The Belief in One God and Its Effects

Hari Om

If we approach through deductive metaphysics, we may find many prophets, great philosophers, eminent metaphysicists, pathfinders, learned people of eminence, spiritual scientists and others finding only One Universal God for the entire mankind. It is a separate matter that they assigned different names and epithets to the same supreme Reality. Jesus Christ referred to Him as Father in Heaven and Prophet Mohammed found Allah as Rabbil alamin (One god for the entire Universe). Guru Nanak called Him Ek OM Kar, Vedic rsis and munnies described Him as Brahma and some others as Vishnu and Shiva. Chinese metaphysicists described Him as Tao Chi who is Wu Chi (God who is Formless). Some learned persons described Him as HE and others as THAT or THOU being nameless. Eminent scientist Einstein like many Vedic seers described God as “Thou art That”. Amongst the eminent persons, philosophers and others who believed in ONE universal God are Socrates, Plato, Mencius, Tao- te- Ching, Sankrachrya, swami Dayanand, Vivekananda and many others. If we make an effort to know their life style including Jesus Christ, Prophet Hazarat Mohammed and Guru Nanak, it would be seen that all of them followed path of moderation, need based living and performed selfless service to society and mankind. Their traits, conduct, social attitude, behaviour more or less conformed to what is mentioned in many Vedic hymns. Some of them were more like the learned Vasu persons mentioned in Vedas i.e. Brahmachrya, Rudrais and Adityas.

Such persons acquire belief in the divine distribution of labour and work in society based on one’s merit, ability, capacity and aptitude and do not link with one’s birth and heredity. It is perhaps for this reason that both Chinese and Japanese philosophers and metaphysicists also mentioned four classes based on divine professions. Plato also refers to classes along with professions based on merit, capacity and aptitude and not on birth and even devised a comprehensive education system for allotting these professions. Rig Veda X-90-10 to 12, mentions that God Himself created four divine Varna on merit and aptitude and not on birth and the society started flourishing. Brahmins were to spread divine knowledge and seek only honour and not power and money. Kashtriyas were to seek power for protecting the other individuals belonging to three Varna and destroy the non-divine people in society. Religious tricksters, avarnas, vritras, bribe takers have been mentioned as those belonging to non divine professions who are always keen to seek honour, power, money, undeserved social recognition and also those hypocrites who claim themselves as the servants of the people. Vaish and Shudra were similarly assigned noble duties and divine professions. All the four divine Varna are equal in society with different roles to perform.

Many social reformers with belief in One Universal God have tried their best to break the existing rigidity in caste system amongst Hindus. This rigidity has now become a major social evil. But they have not succeeded, as belief in multiplicity of deities continue under the vehement effect of cosmic illusion Maya. More and more temples, ashrams and religious places are coming up where effort is being made to include the idols of 330 millions or as many as possible gods and goddesses. Hindus do not have today religious leaders of the caliber of Sankracharya, Ramanajum, Vivekananda, Dayanand Sarswati and even mahatma Gandhi. Thousands of god men, gurus, tantriks, religious tricksters are making hay in this atmosphere of rudderless drift of Hindu religion and are declaring themselves as gods/goddesses. Amongst Hindus the Arya Samajists and Brahmo Samajists, who believe only in ONE God who is formless, do not consider the Vedic institution of four Varna by birth. Some Hindus who are either atheists or agnostics also do not believe in Vedic Chatvar Varna Ashram by birth and a few others do not believe in this system at all. Thus, belief in One God or even No God like Buddha can eradicate many social evils amongst Hindus. The golden lid of Maya can only be lifted through the proper understanding of Vedic metaphysics.

