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Subterfuge: How Brahmins Destroyed The Bhagavata Revolution

The complete series, The Truth About The Bhagavad Gita, By Dr. Prabhakar Kamath, can be accessed here.

In the previous article, we read how Bhagavatism, the religion centered on Krishna-Vaasudeva, promised people that if they took refuge in him, he would fulfill their desires (9:22) and liberate them from all evils of Brahmanism, namely doctrine of the Gunas of Prakriti (7:14), Law of Karma (9:28), and Shokam, Dwandwam and Samsara (arising from Karmaphalam). In other words, this Dharma’s goal was to end the elitist Brahmanism obsessed with Kamya Karma (corrupted Yajnas) and hierarchical Varna Dharma (class and caste system), and establish in its place Bhagavatism resting on ritual-free Bhaktiyoga (9:26) and equality of all classes based on the premise that the same god resided in everyone’s heart (10:20; 15:15). The essence of Bhagavata Dharma as well as its revolution to overthrow Brahmanism was stated in the form of a Sutra -the Secret Code of the Bhagavad Gita: 18:66: Abandon all Dharma and surrender unto me alone; I shall liberate you from all evil (aspects of Brahmanism). Do not grieve (for its demise).

In this article, we will study how Brahmins converted ‘The Manifesto Of The Revolution To Overthrow Brahmanism’ into ‘The Handbook Of Brahmanism’; and literally beat a petrified Krishna over his head with thoroughly corrupted form of Bhakti. Such is the genius of Brahmanism.

1. Brahmanism’s Predicament

After Bhagavatas took over the Gita, decadent Brahmanism found itself in great quandary. Accepting Krishna’s recommendation meant certain death for ritual-obsessed Brahmanism. Brahmins made their living by performing complicated Kamya Karma for Kshatriyas as well as other classes obsessed with gaining wealth, power and heaven, and maintained their high status in the society by being the creators, interpreters and guardians of sacred scriptures. If Brahmanism were to survive, they must accept Bhagavata Dharma but somehow subvert its anti-Brahmanic tenor and Brahmanize Bhakti.

2. Extreme Editing

Brahmanic loyalists always had two secret weapons in their armory by which they dealt with their opponent’s literature: Destroying the literature they hated, and interpolating pro-Brahmanism verses into the literature they feared. In the case of the Bhagavad Gita, however, they could not resort to either of these tactics for fear of getting their “heads crushed to powder and stuck in the gap between the Krishna’s teeth.” Nor did they want to be like the “moths rushing headlong into the blazing fire for their destruction.” They had no choice but to come up with a new tactic, which looked perfectly innocent and legitimate to the naïve: Extreme editing.

  1. The goal of extreme editing was nothing short of Mission Impossible: To convert ‘The Manifesto of Bhagavata Revolution to Overthrow Brahmanism’ into ‘The Standard Handbook of Brahmanism.’ This meant:
  2. Hiding two successive revolutions to overthrow Brahmanism.
  3. Hiding the fact that decadence of Brahmanism was the cause widespread Shokam, Dwandwam and obsession with Karmaphalam.
  4. Preserving all aspects of Brahmanism: The doctrines of the Gunas of Prakriti and Law of Karma; Varna Dharma based on these doctrines; Yajnas to fulfill desires and protection from evil; supremacy of Brahmins, and sanctity of the Vedas.
  5. Creating the false impression that the Bhagavad Gita represented one consistent philosophy without any internal conflict.
  6. Hiding the fact that Bhagavad Gita identified Brahmanism as the evil.

Hypothetically this was no different than Germans resorting to extreme editing of a book titled ‘The History of World War II: How Americans and Allies Defeated Germans.’ If one reads this hyper-edited hypothetical book, one would find no evidence of World War II, and Germans, Americans and British are all portrayed as living in perfect harmony as brothers. Who were the ‘Gestapo’ the original authors were referring to in this book? Well, they were some unknown demons that came to the earth from another planet.

Extreme editing resulted in the text of the Bhagavad Gita coming across as incoherent, repetitive, illogical, confusing, self-contradicting and almost incomprehensible. This did not bother the editors one bit because it served the purpose of Brahmanic loyalists extremely well, indeed. Obfuscation and confusion are the strategies of all frauds that want to hide their misdeeds. They simply passed a dictum that the Bhagavad Gita should not be studied except under the supervision of a Guru. And they lined up a whole cadre of Gurus to bewilder even the most erudite among scholars. Here are various editorial steps they took to conceal the true intent and spirit of the Bhagavad Gita:

