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Om and Namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. An NRI doctor- as a tribute to her motherland has written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names).

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Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Pixabay

By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

As Indians, we are very blessed to receive the spiritual wisdom of the ancient seers (rishis) of India that shaped our values, customs, traditions and culture for millennia. 

Though I now live in the United States, I had the good fortune to grow up in India. As a result, the positive values included in this article were deeply instilled in me. They’ve made me more mindful, compassionate, and centered. They’ve also contributed to my success as a neurologist, teacher, and professor of medicine at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. With that nostalgia in my mind, as a tribute to my motherland and with great enthusiasm I have written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names). In today’s “modern” world, where the positive values are too often replaced with materialism, intolerance, violence, extremism, and terrorism; these mantras will help you stay calm and centered in face of adversity, and in the “little” moments. We can all find beauty, peace, strength everywhere we look—if we remember to look for it.

I believe ignorance is the root cause of all the problems in the world. Divisions, differences and duality are due to ignorance only and knowledge alone is the solution. I hope you feel that way when you read this article. And, in addition to you enjoying learning more about India, I hope this ashtottaram on our Bhāratamata brings you greater peace, happiness, and harmony.

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“Om shanti shanti shanti” is a chant in Hinduism. Pixabay

                                    ‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram

108 Sanskrit Mantras 

Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word.

Oṃ bhāratabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भारतभूम्यै नमः
Om vedabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ वेदभूम्यै नमः
Om jnānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ज्ञानभूम्यै नमः
Om mokhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षभूम्यै नमः
Om yogabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ योगभूम्यै नमः
Om puyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Om tapobhūmyai namaḥ ॐ तपोभूम्यै नमः
Om yāgabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ यागभूम्यै नमः
Om dharmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om swakarmānuhtānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्वकर्मानुष्ठानभूम्यै नमः
Om karmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om dhyānabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ध्यानभूम्यै नमः
Om ādhyātmikabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आध्यात्मिकभूम्यै नमः
Om ahimsābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः
Om sanātanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सनातनभूम्यै नमः
Om omkārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ओंकारभूम्यै नमः
Om namaskārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नमस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Om tattvamasibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ तत्त्वमसितत्त्वभूम्यै नमः
Om ācharyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आचार्यभूम्यै नमः
Om sadāchārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सदाचारभूम्यै नमः
Om gopũjābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः
Om ṛushibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ऋषिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gītāmrutabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गीतामृतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sanyāsitvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ संन्यासित्वभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ svārādhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्वाराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ suphalabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुफलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gangāpavitrabhūmyainamaḥ ॐ गङ्गापवित्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampradāyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सम्प्रदायभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ strīgauravabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ स्त्रीगौरवभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvadevatārchitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वदेवतार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ puruhārdhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुरुषार्थभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ punarjanmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पुनर्जन्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bodhabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ बोधभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāruyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhakti bhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भक्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ tyāgabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्यागभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ krutajnatānugrahabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कृतज्ञतानुग्रहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dhanyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धन्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samadrishtibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ समदृष्टिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ śāntibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ शान्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āsramadharmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आश्रमधर्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ devabhāshābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ देवभाषाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āyurvedabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आयुर्वेदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samaikyabhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ समैक्यभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jātirahitabhūmyai namaḥ जातीरहित भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityasevitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ janmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ जन्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ālayabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ आलयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ hindubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ priyamvadabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रियम्वदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchasēlabodhitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पञ्चशीलबोधितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ paramatasahanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ परमतसहनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ brāhmaapujanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ himālayabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ triveisangamabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिवेणिसङ्गमभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pāpavināśabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पापविनाशभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trivarapatākabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिवर्णपताकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dharmachakrabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ धर्मचक्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kalmasharahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कल्मषरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahasranāmadevārchitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहस्रनामदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokhasādhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jīvitārdhabodhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ जीवितार्थबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prakrutipujanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रकृतिपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ advayabrahmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अद्वयब्रह्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampūrṇabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ संपूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhāgyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prapanchakhyātibhūmyai namaḥ ॐ प्रपञ्चख्यातिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānasopachārapūjitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guruparamparābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ गुरुपरम्पराभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trikālasandhyānuthiṫabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kshamābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ क्षमाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāgniho’trabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्याग्निहोत्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrudevapujitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृदेवपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pitrudevārćitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāchāryasevitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ नित्याचार्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ atidhisatkārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ अतिथिसत्कारभूम्यै नमः

