Thursday, January 31, 2013


By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM
Truth has been the watchword of the Aryas. Aryas are the people who lead a life as enjoined on them by Dharma. Dharma is the path of righteousness. The original source of righteousness is the holy VEDAS. Right at the beginning of the creation, God revealed the Vedas – the knowledge to the Rishis for the guidance of Man. Thus the celestial knowledge, the holy VEDAS, is for the guidance of the entire mankind. No sect, region or religion or race can monopolize it. All men and women are entitled to receive and recite, preach and practice the Ved Mantra or the contents of the Vedic hymns.
A denial of this divine right by man to man is mythical and unethical . Many a time an ignorant or ill advised coterie makes an endeavour to deprive a majority of men and women of the fruits of divine knowledge, the VEDAS, and thus gives birth to myriad of myths. Thus myths are born in ignorance, nurtured in greed and nourished in senseless and meaningless rituals. The generators and perpetrators of myths are enemies of mankind. To let the vast humanity be benefited by imbibing the knowledge of the VEDAS, the coterie which prevents the free flow of the divine knowledge must be busted. Myths created to cow down the less privileged by the over-privileged and pampered segments of the social order must be exposed.
Such a super exploder of myths was an ascetic, a sanyasi, Swami Dayanand Saraswati. It was he who gave the clarion call ``Back to the VEDAS.’’ The decay that had set in was rectified to a large extent by Swami Dayanand Saraswati’s relentless campaign in propagating the Vedic way of life. He launched a two pronged attack on the decadent human society, cleanse it of moral, mental and physical ills and pave the way for our souls to attain the state of bliss, viz MOKSHA. Let us take a look at his modus operandi.
Haridwar-Rishikesh road runs almost parallel to the Ganges. The scene is set on the banks of Ganga along that road at milestone six from the famous ghat. ``Hari Ki Pauri.’ The KUMBH fair of 1867 is in full swing. A tall, well built, fair and impressive sanyasi is standing below an ochre flag exhorting the flocks of believers to live by the tenets of the divine knowledge, the VEDAS. The Dev Nagri inscription on the flag cannot but attract attention. ``Pakhand Khandini,’’ i.e. an exploder of myths and deceptions. The essence of the Sanyasi’s sermon on the Sand was:
(a) God is Omnipresent and is NIRAKAR i.e. imageless. He is not bound in a form. He is never born and, therefore, does not die.
(b) God is the fountainhead of all true knowledge.
(c) VEDAS are divine; prescribes the path of righteousness for man.
(d) Forsake falsehood, myths, and superstitions.
(e) Those who swindle the common man in the name of false precepts are not Dharma gurus but Bhrashta gurus and parasites on society.
The sanyasi giving discourses under the Myth-Exploder Banner was none other but Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He distributed a small pamphlet ``Exploding Myths,’’ free of cost. Its theme exposed the falsehood of Vishnu Bhagwat, a Puran full of falsehood, by highlighting its negative approach, its propagation of false gods thereby betraying ignorance of the Vedic way of life. People who made money by throwing the Vedic Dharma overboard and narrated cock and bull stories by inventing false gods were nothing but thugs and criminals preying on people.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati took it upon himself to cleanse the society of false gods and criminals masquerading as god men. These men and women were like cancer and jeopardized health of the society. False Gods, superstitions and false gurus not only sapped strength of society but prevented growth of scientific approach and scientific mind. He enjoined on the Arya Samaj founded by him in 1875 in Mumbai to wage war against the negative, superstitious god men and promote the theistic scientific approach of the Vedic Dharma. He and his fellow Aryas enacted 10 principles of the Arya Samaj in 1877 in Lahore to guide the common man to attain bliss, the MOKSHA.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati traveled far and wide in India to explode many a myth - these were indeed making man moribund. From Multan in the west to Calcutta in the east, from the Himalayan heights in the north to the plains of Pune in the Deccan were his preaching playgrounds. The myriad myths that he exploded and spurious institutions that he attacked, smarted under his verbal and written onslaught. The learned Swami held discussions with preachers of faiths like Christianity, Islam and converted captains and commoners, preachers and priests to his own point of view, the Vedic Thought. Among the 55-odd books and pamphlets that he wrote, the most widely read is the ``Satyarth Prakash,’’ or the ``Light of Truth.’’ Let us go through a few of its noble and enlightening gems of true knowledge contained in 14 enlightening chapters.
