Wednesday, July 31, 2013

अब भी नहीं जागे तो कब जागोगे !



 

आज प्रात: काल सोकर उठा तो मोबाइल पर एक मित्र का सन्देश मिला

जागो!

केरल में रमजान के कारण हिन्दू बच्चो का मिड डे मील बंद कर दिया गया और शुक्रवार को छुट्टी घोषित कर दी गई हैं। क्या नवरात्रे में मुस्लिम बच्चों को उपवास करवाया जायेगा?

मेरा साधारण सा उत्तर था जो सभी हिन्दू भाई जानते हैं की "नहीं"

मित्र ने इसका कारण पूछा

मैंने कहा जो हिन्दू जाति भाई भाई से जात के नाम पर भेद करती हैं, एक दूसरे को जन्म के आधार पर अपने से नीचा मानती हैं, जिसमें एकता का आभाव हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य १०० रुपये, एक दारू की बोतल और एक समय की रोटी के बदले अपने कीमती वोट बेच देते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य अपना वोट उम्मीदवार के गुण, कर्म और स्वभाव को देखकर नहीं अपितु उसकी जाति और उसके डंडे के जोर से देते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य अपनी ही जाति के सदस्यों द्वारा मत परिवर्तन कर गैर हिन्दू बन जाने पर आँख मूंद कर कबूतर बन जाते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य वेदों में वर्णित ईश्वर को भूलकर उन मुसलमानों की कब्रों पर अपना माथा पटकने में लगे रहते हैं जिन्हें हमारे ही पूर्वजों ने युद्ध में मार गिराया था तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य अपने महापुरुषों मर्यादा पुरुषोतम श्री रामचंद्र जी महाराज और योगिराज श्री कृष्ण जी महाराज के आदर्श जीवन को भूल कर एक मस्जिद में रहने वाले माँसाहारी मुसलमान साईं बाबा को भगवान मानने लगते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य अपने बच्चों को हमारे महान देशभक्तों जैसे राम प्रसाद बिस्मिल, नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस, सरदार पटेल आदि के जीवन वृतान्त के स्थान पर बॉलीवुड के सितारों की जीवनियाँ स्मरण करवाते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य पुरुषार्थ कर्म को त्याग कर निर्मल बाबा के गोलगप्पो, राधे माँ के मेकअप, अन्य गुरुओं के पाखंडों में शोर्ट कट तरीके से अध्यातम ज्ञान की खोज करते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य ईश्वर द्वारा बताई गई कर्म फल व्यवस्था को भूलकर भुत प्रेत, जादू टोना,उपरी पराई छाया, टोना टोटका,जन्मपत्री, पशु बलि और तांत्रिक साधना आदि पाखंडों से अपने जीवन में सफलता प्राप्त होना मानते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य अपने वीर इतिहास को भूलकर अंग्रेजों द्वारा दिए गये कृत्रिम इतिहास को परम सत्य मानकर अपने आपको संसार की गुलाम, अशिक्षित और निकृष्ट लोग समझते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य गरीब हिन्दू बच्चों को दूध पिलाने के स्थान पर मंदिरों में मूर्तियों को दूध पिलाने के नाम पर लाखों लीटर दूध नालियों में बहा सकते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य गरीब हिन्दुओं को मत परिवर्तन से बचाने के लिए के शिक्षा, रोजगार एवं अस्पताल आदि के निर्माण के स्थान पर सोने के खम्बों वाले मंदिरों पर करोड़ो रुपये व्यय करते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के बच्चे हमारे महान वैदिक धर्म और उसके सिद्धांतो पर, हमारे प्राचीन गौरव और राष्ट्र की उन्नति के साधनों पर चिंतन मनन करने के स्थान पर अंग्रेजी बोलने, विदेशी कपड़े पहनने, माँसाहार और शराब पीने, लड़का-लड़की मित्र बनाने में अपनी सारी उर्जा व्यय करते हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा जो हिन्दू जाति High thinking and Simple Living के भारतीय सिद्धांत को असभ्य और भोगवादी विदेशी जीवन शैली को सभ्य मानने लगी हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

मैंने कहा की जिस हिन्दू जाति के सदस्य १९४७ में धर्म के नाम पर हुए देश विभाजन को भूलकर अपने आपको सेक्युलर सिद्ध करने में लगे हुए हैं तब तो उसके साथ तो ऐसा ही बर्ताव होना चाहिए।

