Interfaith dialogues and Inculturation: The Pune Dialogue

09 Dec 2011

On 7 November 2011, the Indore edition of DNA newspaper carried a news item titled, “Vatican Cardinal, Swamis to join hands at meet”. The report said that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from the Vatican, would lead a 30-member Catholic delegation for dialogue with a 30-member Hindu team led by Swami Shrikantananda, Head of the Ramakrishna Mission, at the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, from Nov. 6 – 9. The theme of the four-day Hindu-Christian meet was: ‘Enhancing Hindu-Christian relations and collaboration for justice, peace and harmony’. (1)

The Cardinal’s visit was well planned, with an itinerary covering senior Hindu, Sikh and Jain religious leaders. Yet despite arrangements being made well in advance, the Hindu Samaj in general, including major organizations like RSS and VHP and many traditional Mathams and Peethams, was not aware of it. As the four-day meet concluded, “Vatican Insider” dated Nov. 10 reported:

-       Before the assembly, composed of forty Catholic leaders and some thirty Hindu leaders, Cardinal Tauran said that religions are instruments of peace and unity, but was sorry to see that some groups still use violence in the name of religion, thereby creating mistrust between the communities: “It is urgent that we turn our backs on hatred,” said the Cardinal. These words are particularly important in the context of inter-religious tensions that exist in some parts of India, as reported by Eglises d’Asie, agency for Foreign Missions in Paris.

-       Attacks against Christian communities have in fact resumed in Karnataka, a state South of India regularly plagued by waves of collective violence. On 3 November in Kankanady, the Catholic Church of Saint Alphonsa, of Syro-Malabar rite, was desecrated in the night by a group of young Hindus who wore saffron-colored bracelets. One of them was a guest of the student college located in the vicinity. (2)

The Mangalore incident quoted in the above report is a white lie. While it is true the said Church was stoned, the police and media reports clearly establish that a man was arrested on the spot for the crime, in an inebriated condition. The story of stoning by a gang of Hindu youth wearing saffron bracelets etc was concocted. (3)

This is how the Church makes use of events like Interfaith Dialogue! There seems to be no report from the Hindu side about what exactly had happened at the four-day meet; who accompanied Swami Srikantananda; the various websites of RK Mission seem to be silent.

The Amritsar Dialogue

Cardinal Tauran had a two-day meet with Sikh leaders at Amritsar, Nov. 11 & 12, on “Enhancing Sikh-Christian Dialogue for World Peace”. He visited the Golden Temple and was presented with a replica of the Golden Temple by the Chief of the Akal Takht. Here, the Cardinal is reported to have said, “The purpose of organising this Conference was to bring attitudinal changes in the human being, so that they can relish the positive points of all religions and see the message of God in unison”.

Selling the usual stuff of universal brotherhood, he said, “we all are sons of God and we must learn to accept the individualities of every religion and every religion gives the message of universal brotherhood and peaceful co-existence and these conferences would reduce the mutual trust deficit between different religions.”(4)

The Delhi Meet

At New Delhi, he then met with the Jain community and spoke of the “need” for the joining together of Christian and Jain communities. He said, “Christians and Jains have many things in common. As Christians, we believe that life is very precious and the Jain religion too upholds the sanctity of life and urges its promotion and protection. Our vocation to promote respect for life, non-violence, peace and harmony in today’s world brings us together with the common bond of mutual affection for each other.”

Sadhvi Sadhna ji said, “A person has to believe in his/her religious scriptures as no religion teaches hatred or non-violence. We have to shun violence, ego, hatred from within ourselves, only then we will be able to bring a change in the world. The world will not have to conduct such conferences to promote peace and harmony if we bring a change in ourselves.”

The Christian side was well-prepared, marking specific areas like protection, preservation and promotion of life, work for betterment of ecology and environment, and preparing religious texts on major themes like family, social life, diversity and equality, etc., for “joint work” with the Jains. The seminar was organized by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Delhi, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and World Fellowship of Religions. (5)

It is an irony that the world’s worst persecutors talk of non-violence, peace and respect for life to the most non-violent and peaceful religion! While the Hindu contingent was sold “Freedom of Religion”, Sikhs were served “Universal Brotherhood” and Jains got “Protection, Preservation & Promotion of life”.

Had the Vatican Cardinal been sincere in his mission, he should have continued his dialogue with Kanchi Sankaracharya whom he met in June 2009 in Mumbai. Realizing he would face inconvenient questions – on the issue of conversions – he took simply engaged with a different set of sanyasis.

The Assisi Prayer

The Pune-Amritsar-Delhi are significant in that they happened within days of the “Prayers for Peace” Meet organized by the Vatican and led by Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi on 27 Oct, where, Catholic Free Press reports, 300 delegates from various religions and countries participated. Here again, Hindu society at large was kept in the dark and the person(s) who participated as “representatives” of Hindus have not identified themselves so far. The internet has revealed that Acharya Shri Shrivatsa Goswami from Sri Radharamana Temple, Vrindavan, attended as a “representative of India”, and Shri Rajmohan Gandhi was present (he attended a similar meeting in Assisi in 1986, convened by Pope John Paul II). Three other “representatives” are believed to have participated, but their names are still not known.

While the Pope and others spoke of environment, terrorism, rich-poor divide, etc., Acharya Shrivatsav Goswami spoke about “inward journey”, without a murmur about the atrocities being perpetrated by the Church in India. The Pope conveniently avoided topics like conversion, which is also a form of terrorism. Unsurprisingly, the Indian “representatives” also avoided conversions. (6)

The Diwali Gift

After the Assisi prayer meet, the Vatican sent “Deepavali Greetings” to Hindus, audaciously proposing “religious freedom” as the answer to religiously-motivated conflicts:

“Religious freedom is a fundamental human right. When it is jeopardized or denied, all other human rights are endangered. Religious freedom necessarily includes immunity from coercion by any individual, group, community or institution. The human freedom to profess, practice and propagate religion or belief can take place in public or private, alone or in a community. The right to religious freedom also involves a “serious obligation” from civil authorities, individuals and groups to respect the freedom of others. It also includes the freedom to change one’s own religion. Respect for religious freedom allows believers to be “more enthusiastic” about cooperating with their fellow citizens to build “a just and human social order.” Its denial stifles and frustrates “authentic and lasting peace.

We cordially wish you a joyful celebration of Deepavali.” (7)

The Catholic News Agency pontificated: “The message comes after several years of tensions and anti-Christian violence in some parts of India. Hindu radicals have participated in deadly attacks that have driven Christians out of their homes and destroyed their churches.”

After sending this insult in the name of greetings, Cardinal Tauran had the temerity to visit India to dialogue with selected Hindu leaders, who did not have the wits to question the Vatican Padires about the threat they pose to Hindu dharma on this bhumi.

Farce and futility

The far of Interfaith Dialogue has been going on for some time, always convened by the Church, and joined in a shoddy manner by Hindus. The Church has clear political objectives – to weaken the spiritual strength of Hindu India. Hence, it cleverly separated Religion from Politics and slowly captured the political establishment in the name of secularism. As “western secularism” got well entrenched in the polity of Hindu India, the nation’s ethos was removed from governance, leading to westernization of education and other important sectors like art and culture.

This led to a spurt in separatism, fanned by the Church, by Maoists, LTTE and other anti-national organizations and NGOs. And another western concept called “Human Rights” entered the polity, furthering the growth of separatism and disunity.

Despite having control over the political establishment, the Church feared Hindu Religious Institutions and their strengths. So it created conflicts between castes and divisions between sampradayas, along with inculturation techniques. To sustain both, it kept religious leaders engaged via interfaith dialogues.

Our religious leaders fell into the trap. Instead of talking to the various caste leaders and reaching out to the oppressed and discriminated communities and united them, they moved away from them and started having dialogues with other religionists, particularly Christian Padires. As the distance between the common man and Hindu religious leaders increased, the Church entered the scene and wreaked havoc.

Besides money and allurement, inculturation is the most potent weapon with the Church to convert masses. Inculturation is the copying of Hindu traditional practices like wearing saffron robes, rudraksha and tulsi malas, pilgrimage by padayatra, chanting ashtotra and sahasranama archana for Jesus, composing songs on Jesus and Mary on the tune of our devotional hymns, calling Mary as Maari (Mariamman), planting crosses and constructing prayer houses and churches (unauthorized) on hills and creating a ‘girivalam’ path around them and so on.

This writer had personally heard some of our religious leaders welcoming this danger, thinking that the Christians are now following our culture and method of worship! Naturally, in the recent interfaith dialogues, Hindu leaders did not speak of this insidious concept of inculturation, or the flow of foreign funds and construction of Churches out of proportion to population.

The clear talk

Confident of its approach, in 2009 the Vatican engaged Hindu traditional mathams and organized a dialogue with Kanchi Sankaracharya in Mumbai. The group included Sri Sri Ravisankar, Swami Vageeshananda (Ramakrishna Mission), Dadi Janakiji (Prajapati Brahma Kumaris), Swami Nirmalananda Nath (Karnataka), and Swami Chidananda Saraswati (Divine Life Society, Uttaranchal). Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran was accompanied by the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue,  Cardinal Oswald Gracias of “Indian Bible” fame, Vatican envoy to India Pedro Lopez Quintana, Archbishop Felix Machado of Nashik, Bishop Thomas Dabre of Pune, and Bishop Raphy Manjaly of Varanasi.

He floored the Vatican team with his explicit assertions that:

-       Pope Benedict XVI visited Jerusalem and gave Jewish religious leaders an undertaking to “desist from all missionary and conversion activities” among the Jews. Swami Jayendra Saraswati demanded a similar pact with the Hindu community in India.

-       Regarding Pope John Paul II’s call for planting the Cross in Asia to cause the Second Coming of Jesus, Swami ji demanded that Vatican explain the rationale for the First Coming of Jesus Christ when there was no Christianity or Church to undertake the mission of christianising the world.

