PRESERVATION OF INDIAN CULTURE & HERITAGE 1
Date: 30 Oct 2007
PRESERVATION OF INDIAN CULTURE & HERITAGE1.
In today’s world of unbridled materialism, in the garb of globalisation and liberalisation, the need to know and take pride in our (Indian) culture & heritage has taken a back seat; nay, totally ignored. Bharatvarsh enjoys a rich culture & heritage dating back to thousands of years unlike the countries of the West. India has been the torchbearer of science, technology, mathematics, architecture, astronomy & medicine well before the Western world even thought about them. Unfortunately, with the advent of Mughal rule, followed by rule by the British, the people of Bharatvarsh lost their pride in themselves, their culture & heritage. Rather sad. And in case we, the intelligentsia, do not pay heed to the need of preserving our culture & heritage, or rather ignore our culture & heritage, who else is going to do it? I assure you, it would not be the Christians; for they consider themselves closer to the Western (Christian) world, aping them in all ways and deride the Indian (Hindu) way of life; not realizing that the blood which flows in their veins is Hindu blood and they are all converts, converted by unholy, unethical & bigoted Christians by deceit & allurements, taking advantage & exploiting their ignorance & poverty. And our (Indian) culture & heritage is definitely not going to be protected & preserved by the Muslims, the descendants of barbaric Mohd Ghori, Mohd Ghazni, Babur & Aurangzeb who pillaged & plundered, raped & looted and burnt & destroyed thousands of Hindu temples and forcibly converted millions of Hindus by the power of the sword.
It is the Hindus and Hindus alone who are responsible for the despicable state we are in, where we are afraid, nay ashamed to call ourselves Hindus. Who else, my friends and Citizens, who else is going to protect & preserve our rich culture & heritage? The answer should be loud & clear. It is the Hindus and Hindus alone who now ought to stand up & take pride in their culture & heritage and take effective measures for the protection & preservation of our Dharma & our way of life.
2. Seeing things as they are today, I for one see DARKNESS AT NOON. There is a crisis of character & leadership.
It is high time the HINDUS, the citizens of Bharatvarsh realize that Sanatana Dharma is under serious threat from Christianity and Islam. As I walked on a Padha Yathra from Chennai to Rameshwaram along the East Coast Road, I found new Churches coming up every few kilometers. It is evident that the Vatican and the Christians in Europe & America are pumping huge sums of money into Bharatvarsh and conversions are on, at a feverish pace. Jesus Christ supposedly preached only love & compassion and NOT conversion. The followers of Jesus Christ are however hell bent on destroying SANATANA DHARMA, the very soul of Bharatvarsh.
3. An even bigger threat is from Islam. Though the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent were given a separate homeland, i.e. PAKISTAN in the West and EAST PAKISTAN in the East, earlier known as East Bengal and now as Bangladesh; the majority of Muslims in India never migrated to Pakistan or East Pakistan, but stayed back; despite the fact that they were the most vociferous in the demand for the creation of Pakistan and NOT the majority of the Muslims in Sind, Baluchistan & North West Frontier Province, which were forcibly amalgamated along with West Punjab to form Pakistan. Islam they say stands for Peace! But peace for whom? Islam says, peace is for Muslims and NOT for the Kafirs & Infidel Hindus, who need to be relentlessly pushed & crushed till such time the whole of Bharatvarsh stretching from the Hindukush (in Afganistan) to Chittagong (in Bangladesh) is turned into Dar-ul-Islam (the holy land of Islam). And, in consonance with their diabolical plan to over run Bharatvarsh, millions & millions of Muslims from Bangladesh are pouring into India where they are being received with open arms and ration cards by the treacherous Communists and the Congress, all for the sake of votes, under the garb of Secularism, the bane of India. As things stand today, the day is not far off, say by 2050AD, may be sooner not later, that HINDUS would be reduced to a minority and India proclaimed an Islamic state that would join the band of Islamic nations stretching from Turkey to Indonesia. 4. Being an optimist, I still see light at the end of the tunnel and the future is beckoning us to act fast and avert disaster. We can avert disaster if and only if; we the HINDUS wake up & display Unity. As a means towards awakening the HINDUS from their deep slumber and nudge them towards taking pride in their own culture & way of life, I advocate adoption of EKTA & SADHBHAVANA programme in all cities, towns & villages. 5. EKTA & SADHBHAVANA programme comprises essentially of seven steps as enunciated below, to be organized in every locality or blocks of hundred houses, for half an hour on Sunday mornings, preferably a little after sunrise:
1. Hoist & Salute the National Flag designed by Sister Nivedita. The flag in saffron colour (signifying sacrifice) with Vajrayudha in the center (in yellow colour, signifying strength).
2. Sing VANDE MATARAM.
3. Perform Soorya Namaskaram.
4. Perform Pranayam.
5. Short talk on Ekta & Sadhbhavana.
6. Sing the respective State Anthem.
7. Sing Saare jahaan se achhaa, yeh Hindustaan hamaaraa….by Sir Mohd Iqbal.6. In addition to above:(a) screen movies, at least once a month, of Martyrs who gave their lives for India’s freedom, viz. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Vanchinathan, Udham Singh, Madan Lal Dhingra, Veer Savarkar, Jhansi ki Rani Lakshmi Bai, Kittur Rani Chennamma, Chandrasekar Azad, Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, Bepin Chandra Pal, Sri Aurobindo, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Khudiram Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahakavi Bharathiyar, VO Chidambaram Pillai, Subramanya Siva, and many others. (b) Encourage competitions in all localities, blocks, groups of flats, schools & colleges for talks & essays on Martyrs and award suitable prizes. 7. To end, I would say, HINDUS, noble citizens of Bharatvarsh, let Ekta & Sadhbhavana be our Credo towards our mission of achieving a strong & prosperous Bharatvarsh, the torchbearer of true Democracy and SANATANA DHARMA.
