Why ‘Howdy Modi’ Worked Magic at Houston?

By: R. Veera Raghavan, Advocate, Chennai

A riveting political spectacle of 2019 was witnessed on 22nd September, themed ‘Howdy Modi’. The venue was NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas, thronged by over 50,000 Indian Americans to welcome and hear India’s prime minister Narendra Modi. He gave a rousing speech and proved he was the super hero of the event.

At the stadium, US President Donald Trump also took the stage along with Modi for some time, and later Trump came down to occupy the front row and watched the huge crowd react to the Indian leader repeatedly in rapturous applause. Trump has also recalled that the stadium scene was like rock star Elvis Presley coming back. How could Modi work his magic?

If Indian voters are delighted to see Modi and wish to give him a huge mandate in elections, that is understandable. They would want to see development around them and a better life for themselves and so they keep high hopes on a leader they perceive as strong, able and incorruptible. But Modi doesn’t hold any elective office in the US. As India’s prime minister, he didn’t do anything, and has no role to play, for the welfare of Indian Americans living in a different continent. Why should those people go in ecstasy to welcome and be with Modi?

A good number of Indian Americans who assembled at the Houston stadium should be US citizens, and many more among them would be wanting to join their ranks. But citizenship is only a matter of legal allegiance, and all of them have a soul-level attachment to India, more so when they are Hindus. If you are a Hindu born in India or if your Hindu parents were born in India and you are proud about your Hindu lineage you cannot turn your heart away from India, and a part of you will be longing for India even as you work and live abroad. Hindus look upon India as a land of holy places they revere and hence their special bond with this country. This applied to nearly everyone who was present in the NRG Stadium – and to many several times the stadium capacity who watched Modi live on television across America that day.

Look at how Sikhs deeply revere Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartapur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, that became part of Pakistan after partition. That location is now enemy territory, but Sikhs in India – and from around the world – have unfading sentimental attachment to Kartapur and look for a pilgrimage to that gurudwara. This tells us, in a parallel, about the special attachment Indian American Hindus will have for India that is full of holy sites in its rivers, mountains, puranic locales and innumerable temples. And yes, this phenomenon has a connection with the Howdy Modi event.

An average Indian American has a higher level of education than an average native American citizen. Indian Americans know very well why their education, knowledge and competence are valued and used for the development of America, but not in India which needs those human resources more dearly. They know who the villains in India are in this story – all typical Indian politicians who entrenched themselves in power throughout India for the past several years to reap personal gains, stifling merit and talent and pampering mediocrity and letting corruption grow all round.

Most  Indians  with  a  good  academic  record  and  high merit find themselves suffocated by the country’s corrupt and degraded political atmosphere and the shackles it lays on ability, personal progress and national development. Those who can get out of the country to grow and prosper do so, and many of them reach American shores. Once there, they would be happy working their talent and reaping its benefits. They would surely be contented in a life which offers clean water, good civic services, efficient transport and assured quality education for their children, which remain a dream for the people of India. But still they won’t forget their contempt and hatred for the Indian political leaders who stunted the development of a country which the emigrated Indians emotionally love.

If those Indian Americans, and possibly their children too, spot an Indian political leader whose heart beats for India and who is honest, hard-working, humble and astute, and he looks a gift of the gods for India’s redemption and development, they are overjoyed. To them, applauding and rooting for such a new-found Indian leader is like hitting back at the other grade of Indian politicians they despise for what those politicians do or did to India.  And so Modi came and conquered the hearts and minds of Indian Americans and dazzled at the NRG Stadium.  As he also spoke credibly and evocatively to Indian Americans, they naturally warmed up to Modi with euphoria – which also meant they were gleefully kicking many rascal politicians of India who all along betrayed the land those Indian Americans deem sacrosanct.  This is why Howdy Modi glowed and galvanised Indian Americans.

Can you still not grasp why the Modi magic worked with Indian Americans in Houston? Then you don’t know how Indian politicians in government, with their little minds, let down India for long. Those politicians ruled amidst the Congress party’s shoddy track record at the Centre and in many states – specifically, when the Congress has been led by Indira Gandhi and by worse leaders later. They constantly drove bright disgruntled and choiceless Indians, still loving India, out of the country. These Indians – who are now largely spread over USA, Britain and Australia – will always cheer and celebrate Modi, the different leader. But don’t worry – in India you will still benefit from Modi.

