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THIS IS A „GUNA- DOSHA PARIKSHA‟ OF SRI RAJIV MALHOTRA‟S “BEING DIFFERENT”


[EXAMINING THE POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE BOOK]

IN TWO PARTS *

By GP.Srinivasan

PART 1

31.1.2012

KALI YUGABDI 5112


Khara Varsham

CONTENTS

PART 1:
GUNA DOSHA PARIKSHA
WITH PURVA PAKSHA
ON THE STRANGE CASE OF NON -REACTING HINDUS

PART 2:
GUNA DOSHA PARIKSHA
WITH PURVA PAKSHA
ON THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF PARANGIKKAI SYNDROME

Foot note:*„Guna- Dosha Pariksha‟ is in the pure Bharatiya tradition of going into merits and demerits of a grantha
immediately after it comes into existence.

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THIS IS A „GUNA- DOSHA PARIKSA ‟ OF SRI RAJIV MALHOTRA‟S “BEING DIFFERENT”

[EXAMINING THE POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE BOOK]

By GP.Srinivasan

Where will you send an SOS?


What would you do as an Individual living in a small town in India, when you receive message an
SMS in the midnight, asking you to respond .The message is short and crisp: “Urgent. We need
endorsements from Acharyas of established Mutts that Prabhupada‟s „Bhagavad Gita As it is‟, is the
same as original Bhagavad Gita and there are no deviations. We want to submit those certificates in
a Siberian court. Urgent. We have only two more days. The case would be coming up for hearing on
the 28 December 2012. The message was received on 26 December 12.45 AM. What would you do
at that hour? Where will you turn for help? Who will help you? The case against Gita would be
coming up for hearing in 72 hours in a faraway place Tomsk, ( have you heard the name before?) in
Siberia ! Where will you pass on that message as an SOS? Which Hindu Mutt or Acharya will respond
at that hour in such short notice?

Civilization under attack

Is it necessary to reply to critics? To be more specific, should critics of our civilization be answered?
Do the critics deserve a reply? “What are you going get by replying to critics”. “By your criticism
“you will be giving them free advertisement”; “Why do you give them importance”? “Better do not
reply” are some of the reasons given by protagonists, as to why critics must not be rebutted. Some
people say “it is essential to give a reply in a fitting manner; without which, the troublemaker will
continue with his ways”. The others counter: “by reply alone, will you satisfy your critics?” and if that
is the case by this time all the critics would have been silenced, and then quickly ask, “What would
you do with habitual offenders”? “Do they not need different ways of handling?” Here we are talking
about Civilizational Critics, not Political, Cricket, Cinema or Music Critics. Some assert if we don‟t
tackle the problem now, it will destroy us totally.

APEX INSTITUTION - ASAP

Here we are talking about the need for creation of Institutions at the Apex level that will handle and
rebut officially with the full authority invested in the body to which could sent SOS from any part of
the world by any Hindu that will be processed further automatically to deliver the necessary
response in a fitting rejoinder.

UNEQUAL POWER POSITION

As I browsed through the 15 years archives, I found that the critics of India occupy very high
positions of power in big institutions. These multinational institutions have deep pockets, political
clout, muscle power and religious affiliations. Against this back drop, Hindus are no match because
there is no single institution worth its name to act as counterbalance to tackle the danger. Many
Hindus are interested in tackling the hazard, but do not how? They are quite knowledgeable, but
they do not have the time, they have the will but there are no support structures. We have seen
Problems emerge suddenly as the Gita case, and to understand the intricacies of the problem that
has suddenly emerged in the last one hour, throws us out of gear, leave alone acting alone in our
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capacities as a common member of the Hindu Society. We are no match to the power and reach of
Christian organizations like CBCI and the big media houses that are under their influence.

NO 911 for HINDUS

I have seen hundreds of cases, where an aggrieved Hindu, could not make himself heard to correct
any misrepresentations, made against him/her. Instead it has lead to further suppressing the
corrections issued, the aggrieved person, by those who made the accusations in the first place, in
the media. This leads to uneven, unfair, and asymmetric views paraded the market place- against
Hindus, Hindu Sanyasis, Hindu Ashrams, Hindu Temples and customs. It is difficult to change the
situation immediately. I am not going to go into details as there are thousands of cases across the
country. If at all there is an Institutions and office set up, it will be overflowing with complaints. The
complexity of each case will require deft handling, and each case will require a separate folder, and
a separate case officer to deal with.

GROUND REALITY WAS UNDERSTOOD BY PIONEERS

In my opinion there are less than few dozen individuals, among a billion strong Hindus who have
been consistently working, to cope up with the bizarre situation. This is the ground reality. To
correct the anomaly late Sri Sitaram Goel established the Voice of India publications in New Delhi.
He brought out extremely relevant publications in a very professional way. Late Sri Ram Swarap also
of the VOI, made a magnificent contributions for the first time, in an extremely polite language in a
book “The Hindu View of Christianity and Islam”. In the Hindu method of questioning, Sri Goel took
upon on his shoulders, to challenge the giants like the CBCI and Vatican, by publishing “Papacy: Its
history and Doctrine”. Sri Ram Swarup challenged the Pope John Paul II with his: “Pope John Paul on
Eastern Religions and Yoga, A Hindu Buddhist Rejoinder”; and “A Hindu view of Christianity and
Islam”. Together they brought the doctrines of Christianity and Islam, for scrutiny for the first time
by Hindu experts.

In every society in every feeble situation there are people who rose up to the occasion and
responded even during the worst conditions. The inspiration for Sri Goel and Ram Swarap was
Swami Vivekananda, who lived some 80 years before them. Swamiji not only spoke about the
universal applicability of Hinduism on the American soil, and also stiffly challenged the Critics on
their own turf - on their own terms. Marie Lousie Burke in her monumental research study on “Swami
Vivekananda in America New Discoveries”, brought out in 1958, gives details of the pitched battles
that Swamiji had to wage in defence of Hindu Civilsation in an alien land, and hostile land . He
roared “I have a message to the west as Buddha had a massage to the east”. This quotation has been
used Marie Lousie Burke in her very first volume of the multi-volume “Swami Vivekananda in
America”: New Discoveries, 1958, by Advaitha Ashrama Calcutta, (copy right Vedanta Society of
Southern California, USA).

The Parliament of Religions can be likened to a huge boulder dropped in the middle of a
shallow pond, causing huge upheaval on all sides. Even without Swamiji the parliament would
have created no little confusion, for it was a shock to people to discover that oriental priests
were not on a level with grotesquely masked medicine men; but with Swamiji the effect was
galvanizing and permanent. (ibid. P.146).

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MYTH OF HINDU LAZINESS

In the present scenario people say, it is not their job to reply to all sundry critics and they consider it
is not their but the duty of Shankarcharyas and religious heads. I have approached many religious
heads to request them to give some official replies. I was astounded, even though these gurus are so
politically astitute that they want do not want to be „politically incorrect‟ by openly coming out. And
they do not want any „unwanted attention‟ from anti-Hindu politicians as they do get politically
motivated threats from anonymous sources like atheistic organizations leftists and Maoists etc. I had
gone to conduct an interview with the head of a Mutt in 2006 on the day when he was celebrating his
80th birth day, with thousands of followers in attendance and a good number of Non Resident
Indians. After pranams, I took my seat near his chair. He said he had received an anonymous letter,
which said “would blow up his ashram”. The seer called up his assistant and asked him to show me
the letter- the original letter having been given to the Police; the assistant brought a photo copy.
Such threats, real or imaginary, scare Hindu Gurus from coming forward to issue „politically
incorrect‟ statements. Such threats are issued by anti Hindu outfits to thwart gatherings. They see to
it the Gurus and their followers are „forbidden‟ to say anything in support of „Political Hinduism‟,
which Dr.Elst describes incorrectly as “laziness” in his HK post.

ABBE‟ DUBOIS TO ARYA MAYAI

I have been in touch with many Hindus who have been working hard to improve their situation in all
fronts and also to preserve their knowledge and defend their culture. I am going tell about some
activities that I came across, in the last 10 years. The Dravidian movement gives credit to Abbe
Dubois and his criticisms in his „‟Hindu manners and customs‟‟ where he attacked Brahmins. Former
Chief Minister of Tamilnadu C.N Annadurai wrote „Arya Mayai‟, many years before he became CM,
where he was regurgitating from Abbe Dubois‟ book. Abbe Dubois was the French padre, in the 17th
century India, who forged the prevalent „European prejudices onto Indians”. He imported them into
India like anti-Jews stand. In 40 years of his stay in India, under Hindu hospitality, in Chatrams
constructed by Rajas, and ate the food provided by them, while travelling by foot, from place to
place, eat his meal in Chatrams and sleep in Chavdis, where he could convert few beggars, urchins,
vagabonds and lepers. He failed in mission in a letter as he wrote to his superiors he in his entire
time of 42 years spent in India, he could convert few beggars, urchins, vagabonds, widows, and
orphans and lepers. He attacked Brahmins as the vilest creatures on earth,as they stood in the way of
conversions. This was the beginning of material of Brahmin hatred in Christian produced literature,
which came in handy for the latter Dravidian Movement. Brahmins were attacked in every street
corner meetings and in every publication. Like the fascist of Italy they wore black shirts, and roamed
all over Tamilnadu in groups, bicycles, vans and buses, calling Brahmins, „Aryans‟ „cutting their
tufts‟ and „removing their poonols‟ (Sacred threads) in many places physically attacking them. In
some places Brahmins retaliated. Brahmins were denied job opportunities by Government policies.
Thousands went to north India in the 1930s, to places like Nagpur, Bhopal, Bombay and Calcutta,
where they found good jobs in Railways and Industries settled down. This was followed by another
wave of exodus in the 1968 after DMK came to power, and later on continued. The intellectuals of
Tamilnadu went out of the state, in the first stage, and in the second stage they went out of India due
oppressive Dravidian ideology. The United States welcomed them under so many grants and
fellowships Sir CV Raman, (Noble prize winner) Srinivasa Ramanujam (math‟s prodigy), Dr.

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Viswanathan Anand (International grand master in Chess) were some of the noteworthy members
from this small community of Tamilnadu. Not much has been studied about this period, {from the
side of Brahmins} that were born citizens of the land, and whose fathers were also born in the same
land but were driven out by ideological frenzy of mobs to perceived ,real, and misunderstood
injustices committed by their ancestors. It was in some way reminiscence of attacks on Jews carried
out by Christians in Europe. {My own youngest brother was a merit student in the first batch of Plus 2
in Tamilnadu, 1981 batch; a state rank holder joined MBBS under merit quota when he was 16. We
never knew that Government colleges in Tamilnadu were infested with DK ideology. In those days
there were no private colleges or donation colleges. In the very first month he was attacked by DK
student‟s wing hooligans in the college hostel. He was in coma for three days, and slowly brought
back. Even though he completed his education, his system was completely damaged, that he is
unable to practice medicine even after 32 years, though we have spent a fortune on his treatment.
The culprits, fellow student doctors, senior students were never arrested, never prosecuted, never
brought before justice, probably will never see jail in their life times and by now, well settled and
happily practicing as respectable doctors.}

TECTONIC SHOCK

The notion that Brahmins were Aryans and the situation was first reversed in the public spaces and
the Credit goes veteran journalist, K.C.Lakshmi Narayanan who worked for Dinamani (an Indian
express group of Publications), took upon himself the assignment to document an five volume
directory, “Who‟s who” of Tamilnadu Brahmins and the significant contributions made by them in
the last 2200 years since the last Sangam age up to the present times to the society, state, language,
culture and religion, science, education, freedom struggle, medicine, etc. It was no doubt a
monumental feat. KCL was in his late seventies and had undergone a heart operation. The directory
brought out startling facts. It was a shell shock to DMK when it came to know that the author of
Tholkappiam (ancient Tamil grammar) was a Brahmin. The directory was a mega project initiated by
Swami Jayendra Saraswathy of Kanchi Mutt, under the leadership of Neuro Surgeon Dr.
S.Ramamurthy and Tambras (Tamilnadu Brahmins association)]. The author did not stop with that
work and edited a two volumes 800 page “Thamizhaga Anthanargal Varalaru”, (History of Tamilnadu
Brahmins) an ideological work where, the centre piece “Viyathgu Arya Nagarikam” was
demolishing of the Aryan Race myth by Dr.T.N Ramachandran D.Litt, quoting profusely from ancient
literature and Voice of India publications. Ten years ago this was like a tectonic shock of 8 Richter
scale, to the protagonists of Aryan Invasion Myth.

AUTHOR THREATENED

I was in his house of the author at Anna Nagar Chennai, when he narrated how DK goons gate
crashed into his house the previous evening, called him out of the compound, and threatened him.
The contribution of K.C Lakshmi Narayanan, was immense, who went for further writing many other
books and were widely advertised in Thuglak, a popular magazine Tamil run by Political editor Cho
Ramaswamy.

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“DRAVIDA MAYAI FINISHED ARYA MAYAI”

Subbu also known as Bala Subramanian a senior Journalist wrote “Dravida Mayai”, a very original
work that exposed the Dravidian hoax. Published in February 2010 this magnum has seen through
three editions and getting translated into English. The Part 2 of the book is under way. Those efforts
have already undermined the ideological citadels of Dravidinaity in Tamilnadu. But it does not mean
the problem will go away soon by books only. “Dravida Mayai” gave a “fitting finish to Arya Mayai”.