Those who believe in One formless and ineffable God, invariably follow the philosophy of Vedic Idd Nan Mmam- nothing for self all for society. This can be observed in the thoughts, actions, deeds and desires of Gandhi ji, Vivekananda and mother Teresa. However, the same is not found in the conduct of many Hindu priests, swamis, gurus etc., where enlightened liberalism is very often missing. This philosophy of enlightened liberalism is also found in the metaphysics of Aristotle who believed in One God as an Unmoved Mover (primum mobile immotum). Lao -Tse in Tao te Ching had said, “God is ever inactive and yet there is nothing that it can not do. Avoid all extreme positions relating to material world as these revert back to their opposites.” All those persons who firmly believe in One formless, ineffable and impersonal God along with the philosophy of Idd Nan Mmam can never harm the society or mankind by performing evil actions or spreading evil thoughts, material knowledge, unhealthy social practice and other kind of negativity. They are always opposed to all kinds of corruption in society, state and religion. They follow the noble principle of selfless work (nishkam karma), which brings them closer to God and His children and treat all individuals as their spiritual brothers and sisters. Whenever they preside over men like Gandhi ji or king Janaka of the ancient India, they know that Divinity is presiding over them.

The believers in One God as the supreme Reality find the world as blue print of One ineffable God who is Summon Genus at the top (Plato). They find all other forms as His models, though Himself without any Form. They find discipline, regularity and divinity in the planetary system and great Design of God in subtle Prakrti and gross Universe. Such persons are normally more disciplined though they may not be highly obedient. They know that children do not belong to them, as they are trustees for the children on behalf of God and Prakrti who are supreme Father and Mother for all of us. So they teach them discipline and not blind obedience, love for the mankind and not restricted to their a few members of families, unlike those who believe in multiplicity of deities and desire only obedient children as security for their old age. They give immense selfless love to children as donation and not a loan to be returned when they grow old and become weak. Mahatma Gandhi was highly disciplined in his thoughts, actions and desires. He even started disobedience movement against the immoral and divisive laws of oppressive and exploitative British Government. Owing to belief in the multiplicity of gods, and also the vehement effect of Maya, many political leaders now want obedient bureaucracy, submissive ministers but certainly not powerful independent and disciplined followers.

Many followers of various organised religions, cults, sects, gurus etc. normally have blind faith and unscientific outlook and are always ready to fight with others who hold different views and opinions. The believers in Vedic Universal God will be tolerant, non-violent based on moral and physical strength as Vedic Prakrti and her 33 devas and devis. Through non-violent techniques and tolerance, they would fight social criminals and other non-divine people and classes who spread evils in society through jealousy, false ego, hatred, vulgar consumerism and ostentatious display of their ill-gotten money. These Prakrti devas have firm belief in the non-violence of the strong.

The religion of those who believe in One Universal God is a spiritual science, with minimum need based scientific rituals and ceremonies that are always simple and graceful, giving a feeling of humility and moderation. They shun pomp and show in their graceful social functions, and do not perform any activity, which is against the Commandments of God as Vedic Rta- cosmic laws of social, moral and physical order. They will never be found serving meals to others out of their ill-gotten money to avoid spread of evil and poison in society through food.

Those who consider religion as a spiritual science and have faith in One God are some times seen in the temples. They go there not to worship so many gods and deities but to know and understand the attributes and characteristics of the deities from their idols. Originally, idols were supposed to represent only the attributes of devas and devis mentioned in the Vedas. To them form of idols, icons, images is more like water which takes the form of vessel it is contained, but still maintains its original characteristics and remains formless. They would also go to all temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches of the same God for dedicated worship and not proxy or ostentatious worship for social recognition. They would invariably love the people of all religions, cults, sects and creed and would never aim at converting others to their particular faith or organised religion where the spirit of God is missing. They would only spread godly qualities amongst the human beings and bring them closer to the same One God.

Their living style is that of moderation as described in the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita or Middle path of Buddha and golden mean of Greek philosophers. They follow the path of simplicity by conviction while avoiding all excesses in material possessions. Such persons will be found working with the poor and destitute and not for the poor. In India, the number of people working for the poor is increasing manifold and those working with the poor are decreasing every day. People resorting to path of affluence and opulence when work for the poor to gain social recognition tend to advertise it as social service. However, it is a wellknown fact that physical miseries are increasing amongst the poor people and the number of those below poverty line is increasing every year. Individuals like Gandhi ji, Vinoba Bhave, mother Teresa never advertise their working with the poor and destitute masses.

