26 Jun 2015
rahul_chandra

A Rejoinder to the New York Times – “Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here”

To,

The Editor (Attn: letters@nytimes.com )
New York Times, New York City, NY

Subject: Protest against the recent stupid article on Yoga your newspaper published – “Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here”

Link below:

Namaste,

rahul_chandraI am a regular reader of New York Times online edition. A week ago I came across the Yoga article published on your newspaper which makes every effort to link Yoga with „Sex Scandals‟. I am a Hindu by practice and student of Hinduism and was extremely disappointed when I saw the vulgar display in the way a path of Yoga practice „Hatya Yoga‟ was projected and the low subconscious of the author, reviewer and approver of this article in publishing this faith based subject. New York Times is a renowned newspaper which has global readers and is a newspaper which serves as role model to world in depicting cultures, traditions, practices and religions across the world in most respectful and dignified way.

After reading the „Yoga‟ article it seems that some editors and article contributors are moving away from being taking an aesthetic approach to the immoral approach ( „ few scandals highlight ‟ and „ ignorance w.r.t understanding whole picture ‟ „linking scientific research to thousand year old tradition‟) to attract fake fame, attention, controversy, which leads to increase in subscriptions. This approach which is also called as „Tamshik‟ approach (social acts done with an expectation of returns) is not only condemned in Hinduism, but also in other religions. After reading the article it seems like the knowledge of the author and editor who approved this article is very limited and has multiple „ignorance gaps‟, moreover their subconscious is so low as the focus is more towards „sex‟ „sexual organs‟ and „materialistic / physical pleasures‟ „ sexual controversy‟ in reading, writing or publishing articles on culture, faith and literature pertinent to Yoga.

Look like a bunch of article contributors and editors don‟t want to appreciate the beauty of other cultures, traditions and practices in realizing the goal to unite with God which in Hinduism is also known as salvation. In United States there are approx 2 million Hindus and most of them are educated and they do practice Hinduism in forms of Yoga, Meditation, and Deity worship at temples etc. Your article seems to question validity and veracity of Yoga which is not only practiced by Hindus but Christians, Muslims and people of other faith and religions. Millions of people have benefitted from Yoga in terms physical, mental, emotional and spiritual way (references and testimonials can be provided upon request)
I want your editor and the team who wish to write culture/faith based articles to refer good books „Original Texts‟ and literature to get enlightened and remove ignorance.

For your education

Yoga means to unite with God, where an individual soul progresses on the path of spiritual progress towards the realization of the supreme. This supreme may be „Shiva‟, „Brahma‟ or „Shakti „ or a symbol “OM” for Hindus or may be other gods and divine beings for people of other religions and faith.

There are four paths of spiritual progress under Yoga practice: – Jnana yoga (Knowledge); Karma Yoga (Action ritual and Practice, Performance); Bhakti yoga (Path of devotion; Raja yoga (Meditation). These are the major paths which you can see in Yoga schools worldwide.

All these yoga paths have been assimilated in the different philosophies and the religions to suit their needs. In this process of adoption, the „yoga‟ paths attain the „brandings‟ specific to the schools in to which they are absorbed. For example „Hatha-yoga‟ absorbed in to the Shakti-religious faith (there are six faith based practices in Hinduism). „Shakti‟ tradition‟ is one of them (Hindus who worship Goddess Shakti or Durga) which has great number of books called „tantras‟ mentions the method of employing the various sounds („mantras‟) for the interaction with the cosmos and for spiritual progress.

Tantric spiritual practices and rituals thus aim to bring about an inner realization of the truth; the term tantra and the notion of superlative sex are erroneously linked. Here under Shakti tradition the fusion of Shiva and Shakti (spaciousness and energy), the goal here is not physical pleasure but true self realization and infinite knowledge. This is important for team to understand that the term „Ananda‟ mentioned in many Hindu sacred texts doesn‟t mean „sexual pleasure‟ but „spiritual pleasure‟. I recommend before writing articles on faith / culture/ practices refer to original texts and genuine books, for example to get insight into Hinduism you need to have basic Sanskrit (if not Vedic Sanskrit) as English language can‟t translate the „correct‟ meaning of Vedic Texts and has words that don‟t match with Sanskrit words.

Your mentioning “The rites of Tantric cults, while often steeped in symbolism, could also include group and individual sex.” is an act of blasphemy and religious bigotry towards millions of Hindus under Shakti based Tantra faith tradition.

