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India Must Sue Vatican

When America can sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11, why cannot India sue Pakistan for Mumbai 26/11.

India also must sue Vatican for their war on India via relentless conversions and attempt at conversions, undermining the thousands of years ancient native Hindu culture and the democratic, secular fundamental principals of the Indian constitution.

Is Jesus Christ a cheap commodity for these guys to sell door to door. Shameless.

It is time Indian government slaps Vatican and European nations/America for funding conversion of Hindus to Christianity in India. Dear West, to us Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains of Indic fold, attempt at conversion equals CULTURAL TERRORISM.

Let India sue Vatican at International Court of Justice, let India take the matter to United Nations. Let us make a start somewhere. India could be the only nation in the world to REFUSE billion of dollars pumped in by America/Europe/Vatican for the sole purpose of converting Hindus to Christianity.

The conversion is viral decades since. The lengths to which the Vatican appointees go is shocking. India has more than enough proofs to substantiate our charges.

Let us create history by suing Vatican in ICJ. Let us take them to UN. Let us save the rest of the world. Huge psychological and economic strain and imbalance in the nation, thanks to Vatican. The Vatican is also trying to break up India into pieces by christianizing parts of India, with an aim to create ‘islands’ within India. Vatican has to pay up damages and be held responsible for blatant interference in the internal affairs of a third party nation. The acts of Vatican pertain to criminal nature, which could in long term tear up the social fabric of India, sabotaging the nation.

It is high time, India weighs the pros and cons of allowing Vatican this leverage to carry on their dirty mission in India.

Christ and Mohammad belong in Arabia, no place for them in India. If there are voluntary converts to Christianity in India, we have no issues. But conversion with funding from west MUST STOP, period.

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The Hindu Holocaust The World Would Rather Not Talk About: A Brief Sketch

Arab countries, Pakistan, Iran etc., are like Fixed deposits. You may keep them ‘untouched.’ But secular democracies such as India, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia are like joint deposits, free for all. You can draw from indiscriminately and suck up their resources running them dry without disturbing your fixed deposits. Well, we will have to do something about that. That is why we need a Trump and a Modi in this world.

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PREFACE

Here is a list of documented historic massacres in India (not exhaustive) (almost exclusively Hindu):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_India

Special Mention: GOAN INQUISITION

If you peruse the list aforementioned, the bottom most entry is the massacre of Goan christians by Tipu Sultan, the only non-Hindu community/group to be persecuted in Indian history.  Irony is that, the Konkan (Goan) chrisitians were massacred for a second time, after their ancestors were a century or two earlier force-converted by the Portuguese invaders who mass-murdered the staunch Hindu. Every Goan church that stands today is idle witness to brutal extermination of Konkan Hindus who laid down their lives refusing to embrace Christianity.

https://navrangindia.blogspot.qa/2016/03/35-brutal-facts-of-goa-inquisition.html

http://www.goaholidayhomes.com/information/inquisition-horrors-in-goa.html

Look at the false and misplaced pride of the Goan christians in modern times. Miranda. Alfonso. What nonsense. Surnames quite like the Black Americans who have adopted theirs from their erstwhile white slave masters. Can we get one single Goan christian to own up to this shame in present times?

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IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE INDIAN MUSLIM.  WHY TO RE-TELL THE TRUE INDIAN HISTORY, NO HOLDS BARRED

This post is penned without prejudice with only truth as the beacon showing the way. The point cannot be missed if one studies it subjectively than objectively. This write-up is aimed at making one meditate upon his/her true origin, history, bearing, culture, ancestry and heritage. Am I Arab? Am I European? Everyone from the minority community in India needs to put the question to oneself and answer it with all honesty. In case one is mixed Arab blood, of course, no one is stopping anyone from quitting India for good. But by no means will India give up a square inch from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. If you want to leave you are welcome to leave, but India stays. As she is.

This post also seeks to explain why Hindus will never accept followers of foreign invaders as their own or put their trust in them. The pain and sense of betrayal is acute when your own blood turns against you.

The Indian muslim may be suffering from ‘Stolkholm Syndrome’ – that which afflicts the vanquished generally. The enslaved. Disowning one’s pedigree and true identity is ‘Slave mentality.’ You just do not become ‘them.’ You will belong neither here nor there. This is one treacherous trait which for a relief, is missing in the Indian christian. Because unlike the Indian muslim, the Indian christian does not have a consolatory Pakistan to relate to. That makes Indian christians loyal citizens of India in spite of their conversion spree. We can handle conversion, but terrorism and disloyalty could be subversive. Which is why this attitude that is like a poison coursing through the Indian muslim community needs to be addressed earliest.

Indian children need to be told, the Moguls were none but yesteryear Taliban. That India had been subject to most horrid terror for over eight long centuries. That Taj Mahal is a monument of torture and death not love and was in all probability a Shiva Temple, and that Ram Temple in Ayodhya was demolished by the barbarian Afghan Babur but even at this time perhaps, an overwhelming 99% of Indians must have been native Hindus only. Conversions happened in the Punjab earliest followed by Uttar Pradesh, Bengal. Last to convert perhaps were ironically the Kashmiris, only by sword, in Aurangzeb’s time.

The Great Mogul Contribution to India: Bastards, Biryani Beside Mausoleums 

Historical dates/events listed in this post may not follow chronological order.

http://timesofindia.speakingtree.in/spiritual-blogs/seekers/faith-and-rituals/muslims-invaded-india-to-loot-the-wealth?intenttarget=no&utm_source=TOI_AShow_OBWidget&utm_medium=Int_Ref&utm_campaign=TOI_AShow

The Great Hindu Genocide panned over 8 centuries that not even Hindus want to talk about, so why blame the Indian government or our neighbours with whom we have shared ancestry… The West is too preoccupied with their own selfish interests… the bloody history of Hindu persecution for nearly a 1000 years hardly merits interest in any quarter…

One can’t help but smirk at the misplaced loyalties of Indian muslims who never for one thing bother to voice their concern when Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh are decimated systematically that when in 1947, Hindu population in these countries stood at over 12% today it has climbed down to pathetic 3% or even less.

CURSORY GLANCE: THE CURRENTLY INTERNALLY DISPLACED REFUGEES (IDR): THE KASHMIRI HINDU PANDITS

Why should India bother about Rohingyas or Syrians when we have refugees in our own native soil – KASHMIR HINDU PUNDITS 

Ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits by muslim militants in the state of Jammu & Kashmir made the sons of the soil IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in their own country  (India) living in shabby tents in the outskirts of Delhi hoping to return to the valley someday.

http://www.kashmiri-pandit.org/

By this logic, should muslim population in Tamil Nad someday exceed Hindu population, will we Hindus have to flee our homes like our Kashmiri Hindu brothers and sisters. Have the world media ever focused on them? On Yazidis? So why now talk about Rohingyas, Syrians?

