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So much politics on caste?

So much politics on caste?

Author: Debabrata Roy
Publication: Organiser
Date: October 17, 2004
URL: http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=46&page=36

Introduction: Didn't Shri Ram abolish caste asks Debabrata Roy

No Indian should forget that our beloved Avatar Shri Ram abolished the caste-division at least 3500 years ago. One of his most intimate friends was lord Guhaka Chandala in whose house Ram became a guest and partook of the meals served by Gahaka. Lord Ram ate the half eaten fruits offered to him by the Vanavasi Shabari because they were offered with ecstasy of love.

Most of lord Ram's friends, ministers, commanders and soldiers were Vanavasi forest dwellers. His most trusted friend and commander was Mahaveer Hanuman who was worshipped by the Aryans as the Avatar or incamation of lord Shiv. We can understand from all these accounts that there was no place for caste division in the Ram Rajya.

There are many willful and ill-motivated interpolations and interpretations of the Valmiki Ramayana by much inferior poets of later period. In fact there has been much distortions of Valmiki's epic poem.

The most nasty for these distortions is the story of lord Ram's killing of a Shudra ascetic which is clearly an invention of wicked orthodox brahmins of much later period. Shri Aurobindo has been given fitting replies to all the insinuations against lord Ram in his letters.

(Shri Aurobindo on Ramayana-All India Magazine-March-2004)

Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. They are all sons and daughters of Sanatana dharma or the eternal Hinduism. The RSS also should lead the dalits in entering all Hindu temples as Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji did. They should arrange collective prayers, singing in processions and collective dinners following the noble examples of Shri Chaitanya and Guru Nanak who saved Hindu society from disintegration in the 15th and 16th century A.D.

If the RSS finds that the Dalit's condition is unbearable due to the cruelty of some morbid members of the so called upper caste Hindus in their locality, they should encourage the dalits to embrace Budd-hism, for as Swami Viveka- nanda said in the Parliament of Religion at Chicago: Budd-hism is a child of Hinduism. Protes-tant revolt against Roman Catholics did not make them non-Christians. So, Buddhist's revolt against the ills of contemporary Brahmanism did not make the Buddhists non-Hindus. Moreover Hindus have accepted Buddha as the ninth avatar of lord Vishnu. Their venerable poet Jaydevy in his famous "Dashavatar Charit" as sung: "Keshava dhrita Buddha-sharira Jay Jagadisha hare".

Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are all children of Sanatana Hindu Dharma which sustained the great Indian civilization for more than five thousand years. Even Christianity was called by Vivekananda as a distant echo of Sanatan Dharma. He evidently meant that Vaishnavic and Buddhist philosophy of universal love, peace and non violence have spread to Western Asia and Europe through Christianity. So we can call Christianity as the grand daughter of Sanatan Hindu Dharma.

Prophet Mohhemmad had acclaimed Musa or Moses and Isha or Jesus Christ as his earlier prophets. Islam in its formative period learnt philosophy, mathematics, medicine and other sciences from Hinduism. So we see all rivers merging into the great ocean of universal Hinduism.

Some scholars have called Hinduism as a non-proselytizing, religion,Persians, Greeks, Parthians, Scythians or the Sakas, Eu-chis or Kushans and the Hunas were all converted to Hinduism, some directly and some through Budd- hism. They have all been merged into the Hindu population.

Along with Buddhism, Hinduism once spread over South East Asia for more than a thousand years. Angkorvat in Cambodia is the largest Hindu temple and one of the wonders of the world. Many other Hindu temples, Buddhist pagodas and Stupas were built by Indian artists in Indonesia. Of these the stupas of Borobudur in Java is another wonder of the world.

Music, dance and dramas of South East Asia are mostly derived from Ramayana and other legendary literatures of India. Sanskrit names are very common in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. Bhumibai Atulyateja of Thailand, Norodam Sihanuk (Narottam sinha nayak) of Cambodia, Samitra,Sukarna, Soedarshana Sita, Parameswari, Vasuki are the Sanskrit names in Indonesia. Most striking is the name Sukarnaputri Meghawati, the present ruler of Indonesia. These instances clearly show that Hindu and Buddhist culture prevailed over South East Asia. Conversions of Foreign tribes in India continued during the Muslim rule. Mongolian tribes like Ahoms in Assam and Kochs in Coochbihar were converted by spirited and gifted Brahmins to Hinduism and these two kingdoms fought successfully against the Muslim Sultans of Bengal and later on against the Mughal empire.

Bhakti Saints have worked hard to save the society from the suicidal clutches of casteism and untouchability. Above all they have helped to build political powers of the Hindus. After 25 years of Khalji and Tughlaks plundering expeditions Madhavacharya.

Vidyarnya used his spiritual power to unite the Hindus of South India to destroy the huge Turko-Afghan empire on 1336 A.D. and to establish the world famous Vijaynagar empire which protected and nourished the Hindu civilization in South India for three centuries. 300 years after the creation of Vijaynagar when the Timurids under Aurangjeb with half of million strong army wanted to destroy all non-muslims and even the Shia kingdoms,Ramdas and Tukaram inspired Shivaji to build the Maratha power in the South and Guru Govind Singh established Sikh Khalsa which not only destroyed the Mughal empire in Punjab but finally defeated Ahmad Shah Abdali and drove the Afghans from the Punjab, Kashmir and N.W.F.P. Satnami Gurus inspired the Bundelas and Jats to break up the Mughal empire and establish independent Hindu Kingdoms in Bundelkhand and in Delhi.

In the last hundred and fifty years, Hinduism has produced world shaking spiritual organisations like Brahma Samaj, Prathana Samaj, Arya Samaj, Shree Narayan Guru, Rama Krishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram, Shri Aurobindo Ashram Iskcon, Shanti Niketan, Sevagram, and leaders Raman Maharshi, Mata Ananda mayi, Gaurimata, Shivanand, Sitaramdas Omkarnath, Chinmayanand, Yogadananda, Swami Narayan, Asharam Bapu, Ram Tirtha. They have millions of devotees among the Western people hundred of Ashrams in India are crowded by Western devotees. It is high time that Universal Hinduism throws away the stinking cadaver of casteism as asked by Vivekananda and open wide its gate to the entire humanity.

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