Hindus do not know at all what is meant by “Hindu”. Except selfishness they do not see anything. If we say this, they try to defend themselves saying about breaking of coconuts in temple, getting their heads tonsured, worshipping and celebrating festivals etc. All those things are meant for fulfillment of their selfish desires by the grace of God and not actions for protecting the religion and its dharams. Visiting temples, chanting the God’s name in a group and taking prasadam (‘sanctified food offered to the God’) come under devotion. For those who does these things dangers caused by the other religions are not visible. If they can be made to believe that their selfish end would be fulfilled by others, they will change the God in one day and go to the Gods of other religions, so those only are not the solutions. The acts of injustice and atrocities to the Hindutva are being done, not due to lack of devotion but due to lack of earnestness in dharma. When people have serious interest in religious dharma, then it will be protected. We have to prepare such good people. The essence is that one should know certainly about the dharma and it is not our idea to give up devotion.
Devotees should tackle up protection of dharma. They should acquire the complete knowledge which enables them to give a fitting reply to the bad criticism of our Gods and dharmas. It is not good to be in a state where one cannot give reply if somebody adversely comments about ones worshipful deity. In a Shivalayam, when somebody was giving discourse on Lord Siva, one devotee of Lord Siva said like this. “Sir! one christian has commented that as to how our Siva who could not escape the influence of Shani, could protect the Hindus, unable to hear his comments, I came back”. Like wise, one devotee of Lord Rama was asked by people of other religions as to how he could protect the Hindus, when he himself could not save his wife and sought the help of monkeys and baboons. Both of these are great devotees of Hari and Hara. They considered the above comments as only meaningless and silly comments about their Gods and came away without giving any reply after listening.
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by Dr Annadanam Chidambara Sastry