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KN Rao
Forget the imperial propaganda and look at the growing, prospering, consumerist India of the twenty first century to know that Hindus love the material as deeply as anyone else in the world but with a difference---there is the other life, more sublime, to be wished for and attainable because they see examples of sublime spiritual life also of vanaprasthais and sanyasis.

It is not an otherworldly India but a worldly India with an other worldly ambition based on realism. That is the brilliance and beauty of division of life into four ashrams, brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyas. To practise is the another four fold division of our efforts, known as purusharthas, dharma, artha, kaama and moksha.

The average Hindu mother trains her children in some sort of dharma right from childhood herself remaining hundred percent  worldly.

Dharma is not the path to salvation but the path to religious thinking. You see a contradiction here. The child see its parents lead purely worldly life but talking of God and religion. It is not hypocrisy but the tradition of dharma. Then pursuing worldly life, money, sex, enjoyments are normal. These are artha and kama. The child sees great examples of worldly pursuits and also of acceptance of dharma.

Some of them, only some of the rarest of
them, enter vanaprastha ashram and pursue moksha as the final aim. That is the eternal tradition of eternal India. It is actually, half other worldliness in most of the cases. Temple going, visiting pilgrimages, getting initiated by a guru are part of such a life. But does it end here? No. They also accept the supernormal as a fact of life.

Brajendra of Vrindavan
But let us not forget that in India we have strange supernormal experiences when you expect them least. Among many I have witnessed one relating to Brajendra, the wonder boy from Vrindavan who used to stay with me in the period 1980 to 84 in my Delhi residence had caused such a big commotion in many circles, from the poor, middle class families to the rich and mighty.

The boy had supernormal
powers and could predict and forecast for people just by looking at them. I have referred to him in my longish article on Dr. Nagendra Singh, ( Predicting through Astrology and Clairvoyance) the former Justice of the International Court of Justice. He had told him that he (Nagendra Singh) would be re-elected for the ICJ for a term of seven years while the term was for nine years. I had predicted his reelection only.

Dr. Nagendra Singh did not live to complete his full nine years but died in the seventh year. How could Brajendra, a five year old boy with poorest powers of expression predict so easily for so many so often? In India, such phenomenon does not create big sensation while in USA they would immediately jump at it and produce a book calling him the greatest psychic of the world. But he had become something of a folk icon so long as he had those powers which he lost soon after and has now become a common half rustic young man.

But it is the reality of the Indian life--the normal and the supernormal co-exist, a perfect blending for the acceptance of holistic approach to life. It is here that astrology begins to play such a big part in our daily lives. The acceptance of holistic approach leads to the acceptance of the worldly and other worldly at the same time which makes most of us half other worldly. Scratch a Hindu and somewhere inside him you find a belief in the supernormal. It is a strange land, a land of hypocrisies and contradictions.Sample some examples.

1. A girl from an orthodox family does her MBA course, changes jobs four times and lovers three times in five years. Then when she
decides to marry her latest lover, she wants her horoscope to be tallied with that of her latest lover. It is a universal fantasy that she must have astrological approval for her love affair while the fact is that when she has chosen someone herself, astrology has become irrelevant for her. If you refuse to do it as an astrologer, she will go to someone else who may frighten her and make substantial money in the name of remedial measures. I will give a strange instance of such a case subsequently.

2. India was, is and will always be a land of great hypocrisy, like every nation in the world, and also genuine spirituality, unlike other nations particularly in the west. If this contradition is understood then you accept this strange land called India, the land of great rishis and great frauds, genuine spiritual gurus and those fake ones who claim to have a great parampara and indulge in adultery uttering Sanskrit shlokas!

3. You have DMK and the chief minister of West Bengal questioning and doubting the existence of Lord Rama and a vast majority of Hindus protesting. That is the hypocritical brand of secularim handed over to the nation by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress party to the nation none of whom dare to utter a single word that would hurt the adherents of other religions. If a Hindu leader atttacks Hindu belief it is secularism.