According to Sama Veda 274, people with belief in moderation keep wealth only for their preservation. Greek philosophers gave great importance to the concept of Golden Mean. Plato described the ideal and virtuous state where maximum people lead the life of moderation and when the divine guidance is maximum. To the extent income disparities go up beyond this golden rule of moderation, the state becomes less ideal and divine guidance starts receding. The society tends to become sinful and both the society and state head towards a revolution. Where extreme opulence and abject poverty exist is a perverted state. Highest and virtuous living is only possible within this rule of moderation. Mahatma Gandhi independently arrived at a limit of 1:10 for the ideal state which he described as Rama rajya akin to St Augustine’s De civitas Dei- the city of God. The present income disparities in India are beyond even 1:1000 and still going up. The country is showing clear symptoms of social tension, terrorism and impending violent revolution. The Indian democracy instead of moving towards Plato’s Aristocracy or Gandhi ji’s Ra Rama rajya is drifting fast towards mobocracy. The vested interest of political leaders, gurus, guardians of organised Hindu religion, filthy rich people and others is making it difficult to stop it.

The individuals living in permanent hallucination and believing in all kinds of material excesses as blessings of their personal Gods/gods and their modern gurus are clearly ignoring these social indicators and signals. The most opulent and non-divine section of India is now less than 1% of the total population whereas people below poverty line are over 350 millions. For most of these filthy rich persons these large number of people living in abject poverty do not exist. Thus Vedic spiritual brother hood is entirely missing amongst Hindus though they are ever keen to spread this brotherhood amongst the rich people in other parts of the world particularly developed countries like U.S.A and most of the states in Europe etc. These affluent persons ignore Vedic injunctions about moderation and holy Bible’s noble saying, ”even a camel can pass through the eye of a needle, but a rich man can not enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. These affluent individuals also do not know that Vedic metaphysics is clear that to be born in a rich man’s family or to become excessively rich (beyond the noble limits of moderation) is a punishment of their past and present Karma (actions, thoughts and desires).

Hindu scriptures are full with the description of life of moderation even by mythological gods and deities, including lord Rama, Krishna and Five Pandavas etc. Only non-virtuous individuals like Kansa, Duryodhan, Kaurvas, Ravana and many rakshasas (vritras and avarnas) led both in thoughts and actions the filthy life of pomp and show, ostentation, false prestige and opulence. Belief in One God, need based living and other teachings of Vedas can save India from moving towards perverted state and society and perhaps also from the impending holocaust. The latest symptoms and signals do indicate that divine guidance is receding in spite of millions of temples, worship of 330 millions gods and deities, thousands of gurus, babas and god men and more than 1008 Hindu scriptures. There is wide spread corruption, terrorism, smuggling of arms, drugs, social tension owing to extremely wide economic disparities between the rich and poor, and many other social and religious evils. The message of Sama Veda 274 to keep wealth for your preservation based on the noble principle of moderation and beyond that should be distributed for the welfare of society is just not acceptable to opulent section of society. The holy Koran has also a similar message to convey in the noble concept of Zakarat, Fitra, Madad etc. Bhagavad Gita even refers to moderation not only in thoughts, desires and actions but also in food habits and sleep.

