. There are many evidences to prove their aggression. Above video is one best example of how Christians are violating Hindu hospitality. Doesn't the constitution put reasonable restrictions on all fundamental rights? There are thousands of Hindu temples across India where Christians are openly trying to preach and convert Hindus by saying Hindus are devil worshippers. As per the constitution, every religion has the right to propagate, but there are restrictions to all fundamental rights. In the process of conversions Christians claim, "by doing idolatry a Hindu will go to hell and burn" and, they equate Hindu gods to demons. This is clear blasphemy. This blasphemy is happening on a large scale in Andhra and in India, but the authorities turn a blind eye. When Hindus confront these preachers with questions, then Christians use the power of administration to silence those who confronted the proselytization. Time is running out fast for Hindus. If this trend continues, similar to North-Eastern states there will not be any Hindu left in Andhra in coming years. Hindus plight in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is horrible. Christianity is in control of these two states. We have all witnessed many attacks on Hinduism and Hindus in both these states. A good example is Sabarimala and how the communist government of Kerala was played by the church to destroy the holiness of Sabarimala. The orders issued by the Andhra police is an indication of the Chief Minister's Christians and Muslim appeasement mentality. He seemed to have forgotten that all Hindus voted him to power in good faith. The administration's actions are very disappointing and unethical. They are trying to protect the aggressors and punishing the innocent who are struggling for existence from the oppressions. Hindus of Andhra must question this biased attitude of Andhra Government. If this does not change, by the end of the tenure of this government, about 50% of Andhra will slip into the spell of Christianity. Note: 1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
23 Jul 2019

Ancient Hindu Scriptures and Business Management – Part 1

(NOTE:In this section, we concentrated on the reasons for the failure of the corporations, how to control the stress, importance of controlling the mind and benefits of meditation. In the next article we will extract the guidelines hidden in Bhagavad Gita, Chanakya Arthashastra, Bhishma’s message, Rama’s advice to Lakshman, and Sant Ramdas’ letter on RajNeeti to Shambhaji Maharaj). Hindus have been dealing with various dimensions of human life ranging from science, religion, society, culture, guru tattva, dharma, karma and reincarnation, four ashramas, Purushardhas, leadership qualities, ethics and morals, traditions and rituals and management of kingdoms through multitude of books such as Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Arthasashtra and other scriptures. These scriptures are filled with ancient wisdom that is as applicable today as it was eons ago.  The ideas of various instances of managerial practices such as the vision, planning, execution, organization, coordination, controlling, conciliation, cooperation, winning methods, treatment of the people, appointment of right people to the top position and so on.  India, as well as the West, is looking at the pearls of wisdom scattered across these timeless and boundary-less messages found in these ancient scriptures.  We will examine the current situation in the business climate of USA, reasons for a high percentage of business failures, stress that is taking a toll on the member's productivity and how the Hindu scriptures are coming to the rescue to salvage these organizations by providing guidelines needed to revitalize them. Innumerable ideas, multiple guidelines, ageless wisdom, and perennial philosophy ishidden in numerous Hindu scriptures. These are not confined only to India; they are spread across many business organizations across the globe. It is our responsibility to pull them from all the scriptures and make them available for Lokasangraham, which is defined by BG Tilak as, “binding men together, and protecting, maintaining and regulating them in such a way that they might acquire that strength, which results from mutual cooperation, thereby putting them on the path of acquiring merit while maintaining their good condition.” (Gita Rahasyam, P:456) Before we pluck the guidelines and hidden pearls from the Hindu ancient books, let us examine the conditions under which businesses are failing and some of the possible solutions to prevent their collapse. Once we know why they fail, it is possible to decipher solutions to help revitalize them. Then we can determine the relevance of Hindu scriptures to address the issues facing the management. How Many Businesses are Failing? Lara McCaffrey reported that retail bankruptcies hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2018, even more than last year according to Business Insider. More defaults and bankruptcies are expected to come, says a report from S&P Global Ratings, with retail liquidations speeding up. The report also says the U.S. remains oversaturated with retail despite this. Some of the businesses that have made this list might surprise you! Onthe surface they might look fine — the clerks still have smiling faces when you walk in and the clothing is still folded neatly on the shelves. But behind the scenes, there’s turmoil! Curious to see if your favorite store is on the list?  (Finance 101, September 1, 2018) According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 50% of all new businesses survive five years or more, and about one-third survive for 10 years or more.A number of studies have reported that nearly 90 % of businesses fail in ten years, as per Bill Carmody.  