We are at the height of Hinduism shaming in this country. Not enough with demolishing temples, the likes of Zul Nordin, Man Namblast, Ibrahim Ali, Ridhuan Tee and Shah Krit openly besmirch Hinduism with their flawed understanding. The latest individual that jumped on the Hinduism shaming bandwagon here is ustaz Shahul Hameed with his ‘promotion’ of Adabi and Faiza.
We make a hype and hoopla, profanely chastise those lots, calling them motherf******, dumb***, f***tard, ****head, shithead, etc, judge them disgracefully and sordidly and pledge allegiance with Hinduism like these guys down here:
Not very long ago, a foreign fashion designer came under fire here for designing swimsuits sporting the Hindu goddess of prosperity, Maha Lakshmi’s image. Another one was a case of body tattoo done in the image of Lord Ganesha.
Earlier this year, a girl called Telana uploaded a selfie of herself in the bathroom with the caption,”I keep Ganesha’s pic in my toilet so that I can pray while I pee.” Every Hindu Tom, Dick and Harry besieged her, calling her slut, bitch, whore, etc.
The guy wants to kill her. Is he speaking with a sane mind? Did he think where he’ll end up for publicly declaring kolaveri (murderous rage/intent)? Does he know that killing a human being is the sin of the highest order in Hinduism? Most of those who were vituperative at all the above seeming detractors of Hinduism are nothing but sanctimonious windbags who’s supposed calling is to be the Guardians of Hinduism minus the raccoon. They are the ones who ironically booze, dance and disturb girls and defile the sanctity of Thaipusam and any other Hindu festival celebrated in temples in Malaysia.
About Ustaz Shahul Hameed ridiculing Hinduism by saying that Alagappas lorries sport a certain Hindu deity that has it’s tongue lolling out, possibly to taste the curry powder. What the ustaz described is not a Hindu deity – it’s a drishti bommai that is used for drishti kalithal and it is not something religious – it’s cultural. Malays call it ‘panahan mata’ and in English it is ‘evil eye’. I didn’t see a single clarification on that anywhere, either by ordinary folks or MIC. Instead of making that clear, most of us fall hook, sinker and line to our politicians’ trump card – racism and religious extremism. Everyone was busy spewing no less racist and religiously extreme vitriol at the ustaz and brand the Indian guy who shook hands with the ustaz as traitor. If we can’t tell the difference between drishti bommai and Hindu idol ourselves, how can we expect others to know? We cannot distinguish cultural nuances with religious attributes and succumb to blind anger instead of sentient patience, true to the adage ‘an empty tin makes the most noise.’ What do you know about Hinduism in order to retaliate at those who have a flawed understanding of Hinduism? Will being profane and threatening to kill those who desecrate Hinduism protect Hinduism? Is that what Hinduism preaches? You claim others don’t understand Hinduism but do you understand it in the first place?
Do YOU understand Hinduism in order to guard it?
Foremost, Hinduism is not a religion – it’s philosophy and a way of life which covers all aspects of life. Hint: Yoga and Ayurveda. In Hinduism, God is said to be not having any gender and is also formless and ageless. God in Hinduism has no birth nor death. It is stated that God or Aum Kaaram in Hinduism is so stupendous, it’s beyond human comprehension so, the Divine Grace which is also omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all powerful – able to nurture and terrorize, able to create and destroy) and omniscient (all knowing) graciously assume anthropomorphic forms and manifest human emotions for human level of low understanding. This itself suggests that a Hindu should have humility for what humans don’t know is immense. This can also be scientifically interpreted as the cyclic destruction and creation of the earth in the universe. We too shall face destruction like the dinosaurs so being humble is the way to go. That is what Hinduism preaches foremost, to have humility. Pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony and lust will only bring destruction like what happened to Kauravas in Mahabaratham. Again, these are the seven cardinal sin in Christianity. The depiction of Jesus in Christianity is from infant to adult – His growing up phase, adolescence phase, known as ‘the unknown years of Jesus‘ are said to be spent meditating in Himalayas and several other versions are present too. Prophet Muhammad’s name is mentioned in Hindu scriptures before the becoming of Islam mainly in Bhavishya Purana, Atharva Veda, Rig Veda and Sam Veda too prophesied Prophet Muhammad.