Since personal God/gods, gurus and various leaders of the cults amongst Hindus do not talk and prohibit convincingly and firmly the various corrupt and evil practices widely prevalent in society, so many of their followers freely resort to bribery, adulteration, exploitative profits etc. Such followers then blame the Government, social reformers and religious leaders for doing nothing to inculcate moral values and divine qualities amongst people. The double talk of hypocrisy is highly popular with many of the believers in multiplicity of gods, idol worshippers and followers of gurus. These people would invariably have smiling faces of hypocrisy; false achievement and self acquired higher false social status in society. Compare their smiles with the child like innocent smile of Gandhi ji, mother Teresa or smile of Vivekananda depicting divinity and a person can immediately know the difference between various kinds of smiles. Their lack of divine knowledge and predominance of Avidya- ignorance with material and intellectual knowledge is reflected through their smiles of hypocrisy. The non believers of One Universal God have normally a sweet tongue and many of them behave like wolves in the sheep skin and invariably pollute and corrupt the professions they take for their livelihood.

The Vedic supreme Reality can stir such self-seeking individuals into some moderation of his/her lust and greed some control over their passions by harmonising their inner and outer worlds. In professions like trade, industry, other commercial activities they would follow the path of Vedic economics based on “dharma, artha and kama”. Dharma is the path of virtuousness, a-priori principles and Rta -the laws of God. Artha is Vedic meta economics which takes into consideration the presence of spirit of God in all material goods and merchandise and any kind of adulteration, deception including exploitative profits are sinful. Kama is the path of pursuit of material pleasure harmonised with spiritual knowledge. Kama does not lead to any kind of immoral pollution in society. His believers thus know that it brings immense benefit to society and children who look towards the elders for their guidance as path makers and always watch their actions, thoughts and desires.

The Universal Vedic God unlike mythological gods/God and other deities can be easily explained to the children and others without any need to create myths, fairy tales, hallucinations and miracles. A person desirous of knowing and understanding Him does not take very long to find Him without any hallucination and soon starts understanding His laws, commandments and divine guide lines for noble and simple living. Thus, knowing Him is bliss and not knowing Him is misery. Both these states of bliss and miseries are only in this World until one escapes rebirth and moves towards Moksha and becomes one with God. Sankracharya refers to this state of merging with God as “aham Brahma asi”- I am God. Many Christians consider Jesus Christ as God even though he himself never said so. Holy Bible refers to him as Son of God. Since he reached the highest stage akin to Vedic Moksha or final liberation and became one with God, so accepting him as Son of God and God would mean the same thing. Many Buddhists accept Buddha as God even though Buddha was agnostic and did not bring God and soul in his most ethical metaphysics and teachings. Since he achieved Nirvana akin to Vedic Moksha, as per Vedic metaphysics he merged with God.

The believers of One God are invariably transparent and follow the path of truth and non-violence in thought and action. In non-transparent professions where purity of finances and accounting are suspect, the individuals will be mostly believers in many gods and deities, also in personal God and would invariably be the followers of some guru, tantrik, or cults. They will prove their honesty and integrity more by publicly exhibiting pictures, photos, icons, and statues of deities, god men and gurus. Very soon one can find them speaking in the most non transparent manner like payment of money in cash without receipts or any kind of recognised accounting norms etc., and thus they make even a good money as filthy lucre. This lucre is then used for spreading immorality in society by eroding ideational and idealistic values, bribing the officials and to attain inner peace giving liberal donations to gurus and liberal offerings in temples. Thus, many of the believers in multiplicity of gods tend to become the cause of spreading evils in society. Since they are always in search of inner peace and bliss they are easily impressed and even convinced with elementary nursery level moral teachings based on religious fables, mythologies contained in Puranas, Tantras and other didactic books. While their manifested souls yearn for divine knowledge, their senses yearn for glamour of outer world and do not allow higher divine and spiritual knowledge to pass through them and finally get into utter inner darkness. For such persons Isa Upanishad says “through meditation they move from darkness to utter darkness.”

However, the followers and believers of nirguna Brahma or merciful and benevolent Allah, formless and ineffable Ek Om Kar – the only supreme Reality do not explain philosophy behind divine, spiritual and material knowledge and activities through fables and mythology. They would rather explain the same through a simple scientific philosophy and leave to the individuals to find a way of life for themselves. They never get provoked when contrary views are given unlike those who believe in many Gods, gods, deities who tend to become fanatics, fundamentalists, conservatives and vindictive to the extent of demolishing temples, ashrams, mosques, churches and other places of worship. They will talk of humanism but their belief in Vishva Bandhutva or universal brotherhood is more hypocrisy than a scientific faith.

