Fake Disputes on declaration of Geeta as National book. Is it sustainable? (Part – 1)
Why India should not have a National book?
If India has, National Bird, National symbol, National animal and also National flag, then there is no reason to prevent the government from selecting and declaring a national book.
Yes. We cannot prevent the Government.
Now suppose, the Government declares a book as the national book to which one group does not agree then what should the government do!!
WHAT SHOULD BE THE PROCESS?
Discussion is the process recognized in democracy.
What matter can be discussed in democracy?
If two parties, do not agree to a matter, then the disputes should be decided.
Here the two parties are: One Party is the Government. The other part is the group made of who does not like to declare Bhagvad Geeta as the National Book.
What are the disputes between two parts?
The other part appears to be not interested in logical discussion. But suppose it wants a logical discussion then it can raised following points:
(1) The other part says that Geeta is a religious book.
(2) In democracy all the religions are equal before the Government.
(3) Declaring a book belonged to a religion would give a message that government has declared a religion superior to other religion by way of recognizing its book as the National Book.
(4) For a democratic government, all the religions are equal, thereby government should not hurt the feeling of other’s faith.
The pro-declaration part and the Government says Geeta is a well-recognized and accepted book for improvement of mind-set. Dealing with a mind is a subject of philosophy provided it is with logical technics.
What comes in a way is the word “Religion”.
What is the definition of a religion?
Is it the definition of a religion as under?:
(1) Faith in a specified God by a book recognized by a promoter of that faith?
(2) Faith in the so-made authentication of the Event and Events and eventual characters made by the promoter of that faith?
(3) Faith in the rituals, line of actions, interactions, rules of law etc… directed by the promoter of that faith in the book/s?
(4) Faith in any such thing related with that book/s by the promoter of the faith as mandatory?
Judaism is a religion. It has a book Torah. The God Jehovah had directed human kind to follow the guide lines given in Torah.
Christians says no. The Torat is not OK totally. God had sent his Son to provide better guide line to mankind. It is the bible which is OK.
Muslims say no. Neither The Torat and nor the Bible is OK in toto. Because there are lots of interpolations and versions. Nothing is authentic and thereby they are not acceptable. God cannot have sons and daughters etc… God had sent a prophet. Directives had been given to that prophet through an angel. Koran Contains those directives in pure form. That is why Koran is the final and ultimate.
What is about Hindu?
As for the meaning of the word “Religion”, the meaning cannot be applies to the Hinduism. Our concepts are different. We have not that type of religion. Ours is the Dharma that is knowledge, selection of duties and liberty to select the ways to have pleasure of individuals and the society. We call this combination as “Sanatan Dharma”. The main principle us “Truth, Non-violence and happiness to all”.
The directives as defined/described as mandatory in the specified book/s, of the specified religion, are being applied in non-Hindu religions to be a part of that religion,
As for “Santana” no such provisions or reasons or directives are applicable. It is not falling under the definition and directives prescribed for traditionally called Jew, Christian, Muslims and other religion with similar binding characteristic.
Recall the supremacy of the Church on Science.
Nothing should recognized that goes against the events and characters narrated, that contradicts what is mentioned in the Bible. Galileo was punished for that. Later it was decided that religion and science are separate subjects. Religion is based on faith. Science is based on logic. A religious group cannot permit deviation from the beliefs as directed in a book. But as for the science, the deviation from the beliefs will be permitted.
Newton had written on Mass, Space and Time in “Philosophy of Nature”. Einstein and others contradicted in course of time. Einstein wrote on Mass, Space and Time in “The Universe”. There was no problem. While dealing with ordinary machines we follow Newton. While dealing with very high speed machines we follow Einstein.
“SANTANA” IS LIKE SCIENCE
Sanatana does not cover physical Universe only. It covers Universe, Mind, Soul and to some extent social behavior too. It is more or less applied technics to step up mind of individuals and the society/societies. Everything is related with the mind only.
Since by the definition, “Santana” differs, the word “Religion” cannot be applied to “Santana”. “Sanatana” is a way of life to have pleasure, harmony and peace in the society and to step up the individuals and the societies.
“Sanatana” is a philosophy of mankind as to how to deal with our mind to step it up and how to look at the universe.
Plato was a philosopher. He wrote a book “Theory of Forms”. This was a philosophical approach.
Now suppose the government of Greece declares this book as the National Book, would the Christians oppose this?
No. Because Plato was not a head of any religion. Now suppose a group immerged and said we have a Plato-Religion. It is a different matter that wether we may follow his principles or not. Don’t ask us about it. But we and declare that we have faith in Plato’s book. We have formed a herd named PLATO. Plato was son of God or a prophet sent by the God, or whatsoever we may call him or not, we and you should not mind. But we belong to Platonisms. That is all.
Would it be proper to derecognize the Plato’s book “Theory of Forms” from the category of Philosophy?
SIMILAR IS THE CASE WITH KRISHNA.
Krishna was knowledgeable, thinker, yogi and philosopher. He narrated Geeta. Incidentally he narrated Geeta before Arjuna, before the war Maha Bharata started. This lecture on philosophy on how to deal with the mind was given by Krishna. It is a different matter whether it was an interpolation or not. But one cannot negate its category.
What is the fault of “Geeta” if the discoverer and orator Krishna, is termed as an incarnation of Sun (Vishnu)? Even today there are more than 1000 persons recognized as God. Will you de-recognize their rights of citizenship?
No. You will not. Because they are human being too. similar is the case with Krishna and his Geeta.
Geeta is a book on philosophy. One cannot de-recognized it from its category.
Let us look at the origin of Geeta.
VEDAS HAS UNIVERSAL PHILOSOPHY.
What is eternal?
Who is eternal?
How was the universe created?
What are the ways to acquire the pleasure?
How to step up mind?
How is the cosmos?
The language of Vedas is in old Sanskrit. The text of Vedas have multiple meanings. They have literal meaning, indirect meaning and hidden meaning. Those who have any doubt on this point, they may read Aurobindo Ghose on Vedas.
There are Upanishadas. All these are difficult for common mass to understand. It is just like to study in college after completing qualifying final year of school.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT GEETA?
Upanishadas are Cows (philosophy of survival). Krishna milked them. He prepared curd and butter milk and then stirred it. The butter got floated on the surface. Krishna took it out and he presented it before Arjun (Bharata).
Is there anything wrong with Geeta so far as philosophy is concern?
No. There is nothing wrong, nothing misguiding, nothing discriminating mankind or harming mankind.
Yes. There are some people who have misinterpreted Geeta willfully to satisfy their ego and selfish means associated with their hypocrisy and vote bank politics.
Let us see some of the misconceptions.
(Continued … )
Shirish Mohanlal Dave
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