HINDU ACTVISM

This is to summarize the list activities in the last 14 years of Hindu activism not known to outside
world, as there is the digital divide, and language barrier. Hindus were not lazy as presumed by Dr.
Elst. His works have been quoted elaborately along with the works of Sri Sita Ram Goel, Sri Ram
Swarap, Sri N.S.Rajaram, Dr.S.Kalyanaraman, and Dr.K.S Lal. Dr.Kalyanaraman made hundreds of
presentations across the country on Saraswathi River. The pioneering project by late Prof. Dr.SD
Kulkarni, who wrote 18 volumes of Hindu history under “BHISHMA SERIES” was an unparalleled feat
but remains largely unknown, was initiated in Tamilnadu. In the absence of a Top Driven, Fully
Functional, Autonomous, Well Funded, Institution, driven by a Spirited Leaders it will be very
difficult for Hindus to rise up to the occasion, in a fire fighting mode as volunteers every now and
then being called up to make sacrifices.

THE HDAS MEET: 2012

The HDAS (Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha which is meeting in Feb 2012, in Ahmedabad, must take
up the assignment, but they are not even fully functional and equipped. I went to the 2008 meet held
at Adi Chunhungiri and gave a representation to request the HDAS to create a fully functional
Institution, at policy level, but nothing has taken place, and even after 4 years. This explains the
“PREDICAMENT OF THE LAZY HINDU AND THE OSTRICH SYNDROME. ” This is the reason why Hindus are seen
as „lazy‟ which Dr.Elst is fond of repeating in internet forums, and the recent charge was made in
Haindava Keralam website. If a majority of Hindus are lazy how come India is reaching 9% growth
rates Inspite of unpredictable conditions, floods, cyclones and corrupt politicians? To trade these
charges is unfair and to post it in HK which is again a pro-Hindu website, reflects the Hindu Mindset
of again tolerance. Posting charges leveled against Hindus in their own website, is something
ludicrous for HK. It is a fact that Hindus in the forum did not substantially rebut does not sound nice,
but netizens are too few, as compared to the general Hindu population and they too do not rebut for
any issue, is because they think it is beyond regular activity and that explains their side of ground
realities. When some Hindu Individuals have taken upon themselves, to give rebuttals to
transnational institutions, it is a Record of Sorts, and that “Ignites the Minds” of others, if I am to
borrow a phrase from Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. It is at this JUNCTURE arrives the book of Rajiv Malhotra
book, who has taken up the challenge, to catch the rogue bull by its horns.

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ANATOMY OF THE BOOK

IN DEFENCE OF DIFFERENCE

I wanted to write a commentary on the panegyric book. I have used traditional motifs in my
commentary extensively. Modern Hinduism is esoteric; so too are all its internal branches. Hinduism
in all its variety is mind boggling. The western critics who came in the 18th century onwards
condemn, Hinduism rather unfairly. The fate of Hinduism is it has many Critics in the Christian West
and too few defendants. Critics who formed the bulk condemned Hinduism, Hindus and the
“Dharmic Civilization” Rajiv Malhotra‟s rebuttal, attempts to turn tables, on the critics. He hopes, that
will make an enemy into a friend, if at all not all enemies into friends. The mission is big. He is
attempting to bridge the divide in the traditional „Indian civilizational way‟, by debate methods. This
was done by philosophers, of the past, where they engaged an adversary in a debate (vadam).

There is a thin veil that separates this book from others is the „conceptual pose‟ which the author
takes when he is inching forward his thesis in defense of the difference. Those others, who
preceded him, did not challenge the west, as he is doing now. He is giving the impression that he is
the first one to engage the west in putting their hotpotch religious theories for acid test if not under
the scanners of „Darga‟ „Nyaya‟ and „Mimamsa‟ schools. In my analysis, and also from the long
traditions of History of Advaitha, Visistadvaitha, Dvaita, Saiva Siddhanta, schools which is about
celebrating differences, internally where even though devotees follow two deities, but follow the
same fundamental philosophy.

To take a philosophic digression: For example, Namaalwar the foremost among Azwars was in
always in a state of Samadhi. But his state of Jivan Mukthi did not become part of the philosophy of
Ramanuja believes in Videha Mukthi (liberation after death). Namamalwar was in the State of Jiva
Mukthi when he was alive as taught by Advaitha. Whereas the teachings of Saiva Siddhanta and
Vaishnava Siddhanta deviate from Advaitic stand point, in their concepts, methodologies and
destinations. The destination to be reached are the abodes of two deities, Siva and Vishnu also
differ, but what the entire three have in common is their philosophic foundation- they converge in
philosophy, but diverge in Theology.(See: p.26.Dr.T.N. Ramachandran. D.Litt. Peria Puranam;
Thirumuraigalin Kavacham‟; International Institute of Tamil Studies, 2005).

I will be quoting from, traditional, nontraditional, unlikely, unfamiliar, and controversial sources, not
accessible to some English readers for purva paksha. I will draw my own conclusions from
references independently, to substantiate my rebuttal. It is not to say „go with me‟, „please follow
me‟, „vade mecum‟, type of a essay and commentary, on Rajiv Malhotra‟s book, which at the same
time, is quite engaging, substantial, both: qualitatively, and quantitatively. Readers are encouraged
to read it, and form their own conclusions.

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK

The book is divided into six major chapters, conclusion and two appendixes, notes, Index,
bibliography and acknowledgements in the end. There are endorsements from eight leading
scholars from India and West printed inside the book. Gerald James Larson, University of California,

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Santa Barbara, Don Wiebe, Trinity college, University of Toronto, Makaranad R.Paranjape, JNU
Delhi, Cleo Kearns University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and Infinity foundation, Kapila
Vatsyayan, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Satya Narayan Das, (founder Jiva Institute of Vedic
studies,Vrindavan) Shrinivas Thilak, Independent Scholar, Montreal, Rita Sherma,(Confluence
school of Faith Studies; co editor Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought, Towards a fusion of Horizons,
and Sampadananda Mishra,Sri Aurobindo foundation for Indian culture, Pondicherry- and three
major blurbs on the rear cover from John M.Hobson, Professor of International Relations , University
of Sheffield) Francis X.Clooney Harvard University and D.R. Sardesai, University of California, Los
Angeles. There were eleven endorsements and one particular endorsement from Prof Francis
Clooney has attracted critics. The book has 474 pages and priced at Rs 599/- on the outer jacket.
Cover Design was by Shuka Jain and Cover photo by Rajiv Malhotra.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian-American researcher and public intellectual, on current affairs, world
religions and cross –cultural encounters and science. A scientist by training he was a corporate
executive and strategic consultant and entrepreneur in information technology.

HIS PREVIOUS BOOKS

He authored Breaking India, with Aravindan Neelakandan and Instrumental in invading the sacred.
He is chairman of the India studies programme at the University of Massachusetts Dart Mouth, USA.

Is this a book on comparative civilizations? Is it one on History? The book has been classified under
NON-FICTION/PHILOSOPHY. I feel this book could have been classified under CIVILISATIONAL
HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY.

INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR

The author in the Introduction says he is reversing the gaze repositioning India from being the
observed to the observer and looking at the west from Dharmic Point of view. (Inner book jacket‟s
front cover):

He says” while Historical revelations are the basis for Western religions…Dharma emphasizes self
realization in the body here and now….” Dharma emphasizes self realization in the body here and
now….”

COMMENT 1: The above is more Sri Aurobindonian metaphysics, and most of the non-Advaitha
philosophies do not emphasize “on Self Realization in the body here and now”, “as the body will die
out” one day, and their “Moksha will be after death”, after they lived a “Dharmic”, life as prescribed
in their traditions, be it Saiva, Shaktha, Kaumara, Vaishnava, Ganaptya, and philosophies like:
Madhwa, Gaudiya or Srivaishnava. The aim of life is to reach the respective world of their favorite
deities (Ishta Devata). Though the common base is very much understood, there is a vast difference
between Yogic, Tantric, Mystic and Kundalini based traditions. Modern traditions like „Integral
Yoga‟ of Sri Aurobindo; Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Kriya Yoga of
Paramahamsa Yogananda, Shakthi Pad Diksha, of late Swami Mukthananda‟s, (which depends
energy transfer and kundalini raised by one‟s own efforts and Guru‟s grace).

Jiddu Krishnamurthi‟s lectures were based on “freedom‟, „revolt‟-„solitude‟-„innocence‟-„living with


ourselves as we are”, revolutionized the thinking of western world. His “freedom from the known
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published” in 1969, has been regarded as prime book that moved Krishnamurthy‟s teachings. His
thoughts on “Conflict”, recorded in 1945 during the heights of the World War II in Ojai California
marveled his desciples. In “The first and last freedom”, question No# 10 he answers: “War is
merely an outward expression of our inward state, an enlargement of our daily action. It is more
spectacular, bloodier, more destructive, but it is the collective result of our individual activities.
Therefore you and I are responsible for war, and what can we do to stop it?” let us do what we can!

In India spiritual methods are classified into left hand, and right hand methods. In philosophic
systems and devotional Sampradhayams traditions, such left practices are even condemned as
„unachara‟ (unclean) and even prohibited. Rajiv is giving an impression, that he is talking on behalf
of all schools and knows their intricacies, but actually is giving importance to few set of schools,
which he is familiar with and neglects the others, even though he acknowledges “multiple
traditions“; he switches frequently from manual to auto-drive mode, and drives on elevated express
way, by passing over the city below. I have taken up the task of commenting Rajiv Malhotra‟s book
“Being different” by the verse.

COMMENT 2: The foremost critic of the United States of America, Vatican and Christianity combine
and the western Civilization was OSHO Rajneesh. He was by birth a Jain; not a Hindu; a Professor
from Raipur MP; before he started his mission in the “entrepreneurial spirit”; the defining
characteristic of Hinduism and the freedom available, that does not a need Papal permission.

The entrepreneurial spirit of Hinduism mentioned by Rajiv Malhotra page 100, could be witnessed
not only in the life of Rajneesh but also had developed an International following, with his HQ near
Pune; He was a controversial thinker and operated from New Port Oregon USA, Rajneeshpuram; he
was punished in the United States of America, and his Ashram, bulldozed by the US federal and State
authorities, and Rajneesh himself was put in Jail. Further he was expelled from the United States; was
not allowed anywhere to land his plane for nearly 20 days has been documented by his disciples.

The real reversing the gaze was done in front of the BBC TV cameras and world audience was done
by OSHO Rajneesh several decades ago. He paid the price for his fearless speeches and criticisms,
by imprisonment; where he was allegedly given slow poison by the CIA. Finally he landed in India,
a nation he used to bitterly criticize. He reversed his opinion and openly told reporters, India was
like heaven where real freedom exists in the religious fields. In one of his addresses, Rajneesh
openly accused the US Government and CIA for having given slow poison to him, and was the cause
for his ailment, that ultimately resulted in his death.

Was it not reversing the gaze done before Rajiv Malhotra? Rajneesh was a major thought force that
threatened to weaken the foundations of the western civilization. But there is a big silence in
mentioning his name even, as it would embarrass the occidentals. Rajneesh has not been included
not only in this book, which says it is reversing the gaze for the first time, fails to take into account as
part of literary survey the contributions made by Rajneesh and as part of Purva Paksha work out. He
has been put in the back burner.

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Rajneesh -1931-1990. (He criticized the Vatican-Christianity & Western civilization and paid
the price).

Before OSHO, in that last one century there have been many Indian Gurus who have bitterly or
sweetly criticized the Western ways and Christianity. The foremost among them were Swami
Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha, Sri Ramana Maharishi, Sri Aurobindo, Paramahamsa Yogananda,
Ananda Moyee Ma, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Prabhupada, Swami Rama, Swami Sivananada,
Swami Chinmayananda, and BKS Iyengar, who all had an international standing. Though others who
did not step on the US Soil like Ramana Maharishi, Sri Aurobindo, Sri Satya Sai Baba, but drew
thousands of disciples from the world over. They have left their foot prints all over the Globe. Swami
Vivekananda hailed the Indian entrepreneurial spirit even 119 years ago. Hinduism gives freedom
in the religious pursuits, but lamented not in societal areas. (For various reasons I have not included
Amirthananda Mayee, Sri Ravishankar, Jaggi Vasudev, Baba Ramdev, and other contemporaries).

Page 2, Introduction: It is acknowledged Gandhiji was a world renowned figure when he was alive
and command great respect even now. I have a book that was originally published in Karachi
published by Mr. Hingorani a Sindhi-Hindu who lived in Karachi 95 years ago and this particular
book carrys the signature of Gandhiji in ink. Mr.Hingorani himself had printed and published it in
his cost, for which he must have spent a huge fortune in those days. The book was about Hindu-
Muslim Relations. Gandhiji praises Hingorani for his magnanimity for publishing the book.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HINDUS OF KARACHI?

I also have a set complete set of Mahabharata that too was published in Karachi, some 120 years ago
by Hindus who lived there and the organization that published the Mahabharata was Karachi Hindu
association. There must have been a thriving Hindu community who lived there, in those days
prosperous enough to publish those richly decorated books, and even published books on Hindu
Muslim relations that carried the message of Gandhiji. Now what has happened to all those Hindus
who lived there? Where are those generations who could produce those books? Where are they?

Page 2.“I want all cultures of all Lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse
to be blown off my feet anyway” – Gandhi.

In a letter that Mahatma Gandhi issues to his Muslim friends: “The news paper report that about a
fortnight ago my son Hiralal nearing fifty years, accepting Islam, and that on Friday, last 29 th May in
the midst of a large congregation in the Juma Masjid at Bombay he was permitted to announce his
acceptance amid great acclamation and that after his speech was finished, he was besieged by his
admirers who vied with each another to shake hands with him. If his acceptance was from the heart

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and free from any worldly considerations, I should have no quarrel. For I believe Islam to be as a
true religion as my own”.

[Quoted by Ram Gopal‟s diary, Selected writings of Gandhi, compiled by Sunil Sharma, Published
by Gandhi Book Centre, Bombay Sarvoday Mandal, Mumbai 400007,quoted in Page 12,Jana Sangh
Today; Feb, 2012.]

COMMENT 3: The quotation was taken from Gandhi. He should have been addressed as Mahatma
Gandhi, or Gandhiji, and not as mere Mr. Gandhi. I have about this particular behavior of Indian
writers, who imitate the western writers about which I have dealt in the second part.

