As the International Yoga day approaches, a watershed event, that may signal the arrival of India as the spiritual leader of the world,

as Sri Aurobindo had predicted, I though appropriate to republish this article, which all Muslims who oppose yoga should read:
What is this Knowledge that is still alive in this wonderful country which we call India ?

Firstly and foremost: “I accept you; I accept that you may be White or Black, Red or Yellow, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim. I accept that God may manifest at different times, under different names, using different scriptures. Thus God is Krishna, but also Jesus Christ, Buddha or Mohamed. This an extraordinary statement and a marvellous instrument towards world peace, at a time where terrorism is striking everywhere in the world in the name of One God. It is also a Knowledge that only the body dies, but not the soul, which is born and reborn again till it achieves perfection. A Knowledge that whatever you do bears consequences in this life or another. A Knowledge that all human beings are made out of Love, even beneath the hate and the killings”…

And also: “I have inherited from my ancestors the tools to become a better person, whatever my religion, ethnicity and profession: a better Christian, a better Hindu, a better Muslim”. What are these tools ? Hata-yoga, India’s gift to the world, which has been copied and imitated everywhere. Meditation, this extraordinary technique of coming back to one’s Self, of settling the mind and the body, which is today practiced by millions around the world – another bequest of India to humanity. Pranayama, the science of respiration, perfected by Indians for three millenniums. “Does the breath have any religion”, asks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living movement, which has spread today in 140 countries ? “Is the air we breathe around us, Muslim, Christian, or Hindu”?

This knowledge thus does not only belong to Hindus, but also to Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Muslims of India. Once upon a time, the Syrian Christians of Kerala, though they remained faithful to the word of Jesus Christ, had incorporated some of the basic tenets of Hinduism such as reincarnation and karma. Once upon a time, great Sufis, such as Dara Sukoh, Shah Jahan’s eldest and preferred son (who should have become emperor instead of Aurangzeb), while remaining true Muslims (and not apostate ones), could translate the Upanishads and step into a temple without thinking they were committing a mortal sin. Once upon, a time Sikhism was born out of Dharma, to defend the Hindu Dharma and neither Sikh nor Hindu, saw any difference between themselves. Once upon a time, Buddha, although he did strike against ritualism and hereditary Brahmanism, did not found a religion, but a path that led to the same Ananda he came from.

This knowledge is unique to India. For The West has lost the truth. We have lost the Great Sense, the meaning of our evolution, of why so much suffering, why dying, why getting born, why this earth, who are we, what is the soul, what is reincarnation, where is the ultimate truth about the universe? And this will be India’s gift to this planet during this century: to restore to the world its true sense; to recharge humanity with the real meaning and spirit of life. Thus, if you are an Indian settled abroad, whatever your religion, you should carry that identity in your actions and your aura, that you may shine without words, for it is a great privilege and responsibility to be born an Indian. Yet, too often, Indians in the US or Canada, or even the UK for that matter, hide their identities and try to merge into the mainstream culture, becoming more American than an Americans, more British than the British. Sometimes even, Indians are ashamed to say that they are Indians and it is a tragedy to themselves and to their children, who lose the connexion with one of the most ancient cultures in the world, which is not a religion but the last living spirituality on this planet.

You should also know that today this Knowledge is under attack from all sides. Foremost, from the Globalization and Westernization which is taking place at the moment in India at a frantic pace. TV channels and advertisements must be the biggest culprits. Is White the most beautiful color, does having a White Skin make you so hep ? Do a cell phone, a suit, or a fancy car, really make you into a man ? This is what millions of innocent villagers or lower middle class viewers are enticed to believe. There is also a rapid Christianisation of many of the villages in India, whether in Tamil Nadu, or in the North-East, where innocent tribals are converted with the help million of dollars and it is a tragedy, because they are taught to look down upon their own culture and social habits. What about the radicalism that seems to grip some of the Muslim youth? Nowhere but in India, they have had so much freedom to practice their faith. Try to be a Hindu, a Buddhist or a Christian in Saudi Arabia or Bangladesh ! And we know that the Pakistani or Bangladeshi bombers and killers in Hyderabad, Delhi, or Mumbai could never function without the (very) active participation of some India’s Muslims, although Indian politicians keep mum about it.
Lastly Hindu renegades, those intellectuals who want to cut off at any cost India from her past and make a copy – however brilliant – of a Marxism which has died everywhere else, or of the United Sates of America, where violence, divorce and depression are affecting three persons out of five, are extremely active at the moment, thanks to a Government who chooses to closes its eyes, while this is going on.