Copyright: R. Veera Ravhavan

(This article is borrowed with thanks from here)

अयोध्या राम मन्दिर के लिये खूनी संघर्ष का इतिहास

Climate Change and a Cry to Save Humanity

By: Shreepal Singh

“How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and childhood with your empty words. We will not let you get away with this. Right now is where we draw the line”, cried a 16 year old climate activist in New York outside the “Climate Summit” venue where the world leaders had gathered to deliberate the danger of climate change.  This child gave the voice, the words, to the anguish of humanity at large. The leaders of our civilization have sold us dreams – the dreams of prosperity, happiness in our life and paradise on earth. Instead what they gave us are our lost childhood and gloom in life. What we have today on our hands are not only violence all around us and our disturbed mental peace but also a hanging sword on the very existence of our life on earth. Earth is inching towards an unbearable scorching heat. During the period from 1850  to 2018, the global mean temprature  on earth has risen to 1.01 degree celcious. This trend and what we already have on our hands is deadful.

At the climate summit many leaders spoke many things. Some showed the need to act urgently to avert the coming catastrophe and some looked to the whole issue of climate change almost a non-existant one, a hoax.

The world leaders fell in a spectrum ranging from those who held “climate change” a hoax to those who undelined the need to act urgently to avert the oncoming climate change catastrophe. While the US President Donald Trump chose not to be part of this global effort, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded the world that now the time was not to talk but to act.

Suprisingly, even those who spoke of the need to act fast did not go beyond suggesting the need to cut global carbon emission by simply substituting the traditional sources of energy (carbon emmitting fosil fuel) with the renewable sources of energy (like solar energy and bio-fuel). Not even one of those who were present there dared to raise his accusing fingar at the root cause of the problem: The un-quenchable human appetite for consumption of goodies and limitless exploitation of natural resources and unbriddled production of those goodies.

What was missing from the deliberations of this gathering of humanity in New York was the absence of any suggestion of conctete and viable roadmap to address the real culprit of this problem: Our endorsement of the culture of excessive consumption.

In the face of this dreadful reality, our unwillingness to address the root cause of the problem and to persist with continuing a greedy economics is nothing but selling the empty dreams. Our wisdom lays in fabricating an alternative world civilization. We have invited the existantial threat of climate change ourselves. What we do today is this.

Remaining oblivious to our commonality of ideal, goal and fate, we pursue our petty selfish interests and mutually inimical agendas; we act in unjustified ways. We go ahead in these perilous pursuits doggedly and pretend otherwise hypocritically. Because of our unreasonable conduct we bring on Earth uncomfortable conditions and perilous circumstances for life. Because of these antagonistic stands, we have disputes – serious disputes – among us that can destroy us. With all this knowledge, how come we do not mend our ways? It is because of our greed for more wealth. Our education, our mission of life, our whole civilization is geared to amass more and more wealth. We have been taught wealth gives us happiness and more wealth gives us more hapiness. We have been fooled into believing that the limitless wealth gives us the limitless happiness. It is factually wrong. We have been sold this dream to become wealthy in whatever way possible – merciless competition, unethical violence and what not – and become happy. The pursuit of this dream has brought this dreadful climate change. If we do not check our way of life soon – notwithstanding solar energy or other inexhaustable sources of energy – we will be putting an end to our existence as happy life thriving on earth. What is the way out of this predicament for us? It is to become wise. It is to turn to reality. It is to turn ourselves towards an internal peace of mind and heart. There is an ancient discipline of this knowledge, which is called Yoga. Yoga is not to be confused with the physical exercise that people take to keep them fit in their body. Yoga is deeper and involves the voluntary transformation of one’s body, emotitions, mind and beyond them into subtle dimensions of human consciousnessness. And, it is not religion.

Yoga in its impact on human mind is so powerful that its education in our academic institutions can bring a fundamental shift in human behavior and in economic institutions of our civilization. Economics is founded on the demand (of consumers) and the supply (of commodities). The knowledge of Yoga has the power to change the priorities of our life. As economic activities of production, distribution and consumption of commodities are dependent on normal human behavior, a change in this behavior is sure to bring a tectonic change in the economic model that we follow today.

