Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sri Krishna Janmastami

The stories of Lord Krishna fascinates me all my life, from the innocent krishna in the story books, the mahabharatha diversified forms of the Lord to the best of art forms in Tanjore art and other paintings, Krishna remains a perfect symbol of freshness, happiness and oneness. Happy Sri Krishna Jayanthi!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thought for the day

Try to do the good and never forget that God sees you everywhere.

-The Mother

Mantra of the day

Words of Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo’ s Sadhana and its Purpose

Words of Sri Aurobindo:

My point about my Sadhana was that my Sadhana was not done for myself but for the earth-consciousness as a showing of the way towards the Light, so that whatever I showed in it to be possible — inner growth, transforma­tion, manifesting of new faculties, etc. — was not of no importance to anybody, but meant as an opening of lines and ways for what had to be done.


I have no intention of achieving the Supermind for myself only — I am not doing anything for myself, as I have no personal need of anything, neither of salvation (Moksha) nor supramentalisation. If I am seeking after supramentalisation, it is because it is a thing that has to be done for the earth-consciousness and if it is not done in myself, it can­not be done in others. My supramentalisation is only a key for opening the gates of the supramental to the earth-consciousness .


I am seeking to bring some principle of inner Truth, Light, Harmony, Peace into the earth-consciousness ; I see it above and know what it is — I feel it ever gleaming down on my consciousness from above and I am seeking to make it possible for it to take up the whole being into its own na­tive power, instead of the nature of man continuing to re­main in half-light, half-darkness. I believe the descent of this Truth opening the way to a development of divine consciousness here to be the final sense of the earth evolu­tion.

(Excerpts from some early letters to the Mother in Japan)

Heaven we have possessed, but not the earth; but the full­ness of the Yoga is to make, in the formula of the Veda, "Heaven and Earth equal and one".


I must remain in touch with the world until I have either mastered adverse circumstances or succumbed or carried on the struggle between the spiritual and physical so far as I am destined to carry it on. This is how I have always seen things and still see them. As for failure, difficulty and apparent impossibility I am too much habituated to them to be much impressed by their constant self-presentation except for passing moments....

One needs to have a calm heart, a settled will, entire self-abnegation and the eyes constantly fixed on the be­yond to live undiscouraged in times like these which are truly a period of universal decomposition. For myself, I follow the Voice and look neither to right nor to left of me. The result is not mine and hardly at all now even the la­bour.


... there is a sort of locked struggle in which neither side can make a very appreciable advance (somewhat like the trench warfare in Europe), the spiritual force insisting against the resistance of the physical world, that resist­ance disputing every inch and making more or less effec­tive counter-attacks. ... And if there were not the strength and Ananda within, it would be harassing and disgusting work; but the eye of knowledge looks beyond and sees that it is only a protracted episode.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rays of Light

Thanks to Varsha Agarwal for sharing this

Mantra of the Day


Time Travel to the Past

In June 1909, Sri Aurobindo started a newspaper in English called Karmayogin, described as 'a Weekly Review of National Religion, Literature, Science, Philosophy, etc' And in August of the same year, he began a Bengali weekly named Dharma. The aim was to bring Dharma to centre stage in national life. It was not popular Hinduism that he had in mind but rather 'the religion which embraces Science and Faith, Theism, Christianity, Mohammedanism and Buddhism and is yet none of these'. The name 'Hinduism' was merely incidental because although the Hindu nation had coined it, it was 'not circumscribed by the confines of a single country'. By February 1910, Sri Aurobindo was once again in the line of police investigation. His message 'To My Countrymen', as well as political assassinations by his one-time associates, prompted the authorities to raid his Karmayogin office. It is around this time that on the basis of an 'adesh' (spiritual command) received, he left for Chandernagore in French India. From there, subsequently on board the S. S. Duplex, he sailed for Pondicherry and arrived there on 4 April 1910.