4. Examine any aspect of Indian life and there is glut of hypocrisy and double standards. Astrology and some genuine saints restore your faith in the supernormal. Life goes on in this manner. It is a baffling, confusing life. Kamasutra and Khajuraho and Kedarnath and Kashi all exist in his life and he sees no contradiction in it because life must have all this and heaven too. That is the half worldly life.

5. Article 498, Domestic Violence Act for married women and Article 376 for unmarried girls are said to be the trishul (trident) in the hands of the girls in India to torture males now. Earlier, it was the marriage of the girl that was a story of torture. Now, the story is reversed. Is that the great India of rishis we boast of ? It is a strange experience to see the pitiable victims, the male and his family who have suffered imprisonment for some days in a jail.

What is other worldly element in it?

Yes, they go to astrologers, tantricks anyone who claims to have supernormal powers to change fate and spend a fortune. They will visit temples, go to pilgrimages and claim to be following some guru even.That is the half worldly India, indulge in villanies and take the help of someone who claims to have supernormal powers.

The villanous girl who now can torture her husband, armed with new legislation, also breaks down at some stage and is trapped by a Tantrik who exploits her sexually. Mostly, the belief in the supernormal, particularly Tantriks, by these women has proved dangerous. It means that the so-called belief in the supernatural proves to be their doom.

( 8 December 2007)

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Crystal Clear Excellent Work
:) Dear Rao garu

I have been following your article series on Eternal India.Only one word simply excellent and crystal clear . :) Please dont stop writing ...many of us follow your articles . Right from your struggle with the supreme court over the issue of astrology as a science to articles like these, cannot thank you enough for always doing the right thing.

You are absolutely right on the transformation happening in india vis a vis the channels behaviour and the so called secular messiahs who will soon destroy the very fabric that gave birth to them...

I feel the seeds were laid a long long time ago .....But sometimes wonder is this the collective destiny of this nation....

Often I wonder on Freewill and reminded of a talk by the Kanchi Paramacharya given to a student ...below is the link ,also am pasting the matter...

I would love to hear your views on this in any further article on Eternal India .

The Riddle of Fate and Free-Will Solved

(A dialogue between His Holiness Shri Chandrashekhara Bharati

Mahaswami and a Disciple): [His Holiness was the Sringeri Mathadhipati


H.H. : I hope you are pursuing your studies in the Vedanta as usual?

Student : Though not regularly, I do make some occasional study.

H.H. : In the course of your studies, you may have come across many doubts.

Student : Yes, one doubt repeatedly comes up to my mind.

H.H. : What is it?

Student : It is the problem of the eternal conflict between fate and free-will.
What are their respective provinces and how can the conflict be

H.H. : If presented in the way you have done it, the problem would baffle
even the highest of thinkers.

Student : What is wrong with my presentation? I only stated the problem and
did not even explain how I find it to be a difficult one.

H.H. : Your difficulty arises in the very statement of the problem.

Student : How?

H.H. : A conflict arises only if there are two things. There can be no

conflict if there is only one thing.

Student : But here there are two things, fate and free-will.

H.H. : Exacly. It is this assumption of yours that is responsible for your

Student : It is not my assumption at all. How can I ignore the fact that the

two things exist as independent factors, whether I grant their
existence or not?

H.H. : That is where you are wrong again.

Student : How?

H.H. : As a follower of our Sanatana Dharma, you must know that fate is
nothing extraneous to yourself, but only the sum total of the
results of your past actions.

As God is but the dispenser of the fruits of actions, fate,
representing those fruits, is not his creation but only yours.
Fre-will is what you exercise when you act now.

Student : Still I do not see how they are not two distinct things.

H.H. : Have it this way. Fate is past karma; free-will is present karma.
Both are really one, that is, karma, though they may differ in the

matter of time. There can be no conflict when they are really one.

Student : But the difference in time is a vital difference which we cannot
possibly overlook.



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