The world offers many things; we receive only what we are capable of understanding. Hearing is given; processing what we hear happens when the mind is behind the words; the two together become listening.
The Bhagavat Geetaa (4.38) says:
न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं पवित्रमिह विद्यते।
तत्स्वयं योगसंसिद्धः कालेनात्मनि विन्दति।।
na hi jnanena sadrsam, pavitram iha vidyate
tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah, kalenatmani vindati
Meaning: In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has become accomplished in the practice of devotional service enjoys this knowledge within himself in due course of time.
Here the Knowledge talked of is Aatma Jnyaan (Self realization); however Knowledge liberates in various ways. In the information age, Knowledge of our own History and culture is of paramount importance. With the explosion of information has come much undesirable material too. There are those who, because of their own disturbed mindset, seek to malign others. Unfortunately, even prestigious Universities are producing books and articles that have only slander as their aim. Hindus have been and are now very much under attack by religions that want world dominance; there is no Spirituality to their quest! Hence it is more important than ever before to know our role in this modern and connected world.
In the information age whoever controls information will control the world! Hence it becomes the duty of those who are able to impart useful wisdom to do so; more disturbed minds lead the world closer to unwanted consequences!
The Hindu heritage is unique in Human history. It is a genius Culture and it is for the benefit of all Humanity. This is not an empty statement but a fact for all of us to know. I will point out a few facts in this article. I pray that seekers of what we become lies behind the obvious in this world, which is the real Human pursuit given our faculties--the highest among all life forms.
The worst thing that happened to Hindus is not the millions that died trying to save our Samskriti or the immense wealth that was stolen by other Nations, who were highly ignorant of our traditions of giving and sharing; our greatest tragedy was and continues to be our own lack of Knowledge of what is the Vedic Sanaatan Hindu Dharma.
The reasons we do not know are many. Let me highlight a few for our readers.
800 hundred years of foreign rule, subjugation brought through very cruel religious crusades and a concerted effort at destruction, by ignorant persons who saw Hindu wealth in terms of gold, silver, precious stones, silks, cotton and huge deposits of natural resources alone--but the Hindu wealth is in its Spiritual Heritage and the land that is Bhaarat Varsha.
A methodological and highly successful interference in our educational system, attempts by the likes of one Lord Macaulay (Lord indeed!), who set out to produce Indians who would be Indians in skin color but English in thinking. Sadly enough he was successful to a great extent. To this day, that system has not been dismantled so as to free us to think in a way natural to us. This was the method used by the Colonizing forces to destroy many a culture from Africa to India to Indonesia to Australia to much of the Islands, all the way to our own (US) shores. We must never forget that the United States itself was also a colony and the first to rid itself of the British colonizers (Ironically it was the British throwing out the British!). However, they continued the same policy of producing shame in the minds of the Natives of these lands now called the United States of America and replace self-pride with self-hate; a trick of the Colonizing era! The quest to find and possess India is what brought Columbus to the shores of these lands known as the Americas. It is quite amazing to note that after Queen Isabella of Spain sent him to find India he kept going in the wrong direction for months. One has to wonder if the sun never peeped out in all those months of travel or was he and his crew all so very ignorant. Even after landing here in America, sparsely populated at that time compared to India, with none of the trapping of Bharat Varsh of those days, Colombus continued to call the Natives Indian. The Natives happen to have links to the Indian subcontinent (Mayans in particular) - a fact not known to Columbus! Constant wars had made European treasuries empty and each nation went prospecting in other lands--Adharma according to Dharma traditions of Bhaarat. End does not justify the means!
Creation of poverty was the other tool that was and is being used even today to keep the so-called developing countries forever developing--but never fully developed! The case of India is of greater concern to us, though in our vision the wellbeing of the world is interdependent. India was the richest nation of the world for the longest time in the history of mankind. Please know that every nation wanted India alone! Here I quote from an historian named Hegel in his Philosophy of History. This is a direct quote and the message is important.
“India as a Land of Desire forms an essential element in General history...from the most ancient times downwards, all nations have directed their wishes and longings to gain access to the treasures of this land of marvels, the most costly which the earth presents; treasures of nature--pearls, diamonds, perfumes, rose-essences, elephants, lions etc., as also treasures of wisdom. The way by which these treasures have passed to the West has at all times been a matter of World-Historical importance, bound up with the fate of nations.”
He goes on to say,
“Those desires have been realized, this Land of Desire has been attained, there is scarcely any nation of the East, nor of the Modern European West, that has not gained for itself a smaller or larger portion of it.”
It seems much of the world North and West of ancient Bhaarat conspired to ruin us then and continues to a degree now. We can understand then why most European nations fought each other to gain control of India, which then came to be called the Jewel in the Crown--Crown of Britain that is.
It is imperative that people of Indian origins as well as people who understand the usefulness of this great culture for Peaceful coexistence of Humanity, know these facts. Unfortunately, this looting has not come to an end yet. India continues to give and give freely without concern for profiting from its ancient and exquisite systems like Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Classical Dance, Shaastriya Sangeet to name a few. There were no field of endeavor where Indians did not probe, research and write prolifically. Without the discoveries of our Rishis much that is available to the modern world would not be possible, starting from the concept of Poojaya--our name for Zero. In fact the choice of that name for Zero--Poojaya shows an appreciation of how important the discovery was and how well it was understood. It was the birth of counting as we know it. Today most think that shoonya is what we call zero which is void; poojya is fullness that contains everything and thus is infinite.
Tragically at some point the counting system came to be called Arabic numerals; nothing could be farther from the truth. The modern computers and technological advancements rest on mathematical concepts given by the Rishis of Bhaarat. Bhaarat is at the foundation of much advancement in the world. Without a foundation there is no building but without knowledge of process, one only sees the beauty of the building!