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Gnanavapi today, tomorrow anything else, for how long? ‘Rasva Khalvidam Brahma:’ Shall we go ahead with our true religion?

Raja Desai

One of the unfortunate legacies left by medieval foreign Muslim dynasties is the controversy over many temples and mosques. Gnanavapi (knowledge-well) is one of them. 1991 Law and justice process, controversies over history, political struggles, etc. continue. But the worst thing about the Hindu-Muslim community is the complete lack of communication even in such a relationship. Hence, all such controversies fall into the hands of secular politics which considers God as the only vote. Preaching does not happen through social religion and social harmony.

Today, the political and social sky of the country is darkened with enmity and hatred. The freedom of any cultural group to live according to their own religion and tradition is the basic tenet of Indian culture and national unity. Traditional cultural differences should not be considered anti-national. It is human nature to cling to one’s traditions (even if they are outdated) for a long time. It is unfair to consider him anti-national every time. This is not the Indian way of life.

But at the same time Muslims have a lot to think about. 1500 years ago the cultural practices of the Arab society, i.e. religion and therefore could not be abandoned, this mentality was severely damaging to them. Do they realize that they are fighting in many parts of the world for religious reasons? What effect does the violence of organizations such as triple talaq, polygamy, and ‘ISIS’ have on the image of Islam?

Anyway. The effects of medieval Muslim monarchy and bloody sectarianism may have drawn human nature towards the Bahubali religion, which rejected pluralism for fear of homosexual nationalism and separatism, but it also posed a threat to both religion and the nation. A few days ago, Sarsanghachalak (probably for the first time) included the names of Swami Vivekananda and Yogi Ariwad in the ‘Hindu Rashtra’ manifesto. What did they say about homogenous cultural nationalism?

Swamiji’s words are thought-provoking: “Religion was developed or traditions were imposed in view of the tremendous homogeneity in the course of history. Although there is only one religion, one can see many countries today.” It is traditionally said that there was no political unity in India until recently. Who has defended Hinduism lately? Yet (why not after partition) why does India today stand as a country with a huge territory with huge diversity? Swamiji answered in two words: ‘In the spirituality of India!’ ‘Rasva Khalvidam Brahma:’ All expressed existence is the expression of the same indestructible principle and hence brotherhood, unity towards all is the religion of India.

Swamiji said- ‘Hindu man is spiritual (accepting the unity of the whole creation) so India still survives today. Religions holding swords and guns could not move our center of life. See Yogi Arvind Emannaro: ‘In post-Vedic times, like Greece and Rome, India had great intellectual power, but Indian intelligence largely captivated the mystery of man’s inner life with spiritual inspiration. Spiritual experience is superior to pure logical intellect. The light of spiritual experience is a more reliable guide. Therefore, the foundation for Indian culture has always been spiritual truth. Secular thinking is the stepping stone to that ultimate achievement. Idolatry and anti-Semitism are not enough for India. Philosophy has a strong foundation of thought and brotherhood of the destroyed soul. The ultimate dream of India is to have the highest spread of human life on earth, to fill it with spirituality and for that Indian civilization was born and survived. India should have suffered more than other countries. But why does India, its culture, its basic way of life survive? The answer is obvious: because of the influence and means of the eternal truth of the soul! We have so many flaws. In any culture, there is a huge gap between ideals and practices, but realize that our progress cannot be achieved by blaming other cultures and calling other cultures arrogant and intolerant.

To understand why cultures and nations take hundreds of years to emerge and on what basis they can stand, it is important for India today to take a closer look at the upper structure of the Arivada. “There are limits to the similarities between Europe and India,” Ariwad said. The peoples of Europe are nations, and their collective personalities are different from each other. The spiritual unity created by Christianity, the unity that came from European civilization, is not as complete and true as the ancient spiritual-cultural unity of India. The foundation for European life was political and economic life. The countries in it are constantly fighting. (Now the situation is changing.) The people of India are an integral part of the spiritual-cultural country. The reason why India today survives with so many differences is because of its spiritual characteristics. In a world history where only political external cultural unity is imposed, there is no cultural unity conducive to national unity. In contrast, many foreign invasions in India did not destroy the spirit of cultural unity in India. The motto of India was that in modern times there should not be as many independent lives as possible and therefore the Indian mind continued to reject the harsh central force. Recent history and present show that the socio-cultural climate in India was tense when power was concentrated.

How should we view any temple-mosque controversy based on India’s lofty outlook on life in view of the extreme uprising in the country’s politics by ‘Babri’? For dialogue one must first understand the mentality of the conflicting groups and gently pull them out without cursing anyone. (I can not say anything about the Muslim mentality, but) The main source for the Hindu mentality is the medieval Muslim invaders, many acts that severely damaged their religious sentiments, including the destruction of the temple. Such are the autobiographies of Muslim narrators such as Abu Nasr Utbi, Nizami, Barani, Minhaj Siraj, Alberoni, Farishta, Mir Qawand, Nimatullah, Abdullah, as well as Feroze and Muhammad Tughlaq, Timurlen. Apart from the famous Somnath, there are several temples in Varanasi, Mathura, Puri, Ujjain and Chidambaram. It is also clear that the statue was deliberately dismembered and placed on the steps of the mosque! In fact these incidents have nothing to do with Indian Muslims. However, there is a strong Hindu feeling that accepting all this in a religious sense is not even an Indian Muslim mentality and will have a profound effect on the Hindu mentality. World history is full of such examples.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s Eastern Orthodox Church, built in 537, was converted into a mosque 900 years later, in 1453, during the reign of the Ottoman Sultanate. In 1935 the Secular Republic of Turkey (Kemal Pasha) turned the mosque into a museum. But 80 years later, Erdogan’s Moulavi Islamic regime rebuilt his mosque in 2020. By the end of the 11th century, Jerusalem had fallen under Muslim rule and the whole of Christian Europe was in turmoil. In the two hundred years that followed, there were nine crusades. During the Fourth Crusade in 1204, Roman Catholic armies in Western Europe invaded and looted Istanbul (the capital of the Byzantine Empire, ruled by Eastern Orthodox Christians). In 2004, Pope John Paul II said, “Today, 800 years later, we still suffer for this act of our own religion!” Such is the severity of man’s religiosity. Can we move forward by rejecting this reality of the human mind?

Well-known culture scholar Will Durant says ‘..nitg, Save Bread, is as valuable to mankind as its religious beliefs .. where his intense hatred of challenging his livelihood and credit grows.’ In a speech in Delhi in 1960, Arnold Toynbee, another commentator on history and culture, said: “Those mosques have become monuments to Aurangzeb’s notoriety instead of contempt for India!

Anyway. The only true religion is the Ganges. Both factions must carry the burden of history on their shoulders. This is not impossible! No evidence, no courtesy, no partisan politics. Let’s talk, gradually the mentality changes and the arguments go away. The true religion of unity is strong. Religion is hidden in the evolution of the heart that emerges from it.

rajadesai13@yahoo.com

2022-05-25 18:32:00

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