The people with firm belief in the divine power of shabad Brahma OM and ineffable God would normally like to have a Guru (preceptor) of the caliber of Vedic Aditya or Rudrai like Maharsi Vashishat, Yajnavalkya, Vyasa, rsika Gargi of ancient India, Socrates, Plato, Lao Tse, Mencius in other parts of the world. They would also like to have preceptors of other periods like Sankracharya, St. Augustine, St. Acquinas, Guru Nanak, Immanuel Kant, Vivekananda and others. Nevertheless, the firm believers in One God would be far away from the so-called modern Hindu gurus who at best provide mostly nursery level of spiritual knowledge. They supplement this huge gap in their knowledge with mythology, magic and imaginary fairies landing from the heaven. They even hold periodical get-together for one or the other reason, where hidden donations without receipts are collected liberally from some of those followers who generate black money in tons, which really belongs to the poor masses for their development works. These gurus, godmen and cults spread message of good, love, harmony, truth and other virtues without themselves knowing their true meaning and so supplement with mysticism, miracles, magic and mythology. They liberally quote from the scriptures of various religions and very often by distorting these. In their messages scientific spiritualism is invariably missing owing to inadequacy of their higher divine and spiritual knowledge or sometimes deliberately so that the rich donors do not leave them. The worst effect of their teachings is that many of their followers do not know evil activities are harmful for society and they feel encouraged when gurus bless them for still more material prosperity, higher false status and other mundane affairs. Thus, many socially and morally corrupt persons get hallucination that their nefarious activities have the blessings of God as many gurus; cult leaders and babas are self-claimed incarnation of God on this earth.

While the Spirit of God is found in all animate and inanimate life/things, the divine soul is only in the human beings as an immaterial part of man. Like Vedas, Dante also found man as divine animal. Because of the divinity in man, all individuals by nature tend to become religious. It is a separate matter that under the influence of senses, predominance of tamasic gunas of impurity, passivity, lust and stupor and the consequent vehement effect of Maya they even distort the true meaning of religion as a spiritual science. Since the degree of knowledge varies considerably with each individual, the definition and description of religion and its tenets also vary considerably. As soon as faith in One God becomes weak, mythology takes over and a large number of Iswaras as personal Gods/gods appear in the same religion to satisfy the religious instinct of the ordinary human beings. The mythology is the cause of spreading non-transparent ideas and concepts like, miracles, magic, superstitions, rituals and unscientific outlook in society.

In the Vedas, there is no miracle, God is Aja- not born and His incarnation as a human being is not contemplated. Also bigamy, polygamy, polyandry are not advised in the Vedas. Later scriptures do mention the prevalence of such marriages like three wives of king Dasharatha, five husbands of Daraupdi, bigamous marriage of Pandu with Kunti (she got her one son through the rays of Sun) as his one of the wives and many more such marriages. The mythology reached its peak when 60,000 princes of a king died at one time and place owing to the curse of an angry and highly annoyed sage. To provide peace to the departed souls of 60,000 princes a specific request was made to lord Shiva and from His hair locks seven streams of water gushed out and these merged to form a mighty river Ganges.

This lord Shiva is a sagun Ishwara (a personal God) with form and attributes, where as Vedic Shiva is an epithet for the Universal lord who is pure, auspicious, impersonal, ineffable and formless God. Very few Hindus know about Vedic Shiva mentioned in Yajur Veda 16-41. Mythology has given Form to the Formless. Blind faith, worship of idols, images, stones as personal gods/Ishwaras, showing the gods as fearsome to wicked characters, provider of wealth to filthy rich who keep material possessions beyond the concept of moderation, for their preservation (Sama Veda 274), who likes a large number of blind rituals and ceremonies, have now become part of organised Hindu religion.

