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Russia: Tough Religion Bill Vetoed 17
Cover Story: What a River! Pure and Pu-
trid, L ifeline for 1Il0th of Humanity 22
Youth: America's Hindu EJollege Students
Take Their Destiny in Hand 28
Interview: L.K. Advani Speaks on India 31
Goa: Struggling Bravely to Overcome
400 Years of Portuguese Rule 48

Insight: 'I}J.e Yamas and Niyamas, 1\venty
• Laws for Living a Good Life 3t
Astrology: Predicting the Stock Market 40
Mehndi: Hindu Body Painting is

a Hot American Craze 46
t Pub}lsher's Desk: Keeping Secrets, the
First Step in Leaving Home 6
Editorial: It Can be fIard to be a Hindu
Youth These Day~ 8
My Turn: Call Us "Hindu Americans" 9
Letters 14
Healing: Helping Prostrate ~roblems 44
Minister's Message: Invitation to Dialogue 52
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PUBLISHER'S DESK Caught in the act: Father discovers son hiding a book on sex, an
area 17Wst families don't talk about. Adolescents often resort to se-
crecy, deception and cunning. If this father is wise, he will discuss
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Holding the ~family together can be summed up in one word:

love. Love is understanding. Love is acceptance. Love is making
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Step in Leaving Home somebody feel good about his experience, whether the experience
is a good one or not. Love is giving the assurance that there is no
need to keep secrets, no matter what has happ'ened. Love is want-
ing to be with members of the family. A father who wants to hold
his family together rushes home from work. He doesn't think to
Hindu Dharma values family togetherness as a central himself, "Why should I go home to all their problems when I can
continue working at the clinic for awhile longer." Loving parents,
virtue. By growing together, we avoid drifting apart. father or mother, want to be with their children, and they let them
know this in so many ways. They face up to problems with love,
trust and understanding. They know that problems are only prob-
BY SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI lems because of lack of understanding. They also know, through
living Hindu Dharma, that love and trust bring understanding and
TO STRENGTHEN FAMILY This requires cleverness, acceptance of the lessons of the experiences, which are natural
ties is a very important ques- sneaking around to keep the manifestations of individual birth karmas and collective family
tion these days. It is said that matter hidden, even lying. karmas. This approach keeps the family strong and cohesive. In a
Jawaharlal Nehru was instru- Secrets give rise to angry home where Hindu Dharma is lived, no one has a private life. No
mental in breaking up the outbursts to keep others away, one has a secret life.
extended family structure in his at-. such as 'Tm insulted that you When harmony y>ersists in the home, harmony is in the commu-
tempt to industrialize India. After would even suspect me of nity, and harmony is in the country. When love and trust is in the
that, once-tightly-knit families really that!" Arguments erupt that family, love and trust extend to the local community, and the coun-
suffered as age-old family ties be- go unresolved, and an impen- try becomes stronger and more secure. Making strong distinctions
came loosened. The wealth of ex- etrable barrier is established. between good and bad does not help youths understand their de-
tended families dispersed in many Mom and Dad are heard sires and temptations. The only path through their lives is one
directions as nuclear families formed saying to one another, experience after another. They evolve into better people through
and money was unnecessarily spent "They're so different now: I understanding their experiences.
to maintain the ever-increasing needs can't reach them anymore." Children and young adults who have been holding secrets and
of a multiplicity of households. Of course, the children have now feel that it is time to become close to their family again should
Let us explore what a family actually is. People seem to have been taught to be cautious, in a sense tell their parents they want to be completely open and disclose
forgotten. In America before the First World War there were won- forced into keeping secrets, lest unloving what they have been hiding. Then give parents a few days to ad-
derful, well-established, large joint families, with twenty, thirty or parents curse them or beat them with- just and prepare to listen. Once reconciliation takes place, hugging
more people all living in one home. Everyone had chores. And out mercy for transgressions large and and talking will begin again, and the warm, loving feeling of fami-
they all knew their place within the family structure. They loved small. Many are afraid of the wrath of ly will take over the home. Something magical happens when se-
and cared for each other, and mother was always in the home. We mothers and fathers who rule their fam- crets are brought out in the open among loved ones. Many youths
may be a long time in rebuilding family togetherness to the point ily by fear. In today's world it is so easy have told me their parents were surprisingly understanding. Se-
when the extended family is back in vogue, but meanwhile we are to leave home. It is so easy for the family crets are psychic burdens, and releasing them, youths tell me, gives
still faced with maintaining family lffiity. The Hindu Students' to break up. It's even expected. a great sense'of upliftment, like a balloon dropping its counter-
C0uncil, whom we feature in this issue, are working hard to redis- Husbands' and wives' keeping secrets weight and soaring skyward. They feel instantly closer to their
cover their roots and strengthen family values. Our staff had many from each other creates a similar dis- parents, free of guilt, happier, less stressful, no longer defensive
inspiFing interviews with bright young Hindus in America who are tance. The fInal divorce decree started and more interested in helping others.
working in their communities to make a difference and reestablish with the fIrst secret. One of the biggest areas of secrecy is sex. It is important that
the old culture of caring for one another. We congratulate and In an ideal family, children should be parents give their children an education in sexual behavior early
welcome their efforts, for they are the leade s of the tomorrow: able to tell .their mother and father any" on. This will also bring and keep the family togetherness. Many
I tell parents who seek my advice that one way to keep a family thing and everything. The parents parents fmd it diffIcult to talk about sex, drugs and the various
together is to show all members that you want to be with them, should want to understand and realize kinds of temptations that the world offers today. If this is the case,
that you need them in your life. Not, "Get out of my life, you are that if they don't understand but misun- it is best to seek community or professional help. Not talking
bothering me. I have other thipgs to do. I have goals in life that derstand, they participate in the break- leaves children unprepared. Parents force their children into secre-
don't include you." This hurtful attitude is based on the belief that up o( their own family. Of course, it cy by s~owing these are areas that caimot or will not be faced in
when children reach age 18 they~hould leave home and support might be hard for them to deal with the light of dgy. The home then becomes like an empty house. All
themselves. This pattern is the result of two world wars, when certain experiences their children are begin wishing that conditions will improve, but they never do.
every able-bodied young man left home to join the army. This having, but all they have to do is look back in their own life, ac- I All of these experiences are set into motion by the individual We can now see that the fIrst secret is the issue, for it leads to
callousness on the part of parents leads to alienation from their tions and private thoughts to know that their children are living himself, by his own past actions. Every experience, no matter how many, many more, be it on the part of the children keeping secrets
children, who then begin leading independent lives. That leads to out the same fantasies. The children repeat the still-active karmas diffIcult or embarrassing, is a g06d experience, providing the les- from their parents, wives from husbands, husbands from wives,
the fIrst step in leaving home: keeping secrets from the parents. of their parents. Children are born into families with karmic pat- son to be learned is extracted from it. Experiences that are unre- student from guru, and on 1md on. The solution is to follow the
With each secret kept, a small distance is created. A large dis- terns that are compatible with their own. I can predict what young solvetl and repressed can be very burdensome for the individual. yamas and niyamas (see page 32-35), the do's and do not's of Hin-
tance is created when fIve or ten secrets accumulate and deception people are going to do in their future, and the temptations that will Living Hindu Dharma makes us our own psychologist, psychia- du Dharma. These are the natural laws of Sanatana Dharma.
becomes a habit. When too many secrets mount up, parents and come up, if I know the karmic patterns of their parents. With this trist, counselor and problem-solver. This is because one slow!;' be- These are the human ethics that hold families together, marriages
their children don't talk to each other much anymore. Why do knowledge, it is easy to guide them through life, helping them comes the watcher of his mind thinking, the watcher of his together, communities together, countries together. These eternal
secrets create a distance? Because every secret must be protected. avoid temptations and experiences that their parents lived through. emotions feeling, acting and reacting. Vedic precepts are for everyone, no matter who they are.