THE PERSECUTION OF HINDU RACE UNDOCUMENTED IN INDIAN/WORLD HISTORY

The great Hindu holocaust happened over centuries through which millions of Hindus were butchered, force-converted, with Islam reaching the Indian shores from the Persian Gulf in the 7th century AD.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT TO MOHAMMAD GHORI, GHAZNI AND ALAUDDIN KHILJI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Hindus

Mohammad Ghori invaded India for a record 16 times and lost every single time. He was pardoned every single time by the Hindu king Prithvi Raj Chauhan who sent him back which was the gravest error he committed.  The final 17th time Ghori returned, and with the help of his father-in-law killed the very same Hindu king who graciously and magnanimously pardoned him for 16 times and raided and looted the famous Somnath Temple, unleashing in his wake a cold blooded reign of terror. Hindu custom of hoarding golds and precious stones is not limited to our homes; our temples until today are veritable banks of treasure that will put World Bank and IMF to shame. Google Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Tirupathi Balaji temple to have an idea of what gold and hoarding gold means to Hindus. Islamic invaders came to India for our riches. The same objective got the British later to Indian shores.

What made the Hindu king pardon Ghori in a number of battles preceding the Somnath invasion? The adherence to Hindu Dharma. Hindu kings fought battles in Dharmic ways because India was already a very civilized society eschewing meanness, pettiness and cunning in every walk of life. The influence of Buddhism had also dulled the otherwise valiant Kshatriya spirit in our princes. Peace times reigned in Akaand Bharat and universities such as Nalanda and Taxila (now in Pakistan) invited aspiring students from all over the world. It is in this backdrop that one has to view the islamic invasion of India and the havoc the onslaught wrecked in the civilized Hindu society living in harmony.

Earlier in the 3rd century BCE, Alexander the Great had won over King Purushotham of Purushapura (today’s Peshawar) – counting on the Hindu king who he believed not to violate the ‘dharma’ of war as dictated by the Sanatana Dharma (Hindu) principles. Hindu kings did not fight after sunset, desisted from harming women, children and cattle, hesitated to kill and favoured pardoning the worst adversaries. It is the Dharma that proved costly for India in the end.

The greatest ‘sati’ in Indian history was committed when Alauddin Khilji, the barbaric slave invader defeated the Chithoor king to claim the throne. The Rajput queen Rani Padmini of Chithoor had posted sentries everywhere on her fort to get her the news of the battle. As soon as it was learned that the defeat was inevitable, the queen lit a big bonfire and some 14,000 Rajput women jumped live into the lit funeral pyre with the queen sacrificing their lives, unwilling to surrender themselves to Islamic invaders.

Hail Rani Padmini! It is because of the supreme sacrifice of those like her, that India today is still a Hindu majority country.

https://www.google.co.in/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=chittor%20rani%20padmini

http://narasimhan.com/SK/Culture/culture_history/culture_hist_musliminvadors.htm

Muslims of Indian subcontinent are an intellectually dishonest community who cannot even bring themselves to admit to what is their true ancestry and heritage. It is is shocking that they have sided in history with India’s worst foreign invaders who can never become our heroes.

Indian curriculum speaks at length on winning independence from the British who ruled us for less than 300 years. Who still left us with great institutions and a legacy worth speaking of. What do we call the freedom from the Mogul invaders who made India their home, made us pay the Jiziya taxes, who took our women into their harems in hoards siring bastards, demolished and desecrated and looted our temples and massacred our forefathers for almost thousand years. Did the British commit any of these heinous crimes. Why understate the Mogul atrocities. If the British were foreign, were not the Afghan Mogul alien either. Only in India, invaders are depicted heroes in our text books and the natives are made to look inferior and at fault. Is there a word on colonialism in UK text books or on Indians in US even if it was they who colonized and ethnic cleansed many a native tribe?

History they say is penned by the victors, the way we know it. But there is this other side to the coin: the untold story of the slain.

You see the pattern is familiar with all Islamic states of the present which have had distinctive native culture before Islam vanquished them. These include Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria just to name a few. All these lands were glorious with arts and sciences flourishing before everything went up in flames.

http://www.bnp.org.uk/news/national/biggest-holocaust-world-historywhitewashed-history

What do you mean by ‘Hindukush’ really, the chain of mountains in Afghanistan/Pakistan?

http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/modern/hindu_kush.html

Until the barbarians reached Greater India, what was the state of India like?

INDIA UNTIL 7 CENTURY CE

India was a conglomerate of smaller kingdoms still,

The idea of ‘Bharat’ (India) existed from time immemorial from what is today Afghanistan to the southern tip of the Indian peninsula Kanyakumari. India extended upto Tashkent,Taksha Khand in Sanskrit actually. It is the British-planted idea seconded by the Muslims that the former united us into one single entity which is untrue.  Ram and Krishna and Shiva are as much part of our beliefs  down south, east and west as for north and even Buddhhism and Jainism reached every nook and corner of the great Indian subcontinent as evidenced from the Chola kings deep down Coromandel south renouncing meat upon embracing Buddhism. A Hindu Pilgrimage started with Kashi/Varnashi in the north and ended with Rameshwaram in the south. The Shakthi-peets are spread all around Bharat including in today’s Pakistan and so do the ‘Shiva Stals.’ Kailash in Tibet and Vaishnodevi and Amarnath in Kashmir have been important Hindu pilgrimage centers for thousands of years.  Adi Shankara of the Shankaracharya lineage from Kaladi, Kerala, established one of the five Shankara Mutts at Sri Nagar in the 7th century CE. Indic faiths renounced aggression and violence and promoted peace and harmony in ancient Bharat. India was a landmass rich and vibrant in culture, literacy, civilization, arts, sciences, crafts, cattle, wildlife, rivers, flora and fauna, spices and farm produce besides precious stones and metals. ‘Which  is why Columbus to Vasco-da-Gama left in search of ‘India’ – a wholesome entity, not in clamour of finding a cluster of small, fragmented unruly kingdoms in lieu of India. The idea of India, the idea of Bharat is ancient over what is documented as human civilization.

If India did not exist before, then UK did not either if you cut out Scotland, Ireland, Welsh etc piece by piece. Neither did Greece exist but there was Sparta, Athens, Troy. Italy never existed but Florence and Rome did individually. There was no Saudi Arabia until some 60-70 years back. In a very similar fashion, India has always existed as a single nation united by a common culture and civilization, in world history. It is mischievous to refer to us as ‘South Asia’ – a planned strategy with ulterior motives. Indians/Hindus must always try to refer to India as the Indian subcontinent. None will dare to refer to China as East Asia.

Persians called us ‘Hind’ – the land of the Hindus. The Europeans called us ‘India.’ We are neither India nor Hindustan. We are Bhaarath.

‘Bharat’ is named after King Bharatha, renowned ancestor of Lord Ram, who ruled India well, whose name is still popular when it comes to naming Hindu newborn boy babies.

One of the first casualties of the invasions from central Asia/Middle east was the Nalanda University.

The Nalanda University

The renowned international university at Nalanda, seat of advanced learning, was vandalized and reduced to ruins, ransacked in a heart-wrenching manner with the barbarians reaching Indian shores for the first time. Please give it a thorough read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda

Nalanda University is a single proof of what a knowledge society Hindu-Buddhists were. It may be unbelievable to many that once upon a time, Afghanistan was a peace loving Buddhist country.

It has taken centuries for us Hindus to break out of the jinx and rediscover our hidden potential.  We have just started with reclaiming our lost glory. It is the foremost duty of every single remaining Hindu to ensure that our great and unique Hindu gene pool is not further tainted and degenerated.