Both Vedas and holy Bible say that God created man in His own image by providing His subtle and immaterial particle as all knowing soul (Atma) to the human beings. Since God is supreme soul (Parmatma), therefore the real self of man is the soul and not gross body. In the Upanishads, gross body is the soul holding body. In the Vedas it is mentioned when soul was provided to the man Vedas were created. Vedas were formulated about five to six thousands years ago. Holy Bible refers to birth of Adam and Eve (with human manifested soul) about 6000 years ago. Both these scriptures confirm that man became divine and social animal about 4000 B.C. Before that, he was only a social and material man. The man obviously could not take much knowledge and advantage from his immortal higher “self” and devoted all his energy to the lower body self and allowed his servants i.e. senses, senses organs and outwards looking mind to become masters. This change in the Design of God led to religions becoming organised, fanatic, ritualistic and confused.

The all merciful, benevolent and ineffable Brahma of the Vedas, by Himself dwelling in the hearts of human beings and through His ansh i.e. divine soul, continuously provide us divine guidance and the right knowledge so that we do not commit any sins and also do not become our own enemies. The sins, which our senses commit owing to 99 obstacles created in this phenomenal world of Maya, are mentioned in Sama Veda 179 and 913 and in other hymns along with the methods to keep these obstacles under control. The personal God/god of Hindu religion punishes the individuals for their sins. These sins in the organised religion are defined and interpreted by priests, swamis, gurus and custodians of the religion overlooking Bhagavad Gita’s and Vedic metaphysics description of sins. This has led to a strange and confused situation where some activities, thoughts, ideas are considered sinful for some and virtues for others.

The Social evil of Sati pratha (self immolation of widow on her husband’s cremation pyre) is not disappearing amongst some sections of Hindus, in spite of laws made by the then British government and now the present Federal government. Cases of socially and religiously forced voluntary suicides by young widows on the burning pyre of their dead husbands are still occurring owing to double standard of priests. Some of the Sati temples bring them plenty of material benefits as these widows after their burning alive get the status of deities. There is an endless list covering bribery, generating black money -which is the share of poor masses for their development works, dowry deaths, girl infanticide, exploitation of widows, rigid caste system etc., where this double standard is quite glaring and found in temples, religious places and ashrams apart from Hindu society in general. Owing to confusion created by this double standard in the organised Hindu religion, the definition of “sin” has become blurred. The “will” to eradicate social and moral evils has become lukewarm not only by Hindus but also by social reformers who have to face great hurdles from the fundamentalists, conservatives and fanatic sections of the Hindu society.

The situation has become all the more difficult with the mushroom growth of gurus, tantriks and various cults along with personal gods. They are overlooking these sins due to their material interests and false ego to spread fast through out the world to get more donations and to collect “Golaks”, offerings from rich nonresident Indians (N.R.Is) settled abroad. Golak is a kind of small sacred box where the followers of certain gurus go on adding some money every day or periodically. The trusted agents of gurus collect the same, at least once a year or the devotee/ follower bring it personally whenever he/she visits the Head Quarters of Guru. The agents collect this unaccounted money in the head quarters and blessings of guru are conveyed along with some “Prasadam”sanctified sweets or fruits. By offering, hefty donations and material benefits to priests and gurus the personal gods overlook the sins and even bless you to continue with those sinful and corrupt practices. This self-made ritualistic procedure of the priests and others enable them to get more donations and hefty offerings to personal gods/Iswaras, which are again used by the priests, pujaris and trustees. Heavy punishments are for the poor and those belonging to lower castes. In Ramayana it is mentioned that a young son of a Brahmin died, the priestly class attributed it to studying of Vedas by a poor low caste Shudra. He was awarded the death penalty on the advice of priests. In another, case one Shudra Shambuka listened to reciting of Vedic hymns, molten lead was poured in his ears. In Mahabharta, the punishment of cutting the thumb of a low caste Ek Lavya for stealing the military education on the flimsy reason of guru dakishna (fee for the preceptor on completion of education) by a highly learned guru Dronacharya was a clear case of double standard of priests. With such examples in Ramayana and Mahabharta, priestly class now has enough religious support to continue with double standard even though it is very much against Vedic metaphysics.