Yet, it is for this Precious Knowledge that all Indians, be they Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or Sikh, should retain their dharmic identity, while being faithful to their Creed or Supreme God. Every Diwali thus, should symbolize for all Indians, the rekindling of this Ancient, Universal, All-encompassing, Non-Religious Dharmic Light in their hearts. Let Mother India shine in them and rekindle their common identity beyond their religions.

It is time Indians look again at their own history and understand how it is important to save that Knowledge. Hence the Museum of (true) Indian History which FACT is building in Pune, dedicated to the great Shivaji Maharaj, a Vibhuti sent by God to protect India’s dharma from Aurangzeb

6 responses to “As the International Yoga day approaches, a watershed event, that may signal the arrival of India as the spiritual leader of the world,

  1. Thank you, Mr. Gautier, for using a peaceful, friendly style and language, which are in complete alignment with the culture of this country, to convey your views about it.

  2. I had come across your blog through Facebook. As an Indian living abroad, I have never felt more proud to be Indian than after reading your blog post. It is very true, that Indians shy away from identifying themselves as one. Why do they do this? Is it because they think westerners have a bad reputation of India in their minds? I don’t know.

    But in our history, we have proved that we are probably the most open minded country, in terms of religion. I would also like my fellow Indians to read your post, and understand that they should be proud to identify themselves with their country.

    But regarding the Indian Muslims and Christians, I don’t know why they are not able to accept the open mindedness of their ancestors. As you have stated that it is due to the extremely violent past of their forefathers, I believe there is a slight fear and confusion embedded somewhere in their minds. But I do not have much knowledge on that topic! I am very happy that I have also learnt something new from your blog :).

    Thank you for writing these posts. Will definitely recommend this website to all my fellow Indians 🙂

  3. Mahatma Gandhi said in 1935: “If I had power and could legislate, the first thing I would ban is conversions”. I find it shocking that his advice fell on stony ground. His disciples with Nehru at the behest instead banning this practice gave a free reign to the proselytising religions. Hindus do not go out to convert people belonging to other faiths, then why the framers of our Constitution did not create level playing field by banning conversion of Hindus.

    Unfortunately we Hindus have nothing to define us. Nothing to coalesce us. We are a fragmented lot. We go to temples and listen to songs with not much of substance in them. We gain nothing from this or the umpteen festivals we celebrate. We are split by following different Gurus.

    We have no historical sense. Our history is replete with instances of massacres; but still our secular leaders say that all religions advocate love. I urge people to go through Quran and judge for themselves whether it is a religion of love or peace. Nobody puts in context the Christian saying: “Love thy neighbour as thyself.” Just visualise a Christian theocratic state. Every neighbour is obviously going to be a Christian. This saying is preaching love a fellow Christian. People belonging to other religions are Kafirs in Islam and Heathen/Pagan in Christianity. These are abusive terms and we should realise this that our Hindu religion is not based on a Dogma but based on Reason. It is not based on Duality but on Transcendence.

    I have lived outside India for more than half a century and had arguments with people of every religious hue. I have held my ground always. I am a Hindu Agnostic but have always been proud to be a Hindu.

    I have always appreciated Mr Gautier. I bless him.

  4. Well written comment my brother. I too like and admire Mr. Gautier.

  5. How can the country where gendercide is still systemic, and so many women victimized by rape and the practice of dowry, be the spiritual leader of the world? How can the country with the stain (Gandhi’s word) of caste ever imprinted in its social fabric be a spiritual leader of the world?

    No country can ever pretend to be that to the world. Your words seem to signal you as quite a reactionary and an ideologue. Exactly what the world does not need anymore!

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