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Is Hindu Terrorism the Answer to Muslim Terrorism? – 10 Jan 11

In the last years there have been more and more incidents of terror attacks all over the world. Often these terrorists act in the name of religion, in the name of Islam. In India there have been a lot of bomb blasts, many people have died and of course the fear grew. But not only fear, also anger and even hatred grew. And anger for whom? For this religion, for Islam and everybody who believes in it.

In India this is really a big problem and in the last years there have also been attacks on Muslim communities. The most known of these attacks are the bomb blasts in Malegaon, which is a town with a population of 80 percent Muslims, Ajmer, where the tomb of a big Muslim saint is and in the Samjhauta Express, a train that runs from Pakistan to India. The currently ruling party in India, the Congress, has long had the suspicion that a non-political, strict Hindu organization, the RSS is behind that. The RSS, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, if you use their complete name, calls itself a volunteer organization and has built schools and sub-organizations in many parts of the country. Through all these organizations however they spread a belief and ideology which wants to unite all Hindus of this country. They call it ‘Hindutva’ and obviously it is against any other religious activities in the country. They have been banned three times in history for their work and a former member is accused of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. What they do is spreading hatred among people. They are non-political but still influence politics through a political party, the BJP, which often mirrors the extreme views of the RSS.

Now a well-known leader of the RSS, Swami Aseemananda, confessed that he and other leaders of this organization, like Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sunil Joshi and Bharat Riteshwar, had the idea, advocated and organized the bomb blasts which I mentioned above. He seems to be proud to say that he suggested the targets in order to give a lesson to Muslims and Hindus alike: Muslims are not wished for in this country and Hindus should not live with them or travel to their cities. His explanation was that the answer to bomb blasts can only be bomb blasts. So Hindu terrorism is the answer to Muslim terrorism. What exactly makes you in any way different from Taliban and Muslim terrorist groups, then? You are killing innocent people, just to make a statement. You are murdering, that is all.

What strikes me about this whole story is that these people, Swami Aseemananda and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, use the disguise of spirituality to attract the trust of people. They wear the traditional saffron of Swamis and priests, run Ashrams, have crowds of followers of disciples and even call themselves different spiritual titles. In reality however their activities are like terrorism! Don’t you think, if they go on in this way, people will someday get afraid of every Swami, believing he is a terrorist? Spiritual people, praying with their mala or rosary, the hand in their bead bag, will be suspected of having hand grenades or bombs in their bags instead.

I don’t have any interest in politics, in the political party, in the non-political organization or their political adversaries. I am not a political person and don’t support any party. My concern is directed towards the hatred they are spreading and the image of spirituality that they create. Until now we have been listening to stories of Swamis and gurus who were accused of gambling, prostitution business and corruption because of money, women and sex. If now they become terrorists, too, what could be worse than that? Don’t you think that spirituality and terror attacks are an impossible combination? I am saddened to see this development and it makes me think again that all religions should be abolished. We are just humans and there is no difference, whether we believe in Krishna and Shiva or in Mohammad or Jesus.


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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Kieran Hilbert

    Outside Sadhu inside pig or they preaching water but they drinking wine! Oh we are all humans….

  2. Manoj Kargudri

    Here are a few Quotes to share:
    Love is the strongest Power on earth.
    When your hand starts paining you don’t Cut it, but Cure it.
    Life is a puzzle which can be solved by Hard work, Character and Discipline.
    Ego of superiority is the destruction of individuality.
    If wealth is lost, nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost. But, if character is lost, everything is lost.

    I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life. -Mahatma Gandhi
    I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. -Mahatma Gandhi
    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi
    You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. -Mahatma Gandhi
    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. -Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)

    There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. – A. J. Muste
    The peace makers shall be called the children of God. – Bible
    Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. – Thomas Jefferson
    Non-violence leads to the highest ethics,which is the goal of all evolution.Until we stop harming all other living beings , we are still savages. – Thomas A. Edison
    They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through nonviolent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma. – Buddha

    Hatred can be overcome only by love. -MG
    Poverty is the worst form of violence. -MG
    An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. -MG
    Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -MG

    When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. -Buddha
    Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. -Buddha.