The religious gods normally do not prohibit the life of material excesses in regard to sensual pleasures, material possessions, false prestige, naked selfishness, ego and pride. Even priest and trustees of temples freely resort to such excesses. The ancient, medieval and modern history tells us a number of cases that organised religion’s God, gods and other deities make individuals fanatics, irrational and fundamentalists. The metaphysical God of spiritual sciences make them love humanity and His entire creation. The violent demolition and wanton destruction of temples, mosques, churches and other places of religious gods / God and even looting of gold, silver, diamonds in such places throughout all ages and in all parts of the world is enough proof that it is high time we should know and understand the Vedic God. He is the same as holy Koran’s “Rabbil aalamin”- the universal supreme Reality and our Father in Heaven. Those who know Him also follow His laws of social, moral and physical orders and find His spirit in all human beings and move towards Vishva Bandhutva- and strive for the creation of universal brotherhood. The others who know Him as a personal God, worship Him in the form of millions of deities in all kinds of forms and shapes like “Swastika” and other geometrical shapes and figures, run after false gurus, swamis,prophets always had been the cause of communal riots in all parts of the world. The scientific belief in One ineffable, formless and nameless God who has been given some name by learned persons, help in creating peace every where- peace in the sky, peace in the atmosphere, peace on the earth, peace in plants, animals, human beings and water (Yajur Veda 36-17). Let the peace itself be peaceful. This is the most famous peace prayer to God as Shanti Path in the Vedas.

During the long historical journey of about 5000 years from the time of man’s desire to know the permanent truths and search of ineffable God and conveying to mankind in the form of Vedic hymns, riks and mantras, the concept of peace as described in Yajur Veda has been considerably diluted owing to Avidya, nescience and giving superiority to material and intellectual knowledge. Akash (ether) is no longer peaceful; all kinds of sound waves are being passed through the ether, good, lustful, spiritual and non-spiritual, virtuous and evil, making the sky highly polluted. The atmosphere is no longer peaceful as the modern man has succeeded with his material knowledge in spreading poisonous toxic gases and matter through green house effect, depletion of ozone layer and other effects. Man himself has now become the pioneer in creating all kinds of dreadful diseases in the animate life on this beautiful globe. The earth itself is not peaceful and every day getting more polluted in the name of material progress bereft of spiritual progress. The philosophies of material progress and vulgar consumerism have now become synonymous. The mother earth, which serves selflessly the animate and inanimate life/things, is now a huge quarry for exploitation. All waters whether belonging to highly sacred rivers like Ganga or other rivers including the waters of oceans presided over by Varun deva are no longer peaceful. They are now so much polluted that all kinds of life in water, fishes, dolphins, sea plants, and shells is now being endangered.

All animate life on this planet is crying for the Vedic peace “shanti” to come back. However, the material knowledge as Avidya is getting more and more specialised and primordial matter in the form of tamasic guna is becoming more predominant. This is making people with stake, who are in pursuit of tons of money for them selves and not for society to be hell bent not to allow Vedic peace to come back in the sky, water, society and all other places on this earth. They have a strange material but intellectual argument that bringing the most ancient Vedic philosophy in this modern material world is a retrograde step. They over look the hard realities that from Vedic formless universal God we have moved to millions of gods. The movement from scientific temper to unscientific outlook, from the philosophy of enlightened liberalism to absolute and naked selfishness, from the scientific Vedic rituals of Yajna with its noble and sacred word “Swaha” to the present age where we have made complete mockery of the Vedic Yajna by taking out the spirit of Swaha is quite visible.