Pondicherry: 1910-39

Pondicherry, in 1910, boasted of a group of nationalists who were in exile in French India. They included Subramaniam Bharati, S. N. Tirumalachari and V. V. S. Iyer. Upon arrival, Sri Aurobindo lived in the house of Shankar Chettiar in the company of five of his associates from Bengal, as a 'religious recluse' without any political interests. They led an austere life and money was hard to come by. He shifted houses three times, and in October 1913, he moved into the house on Rue Francois Martin. He studied the Vedas, meditated and practised Yoga. Visitors were few, and even fewer were allowed to see him. They included Alexandra David Neel, a legendary French writer who came to Pondicherry in 1911. However, the most important visitor was Paul Richard, a barrister who came to Pondicherry in 1910 in connection with the French elections. Richard, drawn to mysticism .and spirituality, part of a mystical society led by Max and Thelma Theon in Algeria, thought that in Sri Aurobindo he had found the Master that he and his wife Mirra, an accomplished mystic in her own right, were looking for.

With Mirra, Richard came back to Pondicherry in 1914. At his suggestion and financial support, a philosophical journal called Arya was launched on 15 August 1914. While the journal was meant to have joint contributions by Richard and Sri Aurobindo, the latter ended up writing most of the pieces since the First World War intervened, and the Richards had to return to France. Phinted at the Modern Press, Pondicherry and published from 7 Rue Duplex, Arya intended to fulfill two objectives. First, to develop a systematic study of the 'highest problems of existence', and second, to give rise to 'the formation of a vast synthesis of knowledge, harmonising the diverse religious traditions of humanity occidental .is well as oriental'. The journal desired to publish 'synthetic studies in speculative philosophy', 'translations and commentaries of ancient texts', 'Studies in Comparative Religion' and 'Practical Methods of Inner Culture and Development'.

Describing the aim of the journal, Sri Aurobindo wrote:

Its object is to feel out for the thought of the future, to help in shaping its foundations and to link it to the best and most vital thought of the past. The earth is a world of Life and Matter, but man is not a vegetable, nor an animal, he is a spiritual and thinking being who is set here to shape and use the animal mould for higher purposes, by higher motions, with a more divine instrumentation. The problem of thought is to find out the right idea and the right way of harmony; to restate the current and eternal spiritual truth of Self that it shall re-embrace, permeate and dominate the mental and physical life, to develop the most profound and vital methods of psychological self-discipline and self development and that the mental and psychical life of man may express the spiritual life through the utmost possible expansion of its own riches, power and complexity, and to seek for the means and motives by which his external life, his society and his institutions may remold themselves progressively in the truth of the spirit and develop towards the utmost possible harmony of individual freedom and social unity.

In the Arya, Sri Aurobindo wrote on a variety of topics on which his reputation is built today: literature, poetry, philosophy, the Vedas, Upanishads, the Gita, and social and political thought.

Mantra of the day

Mantra of the day

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mantra of the Day

Three Madnesses of Aurobindo

On 30 August 1905 Sri Aurobindo wrote a letter to Mrinalini Devi. The letter is one of those which were found and taken away by the police during the search of the Grey Street house in connection with the Alipore bomb trial and afterwards produced in court. It was in this way that these intimate documents unexpectedly saw the light of day and what was intended by Sri Aurobindo to be "secret" has become public property. The letters reveal a side of his nature which had to culminate in his great spiritual work. The letter of 30 August, translated from the Bengali, is reproduced below.

30th Aug. 1905

Dearest Mrinalini,

I have received your letter of the 24th August. I am sorry to learn that the same affliction has fallen once more upon your parents. You have not written which of the boys has passed away from here. But then what can be done if the affliction comes? This is a world in which when you seek happiness, you find grief in its heart, sorrow always clinging to joy. That rule touches not only the desire of children, but all worldly desires. To offer, with a quiet heart, all happiness and grief at the feet of God is the only remedy.

Now I will write the other thing of which I spoke before. I think you have understood by now that the man with whose fate yours has been linked is a man of a very unusual character. Mine is not the same field of action, the same purpose in life, the same mental attitude as that of the people of today in this country. I am in every respect different from them and out of the ordinary. Perhaps you know what ordinary men say of an extraordinary view, an extraordinary endeavor, and an extraordinary ambition. To them it is madness; only, if the madman is successful in his work then he is called no longer a madman, but a great genius. But how many are successful in their life's endeavor? Among a thousand men, there are five or six who are out of the ordinary and out of the five or six one perhaps successful. Not to speak of success, I have not yet even entirely entered my field of work. There is nothing then for you but to consider me mad. And it is an evil thing for a woman to fall into the hands of a mad fellow. For woman's expectations are all bound up in worldly happiness and sorrow. A madman will not make his wife happy; he can only make her miserable.