A. Isolating Anti-Brahmanic Shlokas

Brahmanic editors neutralized the impact of Krishna’s harshest criticism of Vedic ritualists by putting those shlokas in Chapter Sixteen, innocently titled ‘The Yoga of Division Between The Divine and Demonical.’ This chapter consists of shlokas chastising Kshatriyas (16:11-20) and scolding Brahmins (16:21-24) in the harshest language possible. We read these shlokas in the previous article. Chapter Sixteen should have followed Chapter Seventeen as it contained harsh response to the resurgent Brahmanism’s shlokas 17:1-4; 7-28. By putting Chapter Sixteen before Chapter Seventeen, no one could know whom Krishna was scolding. Just in case anyone wondered who were these “cruel haters, worst among men and evildoers” whom Krishna threatened with “eternal damnation in the wombs of demons,” they created elaborate myths of various demons that Krishna killed during his illustrious career as Slayer of Foes (2:4). However, they could not explain why in the face of Magadha king Jarasandha’s repeated attacks the great Slayer of Foes fled Mathura lock, stock and barrel, and retreated to Dwaraka, which was as far to the southwest from Mathura as he could go! In this particular case Brahmins could not go back and rewrite Mahabharata without looking rather stupid.

B. Switching Chapters To Confuse Readers

They switched the order of presentation of chapters Three and Four. Logically Chapter Four should have preceded Chapter Three as Guru Krishna announces in that chapter that he takes birth whenever there is decay of Dharma and rise of Adharma to reestablish Dharma, and to protect the good and destroy the evildoers (4:7-8). Also Chapter Four begins with Lord Krishna announcing that it was he who taught Sun god the imperishable Yoga referred to in Chapter Two. Besides, Chapter Three starts with references (3:1-2) to issues raised in Chapter Four, as if it followed Chapter Four. For example, he refers to himself as the Lord of beings who gave to the world two paths of Yoga (3:3). This switch of chapters created a whole lot of confusion in readers, which served Brahmins well. Now they could brainwash people by means of long-winded explanations, which, luckily, never fail to put one to sleep.

C. Scrambling Chapters

The Brahmanic editors carefully scrambled chapters belonging to the three separate sects, making it almost impossible to figure out their chronology. Chronologically all Bhagavata chapters (Seven, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve and Sixteen) should have come after all resurgent Brahmanic chapters (parts of Fourteen, Seventeen and parts of Eighteen). Unless the reader is thoroughly familiar with the three distinct pairs of doctrines of the three distinct Dharmas, he is certain to be thoroughly bewildered by this Brahmanic sleight of hand. For example, most students of the Gita do not know that Krishna retired Brahman and replaced him with himself.

D. Scattering Shlokas

They scattered Brahmanic, Upanishadic and Bhagavata shlokas all over the text in bits and pieces. Shlokas on Prakriti and Purusha were scattered incongruously in chapters Eight (8:4, 8-10, 22), Thirteen (13:1-23) and Chapter Fifteen (15:16-18). They scattered shlokas promoting the Gunas over three chapters (3:5, 27, 33; 14:5-18; 18:17, 18:40-45, 59-60). They scattered Bhagavata shlokas into essentially Upanishadic chapters (2:61; 3:22-23; 4:3, 9-11). Unless one is thoroughly familiar with the distinct core doctrines of these three Dharmas, one would be totally bewildered. This, of course, was the goal of the final editor.

E. Using Opponent’s Shlokas To Legitimize Their Own

The final Brahmanic editors of the Bhagavad Gita deviously attempted to legitimize the doctrine of the Gunas by transposing the following four Bhagavata shlokas (14:1-4) before the fourteen Brahmanic shlokas (14:5-18) embellishing the three Gunas. These four Bhagavata shlokas most likely preceded shlokas 7:4-14 dealing with Bhagavata Krishna’s Lower and Higher Prakriti. By doing so, they created the illusion that Krishna was telling the readers that the Knowledge of the Gunas helped one to attain Moksha. The main goal, however, was to establish supremacy of Brahmins (14:6, 11, 14, 18).

14:1-4: Lord Krishna said: I shall again declare that supreme knowledge, the best of all forms of knowledge; by knowing which, all the sages have passed from this world to the highest perfection (attained Moksha). They, who, having devoted themselves to this knowledge, have attained to unity with Me (attained Moksha), are neither born at the time of creation, nor are they disturbed at the time of dissolution. My womb is the Mahat Brahma (Prakriti); in that I place the germ; thence, O Bharata, is the birth of all beings. Whatever forms are produced, O Kaunteya, in any wombs whatsoever, the great Brahma (Prakriti) is their womb, I the seed giver.

Naïve readers could believe that the above four shlokas were meant to say that Knowledge of the Gunas led to Moksha. How do we know that this tactic was blatantly deceptive? Well, read shlokas 14:19-27. These nine shlokas describe these very Gunas as evil, recommend that they should not be allowed to move one, and that one could transcend them by taking refuge in the Lord.