Before Islam came to India, Aryabhatta had already invented the calculus, trigonometry (the Pythogorus theorum). Sushrutha had performed world’s first plastic surgery. Bhaskara was the world’s first astronomer. And even Kamasutra, the world’s greatest and No.1 sex manual until today had been penned by Vatsayana. Chankya had written the first every political-economic text book of the world ‘Arthashastra’ which is still prescribed syllabus in leading international management schools. The Hindus had already given the world ‘the zero concept.’ There was no field untouched by ourgreat Hindu scholar ancestors. Only they did not know of the concept called ‘patenting.’ Neither did they know about ‘visas’ that the Europeans conveniently invented after they had done with a visa-free home run for centuries in Asian, African nations. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryabhata

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bh%C4%81skara_II

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845369/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C4%81tsy%C4%81yana

http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Mathematics

This is the reason our earliest satellites were named after Aryabhatta and Bhaskara.

The ancient medicine system in India was Ayurveda, practised until today in India, the dances were Bharat Natyam and Kuchupidi and Odissi and Mohiniyattam etc, the music was Hindustani and Carnatic, the musical instruments were native and traditional like the Sitar and the Veena and the Mridangam for instance.  Art was at its best – living examples being the Ajanta and Ellora caves dating back to thousands of years. Hindu sculpture and architecture,one of the finest examples being Hampi  for instance, are never played up as much as the monotonous and lifeless Mogul themes – you only have to take a tour of South India to discover what a great heritage we have. And about engineering marvel. The Tamil Chola king Karikala raised the ‘Kallanai’ world’s first documented stone dam against river Cauvery in 2nd century CE and the same stands good to date. Tamil Grammar was penned in the 3rd century BCE by Tholgappiyar. Back to back if you compare north with south, the civilization was matching and advanced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallanai_Dam

Ancient Hindus were very cultured, advanced for their age but were too gentle, complacent and peace-loving to their own detriment.

Yoga and meditation are our heritage handed down over centuries, perfected and pracised for eons and thus Hindus had nothing but GOOD to give the world.

And I have not even mentioned a word on the Vedas and the Upanishads….

But what happened to us all in between the 7th century and the 17th century CE when the British colonized India?

India was culturally crushed, spirit broken. Hindus massacred, demoralized with women and homes taken over.  Hindu progress was stalled, Hindu thinking was brutally snapped and Hindu creativity and brains stampeded upon.

THE MOGUL ERA

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who was the cruelest of them all? Aurangzeb? Tipu Sultan? Alauddin Khilji? Ghori? Ghazni? Sad discussion in the Quora:

https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-most-cruel-of-all-the-Mughal-rulers

Who were the Moguls.  Only predecessors to today’s Taliban. India is victim of terrorism for centuries, rest of the world welcome to the reign of chilling terror! For the sins of ignoring Hindu agony, rest of the world, pay at leisure.

The mogul architecture and the mogul era literature/poetry are over-emphasized in Indian history over the Golden age of Guptas. India was a glorious and vibrant civilization with Emperors Ashoka and Kanishka and Chandragupta Maurya whose reign extended to most parts of south Asia in their times. The south remained relatively peaceful under the Vijayanagara Empire and Chola , Chera and Pandya dynasties about which our history books hardly speak a word.

What is Urdu. A dialect, cross-breed of Persian and Sanskrit, sanskrit basically. Hindi is like the colloquial form of Sanskrit, the language of the Hindu gods. Hindi language still adopts the same script as Sanskrit, the same ‘libi.’ Urdu may sound romantic when infused with Persian, i have no idea sincerely because I can manage a smattering of Hindi and read and write Hindi but my grasp of fluent Urdu is minimal. If anything, this is the only achievement of mogul era – Urdu language and literature. Other than Biryani and Korma that is. What else is there to gloat about other than perhaps miserable mausoleums. The British played up the Indian muslims only because the two shared the same Abrahamic roots from Jerusalem. The pillars of the Qutub Minar are all pillars of the Hindu temple razed, so can our muslims take pride in such a vain and vandalized monument. What was the state of science and mathematics and arts in the same mogul period. A BIG ZERO.

The selfless sacrifices of the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur: They say in India, the Sikhs are Hindus’ protectors, and they took up swords to defend Hindus and protect the rest of us from conversion so that we remain and live as Hindus until today. In short, the Sikhs stopped the spread of Islam in a big way with Punjab.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Tegh_Bahadur

http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Martyrdom_of_Guru_Tegh_Bahadur

Bow my head in respects to Sikh Gurus, and all Sikhs in general, who are the true saviours of Hindus, and whose religious duties include securing and safeguarding Hindus as per their scripture ‘Guru Granth Sahib’.

HOW CAN MOGULS BE DEEMED INDIAN?! NO CHANCE. THEY WERE THE TALIBAN & AL QAEDA AND ISIS ROLLED INTO ONE EVEN CENTURIES BACK. NOMADIC DESERT CULT CAN NEVER APPEAL TO HINDUS SORRY. NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.

The bloodcurdling era of Tipu Sultan

The massacre of Mandyam Iyengars of Karnataka

https://paanchajanya1284.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/the-genocide-of-mandyam-iyengars-by-the-tyrant-tipu-sultan/

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.religion.hindu/-eptV6WCkqE

The blood bath of the Kodavas after who Coorg is named:

https://www.readoo.in/2015/11/the-blood-bath-of-kodavas-by-tipu-sultan

It is this Tipu Sultan the most barbaric among Islamic rulers who was portrayed as a hero in the disputed tv serial made in his name, much to the angst of native Hindus. The very recent Bollywood picture ‘Padmavathi’ featuring Deepika Padukone was based on real life story of Chithore Rani Padmini who committed ‘Sati’ – and whether or not the film sought to put across the brave Rajput spirit and blood, it did in a very perverse manner try to paint Alauddin Khilji in better light which is shameful. Most disgracing. (True, I have not yet watched the movie. But any attempt to justify the invaders’ position is sadistic that we Hindus, persecuted for centuries for no fault of ours can do without).

Ancient Hindu history will break your heart if anyone bothers to give it some thought. Let us not Hindus forget who we are and what we are. Hinduism is all encompassing, passive ideology but let that not make us weakest souls on earth. Let us forgive, but not forget. Let us co-exist but let us not compromise. We owe our individuality to the world benefit.

Taj Mahal: the true story

How many in the world will believe if we are to claim that even Taj Mahal was once perhaps a marble Shiva Temple. For one thing, there is no muslim monument in India or anywhere in the world bearing the name ‘Mahal’ which is a typical Hindu word given for palacial structures. Throw open the Taj to world renowned historians – let them lay bare the truth.

Every single Hindu temple was desecrated over which the Moguls built mausoleums including the Babri Masjid – built by Babur for his boy love reportedly. For the followers of Islam in India that destroyed the shrine of our Lord Ram, until very recently we Hindus were paying out of our tax money to subsidize their Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

As for Indian text book writers, there is an urgent need to revisit history and revise our history text books.  How about describing Babur as Afghan in black and white for the plundered and marauder that he was. How about a description of Aurangzeb’s treatment of Guru Tej Bahadur and how he converted Kashmiris at the point of his sword. How about the bloody terror unleashed by Tipu Sultan in the Malabar that the carnage he committed in Kerala-Karnataka coast in mere 17 years outdid what Aurangzeb could manage in 50 long years? It is essential that the world must know what happened here in India. And more than the world, Indian children have a right to know the truth and Indian muslims and christians must come to ‘acknowledge’ what is what. Is it time for the government to open up the dark and secret chambers of the Taj for further investigations by a world archaeological panel.?