Whenever these businesses are started many owners are more optimistic about their success, less concerned about back up plan to counter the potential failure and not competent to calculate the risk. Passion to start the company takes over reason and objectivity. Fewer than 12% of the Fortune 500 companies included in 1955 were still on the list 62 years later in 2017, and 88% of the companies in 1955 went bankrupt, or merged with (or were acquired by) another firmor they still existed but had fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies (ranked by total revenues). Many of the companies on the list in 1955 are unrecognizableor forgotten companies today (e.g., Armstrong Rubber, Cone Mills, Hines Lumber, Pacific Vegetable Oil, and Riegel Textile). According to a 2016 report by Innosight(“Corporate Longevity: Turbulence Ahead for Large Organizations“) corporations in the S&P 500 Index in 1965 stayed in the Index for an average of 33 years. By 1990, average tenure in the S&P 500 had narrowed to 20 years and is now forecast to shrink to 14 years by 2026. At the currentrate, about half of today’s S&P 500 firms will be replaced over the next 10 years as “we enter a period of heightened volatility for leading companies across a range of industries, with the next ten years shaping up to be the most potentially turbulent in modern history” according to Innosight. Reasons for Failure  Many reasons are suggested for the failure of the businesses. Some founders and CEOs in the study cited did not have a partner to balance them, while others mentioned that their founding team was inadequate for building the MVP they needed to launch the business,. (Chad Otar, Forbes, October 8, 2018). Many start-ups do not have enough time to deal with their clients and their need. They rely more on vendors to fulfill the needs of their clientele. They are not able to cope up with the competition. Complacency with success in the initial years of success in business leads to the neglect of the customer needs and assessment of the future needs to satisfy the customers.  They become fixed in their ideas and fail to adjust their strategies to be competitive. Many Business leaders are busy with day to day problems, they are unable to build a winning team. Business success depends to a large extent on forming a talented, dynamic, and winning team. Many businesses are not able to communicate clearly, compellingly and concisely about their products and how they are different from others. Eric T Wagner reports that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within 18 months. He mentions five reasons for failure of the businesses: 1) Once they start the business they retreat to planning and dreaming of the success without having a meaningful dialogue with real customers.  2) their product or service is not unique that sets them apart from the rest. 3) Lack of communication in a clear, concise and compelling manner about the mission of their organization. 4) Leadership breakdown at the top – not able to make right decision at the right time. Need for personal development to acquire the leadership qualities and others to emulate. 5) Startups should move quickly to develop the product without spending huge sums of money. How to Manage the Stress Ample evidence suggests that 80 percent of Americans experience stress either frequently or sometimes. Work and family obligations are cited as the major factors in encountering stress and anxiety. They feel that they do not have enough time to meet the demands of the work and the family. Stress is more damaging to the individual than any other factor. If stress is not addressed and left untreated then it may lead to mental and physical ailments as well as performance levels at work. Stress, as defined by stress researcher Hans Selye in Organizational Behavior, is "the nonspecific response of the body to any demands made upon it." J. Clarkedefines stress in Stress management as an "internal state or reaction to anything we consciously or unconsciously perceive as a threat, either real or imagined."             Stress affects our body, health, feelings, judgment, mind, thought process, relations, and behavior. If it is not addressed, it can affect our blood pressure, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes. Stress can debilitate one’s performance of doing good to himself, for others and in his own world of work. A survey conducted by employment search site Monster.com of nearly 7,000 U.S. workers found that while a less-than-surprising 35% had contemplated leaving a job to flee a stressful work environment, a more significant number--42%--had "purposely" left a position because of such a workplace. "People feel stressed out because there’s that continuingpressure to do more with less. Workers feel pressure to get more accomplished," says Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert at Monster Kathryn Dill reported that a separate survey of more than 900 workers found that an employee's relationship with their boss is the most common cause of workplace stress, followed closely by workload, work-life balance, and relationships with coworkers. Nearly half of employees surveyed report having missed time at work due to work-related stress, and an even greater number, 61%, say that workplace stress has caused them actual physical illness, with insomnia, depression, and family issues cited as results. Stress comes from all directions – friends, family members, co-workers, bosses and even strangers. The pressure from work can cause frustration, fear, and stress. It agitates the mind resulting in losing the judgment, clouding our thinking, fogging our goals and bewildering our existence itself. We all have to work patiently and intensely to restore our judgment and balance our wavering mind. Bhagavad Gita regards equanimity as essential to making the right decisions either at a personal or professional sphere. “Be steadfast in the performance of your duty, O Arjun, abandoning attachment to success and failure. Such equanimity is called Yoga.” (2:48).  The mind is unstable, keeps changing like a wind, and does not remain focused. The mind gets elated when in happiness while dejected when in sorrow. The uneven mind is restless and unstable. Even the mind is considered Sthithipragna. In this state, one is at peace where success and failure would not disappoint or exalt him since his efforts are done without attachment and with no expectation of fruits. The unperturbed mind will be able to concentrate on his efforts, focus on the planning and execution, and gain clarity in the future course of action. He is emotionally stable, always at peace, undisturbed by the vicissitudes, free from fear, firmly grounded on the wisdom, egoless and self-controlled. Whether your stress comes from your family or your job, you feel very heavy as if something is pushing you down with so much weight. That weight will make you feel dizzy, fuzzy, and giddy for you to make right decisions. Te remove this weight hanging over your shoulders, you need to make every effort to control your mind that would enable you to create the things that would enable you to dissolve the weight that you do not want. If you can slow down your mind and body long enough to realize that you are not in mortal danger, you will remain calm. One way to do this is by breathing deeply. Another straightforward technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has significance for you. Repeat this word or phrase if you find yourself becoming tense. Relaxation lowers your pulse rate, respiration, and blood pressure. When you combine different techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga, you can significantly lower your stress levels. You will also elevate your mood and improve your ability to focus. Mind and How to Subdue As per Oxford University, “The mind (not to be confused with the brain) is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, judgment, language, and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity's thoughts and consciousness.” It is responsible for expressing your thoughts, likes and dislikes, feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions. The mind thinks involuntarily. Nobody can think of how it reacts and receives.             