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EDITORIAL questions, we need to give honest answers.
They may fmd some parts of Hinduism make Hinduism more enjoyable.- Summer MY TURN
hard to believe. No probl~m. Let them ex- camps in America are a good example of
this, as is the HSC for college-age HiI).dus.
MakiDg it Relevant
plore various beliefs, trusting they will
come to the right conclusions. Solution:
Study Sanatana Dharma yourself, then pass
it along.
Such social encounters, intellectual friend-
$hips and entertainments make it a joy to
be a Idindu. .
Here are some sobering quotes ,from high
Let Us Call Ourselves
For Smart Young Souls
3. Lack of practice in the home. We of-
ten want kids to have the best of the Hindu
heritage without liVIng it ourselves. Kids
won't learn from this. They learn from ex-
school age boys and girls in 4 ustralia. If we
listen to their voices, we may learn how to
connect to them again. We asked them sev-
eral questions. Here is a sampling:
"'Hindu Americans"
ample in the home. «Do as I say, not as I
Lessons on how not to teach and promulgate do" never works. If you are deeply How has Hinduism failed you? «There
are so many concepts that people can't It is only logical as linguistic and state
immersed, they will absorb it (not right
our fait~, including blunders we still commit away, but ultimately). If your home puja is comprehend; neither can we." «It has not
provided all the answers, neither have I identities diminish over the generations
half-hearted, don't expect the chil<ken to
be interested. If your temple visits are per- looked for any answers in Hinduism." «Par-
BY THE EDITOR functory and not truly devotional or mean- ents do pujas blindly. They don't explain
what all the things mean. We're just sup- BY YASH PAL LAKRA
ingful to you, they will seem shallow and
EADERS OF THIS' MONTH'S ARTICLE ON THE HINDU needless to your kids. Solution: Work on yourself Be a good prac- posed tb shut-up and hold our hands in
students' council (HSC) will encounter a dynamic move- ticing Hindu. Preach less, do more. prayer. I don't understand that." «My family CCORDING TO THE LATEST practical and logistical difficul-
ment involving thousands of modern Hindu youth who 4. Heros are too few. Kids love heros, someone they can look up doesn't stress religion much. They tell me to census estimates, there are ties. That is why, in spite of
just happen to be mostly American-born. There are other to. In many nations there are just no good Hindu heros, so they study, study, rather than pray, pray." ''All about one million people of genuine efforts, the govern- /
such institutions. A 6,000-member UK clone, the National turn to local athletes, musicians or movie stars. Solution: Tell them those silly stories are, in my opinion, quite origin living in the ment of India has not been
Hindu Students' Forum, is a potent.parallel. The college-age team about the great Hindu women and men, how they lived, thought unnecessary. They confuse the young USA. Some estimate there are able to grant the request of
at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa is another. and acted. Read them stories. Better yet, bring them into contact mind. Now, why do our Gods fight? Why more. The majority of these peo- dual citizenship. Why «Hindu
These groups are uplifting. But they ar.e also rare. More and more, with living Hindus who have made a difference. Invite Madhu does Muruga have two wives?" «It's just not ple are Hindus. Every person and Americans'? Because we are
the youth of the world are leaving their family's traditions behind. Kishwar to your community or get your daughter to w.rite to Kirin being advertised. Compare the amount of group of persons has to have an Hindus and we are Americans.
That goes for q hristians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, too. Bede. Let them meet with inspired examples. Keep HINDUISM crosses yeu see to the number of aums. identity. Identity is not just a As time passes, our linguistic
Religions need a fresh approach if they harbor any hope of TODAY on the family coffee table and point out articles that show- Hindus are generally in the dark." «You say name or appellation which other and state identity is going to
capturing the minds and h.earts of todays young ones. In most so- case leaders who exemplify qualities your child should develop. Hinduism is the world's oldest religion. people can attach to you. Identity diminish.
cieties-certainly rural India-kids no longer are protected from 5. Parents need to be aware that their strictness, loving though it Then it should have matured-by now. We is based on who you are, what your beliefs I am not saying we should forget India or
competing ideas or spiritual choices. They attend schools where is and intended to guide and protect, can seem overbearing to a still worship icons. We play with fire and are and how you relate to the world and not care about India. On the contrary, Hin-
they may be in the minority. They watch TV, child, especially after 12 or so. One I5-year-old do other things that people find weird." other things around you. Indians, or some dus living in any part of the world should
with its undigestible buffet of values and boy confided to me, «Kids have problems with Why don't you like or take an interest in times «East Indians," is the name or identi- care about India. We should see that India
visions. They hang out on streets or the parents who enfQrce things too much. If they your culture and heritage? "There are ty given to us or we choose to have. Of becomes strong and prosperous, because
Internet, where options are infinite and seldom dictate, then you want to rebel." This is related many things we ddn't understand. When- course, amongst us, we identify' ourselves India is the foup.tainhead or the source of
high-minded. We shouldn't be surprised that to trust. If parents show they don't trust their ever we ask our parents, they dismiss the with a language group or a state group, the philosophy, religion and the way of life
kids drift from the culture. But we should be offspring, if they hold the ryins too tight, they question or don't know the answer. For ex- such as Gujaratis, Punjabis, Telugu. Not we call Hinduism or Hindutva. If India is
vigilant, and we must be creative in how we re- can create an unintended reaction, driving a ample, when I asked my mother how many many people who are Hindus and are of weak and poor, Hindus in,the rest of the
spond to their drifting. How are we failing? child away, into the arms of the wOFld. Any dis- Gods in our religion, she said she doesn't Indian origin identify themselves as Hin- world will not get the respect they deserve.
What are the problehls we have in conveying trust or disrespect we give kids just comes back know because there are so many." «Why do dus. This is not true of the Muslims of Indi- If Hinduism dies in India, H;,.induism will
our heritage to children? I asked the experts, at us. They know you value Hinduism. If they we go to temples? Why-do we waste time an origin. Their Muslim identity to them is die in the rest of the world also.
ki<ils, and assembled their perceptions. See if become alienated, they will dump dh!ll"ma just chanting old Sanskrit words over a fire? more important than their Indian id~ntity. Our children and their children may be
they coincide with your own: to strike back. Expressing your trust often and Why rdo we do pujas? How do we get bless- The question to answer is: should we... the identified as «Indians" or 'Americans of
1. Gultural.differences. When a child is going giving them a little freedom to walk on their ing from. giving food to an idol?" «Well, the Hindus living ~ this country, call ourselves Indian origin." I'd rather we emphasize the
to school in a non-Hindu nation, her family reli- own feet and discover the world for themselves ideas or-karma, reincarnation and the wor- 'Americans of Indian origin" or just «Indi- -Hindu identity. We should want to be con-
gious ways are viewed as odd. They compare can prevent this. ship of one God are interesting. But all the ans" or «Hindu Americans'? My answer is sidered Americans no less than any other
mom's Hindu ways with friends' moms' Christ- 6. Befriend your children. Do things, rest I fmd quite boring and useless." «Why the latter. Most of us left India voluntarily American, and also as Hindus. There are
ian or Muslim ways. The strong will survive the from ap. early age. Inspire them to do well, but should I? My parents don't care. We have a ~thout compunction or by force. Many of Hindus in this country who migrated from,
test, others will succumb to a force slightly also accept them as they are, not as you think shrine room and all, but we just hold our us have taken up American citizenship. countries other than India. Therefore, call-
greater than gravity near a neutron star-peer they should be. Don't rule them, harass them or palms together and sing. I don't find that Our children, especially those who are ing ourselves Hindus will increase our
pressure. A child's need to fit i"nto her surround- underestimate them. If you wait until the'y turn interesting." «Hindus are always fighting born in this country, are defmitely Ameri- bond and fraternity with Hindus of non-
figs, to be like and liked by her friends, should adolescent to do all this, it's too late. Kids tell among themselves. They are toleIflllt to- cans. Indians is a political term, that is a Indian origin. Being Hindus gives us an
never be underestimated. Peers "an ask tough me, «Parents think we're dumb, and we're not!" ward others, but not among themselves." citizen of India, or a racial term for a peo- outlook of the 'world which is holistic, uni-
questions, some sincere, others intended to By treating kids maturely, you encourage com- "What use is an old religion in the * w- ple of South Asian origin. When we J.iave versal, nondiscriminatory and more in tune
challenge or even insult-«Do you worship cows?" «Is it true you munication with them. Otherwise, distance is made, as seen in one' modern, high tech-world? Can it help me adopted this country as ours, we cannot go with the thinking of the founding fathers of
don't use toilet paper?" Solution: Teach kids at home, or in schools teen's complaint to me, «Parents pretty much don't know their kids, get a job? We have to progress along with on saying we are Indians. Being Indians the American Republic. As Hindus, we
that honor your family's tradition. At the very least, be sure they and kids don't want them to." the rest of society." and being Americans is not contradictory, have much more to offer to this country.
All of that is Kid Reality, for which we but it surely is confusing. To rationalize Therefore, we, the Hindus living in the

