A LETTER TO ALL THE GREAT GURUS OF INDIA

 
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 (fgautier26@gmail.com), 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)

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18 responses to “A LETTER TO ALL THE GREAT GURUS OF INDIA

  1. Hi how have u been? Long time! how is namrata doing? I echo your feeling on the hindus not being united. Its a shame a spiritual culture such as hindus dont seem to think much about themselves. Its either they are too diplomatic or just scared of losing certain sectin of devotees…. i stand to be corrected. Hope i am wrong….
    Wonder what is the future of hindus in the modern world. Like for instance the Hindus in south africa the younger generation thinks the whole hindu religion is not so cool. So few yrs from now where do they all go to.. Maybe converts…… mayb just ape the western society and have belief in nothing or very circumstancal….

  2. very good idea to unite all the great gurus who have a tremendous fan following. As you rightly pointed out that the hindu community is deeply fragmented and there are efforts from every quarters to further divide. I am very glad that you though not born in india, have devoted your life in studying great indian gurus, spirituality and hinduism.

  3. Dear Mr. Gautier,

    On behalf of Sree Ramadasa Ashram I would like to thank you for your open-minded analysis of the situation in India. Coming across what you are thinking and writing , for example in this article, I get a resounding ‘echo’. Why an echo? That’s because many of the things you write about are issues that were taken up by Swami Sathyananda Saraswathy, the founder of Sree Ramadasa Mission/ashram. Swamiji lived in Chenkottukonam, near Trivandrum. I am unsure if you have heard of Him or His policies, but they were always about India, nationalism, Hinduism. He gave to all, yet stressed the need for Hindu unity. He also formulated amazing plans for Hindu strengthening, like a Hindu bank, hindu parliament, sanatan national newspaper, etc. But because He used the word “Hindu” many of the great ‘Hindu’ leaders shyed away from His plans.

    When Swamiji visited the US, during a speech He exclaimed:
    “You have no right to welcome me to the business culture of America. In fact, I am here to welcome you back to the luminous culture of Bharath. I have not come here to hear the tinkling sound of your dollar but to share the wisdom of our Sages with you all. A Sannyasin is not a beggar and as such should not be viewed in that manner.”

    Anyway, it gladdens our hearts to see the articles you write. Keep going. Swamiji is no more in the physical body. Yet hopefully Hindus will awaken. We are trying to do the same for India!

    Do go through our website.
    http://srdaramagiri(dot)org

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    Sree Ramadasa Ashram, Ramagiri.

  4. I have read some where how the devotees of amrithananda mayi and sri ravishankar came to blows during the tsunami relief operation, as to who should be taking care of the tsunami victims. I do not know whether these present day swamiji’s are really elevated souls or cheats taking people for a ride. As a reader of your books and articles I agree with you that these swamiji’s should come together to hold the hindu society together, at this very critical movement, as these swamiji’s have a huge following. Later maybe the people once united can decide who should be thrown out and elect a swamiji who is genuine and take the religion forward.

  5. All religions are a mixture of ideas. Hinduism is a mixture of 100 ideas, when compared other religions which have say 10 ideas each. This is because of huge textual books like Ramayana and Mahabharata. It becomes difficult to bring these sadhus on a single platform. Swami Vivekananda was a middle-ist, nobody understood him properly, like Jean Paul Sartre, whom I could decipher only vaguely after reading his triology. Hindus have a way of saying two opposites are both true. Anyway I support you fully. Please make sure you have the correct domain knowledge before you start off. The time is of course ripe.

  6. Please include the Sankaracharya’s of Shringeri, Puri, Badrinath and Dwaraka apart from Kanchi. These five are of Adi Sankara lineage.

  7. The platform for coming together was specified by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; the eternal Bhagavad Gita spoken by Sri Krishna. However, because Krishna says; “Aham sarvasya prabhavo…” “I am the source of everything…” a certain class of Hindus take the Gita as sectarian and argue with its pure precepts, or they make up some wishy-washy version and worship “oneness.”

  8. Prof. Vishwanath

    Mr. Gautier instead of fanning this ‘hindutva’ nonsense point India towards scientific temper as stated in our constitution and rational thinking. All religion needs to go. Islam is the most dangerous followed by christianity but hinduism ( despite not being a monolithic religion) is not benign either. The caste system drags India backward. The upanishads contained forward thinking atheist philosophy. Unfortunately the brahmins have edited and ruined our ancient scriptures. And these gurus are frauds no less. So please stop dragging India backwards with this sort of hindutva nonsense. We are not Pakistan we are a secular country.

  9. for 50 yrs i have met almost all living gurus they blow their owm trumpet/trying kundali awakening /its working /try this at individually/god is one in man as man

  10. Mr. Gautier, you seem to be fascinated too much albeit superficially about Hinduism. There is nothing called Hinduism. That is why there never will be. Only the ignorant west decided to call these people with no religious identity as ‘Hindus’. The leftovers of this world, who happened to have a refined lifestyle, culture, and philosophy without coming under the influence of either Christianity or Islam – the situation similar to Japan but more complex – better be named something and that something is Hinduism. The above is not entirely true though. The ‘ism’ that the people of this divine land suffered from is ‘casteism’.
    Like how Prof. Viswanath has pointed out, Casteism has plagued India for too long, worse thing even that it is utterly irrational.
    Before Kali Yuga, Brahmins used to have meat. Brahmins and Kshatriyas used to marry both ways anuloma (upper caste groom – lower caste bride) and pratiloma (lower caste groom – upper caste bride), although the latter was prevalent. And caste was not hereditary. It was based on certain gunas and karma. There is a theory that in Kali Yuga, people have lost the ability to gauge a person’s history of gunas and karma. Hence, caste has been made hereditary as a matter of convenience.
    So such petty things have to be addressed under the heading of an ‘ism’. When people realize about themselves having formed their own paths, these petty religions should not even be considered important.
    The only binding factor for the whole of humanity should be humanity and nothing else.

  11. o i feel very great of u all

  12. Pankaj kumar

    Dear Mr Gautier,

    Thanks for ur views and ur learnings of Hinduism and the great saints of India. Your views are quite humble as by yourself you wants the welfare of the humanity and wants to give an ideal way to leave the life. So ur concern and keen interst to protect the sybolism of spirituality is quite appraising.

  13. You didnt even bother to get all the names right Mr Gautier. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the leader of BAPS Swaminarayan movement.
    And how have you come to the conclusion as to who has the greatest followings? Has a census been issued by each institution?

  14. most respected mr gautier,
    thanks for this try to send the messages to indian gurus.
    there are many childish hindu people who has innocently and jeolously criticised your endevour.
    please let them do thier job.
    from my side, you are the great saviour and freind of india , and i deeply appreciate , what you are doing for us hindus, who are downtrodden , from centuries, because of their great brahmgyaan, and nil action.
    thanks again.
    ashok gupta
    delhi

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  17. Right away I am going to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming over again to read further news.

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