India is a secular democracy but it is imperative for every Indian muslim to acknowledge how he/she came to be in the first place. This is the only way forward, as the onus lies with the Indian muslim to allay the inborn fears of Hindus who have endured terror and agony for centuries that there exists this trust deficit in between the two communities to this day. Every time an Indian muslim identifies himself/herself with an Arab cause, the more betrayed and insecure shall Hindus feel that we would want ‘the bhais’ out.

PS :
And enlightening speech by Dr. Subramanyam Swamy:

 

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The Hindu Gift To World Music: Classical Music Instruments

CARNATIC AND HINDUSTANI

Very few cultures in human race are gifted with rare acumen of producing, creating soulful music. Hindus are one such a gifted and unique species which is why India is home to not just one but two genres of Desi Classical Music: the Hindustani stream of the north and Carnatic classical of the south (apart from native classical dance forms from every other state that merit a separate write-up in their own right).

The aim of this post is to make a brief, if not complete, record of Hindu contribution to world music (by way of music instruments only). So this list is not exhaustive. There is scope for future additions.

India’s native classical instruments comprising the Stringed ones (like Sitar and Veena), Percussion (drums such as Mridangam and Tabla) and Wind (like the Bansuri) command a special place in global music stage, with Sitar and Tabla adapted by a wide range of western music followers. An array of other instruments vastly remain unpopular, although thriving in local scene, with the music tradition dying a slow death in some cases as in rural/folk country.

Hindus revere musical instruments which find a place in ritual worship by way of ‘puja’ (service), the highest respects, tributes, mankind can ever give these finest creations of God who gifted us the basic ‘Sapta Swaras’ (the seven notes of scale) that form the core of all sounds/tunes and beats (raags and taals) in universe. Simply everything is contained in ‘Sapta swaras.’ There is no sound or vibration that is out of scope of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ne’ right?

musical instruments along with books and other tools find a venerable place in Hindu worship; this is Saraswathi Puja aka Ayudha Puja celebrated on the 9th day of Navrathri in the south.

We Hindus believe, Veena is the instrument of the very Goddess of learning/knowledge/wisdom Mother Saraswathi. If Saraswathi reigns supreme, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth/fortunes and Shakthi, the Goddess of power/energy/strength cannot be far behind.

Lord Ganesha is revered as the master of drums.

India thus is this divine home where we view everything – including inanimate objects like music instruments, as life.

Our classical traditional instruments have less and less number of learners, teachers (gurus) and followers these days which is a big concern. This precarious situation endangers the transition of our native and pedigree music passed on over the millennia from our ancestors, to next generation. The music scene in Chennai, the gateway to Indian culture, is vibrant. Chennai is home to Carnatic  attracting thousands of classical music exponents and disciples from around the world during the famous December Music Season (Margazhi). But of late, even here we see vocal music gaining an overwhelming predominance over instrumental music which is kind of sad. Very few youngsters take to Indian instruments these days and interest is waning.

In Hindu culture, music translates to spirituality. Music is essentially a form of ‘bhakthi.’ Bhakthi and Music intertwine in search of the ultimate bliss: Nirvana.  That is why we have Meera Bhajans for instance or even the Thiruppavai-Thiruvembavai (in Tamil Nadu). The ‘Divine Being’ for Hindus revels in soulful music.’ Meera sang to her eternal love Krishna and her renditions are timeless.

Bansuri, the flute, is also the instrument of Lord Krishna, played in India for eons. The western flute version differs slightly from original desi version.  Called ‘Pullankuzhal’ in tamil, the south Indian flute is also a tad different from the northern Indian bansuri. Thus there is not a thing that Hindus did not discover or invent in an ancient civilization that pre-existed the current one.

The amazing north-south sync in the Indian classical music versions north & south of Tropic of Cancer is brilliant: The Sitar of north’s equivalent in the south is Veena. The Mridangam from down under finds a mate in Tabela (tabla) up north. The Nadaswaram (nagaswaram) played in south Indian weddings is substituted with Shehnai or Shenoy without which there is no north Indian wedding.

‘Yaazh’ (as proncounced in ‘Yaazhpaanam’ a Tamil city in Sri Lanka) is a unique ancient Thamizh stringed musical instrument. ‘Jalatharangam’ also specific to India played with bowls of varied sizes with different levels of water, gives a rare musical vibration.

 

Pranaams to Hindustani/Carnatic Classical and Folk Music traditions of Bharath (India)!

Computerized synchronization is killing traditional and native classical instruments of India in such an obscene fashion. Art is dying, artisans are dying because of electronic synthesis of our musical reverberations, even if it can be argued that this is one more step in evolution of music. Is it really possible to produce the ‘ghamaka’ of Veena cent percent with computers? No way! The finest nuances of Veena can be produced only in the instrument.

There are deliberate, steady and systematic designs and manipulations to trivialize, devalue, discredit and even disinherit (us of) and usurp anything and everything Hindu by gene, culture & heritage by some quarters, which is highly alarming. Aryabhatta was indeed the world’s first astronomer. Sushrutha was the world’s first plastic surgeon unquestioningly. Bhaskara did give the world Calculus and Trigonometry and Hindus did invent the Zero concept. Ayurveda to Yoga and Meditation, there is not a field ancient Hindus did not touch or pioneer in. Everything ground to a standstill by 7th century CE. Why. We Hindus never bother about patents either. Vasudeiva Kudumbakam, World is one family for us.

I have a request before I close: Dear Indian parents, PLEASE ENROLL YOUR KIDS FOR CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC INSTRUMENT TRAINING rather than aspire for Dance shows in television channels. You will be rendering yeoman service to Bharat Matha, Mother India.

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Kudavolai (Kuda Olai) : the oldest Democratic Process of Chola’s Tamil Nadu

celebrating New Year the same day APRIL 14 every year: the Chola and Dharma imprint in South East Asia
celebrating New Year the same day APRIL 14 every year: the Chola and Dharma imprint in South East Asia

The Unabashed Pride Of A Thamizh Hindu…

Something kindled up my memory about our long lost ‘Kudavolai’ (Kuda Olai) system of voting process, precursor to today’s Constitutional Democracy, dating back to Chola period (900 CE) in ancient Tamil Nadu. Democracy was put into practice in certain Hindu kingdoms with King as the chief ruler and his elected senate exercising powers of governance. Most importantly neither Christianity nor Islam had touched Tamil Nadu at this point of time.

Tamil text books introduced Kudavolai to me but without taking ample pride in it. Otherwise there seems to have been no mention of it in any national text book prescribed for school children.

