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Islam and the Bhagavad-Gita

In the last 30 years, I have spoken against Islam and Islamic fundamentalism numerous times in my books as well as in in my articles and conferences. Often thus, I have been often branded as an Islamophobe or a hard-line pro-Hindu…

Yet, when I came to India, I was innocent : I did not know the difference between a Muslim and a Hindu. And as a journalist I had the same prejudices and ideas about India as any other Western correspondent. In fact I embraced the same ideas: ‘secularism, the Congress is the only party that can unify India, Hindus too can be fundamentalists’, et cetera…

But then, I started covering Kashmir during the 90s, when separatism bloomed and violence set fire to the Valley. It is there that I saw the first Hindu leaders whom I had interviewed previously, assassinated in the most savage manner, such as doctors, lawyers, or All India radio broadcasters. And then, when Benazir Bhutto gave her famous speech of ‘Azad Kashmir’, every mosque in Srinagar and the Valley repeated that cry, telling Hindus: “Convert or die”. And in a few weeks, 350,000 Kashmiri Pandits left their ancestral houses and land, for no other crime than being Hindus – and that without firing a shot in self-defence – becoming refugees in their own country, a first in the world.

Thus my eyes were opened and I lost my innocence. Since then, covering many other countries, I witnessed the same phenomenon in Bangladesh, Pakistan or Afghanistan, of Hindus being the target of hatred, as Jews have been for centuries. This set me to study Indian history and I quickly realised that great Hindu heroes such as Shivaji Maharaj or Maha Rana Pratap, had been bypassed in Indian history books, to a single paragraph: Shivaji Maharaj who alone with his wits, extraordinary courage and a few hundred men, defeated the most powerful army of the world of his time, is a ‘plunderer’; and Maharana Pratap, is described as a small chieftain, although he is the only Rajput to have fought the Moghols and to have held Akbar’s army at bay the Hadilghati battle. The irony is that tyrants such as Aurangzeb, who were monsters not only towards Hindus but also with their own family – Aurangzeb poisoned his own father, beheaded his brother Dara Shikoh, imprisoned his son – are lauded in history books as ‘firm but just emperors under whom arts flourished’ (Aurangzeb actually banned music at his court, because it was un-Islamic)….

…It happens that my wife and myself are teachers of the pranayama and meditation techniques of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, which we have practicing for the last 25 years and which have changed our lives, giving us energy, enthusiasm and commitment. We do this free, as a sewa, to partake of this great gift to humanity that originates from India.

During the last Shivaratri celebrations, we taught in Sri Sri’s Bangalore ashram a pranayama course to a batch of Iranians. Our group, which had many girls and ladies, some of them who always covered their heads, was reserved at first, but as the course progressed, there grew a bond of affection and warmth between us all. We could perceive so much love and humanity in all of them. And by the end of the course, we all danced and hugged each other.

Now it is not because I have fought Islam that I did no know before this course that Muslims are as much as the others, decent human beings, warm, family oriented, hospitable. I remember when I drove to India by road from Paris, crossing many Muslim countries. My best friend was then a Muslim French Moroccan. He would say “AssalamoAlaikum », and doors would open, smiles were flashed, we would be dined, entertained, respected. This universal brotherhood of Islam does not exist in the Hindu world.

So this set me thinking: Islam was born in Iran and since Khomeini’s takeover, though it has a Shia majority, Iran has an image of a hard-core Islamic nation, where the Sharia reigns supreme and which is ready even to use a nuclear weapon to impose the supremacy of its faith. Yet these people we taught were the opposite and showed values of refinement and love that are today missing in the western Christian world….

I do understand even more now that most Muslims are good, witness the many human right organizations, journalists or intellectuals that fight for their rights as refugees, at the moment Yet the stumbling block remains the Koran, a wonderful scripture, no doubt, but which was written for people and mentalities of 1400 years ago, when realities were harsh, punishments even harsher and survival a matter of life and death. Nobody has read the Koran properly, except the Islamic terrorists of today: it does say that the Infidels should be slayed, that Islam must be the world religion, that women can be stoned if unfaithful, or that being gay is a crime punishable by death. Logic would say that Muslim scholars of international repute should get together and reform the Koran, as Christians have done, so that it becomes adapted to the 21st century world. Problem is that nobody dares touch it or question it for fear of death. Problem is that even within the most moderate, educated and enlightened Muslims, logic and good sense, stops when it comes to the Koran…

Thus, I will continue fighting Islam, in the spirit of the Bhagavad Gita: so many of my brothers and sisters are in the opposite camp. I have come to love them and respect them too… Yet, I know that willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously, by accident or by karma, they are born in a religion that is harming the world, that is on the side of the anti-human and anti-divine forces. Therefore it must be challenged, even if it is with love in the heart – and not hatred.