The academic education of Yoga is sure to create a new perception of life and awareness to cater to the needs of that perception. And, in turn, such spiritual awareness will kick-start a chain reaction: Change in normal human behavior would result in lesser demands; lesser industrial activities; lesser production; lesser global warming; lesser crimes (born out of the decreasing resources and increasing competition to possess them); and lesser social immorality.

We already know that economic prosperity and wealth, beyond a certain limit, do not necessarily bring more happiness in our life. This wisdom coupled with the education of Yoga can usher us into a new age of a simpler and enlightened life. History teaches us that knowledge, education and awareness have great impact on our way of life, personal and social both.

सबेरा होता है, होता आया है – एक कविता

दिनेश चन्द्र मिश्रा, एडवोकेट

पीढ़ियां गुजर गयीं पीढ़ियों से पूछते पूछते, … ऐसा होता है तो क्यों होता आया है?

इसके होते रहने में वर्तमान को … क्यों बकरा बनाया जाता है ॽ

दिवानगी किसी की कुछ कर गुजरने की … तो दिवानगी से हजार सवाल होता है।

होता है, होता आया है … पीढी दर पीढी उत्तर विहीन है।

प्रश्नोत्तर परंपरा मे लचर कवच है  … घराने की उत्तम अनुवांशिकता।

साल दर साल लगे इसे समझने मे  … कदाचित यह तो कदाचार की पंघत है।

तो निर्णय की अपराधिता में … भावी पीढ़ी किस कदर रहबर हैॽ

मन की जीत के एहसासी पूर्वज को. … न मन मिला न मिला मनमीत,

गर्दन में लटकते शीले से घुटने हो रहे लहूलुहान … हारी हुई बाजी पर इंसानियत के लवादे डाल कर

वीतरागी तान पर सोता आया है … होता है, होता आया है।

प्रारब्ध के ब्रह्मास्त्र से. … हारे को हरिनाम लेता है, लेता आया है।

पूर्वजों की यही आन बान और शान,  … पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी हतप्रभ हैं आज की संतान।

पर कभी तो सबेरा होता है … होता है, होता आया है।

इतनी लम्बी भी थी रात … सबेरा आया है, तो सबेरा आया है।

राम-मय थाईलैंड, स्वर्णभूमि, अतुल्य तेज भूमिबल और भारत मे राम पर सवाल

लेखक: यू एस कुन्तल

भारत के बाहर थाईलेंड में आज भी संवैधानिक रूप में राम राज्य है l वहां भगवान राम के छोटे पुत्र कुश के वंशज सम्राट “भूमिबल अतुल्य तेज ” राज्य कर रहे हैं , जिन्हें नौवां राम कहा जाता है।

आऔ, भगवान राम के संक्षिप्त इतिहास पर एक नजर डालें। वाल्मीकि रामायण एक धार्मिक ग्रन्थ होने के साथ एक ऐतिहासिक ग्रन्थ भी है , क्योंकि महर्षि वाल्मीकि राम के समकालीन थे, रामायण के बालकाण्ड के सर्ग, 70 / 71 और 73 में राम और उनके तीनों भाइयों के विवाह का वर्णन है, जिसका सारांश यह है:

मिथिला के राजा सीरध्वज थे, जिन्हें लोग विदेह भी कहते थे । उनकी पत्नी का नाम सुनेत्रा ( सुनयना ) था, जिनकी पुत्री सीता जी थीं, जिनका विवाह राम से हुआ था l राजा जनक के कुशध्वज नामके भाई थे l इनकी राजधानी सांकाश्य नगर थी जो इक्षुमती नदी के किनारे थी l इन्होंने अपनी बेटी उर्मिला का लक्षमण से, मांडवी का भरत से, और श्रुतिकीति का विवाह शत्रुघ्न से कराया था। केशव दास रचित ”रामचन्द्रिका“ पृष्ठ 354 (प्रकाशन संवत 1715) के अनुसार, राम और सीता के पुत्र लव और कुश, लक्ष्मण और उर्मिला के पुत्र अंगद और चन्द्रकेतु , भरत और मांडवी के पुत्र पुष्कर और तक्ष, शत्रुघ्न और श्रुतिकीर्ति के पुत्र सुबाहु और शत्रुघात हुए थे।