Tamils never went on to perfect the system for two reasons: (northern) India came under Islamic reign before the British took over (there is a void in Tamil Nad history after the Chera-Chola-Pandya-Pallava era that lasted for over a millennium up until the 13th century CE.) As for Tamil Nadu, the Chola (Chozha) dynasty, the most renowned and resourceful one with lineage extending for over a thousand years, finally floundered followed by the Pallavas.

But not before Rajendra Chola became the only sea-faring king in Indian/Tamil history to conquer Kedah of today’s Malaysia (hence known as Kadaram Kondan). 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_place_names_in_Malaysia

This is proof to how developed and sophisticated the maritime trade-activities and armed forces and naval fleets were in ancient Tamil Nadu. Hinduism spread to Cambodia (Angkorwat) and Indonesia (Bali the reminder to this date) in this period. 

Not surprising that Rajendra’s distant ancestor Karikal Chola had erected probably the world’s first stone dam on river Cauvery, the Grand Anicut (Kallanai) in 1st century CE which continues to irrigate the Cauvery delta in this 21st century.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/a-rock-solid-project-that-has-survived-2000-years/article4491152.ece

The engineering, architectural and literary prowess of the great Tamil empires hardly find a mention in Indian history that celebrates and promotes Afghan (Taliban?) invaders like Babur who went on to demolish native Hindu temple, the birth place of our Lord Ram, whose barbaric action is defended today by converted Hindus (to Islam) sadly. Successful Congress governments managed to paint a rosy picture of Akbar to Shahjahan and Aurangzeb to Tipu Sultan who converted by the sword and by bloody wars, at the cost of underplaying Krishna Deva Raya of Hampi, Vijayanagar empire and Shivaji, the brave Maratha lion for instance. Not even the Gupta-Mauryas merit as much coverage in Indian history textbooks as these psychotic Moghul emperors who were none but Afghan descendants.

Unlike the north, the fag end of the Indian peninsula flourished with fertility and peace in every fold from lifestyle to culture and art and trade making south India a thriving and competitive center in the entire subcontinent, winning us a  cherished place of honour in history. Cotton and silk weaving and paddy cultivation were customary occupations apart from stone masonry and even ship building. There was never a serious war in millennia. Only trivial battles between mostly peacefully co-existing neighbours. Quite like Bharat, considered one enigmatic entity of a mass of petty Hindu kingdoms,  what comprises of today’s Thamizh Nad-Kerala was home to the famed Chera-Chola-Pandya dynasties and later to the Pallavas (coastal Tamil Nad) (Kerala was the Chera Nadu). (The Cholas ruled the Cauvery basin and the Pandya’s throne was Madurai, synonymous with the Meenakshi temple, a contestant for World Wonder).

Dating back to the 5th century BCE , the structured Tamil Grammar ‘Tolkappiyam’ surviving in tact for over 2000 years from Sangam Era of Tamil literary history could be more ancient than any other developed language of the west. Tamil language is the oldest world language on record and enjoys the Classical status.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolk%C4%81ppiyam

Tamil Nadu has suffered the worst and partial treatment at the hands of NCERT text book drafters for decades. Hindu Tamil kings who held a powerful reign over the southern most region of India for over 1200 years never found an honourable mention in our national curriculum.

The Brihadeeshwara Temple (Big Temple) which is over 1000 years old that stands tall until today is one of the hundreds of thousands of architectural marvels that dot the south Indian terrain that never got its deserving due as against mausoleums like the Taj Mahal (originally Tejo Mahalaya, a Shiva temple as some contend).  (Qutb Minar retained the pillars of the demolished Hindu temple so not even the ‘sickularist’ Indian media can deny that it is raised on the ruins of a razed Hindu temple.)

As someone from Tamil Nadu who can never identify with the Taj Mahal as our national symbol, it is painful for me to see that Tamil history has been purposely brushed under the carpet denying my fellow Indians a chance to know about our glorious past.

Tamil Nadu was fortunate to escape the tyranny of the Islamists even if conversions by bribe and threat and brainwashing, to both Islam and Christianity have become rampant in the years since independence. Whatever I may criticize our Prime Minister Modi for, I have to give it to him for cracking down on unregulated NGOs flush with funds pumping millions of dollars into the nation for the purpose of conversion. Conversions might have gone down ever since the Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) took over at the center, even if incidences like Kasargod surface now and then.

Why Tamil Hindu culture is important: for the preserving of ancient traditions of the classical dance, music and art and literary forms such as Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, classical instruments like Veena and Mridangam and finally Dravidian temple and other architecture (such as Chettinad houses, etc.,) over anything.

There is no Tamil language or literature without Kamba Ramayanam and Siva Puranam. You cannot call yourself a Tamil scholar without singing the Thirupughazh and Thevaram and Thirumurugattrupadai and Naalaayira Divya Prabandham or celebrating the 64 Nayanmars and the 12 Alwars who find a pride of place in ancient Tamil Hindu temples.

Conversions extinguish everything native and original. What you may find or seek in lieu of pedigree heritage and cultural inheritance could be substandard import of foreign ideology that goes against the very grain of our motherland. No nation that eschews its native civilization can prosper as we are seeing from the fates of Afghanistan to African countries that strayed from their original cultures to embrace alien values on their own volition or by coercion.

Upholding of Thamizh Hindu culture is the way forward. Conversions are a bane for this reason.

The stone edicts of Tamil Nadu temples throw light on a parallel culture that prevailed in the south, far advanced and civilized than anything anytime comparable to Moghul India of the north.

The inscriptions unearthed at Uthiramerur in Tamil Nad reveal how superior ancient Tamil civilization was as far back as in 900 AD. The Kudavolai system where one had to inscribe in a parched leaf  (dried leaf is ‘olai’ in Tamil) to be deposited in a pot (‘kudam’ in Tamil), the name of the committee/ward/council member to be elected for governance reflects how literate the Tamil society was.

http://know-your-heritage.blogspot.qa/2014/07/uthiramerur-inscriptions-on-chola.html

I leave the rest to the reader’s inference. So the next time someone says, Democracy is a western concept handed over by the British to the rest of the world or is an invention of the Greek-Romans, throw the facts flying in his/her face.

I wish I had paid more attention to Kudavolai in my school days. Neither my teachers nor those around me inspired to learn more about it or take pride in Kudavolai.

I peeved for long that India lacked one qualifying factor even through its bloody history given our ancient heritage and cultured civilization spanning 4000 years – which was Democracy. The Kudavolai completely escaped my mind. Someone/something, contesting that India thought long and hard after independence to decide on adopting whether the American or British style of democracy reminded me of Kudavolai. I retrieved the word with a great difficulty from the back burners of my mind finally. Its long forgotten. It is like it never existed. Not even the so-called chest-thumping Dravidian dynastic parties have taken pride in the one truly Thamizh democratic process that predated the modern parliamentary system of governance both in the east and west. I understand, a few Hindu kingdoms in the north practised an equivalent version of voting process for election of senate/governing council/committee members.

With this post, I have managed to touch only the tip of the iceberg. Tamil Nadu is a virtual mine for researchers who may evince any interest in the multi-dimensional historic culture of the state. One visit to Kanchipuram temples and silk centers will suffice to convince anyone why native Thamizh culture is relevant and significant more than ever in today’s socio-political-economic context.