The founders of the Hindu religion understood this very well. They loved extraordinary characters, extraordinary endeavors, extraordinary ambitions. Madman or genius, they respected the extraordinary man. But all this means a terrible plight for the wife, and how could the difficulty be solved? The sages fixed upon this solution; they told the woman, "Know that the only mantra for womankind is this: 'The husband is the supreme guru.'[ Up to this point the translation follows an early version by Barindra Kumar Ghose which was seen and revised lightly by Sri Aurobindo. The rest of the translation is new.] The wife shares the dharma [law of conduct] of her husband. She must help him, counsel him, encourage him in whatever work he accepts as his dharma. She should regard him as her god, take joy in his joy, and feel sorrow in his unhappiness. It is for a man to choose his work; the woman's part is to give help and encouragement." Now, the point is this. Are you going to choose the path of the Hindu religion or follow the ideal of the new culture? Your marriage to a madman is the result of bad karma in your previous lives. It is good to come to terms with one's fate, but what sort of terms will they be? Will you also dismiss your husband as a madman on the strength of what other people think? A madman is bound to run after his mad ways. You cannot hold him back; his nature is stronger than yours. Will you then do nothing but sit in a corner and weep? Or, will you run along with him; try to be the mad wife of this madman, like the queen of the blind king who played the part of a blind woman by putting a bandage across her eyes? For all your education in a Brahmo school, you are still a woman from a Hindu home. The blood of Hindu ancestors flows in your veins. I have no doubt you will choose the latter course.

I have three madnesses.

The first one is this. I firmly believe that the accomplishments, genius, higher education and learning and wealth that God has given me are His. I have a right to spend for my own purposes only what is needed for the maintenance of the family and is otherwise absolutely essential. The rest must be returned to God. If I spend everything for myself, for my pleasure and luxury, I am a thief. The Hindu scriptures say that one who receives wealth from God and does not give it back to Him is a thief. So far, I have given two annas to God and used the other fourteen annas for my own pleasure; this is the way I have settled the account, remaining engrossed in worldly pleasures. Half my life has been wasted - even the beast finds fulfillment in stuffing his own belly and his family's and catering to their happiness. I have realised that I have been acting all this time as an animal and a thief. Now I realise this and am filled with remorse and disgusted with myself. No more of all this. I renounce this sin once and for all. What does giving to God mean? It means to spend on good works. The money I gave to Usha or to Sarojini causes me no regret. To help others is a sacred duty; to give protection to those who seek refuge is a yet greater sacred duty. But the account is not settled by giving only to one's brothers and sisters. In these dark days the whole country is seeking refuge at my door. I have three hundred million brothers and sisters in this country. Many of them are dying of starvation and the majority just manage to live, racked by sorrow and suffering. They too must be helped.

What do you say; will you come along with me and share my ideal in this respect? We will eat and dress like ordinary men, buying only what is truly needed and offering the rest to God: This is what I propose to do. My purpose can be fulfilled, once you give your approval, once you are able to accept the sacrifice. You have been saying, "I have made no progress." Here I have shown you a path towards progress. Will you take this path?

My second madness has only recently seized me. It is this: by whatever means I must have the direct vision of God. Religion these days means repeating the name of God at any odd hour, praying in public, showing off how pious one is. I want nothing of this. If God exists, there must be some way to experience His existence, to meet Him face to face. However arduous this path is, I have made up my mind to follow it. The Hindu religion declares that the way lies in one's own body, in one's own mind. It has laid down the rules for following the way, and I have begun to observe them. Within a month I have realized that what the Hindu religion says is not false. I am experiencing in myself the signs of which it speaks. Now I want to take you along this way. You will not be able to keep step with me, for you do not have the requisite knowledge. But there is nothing to prevent you from following behind me. All can attain perfection on this path, but to enter it depends on one's own will. Nobody can drag you onto it. If you consent to this, I shall write more about it.

