This is the last article in Dr. Prabhakar Kamath’s series on the Truth About The Bhagavad Gita. The complete series can be found here.
I am dedicating this final article in my series on The Truth About The Bhagavad Gita to the youth of India. In this article, we will examine how Brahmanism molded the Hindu mind for 3500 years, and how the vast majority of Hindus, deluded by Brahmanic brainwashing, is woefully unprepared for citizenship of a modern, secular democracy as evidenced by so many unsolved potentially catastrophic societal problems plaguing India since independence. The single most important factor contributing to these problems is masterful inaction by citizens of India. This might seem like a rather drastic statement on my part, but I urge readers to weigh the evidence presented in this article before rebutting my assertion. In fact I invite readers to present evidence to the contrary. Nothing would make me happier than someone proving me wrong in my observations.
1. Man’s Three Spheres Of Activity
Everyone in this world has three spheres of activity: Work, home and civic. Today, all over India, millions of doctors, lawyers, engineers, businessmen, scientists and highly educated professional act like perfectly modern people in their work setting. Most of them are smart and competent at what they do.
In their home setting they take care of their families, participate in cultural activities, go to temples, offer Poojas and Yajnas to gods, sing bhajans, bathe in holy rivers, visit pilgrim centers, lunge at the feet of Babas and Swamis, and indulge in other ritual activities not unlike Hindus did more than a thousand years ago. They are conditioned to do these activities by their parents and society. Now these behaviors are on autopilot. Let me concede that there is absolutely nothing wrong with these behaviors whatsoever. In a secular democracy, everyone has the right to practice his religion in his private life as he thinks fit.
But here is the problem: When it comes to the civic setting, these highly educated, successful, and politically conscious people are almost completely inactive. They see huge heaps of garbage and overflowing sewage in the streets, frequent interruption of electricity supply, chronic water shortage, dangerous food and gas adulteration, rampant corruption in government offices, extortion schemes and brutality by the police, and just about every calamity of human existence. They know that the entire government machinery -lawmakers, bureaucrats, judges, police- which was set up to provide essential services to citizens has become an exploitative system par excellence. It is clear as daylight that incompetent and corrupt people run the government machinery set up by honest taxpaying citizens. Here is a typical example of government incompetence and neglect of an essential service:
NDTV Correspondent, Thursday April 29, 2010, Bangalore
Bangalore is facing a severe water crisis. The situation is so bad that people in many localities have to wait for as long as 3-4 days to get the water running through their taps.
To Jayaratna’s relief, a water tanker has finally come home. After 15 days of no water in the taps, on Sunday, she had called up a private water supply company but was told she would have to wait her turn.
“Last year, we used to supply water within four hours of a call. This year, the waiting period is 3-4 days. But we are not able to fulfill all the demands,” said Babu, a private water tanker driver.
The private tanker companies source their water from borewells dug close to one another. And the price people pay for the water depends on how scarce the supply is in their locality.
For a tankerful, which is 6,000 litres, the cost can be anywhere between Rs 200-1,000, sometimes even higher.
“We have to give, even if they ask for Rs 1,000. We need water no? When corporation water doesn’t come, what can we do, tell me? We have to get tanker water only,” Jayaratna said.
Private water tankers make hay while the city’s water crisis deepens. There is no regulation or account on how many such private companies exist or how much they charge. Between three streets alone, there are eight private water companies.
With bad water management and the water supply body, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), clearly not doing enough the people of Bangalore have nowhere to go but to spend a tidy sum on buying precious water.
“It’s not even the peak of summer and already Bangalore’s municipal water supply is down to a trickle,” said P B Ramamurthy, Chairman, BWSSB.
In some areas people get water barely for one hour a day – a shortage expected to worsen by next month.
2. Do Nothing Citizens
And yet the citizens who are fully aware of the widespread rot in the government do absolutely nothing to hold the politicians and bureaucrats accountable for their incompetence and dereliction of duty. In fact, many of these people have become masters at manipulating and benefiting from the corrupt system. They have developed a routine of quid pro quo with the evil forces running and ruining the country.