Obviously It should have come with a disclaimer that Gandhiji himself failed in his mission. His son
Hiralal was converted to Islam which was nothing but a huge scandal in the 1936 and 1937. The
photo is given below:

Photo: On the conversion of Gandhi‟s son Hiralal Gandhi to Islam. Fourth person from right, middle
row, wearing a tope and spectacles, with a garland around his neck quoted from Page 12 “Jana
Sangh Today”; Feb, 2012.

With due respects for his tolerance, he definitely “was blown off his feet” for the first time, by this
conversion of his son; and for the second time when the country was vivisected- the Nation crumbled
before his Non -Violence policies, and has not recovered from the problems associated with
combined the failure of Gandhi and Nehru. This has not been told candidly to the average western
reader.

Rajiv Malhotra quotes from the Veda “Truth is one and paths are many” .There could have been a
better choice as „a-universally- acceptable- quotation‟, or even better, “Let Noble thoughts come to
us from all sides”, or “Yadhun ure yavarum kelir” of “Kaniyan Poongundranar” or any such
quotation from Thiruvalluvar. More such quotation would have added multiple view points.

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He is relegating the Vedic quotation conveniently, to the contents section, without quoting the exact
original source. He says “for a while Vedas says “Truth is one, paths are many “, refers to the Vedic
number of paths prevalent in India in those days. We have to be very careful in quoting and this
verse. As this verse refers to those religious sects that accepted Vedas dictums and the Vedic
methods as valid paths, was reciprocated by the Vedic Rishis of those days who examined the paths
and declare them as valid. It was a two way path and mutually self referred. There were sects like
Jainism and Buddhism that did not accept the Vedic path as valid. They did not accept Vedas as the
supreme authority. Even now this is so. Thousand years before now, in the biography of Ramanuja
there is a reference to, the number of religions that existed in his time.

The oldest Scripture does not even find a prominent place in this book. The collective efforts of all
these Saints were responsible for Hindu concepts of Yoga, Prana, Dhyana, Karma, Kundalini, into
western idioms and phrases. Rajiv Malhotra does not refer to their works in his purva paksha.

Another quotation that would be appropriate is: “May you live and
allow us to live also”: Atharva Veda: 19-69-1.

Page 15: Spread of Buddhism. “Buddhism emanated from India and did not involve colonizing the
local cultures or other lands, nor was it some reversion of the past”

COMMENT 4: What he does not say is “It affected Vedic Hinduism and the weakening of India due to
extensive stress on Sanyasa Dharma. After analyzing the causes of India‟s down fall, Swami
Vivekananda identified that Buddhist doctrines of nihilism and Non -Violence of Jainism, led to the
ultimate down fall, as the prime causes goes unnamed.

The Kannada and Tamil literature are replete with examples how not only Tamil Saivism suffered but
also Veerasaivas, Lingayats and Vaishnavites had to struggle and engage in debates with Jains and
Buddhists to survive. The concept of „Para Samayis‟ is not explored at all in „being different‟! Both
Saivite and Vaishnavite literature is replete with poems of Para matha koraris, Para matha
kandanam, „kanadana-kanadana-kandanam‟. Paramatha Kolari= Kolari =Lions. The lion that will rip
open the arguments of opponents in open debates.

What happened from 300 AD to 700 AD that led to the defeat of Hindus? The Hindu Rishis had
divided the life into four stages: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

The four corresponding ashrams were Brahmacharya, Grahastha, Vanaprashtha and Sanyasa.
Buddhism reversed the order and “violated the golden norms” set by Vedic Rishis Says Prof
Dr.Radhayesham Brahmachari (Hindu Voice July 2007).

The MILLENNIUM SUMMIT Page 17, 18, 19, where he deals with the Concept of Mutual Respect of
Religions. What he does deal with is the fundamental algorithm of the Middle East religions is
intolerance, and the effect of it.

When did the west talk of Tolerance, before September 1893? The author has not traced the root of
the word „tolerance‟ introduced into wild west‟s popular usage, actually was the Swami
Vivekanada‟s maiden address in World Parliament of Religions, on September 11, 1893, which he
probably considers a legacy baggage.

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There is much such avoidance in this book which could have been avoided, and which cannot be
avoided. Hinduism accepted Buddhism as per the Vedic dictum. But Buddhism did not accept its
mother. It received imperial patronage to spread its Dhamma. The monks had to be supported by
the state. The state supplied food, clothes and shelter for the monks and monastery. Of course the
sate extended support for Vedic tradition and other traditions also, but weakened the social base,
thereby lead to weakening of India substantially.

STAGE 3 STAGE 4
STAGE 1 STAGE 2
MUTUAL MUTUAL
INTOLERANCE TOLERANCE
RESPECT ACCEPTANCE

In modern industrial language, it was the first major green field job. If Swami Vivekananda had not
cleared the ground, from stage 1 intolerance to 2, tolerance, it would be unimaginable, for those
who came after him, that the west „talked of tolerance”, before Rajiv talked of tolerance ,and wanted
to move the western audience, to move from Stage 2 to Stage 3.

The battles that Swamiji waged were spectacularly well documented in Marie Lousie Burke‟s:
“Swami Vivekananda in America: New Discoveries”, but these literary master pieces , are found
absent in Rajiv Malhotra‟s bibliography section, but a pseudo-secular idiot, (Ramachandra Guha)
whose prime sources of references were news paper articles finds a authoritative place.

I leave the decision to readers whether it was a calculated decision?

Pages 20 what is the “the Christian claims‟ of “fullness of means of Salvation”

Comment 5: How do others verify it?

Page 20 and 21: Post September 2011: “Increased Camaraderie among Hindu Americans and
Muslim Americans from the Indian sub continent. During a trip to Dallas I was invited for a radio
interview by a Pakistani who produced a weekly talk show. I used the opportunity to explain why
mutual respect for religions was better than tolerance, and after my talk listeners were invited to call
into the station and comment. One caller, later identified as a local community leader, congratulated
me and expressed agreement with my views. Rajiv ji, we are delighted and honoured that you
advocate mutual respect, which we as Muslims she said fully agree with it. Followed by this “I
explained that in Hinduism there was no injunction against worshipping images of the divine (what
the Abrahamic religions routinely and wrongly condemn as „Idolatry‟, indeed , I use Images myself
in my Spiritual Practice and felt glad that she had agreed to respect the practice. None of my
practices, I reminded her, are being imposed on others. Mutual respect merely means that I am

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respected for my faith, with no compulsion for others to adopt or practice it. “The women from
Pakistan hung up the phone”.

Comment: The reply could have been better framed. The policy of the religion determines the
behavior of the follower. Human Mind cannot conceive anything without name and form. Even
divinity has to conceive in some form. The exact sizes of prathimas have been well defined in Hindu
texts. The Gita says the divine resides in the human heart of the size of one own thumb. It is possible
to visualize divinity in one‟s own heart that will sharpen the mind to overcome the body
consciousness. Just like the caller, who too has a form and name to be identified, from among the
millions of human beings in the city, with a Phone number, to call it her own, so too each Diety has
got its own name and form and also its own world. I am fond of using the following example; the
example of Icons on the computer screen. If you compare each Icon to be diety, and you know how
to click on that, is similar to the mantra of the ishta devata, and the followers if he chants that mantra
the Devata responds, similar to the Icon, that serves only one purpose. The first condition is that you
should know which icon to click and what it will do is the teaching Imparted by Guru to Sishya. This
is the inner significance of Prathimas worship. There was an incident in the life of Ramana Maharishi.
A Muslim gentle man approached him and questioned him. Does God have a form? The genius in
Ramana Maharishi, one can experience in such encounters and his ensuing reply. He replied to the
Muslim, “Do you have a body that has a form and name for it? The man replied yes. As long as you
have a body with a name and form so too God too has form and name!

The full debate is given below: „D‟ denotes disciple and „M‟ for Maharishi.

D. Has God a form?

M. Who says so?

D. Well, if God has no forms is it proper to worship Idols?

M. Leave God alone because He is unknown. What about you? Have you a form?

D. Certainly

M. You are man with Limbs, about three and half cubits high, with beard, etc. Is it so?

D. Certainly.

M. Then do you find yourself so in deep sleep?

D. after waking I perceive that i was asleep. Therefore by inference i perceive that in remained thus in
deep sleep

M. if you are the body why do they bury the body after death? The body must refuse to be buried.

D. no, I am the subtle Jiva within the gross body.

M. so you see you are really formless; but you are at present identifying yourself with the body. So long
as you are formful why should you not worship the formless god as being formful?

The questioner was baffled and perplexed.

(See: Talks with Ramana Maharishi page.110, 25 th December 1935).

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COMMENT6: We need Hindu Catechism, for popular writers and speakers to refer to as the Catholic
Church has a set developed for its followers.

Photo: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Published by Theological Publications in India,


2009. ISBN978-81-88821-63-1

Page 21 and 22 the example of Lutheran Minister in Page 23.

COMMENT 7: One has to go the root and expose the cause of the behavior of the Lutheran Minister
their (Placeholder1) which is based on their inadequate concept of God.

All Hindu Acharyas have exhausted their lifetimes in central theme of what constitutes “Bhagwan” in
the first place, and then goes about on how to reach it “upayam”. All their commentaries are based
on this one aspect.

Page 24: Rajiv Malhotra expects paradigm shift from “tolerance to mutual respect”

COMMENT: Common Hindus are not only tolerating, but also accepting other religions as valid, as
seen from the thousands of Hindus who flock Churches and Dargas. I have pointed out elsewhere
about announcements made in Churches over PA system, to people of Other Religions from
partaking the Eucharist. In Churches like Vailankanni Hindus outnumber Christians. It has not been
ably brought out. It is the others who have to reciprocate.

Page 26: “Destruction of the other through Violence”.

COMMENT 8: has been carried by Pseudo Secularists, Marxists, Mullahs and Christian Missionaries
have been well documented in many judicial reports have not been utilized. For example Justice
Niyogi Commission‟s, Justice Wadhawa commission‟s reports, etc in the Notes. Similarly the fact that
Non-Vedic religions have suppressed, Hindus has not been explained well.

Page 27: This Christian Project, us seen as a God sanctions franchise to bring about religious
„homogeneity‟ worldwide. Differences anxiety on this scale frequently leads western society down
the path of outright destruction of other cultures” is a quote from another source.

COMMENT 9: The better choice of word: „Homogeneity‟ could have been changed to „hegemony‟, a
better choice of word for the sake of explaining the above point.

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Page 31 &32 Roberto De Nobili is mainly responsible for the present day use of Hindu terms and
personal names by South Indian Catholics, especially in Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. He
adopted words like (Kovil) TEMPLE, in the name of church, Prasadam, food offerings (should be
sanctified food) for communion, aiyer (shaiva Brahmin (not shaiva Brahmin but any Brahman) for
catholic priest, vadam for the Bible and pooja for mass….In the Imitation of Christ twelve disciples,
he claimed to have acquired twelve eminent Brahmins as his disciples”

COMMENT 10: Prasadam should be sanctified food. Aiyer has been given as “Shaiva Brahmin” but it
actually denotes any “Brahmin” for that matter.

Regarding the 12 apostles of Christ referred to - anyone who reads through the Ramakrishna –
Vivekananda literature, will find comparisons made during the last stages of Ramakrishna life on the
earth to Jesus Christ‟s. The disciples, who surrounded Sri Ramakrishna in the cossipore house death
bed, were compared to the 12 desciples of Jesus; and the sufferings of Ramakrishna itself, was
compared to Jesus on the cross and his taking over the sufferings of the world.

Even the book compiled by „M‟, was given the name “GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA”( and not
GITA or UPANISHAD OR VEDAS), shows, even in the 1850s and 1860s, the Hindus of Bengal had
adopted the Biblical terms, and expressions, and had domesticated its usage, even though they
were far away geographically removed from Roberto De Nobili, and “Tamil and AP” lands.

It was not only Christians who adopted Hindu terms and idioms, vocabulary and religious language;
it is also the Hindus who adopted from the Bible.

Even now „Brahmacharis‟ of the Ramakrishna order are referred to as „Brothers‟, this is addressing
them in a Christian fashion!

Page 35,36,37: Psychological anxiety of Hindus in western company: “An Indian is more likely to
feel anxious eating with his hands in a western gathering than a westerner would feel in using
silverware at a traditional Indian gathering ……in situations where roles are reversed ”.

COMMENT11: This is to be found in Hindu ashrams, where any westerner is treated like a VIP. Hindu
Swamis endure this. Separate building blocks are available for them to make their stay comfortable.
Many Hindu Swamis and Sadhus are landing in the US, and address in American accent.

Sanskrit „kirtans‟ sung by ISKON people are Americanized, born Indians copy the American accents
of their mentors. This comment will apply to all Americanized Ashrams cults and movements.

“Eventually the combination of these anxieties can induce them (westerners) to return to the Judea
Christian roots.”

Comment12: This will apply to any Hindu who happens to join a cult gets dissatisfied and returns to
his normal life. Modern Hindus too keep jumping from one Sadhu to another as against the
traditional system of Acharyas / Gurus who remain part and parcel of each family.

Americanization of Hindu concepts; Deities like Sri Krishna who look more like an “All American
Hollywood Krishna” and Indian roots erased.

This was similar to middle eastern Judaic roots of Jesus were erased by Europeans and the Jesus
Christ was made to look like a white Europeans. Westerners not only adopted Judaic forms but also

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Hindu-Indic forms, concepts and deities and even mantras. It is not known how on a desert snow
would fall over the stable where Jesus was born stories? How these went unnoticed?

The author has made no serious reference to the photo copying behavior that is plaguing the “wired
western mindset”.

