A grave sin !

Nandakumar Kaimal Using the pretense of ‘equality’, two women party workers of CPM of menstruating age entered the Ayyappa temple in S...

Nandakumar Kaimal

Using the pretense of ‘equality’, two women party workers of CPM of menstruating age entered the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on 2nd January, thereby trampling over the centuries’-old religious tradition of the temple. In order to allow them to ride roughshod over the religious sentiments of Hindus, the communist government of Kerala had provided them police protection from 2-3 days prior to the incident. 

Although this may not be a crime in the physical world due to the verdict given by the Supreme Court, spiritually, this is a grave sin. A grave sin – not one that has happened unknowingly – but one that has been committed intentionally. In God’s court, this has no mercy. Those associated will have to reap the fruits of this, as per the law of Karma.

Faux communalism

Hordes of agnostic groups under the garb of ‘gender equality’ were trying to defile the sanctity of the temple by barging into it; however, Hindus took to the streets and gave a fight like never before. Even devout women were not lagging behind. These women who have paramount faith in religion, also initiated a movement – ‘Ready to wait’ (which stands for, ‘We are ready to wait for Shree Ayyappa Swami’s darshan till we are 50’).

File image of Bindu Amini and Kanakadurga, the two women who entred the Sabarimala temple on January 2nd

However, the anti-Hindu Kerala government took the proverbial oath to defeat the Hindus and discarded the religious sentiments of Hindus by showing them the bin. It is a given that the communist government of Kerala will have to pay for this. In the olden times as mentioned in the Puranas, the Asuras, and about 3-4 centuries ago the Mughals, used to inflict damage upon the religious sentiments of Hindus to instigate them; destroy temples.

There is no difference between them and those acting hastily in the name of upholding the constitution without understanding the spiritual aspect. The tolerant nature of Hindus has led to this situation where anyone takes the liberty to say or do anything against Hindus / Hinduism. Contrary to this, the religious sentiments of other religions are protected with utmost stringency, thanks to the willingness of their people to go to any extent to protect their religion, regardless of whether or not they may be based on blind faith.

These are nothing but the bitter fruits of a secular administration. In this secular arrangement, nobody utters a word against restriction on entry of women in mosques, nobody says anything about the rapes of nuns in the church; but the Hindu tradition and its practices, regardless of their spiritual significance, are criticized. The dates for court hearing in the matter of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya keep piling up, and the court delivers its verdict on the Shabarimala issue without consulting the religious leaders.

The emotion of surrender, vital; not the haughtiness for ‘rights’

In actual, while going to the temple for the deity’s darshan, one is supposed to surrender oneself totally unto the feet of the deity, whilst leaving aside the ego, reputation and doership. In God’s court, not the rights but the emotion of surrender is what counts. Taking the darshan of the deity haughtily or with a sense of superiority neither pleases the deity nor leads to fruition. There is a popular hymn that underlines this thought.

File photo of people protesting against women's entry into the Sabarimala temple

This fits rather aptly to those women entering the sanctum sanctorium of the Shabarimala temple by disobeying the temple rules. If following the rules of an association or organisation is not a problem for anyone, why should one feel belittled in obeying the rules of a religious organization ? Post the entry of Bindu and Kanakdurga – (42 and 44, respectively) into the Ayyappa temple, the temple priests performed the ‘purification’ process.

Why so much commotion over this when ‘purification’ is a process that has been prescribed by spiritual science ? Just like when discipline needs to be reinforced in a system that spirals out of control, spiritual remedies are bound to be performed in order to restore the sanctity of spiritual centres. But for those entangled in the web of intellect and blind faith, this is difficult to comprehend.

 A law to protect the religious practices and tradition

It is only in India that we see the religious, social and nationalist sentiments of the majority population being given no value or importance. There was hope that Indian culture and Sanatan Hindu Dharma will enjoy ‘Achhe Din’ after a self-proclaimed pro-Hindutva government assumed power after winning with a clear majority; but in this regard Hindus have been delivered abject disappointment. For the last few months, a proposal for ‘a law to protect Hindu tradition and practices’ was gathering strength amid Hindus.

A few places even witnessed protests in its favour but the government has not taken any steps in this direction till now. The government can make amendments in the ‘Atrocities Act’ in favour of the under-privileged, contradicting a Supreme Court ruling; but does nothing to frame a law to protect the religious sentiments of 10 million Hindus despite peaceful protests and requests, thereby displaying its priorities. Having said that, as per the saying – ‘Dharmo Rakshati Raskhitaha’, meaning ‘Dharma protects those who protect Dharma’, actively working for the protection of Hindu Dharma is expected; because incidents like these bring clarity about those working in favour of Dharma and those working against it.

* Nandakumar Kaimal, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Keralam

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