By Sameer Thakkar (Guest Contributor)
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Max Muller, one of the earliest Indologists, had happily concurred in a letter to his wife: “It (The Rigveda) is the root of their religion and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last three thousand years.” Later he also wrote to the Duke of Argyle, the then acting Secretary of State for India: “The ancient religion of India is doomed. And if Christianity does not take its place, whose fault will it be?”
The Biblical Creation Theory states that the world was created with all its life forms at 9.00 AM, October 23, 4004 BC. These Abrahamic templates, beliefs and worldviews form the basis of all the Christian missionaries who pursue their agendas and malign the scriptures of other religions, especially when it does not fit into their limited constructs. Max Muller it is said was an agent of the British colonial rulers who was funded by them to write, rewrite and distort the history of Asia so as to establish Christian history as superior to that of the Asians and create an inferiority complex among the Indians by proving to them that their history, traditions, culture, philosophy, religion etc. had no value before the history and culture of Europe.
He originally estimated that the Rig Veda was written around 1200 B.C as a later date could have been in conflict with the Christian beliefs. He also formulated the Aryan Invasion Theory to show that the Vedas and the superior Aryan race came to India from Europe. Max Muller and other missionaries like Ralph T.H. Griffith, Maurice Bloomsfield, Wilson etc. also tried to learn sanskrit to comprehend the primary Hindu scriptures but landed up distorting them by the application of the Abrahamic template on the Hindu worldview. Moreover due to this distortion and mistranslation of Vedic scriptures rendered by many indologists in the past, many people including the Hindus today assume that Hinduism consists of blind superstitions, beef eating, horse killing, animal sacrifice, caste system, etc.
Their distortions today are used by all the anti-hindus who do not even possess basic knowledge of sanskrit. Moreover “religion” is a term that in fact originated in the west and was used by the Abrahamic sects to expound their dogmatic worldviews and earn adherents and unquestionable loyalty to their leaders. Those who questioned the Abrahamic religion were therefore often threatened, oppressed and even physically harmed. Hinduism on the other hand has always been, not a religion, but a ‘Dharma-culture’ and Dharma in the Hindu lexicon has been defined as that which ‘sustains’ and ‘upholds’ implying that which ‘maintains the stability and harmony of the universe’. However, with the coming of Christian missionaries to India, the term Dharma was also distorted and reduced to “religion”. One may ask- can science, spirituality, mathematics, medicinal system of knowledge, dharma which is also defined as righteousness, duty and ethics and based on the art of detachment as contained in Vedas and Upanishads, a source of motivation and interest for many modern scientists like Nicholas Tesla, Schroedinger, Einstein etc. be categorized as a religion?
Mr.Boulanger, the editor of Russian edition of The Sacred Books of the East Series, in the context of the commentary/translation of the Vedas by Max Muller, stated:
“What struck me in Max Muller’s translation was a lot of absurdities, obscene passages and a lot of what is not lucid…. As far as I can grab the teaching of the Vedas, it is so sublime that I would look upon it as a crime on my part, if the Russian public becomes acquainted with it through the medium of a confused and distorted translation, thus not deriving for its soul that benefit which this teaching should give to the people”.
The ancient Hindu scriptures- Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, etc. have been preserved in the language of ‘sanskrit’ which today is recognized as the most advanced and scientific language so much so that even scientists are trying to incorporate it into computers to increase the scope of artificial intelligence and give a boost to the field of robotics. Sanskrit is indeed a highly modular language where words change when they are combined. Importance is hence given to the way the words are pronounced and the way in which it is written. Any little mistake in the ‘halant or visarga’ alone can change the meaning of the sentence. The teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads and Gita has thus been preserved and considered universally applicable because of the scientific integrity and consistency of the sanskrit language. Unlike other literature or the abrahamic religious texts which are updated as the seasons change, the primary Hindu scriptures remain intact delivering the same eternal knowledge which is always nourishing to a scientific and a philosophical mind.
Max Muller however was not able to rise to the objective standards of the Sanskrit language. In his book ‘Vedic Hymns’, he himself declared that “My translation of the Vedas is conjectural”. Mr. B.D Ukhul in his article, “The Clouds Over understsanding of the Vedas” exposes the mistranslations in detail where the Vedic science was reduced to some absurd story and words taken out of context and completely distorted in its meaning. (Article in References)
It is well known that the Vedic language consists of cryptic riddles with metaphorical personifications to present science, spirituality, philosophies etc. But the missionaries and pseudo intellectuals rendered them spirituality-less and unscientific, further instilling elements of “meat eating, animal sacrifice, caste system, regressive beliefs, etc”.
Today, the education system in India instead of rejecting these old Abrahamic, missionary and colonial templates and instead of reviving India’s rich and ancient scientific and spiritual heritage, has on the contrary been manipulated by the Marxist professors and secular theorists (the successors to the colonial and missionary scholars) who under the guise of being sophisticated and elite scholars denigrate the Hindu culture and propagate the theories of Max Muller and other missionaries, even reinforcing the caste divisions and the already refuted Aryan invasion theory.
Effects of Missionary activities :
1 ) Slow death of local languages and ancient languages like Sanskrit.
2 ) Children and teenagers assume that those who cannot speak in English are inferior to those who can.
3 ) English speaking people are even perceived to be intellectually as well as morally better or superior.