Page 34 Digestion and assimilation …”the less powerful culture is assimilated into the Dominant
culture and “ The Civilization that was thus mined gets depleted of its cultural social capital because
the appropriated elements are modified to fit the dominant civilization‟s own history, and these
elements are shown to be disconnected from, and these elements are shown to be disconnected
from, and even in conflict with ,the source civilization; and 4.The depleted civilization enters the
proverbial museum as yet another dead culture, ceasing to pose a threat to the dominant one. The
author makes reference to U turn theory in pages 41, 380 reference 27 of this kind of digestion of
Indian civilization into the west and illustrate the effect of such a process over time.

COMMENT13: Points 3 and 4 were interesting. “On the western seeker he says does not approach
this task with a clean slate; there has been past conditioning as a result of his her collective identity,
as Jewish, Christian or Secular.”

The samskaras of the westerner are different .the author says in so many words “westerner‟s mental
frame work is already wired for certain values, attitudes and categories. “Which is largely western
in disguise and how this leads to blockages”?

COMMENTS 14: This may be true to a major extent. But there are many exceptions like Sister
Nivedita, the prime disciple of Vivekananda, who was advised at the very beginning by
Vivekananda to shed her notion identity and become an Indian, in mind and heart before taking up
serious work in India.

There are innumerable followers of various swamis in various ashrams who are at times more Indian
than Indians themselves, and a Catholic priest Don Mario Mussolini was excommunicated in 1992
from Vatican (the Director of Vatican Radio) for having gone to India, attracted by the teachings of
Baba, and become a follower of Sri Satya Sai Baba. (See: A Catholic Priest Meets Sai Baba). He was
not only expelled from Vatican for having become a follower of an Indian swami, but also
unceremoniously excommunicated without an enquiry, after withholding his Provident Fund and
gratuity. Don ultimately had to come to India, where he lived to the very end, and died there itself,
and was given a Hindu cremation. The author Rajiv Malhotra could have used Solid examples.
(Complete excerpts The History of Excommunications, from the book is given in Annexure 2.)

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A Catholic Priest meets Sai Baba. 2004 Edition. This book sold millions of copies world wide,
translated into all European languages and sent shock waves down the corridors of Vatican.

The Priest from Vatican ,Rev.Don Mario Mazzoleni as his photo appeared in 1992 on the blurb of the
book, who wrote the book.

COMMENTS: 15 Page No 42. The author could have used examples HOW A Hindu child
progressively gets exposed to westernization & Internalizations of western values through English
Education, loses it identity; Job oriented English education, Emails, Internet, Face book, Hollywood
movies and on the job: office correspondence in English and his name change in the BPO company:
even his her name are erased in the alter of western civilization.

Page 45: the author goes to examine the Postmodernism. He says “Post Modernism resembles
dharma philosophies in several ways. Both, for example, are frameworks for the deconstruction of
Identity. He rightly points out the difference: Dharma deconstructs the Individual Ego, whereas
postmodernism deconstructs collective identity.

Comment: 16: If Gandhi brought good, with that he also destroyed the collective Ego. Did he not
destroy the collective will of Hindus, to stand up against Muslim league and partition? If Rajiv
Malhotra criticizes Post Modernists for destroying “collective Cultural Identity” why not also
Gandhi-Nehru be brought under the same scanner? It has become fashion not to criticize Gandhiji
and deny his negative role that resulted in the partition of India resulting in suffering of millions of

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Hindus and others, of which there has been no serious official enquiry organized in the very high
levels, since 1947, [similar to Nuremburg trials], and get the guilty punished.

Pages 46 & 47: “In western Liberalism, regions diversity does not enjoy the same place as racial and
gender diversity. Religious tolerance is disrespectful of difference. The other policy is the sameness
of all faiths, which dilutes their differences”.

COMMENT17: Prof.Francis X.Clooney takes shelter under this belief.

Page 47: The table in pages 46 & 47 shows posture based on difference anxiety and the authors
counter arguments, where in the end, the Hindutva ideology has been criticized and dubbed: “ It is
too political and reactionary, and has adopted some western approaches to difference such as
emphasis on a unique history, which we shall see later the author will contradict in the later parts of
the book. Page 51 the following sentence should be better rephrased. “Indian rulers did not pursue
the serious study of Europeans on Indian terms”.

COMMENT 18: The Indian rulers from Pandyas, Pallavas, Mauryas, Cholas, Gupthas, Vijaya Nagar
Kings, Chatrpathi Shivaji to and his dynasty Raja Serfoji, Pratiharas, Chalukyas, Thuluva Kings,
Malabar kings; Zamorins had many foreign visitors. The westerners were never considered of any
significance in Indian literature and were downgraded to a mere foot note; referred to as
„‟mllechas‟‟, “uncultured “and “un-Aryan”. Later on they were referred with the epithets like
“Firangis”, “Parangis” etc. The westerners knew this tight spot given by Hindus.

Twenty years ago I heard one of my trainees, who mentioned a street scene that she had seen on the
streets of Mysore. She had seen these tourists who were, “found dressed in skimpy clothes” and
“semi nude”… “When the police were called up to arrest those drug addicts hippies…and were
European Tourists”…“there was commotion on the street, and “traffic was blocked” was the reason
for her delay”. I was shocked when she used the term “Barbarians”, referring to those tourists.

Indian interaction with the west goes to 2500 years (the Musuris site excavations where Roman
Pottery and coins discovered, earlier Arikamedu etc). There were references cited from the Port
scene described from ancient Sangam Literature; that mentioned western traders, selling Arab
horses, buying pearls, pepper, silk and cardamom, and other Indian precious goods at poompuhar,
a port town in the Pandya Kingdom. The Pandyas employed the Greeks and Romans as their palace
guards. Both Greeks and Romans, were not set apart and christened by ancient Indians as
„mllechas‟, and probably, led ancient Indians away from them to not get close to study them, as they
belonged to a group , and that did not subscribe to the „Samskriti‟ [as Rajiv Malhotra says , or the
Indian way of life]

Disclaimer: The writer is an observer of Hindu religious and social movements for over 34 years. He does not represent any sect of any
organization, nor does he make any claims. He does not stand against any one of them. He does not belong to any political party or its
affiliates. As an ardent fan of History of Hindu movements, he is not a follower of any of the gurus. The examples cited are for the purpose of
brevity and understanding. If he has mentioned some names of individuals, it is incidental and with the intention to explain/high light certain
incidents and the points and not to hurt sentiments of either the Gurus or the desciples. Due to the collective mistakes of so many Hindu
leaders The Hindu Society has become the loser now. It has to get its original lustre. The Hindu Society is bigger than all individuals gurus
followers put together, however great they may be. In this process we have to tell the Truth, however unpalatable it may be. This critique is
not against Rajiv Malhotra, whom I respect, but it is to fill up the slots in the consciousness of fellow Hindus, who happened to read his „Book‟
„first‟, and then refer to „my review as pariksa ‟, afterwards.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2…..

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THIS IS A „GUNA- DOSHA PARIKSA ‟ OF SRI RAJIV MALHOTRA‟S “BEING DIFFERENT”

[EXAMINING THE POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE BOOK]

PURVA PAKSHA

OF

THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF PARANGIKKAI SYNDROME

AND

A LITERARY & PHILOSOPHIC REVIEW

OF

RAJIV MALHOTRA‟S “BEING DIFFERENT”

PART 2

1.2. 2012

BY GP.SRINIVASAN

“I have a message to the west as Buddha had a message to the east”

–Swami Vivekananda 1893

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Quoted by Marie Lousie Burke, in her very first volume of the multi-volume “Swami Vivekananda in America”, New
Discoveries, 1958, Edition, Published by Advaitha, Ashrama Calcutta, (Copyright Vedanta Society of Southern California,
USA).

“The Parliament of Religions can be likened to a huge boulder dropped in the middle of a shallow pond, causing huge
upheaval on all sides. Even without Swamiji the parliament would have created no little confusion, for it was a shock to
people to discover that oriental priests were not on a level with grotesquely masked medicine men; but with Swamiji the
effect was galvanizing and permanent. (ibid. P.146).”

All the following quotations are taken from Rajiv Malhotra‟s book “Being
Different”; Published in 2011, by Harper Collins, Publishers India
(Copyright Infinity Foundation, USA). All the quotations are followed by my
commentary.

Page 51:Dharmic paradigm: “I thus use the Dharmic tradition as a kind of mirror, attempting to wipe
it clear of years of misrepresentation and distortion, then using to reflect western civilization in
particular its religious and metaphysical substrate.

Comment 19: It is definitely laudable, I not a making a pleasing remark. But Rajiv Malhotra should
give cognizance to the contributions of those great people, who preceded him, and should not
negate their contributions.

Page 56: Two ways of knowing the Divine; “For Instance, Sri Ramana Maharishi, a Hindu master of
the twentieth century, did not study, or rely, on any historical events in order to, attain self
realization. When the works of Shankara, the Vedanta philosophies were shown to him, he stated that
they merely confirmed the truth he had discovered on his own spiritual journey.

Comment 20: This is just a part of the explanation, elsewhere the same Maharishi, has explained that
he completed all his preparatory courses in his previous births and there was nothing left for him to
learn.

Page 59: For example, Christian Zionists-an influential subgroup of evangelical Protestants and the
American religious right-believe Jesus will return (the „second coming‟) only when the Jewish
temple of David is restored to its original site. But the ground where this temple once stood is now
the site of one holiest mosques of Islam. Muslims hold that prophet himself had an important,
superseding and unsurpassable revelation at exactly the same place, and they are determined that
the spot continue to be honoured with a mosque. Each claim is non-negotiable by its respective side
and devastating to the other faith…In order for the Zionists to fulfill their history –centered duty (as
they see it), the mosque must be destroyed.

Comment 21: Romans destroyed the Jewish temple. Muslims occupied the place and constructed
.their Mosque. Christians claim the Holy Church in the same place. These are three clashing tectonic
plates of the Middle East. A similar situation comparable magnitude is found here in India. Islamic
iconoclasm showed it ugly head when Babur‟s general destroyed the holiest temple of Hindus at
Ayodhya and constructed a dome, as mark of victory and to humiliate Hindus. Hindus made a

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makeshift temple that exists for decades. In 1992 and Hindus recaptured the place and destroyed
the dome; the case of ownership title deed was in the Court for decades. The Allahabad bench of
Lucknow High court in UP, had given its verdict in 2011, on the Ramjanabhoomi case, but this verdict
did not echo in Rajiv Malhotra‟s book.

Page 61: “Under Yoga Freedom from History explaining Dharma to western audience provocative
questions for westerners”…” I proceed to explain that my Dharma would survive even without
historical records. For example, spiritual advancement through yoga techniques and practices is
independent of the history of Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras. The texts teachings have no
historical references whatsoever.”

Comment 22: The problem with western approach is that they try to fix everything within 2000 years
of their History. The fact that others have „even older history‟ is not recognized by them. One need
not be timid and justify our existence to them. It is just like grandfathers asked to prove their
existence to the grand children. The child is young naïve and even stupid. It cannot think beyond.
The fact that Maharishis Patanjali & Vygrapada were the twin disciples of Lord Shiva has been
mentioned in Tamil Saivite opus like Thirumandhiram. It has been recorded in sacred works. If their
ages were beyond the comprehension for middle-east mentality, leave them alone. Their Samadhis
are very much in existence I have visited them, and even have taken photographs.

Comment 23: Rajiv Malhotra need not be „wishy-washy‟ about our own history and traditions which
is too vast and panoramic to be fitted within the narrow slots of „middle-east-widow‟. Legends often
turn out to have a core kernel of an earlier historical occurrence earlier .The Thevaram, hymns, were
discovered, after they remained hidden in a temple, for some hundreds of years composed by Saiva
Saint Thirunavakkarasar, Thirugnanasambhandar and Sundarar. The River Saraswathy that was
considered legendary actually was a historical River that once vanished.

Comment 24: The discovery of 4000 Divyaprabhandahams and related scriptures by Nathumunigal a
great yogi, who lived in kattumannar Kovil, is hailed as a historic event in Srivaishnavite tradition.
When, he heard only 10 hymns, recited by devotees, from Kannada speaking regions, in a temple,
where he had gone worship (Sarangapani Temple Kumbhakonam); a temple priest that he was he
became curious and questioned them from where did they learn these? They told him, that they
only 10 couplets,. He questioned them where the remaining was? They replied that and there was
corpus of some 1000 hymns, hidden in a place called kurugoor, and they knew only 10. He pursued
the research for the remaining 1000 hymns, went to kurugoor and managed to locate the 4000
hymns, and also other related scriptures. The travel of Ramanuja to Kashmir to refer to the 4000
years old Bodhayanavritti, to which he wrote commentary the now known as “Sri Bhasya”.

Comment 24.1: The Arangetram of Peria puranam (the hagiography on the life of the 63 Saivite
saints) commenced on 1139 April, 4th daystar; Thiruvadirai: Ended the next year on 1140 April 22:
Thiruvadirai was daystar. [Pg 98: Peria Puranam; Thirumuraigalin Kavacham‟; International Institute
of Tamil Studies, 2005.]

Comment 25: For Example: In the case of Rama Sethu, we found out how much historical, how old it
was, than most of the manmade structures -which was endorsed eminent Marine archaeologist
Dr. S.R.Rao.

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Comment 26: The efforts to bring out books on Sethu Bandhanam of 2200 years from the Tamil
literary tradition; by Prof.R.Subbarayalu of Thanjavur Tamil University was a land mark event. This
book subsequently became part of the corpus of some 7000 pages material; submitted to the Hon.
Supreme court; and “stamped as evidence” and accepted as same. Can anyone claim it the dream of
Hindutvavadins and NASA combine; on the contrary the Hindutvadis & NASA did not invent, but
discover the Rama Sethu.

