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It Hurts Me To See Hinduism Going The Way Of Radical Islam

I always saw Hinduism as a beautiful religion.

18/04/2017 12:35 PM IST | Updated 20/04/2017 1:33 PM IST
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Dear Yogiji and Modiji,

By all means, make India a Hindu Rashtra, spread the Hindutva way of living. But tell me—what kind of a Hindutva are we being served? It is certainly not what has been preached and practised in the books of Hinduism. How come it did not exist until very recently? As I know, Hinduism is a beautiful religion and certainly not one that preaches violence.

I was blessed to have grown up with Muslim as well as Hindu friends. We shared each other's joys, sorrows, festivals; thus, the best values of each religion very naturally were ingrained in us. I went to a covent school where I learnt about the Christian faith but what set my school apart was that our Mother Superior decided to have the Ramayana and Mahabharata as a part of our learning. Why? Only for the beautiful values they both taught. This was solely her decision, no one forced her and no one objected to it. This was where my solid foundation was laid. It was always good to know something more than just my own religion. Knowledge never hurts, after all.

Shri Ram's name was never meant to invoke fear and terror but rather compassion, valour and brotherhood.

Later, I went on to do my graduation from a college in Rishikesh where I had friends from all faiths. Going for the evening aarti with friends in Rishikesh was a norm, something we all looked forward to, irrespective of our religion. In those days friendship was not seen through the prism of religion. Back then, no one had thought of the need to enforce the Hindutva way to prove India was a Hindu-dominated nation. Everyone was well aware of this fact, but different religions managed to co-exist peacefully.

As I look back, I often mull over what my society gave to me during my growing up years; I ask, am I providing the same to my children? The answer is a definitive 'NO'. Today's society is deeply divided along the lines of religion. I have often heard that Hinduism is a way of life. I simply refuse to believe that this way of life includes killing on suspicion, food choices, religious and political inclinations.

Where has the concept of Vaisudhaiv Kutubukam gone?

From my knowledge of Hinduism, the Hindu Gods and eminent figures from Hindu mythology, I have not seen any of them endorsing the kind of hatred that is being unleashed on non-Hindus all across the country. No religious book of Hinduism advocates and justifies killings of people belonging to other religions.

Correct me if I am wrong.

As per the Upnishads, a true Hindu is the person who does not let evil overtake him—he transcends evil. He becomes sinless, taintless, free from doubts and a knower of truth.

Lord Krishna said, "Whoever invokes a deity by whatever name, it is me he invokes" which clearly indicates the acceptance and co-existence of all other religions.

Guru Sankaracharya always preached that a man should first see God in himself and then serve others as manifestations of God to perform his worldly duties selflessly.

Give us the true Hindutva and we all will join hands to make our country a true Indian nation with all cultures living together as friends and family.

Then, why is the "saffron brigade" synonymous with violence these days and why is Jai Shri Ram being chanted to incite fear and terror? Shri Ram's name was never meant to invoke fear and terror but rather compassion, valour and brotherhood.

As far as I know the basic tenets of true Hinduism are:

Ahimsa (Non-violence)

Satya ( Truthfulness)

Asteya (Non-stealing)

Brahamcharya (Avoiding promiscuity in thoughts, words and deed)

Kshama ( Forgiveness)

Dhriti (Steadfastness)

Daya ( Compassion)

Arjaya ( Honesty).

Or is Hinduism separate from Hindutva?

Please don't serve us this hatred in the name of religion. Stop these hate crimes against people belonging to other communities in the name of Hinduism.

Give us the true Hindutva and we all will join hands to make our country a true Indian nation with all cultures living together as friends and family.

I have already seen what radical Islam can do to a society... I truly do not want Hinduism going the same way.

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