periyar 404 The Brahmin Preceptor Sankaracharya has said the following on Hindu dharma -(‘Dinamani’ 27.2.1969):

            “Hindu religion is very ancient. It originated even when the world originated. The Hindu Dharma (Code of Righteousness) states that everyone must adhere to duties enjoined upon them and uphold sanatana (ancient) dharma.”

            He proceeds: “A religion is what a person determines to have as his accepted doctrine. There is no beginning for the Hindu religion. People of other religions say that their religion was founded by the Son of God, or the Messenger of God. But it cannot be said when Hinduism originated. It began to function when Vedas originated. Nobody can say when the Vedas started. Different people say different things about its time of origin.”

            So, Sankaracharya himself accepts that nobody can say when and how Hinduism was started. Also that it originated even at the time of the start of the world.

            How barbarous the world would have been at the time of its inception?

            “The Code of righteous conduct, norms and activities of that time should still be carried on. Otherwise harm will come, it will be a sin.” We should see whether there is any sense in this.

            Therefore, hindu religion is a big hoax.

            There is no proof of authority for this religion.

            It does not have any formal norms or schemes.

            Depending upon the creativity of the brahmins—also based on the stupidity and shamelessness of the non-brahmins, which may change from time to time—the forms and norms (or plans and concepts) of hinduism would be defined.

            This also would change in different parts of a country, sub-divisions in the country, cities or townships in the country, during different times, opportunities and also sometimes from person to person

Rajaji will eat at a panchama’s (fifth caste in the social order against which untouchability was practised) house; Sankaracharya will take a bath (of purification) if he sees a fifth-caste person. Some people will take a bath even if they touch the shadow of a panchama. Some will marry a male or female ‘panchama’ and still will remain a brahmin.

            ‘So long as it goes’ (seems to be) is the motto of brahminism and hinduism.

            God is also like that. So long as it is in temple, if anyone other than a brahmin touches it or goes near it, it gets ‘contaminated’. The same God if installed under a banyan tree, or on the (pavements of the) streets or in the outer entrance near the house, anybody can touch it. Even a dog can lick and taste the figurine. Inside the temple, rats and cockroaches and cats rub on it or run over the statues.

            The Siva or Vishnu of Tamilnadu, in their respective forms in world-famous ‘best known’ pilgrim centres of Banaras, Pandaripura and Jagannath can be touched and embraced by any one.

            The Arya Samajists in Punjab will utter vedic sounds loudly so that they could be heard by dogs, horses, donkeys, etc. In Tamilnadu they say that vedic sounds should not even fall on our ears.

            The way brahmins had their tradition in 1900 was of one kind; in 1940 it is different, after 1940 it is in yet another different form!

            In 1930 the fifth caste people could not enter a temple. In Malayalam (Kerala) even some fourth caste sects cannot enter a temple. Today everybody (including cheramar) can enter a temple. No God has run away from the temple on account of this.

            Even today in some holy centres there are brahmin girls to give sensual pleasures. Even brahmin boys act as brokers for them. In some places archakas (temple priests) have two wives, one for themselves and another for devotees. There was a time when the temple priests were considered far inferior by other brahmins. Today they have become as ‘acceptable’ brahmins as others.

            Some time back vaishnavite and saivite priests used to have tufts (locks of hair) on the front side of the heads like the Keralites: today such distinctions have disappeared.

            Today, the brahmins feel whatever happens, changes, it is enough that they are considered as the highest caste and given highest status. Therefore, it seems, they are prepared to do any or many things as acts of high dharma (code of righteousness).

Translated by Prof.T.Marx

(‘Viduthalai’ Editorial, 4.3.1969)

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