The question is what is it that makes these highly accomplished and well to do people to be so masterfully inactive when just about every outrage around them needs their militant activism? What unconscious belief system in their mind makes these people so pathologically passive when it comes to performing their civic duties as citizens of a democratic nation? What psychological factors stop them from confronting the errant authorities, who they consciously know are now the servants of the people, and yet unconsciously think they are the masters?
Careful study of Indians would reveal that these people’s unwillingness to perform their civic duties is not the result of ignorance, lack of ability, lack of time or even lack of awareness, but rather the result of certain deep-rooted, unconscious mental blocks. The origins of these psychological barriers or simply mental blocks can, no doubt, be traced to our long feudal past combined with pervasive Brahmanic culture. The chief mental blocks Indians developed were deep-rooted fear of authority, a pervasive feeling of helplessness, and dread of accusation of Ahamkara and of social ostracism.
3. What Is Unconscious Belief System?
Here is another example to illustrate unconscious thinking: A doctor gives an anxious patient a sugar pill and says it would calm him down in a few minutes. The patient calls back within an hour saying that the pill made him deathly sick and that he suffered a severe panic attack. When the doctor asks the patient, “Are you scared of taking medications prescribed by me?“ the patient replies, “I trust you completely and I am not afraid of taking any pill you give me.“ In this case, the patient was not aware of the fact that he was unconsciously scared of taking drugs and distrustful of the doctor. He denied both these, but his unconscious fear of medication and distrust of doctor manifested in his panicky behavior even after taking just a sugar pill. If you take a detailed history of this patient, you would find that many inexperienced doctors traumatized him in the past by recklessly prescribing him dangerous drugs, and now he trusts no doctor, and believes that drugs are bad for him. It would make no difference to him if you told him, “Listen, the drugs are only as dangerous as the doctor prescribing it.” He made a conscious effort to trust doctor and take the pill he gave him, but his unconscious fear brought on a panic attack. If he truly trusted the doctor as he claimed, he would have calmed down immediately due to the placebo effect of the sugar pill.
4. Fear Of Authority Is Rooted In India’s Feudal Past
During the past 3500 years Indians were ruled by despotic Rajas and Maharajas, Chieftains, Islamic Sultans, Islamic emperors, British, and assorted overlords assisted by a cadre of bureaucrats, most of them Brahmins. During the rule by Hindu kings, Brahmins were the real power behind the throne. During the rule of foreign kings, Brahmins acted as the parallel government, which ruled Hindus by means of Brahmanic doctrines as enunciated in the Brahmanic Gita: The doctrine of the Gunas of Prakriti and the Law of Karma. Regardless who ruled the country and collected taxes, Brahmanism was practically the Constitution of India during this entire period. Even under the worst Islamic rule, such as Aurangzeb’s, Brahmanism prevailed. As we read in the previous article, Brahmins protected and safely conveyed civilization from generations to generation.
The rule of the kings was largely dictatorial, with no room whatsoever for dissent. The authority of the king was asserted by means of severe physical punishment meted out by the police and bureaucrats. Often dissenters, even on mere suspicion, were flayed alive, and their bodies stuffed with straw were paraded as an example for other potential upstarts. The rulers and the ruled were separated by a bureaucratic framework that dealt with people somewhat arbitrarily, as it does even today. In the name of the rulers the bureaucrats wielded vast powers. Their message to people was the same over the centuries: Hold your tongue in leash and don‘t do anything that might cost you a limb or your life. Parents discouraged their children from showing any initiative except perhaps in the non-controversial field of art and culture, and that too, only in the service of the aristocracy. “Don’t display any Adhikaprasangam (don’t be and upstart)“ has been a motto which we have inherited from our ancestors, who, of course, had nothing but our welfare in mind. Fear of authority, dinned into our heads for centuries, has been passed on from generation to generation, and it has now become a deep-rooted, unconscious, mental block.