are surrounded by understanding friends. Otherwise, there is little 7. FUn. At a certain point in life, the number one priority is not
one can do all day when they are out there in the Big Wide World, survival, but having fun. Teens may want to be with friends or go need better responses. The words of Swami this, many Indians have been demanding USA, should call ourselves Hindu Ameri-
struggling with their identity. surfing instead of to the temple. Make it possible to do both. Hin- VivelCananda are no less compelling today, rights to dual citizenship. This has many cans and live proudly by the Hindu ideals
2. Parents' lack of knowledge. Kids sense instantly if we know duism needs to have an element of fun in it. In India this works 100 years later, 'J\s long as the Hindu race of Ekam satya vipra bahudha vadanti
what we are talking about. If we don't understand our pat'h, they because of the festivals and greater social order. Elsewhere it can does not forget th'e great inheritance of MR. YASH PAL LAKRA is the current presi- (Truth is one, sages called it in different
will turn off the minute we talk about it. When they ask tough mean being different, strange, an outsider. Solution: Find ways to their forefathers, there is no power on dent ofVHp, 'USA. He is a general surgeon names), and Vasudhaivya kutumbhakam
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cause of division of the joint family system.
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For the Citizens of India
aging to the new generation to preserve and Malicious Media alization of fascism makes me feel.
safeguard our culture, heritage and religion. I FEEL IT IS SO WRONG HOW THE MEDIA IS RYAN AMPTMEYES- 1. Patriotism: Our Motherland should be our first and highest consideration. Welfare of the nation is our own
It also motivates us to unite together to help blaming Eastern religions, especially Hin- MONTICELW, INDIANA, USA welfare. Therefore, let us willingly be ready to offer up even our own life for our country. Let us inculcate in
our poor and downtrodden Hintlu families duism, for the Heaven's Gate ml1"ss suicide our children and members of our family love for our country, the spirit of patriotism and service to our
aJ} over the world. Many people will defi- ["The Spaceship Suicide," CULT, July '97]. Jains Say Jai! country and our fellow citizens.
nitely subscribe and also extehd their help Hinduism is not to blame. The reason why THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE WELL 2. Duty: Our first and foremost duty is to God and to Righteousness. Leading a righteous life is the best and
in achieving "our" goal. people turn to cults are myriad-the lack of done story on Swastika ["The Twist of Fate," most valuable service to our Nation.
HERMANT SHARMA love and compassion in our society, the MEDIA, August '97]. I faxed a copy of the ar-
HYDERABAD, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA breakdown of the family, the loss of commu- ticle to Time, but so far I have not heard 3. Character: Character is the greatest wealth. A pure, incorruptible citizen is the greatest asset of our Nation.
.. nity, the alienation felt by people in a tech- from them. But the ·copy I sent to The This is vital and indispensable. Therefore, good character is to be given top priority value; upon this de-
Cultivating Cult Culture nological age devoid of a spiritual heart and :Toronto Star was republished. Also, there pends our nation's welfare and its future stability.
I WAS SO SAD TO HEAR THAT HINDUISM focus. It is an einbarrassment for me as an was an annual picnic of the Jain Society 4. Health: Health is the basis of success. Health is wealth. Next to character, it is the greatest national asset. As
TODAY'S cult status application has been so American woman to see media display igno- here and many Jains had gathered and this citizens, building up character and safeguarding health should be our primary duty to the Nation.
unjustly denied ["Cult Status Denied," EDI- rant and hurtful attitudes toward other faiths. article was well received. 5. Virtue: Let us join hands and eradicate the evils of gambling, liquor-drinking, drug-taking, tobacco-smok-
TORIAL, July '97]. I had such high hopes to The enemy is not some outside agericy. The PRAKASH MODY ing and betel-cheWing. Let us eradicate the evils of bribery, corruption, selfishness, immorality, dishonesty
see it listed way up among the top twenty enemy comes from within. It is our own in- NORTH YORK, ONTARIO, CANADA
and misconduct. Disloyalty to our Nation is a crime and an unpardonable sin.
(just above the Vatican). Particularly upset- humanity toward each other. I believe our
ting was the fact that TM has yet made no nation can cure itself. But to do so takes 6. Public Property: 0 Citizen! We are custodians of public property. Let us not spoil, misuse, steal or destroy
claims of being Hindu, and that scholars awareness and emotional maturity. Blaming Kundalini: Let's Be Circumspect National property. Let us preserve it with love and care. Let us keep our country neat and clean. This is your
consider Osho as non-Hindu. This reminds Hinduism for our problems is maintaining FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, AN INCREASING sacred duty.
me of a recent debate in HINDUISM TODAY the same escapist mentality as those who number of people seem to be interested in 7. One Family: All our citizens are brethren. Let us feel this fraterriity. Let us all love each other and one another
regarding the "Beyond Hinduism" Sai Baba believed Mr. Applegate was the next savior. kundalini-a sacred and secret science of and be united because we are one family.
issue. What di<;l Rajneesh do to totally ex- .M'ENDy~SCHULJAN India. A casual browse through religious
8. Religion: We must have equal reverence for all religions, creeds and faiths . Let us love as our own brothers
clude himself that others have yet failed to CORAM, NEW YORK, USA sites on the World Wide Web yields a
the followers of other faiths. Let us treat others as we wish to be treated by them.
discover? Many neo-Hindu organizations morass of information which seems to be
disclaim from time to time being Hindu, as Casteing Blame growing exponentially. I believe in addition 9. Non-violence: At all costs avoid every type of violence and hatred, for this is a blot on the fair name of the
the need arises. Is it to avoid being lumped- I ENJOYED READING THE ARTICLE "50 to Hindus, the non-Hindus can also enrich Nation. It is soul-killing and causes great harm to our country's welfare and development. It is totally op-
in with everyone else's cult(ure)? Even HIN- Years of Freedom" (CELEBRATION, August their knowledge from such a database. On posed to our Nation's ideal.
DUISM TODAY displays rather subtle (at best '97). But I differ with you when you say, the other hand, it also has potential for bad 10. Economy: Let us adopt simple living and high thinking. Let us not be extravagant. Let us avoid waste. Let
of times) leanings to~ard Saivism over oth- "these communal problems are inherited . implications. I think people who document us practise frugality. Let us share what we have with our less fortunate fellow citizens. This is National
er "cults." from Britain's divide and rule policy." Good such literature should observe some kind of virtue that our India needs today.
, NISTULADASA BRAMA'CHARI excuse to blame everything on Britain. self-imposed restrictions. The information 11. Law: Let us respect the rule of law and uphold social justice. In this lies the guarantee of our welfare and
SRI PUNDARIK DRAM C6mmunal problems were created by the should be comprehensive enough to evoke
orderly progress towards a better India.
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and its successive interest in the reader, but there must be
governments by giving special privileges to some threshold beyond which it may prove 12. Ahimsa: Non-injury is our highest virtue (Ahirnsa Paramo Dharmah). Compassion is a divine quality.
V We're glad you saw the wit in our editor's minorities and promoting casteism by label- to be counterproductive. If we keep on par- Protection of animals is our sacred duty. This is India's special teaching. Let us be compassionate towards
satire on cults. Other readers took the piece ing Hindus by schedule castes, backward roting kundalini over and over again, it will all creatures. Thus be a Indian. Try to become an embodiment of kindness, compassion and goodness in
seriously, believing the US government real- castes, forward castes, tribal castes, and the only tend to lose an aura of mysteriousness your everyday life.
ly does have a cult licensing office. They don't. latest one is mandai caste just to make sure at the end of the day. While writing books 13. Ecology: Man and Nature are inseparable. Man and his natural environment are inter-related and mutually
Our..editor promises never again to jest like that ).heir phony secularism rules Delhi by on kundalini, it would be logical to avoid interdependent. Everything in Nature contributes to our protection and nourishment. Let us, therefore, pro-
that. (No one here believes ~hat either.) appeasing them, and in result disintegrating specific details on its mechanism, which the tect our natural environment. Helping in maintaining the ecological balance is our duty. It is indispensable
Hindu society. Unfortunately, they are very ..reader should be encouraged to work out
. ,
Let's Find the Real Cause
su~cessful due to ignorance and illiteracy. With his guru. All autp.entic religious groups
should jointly agree to some kind 6f restric-
for our safe living and highest welfare. Polluting of public places and polluting of air and water of the coun-
try is a national crime. We must make amends for our past lapses.
AN ARTICLE "LET JOINT FAMILIES FORGE A ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA, USA tion on what and how much to publish. 14. Unity: The more united the people of a country, the greater is their ability to withstand all obstacles and
Better FUture" was read with great astonish- I
dangers. United we stand, divided we fall. This is particularly true about today's India. Therefore, let us live
ment [MY TURN, August '97]. Mr. Bharat J. Not a Trivial Matter ESSEN,GERMANY in close harmony and loving goodwill with all our countrymen. Love of our country means love of our
Gajjar has blamed and is trying to convict YOUR ARTICLE ABOUT KRISHNA'S BIRTH- ".pawan.kumar@uni-essen. countrymen. This is the most invaluable service a Citizen of India can offer to our Motherland.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of breaking the place ~ the third or fourth article I've 15. Education: The process of education should incorporate within it the imparting of the basic knowledge of
joint family system in India by imposing seen describing an anti-Muslim hate group Letters with writers name, address and daytime India's great culture, its lofty ideals and noble values and principles of living. Our education has to be ori-
more taxes on joint famil{es and giving in- with tittle or no criticism thereof ["Sights phone number, should be sent to: ented for enriching and enhancing the quality of life of our youth and students.
centive to smaller families. <Nehru might on Krishna's Birthplace," INDIA, August '97]. Letters, HINDUISM TODAY
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bring purification. According to environ- symbol of purity and cleansing has become, time they are scoured with lime to when nous Ganga receives an additional load of
Rampant, debilitating disease is already the result mental engineer D.S. Bhargava, the Ganga over much of its length, a great open sewer. they are treated with chromium salts. The 150 million liters of se3'age each day.
of Ganga pollution. Unchecked, its human health toll decomposes organic waste 15 to 25 times
faster than other rivers. This fmding has
The Itransformation began centuries ago,
when the basin's rich cropland and abundant
chromium lends a greenish hue to the drink- About 150 kilqmeters east of Allahabad,
ing water the city draws from the river. Or~ the Ganga reaches Varanasi (Banaras), the
may reach catastrophic proportions in a few years. never been fully explained. The Ganga has wildlife made it a perfect place for human ganic wastes-hair, flesh and other animal place most associated with the river by its
an extraordinarily high rate of reaeration settlement. For a long time, the river seemed remains-are thrown into the river, giving it devotees. Varanasi is one of India's oldest
UR CONSCIOUSNESS HAS GONE IN- SPECIAL REPORT By PAYAL SAMPAT (the process by which it absorbs atmospher- impervious to damage; its enormous volume a fetid stench. As they sink into the water, cities, and is considered to be its holiest. Its
to a slumber. Our sensitivity has THE WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE ic oxygen), and it can retain dissolved oxy- of water diluted or decomposed waste very they mingle with the effluents of some 70 sewer system was built by the British in
slipped into a strange coma," WASHINGTON, D.C. gen much longer than water from other rapidly, and the annual monsoons regularly other industrial plants-mainly sugar facto- 1917, designed to serve one-tenth tJ:ie popu-
l 'ruLUvU'" activist Rakesh Kumar AccoJ ding to Hindu mythology, the Ganges rivers. This could explain why bottled water flushed 't out. With 20th century pressures ries that disgorge a thick molasses-like sub- lation of the city today. This antiquated sys-
·t · · ·.· ·:" . . . of Kanpur, a city of one
400 kIn southeast of Del-
«Reople need to be awakened
river 'of India-the Goddess Ganga-came
down to the Earth from the skies. As the riv-
er 'rushed down, God Siva stood waiting on
from the Ganga reportedly does not putrefy
.;even after many years of storage.
Today the Ganga jiupports a staggering
of burgeoning population and industrial
growth, the Ganga is teetering under' the
burden placed on its cleansing capacities.
stance, and textile companies that throw in tem does little more than pipe raw sewage
various bleaches, dyes and acids. Kanpur int~ the river.
also contributes to the river about 400 mil- Multitudes of pilgrims come to Varanasi to
to the problem of Ganga pollution." His Eco- the peaks of the Himalayas to catch it in His 400 million people along its 2,510 'kilometer From the mountains to the sea: It is at lion liters of sew~ge each day. bathe in the Ganga and ili-ink its watef, con-
Friends organization is one of a handful try- matted locks. From His hair, it began its (1,560 mile) course. If the delta it shares Rishikesh that the defilement begins, as raw Another dose of nitrates and phosphorus vinced of its purifying qualities-and undis-
ing desperately to awaken India and the journey across the Indian subcontinent. with the mouth of the Brahmaputra River is sewage is dumped into the river along with comes straight from the Indian ~Farmers suaded by the fact that coliform bacteria
world to the present pitiful plight of Ganga Whatever one makes of this myth, the Gan- included, the number of people it supports hydrochloric acid, acetone and other efflu- Fertilizer Cooperative, a group of fertilizer . levels here far exceed the limits considered
Mata, Mother Ganges. She is polluted by ga does, in fact, carry extraordinary powers rises to half a billion, or nearly one-tenth of ents from large pharmaceutical companies, factories just before the city of Allahabad. safe. The World Health Organization stan-
enormous quantities of human and industri- of both &-eation and destruction in its long all humanity, maki!lg it the most populous and heavy metals and chlorinated solvents Thus laden~with mud, raw sewage, heavy dards for drinking wa~r stipulate coliform
al waste. Disease-causing organisms and poi- descent from the Himalayas. At its source, it river basin in the world. from electronics plants. From Rishikesh on, metals, fertilizers and pesticides-the river levels of no more than l{) per 100 milliliters
sonous chemicals abound in Her ever-sacred springs as melted ice from an immense Over 29 cities, ;70 towns and thousands of the river is never able to rewn its balance heads east toward its junction with another of water. In Varanasi. coliform counts are as
waters. Rampant illness, disability and early glacia1 cave lined with icicles that do look villages extend along the Ganga's banks. before the next onslaught of unsought offer- great river, the Yamuna. Unfortunately, what high as 100,000 per 100 ml. Elsewhere in
death is the result, a tremendous drain upon like long strands of hair. Today .the river Nearly all of their sewage-over 1.3 billion ings eomes its way. Perhaps the worst as- might have been a fresh infusion of water the river, they range from 4,500 upstream to
India's human resources. Payal Sampat is a symbolizes purification to millions of Hin- liters per day-goes directly into the river, saults occur at the city of Kanpur, where the here is not to be. The Yamuna, it turns out, 120,000 downstream. Not surprisingly, wa-
staff researcher at The Worldwatch Insti- dus the world over, who believe that drink- along with thousands of animal carcasses, hides of horses, goats and cattle are brought has a sorry saga of its own. Flowing parallel ter-related ailments like amoebic dysentery,
tute, a renowned social and environmental ing' or bathing in its waters willl~ad to rrwk- mainly cattle. Another 260 million liters of to factories for tanning. Some 80 tanneries to the ganga just a little to the west: the Ya- gastro-enteritis, tape-worm infestations, ty-
think tank. This report is condensed from sha, or salvation. industrial waste are added to this by hun- operate here, ccihsuming and discharging muna p'asses through New Dellii, picking up phoid, cholera and viral h~patitis are ex-
her original analysis published in World There may be a scientific as well as reli- dreds of factories along the river's banks. large quantities of water as skins_go through another massive quantity of sewage and oth- tremely common in the Gangetic region.
Watch magazine, July/August, 1996. gious basis for the beliefs that this river can The result is deeply ironic: this ancient an extensive chemieal treatment from the er pollutants. At Allahabad, the now volumi- One person in the region dies of diarrhea