3. Beating Krishna Over His Head With Ritualized Bhakti

Pretending to be great Bhaktas of Krishna, Brahmins infiltrated the Bhagavata Dharma. They deleted Yoga (Sanyasa and Tyaga) from Bhaktiyoga, and attached Yajna to Bhakti. Since Krishna hated Yajna (11:48), they introduced Yajna in its disguised form: Pooja. They replaced the detachment from sense objects part (Sanyasa) of Yoga with attachment to wealth, power and heaven. They replaced the renunciation of fruits of Yajna (Tyaga) with desire to gain these fruits by Pooja. In other words, just as they corrupted selfless Yajna (Nishkama Karma) into selfish Yajna (Kamya Karma, 2:43), they corrupted selfless Bhakti into selfish Bhakti (Kamya Bhakti). Now in this corrupted form of Bhakti, which I refer to as Bhaktipooja, one dedicates mindless rituals to various gods with the intention of gaining money, power, title, promotion, son, son-in-law, heaven, etc. seeking protection from evil.

In this Brahmanized Bhagavata Dharma, Brahmanism no longer identified itself as the evil. So they had to invent new evil. Now the evil was some unseen misfortune (Adrashta). They created obstacles (Vighna) produced by unknown evil forces. They created a whole new god -Ganesha- to take care of any Adrishta and Vighna. Thus another money spinning business was invented. Then they came up with bad planetary movements (Grahachara) as the cause of misfortunes. Now Astrology became a “science” by which thousands of Astrologers made their living. Then Brahmins started spinning more and more superstitions so people could perform various rituals to ward of evil spirits. So thousands of superstitions sprouted across India the sole goal of which was for Brahmins to make money. Today crooked Brahmins routinely dupe even highly educated Hindus into performing various fraudulent and worthless rituals.

A. Taking Krishna Literally

When Bhagavata Krishna rhetorically said, “Whoever offers me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I accept that as the pious offering of the pure in heart (9:26),” he was merely telling Vedic ritualists “Bhakthi -sincere devotion with purity of heart- is more important than ostentatious rituals. If you feel compelled to offer me something as a symbol of your Bhakthi, just a leaf, a flower, a fruit or even a spoonful of water would do. Even poor people could afford them.” To those who insisted on performing Yajna he said: 9:27: “Whatever (Yajna) you do, whatever (remnant) you eat, whatever (material) you offer in Yajna, whatever (customary) gift you give away, whatever Tapas (austerity) you practice, do it as an offering to me and no one else, for I am the enjoyer and lord of all Yajna (9:24).”

This was all these ritual-obsessed Brahmins needed to hear.

B. Yajna Infiltrates Bhakti In Disguised Forms

  1. Since Krishna was nowhere to be seen, they created idol to represent him. Now a whole new business venture began: Carving idols of Krishna in clay, wood and stone.
  2. To house these idols they built temples of mud bricks, wood and stone, which became increasingly ornate over the centuries. Now temple building business gave a lot of people jobs. Just as they convinced kings in ancient times to perform ostentatious Yajnas, Brahmins convinced various kings to build magnificent temples dedicated to gods such as the ones in Belur in Karnataka, Puri in Orissa and Tanjavoor in Tamil Nadu. Some of these temples stand to this day as testament to man’s creative energy motivated by devotion.
  3. They replaced worship by Yajna with worship by Pooja. The Poojari (priest) warmed the idol by moving the fire of Aarthi round and round in front of it.
  4. Since Krishna told them to offer him leaves, flowers and fruits, they offered him Tulasi leaves, marigold, coconuts and bananas during the Pooja service.
  5. In the place of remnant (Yajnashista) of Yajna, they distributed Prasadam of Pooja for devotees to eat.
  6. Since water was needed to wash Prasadam down devotee’s throat, they served Theerth, sacred water, which they generously adulterated with cow’s urine. Why cow’s urine? Well, the cow was the living symbol of cowherd Krishna, and since Krishna’s urine was not available, cow’s urine would do just as well.
  7. Since Krishna asked them to offer him water, they started giving his idol baths several times a day, which they called Abhisheka. They built ponds next to temples to assure regular water supply.
  8. After the bath with the dirty temple pond water, they anointed his idol with sandalwood and Chandan paste as deodorizer.
  9. Following Krishna’s instruction in 9:27, before every meal, they said “Krishnarpana” (“I offer this meal to Krishna”).
  10. Since Krishna said that donations that were customarily made to Brahmins after Yajna should be made as an offering to him, they installed a big donation box in front of god’s image in every temple. You see, temples need a lot of money to keep Krishna bathed, clothed, fed and protected. They made provision for tips for Poojaris also. Poojaris sat at the foot of the idol with plates holding coins and notes, seeking tax-free donation in Krishna’s name.
  11. They offered a small amount of sandalwood paste to devotees to apply it over their forehead as Nama, the symbol of Krishna’s name. Thus Nama became the outward sign of every Bhakta of Brahmin Krishna.
  12. Instead of chanting Vedic Mantras, they told devotees to chant Krishna’s name bobbing their heads left and right, which they titled Bhajan, meaning devotional singing, “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna…”

4. Bhakti Rituals Become Ostentatious

Now greed sprouted in the hearts of Brahmins. Just as in the ancient times Yajnas became more and more ostentatious, Bhaktipooja also became more and more ostentatious. Brahmins tempted rich people to sponsor ostentatious rituals in the temple. They gave devotees a long list of complicated Poojas, Abhishekas and other rituals with a price tag.