Today, however, even under a vastly different political climate, our deep-rooted fear of authority has survived in us, hindering us from taking any initiative in tackling genuinely relevant civic problems. Our conscious mind knows full well that we are no longer under feudal rule, and that we are today citizens of a democratic country, masters in our own country. Our behavior, however, reflects that unconsciously we still think we are living in a feudal society ruled by the nexus of Kshatriyas and Brahmins. Naturally, our masterful inaction reflects this archaic belief system.
This fear of authority tallies perfectly with the haughty and arbitrary behavior of our politicians and bureaucrats, who are nothing but modern day incarnations of Kshatriyas and Brahmins. Sixty-three years after independence, Indian bureaucracy continues to function exactly like it did under the rule of the Guptas 1500 years ago, or Vijayanagara kings 600 years ago.
5. Brahmanism Brainwashed People That They Were Helpless
Brahmanism was essentially an aristocratic system in which Brahmins and Kshatriyas were the rulers of the land and its main beneficiaries. In this system, Brahmins were the brains and Kshatriyas the brawn. They formed the bases of authority in the society. All classes of people had designated duties, which they were supposed to perform helplessly and faithfully. What determined the duties of a given class of people? It was the Gunas of Prakriti (inherent Qualities of nature) combined with the Law of Karma (“one’s class and life circumstances are determined by the Karmaphalam he earned in his previous life”) determined one’s duty in the society.
Over a hundred generations, Brahmins brainwashed people into believing that they were totally helpless in the face of the Gunas of Prakriti and Law of Karma, which were the foundation of Varna Dharma. Everyone must accept his class and destiny, which one is powerless to change. Prince Krishna explained this Brahmanic thinking to doubtful Arjuna (who symbolized renegade Kshatriyas of post-Vedic period) in Arjuna Vishada:
3:5: None can ever remain really action-less even for a moment (no one can say he won’t perform his designated duty), for everyone is helplessly driven to action by the Gunas of Prakriti (the force of the Gunas is greater than your will).
3:33: Even a wise man (Brahmin) behaves in conformity with his own nature (Guna); beings (helplessly) follow nature; what is the point in repressing it (why refuse to follow it)?
18:60: Bound by your own Karma (fruits of your deeds from your prior life) born of your nature (Guna), that (duty), which from delusion (of egoism) you wish not to do, even that you shall do helplessly against your will!
Repression of individuality except in promoting Brahmanic interests such as arts and culture became the hallmark of Brahmanic society over the centuries. As long as one performed his socially designated duty helplessly as per his Guna and Karma, he enjoyed respect, honor and status in the society:
18:46: Devoted each to his own (class designated) duty (as per his Gunas and Karma), man attains the highest perfection. Hear from me how engaged in his own duty he attains perfection.
What is meant by highest perfection in Brahmanic society? Well, this means one would go to heaven after death and live a better life on earth in this and his next birth. In this scheme of things, there was no room for assertion of individuality. There was not a damn thing one could do to change anything. One must just shut his mouth and do as Brahmanic authorities dictated him. Therein lay the stability of the society, and safety and welfare of the aristocracy as well as people of lower classes.
The relic of this system is still seen in India in the Republic Day farce of honoring people with Padma this and Padma that for being the obedient and productive citizens of India. No person who challenges the class and caste inequities of Indian society, injustice of Indian bureaucracy, corruption in politics or atrocity of the police, would ever be awarded such honors. The mainstream Indians as well as the government ostracizes such people. It is a pity that today thousands of people use their ‘influence’ to get these awards for self-aggrandizement and profit.
6. Fear Of Being Accused Of Ahamkara
The question might arise, “Why didn’t people defy these doctrines?”