भगवान राम के समय मे ही उनके राज्य का बँटवारा इस तरह हो गया था। पश्चिम में लव को लवपुर (लाहौर ), पूर्व में कुश को कुशावती, तक्ष को तक्षशिला, अंगद को अंगद नगर, चन्द्रकेतु को चंद्रावती मिले थे। कुश ने अपना राज्य पूर्व की तरफ फैलाया और एक नाग वंशी कन्या से विवाह किया था। थाईलैंड के राजा उसी कुश के वंशज हैं l इस वंश को “चक्री वंश कहा जाता है l चूँकि राम को विष्णु का अवतार माना जाता है और विष्णु का आयुध चक्र है इसी लिए थाईलेंड के लोग चक्री वंश के हर राजा को “राम” की उपाधि देकर नाम के साथ संख्या दे देते हैं l जैसे अभी राम (9th ) राजा हैं जिनका नाम “भूमिबल अतुल्य तेज ” है।

थाईलैंड मे भी एक अयोध्या है। लोग थाईलैंड की राजधानी को अंग्रेजी में बैंगकॉक ( Bangkok ) कहते हैं, क्योंकि इसका सरकारी नाम इतना बड़ा है कि इसे विश्व का सबसे बडा नाम माना जाता है। इसका नाम संस्कृत शब्दों से मिल कर बना है, देवनागरी लिपि में पूरा नाम इस प्रकार है “क्रुंग देव महानगर अमर रत्न कोसिन्द्र महिन्द्रायुध्या महा तिलक भव नवरत्न रजधानी पुरी रम्य उत्तम राज निवेशन महास्थान अमर विमान अवतार स्थित शक्रदत्तिय विष्णु कर्म प्रसिद्धि”!

थाई भाषा में इस पूरे नाम में कुल 163 अक्षरों का प्रयोग किया गया है। इस नाम की एक और विशेषता है l इसे बोला नहीं बल्कि गा कर कहा जाता है l कुछ लोग आसानी के लिए इसे “महेंद्र अयोध्या ” भी कहते है l अर्थात इंद्र द्वारा निर्मित महान अयोध्या। थाई लैंड के जितने भी राम (राजा) हुए हैं सभी इसी अयोध्या में रहते आये हैं।

हम कह सकते हैं कि असली राम राज्य थाईलैंड में है। बौद्ध होने के बावजूद थाईलैंड के लोग अपने राजा को राम का वंशज होने से विष्णु का अवतार मानते हैं, इसलिए, थाईलैंड में एक तरह से राम राज्य है l वहां के राजा को भगवान श्रीराम का वंशज माना जाता है, थाईलैंड में संवैधानिक लोकतंत्र की स्थापना 1932 में हुई।

भगवान राम के वंशजों की यह स्थिति है कि उन्हें निजी अथवा सार्वजनिक तौर पर कभी भी विवाद या आलोचना के घेरे में नहीं लाया जा सकता है। वे पूजनीय हैं। थाई शाही परिवार के सदस्यों के सम्मुख थाई जनता उनके सम्मानार्थ सीधे खड़ी नहीं हो सकती है बल्कि उन्हें झुक कर खडे़ होना पड़ता है। उनकी तीन पुत्रियों में से एक हिन्दू धर्म की मर्मज्ञ मानी जाती हैं।

थाईलैंड का राष्ट्रीय ग्रन्थ रामायण है । यद्यपि थाईलैंड में थेरावाद बौद्ध के लोग बहुसंख्यक हैं, फिर भी वहां का राष्ट्रीय ग्रन्थ रामायण है। जिसे थाई भाषा में ”राम कियेन” कहते हैं l जिसका अर्थ राम कीर्ति होता है, जो वाल्मीकि रामायण पर आधारित है l इस ग्रन्थ की मूल प्रति सन 1767 में नष्ट हो गयी थी, जिससे चक्री राजा प्रथम राम (1736–1809), ने अपनी स्मरण शक्ति से फिर से लिख लिया था l थाईलैंड में रामायण को राष्ट्रिय ग्रन्थ घोषित करना इसलिए संभव हुआ, क्योंकि वहां भारत की तरह दोगले हिन्दू नहीं है, जो नाम के हिन्दू हैं। दोगले हिन्दु ही हिन्दुओं के दुश्मन बन गये हैं l

