In my last blog, I wrote how the Hindu religion segregates religions based on beliefs. It is curious to see how a religion differentiates between religions and how theologians do it. The theologians tell one religion from another with differences in the data sets of foundation, functionalism, sociology, and symbolic interactionism. While the Hindu religion does this purely based on the functional principles. The later is a subset of the former but makes a stark difference. Studies in the modern world have completely changed. The scientific revolution has impacted the entire world. Study anything today, one has to take a scientific approach. It is the only truth accepted by scholars. The scientific approach of the study follows a formula-driven method of the question, research, hypothesis, experiment, analysis, and conclusion. The scientific approach is also famous for being objective and unbiased in the studies.
Though, we do not find any real-world examples, where this method has proved to be conclusionary or completely unbiased; We still strive to achieve the same. The attention and the fame that this method got is only natural for the western world. The western societies in their development became far too biased, hypocritic and fantastic. Any and all studies that they conducted later proved not only to be wrong but highly foolish and discriminatory. So, it was obvious that the later generation which was open and wiser took a strictly unbiased and objective approach. But just as an excess of anything is bad, this method too fails under certain circumstances. If a person tries to understand religion, he/she must understand it from within. We are bound to take a subjective approach to understand Religion. The Hindu scriptures have exceptionally shown, how we can achieve subjectivity without discriminating.
Subjectivity in Religion
Knowledge is unified. A person cannot be more illusioned if he says that one form of knowledge is more important than others. Science, art, literature, and skills are equally important in a person’s life. Science takes an objective approach to understand the world and the phenomena therein. But objective studies take us away from the basic feeling of self. According to Valmiki Ramayana, to succeed in any job, we must have six ‘Yukti’ or rationale. They are Sandhi, Vigraha, Yaana, Asana, Dwaidibhaava, and Samaashraya. It isn’t in the scope of this blog to explain all, but one of the rationales is ‘Asana’ or chair. If we wander too far away from our place or in this context, self, we will not be successful.
Subjectivity is extremely important in doing justice to any study. True religion plays the role of the balancing scale in the field of science. On the contrary, the functionality of religions in the modern world brings us to two conclusions. Either religion is highly discriminatory, mythological, and so are in a tug war with science; Dividing the world into radical groups. Or they give in to the methods of science to be more liberal and objective.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Talk even about God, the word owns the first credit. Gone are the days when the medium was as important as the achievement. Have we forgotten the pretext? Do we need not explain the thought anymore? Or is the world at a loss of intelligent designers? Whether a person accepts or not, religion is a primary contributor to building societies. It is not artificial too but, is a natural response in our brains. Ignoring it or corrupting it leads to immense pain and chaos in civilization.
For example, words do not have an objective meaning. Words can describe an emotion only when we group them in a sentence and provide a situational pretext. People today have become irrevocably radical. The effect is that the words have become radical too. We can easily find some pseudo-intellectual lecturing about the positivity and negativity in the words. Think, what kind of a word is ‘discrimination’? Some people can say that it is a negative word. But is the phrase, “discrimination against evil” negative too? The pseudo-experts today will tell us that we should use positive words instead of negative words. It gives a better impression and has the capability to drive change.
The Millennial Non-sense
For example, we should use the slogan, “Equality for women” instead of “No discrimination against women”. They will say that a positive is better than a double negative. I say they are teaching the art of propaganda to the public. The trick is that people do not feel the negativity in words until someone gives them the differentiating list. It is like the conundrum of fashion these days. The so-called ‘expert’ advertises fashion by saying that it is the new fashion until it becomes fashion. And then we get the non-sensical tautologies of the millennials. When we ask why a certain thing in fashion is today. We get the answer, “It is in fashion because it is in fashion.” Or “It is what it is”. Nothing has a purpose, an objective, or a precedent.
The Tampered Hindu Religion
The real problem with the Hindu religion today is that while the modern language has adopted words from Sanskrit literature; The emotions associated with the words have been corrupted. For example, ‘Kunth’ is a Sanskrit word which means dull or lazy and is an insult. ‘Vaikunth’ is derived from the conjunction of ‘Vi’ meaning various and ‘Kunth’. It means, “paradise of Lord Vishnu”. It is the supreme abode of a soul looking for liberation. We can conclude that paradise is dull and unchanging in nature. It gets the adjective of ‘Vaikunth’ because nothing from the material world can affect it; it too does not affect the material world.
But in recent times, the meaning of paradise has changed drastically. Thinkers and philosophers said that paradise is a myth and a fantasy. It represents the state of the world and is a mental state. People have said that instead of striving for a paradise in the next life, we should make our world, one. The irony is that in a true paradise or ‘Vaikunth’, we will only feel pain. The world will become so dull and inactive that we will always be gloomy and sad. There is a reason why a person must leave his/her material body to ascend to the heavens.
But imagining paradise with living bodies has made the society forget its true purpose and has given in to materialism. Though hard to understand, it is eye-opening to see the effects of a good ideal versus a bad one. The Maha-Mrityunjaya mantra while talks about immortality and yet is a spiritual ideal for the people. While, the slogan of “Swarga Yahaan, Narka Yahaan” meaning ‘heaven and hell, both are here’ has somehow deviated people to the paths of materialism. It is revealing to know how a vain and ambitious idea of immortality is spiritual. While a practical idea can be deteriorating.
Hindus are lucky in the sense that they have a religion that is scientific in nature. They need not deviate from their path and invent an updated religion by following others. Hindus need to research the lost meanings and wrong interpretations. The Hindu leaders of today should not correct the old texts to fit the modern world. The texts are scientific enough to withstand future developments as well. The leaders should adhere to the Guru-Shishya discipline and keep true to the knowledge. The followers must not flow with popularity to accept the twisted philosophies that only serve their ego. They should try to understand the long-term effects of a good ideal versus a bad one. The Hindu religion of today needs patience, contemplation, and faith.