Hindu Chaitanya Shibir of Purva Andhra Pradesh prant ( Eastern Andhra Pradesh) was held at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh between 18th to 20th Jan 2013 to commemorate 75 years of RSS work in Purva Andhra Pradesh. Nearly 20000 swayamsevaks participated in the shibir. Additionally, special Matru Sammelans were organised with over 10000 women participating in them.
For the valedictory function, over 50,000 people from various parts of Andhra Pradesh esp from Vijayawada and Guntur came to watch the program. The program was blessed by Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy and the Chief Guest of the program was Dr.Arvind Rao, Retd DGP A.P. Police. Pu.Sarsanghachalak, Sri Mohan Bhagwat spoke on the occasion and Sri Ram Madhavji translated his speech into Telugu. The speeches were preceded by excellent demonstrations by the swayamsevaks.
Video Link for Physical demonstrations
Videos & Transcript of Speeches of
1. Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Chinna Jeer Swamiji’s Speech
2. Dr.Aravind Rao, Retd DGP , Chief Guest of the program
3. Pu.Sarsanghachalak, Sri Mohanji Bhagwat’s speech
Telugu Translation Video Link
English Transcript of the above speeches
( English Transcripts done by Sri Vidyadhar and Sri Jyoti Sharma)
Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Chinna Jeer Swamiji’s Speech
Aapadam apahartaaram, daataram sarva sampadaam
Lokabhi raamam Sri Raamam, Bhuuyoo Bhuuyoo namaamyaham
My dear bandhus,
Many blessings to the swayamsevaks gathered here today for demonstrating and asserting the glory and unity of Dharmic consciousness and strength in this region on Bharat’s eastern sea.
I also proclaim many blessings to the Sangh and its leaders for being a beacon light of inspiration for Dharma, and for inspiring and organizing such a multitude of youth in the service of Dharma, and initiating such a universally beneficent movement.
Today we need not go very much into the word Dharma. Most of us have heard of this idea. Dharma means, performing our roles properly in our lives, so that this work will bring to us the appropriate result. This our elders have instructed us.
Yato abhyudayaha nisreyasa siddhihi, sa Dharmaha.
That which brings progress and well being is Dharma.
This the Veda instructs us. The Itihasas illustrate this in real life experience. The Puranas go into the principle in great detail. The sastras assert this in many ways.
We are the trustees of this tradition. The great rishis have proclaimed a Dharma for all human kind. And all humankind are descendants of the Rishis.
It is our good fortune, that we remember the Dharma, we practice Dharma and we strive to perfect ourselves through Dharma. Some have forgotten Dharma. Some have abandoned Dharma out of demoralization. Some others may have attempted to invent their own methods.
Paramatma has gifted intellect to the human being. And then the physical apparatus to fulfill the dictates of the intellect. In addition he has ensured that human society has gurus and leaders to teach and illustrate Dharma. We in this Bharata Bhoomi have been able to hold these principles high, and proclaim our legacy. Others are just starting to think about these ideas.
The Veda instructs us to respect the dignity of all that exists no matter what form it has taken. We revere and worship the Veda and have followed its instruction. The society however today suffers from the actions of those that have forgotten this instruction. It is again our duty today to remind all about this instruction.
A social life requires money, strength and political power, and status. However these are beneficial so long as they respect and support local tradition, culture and life. And only so long are we able to respect and revere these.
Our elders have shown us how to respect people according to their individual contributions to the society. But even more importantly, they have established the worship of what is ours. We have been born into this society without our own conscious choice. And we have become the heirs to this culture.
We must always worship our Dharma, tradition family custom. What is not yours even that you must always respect. This, our tradition instructs us. We respect deeply even those that deny God. These we need not worship. But we must respect. And the many that have each a different religion we still respect. We need not worship. This is the instruction from our elders. Swiya Aaraadhana, sarva aadarana. Worship what is ours, and respect all.
However it becomes necessary from time to time to remind all, that this becomes a productive social habit only when everyone understands this principle. A believer in God can choose a certain form of God or a certain tradition for his worship. But if this person therefore presumes to privilege to abuse another form of worship or tradition, then it becomes our responsibility to inform and instruct such a person of the folly of his ways.