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PS: Not ‘Tamil’ but ‘Thamizh’

Similarly, not ‘Chola’ but ‘Chozha’ … 🙂

 

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The Scientific Hindu

Evolution in Hindu Philosophy and Scientific Temperament in Ancient Hindu:

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva form the trinity of male Indian Gods just as their consorts Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Shakthi (Parvathi) form the female trinity. Maha Vishnu as we know, is the nurturer of this universe created by Brahma while Shiva is the destroyer. Destruction is as much part of evolutionary cycle in Hinduism as creation and survival are.

The ten Avatars of Maha Vishnu are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna, (Buddha), Kalki.  (Buddha finds mention in north Indian version.  In south we include Balarama instead).

If you look at them closely, they may reveal to you the evolution pattern, which may or may not be provable scientifically for reasons I am addressing towards the end of this post.

The significance of the avatars (avatar is a sankrit word meaning incarnation) is that, Mahavishnu is Matsya (fish) (aquatic) in His first avatar. He is Kurma (tortoise) that can adapt to and dwell on both water and land (amphibian) in the second one. In the third avatar He is Varaha (boar) – the mammal that digs earth. In the fourth, He is Narasimha (half naran or human and half simha or lion). In the 5th avatar He is human – Vamana, but dwarf. Only in the sixth avatar of Parashuram, He is a complete human being still not fitting into a perfect civil society. The Varaha form of Vishnu was worshipped in temples in south until the turn of last century when finally Hindus moved to subtler avatars.

Even in Tirumala-Tirupati, there is first the shrine for Varaha avatar of Vishnu before you may proceed for darshan of Lord Balaji. Varaha and Narasimha worship continue in Andhra Pradesh (and in other southern states) till date on an even keel with Balaji worship.

http://gotirupati.com/aadhi-varahaswamy-temple/

Only in Rama avatar, we have full formed perfect human societies that are civil and disciplined as per unwritten Indian history. Ram is human form and is not defined as divine. He was the king of Ayodhya, born in a Kshatriya kula, and all the places He visited stand by the same name until today in the same geographic locations mentioned in the legend.

Krishna, the most popular form, followed next. Krishna was raised in Yadhav kula (herder) and again the places and events and characters mentioned in His life fit the bill perfectly. You can see the similarities here between Krishna and Jesus Christ. Even Christians will have to accept Krishna lived before Christ, the shepherd. So if anyone copied anyone, you may infer who copied who. The similarities do not end here. The shepherd Krishna while grazing his cattle always is playing the flute, as legends have it, surrounded by Gopikas (young lasses) none of whom He marries. In fact it is this image of Krishna that is most popular among Hindus captured in myriad media over ages. This reminds one of nuns of the church who claim to be the brides of Jesus.

Every avatar of Vishnu is supposed to be a constituent part of a Yuga after which the world stood to be destroyed by a ‘pralayam’ or what you may call Ice Age (natural catastrophe such as ocean wall crumbling over landscape or earthquake or fire for instance). Ignorance could be behind some poking fun at the scientific genius of ancient Hindu, but this is how evolution unfolded as per Hindu philosophy.  ‘Everytime you may need me when Adharma gets too much to handle, I shall return’ said Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu in Bhagwad Gita, in the Mahabharatha war.  (Also this is part of my everyday prayer to the Lord.)

Paritranaya sadhunam vinashaya cha dushkritam.

Dharma sansthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge……..

(Loosely translated this means:

“For the up-liftment of the good and virtuous,
For the destruction of evil,
For the re-establishment of the natural law,
I will come, in every age….. “
The human face of the God  becomes more visible with each passing/progressive avatar. Rama, the seventh is most popular equaled only by the eighth avatar Krishna. Even Rama and Krishna are mortals but not Parashurama, the one before them. As per legend Parashuram lives until today, deep in meditation in the Himalayas.

Check out the Hindu Yugas:

Tretha Yuga of Rama, Dwapara Yuga of Krishna… The earliest or the first one was Satya Yuga and the last and the current one is Kali yuga. After Kali (Kalki Avatar) we will have to get back to Satya Yuga – which means we will have to begin all over from the basics: from the aquatic. So what does this convey: that human society today is capable of self and total destruction that we shall be erased off the face of earth and the earth will have to start afresh once again from the scratch – without human race. Homo sapiens may evolve in due course … the survivors after the Kali Yug catastrophe may be just the amoeba… and the organisms shall mutate and form new species with time…
It is not an exaggeration when we say we invented the Phi . The speed of light is indeed mentioned in Hanuman Chalisa. Just as we first defined the whole number ZERO
Whether all this is hoax or not is left to the individual to decide. May be not accurate working to the last decimal but closest approximation.
And I don’t even want to revisit certain established facts of how Sushrutha was the world’s first plastic surgeon or how Aryabhatta, the world’s first known astronmer probably and how Baskara invented calculus and trigonometry a long time before Pythogorus gave us the theorem.
Modern India’s first/earliest satellites’ were named ‘Aryabhata’ and ‘Baskara’ as a mark of respect and tribute to these great scientific and math brains.
Ancient Indian medicine ‘Ayurveda’ is in practice even today and India’s gift to the world YOGA requires no introduction. Although Pathanjali, the sage is credited with giving us Yoga, Hindus believe Yoga came to us directly from Lord Shiva. Just like Bharatnatyam, our classical dance which Shiva danced first. What about our classical music forms and traditional musical instruments? How do we establish to the world where and how these originated?  Hinduism is timeless.
 
Here is more food for thought: Krishna is more remembered for the Mahabharatha war and Ramayana sites have been recently excavated in Sri Lanka. No culture is free of myths entwined and enshrined into its formative history and Hinduism is no exception. Myths notwithstanding, most parts and characters and places of both Ramayan and Mahabharat tally completely with written records by sages and/or information passed verbally over centuries. If this is disputable, then how do we explain Vedas for which there are no written records and everything about them and Upanishads are mere recollection from verbal recitations (vocal transitions) passed over generations for thousands of years?
This simple truth explains the antiquity of Hinduism that has no known founders and most importantly, Sanathana Dharma is not the product of private whim and fancy of any self-proclaimed prophet.
The evolution process explained in Hindu philosophy always surprised me as a kid – the parallels one can draw with Darwin’s theory. I learned of Noah’s Arc very late in life. But Hinduism predates all this by many thousands of years obviously.
The last known avatar of Maha Vishnu was Buddha (although down south we cite Balarama with Krishna as the 8th and 9th avatars of Vishnu) as per some beliefs.
And we are stated to be currently in the last Yuga – the Kali Yuga as per Hindu philosophy before Earth shall be destroyed once again in total summation when Adharma reels its ugly head beyond a decent and permissible level.
Our bedtime stories in those days as kids revolved around Ramayan and Mahabharat with their branch stories, not to leave out the pre-curser : the Dasavathar of Maha Vishnu among other things:

How world evolved and how the human form came at last after the aquatic, the amphibian, the mammal, the semi-human and the mal-formed human (Vamana): although our ancestors did not talk about genetic mutation, what they have passed on to us as Hindu history/philosophy is phenomenal and pre-dates clearly the Darwinian times.

