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Twisted Truths: How Terrorism came into being in the Name Of God

We should never stop questioning and analyzing the facts and we will never lose our humanity if we listen to our conscience, says Maria

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Representational Picture. Terrorist. Image source: transnationaltopics.wordpress.com
  • Religion has never advocated non-violence yet people have been taught otherwise
  • Terrorism in the name of God starts by forcing “those who are wrong” into the “right” faith or killing them
  • We will never lose our humanity if we listen to our conscience

Maria Wirth is a German saadhak who has adopted India as her abode. She often writes on issues related to society and religion. In her latest blog post, she analyzes how terror is being spread in the name of  religion. Here is the summary of her thoughts:

Image Source: @mariawirth1 (Twitter)
Image Source: @mariawirth1

Maria begins by stating that terrorism in the name of one’s faith is not something new. From the ancient times, people have fought countless battles and waged wars killing millions in the process. Where torture, imprisonment, beheading and genocide seemed right, these people of God have wrecked havoc on these lands. From the invasion by Muhammad bin Qasim and his army which assaulted and enslaved Buddhists and Hindus, and destroyed temples and monasteries in the early 8th century to the recent shooting in Orlando that left 49 killed, innocent people are victims of a war that has no meaning. The world has seen enough deaths in the name of God.

Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India. Image source: kartikdora.wordpress.com
Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India. Image source: kartikdora.wordpress.com

Religion has never advocated violence yet people have been taught otherwise. In spite of the many differences among Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus, they share a fundamental belief in God as compassionate and just. Then, has God asked them to terrorize and murder masses of innocent people?  It is never Religion or the teachings of various faiths that have asked people to engage in such atrocities but the men who have taken certain writings literally to suit their own agenda, says Maria Wirth.

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9/11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Attack in USA. Image source: youtube.com
9/11 Terrorist Attack on World Trade Attack in USA. Image source: youtube.com

In today’s world, where science and technology are creating a “religion” of its own, one must look into this issue with a broad and unbiased mind, to see things for what they really are and realize what have become of us.

According to Maria, the root cause for all such fanaticism is that they are made to believe that everything taught to them is true. The founders and subsequent authorities of those belief systems claimed that God himself has revealed it to them. By doing so, they prevent any criticism of the whole system. Even those acts that go against common sense are now considered to be God’s command.

Terrorist Attack in Damascus. Image source: diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be
Terrorist Attack in Damascus. Image source: diversdiverse.skynetblogs.be

Terrorism in the name of God starts by forcing “those who are wrong” into the “right” faith or killing them. The notion of superiority of one’s religion and the forceful conversion of helpless victims has started a chain of mass murders.

Christianity claims that God himself has given the full truth only to the Church and everyone must believe it at the cost of their lives while Jihadists believe that they will have a better status in paradise than those who did not kill non-believers. Similarly, every religion claims to be the only path of in life, said Maria.

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Terrorism Victims walks away after a car bomb attack in Baghdad in March 15, 2007. Image source: www.popularresistance.org
Terrorism Victims walks away after a car bomb attack in Baghdad in March 15, 2007. Image source: www.popularresistance.org

A pious, young, hot-headed man can be easily misled or can come to the wrong conclusions on his own and engage in atrocities that he believes is right. But these young souls are not cowards. The attacks are shocking and repulsive, but they are not cowardly acts. They are just blinded by what they think is right. This is the pitiful state we find most of the followers in.

This is a big problem and needs some soul-searching to live in reality again. We need to ask probing questions. All religions worship the same one God. No religion can possibly condone killing others. Then how do we know when we have lost our way?

The Daesh terrorist group has reportedly carried out a chemical attack on a Syrian military airport in eastern Syria. Image source: www.iran-daily.com
The Daesh terrorist group has reportedly carried out a chemical attack on a Syrian military airport in eastern Syria. Image source: www.iran-daily.com

Maria says that we should never stop questioning and analyzing the facts. We will never lose our humanity if we listen to our conscience. Our inner conscience is the holy voice that comes from deep within. We are inherently good and just. By listening to our inner voice, we can only be doing what we are naturally meant to do, love. Anyone, who demands that we ignore our conscience and instead believe blindly what he tells us has a motive of his own and plans to use us for that purpose, she added further on in her blog.

We need to realize that human beings are one big family and we are all bound by that one life source, invisible yet eternal.

  • The original blog post of Maria Wirth has been summarized by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Article 30 Has Harmed the Constitutional Equality of Citizens: Vijayvargiya

Vijayvargiya believes that Article 30 has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution

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Vijayvargiya said that Article 30 has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution. Wikimedia Commons

Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has raised questions over Article 30 of the Indian Constitution which provides the minority community the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

Vijayvargiya said this Article has harmed the spirit of equality guaranteed in the Constitution.

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“When our country is a secular one, what is the need of Article 30.”, Vijayvargiya tweeted. Pixabay

Vijayvargiya tweeted: “Article 30 has harmed the constitutional equality of citizens. This Article allows the minorities to propagate their religion and education based on religion, which is not allowed to other religions. When our country is a secular one, what is the need of Article 30.”

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Article 30 says all minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

“The State shall not, in granting aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language,” Article 30 says.

Vijayvargiya’s statement can spark a new debate on the issue. (IANS)

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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.