Purity to Pollution: Bhagirathi and Alaknand flow

together (jar left) at Devprayag to form Ganga.
Varanasi bathers (left) taking a serious risk to their
health. Thousands of turtles intended to consume
fiver waste w ere immediately poached by local fish-
ermen shortly after their release at Banaras (above).
every minute, and eight " of every 10 people a billion people in the next generation. This 40 million workdays and'tnillions of rupees ed in the planning. But as conditions have could knowingly put raw sewage into the er when I first came here 16 years ago.
in Calcutta suffer from amoebic dysentery would mean 2.5 billion liters of sewage, or in health services are lost each year due to worsened, the prospect of having their life- same water they bathe in or drink. Yet, what Something happened to me that was not
each year. double today's quantity, and 2 billion liters of diseases the river carries. With a collapse of support system incapacitated may spur con- has happened here is fundamentally no dif- comprehensible in normal'thinking."
The river moves on to Bihar's capital, Pat- industrial effluents discharged into the riv- basic freshwater services, those losses could cerned industrialists, farmers, public health ferent f~om the continued abuse of ecosys- Jaiswal of Eco-Friends is concentrated on
na, a major producer of agricultural chemi- er each day by the year 2020. explode. officials and ecologists to succeed where the tems allover the world. Whether it is the the Kanpur area. Jaiswal canvassed thou-
cals, where the water undergoes still further In any life process, whether that of an in- The link between the river's health and bureaucrats failed. The spiritual role of the contamination of groundwater by nuclear sands of saints and sadhus at the 1995 Ardra
alteration. Farther downstream, the large oil dividual organism or a large ecosystem, that of the region it sustains has been given river, too, could provide a powerful force for waste in fuIssia, the bioaccumulation of tox- Kumbha Mela at Allahabad, but found him-
refinery at Barauni is notorious for piping gradually increasing stress does not result short shrift by policymakers. In 1985, the change. Dr. V.B. Mishra, a Hindu priest and ic chemicals in fish, or the killing of thou- self in competition with other hot political
huge amounts of oily sludge into the river. simply in gradually increasing impairment; Indian government launched an Action Plan professor of hydraulic engineering who sands of lakes by acid rain in Scandinavia, issues such as Ramjanma Bhoomi and was
Ten years ago at this location, a two-kilome- at some point the whole process collapses- to clean the river, but it failed abjectly-due leads the Clean Ganga Campaign in Vara- the long-range risks are no less alarming. only modestly successful in explaining the
ter stretch of the river caught fire and as is now happening in the Ganga. If this to pervasive corruption, mismanagement nasi, tells adherents that the river's sacred- To the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia or rivers plight to a few religious leaders.
burned for 16 hours. continues much longer, the Ganga will be- and technological bungling-and was duly ness is reason enough to preserve it. the Ganga valley, there was possibly no What can you do? The pollution problems
When the Ganga ~nters West Bengal, it come incapable of serving its traditional abandoned. A fundamental reason for the To observers in"other parts of the world, greater crime than the desecration of a river. described in this article can be permanently
branches into the Hooghly, which turns waste-removal function, or of providing us- failure was that most of those who have a the case of the Ganga may seem uniquely Despite all we know about the conse- solved only by the government. It will take
south toward Calcutta. About 150 large in- able water for industries or homes. Already, stake in the river's ~ealth were never includ-
horrific; it may be hard to grasp how people quences of our polluting actions, we repudi- decades and billions of dollars. So what
dustrial pl!lJ1.ts are lined up on the ate tl1is respectful relationship with the re- should we do in the meantime ~ People in
banks of the Hooghly at Calcutta. • GANGOTRI sources on which we depend. It is -a Western countries have lived with seriously
Together, these plants contribute
30 percent of the total industrial A River of Purity and Poison MAJOR
relationship that neither India nor the world
can continue to ignore.
polluted waterways for centuries. They don't
swim in a river unless they know for certain
it is not dangerously polluted. No one in the
effluent reaching the mouths of
the Ganga. Of this, half comes
Nearly every imaginable hazardous by-product of human activity is
dumped in e Ganga from Rishikesh to the Bay of Bengal It MAJOR

United States would drink directly from die
Mississippi, a river with half the water flow
from pulp and paper industries
whic;h discharge a dark brown, KATHMANDU KUMBRA working to clean up the of Ganga. No Western nation is attempting
oxygen-craving slurry of bark and Mm Dr. Veer Bhadra Mishra, to clean up a river or lake to the extent one
wood fiber, mercury and other ~ SITES M8tllalJ.q·1·," and his local Sankat cOl1ld drink from it; rather the focus has .
heavy metals which accumulate iHIJCiidlJ Foundation and interna- been on supplying purif>.e d water by pipes.
in fish tissues and chemical toxins tional support group, Friends of This too might be a better goal for 1ndia's
like bleaches and dyes, which Bay of the Ganges, concentrates on Banaras. Ac- cities than to completely depollute the rivers.
produce dioxin and other persis- Bengal cording to Mahantji, an expensive sewage Because the rivers in India are cleaner at
tent compounds. In the United system built under the Ganga Action Plan some times of the year than others, festivals
States, the Environmental Protec- does not function as planned and has result- and pilgrimages centered around the rivers
tion Agency has set a standard for ed in sewage flooding into city streets. He could be adjusted accor>iingly. Those bathing
suspended solids at 100 particles G advocates a new, passive system which will at rivers where pollution is a significant haz-
per liter of water, but the ~ount in ~ . shunt all sewage downstream below the city ard should be systernp.tically warned and ad-
Yamuna River into low~tech oxidation ponds. American vised on how to protect themselves. The
the Hooghly is over 6,000. ~
• PRAYAG (ALLAHABAD) Fran Peavey, president of Friends of the many temples and ashrams along the Ganga
Toward a bleak futurll: Despite ~
the long history of the river's des- ~ ~ i
\;;;;J Ganges, told HINDUISM TODAY, "If we [ an fix can take a role in this public education, and
ecration, what has happened to ~ pollution here in this holy city, it will be a all Hindus can help Mahantji, Jaiswal, Meh-
date may pale beside what awaits ~ SEWAGE PHARMACEUTICAL FERTILIZERS TANNERIES CORPSES CARCASSES DISTILLERIES SHOE FACTORIES SHIPS model-for the rest of India." She is an exam- ta and others clean the Gan~es.
this region i( current practices ~
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University celebrates universality wherever the

Hindu Students' Council asks, «Who are we?"

HEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD, ly meetings on campus where students en-