Nevertheless, this course also opened my eyes: Sri Sri reminds us that we are one World family, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Let us not forget that…

François Gautier

ABOUT @DONALDTRUMP’S VICTORY IN US ELECTIONS

Contrary to expectations & contrary to all predictions by TV channels, pundits, intellectuals, Hollywood actors, the Indian Media, etc, Donald J. Trump has won the USA elections. No doubt Hillary Clinton was more knowledgeable when it came to foreign policy and would have made a more seasoned president. But there are FOUR aspects that interest us:

1) This election is mostly about Islamic terrorism: the common American people are fed-up to hear every time that there is an Islamic terrorism act, their politicians say that it has nothing to do with Islam. They also have lost faith in the Muslim community which never acknowledges that these terrorists take their inspiration from the Koran & then complain about Islamophobia

2) Donald Trump will be a friendlier President towards India than Hillary, who has always been pro-Pakistan and was even planning to make her friend and close associate, Huma Abedin, an American of Pakistani-Indian origin, her Secretary of State. Indeed, in a letter dated une 13, 2012, to the State Department Inspector General, five Republican members of Congress claimed that Abedin “has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations”…

3) One notable note facts about Donald J. Trump‘s history in the US elections is that not only the entire Media, American as well as Indian or any other for that matter had predicted that Hillary Clinton would win, but also that shamelessly, for a profession that is supposed to inform people and remain neutral, they shamelessly all tried to undermine Trump in whatever way they could, even if it meant ignore the fact that Hillary Clinton’s emails as released by Wikileaks showed that she knew that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were funding the ISIS and Al Qaeda, while pretending to be part of the American coalition against them.
Does this mean that that journalists or CNN or the BBC News or the The New York Times or of India’s Firstpost or NDTV are going to apologize to their readers or viewers for having misled them? Not at all, they act as if they did not err and find excuses for @HillaryClinton, forgetting that she was badly beaten. It is for us the hapless public to make known to these people our anger and dismay

4) The last fact is that there are a lot of similarities with the election of @narendramodi, who was hated by the Media and the intellectuals. Mr Trump will have to learn a little from the Indian PM, how he rose above party politics and yet remained firm and decisive, whether striking against militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, or declaring war on Black Money

 

Francois gautier

DHARMA, KURUKSHETRA II & @NARENDRAMODI

The problem of converts is that they are taught by missionaries (who are now mostly Indians), to hate anything Hindu. Thus, if you add other Hindu haters such as Marxists, Dalit converts, most of the Media, many Muslims, who sill consider Hindus idol worshipers and the Gandhi family, you get an idea of what Narendra Modi & Dharma are up against at the moment. Not only that , but India is surrounded by hostile nations, China, which claims a huge chunk of Indian territory, Pakistan, which has the nuclear bomb and no qualms about using it, Nepal in the hands of Maoists, Bangladesh, which is become ing more and more islamised, Sri Lanka even with Sinhalese majority which can never be trusted…
HINDUS THUS NEED TO UNITE, THERE MAYBE WASN’T EVER SUCH A CRUCIAL TIME FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE KNOWLEDGE THAT STANDS BEHIND HINDUISM; GURUS, INSTEAD OF COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER FOR DISCIPLES, SHOULD COME UNDER ONE UMBRELLA AND PLAN ACTIONS TOGETHER. ALL HINDUS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A BATLLE, AS MUCH AS THE KURUKSHETRA WAR WAS. HINDUS, MEN AND WOMEN, SHOULD THINK OF WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR THEIR COUNTRY, NOT WHAT THEIR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR THEM. AND DEVISE A PLAN OF ACTION: START A GROUP ONLINE, USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PASS ON THIS MESSAGE OF FIGHTING FOR DHARMA, ORGANISE MEETINGS IN YOUR VILLAGE, TOWN, DISTRICT, BECOME HINDU LEADERS, BOYS AND GIRLS, INDIA AND YOUR WONDERFUL, ANCIENT, HOLY, ALL ENCOMPASSING KNOWLEDGE, NEEDS YOU
JAI HIND
FRANCOIS
http://indiandefence.com/threads/cong-mp-uses-foul-language-against-baba-ramdev.4586/

ABOUT #CHARLIEHEBDO MASSACRE, #ISLAM & THE BHAGAVAT GITA

The cartoon that shows the terrorists who perpetrated the #CharlieHebdo massacre in Paris, being pursued by a thousand pens – and fleeing them- has gone viral on the Internet.
True, the pen has some power and it can sting, to the point that Islamic terrorists kill those who wield the pen or the brush, as in the case of the journalists & cartoonists of#CharlieHebdo, who had reproduced the cartoons of Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, that showed the Prophet with a bomb in his turban and done some more.