To put it simply, I worship my mother, my father and my tradition. I also recognize that my neighbour also has a mother, a father and a tradition. And these I respect and empathize with. I need not worship these.
I will also encourage and instruct my neighbour to worship his mother, father and tradition. I will not expect him to worship mine. But I must instruct him to look upon my mother, father and tradition with the same respect that I extend him. Today it has become necessary in so many occasions that we need to remind others of this fact.
Today we need to strengthen and enlighten life in the villages of India, which are verily the life source of this country. We need to make villages into models of enlightened living. This will require education in the village. And also create an extensive atmosphere of social harmony that enables and ensures deep respect and sympathy between all members of the community.
Unfortunately, simple security of life has become scarce in villages and therefore so many are migrating from the village to cities. However in the cities, people scarcely know their neighbours. Lives in the cities have become occupied by technology like Televisions, computers, IPads, cell phones. These objects have absorbed all human attention and there is little left for the neighbour.
In earlier days, in villages it was common for the entire village to assemble at their local temples. Each would bring a little lamp for the temple. The entire village would play, sing and talk together at the temple. This was the relief for the entire village from their hard day’s work. And a place where the women folk would bond with one another. Today this habit is dying out even in the villages.
It is not just in the cities but also in the villages that we do not know the faces of our neighbours.
Even as there is some economic or technological development, at the same time there is a gradual degradation of humanity and human values.
It is our primary responsibility to restore our humanity and human values. The only reason that the Bharatas are recognized across the world is even today just this. That there is a substantial spirity of humanity and human values in our nation.
Even today we retain these values. We have never abused, accused, defamed or discouraged another nation or tradition. History stands witness to this fact. And we assert that such infamy will never be our lot even in the future.
However it is now necessary to recognize and reassert our own glory. There is a lot in our tradition that is great and glorious. However we have gradually lost the ability to share it with our neighbours. This ability we have to develop again. The youth in this assembly must pledge to recreate this ability. The youth here have to pledge their determination and dedication to develop this ability. You have to assert and demonstrate that you are one united family inspired by divinity and Dharma. This you have already done by assembling here. Now we need to develop this into a great and mighty movement.
Our villages may have many different communities and many different traditions. We must go back and encourage each to worship his family and tradition but also develop the deepest respect and empathy for other’s families and traditions. We pray to Bhagawan that this moment should be the start of a great movement for the development of model villages.
Every tradition must participate in this great endeavor. We cannot and will not divide this into questions between Dvaita, Advaita or Vishishtadvaita. We will walk together in one step. Once more we proclaim our dedication to the reassertion of Dharma.
Once more we proclaim prosperity and wellbeing to all.
Speech of Dr.Karanam Arvind Rao ji, Chief Guest of the program
Former DGP Andhra Pradesh Police Department.
My salutations to Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeer Swamy. My salutations to the Sarsanghchalak of the RSS Mananiya Mohan Bhagavat garu and the adhyakhsa of the assembly Sri Gokaraju Gangaraju garu, to Sri Deshmukh and the many elders assembled here. My namaskarams to the multitude of desha bhaktas assembled here.
I have retired from my post as DGP of Andhra Pradesh about one and a half years ago. What I am talking about is to an extent related to my department. The relationship between the Integrity of the nation and the culture of the nation. Swamiji and I, each of us has considered this question from our individual viewpoint.
I found that there will be much to say about this question. But I have been allowed only ten minutes. I have brought with me a watch and a short list of things to say. All of you have sticks in your hands so it will not be to my advantage to continue beyond my allotted time.
I have gradually come to realize that in this country the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is only one organization that nurtures and proudly expresses deep nationalism and a powerful national cultural consciousness.
There are many individuals that are inspired and deeply motivated by a spirit of nationalism and also the deepest regard and dedication to the expression and promotion of national culture. But these individual efforts have no consolidated expression, focus or strength. But the only organized effort in this nation for national reconstruction is through your organization. And therefore I am here to attend this event.
I have been asked to talk about the integrity of the nation and I will talk about this issue. Today even our culture is no longer a local issue. It is a global issue. In fact there is nothing such as a local issue. Everything we experience or encounter is in fact a global issue. Including religion and culture. We may imagine that we are in our own homeland in a Hindu majority society and remain blissful in our personal illusions. However the clash of civilizations is a reality.