  1. On the pretext of displaying their extreme Bhakti for Krishna, they offered him emerald leaves, ruby flowers, and diamond studded fruits and nuts.
  2. Instead of bathing Krishna with just dirty temple pond water, they decided to bathe him with milk, honey and coconut juice. The stench of this decaying syrup became the olfactory evidence of holiness of Hindu temples.
  3. Just in case Krishna wanted to go for a ride to escape from the stench of temple, they built him a golden palanquin and a silver chariot.
  4. Just in case some deranged atheist or fanatic of another religion attacked him during his sojourn they covered his chest with gold armor studded with precious stones.
  5. They installed big diamonds in Krishna’s eyes to intimidate any impertinent Bhakta who dared to cast an evil eye on him.
  6. To make Krishna feel quite at home, they plated the whole temple with gold.
  7. For a fee the priests offered to place the lord’s crown on the head of Bhaktas. This became the ultimate symbol of dupe of Brahmanism.

5. Corrupted Bhagavatism Evolved Into Vaishnavism

Over the centuries, this thoroughly corrupted Bhagavatism evolved into Vaishnavism in which Krishna was reduced to being just one of nine Avataras of Vishnu. He now stood side by side with a fish (Matsya), a tortoise (Coorma), a pig (Varaha), a midget (Vamana), half-lion (Narasimha), a quintessential Kshatriya-hating Brahmin (Parashurama), and a quintessential Kshatriya king (Rama) and the Buddha. Vaishnavism in turn became a sect of a newly evolving inclusive Dharma, which foreigners labeled as Hinduism -that which is practiced by people living beyond the Sindhu (Indus) River. Brahmanism infiltrated this Dharma also, kept their doctrines of the Gunas and Karma alive and well; and promoted Varna, Jati and Kula Dharmas based on these discredited doctrines, if only to maintain their superiority among the four classes. They kept stigmatizing those born from Varnasankara (class admixture), which resulted in burgeoning of a whole class of untouchables. Today millions of these people, who go by the epithet of Dalits, suffer the same injustice in the hands of the upper classes as they did centuries ago.

6. The Business Of Temples

Today Hindu temples have become the hotbeds of moneymaking rituals of Brahmanism. Visit any of the famous temples of India, and you will see evidence of degradation of Hindu Dharma. The behavior of Hindu priests in these temples is despicable. The Tirupati temple is an example of this decadence par excellence. Here one can buy preferential viewing of the Lord’s idol by buying a special ticket. Krishna temple of Udupi is another classic example of corruption of Bhagavatism. Until recently, this temple forbade entrance to people of “lower classes.” Yet, the temple credits it fame to a “miracle” performed by a shepherd Bhaktiyogi by the name of Kanaka Dasa about four hundred years ago. If there was ever a god in these and other temples, he ran as far away as he could from them, and I won’t be surprised if he is now hiding on the Chinese side of the Himalayas! And now both the naïve and the crooked, the meek and the mighty, flock by the millions to these symbols of religious decadence in India.

7. Class And Caste System: A Slap In The Face To Krishna

The hallmark of Bhagavatism was egalitarianism. Because Bhagavatism destroyed the doctrines of the Gunas and Karma, Varna Dharma became irrelevant. However, Brahmins carefully hid this fundamental aspect of Bhagavatism from the public and continued to practice the Varna Dharma. Ignoring the egalitarian messages of both Upanishadic (5:18-19) and Bhagavata (9:29-33) parts of the Bhagavad Gita, they focused on the importance of continuing the class system and performing one’s Duty as per his class as enunciated in its Brahmanic part (18:42-45). They continued to harp on the dangers of class-admixture (Varnasankara, 1:38-44; 3:24), thus condemning millions of so-called outcastes to miserable life here on earth. They destroyed Krishna’s call to abandon all Dharma by declaring that it was meant for Arjuna and not for them!

The net result of all these tactics is that today Hinduism is steadily decaying just as Brahmanism did in the post-Vedic society. That is why today we see in India widespread Shokam (grief) in the disenfranchised; and Dwandwam (mental unrest) in the upper classes due to their entanglement with wealth and power; and obsession to gain these Karmaphalam by hook or by crook in almost everyone else.

In the next article, we will study how Shankaracharya singlehandedly revived Brahmanism from its deathbed by means of his duplicitous commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.

(To be continued)

Dr. Prabhakar Kamath, is a psychiatrist currently practicing in the U.S. He is the author of Servants, Not Masters: A Guide for Consumer Activists in India (1987) and Is Your Balloon About Pop?: Owner’s Manual for the Stressed Mind.