The content in the picture above is full of pride which Hinduism says a devotee should get rid of if he/she is to attain nirvana or moksha which is the state of oneness with God. Hinduism is not the first religion – it started off as philosophy and way of life which existed since time immemorial which means ancient beyond memory and record. Hinduism does not encourage its devotees to harp on how other religions’ core is fundamentally based on Hinduism. Hinduism doesn’t impose or coerce – it protects and encompasses everything as its own. It also denotes pantheism as all worthy. Hinduism calls for its devotees to acquire knowledge and don’t be smug that he/she is more knowledgeable than others. Knowledge is to be used to enlighten others, not ridicule them for no knowledge is inferior. Avvai paati has mentioned,”Katrathu kai alavu, kallathathu ulaga alavu.” Hinduism also endorses atheism as in Carvaka and Nastik.
Since god is perceived as formless and encompassing in being everything in Hinduism in the words of Krishna above, symbolism has become a way to represent god because god is omnipresent, thoonleyum irupar, thurumbuleyum irupar. The phallic Lingga is the symbol for Lord Shiva, a moulded turmeric paste and several blades of wheat grass stuck on top of it is deemed to be Lord Ganesha and cow dung is used for Govardhan puja. Many of us stand clueless when asked why we pray to cows and don’t consume beef by our friends of other races. Not many of us know about the saptarishi Jamagadni and his all providing cow, Kamadhenu aka Surabhi that sprang out from the churning of the milk ocean. Yet, there are several versions on the creation of Kamadhenu, the cow of aplenty and in this light is all cows are considered sacred in Hinduism. We should be prepared to answer whatever flawed Hinduism perception by others by cognizance, not profanity. We are the champions of Hinduism and by launching irreverent and irrelevant reprisals at people who malign Hinduism, we ourselves indirectly malign Hinduism which only reflects badly on us.
Dasavatharam corroborates evolution and early human life. And, in the Varaha (boar) avatar, where the boar balances the earth on its tusks, the earth is shaped as a sphere. Hindu astrologers and almanac readers identified planets and stars and the influence they have on humans and earth and ultimately, the cosmos ages ago, without any modern tech. Ancient Hindu sages have discovered two revolving stars, Arundhati Vashista in a time where the telescope was yet to be invented. Newlyweds are told to see the Arundathi mugam because of this particular stars’ exceptional rotating pattern. This means we knew, thousands of years ago, that the earth was round and heliocentrism way before before Pythagoras and Galileo. The definition of god and 5 elements in Hinduism also suggests that god is the laws of the nature which are neither birthed nor mortal, neither male nor female and formless and ageless. Hindus pioneered metallurgy, medicine, encryption, math, science and astronomy. Hinduism teaches progression, not stagnant pride. Most of us are happy with stagnant pride and that’s why we are not motivated to know what Hinduism accounts for.
Whose fault is this?
We are at fault for not knowing the nitty gritty of Hinduism. Most of us are clueless of the above and worse don’t want to admit it, being content by calling others who desecrate Hinduism as racist. As though only Indians are Hindus. Our notion is squished up as such.
How many of us visit temples every week? How many of us know holy Hindu hymns, slokas and the vedas? How many of us observe fasts and vegetarianism? Deepavali is a religious festival but it is on that day many of us whack mutton and booze. We don’t even respect Hinduism in application and we expect others to revere it. Mana boleh ini macam kawan?
And then, there are pseudo Hindus and they are the worst kind. My family follows a certain guru from India and my brother, his wife, my sister and my mother are devotees to this guru. There is another self appointed guru in Malaysia and he is the one who preaches the teachings of the guru in India to his devotees in Malaysia which includes my family. The guru’s family also follow the guru from India. It is the guru’s injunction to observe vegetarianism on full moon and dead moon days. My family and I went to a wedding which fell on a full moon day where the guru’s family was also invited. When food was served, my bro, his wife and my sis took vegetarian food but the guru’s family heaped chicken and mutton on their plates and left so much food uneaten; I was watching them like a hawk. This is a mini version of RPT.
Those who have Astro, instead of only watching Thanggathirai and Tamil mega serial, watch Mahabaratham aired by both Vijay TV and Sun TV.
I used to read illustrated series of Mahabaratham and Ramayana when I was a child. If you can read this, then you can Google. Don’t give excuses on why you don’t know Upanishad, Shiv Puran, Vishnu Puran and many, many Hinduism attributes available online. Be proactive in knowing the religion you badly want others to understand when you don’t understand it yourself.
Seek knowledge and thou shall be enlightened – Bhagavad Gita. Nuff said.