|In ancient Vedic times India was known as Aryavarta till 5,000 years ago. The Aryans were the sovereign rulers of India and the rest of the world. It is from this country that all philosophy, arts, and sciences that are extant. Amidst sporadic alternations of retrogression and decadence of civilization, it will again fan out to different parts of the world. The English derived the rudiments of their civilization from the Romans, they from the Greeks, and the Greeks from the Egyptians, and the Egyptians from what was left of the fallen Aryan civilization.
It is the law of nature that the accumulation of wealth in a community above its needs and requirements brings in indolence, jealousy, and mutual hatred. These combined with lustfulness, luxury and neglect of duty put an end to all sound learning and education. Society became usurped by evil customs; manners and practices like the use of meat and wine, child marriage and licentiousness.
Superstitions in the form of religion became deep-rooted in Indian society. This had a prejudicial and adverse effect on Indian society.
"NA TASYA PRATIMAA ASTI YASYA NAAM MAHAVIDYASHAH." Yajur Ved 32:3
Idol worship gave rise to temples, which had the vested interests of the priests. The priests dominated the ideas of the masses and exploitation became rampant.
He the Supreme, of infinite glory, has no likeness, weight or measurement.
Lord Shiva has the figure of a beautiful youth with serpents around his neck and a crescent on his head. His son Ganesha has the body of a man but the head of an elephant and he rides a rat. Brahma, the creator, has four faces. Lord Vishnu is shown as relaxing on the surface of waters. Goddess Sarasvati is a charming young lady with forehands playing the Veena, and Lord Sesa has the form of a serpent.
When the people were completely brought under subjection, knowledge, intellectual power, courage, and all other good qualities were lost. They became very negligent in their duty, and immersed in sensuality thus started the many sects of Hinduism (see Chapter 11) in its most sensual forms. A few of these sects still exist, such as Jainism, where the priests practice their doctrine in complete nudity, and Shivling, worship of the Penis and Vagina of Lord Shiva and his wife Parbati respectively.
The concept of non-violence started and practiced by Jains became the foundation on which Hinduism was built also. In reality, this brand of ideology reduced them to that of cowardice resulting in India's constant subjugation by foreign forces. No such brutality was more severe and longer than that of ISLAM, that even today India is still plagued by its intolerance. Not only their books were burnt or rewritten, but also their temples were demolished or transformed into a masjid and Islamic wonders. One such great shrine was the TEJO MAHALAYA in Agra, India.
"Many Hindus believe that all their sins are washed away by having a dip in the holy water of the Ganges. Thus it is seen that the great philosophical religion which conceived the unity of God, in the beginning, brought up corruption and degradation of high ideas when His attributes as the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer were divided and allotted to different deities possessing separate entities in different forms. Swami Dayananda Saraswati a man of great learning started preaching the old Religion of the Vedas, which conceived Unity of God." Sir Yamin Khan
It is clear from the above passages that the inhabitants of India have, through ignorance, fallen into the abyss of superstitions and idol worship; the source of all other religious dogmas.
There are many forms of deity worship, practiced by many denominations and which consists of their numerous gods which took many forms; human (male and female) and animal (Elephants, monkeys, snakes, rats, etc.). Each form is said to represent the different attributes, characteristics, and nature of One God. The largest denominations consist of the Jains, Charvaka, Vama Marga, Puranic, Krishna Consciousness and Vedanta.
Hindus perceived that heaven as very simple to achieve through devotion; e.g. taking a dip in the Ganges (in this way many animals can go too), renouncing all material wealth at old age, and going on Holy pilgrimage. Many believe salvation can be gained from a priest through formulas and rituals and not necessarily through austerity. The heavens of the different sects of Hinduism differs in many respects.
The Jains believe their heaven consists of going to Shivpuri and sitting there quietly on a platform called the stone of salvation. The religion of the Vama Margis flourished in the eighteen century and their heaven is going to Shripur. Amazingly, what would be deemed sudden hell for us now, was the criteria for their heavenly abode. Their salvation consisted of consuming meat and alcohol, listening and singing romantic songs and enjoying promiscuous sex with women who could even be their mothers or sisters.
They look upon all men as Mahadeva or Vishnu (Gods), and all women as Parvati or Lakshmi (Goddesses) and enjoy themselves with one another. They maintain that there is no disease in heaven and that you will always remain young. When the ignorant are guided by such sensual enjoyment to salvation is it any wonder why so many are attracted to it?
The Shivites, Vaishnavites, and the Gosaaeens are promised an enjoyable life by means of beautiful wives with pretty dresses. The dwelling consisted of luxurious houses and dining in delicious food and drinks.