The Vedic trinity is: God; soul; and matter. In Hindi it is: Parmatma; Jeevastma; and Prakriti. The most common myth is: God comes to this world in the form of a man. The ignorant ones call it ``an avatar.’’ In the Vedic trinity, God is God, there is only one God, and God has no image or idol. And, therefore, idol worship is an exercise in futility. Likewise, a Jeevatma can never become God or Parmatma. Men of weak minds elevate stronger men to Godhead. Consequently, there are god men galore even in the 21st century, notwithstanding all avenues of enlightment that are available to the modern man. Today god men, sadhus and fakirs are just fakes and frauds – out to cheat the gullible in the guise of teaching tenets of religion. Vedic mantras quoted in the Satyarth Prakash show us the path to enlightenment; teach us to be mentally robust, physically fit and militarily strong to vanquish all foes. Mind is the man. Make your mind strong through meditation, pranayam and righteousness. You will, thus, make the fake fakirs vanish in thin air. The myth of god- men making gold watches for the rich and ash for the poor in a magician style will stand exploded.
In a society where the guru cheats the shishya (disciple) and the shishya cheats the guru, both are bound to sink together. Let us not cheat each other and malign the pious bonds. Sailing in a made of stone , are they not? No way but to sink! They are indeed sunken souls and cannot be redeemed because of their bad Karmas, action based on deceit.
Let us take a close look at the falsehood perpetrated on the so called scientific societies. Can a Virgin be impregnated without mating with a man? Here is a case of normal pregnancy of a married woman whose marriage has not been consummated. She never had a chance to share the marital bed with her legal husband. There is a natural birth and the boy born thus is hailed as a son of God. Ask yourself, the enlightened ones! Isn’t it out and out a case of promiscuity being sanctified in the name of Father,Son and the Holy Ghost. Isn’t it the biggest myth in man’s mythology? Swami Dayanand Saraswati exploded this myth neat and proper in the 13th chapter of the ``Light of Truth.’’
Preying on feeble minded men, many Muslims are masquerading as Bengali Tantrik babas in rich areas like Greater Kailash of New Delhi. These frauds are neither Bengalis, nor babas nor tantriks. Just Thugs. Here is an area where myths must be exploded. A subsidized sale of ``The Light of Truth’’ will be in order. Further the Muslims all over the world should reconsider the process of slaughter of animals after reciting a verse of Koran. ``Let us begin in the name of Allah, who is kind and merciful.’’ And the animal is slaughtered. It is a contradiction of terms in precept and practice and needs urgent reconsideration.
Let us, therefore, take a pledge that we will explode myths, follow the path of truth as enjoined on us by the VEDAS, as interpreted by Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati and enshrined in the Ten Principals of the Arya Samaj. Let us all, men and women strive for salvation – the MOKSHA.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013


      By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Fortyseven years ago tbe second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri breathed his last on 11 Jan 1966 at Tashkent after signing an agreement to end war with Pakistan fought in 1965. USSR had sponsored the Truce. Shastri Ji's sad demise was termed as mysterious by many stalwarts, including his widow, Lalita Shastri and three politician sons. The Indian Nation has not yet been taken into confidence by the government of India about the cause of death of our beloved Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji.
As I recall his image today, I come across a great man, a clean politician of international stature and a saintly person who made no money under the table. Shastri Ji worked for Bharat and succeeded in making the enemy beat a retreat be it battlefield or economic affairs. Many men, not forgetting women, who came to mock, stayed to pray; so disarming style of conversation Shastri Ji had.
Shastri Ji had galvanized the Indian nation that stood behind him to fight and defeat the age-old enemy,Pakistan. Shastri Ji was mocked at in the initial weeks of his Prime Ministership but praised sky high after he beat Pakistan in the 1965 war.