Page 82: “When Buddhism permeated” much of India‟s population, Shankara‟s response was to
reinterpret old texts using Buddhist insights, which started the revolution of Advaitha Vedanta, (non
dualistic)…

Comment 27: Please see for my full comments, under Advaitha: in Notes, in part 3. Here is a short
reply. The word “permeated” is a poor choice of vocabulary, for such a serious book. The better
choice would be “dominated”; and Advaitha Vedanta not as “non dualistic”, but reinterpreted as
“Poorna Vidya” (metaphysically Complete Knowledge, as against the word „void‟ or „Shoonya‟ of
Buddhists).

The “shoonya” also dubbed as „emptiness‟ or „Void‟, was replaced; It was Abstract Advaitha - the
immediate substitute-this was further developed into Special Advaitha (Advaitha with attributes =
Visistadvaitha).The Parabrahman, without attributes became Narayana with all attributes in
Visistadvaitha. Further the Brahman with attributes became personal diety with all human qualities
including playing pranks of Sri Krishna in Dvaita schools and branches.

How shoonya is misused: Ten years one of my friends got himself registered for a course Isha yoga. I
was skeptical about the corporate training. I have spent 30 years or so in various yoga training and
learning methodologies not only from Hindu masters but also from Jains and Buddhist monks. I fairly
knew the traditional methods so well that I did not require one more technique. But my friend
insisted that I must go as he had already paid on my behalf. The sessions began, and the master was
young BE drop out, who wanted to dedicate his life to Isha mission. He was trained to talk, speak,
and do certain things. It was well rehearsed presentation and he went through the motions. On the
third day, the youngster made a remark that Brahmins were hoarding this knowledge that our
master Jaggi brought it out. A sweeping statement and he added, they only brought the “Dakshina
culture into existence”. The programme was continuing. There was a Q & A session. I asked a basic
question “you are calling your method “Shoonya Method”, but you are keeping the “Shiva Lingam”
on the dais, how is it possible? Shiva Lingam is in the stage in between “uruva and aruva vazhipadu”
(in between form and formless methods of worship), and yet you are calling your method Shoonya?,
absolute nothingness; How illogical was it? The master was unable to answer. On the final day of the
programme, there was an announcement, by the organizers. They were offering a package tour to
their HQ in vellinagiri, for Shiva Rathri day festival and I asked how much would it cost? Or is it free?
The boy retorted how can it be free? The bus charges will be 500 Rs per person. I quipped is it not
another form of Dakshina that you are asking, in front of the gathering, and walked out.

Page 83: “many of the finest Dharmic practioners spent their best years perfecting meditation
techniques.”

Comment 28: In my studies I have found out they have spent their entire life times in understanding
the ultimate reality, and they were scientists of inner exploration. They explored the absolute in

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objective and dispassionate way, by observing the observer, for they found out you cannot find God
outside the universe. They started mapping the inner territories, and made observations and
recorded the same in the form sutras. This was taught to their desciples, if at they had any; and they
as a civilization studied the infinite from multiple points of views and developed whole systems and
methodologies.

Comment 29: The mapping of Inner spaces and inner metrics recorded in „nano‟ measurements,
found in sutras and in ancient arithmetic text books and calculations, (of the pre British times) shows
precise nano tables, and also macro tables that were taught to children regularly in pathshalas , and
are now no more in existence. Mathematics; invention of zero and infinity; were bye products of the
main advancement.

Page 86: “Today‟s academic Scholars for most part, simply lack this first person empirical foundation
which would enable them to understand the Dharma epistemologies”.

Comment 30: The modern day academia is based on different objectives. They the external world
using five senses or their extensions by gadgets like Microscopes, Telescopes, etc. While the
schools developed by Indian Rishis were concerned with Inner explorations. They start with the
available tools, the external world, the human body as the observer, and a keen mind, and
proceeded. They recorded their observations and founded schools of thought and philosophies and
reinterpreted the old teachings into their social context. There were great attempts made by Indian
born Maharishi Mahesh yogi, who wanted to bridge the inner tools of Adhyatma Vidya with the
external tools of modern science. Unfortunately these remain within some particular circles.

Comment 31: His Transcendental Meditation, university located in Amsterdam has done pioneering
research in Body- Mind-Brain, Anatomy and Physiology and the Neuro System; the impact of yoga
and meditation,; they have spent decades in research in these areas and came out with research
finding on the impact of consciousness on the world of matter and human body. Such Dharmic
Institutions sprung up in the west, and made deep impact in almost all the States of the USA, and all
over Europe, founded by an Indian initiative, and their contribution has not been given in detail and
unsatisfactory.

Page 92: “The Abrahamic Religions conflicts and wars of today stem from disputes over what exactly
GOD said and how he said it, and what exactly it means. For instance, Muslims accept Jesus as great
prophet, but not as son of God. This is critical because Islam denies the very possibility of complete
identity with GOD, who it insists has no son or daughters”.

Comment 32: The author makes company with Islam, and not with Christianity here in the book, and
the third angle, Judaism is completely missing in the discourse, though all the three have been
clubbed under Abrahamic religions.

Page 95: “Even from the great manuals of devotional practice, such as Thomas a‟ Kempis‟s Imitation
of the Christ and the work of Francis De Sales are out of favour, that few Christians know them”.

Comment 33: Is the author is talking on behalf of himself, or Francis Clooney? It is unmistakably the
later. This “sudden intrusion technique”, is practiced widely by Professors of JNU like Romila Thapar
in their history books. I always read the fine print in their books. I find the same trend in Rajiv
Malhotra‟s book, where many political statements are included, as part of their academic discourse.

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So if a book is printed in small letters, the authors have some agenda, read it again and again, till we
expose the chaff from the grain.

Page 100: The non-negotiable grand narrative… (I spotted this glitch and told over Phone to
Aravindan).

Comment 34: The Box on the fourth row, should exchange its place with the opposite Box under
Open Architecture Spiritual Eco System.

Page 106: “Srinivasa Ramanujam, the equally important founder of the school of Vedanta, known as
Visistadvaitha.

Comment 35: This is a Giga mistake. Srinivasan Ramanujam was a mathematical genius - a prodigy
who lived in late 19 century. There is so much material in the internet on Srinivasa Ramanujam. (He
never founded the School of Visistadvaitha). I found this as a Srivaishnavite unacceptable.

Srivaishnavism was re-established and propagated as „reformed‟ Hinduism by Sri Ramanujacharya


whose 1000th birthday will be celebrated in the 2017. (Born 1017- Paramapadam 1137).( Vishnu‟s
abode is technically known as Paramapadam).

Since there is a wrong and misleading presentation, I think it is my duty to fill it up. Sri
Ramanujacharya was born in Sriperumpudur (that became infamous in 1991 with Rajiv Gandhi‟s
assassination). His father was Kesava Somayaji & Mother Kanthimathi ammal.

The Rajiv Gandhi‟s Memorial was been constructed, usurping the temple taken away from the
Sriperumpudur, temple (I understand a Jeer was fighting the case). To be on the lighter vein, though
both Rajiv Gandhi and Rajiv Malhotra have in common: they share the same first names, does it
mean both are the same persons?

Comment 36:

This Is the Hindu system of Reckoning History: Traditional Horoscope of Sri Ramanuja says he was
born in the Kali yugadi 4119 corresponding 1017. Please note Hindus do have our proven calendar.
He was given namakranam as Lakshmana, [or in Tamil Iilaya Perumal]. His horoscope gives the
following reading: This shows how Hindus are meticulous in recording all events from Birth to Death.
This is Hindu History. We need not bend our way, just to accommodate - because some foreigners
who do not understand it, and hence will disbelieve it and hence will disapprove it.

NAME: IILAYA PERUMAL aka LAKSHMANA

Place: SRIPERUMPUDHUR

RASI: KARKATAKA

TIME: EXACTLY NOON

GOTRA: HARITA

VEDAM: YAJUS

SUTRA: APASTHAMBA

SECT: VADAMA A SUB SECT OF TELUGU SMARTHA BRAHMIN

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YEAR: PINGALA

MONTH: CHITIRA

STAR: ARUDHRA OR THIRUVADHIRAI IN TAMIL

DAY: FRIDAY SHUKLA PANCHAMI

PURVA PAKSHA OF RAMANUJA‟S TRAINING:

He underwent training under Advaitha Guru Sri Yadava Prakasa, Of Village Thiruputkuzhi (which
still exists).

He got trained under him and parted with him when found his capacity to interpret was limited and
profane. He went to Thirukachinambi, the chief priest of Kanchi Varadaraaja temple, obtained six
words from the lord as message to be on to Iilaya Perumal. Subsequently he met his Guru, who was
ebbing away in Srirangam known as Alavandar or Yamuncharya. Ramanuja only had a last glimpse
of his Guru, whose body was being taken for final ceremony. His Guru was folding three fingers in
mudra, which Ramanuja saw, and took as his Guru‟s parting message and took and the oath, that he
would write a commentary for:-

Brahma Sutras

Perpetuate the memory of Veda Vyasa and Parasara

He would propagate Visistadvaitha based on 4000 Divyaprabhandahams of Alwars. Earlier he had


promised in Kanchipuram, (that he would establish Sriman Narayana as the ultimate Parabrahman
with attributes and all qualities as against the quality less, abstract Parabrahman of Advaitha).

Individual vyakthis (beings) were different from Paramatma

Prapatthi is the means to Moksha

Remembering the ultimate during death

Moksha can be ultimately obtained after laying down the mortal coil (videha mukthi)

Regarding Debates he carried out: He carried out debate with Yagna Murthy the leading Advaitha
pundit, for 16 days, who finally accepted defeat and surrendered to Sri Ramanuja, who became his
very first disciple, called Arulalaperumal Emperumanar.

He wrote two major granthas called “Gnana Saram” and “Prameya Saram”.

Ramanuja travelled to Kashmir to obtain the Bodhayana Vritthi; To make it short he wrote his famous
Commentary on Brahma Sutra and was given the name, Sri Bhasya, by Saraswathi Devi.

He was responsible for reestablishing aradhana in the current form in Vaishnava temples. He
installed his life like statue and embraced and invested his powers and had it installed at Tirumala
Temple.

He established the system of Temple administration in his HQ Srirangam.

He was the pioneering social reformer who started the all inclusive Srivaishnava movement. His
desciples were from all castes and communities even 1000 years ago before Dr.Ambedkar.

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He gave Tamil Pasurams of Alwars equal status in temple worship like Vedas. In the temple
processions Tamil Divya Prabhandam goshti goes first, followed by the Palanquin of the main diety,
and followed by the Vedas.

He threw open the flood gates of religion through Pancha Samkara initiations, to all castes and
creeds that came elevated to be known as Bhagavathas. There were Jains in Karnataka who were
brought back to Hinduism; He established 74 peetams; his impact metamorphosed slowly over the
centuries, as it travelled to north, over the next few centuries through Ramananda primarily; who is
held as the chief of all vairagis; He had twelve desciples mainly from the so called lower jatis. We
should keep in mind the following centuries were full of political upheavals battles raise and fall of
many dynasties and kingdoms. The Lodi dynasty was ebbing out.

The Afghans wanted to finish off Lodis and sent an invitation to Babur. In 1526 Babur Invaded India.
In the historic battle of panipet he defeated Ibrahim Lodi. Rana Singh of Rajasthan revolted against,
and was defeated. There were small Kingdoms ruling all over Punjab and NW. In the borders and in
Himalayan foot hills there were some twenty or more little kingdoms in place and ruling.
Vijayanagar Empire also came to an end. Bijapur, Golconda, and Ahmednagar became independent
territories. In the eastern frontier, in Bengal, Bihar, and Punjab, many independent Muslim and
kingdoms came into existence. There was constant unrest and battles going on, and scheming of
political rival were on the highest levels. Common people had to fend for themselves.

In this point in time the saints provided stability and sanity to the troubled people, who used to come
in thousands and attended their lectures and kirtans, and huge army of Bhaktas with saffron flags,
used to march from place to place, giving an impression of an army on the march, this was the secret
of the Bhakthi Movement that resisted the Muslim rulers who were outnumbered by the thousands.

In this juncture Ramananda preached the doctrine “any one, who worships Hari, belongs to Hari,
and there is no question of jati in between”. Conversions to Islam especially were on the high due to
political changes and jizya In North India was very high, was slowed down. He met Kabir in
Varanasi; Rai das, Nam Dev were all his contemporaries. Guru Nanak lived in Punjab at the same
time this single key all inclusiveness became the broad based all inclusive Pan-India Bhakthi
movement through Ramanandhis. It was slowly to be absorbed by other traditions and teachers like
Kabir, whose son Sri Chand formed the udasi movement (a form of Vaishnavism); Guru Nanak
(panch pyar), Chaitanya of Nadia, and spread into Assam.

The mass Bhakthi movement resisted Islamic invasions in Maharashtra through Varkari tradition.
Samarth Ramdas, the Guru of Shivaji preached Rama Bhakthi. Sant Thukaram worshipped
Pandarinath, Gnaneswar Maharaj were all contemporaries. Sri Vallabhacharya from Kathiawar
region of Gujarat was also in kasi, where he founded the Suddha Advaitha Sampradhayam on the
basis of Sri Krishna worship. His seven sons were his desciples who spread his doctrines in the west
India.

This was also the period when Lodis were on the ebb when the Afghans were eying India, when Sri
Krishna Chaitanya took avatar that revolutionized India through Bhakthi movement. In Punjab the
Sikh Khalsa pant started with Guru Nanak, Guru Govind Singh, Guru Anghad, and Guru Tej Bahadur.
They became role models and lead from the front armed resistant movements that fought tooth and

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nail with the Muslim rulers of Delhi and their vassals and defended Hindus in the north - the rest is
history.

Sri Ramanuja lived a long life of 120 years. Born in 1017 every moment of his end has been recorded.
“He breathed his last with his head on the lap of Vaduga Nambi in 1137 CE after hearing Divya
Prabhandams.

Born in Pingala year, he left his body also in Pingala year, in the month of Magha the 10 th day of
Shukla Paksha under the constellation of Thiruvadirai at the mid noon as his birth day.