-       Kanchi Acharya strongly condemned the [then] proposed visit of the USCIRF and said Hindus would not permit such interference in the internal affairs of India.

-       He demanded the setting up of a common pool to collect all foreign funds received by the Church and their equal distribution amongst all social welfare organisations, irrespective of religious affiliation. He urged all Hindu organisations to work together to eradicate the menace of conversion.

-       He called for an immediate end to all devious ‘inculturation’ methods being adopted by various Christian denominations and the canard of preaching that conversion to Christianity would cure all diseases, which is violative of the DRUGS AND MAGIC REMEDIES ACT, 1954.

-       He endorsed the proposed anti-conversion law in Sri Lanka, mooted by the Joint Council of Buddhist Organisations.

-       Emphasising Sanatana Dharma, he said the soul of India is religious and spiritual, and urged the government to declare India a “Spiritual” and not a “Secular” country, as secularism is an administrative quality and cannot be the soul of the nation.

-       Kanchi Acharya condemned the usurping of Hindu scriptures for incorporating them in the so-called ‘Indian Bible’ and demanded immediate withdrawal of copies of the book, if necessary by the government.

The Acharya underscored the importance of faithful adherence to points agreed at the meeting; else failure would result in the futility of such meetings. No wonder Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran dodged the Kanchi Acharya this time! (8)

Institutions of Inculturation

The Pune venue amply proves that Interfaith dialogue and Inculturation are a twin-strategy of the Church. While “Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth” sounds like a Hindu institution, it is actually a Christian body blatantly indulging in Inculturation. Attempting to give a Hindu colour to its emblem through the Kathopanishad, saying that the tree in the emblem denotes asvatha and the meditating figure is seeking Brahma-vidya; the game becomes clear when it says that, all the components of the emblem merge at the summit in the Cross of Christ which, as the linchpin of time and eternity, interlocks the human and the divine. (9)

Its mission is to mediate the vision of Jesus for India. For this, it will “promote dialogue among religions, cultures, communities and secular movements, all of which will be facilitated by a positive thrust towards inculturation…” (10)

Other institutions concentrating on Inculturation include “Shantivanam”, founded in 1950 by two French Priests Fr. Jules Monchanin, a diocesan missionary and Fr. Henry le Saux (Abhishiktananda) from the Abbey of Kergonam. They named it Saccidananda Ashram, equating “Sath-Sith-Ananda” with the “Holy Trinity”.

Later Fr. Bede Griffiths, who came to India in 1955, took charge of Shantivanam in 1968 on the invitation of Fr. Henry le Saux, after short stints at Bangalore and Kurisumala in Kerala, where he took the name Dhyananda and adopted saffron robes.

The Saccidananda Ashram inside Shantivanam has a temple built like a Hindu temple but with idols of various Christian saints and a “Cosmic Cross”. The Ashram spends much time and money for “Academic Research” on Inter religious understandings and meeting points, encounters of Christianity and Hinduism, Christian Vedanta, etc. Jesuit Priests from the West regularly land here to establish Christianity.  (11)

Another institution has been established exclusively for fine arts – Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, Trichy. It is nationally accredited with Grade A by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) and recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu; it has tasted success in christianising the divine Hindu art of Bharat Natyam. It also focuses on vina, mridangam, and  violin; all classical music and dance are taught on Bible themes. (12)

Thiruvannamalai based Swami Devananda Saraswati ji has exposed the Atma Jyoti Ashram which has infiltrated into Sri Ramana Ashram in Thiruvannamalai. The Atma Jyoti Ashram operates from Mexico and is well connected with Shantivanam, Trichy. The padres from both bodies masquerade as Hindu Sanyasis and visit Ramana Ashram where some members of the Ashram’s management seem to be hand in glove with them. (13)

The “International Sanatana Dharma Society” run by one Frank Morales masquerading as “Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya” targets US-born and bred Hindu youths who are distanced from their native culture by two to three generations. His seeks to establish Jesus as “Dharma Master” through the Hindu scriptures, like the local fraudsters like Sadhu Chellappa and Vedanayagam Sastri. (14)

The Yoga Marketers

Then we have some Indian cults that do not want to identify themselves as “Hindu”. Corporate yoga teachers who lead these cults, dress up like “Jesus” to sell their yoga globally. The precedent was set by Paramahamsa Yogananda who set up his Yogada Satsang Society’s International Headquarters in Mt. Washington in 1925. He may be the first Indian Hindu yogi who legitimised the legend of Jesus and gave the Christian god a permanent place in the pantheon of Hindu Gods, next to Krishna. Now his Yogatha Satsang Society is almost christianised. (15)

An American ballet dancer called Shivaya Subramanian Swami who met Shivagnani and Siddhar Jnanaguru Siva Yoga Swami in Jaffna in the 1950s, exposed the claims made by Paramahamsa Yogananda in his book “Autobiography of a Yogi”.  (16)

Hindu yoga is marketed by Corporate Gurus who identify themselves as secular or spiritual, but not Hindu. The disciples are foreigners with huge money; ashrams are worldwide; and after endless globetrotting they end up selling Jesus in India and help inculturation leading to the christianisation of Yoga.

Tamil Chauvinists and their Tamil Saivism

Sadly, some traditional Saiva Mutts in Tamil Nadu are opposed to the Vedas and Sanskrit and fall prey to the Church’s Tamil card. They are so chauvinistic, they fail to realize the damage they are causing to their own philosophy. World Saiva Council headquartered at London organizes World Saiva Conferences with the sole aim of promoting Tamil Kumbabishekams, Tamil Marriages, Tamil worship in temples, all sans Vedic hymns and Sanskrit Mantras. They also peddle something called “Tamil Agama”. (17).

Some sectarian and racist Tamil outfits subscribe to Shaiva Siddhanta and pretend it has nothing to do with Vedic Hinduism. These people have been wittingly or unwittingly christianized by the early missionaries who tried to identify Shaiva Siddhanta with Christianity and separate the Tamils from the greater Hindu family. Some chauvinistic saivite heads brazenly flirt with anti-Hindu forces such as atheistic Dravidian parties and Christian inculturation institutes. (18)

Church’s Missionary Agenda

From the day the Portuguese, French, Dutch, German and British missionaries landed on our soil, they have been working to convert the nation. “Roman Brahmin” Robert-de-Nobili, “Italian Munivar” Constantine Joseph Beschi, “German Iyer” Barthalomaus Ziegenbalg, “Italian Iyer” G.U. Pope, “Racist” Caldwell and other rapscallion padires from the 16th century to the contemporary reverend Francis Clooney, have all been working with the same objective. (19)

Late Sitaram Goel, in “Catholic Ashrams: Sanyasins or Swindlers?” explained the church agenda: “Christianity has to drop its alien attire and get clothed in Hindu cultural forms. Christianity has to be presented as an indigenous faith. Christian theology has to be conveyed through categories of Hindu philosophy; Christian worship has to be conducted in the manner and with the materials of Hindu puja. Christian sacraments have to sound like Hindu samskaras; Christian churches have to copy the architecture of Hindu temples; Christian hymns have to be set to Hindu music; Christian themes and personalities have to be presented in styles of Hindu painting; Christian missionaries have to dress and live like Hindu sannyasins; Christian mission stations have to look like Hindu ashramas. And so on, the literature of Indigenization goes into all aspects of Christian thought, organization and activity and tries to discover how far and in what way they can be disguised in Hindu forms.”

The Jesuit “Jackals”
Even two decades after Sitaram Goel wrote this warning, we have learnt nothing, and our own people support dubious characters like Francis Clooney of “The Society of Jesus”, a Roman Catholic Religious Order founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). This society is notorious for its evangelical works in the guise of charitable, educational and social services; its members are bound by the Vows of Apostolic Order. Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was the first Jesuit to work in India facilitating the “Inquisition of Goa”.  (20)

Pope Clement XIV (1705–1774) abolished the Jesuit order in 1773; but it was reconstituted in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. They are well established in India with hundreds of schools, colleges and other educational institutes.

A section follows the “Inculturation” of Robert-De-Nobili, experimenting with a Hinduised version of the Mass that incorporates Hindu serving dishes, Hindu music, language, and postures of prayer. They adopt the life-styles and manner of Hindu sanyasis while working as Roman Catholic priests. Two such Jesuits were Swami Amalananda and Swami Animananda, who worked in remote, poor villages in the state of Mysore. (21)

The Clooney Story

Francis Clooney, a Jesuit Padire and Professor at Harvard Divinity School, easily deceived some self-centered Vaishnavites in Tamil Nadu with his “studies” on “Comparative Theology”. For over two decades he has made regular visits to India, especially Tamil Nadu: “I work in certain traditions of classical Hinduism, including Mimamsa Vedanta and Srivaishnavism. Of course, my work as a professor leads me to write on other topics and themes at times, but these are my areas of focus in the study of Hinduism. Beyond these, I am also a comparative theologian, and so, I reflect on what I learn from Indian traditions alongside my understanding of my Christian bearings. And, to understand comparative study, I am also a bit of a historian, studying how Western Jesuits over the centuries have understood Hinduism.” (22)

Declaring Srivaishnavism to be parallel to Roman Catholicism, with similar depth, breadth, and wholeness, he adds, “I have several book projects in mind, including more work on the Srivaishnava Bhagavatha Visaya, certain songs and commentaries compared with medieval Christian commentary on the Biblical Song of Songs. I have also been doing research on the Jesuit tradition of inter-religious learning in India, and may soon have something more to write on that.” Wikipedia says his current projects include an introductory volume on comparative theology, and a study of yoga and Jesuit spirituality (whatever that means). (23)

During annual sojourns in Chennai, he makes it a point to address Hindus either in a College or a University organized by Vaisnavites who aid and abet him with all details, information and relevant references. They feel no shame or guilt when he compares and equates “Sri” (Goddess Lakshmi) with “Mary”, or Maariamman with Mary, or Francis De Seles with Sri Vedanta Desika. Clooney’s deliberately misinterprets Indian religious texts and “invents” similarities between “Hindu Theology” and Christian Theology.