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Prabhakar Kamath

Dr. Prabhakar Kamath, is a psychiatrist currently practicing in the U.S. He is the author of Servants, Not Masters: A Guide for Consumer Activists in India (1987) and Is Your Balloon About To Pop?: Owner’s Manual for the Stressed Mind.

Links to all articles in Dr. Kamath's earlier series on Heretics, Rebels, Reformers and Revolutionaries can be found here. Dr. Kamath' series on The Truth About The Bhagavad Gita can be found here.


  • This is indeed a fascinating and riveting series by Prabhakar Kamath. Kudos on a very authoritative and illuminating series! I’ve recommended this site to dozens of my friends. I find myself coming back to this website several times a day, hoping the next article in the series would have gone online! (Talk about “good” OCD’s :))

    One suggestion to the author: This series deserves a much wider audience. Why don’t you make this series into a book, for release world-wide?!


  • Hi Rajesh, Like you, several people have recommended that these articles be published in the form of a book. The problem is, no Publisher in India will touch this with a ten foot pole. Marketing is also a problem. Besides, I don’t know how many people would buy this book. Of the ones who buy it, I am not sure how many would read it. Even though I have tried to make it as simple as possible, this book might be ‘too technical’ to an average reader. These days, people have very short attention span. (:-))Since I don’t produce any ash with the sleight of hand and I don’t wear saffron clothes, my ability to “brainwash’ my readers about my thesis is very limited. If I offer power-point seminars in India, I am certain they will be disrupted by RSS or Hindutva goons. There are mental blocks to overcome also, such as, “What can a psychiatrist from America teach us about the Bhagavad Gita? Who is his Guru anyway?” Such are the inherent difficulties in this project.

    • Hello Dr Kamath:

      Indeed I’m honoured to have received a personal reply from you!

      I agree there will be lots of challenges, but unfortunately, being a wannabe manager, I can only see possibilities 🙂 Hurdles, they say, are those horrible things you see when you take your eyes off the target. I agree trustworthy people are at a premium in India, but hopefully new-age technologies like the internet can help us here.

      I have a friend in India who has published 2 novels recently. I will buzz him regarding his experience in getting his novels publishing. Hopefully we can get some solid lead.

      Regarding the market potential, I have no doubt there will be a good no. of people ready to snap up such a book, especially in the urban areas. However, I confess I am no expert in this, and I am at best guesstimating.

      Hope we can work this through soon!


  • Hi Rajesh, Thanks for your encouraging words. I would love for your friend to guide us in this project. There is no profit motive here. Please keep me informed of any development. In the mean time, Ajita is planning on an, which could be emailed free of cost to anyone interested. Unless a publisher in India comes forward to publish this book, promote it and distribute it, it is mighty hard for us to do anything from America.Thanks again. In case you need to contact me, here is my Regards.

  • I see all this as wasteful exercise.Groups which operate in society on the basis of self preservation of DNA purity like Jews and even some Muslim sects and more so Brahmans are expected to behave like this.Now other groups and the poor christians and hindus organise and unionise to question this and arrogate power upon themselves thinking that Krishna has united the brahmins.All this is understood as bounded rationality and selfish gene activitity.Further please see the “Chota Bheem” and such serials running riot with imaginattion and spoiling the children of today.The versions told may be attributed by you as Brahmin subterfuge.Alas!!! please don’t think this is right or wrong.In your small span of life you are an invisible iota in the swirl of Entropy of the world.Hence more useful purpose will be served if we don’t talk about the groups and boundaries of the past and work towards science and research to improve human condition.

    • Dr. Kamath has posted a detailed response to you. I have a short one.

      Reason and freethought require a pluralistic approach to become established. It is comments such as yours that are a wasteful exercise.

    • Mr Venkat,

      I agree with you with your statement…

      “In your small span of life you are an invisible iota in the swirl of Entropy of the world.”

      …in that it teaches one humility. Man is actually nothing given the enormousness of the universe.

      But your statement is thoroughly out of place. And it stinks of the antediluvian, arrogant nonetheless ludicrous rebukes invented by the priests to ward off any threat posed to their myths and lies stashed in their pandora box, which they jealously guarded like poisonous snakes.

      From my limited experience in physical realms – I am still curious to know what metaphysics is – I have gathered that your religion just like most of the religions is man-made. Needless to mention the so called sacrosanct principles and doctrines – however terse and wise and true they might be – in all the religions, are at best the philosophies germinating in their founders’ and propagators’ minds. And that is where things stop. To treat and portray these principles as holy words from your invented divinities is ignorance and prevarication respectively.

      The religion is made by man and it will be destroyed by man. And there is nothing profane about this.