 

Oṃ pūrnabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mahimānvitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ महिमान्वितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahajasetusailabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहजसेतुशैलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchabhutārādhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पञ्चभूताराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokṣhakārakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मोक्षकारकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guṇasampadbhūmyai namaḥ गुणसम्पद्भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāryadakshatābhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कार्यदक्षताभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sukhavardhanabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुखवर्धनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sādhusandohabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ साधुसन्दोहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahrudbhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सहृद्भावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ halabhritibhūmyai namaḥ हलभृतिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karṣhakapujitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्षकपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ṛuavimochakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ऋणविमोचकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ yuktyāhārasaṃpannabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ युक्तत्याहारसम्पन्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ e’kapatnīvratabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ एकपत्नीव्रतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sakalambrahmārpaabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सकलर्ब्रह्मार्पणभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mantrabhūmyainamaḥ ॐ मन्त्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kartavyabodhakabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्तव्यबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ susaṃskārabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सुसंस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ matonmādarahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मतोन्मादरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ कर्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ satchidānandātmabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सच्चिदानन्दात्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ īśvaramedhāprasādabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ ईश्वरमेधाप्रसादभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ parākramaarahitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ पराक्रमणरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ratnabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ रत्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dākshiyabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ दाक्षिण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrupitrusamabhāvabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मातृपितृसमभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānavottamajanma prakaṭitabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ मानवोत्तमजन्मप्रकटितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarva

bhūtabhagavatsamānabhūmyai namaḥ

ॐ सर्वभूतभगवत्समानभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvamangaḷabhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वमन्गलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvasukhadātrubhūmyai namaḥ ॐ सर्वसुखदातृभूम्यै नमः

 

Iti Vaidyasri Pasupuleti Devakinanda Vithal Rāja Viraċhitam            

‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram.

इतिवैद्यश्री-पसुपुलेटि-देवकिनन्द-विठल-राज-विरचितंश्री-भारतमाताष्टोत्तरम्

Most gods and goddesses have Gāyaṫri mantras. I humbly attempted to compose a few Gāyaṫrī mantras for our Bhāraṫamāta. 

‘SRI BHĀRAṪAMĀTĀ

Gāyaṫrī mantras

1) OṀ Veda Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

            Bodha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāṫ

 

2) OṀ Dharma Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

             Karma Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

             Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

3) OṀ Janma Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Māṫru Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

4) OṀ Yāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Yoga Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

5) OṀ Puṇya Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhanya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

6) OṀ Dhyana Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhānya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

7) OṀ Ṛishi Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Ṫapo Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

8) OṀ Jnāna Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

           Yajna Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

           Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

9) OṀ Gītā Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Mokṣha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Tanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

10) OṀ Tyāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

              Bhāgya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

              Tanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

IṪI VAIDYAŚRĪ PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHIṪAM 

ŚRI BHĀRATA MĀTĀ GĀYAṪRIHI

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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EKAVIMŚAṪI SONG (with 21 names of Bhāraṫamāṫa)

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Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. Pixabay

Ekavimśaṫi means 21 (Eka- means One, Vimsati- means Twenty). Our body has 21 ṫaṫṫvams (essence, root, reality). The 3×7 Ṫrayi Sapṫa Samidha Kṛitaha is the offering of 21 sticks of fire wood (samidhās) in a homam. I have composed this song with very simple lyrics so that it’s easy to hum and sing by every Indian from a rickshaw puller to a college professor, house wives and children making it a catchy household song, constantly reminding us of the glory of our mother-land. According to Hindu culture, the earth, Bhoomi, is considered to be our mother. 