    Peace Prayer:


  3. Yael from Israel

    Thank you Swami Ji. When I read about the foolishness of people and the way they hurt each other I can be filled with sadness and anger and the most important thing not to loose sight of in that experience is the connection you made here between violence and violence.
    No culture, group or even religion itself is an enemy. The only true enemy of any of us is human unconsciousness. If we cannot approach our own frustration to injustice sensing the great peace and joy in us, the god in us, we have lost.

  4. Cam Ward

    The RSS is doing terrible things. And they are not an enemy. It costs us much to hate them. And it costs us just as much if we do not attempt to stop them.

  5. Leon Deveny (Vegas)

    Thanks for a great entry Swami Ji. Who is this a photo of? Does anyone know?

  6. Kelly Jonstun

    Peace is the way people. Can’t fight dumb with dumb.

  7. Steve Germain

    Muslims aren’t the only people who have felt victimized enough to fight back through terror. Though sometimes I think terrorism s just pure hatred for the sake of hatred. People want to be heard, so they think they have to scream the loudest and through the biggest fit. So upsetting.

  8. Sirvio Rodrigez

    All this talk is very sad for me. People are just people trying to get by, stop grouping everyone together and labeling them, Muslim, Hindu, terrorist good guy bad guy. They are just people. One set of people is trying to hurt another set, then the set hurts them back. It’s a big ball of things that shouldn’t be labeled and should stop immediately because they are useless!

  9. Juan Swarez

    The anger and hatred that grew in victims grew out of the anger and hatred of “terrorists” who I am sure could justify, at least to themselves, calling themselves victims. Someone has got to choose not to hate or things keep going round and round in a big mess of ugly.

  10. Harry Potter

    Juan I agree with my whole heart. It is so important to drop the argument of who is victim and just start living right.

  11. anonymous

    Consciousness spreads slowly and unexpectedly.Hatred spreads like wild fire.

  12. Larry Barren

    Even though I am not usually surrounded by anyone with these beliefs, there are a lot of people in my country who hate Muslims; A reflection of absolute ignorance brought about by misleading propaganda (among other things) especially by the Bush administration after 9/11. It is wild to see such strong beliefs based on absolutely nothing. Absolutely nothing.

  13. Luke from New Mexico

    Your right Swami Ji,There is no difference between the details of hatred and violence.

  14. Mitch

    I think the details of belief are also the same, which is why knowing something intellectually is never enough. For example: “Love, not hate is the way,” is often proclaimed with impatient frustration or even anger when someone who does not really understand this, recognizes that another human being does not understand it either (they miss the either part, convinced they understand). It is not just a matter of wanting, because that alone will not make it so, but if we live what we “preach” real transformation can blossom.

  15. Sarah Yard

    Swami Ji,The focus of your concern warms my heart and makes me smile deeply.

  16. Lori Huiberman

    Yes,It is so so so sad and so frustrating. I want to throw a fit too; to yell and scream and say “Look at what you are doing!!” And I wonder if it is the same kind of fit…

  17. Kip from Queens

    Not all religions but all internal religiousness dies out with wisdom.

  18. Melissa Horne

    Anyone remember the news story about the Muslim women kicked off their flight for praying? I’m trying to find a link but can’t. It is on example of what you anticipate Swami Ji.

  19. Garret Wadel

    If your reason dictates that others do not deserve your trust, trust for your own sake instead. Fear is a miserable state of existence.

  20. Allen Craig

    There may always be people who misuse and abuse the term spirituality. And I hope that that will not discourage but rather encourage people to use the term well. I think about what I miss because of my own preconceived notions of things. It is a shame; an unnecessary shame.

  21. Matt C.

    It is terrible that people will use meaning and symbols that are assumed to be good to manipulate and coheres people into violence.

  22. Irene from Isreal

    I think that we all share (to varying degrees) the same tendencies towards separation, hatred and violence. If we can compassionately understand and halt these cycles in ourselves we are better equipt to stop others.

  23. Kimberly from Tennessee

    Powerful people that lead with hate, if they are clever enough, are never lacking in devotees because hate is so infectious and addicting to people, at least to the ones that would not understand why it is addicting. And I can find that so terribly discouraging. It is really hard to accept this.

  24. Lyn Feilds

    And the biggest wrong doers spend the most effort to present themselves as holy.

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