Shastri Ji led the Indian nation so well during his tenure of 18 months as Prime Minister that the common man praised his leadership more than that of Jawaharlal Nehru. No wonder the small time politicians of the Nehruvian Thought demurred in praising Shastri Ji and giving him a high status. Shastri Ji’s widow, Lalita Shastri had to threaten the powers that be with a hunger strike if the late second Prime Minister of India was not cremated on the banks of Yamuna in the area of cremation of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Lal Bahadur Shastri had a sense of humour. He was asked before departure for Tashkent to talk Truce with General Ayub Khan as to how a chat would materialize since the General was so tall and he was so short. Shastri Ji answered wittily in Hindi:
    “  Main sar utha kar baat karunga aur who sar jhuka kar baat kareinge.” ( I shall discuss with my head held high whereas the General would bend himself to talk to me.)
Lal Bahadur came of a poor but honest family of Srivastava Kayasth of Benares-Mughal Sarai area of the eastern UP. He plunged into the freedom movement against the British rule and gave up his studies in a govt school to join the Kashi Vidyapeeth from where he graduated with a first class degree of SHASTRI. Thus he came to be known as Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was opposed to system of caste in the society and gave up writing Srivastava. His three sons in politics too write Shastri as a surname although they never toiled to rec eive that degree.
Lal Bahadur Shastri climbed up the ladder of his political career rung by rung and what pushed him up was his honesty, sincerity and above all PATRIOTISM. Even in his lifetime Shastri Ji was known as the politician who never made money under the table. Naturally he was always SHORT OF CASH TO RUN THE HOUSEHOLD BUT NEVER BEGGED, LEAVE ASIDE BORROW OR STEAL. Once while he was in a British jail, news came of his daughter’s serious illness. He was released on parole to be by her sick bed. However, he could not give his daughter the medicines that she needed because they were expensiv e and he had no money. He saw his daughter breathe her last sans proper medical treatment bu7t did not ask the British government for monetary help as that would have compromised his political stand on freedom from a foreign power.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was a mild mannered man who never raised his voice to discuss a problem, domestic or political. His father had died when he was just one year old and his mother moved to her mother’s place for sustenance and education of her three sons and two daughters. Lal Bahadur knew that as he was a fatherless child, he could not enter in to a fracas with boys who had the support of grown ups in large families. Nevertheless he had learnt in the school of hardship how to solve problems and thus cultivated a Pragmatic Approach to Problem Solving. This was an asset that held him in good stead when he was called upon to solve national and ticklish problems. Lal Bahadur had won the  confidence of Jawaharlal Nehru and the apostle of Peace, Nehru relied upon dimunitive Shastri to play the role of Jack the Giant killer to bring back Peace where strife was thrashing social order. When the holy hair of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH, was stolen from the shrine in Srinagar, Nehru asked Shastri Ji to go to Srinagar and restore peace. The small sized problem solver returned abd reported to Prime Minister Nehru, “ Mission Accomplished.”
I must take you, dear Reader, into confidence and narrate how unprepared Shastri Ji was physically to go to the Kashmir valley in winters when snow was there all around and he had no warm clothes worth the name. Jawaharlal Nehru was aghast. He lent for good his own mink overcoat to Shastriji and had it altered to fit him same day. The said borrowed mink coat of Nehru was the only one that Shastriji possessed for a long time. So simple and self-effacing was our Shastriji.
The common man feels redeemed a wee bit thatg Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, paid a visit to the Vijay Ghat to offer a floral tribute to the great son of Bharat who had been snatched from us as many as 47 years ago by the cruel hands of death. However, we know not why and how our beloved leader and Prime Minister breathed his last. Indeed it was an extra-ordinarily unnatural death but alas! No post mortem was ever carried out to ascertain and determine for posterity and for good the cause of that sad demise. The Indian Nation is still groping into the dark and has little option but to pray to Param Pita Parmatma for a SADGATI of soul of self-made man named LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI.
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