Barring half a dozen individual Hindu nationalists in Chennai, no organization feels the necessity to scuttle this devious strategy. Blogger-historian Vedaprakash closely followed Clooney and his activities and exposed him by carefully documenting his mischief. (24)


















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Interfaith dialogues and Inculturation: The real face of the Church

10 Dec 2011

The Church itself provides ample evidence of its true face as one of the most barbarous persecutors in the world. Everywhere that it invaded, it persecuted the natives and destroyed their culture, converted them and christianised the entire land. Christian Clergy world over has an ugly track record of child abuse, sodomy, rape, and what not. Their sex crimes date back officially to Didache [2nd century AD] which instructs, “Thou shalt not seduce young boys!” (1)

A few snapshots are in order:

-       January 2002 – Roman Catholic priest JohnGeoghan was defrocked after he was found guilty of indecent assault and battery

-       29 April 2002 – Cardinal Law of Bostonadmitted he allowed a pedophile priest to continue serving within the church

-       2 May 2002 – Retired Catholic priest Paul Shanley arrested for child rape

-       25 May 2002 – Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland resigned after acknowledging that his archdiocese paid $450,000 to settle a claim of sexual assault against him

-       2005 – US Diocese spent $467 million on legal settlement with sex abuse victims

-       28 July 2006 – Simon Thomas, paedophile church minister in Britain, jailed for life

One website provides information of Clergy Abuse over the years, another maintains a database of accused priests. The shocking details they document are damning proof of the stink surrounding the Church and Christianity. Even Popes John Paul and Benedict XVI played a role in covering up the clergy’s misdeeds. (2)

Pope John Paul II protected Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer who abused an estimated 2,000 boys for decades with impunity. He failed to encourage bishops to report accusations of paedophilia by priests to the police; ignored accusations against senior members of the clergy, at times promoting them to higher office; allowed priests accused of paedophilia to be transferred to a new diocese without anyone being warned of their record. He also decreed “pontifical secrecy” must apply to cases of sexual abuse in church trials. (3) The incumbent Pope is also accused of inaction and cover-up when he was archbishop of Munich or as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer. (4)

Papal apologies

As the sordid history of child sex abuse was exposed across the world, the Pope was forced to tender apologies everywhere he went. But Papal arrogance and contempt for victims was visible when he equated their sufferings with the “sufferings” of Jesus. On 21 March 2010, apologizing at a Sunday Mass at Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI said, “It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the Church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel. I appeal to you to find hope and healing in knowing that Jesus was also a victim of sin and close to you in their suffering.” (5)

Though he admonished the priests of Ireland’s Catholic Church for their sins, the government of Ireland was not convinced and broke off diplomatic relations with the Vatican. The Prime Minister of Ireland complained, “Rome is stonewalling, if not obstructing, official enquiries into the abuse which went on as late as 2009. The Church is guilty of dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and narcissism.” (6)

On 18 Sept. 2010, amidst huge protests in London, the Pope apologized at a solemn Catholic service in Westminster Cathedral. But his leadership itself was questioned by the representative of the victims. In response to this latest papal denunciation of abuse, Peter Isely of Milwaukee of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said: “Why, if the pope feels so much remorse, won’t he take action? As Pope, he’s removed two paedophile priests and demoted no corrupt bishops. He’s disclosed not one document about the cover up. He’s backed not one secular law that better safeguards kids. He’s not defrocked a single bishop who secretly moved known predators. Showing remorse isn’t leadership. Taking decisive action is leadership.” (7)

Again on 19 July 2011, faced with continuing sexual abuse scandals across Europe and the United States, Pope tendered another apology to “all those beautiful precious little children” who suffered at the hands of paedophiles in the Catholic Church. Yet even while tendering the apology, the Pope kept “smiling” and said, “We must never allow this to happen again,” he continued, “no matter how enchanting we find their playful little smiles.”

Enraged by his “smiling” arrogance, the victims said, “We felt a bit freaked out by the way the Pope kept smiling at us. Words are not enough; we need the Church to act so that child abusers are punished.” (8)

The anniversary of an apology

Three years ago, the Canadian government apologized to the survivors of “Indian Residential Schools” for the “death & abuse” caused by the Catholic, United and Anglican Church authorities since the early 19th century. Troy Media reported, “From 1831 to 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their communities and sent to one of the 130 federally-funded boarding schools administered by Catholic, United and Anglican Church authorities. The record of death and abuse in these schools is well documented. As early as 1909 Dr. Peter Bryce reported that mortality rates at residential schools in Western Canada ranged from 30 to 60 per cent. Over time, more than 12,000 individual allegations of physical and sexual abuse were brought to Canada’s courts.”

Survivors of these residential schools lament most the loss of language, cultural traditions and the spirituality that was once the life blood of their communities. Despite the government’s attempt at reconciliation, non-aboriginals maintain a racist attitude. (9)

Catholic act of Stealing Babies

Last month, the BBC produced a damning documentary titled, “Spain’s stolen Babies” exposing the ugly (50-year) scandal of “baby-trafficking” by the Catholic Church in Spain. Investigations show that up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, and that the children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early 1990s.

The mothers were told their babies were stillborn or died soon after birth, and that they could not see the body of the infants. They were not even allowed to attend the “funeral”. In reality, the babies were sold to those faithful to the Church. Documents were forged to include the adopted parents’ names. (10)

The “Xian Tradition” in India

The Church in India is no way better. Despite connivance of “secular” governments run by “secular” political parties and attempts by “secular” media to hide the ugly stories from public eye, several cases come out in the open and expose the culpability of the padires and nuns.

The Church operates through well-networked groups of NGOs and so-called “Children Homes” and “Adoption Agencies”. The individual traffickers associated with these NGOs masquerade as evangelists and missionaries. Citing a few cases may be in order.

In January 2010, 76 abused and malnourished children from Manipur (54 kids) and Assam (22 kids) were rescued from Bethedsa Blessing Home in Kanyakumari, run by Pastor Shaji. At the same time, 16 more children from Manipur were rescued from Reach Home Children Foundation in Mogappair, Chennai. They were found to be terribly abused and malnourished with severe attack of scabies. (11)

The traffickers promise the poor parents in insurgency-hit areas that they would give their children the best education with food and a good environment, in Tamil Nadu. The Times of India, 26 January 2010, reported: “While 1,096 children’s homes, housing 3.5 lakh children, are registered in the state, almost an equal number operate without registration, evading government scrutiny. The children aged six to 15 are kept in pathetic conditions and are often made to do jobs like carpentry, cooking and laundry. There have even been cases of children dying under suspicious circumstances and some being molested and abused.”

Incidentally, a majority of homes charged with trafficking are run by missionaries or evangelical societies. The present case is only the tip of a vast network, which receives crores of rupees from churches and agencies abroad by showing a large number of children under their “care”. (12)

A former nun, Florence Mary, who wanted to pursue her studies (MA Music) in 2006, was repeatedly raped by a Jesuit Priest Fr. R. Rajarathinam, the Principal of St. Joseph’s College in Thiruchy, Tamil Nadu,). He allegedly gave the lady a cool-drink laced with drugs and raped her and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed it. Taking advantage of her fear, he abused her repeatedly and forced her to undergo abortion when she became pregnant in 2008. Three other padires, Fr. Devadoss, Fr. Xavier Francis and Fr. Xavier, were also accused of conniving with Fr. Rajarathinam to silence Florence Mary. The latter got acquainted with Mary during his frequent visits to Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, where she was studying MA Music. Though he obtained bail from the High Court, the Supreme Court admitted Mary’s petition and directed him to reply within four weeks why his bail should not be cancelled. (13)

In September 2011, 33 children including 10 girls in the age group of 10 to 18 years, were rescued from an orphanage named the Grail Trust, patronized by a British national, Jonathan Robinson. Investigations revealed that Jonathan Robinson is a paedophile who made frequent visits to the home and sexually abused many children. British paedophile Duncan Grant, convicted by the Supreme Court along with another British paedophile Alan John Waters in March 2011 for 6 years for sexually abusing boys in an orphanage in Mumbai, is also believed to have visited this Grail Trust. (14)

The same month, 42 girl children including 23 from Nepal, were rescued from Michael Job Orphanage in Sulur near Coimbatore. Though the orphanage had a valid licence, it simply admitted the girls without checking the veracity of the claims made by the “social welfare organizations” which brought the “orphaned” girls. (15) The orphanage, in its website, claims that the girls were daughters of martyred and persecuted Christians. The truth is that this is actually a huge evangelical institution running a Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Arts & Science College and a B. Ed College, blatantly indulging in conversions also. The Founder Chairman P.P. Job is a self styled evangelist indulging in illegal conversion activities. (16)

In November 2006, a Hindu girl, Sukanya, studying in the 12th standard in Fathima Higher Secondary School in Omalur, near Salem, was found floating dead in the school’s well. The school claimed she committed suicide on scoring low marks. But a few more girls before Sukanya had committed suicide in the same school, which came to light after Sukanya’s death. Initially the police accepted the school’s story, but public pressure resulted in CB CID investigation. The State Minority Commission submitted a report to the then DMK government attesting to the version of the school authorities. But during the investigation, 8 suspects including a friend of a priest-teacher were identified as accused. Liquor bottles, used and unused condoms and broken pieces of bangles were found in the school. In November 2010 their DNA samples were sent for clinical analysis to find out if they matched with the spermatozoa taken from the vaginal swab of the girl in 2006. Even after one year, the result is yet to come! (17)

In September 2011, Ms. Lasi Bosco, Principal of AKT Matriculation School in Kallakurichi, near Villupuram, was arrested along with another teacher, Ms. Boshiya, for sexually abusing a four year old girl child. (18)

In July 2010, one Justine running Arumai Packiam Manuel Orphanage was arrested for indulging in homosexuality and voyeurism while orphanage girls were bathing, besides involving those kids in begging. His orphanage in Kanyakumari was raided by officers from the Child Welfare Committee and Social Welfare Department, and 18 girls and 14 boys rescued. (19)

Such ugly episodes of the Catholic way of living are aplenty in India, a la Europe and America.