Indeed a large section of Brahmanic society revolted against the authority of Brahmins, abandoned it, and joined heterodox Dharmas such as Buddhism and Jainism in the post-Vedic period. Ashoka the Great was the final straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. The Brahmanic Code of the Warrior, which required Kshatriyas to be enemy burners (Paranthapa) and conquerors of wealth (Dhananjaya) disgusted Ashoka. Unlike other royals, Ashoka did not depend on Brahmin advisors before making decisions pertaining to the state. Not only did he abandon Kshatriya Dharma, but also he patronized Buddhism. In defiance of Brahmanism, in his edicts he practically usurped the authority of Brahmins and indulged in much self-aggrandizement. He referred to himself as, “Beloved of the gods,” “Priyadarshini (of lovely bearing), “promoter of Dharma,” “father of my subjects” and other titles, which Brahmins took grave exception to, and considered as sign of pathological egoism. Ashoka’s assertion of individuality, his disdain for Brahmins, his dislike for Brahmanism, his disgust for rituals, his refusal to fight and his tooting his own horn meant his Ahamkara (egoism and egotism) deluded him. Brahmins decided to put him as well as other renegade Kshatriyas in their place in the parable of Arjuna Vishada, which was created specifically for this purpose:
3:27: The Gunas of Prakriti perform all Karma (don’t delude yourself that your will is stronger than the force of the Gunas). With the mind deluded by Ahamkara (egoism) man (Ashoka and renegade Kshatriya) thinks, “I am the doer.”
18:59: If filled with egoism you think, “I will not fight,” vain is this, your (puny) resolve; your nature (Guna) will compel you (to perform your duty).
From then on accusation of suffering from the delusion of Ahamkara became the ultimate weapon of Brahmanism. Since Brahmanism could not inflict physical punishment like the kings, they resorted to psychological deterrents. To this day, every Brahmanic Guru uses this weapon against critics of Brahmanism. In the Brahmanic society anyone who ever said, “I did this” or “I think like this” “I reject this” risked being accused of Ahamkara. The message of Brahmanism to the lay public was loud and clear: “Your Ahamkara does not behoove you. Do your socially designated duty helplessly and faithfully and be a good citizen. Performing one’s own Dharma, however imperfectly, is better than performing another’s perfectly (3:35). If you see any evil in this system, remember all systems are attended with inherent evil (18:48). That is no reason rebel against it or abandon it. Do not be an upstart.”
7. Dishonor In The Society Is Worse Than Death
For the accusation of Ahamkara to stick, Brahmanism needed another weapon in their arsenal: Shame. This is what one feels when people in the society think less of him and he loses honor among his peers. Every person who defied Brahmanic diktat ran the risk of dishonor and social ostracism. This is reflected in prince Krishna’s admonition of Arjuna who represented renegade Kshatriyas in the allegorical parable of Arjuna Vishada:
2:2-3: Whence has this unmanly, heaven barring and shameful dejection come upon you at this critical juncture, Arjuna? Yield not to feebleness. It does not befit you. Cast off this petty faint-heartedness. Wake up, O vanquisher of foes!
2:33: If you refuse to wage this righteous war, forfeiting your own (socially designated) duty and honor, you will incur sin.
2:34: People will forever recount your infamy. To the honored, infamy is worse than death. The great chariot-warriors will view you as one fled from the war out of fear; you that were highly esteemed by them will be lightly held.
During my work in India as a consumer activist I was struck by the frequency with which I heard people express fear of dishonor and blame before doing any work they considered as controversial. I frequently heard statements from even highly educated people, “Baba, I don’t want to be blamed for things going wrong!” Or, “What would ten people think if something went wrong.” I rarely met people who said, “I don’t care what anyone thinks. I will do what is right.”
Upanishadists tried to cancel-out these Brahmanic weapons in the Bhagavad Gita itself, but to no avail. Here is how Upanishadic Krishna countered Brahmanism’s dictum:
18:63: Thus have I declared wisdom (of the Upanishadic doctrines of all-pervading Brahman and Buddhiyoga) more profound than all profundities (the Brahmanic doctrines of the Gunas of Prakriti and the Law of Karma) to you. Reflect upon it fully (you are quite capable of thinking for yourself) and act as you choose (you are not helpless at all. You are quite capable of willfully choosing the course of action).