1) Veda bhūmi, Bodha bhūmi

     Dharma bhūmi, Karma bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—-Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—- Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

2) Yajna bhumi, Yāga bhūmi

     Yoga bhūmi, Bhāgya bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

3) Puṇya bhūmi, Dhanya bhūmi

    Dhānya bhūmi, Dhyāna bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī —Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

4) Oṁkāra bhūmi, Ṫapo bhūmi

Gopūja bhūmi, Gītāmṛuṫa bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

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5) Sujala bhūmi, Suphala bhūmi

    Susaṁskāra bhūmi, Namaskāra bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

IṪI VAIḊYAŚRI PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHITAM

ŚRI BHĀRAṪA MĀṪA EKAVIMŚAṪIHI’

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD is Michigan based professor of Neourology.

 

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Don’t Lecture India; Look at Your Own Record

Many countries worldwide have a horrifying record regarding human rights

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Europeans have a horrifying record regarding human rights violations. Pixabay

By Maria Wirth

Europeans have a horrifying record regarding human rights violations. Germany is well known for an unprecedented, systematic holocaust of Jews and gypsies right in the middle of Europe only 80 years ago. Yet Britain, France, Portugal and others were as brutal with equal or even higher number of humans killed in their colonies. Their victims count many millions and many of them were Indians.

The Arabs, Turks and Mongols, too, have a horrifying record regarding human rights. The number of victims killed also goes into many millions, and many of them were Indians.

The Muslims invaded India already over thousand years ago and were as brutal as ISIS in our times. Unspeakable torture and beheadings were done on massive scale. Even the supposedly benign “Akbar the Great” slaughtered Hindus in huge numbers. The collective sacred threads of the Brahmins massacred by him is said to have weighed 200 kilogram. Can one even imagine such incredible injustice and brutality to civilians and priests? Thousands of temples were destroyed. Hindu women were sold into sex slavery. Hindus even had to open their mouth and receive gratefully the spittle by Muslims sitting on horses, and slaughtering cows was seen as “noblest deed” because it was so painful for Hindus, is recounted in “Legacy of Jihad” by Andrew Bostom.

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Hindu women were sold into sex slavery. Pixabay

The brutality experienced by Hindus was so horrendous that, even in independent India, they hardly dare to complain when they are subjected to cruel discrimination. It is painful to read comments whenever Hindus are killed or raped by Muslims: “This won’t make news, as the victim is only a Hindu”. It is so sad, but understandable after what they have gone through for over thousand years. They had no way to get justice; had to bear their suffering silently.

Guru Nanak cried out to the Supreme, and it is part of the Grant Sahib, “Having lifted Islam to its head, You have engulfed Hindustan in dread… Such cruelties they have inflicted and yet Your mercy remains unmoved….Oh Lord, these dogs have destroyed the diamond-like Hindustan.”

The British colonial masters were not less brutal. Their disdain for the natives was incredible. Winston Churchill is on record saying that he “hated Indians” and considered them a “beastly people with a beastly religion”. Celebrities like Charles Dickens wanted the Indian race ‘exterminated’ and considered them vile savages and Max Mueller wanted them all converted to Christianity.

Britain looted and reduced the formerly wealthiest country of the world to painful poverty, where during their rule over 25 million people starved to death, 3 million as late as in 1943 in Bengal.

The crimes of the British colonialists are, like those of the Muslim invaders, too numerous to list. They tied Indians to the mouth of canons and blew them up, hanged scores of them on trees, and even just after over one million Indian soldiers had helped Britain to be victorious in the First World War with many thousands sacrificing their lives, General Dyer gave orders to shoot at a peaceful gathering in Amritsar in 1919 where thousands died. An old coffee planter in Kodagu told me that even in the early 1950s there was a board in front of the club house in Madikeri. It read: “Dogs and Indians not allowed”.

Can anyone imagine the pain those Indian generations went through, having arrogant, often uncouth ruffians looting their land and despising them as dogs?

How could Europeans and Arabs be so cruel to other human beings? The reason is that they saw themselves as superior and others not quite as human.

Religion played a big role in making them feel superior. Both Christianity and Islam teach their members that only their religion is true and that the Creator will reward them with eternal heaven, but will severely punish all those who do not follow their ‘true’ religion. If God himself will torture them eternally in hellfire, why should his followers be good to them? Wouldn’t it mean siding with God’s enemies and betraying Him?