Unless one has absolute mastery over one‟s breath living such long years is impossible and
synchronization of the exit from the world (of all great yogis and Acharyas match with certain
seasons like, utharayana, day, date and time,) that should be in perfect alignment with cosmic
cycles.

His physical Body is still preserved in the Srirangam Temple, in a large shrine.

In my opinion, the author has insulted Srivaishnavites (not deliberately) like me for having made
such a bad presentation of one of the greatest Acharyas. The reason I trace is to say he has “Holes in
his Consciousness”, when it comes to South Indian traditions of Srivaishnavism. Hence I have
elaborated those aspects here.

Incidentally mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam also comes in the same sampradhayam organized
by Ramanuja is the only let go from this jarring presentation.

Page 102: The author though he is very careful when it comes to western sensitivities, and
differentiates between Panentheism and Pantheism, does not know the difference between two
towering geniuses: Srinivasa Ramanujam (the Prodigy mathematician) and Sri Ramanujacharya
(founder of Visistadvaitha) who lived 995 years before. What a tragedy!

Comment: 37 the tradition of Ramanuja does not prevent foreigners from taking Initiation into
Srivaishnavism, which any Guru would gladly oblige. Before I close, on this issue of identity, I
wonder what his friend Prof.Francis Xavier Clooney PhD, a Parkman professor of Divinity at Harvard
University USA, a teaching professional in Srivaishnavite Theology and makes comparative studies
with Roman Catholicism, in his books and lectures, has not taken initiation into pancha samskaras,
and thereby has not derived any adhikara, to teach or interpret the sacred subjects of
Srivaishnavism.

How did Sri Clooney allow this sentence to escape, before giving his valuable endorsement that
comes with the Harvard stamp?

If Rajiv Malhotra had a mistake and wrote Thomas a‟ Kempis, as St.Thomas, would Francis X Clooney
not feel offended? Would he not get the mistakes corrected, ASAP?

If you go to Catholic Churches in India, they make regular announcements over the PA system. “if
you are not a Roman Catholic, do not partake the Eucharist. Please do not come in the line”.

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One has to respect their tradition. Prof.Clooney does what is prohibited by Sri Vaishnavite religion.
It is akin to taking admission to Harvard, without passing the qualifying exams like the GRE.

Prof Francis X.Clooney has not undertaken any pre-requisites prescribed for religious initiation into
Srivaishnavite sampradhayam. It includes branding on one‟s shoulders symbols of Vishnu‟s Shankha
and Chakra (called mudra) followed by namakranam (renaming), according Srivaishnavite
traditions (that may go for full three days, as per texts. After that instructed for performing daily
ceremonies, and partake of Prasadam, which include, accepting Tirtam, Thulasi leaves and Sadari,
and get ready for kalakshepam or hearing of sacred texts from a guru. The prime condition is
accepting Sriman Narayanan as the Parabrahman, and does Saranagathi (supreme surrender).

The tradition which goes back to Ramayana ,when Bharatha takes back the padukas (sandals) back
to Ayodhya where he ruled for 14 years mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana ( 1V 130.52-53-54-55-56
and (Vibhishana Saranagathi) when he sought asylum with Sri Rama.)

Writer and Book Critic Dr.Prema Nandakumar told me when I approached for a book review that she
follows strictly the advice given by her father K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar (50 years ago) who was a junior
contemporary of Sri Aurobindo and wrote the authentic biography of Sri Aurobindo approved by
Aurobindo himself published in his times by the sri Aurobindo ashram.

“NEVER ACCEPT A BOOK FOR ENDORSEMENT IN HURRY. DO NOT GIVE AN ENDORSEMENT


UNTIL YOU THOROUGHLY READ THE BOOK… DO NOT GIVE A BOOK REVIEW UNTIL YOU KNOW
THE CONTENTS IN EVERY PAGE OF THE BOOK .”

No doubt she is right and a much sought out book critic. I too follow what she taught me that day. I
wonder whether Clooney read the book fully before giving an endorsement. Here are these twelve
taught professors, who also gave endorsements; did they do so after carefully evaluation of the
book?

Page 110: Health Industry comparison: Though I am from Business Engineering, Re-Engineering and
Business Process Re-Engineering and Systems Applications and Information through ERP
Applications , I find the above comparison to “Inter faith dialogue and the notion of tolerance are
also examples of how synthetic accommodation may be achieved ,while achieving over primary
goals:” is bit going too far with metaphors.

There are several comments on 112,113,130 which I reserve for another occasion.

page131; comments will be given later.

Comment 38: on Fine print: The author seats rishis, jinas, arhats and bodhisattvas, in small letters. It
ought to be in Capital letters. Some points written here have to be rephrased some changed for
better expressions or vocabulary and restate the problem. Some to revalidate- some to correct the
negatives; some more explanations required and some more notes are required, on the conclusions
reached.

Page 131:“Spiritual Masters will discover new insights in ways that are inexhaustible. There will be
always innumerable spiritual traditions, histories, paths, symbols, deities, and communities. This
original source is far greater than what is stored in Jewish and Christian canon, commandments and

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prophesies. Huge libraries of scriptures documents the direct empirical experience of people from
various lineages, plus centuries of peer debates”

Comment 39: Yes, True to a great extent. But Rajiv Should have added, that these are the
manuscripts that survived after repeated Islamic attacks that lasted over 1000 years, and many store
houses of knowledge like Taxila, Nalanda, Vallabhi, were put to fire. This is what I call Rajiv‟s
selective amnesia.

Comment 40: Again if Muslim invasions had destroyed thousands of manuscripts, thousands were
taken away to Places like British Museum, Vatican, and other places. One of my mentors wanted a
rare, Saiva Bhasya. It was not available anywhere in India. The only copy had been taken away to
Vatican, where it remains. He used to get Students for research for guidance. In one such case a
Jesuit came to him for research. He accepted him on condition that, if he helped him to finish his
Thesis, (which he was bound to submit in the Vatican Theological College); he should make an
agreement, that he would recover for him a photo copy of that particular Saiva manuscript. The man
agreed. On his completion he went to Vatican, and after submitting his dissertation and viva, went to
the library, made a photocopy of the book, and sent it by back to India, by express mail.

An anecdote: [On an occasion I had through a friend in the British library, London, helped to recover
a copy of an ancient Mathematics text, from achieves, of the British Library London. The friend
arranged to make a digital copy, and delivered hotly-burnt copy to the Prof…., who had come on his
last leg of tour, from Brown University, (where large number of Indian Manuscripts were housed, for
which he had gone to make an assessment; I had arranged for his London meeting with a contact in
the British library).The British friend arranged to make a digital copy and delivered the oven fresh
copy to the Prof…., as he had limited time to stay in London; he also enjoyed lunch in the house of
my friend and brought the DVD to India; which he was searching for years; and based on the new
Text, with the source material in digitized form, the man got what he wanted!. Already they had
published the Indian mathematics series; (Yukthi Ganitha Bhasha); the group all that wanted was
tucked away in the archived in the British Library. They now had their original source; which was
missing in the link; for the mathematics series that they had earlier published. After getting his
material, this man severed all his contacts with me. His great mathematics ego could not digest the
help that he received from me, and did not even care to reply to emails and stopped corresponding.
This is the typical Hindu Behavior, which one will not find in Americans or Europeans. They express
their gratitude in so many words and gestures, on the other hand the Big Hindu ego gets punctured.
It cannot acknowledge the timely help it received.]

Page 131: “A.K Ramanujam asked in his influential essay, Is there an Indian way of thinking”.

Comments 41: I have used the Indian way of thinking in this easy and put it to use in English, which
perhaps the author may try. With reference to Point 131, mentioned above: It is better if Rajiv
Malhotra studies the finer nuances of each of the traditions, the language, the expressions, the
calendar, before he embarks on any writing further on any of the Hindu Sampradhayam, which will
be a misadventure.

Page 120 contradicts with page 86.

Page 167: In the vast canons of classical writings in Sanskrit, we see many context sensitive and
flexible ways of dealing with chaos and difference. The search is here for balance and equilibrium

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with the rights of chaos acknowledged on the other hand, in the creation stories of genesis, there is a
constant zero-sum battle between the two poles in which order must triumph.

Comment 42: The author could have elucidated the above, added colour to the above by giving
solid examples.

Page 168: will be treated later.

Comments 43: There are many profound statements made in this page that can be termed as
„unconditional approach”, open minded approach of the east, vis a vis „conditional approach of the
west‟ towards the other.

Page 169: “There are as many realms as there are levels of consciousness. At the highest states, we
realize unity with the ultimate reality from which all have sprung and unto which all returns”.

The above definition of Advaitic unity is not shared by other schools of philosophies. The Advaitha
theory of liberation was severely contested by other philosophers, like Saiva Siddhanta,
Visistadvaitha, and Dvaita etc. In Saiva Siddhanta the Advaitic one of the mahavakyas “Aham
Brahmasmi” is an anathema, and even a sin committed against Shiva as this violated the fundamental
three concepts of Padi ( Supreme Lord) Pasu (Individual Jiva), and Pasam ( the tie that connects).

Page 176: Western Gaze of India: Picture on Page 176.

Comment 44: The author takes us so many filters through which the west has been gazing at us in an
academic level; frontier level; biblical gaze; media, books, public perception etc., But the missing
link is the Christian and Jesuit institutions in India, that have become well established over the
centuries . They have become the sappers and miners of Christianity.

One of the endorser for the book, Prof.Francis Xavier Clooney‟s role model is Robert De Nobili.
Clooney came to India on the 400th anniversary of St.Francis Xavier, (who instituted Inquisitions
against Hindus, on the west coast of Goa 400 years ago )to set up the De Nobili Institute, within the
precincts of Loyola College in Chennai, and is closely associated with its activities.

Hindu Organizations like the Ramakrishna Mission have not risen up like western institutions and
organize Hindu institutions within their premises to examine the west. Perhaps Rajiv Malhotra
should urge the Ramakrishna Mission to work in this line. To even suggest this will be a big shock for
them.

The author, in this book has not probed the Christian Institutions in India, working overtime to
destroy Hinduism and also India.

Page 179: In Hindu marriages, for instance, unlike the nuptials of Christianity, the priest does not
perform …the Rituals…he only acts like a coach.

Comment: 45 Hindu marriages are sacraments, and not contracts.

Comment: 46 Mumbai Dabbawalla: “Another example of Indian Self-Organization in Mumbai‟s


Dabbawalla distribution service, which delivers hot meals cooked in each clients home using a net
work with no central node or organizer”.

Comment 47: It has become a fashion to mention Mumbai Dabbawalla from WSJ to recent books on
India, and the number of lunch boxes they deliver, and their accuracy rates. But the author has again

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botched up: that the ubiquitous caste system that was attacked by the western academics, is
responsible for such high quality delivery service. All the Dabbawallas belong to a particular Jati
that belong to Varkari tradition, of Maharashtra, that evolved during the Middle Ages, as a mass
Bhakthi movement against Muslim terror , they worship Sri Pandurang Vital, the main diety of
Pandharpur. The surprising thing is most of the Dabbawallas are illiterates who never went to
school, has been left incomplete, if had it been presented, which otherwise would have given
complete picture.

PARANGIKKAI SYNDROME

“THIS IS A SATIRE. TO BE REFERRED IN UNFAIR OCCASIONS WHEN YOU SEE OFTEN SEE
YOURSELF BEFORE DUMB INTELLECTUALIZATIONS OF WESTERNERS PRESENTED AS
AUTHENTIC CUISINE FROM THE EAST”
-- GP.Srinivasan

Page 182: The quote that is not worth need not be quoted. I think it is nonsensical to quote of David
Schulman and Wendy Donigher, when Rajiv Malhotra is praising Wendy Doniger, (Page 187), the
controversial Professor, of Risa Lila, whose „scholarship‟ borders on „controversial‟ if not
„pornographic‟, hence not accepted by self-respecting Hindu scholars.

COMMENT 48: David Schulman and Wendy Donigher suffer from a strange disorder classified in
from the Indian system of classical medicine under “Parangikkai syndrome”.

Rajiv Malhotra verbatim quotes their interpretations of Hindu Rice powered designs found
commonly all over India: The famous Attapoo floral decorations in Kerala drawn on onam; Kolams,
using rice paste or powder and saffron earth in Tamilnadu; Rangoli using coloured powder in North
India.

Attapoo, Kolams and Rangoli are drawn during auspicious functions, in homes, temples and streets.
How hard these professors search for words to describe which they saw for the first time perhaps in
their lives. This shows how far are they, from what is a routine matter on streets of India.

The way they put meanings into their own heads and brains as they have a vacuum to describe such
concepts as Kolam in words and to compensate for the void they put artificial scaffolding with
meaningless words, sentences, and conceptualize the same where no such meanings existed is a
syndrome called Parangikkai Syndrome says Charaka and Susrutha …

The Kolam drawing which requires both right and left brain coordination and girls are taught to
draw Kolams even from very young ages and Kolam requires excellent Neuro motor coordination.

David Schulman struggles to assemble sentences, form concepts, to compulsively define, and to
convince him what he saw on the ground.

They write with their students back at home, about their latest finding, their own trophies from
foreign tours of forbidden lands of heathens, after hunting for concepts, and exotic cultural
experiences, shows how these people have not yet emerged from hunting and gathering stage of
human evolution, but also actually how stupid their explanations are and carry no meaning to those

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women who draw Kolams on the streets on margazhi months with rice powder, and place a lump of
cow dung in the centre, and top it with the „Parangi poo‟ (pumpkin flower). The exact English name
for this yellow pumpkin is white gourd and Latin botanical name is Cucurbita Maxima.)

