The tendency to turn human judgment into Divine command makes religion one of the most dangerous force in the world.
After demolition of an old dilapidated building called ” Babri- Masjid” in Dec ’92, a few leaders, belonging to Saffron-outfit danced in glee, as though they have performed a most heroic deed in the history of this country, just like the primitive tribes dance around the Fire after a good Game-Hunt, There after hundreds of columnists in both English and other languages wrote hundreds of articles bringing to our notice many historical facts, which we laymen had not known earlier.
In Burkha Dutt’s ‘We The People’ Programme many legal luminaries gave their opinions, but only one Panel member pointed out, that Hindus too demolished Jain & Buddhist — structures to convert them into Hindu-Temples. In coastal Dist. of Karnatak the Local Brahmins forcibly took over Jain temples and converted them into Hindu Temples. Many Historians and Archeologists have recorded that the Buddhist– Enclave ‘Nagarjunkonda’ was vandalized extensively by hordes of people on Shakaracharya’s instigation.
The verdict on 30th Sept confounded many legal luminaries. One prominent leader from Saffron-front declared authoritatively that the learned Judge gave his verdict based on what he perceived and Tradition. On this, another expert remarked that the verdict was like the Village-Panchayat’ judgment. It is surprising how such learned people haven’t read what the World-Teacher Jiddu Krishna Murthy had repeatedly said that’ Tradition clouds perception. Tradition betrays the present and those who follow tradition are trapped in the past.” Another word widely used by Hindus is “Parampara” meaning tradition. Most irrational acts are committed under Parampara-even killing ones sister or daughter for violating Parampara by men even from elite society. This word has become an evil bug planted in the minds of Hindus through indoctrination over centuries. Thus the Verdict appears to be based on Parampara and not on Legal grounds of a Modern secular democracy.
As a genesis to this whole episode, I am reproducing below a few excerpts relevant to the context from an Article ” The Lost Civilisations ” by S.B.Roy ,Director of the Institute of Chronology, New- Delhi, in which he re-constructs the Proto–History of the world, 4000 years ago, when Dynasties like Devas, Rakshas, Vanaras and many others lived and fought in Aryana.
Two generations of scholars had toiled for hundred years to prepare the first definitive History of the world—Itihas-Purana. It was compiled under the supervision Vyasa and delivered by Ugrashrava Sauti at the time of Naimisharanya conference of the Intellectuals (circa.1316 B.C)
VYASA the encyclopaedist who lived at the time of Mahabharata battle (C.1400 B.C.) collected material for a World History and entrusted the work toRoma Harshana. The scholars who helped in this gigantic task were ,Atreya Sumati, Kashyapa, Akripabrana, Bharadwaja , Agnivircas,Vashista mitrayu,Savarni Somataki,Susirman Samsapayana and Ugrashrava Sauti son of Romaharshana.
The Astronomical material in the Rigveda reveals the following Date:Observer:
King: Rama s/o Dasaratha
Dynasty No: 65
Observation: Helical rising of the Dog Star ten days after Equinox
Date: 2000 B.C.
Some of Those dynasties were misrepresented as devils, beasts or aboriginals by Europeans and some Indologists.
For Example Rakshasas: Great injustice has been done to the rakshasas by the Indian Poets who showed only their evil traits. The Rigveda apparently took no notice of them because neither Rama nor Ravana appear in any Hymn. As mentioned earlier Dasaratha was a Junior contemporary of Divodasa and fought Timidhwahaja, an ally of Shambara ,the Harappan. The synchronism is confirmed By Pargitar and Pradhana. Both pointed out that Divodasa’s sister Ahalya was married to Sarantvanta Gautama, a priest of Siradhwaja Janaka [Siradhwaja’s daughter Sita was married to Rama, son of Dasaratha] Where did Ravana live and Rule? It is certain he was a great and powerful king who was a terror to the Aryan kings. It is also possible that Ravana was a Title, like Janaka, because one of the Ravanas was said to be a contemporary and friend of Kartivirya Arjuna who lived thirty generations earlier than Dasarathi-Rama. Be that as it may, Ravana was a powerful king and the field-worker who will search for his bones [and gold] amidst the Neolithic graves of the Gond Tribal-Chiefs will be disappointed.
It is possible to associate Sita and Janaka with the agricultural revolution in the northern India in (Vamadeva Gautama a contemporary Rishi 2000.B.C) 2000 B.C. Sita was deified as the godess of the earth. Sita was deified as the furrow or the goddess of agriculture. We do not know where Rama lived and ruled Rama was already deified in Mitanni by 1400 B.C as is shown by a letter from Tusarata (cf.Dasaratha) to Amenhotep 111. found in Tellai–Amarna archieves .The locale of the Rama-Ravana battle is yet to be found. There must be a great city of 2000 B.C like Mohanjo Daro still to be excavated.
In all other civilisations mythologies were consigned to the dust-bin of history. In Indic civilisation, Mythologies were constructed from the Proto-History, the Itihas-Purana. These mythologies were made up to masquerade as history and a few characters were made up to masquerade as gods & divinities, having been attributed with magical & supernatural traits . Rama is one of them. The whole of Ramayana the epic is based on a bad verdict. It is a fact that the priests and rulers were liberally consuming the heady-wine called ‘Soma’ King Dasaratha that night might have drunk lot of wine and went to the queen Kaikayee. He was not sober and in a half–sleepy state when the queen got his promise for making her son Bharat the next King. When the time arrived for fulfilling the promise Dashrath consulted in anguish his Raj-Purohith [Royal Priest] This crafty priest, instead of going by “Dharma” and Tradition sided with the queen. Thus Rama had to go to forest and the Epic was born. Had the Preist taken the path of ‘Dharma’ the present Lalla–Gulla and spilling of blood would not have occurred as this is only a Brahminic imaginary and fantasy.
It is an irony that the modern Judiciary went by tradition and perception and the ancient “Raj-Purohith” went by Legality of a king’s promise but not by “Dharma” and tradition of crowning the eldest prince.
Can the Media be courageous to address the youth with the facts from history to raise their level of conciousness. A section of youth and the large Middle-Class are sucked into a ‘Black–Hole’ created by ” Saffron ideology, obscurantism originated in rituals, Priests, highly commercialised temples, astrologers, Fake god-men, intellectually barren TV Soaps and cosumerism. Youth is the Future. Therefore Media should be Futuristic. They should channelise the youth –energy to “Ever-widening thoughts and actions and not allow their ‘clear stream of reason to loose it’s way into the dreary desert-sands of dead– habits'” (R.Tagore). The essence of Hindutva is defined by Upanishadic verses –‘thou are that spirit’, “Aham Brhamasmi”. Upanishads propounded that every living being is part of this ‘Brahmma’ an ever moving, ever transforming ,progressive force ( S.Radhakrishnan) A formless God. Jiddu Krishna Murthy had beautifully said this –“You are rest of humanity, ‘You are the observer and you are the observed” ” We are all part of the same consciousness’.