A temple on the top of a hill in a vast tropical forest that finds mention in the great epics of India is today featured in the pages of national and international media. The reason is in no way connected to the true purpose of the establishment and maintenance of the temple, but for reasons no devotee of the deity of the temple ever dreamed of. I invite you to that temple, the abode of Ayyappa.
I was startled by how a famous European media outlet described a particular tradition at the Sabarimala temple. It said that women considered of menstruating age were prohibited at the temple due to the belief that their presence would threaten Lord Ayyappa’s celibacy. This is circulated as fact, when anyone who has the slightest knowledge of the temple and its traditions know that a sacred tradition has been deliberately misconstrued by the agency. If it were one stray report, we could have brushed it aside as ignorance of facts. But report after report, articles after articles repeated the same concocted plot in different words; not only by one media house but by almost all of them out there. This is why it is important for us to verify the historical perspective, not just about the temple or its traditions which everyone seem to be doing, but about the practice of misrepresenting Hindu traditions.
When did it all begin?
The first invaders arrived on horseback, then came those on ships. As someone who came to conquer and rule, they had little respect for the people who lived here, and viewed the multiculturalism that existed in Bharat as a threat to their aims. They wanted everyone to conform to their purported superiority.But the Hindus were not a group of people who could be lured by or cowed by external force; they were people of the Santana Dharma, the Eternal principles that govern life.When enticements failed, threats followed.
The plunderers were impatient to impose mono culturalism on the Dharma-abiding people here. They had to invent a new tool as Dharma kept on protecting those who stayed true to it.Those who came crossing the desert and over the seas were not unfamiliar with the Trojan horse that brought a mighty empire to its downfall. To divide the various communities of the Hindus through strife, and thus bring about the downfall of the only remaining fortress of the Sanatana Dharma from within was their plan. With this in mind, theyinvented caste system, a distortion of the chaturvarnya laid down by the Dharma.Repeated over a considerable period of time, the Hindus began to believe that their chaturvarnya was synonymous to the fabricated caste system. Thus turning us against each other by distorting our Dharmic understanding, the invaders exercised their control over us materially, culturally and religiously.
Why are they doing this?
The tenets of Santana Dharma are the only hindrance to ascheme designed to bring the whole world to subservience. Therefore those who wanted to profit from the herd mentality historically hatched upto remove Dharma from the consciousness of people with the connivance of irrational religious groups who have little understanding of what Dharma is.
How are they doing this?
A legion of distortions, portraying Dharmic living in very poor light, were unleashed on the Dharma abiding Hindu population. A host of machineries right from the nursery to the death bed are successfully employed to achieve this deception.
The vocational education system that successfully existed here has been replaced by the so called modern educational system that promised an egalitarian society, but millions of people are jobless. People have become so dependent on the external forces that many lack even the basic survival skills.
By making people believe that positive discrimination based on physiological conditions are evil practices, women are made to work day and night calling it empowerment while the Sanatana Dharma prescribed them total dispensation from all kinds of work as well as social or religious obligations during such times inorder to rest and be well.Today research suggests that seventy percent of all women are likely to develop fibroids, characterised by excessive painful bleeding, anaemia, weakness, etc during their lifetime.
Varnashrama system was brought to redundancy by falsifying its stages as flawed. This resulted in the Dharmic outlook on the complete nature of life being replaced by superficial accomplishments as absolute. The rising loneliness and sense of meaninglessness created by this are the breeding grounds for religious groups that thrive on such helplessness of people by promising them false heavens after death. In reality, they force people to live on negative emotions like fear and guilt posing to be guardians of self-democracy.
From youth to old age, the seeds of distrust have been sown by those who want to destroy the Santana Dharma. It has been growing. There is no country or region left on this planet that can observe Dharma without being a target of ridicule or contempt.Empty barrels making the most noise are being paraded around as people with genuine interest in the well being of humanity.
What is the real issue at Sabarimala?
The then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, in his judgment allowing entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into the temple, said that a woman is not inferior to a man and patriarchy cannot be permitted to trump over faith. The honorable Chief Justice seems to have been carried away by the impression that Sanatana Dharma is a Patriarchal institution. A mere glance into the fundamental principles of the Vedic and Tantric systems reveal that such an impression is the direct result of a prolonged distortion of the facts. But nobody seem to care.
Another honorable judge Justice Nariman said, in his judgment, women are equally entitled for religious practice, and dignity of individual is an unwavering nature of fundamental rights. This particular reading stems from the impression that Santana Dharma denies women their fundamental rights and views them as lesser individuals. Isn’t this another misrepresentation of what the Vedic and Tantric systems advocate? Isn’t this another example of prolonged distortion of facts to undermine Dharma?
To treat women as children of a lesser God is to blink at the Constitution itself, read the honorable Justice Chandrachud in his judgment. There may be people treating women as inferior all over the world, but to superimpose that impression on to the Vedic and Tantric system prescribed by the Santana Dharma is nothing short of an incorrect understanding with its roots in a very clever establishment that purposely distorts the precepts of the Santana Dharma.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said in her statement that it opens up and brings the way forward for Hinduism to become even more inclusive and not a property of one caste or one sex. Isn’t this another classical example of projecting the Santana Dharma as Brahmanism? Was there anything as Brahmanism until the external forces occupying Bharat with brute force and deceit fabricated such a notion?
The chief of the National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma reacted that now women can choose if they want to go to the temple unlike earlier when the decision was imposed on them. In Santana Dharma, visiting a temple was always a matter of personal choice irrespective of what gender one belonged to unlike certain religious groups that operate in the country.
The Travancore Devaswom Board that administers the day to day functions of the Sabarimala temple decided not to even seek a review of the verdict by the Supreme Court. When the administrators of the temple themselves feel that defending what is considered sacred to the temple is not their duty, isn’t that a sign that something is rotten in the state of Denmark?
None of the people or institutions mentioned above are foreigners or foreign agents. They are citizens of this nation who graduated from the prestigious academia and are serving or served some of the most revered offices of the nation, yet why do they all seem to believe that the precepts of Santana Dharma are denying the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution of a modern nation. This is why we focused on the historical perspective, the practice of misrepresenting Hindu traditions, allowing the readers to decide for themselves. The devious design of the invaders and enemies of the Santana Dharma seems to have worked; our own despise us
Is Sabarimala verdict a wake up call?
If we fail to recognize the verdict by the Supreme Court as a wake up call, and use this great moment in time to understand the true precepts of the Santana Dharma enshrined in the Vedic and Tantric traditions, it won’t be wrong to say we are beyond redemption. It is time to excise the tumor planted and watered by those who want Santana Dharma to be wiped off the face of the earth, and restore the Dharmarajya to her rightful glory.Author: Mahamuni Mahagatha on April 22, 2019