Just two years ago, Dr. Sister Jesme Raphel shocked the Catholic Church by exposing all the ugly sexual abuses perpetrated on her by the clergy through her explosive book “Amen”. Close on her heels, ex-Vincentian Catholic Priest K.P. Shibu came out with his own experiences of homosexuality at seminaries, sexual misconducts of clergy, ugly approach of superiors and looting of money in his book “Here is the heart of a Priest.” It was an elaborate account of his 24 years in the Catholic Vincentian congregation.

His remarks about Jana Deepa Vidyapeeth are important and revealing in the sense that this was where the recent Hindu-Christian Dialogue took place. K.P. Shibu says he was sexually abused by senior seminarians in JDV, “Homosexual relations were rampant in seminaries. The victims had to suffer silently. If they complain…, both the accused and the victim would be shown the door. Hence, succumbing to the urges of the seniors was the only option…”

“During pastoral work, the seminarians used to travel on cycles. While moving around on a cycle, seminarians made a point to give lift to children. They (children) would be asked to tightly embrace the riding seminarian. Such acts were done with deliberate sexual intention,” he alleges
in the book. “There had been incidents of senior seminarians pretending as priests and hearing confessions.” (20)

Giving away children in adoption illegally is yet another Xian tradition followed religiously in India. Some NGOs indulge in illegal adoption rackets by giving children in adoption to foreigners quite often. Most cases deliberately escape the attention of the authorities.

A famous NGO, Guild of Service, was caught on the wrong foot by the Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Department in November 2011. Between 2006 and 2010, this high profile NGO gave 202 children in adoption, including 54 to foreign countries, violating all rules, after receiving huge money as donation. The mandatory NOC was not obtained from the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), the authorized apex body. Founded by a group of British women in Chennai in 1923, it came under the control of a high profile lady, Mary Clubwallah Jadhav. It has many branches across the country and claims to serve for empowerment of marginalized women and children. (21)

Its Delhi unit has some very high profile women on its board with connections with high-placed government personalities. Though the Delhi and Chennai units have different URLs for their websites ( and, they have the same Emblem (Logo). The high profile Delhi unit cannot wash its hands off its Chennai unit, especially on the issue of the adoption racket which has come to light.

What is disgusting is the fact that while 4000 childless couples are waiting in Tamil Nadu for months in queue to get a child in adoption, this NGO had sold children abroad after collecting huge sums/donations. It is alleged that such NGOs have connections with many hospitals, which reminds us of the Spanish racket exposed by BBC. (22)

Even while writing this column, Sri Lankan media reported that a Matron (Sr. Mary Eliza), from Mother Teresa’s Missionary Sisters of Charity Home, Prem Nivasa, in Moratuwa, was arrested for alleged sale of children. (23) So much for the Catholic way of serving the children cause!

The flow of money

Trafficking and sexual abuse of children, kidnapping, rape, sexual misconduct of padires and nuns, looting of money, and the ever profitable business of conversions, have become the norm today. Despite all these shameless shenanigans, Churches in India get huge money from Western countries. Thousands of dollars flow into the coffers of thousands of NGOs and phony organizations to achieve the Church’s twin-objective of destroying the great cultural heritage of India and christianizing it.

Financial Expert and columnist, Prof. R. Vaidyanathan who has closely observed the money-spinning world of foreign-funded NGOs, says:

“I have tried unsuccessfully to get the annual reports including annual accounts from the website of the top 25 recipients (NGOs), many of whom are often mentioned or quoted in newspapers and TV channels and stress the importance of “transparency” in the functioning of the government. Many do not have any information in their websites. Some of their websites contain all razzmatazz but nothing on finances…

Given the declaration by various Evangelical groups in the USA and Europe that Asia is the next major place to “harvest souls” and “plant the churches” India should exercise caution in allowing foreign funding of these groups. They affect social harmony and foment communal disturbances by their conversion activities in small towns and tribal India. (24)

Financial expert and researcher Sanjiv Nayyar says that leading donor countries [US, Germany, UK, Italy etc] have between 2002-03 and 2008-09, pumped in Rs.34.33 Billion [US], Rs.11.30 bn [UK], Rs.11.03 bn [Germany], Rs. 5.47 bn [Italy], Rs 5.13 bn [Netherlands] and Rs 4.37 bn [Spain]. Obviously, these funds are purely for proselytizing activities in the name of educational and medical services.

For instance, in a single year, World Vision International, USA pumped in Rs. 706 crores out of which World Vision International of Tamil Nadu received Rs. 192 crores. Gospel for Asia Inc, USA donated Rs.596 crores, Fundacion Vicente Ferrer, Barcelona, Spain gave Rs. 459 crores, Christian Children Fund, USA sent Rs.197 crores, etc.

The advent of the UPA, with an Italian at the helm, saw an alarming rise in the receipt of foreign funds; Tamil Nadu tops the line with Rs.1650 crores in 2008-09 as compared to Rs.775 crores in 2002-03. Next, Andhra Pradesh got Rs.1244 crores and Karnataka Rs.1009 crores and Kerala Rs.991 crores. In all, registered NGOs, mostly Christian, received over Rs.10,000 crores in 2008-09, a 12% increase over 2007-08. These are only the official figures from the Ministry of Home Affairs; then there is unofficial money through hawala… (25)

Columnist Anuradha Dutt observes, “Foreign influence pervades the Government and the NGOs that are dependant on external funds for their projects. Because of their money-power, foreign funding organisations command an influence in finalising the agenda of sovereign nations.”Referring to Graham Hancock’s path breaking book, “Lords of Poverty: The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business”, 1989, Dutt notes, “the book bared the truth about the vicious cycle of international aid/funding and consequent dependency and indebtedness of emerging nations. It ensures that poverty is never dispelled though billions of dollars are ostensibly poured into the charade of dispelling it. A sinister spin-off is insurgency, rebellion and regime changes at the behest of alien forces.” (26)

Ironically, many members of Sonia Gandhi’s NAC and Team Anna have been recipients of rich foreign funding, recognition and awards. In a masterly work, “NGOs, Activists and Foreign Funds; Anti-Nation Industry,” Krishen Kak and Radha Rajan marshaled a wealth of information to expose the political and anti-nation agenda of some well-known NGOs and activists, their foreign sponsorships, donors and funds, and their sheer lack of public accountability. They stressed the urgent need for a mechanism to counter this anti-nation industry. It is only now that the government is beginning to stir. (27)

The Reality

Too many Christians are allowed by the Secular State to serve their religion at the cost of the  nation. A classic example is IAS Officer Uma Shankar from Tamil Nadu. In July 2010, he was suspended by the then DMK government for producing a fake caste certificate to join the IAS.

When reinstated in September 2010, he told the media, “All my 11 siblings have all along remained Hindus. But my mother named me Ashok and got it recorded in my SSLC book that I was a Christian Pallar. My father was agitated over that and there used to be a lot of violence at home. Finally, when I was doing my final year in college, my father got me officially converted to Hinduism, changed my name to Uma Shankar and also got it notified in the government gazette.” He added, “My community certificate was verified by state government officials twice, based on a request from the Union Public Service Commission in 1990. On the government’s instruction, the Tirunelveli collector had once again summoned me for yet another inquiry about the community certificate, but the state government has no locus standi to initiate such an inquiry when my employer was the UPSC or the central government. Let me make it clear now. For the past two years, I am a practising Christian. However, I have not changed my religion
legally.” (28)

Speaking to the media in Thirunelveli on 21 September 2010 on the issue of reservation for dalit Christians, he advised Hindu Dalits to convert to Christianity personally and remain as Hindus officially (legally), to enjoy reservation benefits. “I have been a Christian for the past two years. However, while joining the service, I was a dalit Hindu,” he boasted. He urged the dalits to go out of the Hindu fold, that “promotes untouchability”, but be careful not to mention this in their certificates. “Be baptised but don’t get the certificate. Go to churches of your choice but don’t sign in the church records.” Mr. Umashankar called for a constitutional amendment to extend benefits to dalits Christians. (29)

When AIADMK came to power, he gave an interview to a Tamil weekly, “I believe in Jesus… Jesus told me that DMK would bite the dust in the elections… Within days of my suspension Jayalalithaa issued a press statement in my support. Then itself I knew that Jesus had blessed her to be the next Chief Minister…” (30)

When Jayalalithaa appointed him Managing Director of Co-optex in June 2011, he ordered the removal of pictures of Hindu deities from the office complex. When he attempted to do the same in the showrooms, public anger forced Jayalalithaa to shift him from Co-optex. (31) Of late, he takes part in evangelical congregations. On 1 Oct. 2011, he addressed a congregation organized by evangelist S. Thangasami of Berachah Prophetic Ministries in Ambattur, in his ‘personal’ capacity, whatever that means.

In all the four pillars of democracy, such persons serving a religious imperialism can be found. They do not serve the nation. They support insurgency; collude with Maoists and separatists; and fund organisations and individual persons who act against the nation. Both Islam and Christianity are out to convert the entire world to their respective religion. They do not believe in the sacred concept of “Mother Nation”. Only followers of Sanatana Dharma worship their bhumi, their nation, their territory. Only dharmis serve the nation. Those who are out to destroy others can never be dharmic.


We are thus witnessing a classic conflict between those who want to invade the religion and culture of the nation, and those who want to protect it. Time is running out, and we need to put in place some urgent measures, if we are to save the nation.

-       Religious conversions must be stopped with an Anti Conversion Law. Foreign tourists who indulge in conversion activities must be punished with jail sentences and deported after serving the sentence, and never given visas again.