8. Pathological Passivity Is The Result Of Mental Blocks
Fear of government authority rooted in feudalism, helplessness in the face of the Gunas and Karma, fear of being accused of Ahamkara for not toeing the line, and fear of incurring dishonor in the society have manifested in India as pathological passivity. Passivity simply means inaction; pathological passivity is an active phenomenon, “I refuse to act.” In the course of my work as consumer activist in India, I identified five varieties of pathological passivity. I have shown the underlying unconscious thinking in quotes:
1. Passive indifference: “I am totally helpless and so there is no point in doing anything.”
2. Passive dependence: “Would you please solve my problems for me, for I feel totally helpless and scared?’
3. Passive non-cooperation: “Solve this problem for me, but don’t count on me to do anything. I am too scared and passive for this adventure.”
4. Passive opposition: “I won’t do anything, and if you do something I will criticize you and oppose you for I am jealous of you.”
5. Passive sabotage: “I will pretend to help you, but in reality I will undermine your efforts. I think you are upsetting the applecart.”
Anyone taking leadership in social activism in India should take into consideration these traits in Indians and develop appropriate strategies to counter them. Politicians are good at capitalizing on these helplessness-fear-dependency traits in Indians. It is easy for young activists to fall into the trap of doing everything for these people, and in the process make them even more dependent on them, and become a corrupt “big shots” themselves!
The four mental blocks mentioned above often lead to sycophancy and excessive humility so often seen in some Indians. They seek out powerful people such as politicians, Swamis, Babas, Gurus and bureaucrats and become their hangers on, or as they are known in India, Chamchas. Most of these Chamchas are opportunists who do not hesitate for a minute to abandon their quarries once they bite the dirt. I have personally observed such overnight shifting of loyalty. The tradition of sycophancy goes back to the Vedas in which Arya people praised their gods profusely for favors. Subsequently, Brahmins did this in their panegyrics to shore up egos of their patron kings and line up their own pockets. We see this spectacle all over India in the slightly disguised form of honoring the powerful in public meetings. In India obsequious behavior toward authority figures is a rule rather than exception. There is always an ulterior motive in the person who organizes these honoring programs. Now even ordinary people indulge in this practice shamelessly with obvious or not so obvious goal of protecting themselves or gaining something. Recently a physics professor of Indian origin currently living in the U. S. revealed to me that he had carefully cultivated a CBI officer and a lawyer in New Delhi with the goal of using them “just in case I was in some trouble when I visit India.” During his annual visit to India, he lavishly wines and dines these two guys and indulges in much Chamchagiri. Such obsequious behavior is deep-rooted and common among significant percent of Hindus I have met.
10. Extremes Of Reaction
One side effect of repression of individuality is that people react in extremes when their anger and frustration finally spills over. On the one extreme, they act passive and helpless. They repress their rage like a compressed spring and suffer silently. Then even a small trigger could unleash the spring. Next thing you know they lose all control and lash out in fury. They riot in the streets, burn busses, cars and tires in the street, set buildings on fire, and destroy property. Such mindless destructive behavior is endemic in India. In public meetings, it does not take much for even educated people to suddenly erupt into a mindless mob. Moderation in expressing dissatisfaction is almost never seen. I rarely meet people who respond to an unpleasant situation in a balanced manner. Here is an example of how even lawyers, the guardians of the Constitution of India, behave like hooligans in public when upset over a relatively minor issue:
Press Trust of India, Sunday April 25, 2010, Chennai (Video)
A section of lawyers on Sunday turned violent, shouted slogans and waved black flags at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in a function at the Madras High Court in protest against his visit.
The lawyers’ action led to tense moments at the function, which was also attended by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Union Law Minister V Veerappa Moily, to unveil the statue of B R Ambedkar.
As soon as Karunanidhi began his address, some lawyers shouted slogans, threw chairs, waved black flags and attacked two camerapersons of private television channels and snatched their equipment, trying to disrupt the function.
NDTVHindu cameraperson Devaraj was on the spot and was beaten by the lawyers.
The lawyers said it was not right on the chief minister’s part to participate in a function after the clash between advocates and police on February 19 last year.
It was Karunanidhi’s first visit to the court premises after the clash, in which several lawyers, a judge and policemen were injured.
Madras High Court Chief Justice H L Gokhale gestured at the lawyers to remain calm, but it had no effect.