----------------------------------------------------------On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 Dr S Sharma wrote :>> Hindus have been losing on all fronts since 712 A.D. first against Muslims from Iran, Iraq,Afaghanistan, Turkey central Asia ,Mongolia , and many others then Christians from Denmark, Portugal, France and England at present from from Italy with conspiracy of Christians, Muslims , communists and opportunists.>The over dose of Shanti and Ahinsa by Mahaveer, Buddha and Sadhus has made Hindus spineless and cowards and unable to act to defend themselves at individual , local, reginal ,national and international level because of curse of secularism and SURVE DHARM SAMBHAVA -THAT ALL RELIGIONS ARE EQUAL, then why bother.>Hindus have been finished in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afahanistan and now being chased in Kashmir, Kerala, West Bengal and all over India.>The end of Hindus is getting nearer by the day but our so called leaders are meditating and hypnotising Hindus with high ideals and forgetting that our enemies are savage, ruthless and have no mercy on kaffirs and infidels to rape, kill, convert,displace,loot,destroy and dominate to rule and rule to dominate.>Hindus have learnt no lessons and still begging, appeasing and singing Ishwar Allah---- knowing that they are braking ,destroying the followers of Ishwar becase there is no God but Allah .>KAUN THE KYA HOGAYE AUR KYA HONGE ABHI,>AAO VICHARE IN SAMASHYAON PAR HINDU SABHI.>Hindus have no future with present leaders and their thinking because they are suffering from Islamophobia and Christian -phobia so doing Bhjans instead of using Shakti Arjun did not win by praying but power and Raam did not win by prayer but poer, Shivaji did not win by prayer but sword.>vandebharatmataram. JAYA HIND.>DR.S.SHARMA>-
------------------------------------------------> > Dear Friends,> Jai Hind & Namashkar.> > PRESS RELEASE> >
1. Sanatana Dharma Parishadh (SDP) with the avowed aim of fostering love, brotherhood, camaraderie amongst the people of all castes, creeds, religions and regions of Bharathvarsh by spreading the message of Ekta & Sadhbhavana (Unity & Goodwill) was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Dr Rama Jois, by unfurling of the Sanatana Dharma Parishadh flag at Bangalore on Sunday 21 October 2007.> >
2. Colonel SS Rajan (a veteran of the 1971 war), Chairman of SDP, while welcoming Hon’ble Justice Dr Rama Jois and other guests to the inaugural function, emphasized the need for Ekta & Sadhbhavana (Unity & Goodwill) and rekindling of Deshbhakti (patriotism) amongst the masses, especially in these times when whole of India from North to South and from East to West is in turmoil. The conflicts and upheavals amongst the peoples of various castes, creed, religions and regions are fast becoming a threat to our democratic ideals and national security. He recalled what Sir Mohd. Iqbal, the great Urdu poet wrote:> > Shakti bhee, shaanti bhee, Bhagton ki geet mein hey> Dharti ke baseeyon ki, Mukti preet mein hey> > In the songs of the devotees is both strength and inner peace. > The salvation of mankind lies in mutual love among different people.> >
3. In his inaugural address Hon’ble Justice Dr Rama Jois congratulated Colonel SS Rajan and members of SDP for launching Sanatana Dharma Parishadh and Ekta & Sadhbhavana programme for spreading the message of Unity & Goodwill amongst the masses of Bharathvarsh. The Justice said that the words, “Yatho dharmo sthatho jayaha” meaning, “Where ever people abide by DHARMA, victory is assured” inscribed in the flag designed by Sister Nivedita and now adopted by SDP, is the motto of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, as embossed in its emblem. Justice Dr Rama Jois reminded the audience of the “mahima” or importance of VANDE MATARAM, a veritable Mantra sung by the masses with patriotic fervour during the Country’s freedom struggle. He also reminded the audience of what our sages had said, “Mother and Motherland are greater than Heaven”. He said that Sanatana Dharma was eternal and all encompassing as exemplified by the parayer:> > Saha naavavathu | saha nau bhuvanthu | saha veeryam karavaavahai
|> Thejasvi naavadheethamasthu | maa vidhvishaavahai | > Om Shanthi: Om Shanthi: Om Shanthi: |> >
Meaning: May HE (the Lord, God or Paramathman) protect us all; may HE nourish us all; may HE bless us all to work conjointly with great energy for the good of all; may HE bless us all to gain knowledge & wisdom; may HE bless us that we all live in peace & harmony, devoid of malice & hatred.> > 4. He cautioned that division of the people would be more disastrous than partition. He said that DHARMA unites people, where as Religion divides people; and that Rule of Law and Arbitrariness are sworn enemies. > > 5. To end, Justice Dr Rama Jois appreciated the initiative by SDP in launching Ekta & Sadhbhavana programme as a means to awaken the masses to take pride in their Culture & Heritage and rekindle the spirit of Deshbhakti as was the case during the freedom struggle.> __________________________________________________________> > WELCOME SPEECH BY COLONEL SS RAJAN> CHAIRMAN > SANATANA DHARAMA PARISHADH> >
Respected Justice Dr Rama Jois and noble citizens of Bharathvarsh - Namashkar. > > At the very outset, I wish to thank and express my profound gratitude to Justice Dr Rama Jois for having very graciously consented to inaugurate the Sanatana Dharma Parishad and the launching of Ekta & Sadhbhavana programme. > > Bharatvarsh is a punyabhoomi, ie. a sacred land endowed with a number of holy rivers and theertha kshethras, ie. Pilgrimage centers for people of all faiths. Bharatvarsh has existed for thousands of years.
We are proud of our ancient history, civilization, culture, traditions and multitude of religions, beliefs and attitudes, which bind us all as one secular Nation, from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South; and from, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Punjab in the West to Bengal, Assam and Manipur in the East.> > It is sixty years since India became independent. Over the years, we have forgotten the tyaag, balidaan and kurbaani, ie. sacrifice of thousands of Indians who gave their lives for India's freedom.
Today, the whole of India from North to South and from West to East is in turmoil. The conflicts and upheavals amongst the peoples of various castes, creed, religions and regions are fast becoming a threat to our democratic ideals and national security. It is time to take stock and rekindle the spirit of Ekta & Sadhbhavana and Deshbhakti.> > Life in the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force is an excellent example of Ekta & Sadhbhavana, where irrespective of one's caste, creed or religion; all Officers & men live and work in perfect harmony; displaying love, brotherhood and camaraderie.> > Adi Shankara was a saint born at Kaladi (Kerala) over 2500 years ago. He expounded the Adhwaitha philosophy, which means that, the Atma inside you, me and all of us, is an infinitesimal part, ie. a very very small part of the Paramatma, ie God, who is one and only one; and, whom we refer to by many names, viz. Bhaghavan, Khuda, Lord, Ram, Rahim, etc.> > Deshbhakti calls for discipline and sacrifice. It is time that the noble citizens of Bharatvarsh join hands to foster the spirit of Ekta & Sadhbhavana in the Country and endeavour to cement the bonds of kinship between followers all faiths, in consonance with the saying:> > Gaavaam aneka varnaanaam, Ksheera-rasya asthi eka varnathaa> Thathaiva sarva dharmaanam, Thathvasyapi eka vasthuthaha> > Cows may be of different hues (colour); but, the milk of all is of one colour, white. Likewise, the inner doctrine of all religions is the same, ie. love, brotherhood and compassion.
