To: Sri Satya Sai Baba, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Ma Amritanand Mayi, Sri Jayendra, Saraswathi Swamiji, Swami Ramdev, Gurumayi of Ganeshpuri, Swamy Dayaananda Saraswathi (Harsha Gurukulam), Gurujis of Chinmaya Mission, Sri Ganapathi Sacchidananda Swamiji,Pramukh Swami Narayan (BAPS), Sadhvi Ritambara, Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, Swami Chidanandji Muniji, Gurus of ISKCON, Swami Jaggi of Coimbarore, and to all great Gurujis and Swamijis of Hindu dharma and their devotees and disciples
O Great Gurus and Swamis, Firstly, I bow down to all of you from the bottom of my heart. Having seen my little ego, the difficulty I have to quieten the incessant chatter of my mind, the problems in controlling my anger, I know how far you all have gone and how much you have risen above the pettiness of human nature.
Today, there are many of you great beings, who have manifested themselves in a human body, accepting the haphazardness of human life, in this great Holy land which is India. It is a sign that on the one side, this source of Boundless Divine Love and Compassion which has always had a soft corner for the land of Bharat, and throughout the ages has showered Her with great Sages, Avatars and Vibhutis, from Krishna, Rama, Adi Shankara, to Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, or Sri Aurobindo, has not dried-up; and on the other that you presence is badly needed right now in this crucial time of Kali Yuga.
sri aurobindo, ramakrishna, vivekananda, adi
For India is in great danger today. It is attacked by many forces. And your enemies are united, even if it is in disunity, even if it is a temporary arrangement based on a common hatred. Christian conversions, the onslaught of Muslim fundamentalism, the abhorrence of communists for Hinduism, the infinite dangers of Globalisation and Americanisation, Sonia Gandhi’s dangerous hold over the intellectual elite of India and her agenda of minority prodding against the majority community of India… These have all banded together and are making a concerted – even if it is unconscious – assault on the Knowledge and Wisdom that have down already diluted from Ancient India.
There are so many great gurus incarnated in India at the moment. Your names are Shri Satya Sai Baba, Amrita Ananda Mai, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Shri Ramdev, Shri Jaggi of Coimbatore… And so many others I cannot mention here for want of space. Together, you have at least two hundred million disciples. All of you are not only great yogis, but everyone of you does wonderful seva work, of charity and education, providing free water to villagers, building hospitals and schools, uniting people through prayer.
Yet there are two things which baffle me: One that all of you seem to be afraid to be identified with the appellation ‘Hindu’, which has become a dirty word, although 99% of your disciples are good Hindus and what you teach are basically tools taken out Hinduism, or you could say the spirituality which is behind Hinduism: meditation, asanas, pranayama, or satsang ; two, that not only you are not united amongst you against the common enemy, but that you often compete against each other for disciples or territory and even criticize each other, a thing that baffles us small human beings, who are always looking up towards you.
As a Westerner, a lover of Hinduism and India, it shocks me.
Disunity has always been the curse of India and whichever enemy conquered this country, did it not because of superior strength, but because they were helped by Hindu betrayers. Remember the last great Hindu empire, that of Vijaynagar.
The Christians have a Pope, the Muslims the word of the Koran, communists have Der Kapital of Karl Marx, but Hindus are fragmented in a thousand sects, which often bicker with each other.
It is thus of vital importance that Hindu gurus and swamis regroup under one umbrella which dares to call itself ‘Hindu’. Each group and guru will retain its leadership and autonomy but will meet three times a year to review the situation and issue edicts which will be binding to hundreds of millions of Hindus all over the world. Let me remind you that there are a billion Hindus on this planet, one in every five persons.
There are too many gurus and swamis all over India and the world and it would not be possible to assemble them all in one group. Thus I propose that the twelve gurus in India who have the most disciples, represent all the other swamis and gurus. Amongst them of course, we should find Satya Sai Baba, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Amrita Anandmayi, the Shankacharya of Kancheepuram, Guruma of Ganeshpuri, Shri Ramdev etc.
The leadership of this group will be rotated every year and so can membership for that matter, as there are quite a few other gurus of India who have a huge following.
It is not only Hinduism which is at stake, but the Sanatan Dharma, the Knowledge Infinite which came down, through the ages and has survived today only in India in a partial form. This Knowledge only can save the world.
Long Live Mother India
François Gautier (firstname.lastname@example.org), is a French journalist, editor of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde (lesbelleslettres.com) and the author of The Guru of Joy (Hays House, 2007) and A New History of India (Har Anand, New Delhi, 2008)