-       Inculturation activities must be stopped; Church must not be allowed to use any term or ritual which resembles, even remotely, Hinduism. Government must punish violators.

-       All NGOs must be screened; Government must stop inflow of foreign money. NGOs indulging in conversion activities, child trafficking, child abuse, inculturation, etc., must be brought to book and their licences cancelled.

-       Places of worship must be proportionate to the population of respective religionists, and no new places of worship must be allowed to be constructed where there is none/negligible population of the respective religionists.

-       One religious place must not be constructed in the vicinity of another religious place.

-       No political activity must be allowed inside a place of worship.

-       Hate literatures must not be printed and circulated. Defaulters must be severely punished.

-       Dubious writings in the name of “comparative theology” must be banned.

-       Preaching and propagation must be restricted within the campuses of respective religious places and not allowed in public places. Freedom of religion to preach and propagate is not freedom to convert.

Can Christians dialogue with Hindus on such terms? They cannot face such conditions. That is why they didn’t revisit the Kanchi Acharya after June 2009.

What the Vatican is trying to do in India is simply invasion through the twin strategies of “Interfaith Dialogues” and “Inculturation”. The Congress led UPA government facilitates it by allowing the mushrooming of Christian NGOs and inflow of foreign funds to them. Pseudo Secular political parties turn a blind eye to the machinations of the Church for the sake of votebanks. The foreign controlled secular and slavish media connives with the Church and its devious agenda.

Hindus will now have to be proactive, alert and aggressive and expose these shameless shenanigans. Instead of wasting time on inter-faith jamborees, Hindu religious leaders must negotiate with government; with jati leaders to solve inter-caste issues; to state governments to solve inter-state issues like Cauvery and Mullaperiyar. They must be in regular touch with the common people to stress the importance of unity among Hindus across caste and linguistic lines. Once unity is achieved, everything will fall in place.

Enough of inter-faith farce; it’s time for action within!



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(Deccan Chronicle dated 22 September 2010.)

30.Tamil Biweekly “Junior Vikatan” dated 25 May 2011


The author is a freelancer

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User Comments:

This two-part series is by far the most comprehensive and most painstaking compilation of the perversions of the Church around the world. A few points for readers’ attention – while the Catholic Church is the oldest and richest predator, other churches including European Protestant, American Baptist, German Lutheran, Pentecostal, New Life, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventists spreading in India like like cancer and aids combined are just as guilty, as predatory, as destructive, as sexually abusive, as anti-Hindu, and as casteist. There is [practise of untouchability in Churches too. Not only are dalit christians burued separately after death, even in life they have to sit separately in churches. How many dalit pastors and bishops and archbishops do they have and will upper caste christians accept communion from dalit pastors and oriests? Do upper caste christians marry dalit christians? While on Hindu bhumi I will build my temples anywhere, only Abrahamic places of congregation must be strictly regulated. This two-part series must be sent to every blooming bishop and arch bishop. It must be sent to all church magazines and journals and must be sent positively to John Dayal. I congratulate the author. He has done Hindus a very great service. Bless you Sir.
Radha Rajan
10 Dec 2011

Chronological some up of events by Mr.Tamizhchelvan is very good. We have been repeatedly crying like a child exposing the past, present & future invasion, slavery tactics of missionaries, the atrocities and sexual abuse committed by missionaries for the past two centuries to the present day, the selfish to the core and parasites nature of the church etc., in vain and the secular deaf Government do not want to listen. To the true sense the below points given by the author is actually incorporated as communal targeted violence bill and not the present form the Govt proposed now? 1. Religious conversions must be stopped with an Anti Conversion Law. Foreign tourists who indulge in conversion activities must be punished with jail sentences and deported after serving the sentence, and never given visas again. 2. Inculturation activities must be stopped; Church must not be allowed to use any term or ritual which resembles, even remotely, Hinduism. Government must punish violators. 3. All NGOs must be screened; Government must stop inflow of foreign money. NGOs indulging in conversion activities, child trafficking, child abuse, inculturation, etc., must be brought to book and their licences cancelled. 4. Places of worship must be proportionate to the population of respective religionists, and no new places of worship must be allowed to be constructed where there is none/negligible population of the respective religionists. 5. One religious place must not be constructed in the vicinity of another religious place. 6. No political activity must be allowed inside a place of worship. 7. Hate literatures must not be printed and circulated. Defaulters must be severely punished. 8. Dubious writings in the name of “comparative theology” must be banned. 9. Preaching and propagation must be restricted within the campuses of respective religious places and not allowed in public places. Freedom of religion to preach and propagate is not freedom to convert.
10 Dec 2011

@Vedamgopal. It must be emphasised again and again that all regulations you have listed above apply only to Islam and Christianity and their mosques and churches and prayer houses. Like Radhaji says Tamizhchelvan’s article must be sent to as many Christian NGOs, organizations and padris. It must also be sent to the Prime Minister and MPs. Excellent write up Tamizhchelvan.
R Divakar
10 Dec 2011

@ Observer I do not understand why this man does “devil preaching gospel job” again and again. It is an established fact that Islam & Christianity are un-trustworthy and non compatible with other religion. When compared to racism, slavery, jihad, Kafir, Sharia, cast & untouchability are lesser evil. This cast differences are clearly visible within abrahamic religion also. Please clean your back first and then advise others. Because of Government reservation policies cast system appears to be conflicting and once this reservation goes no body is going to bother about the cast. It is a fact that in India the individual cast group’s strength collectively binding the entire nation in spite of long period of alien rulers. Untouchability is not discrimination or slavery. It is only keeping distance from people with unclean habits including some abnormal morals. Nowadays these people are improving a lot and able to mingle with other community. In fact the abrahamic cult people are possessed with maximum unclean habits & abnormal morals and they are the real untouchable in the view of Hindu to-day. 1. I request to remove the word Kafir/Jihad & other related verses from the Koran first. 2. Totally avoid Sharia law introduction in non-Islamic countries & abide by the common civil code. 3. Give all respect to your Nation first and then think about religion 4. I want Pope to openly announce to stop the soul harvesting business. 5. If Christians were really generous for charity send the funds only to concern Government and not any individual institution.
10 Dec 2011

Mr. Tamizhchelvan has given a list of excellent measures which Hindus need to force the government to do. So how are we going to do it? And who is going to do it? Where are the organizations which can take up these issues? And why haven’t they done anything about it? How is it that the RSS and VHP have not brought about a national anitconversion law in all these years? How is it that the Hindu gurus have not demanded a ban on foreign funds into religious organizations so far? The solutions are obvious to everyone and these have been presented by numerous authors before. But no one has an actual strategy of making any of this come to fruition.
K. Harapriya
10 Dec 2011 Iain Buachanans video a must to be downloaaded.
10 Dec 2011

Origin of word Onam: Kanchi Paramacharya

Origin of word Onam – From Kanchi Paramacharya audio talks.

Shraavani Nakshathra is the presiding star of this month which is called Shravana Masa.

The month name “Shraavani” got modified into Aavani month (in tamil) as they removed the part “shraa” from it.

Star name got changed in tamil as they added a “thiru” to it to call it “Thiruvoonam” star for Shravana Nakshathra.

Thiruvoonam nakhathra day on Shravvana maasa is called as Onam in kerela and tamilnadu.

மகாபெரியவர் அருளிய கிருஷ்ணாவதாரத் தத்து வம்!

மகாபெரியவர் அருளிய கிருஷ்ணாவதாரத் தத்துவம்!

ஞான ஒளி: “”ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ண பகவான் கீதையில், அஞ்ஞான உலகத்தினருக்குத் தெரியாத ஞானப் பிரகாசத்திலேயே ஞானியானவன் எப்போதும் இருக்கிறான் என்ற அர்த்தத்தில், “உலகம் முழுவதும் தூங்கும் காலத்தில் ஞானி விழித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறான்’ என்கிறார். எங்கும் ஒரே இருட்டாக இருக்கும் காலத்தில் ஒரு வெளிச்சம் தோன்றினால் அதை வரவேற்கிறோம். ஒரு பாலைவனத்தின் நடுவில் கொஞ்சம் நிழலும் நீரும் தென்பட்டால் அளவிலா ஆனந்தத்தைத் தருகிறது. இருண்ட மேகங்களின் மத்தியில் தோன்றும் ஒளி அதிகப் பிரகாசத்தோடு விளங்குகிறது.

÷ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ண பரமாத்மா தக்ஷிணாயணத்தில் ஆவணி மாதத்தில் ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ண பக்ஷம் அஷ்டமியன்று நடுநிசியில் பிறந்தான். நமக்கு ஒரு வருடம் தேவர்களுக்கு ஒரு நாள். நம் உத்தராயணம் அவர்களுக்குப் பகல்; தக்ஷிணாயணம் அவர்களுக்கு இரவு. ஆகையால், ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் அவதரித்த காலம் தேவர்களுக்கு இரவாகிறது. இம்மாதிரியே நமக்கு ஒரு மாதம் பித்ருக்களுக்கு ஒரு நாளாகும். நமது சுக்லபக்ஷம் அவர்களுக்குப் பகல்; கிருஷ்ணபக்ஷம் இரவு. ஆகையால் ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் பிறந்த கிருஷ்ணபக்ஷம் பித்ருக்களுக்கும் இரவாகிறது. அஷ்டமி, பக்ஷத்தின் நடுவில் வருவதனால் அன்று பித்ருக்களுக்கு நடுநிசியாகும். ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் பிறந்தது அஷ்டமியன்று நடுநிசி. இதனால் என்ன ஏற்படுகிறது? ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் அவதரித்த காலம் தேவர்கள், பித்ருக்கள், மனிதர்கள் எல்லோருக்கும் நிசி. எல்லா தினுசிலும் இருட்டு அதிகமாக இருக்கும் சமயம். ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் பிறந்ததும் இருள் நிறைந்த சிறைச்சாலை. இப்படி ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணாவதாரக் காலத்தில் எல்லாம் இருள் மயமான சூழ்நிலை.