> > Iqbal the great Urdu poet wrote:> > Shakti bhee, shaanti bhee, Bhagton ki geet mein hey> Dharti ke baseeyon ki, Mukti preet mein hey> > In the songs of the devotees is both strength and inner peace. > The salvation of mankind lies in mutual love among different people.> > Next, talking of preservation of our culture & heritage, I wish to say:> > In today’s world of unbridled materialism, in the garb of globalisation and liberalisation, the need to know and take pride in our (Indian) culture & heritage has taken a back seat; nay, totally ignored. Bharatvarsh enjoys a rich culture & heritage dating back to thousands of years unlike the countries of the West. India has been the torchbearer of science, technology, mathematics, architecture, astronomy & medicine well before the Western world even thought about them. Unfortunately, with the advent of Mughal rule, followed by rule by the British, the people of Bharatvarsh lost their pride in themselves, their culture & heritage. Rather sad. And in case we, the intelligentsia, do not pay heed to the need of preserving our culture & heritage, or rather ignore our culture & heritage, who else is going to do it? It is we the Citizens of Bharathvarsh who now ought to stand up & take pride in our culture & heritage and take effective measures for the protection & preservation of our Dharma & our way of life. > > As a means towards awakening the citizens of Bharathvarsh from their deep slumber and nudge them towards taking pride in their own culture & way of life, I advocate adoption of EKTA & SADHBHAVANA programme in all cities, towns & villages. > > EKTA & SADHBHAVANA programme comprises essentially of seven steps, to be organized in every locality or blocks of hundred houses, for half an hour on Sunday mornings, preferably a little after sunrise:> > 1. Hoist & Salute the Flag designed by Sister Nivedita. The flag in saffron colour (signifying sacrifice) with Vajrayudha in the center (in yellow colour, signifying strength). > > 2. Sing VANDE MATARAM. > > 3. Perform Soorya Namaskaram.> > 4. Perform Pranayam. > > 5. Short talk on Ekta & Sadhbhavana. > > 6. Sing Saare jahaan se achhaa, yeh Hindustaan hamaaraa….by Sir Mohd Iqbal > > 7. Sing the respective State Anthem.> > In addition to above: > > (a) Screen movies, at least once a month, of Martyrs who gave their lives for India ’ s freedom, viz. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Vanchinathan, Udham Singh, Madan Lal Dhingra, Veer Savarkar, Jhansi ki Rani Lakshmi Bai, Kittur Rani Chennamma, Chandrasekar Azad, Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, Bepin Chandra Pal, Sri Aurobindo, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Khudiram Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahakavi Bharathiyar, VO Chidambaram Pillai, Subramanya Siva, and many others.> > (b) Encourage competitions for children & youth in all localities, blocks, groups of flats, schools & colleges for talks & essays on Martyrs and award suitable prizes. > > I say, noble citizens of Bharatvarsh, let Ekta & Sadhbhavana be our Credo towards our mission of achieving a strong & prosperous Bharatvarsh, the torchbearer of true Democracy and SANATANA DHARMA. > > I now request Justice Dr Rama Jois to please hoist the flag and inaugurate Sanatana Dharama Parishadh and launch the Ekta & Sadhbhavana programme.> __________________________________________________________> > SANATANA DHARMA PARISHADH> > VISION> > Establishment of a truly egalitarian society and Bharathvarsh as a torch bearer of Democracy and Sanatana Dharma, giving primacy to the preservation of Indian Culture & Heritage > > MISSION> > 1. Foster love, brotherhood, camaraderie amongst the people of all castes, creeds, religions and regions of Bharathvarsh by spreading the message of Ekta & Sadhbhavana (Unity & Goodwill). > 2. Rekindle the spirit of selfless service, sacrifice, valour and Deshbhakti.> > 3. Preservation of Indian culture & heritage and encourage the noble citizens of Bharthvarsh to take pride in their culture & heritage.> 4. Provision of security & upholding of honour & dignity of women, even at the cost of one’s life and women’s emancipation & empowerment to play their legitimate role in a Democracy.> > 5. Spread awareness of health, hygiene, sanitation, AIDS & education amongst the masses.> > 6. Encourage villages to become self reliant & self governing units and provide social security to the old & infirm and provide adequate financial security to the farmers.> 7. Care & protection of cows, calves & bulls by establishing ‘Goshalas’.> > 8. Protect & preserve ancient temples & monuments.> 9. Respect Mother Nature and protect & preserve the Ecology & Environment.> > 10. Evolution of a social order in consonance with Sanatana Dharma and usher in establishment of a truly egalitarian society where in all men & women are treated at par & equally without fear or favour and bias, irrespective of one’s caste, creed, religion or region; where rule of law is paramount giving primacy to the interests of the Nation first, human rights next and lastly the individual.> __________________________________________________________> > SANATANA DHARMA> > Sanatana Dharma or an eternal way of life sublime & ethereal, evolved from the sacred texts of the Vedas, Upanishads, shrutis, smrutis & Gita and as epitomized by Thirukkural, stands for righteous, noble & ethical conduct and behavior both by the individual and the society and is guided by the following principles or charter:> > 1. Bharatvarsh is a punyabhoomi, ie. a sacred land endowed with a number of holy rivers and theertha kshethras, ie. pilgrimage centers for people of all faiths, viz. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains & Parsis. Great Rishis (sages), Munis (saints), tapasvins, peers, pigambars & sufis have taken birth in Bharatvarsh from time to time, for guiding mankind on to the path of Dharma, as mentioned by the Lord in the Gita:> > “Yadha yadha hi dharmasya, > glanir bhavathi Bharata > Abhyutthanam adharmasya, > thadhatmanam srajamyaham.” > > Whenever there is decline of Dharma> and ascendance of Adharma> Then, O scion of the Bharata race !> I manifest (incarnate) Myself in a body.> > “Parithranaya sadhunam > vinasaya cha duskrtam > Dharma samsthapan arthaya > sambhavami yuge yuge” > > For the protection of the good,> for the destruction of the wicked,> And, for the establishment of Dharma,> I am born from age to age> > Basic aspects of Dharma> > Leading a virtuous life.> > Leading a life of Shanthi, Prem, piety & devotion to the Lord by all the four Varnas (Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya & Shudra) in the four Ashramas (Brahmacharya, Grhastha, Vaanaprastha & Sanyas) in consonance with the cardinal principles of Dharma as enunciated below:> > Ahimsa sathyamastheyam shochmi-indhriya-nigraha: |> Atham saamaasikam dharma chaathurvaranye a braveenmanu: ||> > Ahimsa. Means non-violence and absence of hatred. It involves a feeling of kinship, of oneness with all human beings, animals, trees, plants, insects and mother earth, ie. Nature.> > Sathya. Means Truth and leading a life marked by transparency & integrity: moral, material & financial.> > Astheya. Means scrupulously shunning or eschewing illegitimate means to acquire wealth.> > Shoucham. Means purity in thought, word & deed.> > Indhriyanigraha. Means control over one’s senses to overcome the six weaknesses in Man, viz. Kama (desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (lust or passion), Mada (infatuation) amd Mathsarya (enmity or hatred).