American kids would gang up gage in a modern prasnottara satsang (ques-
at the bus stop, yelling, 'Gandhi tion and answer truth-seeking gatherings)
dot! Gandhi dot! ' to make fun of and svadyaya (self upliftment). Students
my bindi, and ask 'Why do peo- delve into Hindu subjects and sometimes
ple in India worship cows and bring in swamis and leaders to speak on
drink cow urine?' until I cried," remembers Hindu dharma and culture. Kanchan says,
Falguni Trivedi, a freshman in Houston, "The national HSC is sponsored by the VHP
Texas, now looking forward to her fIrst year right now, but we hope to establish our own
of Hindu Students' Council activities. "It's non-profIt organization this year. Each local
pretty tough for young Hindus stuck be- chapter is a self-governing, independent en-
tween two cultures. At HSC I can be with tity registered as a student organization un-
others, get support, learn to understand and der the rules of its university."
teach my culture, so that when we face Pride and Progress: Now a medical grad-
these things, we don't have to feel con- uate student, Mihir Meghani, 25, started the
demned. One day I will have to pass this on HSC chapter at the University of Michigan
to my own kids."
Miss Falguni is not alone. Ten
years ago the need for young
Hindus to frnd some way to ex-
plore their identity and articu- July '97 7th Annual HSC Camp: HSC memJjers
late their culture gnawed at from USA and abroad bond in New Hampshire
older students as well. Coordi- and celebrate India's freedom
nator and founding member,
Kanchan Banerjee, now 35 and
working, says, "In 1~90 Gokul 2000 conference in Washington, They were not able to pass -our tests. We their life.' How does a young person face can professors and colleagues. This rejection
Kunnath, Ajah Shah 'and I envi- D.C., in 1993. So many students asked, 'Who is Ganesha? Why is He a guy that? HSC is not about an organization. It's gets pretty bizarre, like purposely mispro-
sioned a student organization took that whole summer off We with an elephant head? Why do Indian about discovering, 'Who am I?' Its a growth nouncing their Indian names. They are fo-
whose goal was understanding brought together 2,000 youths women wear a bindi (forehead dot)? Why process. It's not about activities. It's the fo- cused on a career, of course, but otherwise
Hindu culture and heritage. I from allover ilie world." do we pray to weird Gods like Kali?' Nobody rum, the open discussion with people who lost. They waste time at parties, get involved
was at Boston University at that HSC is an remarkable flowering had answers! Parents don't know; they're are learning together, that is the key." in heavy drinking, shallow relationships,
time. We thought maybe the of the diaspora of Indians and Sri lost. Th~y don't know where to look. Kids are RashI9i Gupta, 25, a third-year medical dating two or three people at the same time,
Indian Club would work. But Lankans, whose children, born far really desperate to know who they are, the student in Ohio, shared the conflicts facing looking down on their parents as old-fash-
when they would not allow a from ancestral lands, strugglf; for meaning of their customs. This giant voip of Hindus on campus. "I have been with HSC ioned. But HSC members have friends with .
Deepavali puja because there religious identity. Many blame ignorance facing them is a great issue." for se\.en years, from the beginning. HSC similar commitments, ~ave kept more of
was a Muslim member, we got parents "who work for fame, po\'{- "The other issue is the one of identity," helps us understand and stand up for our their values, spend their time usefully, re-
the message. We contacted stu- er, prestige and money, while los- said Dheeraj, "Kids can't really call them- culture. I am an octo-Iacto vegetarian, and spect their families, have more direction
dents across many campuse;; Pick of the litter: A popular HSC service is Adopt a Highway ing our rishis' heritage!" So, these selves American. They look in the mirror just yesterday one of my professors/was lec- and some spiritual grounding. Without
and with the help of the Vish- fouth choose to slay the drageFl of and they realize they are not white. Some- turing on a case where the person was veg- HSC, I probably would have also just been
wa Hindu Parishad (VHP) he,!.d a small in 1991. As a national media coor4inator, he ignorance with their own hands. It's a dy- how they don't exactly fIt. Their names are etarian. He made remarks that ridiculed assimilated into mainstream Western mate-
camp of 35 in New Jersey and settled on the proudly recounted HSC achievements. "Be- namic national and international movement not like Mark, David, Joe or Marianne. vegetariani'sm, and some students joined in rialist culture." ,.
name 'Hindu Students' Council.' " sides our numerous chapters, among all reli- of brilliant young people busy reestablishing · Their culture, customs, religious festivals are to laugh at it. Now, if I were a young vege- Strengthened by Opposition: Universities
"The fIrst chapter was started at the Uni- gions we have the most active religious stu- their roots in Hindu dharma for themselves not exactly mainstream Am:ericana. They . tarian Hindu and heard this in class, it have typically been )lot beds of ideological
versity of Maryland, the second at North- dent group on campuses. Our Web site and their children. ask, 'Are we Indo-Americans? Are we Indi- would really bother me. But because of HSC struggles. As a religious campus group, HSC
eastern University in Boston and the third (rated in the top 1 percent by CNN), quar- , HINDUISM TODAY spoke with Dheeraj K. ans? Are we Hindu? These different labels, I am strong. I learned about ahimsa (nonin- faces Christian evangelists and cult-busters
in 1991 at the University of Micliigan," Kan- terly magazine and on-line forum have cre- Singhal, 22, in Washington, D.C. , where he what exactly are they?' How do you recon- juriousness). Through HSC I have a'n in- on one side and secular humanists on the
chan said. "In the second year we had seven ated a strong national network. We feel like works in congressional offIces during the cile all these different beliefs and the stereo- credible support group. Other Indian stu- other. They are also targets of the anti-Hin-
chapters. By 1996 we reached 50 chapters, we are a family. We have a summer camp summer. After heading up the California typical images we get of like, 'Hey, India, dents tend to reject everything Indian. For du forces present in India.
with over 1,400 signed, paid members and and a winfer conference. This year each of chapter at UCLA, he heads for law school that's the place Where all iliese poor people example, they might not want to attend a Mihir Meghani, who has seen it all, says,
over 7,000 participants in our programs." the 50 chapters celebrated India's freedom. this year. "Our parents just practiced what- live who worship cows and do things with puja, because it's not 'in: not 'cool: and they "We face two forces of resistance. One is
HSC's core activities are weekly or biweek- Another achievement was the Global Vision ever their parents had inculcated into them. cow dung that Amer·icans would never do in fear rejection by their white peers, Ameri- from within: Indians who are shy to identi-


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INTERVIEW religion of every individual. We believe that
India is a secular country because it is pre-

'The 21st Century Will dominantly a Hindu country- secular in the

sense .that all religions should be respected,

Be a Hindu Oentury'
and tliat all roads lead to God, which is a dis-
tinqt characteristic of Hinduism.

On government control of Hindu temples

There can come a stage when degeneration
Post-India tour rUIl}inations by L.K. Advani ,. of institutions makes it obligatory for the
government to step in. The actual experi-
ence of Vaishpo Devi Temple in Jammu
On July 15, 70-year-old L.K Advhni, presi- which was never the concept of our consti- State is that government intervention at that
dent of India's Bharatiya Janata Party, tution makers. pilgrim spot has certainly helped the pil-
ended his grueling 15,000 kilometer, 59-day grims. There are places in the South which ,.
tour of India. His purpose was to increase Cultural Nationalism are very well maintained though the govern-
the BJP's profile in anticipation of snap We subscribe to the view that this country ment has nothing .to do with it. I am not>
parliamentary elections. The soft-spoken of India is one country, a one nation, whose however, of the view that whatever happens,
politician (a strict vegetarian) said he will basis is not just political or geographical but the government must keep its hands off
retire fr:em the preSidency soon. Following is essentially cultural. This is what we pro-
The peoples' religiosity
The average citizen draws his
morality and ethical values from
his religion. If you make him
scoff at religion, oy that process
itself you make him less and less
concerned abOllt ethical values.

On his own religious life

I ani a deeply religious person,
Hanging out in Houston: The power of HSC lies in its open forum study meetings where members inveslJigate issues together but I am not ritualistic. Since my
childhood, I have participated in
fy themselves as Hindu. They feel that Hin- fice and resisted any kind of Hindu prayer. opportunity to at least learn of our religion." whatever ritual was there, be it
duism is backward with respect to modern But we won, and we can't get tagged as a Though the school principal had misgivings the RSS ritual or, in my own fam-
scientific thinking, or they denigrate Hindu cult anymore. When new students arrive on about ethnic clubs, Shanker told him, "It's ily and residence, the Sikh ritu-
identity by associating it with some kind of campus, campus ministries greets them as not like that~ We are just doing this for edu- als. I do not practice any yoga,
fundamentalism. Christian missionaries and Hindus, by Hindus, and this is very impor- cation. Anyone can come. The president meditation or sadhanas regularly.
Islamic propagandists are working not only tant for them. Next we are tackling the anti- gave the go-ahead. A year later many mem- Yes, we have a puja [shrine] room
on campus, but everywhere. It almost seems cult groups who spread anti-Hindu literature bers were non-Indian~ including a dozen in my house. We have Hindu
that Hindus are always on the defensive in- on campus, but ignore all Christian cults." white Americans, several African Ameri- Gods and Goddesses there.
tellectually, because we don't counter with Kanchan Banerjee adds, 'i\nother unusu- cans and some Oriental Americans." When I do visit the temple, I feel
the same kind of attack they throw at us. For al force comes from leftist student groups. If the intense optimism of its members is elevated, humble and more com-
people who don't have a deep understanding Specifically MIT, Columbia and Stanford any measure, the HSC phenomenon has just mitted to the cause that I have
of-their own culture and beliefs, it affects have traditionally been centers for Indian begun. Suddenly all the lights of their rich undertaken.
them a lot and throws them into inner con- leftists who <;ame and stayed in the U S and heritage are on for Hindu youth worldwide, L.K. Advani: Meeting in Delhi with. HINDUISM TODAY publisher Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
flict and opens them to conversion. But HSC have their own organizations. From the day. and their path is, for the first time, clearly The Hindu Students Council
goes forward. Our social service has shown HSC started, then more so in 1991-92, they visible. The future of Sanatana Dharma is are his Cjo mments on India, Hinduism and ject as "cultural nationalism," called Bhar- Politically they do not belong to this country,
that HSC members feel part of American have tried to see that HSC does not grow in thus assured, as it always has been, by a new Hindu students made in an exclusive inter- tiyata, Indiarmess or Hindutva. India, but it is the tie of culture between this
society. The greatest achievement really is many ways. After the Ayodhya temple inci- generation that has embraced it as t~eir view August 1 with HINDUISM TODAY'S. cOlrntry and them, that would really make
what is happening on the inside of us. At our dent in India by Hindus, there was a mas- own, not their parents', path. To experience New Delhi correspondent, Rajiv Malik. The trend of Indian consciousness them a part of us. (I think HINDUISM TODAY
last Deepavali puja, over 250 people came to sive attack on HSC. Now these leftists are the potency of such spiritual self-discover~ We are imbibing the worst features of West- is making a wonderful c~ntribution to'wards
worship. Fifty or sixty were non-Indians. few, but they influence a lot of media." one has only to attend the animated ses- Fifty Years of Independence ern and Eastern society. In the last fifty cementing these cultural bonds. A couple of
We sat there for two hours, pr~ying and un- Last year HSC reached out to a younger sions. Dheeraj Singhal says, "Other organi- The people are not happy. It is distressing to years of independence, we· have not been years back I had the opportunity to meet the
derstanding what was happening." group. Shanker Unnikrishnap., 18, born and zations are 'social or have political age1ildas. fInd that 50 years after Independence, near- able to acquire the energy and enthusiasm saintly persons who are behind this maga-
Jennifer Schulke is a white ~rican and raised in the US, explained how ~e started HSC is not like that. When people leave our ly half the population is below the poverty and initiative of the Westerner. But we are zine.) My message is that the biggest asset a
president of HSC at Florida University in HSC's first high-school chapter in 1996. "My camps, they have hundreds of best friends line. More that 200,000 villages are without gradually 16sing the equanimity and the student in these growip g years can have is
Miami. She had a struggle to make Hindus school was Woodward Academy in Atlanta, who share the same values, morals, princi-' proper drinking water. Out of the total world calm and the moral strength of the average character. A Hindu will not be untruthful. If
an official part of campus ministries. She Georgia, a private, originally Christian mili- pIes. They have finally found other Hindus population of lepers, perhaps. one-third are Hindu. We are more and more avaricious, he has said somethipg, he will abide by it.
told HINDUISM TODAY, "I feel 'I am a Hindu tary schooL I asked the school president for who understand how they grew up. And in India. Of the total number of people who more and more ambitious, more and more Let them try to imbibe high ethical values
at heart. I haven't changed my name yet permission to start our chapter of HSC. I that is such a unique thing and really hard to are blind, one-third are in India. We have inclined towards material goods. from whOInsoever they come in contact. Let
with a ceremony or anything, But I might told him, 'This is really important. We are find. When you find that, it is one of the the largest number of illiterates in the world. them be proud that they are Hindus.
like to do that one day. Here on campus we the defining generation here. Our Indian greatest joys in the world." The entire people are at fault, but it is the On the BJP
worked for eight months to get approval for parents gave us S0me background. But when CONTACT: NATIONAL HINDU STUDENTS COUNCIL rulers who are more at fault. In the milne"0f The BJP have been telling citizens, 'Your re- The future
Hindus to be a part of campus ministries. those of us who were born and raised in the secularism we have tried to make people re- ligiosity is a help; it is not a disadvantage." This century belonged to Edrope while the
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gard religion as something wrong, and virtu- The Western-oriented secularists in India to- 21st will belong to Asia, and it should be a
didn't want pictures of Hindu Gods in the of- ty much lost!) think we all need to have the ally to make the state an irreligious state, day try to decry religion. But we respect the Hindu century.