थाई लैंड में राम कियेन पर आधारित नाटक और कठपुतलियों का प्रदर्शन देखना धार्मिक कार्य माना जाता है l राम कियेन के मुख्य पात्रों के नाम इस प्रकार हैं-
1. राम (राम)
2. लक (लक्ष्मण)
3. पाली (बाली)
4. सुक्रीप (सुग्रीव)
5. ओन्कोट (अंगद)
6. खोम्पून ( जाम्बवन्त )
7. बिपेक ( विभीषण )
8. तोतस कन (दशकण्ठ) रावण
9. सदायु ( जटायु )
10. सुपन मच्छा (शूर्पणखा)
11. मारित ( मारीच )
12. इन्द्रचित (इंद्रजीत) मेघनाद

थाईलैंड में हिन्दू देवी देवताऔ के नाम इसी तरह हैं ।
थाईलैंड में बौद्ध बहुसंख्यक और हिन्दू अल्प संख्यक हैं l लेकिन वहां कभी भी सम्प्रदायवादी दंगे नहीं हुए l भारत मे सम्प्रदायिक दन्गे क्यों होते हैं, यह इस देश के सामने एक विचारणीय प्रश्न है। थाई लैंड में बौद्ध भी जिन हिन्दू देवताओं की पूजा करते है, उनके नाम इस प्रकार हैं:
1. ईसुअन (ईश्वन) ईश्वर शिव
2. नाराइ (नारायण) विष्णु
3. फ्रॉम (ब्रह्म) ब्रह्मा
4. इन ( इंद्र )
5. आथित (आदित्य) सूर्य
6 . पाय ( पवन ) वायु

थाईलैंड का राष्ट्रीय चिन्ह गरुड़ है । गरुड़ एक बड़े आकार का पक्षी है, जो लगभग लुप्त हो गया है l अंगरेजी में इसे ब्राह्मणी पक्षी (The Brahminy Kite ) कहा जाता है, इसका वैज्ञानिक नाम “Haliastur Indus” है l फ्रैंच पक्षी विशेषज्ञ मथुरिन जैक्स ब्रिसन ने इसे सन 1760 में पहली बार देखा था और इसका नाम Falco Indus रख दिया था । इसने दक्षिण भारत के पाण्डिचेरी शहर के पहाड़ों में गरुड़ देखा था l इस से सिद्ध होता है कि गरुड़ काल्पनिक पक्षी नहीं है l इसीलिए भारतीय पौराणिक ग्रंथों में गरुड़ को विष्णु का वाहन माना गया है l

चूँकि राम विष्णु के अवतार हैं और थाईलैंड के राजा राम के वंशज है, और बौद्ध होने पर भी हिन्दू धर्म पर अटूट आस्था रखते हैं, इसलिए उन्होंने ”गरुड़” को राष्ट्रीय चिन्ह घोषित किया है l यहां तक कि थाई संसद के सामने गरुड़ बना हुआ है।

यहां सुवर्णभूमि नाम का हवाई अड्डा है । हम इसे हिन्दुओं की कमजोरी समझें या दुर्भाग्य, क्योंकि हिन्दू बहुल देश होने पर भी देश के कई शहरों के नाम मुस्लिम हमलावरों या बादशाहों के नामों पर हैं l यहाँ राजधानी दिल्ली तक मे मुख्य मार्गों के नाम मुग़ल शाशकों के नाम पर हैं l जैसे हुमायूँ रोड, अकबर रोड, औरंगजेब रोड इत्यादि । इसके विपरीत थाईलैंड की राजधानी के हवाई अड्डे का नाम सुवर्ण भूमि है l यह आकार के मुताबिक दुनिया का दूसरे नंबर का एयर पोर्ट है l इसका क्षेत्रफल 563,000 स्क्वेअर मीटर है। इसके स्वागत हाल के अंदर समुद्र मंथन का दृश्य बना हुआ है l पौराणिक कथा के अनुसार देवोँ और असुरों ने अमृत निकालने के लिए समुद्र का मंथन किया था l इसके लिए रस्सी के लिए वासुकि नाग, मथानी के लिए मेरु पर्वत का प्रयोग किया था l नाग के फन की तरफ असुर और पुंछ की तरफ देवता थे। मथानी को स्थिर रखने के लिए कच्छप के रूप में विष्णु थे l जो भी व्यक्ति इस ऐयर पोर्ट के हॉल मे जाता है वह यह दृश्य देख कर मन्त्र मुग्ध हो जाता है।