The two largest religious movements on this planet, both aspire to individually dominate the globe. They are vigorously and actively interfering in the smallest aspects of life in the remotest corners of this world. They are constantly planning and initiating wars and cultural attacks across the globe.
As a nation we have suffered slavery under foreign rule for a thousand years and achieved national independence only 60 years ago. And still our culture is still under attack. The British understood one fact, that the pen is mightier than the sword. Those that came before the British only used the sword. Whereas the British spent a lot of effort in understanding our culture. Whatever nation they wished to occupy, they studied the culture of that nation far better than the natives themselves and use that knowledge to attack the country. They have beautiful expression for the process, “deconstruction of the culture”.
This is the profession and propagation of the belief that the native culture is entirely worthless, primitive and evil. This process is going on in India even 60 years after the British have left.
This process has three different aspects.
I am sure that everybody present here is from the bottom of his soul a patriot. We are all committed to the glory and well being of this nation. On this we have no doubts. However how many of us have actually read or gathered any serious knowledge of our own scriptures or literature. How many of us have read the Bhagavat Gita or the Upanishads. Westerners are on the other hand closely reading these books. With far greater attention, eagerness and purpose than our own pandits. This is not to gain wisdom from our books but to find methods to demonize and degrade these books.
Since my retirement, I have had the time to review some of these books. These books will make your blood boil with rage. There is so much filth spewing about our scriptures. Assigning so many crooked interpretations to these texts. Abusing our traditions and so on. We have never abused or degraded others’ traditions. We profess and live a life of harmony with all traditions and cultures. But then they are not like this.
So this is one aspect of their strategy.
Then there are their foot soldiers who are actively pursuing the agenda of converting the local population to these invading philosophies. These agents of conversion distribute this filthy literature locally. This activity is happening not only in India, but also in China. China is also a targeted country. But China has a government that is much stronger than ours. Recently I happened to read an article in a British newspaper called the Telegraph. On 17th December 2012. The article says, that the Chinese government treats conversions as a disease. As a disease to be cured. The Chinese government understands that conversions are a strategy to divide China. This is what the Chinese communist party states publicly.
Our intellectuals must also consider this reality. Swamiji has spoken about this. Many other speakers before me have also mentioned this. If the chinese communist party has spoken like this, how come our left leaning intellectuals do not recognize the same fact.
On the one hand nationalist thinkers and workers are condemned as religious fanatics. On the other hand the people who proclaim themselves as having no love for this nation are celebrated as intellectuals. How should we place these realities before our intellectuals. Mere demonstration of physical force will not impress our intellectuals.
Let us recall the examples set by Swami Vivekananda. There is nothing about him to demonstrate the physical might of India. When he went to the parliament of world religions in Chicago, all he did was to propound the greatness of our Dharma.
Any religion is a system of beliefs. The world abounds in such religions. Nobody has gone and witnessed heaven or hell nor has anybody seen God and his commands. But every religion asserts that it alone is right and all others are false. On the other hand we have the culture that says that any conception of God is perfectly legitimate. Either a god with a form, or a god without a form, with or without qualities. With any qualities you wish to worship. We have no objections to that. That is why we have so many gods.
The ability to absorb such a variety of thought process comes from two basic reasons.
The message of our scriptures, the Upanishads or the Bhagavad Gita shines beyond all sectarian boundaries. The understanding and wisdom of these scriptures there is no room for sectarian division. We need to absorb the wisdom of these scriptures. We need to establish these sattvic foundations of our culture. And strengthen the persuasive power of our culture.
We are faced not just by the opposition of our own intellectuals, but by a coordinated global campaign of attack. A large number of scholars based in the west are producing very ugly literature about our culture. Let us go back to Swami Vivekananda. What political power did he have? What he did was to develop deep understanding of our spiritual traditions, and also learnt the language and style of the dominant intellectuals of his time in order to speak their language and influence them.
So we need world class intellectual attainment and also the deepest knowledge of our own spiritual traditions. Only when we have the two simultaneously, can we deal with the situation. The leftist intellectuals of our own country are innocent simpletons who can be easily misled. Some western intellectual comes up with agendas for India. One train of thought says, that India is not a nation, it is a collection of nations. Therefore it is only appropriate that India must be divided up into several small states. And then our intellectuals pick up this line faithfully and repeat it, being the simpletons that they are.