> > Shanti. Means peace. It is not only external peace, but is the calmness of the mind, the serenity & inner peace and total stability within oneself.> > Prem. Means love. Love for mankind, animals, trees, plants, insects, earth; in effect, Mother Nature. It also encompasses compassion. There is no force greater than Prem, in this world> > Values of life.> > Deshbhakthi ie. Love for one’s country, Patriotism.> > Respect & abiding by the laws of the land.> > Respect for one’s parents & elders.> > Respect for Women> > Santana Dharma accords pre-eminent status to Women and emphasizes on upholding their honor & dignity, in consonance with the sayings:> > Pithrubhir-bhrathrubhish-chaithaa: pathibhir-dhevaraisthathaa |> Poojyaa bhoosha-yithavyaashcha bahu kalyana- meepsubhi: ||> > Women must be honoured and treated with respect & dignity by their fathers, brothers, husbands and brothers-in-law; for if so done, their welfare & prosperity is assured.> > Yathra naaryasthu poojyanthe ramanthe thathra dhevathaa: |> Yathraithaasthu na poojyanthe sarvaastha-thraaphalaa: kriyaa: ||> > Where women are honoured and treated with respect & dignity, the Dhevas pleased, shower all wealth & happiness; and where not, even performance of sacred rites & rituals yield no fruits.> > Shochanthi jaamayo yathra vinashya-thyaashu thathkulam |> Na shochanthi thu yathraithaa vardhathe thaddhi sarvadhaa ||> > Homes where women are kept grief stricken & in sorrow, such homes perish and soon meet with doom; and in homes where women are kept cheerful & happy: health, wealth, prosperity & joy abound.> > Jaamayo yaani gohaani shapanthyaprathi-poojithaa: |> Thaani krthyaahathaaniva vinasyanthi samanthatha: ||> > Homes where women are not treated with honour & dignity invite their curse and soon perish.> > Care and protection of Cows, calves & bulls.> > We worship the cow as ‘Gomatha’ (Mother cow). Kautilya in Artha Shastra has specifically said: > > Vathso vrsho dhenushchaishaamavadhyaa:> > Cattle such as calves, bulls or cows shall not be slaughtered.> > Yajnavalkya Smriti declares ‘Govadhaa’, ie. killing of a cow, as an offence. It is this commandment that has found a place in Article 48 of the Constitution of Bharath, which makes it obligatory for the States to enact laws prohibiting cow slaughter.> > Display of warmth & hospitality to guests.> > Equality (Samanatha).> > Injunctions to mankind on Samanatha as ordained by the Rig Vedha and Atharvana Vedha are:> > Ajyeshtaaso akanishtaas athe |> Sam bhaatharo vaavrudhu: soubhagaaya ||> > No one is superior or inferior. All are brothers. All should strive for the interest of all and should progress collectively.> > Samaanee va aakoothi: samaanaa hrdhayaani va: |> Samaanamasthu vo mano yathaa va: susahaasathi || > > Let there be oneness in your resolutions, hearts and minds. Let the strength to live with mutual co-operation be firm in you all.> > Samaanee prapaa saha vonnabhaaga: |> Samaane yokthre saha vo yunaajmi |> Araa: Naabhimivaabhitha: ||> > All have equal rights to articles of food & water. The yoke of the Chariot of Life is placed equally on the shoulders of all. All should live together with harmony supporting one another like the spokes of a wheel of a chariot connecting its rim and the hub.> > Gratitude (Kritajnata).> > Compassion (Daya).> > Service (Seva, paropakara).> > Sacrifice (Tyaga).> > Leading a simple life, making use of natural resources, sparingly.> > Feeling of Ekta & Sadhbhavana (unity & goodwill) that the world is but one family, ie. Vasudhaiva kutumbakam, exemplified by the prayers:> > Saha naavavathu | saha nau bhuvanthu | saha veeryam karavaavahai |> Thejasvi naavadheethamasthu | maa vidhvishaavahai | > Om Shanthi: Om Shanthi: Om Shanthi: |> > May HE (the Lord, God or Paramathman) protect us all; may HE nourish us all; may HE bless us all to work conjointly with great energy for the good of all; may HE bless us all to gain knowledge & wisdom; may HE bless us that we all live in peace & harmony, devoid of malice & hatred.> > Sarvepi sukhina: santhu, sarve santhuniraamayaa: |> Sarve bhadraani pashyanthu, maa kashchad dhukha bhagbhaveth ||> > May all beings be blessed with happiness, may all be granted freedom from diseases, may all be blessed with auspicious things and may nobody suffer from grief.> > Lokaa samasthaa sukhino bhavanthu> > May peace, prosperity & happiness pervade the entire Universe.> > A set of directives in the form of advice to Mankind to lead a disciplined life in accordance with Dharma as mentioned in Thaithriyopanishad, are as follows:> > Sathyam vadha| > Speak the Truth > > Dharma chara ||> Abide by Dharma.> > Sathyaanna pramaadhithavyam | > Do not transgress the path of Truth> > Dharmaanna pramadhithavyam ||> Do not transgress the path of Dharma> > Maathrudhevo bhava | Pithrudhevo bhava | > Aachaaryaadhevo bhava | Athithidhevo bhava |> > Treat your Mother, Father and Teacher as God; and so also your Guests.> > Yaanyanavadhyaani karmani | Thaani sevithavyaani | No itharaani |> > Those acts that are irreproachable alone are to be performed and not those that are forbidden.> > Asha aadhesha: | Asha upadhesh: | Athadhnushaasanam |> > This is the directive. This is the advice. This is the discipline to be observed throughout life.> > Four pious obligations> > The four pious obligations of a MAN as mentioned in Adiparva of Mahabharatha:> > Yagnaithu dhevaan preenaathi swaadhyaayathapasaa muneen |> Puthrai: shraaddhai: pithrunshchaapi aanrushamsyena maanavaan ||> > Every individual should discharge four pious obligations. They are Dhevaruna (towards God), Pithruna (towards parents), Rishiruna (towards teachers) and Manavaruna (towards Humanity).> > A man should discharge Pithruna by maintaining continuity of the family, dhevaruna by worship of God, Rishiruna by the acquisition & dissemination of knowledge, and Manavaruna by every type of social service.> > A few illustrations as to how Manavaruna, the fourth pious obligation can be discharged are:> (i) Construction of wells or tanks to provide drinking water to the general public.> (ii) Construction of water troughs at public places and on the road side for the benefit of travelers and animals.> (iii) Planting of trees on both sides of roads to provide shade or shelter to the traveling public.> (iv) Construction of dharmashalas in towns & villages and particularly at places of pilgrimages for the benefit of pilgrims & travelers.> (v) Constuction of hospitals for human beings, animals, birds; or donations for construction of hospitals or for maintenance of existing hospitals.> (vi) Construction of schools, colleges & hostels.> (vii) Establishment of ‘Goshalas’ to take care & look after cows & bullocks in their old age.> (viii) Establishment of public trusts and or endowments for public cause.> > Righteous & exemplary conduct by a Man in consonance with Dharma, is exemplified by Thiruvalluvar in the two kurals as follows: > > Mahan thandhaikku aatrum udhavi> Ivan thandhai ennottraan kola num sol.> > The favour a son can bestow on his father is to so conduct himself in life, whereby people ought to remark in wonder, “Great must have been the ‘Thapasya’ performed by the father to beget such a noble son”> > Eendra pozhudin perthuvakkum> Thun mahanai saandron ena ketta thaai.> > No doubt a mother is overjoyed the day her son is born; but far greater & limitless is her joy, the day she hears people sing praises of the nobility of her son.