The Puranic believe in many kinds of salvation. They find a residence in the same world with God, living with Him as His younger brother and becoming Godlike in nature. The closeness to God is like a servant living near his master brings an intimate union with God.
This particular sect of Hinduism is surrounded with mythologies. But it does not bother the faithful in any conceivable way as they stress devotion and not reasoning. To a Hindu, the chanting or listening to chants of mantras of the Puranas, Ramayan, and Gita, accompanied by music is devotion enough. For him, there is no need to enter into an intellectual debate with logic.
The mythologies of the Puranas (one of Hindu's sacred scripture) is mystically intriguing and to dispute, such myth is considered "blasphemy." Many of their incarnations and saints were not born but created one after the other out of thin air. Anjani was impregnated by seminal fluid poured into her ears. She gave birth to Hanoman, their monkey-God who swallowed the sun at one time; and a bull, standing on a turtle supports the earth. There are many such myths present in the Hindu theology.
The sacred book, the Bhagvat, gives the story of creation as a lotus sprung from the navel of Vishnu (God of sustenance) and Brahma (Creator) out of the lotus. Swayambhava (One who is self-existent) came out of the right big toe of Brahma's right foot. The queen Satyrupa came out of his left great toe. From his forehead were born ten sons such as Rudra and Marichi who begot ten Prajapatis whose thirteen daughters were married to Kashyapa.
Out of these thirteen wives of Dashyapa, Diti gave birth to fiends, Danu to demons, Aditi to the sun, Vinata to Birds and Dadru to snakes. Sharma gave birth to dogs and jackals, and others to elephants, horses, donkeys, buffaloes, grass, straw, and trees, etc.
In this modern age is there anyone who really believes such nonsense from the idiotic authors of the Bhagvat. This was the backwardness of the masses when true knowledge died. The cunning imbeciles took advantage of this scenario to enhance their own greedy lifestyles. This pattern of greed and ignorance became the stigma of future dogmas to come.
In the Markandeya Purana, the section devoted to the goddess Durga, it is stated that out of the bodies of the gods came forth light. This light formed a goddess who killed a demon called Mahishasura or Raktabija. A drop of blood fell from his body and many demons were produced to fill the whole world.
In the second chapter of the Shrimad Bhagavat, Narayana blesses Brahma saying, "Thou shalt never be a victim to infatuation, either during Creation or Dissolution." In the tenth chapter, it says Brahma stole calves through infatuation. When this book teaches that there is no love, hate, anger, jealousy or pain in heaven (Baikuntha), why did Sanaka and others become angry at the gate of heaven? It is simple logic that if anger was there it was certainly no heaven.
In the Bhagavat, Hiranyaksha folded the earth and made a pillow of it which he placed under his head and went to sleep. Vishnu incarnated himself as a boar and caught hold of the earth from under his head. This woke him. A battle began and Hiranyaksha was killed. When Hiranyaksha rolled up the earth into a pillow and placed it under his head, what did he sleep on and what did the boar walk on to engage him in battle? There was no end to irrationalities, as the Puranas and other such books, were put together by these misguided infidels.
Prahlada, the son of Hiranyaksha was a great devotee of Narayana. When his father sent him to school he would ask his teachers to write the word Ram (another Hindu God), his father's enemy, on his slate and it would infuriate his father. He simply would not obey his father who had him tied up and pushed from the top of a mountain into a well. He remained unhurt.
The father's second attempt to punish him faired no better, by embracing a red-hot iron pillar, daring his God, Rama to save him. Prahlada had doubts, but Narayana (a God) made rows of ants to crawl on the pillar as a protector from the heat.
The pillar then burst and a lion came out of it and ripped open his father's abdomen. It then began to lick Prahlada lovingly and ask him to make a wish. He then requested his father to be saved and the lion blessed him saying that twenty-one of his forefathers have been saved. How on earth can these things be true? It is beyond comprehension that people in this day and age believe and accept such ridiculous stories.
Another story of the Bhagvat was about Ajamil who named his son Narayana at the sage Narada's advice. When he was dying, he shouted for his son (by name) and in came Narayan (the God) instead of his son. Since Narayana was supposed to be God he should have known that Ajamil was calling for his son. If calling the name of the Lord is such a meritorious act as evidenced by the above story, why does Narayana not come now and relieve those who call his name of pain and misery?
The dimension of the Sumeru mountain given in the Bhagvat Puran differs a great deal with the teaching of the Science of Astronomy. Oceans were caused by the tracks of the wheels of King Priyabrata's carriage. The earth was 2,450,000, 000 miles in diameter. There are countless numbers of such absurdities in all the Hindu Puranas.