My third madness is that while others look upon their country as an inert piece of matter - a few meadows and fields, forests and hills and rivers - I look upon my country as the Mother. I adore Her, I worship Her as the Mother. What would a son do if a demon sat on his mother's breast and started sucking her blood? Would he quietly sit down to his dinner, amuse himself with his wife and children, or would he rush out to deliver his mother? I know I have the strength to deliver this fallen race. It is not physical strength, - I am not going to fight with sword or gun, - but the strength of knowledge. The power of the Kshatriya is not the only one; there is also the power of the Brahmin, the power that is founded on knowledge. This feeling is not new in me, it is not of today. I was born with it, it is in my very marrow. God sent me to earth to accomplish this great mission. The seed began to sprout when I was fourteen; by the time I was eighteen the roots of the resolution had grown firm and unshakable. After listening to what my aunt said, you formed the idea that some wicked people had dragged your simple and innocent husband onto the bad path. But it was this innocent husband of yours who brought those people and hundreds of others onto that path - be it bad or good - and will yet bring thousands and thousands of others onto that same path. I do not say that the work will be accomplished during my lifetime, but it certainly will be done.

Now I ask you, what are you going to do in this connection? The wife is the shakti, the strength of her husband. Will you be Usha's disciple and go on repeating the mantras of Sahib-worship? Will you diminish the strength of your husband by indifference or redouble it by your sympathy and encouragement? You will say, "What can an ordinary woman like me do in these great matters? I have no strength of mind, no intelligence, I am afraid to think about these things." But there is an easy way out. Take refuge in God. Enter once the path of God-realisation; He will soon make good your deficiencies. Fear gradually leaves one who takes refuge in God. And if you can put your trust in me, if you can listen to me alone and not to all and sundry, I can give you my own strength; that will not diminish my strength but increase it. We say that the wife is the husband's shakti, his strength. This means that the husband's strength is redoubled when he sees his own image in his wife and hears an echo of his own high aspirations in her.

Will you remain like this for ever: "I shall put on fine clothes, have nice things to eat, laugh and dance and enjoy all the pleasures"? Such an attitude cannot be called progress. At the present time the life of women in this country has taken this narrow and contemptible form. Give up all this and follow after me. We have come to this world to do God's work; let us begin it.

You have one defect in your nature. You are much too simple. You listen to anything anyone might say. Thus your mind is for ever restless, your intelligence cannot develop, you cannot concentrate on any work. This has to be corrected. You must acquire knowledge by listening to one person only. You must have a single aim and accomplish your work with a resolute mind. You must ignore the calumny and the ridicule of others and hold fast to your devotion.

There is another defect, not so much of your personal nature, as of the times. The times are such in Bengal that people are incapable of listening to serious things in a serious manner. Religion, philanthropy, noble aspirations, high endeavor, the deliverance of the country, all that is serious, all that is high and noble is turned to ridicule. People want to laugh everything away. At your Brahmo school, you picked up a little of this fault. Bari also had it; all of us are tainted by this defect to some extent. It has grown in surprising measure among the people of Deoghar. This attitude must be rejected with a firm mind. You will be able to do it easily. And once you get into the habit of thinking, your true nature will blossom forth. You have a natural turn towards doing good for others and towards self-sacrifice. The one thing you lack is strength of mind. You will get that through worship of God.

This is the secret of mine I wanted to tell you. Do not divulge it to anybody. Ponder calmly over these matters. There is nothing to be frightened of, but there is much to think about. To start with, you need do nothing but meditate on the Divine each day for half an hour, expressing to Him an ardent desire in the form of a prayer. The mind will get prepared gradually. This is the prayer you are to make to Him: "May I not be an obstacle in the path of my husband's life, his aim, his endeavor to realise God. May I always be his helper and his instrument." Will you do this?