In Hinduism's primary scripture we find the keys

for living Hindu Dharma in contemporary times


misbehave on the job? You're on a flight from San Francisco
to Singapore. Do the stewardesses bicker in the aisle? No way.
Practice noninjury, not harming others by Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither Exercise patience, restraining intolerance Practice compassion, conquering callous,
In Singapore you visit a classy publishing firm. Does the re- thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt. with people and impatience with circum- cruel and insensitive feelings toward all be-
ceptionist talk back to the sale representative? No. Are there Live a kindly life, revering all beings as ex- Control your desires and live within your stances. Be agreeable. Let others behave ac- ings. See God everywhere. Be kind to peo-
emotional undertones among the group you meet with? None. And you pressions of the One Divine energy. Let go means. Do not use borrowed resources for cording to their nature, without adjusting to ple, animals, plants and the Earth itself For-
of fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. unintended purposes or keep them past you. Don't argue, dominate conversations or give those who apologize and show true
don't expect any. You know that people at this level of business have Knowing that harm caused to others unfail- due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do interrupt others. Don't be in a hurry. Be pa- remorse. Foster sympathy for others' needs
control of their minds and emotions. If they didn't, they would soon be ingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with not renege on promises. Do not use others' tient with children and the elderly. Mini- and suffering. Honor and assist those who
replaced. When they are on the job, at least, they follow a code of con- God's creation. Never be a source of dread, name, words, resources or rights without mize stress by keeping worries at bay. Re- are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain.
pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet. permission and acknowledgement. main poised in good times and bad. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.
duct spelled out in detail by the corporation. It's not unlike the moral
code of any religion, outlining sound ethics for respect and harmony
among humans. Those seeking to be successful in all avenues of life
strive to fulfill a moral code whether "on the job" or off Does Hin-
duism have such a code? Yes: twenty ethical guidelines called yaf/Ul.S
and niyaf/Ul.S, "restraints and observances." They are found in the
6,000 to 8,000-year-old Vedas, mankind's oldest body of scripture.

The twenty "do's" and "don'ts" are a control the vitarkas, the cruel mental
common-sense code recorded in the final waves or thoughts, that when acted upon
section of the Vedas, called Upanishads, result in injury to others, untruthfulness,
namely the Shandilya and the Varuha. hoarding, discontent, indolence or selfish-
They are also found in the Hatha Yoga ness. He stated, "For each vitarka you
Pradipika by Gorakshanatha, the Tiru- have, you can create its opposite through
mantiram of Tirumular and in the Yoga yama and niyama, and make your life
Sutras of Patanjali. The yamas and niya- successful." The following paragraphs,
mas have been preserved through the with accompanying illustrations by A.
centuries as the foundation, the first and Manivel of Chennai, especially prepared
second stage, of the eight-staged practice in July in honor of the Hindu Student's
of yoga. Yet, they are fundamental to all Council and all similar youth movements,
beings, expected aims of everyone in so- elucidate the yamas and niyamas. Pre-
ciety, and assumed to be fully intact for sented first are the ten yamas, the do
anyone seeking lifes highest aim in the nots, which harness the instinctive na-
pursuit called yoga. Sage Patanjali (ca ture, with its governing impulses of fear, Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from ly- Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperse- Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and
200 BeE), raja yoga's foremost pro- anger, jealousy, selfishness, greed and ing and betraying promises. Speak only that remaining celibate when single and faithful verance, fear, indecision and changeable- wrongdoing. Act honorably even in hard
pounder, told us, "These yamas are not lust. Second are illustrated the ten ni- which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. in marriage. Before marriage, use vital ener- ness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, pur- times. Obey the laws of your nation and lo-
limited by class, country, time (past, pre- yamas, the do's, the religious observances Knowing that deception creates distance, gies in study, and after marriage in creating pose, plan, persistence and push. Be firm in cale. Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in
sent or future) or situation. Hence they that cultivate and bring forth the refined don't keep secrets from family or loved ones. family success. Don't waste the sacred force your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastina- business. Do an honest day's work. Do not
are called the universal great vows." Yog- soul qualities, lifting awareness into the Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be tion. Develop willpower, courage and indus- bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, de-
ic scholar Swami Brahmananda Saraswati consciousness of the higher chakras of stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do restrained with the opposite sex. Seek holy triousness. Overcome obstacles. Never carp ceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be
revealed the inner science of yama and love, compassion, selflessness, intelli- not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun or complain. Do not let opposition or fear of frank with yourself. Face and accept your
niyama. They are the means, he said, to gence and bliss. Do not bear false witness against another. pornography, sexual humor and violence. failure result in changing strategies. faults without blaming them on others.


Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too Allow yourself the expression of remorse, Be generous to a fault, giving liberally with- Cultivate devotion through daily worship Develop a spiritual will and intellect with Chant your holy mantra daily, reciting the
much nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish, being modest and showing shame for mis- out thought of reward. Tithe, offering one- and meditation. Set aside one room of your your satguru's guidance. Strive for knowl- sacred sound, word or phrase given by your
fowl or eggs. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vege- deeds. Recognize your errors, confess and tenth of your gross income (dMhamamsha ), home as Gods shrine. Offer fruit, flowers or edge of God, to awaken the light within. guru. Bathe first, quiet the mind and con-
tarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid make amends. Sincerely apologize to those as God's money, to temples, ashrams and food daily. Learn a simple puja and the Discover the hidden lesson in each experi- centrate fully to let japa harmonize, purify
junk food. Drink in moderation. Eat at reg- hurt by your words or deeds. Resolve all spiritual organizations. Approach the temple chants. Meditate after each puja. Visit your ence to develop a profound understanding of and uplift you. Heed your instructions and
ular times, only when hungry, at a moderate contention before sleep. Seek out and cor- with offerings. Visit guru with gifts in hand. shrine before and after leaving the house. life and yourself Through meditation, culti- chant the prescribed repetitions without
pace, never between meals, in a disturbed rect your faults and bad habits. Welcome Donate religious literature. Feed and give to Worship in heartfelt devotion, clearing the vate intuition by listening to the still, small fail. Live free of anger so that japa strength-
atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple correction as a means to bettering yourself those in need. Bestow your time and talents inner channels to God, Gods and guru so voice within, by understanding the subtle ens your higher nature. Let japa quell emo-
diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare. Do not boast. Shun pride and pretension. without seeking praise. Treat guests as God. their grace flows toward you and loved ones. sciences, inner worlds and mystical texts. tions and quiet the rivers of thought.

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impuri- Nurture contentment, seeking joy and ser- Cultivate an unshakable faith. Believe firm- Eagerly hear the scriptures, study the teach- Embrace religious vows, rules and obser- Practice austerity, serious disciplines, pen-
ty in mind, body and speech. Maintain a enity in life. Be happy, smile and uplift oth- ly in God, Gods, guru and your path to en- ings and listen to the wise of your lineage. vances and never waver in fulfilling them. ance and sacrifice. Be ardent in worship,
clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, unclut- ers. Live in constant gratitude for your lightenment. Trust in the words of the mas- Choose a guru, follow his path and don't Honor vows as spiritual contracts with your meditation and pilgrimage. Atone for mis-
tered home and workplace. Act virtuously. health, your friends and your belongings, ters, the scriptures and traditions. Practice waste time exploring other ways. Read, soul, your community, with God, Gods and deeds through penance (prayashchitta) ,
Keep good company, never mixing with Don't complain about what you don't possess. devotion and sadhana to inspire experiences study and, above all, listen to readings and guru. Take vows to harness the instinctive such as 108 prostrations or fasting. Perform
adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Identify with the eternal You, rather than that build advanced faith. Be loyal to your dissertations by which wisdom flows from nature. Fast periodically. Pilgrimage yearly. self-denial, giving up cherished possessions,
Keep away from pornography and violence. mind, body or emotions. Keep the moun- lineage, one with your satguru. Shun those knower to seeker. Avoid secondary texts that Uphold your vows strictly, be they marriage, money or time. FUlfill severe austerities at
Never use harsh, angered or indecent lan- taintop view that life is an opportunity for who try to break your faith by argument preach violence. Revere and study the re- monasticism, nonaddiction, tithing, loyalty special times, under a satguru's guidance, to
guage. Worship devoutly. Meditate daily. spiritual progress. Live in the eternal now. and accusation. Avoid doubt and despair. vealed scriptures, the VedM and Agamas. to a lineage, vegetarianism or nonsmoking. ignite the inner fires of self-transformation.


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Much kidney damage may be the result of and grains, leafy green vegetables and yo- toiling at it for 20 years. "Hindi has { AND SATISFY YOUR SOUL, FEA-
this condition, which may necessitate gurt. A good exercise program to keep ab- many more synonyms than European
emergency surgery. Irreparable damage to dominaY'muscle integrity is essential. There TURING CHANTS SUCH AS
languages, so it made the task of devis-
the kidneys may lead to death. is no connection between this abnormality ing and compiling the thesaurus diffi- "NAMAH SHIVAYA," " SITA RAM ,"
Medical science is not entirely clear and malignant tumor of the prostate, the cult," said Kumar. "For example, there AND " JAYA JAGADAMBE"
about this condition's cause . Many believe most 'Common cancer in men. are 695 synonyms
it is due to a loss of testosterone level (and , in the thesaurus ~
subsequent increase in estrogen level) that DR. TANDAVAN, 77, retired nucleaf'physi- for Shiva, though ~
stimulates hyperplasia of the gland's central cian and hospital staff preSident, lives in actually there are ~
portion. Some also claim it may be due to Chicago, where he specializes in alternative as many as 2,317 g
sagging of the' abdominal organs due to in- heaZi[lg arts. Visit his home page at the names used," ~
activity of more mature mal~s. There also HINDUISM TODAY Website. added his wife. Presidential release
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BODY ART thousands from all walks of life got mehndi Five;" C.C.H. P; under of "ER" and Britany
done on them in the follOwing months. Rani Powell of "Pacific Palisades."