In a land where ignorance has no bounds, even a rogue with a few followers can be called a saint. This happened all over India in the past centuries and is still prevailing in our supposedly modern world where sciences and logic have rightly disputed these irrationalities. Many of these swindlers like Prabhupada, Rajnishi and Sai Baba were able to make their cult known in a gullible Western society where they amassed great fortunes.
To do good to the world is to enlighten mankind and bring them out of pain and miseries, rather than leaving them to the grace of God. It is only through the wisdom of God, that man can understand his mistakes. It is imperative to disseminate the Vedic knowledge and assist in liberating souls and at the same time elevate your own soul.
Undoubtedly, India can boast or pride itself in being the most secular nation in the whole world. Refugees of religious persecution in all religions including Charvaka Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Muslims and Buddhists all took refuge in India. Throughout the ages, religious tolerance has become a universal message. There are thousands or perhaps millions of temples, churches and mosques, exploitation no other nation in the world can surpass.
Almost a billion people engage in some form of spiritual worship. This takes place in temples, mosques, synagogues and churches, homes, factories, along riverbanks, in forest or mountains, streets, in trains, buses, wherever they may be. One can easily relate to such profound symbolatry as truly a divine paradise for the seekers of spirituality. But strangely and unfortunately, it was not meant to be so.
The prevailing conditions of India have cleared the oppugnancies that all religious dogmas do lead ultimately to Salvation. The practices of these doctrines have definitely proved that destitution is a languishing pain for the poor, and happiness, a distant dream for the privileged. The diminished glorious ages of India, once the cradle of civilization, where only one people worshipped one God, is long gone.
"If the Hindu states have not been blotted out of existence, it is because the Hindu Rani's (Queens) are still patterns of virtue. But for this, the debauchery of the nobles and chiefs would have long worked their ruins." Swami Dayanand
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When the report was being assiduously spread by the enemies of reform that Swami Dayanand had refused to hold a shastraarth, some Sadhus elated by the report hastened to the Swami's quarters, and coming into his presence, said that they had sought him out with the view of holding a discussion with him. "Vedantism," was the reply of the leader of the band, a man of learning.
Swami ~ "To begin with, please explain what do you mean by Vedantism?"
Sadhu - "Vedantism is that which teaches that the world is false and that God is the only true existence."
Swami ~ "What do you understand by the "world" (jagata)? What things are included in your "world" and what do you mean by the term "false" (mithya)?"
Sadhu - "Whatever there is from atoms up to the sun, is called the "world" and all that is in it, is false and unreal."
Swami ~ "Are or are not your body, speech, moving about, updesh, guru, and books included in this world also?
Sadhu - Yes they are."
Swami ~ "And is your religion also included in this, or is it outside of it?"
Sadhu - "Verily, that too is included in this."
Swami ~ "When you yourself admit that you and your guru, your faith and your books, your speech and your updesh are false, what can I say to you?" The case, according to the statement of the claimant himself, deserves to be dismissed. There is no need of witnesses here.
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Acharya Dharamkriti has enumerated five characteristics of ennui and
stupefaction. One of them is to consider a scripture on authority. The tendency to consider a book on authority is widely prevalent in India,
though most of the contents of these scriptures has been proven fallacious on the basis of reason and reality. When scientists have proved that the moon is 24,000 miles away from the earth and the sun is 9.30 crore miles away, what is the sense in asserting that according to the Vishnu Puran, the sun is near the earth and the moon is far off. Nothing is true
The writers of the Puranas say that there are seven seas on the earth. One is full of salt water; the other contains pure water; the third is full of milk; the fourth is full of ghee and so on. Today everybody knows that all the seas are full of brine. No sea contains milk or ghee. In spite of this, if somebody cites the Puranas as an authority and advances the view that the seas are full of sugarcane juice, he will be considered as a fool. The scriptures cannot be taken as an authority because man's knowledge increases and changes day by day. Truths of yesterday may not be truths of today, and today's opinion and views may be proved wrong tomorrow. Books only reflect the knowledge of contemporary people.
Everybody knows that the knowledge of the Puraniks about astronomy and science was very limited, and that of geography almost ridiculous. According to the Markandeya Puran, the area of the earth is 50 crore 'yojanas'. There are seven continents on the earth - Jambu, Plaksh, Shamal, Kush, Kronch, Shak and Pushkar. One of these continents is double the size of others. The continents are surrounded by seas of salt, sugarcane juice, wine, ghee, curd milk, and pure water respectively. One sea is double the size of others.