We must consider the antiquity and spread of our culture from Kerala to Kashmir. Every person in this country repeats the words, “Bharata Varshe, Bharata Khande”. We remember the waters of the Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari and Saraswati every morning. Bharatiya culture spread upto Afghanistan and beyond. We may have had any number of kingdoms small or large. This situation never constrained or limited our cultural unity.
However the western invaders quote our political history and inform us that this is the natural state for India, that we must divide up India to fulfill Indian history. And this line is picked up enthusiastically by our simple minded intellectuals. On the other hand none of these intellectuals will profess the idea that China, Russia or America must be split up into multiple small countries.
So we have to have some very frank discussions with our own intellectuals to start with. Our efforts must start with this step to produce substantial results.
[I will conclude in the next three minutes so do bear with me for this short while.]
The other item of interest is that the intellectuals hold that Hindus are fanatics. A Hindu can never be a fanatic. Who can be a fanatic, one who claims exclusive rights to knowledge of God, or he that allows and accepts an infinite variety of conception of God. As indeed Swamiji just told us, we hold the deepest respect for every religion. Which among these viewpoints amounts to fanaticism?
These are the sorts of questions we need to ask our intellectuals.
We have never attacked another country. Never committed genocides. There is a book called “The History of Genocides”, this is worth reading. It is not sufficient that we read about our own scriptures and literature. We must understand the history of the rest of the world in great depth. The history of the world will become our defence document. The history of the world will illustrate to us the immensity of the horrors committed on the planet by western cultures . Compared to these horrors the crimes committed by India pale into insignificance.
They would abduct whole populations for forcing them into slavery. In India, we think casteism is a terrible horror. But the first agenda after our independence was to legally prohibit discrimination by caste. This was called the protection of civil rights. Not a single swamiji opposed this move. This illustrates the profound fact that Hindu society as a whole rejected caste based division of the society. A whole lot can be said about this issue but the constraints of time prevent further elaboration on this issue.
Hindus have never attacked another country or committed a genocide. On the other hand witness the example of South America. The Mayan and Incan civilizations of South America were destroyed (by European invasion). Millions were massacred. We need to sensitize our own intellectuals to these realities. It remains beyond our comprehension why they remain focused exclusively on Hindu baiting.
I am not taking an ideological stand on the question. Even the maintaining of India’s integrity will require that this culture of inclusiveness is protected. This culture is dependent on the will and culture of the population. A demographic change in this population will imperil this culture. Once this demographic balance is disturbed, western powers and our own neighbours will actively interfere to create discord and trouble in our country.
So to maintain our culture and inclusiveness we need to protect our demography. And strengthen and maintain our culture. We need to sensitise our intellectuals to the fact that we never tormented or harassed any minority. Recently a certain BJP MP wrote an article in the Indian Express. The following statistics were listed. India was divided in 1947. The areas that became pakistan had a 14% Hindu minority. Today their number has dropped to 1%. Even that 1% are barely alive, living in terror. Until recently even I was unaware of these simple facts.
East Pakistan which is now Bangladesh, had a 24% population of Hindus. Today this has dropped to 7%. But this has not happened in India. Recently in Hyderabad, a certain leader has been recounting the strength of his community and their capability. So have we ever persecuted anybody?
That we are on the defensive today is because of our resolutely generous outlook. It is not sufficient that we nurture such an ethos within ourselves. We need to inspire in others the same kind of ethos.
To achieve this we need to open very frank discussions with intellectuals and politicians. We are today at a critical juncture. If our politicians are unable to put these facts frankly in front of this country, the possibility will no longer be open in the future. Six or seven years ago, Sri A.K. Antony made a very noble statement. That in this country no minority has ever been mistreated. Minorities are being given care, far in excess of their own needs. Many people criticized Sri Antony for this statement. We need to appreciate such a gentleman.
There are many like Mr. Antony. It is not true that all people belonging to the minority communities want to separate from India or dominate and lord over the majority. There are some who are like this. These people need to be brought actively into a dialogue. This has always been India’s route to society making.