Now looking from scientific point of view: Your mention of „Hatha yoga‟ where your article say it „fuse male and female aspect‟ „charge was that practitioners indulged in sexual debauchery under the pretext of spirituality‟ – I want to ask you one question, aren‟t you born as a result of fusion of your father sperm and mother ovum which was a result of intercourse, which common people classify under as „sex‟ (let me go scientific here). Infact not only you, every object in this universe is formed as a result of fusion between spaciousness and energy. Why today‟s 21st science is not able to create Human or any living species in labs, why? No answer. Because you need to accept the laws and rules of Divine and Supreme Being for me that can be „Goddess Shakti‟ for others it may be Gods and sacred beings of their religion.

“Because there were so many violations going on in California” „or “sexual molestation”– Want to mention here that these acts are more of an individual acts which no way relates to a particular practice, tradition or faith. Still on a daily basis you can read news in prominent media about teachers getting suspended for having sex with student or women getting molested, do all such subjects practice Yoga – No. There are around thousands of Yoga teachers and hundreds of schools alone in U.S. – if a bunch of them involve in „bad acts‟ You can‟t generalize all or say that “ because Yoga results in „result in bursts of brainwaves‟ „foster autoerotic bliss‟ „ greater joy and happiness‟ it‟s promoting „sex scandals‟ or driving the Yoga guru and student towards sex‟. What about hundreds of examples where student and teachers involve in sex don‟t do Yoga? Any answer. Try to introspect on this.

On request I can provide you tens of literature evidence to challenge your article. Your article which tries to justify some scientific studies in depicting Hatya Yoga as „sexual‟ practice is absurd and doesn‟t hold ground and lacks true factual integrity. Because of space limitation on letter standards, I end here with a request.

I want to request you to appoint the editors, article contributors and approvers who have knowledge, insight and connections with authentic and verified Hindu Tanks, Hindu scholars and organizations to refer, take guidance before publishing such disgusting and stupid articles in such a prominent newspaper. If required I can help you link your „culture/religion/faith‟ department with such genuine scholars and groups in U.S.

Also such ignorant article contributors and approving editors should realize that it‟s not the era of 18th and early 19th century when skills and tools require publishing such literature with „Racist western colonial ignorant mindset‟ was a result of freedom of speech that is prevalent in the West is often misused against Hinduism, in this 21st century followers of faith tradition, practices are very proactive in reading, discussing, sharing, publishing authentic and genuine literature, they have tools and resources to defend such acts of blasphemy and bigotry. In this information technology era such stupid literature and the „hidden immoral „agenda is doomed to fail.

You can reach me by phone or email for question or reply.

Best Regards

Rahul Chandra

Houston, TX
s.chandra.rahul@gmail.com

26 Jun 2015
pradip_parekh

HMSA Global Affairs Committee Writes To Washington Post

Hindu Mahasabha of America Inc.
(Hindu Congress of America)
Global Affairs Committee

13500 W. Airport Blvd., Ste. B #104, Sugar Land, TX 77498, Tel. 832-436-1619, http://hmsamerica.org

December 31st, 2010

The Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20071

Dear Sir,

Re: Story by Emily Wax on Gujarat posted 12/28/2010

(Ref. – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/27/AR2010122704519.html )

Many in the USA, long accustomed to the steady stream of appalling misogynist stories from Afghanistan over the decade, would be wonderstruck, reading  Emily Wax’s article (WP, 12/28/2010) about a young Muslim girl, Rubina, who is making a life for herself by ignoring the radical islamists and embracing education in her native place of Gujarat (India). To sex up her story, Ms. Wax incorporates in her narrative the “bad Hindus” against whom Rubina is painted to be struggling, seemingly more so than even against the mullahs. However, this is where the story falls into a pit of incredibility, and collapses – at least in the eyes of those who know Gujarat.

pradip_parekhYou see, the Muslims of Gujarat, ruled by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”, enjoy a literacy level at 76pct that is at least 10 percent higher than the Indian national average.  Wax should have allowed herself to be educated on this point from, among many sources, a well known report by the justice Sachar committee that was appointed by Prime Minister  Singh to investigate the state of education among the Indian Muslims. Now, this elevated state of Muslims in Gujarat is hardly surprising because Gujarat, governed by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”,  has been acknowledged formally as the “best governed” state led by its highly rated popular leader, the one and only Mr. Narendra Modi. This acknowledgement of the spectacular success of Modi’s Gujarat is across the board in India – and in many parts of the world too – including Mr. Modi’s super-jealous opponents.

