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Awakening the Hindu Conscience

Awakening the Hindu Conscience



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A lecture on India's root cause of various problems by Satguru Sivananda Murty Garu. Hope it wakes up the conscience of Hindus.
A lecture on India's root cause of various problems by Satguru Sivananda Murty Garu. Hope it wakes up the conscience of Hindus.

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AwakeningThe Hindu’s Conscience
Satguru Sivananda Murty Garu
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Awakening The Hindu’s Conscience
(Satguru Sivananda Murty Garu's discourse on Citizenship & Sanathana Dharma at PSSSchool, Chennai for Dharma Rakshana Samithi on Nov 2
 2007)Vaagarthau iva Samprukthau vaagartha prathipathaye jagatha: pitharou vande Parvathi Parameshwarou
(oh!Theparents of theWorld, Parvathi and Parameshwara, who are inseparable like the wordand itsmeaning, I salute you, to attain expertise in words and theirmeanings)
 Mahaganapatye namah, Bharata maatare namah!
Namaskar to everybody! Certain basic concepts have to be very clearinour mindsbeforewe launch uponany activity related totheSocietytoday.What aretheproblems? What are the solutions? Wheredothese problems originate and wheredo thesolutions to the problems of  thedayalsooriginate? Most of us arenothappy with whatisgoing onin thiscountry. We are all aware that something is going terribly wrong somewhere in our public life,betheycultural, administrativeorwhatever.I am nottoo well today.Ihope Iwillbe able to spend some useful moments with you and at the outsetI amthankful to Manyasri Sundaram and my friends in Sanatana Dharma services.Dharma Rakshana Samithi is Sanathana Dharma Samithi! They are not different. TheDharmawearetrying toprotect is Sanathana Dharma. Supposewe go to a foreign land and somebody asks us whatisHinduism and its basic tenets? Are we prepared to give him abrief answer within a few minutes? To be able toanswer this questionina succinct and quick way we have to have a wide range of understanding, some depth of understanding and some clarity about it. With lot of understanding only we will be able to deliver a few sentences relevant to the situations, liketo teach a 10
class in a school one has to be Master of Arts. The required knowledge is somuch so that we deliver a part of it relevantly, comprehensibly and with clarity.I have met many people in this country or Indonesia or Malaysia or other countries likeUSA. They all listen to many great scholars and spiritual teachers from India. No doubt thespeakers are very learned, they are having a deep knowledge about the Indian culture orHindu culture in particular but I found that still, those listeners spoken to are not clear aboutwhat they have heard. They still have the fundamental questions lingering in their minds asbefore even after listening to these speeches.Today, we are going through a world of intellectualism.
The mind 
 more active than the heart so we have to meet the questioning mind with an answering mind backed up by a true heart.
Basically our understanding must be deep and must be felt by ourselves first.Then we can deliver a few sentences with some relevance. For example, some Americansasked me, "Swamiji! When do you think the backwardness of India will disappear?" I saidIndia is not backward. Now I cannot quote Upanishads before an American. That isirrelevant to him. He means materialistic welfare and he immediately shot back with aquestion, "How do you say that India is not backward?" So, at his level, a different kind of answer is required. About 10 years ago in New York somebody put this question. I said.'Look my dear American friend! Today there are 49000 Indian doctors in the universities of America in the clinics of America treating the Americans; about 250,000 Indian Engineers
are working in various fields in America. India has not imported a single American whetherit is a Doctor or as an Engineer; who is backward? How do you say India is backward?' Thatis quite relevant to the American mind. He is more than satisfied. Talk of spirituality, it isGreek and Latin to him and he doesn't follow your language at all. Materialistic explanationhas to meet the materialistic questioning but that is not enough for us. We have to have someclarity of understanding as to what is India.Way back in 1948-49 some journalists used to funnily refer to India." The constitution saysIndia that is Bharat." That is where the constitution starts. The journalists used to make funof it by saying “India that was Bharat." None else than Babu Rao Patel who was a journalistof the filmdom used to say India "that was Bharat." His understanding of the current India isquite clear. We started with this understanding in the days of independence.We got our independence but then, who got this independence? Is it independence of theBritish subjected India, modern India, old India, and medieval India, which India got itsindependence? That is the relevant question. We could successfully drive out the Britishers.In fact if you go through the history and the many events that preceded the Independence saysomething like 1944-47 you will see a great sense of urgency and anxiety to take over thepower even without a clear plan of action as to what we would like to do with India of ourown. Why do you want independence? What you would like to do with this independentIndia? What is it that you are not able to do if the British are present? Well if the Britishleave India what is it that you would like to do?People had funny ideas .The common man was told you can travel free in the railway trains!The common man was gullible enough to believe that. Or, you don't have to pay taxes orthings like that. I would be excused if I say that the poor masses were taken for a ride evenby the public speakers at that time. Why? The leaders wanted the mass support to-fightagainst the British. The mass support was massive without understanding the need forindependence except some utopian promises and hopes that were nourished and nurtured intheir minds. Now what kind of India we got?It was departure of the British and India was divided into Muslim India and Hindu MuslimIndia; that is the division. Let us clearly understand this. Hindu Muslim India alreadyexisted; we got the same continuation of the Hindu Muslim India minus their exclusiveMuslim India. This is what we gained! At what cost? If only you understand how much of crime, destruction, displacement of millions of people that took place! Every family lost atleast one or two members, not in the struggle for freedom but in the process of independence. Struggle was more peaceful than the process of Independence. Struggle wentfor a long time but so many people were not killed but only in the partition I wonder how acountry can afford to lose so many people for something which is going to be celebrated bythe leaders. Whose celebration is it?Was it the people's celebration? No it was apolitical celebration. Those who took over power,the reins of power into their hands they celebrated. People were not in a mood to celebrate;not even a smile could be seen anywhere around Delhi on any face; people living in IndianPunjab lost their kith and kin in the Pakistan Punjab; people migrated; people were all livingon the streets of Delhi. A beautiful well-organized capital of British Capital of India becamea huge slum. They had nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep and crying over what they lost - notonly properties but members of their family. It was such a tragic situation. I was a witness toit and then I reacted. I interacted with many people who narrated their stories of suffering,

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