This word “Swaha” signifies that we have under stood the meaning of the hymns, mantras and riks and we shall follow the same in our conduct, behaviour and actions. As a confirmation and our sacred promise, we throw some fragrant material (samigri) in the holy fire (Agni deva). In the Vedas Agni deva is described as the lord of vows. After taking out the spirit in sacred Yajna, only ritualistic yajna( havans ) have now become part of Hindu society. On occasions

like marriages, death, birth of a son, birthdays of children etc.; these havans are performed more as a social compulsion than as faith. It is rather strange that in spite of this drift towards all kinds of negativity and deviations from their original roots in the Vedic metaphysics, Hindu intelligentsia calls it a retrograde step if any effort is made to bring back Vedic philosophy in the rudderless organised religion of the Hindus. Thy are ever prepared to honour the pioneers in these directions like Dayananda Saraswati, Vivekananda, Ramanajum. Vallabh, Sankracharya and even Max Muller, Schopenheaur and many others but not prepared to follow the noble Vedic metaphysics. Hypocrisy and lip sympathy to Vedic tenets, injunctions and laws are glaringly observable.

This road to material progress along with spiritual and divine knowledge deterioration does not end with priests, fake gurus, organised religion, spread of irreligious activities through cinema, television etc. It also passes through those scientific discoveries, inventions, luxuries etc., which make people run amuck after the pursuit of material wealth. This long journey has made people lose interest in the original divine scriptures and the noble guidelines given there in. Instead of encouraging the study of Vedas by all sections of society, many custodians of Hindu religion openly prohibit women, low caste Hindus not to read Vedas or recite Vedic hymns. They have deliberately distorted Vedic metaphysics by describing noble Chatvar Varna Ashram based on birth instead of merit, capacity and aptitude mentioned in the Vedas. The Vedic non divine class is most sought after by them and so most of the modern swamis, gurus, tantriks do not talk of five classes in society and even made the followers of non divine activities, professions, bribe takers, drug barons, speculators, lottery lords to feel they are the models and heroes of Hindus. The learned Hindus with a thinking and philosophical mind, metaphysical outlook, scientific temper is always now keen to say that he/she is not a Hindu and belongs to religion of Humanism. This has caused a wide spread split in Hindu societies, families and even human relations. Today thousands of sects say they belong to Sanatan Dharma, Arya samaj, Brahmo samaj, Ganpatias, Parnamis, Balmikis, Kabir panthis, Shivites, Vishnoites etc., and feel diffident to call themselves as Hindus and even would not like to marry their children in the families belonging to other sects. While describing themselves as Hindus many of them, find that their gods, deities, religious rituals, ceremonies, methods of worship by individuals of other sects do no agree with them. Even between Sanatan Dharmis the major constituent of Hinduism, these differences are glaring and so a very large majority of them tend to restrict the marriages of their children to very limited number of families, sub castes and “gotras.”

Very few are keen to know their supreme Father who is also the One Universal God. Rig Veda 1-XI-2 advises that we should acquire friendship with the Vedic God who is ineffable and formless Brahma and Lord of strength. Bow before Him and glorify Him who is Almighty conqueror of the universe but Himself unconquered.

It is thus quite apparent for the various sects of Hindus and also the entire mankind that movement is towards pluralism, animism, fanaticism, fundamentalism, gurudom, kingdom of priests and extreme materialism. It is for the mankind to decide to live without His divine guidance owing to the vehement effect of Maya a huge cosmic saw with sharp teeth or to pass through the gap between these teeth and seek the only One Supreme Realty and remain under His divine guidance by following His commandments and laws. All the main scriptures of major religions have confirmed based on transcendental research that He is pure love, merciful, benevolent, compassionate and supreme consciousness. Knowing Him is bliss and knowledge and not knowing and under standing Him is ignorance and misery. (Excerpt from “Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics” by Prem Sabhlok)

GF’ Blessings.