Swami Sivananda discussed and unraveled the mystery of mind through Vedantic philosophy. “He who knows the receptacle (Ayatana) verily becomes the receptacle of his people. Mind is verily the receptacle (of all our knowledge).” (Chhandogya Upanishad, V-i-5) That which separates you from God is mind. The wall that stands between you and God is mind. Pull the wall down through Om-Chintana or devotion and you will come face to face with God.             Bhagavad Gita says that agitated, unruly, unstable mind is the enemy while the stable even and calm mind is a friend. The mind has a tendency to go after fulfilling the sensate desires and material aspirations resulting in falling in the mire of never ending desires. The more one desires more will sprout. With it, the mind experiences stress, frustration, and agitation dominating the very existence of life. This is experienced by one and all irrespective of the position one occupies. Whether it is on the battlefield, organizations, institutions, family, or friendship circles, mind whirls.     In fact, this is exactly what happened to Arjuna on the battlefield. Arjuna acknowledges that, “I feel the limbs of my body quivering and my mouth drying up. My whole body is trembling, and my hair is standing on end. My bow Gandiva is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning. I am now unable to stand here any longer. I am forgetting myself, and my mind is reeling. I foresee only evil, O killer of the Kesi demon. (1;28-30) The mind is very restless, turbulent, strong and obstinate, O Krishna. It appears to me that it is more difficult to control than the wind. (6:34) O Arjuna, the senses are so turbulent they can forcibly lead astray the mind of even a wise person striving for perfection. (2:60) For the mind which follows in the wake of the wandering senses, carries away his discrimination, as a wind which carries off its course a boat on the waters.             From these statements, we can discern that controlling the mind is the most difficult task in the work. Occasional failures should not be taken seriously.  They should not be in the way oy dreaming the dreams and achieving the vision of your interest. They should inspire, stimulate and spur us to be more determined than ever to pursue the set goals. Paramahamsa Yogananda’s description of a restless mind is worth remembering. His way of comparing the mind to the very nature of animals is beyond anybody’s imagination. He says, “You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may earn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.” The mind has to be controlled, subdued and disciplined if we have to make the right decision either in the organizations or in the family matters.  To be disciplined, to perform one’s own dharma, to accomplish the task at hand successfully and lead personal or professional life without ego, the mind must be controlled.  Sri Krishna himself acknowledges that it is difficult to subdue, He says, "Arjuna said: For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, to control it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind." “O mighty-armed son of Kunti, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by detachment.” "Lord Sri Krishna said: For one whose mind is unbridled, uncontrolled, self-realization is difficult to work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion." (Bhagavad Gita 6:34-36).  It is natural for all of us to crave after material objects, to get addicted to sense objects and to get disparaged with vicissitudes of events. It is only by swimming repeatedly, one masters swimming. Without detachment and constant practice, one can control the fickle mind. He also suggests that one should perform his duty with even-minded in success and failure. It is only with an unperturbed mind, the mind can gain clarity, firmness, calmness, and focus. Meditation As M. Brieux, a member of the French Academy writes:  "The noble minds of India, without having had the necessity of having recourse to experimental science like us, discovered the truths which we discover after them.  By the unaided power of meditation, they have given an explanation of the universe which appeared ridiculous to us for a long time, but which our scholars are now beginning to accept." Arnold Toynbee recognizes the spiritual power of ancient wisdom by saying, “So now we turn to India. This spiritual gift, that makes a man human, is still alive in Indian souls. Go on giving the world Indian examples of it. Nothing else can do so much to help mankind to save itself from destruction.” According to Patanjali Yoga Sutras, meditation is said to increase prana (life energy). It is the basis of well-being and health. Meditation increases prana, and when you have more prana, you feel more energetic, alert, and more positive. Lack of prana results in lethargy, carelessness, and negativity. Meditation is defined as an intentional regulated breathing.  Concentrate on your thinking process, visualize the higher realms by regulating the mind from wandering in order to regulate the stress anxiety and depression with a deliberate attempt to calm the mind and body. Regular meditation will make the difference over a period of time as neurons in the brain stop bouncing back and forth.  It is a panacea for all the stress, anxiety, tensions and pressures of day to day work. It is very difficult to understand the workings of the mind. In one of the scriptures, it is stated that it is easier to go all the way to the sky, fold it and bring back to the earth than understanding the mind.  