-------------------------From the Life of Aurobindo-----------------------

Mother and Aurobindo

Mother and Aurobindo

The Kalki Feud

In the name of God, in the name of spirituality, and in the name of faith, if someone tries to exploit you, it is a sin to be a victim as much as it is a sin to be the sinner! God in his truest incarnations as per the Hindu mythology have always shown simple ways of attaining the sanathana Dharma. The real meaning of life and rightfulness. Many years since, one cult had been quite disturbing with its regime. As a writer, I dont fear to say what I believe is the truth. Lot of cases that caused this pain to write about the wrongs of these so called fake guru who hit at the people's most vulnerable moments in the name of solace, success and spirituality.
Why is the Kalki group not behind the poor and needy and why near to 90% of the devotees are the rich and upper middle class and NRIs? Why are they targetted? What is it that Kalki or his troupe have done to save the misery of poor, hunger and millions of uneducated, unemployed, under nourshed Indians? No records.
God becomes a distant factor when it involves money and nothing else. Why the hell should we pay Rs 50000 to meet this so called guru for just 20 minutes, what is special about it. I believe in dharma, I am an ardent Hindu, I am the follower of my faith and believe in Lord Vishu and his avatars, but I am not rich, which means I cant see Vishnu's last avatar - if at all he is this so called Kalki.... Sorry friends, if I am hurting someone in this process, but beaware of the exploitation.
I have seen bank manager roaring in tears as one of his daughters went on to become a nun from being an engineer and they struggled with the other handicapped daughter and having no where to go, searching and searching for their missing girl, later to realise that she became the sanyasin. The strict way of life that is imposed on these young girls and boys is not followed by his own son and kin..then what is the funda of all this....there are many youngesters who walked out of this dhiksha and moskha mania once the clouds vanished and they realised the truth.
Such self centred interests, and if at all you have a problem, write on a white paper and think of solutions, instead of believing blindly in a guru coming to solve them with miracles. Have faith in yourself than in these men!. Not many years ago, he was working like any one of us in LIC in Chennai, running behind people to source life insurance he is celebrity, he earned enough, even if his vision and mission fails and he doesnt get any more believers, he is not worried, for he had secured nearly ten more of his future generations, its finally the vulnerable and worried rich and middle class who got fooled and fretted!

Dont believe in what I say, read the below from Nirad's research on this Fake Guru of the century....Long live hinduism but let not such exploiters ruin the reigns of free mind and happy association with God in the original form:


Nirad C. Chaudhuri, the well-known iconoclast of Bengal, has described India as “A continent of Circe” meaning it to be “A Land of Sorcerers” or “A Land of Lunatics”. This judgement of his could never be questioned as long as our guardians of “Secularism” and champions of “Hindutva” bow their heads before the idols of mud, wood, stone, cowdung etc., and fall at the feet of saffron - robed Sadhus, sex-manic Sanyasis, mafia - linked Mahans and power - mongering Babas for their own personal gains and fool - proof protection from evil stars, ominous planets and scheming opponents.

All steeped deep in selfish motives and self - centred interests seek help starting from the opium - smoking Sadhus and Sanyasis up to the Babas and Sankaracharyas leaving no stone unturned. They are ready to sacrifice every thing from hair to self - respect to get their wishes gratified. Tonsuring heads is no longer a shame nor receiving Kicks from the Sanyasis a disgrace provided it brings them power and fortune.

The seeds of such a culture is to be seen in the barbaric Aryan literature called “The Vedas” which are nothing but a compilation of prayer songs sung by the Aryans beseeching blessings from their gods and cursing their sworn - enemies, the Dasyus. Even though hundreds of years have elapsed and modern scientific and technological revolutions have touched new heights, the Indian Circe remains so powerful in religion, culture and tradition that the picture of India as a “Lunatic Asylum” remains unperturbed to date.

The newly created “Kalki Cult” in Tamilnadu is an outstanding example of this demoralising trait of Indian culture. This cult is the second of its kind to take root in Tamilnadu in the recent past. Some years ago one `Bangaru’ a non - descript school teacher at Melmaruvathur village near Chennai started his “Om Shakthi cult” as a soothsayer. He called himself “Amma” (Shakthi), a curious metamorphosis of a female deity with male genitals! His “Amma cult” was systematically spread as an organization blessed by men in power and pampered by doctors, lawyers, judges, officials, businessmen and their wives. Thousands of dim - witted women fell an easy prey to the cult making it a mega success in Tamilnadu. A poor teacher turned into a multi - millionaire in ho time.

Mass gatherings at various poojas, colourful processions of women in red sarees and blouses, congregational rituals like ‘homas’ and ‘Yagnas’, periodical’ ‘pada yatras’ of ‘Amma’ to various places threw a spell over the fancy - loving and weak - willed women who became ardent devotees of the hermaphrodite ‘Amma’ in ‘Bangaru Adigalar.

A similar myth - making note struck the mind of one Mr. Vijayakumar, a B.Sc. Maths graduate from Vaishnava college, Chennai, who after graduation worked in the LIC and other establishments in Chennai and Coimbatore. In 1982 when he was 34 years old, he joined hands, with his old friend Mr. Sankar, a Physics graduate from Loyala college, Chennai Who had just then returned from Germany after a research study. Now both of them started a Matriculation School at Sathyalokam in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. Vijayakumar became the Director and Sankar the Principal of the school. Vijayakumar settled on the school campus with his wife Padmavathy and only son Krishna.