Patel has opened her own location, and American 'magazines and newspapers
Loretta Moore works out of a Moroccan love the trend. The classy magazine InStyle
store }lamed "Gates of Marakash." Accord- sports Gwen Stephani of the band "No
ing to Nishit Patel, Rani's husband;'mehndi Doubt" with a bindi between her brows and
is popular with Black Americans. mehndi designs on her forearms and wrists.
The mehndi trend spread fast~r tlian the Actress Liv Tyler displays full mehndi on
speed of gossip from New York, east to Eu- her hands and feet in the May Vanity Fair.
Mehndi body painting is the newest rage in New York and Los- Angeles rope and west to Los Angeles. Celebrities, Vogue, Teen and Seventeen all have carried
housewives, men and women of :ill ages, stories. Even Newsweek took note recently.
"Los Angeles magazine was the
By AR CHANA DONGRE, Los AN GELES first to pick up on the West coast
UP IN INDIA, THE MONTH OF the uniqueness of mehndi as a
Shravan, right in the robust heart of fashion and devoted nine pages to
the monsoon season, brought a spe- this ancient art," Fabius said. USA
cial treat we little girls were fond of. Today and the Los Angeles'Times
As soon as the half-day school on Saturday ran features, and then almost
was 'over, we would run to gather from the every newspaper and TV station
yards the fresh, tiny, emerald green leaves in Southern California. Surrounding Iraivan Temple is an ex-
from lush mehndi bushes (henna, lawsonia Melindi offers a painless and
inermis) that thrived in the monsoons, grind temporary alternative to tattooing. traordinary botanical garden
those leaves on the stone, add to it grandma's "Parents have brought in teenagers
special color enhancing ingredients, and by who wanted real tattoos, iIi hopes paradise, providing an area of
night we neighborhood girls would draw de- that a temporary mehndi design
signs on each other's palms with that pasty will satisfy their urge instead," contemplative, natural beauty.
mixture. The event could be dubbed a friend- Fabius said. "Thirty-five percent
ship project of little girls' bonding together. of our clientele are men, who usu- Pilgrims ertloy groves of plumeria,
As the mixture dried the next morning, we ally done on arms and shoul-
looked forward to showipg off the decorated ders in designs like pragons and konrai, hibiscus, heliconia, native
hands to our peers at school on Monday. snakes or somebody's names," she
The whole ritual just felt good. The cool added. Her Galerie Lakaye has Hawaiian plant species and more.
touch of mehndi (pronounced ma-HEN-di) ten mehndi artists, and two or
felt good on palms and fmgers. Something in Rajasthan: A bride's hands decorated before wedding three are on hand at any given At the entrance to the 51-acre
that mehndi just soothed our psyche, over time. The prices start at $20 for a
and above making our hands pretty. Little simple palm or wrist design and sanctuary is a forest of healing
did we know at the time that mehndi has "We threw down some then go up according to complexity
mystical and spiritual powers, as well as a and extent of design. Designs cho- rudraksha trees. Send US$ 12 to
conditioning effect on the skin. Applied to pillows and thought a few sen are similar to traditional, from
the nerve centers of the palms and feet, it the Galerie file of graphic arts, floral purchase a single-bead necklace of
has a soothing effect on the nervous system. people would have mehndi and animal designs or Mexican and
Who ever knew at the time that the cen- Haitian tribal art. Palms, arms and a sacred rudraksha, receive as our
turies-old Indian household art of mehndi, done, but there were 300 wrists are more common locations,
sotimbued with mysticism and spirituality, but ladies have also done it around gift another bead to plant and sup-
and a, time-tested custom for weddings and the first day." the navel or on their backs.
special occasions, would one day decorate The business sense that prompt- port the Iraivan Temple project.
the arms and shoulders of motorcycle-riding -GALLERY.... CURATOR LoRETTA ROOME ~d Fabius to open her studio at Ga-
machos, TV and movie stars and become lerie Lakaye propels her next pro-
the darling of Western tattoo lovers? races and hues are flocking to the mehndi ject <?urrently in the works. She and a , -808-639-8886
The trend is hottest today in Los Angeles, parlors. Some of the more than 100 tattoo chemist are developing a henna formula http://www. HinduismToday.
where epidermis accessorizing is a cultured parlors in Los Angeles are thinking of aug- with a longer shelf life. Henna paste has to
menting their income with mehndi. Kauai. htmf
(and profitable) art form, but began in New be fresh to be effective. The new product
York City. Last year, the Bridges and Bodell Carrine Fabius, 40, an artist from Haiti will be sold under the label of "Eaith Hen-
Ghllery in New York's East Village orga- and owner of Galerie Lakaye in Los Ange- na" from September 1997. "The possibilities
nized an exhibit of photograph of mehndi les, became fascinated with mehndi when are limitless. Many parlors in Europe are
art. With the exhibit, the gallery offered she saw it in New York last year. "The mehn- asking for ....the paste. In Asia, Japanese
mehndi designs to visitors willing to give it
a try. "We thought we'd throw a couple of
di designs seemed so close to my heart be- women have taken the trend seriously.
cause we have a women's S-piritual, body There are inquiries for franchise-like opera- RUDRAKSHA
cushions on the floor and maybe a few peo- decorating art like that in our native Haitian tions from all over. We can sell the paste
ple would have it done. But there were 300 Voodoo religion where I grew up." A black commercially and train the artists as well, or FOREST
people the first day," said meb.ndi artist woman, she owns the studio along with her sell to individuals who want to do it them-
Loretta Roome, curator of the show. She artist husband Pascal Giacomini, a French- selves at home," Fabius said. Who knows
learned the art of drawing mehndi designs man. Her studio's celebrity client list in- where"l:his henna mania will go? -..1 SAN MARGA IRAIVAN TEMPLE
from Rani Patel, who also developed a suc- cludes actress Allgela Bassett, star of the GALERIE LAXAYE, 1550 NORTH CURS ON AVENUE , LOS 107 KAHOlALELE ROAD
cessful, secret recipe of mehndi mixture. film "What's Love Got To Do with It;" tele- TEMPTU , 26 WEST 17TH ST REET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK,
KAPAA. HI 96746-9304 USA
The art so caught on with New Yorkers that vision stars Neve Campbell from "Party of 100 11 , USA (F OR A MEHNDHI-LIKE HOME- APPLIE D PRODUCT)




Unique blend: A mixture of Porruguese and Hindu architecture, the ShantaDurga temple
in Kavale, Ponda-Taluka, is properly maintained and frequented by world
, tourists

"When all are baptized, I order all temples of

their false gods destroyed and idols broken into
pieces. I can give you no idea of the joy I feel see-
ing this done." Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