  • Hi Venkat:

    1. YOU SAID: I see all this as wasteful exercise:

    MY RESPONSE: I beg to disagree. To my knowledge, this is the very first time anyone has systematically analyzed a document, which is considered as the foundation of one of the great religions in the world. By pointing out the fallacies in its interpretation by Brahmanic loyalists, I believe that we can make a difference in the attitude of people in the long run. I am surprised how many people have expressed the desire to publish these articles in the form of a book so more people would know the truth. If you read history carefully, you will find that simple articles have achieved great changes in the society. Gandhi was greatly influenced by simple articles written by Henry David Thoreau.Thoreau himself did nothing. Action is important, but it is the ideas that rule the world.

    2. YOU SAID: Groups, which operate in society on the basis of self-preservation of DNA purity, like Jews and even some Muslim sects and more so Brahmans are expected to behave like this.

    MY RESPONSE: Of course. We can say the same thing about crooked politicians and corrupt bureaucrats, and say nothing, write nothing and do nothing about it. In America, at least, and to some extent even in India, exposure of fraud committed by these people has resulted in great changes in their behavior. Exposure of fraud of the so-called holy people can result in changes in the society. There is no need for us to rationalize their behavior. Many years ago, when I pointed out to people about corruption in the government offices in India, few people wanted to admit it. Gradually I was able to raise their awareness. No solution for a problem can be found until one’s awareness is raised about it. Rationalizing it does not solve anything. Cynicism is the mother of passivity.

    3. YOU SAID: Now other groups and the poor Christians and Hindus organize and unionize to question this and arrogate power upon themselves thinking that Krishna has united the Brahmins. All this is understood as bounded rationality and selfish gene activity.

    MY RESPONSE: If my articles galvanize Christians and Brahmins to form a union, my effort in writing this article has not been in vain. Unionizing is a defensive posture. Right now, these people are running around without anyone questioning the nonsense they are spreading.

    4. YOU SAID: Further please see the “Chota Bheem” and such serials running riot with imagination and spoiling the children of today. The versions told may be attributed by you as Brahmin subterfuge. Alas!!! Please don’t think this is right or wrong.

    MY RESONSE: I presume Chota Bheem is a serial on Bheema, right? It is pure entertainment. Any fool can improvise a mythical story and make pictures. Who are we to judge whether such entertainment is good for our children or not? It is not my business to defend the purity of the original documents. However, subterfuge of ‘Holy Text’ is a whole different matter. Brahmins have caused irreparable and incalculable damage to the whole nation, which I will expose in my next few articles. Even half-witted Brahmin will not fail to start rethinking about his opinion about his religion.

    5. YOU SAID: In your small span of life you are an invisible iota in the swirl of Entropy of the world. Hence more useful purpose will be served if we don’t talk about the groups and boundaries of the past and work towards science and research to improve human condition.

    MY RESPONSE: What if I told you that almost all problems we see in India today can be traced to the doorstep of Brahmanism: Communal disharmony, paramilitary gangs running amuck, absence of civic sense, poverty, illiteracy, corruption, caste-based politics, anti-Constitutional behaviors, rioting, burning and killing Dalits, fleecing innocent people by means of magic, etc. The point is if we do not learn from our past mistakes, we will be condemned to repeat them. A doctor cannot properly treat a patient unless he is thoroughly familiar with the patient’s past. Research and science can be applied only in the context of people’s behavior, which, in India, has been molded by their archaic religion. Until we loosen the grip of religion on people’s psyche, even nuclear scientist will believe that Sai Baba can materialize Lingam from his mouth, pun intended.

  • The Bhagavata religion is definitely the first openly “monotheistic” sect in India. Just like similar sects elsewhere in the world (Christianity, even Judaism), it goes about with a systematic repudiation of old gods and practices. It claims to achieve equality amongst humans, and subjugate a common ethic of human beings to a law given by a higher power (God) which you cannot comprehend but can only love and admire.

    Whether any such monotheism has succeeded in achieving the goals of equality, love etc. is debatable. Any such religion will automatically degrade into a hardened ritual, established church and a hierarchy of priesthood. Further, the doctrine of such a religion will systematically oppose scientific investigation and pluralism of hypotheses about the unknown. As human wisdom and investigative capabilities are rendered subordinate to the duty of loving the “unknowable” God, the religion does not admire but only “fear” science as a corrupting influence from the divine law of love and equality. The modern “communist” and socialist ideologies can also be considered to share these monotheistic doctrines, despite not using the word God. They also claim to uphold equality, and in the guise of doing that suppress liberty and scientific inquiry.

    The interesting thing about India is that the plurality of religions has been encouraged from the very outset. Even atheistic and agnostic religions are not only tolerated, but also recognized as valid paths to enlightenment. This is almost unique in the history of humanity around the world. I think the reason why it happened so easily was the richness of the philosophical tradition, especially that of the Samkhya (enumeration) school of philosophy. It renders itself easily to both atheistic and theistic interpretations. The Vedic texts have a complex and rich vocabulary of deities and rituals : each with a specific meaning that varied over time in context, but never lost its etymological roots. Vedic gods like Indra (the lord of senses), Vishnu (the lord of waters / life), Shiva (the lord of energy), Saraswati (the goddess of speech / knowledge) etc.. can be easily drawn and used to explain various philosophical ideas in the form of myths and stories. It is no surprise that the monotheistic God of Krishna got subjugated within the concept of Vishnu (there by, giving Vishnu a much greater role than allowed in the Vedic texts). This is because Vishnu is the lord of life, and as a human manifestation of the Divine, the closest word in Vedic vocabulary that describes Krishna would be Vishnu. It is not a conspiracy of the Brahmins. This is how a language evolves. As simple as that.

