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Time to Revisit Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Talk in Correlation with Dismantling Global Hindutva conf.

Pankaj Jayaswal

Pankaj JayaswalSep 10, 2021, 01:23 AM IST

Time to Revisit Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Talk in Correlation with Dismantling Global Hindutva conf.

A group will be organizing a conference on 10th, 11th and 12th September in over 40 universities of USA. The theme says “DISMANTLING GLOBAL HINDUTVA” and the picture depicts that Hindutva needs to be rooted out by any means. Since the second day of the conference is also coinciding with Swami Vivekananda’s great speech in Chicago at the conference of “Parliament of world religions”, would like to highlight his aphorism…

Swami Vivekananda narrated; I am proud to belong to a religion that has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation, which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions, and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion, which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

The organizers of the conference this year needs to study Hindutva to the core and change their perception towards Hindutva as narrated by Swami, which holds true even today. Since the inception of the Narendra Modi government in the year 2014, more than 80000 people have been rescued from different parts of the world which was not an easy task and that too without looking into the religion of any person, not only people from different religions of India but also citizens of 26 countries from war-affected zone including the USA. One more example of following principles of Hinduism, during Corona Phase 1 and 2, Modi government had given necessary medicines to all the countries requested for without selfish motive. Vaccinations help too many countries forgetting criticism at home shows how deep principles of Hinduism are imbibed and followed.

Hinduism not only just believes in “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (the whole world is my family) and “Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu” (All living beings be in peace, happy and in harmony) but also imbibes in reality.

I would like to ask professionals from different parts of the world, many Indian spiritual and social organizations are working across the globe, could they highlight some incidents wherein any person were forced to convert to Hinduism. These organizations are just following the principles of Hinduism and working there to promote goodwill, to bring harmony and to better the physical, mental and social health of everyone on planet earth. Then why do some people or few organizations want to dismantle Hindutva? India has never attacked any country to grab power, land and resources rather Pakistan and China captured India’s territories in past.

The populous growth of other religions in India is increasing day by day; the simple fact is that Hinduism has accepted everyone so this freedom is helping other religions to grow without any fear however what is happening in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, what happened to the minority population (Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain) in those countries, why their population declined in last 75 years? Can any university in America put effort to study and make the report public? 

The New York Herald written after Swamiji’s speech:

“Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation.” I would request universities to come forward and study what exactly many missionaries are doing in India? Are they respecting other religious practices and what teachings they are giving to poor people in India?

Swami Vivekananda further added, If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

India’s rich heritage never disowned anyone even if someone had bad intentions towards it. India has faced many adversities owing to its goodwill and harmonious gesture, more than 200 invasions, no country has faced such adversities, still, this great heritage of Hinduism is preserved and working for the good of every living being on the planet earth. Hinduism not only believes in the goodwill of human beings but also works for nurturing environment. Therefore, neither Hinduism will be rooted out nor it will allow anything good to be destroyed on planet earth.

Regarding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), they never worked or believed in destroying other religions rather it wants every citizen of this nation to work in unison for the upliftment and make our country great again, socially, economically and spiritually. RSS volunteers wholeheartedly served everyone without seeing their religion during any natural calamity or Corona phases 1 and 2. Academicians should spend time with the volunteers of RSS, see the activities rather than believing blindly against RSS or Hindutva. 

It is the time for experts from the different universities to come forward and study Vedas and Bhagavad Gita to know Hinduism and how can we all make this world better and respect every religion. 

I would like to suggest a conference on “Connecting and Uniting the World using Philosophy of Hindutva” rather than “Dismantling the Hindutva”.

(Swami Vivekanand’s Narration: ref. History Flame)

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on Sep 10 2021 07:32:15

Thank you for bringing out the true face of Hindutva. This conference is nothing but a desperate attempt to defame Hinduism, which is very rapidly being accepted by Westerners. People across the Western world are shunning Christianity and embracing Hinduism. This without any coercion, force or greed. Purely out of free choice. And those who have known only the use of force and greed to spread lies are all puzzled as to how and why is this happening. If anything this evil conference can achieve is a further disillusioned western psyche. Instead of dismantling it will on the contrary help in further spreading Hinduism. Simply because even those who have still not taken any interest in Hinduism will sit up n take notice. And mind you the youth of today don't accept anything at face value. They will do their own research and when they do, they can't help but fall in love with the great Sanatani Civilization and Way of Life.

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