If we dont do this now and confront the problems as they face us today, we will not have the courage to do this at a later date. Let us consider as an example, a frog that is dropped into hot water. That frog will then jump out of the water immediately. However if we drop the water into cool water and set a slow flame below the pot the frog will not immediately come out of the water. But by the time it realizes that something is wrong, it would have lost the strength to come out.
Our politicians are like this. Our intellectuals are not like this though. Our intellectuals are in an imaginary world of their own making. The are separated from reality and from their own culture. They live in some western culture. If they are able to recognize facts as they are, or perhaps read Hindu scriptures as they are rather than as they are misinterpreted and misrepresented by western authors. If they read the text of the Bhagavad Gita, all of their questions will be answered. The immense openness of the Hindu culture will become apparent if only reads the Bhagavad Gita. But we dont know this. All the intellectuals I have encountered ofcourse know nothing of Sanskrit, but they have not even read the Bhagavad Gita. They will go to great lengths to study French, English, German. Read thousands of books in English. But nothing from our scriptures.
There are twenty thousand people here perhaps more. Atleast you who are deep patriots need to do is go back and start with reading the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other great literature from our own legacy. This is enough to inspire the world. This is how Swami Vivekananda inspired the world. He preached the philosophy and scripture of India. He did not undertake any other activity to create inspiration. He inspired the greatest philosophers and thinkers of his time simply from the truth of our scriptures. He inspired the entire country, you must be able to inspire at least a thousand.
We can do this only when we study the scripture. This does not come from physical power. This can come only from our Sattvic power. Now a days this is called soft power. Now soft power is not some mysterious thing. Our puranas show this in a very nice fashion. The contest, actually a war between Vishwamitra and Vashishta. Vishwamitra used all of his immense military power. Vashishta did not use any such power. He faced the military might entirely with his sattvic power. So physical violence and strength is not the real strength. This is what our heritage teaches us. Only when we absorb this wisdom can we therefore confront then morally and intellectually.
These few issues I have covered. I seem to have over stepped my time by a few minutes, so I ask to be excused. And so I conclude my speech. Namaskar.
Transcript of the speech given by
RSS Pu.Sarsanghachalak, Maa Sri Mohan ji Bhagwat
Hindu consciousness is the consciousness of the entire world. The problems visible in the entire world: the environmental imbalance, dysfunctional families, the extinction of human values due to materialistic motives, different disputes in the world based on small things — the values based on which these can be solved… all world thinkers are voicing today that all such values(which can address the before mentioned problems) will be propagated by Hindu awakening alone. Based on those values only, the Sanatan Samskriti of Bharat was formed. The world is waiting that on the basis of Hindu awakening, Bharat will rise and it will show us the path to peace and prosperity. In Bharat there is a need of awakening the national consciousness.
Bharat is surrounded with dangers. There is danger from across the boundary. In the recent week the incidents that happened, it is not necessary to comment if Pakistan acted like friend or enemy. Despite extending the hand of friendship again and again, it rejects the offer and continues to demonstrate act of enmity. China also feels it should not let Bharat become powerful. So China is following policies such that Bharat may not grow. How is the security of our national boundaries? These days people use a term when discussing about the borders of Bharat, they say “it is porous”. Intruders are able to pass through, there is safe passage for terrorists, drugs, and fake notes also. How many people have entered Bharat without authorization? How many people came with authorization but stayed beyond the permitted duration? Due to this, even from inside these elements have got the strength to pose threat to the security of the nation. Raising prices, suppressing patriots, encouraging those people who are mocking the national integrity — we see such policies being formed. The people who are deciding the policies… we do not see any signs of welfare of the state in them, but we do see signs of lust of power! We get strong indications of fight for political power. And the society that has to put rein on this situation in this democratic setup is busy in small problems. The diversity has become difference and the rift has been expanded by the people in power. In such situation society feels discouraged. Is there any ray of hope? Where should we seek inspiration? Every person in Bharat is seeking the answer in his mind. If we analyze only the environment then we will not find any hope outside, we will find fear and dejection only. We should turn inwards. Let the situation be, what support do I have to face it? How to confront the situation and emerge victorious? What is the power needed to raise Bharat? For the nation, with unselfish mind and proven character, those who have worked towards this aim and are doing even today, all have come to the same conclusion… I will summaries it thus – To ignite the feeling of belonging`ness in the heart of every person in this nation, raising the innate virtues in him, we can transform this nation. This has not been said by any RSS affiliated person. It has been said by the founder of the communist party Manabendra Nath Roy in the conclusion of his book Radical Humanism.