The mindbecomes agitated, aggrandized, tensed up, impatient, restless and listless. Our Rishis have understood the nature of mind and devised a plan to bring quietude, calmness, and tranquility. “The method is yoga with the Supreme Soul, God. Yoga is connecting with the Source through which spiritual might is received and the will power in human souls is activated by an enlightened conscience. "Shakti" is spiritual might and it comes directly from God and is the only energy that can purify souls and remove the toxic waste of anger, attachment, ego, greed, and lust. The teachings of Raja Yoga connect the soul to its original, authentic Self, to the treasures within -- wisdom, virtues, and spiritual powers. It provides the basis of life-changing experiences through understanding the non-negotiable laws of life, making meaning out of intention and purpose, discerning truth from facts and figures, and seeing clearly the distinction between maps and territory.” (B K Gayatri Naraine) In a 2010 study published in Consciousness and Cognition Journal, researchers assigned 24 people in the intervention group. They received four sessions of mindfulness meditation training. The control had 25 people, and this group listened to an audiobook. Results showed that both the mindfulness meditation training group and the control group showed improved mood, but only meditation training reduced fatigue and anxiety and increased mindfulness. Moreover, brief mindfulness training significantly improved visuospatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. Researchers concluded, “Our findings suggest that four days of meditation training can enhance the ability to sustain attention; benefits that have previously been reported with long-term meditators.” Meditation has been proven to offer benefits such as stress reduction, relaxation, fatigue, concentration, calmness, creativity, performance, and peace of mind. “During meditation, you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.” (Mayo Clinic Staff, April 21, 2016) Benefits of Meditation Numerous studies have been conducted to find out the benefits one would accrue by doing meditation. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions. About 4000 studies have accumulated benefits of meditation that would include: Gain a new perspective on stressful situations Increase in social connections Increase in focus and attention Improve the ability to do multitask Build skills to manage stress Makes one more compassionate Increased self-awareness Focus on the present Reduced negative emotions Decrease in depression and anxiety Improved in the ability to be creative and think outside the box Increase in imagination and creativity Improved ability to retrospect Increased patience and tolerance  Increase in mental strength and focus Increased memory retention and recall Better cognitive skills and creative thinking Better decision making and problem solving Better information processing Numerous health benefits are credited to meditation. Mayo Clinic Staff summarized a number of studies and concluded that the research on the benefits of Yoga and Meditation is accumulating consistently over many decades. Most of the businesses as well as ordinary average individuals are recognizing the need to reduce the stress and importance of improving their situations. Not only meditation can affect the functioning of their organizations but also improvesproductivity, decreases the turnover, counters the stress, reduces the fatigue and improves the physical and mental health. (October 17, 2017)             Meditation helps to concentrate and focus on one thing at a time instead of dealing with many things creating chaos and confusion. The more one focuses, more concentration one develops, the more one concentrates, one performs better and with ease. It also minimizes the use of energy and helps one to be productive and be at peace. This article additionally describes that severe stress causes an increase in some of the regions of the amygdala, (emotional center related to fear) and decrease in regions of the hippocampus (memory and learning), and prefrontal cortex (decision-making).  It notes that meditation counteracts these stress-related brain changes. Meditation decreases anxiety and fear and increases memory and cognitive abilities. Deep breathing when stressed out helps them to remain focused and have clarity in thinking, calms down the cluttered mind, and increases blood circulation to the brain.             In aresearch conducted over a period of eight weeks by David M Levy, et al;they recruited three groups of people.  They measured the participants’ speed, accuracy, and the extent to which they switched tasks. They concluded, “The meditation group reported lower levels of stress during the multi-tasking test while those in the control group or who received only relaxation training did not. When the control group was given meditation training, however, its members reported lower stress during the test just as had the original meditation group.” Meditation and Serotonin Levels Research has indicated that low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, obesity, various sleep disorders, migraine headaches, and PMS. ... Given the fact that many complain these days of one or more of these problems, it would seem that many would benefit from this in order to naturally stimulate an increase in serotonin levels. But there have also been studies to warn of "serotonin syndrome," with possible negative effects from manipulating the serotonin levels by using meditation. ... see the second link on my sources list for a selection of journal articles on that subject. Some believe there may also be a question as to whether meditation differs from more informal relaxation in its stimulation of serotonin levels. A formal study on the effects of long meditation on plasma melatonin and blood serotonin, conducted in Oslo, Norway at Ulleval University Hospital, arrived at a conclusion that "Serotonin declines after both one-hour meditation and rest, indicating that serotonin may be a marker of general rest and not meditation-specific relaxation." (See the third link on my list for detail on this study). But overall, I think we can safely say that meditating would be a benefit for a good many people, with the increased serotonin levels contributing in a very favorable way to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples
22 Mar 2019

Activities and Accomplishments of GHHF - India Trip December through February 2019

