Hindu Nationalism & Advaita
bhebbar at EROLS.COM
Tue Jun 15 17:07:08 UTC 1999
I definately agree with the views of many writers here that
Advaita VedAnta has a philosophy conducive to BharatIya
Nationanalism (of both the Congress and the BJP types). Even a
Dvaitin agreed with this. Let me narrate something that
happened more than a quarter of a century ago:
I along with one of my teachers, the late Dr. P.Nagaraja Rao
(a MAdhva, a student of Dr.S.Radhakrishnan and Former Tagore
Prof. of Humanities at Univ. of Madras) had gone to Bombay to
attend a vidvat sadas. Afterwards, we paid a courtesy call to
the late Shri R.R. Divakar (a MAdhva, for a long time the #2
man in the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan after K.M.Munshi). I remember
the conversation between the 2 learned gentlemen vividly.
Dr Rao: You have gone over to the other side (meaning
Advaita) completely, haven't you?
Shri Divakar: Well. I am still a MAdhva at heart. But, Dr.
Rao, Advaita represents National Unity better which is what we
are trying to do here at the Bhavan. Our great leaders,
Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and others fought long and hard for the
freedom of our motherland. It is our duty to make sure that
the unity and independence of our land is preserved. Hostile
forces are always waiting around the corner to take advantage
of any indication of weakness on our side. I just do not
want the words of Winston Churchill (said at the time of
India's Independence even tho' Atlee was PM then) to come
true: "We are handing over power to the men of straw of whom
nothing will be heard of in a few years time."
Dr. Rao: Yes, that's true!
I know my Advaitin friends are beaming with delight! It's your
day enjoy it while you can! I'll take you to task later!
(just joking!) Take it easy!
Thanks for reading.
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