From now onwards Vijayakumar in collusion with his friend Sankar started to play his gimmicks to make himself ‘Kalki Bagwan’ the tenth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu in Kali Yug, the current era. The school was named ‘Jeevashram’. The blind belief of the Hindus as that of the Christians in Jesus Christ’s Second Coming was deftly handled by Vijayakumar & co to fool the gullible Indians both educated and uneducated. Vijayakumar attired in yellow robe covering his body and head. He called himself ‘Kalki Bagwan’ and started speaking mystically. Bewildered by his babblings and bewitched by his hypnotizing eyes behind a bushy moustache and beard, people began to throng round him begging for boons and gratification of their multi - faceted desires.

The school at Sathyalokam was closed down in 1993 and a posh ‘Kalki Ashram’ was built at Nemam village near Poonamallee. Vijayakumar’s accomplice Sankar become Bagwan’s prime disciple and was re-named ‘Sri Sankara Bagawathpade; Like Goebells he did a wonderful job in the propaganda and spread of the cult. Sri Kalki Bagwan went underground making his physical dharsan a rare commodity. Rumours of Bagwan’s omnipresence and omniscience were set afloat stories of Bagwan’s miracles were meticulously fabricated and systematically spread with authentic versions of the devotees One claimed he had a face to face talk with the Bagwan, another said his kidneys failed but with the grace of the Bagwan he got completely cured without any operation or transplantation. The third one said he lost everything in his business and became a pauper. He sent a fervent prayer to the Bagwan and all that was lost was restored to him in no time. Reports from Bangalore say that Bagwan Kalki offers his devotees ghee, milk and honey from his consecrated portraits hung in their homes. The cult caught fancy of the people like a wild - fire and Bagwan’s ashram grew rich by leaps and bounds.

Sri Kalki & co wanted to cast a wider net to catch the international market. With this idea they started to wean smart young middle - class graduates from their families, convert them into Sanyasis and send them out for propaganda work. The parents of the missing youth started complaining to the police about the whereabouts of their sons and daughters. The police have started probing the bona - fides of the ashram. However their efforts are being forestalled mainly because it is a matter of religion which our Constitution guarantees to the individuals and the youths claim they have attained majority and there is no question of kidnapping or mesmerising them.

They claim that their Cult has spread not only in the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Andhrapradesh but also in some of the northern states. They say they have their branches abroad in the U.S.A., Sweeden, Russia, Argentina and Japan.

What are the reasons behind the formidable growth of such swamis and how can we counteract their influence on the gullible public? The following are some of the techniques followed by the godmen to fleece the ignorant and keep themselves in luxury.

(1) They create an impressive look by donning colourful robes and choosing a calm place with a sylvan back ground as their ashram.

(2) They set afloat rumours about their miraculous heading powers through their agents in the garl of devotees.

(3) In the name of Dyana, Yoga, etc they offer a psychological relaxation to the stressful minds of the devotees and create an illusion of seeing God, Atman etc. in the form of light or a shock.

(4) They seek the patronage of the politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, judges etc to add credibility to their stature.

(5) They expand their clientele with the creation of a powerful band of followers, and with fraud and trickery, if need be.

Vested interests never dare to harm themselves by going against the religious sentiments of people. At times they may exhibit a preference in favour of Swamis of their own caste or creed For instance the Brahmins would invariably glorify the Sankarachariya whether he is a nitwit, stud or a deserter. The politicians would not touch Swamijis because without the blessings and support of the latter they could not remain in power for long The bureaucracy and judiciary are the puppets in the hands of the ruling party and their constancy is like that of a weathercock. The press are for sensational news to boost the sales of their papers. They play a vital role in projecting the Kumbabishekas, Aradhanas and Dharshanas and “What the stars foretell”. They keep the erring Sankaracharya in the dark and bring the anonymous non - Brahmin swamis to lime-light for criticism and condemnation.

As such it becomes the primary duty of the rationalist’s fora and social organisations like the Dravidar Kazhagam to take up cudgels against the frauds and cheats under the aegis of religion, tradition and culture. Even their endeavours would not be of much use unless people, as Periyar Ramasamy exhorted, should make use of their sixth sense of reasoning and get themselves rid of their shackles of religion, rituals, scriptures and shastras, pujas and purohits to live a pest - free life of discipline, decency and decorum.