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Saraswati Vandana

Saraswati Vandana is a beautiful poem to art, culture and spirituality. It is a praise of learning not the promotion of any church or prophet. “Saraswati Vandana is unsecular,” said the Marxists. That is why pure secularists even scorn the idea of lighting lamps at functions - because it is a Hindu symbol.  But in the US, the Government declares a whole year as ‘Bible Year’ - that does not make the Government unsecular. But here a mere suggestion - which would never become a decision unless all the great men, and the greatest woman from Italy agree today - that Upanishads and Vedas should be taught in schools ‘is regarded as communal and imposing the ‘Hindu Agenda’. 

Ronald Reagan was not charged with imposing the Christian Agenda when he declared 1983 as the ‘Year of the Bible’ in the US.

When he moved the resolution for the declaration, Reagan said: “Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the contribution and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the ‘Year of the Bible’ in the USA. I encourage all citizens in his or her own way to re-examine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message.” His appeal was to all citizens - not just to Christians.

The “secularists” have convinced the minorities that secularism means rejecting everything that has a Hindu origin. None of these great men, not to mention the great woman from Italy who pontificates on secularism to India, even know what role the Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita have played in our national regeneration. And in raising a mighty national awakening that transformed into the movement for India’s freedom. Swami Vivekananda and Maharishi Aurobindo who built the intellectual foundation for the freedom movement were influenced by all that our secularists from India and Italy call unsecular - the Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita. Balgangadhar Tilak wrote the Gita Rahasya as the guide for his participation in the independence movement. Mahatma Gandhi said that but for reading the Gita he would have committed suicide. Whether it is Guru Tegh Bahadur or Guru Gobind Singh, who sacrificed everything, including their lives to protect the Vedas and the Cow, or a Ravidas or a Surdas, a Nandanar or Sri Narayana Guru, their inspiration came only from ancient Indian thought.

In fact, Dr. Annie Besant and Sister Nivedita, with whom the lady from Italy is often compared by her admirers to indigenise her, upheld all that is Hindu in origin as the main inspiration for them to serve India. Besant said: “Minus Hinduism, India is irrelevant.”  

There is in it no insistence on any  one God, book or savior,  salvation for the true believers and eternal damnation for those who think differently. The song projects lofty human ideals and nothing of religious sectarianism or exclusivism. But such a Saraswati must be suspect in modern India.

Among those who approved the singing of Vande Mataram at the Nagpur Congress was Mahatma Gandhi. Today those who claim to be the political heirs of Mahatma Gandhi are boycotting Saraswati Vandana.

The cry against Saraswati is being led by Sonia Gandhi, the last Gandhi one could say, an Italian Catholic who has received the Gandhian mantle by widowhood alone. Sonia should remember the example of Mahatma Gandhi who regularly conducted prayer meetings, praised the Bhagavad Gita and chanted the name of Rama. Though closely associated with the Catholic church, which by its own account is still the only true religion and has an agenda to convert Hindu India to Catholicism, she finds the more liberal expressions of Saraswati Vandana to be offensive. 

The anti-Saraswati tirade is naturally promoted by the atheist and communist left, which still rules the state governments of Bengal and Kerala. India’s communists, uniquely backward of all in the world, still honor Stalin and Mao, whose pictures adorn all their functions. They routinely preach against Hindu intolerance, oblivious to the fact that their standard bearers are among the most brutal tyrants of history responsible for the murder of tens of millions of people. Such politicians obviously don’t have any respect for Dharma or for the Indic spiritual traditions. They are also against the Dalai Lama and the cause of Tibet and go out of their way not only to defend, but to praise the Chinese action in the region, in spite of its genocidal nature. Their hearts are not in India but in the Moscow and Bejing of previous decades! In fact Dharma is another term that is becoming an anathema in modern India. 

The West meanwhile is looking to the Dharmic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism to provide a spiritual alternative to modern materialist culture. If so-called Indian secularists have their way, those traditions would be no more and India great gift to the world would be eliminated. What they want is a new India without Saraswati or Dharma.




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