GHHF Activities and Accomplishments of our India Trip December thru February 2019   Namaste: These are some of the activities we have conducted or participated during our trip to India. We spent more than ten weeks going to different places, attending different programs, releasing a book on “Ambushing Hinduism”, and meeting many officials and dignitaries. We spent considerable time in Tirupati to establish Savetemples Office. Very fortunate to have Prasad Yalamanchi and his wife visit our office in Tirupati. I thought of sharing our activities for your information. Ram Sharma Kasibhatla, who is our Board member and who lives in Bengaluru has been a great help in arranging and coordinating our travel plans and also scheduling some of our activities during our visit to Bharat. He made our trip comfortable and productive. December 2, 2018 Swami Paripoornananda campaigned in eight constituencies. I was fortunate to accompany him for about 12 hours. On December 2, Swamiji campaigned in eight places. There was so much excitement and enthusiasm. He attracted a huge crowd where ever he went. I was fortunate to attend all these campaigns that started at 11:00 am ended around 10:00 pm. He went by chopper to Yadagiri and Chevali. Visited Santoshnagar, jubilee hills, Rajendernagar, Malakpet, and other cities.   December 6 BJP manifesto for Loka Kalyanam (Public Welfare); Congress Party and TRS Manifestos for Minority Kalyanam (Muslim and Christian Welfare) for Telangana Elections. https://www.savetemples.org/post/bjp-manifesto-for-loka-kalyanam-public-welfare-congress-party-and-trs-manifestos-for-minority-kalyanam-muslim-and-christian-welfare-for-telangana-elections/597?fbclid=IwAR3-Ejd_RKmdNWH8Xc4ilYsPqUq48INXijc2x7f-NIRIbFt6j9sYo5JFUAU     December 18 Gita Jayanti and Vaikunta Ekadasi at Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram On December 18. More than 120,000 people had Uttaradwara darshan (darshan from north entrance). Lines started forming by 4:30 am and darshan ended at 11:30 pm At 10:00 am all 700 verse of Gita were chanted by about 100 devotees. In the evening Sri Swamiji announced SGS post installation exceeded 200,000 and it is being read in 186 countries.     December 22 Hinduism in the USA: Prakasarao Velagapudi was interviewed on “O Meluko Hindu” on Bharat TV on December 10th and was shown on December 22. https://youtu.be/v2G-Qdl_PYk   Prakasarao Velagapudi spoke on the spread of Hinduism in the USA starting with Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman until rent times. He traced the contribution of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Swami Rama, Paramahamsa Yogananda and a multitude of Swamijis. It was discussed on Bharath TV In Hyderabad. Another one on the Status of Women in the Bible was shown in June 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jqwx6C4nqM   December 16-23, 2018 Datta Jayanti celebrations at Sri Sachchidananda Ashram Sri Swamiji conducted Datta Jayanti for three days and sang Bhajans. He also announced that SGS post registrations exceeded 200,000. His messages are being read in 186 countries He also inaugurated the musical wing in Vishwamji museum     December 24-25 Visited Kukke Subramanya Swamy, Dharma Sthala, Upidi Sri Krishna Temple, Sringeri Sharada Peetham and Kolluru Temple. Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji suggested that we visit His Ashram. We spent one night and visited the Ashram until noon. In Sringeri, we were fortunate to have darshan and a short interview with Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri who blessed our activities.             December 26, 2018 Addressed to 28 Bhajan Mandals in Valmikipuram near Tirupathi on December 25 Nearly 500 bhajan Mandali members came from different villages for a day-long event sponsored by Samarasata Seva Foundation. To create a sense of identity among villagers, bhajan Mandals were established to encourage singing Bhajans in order to promote Dharmic culture. I spoke about the spread of Hinduism in the USA and the importance of singing Bhajans by tracing the Varkari saints and how to continue the tradition in villages. On this occasion, GHHF publication on Ramayana and CD were presented to the coordinators of Bhajan Mandals.   December 27 Visited Sri Kalahasti Siva Temple which is considered as Vayu Linga – wind. It is considered one of the Jyotir Lingas. Some people consider it as Dakshina Kasi and also as Rahu Ketu Kshetra. Many people visit this Temple to do Sani Pujas. The Temple was built around the fifth Century while Raja Gopuram was built by Sri Krishna Devaraya in the 12th century. Unfortunately, due to total negligence and indifference, the government did not do the needed repairs for a crack on the Gopuram. As a result, it was collapsed about eight years ago. Nagarjuna Cements volunteered to build this Raja Gopuram and completed it about two years ago. This Temple is about 40 kilometers from Tirupati.         December 31, 2018 Visited 2,200 old Parasurameswara temple at Gudimallam near Tirupati This temple, which has a history of 2200 years, is located in a small village. In Garbhagudi, one finds a Shiva Linga with Lord Brahma in demonic form as Lord Shiva is seen as standing on the shoulder of a dwarf. Garbhagudi is at a lower level than the Ananda Nilayam. It appears that on the day of Dakshinayana and Uttarayana, sun rays fall on the bottom of Shive Linga. The rays first fall on the Bali Peetham and then they go through holes in the window, fall on the horns of Nandi and then on Shiva Linga in Garbhagudi. There are many such stories surrounding this temple.     January 1, 2019 We visited ISCON Temple in Tirupati and had a darshan of Lord Krishna and Radha. It is a beautiful Temple to see and admire the architecture. It is believed that Sri Srila Prabhupada visited Tirupati in 1974 and expressed his interest to TTD and Endowment Minister in Building this Temple. TTD provided a piece of land at the foothills of Balaji Temple. They maintain Goshala and Veda Patashala. They have good Guest House for people to stay. We had the opportunity to meet one of the Swamiji, Sri Leela Praraya Dasa, who explained about the history of the Temple.       January 2-3 Sri Swami Paripoornananda Came to Tirupathi to mobilize people to participate in Savetemples movement and held a meeting in Bheema’s Restaurant. More than hundred special invited activists gathered and pledged to support our activities. Sri Swamiji spent more than 5 hours in Savetemples office meeting various people seeking their help. Hari Tummala, Giri, Reddappa have actively participating in these activities for the last few months. All these people pledged their support to the movement. January 4, 2019 Attended Samarasata Seva Foundation function on Jan 4 Under the aegis of Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust, Samarasata seva Foundation organizes all Mandal coordinators of Chittoor district to overview the activities and accomplishments on January 4, 2019, at Ramakrishna Mission facility in Tirupathi Discussed the future course of action and passed resolutions expressing appreciation for those involved. Spoke about the status of Dharmic activities in the USA and our efforts to free Hindu temples from the government control in India   January 7 Spoke at Virat Hindustan Sangam Conference Dharma on Jan 6 in Mumbai Dr. Subramanian Swamy organized this meeting in Mumbai with the help of Virat Hindustan Sangam members. Dharma wiki was released to portray the factual Hinduism and refute the false information. I had a chance to speak on the spread of Hinduism in the USA.     