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Guru or God?

September 11, 2016 1 comment

I have been seeing some very odd things in a section of the Iyer community these days. And what I am saying here would surely stir a hornet’s nest, if not understood properly.

The Kanchi mutt has a significant following… and some families are ‘fanatic’ followers… and I don’t mean that in a bad way. The late pontiff, HH Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, the 68th head of the mutt, is revered as a Jagadguru even among non brahmins as Paramacharyal or Periyavaa. There are so many blogs, articles, books etc. on the life of Paramacharya and the list of ‘miracles’ attributed to him keeep growing.

The odd thing I mentioned is this: nowadays, there seems to be a growing (or becoming more vocal) group of people who claim to be devotees of Paramacharya, and worship him as a god. They hold namasankeertanams in his name, compose various slokas and songs on him… all that can be explained away, but now some even have begun claiming him as an incarnation and propagating the idea that he is God himself. I won’t be surprised if in a few years time, someone comes up with some pramanas from the vedic scriptures purporting their claim to be right!

Worship of Guru is pretty standard in Sanatana Dharma. There are numerous instances where importance of Guru has been indicated in our scriptures. But all those are done only with Guru in the status of the Lord’s representative.

Paramcharyal can be revered as a Guru (by those who accept him as such), as a Saint (by the masses, no need for any papal seal on this one!!)… and even as a powerful yogi endowed with mystical potency (by all the anecdotes). But to claim him to be God is completely ridiculous. In doing this, this group of ‘devotees’ are setting the stage to legitimizing the claims of people like Nithyananda, Kalki, the various babas etc.

When Sanatana dharma and it’s traditions are facing the onslaught from other forces, this type of new fangled practices will only weaken it.

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Perfect example of Hypocrisy

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Karunanidhi cutting cake for Christmas

Amusing news for me!

March 27, 2010 2 comments

I just happened to come across the news that Prof. Periyardasan, a well known ‘Periyarist’ atheist and TV personality, had embraced Islam. I was late in catching this news since I was very busy in moving back to my hometown and starting at a new job.

I personally have no sympathy towards the ideals of Periyar and his followers in the D.K (Dravidar Kazhagam). While doing my bahcelor’s degree, I had unfortunately been forced to be in the audio vicinity of these fools spewing their anti-brahmin and anti-hindu vitriol in the guise of atheism (Seriously, your ears will bleed at the words these people used. Curiously enough, nothing was said (mocked?) about Islam or Christianity! Probably because the speakers feared losing their lives?)

Now, it is amusing how a person such as Periyardasan would have had the change of heart now, steeped in so called rationalism all these years, to embrace Islam. The more amusing news is that this latest conversion comes AFTER he became and stayed a Buddhist for sometime. That’s a confused mind there, I say. A LOT of confusion.

I wonder how he will face all those people with whom he would have debated for his belief over all these years.

Kanimozhi and Periyarism

October 22, 2007 5 comments

Kanimozhi rakes up the Dravidian-Aryan issue

I wonder if people like Kanimozhi will ever grow tired of the stale, putrid, overused anti-brahminical chants of ‘Periyarism’, a stupid brand of politics (read my other article related to this ‘ism’) and so-called reforms started over half a century ago. Its been so overused that one thinks if these people are just desperate and have no other ways of reacting to criticism. Get creative, IMO!

So much for a person who is projected as an intellectual and poetess. But can one expect anything better from (one of) the offspring of Karunanidhi?

The way Kanimozhi became a MP reminds me of a line from the song “Rani Maharani” in the film “Saraswathi Sabatham”. The line is “Yanai Maalai pottadhale ala vantha Rani”… translated that “The queen who came to power because she was garlanded by an elephant”. Funny how people could think of such situations while writing songs decades earlier.

Update:

Kanimozhi has written to the Editor of the New Indian Express saying that she never mentioned any of the names as the article portrays and expresses her dismay at the bad reporting. Yeah, right!

Maybe she tried to get the kind of attention her father gets when he thunders that he is a dravidian.

Poor woman! Sour grapes. 😛

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