The entire nation is mine — every individual should feel this. A common man may speak one of the several languages of our nation, there are around 3800 dialects… no one language can connect us all. There is freedom in the way of worship in our nation since ancient times. Foreign invaders came and introduced new religions and converted people to their religion. Due to this foreign deities also came into Bharat. Religion also cannot bind us. There are so many traditions of dressing and food habits. We cannot hold any one as universal. Nature has diverse manifestation in different parts of Bharat. So what binds us all? It is that thing which gives full recognition to all these diverse manifestations, accepts it, and wishes the good of everyone. What is that thought called in the world? Hinduism. It is the only available thread that can connect the nation together. And this mankind gets the support of the thought that has contemplated the welfare of mankind since time immemorial. Life progresses to higher level by following the way of Hindutva. Is Bharat a geographical entity? It has expanded and contracted depending on the might of the Hindu men of this land, but Bharat is the symbol of all virtues that mankind cherishes. Deluged in Tejas, the life principle has formed out of such experiences… the eternal Samskriti based on such life principle is Hindutva. Those who sacrificed their life for the protection and progress of this society, keeping the memories of such in our heart and following in their footsteps, that is the Hindu society. The land that nurtured the sages and Rishis who taught the way of living to the world, the society which holds that land dear to its heart and worships it – is the Hindu society. Hindutva binds the entire nation. It is its identity. Hindu society must get organized. That way Bharat will overcome all problems and become the Guru of the entire world again. Taking the conclusion of all seers and sages who selflessly worked for the welfare of the this nation– this RSS works for the organization of the Hindu Shakti. This is not against anyone. This is not in reaction to any specific event. This is for the welfare of all. It takes all in its stride. Hindutva never preached frightening others. Hindutva will never be the basis of breaking peace in this world. Hindutva and RSS And Terrorism cannot coexist. They are antonyms. It is not in the nature of it. Sangh does not teach terrorizing others. It does not know fear either. Evil people are afraid of Sangh. Sangh increases the positive chetna of the society. For more than 1.3 lakh poor needy people, several Sangh Swayamsevaks serve them daily spending money from their own pocket. They are taught to increase work on the basis of love, affection and friendship. Those who get fear, they spread wrong information. It will not have any ill effect on the society. Slowly as Hindu consciousness is emerging in the nation, the capacity of the society to repeal evil and establish Dharma is also increasing. RSS work is for the welfare of the entire world and the entire nation.
To express the Hindu consciousness there is a need of power. History bears witness to the fact that if there is no power behind truth the world will not accept it, even to understand good we have to also recognize the strength standing behind it. Today Hindu Dharma, Samskriti, society is in problems. To come out of the danger there is a need of strength. Dr. Abdul Kalam said, Power is not of army or police, or weapons– it is of the people. To organize and unite the entire society – that is the aim of Sangha. We have to expand this organization to encompass the entire society.
I have to put one invitation to you. This work is for the welfare of the world, nation, and self also. Don’t be mere spectator of well wisher of this movement. No one policy, party, person may change the nation. When will all the positive forces be helpful? When the society which keeps a tap on these have clear understanding of the goal, when the society keeps the sanctity and strength in its mind, staying devout to this motherland and stays ready to sacrifice its life for the nation! Society should stand like this. You all are invited to join hands with Sangh towards this goal. Sakha gives Sanskara. You must also come and get Sanskara. Another three hour do one good work for the welfare of the society with selfless motivation. When the entire society works like that it will not take long to change the situation of this nation. Our mothers and sisters can go to Sevika Samiti also. They can extend support to the good work happening there. It has been our tradition that without Matru Shakti no Dharmic work is complete. For Dharma both are required. With the blessing of Matru Shakti and under their guidance if this nation dives into the work of raising itself, the life of every family, every person will be elevated.