But on what basis do they consider only their religion as true and themselves as superior? The reason is that the respective founder of their religion allegedly said so. No other reason exists and no proof. On this flimsy basis, Christians and Muslims treated other human beings most inhumanly, believing they are destined for hell while they themselves are God’s favorites and will go to heaven. This brainwashing in the name of religion happens even in our times and its effect is still not questioned and analysed.

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Christians and Muslims treated other human beings most inhumanly. Pixabay

Yet today, neither white Christians, nor Arab or Turkish Muslims are constantly reminded of those terrible crimes of their forefathers. “The present generation must not be held accountable for the sins of their fathers”, is however not applied to Hindus and especially not to Brahmins. Media keeps hitting out at them as if they had been the worst violators of human rights in the past. Hinduism is portrayed as the villain due to the “horrific and oppressive” caste system.

Anyone, who knows a little about history, knows that this is false and malicious. The structure of Hindu society into four varnas or categories is mentioned in the Vedas and depends on one’s aptitude and profession – Brahmins, who memorise and teach the Vedas, Kshatriyas, who administer and defend society, Vaishyas who supply the society with goods and Shudras, who are the service sector. The varnas are not fixed by birth in texts like Bhagavad Gita or Manusmriti. But the British themselves cemented ‘castes’ (a Portuguese word) in their census and then turned around and accused Hindus of their birth-based, fixed caste system.

There was however one more category which the whole world has been told about and which is used to the hilt to despise Hinduism. They were the untouchables who do unclean work, like handling dead animals, cleaning sewers, etc. The fact that other varnas avoided touching them is still made a huge issue of in the West. In fact it is portrayed, as if this practice made Hindus the greatest violators of human rights and makes the millions tortured and killed by Christians and Muslims pale in comparison.

Yet there is no proof that even one of those untouchables has been killed for doing unclean work. Higher castes may indeed have looked down or still look down on those whose job involves dirt, which is unfortunately a human trait in all societies. It has nothing to do with Hinduism. Most people are aware that such work also needs to be done.

There is in all likelihood another angle regarding “untouchability”, which the British did not realize: Ayurveda knew already 3000 years ago that invisible germs can cause serious illness and those dealing with cadavers and dirt are more likely to carry and spread those. However, the British didn’t know about this fact till only some 150 years ago, when Louis Pasteur claimed that germs cause sickness. (By the way, Google describes this discovery as “crowning achievement of the French scientist”, and avoids mentioning India’s ancient Ayurveda).

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Higher castes may indeed have looked down or still look down on those whose job involves dirt, which is unfortunately a human trait in all societies. Pixabay

Now in today’s time of “social distancing” due to the Corona Virus, we know that not touching others is a precaution to prevent potential infection and has nothing to do with discrimination. The British could have given Hindus the benefit of doubt that they avoided physical contact with certain people due to caution. But since the British didn’t have the advanced knowledge about harmful germs they could not see the possible reason behind it.

Since Independence, the caste system is officially abolished and discrimination against lower castes is a non-bailable offense. Yet the West still makes a huge issue of the caste system and untouchables. Why? Was this the greatest crime the British could find against the “natives” and therefore exaggerated it tremendously?

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This is not to say that people of higher castes didn’t or don’t look down on lower castes, but the demonization of Brahmins is most unwarranted, as Brahmins are least likely to harbour hatred for others due to their strict rules for sadhana which requires them to keep a very high standard of mental and physical purity.  Yet evangelicals, NGOs, international media, Muslim organisations, they all are after them and Hindus in general. They attack them for “atrocities” which never even happened, while the unspeakable atrocities, which were perpetrated upon them, are ignored. It’s a classic case of noticing the speck in the brother’s eye, but not the beam of wood in one’s own eye.

They got away with it for too long, because Hindus didn’t react. The meekness of Hindus was legendary. They were even called cowards. Yet in recent time, Hindus are becoming more assertive. They realize that the constant attacks on them are malicious, and that they are being fooled in the name of secularism because neither Christians nor Muslims can be secular. They are by nature communal because they need to make their community spread all over the world.