Top police officers including City Police Commissioner Rajendran and DGP Letika Saran also tried to bring order by asking them to disperse, but they refused to pay heed.
Undeterred by protests, Karunanidhi continued his speech and said he had faced similar incidents in his 70 years of public life. “I have learnt this from late Chief Minister Anna,” he said.
“In my political life, I have been arrested by police and lawyers have helped me to safeguard my rights,” he remarked, seeking to calm down the protesting lawyers.
However, no arrests were made.
The clash last year had occurred when some lawyers, agitating on Sri Lankan issue, were arrested on charge of assaulting Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy in the court premises.
11. Ritualism Rather Than Results
The tendency of Hindus to indulge in ritualistic activities even in their civic life, which do not obtain results, is rooted in Brahmanism. When the price of sugar spirals upwards, they hold a protest march. They do not stop for a minute to think if that would bring down the price of sugar. Likewise, they indulge in numerous seemingly mindless activities such as Rasta Rokho (blocking road traffic), making lengthy speeches, which no one listens to, shouting slogans and so on, without stopping for a minute to think if the energy thus spent is worthwhile. The only result of such ritualism is unnecessary turmoil and violent situations, besides wasting a lot of time and energy. Joining hands with others, analyzing the problem, developing solid strategies and tactics to tackle the problems, and persistence in finding viable solutions is rarely, if ever, seen.
12. The Old Dharma Versus The New Dharma
Modern India is facing a greater threat to its integrity from Brahmanism than ever before. One major problem India faces today is that most Brahmanic loyalists’ allegiance is to Brahmanism rather than to India even though they claim to be great patriots. Their mindset is that of people living in 10th century. They consider India as Hindu Desh, the land of Hindus, and Brahmanism as its Constitution. Separation of state and religion is beyond the comprehension of their narrow minds and dull intellects. They have no faith in the Constitution, India’s New Dharma. Take any problem in India today, and you will discover that it is as a result of conflict between the Old Dharma and New Dharma.
Now their ideology has turned into antisocial activities. The burgeoning fundamentalism, extremism, goondaism and terrorism we witness today in India, perpetrated by ignorant Hindutva fanatics against people of other Dharmas and those Hindus not following the dictates of Brahmanism, can be traced directly to the pernicious influence of narrow-minded, dogmatic and decadent Brahmanism on theoretically broad-minded and tolerant Hindu Dharma. Here is an example of Brahmanism’s militancy against other Dharmas:
NDTV Correspondent, Friday April 30, 2010, Ajmer
The Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) have picked up one person named Devendra Gupta from Ajmer’s Bihariganj area for his alleged involvement in the Ajmer Dargah blast in October 2007.
The ATS were watching him for the last six months. Gupta who is affiliated to a Hindu extremist group had allegedly purchased the SIM cards for the mobile hand set which triggered the blasts killing 2 people and injuring more than 15 people.
Earlier the ATS chief while speaking to NDTV in April last year had said that the man may have links to the Hindu extremist group.
“Ajmer blast investigation is still inconclusive, we haven’t yet cracked the case. We are looking at various possibilities and the organization you have mentioned has been found involved in the Malegaon case and that is certainly under our scanner now,” said Kapil Garg, Additional Director General of Police and ATS Chief, Rajasthan.
The accused is expected to be produced before a local court today, police sources said.
Officials are also probing Gupta’s alleged link with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key suspect in the Malegaon blast case.
They said Gupta was staying in Jharkhand and had come to Ajmer on Wednesday. A SIM card recovered from the blast site helped police trace him, they said. End.
13. Paramilitary Forces Of Brahmanism
These misguided and lawless miscreants build paramilitary outfits named after Hindu gods (Rama Sena, Bajrang Dal) and the seventeenth century Hindu king Shivaji (Shiv Sena), and go on mindless rampage against anyone who questions their sanity and that of their brainless leaders. None of these hoodlums ever spend a day in jail. Not only are these hooligans discrediting their religion, but also they are bringing bad name to Rama, Hanuman and Shivaji by their lawlessness. Saffron-clad Brahmanic leaders as well as their political godfathers of Brahmanic leanings (as evidenced by the prominent tilak over their foreheads) overtly or covertly encourage these extra-constitutional para military forces.