इस लेख का उदेश्य लोगों को यह बताना है कि असली सेकुलरज्म क्या होता है, यह थाईलैंड से सीखो l अपनी संस्कृति की उपेक्षा कर के कोई भी समाज अधिक दिनों तक जीवित नहीं रह सकती। आजकल सेकुलर गिरोह के मरीच सनातन संस्कृति की उपेक्षा और उपहास एक सोची समझी साजिश के तहत कर रहे हैं और अपनी संस्कृति से अनजान नवीन पीढ़ी अन्धों की तरह उनका अनुकरण कर रही है।

क्या अपने पूर्वजों को भूल कर, उनका तिरस्कार करके और उनके वजूद पर ही सवाल उठा कर सेक्यूलरिज्म स्थापित होता है? लानत है ऐसे सक्यूलरिज्म पर, लानत है ऐसे भारतवासियों पर जो ऐसे सक्यूलरिज्म का गुणगान करते हैं और इसे भारत की शान बताते हैं। भारत विदेशी हमलावरों का हजारों वर्षों तक शिकार रहा और उन्होने जो चाहा सो किया, पर इसका यह मतलब तो नही कि हम उनका गुणगान करें, उनके नाम पर सडके रखे, अपने पूर्वजों को तिरस्कृत करें और उनके वजूद और उनके जन्म स्थान पर ही कोर्ट कचहरी मे सवाल करें।

तेजी से बदलती और अपने धार्मिक व राजनैतिक प्रभुत्व को किसी भी तरह स्थापित करने वाली इस दुनिया मे भारतवासियों को जागना होगा – और तेजी से जागना होगा – और इस भयावह स्तिथी को बदलना होगा।

Atomic War, World Politics, Diplomacy and Security of India

Pakistan is mischieviously oblivious of its Hindu roots and is obsessed in a sinister manner to destroy the “Hindu” India. Pakistan has fought war upon war against this Hindu India since the day one – the day it was created in 1947 out of this Hindu India. It invaded India’s one part in 1948, which part was acceded to India by its Hindu ruler Hari Singh when the British left India and made Hari Singh free to chose to either merge with Pakistan or India or remain independent country. This Pakistan again fought war with India in 1965, 1972 (when Bangladesh was carved by India out of it), in Kargil and ceaseless efforts to send religious terrorists to infiltrate India.

Pakistan is a country that has no historical roots, lives in the past gone by times and day dreams to bring that past in future. It is an artificial creation, intentionally created by crafty British colonists and founded on religious hatred against its parent country, that is, Hindu India.

It is a truth that Pakistan – as it is politically and culturally constituted today – is an eternal enemy of India. It is devoted to this enmity with its heart and mind.

War of Pakistan with India is not a possibility but a constant reality. And, it will continue so till Pakistan is what it is today.

A new element has entered into this eternal enmity of Pakistan with India – Pakistan has acquired atomic weapons.

So does India possess these atomic weapons.

Atomic war is an unthinkable catastrophe for those who attack with these weapons and for those who are so atted acked. It is unthinkable. It is only a matter who is troydestroyed first and who is destroyed second. It does not matter who is destroyed first, because both are destroyed in the process. And they take down others also – in millions – with them.

But for a religiously bigotted country like Pakistan an unthinkable proposition is also a thinkable thing. What makes an unthinkable proposition a viable solution for Pakistani leadership is that they have religious considerations like being rewarded in the after-world with beautiful demsels in multitude (72 in number) when they die fighting non-believers (in Islam), like Hindus of India. They are so religiously begotted that they have firm belief in such things. For this gain – the rewards in the after-world after their death – they are willing to fight even with atomic weapons.

Let the humanity be put on notice of this danger coming out of this religiously bigotted country. Faced with this reality, any country including India will do whatever it is necessary to do to decimate such danger. This much about the danger to humanity emanating from religious fundamentalism of this country.

If it happens, how the world politics and dilomacy will play its role? Who will do what? Watch this sensible video:

Antidote to Terrorism

By: Shreepal Singh

All humans are same but their thoughts make them different. Thoughts do not remain thoughts, they translate into actions. The leading thinkers of the western world, since the Classical Times (days of Plato, Arestotal etc.) to Renaissance and even now in 21st century, have been fascinated with the idea of equality of all humans. The institution of democracy invented by the west is founded on the corner stone of this idea.