அவனுடைய பெயரும் “கிருஷ்ணன்’. “கிருஷ்ணன்’ என்றால், “கறுப்பு’ என்று பொருள். அவனது மேனியும் கறுப்பு. இப்படி ஒரே கறுப்பான சமயத்தில் தானும் கறுப்பாக ஆவிர்ப்பவித்தாலும் (தோன்றுதல்) அவனே ஞான ஒளி. நல்ல காளமேகங்களிடையே மின்னல் மாதிரி, அத்தனை இருட்டுக்கு நடுவே தோன்றிய ஞானஒளியானதால்தான் மங்காத பிரகாசமுடையதாய் இன்றும் என்றும் ஜொலித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறது. அஞ்ஞானத்தால் இருண்டிருக்கும் உலகத்தில்தான் ஞானத்தின் மகிமை அதிகமாக விளங்கும். அப்படியே கிருஷ்ணனின் பெருமை பிரகாசிக்கிறது. அவனுடைய கீதை உலகெங்கும் ஒலித்துக் கொண்டிக்கிறது. அவனுடைய லீலாவிநோதங்கள் நிறைந்திருக்கும் ஸ்ரீமத் பாகவத புராணம் சிரேஷ்டமாக விளங்குகிறது.

÷உடலுக்கு ஒளியளிப்பது கண்; உயிருக்கு ஒளி தருவது ஞானம். உலக உயிர்களுக்கெல்லாம் ஞானஒளி தருகின்ற கண்ணாக இருப்பவனே கண்ணன். நம் தென்னாட்டில் அவன் கிருஷ்ணன் மாத்திரம் அல்லாமலும் கண்ணனும் ஆகிவிட்டான். அகக்கண்ணையும் புறக்கண்ணையும் அம்ருதத்தில் மூழ்கடிக்கும் வடிவம் அவனுடையது. நம் காதின் வழியாக வேணுவினால் கீத அம்ருதத்தையும் உபதேச சாரமான கீதாம்ருதத்தையும் உட்செலுத்திக் குளிரவைக்கும் அந்தக் கண்ணனே நம் உலகுக்குக் கண்; கறுப்பினிடையே விளங்கும் ஒளி காட்டும் கண்; அந்த ஒளியும் அவன்தான்! ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் ஒரே அவதாரத்தில் அநேக விதமான லீலைகளைச் செய்து நடித்திருக்கிறான்.

வகை வகையான லீலைகள் ஏன்? உலகத்தில் நல்லதும் பொல்லாததுமாக அநேகவிதமான மனப்போக்கை உடையவர்களாக ஜீவர்கள் அமைந்திருக்கிறார்கள். வீரனும், சூரனும், திருடனும், ஸ்திரீலோலனும், பேதையும், உழைப்பாளியும், கிழவனும், குழந்தையும், யோகியும், ஞானியுமாக இப்படிப் பலவிதமான மனநிலையை உடையவர்கள் உலகத்தில் இருக்கிறார்கள்.

÷ ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் நல்லவர்களை மட்டுமன்றி, மற்றோரையும் கவர வேண்டுமென்றே கபடனாக, மாயனாக, தந்திரசாலியாக எல்லா வேஷமும் போட்டான். பற்பல போக்கு கொண்ட மக்கள் எல்லோரையும் தனது வகை வகையான லீலைகளால் தனித்தனியே ஆகர்ஷித்து (கவர்ந்து), தன்னுடைய கருணைக்கும் அதன் மூலம் ஞானத்துக்கும் பாத்திரமாக்கி, கடைத்தேற்ற வைத்த ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணாவதாரமே பரிபூர்ண அவதாரமாகும்”

Namaste – “The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you

Is there an unseen hand of Jayalalitha in this mischief?

Seer rebuts charges of trying to influence judge

KANCHEEPURAM: Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, prime accused in the Sankararaman murder case, today refuted allegations that he had attempted to influence the judge hearing the case.

“..I have never met or interacted with the Judge in question except once, and that on August 18, when there was a hearing of my case in his court. That was the only occasion when I have met or spoken to the judge and have never interacted with him on any matter beyond that, money or any other,” he told reporters here.

The seer’s comments come a day after the Madras High Court stayed for eight weeks the trial in the case at the Puducherry Sessions court on a petition alleging an attempt to influence the verdict.

The petitioner had submitted that some video footage on purported conversation between the Sankaracharya and some others has emerged regarding alleged payments made and to be made by the seer to influence the judgement in the case.

Jayendra said the Kanchi sankara mutt has a standing tradition of over 69 ‘Guru paramparas’, and the tradition has always respected ‘Dharma’ and ‘Nyaya.’

“Obviously there is someone who is not interested in concluding the case, and wants to prolong it, or, there is someone wanting to make money creating such a situation – and they have brought about such a development.I only wish to tell the well-wishers to put faith in Dharma, nyayam and God fearing values and keep peace.”

The seer said he was “pained” and “surprised” to see media reports in the past few days, accusing him of entering into deals with the Judge hearing the case.

He said the only person he ever paid money to was the Advocate representing him in the case.

On his purported telephone conversations seeking to influence the judgement, Jayendra said he neither owns a phone nor does he communicate through phone. The phone, the diaries that were in the past, had all been taken away by police, he said, adding, he always talks to the media and people directly.

Only his assistant communicates with them if they are to be invited, he said. “I believe only in “Dharmam, Nyayam and the Judge and our traditional faith that Dharmam protects those who observe Dharma.”

The order staying the proceedings before the Principal Sessions Judge against the Seer, his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi and 22 others in Puducherry was issued on a petition filed by city-based advocate P Sundrarajan.

Sankararaman, manager of Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram, was murdered in the premises of the temple on September 3, 2004. The two seers have been charged with entering into a conspiracy and hiring a gang to murder Sankararaman out of previous enmity.

A total of 189 witnesses have been examined and cross-examined since commencement of the trial in April 2009, of whom 87 have turned hostile.

The trial was shifted to Puducherry from a Chengalpattu court on a directive by the Supreme Court on a petition filed by Jayendra in October 2005.

HC stays murder case trial against Kanchi seer

The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed for eight weeks the trial in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi is the prime accused, on a petition alleging an attempt to influence the court verdict. The order staying the proceedings before the Principal Sessions Judge against the Seer, his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi and 22 others in Puducherry was issued by Justice K Suguna on a petition filed by city-based advocate P Sundrarajan.

The judge also issued notice of motion to the respondent Registrar (Vigilance) of the high court.

Presenting an audio-cassette, purportedly, containing the conversation between the Acharya and Puducherry Sessions Court judge Ramasamy, one Mr Sundarajan filed the petition, seeking a direction to probe the matter. The purported conversation between the Acharya and the Judge, played by a leading Tamil Satellite Channel, a male voice was heard saying he would settle the full amount within a week and other male voice saying “he will take care”. The conversation between the two was mediated by one female, identified as Gowri, the channel said.

Mr Sundarajan, in his petition, wanted the High Court to order a probe to find out whether the conversation was between the Acharya, prime accused in the murder case and the Judge. He also sought an interim order, restraining the Sessions Court Judge from hearing the murder case. The case is likely to come up for hearing later this week.


Arguments in Sankararaman case from September 5

PUDUCHERRY: Arguments in the Sankararaman murder case will begin on September 5.

Principal District and Sessions Judge T Ramaswamy, on Wednesday, fixed the date for arguments after viewing video recordings of the questioning of the accused during the course of investigation in the case.  The prosecution will begin arguments on September 5.The court viewed a total of nine videos and heard one audio recording. The videos contained the questioning of 12 of the total 24 accused.  The videos were displayed and viewed following a petition by Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss, who wanted the court to consider the video recordings as “vital documents” relating to the case.The judge recorded the minutes of the proceedings in the presence of the counsels of both sides.Sankararaman, manager of the Varadarajaperumal Temple in Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the temple on September 3, 2004.Kanchi Acharya Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi are the prime accused in the case.Of the total 189 witnesses, 81 turned hostile. The trial was shifted to Puducherry on a directive of the Supreme Court in October 2005.

The key police sub inspector Prem Kumar who lead the arrest of Acharyas on the eve of deepawali in Tirupati, has died of mental and physical illness. He was suspended from service by court for continuous indiscipline and malpractises, got mentally challenged and left wth no friends and relatives befored dying. The main witness has turned hostile along with 80 other witnesses. This case is a waste of tax payers money which is being used against their interests. Real culprit is sitting in the throne and ruling the state. uh.
By Nanda
8/18/2011 2:11:00 PM


I was framed-up, says Kanchi seer

PUDUCHERRY: Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, prime accused in the Sankararaman murder case, appeared before a trial court here on Monday and claimed that the charges were foisted upon the seers.

Accompanied by his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi, also an accused in the case, the seer told Principal District and Sessions Judge T Ramaswamy that the statements of the prosecution witnesses were untrue.The “charges were foisted” against them, the Sankaracharya told the Sessions Court judge.All the 24 accused appeared before the judge following the orders of the court.The questioning of the seers began at 3 pm. The judge, who permitted the accused to be seated considering their age and ailments, went on to ask 554 questions running into 196 pages), which took almost one-hour -and-40 minutes.Judge T Ramaswamy then directed all the accused to be present at 3 pm on Tuesday to continue with the questioning.Sankararaman, the manager of the Sri Varadarajaperumal Temple in Kanchee­puram, was found murdered on September 3, 2004.  The trial was shifted from Chengalpattu to Puducherry on November 28, 2005, following a Supreme Court order on a writ petition filed by the Sankaracharya.The examination of witnesses started on April 2, 2009. Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss had completed the cross examination of all the prosecution witnesses on July 11, this year.  A total of 189 witnesses have been examined, out of which till now 81 have turned hostile.