4 ) The debunked Aryan Invasion Theory and Dravidian Theory are still being preached and have caused immense divide in the Indian subcontinent.
5 ) Hinduism has been disconnected from the Vedas and self-opinionated people assume it to be a collection of absurd mantras, stories, superstitions and ‘religious’ dogmas.
6 ) Vote Bank politics which divides the country further.
7 ) Divide and Rule: Converted Hindus start hating and abusing Hindus.
8 ) Inferiority complexes instilled and psychological slavery to foreign ideals
9 ) Setting western concepts as the ‘benchmark’ and ignoring the Indian concepts.
In conjunction there seems to be another group of assailants and offenders now who are more well-disguised and in fact have infiltrated the Hindu society as supporters and promoters of Hinduism. They are the ‘Trojan Horse’, the pretentious new-age cults and individuals who parade the intellectual arena as accomplished Vedic scholars, yoga experts, ‘light-workers’, healers, etc. Although there are many authentic new-age scholars, teachers and healers that propound Hinduism and do substantial work, there are also many con-artists and fraudsters that have pervaded the spiritual-business industry only for selfish gain and to promote themselves and their groups and it is often difficult for the unassuming Hindus to differentiate and separate the authentic and sincere teachers from the charlatans.
The Pathological Symptoms of the ‘Max-Muller Syndrome’:
Using their limited knowledge of Vedic scriptures to appoint themselves as experts on Indian philosophy and Hinduism only to make money, gain name and fame.
Pretending to be secular, believing in the ‘equality of all religions’ and preaching “oneness” while belittling Hinduism as a regressive religion and Hindus as fanatics.
Preferring to use the word Vedic or Sanatan Dharma instead of ‘Hindu’ and then going out of their way to divorce and disconnect Vedic literature, yoga, etc. as well as the terms ‘Vedic’ and ‘Sanatan Dharma’ from Hinduism.
These groups/individuals base their theories on Hindu/Vedic literature and concepts, mix it with other templates (sometimes Abrahamic or Eurocentric) and preach a new-world order that is to emerge. They place themselves on a heightened pedestal as special leaders who are on a special mission to help humanity.
Hijacking Hindu literature, creating their own theories and then aggressively promoting themselves while demeaning Hindu gurus, Indic sources of knowledge and disrespecting the Hindu society at large.
Verbal/physical/intellectual dominance over others resulting in either overt or covert fascism
Abuse/Slander/Disrespect of other sects, religions, cultures, gurus etc. who do not believe in their theories or oppose their cult.
Mental manipulation of others, threats or fear induction, to promote their agenda
Mental instability of members of the cult expressed through hyper-egomania, delusions of grandiosity, narcissism and attention-seeking.
Insistence that the cult and their theories/solutions is the “ONLY WAY”
Group-think, suppression of dissent and enforced conformity in thinking.
Feelings of being ‘more special’ and ‘aware’ than people outside the group and feelings of being chosen to fulfill a special, world-altering mission.
The tyrannical belief that their leader is always right (is extra-special), that they know better than others and that all others are always wrong.
The presentation of their worldview as a ‘sacred science’ with unquestionable dogma and infallible ideology.
Inability to tolerate criticism and personal and aggressive attacks on all their critics.
Irrational cloning- you become a clone of the cult leader or other cult members and imitate/parrot all their views.
The presentation of their ideology over experience, observation and logic.
Mystical manipulation or use of exotic words, ideas and views to mislead.
Cult leader is never held accountable for his/her actions.
False promises of greater powers or greater knowledge.
Today, this disease has induced extreme characteristics where one may find people unable to tolerate criticism and personal and aggressive attacks on all their critics. Missionaries can be openly found manipulating children and abusing the Hindu Gods and the Hindus whereas the new-age cults and preachers on the other hand are found speaking highly and intellectually about Hindu wisdom but undercover their only aim is to further themselves and their agendas while eventually denigrating and intellectually destroying Hinduism. They have subtly permeated the Hindu society like a virus and it is often difficult to recognize the malicious brainwashing they perpetuate on others. It is important for the Hindu society as well as others who have been targeted by such groups and individuals to develop more awareness on such cults, pseudo scholars and individuals as it will help in the differentiation between authentic groups and scholars and the frauds and charlatans who only seek self-promotion at the expense of harming the Hindu society and its heritage.
In the past, the educationist named Lord Macaulay wanted to do away with the spiritual heritage of India. He stated, “We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect.”
“I have no knowledge of either Sanskrit or Arabic. But I have done what I could to form a
correct estimate of their value…. I have never found one among them (Sanskrit or arabic scholars) who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia.”
Lord Macaulay wanted Christianity to replace Hinduism. In a letter to his father, a Protestant minister, Macaulay declared: “Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully. The effect of this education on the Hindus is prodigious. …It is my belief that if our plans of education are followed up, there will not be a single idolator among the respectable classes in Bengal thirty years hence”.
Macaulay’s children and Max Muller’s successors now seem to be carrying forward this cancerous legacy with phenomenal zeal.
Müller, Georgina, The Life and Letters of Right Honorable Friedrich Max Müller, 2 vols. London: Longman, 1902.
“The couds over Understanding of the Vedas” by B.D.Ukhul
Max Muller, Physical Religion, 1891
Lord Macaulay’s Minute: http://www.vvv03.org/Minutes.pdf