So whenever you come across a white man‟s interpretation of Hindu customs or rituals or
cerebrations in a book, which only explains his new form of syndrome, please do not quote him as
your authority, as he is trying to convince himself very hard, about the new phenomena into the
memory slots. Please remember Parangikkai Syndrome, which you will encounter in every book
about India, right from „Abbe‟ Dubois Manners and Customs of Hindus‟ to Ms.Catherine Mayo‟s
„Mother India‟ to Wendy Donigher‟s „Hindus an alternate history‟. The average westerner school is
suffering from this Parangikkai syndrome a Neuro psychiatric cerebral syndrome, and he/she has to
liberate himself from the hard wired nature which Rajiv Malhotra defines: “On the western seeker he
says does not approach this task with a clean slate; there has been past conditioning as a result of his
her collective identity, as Jewish, Christian or Secular.”

HOW THE TERM „PARANGI‟ ENTERED LEXICONS?

Definition: This yellow-orange-red combination coloured „Parangikkai‟ entered the dictionaries of


the world and given was given the term white gourd. The whites are called Parangis by South
Indians as their skin colour resembled the colour of the Parangikkai. It became Firangis in north
India. The flowers that originated from the creeper is normally taken out and planted on the holy
month of Margazhi (Corresponding December- January) on top of a heap of dark green cow dung
positioned in the centre of Kolam drawn in very early morning filled with mist when Bhajans parties
go about singing songs from their holy scriptures of Thiruppavai or Thiruvembavai).Is there
someone who will pass on the definition and accurate s description to David Schulman, and Wendy
Donigher combine as they missed this out, in their graphic descriptions of „rice powder designs‟….

I leave with memories of PARANGIKKAI SYNDROME….

Comment 49: Donigher was the author of “Hindus an alternate History”. This was a controversial
book. Shri Vishal Agarwal has given a detailed rebuttal. It has yet to come in a book form

Though Rajiv Malhotra criticized her description of “Hindu Patrons who wanted to rebuild Temples”
as “Megalomania”, but he failed to ask the right counter questions:

1) What would she call the Pentagon authorities, for rebuilding the structure that was destroyed
by the 9/11 plane that crashed in to the building?
2) What she would she call New York Mayor Rudy Juliani for reconstructing the World Trade
centre twin towers?

Are they “Super Megalomaniacs”?

Rajiv Malhotra should also have raised some tough questions:

3) What happened to the WPMD in Iraq?

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4) Are the US leaders suffering from mass paranoia?

Seeing the descriptions of the Holy Hindu Scriptures, in the writings of Wendy Donigher, a
house surgeon has identified the disease as nothing but nymphomania!

One cannot expect such tough questions from Rajiv Malhotra, as he wants to be accepted by
those people, who threw muck on Hindus.

Page 184: Para 2: The author has given interpretation of the cover photo. I went through the
interpretation, of the Puranic story of Samudra Manthan. He has said “Hinduism weaves multiple
narratives”…central motif of cooperative rivalry between order and chaos…”-”Order” he
“personified as Devas” Is it? I am not too sure? "and chaos”, he says “personified as Devas”, is it? Is
it true to the original meaning? The author concluded the story of Samudra Manthan by saying “It is
not to be taken literally”. This is agreed fully.

Immediately the author switched over to the famous Rig Vedic, opus on the Hymn of Creation (Rig
Veda X.129), page 185. When I searched desperately, where did the story of “Samudra Manthan”,
occur in the first place, the author has not given any „original source‟. He makes a sweeping
statement “A key myth by all Dharma Traditions”-the churning of the milky ocean, shows the eternal
struggle between the two poles.” Interpretation is brilliant …“ The milky ocean is the Ocean of
Consciousness of Consciousness and Creativity, which is to be churned in order to obtain amrita, or
nectar of eternal life, both sides of have common father; Kasyapa (literally vision).The asuras mother
is diti(divided, Limited) and so the asuras as the off springs have the limited vision. The devas spring
from Aditi (limitless), and thus they embody higher vision”.

The cover of the book has a black jacket with an impressive photo of Samudra Manthan. The
photo credit goes to Shri Rajiv Malhotra himself. But there is no explanation given for the
photo. The book has an impressive „black art paper jacket‟ with an Impressive colour photo, of
a Model to be found in Thailand‟s Bangkok Swarnabhoomi international Airport. (Hindu Voice
Nov.2007). In this international transit point, where millions of passengers cross everyday, the
Thai authorities have depicted this Hindu Puranic lore of „Samudra Manthan‟. The Devas and
Asuras churning the ocean of Milk but the cover photo fails to explain in simple language the
significance, to readers, particularly non Hindu-ones the book is targeting.

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SAMUDRA MANTHAN AS IN PURANAS

EXPLANATION for the puranic story is given below for the benefit of those who
have no exposure to this Hindu Puranic Story. Many have heard of the Puranic-
Hindu Story as children. ‟The churning of the Ocean of Milk, by Devas and
Asuras, with the help of Vasuki the giant Snake, that agrees to act as Churning
Rope. The Manthira Mountain also agrees to act as the churning stone and
Mahavishnu concurs to act the base-a giant tortoise on which the stone rests, and
both devas and asuras starts to strain themselves pulling the rope in opposing
direction in order to churn the ocean, and from which „halahala‟ poison
emerges. This is followed many divine and sacred objects emerge. Devas and
asuras were vying with each other for Amrtham (nectar that wil make devas
young and deathless!) Very clearly Narayana for the welfare of the universe did
not want the asuras to reach deathless stage and wanted to stop them from
drinking a drop of the Amrtham. He takes the form of Mohini avatar, to distract
the worldly and ego filled asuras. He separated the crowd into two different
groups. Devas and asuras were made to sit in two different lines. When one of
the asuras Swasbanu, dressed himself as a Devas, and sat in between the
Chandra and Surya, on the devas side, and drank amrita,he was exposed by
them. Narayana immediately cut his head off by his chakra ayudham. (Srimad
Bhagavatham Book 4: Adyaya. 7-shlokas 1 to 45; Adyaya 8. Shloka 1 to 46;
Adyaya 9. Shloka 1 to 29).

Srimad Bhagavatham 7 volumes (Tamil Edition).

Comment 50: The sudden shift from Puranic interpretation to Rig Veda:

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Who verily knows and who can here declare

Whence was born and whence come this creation

The Gods are later than the World‟s production

Who knows whence it first came into being?

He, the first origin of this creation

Whether he formed it all or did not form it,

Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven?

He verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not

--Rig Veda(X Mandala Sutra 129.)

Comment 51: It is not that I am not interested in abstract theories. As a curious reader what I wanted
was original unadulterated story of “SAMUDRA MANTHAN AS IT IS ”, but could not locate it anywhere
in the book and I wanted its original source. I could not locate it within the pages of the book. This I
will deal in the qualitative analysis in my 3rd part.

Page 239: Samskriti, the Dharma of Civilization,

Comment 52: It could be better refined into as the basic code of conduct; list of things to do; list of
things not to do; use one‟s own judgment; as the basic parameters of Samskriti, and the extensive
use of symbols, for expressing spirituality and higher centres of consciousness, and keeping in tune
the body, mind, and society in tune with the changing cycles. Dharma is the application of the code
of conduct at individual, group level, at family level, and at whole societal levels. Using informal-no-
dogmatic-checks and balances-making Indian civilization an anti –pole to Judaic-Christian-Arab-
civilizations.

Page 251: Concept of God…

Comment 53: I am afraid to say the concept of God is very primitive in Christianity and in the two
other religions. Anand Amaldas SJ; inmate of Satya Nilayam ;a colleague of FX Clooney has openly
told this to my friend who was doing Ph D several years ago, in Madras University, where he was
also, doing research. What is the concept of God in Islam? What is the definition of God in
Christianity? What is the concept of God in Judaism? Before they call their Gods, equal to as Iswara,
they must find out their definitions, if at all have one, that are but dwarfed, that need „Hindu
definitions‟ to spruce them up‟; „develop-their- facades‟; „make it on par‟; to be incorporated into;
their texts; as they did with the Indian community Bible 2008.

Comment 54: Rajiv Malhotra again derailed by calling the Bible „smrtihi‟, which is a Hindu definition.
Is it another way of importing Hindu meanings into Christianity.

Before the new Bible takes over perhaps in another 100 years? But where are the smrtihis? Do they
have one? Do they have Shruthis, Brahma sutra, Upanishads, Ithihasas, Puranas , Dharma Shastras?

COMMENT 55; I am sorry for the author when he tries in all his best sincerity, gives intellectual
discourses and interpretations of Samudra Manthan, to westerners when they are unable to grasp

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such every day thing as a „Kolam‟. This „rationalization‟ to make it palatable to western minds is
unnecessary. Let them understand out stories as they are, if they can .If they are so touchy, so be it
be. Let them get offended by the literal meanings. Let us not be apologetic and remind them of their
Biblical creation of the world in seven days and then the lord took rest on a Sunday. Let us tell them
that we are upset by such silly stories and they would stop getting offended by literal meanings of
stories of puranas. Let us stop switching over to the intellectual part: Vedic Hymn, which he thinks
would be liked by westerners. I have to ask him directly if we start with these Bible quotations
seriously, for comparative studies and then we make a point by point comparison, and invite
Clooneys for a debate, would that not be a better method.

Is it right to call sayings of the Bible “smrtihis of Christianity” as Rajiv wants us to believe and
hence, “Changeable”?
1) Is he expressing own views?
2) Or is he giving this interpretation on behalf of others?
3) Or is he representing some Hindu Organization?

Valid question#1: Should we accept their uncompromising position? There are explicit gestures
before interfaith dialogues: Meetings, Protocols Invitations and grand announcements.

Beneath gestures is the central theme is to establish by hook or crook:

Their un-compromising Position for 1671 years:

“MY GOD IS YOUR GOD AND YOUR GOD IS NO GOD”.

How can our Acharyas negotiate with them without compromising?

LET OUR HINDU GURUS AND ACHARYAS AND THOSE WHO SELF REPRESENT, AND THOSE CO-
OPTING HINDUS, SIKHS, BUDDHISTS AND JAINS, KNOW WHAT LIES BEHIND THE SUGAR COATED
WORDS OF VATICAN ARE SUCH TEACHINGS IN THE BIBLE:

“Jesus said behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolf.

Therefore be shrewd as serpent and innocent as Doves”

- Mathew 10.16

And the Brother will deliver up brother, to death,

and a father his child and the children will

rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death

- Mathew 10:21

Why are you getting ashamed of your puranas when what you see in the Bible is what they teach
literally in every Bible School, in every seminary, in every Mass, to the followers of Bible, who
LITERALLY put into practice these teachings in their seminaries and put those into the huge books of
“Catholic Catechisms?”

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Page 328: India‟s pseudo secularism….

Comment 56: …comes under attack this time rightly. Usually Pseudo secularism is used by
Hindutvadis has been used by Rajiv Malhotra in a different context.

Page 334: Naïve spiritual sameness: “Another poor response to the problem of western Universalism
has been to argue that this will ensure harmony and equitable unity. This might be true if some of the
religions in question did not inherently rest on exclusive claims to truth, but they do. Implicitly,
western thought and values get characterized as universal essences.” He then explains the problems
of the Hindu Gurus “who as cultural ambassadors are responsible for promoting this view and avoid
what is different”.

Comment 57: “Sarva Dharma Samabhav” promoted by MK Gandhi and other since then were copied
by the Gurus also, has been missed. He also has not highlighted how post Gandhians carried out this
mission diligently within the walls of many ashrams and universities like Gujarat Vidya Peeth,
founded by Gandhiji himself and all the Gandhi Grams, Ashrams, and Kasturba grams, propagated
the Gandhian ideals. In 2011 August when we went on a study tour to Gujarat to study the NGOS
there, we were told that there are 4.5 lakhs NGOs operating in Gujarat alone! If Marxists had their
citadels so too Gandhians had! To be a Gandhian is a respectable profession that there are many
men in three piece suits staying in seven star hotels, riding luxury cars, yet calling themselves
Gandhians (Ramachandra Guha).

Page 335: The author examines “vasudaiva Kudumbakaham” All belong to the family of Vasudeva.

Comment 58: It is a fine argument, but carried out to the logical end; how it was misplaced and
misused.

Page 336: “Naïve spiritual Sameness”.

Comment 59: The doctor is explaining the symptoms. But he has not gone to study the root cause that
comes from one source. Root cause of the germ bacteria or pathogen has not been identified and
proper antibiotics not prescribed.

Conclusion and the way forward: PURVA PAKSHA

Comment 60: This has become the buzz word and USP for marketing the book. I do not say you
should not use Unique Selling proposition. I don‟t feel it should be reduced to the level of a cultural
„fad‟.

Comment 61: In this chapter major differences between India and the west has not published from
the Indian format; but conceptualized; encapsulate; and made it edible for the western palate.

Comment 62: In the same line the author says “A Muslim jati can have sharia, as Jati Dharma, for
internal matters”.

Comment 63: This will be considered an unwanted interlude to the whole thesis, where the author
was carefully avoiding many contentious issues related to Islam in its relations with others. For

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example he does mention Post 9/11 elsewhere, which is a must for all books that deal with such
issues.

Comment 64: Will the author advocate Hindus to go back to their caste or village panchayats? On
the other hand the author‟s advocacy of sharia will be considered a regressive gesture. Does he
advocate “triple talaq” over emails and phone also?

Page 343,344,345 takes a dig at Swami Vivekananda “Swami Vivekananda did explore the west and
some leaders such as Ram Mohan Roy attempted to form “synecretic movements like the Brahma
Samaj”.