It is time to call out this blatant insincerity. When a head of state, like Imran Khan, accuses the Modi government in a tweet of “moving towards Hindu Rashtra with its Hindutva Supremacist, fascist ideology”, he better looks at his own country and his own ideology. A Hindu Rashtra with its inclusiveness and freedom are any time better than the exclusive, supremacist ideologies of Islam and Christianity, which force human beings into a strait-jacket of blind belief and several Muslim states threaten even today those who want to get out with death sentence.

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Author Maria Wirth Shares Her Opinions on The Idea of Hinduism

Author Maria Wirth speaks on Religion, Indian Culture, etc

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A picture of Author Maria Wirth. Facebook

By Muskan Bhantagar

Author Maria Wirth belongs to Germany and has been living in India from past 38 years.  She is the author of the book ‘Thank You India: A German Woman’s Journey to the Wisdom of Yoga’. Newsgram gets in a conversation with her over a telephonic interview. Here’s an excerpt:

Muskan Bhantagar: 38 years back when you came to visit india, what was the thing about indian culture or precisely hinduism that made you fall in love with it and stay back in India?

Maria Wirth: Actually, it was not too much India that attracted me. When I was in Germany still i had many questions like i was very much intrested in what is life and what is the meaning of life and I was reading on Buddhism at a time and I was not connecting Buddhism to India strangely, and i knew very little about India. So a friend convinced me to stop over in India and only when i bought a book by Swami Vivekananda, i discovered what great treasure is in India. I had no idea, anything about what Hinduism is about. it’s just what you hear usually in the west, is about caste systems,etc. So I didn’t associate India with anything positive actually and then by chance, I discovered there’s such a great treasure here and it is such a pity that we don’t know about it.

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Maria recalls how initially she could not relate India with anything positive. Pixabay

Muskan Bhantagar: As we read in your articles that Islam and christianity have been promoting and propogating their religion for years now, but the hindus don’t do so. What do you think can be the reason behind this? 

Maria Wirth: Well I think, I was just writing an article I mean when you think how much Hindus have suffered over the last thousand years. So many were beheaded and tortured under the Muslims and then again under the British also. British were also very very brutual, especially after 1857 and etc. And hindus had no way to stand up for their religion. And I think this has gone very deep into the system of Hindus.

And then ofcourse after Independence, this secular education and even Hinduism is now put down even more than earlier. Earlier, education was not so under the Muslims, they had to lie low but they could still have gurukuls and their schools but not now.

So I think one reason is that you have been intimidated so much and also expect so much and like Arun Shourie, in his book he writes that 6th standard students learn in school, etc in Bengal that Islam and Christianity are the only religions which treat the human beings with dignity and equality. I mean such sentences. When you’re a child, it goes into you and then you just look down on it. And I think slowly slowly, even parents of these children say they have been brought up already like this.

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Maria says that Hindus were previously tortured under the Islamic Community. Pixabay

Muskan Bhantagar: A large number of Indians are unaware about their own culture and heritage. What do you think can be a solution to this problem?

Maria Wirth: I mean it should get also in the schools. I was so shocked when I came to know that nothing is taught in Indian schools. Neither Mahabharata, Ramayana, Upanishad. Upanishad is philosophy, there is nothing to do with religion. It was very insidious that the British kind of bend or this stuff from being taught, because it doesn’t help them because it would make people strong. They wanted to destroy Indian sanskriti, Indian culture because it has lot of strength. Now like the young generation in India, they were brain-washed into believing that Hinduism is not worth anything. It’s so wrong, so wrong.

Author Maria Wirth spoke to us over various topics. We’re thankful to her for taking out time to talk to us and share her wise opinions. We hope to get more of her soon and help viewers know her better.

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Some Interesting Facts About The Language Of Gods: Sanskrit

Read some interesting facts about the oldest language, the language of gods: Sanskrit

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Sanskrit was considered as ‘DEV BHASHA’ or ‘DEVAVANI. Pixabay

BY AAYUSH

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages known to mankind It is also believed to be the most systematic and technical language of all. It is also referred to as the mother of all languages and is the only language that is used in holy functions and ceremonies of the Hindus, as it has always been regarded as the sacred language of the religion and gods. Sanskrit mantras, when recited in combination with the sound vibrations, have a specific effect on the mind and the psyche of the individual.