Amazing. Ram and Krishna were the perfect ‘nara’ avatars finally when world became a civilized place inhabited by perfect human societies. Still even these worlds were annihilated when their societies fell apart due to greed, war and destruction.
My granny used to round off the stories frightening us with the finishing touch: about the impending Pralayam – or a natural catastrophe that will finally submerge the entire world. When it is time for Kalki avatar, it could be the fire that extinguishes life and not water. In the present times of Kali Yug, crimes will increase manifold and man will eat man.
But the avatars always make us realize how wise our ancestors were. When I was narrated the Dasavathar of Vishnu in the 1970s in my younger years, I had still not learned of Ice Age, Dinosaurs etc. We had no animation pictures then nor as many science fiction writers.  Steven Spielberg was still years away from making his ‘Jurassic Park’ and the information age was yet to set in (with the onset of the ’90s).

Let us consider river Saraswathi. Prayag or Allahabad(as Moghuls changed its name) is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi.

This is what we have been believing for centuries. However Saraswathi is only by name – in actual there are only 2 rivers mingling at this point. But in last few years scientists have unearthed Saraswathi river long gone dry under the earth in Rajasthan. How can the same names continue for eons? Saraswathi is one supposeld myth scientifically disproved or rather proved ‘to have been in existence.’

Only a ‘pralayam’ (catastrophe of an unspeakable magnitude) could have submerged Saraswathi that flowed in India in ancient times of which our scriptures all speak that was lost to a trickle that finally dried up with the last ‘pralayam.’ Fragments of human civilization could have still remained to be picked up by barely surviving human race enabling us to get back to civilization as the excavations at Mohenjodaro and Harappa stand to reveal.
The link speaks of ‘movement in tectonic plates’ as the ‘pralayam’ that occured in the said age, over 10,000 years ago. Hindu history gets authenticated with the date because ‘Saraswathi’ still goes for many a girl child’s name in India and Saraswathi is worshipped as Goddess of Wisdom/Learning in the country even in this 21st century. A single name gives the clue to the prevalence and usage of Sanskrit language with proper grammatical structure and hints at an advanced and mature civilization of those times.

Hinduism is not complete myth, only there is good or perhaps even substantial exaggeration at times which is fine. Why not, when one may believe in Noah’s Ark, the Immaculate Conception and in Resurrection after death of Jesus Christ?

The Kali yug is the most critical of all and it seems we as universe, are heading to the climax, with ‘adharma’ (injustice) rearing up its head like never before, with crimes soaring and with man killing man with a vengeance.
We do not know when precisely Kali Yuga will come an end – actually there are date calculations if we bother to learn. Every avatar supposedly lasted for a few millions of years.
This is copy & paste job from Quora: It shows with clarity how evolution progresses and how more evil human kind gets with each successive yuga.
  1. Matasya Avatar – > Life originated in sea , fish is the first Vertebrates
  2. Kurma – > This represents Amphibians , could survive on both and and water
  3. Varaha -> Wild land animal – complete transition from water to Land , next milestone in evolution
  4. Narasimha -> conceptualisation of Homo Sapiens , the next big thing on the part of evolution
  5. Vaman -> Short human being , Still not complete evolved
  6. Parsuram -> Living in Jungles , Started Using weapons
  7. Ram -> Moving to civil societies , learning to living as community , Various Skills developed , still not corrupt
  8. Krishna -> Society advancement in Political field , more complexity added , manipulation , greed .
  9. Budha \ Mahavir \ Balram\ Jagannath \ Mohini > On the path of enlightenment , more evolved human being , trying to find answers within (many people blasting me for incorrect representation of this avatar. Avatar is not important, the message is.)
  10. Kalki ->Human advanced to the level of self – destruction .

https://www.quora.com/How-real-are-the-10-avatars-of-Vishnu-dasavathara

Interesting discussions out there. However I believe in the 10 avatars although I may not believe in Buddha as an avatar. Balarama is who is more acceptable to me.

As for someone (Himanish Ganjoo)’s comments on everything being a loose weaving of legends, the commentator must be aware by now of the discovery of Dwarka also under the Gujarat coast.

https://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/ramayana-actually-happened/#.cfrz6o34m

http://www.peppystory.com/articles/photographs-that-prove-the-existence-of-ramayana-1278

Another comment by ‘Anonymous’ clarifies why there are no evidences (like skeletons) excavated: for the simple reason Hindus/Indians cremated their death. Our philosophy is NOT to be a burden on Earth for an extra moment once we pass through our time in this mortal world. Nothing of us must remain on earth. Leave without evidence.

Besides, upto Ramavatar, the other avatars of Vishnu may be termed somewhat ‘pre-historic.’

No lie can be propagated without an element of truth in it for tens of thousands of years. Those faiths that were founded by mortals/individuals who commanded desert tribes and cults today are more in human memory for the reason they are recent developments and therefore it became possible to record their scientific history in a medium acceptable to us in this 21st century.  Hinduism crossed this stage long, long back that we outlived our own history and evolution into a decent society many, many times since then. We have been reborn in last 5000 years to get to where we are today.

None of this however will find its way into our history text books and none of this will be authenticated by western scholars either for obvious reasons: it debunks the Aryan-Dravidian theory and makes the semetic cultures sound feeble and foolish. Over all it makes the Indian/Hindu History morally and intellectually superior that none wants to admit to. All civilizations go through phases and India was in the grip of such a terror reign for 800 years under Islamic invaders and another 300 under the British.

Picked up this link on Takshasheela, the world’s oldest university (now in Pakistan) which is a world heritage site:

 http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/history/takshashila-the-worlds-first-and-oldest-university/

Kailasa Temple at Ajanta and Ellora Caves for instance: advanced for the age that foretells of a very mature and intelligent civilization. How many millenniums must the structure be old contrary to the archeological beliefs that it is from between 5-10th CE. While parts of the complex could date back to 5th century, the most ancient Kailasa temple belies all archeological theories and is estimated to have belonged from another age, and probably from another plane of time? Could it have been an elusive survivor from a previous catastrophe/’pralayam’ that for instance swallowed Dwarka that lies under the sea today and buried river Saraswathi?

The question raised in the documentary is whether Kailasa was then created by Aliens/supernaturals? Now we have the legend of Ravana’s ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ that could fly. So when Kailasa was indeed possible for ancient Hindus, why could not Ravan have his Pushpaka Vimana.

Could the producer of the video have been reluctant to give credit to a superior Hindu civilization that pre-dated all other civilizations and was much more advanced to be lost forever to be founded over once again – whose remnant is the Kailasa temple we have until today? This is a very much plausible and likely scenario given the findings of Dwarka and Saraswathi.

This is what the Christian/Islamic cultures/thoughts have been trying to do to Hindus/India : undermining us of our scientific genius, unwilling to give our ancestors credit for their glorious civilization and denying the world authentic Hindu history.

The Kailasa temple bears an ‘X’ mark for aerial view, which means is it from an age when someone could fly over? In an other plane of time, an other age, when legends say, Ravana took Sita in Pushapaka Vimana to Sri Lanka, does it ring like myth now to your ears (after Kailasa)? Was India’s unwritten ‘itihaas’ the real lost world?

Where on earth you have a precedent like you have in India with a culture/civilization dating back to over 10,000 years easily? Can you pin down Hinduism with an exact date of birth or founder?