A 'yojana' is equivalent to 8 miles. According to the Puranas, the area of the earth is 50 crore'yojanas' or 4000 million miles. Scientists and geographers have proved that the diameter of the earth is 8000 miles and its circumference is 25,000 miles. The Puraniks say that the 'extent' of the earth is 4,000 million miles, whereas it is actually only 25,000 miles. In
case they meant area by the word 'extent', even then it comes out to be 62 crore square miles, after multiplying its length (25,000) and breadth (25,000) miles.Ocean of cane juice
Students of geography know it too well that there are only six continents on this earth - Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Australia. According to the Puraniks, the Jambu continent or Asia extends to one lakh 'yojanas'. According to them the Plaksh continent (presumably Europe) extends to two lakh 'yojanas' or 16 lakh miles and the sea
surrounding it extends eight lakh miles and is full of cane juice.
It is a known fact that no sea separates Asia and Europe, and when there is no sea it is sheer imagination to say that it extends 16 lakh miles and is full of cane juice. In case the sea surrounding Europe was full of cane juice, the European would have exported sugar to Asia, America, Africa and Australia.
According to the Markandeya Puran, the Shamal continent (perhaps Africa) extends to 32 lakh miles. It is surrounded by a sea that extends to 32 lakh miles and is full of wine. Readers know that the Mediterranean Sea and the Red sea separate Africa from Europe and they extend only a few hundred miles. They are full of brine like the Indian Ocean. The Puraniks say that
Africa is four times bigger than Asia, whereas it is almost equal to the latter.
The Puraniks say that the Kush continent (perhaps North America) extends to 64 lakh miles and is surrounded by a sea that extends to 64 lakhs miles and is full of ghee. Similarly, the Kronch continent (perhaps South America) extends to 128 lakh miles and is surrounded by a sea of equal area and is full of curd.
In fact, no sea separates North and South America. On one side there is the Atlantic Ocean and on the other, there is the Pacific Ocean and both are full of Brine. These continents are smaller than Asia.
Imaginary geographical knowledge
It is surprising that the Puraniks imagined only 'rivers' of ghee and milk in India and 'seas' of ghee and milk pretty far off. The Shak continent(presumably Australia) is said to be 32 times bigger than the Jambu continent(Asia).What to talk of 32 times, it is not even one fourth.
The imaginary geographical knowledge of the Puraniks does not end here. Their observations about the Jambu Continent (Asia) and India are rather strange.
In the middle of the Jambu continent, there is a golden Meru mountain which is 84,000 'yojanas' high. It is rooted in the deep earth and its depth is 16,000 'yojanas' the width of its top is 32,000 'yojanas' and that of the base is 16,000 'yojanas'.
The Himalayas are situated in the middle of Asia and are covered with snow. It is fantastic to say that its height is 84,000 'yojanas' when it is actually 29,000 feet high. According to the Puraniks, it is 256,000 miles wide, whereas the width of Asia from Kanyakumari to North pole is hardly 7,000 miles. The length of Himalayas is not 128,000 miles, it is about 1500 miles.
According to the Puraniks, the depth of Sumeru mountain inside the earth is 128,000 miles. When the diameter of the earth is hardly 8,000 miles what about the rest of the mileage, which comes to 120,000 miles?
According to the Devi Bhagwat puran, there are four mountains in the four directions of the Sumeru mountain - Mandarin the east, Merumandar in the South, Suparshv in the west and Kumund in the north. All these mountains are like the legs of the main mountain. The area of each is described as 80,000 miles. Each of them has a tree on the top - mango, rose-apple, nebulae orientals, and banyan. They serve as their flags are 1,100 yojanas' high. All four trees extend like the mountain on which they are growing. These four mountains are further beautified by their four tanks which contain milk honey, sugarcane juice and so on.The divine tree
The divine tree of mango which grows on the top of Mandarachal is 8,800 miles high. Its fruit is big like the Trikut mountain and it,s very sweet and delicate. The moment the fruit falls from the top of the tree, it cracks and the juice flows. The juice is red like the water of the Aruna Sea. The juice is the source of Arunoda river.
The Jamun (rose-apple) tree which grows on the top of the Gandhmadan mountain is 8,800 miles high. Its fruits are as big as an elephant. It falls on the ground and disintegrates. Its juice is the source of Jambu river.
The 8,800 miles high Kadam tree on the top of the Suparshv mountain is hollow at five places and the juice of the tree flows through them. The openings are the source of the Mudhudhara rivers.
A number of rivers originate from branches of 8,800-mile high Shatbal (banyan) tree which grows on the top of the Kumund mountain. These rivers flow on the earth and are full of milk, curd, ghee, cereals, etc.
These tall stories make it quite evident that the Puraniks had no inkling
of geography and their imagination ran riot when they made these claims.
"Today I feel sad, sad for India, sad for the world. For India is in mortal danger, its eternal Sanatana Dharma is under threat. And if India dies spiritually, the world will also die." Francois Gautier
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