Sunday, March 28, 2010

PROBLEMS WITH MATTH OWNING SADHUS

Hindus definitely have a serious problem with Matth owning Sadhus. Saffron clad Sadhus are persons who have renounced worldly wealth and pleasure. A good number of these Sadhus amass wealth, usurp wealth, fight for wealth, enjoy wealth, and commit crimes for wealth.
If Government of India publishes statistics of leading wealth owning groups, then group of people owning industries, would definitely lead and Matth owners will be the proud second. There are allegations that some of these Sadhus (or Gurus, as they are called) are also involved in women trafficking, rape and murders, and crimes of other serious nature.
But that is not the reason for writing his post. As it stands, in India, crimes against powerful is hardly ever proved, so we can leave this as always for God to do something. How can people of the largest democratic country, have any say against the powerful and mighty? So to hide my ‘KAMJORI’, I will say that let this matter rest.

The serious problem with these Math owning Sadhus is that they have hijacked Hindu religion, for creating wealth for themselves through their Matths. The advent of multiple TV channels have witnessed phenomenal growth in their assets, they managed to market their products successfully, and today, they may be controlling about 10% of the vote bank of India. They say and claim that seva performed in their ashram/Matth is sufficient to discharge all the Dharmic obligations of Hindus, which is totally wrong and erroneous.

Hindu religion, in order to fulfill the aspiration of the faithful, has to have roots in the house of an individual; it must interact through this individual, with his family, his larger family and his neighbors and people living in his Mohalla or Society.

Until and unless Hindu religion comes back to the residence of an individual, it is not going to solve any problems. True people will argue that every event in the life of a Hindu starts and ends with religion, and it happens in his place of residence. Yes that much is true but only partially. Our attitude has become so perverse that we consider and accept that only rituals and pooja constitute Dharm or religion. It is important for everyone to understand that pooja and rituals are performed to inspire and motivate people to satisfactorily perform the physical part of the religion.

For instance birth of a child or marriage in one’s house is often accompanied with lot of pooja and rituals. They are there so that one is motivated, blessed and performs the Dharm. The Dharm when a child is born is simple…the entire family has to take care of the infant make sure that he/she gets all assistance in his/her growth. This is the physical performing part of the Dharm for which one seeks blessings and motivation by pooja and rituals. Similar is the case with marriage.

One can straight away see that all the physical performing part of religion, which Hindus know as DHARM is required to be performed by the individual, his family, by the people living in his society or Mohalla, and this Dharm, can only guarantee a complete satisfaction, or a ticket to heaven or a moksh. Even the Dharm of Ram Rajya is almost similar (read my post: RAM RAJYA… THE FORGOTTEN DHARM) Since the attitude of a Hindu is passive, very educated Hindu has to work on this issue in right earnest.
After all this happens to be our Dharm.
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A Consulting Engineer, operating from Mumbai, involved in financial and project consultancy; also involved in revival of sick establishments.

ABOUT MY BLOG: One has to accept that Hindus, though, highly religious, are not getting desired result as a society. Female feticide, lack of education for girls, dowry deaths, suicides among farmers, increase in court cases among relatives, corruption, mistrust and discontent, are all physical parameters to measure the effectiveness or success/failure of RELIGION, in a society. And all this, despite the fact, that spending on religion, by Hindus, has increased drastically after the advent of multiple TV channels. There is serious problem of attitude of every individual which need to be corrected. Revival of Hindu religion, perhaps, is the only way forward.

I am writing how problems, faced by Indian people can be sorted out by revival of Hindu Religion.