In Mr. Modi’s Gujarat, Rubina does not need to “defy” the mullahs – as would be the case in Afghanistan; ignoring them is all it takes. A simple willingness to study in schools, aided by family support which she has is enough, like hundreds of thousands of Muslim girls in Gujarat have, as would be the case in all civilized countries.  This is not some mysterious phenomenon in the Gujarat of “bad Hindus” as Wax would want her impressionable American readers to think; it is an every day simple fact of life in Gujarat. It wouldn’t be improbable if Rubina’s performance is lackluster compared to many Muslims girls in Gujarat. Does Wax know that in the last election in Gujarat a record number of Muslims voted for Mr. Modi’s BJP party? May be that is an inconvenient truth for her.

Now, about that unfortunate infamous riots in Gujarat in 2002. It is important to recall the circumstances that led to the riot.  The train in Godhra that was set aflame, engulfing scores of Hindu pilgrims was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. India until that point had witnessed a long string of terror incidents from Pakistani connected sources against which the Indian government was a helpless mute spectator.  The Indian parliament was attacked, the trains in Mumbai bombed, large gatherings of people were bombed in many cities across India, including Hindu holy places and the capital New Delhi, ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir was complete, and on it went. Many leaders then said the Hindus did not feel safe in their own country while the terrorists were hitting at will. In Godhra what was witnessed was a mob of Indian Muslims killing Hindus out of sheer hate. To make matters worse, the Indian media – which have a reputation for being utterly corrupt and pro-Islam – blamed the Hindus as if the Hindus deserved it! The people felt they had to take the matter in their own hands. It would surprise me if any people, untrusting of their government’s will or ability to protect them, untrusting of the media, feeling under siege, and nobody to trust except themselves would have reacted differently.

The media, however, sought to criminalize the BJP government of Gujarat and went for Modi’s neck. The facts on the ground did not matter. Why? Because Mr. Modi, you see, is not overtly “secular” (read pro-Islam), or apologetic about being a “Hindu”.  Worse, he had vowed to fight terror. How unforgiveable!  Thus, all manners of lies, damn lies were in order to bring down Narendra Modi’s government and destabilize India just as the terrorists had intended. The media did their very best to paint Mr. Modi as criminal, and went on for days, and then weeks and months and years. The prosecuting “secular” attorneys coached the witnesses against Modi and his government. Later, the pro-Islam Congress government in New Delhi abused all its powers to hound Mr. Modi. But Mr. Modi stood alone against all those assaults from the media, prosecutions from a raft of influential “secular” attorneys, abuses of power by the almighty central government in New Delhi, and the threats from the ascendant terror outfits like the rock of Gibraltar. Not only did Mr. Modi come through it all smelling like roses, he made Gujarat the number one state in the country during all that tumult, and emerged more popular with his honesty and efficient governance. Now, that’s a leader worth his weight in gold. It was under these conditions that the “secular” railway minister of India appointed illegally and unconstitutionally an “investigation panel”, which Wax dubiously quotes, that mischievously reported that the Godhra train fire was accidental. This “report” has not amounted to a hill of beans, having been dismissed by the Supreme Court out of hand. Did Wax really not know that? Amazing!

In reality, though, the above is a sad commentary on the politics of India. The Muslims in India make up about 13 percent of the population. The largest Indian political party, the Congress Party led by the Gandhis, has made a policy of pandering to Muslims for its political fortunes in the grossest way that keeps the Muslims at loggerheads with the Hindus who are politically hopelessly divided along many fault lines, albeit most of them quite contrived. Many experts believe the Hindu-Muslim divide is the direct result of the power greedy Congress party that sees its salvation in constantly badgering the Hindus and placating the Muslims. The unelected Prime Minister Singh, a Gandhi appointee, once publicly declared in a policy statement that the Muslims have the first right to the national resources (paid for predominantly by the Hindu taxpayers!).  The Congress party loots Hindu Mandirs (temples) of their received donations, and subsidizes mosques. The Congress Party runs India through a network of appointees loyal only to the Gandhis. India, and its so-called democracy, is so upside down in the hands of Gandhi owned Congress Party that it defies credulity.  It is about time India stepped out of the poisonous, devious “secular” Gandhi rule in favor of the Common Man (CM – chief minister) Modi’s rule. You won’t see any riots, then.

If you wish to discuss this matter and your reporting methodology on Indian and Hindu issues you may kindly get in touch with me at the e-mail or telephone given below.

Sincerely,

 

Pradip Parekh
Convener & Spokesperson
Global Affairs Committee
Hindu Mahasabha of America
Tel. 832-436-1619
E-Mail: pradip.parekh@hmsamerica.org