> > Aashrama Dharma> > The four pious obligations stated above are required to be discharged by an individual throughout his life time. However all the obligations can not be fully discharged or be given the same importance at all points of time in the life of an individual. Therefore, the life span of an individual has been divided into four parts or stages (Ashramaas). Explaining the object & purpose of Aashrama Dharma and its applicability to all, irrespective of the varna or class or the caste of an individual, Pujya Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamiji, the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peertam, said thus:> > “Ashrama Dharma deals with the conduct of an individual during different stages of his life. In the first stage, as a Brahmacharin, he devotes himself to studies in Gurukula. In the second stage, as a youth, he takes a wife, settles down in life and begets children. In the third stage, as he ages further, he becomes a forest recluse and without much attachment to worldly life, engages himself in Vedic Karma. In the fourth stage, he forsakes even Vedic works, renounces the World totally to become a Sannyasin and meditates focusing his mind towards the Paramathman. These four stages of life or Ashramas are called Brahmacharya, Grahasthya, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa”.> > Importance given to various aspects in life depending on the Ashrama, is explained below:> Brahmachaya Ashrama: > Acquisition of knowledge and securing physical & moral fitness, ie. strengthening of body, mind & intellect.> > Grihastha Ashrama:> Honest and purposeful married life and family life, earning money & wealth by legitimate means and making use of money & wealth so earned, serve the family and society.> > Vanaprastha Ashrama:> Withdrawing oneself from activities connected with accumulation of wealth & property and devoting one to the service of Society.> > Sanyasa Ashrama:> Renounce all worldly desires & activities and devote oneself completely to meditation, focusing the mind on Paramathman, at all times.> > > Santana Dharma is broad in outlook and all encompassing as illustrated by the following slokas:> > No matter what ever is the religious belief and by which ever name the Lord, God or Supreme Reality is addressed; yet the Ultimate or Supreme REALITY is ONE and only ONE, in consonance with the saying:> > Aakaashaath pathitham thoyam, yathaa gachhathi saagaram |> Sarva dheva namaskaarah: kesavam prathi gachhathi ||> > Just as no matter where it rains, be it on the mountains, plains, deserts or forests, all rain water ultimately reaches the ocean; so also, no matter to whichever GOD you pray to or pay your reverent obeisance, all prayers are heard by the ONE and only ONE LORD above.> > The corner stone of all religious beliefs despite their differences in modes of worship, is Love, Brotherhood & Compassion, in consonance with the saying:> > Gaavaam aneka varnaanaam, ksheera rasya asthi eka varnathaa |> Thathaiva sarva dharmaanaam, thathvasyapi eka vasthu tha: ||> > Cows may be of different hues (colour) but the milk of all is one colour (white). Similarly, the inner doctrine of all religious beliefs is the same. > > There are many varied paths to earn the LORD’s Grace and attain Moksha or Salvation; and no matter which ever is the path, all of them lead to the Ultimate or Supreme REALITY who is ONE and only ONE, in consonance with the saying:> > Ruchinaam vaichithrayaadhru jukutilanaanaa pathajupaam |> Nrunaameko gamyathvamaasi payasaamarnava iva ||> > Just as the waters of multitude of rivers and streams originating from different sources and traveling along varied paths, ultimately mingle with the water in the ocean, so also the many varied paths adopted to attain Moksha or Salvation, ultimately lead to the Supreme Reality. > > The whole of Mankind is one family bound by the bonds of kinship, in consonance with the saying:> > Udara charitaanaam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam |> Yathra vishwam bhavathkeya needam ||> > For the generous minded people, the whole world is one family and the Universe is a nest for all beings. > > Oneness of Man (Atma) with the Lord, God or Supreme Reality (Brahman or Paramathma). > > Adi Shankara a saint born at Kaladi (Kerala) over 2500 years ago, expounded the Adhwaitha philosophy, that the Atma inside all beings in the Universe, is an infinitesimal part, ie. a very very small part of Brahman or Paramathma. Adi Shankara (509 BC- 477 BC) played a pivotal role in the development of philosophical & social thought in India. His teaching of Human Brotherhood through spiritualism is his gift to mankind. His message of love towards all and malice towards none reflects his humanitarian outlook and catholicity of his vision and his capacity to over ride the socially discriminatory practice of observing ‘untouchability’. Varnas or castes, viz. Brahmana, Kshatriya. Vaisya & Shudra and classification of society into four varnas or castes was evolved purely from the functional point of view and from the angle of nature of jobs performed. To start with the Varna or caste system was not hierarchical, wherein individuals belonging to different castes were in no way either bestowed any special privileges or discriminated against. Yet with the passage of time, exploitation being Man’s second nature, corruption crept in the caste system and the socially discriminatory practice of ‘untouchability’ came into vogue. Shankara rises above it and shows by his personal example not only the irrelevance of caste but the importance of paying obeisance to ‘truth, knowledge & wisdom’. While at Kashi, when a Chandala, a person belonging to the fourth Varna (Shudra), was found standing & blocking the way of Shankara on his way to his Ashram and when asked by Shankara’s disciples to move & give way, asked Shankara thus:> > Annamayaad annamayam athavaa chaithanyam eva chaithanyaat> Dhwijavara dhurikarthum vaanchasi kim bruhi gaccha gaccha iti> > Oh! The best among the twice born, whom are your disciples asking to move & give way? Is it my body, the outcome of the food we eat? And if so; so is your body. Or, is it the Athman inside me which is an infinitesimal part of the Paramathman, the Supreme Reality? And if so, so also is the Athman inside you. In either case we both are the same. Hence pray tell me, to whom are they asking to give way for another?> > Shankara immediately realized the gulf in percept & practice in the behavior of his disciples and responded thus with humility & reverence:> > Sathyam eva bhavathaa yadh idhaanim> Prathyavaadhi thanubhrth- pravara ethath> Anthyajah ayam ithi samprathi buddhim> Santhyajaami vachasaa aathmavidhah the> > Oh! The best amongst men, what you said is absolutely correct for no one is either low born or high born. And I bow before you; as one who knows the fundamental truth that the Athman and Paramathman are ONE, is indeed a realized soul. He then composed & sang the Manisha Panchakam, a five stanza eulogy praising the Chandala, stating that one who is a realized soul whether a dhwijah (twice born) or a Chandala, is fit to be his Guru. Shankara thus displayed that he was above any dogma; and his thoughts & deeds were not shackled by conventions.> > > Varna is designated by Conduct.> > Na yonir-naapi sanskaaro na srutham na cha santhathi: |> Kaaranaani dhwi-jathvasya vrtthameva thu kaaranam ||> > Not birth nor sanskaaraas nor study of the Vedas nor ancestry are the causes of being twice born. Conduct alone is verily the cause thereof.> > Yasya yallakshanam proktham pumso varnaabhiv-yanchakam |> Yadhanya thraapi dhrshyeth thath-thenaiva vinir-dhisheth ||> > If the conduct of a Man is not in confirmity with those of his Varna as per his birth, but displays characteristics of another Varna; then that Man is to be designated by the Varna whose conduct he displays.