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Shaktivad: the Vision for Action (Part I)

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Shaktivad: the Vision for Action - Part I
The Science of Consciousness

Asurvad, Durbalvad, and Shaktivad

Human psychology, every human thought and thus every conceivable human action falls under three distinct classes:

1) It guides one to suppress the natural rights of others.
2) It does not directly wish of oppressing others, but indirectly approves a wrongdoer by not opposing a wrong action.
3) It neither desires to oppress others, nor tolerates any injustice.

Shaktivad: the Vision for Action (Part I)
Shaktivad: The Vision for Action (Part II)
Shaktivad: The Vision for Action (Part III)

Scientifically, it is impossible for anyone to choose a course of action, which does not belong to any of these three categories. Without understanding the nature of these three categories of thought, it is impossible to pursue the right path. This is true for our personal life as well as for our collective (social) life.

The thought for suppression of others, is known as asuric thought and the doctrine, which endorses such thoughts, is called asurvad (an asuric doctrine). Asuric people and asuric doctrines do not find natural moral support of their ambitions and actions. Therefore, they are forced to resort to propaganda based on lies, deception and trickery. In this way, they present themselves as humanitarian and create their support among people. However, basically they are utterly selfish, hedonistic and ruthless in nature. And, when they grab power, their true colors become apparent through their brutality and immorality.

Shaktivad is the direct opposite of asurvad. We shall not suppress others, nor shall we tolerate injustice and oppression. Asurvadis use all their power at their disposal to meet their purpose. We shall use all our power at our disposal to eradicate asurvad and asurvadis. The society is our God and its well-being is our goal. We shall uproot asuric elements to pave the way for a healthy society in whatever way possible.

There is another mentality, which is predominant in contemporary India. It is called durbalvad, that is, the psychology of the weakling. Durbalvadis may not be directly involved in suppressing others, but when an injustice takes place, instead of offering resistance they hush the matter up and pretend like it has never happened. They are extremely attached to their possessions and always endorse the unjust lest they lose what they possess. They consider themselves at the helm of the humanity since they view both the just and the unjust equally. In practice, however, they are the slaves of the asuric and the unjust. Though they talk of lofty ideals in their words, they surrender meekly to the asuric in their deeds.

The Divine Traits

In the field of action, a Shaktivadi and an asurvadi look similar. Both share the ambition to annihilate the other with all the power at his disposal, and in favor of carrying out powerful propaganda to denounce the other. What is the difference between Shaktivad and an asurvad then? There are five divine traits that are prominent in a Shaktivadi"s character and conspicuously absent in an asuric person, as noted below.

1. Truth (Satya) - Truth is nothing but dissemination of truth. Propaganda of lies and imaginations of mind characterizes the asuric nature. This is the most fundamental difference between Shaktivad and an asurvad. Once in power, asuric doctrines use all power to suppress truth.

A section of Hindu Brahmins following paurohityavad denied non-Brahmins and women the access to the Vedas (the great storehouse of knowledge).

Communist regimes proscribe any book that dares to criticize them.

Under the rule of the Church in the middle Ages, any discussion of anti-Biblical views was prohibited. We may recall the example of the great scientist Galileo, who suffered tremendously because of the fact that his views were somewhat in contradiction with those of the Church.

Islam is even more intolerant. Islam destroys every trace of knowledge that comes in its path. When Islamic forces conquer Persia, the Muslim commander sought guidance on the fate of books of that great land. To that question, the Muslim Caliph Umar issued a decree, which has served as the guideline for Muslim attitude toward alien culture for ages. His idea banks on the following "argument":

If there is anything in those books that is in consonance with the Quran, these books are useless because those ideas are in the Quran beforehand and hence they must be obliterated. If not, then these books must also be destroyed because they are written by ignorant minds spreading ignorance.1

This is the reason Islamic invaders destroyed all books wherever they went (e.g. Nalanda University). Even to this age, Islamists maintain this position. When the debris of ancient great city of Persepolis was discovered, prominent Islamic leader Khomeini was distraught because it would unveil the marvelous Pre-Islamic past of Iran. He used his power to bulldoze this debris to bar any archeological excavation.