Comment 65: In his short life of 39 years, limited time, Swami Vivekananda did lay the foundation for
gazing at the west so to say; the Ramakrishna Mission; His vision was not carried out by them. Those
who have closely followed the mission the ideals for which he founded the mission, was
systematically downgraded; the mission of Vivekananda wanted and the mission as it is now are two
different things. It will be a big thesis how this grand institution was secularized slowly; and at one
point it not no longer represented Hindus; the mission and went to court to prove that they
belonged to Ramakrishnaism. This was challenged in the court of law to disprove the contentions of
the claimants. Swami Vivekananda “did not do an occasional gazing at the west” but he worked
there for ten years, which is by means no easy joke, in those days, that too in the absence of back up
support. The amount of ground clearing and bulldozing work he did nobody could do in any future.
Rajiv Malhotra‟s world is different from the world of Vivekananda, and he must make himself familiar
with the world of Vivekananda then, and the “New Discoveries by Marie Lousie Burke”, in several
volumes in more than (3000 pages?), and be more gracious in acknowledging the great master.

Pages 346-347; “His short book, “Hind Swaraj, or Indian Home Rule”, praised.

Comment66: He does not mention other big works, “Poverty and the Unbritish Rule in India”, like
Dadabhai Naoroji, not a line.

Comment 66: If the former reversed the gaze (a buzz word by now), did not the book by Dadabhai
Naoroji written even before, reverse the gaze? Gandhi was great, no doubt.

Comment 67: As scholar, author and writer: N.S Rajaram PhD said “Great men committed great
blunders”. I accept the views that Gandhi reversed the gaze on the British. But what were his
political blunders? The political blunders have been so well documented in the recent years.

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Questions thrown open for sustained and broader debate and for meaningful
conclusions:

1) DID IT STOP THE VIVISECTION OF INDIA?

2) DID IT STOP THE ENSUING ETHNIC DIVIDE AND CULTURAL GENOCIDE OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE?

3) A WEAK GANDHI WAS COWED DOWN BY A JIHADIST JINNAH HAS BEEN, PUSHED UNDER THE CARPET?

4) HOW THIS WAS NOT A CLASH OF MIDEAST ABRAHAMIC MINDSET AND DHARMIC INDIAN MINDSET?

5) IN 1936-37: IF COULD GANDHI PREVENT HIS SON HIRALAL GANDHI FROM BECOMING ABDULLA GANDHI?

BHAGWAN SRI KRISHNA‟ S CLASSIFICATION


OF THREE HUMAN TYPES
Comment 68: There were three schools of freedom fighters that prevailed; The Tamasic; The Rajasic;
and The Satvic: All the three approaches prevailed during the Indian freedom movement. The
Kshatriya Dharma as espoused in Chapter 2 of The Gita. The „Rajasic‟ way was represented by
Subhas Chandra Bose, Veer Savarkar V.V.S Aiyer, Vanchinathan and others; Gandhi represented the
„Satvic-Tamasic‟ type. He was not a „Suddha Sattva‟. If he was „Suddha satva‟ type, he would have
retired deep into a forest and found in Samadhi or meditating. The very fact he did not do so; shows
his mind was not pure Sattva.

The fundamental human types were classified by Sri Krishna in the Gita, which Rajiv Malhotra must
depend for the classification of western religions particularly The Gita Chapter 16, and 17 will be
handy. It is a powerful classification, stages of evolution of human consciousness and for developing
typologies for our understanding. As Ram Swarup says in his book on “Hindu view of Christianity
and Islam”, and “The word as revelations: Names of Gods” western religions and Civilizations were
born out minds of „ego gods‟= out of extreme „Tamas and Rajas‟. This classic tool could be used to
explain why Hindus are under attack always. Why followers of our Sattavic Gods and Gurus failed to
interpret the motives, methods and strategies of their tormentors?

Comment 69:They are accused by Rajiva Malhotra for failing to spear head, debates, with the
followers of Mllecha of categories “deities”, “as Hindus were “prohibited from coming into
contacts” that will automatically lead to excommunication”.

Comment 70:But they did Bhajans in millions, hoping that would drive away the Mllechas; I do
remember an event narrated by a 100 year old lady on “how baskets Thulasi leaves were dumped
on the path of a marching British cavalry, by devoted Hindu women, thinking that, on sighting the
sacred Ocimum sanctum leaves, the British would stop their horses, and would not cross over, to
their side, as they would not dare to “step over the Thulasi leaves”, and thought “the British would
not want to offend Hindus”. This century old women, told me that the “British”… “Simply ran over
the Thulasi leaves” to the “utter shock of Hindu ladies”, she asked with utter amazement “which

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Hindu would step over sacred Thulasi? During the centuries of Bhajan and Bhakthi movement though
it did consolidate the Hindus, but did not deracinate their enemies, did they?

If any of us on hearing the story tend to brush off the above story as naïve, silly or even stupid,
approach to stop the British , how come Gandhiji‟ efforts are treated with admiration?

Comment 71: If Nethaji Bose had not arrived as he did with INA the British would not have evacuated
India is a fact. Negating this event this book gives incomplete picture on this aspect, and negates the
legitimate role and use of violence and sacrifices of other freedom fighters, like Veer Savarkar, who
made the west to sit up and take note but has been consigned to a foot note in modern Indian history.

Page 355: The various dharma schools have a continuing history of debates amongst themselves and
many volumes have been compiled...My goal is not to explain the systems in intricate details…

Comment 72: Well said but the problems show up as technical glitches as found in the above pages,
and my explanation.

Comments 73: Appendix A: the major lacunae are seen in not showing the Hindu systems of
philosophy separately; their connections; subtleties and intricacies, whilst such privilege has been
granted to Jainism, and Buddhism.

Comments 74: Appendix B: It is very good and in modern language whetting the appetite of
technocrats of the computer world.

Comment: 75: The Judeo Christian Religions not only lack the R&D but also ill developed in concepts
and preparatory skills like disciplined sittings in one place for hours, including diet, which are must
for a Veda pathshala student.

Comment 76: It is like comparing the anatomy and physiology of a herbivore vis a vis a carnivore!
Some parts of the book need to be relooked and a corrigendum published. If the author feels he had
become more inclusive and included experts from various fields, it would have been better. With
better panel in the peer review, the book would have come better. It has not been adequate.

Comment 77 : A Word about Purva Paksha: This is discovering the old .Often the original meanings
has been obscured and is brought to light only after we scrap off the corrosion of the ages and go
back to the time when the world acquired the meaning and needed a serious search application of
the old solutions to our present problems . This is a big comment on “Being Different”. I see Rajiv
Malhotra as a solution provider. I examined the need for writing a Book, the root of the problem and
how it was also tackled by others before him in their own way. It also deals with the peripheral
issues like „critiques‟ and the „purva paksha‟ of the critics‟ and their level.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BOOK

Books arrive at a stage in the history of a nation and its people. Books have inspired people to
change History. The stage is set for Rajiv Malhotra‟s book “Being Different” to step in, that corrects
the anomaly in the prevailing collective mindset and in public perception that „all religions are
same‟. The popular media, is also spreading, this view every day. It also shows, how religions of

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Dharmic categories are different from Abrahamic categories and he demonstrates this in an effective
way, to our „corporate gurus‟ and „jet set gurus‟.

It is time to come out openly and examine „the fundamentals of interfaith dialog‟; on which Hindu
interests were compromised by Hindus themselves. Whether Hindu Gurus who accept the invitation
of other Religions have any competency in the established methodology of debates? Whether they
have expertise in the systems they profess? Whether they have examined the alien theologies and
political ideologies that drive those theologies? Whether these gurus have proper training in the
basic Hindu scriptures?

Almost all modern corporate gurus have no basic training in basic Hindu Scriptures of any
methodology.

Are they competent to see through the complex issues and competent diplomats?

Against this back drop, we examine the relevance of these issues: to Ordinary Hindus, who hold no
„Religious-Agenda‟ for themselves. They mind their everyday business, oblivious to happenings
around him; the role of (HMOs of different brands) Hindu Multinational Organizations that exploit
this ignorance; in the name of „universalism‟.

We will also examine the map of “Hindu methodology” and “protocols of Hindu Debates”& “the
Hindu samurai” in the next part.

Now Gurus of HMOS of different brands (like Adidas, Nike, Puma, Sony )have a bounden duty to tell
their millions of followers that Dharmic religions are a distinct variety, and they are not analogous to
Abrahamic religions and also explains how fundamentally different we are? This book will be a boon
to followers of many modern „Gadget Gurus‟, who got defeated by Muslim evangelists like Zahir
Naiks!

They are not well versed in the basic anatomy of religions . Yet, they want
to enter the carnivore‟s cage. However if they want to compare notes, they
will find Rajiv Malhotra‟s „Being Different‟ like the Grey‟s anatomy for
beginners in Medicine. However this does not deal with „human anatomy‟,
but with the „Anatomy of Religions‟. It gives a taste of “Hindu methodology
of debates‟.

VALID QUESTION # 2: WHY, INSPITE OF ALL THESE BILLIONS OF HUMAN HOURS, MILLIONS OF
MEETINGS AND MASSIVE EFFORTS , A DRAMATIC FREEDOM MOVEMENT, LED BY A PEACE LOVING

GANDHI AND ALSO NOT SO PEACE LOVING OTHERS AND PHYSICAL SACRIFICES OF THOUSANDS OF
THYAGIS AND MARTYRS , EVEN AFTER 150 YEARS WE HAVE NOT TAKEN OFF?

HINDUISM IS NOT TREATED AS A RELIGION BUT A CULT IN FRANCE INSPITE OF OUR BILLION DOLLAR ORDERS

PLACED ON FRANCE FOR FRENCH FIGHTER PLANES.

VALID QUESTION# 3: WHY CHRISTIANITY SHOULD NOT BE REFERRED TO AS A CULT BY HINDUS, AS


IT SHOWS ALL CHARACTER THAT MANIFEST IN A CULT? SHOULD IT BE ACCORDED THE STATUS OF A

RELIGION THAT OUR GURUS AGREE TO ENGAGE IN DEBATES ?

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COMMENTS ON BIBLIOGRAPHY & NOTES

Comment 70: „Lest we forget‟: Prominent thinkers and writers like Sri Sita Ram Goel:
(“Defense of Hindus”; History of Hindu Christian Encounters; Hindu Temples what
happened to them? 2 volumes); Sri Ram Swarap; (Pope John Paul on Eastern Religions
and Yoga, A Hindu Buddhist Rejoinder; A Hindu view of Christianity and Islam ); Dr
Ashok Joshi (Demography of Indian Populations);Dr.S.Kalyanaraman(Saraswathi River,
Rashtram, and Deciphering Saraswathy hieroglyphs, 2012);DR. S.D.Kulkarni‟s 18
volume Bhishma series; Dr.Koenraad Elst,(Psychology of prophetism; Ayodhya issues,
Decolonizing the Hindu mind; Negationism in Indian History);David Frawley (Universal
Hinduism, Arise Arjuna, Awaken Bharatha ); Arun Shourie,(Missionaries etc.); Dr.K.S
Lal, Dr. K.V Paliwal, Iswar Sharan (The Myth of Saint Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva
Temple); V.Sundaram IAS, P.Deiva Muthu, ( Editor: Hindu Voice), Dr.N.S Rajaram (Dead
Sea Scrolls,) Radha Rajan (Gandhi and the eclipse of the Hindu Nation,NGOS and the
anti-national Industry),Dr. Gopalakrishnan of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage , are
a few in the long list of authors and books go missing in the Bibliography, whose
continuous efforts, resulted in the slow awakening, of Hindu Identity and Political
Consciousness. The list of hundreds of publications of traditional Hindu Mutts, Akharas,
Ashrams, Organizations; and not so traditional ones; RSS, VHP, Vivekananda Kendra,
HSS, HJS, Hindu Munnani, Samskritha Bharthi, Seva Bharthi, Ekal Vidyalayas, Vanavasi
Kalyan Yojana, (that continue to make an impact; and the contribution made by of
thousands of volunteer workers is astonishing, )and their publications run hundreds of
books and pamphlets and magazines, like Hindu Voice, websites like HJS, Haindava
Keralam, and Tamil Hindu.com have not received even passing by reference, in this
book as part of Bibliography or reference section. Their magnificent role has been denied.
Are these publications promoting banned books?

Classification: The exact English name for this yellow pumpkin is white gourd

and Latin botanical name is Cucurbita Maxima.)

„Parangi poo‟ =pumpkin flower.

PARANGIKKAI = large round fruit

SYNDROME=symptoms

Discovered by;GP.Srinivasan

Date of Discovery: 8.2.2012

Time: 10.30 Am

Place: India

Entry awaited in Encyclopaedia Brittanica and in medical dictionries.

This vyagyanam (commentary) is questioning Rajiv Malhotra who in several


places has been actually quoting western professors without paraphrasing their
views on Indian customs thereby endorsing their views.

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PARANGIKKAI SYNDROME: was revealed to me to explain certain patterns of
behavior that we encounter in Western and Indian writings, used to describe
India by westerners who suffer from the syndrome and quoted by indophiles.
This is not to offend the species of Parangikkai itself, Parangikkai farmers,
shopkeepers, traders and those who love the vegetable that grows on a
creeper.The „Parangikkai Syndrome‟ should be written with capital P and S.

Please do write your views: gp.srinivasan@gmail.com

But I nwill give replies only when I can.

Disclaimer: The writer is an impartial observer of Hindu religious and social movements. He does not represent any sect or sects of any
organization, nor does he make any claims. He does not stand against any one of them. As an ardent fan of History of Hindu movements, he is
not a follower of any of the gurus. The examples cited are for the purpose of brevity and understanding. If he has mentioned some names of
individuals, it is incidental and with the intention to explain/high light certain of the points and not to hurt sentiments of either the Gurus or
the desciples. Due to the collective mistakes of so many Hindu leaders The Hindu Society has become the loser now. It has to get its original
luster. Hindu Society is bigger than all individuals put together, however great they may be. In this process we have to tell the Truth,
however unpalatable it may be. This critique is not against Rajiv Malhotra, whom I respect, but it is to fill up the slots in the consciousness of
fellow Hindus, who happened to read his „Book‟ „first‟, and then refer to „my review‟, afterwards.

The writer is a management consultant specialized in SAP/ Business Process Solutions for
organizations.

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