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.
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