January 8 Visited Somnath temple - one of the jyotirlingas As many of you are aware that this temple was looted and destroyed by Muslims several times. Every time it was rebuilt, it faced the same state. After Independence, Vallabhai Patel rebuilds the present structure. Dr. Rajendra Prasad inaugurated the temple in spite of objections from Nehru at the time.     January 12 Met Dr. Man Mohan Singh, the Principle Secretary for Revenues in the Secretariat at Velagapudi. Spent about 15-20 minutes talking about our mission and see how we can work to maintain transparency and proper use of Temple money. Also talked to Sri L V Subrahmanyam, former EO of TTD.       January 13 Dharma Acharya Sadassu In Vijayawada on Jan 10th More than 50 Swamiji’s and Hindu leaders were invited to Dharma Acharya Sadassu to talk about various issues affecting Hinduism. Each leader was given 15 minutes talk about their attitudes and suggestions to overcome menace caused by Christians and the government. I spoke about the need to I still pride among Hindus and how to confront Christian attack. Identified a number of deceptive conversion practices designed to lure the innocent Hindus.   January 14 Visited historical Lord Shiva temple in Gurazada, AP on January 12 Lord Shiva temple in this village has more than 150 years of history. A per the legend, somebody had a dream where Lord Shiva told him that he was residing between two Jammie trees and wanted him to find and build a temple. As per the dream, he found Shiva Linga between the two trees. We can see these two jammy trees. We visited the family who is preserving and maintaining the temple for more than 150 years. This temple faces west instead of east. As you can see it needs renovation.   January 20 Visited Sri Siddheshwar Tirth, Brahma Rishi Ashram in Tirupati We visited two temples-built side by side - one is Vishnu temple, the second one Jain Temple. Both of them are built with white marble. Sri Gurumaharaj is the founder of this Ashram. He recently visited Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco and also attended Diwali Mela in Dallas in 2018. It is worth visiting these beautiful temples.         January 23 Visited Goddess Padmavati Temple in Tiruchanur Goddess Lakshmi was born to Akasaraju and married to Lord Venkateswara. Lord saw her for the first time on the lotus flower in a Padmasarovaram (Temple lake). Padma Puranas described this temple in great details. Thousands of people visit every day. There is a Surya Temple facing the lake.       January 25 Visited Golden Temple in Vellore Eight of us visited Golden Temple in Vellore and spent about eight hours. Public Relations Officer conducted a detailed tour explaining the origin of the temple and history of Sri Narayani Amma. Maha Lakshmi or Lakshmi Narayani is the presiding deity. They also had a Balaji temple built two years ago. We attended the Puja performed by Amma. Following that Amma spent about 15 minutes talking to us and he blessed the activities of GHHF. He said not to worry too much about the danger to our Sanatana Dharma. We presented two of our books to Amma- Sadguru Tattvam and Reviving Hinduism. He inquired about Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and remembered his visit to Datta Peetham. January 27 Four Hindus shared their experiences as Christians and how they came back home to Hinduism Although we talk about the deceptive practices of Christians and how they trap the vulnerable Hindus, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation wanted to have first-hand information from the reconverts. We have videotaped their experiences of being Christians, how they were trapped by the Christians, how they were treated, how they demeaned Hinduism, how they exploited them financially, how they made false claims and others. Their experiences are revealing to share with others who are still trapped by Christians missionaries. GHHF will be sharing their experiences in their own words very soon via recorded videos. GHHF honored them with shawls, Bhagavad Gita and Lord Venkateswara picture     January 29 Visited Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan In Tirupati It is located in one of the most beautiful locations in Tirupati that faces Lord Venkateswara Rajagopuram on top of the hill. Also, one can see the path where devotees climb the hill to have darshan. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan engages in numerous social, cultural, religious and educational activities. They have more than 2500 students enrolled in different classes. I met with Sri Satyanarayana Raju who is in charge of the Bhavan. It is worth visiting to see the mere beauty of the location   February 2, 2019 “Ambushing Hinduism” book written by Prakasarao Velagapudi was released by Swami Paripoornananda in Bharat Today Building in Hyderabad. On February 2, “Ambushing Hinduism” was released by Swami Paripoornananda in Hyderabad. G. Valliswar served as the Master of the ceremony. Before the release of the book, I spoke about the mission of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation to free Hindu Temples from the government. Soon realized there was a threat to the very existence of Hinduism. It is being attacked from different directions from Christians, Islam, Hindus, Media, secularists, and academia. I mentioned that Hindus may be more dangerous to Hinduism than other groups. Government officials have become the champions of Christians and Muslims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhD4rk1priw&t=25s   Swami Paripoornananda spoke about the Hindu politician’s evil-mindedness. They are becoming more dangerous to the existence of Hindu interests. He mentioned how Arabs, Muslims, and British people came and destroyed our civilization. He also mentioned that the present political system is more threat to the very survival of Hinduism. He asked everybody to read the book to know the anguish of Prakasarao and make concerted efforts regularly rather than addressing the issues.   