    How a peace-loving tradition which preaches equality like Bhagavatism (or for that matter, Christianity) end up cultivating rigid churches and priesthoods is another story !

  • Very interesting and enlightening. I request Dr Kamath to visit my blog wherein I have tried to point out the contradictions of the Bhagavad Gita.

    I have discussed the text with several Gita expressed, but not satisfied.

    Shall be grateful, if Dr Kamath gives his valued opinion on my interpretations.

  • Dear Dr. Kamath-

    I have read few articles in this series. These articles definitely needs wider audience and a publication as a book. Translation to regional languages probably will benifit more. Cable television in Karnataka is infested with channels (probably run with some hidden motive) that promotes vaastushastra, astrology, numerology etc…There is an increase in number of poojas and shanthis in common household. People are literally buying into these purohitas/fake guruji’s words and falling prey to these mindless practices. Education, diplomas and university degrees has produced more ignorance than one can imagine.

  • Thanks Dr. Kamath for your great article and a most befitting logical reply to the comments of Venkat there of. Venkat thinks of curing a disease without any pathological investigation let alone thinking of preventing it. Living in self deception is a typical Brahminical mindset and it must be also present in their DNA. The result is that we find no honest intellectuals with in this class to accept the truth and act for a social transformation. There fore perhaps Dr. Ambedkar who was among very few honest scholar like Dr. Kamath has said ” No intellectual class has prostituted its intelligence to invent a philosophy to keep its uneducated countrymen in a perpetual state of ignorance and poverty as the Brahmins have done in India.”

  • Dear Dr Kamath,

    I did not directly read any (or listened to any of the discourse on) of the vedic scriptures, puranas, or Bhagwat Gita. Moreover I remained unexposed to the existence of caste-system in India for all most whole of my life-span. However for the last one year, I have realized to my shock, that the caste-system is very much in existence (Thanks to the internet, I came to know of the atrocities faced by the under-privileged).

    All one needs is common sense to realize that religion and politics are intertwined and this cocktail is meant for establishing an authority over people.

    Though I am not competent enough to comment upon the academic authenticity of your article, I would like to thank you for this article, as the major theme of your article addresses social-justice as well.

  • Until Hindu cult brhminism is removed, indians will suffer from cult for ever.

    Brhmins created unhealthy india, sadly they manipulated Hinduism with all twisted interpretetion…

    They are Hiv of Hinduism.Lazy, mentally sick, litigant, Characterless, prostitutes of indian society.

    They have infested temples, minds of sick fearfull, stupid hindus slow mind.


    Free Hindu, Atheist because of brhminism.

  • Thank you Dr Kamath for exposing the truth for the masses. On behalf of the Bahujans of India, I am grateful to you. Thank you again.

  • A very one-sided arguement. The author has used his own imagination how temple worship evolved. I hope everyone has heard of Vedas. But how many know about Agamas – that have equal authority to Vedas. Temple worship is based on Agamas. The Agamas are supposed to be as old as Vedas or even pre-date them. Agamas have laid down the philosophy, the temple worship guidelines, rituals and the yoga/meditation on God. What we have today in India known as Hinduism is more Agamic and less Vedic in nature. The reason why people are ignorant of Agamas is because for some reason, they have disappeared from the northern part of India. You have to travel down south of Vindhyas to get more knowledge on that. There are traditions in South India, that have synthesized the Bhagavatha tradition along with Vedic and Agamic cultures. And these occur as early as 10th century. Please make sure to go the required breadth and depth before forming opinions.

    • @scoutpandit: Your argument is a classical case of a logical fallacy called “The Courtier’s Reply.” Read about it here:'s_Reply. I suggest you read the brilliant original article also at the link given in the footnotes there. It is particularly helpful for us atheists to catch such fallacious arguments by theists.

      Basically what you are telling is that unless one reads Agamas, one should not comment on Vedas. Believe me, even if Dr Kamath had commented on the Vedas AND Agamas, someone else would have said that is not valid unless he also read Aranakyas in detail, or some other such thing.

      This is clearly a logical fallacy. This in no way takes away from Dr. Kamath’s argument about the Vedas, but is an underhanded way to discredit him by citing his lack of knowledge of something else.

      • Well, I don’t think that’s what scoutpandit had in mind. I don’t agree, but s/he’s claiming that reading the Agamas is a prerequisite to understanding the evolution of temple worship. It would be similar to saying that understanding calculus is a prerequisite to understanding classical mechanics.