> > Attainment of Brahman or Moksha or Salvation> > GOD or the Ultimate or the ONE and only ONE Supreme Reality, who manifests in many forms and addressed by many names, in HIS infinite grace & compassion beckons & guides mankind onto the Path of Dharma for attainment of Brahman or Moksha or Salvation, as ordained by the Lord in the following slokas of the GITA:> > Ananyas chinthayantho maam> ye janaa: paryupaasthe |> Theshaam nithy-abhi-yukthaanaam> Yoga kshemam vahaamy aham ||> > Devotees who meditate intently, focusing their thoughts on none but ME and worship ME with absolute faith & singular devotion, are protected by ME and all their needs taken care of by ME.> > Ye apy anya dhevathaa-bhaktha> Yajanthe shraddhaya anvithaa: |> The apy maam eva Kauntheya> Yajanthi avidhi-poorvakam> > Arjuna, even those Devotees endowed with faith who meditate and worship other Gods, in fact worship ME alone, mistaken and not knowing that I am all pervading and addressed by many names.> > Pathram, pushpam, phalam thoyam> Yo me bhakthyaa prayachhathi |> Thadh aham bhakthi-upahrtam> Ashnaami prayath aathmana: ||> > Whoever offers ME with devotion, be it a leaf, flower, fruit or water; that devout offering by a pure hearted, I accept with glee.> > Yath karoshi yadh ashnaasi> yaj juhoshi dhadhaasi yath |> Yath thapasyaasi kountheya> thath kurooshva mad-arpanam> > O son of Kunthi! Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give as charity and whatever austerities you perform-do that as offering unto ME.> > Subhaa subha phalair evam> mokshyase karma bandhanai: |> Sanyaasa yoga yukthaathmaa> vimuktho maam upaishyaasi ||> > With your mind intently focused in the yoga of renunciation, offering all actions to ME, and thus freed from the bonds of Karma, in the shape of good & evil consequences, you will attain ME.> > Samo ’aham sarvabhootheshu> name dhveshyo ’sthi na priya: |> Ye bhajanthi thu maam bhakthyaa> maayi the theshu chaapyaham ||> > I am equally disposed towards all beings, for all are dear to me and none despised by ME. Those who worship ME with unflinching faith, they abide in ME and I in them. > > Api cheth sudhuraachaaro> bhajathe maam ananyaabhaak |> Saadhur eva sa manthavya:> samyag vyavasitho hi sa: ||> > Even the vilest sinner is washed off his sins and turns untainted, when he worships ME with absolute faith & singular devotion.> > Kshipram Bhavanthi dharam ’athma> sasvach chaanthim nigacchathi |> Kountheya prathijaaneehi> na me bhaktha: pranasyathi ||> > Oh noble son of Kunthi, proclaim, he (even the vilest sinner) soon turns virtuous securing ever lasting peace ( Mukthi or Moksha); for, I take care of my devotees that they never falter or fail. > > Man manaa bhava madh bhaktho> madhyaaji maam namaskuru |> Mam ev ’aishyaasi yukthv ’aivam> aathmaanam math paraayana: ||> > Devotees who completely dedicate their mind, body & soul in worshipping me with unflinching faith, come to ME (ie. attain Moksha).> > > > > Realisation of the Supreme Reality and attainment of Moksha or Salvation, as enunciated by Lord Yama to Nachiketa in Kathopinashad:> > Aath-maanam rathinam viddhi shareeram rathameva thu |> Buddhim thu saarathim viddhi mana: pra-grahameva cha ||> > Indhrayaani hayaa-narhaa vashyaas-theshu gocharaan |> Aathmen-dhriya-mano-yuktham bhok-theth-yaahar- maneeshina: ||> > Yasthva-vignana-vaanbhavathya-yukthena manasaa sadhaa |> Thasyendhriyaanya-vashyagni shushtaashvaa iva saarathe: ||> > Vignaanasaara thiryasthu mana: pragraha-vaannara: |> So ashvana: paaramaapnothi thaddhishno: padham ||> > The journey of life can be safely completed, and the Supreme world of Vishnu (or the Supreme Reality) reached (ie, Moksha or Salvation can be attained) only if one keeps a watchful control over the senses. The body is like a chariot to which the senses are yoked like horses. The mind is like the reins, which enable the charioteer, viz. the understanding to hold the horses, i.e., the senses, in check. The Soul rides on the chariot, and the road is the world of objects over which the senses move. If the reins are not held firmly and wisely, senses, like vicious horses, will get out of control, and the chariot will not reach the goal, but will go round and round in, births and re-births. If the man is wise, and controls his mind, his senses will be like good horses driven by a good driver.> > > Realisation of Lord, GOD or Supreme Reality and attainment of Moksha or Salvation, as enunciated by the Great Saint Tiruvalluvar in Thirukkural:> > Agaram mudhal ezhuthhellaam, > Aadhi Baghavan mudhattre ulagu> > Just as ‘a’ is the source or start point of all sound that exists; so also the Lord, GOD or Supreme Reality is the source or start point of all that exists in the Universe. > > Piravip perungkadal neendhuvaar; > Neendhaar Iraivan adiseraa dhaar.> > They alone cross the ocean of births & deaths (ie. attain Moksha or Salvation), who take refuge in the feet of the Lord; the others traverse it not.> > > > To end,> Dharmo rakshathi, rakshithaha : > Those who abide by Dharma, are taken care of and protected by Dharma.> > And, > > Yathra yogeshvara: krshno yathra paartho dhanurdhara: |> Thathra sreer vijayo bhoothirdhruvaa neethir- mathir- mama ||> > Whenever & wherever one worships Baghavaan Sri Krishna and thinks of Arjuna, the wielder of the Gaandiva bow, he is blessed with goodness, righteousness and victory in subduing his senses, victory in battle and victory in attaining Moksha or Salvation.> __________________________________________________________> > Sanatana Dharma Parishadh places on record its sincere thanks and profound gratitude to Hon’ble Justice Dr Rama Jois for his permission to produce extracts from his book, ‘DHARMA, the Global Ethic’. Justice Dr Rama Jois retired as the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court and was Governor of Bihar & Jharkhand.> __________________________________________________________> > INDIAN CULTURE AND HERITAGE> > School children in Class 7, 8, 9 & 10 need to be taught INDIAN CULTURE AND HERITAGE comprising the following. The list is by no means exhaustive; it is just that the following topics came to my mind. We could add a few more topics.> > 1. Ancient history> > 2. Vedas, Upanishads, Epics (Ithihasas) & Puranas and sacred texts of all regions, North, South, East, West & Central Bharatvarsh.> > 3. The rivers & mountain ranges.> > 4. Important cities & Theertha kshethras.> > 5. Saints, sages, rishis & munees born in various states.> > 6. Famous temples in the North, East, West, South & Central Bharatvarsh> > 7. Art, Dance, Music and sculpture.> > 8. India’s freedom struggle.> > 9. Martyrs who gave their life during India’s freedom struggle.