February 4 Panel discussion on “Ambushing Hinduism” on Bharath TV On February 4th, a panel discussion was conducted at Bharat TV. Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, former chief Secretary and ex EO of TTD, Padmasri T Hanuman Chowdary and Dr. Remella Avadhanulu Garu assessed the book and talked about the relevancy for the present time. One-hour program was anchored by SAI Krishna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UqsCx-9Vsw     February 7 Spoke at World Interfaith Harmony Week in Bengaluru At the invitation of Dr. Yogi Devraj on behalf of World Interfaith Week, I spoke about the reasons as to why there is more chaos than harmony. Leaders from Christian and Islamic faiths talked about harmony and how every faith should work together to maintain love and peace. I mentioned that Religion of Peace (Islam) and Religion of Love (Christianity) are causing more problems, creating divisions, breaking up families, adopting deceptive practices, advocating terrorism and creating more terror than Harmony. Unless conversion stops, society will experience more hatred and terror. Hindus never had any problems with Jews because they never imposed their religion on Hindus while the other two Abrahamic religions determined to convert India into either Christian or Islamic religion. Interfaith dialogues must discuss the real problems rather than hiding behind the real problems facing India.   Met with FIVE activists Following Interfaith Harmony meeting, Rama Sharma arranged a meeting with activists who are doing a yeoman service to protect Hindu Temples and Hinduism. Smt. Aruna, Hala Ramesh, Ramesh, Naidu and others met for more than two hours and discussed on repeating some of the activities GHHF has done in Andhra Pradesh and also take up tasks unique to Karnataka. They have identified few activist Advocated who will help them to challenge the government on its discriminatory policies toward Hindu Temples.   February 8 Visited Sri Srinivasa Raju, who is the founder of Vyasa International High School. He invited five other interested people and spent 90 minutes at his house talking to him about our future activities in Karnataka. Dr Sreeram, Dr Adinarayana and others joined our discussion. February 9    Spoke about the dangers Hinduism is facing through different organizations from diverse directions on Dharma Peetham Program in Bhaarath TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH_RtEtxANs   February 10 Ancient wisdom and business management seminar The day before I left India to the USA, I was invited to speak on the impact of ancient wisdom on the business management in Bengaluru. Ram Sharma, the Board member of GHHF, organized this seminar that was attended by more than 50 IT workers. We discussed about 15 top USA business people who encourage meditation to beat the work stress in their own offices and also the number of executives who practice yoga and meditation. We talked about the impact of Bhagavad Gita, Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Vedas and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on the work ethics and success of the companies. Also, how music and chanting can boost energy to be more productive. A number of studies were cited to prove how meditation impacted the increase in efficiency and productivity. Also, how meditation can help maintain Stithipragna to preserve the energy and help focus on the larger goal.                     Officials we met during our India Trip Sri Mukteswara Rao, ISA (Retired). He is in charge of Swetha program where they developed a manual to train Dalits as Priests in the Temples built in Dalit Communities. He is doing a great job in teaching and training the Dalits. Sri Raghu of Bheemas Restaurant. He is one of the pillars of Hinduism in Tirupati. He coordinated Sri Paripoornananda Swamiji’s visit I Tirupati – January 2-4. Sri Myna Swamy who is the Editor of Temple Times. He has done a great job in highlighting the importance and significance of historical and ancient Temples. Sri Satyanarayana Raju who heads Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan organizing the activities of Sanatana Dharma. More than 2500 children attend Vidya Bhavan School. Dr. Muralidhara Sastry, VC principle of Sanskrit College. He also attended our Dwaraka Tirumala Conference in 2017. He is developing Certification requirements for people who work in Hindu Temples to make sure that are aware of the richness of Hinduism and Hindu Temples. Pola Bhaskar, IAS who was the Joint EO spent a few minutes talking about TTP plans to conduct Summer School in the USA this Summer. He would let us know to find out if we can also be part of that proposed plans. Since that time, he was transferred to another section. Sri Anil Kumar Singhal met with me and talked briefly about our activities. He acknowledged receiving GHHF correspondence and he is aware of our mission. Sri Ajay Kumar Varma, one of the founders of Devlok which a divine project is where all Hindu Temple traditions, customs, deities, and architecture will be presented to represent a theme that is spiritual and religious. It is being planned on a grand scale. Sri Sasrudananda Swami, Pontiff of Sri Lalitha Peetham in Tirupathi. He built a beautiful Temple. Replica of Ashtalakshmi Temples is constructed. He came to GHHF conferences three times so far. Very active and spiritual. Sri Swami Anupadananad Swami of Ramakrishna Mission in Tirupathi. Sri Subramanyam Yadav, who is part of GHHF for the last ten years in Tirupati Sri. Bhanu Prakash Reddy, BJP activist who was a Board of Trustee for TTD Sri Sundara Murthy RSS activist Panelists who discussed the book on Ambushing Hinduism Padmasree T Hanuman Chowdary Sri I Y R Krishna Rao, Ex-EO of TTD Dr. Remella Avadhanulu.   Ex-Christian Esther Her family converted to Christianity when she was about seven years. She practiced Christianity for nearly 25 years. It is a very fascinating and gripping story as to how she converted to Christianity and how she came back home. She agreed to do four segments of her story in English. We will share her videos once they are available. She will be coming to the USA in April-May. We will plan her speeches in different cities.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples              
09 Mar 2019

Homage to soldiers killed by terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir, India

KSHT, GHHF & SKD in association with SEWA, HSS, HMSA, KANT, BANA, UPP, BSNT, OFBJP, DFWGS, SPCS & VV pay homage to soldiers killed by terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir, India.