clear the Portuguese would remain. By churches and shrines in Goa. Rather than
then, too, the converted half of my family create for themselves insurmountable trou-
was forced to eat beef and pork and felt ble, the padres, particularly the Jesuits, re-
they could not return to their primal Hindu luctantly rewrote Christian liturgy. For in-
faith. They had by then appropriated the stance, they enthusiastically adopted the
estate and assets of the migrated half, rather Hindu tradition of yatra-in the Goan
than lose it to the Inquisition, as the law sense of "procession." Neophytes, according
then stipulated properties belonging to the to chroniclers, paraded to their new
"heathen" be confiscated. Catholic shrines, singing as they moved and
Noted India cartoonist/illustrator showering their paths with leaves and flow-
I /Mario De Miranda confirms his ers, just as they had done only a while earli-
By MARIO CABRAL E SA, GOA lands, they had the resilience to convert "tem- tuguese chroniclers, with "the cross in family's fidelity, "I am a Saraswati Hindus. To this day kumbhas are used .
N 1567 THE CAPTAIN OF RACHaL porary setbacks into permanent victories," one hand, the sword in the other"), it I Brahmin, originally named Sardes- for Catholic processions:,.At one stage, even
Fort in South Goa bragged to his Por- Goa is located on the southwest coast of was difficult to wean Goans from their sai. My (IDcestors were forcibly con- the Vatican tersely censured those "{entilic
tuguese king back home, "For nights India between Karnataka and Maharashtra primal Hindu beliefs and traditions. I verted to Christianity around 1600 practices" and proliferation of icons in
and nights went on the demolishing, states. It remained a Portuguese colony un- will share a traumatic and rancorous and renamed Miranda. We still be- churches. No where, lamented Della Valle,
demolishing, demolishil1g of 280 Hin- til forcibly taken by India in 1961. The twist of this Hindu stalwartness that long to the Shanta Durga temple and had he seen as much idolatry as in Goan
du temples. Not one remained in the "Christian presence in Goa"-;-an expression involved the splitting up of my ances- " yearly present prasad-oil and a bag churches. But evangelists, many of them for-
happy lands of our division." Jes1lJ.t historian very much in vogue during the ~angelistic tral family. They took a calculated of 11.ce-a tradition in my family all eigners-the most sq.ccessful was Saint
Francisco de Souza jubilantly praised the fury of the Portuguese rulers and padres risk: half the family would convert, these years." Francis Xavier-convincingly argued that
feat, "It is incredible-the sentiment that the (priests), particularly in the 16th and 17th and the other would escape to • Early European travellers, like without ethnic accopunodations they were
gentile were seized of when they saw their centuries-is more visible than vital today, 35 Karnataka where other Goan Hin- Venetian epicure Pietro Della Valle doomed to failure.
respective temple burning." The astonishing years after liberation. For example, Rodale's dus had settled and been wel- who visited Goa in the 1700s, de- Other concessions included retainment of
but true fact is that every temp-Ie was soon Guide to Places of the World describes Goa comed by the Ikkeri king. The half nounced in their travelogues "un- social structures. In 1623 Pope Gregory gave
relocated and rebuilt by my countrymen; as "predominantly Catholic," when in reality that remained would safeguard the ~ Christian" practices in ~atholic sanction for converted Brahmins to continue
the murtis, and in some cases the sacred fire, Hindus, 66% of the 1.2 million populace, far estate and assets of the migrating df wearing their sacred thread and caste
outnumber Christians of all denominations. half. The calculation was that the o·
were heroically rescued and reinstalled. o Facade: Though media show- marks, and Catholics to this day maintain
Chandrakant Keni, a leading Goan poet, says The first missIonaries realized early on Portuguese wouldn't stay in Goa for ;; cases Goa's Christianity, Hin- the Hindu caste system. Till recently, inter-
that ,although Goa's Hindus were put to se- that despite backing of the state ("conver- long-just trade, make money and go, duism reigns behind the scenes caste marriages among Catholics were
vere tests as conquerors marched over their sions were made," wrote contemporary Por- That didn't happen. By the 1800s it was --------------------------~~
frowned upon both by families Hindus are culturally strong,
and the religious establishment, In honour & memory of M. Murlitharan, 16 years, who walt beyond on 5th OctobQo, 1996. He was Malaysia's talented and
but understandably influenced
and though love marriages are by Christianity. Goans of both promising hockey pla~ But above all, his essence was his love & kindness fur all Truly, a spiritual soul.
increasing, arranged marriage is communities celebrate together
stU! preferred. Only Catholics.- socially at festivals like Divali aOur Godgil1cs wisdom to the simple. » 'The Gods came to bow to thee, I saw your faith and courage
descending from brahmin fam- and Christmas, though essential -lUgVedR. For love calls fur Love, Rise a pillar of light,
ilies were admitted to seminar- religious rituals are attended Love longs fur Love, For those of us, left behind in Earth's
ies until the 17th century. • separately. Hindus do not attend When I first saw thee Love binds Love. perpetual Night
Hindu influence is also evi- Christian churches, though,. I wondered who you may be:
I stood in awe ofyour sacrifice.
dent in Goa's Christian art. Icons quite a few, particularly of lower I fi:lt the pulse ofyour spirituality Murli, the radiance of thy soul,
of Christ have the angular and ' castes, in a crisis or in gratitude And heard the sound of "OM" in eternity. lights the alter of my heart.
emaciated features of a Himala- ~ for favors perceived as granted, Blessed are the p:m:nts <<In the gloom ofjulr, his si»fold flue
yan sadhu, and statues of Maty ~ propitiate Catholic "miraculous Who brought furth a child of <<In perils unbound, His lllna betokens gleams.'"
contain the features of Parvati, ~ saints." Influence also occurs thy loveliness. Pe/lrNut'~
Lakshmi or other Hindu dei- ..I educationally. The majority of
. z
tIes. Many angels and cherubs ~ colleges are Catholic and in You did not me of your filme: You heard the pounding
sculpted on altars and pulpits of ::; them Hindu students outnum- And when I saw you next
Captain, captain ofPerak's under Ofyour mother's heart longing fur you,
Christian shrines resemble ap- ~ ber Catholic students. Unfortu-
fifteen. hockey team; You made your body my reading text: And sawyour fiuher in wilderness;
saras and gopikas. nately, Hindus attending these
The stadium roared your name, I sobbed like an Olphaned disciple. Witnessed your mends' prayers, laments
At-times, the zeal lead to hu- schools are often subtly weak-
morous situations. At village ened in their beliefs. As you scored the goals with dare and flair In thy silence thou declared: and tears,
Meira, in north Goa, a Siva tem- Having failed to change the And led your team to victory. "Know that the body is but an
hour glass." And from your flames, your wisdom
ple was destroyed and replaced Goan psyche, the Portuguese de- soared:
by a church dedicate.d to the Im- veloped a paranoia for appear- Silence is your inner glory.
' ... Separation from the infinite God.,
maculate Conception of Mary. ance. In the 1100s Captain Alex-
Apparently, the builder had ander Hamilton counted eighty Lilce one of the holy seers is the cause of all sorrow and sufICing,
found the tripartite Sivalinga of churches in'the capital alone, and Your 1<M: fur God Fill your emptiness with God.
the original temple and not 30,000 priests. "Each churchs became legend in your tender years. And awaken in Him to find me..."
knowing its symbolism but real- bells," he wrote, "continually To be with you was joy,
izing its artistic value, used it as fang with a peculiar power to But to be with you in the Aminan
a pedestal for the holy water drive away all evil spirits except was bliss:
basin. And there it was, from poverty in the laity and pride in
1636 to 1946, when German in- the clergy." Today, there are
dologist Gritle V Mitterwallner 6-700 priests, many churches
noticed it during a monument are closed except for festivals,
survey. He decided to move the and old chapels are in disuse.
Sivalinga to the Museum of the
Archaelogical Survey of India in
In contrast, Hindu temples
are flourishing. The Bhahujan
My First Hindu Lessons
Old Goa, and paid for a masonry Samaj, disadvantaged until 1962,
pedestal for the basin.
Obsessed with quick results,
is socially and politically power-
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Goa Catholic leaders admitted that funda- tarpa. Fisherfolk celebrate Nariel Purnima rebuilt according to old Hindu architectural
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dation. It was realized that only a few had observe the 12th day samskara after birth eliminate its influence over many followers." Also available' English-Hindi-Tamil version: UK: Hinduism Today, tel: 0171 9379163, fax: 01714601819, e-mail:
actually ever read or studied the Bible. In and death. Many women now wear the man- Curiously, when Goans part company Fiji: Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam, Mr. N. K. Naidu: tel: 679 660199, fax: 679 660 761' English-
fact, the Old Testament had never been ga~tra and forehead bindis, and. use mehn- with friends or relatives we say "Yetam," Malay-Tamil version: Malaysia: Uma Publications, tel: 603 4411617, fax: 603 4419395' Sanatana Dharma Publications,
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of Goans and spoken by over 90% of them. is more fashionable (kurtas, saris, etc.) and where, "Vetam," "I'm going." It's our way of
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Let Not the Conflict I

ful examination, a set of books for study.
The Vaidika Dharma allows different
forms of prayer and worship. The altar of
worship is also personal. This freedom

of Identity Haunt Us comes from the Vedic vision that all that is
here is nonseparate from God. God is
looked upon as botli the maker and the
material for the creation of this world. Any
created form cannot be separate from its
Hindu youths' travail toward self-identity must material cause like the shirt is nonseparate
from the fabric of which it is made. While
be bolstered by understanding and dialogue God can be independent of the wQ.rld, the
world, on the other hand, cannot be inde-
pendent of God. So every phenomenon in-
BY SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASWATI the world is the manifestation of God.
For a Hindu, even space can be an altar
EING A TRADITION, NOT AN ORGANIZED RELIGION of worship. In the temple of Chidambaram,
Hindu Dharma is imbibed by one as one grows in space is worshiped as the Lord-so too,
where that tradition is alive at home and in time and everything else that is in time and
community. Through the various forms of culture space. Therefore, any altar, as well as any
which are not alienated from religion, one can gain a form of worship, is valid for a Hindu. In the
degree of appreciation of pne's religion. The religion itself is light of this vision of God, the question of
based upon its vision of human destiny, of the world and of many Gods does not arise, nor is God a
God. Whatever one imbibes from parents and ones commu- matter of belief When all that is here is
nity f0rms a part of the core person. The absence of alterna- God, one has to understand God. I don't
tive forms, which challenge one's own cultural and religious believe in the existence of the world. I know
commitment, lends stability to this core person. The core that I face, encounter a world. I am within
person being stable, the adult can explore further and learn, this world. I don't believe, but know that
in time, the meaning of every form in all its profundity. Even there is a world. If that world, including my
if one does not have the desire or opportunity to learn, yet one can body-mind-sense complex, is God, according to the Veda, then
command a degree of trust in oneself, the world and God. The there is a challenge for me to understand how that can be.
core person being stable, the adult can continue with 'the religious When we say that all forms and altars of prayer are valid, we do
beliefs and fonns of practice, with a sense of doing the right thing. not mean that all religions lead to tl;te same goal. Each world reli-
The child growing in an Indian home in America is not in the gion has its own goal. Most of them promise a heaven. By one's
same situation. The home of the first-generation irrimigrants is own thinking, one can be away from the reality of God, even
more or less like one in India in terms of culture, religion, attitudes though God is everything. While any form of prayer is acceptable
and values. But when this child is sent to a day-care center and and valid, that itself is not the goal of a religious pursuit. It is a
then to kindergarten, it is bound to be confused by the inconsis- laudable quality to grant others the freedom to Rursue their own
tency between the !'tome and outside. Of these two, which will be religion, qut it is important that we examine the ultimate end pro-
more real and acceptable to the child? With television programs fessed by given religions. They are definitely different. The section
contributing their might through cultural forms of language, dress, of the Vedas -dealing with realities of living is always in ~he form of
food" music and so on, what is outside the home will gain b~tter a dialogue. Even an epic like the Mahabharata is a dialogue, in-
credibility. But the parents, on the other hand, are never dispens- cluding the Bhagavad Gita therein. This is so because the subject
able, for they are Gods for the child, and their language, food, matter unfolded in these dialogues is one to be understood and
dress, customs and manners cannot be wrong. It is logical that the assimilated and lived, not to be blindly believed. Questions are
core person now faces issues of self-identity. if these issues of self- always enoouraged, so that the understanding and assimilation pf
identity are not addressed, they will haunt the person not only as a the .subject matter will take place. Even an unverifiable belief is to
young adult, but until he or she is 90 years old. Without addressing be understood as' such. The realities cannot be a matter of belief
them, unfortunately some turn away from this problem of identity What is believed can be false. Reality is always to be under&tood,
confusion to totally conform tp the thinking and life-style of the even though one may believe it to be true pending understanding.
majority. This will not help. The confusion of the core person still When this is the Hindu tradition, how can one resist its invitation
being there; it will control one's life. The meaning of life is bound to a dialogue? •
to be found missing. Living becomes miserable. Psychotherapy is
inevitable. While therapy can help one understand the core prob<
lem, the conflict of self-identity remains to be addressed. This
amounts to one's conscious attempt to understand the parents' cul-
we, religion and the whole background. How?
:-\ program of study under the guidance of someone who is well
informed would be an obvious course to gain a firm grasp of the
Hindu dharma in general. In the absence of such guidance. a SWAMI DAYANANDA, 67, a sannyasi of the Adi Shankara and Veda
group study of certain selected books authored by recogclzed Vyasa tradition,founder of Arsha Vidya centers in India, Canada
scholars of this vast dharma would be an ideal alternative. 'Fhe and Au.stralia, has tau.ght throughout the world for over 30 years.

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