> > 10. Wars: 1962, 1965, 1971 & Kargil operations in 1999 and War heroes> > 11. Great Indians of bygone era:> > (i) Aryabhatt (476 CE) Master Astronomer and Mathematician. > > Born in 476 CE in Kusumpur (Bihar), Aryabhatt's intellectual brilliance remapped the boundaries of mathematics and astronomy. In 499 CE, at the age of 23, he wrote a text on astronomy and an unparallel treatise on mathematics called "Aryabhatiyam." He formulated the process of calculating the motion of planets and the time of eclipses. Aryabhatt was the first to proclaim that the earth is round, it rotates on its axis, orbits the sun and is suspended in space - 1000 years before Copernicus published his heliocentric theory. He is also acknowledged for calculating p (Pi) to four decimal places: 3.1416 and the sine table in trigonometry. Centuries later, in 825 CE, the Arab mathematician, Mohammed Ibna Musa credited the value of Pi to the Indians, "This value has been given by the Hindus." And above all, his most spectacular contribution was the concept of zero without which modern computer technology would have been non-existent. Aryabhatt was a colossus in the field of mathematics. > > (ii) BHASKARACHARYA II (1114-1183 CE) GENIUS IN ALGEBRA > > Born in the obscure village of Vijjadit (Jalgaon) in Maharastra, Bhaskaracharya's work in Algebra, Arithmetic and Geometry catapulted him to fame and immortality. His renowned mathematical works called "Lilavati" and "Bijaganita" are considered to be unparalled and a memorial to his profound intelligence. Its translation in several languages of the world bear testimony to its eminence. In his treatise "Siddhant Shiromani" he writes on planetary positions, eclipses, cosmography, mathematical techniques and astronomical equipment. In the "Surya Siddhant" he makes a note on the force of gravity: "Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, planets, constellations, moon, and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction." Bhaskaracharya was the first to discover gravity, 500 years before Sir Isaac Newton. He was the champion among mathematicians of ancient and medieval India. His works fired the imagination of Persian and European scholars, who through research on his works earned fame and popularity. > > (iii) ACHARYA KANAD (600 BCE) FOUNDER OF ATOMIC THEORY > > As the founder of "Vaisheshik Darshan"- one of six principal philosophies of India - Acharya Kanad was a genius in philosophy. He is believed to have been born in Prabhas Kshetra near Dwarika in Gujarat. He was the pioneer expounder of realism, law of causation and the atomic theory. He has classified all the objects of creation into nine elements, namely: earth, water, light, wind, ether, time, space, mind and soul. He says, "Every object of creation is made of atoms which in turn connect with each other to form molecules." His statement ushered in the Atomic Theory for the first time ever in the world, nearly 2500 years before John Dalton. Kanad has also described the dimension and motion of atoms and their chemical reactions with each other. The eminent historian, T.N. Colebrook, has said, "Compared to the scientists of Europe, Kanad and other Indian scientists were the global masters of this field.> > (iv) NAGARJUNA (100 CE) WIZARD OF CHEMICAL SCIENCE> > He was an extraordinary wizard of science born in the nondescript village of Baluka in Madhya Pradesh. His dedicated research for twelve years produced maiden discoveries and inventions in the faculties of chemistry and metallurgy. Textual masterpieces like "Ras Ratnakar," "Rashrudaya" and "Rasendramangal" are his renowned contributions to the science of chemistry. Where the medieval alchemists of England failed, Nagarjuna had discovered the alchemy of transmuting base metals into gold. As the author of medical books like "Arogyamanjari" and "Yogasar," he also made significant contributions to the field of curative medicine. Because of his profound scholarliness and versatile knowledge, he was appointed as Chancellor of the famous University of Nalanda. Nagarjuna's milestone discoveries impress and astonish the scientists of today. > > (v) ACHARYA CHARAK (600 BCE) FATHER OF MEDICINE> > Acharya Charak has been crowned as the Father of Medicine. His renowned work, the "Charak Samhita", is considered as an encyclopedia of Ayurveda. His principles, diagoneses, and cures retain their potency and truth even after a couple of millennia. When the science of anatomy was confused with different theories in Europe, Acharya Charak revealed through his innate genius and enquiries the facts on human anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, blood circulation and diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, etc. In the "Charak Samhita" he has described the medicinal qualities and functions of 100,000 herbal plants. He has emphasized the influence of diet and activity on mind and body. He has proved the correlation of spirituality and physical health contributed greatly to diagnostic and curative sciences. He has also prescribed and ethical charter for medical practitioners two centuries prior to the Hippocratic oath. Through his genius and intuition, Acharya Charak made landmark contributions to Ayurvedal. He forever remains etched in the annals of history as one of the greatest and noblest of rishi-scientists. > > (vi) ACHARYA SUSHRUT (600 BCE) FATHER OF PLASTIC SURGERY > > A genius who has been glowingly recognized in the annals of medical science. Born to sage Vishwamitra, Acharya Sudhrut details the first ever surgery procedures in "Sushrut Samhita," a unique encyclopedia of surgery. He is venerated as the father of plastic surgery and the science of anesthesia. When surgery was in its infancy in Europe, Sushrut was performing Rhinoplasty (restoration of a damaged nose) and other challenging operations. In the "Sushrut Samhita," he prescribes treatment for twelve types of fractures and six types of dislocations. His details on human embryology are simply amazing. Sushrut used 125 types of surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, needles, Cathers and rectal speculums; mostly designed from the jaws of animals and birds. He has also described a number of stitching methods; the use of horse's hair as thread and fibers of bark. In the "Sushrut Samhita," and fibers of bark. In the "Sushrut Samhita," he details 300 types of operations. The ancient Indians were the pioneers in amputation, caesarian and cranial surgeries. Acharya Sushrut was a giant in the arena of medical science. > > (vii) VARAHAMIHIRA (499-587 CE) EMINENT ASTROLOGER AND ASTRONOMER > > Renowned astrologer and astronomer who was honored with a special decoration and status as one of the nine gems in the court of King Vikramaditya in Avanti (Ujjain). Varahamihir's book "panchsiddhant" holds a prominent place in the realm of astronomy. He notes that the moon and planets are lustrous not because of their own light but due to sunlight. In the "Bruhad Samhita" and "Bruhad Jatak," he has revealed his discoveries in the domains of geography, constellation, science, botany and animal science. In his treatise on botanical science, Varamihir presents cures for various diseases afflicting plants and trees. The rishi-scientist survives through his unique contributions to the science of astrology and astronomy. > > (viii) ACHARYA PATANJALI (200 BCE) FATHER OF YOGA> > The Science of Yoga is one of several unique contributions of India to the world. It seeks to discover and realize the ultimate Reality through yogic practices. Acharya Patanjali, the founder, hailed from the district of Gonda (Ganara) in Uttar Pradesh. He prescribed the control of prana (life breath) as the means to control the body, mind and soul. This subsequently rewards one with good health and inner happiness. Acharya Patanjali's 84 yogic postures effectively enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems and many other organs of the body. Yoga has eight limbs where Acharya Patanjali shows the attainment of the ultimate bliss of God in samadhi through the disciplines of: yam, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, dhyan and dharna. The Science of Yoga has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. Yoga also holds the honored place as one of six philosophies in the Indian philosophical system. Acharya Patanjali will forever be remembered and revered as a pioneer in the science of self-discipline, happiness and self-realization. > > (ix) ACHARYA BHARADWAJ (800 BCE) PIONEER OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY> > Acharya Bharadwaj had a hermitage in the holy city of Prayag and was an ordent apostle of Ayurveda and mechanical sciences. He authored the "Yantra Sarvasva" which includes astonishing and outstanding discoveries in aviation science, space science and flying machines. He has described three categories of flying machines: 1.) One that flies on earth from one place to another. 