Shaktivadis always encourage free thought and against any kind of imposition on any kind of knowledge. Durbalvadis herald high their love for truth, but when truth demands even a tiny amount of action against the will of the asuric forces, the durbalvadis dispose of truth most promptly.

Gandhi"s life-long striving for truth is a myth in India. He assured innocent gullible Hindus that the proposed partition of India will be over his dead body and discouraged them from moving away from Muslim majority areas to somewhere else; when they desperately wanted that in order to ensure safety and security of their lives. The cease of partition required some bold action against Islamic forces. Therefore, that was the end of Gandhi"s eternal persistence for truth. The partition went smoothly without a scratch on Gandhi"s body and meanwhile millions were killed; and raped; and tortured; and rendered homeless. In secular Gandhian India, any book criticizing Islam or Gandhi"s personal life is usually proscribed immediately. Such is the eternal persistence for truth of Gandhi and Gandhians.

2. Love or Compassion (Prem) - "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." (Confucius) This line verily expresses the idea of love (prem).

Asuric people seek the most from others when they are the receiving end. However, these very people offer only injustice, when they have the upper hand.

For example, Communists call for strike and disruption of work to harass the establishment, when they are in the opposition. However, when they are in the power, they behave in the complete opposite manner. Communist regimes do not allow strike and crush every protest most mercilessly. Communists believe in propaganda of their doctrine when they are in the opposition. However, they deny the same freedom of expression to their opponents in their regime.

To satisfy their lust for fame, durbalvadis go on appeasing the asuric people and present it as their ideal of love and compassion. But the net result of this so-called "compassion" is that asuric people become more powerful and innocent people suffer even more. Essentially, this display of so-called love and compassion is really a shroud over their lust for earning fame. Gandhi was a manifestation of this hypocritical compassion. His heart would bleed for the oppressor, but ignore most heart-rending suffering of the just and innocent. We have seen that time and again.

Gandhi could perceive a lot of good in Hitler, but wanted the Jews to commit mass-suicide in the face of Nazi barbarism.2 His heart wouldn"t melt at the touching stories of shelter less Hindu refugees suffering from the harsh winter in Delhi. But, if these same refugees could find a mosque to take shelter to save their lives after being driven out of their home by the Muslims, Gandhi"s heart would be incensed against these hapless miserable people, because Muslims are offended.3 Even though he was a pacifist, he used to beat up her wife regularly.4 He denied his elder son Harilal the right to marry a wife, when Harilal is in his twenties and thus drove him to alcoholism and what not.5 None of these qualities is befitting in one"s character, particularly for one, who seeks to conquer the world through love alone.

At other times, this appeasement of durbalvadis toward the asuric is a result of inability of the weak mind to accept the reality.

In the pre-independence period, the Gandhian Congress leadership adopted the policy of appeasement of the Muslim League by bowing to the unjust demands put forward by the League. Reservation of more and more seats in the legislative assembly for the Muslims, reservation of government jobs for them, virtual endorsement for the killing and rape of innocent Hindu men and women in the Mopla rebellion, abandonment of Vande Mataram are some of them. However, all these concessions neither paved the way for a peaceful co-existence of the two communities of Hindus and Muslims; nor did it create any loyalty among the Muslims toward their motherland. The Muslim demands grew over time and eventually, they sought a partition of our motherland. Had it been true love of the Gandhian Congress toward Muslims, surely it would have not ended in this disastrous manner!

3. Fearlessness (Abhaya) - Acceptance of something unjust out of fear indicates durbalvadi nature. Fear is the principal weapon of the asuric people. They threaten the society with dire consequences unless they go on in their way unperturbed. A durbalvadi mind surrenders to this asuric blackmail in a hope of survival. However, a meek surrender to the asuric scheme only reinforces the asuric position. Eventually, the society pays the price with steep interest for this weakness.