But in the real world, the AK47 is mightier than the pen – and terror cannot be fought with peace marches, cartoons, goodwill and the kind of platitudes being mouthed by everybody, including by the many Muslims who tweeted “the French banned the veil, these cartoons insulted our Prophet – but we are still we against this kind of violence “.

More than that, nothing has changed: those pens that indirectly condone terrorism by always defending Islam are still there. Yesterday night on CNN, an Indian ‘Bobby’ Ghosh (formerly with the Time magazine), who has been against so called ‘islamophobia’ for years and once postulated that “to a believing Muslim, the perception may be that ‘burning the Koran is much worse than burning the Bible, because the koran is directly from God while the Bible isn’t” again mouthed with confidence his stupidities. Or the Financial Times of London, which more or less condoned this massacre by writing: ‘Charlie Hebdo is a bastion of the French tradition of hard-hitting satire. It has a long record of mocking, baiting and needling Muslims.’

Here In India, before news of massacre was known, the awful @SagarikaGhose wrote in the @HindustanTimes “Yes we Khan”, equating Hindu Fundamentalism with Muslim terrorism, when there is no statistical comparison: did any Hindus kill the director of #PK or @amirkhan, who made a point of mocking Hindu Gods and gurus A HUNDRED MORE times than #CharlieHebdo mocked the Prophet?

Make no mistake: whatever the Indian or western Media and the enduring leftist intellectuals, who are like cockroaches that never die, say, the battle between Islam and the Free world IS A WAR and it will not be won by the pen, but by military might. To keep on saying, like some of my good and well-meaning friends “that these terrorists are only a few isolated maniacs and that the rest of Islam is peaceful’ is a grave mistake, for nearly every Muslim in the world feels that insulting the Prophet cannot be forgiven and we have not seen the five million French Muslims or any other Muslim community in the world, descending in the streets, together, as Muslims, to protest what is done in the name of the Koran. Their joining mixed peace marches has no value and in fact endorses Islamic terrorism.

How is it possible that in India, the home of the last living Knowledge in the world, one forgets the eternal message of the Bhagavad Gita: that when your freedom is endangered, your women, your borders, your culture, your very life, it is all right to use force against force, that war may be the last resort against Evil.

The battle between Islam and Democracy may be the second Kurukshetra war…

Meanwhile the very few of us who dare say the truth will be labeled as rightists, fundamentalists, anti-Muslims, by those who are wearing blinkers & mislead the world

Francois Gautier

THE BIG, HUGE, MASSIVE HYPOCRISY ABOUT #CONVERSIONBATTLE

We are witnessing all that Media and political hype about a handful of Christians being reconverted to #Hinduism. What a HUGE hypocrisy! Let us think rationally: there may have been a thousand no more, Christians reconverted – but how many #Hindus do you think were converted by sheer violence, most of the time, to #Islam in 10 centuries? FIFTY MILLION at least. And how many Hindus have been converted to #Christianity in the last 4 centuries? TWO MILLION??? After the Tsunami, I have seen with my own eyes, how the Christian groups within hours of the catastrophe were in every village, proposing food, money, clothes. Within days, they had offered new boats, houses, interest free loans. It is my estimate that 2% of the fishermen of the Tamil coast, from Chennai to Kanyakumari, were subsequently converted to Christianity – that’s a 300.000 people at a conservative estimate. So what’s the hullabaloo about #Bhajrang Dal, #VHP, reconversions?

As usual, because of the long colonization of India, we see that its intellectual elite, its journalists, some of its #Congress (and #BJP) politicians have kept up Macaulay’s spirit: bash up the Hindus whenever you get a chance and turn a blind eye on what the Christians and the Muslims do.

Wake-up O Hindus, you are an ancient Knowledge that has not only survived in spite of so many extremely violent assaults, but every persecuted religion has found refuge in India’s Bosom, thanks to the Hindus, from the Parsis, to the Jews, to the Tibetans today. So why should you allow yourselves to be persecuted now? Stand-up Hindus, you are the children of Vyasa, of Kalidasa, of the great Shankacharya, of Swami Vivekananda, of Sri Aurobindo. The time of India’s Renaissance has come, but it can only happen if you let go of your colonized mind , and you inferiority complex. You are great, generous, tolerant, you possess the last Knowledge in the world: “who am I, what happens after death? What is Karma? What is Dhama? What is Adharma”? Rise O Hindus, your time has come and don’t let the Bharka Dutt @Bdutt,  @Sardesairajdeep; @ShekharGupta’s of this nation brainwash you with their small, western borrowed, hollow & adharmic opinions.

 

Happy New Year India

Francois Gautier