Saturday, June 16, 2012

DEVAS, DEVIS & DEVATAS: PROTECTORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA

Why defend Devas and Devatas?

by

Achintyachintaka

One billion Hindus worship multitude of Devas, Devis, and Devatas in their temples and in the worship rooms or corners in their homes. Some who do not openly do so have no disrespect for those
who do. This is because of the very tolerant nature of Hinduness. Growing up in such tolerant
society makes a Hindu child intuitively understand that Hindus are worshipping the internal
representation when they close their eyes, it is the conscious perception of Devas, Devis, and Devatas
and not the stones, whether artistically sculpted or not that they face, or the various artistic depictions
of the images of Devas and Devatas they seem to worship. For the monotheistic idiots and other non
comprehending onlookers with their concrete thinking and brainwashing by their own "faiths" against
"idol" worship, such worship of Devas and Devatas by Hindus is difficult to understand and arouses
both conscious and unconscious hostility. The reason is that their God is "jealous" they are indoctrinated to believe, and they cannot tolerate anyone that worships any other God but "HIM". In contrast, a Hindu child can intuitively understand a Christian worshiping his God or a Muslim worshipping his Allah because they too are indeed worshipping whatever their representations of these divinities they have internalized during their upbringing in their respective religious cultures.

When 80+% population of India is made up of such intuitively tolerant Hindus who have this generous
tolerance and understanding of worshipping different "Gods and Goddesses," and have a conviction that such paths all lead to the same "God" or "Brahman," the Vedic cultural memories the Hindus carry in their Unconscious lead to instant empathy for the existential state of mind in the other human being that is engaged in the process of worship. This is summarized by Bhagvad Gita and later by Swami Vivekananda in his short speech delivered at the Congress of World Religions in Chicago in 1893. The difference is that This One final "place" where all worshipping minds flow to concentrate as per Hindu Vedic ethos is not acceptable to the Abrahamic religions.

The word "idiot" is used deliberately to emphasize not the lack of mental ability and is not meant to describe a Monotheist as an imbecile but to point out that the intolerant excessive attachment to an "idea" and unshakeable adherence to a culturally ingrained "idea" is what makes him/her an "idiot" in the sense of the very true meaning of the word "idiot."

It is this idiocy that leads to the fanaticism of the Abrahamic faiths and their historical aggressivity and drive to proselytize the world populations. Conversion on larger and larger scale globally by what started of as small cults in the Middle East have today led to two major "religions" of the world that are dominating the globe both demographically and politically. "One Godism" has been a political tool to dominate "non-believers," enslave them, exploit them and use world resources for dominant groups belonging to these faiths. Colonization may have come to an end but neo-colonization continues.

Conversion by sword, or at gun point with threats of, or actual, torture, as well as all forms of coercion was the order of the day in the past and continues to be the modus operandi of these two dominating religions historically and even now in some regions of the world. Astronomical amounts of wealth is expended by both of these dominant "religions" for converting world populations to their faith and to invest in "inculturation."  The sad fact is the conflict between the Cross and the Crescent was overt at one time and now it is covert yet active in many areas of the world. Such conflict is bereft with violence.

The 80+% Hindus of India, the worshippers of Devas and Devatas, are the true secularists of India and are the glue that holds the secular population of India and will be the real buffer to reduce the overt conflicts. Reduce this population of Hindus to less than 50% and one will inevitably see increasing rift among the One Goddists for political dominion, and annihilation of Hindus from their own land will follow. That will be the end of "Secular" India.

Every Hindu then has a duty to defend all devas and devatas worshipped by all Hindus and stop the onslaught on their society by the "One Goddists". The very survival of India as a secular nation depends on the freedom to worship Devas and Devatas. The freedom to worship and freedom to think are the very essence of Hinduness. There is no room for freedom to convert and propagate one's Monotheistic religion in Bharat as a constitutional guaranty, although some misinterpret constitution of India and "Secularism" therein as a license for demographic attack on Hindus.

The devas and devatas are all over Bharat. Bha stands for brilliance and rata stands for engrossment. Devas are the brilliant ones literally when the mind is illuminated, and hence the Devas are intimately related to Bharat. Bharat is the punya bhumi meaning the "sacred land" because of the presence of sacred Devas and Devatas all over the land of Bharat. That is what makes it sacred and it is, therefore, the punyabhumi where Hindus are indigenous.

If India is to see its progress (abhyudaya) as a secular nation, the land of Devas and Devatas needs to be protected from not being grabbed by the Monotheistic "idiots." Demographic attack by converting local population of India to monotheistic faiths by opposing "polytheistic" or "pantheistic" worship must be faced bravely and stopped immediately with strategies to prevent their further growth and land grabbing. Such process is metastasizing at exponential rates in many parts of India, Kerala, Andhra, Assam, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland not to mention Kashmir.

Whoever is committed to "Secularism" will be remiss if not simultaneously defending Devas and Devatas.




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