        The Agamas are certainly insightful in this matter when combined with archaeology, but those are not trained in history or philology would do best to read secondary sources on the material that have done the analysis for us.

        At issue here, however, is Kamath’s reconstruction of the Gita’s textual history. He makes a lot of claims here, so I’ll only deal with three.

        1) The first is that Krishna was later deified as an avatar and was originally just a mortal.

        This is a tricky claim, given that unlike Rama, Krishna is referred to a as an avatar of Narayana in all strata of Mbh, Harivamsa, and Bhagavata Purana. That Narayana and Vishnu are not clearly identified with one another in these strata is another matter. Hence there is no conspiracy here.

        2) As for the whole matter of “switching verses” and “chapter,” scoutpandit is right in saying that Kamath uses his own imagination.

        Just because he would have ordered certain chapters differently doesn’t mean that there was a conspiracy involved. None of the big names in the study of Mbh have claimed this, and their models are strikingly different from Kamath’s. The burden of proof, then, is on him as to why this model of his is logical. The argument I use here
        is ad auctoritatem, not ad vericundium.

        3) Finally, the Bhagavad Gita was a text that was restricted to the elite– that is, a small percentage of Brahmins themselves. It was a text by Brahmins for Brahmins, so it would be a poor vehicle by which to “brainwash” the masses. The popularity of the book owes more to colonialism than anything else. Also, the Brahmins, then and now, have hardly had the organization needed to create such a huge conspiracy. They have always been divided, and hence, there is no mechanism for this process to have been done.

  • Vedic tradition has nothing to do with agamas and temples. There is no priesthood in vedic system. It demands a brahman to learn vedas and be a knowledged person for the society.
    When various off – brahmin religions like jaina, buddha, shaiva, vaishnava, shakteya etc became popular in this country, people from all classes including brahmans became followers of these religions. (eg ashvaghosha)
    Acharyas of all these new religions structured their own agamas (like jaina agama, shaiva agama) and entrusted brahmin followers of their path and faith to guide the people in temple worships and thus they became priests of the respective faiths. Since then, all these agama priests are different communities from those who continued in vedic path (they are called smarthas who are never into temple priesthood).
    Temple worship system is not a continuation or alteration of vedic system becaus vedic dieties like indra varuna etc are not even upadevatas (sub dieties) in temples
    So people of vedic path had no business on social problems connected with later worship systems and the related priesthood.

    • Padmanabhan,

      This is absolutely wrong. The Vedic system was all about priests! The sacrifices
      described in the Vedas call for many types of Brahmin priests– the hotr, the adhvaryu, udghatr, and brahmana.

      • Mr.Venkat is right. Vedas are priest craft management systems to make money with systems and procedures and like guide book. Mission of Vedas were to generate business in the name of god for Brahmans.

      • Dear sir, The hota adhvaryu etc are the positions assigned at the time of any yajnas (eg: rtwijam twam vrne, brahmanam twam vrne etc). They are not continuing designations like purohita(priest). Kindly refer to the “amarakosha” for the word Purohita and you will not find it among ‘brahma varga’ which contains all the words in connection with brahmans and vedas. but you can find the word only in ‘kshathra varga’ along with amatya and pradhani.this is because the term was a designation of some official in the court of king or gramani in early times. Later, the temple system appointed purohitas on a continuous basis. That is why i mentioned that the term has no connection with vedic system.
        Regarding the other comments: Vedas are authered by rshis. Yajnas are also devised by the same rshis as a demonstration of various things mentioned in the vedas. Brahmans belonging to the family (gotra) of these rishis only continued whatever is instructed by their ancestor rshis. Vyasa collected the whole of the mantras from respective gotras and compiled the samhitas through his disciples. Bhagavata and puranas are also given to us by the same lord vyasa and entrusted disciple romaharshana to spread the same. His son Ugrasravas attened the long yaga of 12 years at naimisharanya where Saunaka was the head. Puranas were delivered to these acharyas of vedic school. so you can see that all the three (vedic, puranic and jnana) routes are planned by one and the same vyasa through his disciples. There are no conflicting fights among these different schools as some people say. some “scholars” nowadays are so prejudiced that they do not study things with academic sincerity. If social problems are caused in some early centuries, the society itself has to correct it. One’s anger and hate towards particular society as a reaction of social problems should not be reflected in academic learning.

  • Hello, Dr. Kamath. Your writing is definitely enlightening, and your insight about the switched order of the third and fourth chapters of the Gita is essential. I would, however, like some expansion on this:

    Brahmanic loyalists always had two secret weapons in their armory by which they dealt with their opponent’s literature: Destroying the literature they hated, and interpolating pro-Brahmanism verses into the literature they feared.

    Can you give me some examples of literature they have destroyed?

    More specifically, you mention Vāsudeva and Brahma as the two Gods in early Hinduism, what about Ishvara, the God of Nyāya?

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