I was ploughing through my mails looking for something (to be precise, ‘Ram Swarup’. More on that later). I came across emails that some of us exchanged on the arrest of Swami Nithyananda some time ago. An email from a friend was rather wonderful. I am not naming him lest I embarrass him. I am reproducing his email:
I have to wonder if Viswamithra, ……………….., would have survived a sun-tv expose on Menaka. And he goes on to teach Rama and Laxmana, with the “moral” track record that he had (trying to steal Kamadhenu? tut tut) … which parent in today’s world would have selected him as a Guru? The point is he was allowed to evolve and overcome his failings.
Much of being a Hindu is just watching — without getting entangled or judging, if possible. Who knows what Nityananda is capable of? What if he were to have a son like Vyasa (another sordid episode). So let N evolve in the way he chooses to. And let his disciples decide if they benefit from him or not in their journey.
‘Much of being a Hindu is just watching’ – what an wonderful thought and attitude to adopt. Much to think over and to recall, over and over again.
This also gives me the opportunity to share with you the wonderful interview that Dr. Arun Shourie had recently given to Madhu Trehan of ‘News Laundry’. She used to be with ‘India Today’ in the 1990s. The interview covered a range of topics. It is 53 minutes long. Time well spent. Shourie’s remarks on almost everything was unexceptionable.
Towards the end of the interview, his advice to Hindu (or, all?) youngsters on how to genuinely appreciate and care for their religion focused on the following four aspects:
(a) Learn your tradition
(b) Live your tradition
(c) Be confident to reformulate (that is how the religion keeps re-generating)
(d) Be humble to learn from other masters
This was his advice to the Hindu youngsters who mindlessly lash out on the Internet at any one who simply does not share their worldview – on politics or otherwise. Wonderful words.