2.) One that travels from one planet to another. 3.) And One that travels from one universe to another. His designs and descriptions have impressed and amazed aviation engineers of today. His brilliance in aviation technology is further reflected through techniques described by him: > > 1.) Profound Secret: The technique to make a flying machine invisible through the application of sunlight and wind force.> > 2.) Living Secret: The technique to make an invisible space machine visible through the application of electrical force. > > 3.) Secret of Eavesdropping: The technique to listen to a conversation in another plane. > > 4.) Visual Secrets: The technique to see what's happening inside another plane.> Through his innovative and brilliant discoveries, Acharya Bharadwaj has been recognized as the pioneer of aviation technology. > > (x) ACHARYA KAPIL (3000 BCE) FATHER OF COSMOLOGY > > Celebrated as the founder of Sankhya philosophy, Acharya Kapil is believed to have been born in 3000 BCE to the illustrious sage Kardam and Devhuti. He gifted the world with the Sankhya School of Thought. His pioneering work threw light on the nature and principles of the ultimate Soul (Purusha), primal matter (Prakruti) and creation. His concept of transformation of energy and profound commentaries on atma, non-atma and the subtle elements of the cosmos places him in an elite class of master achievers - incomparable to the discoveries of other cosmologists. On his assertion that Prakruti, with the inspiration of Purusha, is the mother of cosmic creation and all energies, he contributed a new chapter in the science of cosmology. Because of his extrasensory observations and revelations on the secrets of creation, he is recognized and saluted as the Father of Cosmology.> __________________________________________________________> > SHORT TALK ON EKTA & SADHBHAVANA> > Jai Hind, Namashkar, Salaam aaleikum.> > Lokaa samasthaa, sukhino bhavanthu.> May peace, prosperity and happiness pervade the entire universe> > Bharatvarsh is a punyabhoomi, ie. a sacred land endowed with a number of holy rivers and theertha kshethras, ie. Pilgrimage centers for people of all faiths, viz. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. Great Rishis (sages), Munis (saints), tapasvins, peers, pigambars & sufis have taken birth in Bharatvarsh from time to time, for guiding mankind on to the path of Dharma, for attainment of Moksha, ie. Salvation.> > Bharatvarsh has existed for thousands of years. We are proud of our ancient history, civilization, culture, traditions and multitude of religions, beliefs and attitudes, which bind us all as one secular Nation, from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South; and from, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Punjab in the West to Bengal, Assam and Manipur in the East.> > In August 1947, Bharatvarsh was partitioned, because of lack of Ekta & Sadhbhavana amongst Hindus and Muslims and their leaders; and, the chicanery of the British, in sowing seeds of suspicion and injecting & encouraging the politics of hatred amongst Hindus and Muslims of Bharatvarsh.> > It is sixty years since India became independent. Over the years, we have forgotten the tyaag, balidaan and kurbaani, ie. sacrifice of thousands of Indians- Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists & others, who gave their lives for India's freedom. Today, the whole of India from North to South and from West to East is in turmoil. The conflicts and upheavals amongst the peoples of various castes, creed, religions and regions are fast becoming a threat to our democratic ideals and national security. It is time to take stock and rekindle the spirit of Ekta & Sadhbhavana and Deshbhakti.> > Life in the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force is an excellent example of Ekta & Sadhbhavana, where irrespective of one's caste, creed or religion; all Officers & men live and work in perfect harmony; displaying love, brotherhood and camaraderie.> > Adi Shankara was a saint born at Kaladi (Kerala) over 2500 years ago. He expounded the Adhwaitha philosophy, which means that, the Atma inside you, me and all of us, is an infinitesimal part, ie. a very very small part of the Paramatma, ie God, who is one and only one; and, whom we refer to by many names, viz. Bhaghavan, Khuda, Lord, Ram, Rahim, etc.> > In the history of mankind, more blood has been shed in the name of religion, than all causes put together. Religion is something very personal. It is best left to an individual as to how he or she wishes to pray or pay reverent obeisance to the Lord, for there is only one Lord above, who takes care of all of us. > > In the Bible is the beautiful saying of Lord Jesus Christ, "In the mansion of my Father, are many rooms" and the popular saying of Jesus Christ is 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'.> > Deshbhakti calls for discipline and sacrifice. It is time that the noble citizens of Bharatvarsh join hands to foster the spirit of Ekta & Sadhbhavana in the Country and endeavour to cement the bonds of of kinship between followers all faiths, ie. the Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Jews and Parsis, in consonance with the saying:> > Gaavaam aneka varnaanaam, Ksheera-rasya asthi eka varnathaa> Thathaiva sarva dharmaanam, Thathvasyapi eka vasthuthaha> > Cows may be of different hues (colour); but, the milk of all is of one colour, white. Likewise, the inner doctrine of all religions is the same, ie. love, brotherhood and compassion. > > Guru Nanak preached the gospel of unity, in the following words:> > Baba Nanak shaaha fakeer, Hindu ka guru, musalmaan kaa peer> > Iqbal the great Urdu poet wrote:> > Shakti bhee, shaanti bhee, Bhagton ki geet mein hey> Dharti ke baseeyon ki, Mukti preet mein hey> > In the songs of the devotees is both strength and inner peace. > The salvation of mankind lies in mutual love among different people.> > Now, let us all sing together the song, 'Saare jahaan se achhaa, yeh Hindustaan hamaaraa.'> by the great Urdu poet, Sir Mohd. Iqbal.> > Khudaa Haafiz, Namashkar, Jai Hind.> __________________________________________________________> > > Regards,> Colonel Rajan > > PS: > 1. To take a print out, please download by clicking on the attachment Sanatana Dharma Parishadh 1.> 2. You may please consider forwarding this email to all your friends, so that they too are motivated to spread the message of Ekta & Sadhbhavana at their location. > > > > > > Colonel SS Rajan,> 77 Shankara Mutt Parallel Road,> Shankarpuram, Basavanagudi,> Bangalore-560004> Tele No.91-80-26679490 Cell No. 9448024377> > You may please click on the following link and go through it, to know a little more about me & my mission> > http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/enthusiasts/story/93_0_6_0_C/> > http://newstodaynet.com/2007sud/apr07/230407.htm> > http://www.newstodaynet.com/2007sud/may07/290507ss2.htm>