Bhagavad Gita: Rashtriya Granth?

The Government at the Centre has been slowly but steadily attempting to sink its venemous fangs into the unwary public. Imposing Hindi through the TV, Sanskrit replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Teacher’s day becoming Guru Utsav are a few of its examples. The latest in this hide and seek play is the announcement of Bhagavat Gita as a National Holy book. Let the Centre understand that the public in general are no longer gullible and credulous. No longer unwary especially in the Land of Periyar whose impact continues to be alive, alert and precocious. Bias and prejudice that the BJP shows in any move is explicitly understood. Their move towards declaring Gita as a national scripture is therefore critically viewed and harshly condemned.

 Gita’s credentials to be a valid document and a part of Mahabharata are extremely questionable. It is a deliberate insertion into the epic to perpetuate the uncharitable Varnashrama. Granting that it is a scripture of the Hindus even among them, the Saiva will not accept it. Moreover how can it be a Book of the Nation in a secular democratic country? Should we not aware of and recognise the feelings of 12 million Muslims and 2 million Christians? Is it proper to neglect their feelings? Majorities uncharitably should not downcast the minorities.

 Gita is a book meant to perpetuate Brahminism. It has been purposely written to officiate the hegemonisitc temper of Brahmins. Casteism is a Dharma according to Gita. Chaturvarnam maya Chirushtam is a purple quotation from it.  A ridiculous point is that this destructive quality and divisive policy of four varnas cannot be changed, even if God himself willing. He says,

चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागशः ।

तस्य कर्त्यारमणि मां विद्ध्यकर्तारमव्ययम् ।।४-१३।।

 The point is, though I am its creator, understand me that I myself am incapable of changing the duties prescribed to each one of the four castes. To say the least, is it not paradoxical? It is a deliberate thrust of perpetuating the four-fold classification of Indian society. Gita (1-39) says that if caste is done away with, caste oriented actions will also go away. If caste duties are destroyed, evil would surmount. No more evidence is necessary to say that Gita is for safeguarding Varna Dharma.

 The Pontiff of Brahmins Chandrasekara Saraswathi says that Hindu religion is not based on one’s own traits or good qualities but on the basis of his birth. This is an absolute advocacy of casteism. Perpetuation of casteism has proved to be a powder keg on many an occasion in Tamil Nadu itself. Let this red alert be remembered by the stake holders.

Patronising casteism is potentially dangerous and certainly a detriment to the progress and welfare of a developing society. The casteist and divisive quality of Gita itself makes it unworthy of considering it as a national scripture.

 Even as Mahabharata says, Arjuna was reluctant to fight against his own close relatives and his Guru. He was not willing to shoot his arrow and commit a fratricide. It is said that Lord Krishna started preaching him that in a war on principle and he, as a Kshatriya should not be hesitant to fight against his foes. In other words, Lord Krishna is abetting Arjuna to commit murders. Hence the Lord could be accused not only of passion but also of belligerence. Can a book preached with a murderous intent be called a holy book? Godse who murdered Mahatma has also said in the Court of Law that the violence he did against Gandhi was in a way right, as per the dictates of Gita.

Lord Krishna, the preacher of belligerence was not real. He is only a mythical figure and his Gita is neither a story nor a history but a figment of imagination. Both Mahatma Gandhi in Gita My mother and Saint Vivekananda in the Otherside of Gita  have voiced this opinion unequivocally. To put the popular Jainism and Buddhism into oblivion, Brahminism concocted the story of Krishna.

 Even the votaries of Gita would be voiceless if a critical evaluation is made about its contents. Out of 700 Slokas of Gita, 645 Slokas consist of Krishna’s preaching to Arjuna. Does it mean that in a combat, the enemies were waiting until the preaching in the opponent side was over. Does this event sound sensible?

 Bala Gangadara Tilak  has listed out many number of Gitas. Not a version of sporadic emendations but different texts. If so, what text, the Government is going to declare as a National Scripture? It may be recalled that the Iskcon founder Bhakti Vedanda says that his text alone is Bhagavat Gita As it is but not the edition of others.

One more ridiculous point in Gita is that one should do his duty; should not expect, the resultant effect. This is absolutely illogical if not idiotic. A person does his duty only with an aim but not aimlessly. This insensible quote from Gita is often cited in meetings and writings unscrupulously.

 A shocking point is that in the 32nd Sloka of the IX Chapter says that women, Vaisyas and Sudras are born out of the womb of the sin-papayoni. Lord Krishna says further that whenever adharma raises its ugly head, he would come back to this material world – sambhavame yuke yuke. The word Dharma herein means Manu Dharma and Arya Dharma. Truly speaking, Manu Dharma  is an ancient code of unequal laws. Dharma means even according to Hindu Law is in fact an uncharitable act of feeding Brahmins. Should the nation accept such highly divisive and controversial work as a national scripture? Totally unacceptable.

 When Sushma Swaraj announced this in the parliament, there was a hubbub and uproar. ‘That alone is not enough, Secularists and right thinking politicians along with like minded intellectuals should mobilise the public and oppose tooth and nail the detrimental activities of the Hindutva Government at Delhi.

Courtesy: Modern Rationalist