Temple treasures belong to royal family: Sankaracharya

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu:  The huge treasures found in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were the “exclusive property” of Travancore royal family that dedicated their kingdom to the presiding deity of the temple, Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi said today.

“For long the erstwhile royal family was the custodian of the temple and they dedicted their kingdom to Lord Sree Padmanabhaswamy.

The treasures were offerings made by erstwhile rulers to the temple, hence the recoveries belonged to the royal family”, he told PTI here.

“However, the treasures should be kept in the temple cellars itself”, he said.

The cellars of the temple, closed for several decades, were ordered to be opened by the Supreme Court to prepare inventory while considering a private petition recently.

The deity of Padmanabha Swami Temple is the family deity of Travancore royal family. Members of the erstwhile royal family had dedicated their kingdom to the deity and pledged that they will live as servants of Padmanabha. The Shrine is run by a trust floated by the Travnacore royal house.

Vast collection of gold, silver, precious stones and priceless jewellery were discovered in the cellars of the temple while preparing the inventory.

Mahaperiava’s Jayanthi celeberated in New Jersey

Dear Devotees,

The 118th Jayanthi Mahotsavam  of H.H Pujasri Mahaswamiji of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam was celebrated in a grand style & fervor at Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple, Morganville, New Jersey. on 18th  June 2011.  Priest Sri Natarajan Srowthigal of Guruvayoorappan temple performed the poojas.  Sri Murali Swaminathan and Smt. Saundari Murali performed the Rudrabishekam and Paduka Puja to the Holy Padukas of Sri Maha Perivaa and Sri Perivaa.  Students of Smt.Padma Venkateswaran sang a few verses from Thevaram & a song on Goddess Kamakshi. A group of 10 children read various chapters from “Voice of God”. Dr. Yegnasubramanian received the prasadams from Sri Matam on behalf of the devotees and spoke about the importance of continuing the practice of reading the “Voice of God” & encouraged devotees to visit Mani Mantapam of Mahaswamiji at Orikkai, in their next visit to India. A beautiful photo of the holy padukas that are at the Orikkai Mani Matapam were distributed to the families who attended and were offered the Kanchi Mutt prasadams.

Enjoy the pictures of the event LINK

Jaya Jaya Sankara! Hara Hara Sankara!

Universally revered



Anusham, Paramacharya’s birth star falls on June 14.

It is 17 years since Paramacharya shed his mortal coil, but the sage lives on in the memories of his followers, who find solace in going back to the books written by devotees, who were closely associated with him. For example Ra. Ganapati, who recorded Paramacharya’s words and published them in eight volumes. “Deivathin Kural” is sure to be found in the collection of the saint’s devotee. Bharaneedharan was blessed to be guided by Paramacharya, who has documented his experiences in ‘ Anbe Arulae.’ Ganesa Sarma conducts Sapthaahams on the pontiff’s life and teachings.

A perusal of the books reveal that among the thousands of people, who met Paramacharya were world leaders and scholars cutting across communities. Mahatma Gandhi, Eknath Ranade, who was instrumental in erecting the memorial to the Swami Vivekananda at Kanyakumari, Dalai Lama, Satya Sai Baba, the King of Nepal, Prof. Milton Singer of Chicago University, Ms. Eughina Borghini a scholar from Argentina, Sayeed Nasr, the Vice-Chancellor of Teheran University, Queen Frederica from Greece and her daughter Princess Irene, Dr. Albert Franklin the U.S. Consul General, Dr. Paul Brunton are some of the prominent names. Brunton was the first westerner to interview Mahaswami and it was at his insistence after meeting Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi that he authored the famous book, “A Search in Secret India” which revealed to the West the existence of Tiruvannamalai.

Professor Milton Singer said, “Before I went to India I had read and heard much about the great ‘Soul force’ of its holy men and saints but I had assumed this was something of the ancient past. And it was not until I had met Shankaracharya [the Sage] that I realised that it still a part of the living force of Hinduism even today.”

Miss. Eughina Borghini: “I consider the day I first saw His Highness a day of great fortune in my life. I consider that in him Jesus has come again into this world. He is an image of love. From the moment I saw him, the Light of his Grace gave me maturity to understand clearly some of the aspects of spiritual life and religious teachings. His Holiness lives just like Jesus, homeless and devoted to a life of renunciation, with his contemplation, worship, penance and teachings, working for the welfare of mankind. I shall bow at his feet and be always adoring him.”

Professor Sayeed Nasr : “To behold the presence of His Holiness the Jagadguru, and to be blessed by the privileges of receiving the fresh breeze which flows from Him and which extinguishes the very fire separating man from God, is to realise that the Divine Freedom manifests itself where it wills. In Kancheepuram, one feels the proximity of Light which as a Muslim I have experienced in the presence of Muslim saints…”

Princess Irene: “This meeting with Perfection whose blessing is no more than I am able to cherish without being deeply moved. The greatness of his blessing was so immense that this human container was incapable of holding it without its overflowing which resulted as tears — tears of utter fulfilment which washed away the container, causing it to dissolve, for a while, into the Reality he symbolises.”

And they were all stunned by his versatility and knowledge from advaita to English literature.

Tamil Nadu Election Results: Draupadi’s Defeat

25 May 2011
Tamil Nadu’s Hindus felt little or no sense of Hindu involvement in the just concluded Assembly elections; and this notwithstanding the fact that across the country the Abrahamic so-called minorities, as always, participated in the elections with full consciousness of their religious identity and their religious commitment to chip away at national self-identity until the goal is reached – to politically dis-empower Hindus and de-Hinduise the Hindu Nation.

Such is the comprehensive failure of the BJP and so total the loss of its self-identity, that reeling under the pressure of ascendant jihadi Islam and militant evangelical Church, hapless Hindus of Assam, because they had no faith in the BJP to protect Hindu interests, voted for Italian Christian Congress while the Hindus of Kerala with no faith again in the BJP to protect their interests, voted against Italian Christian Congress and for the communists.

The Hindus of Tamil Nadu, threatened in equal measure by both Islam and the Church and their progressive demographic, economic and religious aggression against them, however, voted for extraneous, non-Hindu considerations. Neither the Congress nor the communists, neither the DMK nor the AIADMK at anytime in history and in any state in the country served Hindus, Hindu interests or Hindu dharma; and yet all of them have been victors in elections driven only by the strength of the Hindu vote.

The BJP, wherever it succeeded, even without a Hindu agenda, and sometimes even after blatant pandering of Abrahamic minorities, rode to victory perched on RSS shoulders; it failed whenever the RSS refused to instruct its cadre to work actively for BJP victory. The RSS has still not decided, to the detriment of its own wellbeing and that of Hindus, if it wants to carry the dead weight of a characterless BJP on its shoulders.

Narendra Modi, although he does not fit into any of the above categories, like his good friend Jayalalithaa, is yet to learn that he is neither omnipotent nor infallible, and still has other lessons to learn.

The RSS is beginning to look increasingly like a failed Hindu organization without the capacity to create a political delivery mechanism with the unapologetic, unambiguous and uncompromising objective to serve Hindu interests. Unless the RSS wants to diminish itself to being simply another NGO working in the social sector, it has to make the conscious decision to influence the polity and empower Hindus to put in place a self-conscious Hindu government.

The Hindu Nation can be protected from anti-Hindu forces only by a Hindu State; and for the benefit of the unthinking among us let it be reiterated that a Hindu State is not to be equated with Abrahamic theocratic states. If empowerment does not lead to political power, it is no empowerment; and if the fast-track ascendancy of the Abrahamic minorities continues unchecked, then any measure of success that Hindus have achieved in any field can and will be dissipated to eventually favour only the Abrahamic minorities.

Let us be blunt – political power, unlike general social prosperity and well being, is a zero sum game. If the power to influence the polity today rests with Muslims and Christians it has come at the cost of Hindu political dis-empowerment; and Hindus and the RSS have only themselves to blame. Pon. Radhakrishnan, State President of the BJP in Tamil Nadu, according to some newspaper reports, pandered to the Christian sense of political power and influence when he sought the support of sundry padris in Nagercoil, his assembly constituency and a Christian bastion. Needless to say, he lost.

Needless to say again, while the collective idiot Hindu vote is distributed generously among all anti-Hindu parties, Christians and Muslims, wherever they have a strong presence, do not vote for the BJP or for any party which they believe is even minimally Hindu in intent. The electoral conduct of the Muslim voter when he is weak and when he is strong is not the same. Lesson Number 1 for Narendra Modi.

Now that Mamata Banerjee has announced that the Sachar Committee report will be implemented in full in W. Bengal, and Jayalalithaa has already promised the Christians in Kanyakumari that if returned to power, Tamil Nadu will be the first state-proclaimed Christian Kingdom of God on Earth, it is imperative to look at TN’s elections and results from a Hindu perspective.

The first myth which must be ruthlessly shattered is that these elections were fought on a battlefield were dharma was confronted by adharma. The Tamil Nadu elections were simply a turf war between two contending anti-Hindu parties – the DMK and AIADMK, with their fractious, factious, internecine dravidian satellites adding to the cacophony.

In 2006, when Jayalalithaa was riding the crest of despotic power and all poll forecasts predicted that she would bulldoze her way to power, she did lose, and lose resoundingly, because other invisible and unfelt forces defeated her. There is no single, convincing political, sociological or psephological argument yet as to why Jayalalithaa lost the elections in 2006 despite good governance and efficient civic administration. Lesson Number 2 for Narendra Modi.

The writer however is convinced that the good old law of natural justice, which the writer calls the Flawless Logic of Karma, caught up with Jayalalithaa and she was made to pay the price for her demoniac assault upon the seers of the Kanchi matham. The tragedy of Tamil Nadu is that while the laws of karma operate inexorably against evil-doers, they operate just as inexorably against self-absorbed and unconscionable Hindus too, for failing to create a driving force to protect dharma and dharmi.