14. What Is Taliban To Islam, Brahmanism Is To Hinduism
While Brahmanic loyalists loudly decry fundamentalism of Islamic Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, they are following the same narrow-minded, self-destructive and treasonous path themselves. What is Taliban to Islam, Brahmanism is to Hinduism. The blame for this should be placed squarely on the heads of Brahmanic religious leaders and their brainless followers. What is their justification for their despicable acts? “Muslims and Christians are not any better, Sar! Our government itself is protecting them against us, Sar!” “We have no choice but to take the law into our own hands, Sar!” And we often hear a lot more such Brahmanic bullshit.
15. Deshadrohis, Not Deshabhaktas
Such antinational behavior must be considered as treasonous since it breeds hatred in the hearts of the adherents of other Dharmas leading to violent retaliation and perpetual turmoil in the long run. There is no place for this kind of behavior in a secular democracy functioning under the Rule of Law. In a religiously diverse society, the dominant religion must exercise the greatest restraint in the display of its raw power against the minority religions. India belongs to people of all religions. India is no longer Hindustan. Hindus live in India side by side with Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Parsees, Jews, Atheists, Communists, Animalists, and people with scores of other diverse belief systems. Brahmanic loyalists have every right to practice their decadent Dharma in their personal life within the framework of India’s Constitution. They have no right to impose by force their beliefs, traditions, culture and rituals on anyone including Hindus whose lifestyle is more modern than theirs.
The Brahmanic fanatics are too shortsighted and stupid to realize this.
If they continue to give vent to their resurfacing repressed hatred for other religions, sooner or later, their fanaticism would ignite the fire of communal conflicts, which could engulf the whole Indian nation in religious conflagration. What happened in Godhra, Gujarat in 2002 could happen all over India again and again. I have no hesitation in saying that these extremists, who pride themselves as Deshabhakthas (patriots), are in reality Deshadrohis (traitors) -enemies of the Indian Nation and Indian Constitution.
16. Secular Message In The Bhagavad Gita: Perform Your Civic Duty
This brings us to the conclusion of our series. The final question is, “Is there a secular message in the Bhagavad Gita, especially for the younger generation?”
The answer is, “Yes, of course!” The secular message to the young activists of India who want to make India a better country could be found in the following Upanishadic shlokas meant to convert errant Kshatriyas into Karmayogis (selfless activists):
3:7: He excels, who, restraining his Senses (desire for and attachment to sense objects such as money, power) directs his organs of action to the path of (selfless) work. (Become selflessly active in pubic service).
3:8: Engage yourself in obligatory work (public service), for action is superior to inaction, and if inactive, even the mere maintenance of our body would not be possible. (Give up your passivity and do your obligatory civic duties.)
How can we change others?
3:21: Others follow whatever a great man does; people go by the examples he set up. (We can change others only by our example).
3:25: As the ignorant ones act out of attachment to fruits, the enlightened act without attachment to fruits, desirous of guidance of the masses. (For an activist to guide the masses, he must behave in a manner that clearly separates him from the corrupt leaders as evidenced by his selfless acts).
3:26: Do not unsettle the mind of ignorant people who are attached to fruits of action. The wise induce others in all activities by doing their task persistently and precisely. (It is pointless to argue with people who are selfishly motivated; all we can do is to be persistent and precise in what we do. Hopefully that would induce ignoramuses to change their behavior.)
Finally, let us accept the realities of India as a reflection of the realities within us. Let us shed our mental blocks, the destructive relics of our ‘glorious’ ancient past, and get in touch with our long-repressed inner strengths. Let us shift some of our energy from the fruitless rituals in the home sphere to the socially beneficial activities in the civic sphere. Let us spend just a few hours a week to bring about some changes for the better in the communities we live in. Let us stand up and fight back the evil forces keeping in mind that the real battles are fought on the battlegrounds of our mind and not in the streets of India. Jai Bharat!
END OF THE SERIES ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BHAGAVAD GITA
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.