Sanskrit is the vehicle through which we have been fortunate to be gifted with the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvat Gita, and the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is the only language that is used in holy functions and ceremonies of the Hindus, as it has always been regarded as the sacred language of the religion. Sanskrit mantras, when recited in combination with the sound vibrations, have a specific effect on the mind and the psyche of the individual.

10 Interesting Facts About the Sanskrit Language

 

Sanskrit language when recited is no less than a beautiful melody is a mystery in itself. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Sanskrit Language.

1. The Language of the Gods

Sanskrit was considered as ‘DEV BHASHA’ or ‘DEVAVANI’, the Language of the Gods by ancient Indians. The script is called DEVNAGARI which means used in the cities of the Gods. It was believed to have been generated by the god Brahma who passed it to the Rishis (sages) living in celestial abodes, who then communicated the same to their earthly disciples from where it spread on earth.

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The Sanskrit language is the oldest language and many other languages are taken from it. Vedicfeed

2. The oldest language in the world

Sanskrit is believed to be one of the oldest languages in the world. The Vedas, the oldest extant texts in any language, were written in Sanskrit.  The earliest form of Sanskrit language was Vedic Sanskrit that came approximately around 1500B.C, a period when knowledge was imparted orally through generations.

3. An innovative language

An old, yet, a highly technical, systematic language of the world. Following research, a report given by the NASA scientist, Rick Briggs, Sanskrit is one of the most suitable languages for computers. It is considered to be very efficient in making algorithms.

4. A language without a default script

Sanskrit did not have a “default” script (like Devanagari- Hindi) until very recently, i.e. less than 200 years back. It was written by everyone in the regional script of their region, in over two dozen scripts. This may make it the language that has been written in the most number of scripts.

Sanskrit culture had a great reluctance towards writing, and this continued for at least a millennium before the first texts were penned. Yet there are as many as 30 million Sanskrit manuscripts with around 7 million manuscripts preserved in India itself. This precisely means that the magnitude of work in Sanskrit surpasses that of Greek and Latin put together!

5. Sanskrit Newspapers and Radios

Sanskrit daily news and newspapers exist even today. It is the language of more than 90 weeklies, fortnightlies, and quarterlies published across India. Gujarat started publishing Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam five years back and an all India Radio has been broadcasting daily news in Sanskrit once a day since the year 1974. ‘Sudharma’, the newspaper is published out of Mysore, a historic city in Karnataka, India. It has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper.

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Even though Sanskrit is old, yet, it is highly technical and systematic. Pixabay

6. Sanskrit speaking hamlets

There are still many villages in India where Sanskrit is still the primary language of communication. The villagers also insist the visitors converse in Sanskrit with them. Banter, greetings, quarrels on the streets, teaching – it’s all in Sanskrit here.

7. A Spiritual Language

The word “Sanskrit’ is a combination of two words – “Sanskar’ and “Krit’; “Krit’ meaning “Inculcating’ and “Sanskar’ meaning “Essence of Moral Values’. Thus Sanskrit means a language that has the capacity to indoctrinate higher values in an individual, the self.

8. A highly versatile language

Sanskrit has the power to say something using the minimum amount of words. There are numerous synonyms for each word each with specific meaning in the language of Sanskrit. For instance, a simple word like the elephant has about a hundred synonyms. English has only one word for love, Sanskrit has 96.

Sanskrit has an amazing wealth of words and synonyms to give great versatility. It has in fact over 70 words for water where English has just got one. Amazingly the Sanskrit language has over 122 words for the action to go each with the specific meaning.

9. The master of Phonetics

Sanskrit is perhaps one of the most accurate languages in pronunciation. It makes use of 49 types of sounds that make pronunciations of different kinds of words very distinct. The attention devoted to the grammar, phonetics, and linguistics in Sanskrit is believed to have been unprecedented until the 20th century.

10. Increases brain power

Sanskrit has also been proven to help in speech therapy. Research suggests that learning the language improves brain functioning and students improve academically; they get better marks in subjects like Mathematics and Science which some people find difficult. It is because Sanskrit enhances memory power and concentration.

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James Junior School in London has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers in various fields and worldwide exams year after year. Some schools in Ireland also have made Sanskrit compulsory. (VedicFeed)