Although the DMK, the AIADMK and even the BJP refused to set a Hindu agenda for the elections in Tamil Nadu, Hindus could still have voted as Hindus. The Law of Karma could not give Hindus choices that were not commensurate with their Hindu consciousness and therefore gave the Hindus of Tamil Nadu only one choice – to choose the lesser or greater evil, the DMK or the AIADMK. Jayalalithaa’s victory was Draupadi’s defeat.

In every dharmic society two categories of people are inviolable – women and sanyasis, because they are the life-force of the two fundamental institutions that define and sustain Hindu dharma – marriage/family and Sanyasaashrama. And that is why, as an expression of the highest respect accorded to them, in Hindu homes and Hindu society, people do not touch or come physically close to women and sanyasis.

When Jayalalithaa laid her hands on Pujya Jayendra Saraswati (Periava) and Pujya Sankaravijayendra Saraswati (Bala Periava) and lodged them in prison, it was akin to Dushasana dragging menstruating Draupadi by her hair to the royal court where her robes were stripped off her. That Draupadi could not be disrobed completely and the revered Kanchi seers could not be kept endlessly in jail or dislodged from their peethams does not mean that the duraatmas did not try; it also does not exonerate the Kauravas or Jayalalithaa and her accomplices of unpardonable violation of dharma.

Rapists and abusers of women often get away with their heinous crime because of the silence of the victim and the victim’s family. Zero tolerance to abuse of women, to rape and all violation of sanctity in any society can come about only when even a solitary voice speaks loudly and repeatedly about the offence so that society is constantly reminded and sensitized to the horror of the crime and to the inevitable consequences of the crime which undermines the dharmic fibre of society as a whole.

While what follows is certain to open wounds that have not healed, and the writer pleads forgiveness from every bhakta of the Kanchi matham who agonized every minute during the ordeal, the crime against the Kanchi matham has to be detailed not only because a very large section of Hindus still does not know the horrific details of the mortal assault against the matham, but also because Hindus have to be compelled to live with the unforgivable shame and sin of having powered Jayalalithaa to her victory.

- Pujya Jayendra Saraswati Swami was tricked into going with the Tamil Nadu police for ‘questioning’ while in actual fact Pujya Periava had been arrested but not informed of it until he had been lodged in jail

- Some bhaktas of the Matham close to Jayalalithaa had prior information of the arrest

- Powerful bhaktas of the matham who called themselves Paramacharya’s bhaktas moved swiftly to silence the RSS, the Hindu Dharmacharya Sabha and important mathathipathis, powerful Hindu voices in industry and other professions and prevented them from stepping forward to put pressure on Jayalalithaa to release Pujya Periava from jail under the pretext that the matter was internal to the Kanchi matham and none except the Paramacharya’s bhaktas would deal with it as they deemed fit. As it turned out they dealt with it by doing nothing

- At least two powerful Acharyas refused bluntly to the writer’s face to involve themselves or the HDAS in the issue

- The writer and her dear friend Badri were accursed to have seen Pujya Bala Periava in the privacy of his chambers, sunk in deepest sorrow, mind-numbing and paralysing sorrow and grief as his Guru remained in prison

- The very same Paramacharya’s bhaktas led by the Param bhakta who silenced all criticism of Jayalalithaa, who refused to lift their little finger to get Pujya Periava released from prison, however went around the country influencing opinion against the seers in powerful sections of Hindu society and were also exerting enormous pressure on both Pujya Jayendra Saraswati Swami and Pujya Bala Periava to step down from the peetham

- Jayalalithaa, emboldened by the support that she received from this section of bhaktas stepped up her asuric mission against the matham

- She froze all bank accounts of the matham and the writer was witness to boys and young men being trained in the vedapathashala being sent back to their homes

- Orphanages and old age homes, shelters for destitute women run by the matham had no money and it does not require great intelligence to imagine the plight of the children, women and the aged living in these homes

- The Kalavai matham itself did not have even the requisite meager resources to feed those who came to seek Pujya Periava’s darshan after his release

- This was used as excuse by this bunch of saboteurs to attempt to relieve Pujya Periava of all control over the innumerable Trusts belonging to the matham; an attempt was even made to wrest Power of Attorney from Pujya Periava so that this group could now control the Trusts and the monies

- Jayalalithaa had a compliant judge deny Pujya Periava bail in the Madras High Court

- Even as all this was happening, the Paramacharya’s Param bhakta lost no time in packing the matham with his loyalists and sycophants in all administrative and managerial posts and positions. To a pointed question about the total take-over of the matham by the Param bhakta and his acolytes, the bhakta told the writer that he had been mandated by the Paramacharya (from his heavenly abode?) to “cleanse the matham”

- This was a well-planned and calculated coup d’etat against both seers by a section of the matham; Jayalalithaa was only the all-powerful state instrument

- This coup could have been achieved only by state power, only by people who used their closeness to Jayalalithaa to remove the acharyas physically from the matham

- Jayalalithaa had some policeman administer drugs to Pujya Periava in jail and also permitted some scumbag to engage Pujya Periava in conversation. Leading questions about Pujya Periava’s role in an uninvestigated murder were posed to the seer; Pujya Periava was taunted and mocked; we all saw the video of this horrific abuse of Pujya Periava’s person aired on all news channels; as Pujya Periava, his speech slurred by the drugs injected into him, lost balance and fell over on his side, toppling to the ground, hundreds of hearts broke in anguish and shame that we could not protect him from this sacrilege

- Jayalalithaa sent hundreds of policemen in shoes and boots into the sacrosanct premises of the matham to arrest Pujya Bala Periava and to a sharp question about how policemen could enter a temple with shoes on their feet, Jayalalithaa remarked that the matham was no temple and only a burial ground (sudukaadu), a veiled reference to the fact that Pujya Paramacharya is interned in the matham

- Those were the times for Jayalalithaa-orchestrated and encouraged free-for-all. Editorials, columns and news room discussions, public meetings, interviews, were designed and crafted to malign and abuse the matham. Charges ranging from gun-running, drug trafficking and womanising were leveled by any passing individual on the street willing to sell his or her soul for a few thousand rupees

- The then incumbent Sarsanghachalak, faithfully mouthing the lines given to him by Paramacharya’s Param Bhakta, announced to a horrified country that bhaktas must not lose heart as soon they would have a new mathathipathi on the peetham.

This was the Param Bhakta’s diabolic coup de grace. It was also mission accomplished; well, almost.

After Pujya Periava was released from prison, the writer has witnessed in Kalavai, on three occasions, tears welling uncontrollably in Pujya Periava’s eyes and had to beseech His Holiness to not allow them to fall to the ground. If even one drop of Pujya Periava’s tears had fallen to the ground, as certain as night follows day, Hindus collectively would have been annihilated, and deservedly annihilated.

And that is why this needed to be told again; that is why the wound had to be opened again. Hindus of Tamil Nadu have placed the sceptre into the very hands which used the power vested in the sceptre to defile the Kanchi matham. This was not simply about the Kanchi matham; this was about a virulent anti-Hindu polity mounting its most dastardly attack yet against Hindus, Hindu society and Hindu religion. What many Hindus do not know is that the case against Pujya Periava is still pending in the courts. They have not been brought to closure and Jayalalithaa is back in Fort St. George. Jayalalithaa’s victory is Draupadi’s defeat.

Every Hindu politician who participated in the elections, every Hindu who spoke out against the DMK for its astronomical corruption and called for the DMK’s defeat, unmindful that the DMK’s defeat meant Jayalalithaa’s victory, every Hindu who voted for Jayalalithaa and every Hindu who told us that the issue of Kanchi Matham is a thing of the past, must return to the Mahabharata.

As Duryodhana remained adamant about not returning the kingdom to the Pandavas at the end of their thirteen-year exile, when war seemed inevitable and everyone had lost any hope for peace, Srikrishna went back to Indraprashtha, to the court of the Kauravas, and made a peace proposal.

Srikrishna asked Dhritrashtra to prevail upon Duryodhana to return to the Pandavas, if not their kingdom, at least five villages. This gesture, said Srikrishna, would avert certain war, war which everyone knew spelt a veritable bloodbath and certain annihilation of the Kauravas. But Duryodhana refused to part with even that much territory as could be placed on the tip of five needles and the rest is Ithihasa.

But let us for argument’s sake suppose that Duryodhana did the unimaginable; that he accepted Srikrishna’s proposal to give away five villages to the Pandavas in the interest of peace or even in the interest of self-preservation. War would have been averted, the Pandavas would have set up their kingdom in the five villages and they would all have lived happily ever after. Really?

Then what about Draupadi’s honour? Was the Mahabharata war only about Indraprastha or was it equally about Draupadi’s honour? The manner of Duryodhana and Dushasana’s death in the war was pre-determined by Bhima as vengeance for the terrible slight offered to Draupadi in the Kaurava court. The war therefore was as much about Indraprastha as it was about Draupadi’s honour.

Under these circumstances, if Srikrishna or Bhishma or even Yudhistra had suggested to Draupadi that she must put her dishonour behind her as a thing of the past and support their decision to accept the five villages as the only way to ensure peace, what do you think would have been Draupadi’s reaction? What would be your reaction?

If Duryodhana had accepted Srikrishna’s peace proposal and the Mahabharata did not assemble at Kurukshetra, Draupadi would have been defeated. Srikrishna’s peace would have been peace without justice, without dharma. The Tamil Nadu election results were no different. Hindus privileged corruption over honour and Jayalalithaa’s victory was therefore Draupadi’s defeat.

Every Hindu who made this possible actively or passively has earned the wrath of the gods. The gods may even forgive all slight offered to them; they may even forgive those who demolished temples or looted temple wealth, but they do not forgive those guilty of gurudroha and those guilty of defiling the highest institution in Hindu dharma. Lesson Number 3 for Narendra Modi.

The author is Editor,