We have already noted the sheepish obedience of Gandhian Congress leadership to the blackmailing techniques of Jinnah-led Muslim League. To avoid a large scale Hindu Muslim riot, the Congress Leadership took up the policy of endorsing Jinnah"s demands being utterly careless to the justification of those demands. Eventually, the society paid the price by the blood of millions in the time of Partition. Millions of women of all ages were raped and brutally tortured. A whole generation of refugees from East Bengal and West Punjab grew up amidst humiliation, agony and suffering. Again, this is just a part of the price, when paid with interest.

The situation was quite similar in pre World War Europe. The contemporary British premier Chamberlain was weak to deal with the asuric demands of Hitler in the 1930s. The British premier was afraid of a tussle with the Nazi dictator and therefore bowed to Hitler"s advances in the vain effort to placate him. Hitler used this opportunity to devour many states and become powerful. Eventually, the war could not be avoided and Hitler was so powerful by then that the prolonged war became the deadliest war of the recorded human history. Had Chamberlain acted in the proper manner, Hitler would have been a dwarf and the harm to Human civilization would have been minimal.

Shaktivadis shall not accept anything unjust out of fear. We must overcome the fear for our mortal existence and resist the asuric designs at all cost. Death is a constant source of fear for a human being. However, there are other fears that are quite relevant in everyday life, like fear for loss of money, fame, position, friends etc. To inculcate fearlessness, we must ignore fear, whenever it stands in the way of performing our sacred duty of upholding the truth. And, gradually we shall elevate ourselves to epitomes of fearlessness.

4. Peace (Shanti) - Everybody has the right to attain mental peace by following any spiritual practice of his/her choice and no one can object to that so long as none is being intruded upon over the course of this activity.

Asuric doctrines vehemently deny this right to human beings.

Islam believes in destruction of idols of other religions. Islam says that the greatest offence of a human being is worship of a divine entity other than Allah.6 It does not permit even the Muslims to carry on worship of Allah in their own way. Mansoor Al-Hallaj, the great saint of Persia, was killed for uttering the word "I am the truth" under the doctrine of Islam. Islam despises Christians for attributing Jesus as the son of God, even though Christianity claims to be an utterly monotheistic doctrine just like Islam.7

The doctrine of Christianity is of the same tune. The worship of Shiva-linga (a representation of human brain) or any idol is prohibited under Christianity. In the Christian history, there is even ample evidence of persecution of idolaters.

A section of Hindu Brahmins have denied non-Brahmins the right to worship in various temples since the middle ages in a gross violation of this principle of peace. The non-Brahmins have been deprived of their right to perform worship and to basic Hindu rituals like upanayan by the doctrine of Paurohityavad introduced by Brahmin priests.

Shaktivad insists on a collective upasana for the society with the mediation of Brahmanari (the spinal cord) and utterances of Shaktivadi hymns as rituals. We believe, it helps one to acquire the divine virtues and stability of the mind on the face of great challenges. We call upon everyone to perform the Shaktivadi Upasana (introduced by Swami Satyananda Saraswati) for a few weeks to evaluate our suggestion from personal experience. We are against worship of asuric and durbalvadi elements in any manner. However, we do not want to interfere in anyone"s spiritual practices and leave it to one"s personal judgment.

5. Active opposition to injustice (Tejah) - Tejah is the divine endowment which is at the heart of Shaktivad. Without tejah, the other four divine endowments by themselves cannot lead us to Shaktivad. Asuric doctrine, asuric behavior and asuric persons must be stopped and this is the most important duty of a human being. Setting aside all personal obligations, infatuations and even feelings, a Shaktivadi will deliver his/her best to uproot asuric nature from this world.

All the asuric atrocities must be avenged. If it is not possible at this moment, a Shaktivadi will wait for an opportune moment to strike on the asuric. Some people equate this greatest divine endowment with anger (krodha). Anger is an asuric endowment, which comes when one"s personal ambitions are frustrated; while tejah is the natural reaction to injustice in human beings. A Shaktivadi is agitated and furious over the asuric not for his personal reason, but for the social cause.