If I am a proud Hindu today, this is why I am. If I believe in Pushpaka Vimanas and in Hanuman Chalisa, this is the reason. Inspite of relentless conversions and demonizing of Hindu Gods, the fact is Christians and Muslims of India have a strange attachment and belief with/to Hinduism and their Hindu ancestors. The awe of Hinduism never ceases from caressing their soul. 

 
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God’s Own Initials

God’s Own Initials : Pillayar Suzhi & Other Holistic Hindu Symbols

No Hindu puts down a thing in paper with pen-pencil without first marking the ‘Pillaiyar Suzhi’ – to Lord Ganesh (Pillayar is Thamizh name of Ganesha). It is custom even otherwise to begin anything and everything in our culture after offering obeisance to Ganesh first. Ganesh worship precedes all rites and rituals which follow up later. One of the strict advices we are issued before our school board/university exams is ‘not to mark our papers with the ubiquitous Pillayar Suzhi’ (habitual with most of us) – specific instruction from our teachers and invigilators supervising the halls. We Hindus associate Knowledge with spirituality; Knowledge leads to liberation; Knowledge is the ultimate truth, the enlightenment we seek. And the light that dispels darkness called ignorance is the He & She for us. After all who would worship text books and instruments of writing and machine tools and musical instruments, and why even the automobiles, the way we do in India! For one thing this represents the respect and love a Hindu inculcates from birth both for animate and inanimate objects. Then again, it symbolizes the significance we impart to acquiring wisdom that we have a designated Goddess heading the department, Saraswathi! I bow to her here for the supreme knowledge that She is and for what She bestows us with.

So from such a point of view we can derive at the curious custom of inscribing the Lord’s initials on our papers first – be it in the answering sheets in examination halls or in our accounting ledgers.

There are various ways we inscribe the Pillayar Suzhi. We each indigenise it to certain degree, to our style of writing. The first alphabet a Hindu child ever writes is this Pillayar Suzhi – with his/her mother or teacher holding his/her hand at the tender age of 3 years. Until recently our children wrote the alphabet in food grains on first day at school marking fertility and auspiciousness in learning and gaining wisdom. Even today many schools in India follow the tradition.

Origin of Pillayar Suzhi: The practice is since the ages when wise men wrote the Hindu scriptures in parched palm leaves with dried twigs/iron nails millenniums before. Pillayar Suzhi on top of the leaf was for testing whether the leaves were dried to optimum level before starting to inscribe in them. The suzhi that came with a stroke and curve and dot and line in its full form served as the judging sample for discarding/taking leaves for valuable inscription.

Pillaiyar Suzhi therefore came to mean beginning of scheme of things in general. On Diwali day which is the Hindu new year, traders open their new books after inscribing ‘Shree’ with words ‘Shubh Labh’ (auspiciousness & prosperity) flanking the Shree Mantra. In the place of Pillayar Suzhi, there is the tradition of inscribing ‘Om’ Mantra or the ‘Shree’ Mantra on top of a page in North Indian communities. ‘Shree’ not only refers to the Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity Lakshmi but also to Ganesh again. So either way, nothing moves in India without Ganesh’s consent.

Other famous Hindu symbols around the world include the ‘Swastika’ and the set of 2 Inverted Triangles overlapping each other. These are powerful as we know them today.

Kolams (in the south) and Rangolis (colourful Kolams done in north) are very precise arithmetic and geometric calculations, basically scientific in principle. The vibrant drawings they are, kolams are a varied expression of spirituality, a celebration of holiness whenever festivity is in the air. A work of aesthetics, the kolams are a visual pleasure for the right connoisseurs.

Anu’s Maargazhi Kolams: a page devoted to the passionate hobby of a friend who does a commendable job the entire Tamil month of Maargazhi (Dec 15 – Jan 14), the winter season. What a wonderful way to preserve, showcase and popularize our culture.

Check out Anu’s labour of love at

https://www.facebook.com/Maargazhi-Kolam-by-Anuradha-1010399552360135/

The kolams that still adorn every doorstep down south were meant to be mental practice for women who drew them with exact precision every morning in front of their homes to greet their ‘adhithi’ (guests). The kolams are good for nimble fingers even in today’s modern computer age, and weaving your way through the intricate maze-like artwork, mapping it out mentally with calculated precision could postpone the onset of Alzheimer’s in women. One sees innovative concepts in kolams keeping with changing times. The inner creativity (of the artist) – the ingenuity, the discipline, the harmony, the patience and the calm execution may well be important management lessons for youngsters today. Besides, the back-breaking exercise in early morning by itself is an uncharted but effective fitness regimen. It is a shame a good majority of us educated woman have given up the habit of drawing kolams.

Rangolis are more colourful creations compared to south Indian kolams (normally done with ground rice flour which doubles up as favourite food for winged visitors and insects and other pests.) Our ancestors had a reason apparently for every ritual we have adopted in our way of life. There is no Holy or Diwali celebration without adorning your home and carpeting your living with a Rangoli first.

Pookolam as the name suggests are floral kolams specific to Onam celebrations in Kerala. A group of women get together to create this enchanting masterpiece of peace and tranquility which is a feast for sore human eyes.

Which brings us to those special and divine kolams we reserve for the Puja (altar) in our homes. These are not for public display or to be stepped upon by foot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Yantra

The ambitious among us are also into computing the ‘Kubera Yantra’ kolam in our spirituality quotient! Literally meaning the Hindu magic square, it is scientific and one more proof to ancient Hindu genius. Yantra in sanskrit means ‘instrument’ or tool. The Tantra-Yantra-Mantra have imbedded cosmic elements which can have an effect on our beings.  The astronomical, astrological derivations are not anyone’s fancy imagination but constitute a strict discipline of science.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuberakolam

The Hindu heritage is vast as the ocean and its depths. We shoulder the tremendous responsibility of keeping alive our precious traditions and passing on the wealth to future generations without a break. ‘Sanathana Dharma’ is not around for over 10,000 years without a logic. How many of us cherish our bountiful inheritance.

The scope of this post is enormous.

Om Shanthi ! (Peace)

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Temple Tanks: the best Rainwater Harvest Systems of Chennai

Starting my first post on an auspicious note: with Temple Tanks of Chennai and that of a few famous towns and cities close by.

Temple Tanks are our unsung heroes – the lifeline of the otherwise concrete jungles that our metros have turned into; they are our cities’ very lungs. A brimming temple tank means, water-table is high in adjoining areas. A dry temple tank has a direct adverse effect in our neighbourhood with the water-table receding accordingly sometimes to as deep as 70-80 feet in peak summers when monsoons fail for continuous years… The catchment areas to these temple tanks have since been taken over for development which is a chief concern. Entirely rain-dependent today, it is therefore imperative that these tanks are weeded out for undergrowth and bushes when they run completely dry. Upkeeping the temple tanks is in the larger interests of the society. Earlier meant for ablutions to be carried out by devotees before entering Hindu temples, today the temple tanks serve to be those few rare breathing spaces that have won out against indiscriminate urbanization.

Please feel free to notify  me of more temple tanks. Will be a pleasure to add them up here. Temple Tanks: Best Rain Harvest System of Chennai. Simplest means to recharge our fast-depleting ground resources.