22 Feb 2019

Foreword to Ambushing Hinduism by Dr. Remella Avadhanulu

Dr.R.V.S.S. Avadhanulu Founder, “Shri Veda Bharathi” Bharat, that is India, has been the Hindu Rashtra from times immemorial. It  is well known over several millennia ,for its highly esteemed tradition of Sanatana Dharma, now popularly called as Hinduism. The glory of our country that  spread to all the corners of the world, is due to its unique and dignified life structure of the Hindus of this country.  Here Dharma was the way of life.  Truth was the  principle of speech. Peace  in the society was  the objective.  Tranquility of mind was the condition. Penance was the methodology. Universality was their outlook. Liberation was their goal. Equality of all creatures was the rock foundation of their thinking. Freedom of religious practice was without restrictions.  Approach to trade  and commerce was with  highest level of  righteousness,  Vedas and the knowledge in any subject was without parallel.  Encouragement to arts and science was spontaneous, Society with undivided families was a  common feature. Affinity and affection were  observable everywhere. Poverty was  unknown. Scholarliness was the point of admiration. To summarise, Satyameva jayate naanritam, Ahimso Parama Dharmah and Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah etc. were the tenets scrupulously followed by one and all. That  was the story of Great Hindu Rashtra in ancient times.  “Glorious state” But wealth gave place to laxity. Passive nature became weakness. Pausity in research led to backwardness.  Disunity  of rulers  became the curse. Richness of people and country was source of attraction and jealousy for foreigners. Petty rivalry among the local princes  led to slavery of the nation. Ultimately  aggressions, looting and molestation  by alien rulers became the order of the day. That was the story of struggling Hindu Rashtra  during the last two thousand years. ”Pitiable State” However, mistakes were identified. Nationalism  and patriotism were  again ignited. Unity in diversity was highlighted.  Donations poured in. Vande Maataram became life line for millions of  Hindus. Sacrifices were made. Sages and saints gave clarion call. People became one.  Self respect and  bravery drove away the foreign rule.  World was astonished at the rebirth of independent India  and its spectacular achievements.   This was the story of victorious Hindu Rashtra written by  our valorous forefathers just  70 years back. “Worthy State” But the process of struggle for independence at the end had to witness some  blunders . Very big chunks of our  holy land were cutoff bluntly and  brutally. Size of India contracted from 72.30 lakh square kilometers to 32.87 lakh square kilometers. Percentage wise it is 45.5%. It means that today’s India is less than half of ancient India. It is a hard fact that we can not digest at all. Rest of ancient  India is occupied by a set of enemical countries, always mongering for wars with modern India.  New points of constant hatred and friction  were created. Rights of  native Hindus were usurped. The patriotic  Hindus, who sacrificed every thing of theirs with love and devotion for independence  of this holy land, were forcefully made equal to aggressors, traitors  and foreigners, who have no love or lust  for this land. Sanatana Dharma of this land, which bestowed the unique  way of life from time immemorial, was trampled and was made equal to the faiths which vowed to destroy and replace the former. Hindu Rashtra was  converted  as a land of all, where patriotism has no meaning. The owners of this land were asked to live and share with looters, killers and usurpers.  Hindu Rashtra is renamed as India. This is the background of our Constitution of India  at the time of its formation. “Horrible State” With restoration of partial independence, millions of Impoverished Hindu families had high expectations  of a brighter future for their  succeeding  generations. The values for which this country stood for longest spell of time known  in human history were thrown to winds. The ideals for which millions of Hindus sacrificed  were set aside.  Temples, which stood as eternal symbols of Hindu magnificence, are dumped with unscrupulous politicians. Cow which was revered with divinity is made an easily available  eatable item.    Dharma is questioned. Sri Ram’s birth place is challenged. Dress code has changed. Indian languages are heckled. Conversions to other enemical  religions are unabated. Political parties are competing with each other in appeasement of followers of enemical faiths,. Leaders are not daring to sing  “Vande maataram”.  Millions of foreign refugees are allowed inside. Hindus have become refugees in their own mother land. Demography is changing. Threat to survival of Hindus has increased manifold. Selfishness alone is the only rule. Self respect  is mortgaged.   Clinging to power, at the cost of national ethos,  became the goal of life.  The set of words “Hindustan, Hindutva and Hindu” have become  a taboo to utter. Educational system was spoiled. History was altered drastically.  To say briefly, the dacoits and thieves are  virtually  becoming the owners and the real owners are being driven away. No hope for Hindus to live in this country with self esteem!  More than all, the mindset of Hindus is totally polluted. Hindus have become enemies to Hinduism. This is an  unimaginable threat  to Hinduism. “Worst State” In this background  the book “Ambushing Hinduism” is brought out by the author , Dr. V.Prakasarao garu, who compiled various articles written in different contexts, with deep anguish.  He elaborates how the words have become synonimous with certain peculiar concepts. For example: Secular means Loot Hindu Temples money and gift it to Muslims and Christians    Secular means drive away Kashmiri Pandits; make them homeless In this context the author  points to some  wise statements of great thinkers of the world, as noted below: George Santayana- 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' Will Durant:“The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. Mahatma Gandhi-If I had power and could legislate, I should certainly stop all proselytizing". "I resent the overtures made to Harijans." "Stop all conversion, it is the deadliest poison that ever sapped the fountain oftruth." Poverty doesn't justify conversion. Nitin Mehta- "For the secularists, any expression of India's heritage, culture, and spiritual beliefs is anathema. For these social scientists and economists, most of whom are of Indian origin and live in Britain, India always falls short of their expectations.” The author took lot of pains to collect data  which is viciously propagated by  persons and organizations working against Hinduism and Hindu leaders. For illustration,” BBC has started a vicious campaign against Narendra Modi and labeled him as a "mass murderer" and accused him as a man who started persecuting minorities.”   “New York Times article on Narendra Modi was biased, unfair and prejudiced” “Shashi Tharoor’s book “Why I Am a Hindu.”  Islamicvadi attacks Hinduism, Hindutva and Hindu Leaders” Under these  chilling conditions, the only leader who is representing Hindus and who is fighting for the rights of Hindus  and the temples of Hindus is Dr. Subramaniam Swamy. His works are the only solace for Hindus, in India and abroad. His demand for Hindu Rashtra is not a slogan for electioneering.  Hindu Rashtra is the correct wording that represented India from times immemorial. It is the concept for which millions of Hindus struggled. It is the aim for which Hindus sacrificed in the wars for independence. What he is asking  now is restoration of its earlier status, as it was the Hindus who fought for it!  It can not be dubbed as parochial or religious. Hindu Rashtra is a State that has  all the foundations of Universality, Freedom of expression and freedom of Practice! I heartily congratulate Dr.Prakasarao garu for his laudable compilation of various articles on the present condition  of Hinduism, with the title of “Ambushing Hinduism”.   Please subscribe to Save Temples Telegram channel at https://t.me/savetemples  
27 Jan 2019