The story of Arjun on the eve of Kurukshetra war as depicted in the Mahabharata is particularly inspiring in this context. Arjun was a valiant warrior and was least afraid of losing his life. However, he feared quite reasonably that he had to suffer the loss of most of his kith and kin in the ensuing battle; and out of this weakness, he was quite prepared to accept the immoralities of Duryodhan. At this juncture, the greatest Shaktivadi Krishna interfered to change his decision. The welfare of the society through total destruction of the asuric is the foremost responsibility and any personal loss must be immaterial for this cause.

A Shaktivadi shall not fight for personal cause, but for the welfare of the society. For the society, we seek and shall seek to root out every asuric person. We desire and shall desire to corner each asuric and durbalvadi doctrine poisoning people"s mind and thereby augmenting the misery of this world. We cherish and shall cherish vengeance for every injustice meted out to the innocent. We nourish and shall nourish hatred for each atrocity perpetrated on the just people. The fight for truth and justice is the only thing sacred for us. Anything else, whatever be it, is dispensable for that purpose.

Durbalvadis are shuddered to deliberate on ideas like "vengeance", "hatred", and "fight"; for, they are coward, weak and morally vacuum. The idea of morality to them is preaching of high sounding ideals, which can provide no effective guidance to solve the problems of this world. Their sense of judgment is equivalent to a verdict of guilty to both the parties in a conflict. Their idea of open mind is to accept every doctrine and every religion as true. They might talk of anything from internationalism to democratic outlook to Gandhian non-violence to pluralism and composite culture. But, in essence, they are self-centered, egoist, hypocrite and lustful seekers of fame. Their mind is utterly unsuitable to be able to think about the broad considerations of the society rather than narrow personal calculations.

Shaktivadis must not take any pre-conceived notion as granted and always judge everything from the facts with the science of Shaktivad as a tool. We shall not be susceptible to hypocrisy and idealistic ivory-tower views. For our heart is pure, avengement of an injustice is sacred to us. And, vengeance shall be ours.

The Law of Nature

A Shaktivadi must inculcate these five divine traits in him. For that, he must cherish power physically and mentally. A scientific upasana based on the mediation of Brahmanari (the spinal cord), which is the source of all our energy and power, helps one to attain peace and develop five divine traits as mentioned above. The asuric do not possess these virtues. They are egoist, boastful, self-praising, ruthless, and cunning. In spite of that asurvad is extremely powerful - a million times more than any durbalvad. However, they are no match for Shaktivad.

Neither cowards can accept Shaktivad, nor can asurvad be pursued without having the daring to perpetrate atrocities. However, cowardice is another name for durbalvad. The pursuit of durbalvad emasculates all the virtues of a person in due course. Asurvad is the nature"s revenge for durbalvad. When cowardice and narrow personal interest makes people to shirk their responsibilities toward the fellow members of the society, asurvad becomes dominant. Nature brings a kind of extremely mean people, who rule and persecute the society exploiting the weakness of individuals. The answer is Shaktivad. On arrival of Shaktivad, people learn to sacrifice the personal interest for the sake of collective benefit. Then and only then, the asuric are defeated and asurvad disappears from the society. So long as, durbalvad is prevalent in a land, there is no respite from asurvad.

Thereby, the great law of nature ensures that asurvad is by far superior compared to durbalvad. And, Shaktivad eventually vanquishes asurvad. This is true in the individual life as well as in the social life. Shaktivad demands devotion to truth and welfare of the society setting aside even any personal feelings and relations that comes in the way for one"s service to truth, always. When durbalvad and asurvad is dominant in the world, it is imperative on us to use all the power at our disposal for the sole purpose of eradication of asurvad and relieve the innocent people of their misery.

(For more details, look up at Shaktibad.net)

Saikat Maitra

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References & Notes:

1. "Al-Muqaddimah," Ibn Khaldun, trans. F. Rosenthal, abrg. and ed. N.J. Dawood, Bk. 1, Ch. 6.18, p. 373

2. "Reflections on Gandhi," by George Orwell, 1949.

3. "May it please your honour," Court Testimony by Nathuram Godse.

4. The Biography of Mahatma Gandhi in imdb.com

5. "Gandhijis Lost Jewel: Harilal Gandhi," by Nilam Parikh.

6. The Quran 4:48, 51:56

7. The Quran 4:171.

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