In the physical anatomy all humans are similar but it is not this anatomy that they are entirely made-up of. The life goes below and above this anatomy, of which now our science is well aware. The domain of physical anatomy of life goes to its very bottom, that is, the life of animals having only one cell, and founded on its DNA..

All life in its biological foundation shares some basic and similar working principles but still this life interacts with the outside world of its environment in different ways. In its action in the outside world, life is not similar. It is not equal, it is different.

Life rising above its anatomy too is not similar. In humans, there are thoughts, which are an extention of life. This extention of life above anatomy does not end at thoughts; there are dimensions of life which are much beyond thoughts and our science – psychology and para-psychology – is making stride into this new branch of knowledge.

Humans have thoughts and that makes them different from one another. It is not necessary that a thought would find a place in the head of one person only. A thought – an idea – may grip the minds of a large group of people.

Thoughts or ideas may be dangerous – sometimes most dangerous. If they are translated into action, they may destroy a large number of human beings; in this atomic age they may destroy even the entire humanity – and along with humanity all life on earth. Such is the power of thoughts.

The most disquietening thing today in this advanced scientific age is the fact that our world is mostly dominated – and is run – by thoughts and ideas. There are innocent ideas; there are dangerous ideas; there are complex ideas – and simple ideas, the ideas that are political, economic, religious, emotional in nàture. There are all sorts of ideas and they compete with each other to dominate and subdue the rival ones. It is voletile situation.

Suppose, a dangerous religious idea gripping a large number of people gets dominance – say, Islamic idea of killing all those who refuse to convert to its fold! And, suppose they come to hold atomic weapons to fulfil their – this – idea into action! It is not far fatched supposition; it is a reality already existing. Anyone with sane mind can visualize the catastrophe that it would bring to entire humanity.

How to get out of the realm of ideas – all ideas? How to become sane in our actions? Is there any way?

Yes, an ancient knowledge that India has preserved since ages has a solution.

There is a science of “controlling – and even stopping” thoughts, thoughts of all kinds. Wow!

It is known as “Yoga” and the very opening sentence of “Yoga Sutra” (of ancient sage Patanjli) describes this science dealing with “Chitta Vritti Nirodh” – that is, controlling or taming the propensity – habit – of our mind.

One cannot – and should not try to – control one’s thoughts, which look to us as our own thoughts but are not so in their origin. It is an intricate science, which has its own safety rules. The first thing in this science is to prepare yourself – physically and mentally – ready, willing and capable to control your thoughts. It is the most appropriate point at this stage to inform the reader that the purpose of “controlling thoughts” etc. is not to control them for the sake of control. The purpose is something else, and very sublime in nature, and it is out of context to dwel on the same here.

To prepare oneself, one has to commence with the change in one’s way of life and thinking. How? The first thing is to practice “Yam”. What is Yam? 1. Ahimsa – that is, commiting no violence against any life. 2. Satya – that is, always speaking truth. 3. Asteya, that is, not to covet, not to steal, not to take what does not belong to you. 4. Brahmcharya, that is, abstaining from sex. 5. Aparigrah, that is, not to hoard or keep with you more than what is ethically required. These are the rules of Yam. Then, there are next steps with their associated rules: Niyam; Aasan; Pranayam; Dharna; Dhyan; Samadhi. All these have elaborate rules, which need to be observed for your own safety. It is obvious that all these rules are not the matter of mental thinking but a matter of practicing them in life. They are the rules of conduct. If practiced in conduct, they bring a radical change in one’s thoughts. Still, observing these rules of conduct is just the first step towards “controlling” one’s thoughts (Chitta Vritti Nirodh) – there are yet many more and subtle measures, like Niyam, Aasan, Prztyahar, Dharna, Dhyan, Samadhi etc. All these measures when mastered by one, make him / her the master of one’s complete self, including quieting one’s all thoughts. In Samadhi you have no thoughts whatsoever but a peaceful consciousness of your existance. Humanity needs to know this science in this age of atomic bombs.

Let the humanity learn this science – for the sake of its own good and welfare in the face of dangerous ideas equipped with atomic weapons.

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