यह तो कुछ उदहारण भर हैं, ऐसे अनेक कारण और गिनाये जा सकते हैं जिनके कारण हिन्दू समाज न तो संगठित हैं, न ही अपने देश, धर्म और जाति के भविष्य को लेकर चिंतित हैं।

जब तक हिन्दू समाज इतिहास में की गई गलतियों से शिक्षा नहीं लेगा और अपने वर्तमान को भोगमय से योगमय नहीं बनायेगा तब तक उसका ह्रास उसी प्रकार से होता रहेगा जैसा इतिहास में होता आया हैं।

अब भी नहीं जागे तो कब जागोगे !

डॉ विवेक आर्य

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Animal Sacrifice Before Deities



[This is a first prize winning essay by shri T.DEVMAL GAJRA,BOMBAY HUMANITARIAN FUND,1918]

INTRODUCTORY.

What a divine charm surrounds that mysterious word Religion. Whenever we are in trouble we seek shelter in that word Divine. It promises us peace ever-lasting and all pervading. It soothes our troubled hearts and inspires hope in dejected minds. It gives life to the dying, vigour to the languid, and warmth to the cold frigid sceptic. Such divinely inspiring, such great soother of all our woes and troubles, how can it countenance the deprivation of the joy and life of poor innocent dumb creatures? Yet there it is. Most men of religious persuasions have, for ages past, been destroying hundreds of creatures that live and feel like themselves, that love, serve and protect them, in the vain hope of gaining heaven, of atoning for their sins and of appeasing the ’wrath’ of that Merciful Father who has endowed both men and animals with life.These gentlemen justify their doings on the authority of their sacred scriptures. A Mahomedan holds that his Ida is not celebrated in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Kuran, unless a cow or a goat is killed on the sacred altar. A Christian and a Jew refer to the sacrifices described in the Old Testament; they speak of the attempted immolation of Abraham’s son by his own father. The Hindu seeks justification in the Ashwa-Medha (horse sacrifice), Gomedha (cow sacrifice),Nar Medha (human sacrifice), Aja Medha (goat sacrifice) and several others mentioned in his scriptures. They of the other religions, they, that spill the blood of the members of lower creation to save themselves from the fire of hell,have their own traditions to support them in this fiendish practice.To assert that the prevalent custom of killing God’s creatures in His name is irreligious is to wage war against the vested interests of certain priests and their followers, against ignorance, superstition, misinterpretation and interpolation. Yet one who has faith in the Merciful Nature of the Lord, one who holds that the Divine commands breathe peace to all from the amoeba to man, from the corpuscles to the innumerable universes that are eternally evolving and devolving, may boldly,though humbly, make an attempt in this direction.

MY RELIGIOUS SCRIPTURES.

Before attempting to break down this great superstructure of superstition and sin, it will be well to define scriptures, as they constitute the greatest authority in the matter of religion. The writer holds that the Veda is the scripture par excellence , that it is the word of God to and that it is the scripture of the whole world. For understanding, interpreting and explaining the Veda several books have been written. Of these the Brahmanas occupy a position of great honour in the Vedic literature. They contain the details of the Mantra ceremonies with long exposition and meaning; and they abound in dramatic parables, human and divine, and in illustration. Besides these, there are the books on Kalpa (science of the dramatic display of the Mantras) such are the Shrauta and other Sutras (epigramatical sayings). To the Brahmanas are also attached the Upanishads as appendices. They treat of the spiritual in religion.The Smrities and the Dharma Sutras are not only our sacred law books, but they also lay down rules for the everyday life of man. These, the authors state, are in agreement with the Vedas.The philosophical import of the Vedas is found in our six schools of philosophy—our Sankhya and Yoga, our Nyaya and Vaisheshika and our Purva and Uttara Mimansa.Then there are two voluminous poems on the ancient history both sacred and profane—the Ramayan and the Mahabharat . These abound in religious discussions of various kinds. They are held in great reverence by the mass of the Hindu population and are helpful in understanding the scriptures. The latter apocryphal works of the Hindus are the Puranas and Tantras. In some quarters they are held in great contempt, whereas elsewhere they are revered. The Tantras are said by some to preach rank immorality and by other to contain sciences, physical, mechanical and mystic.The writer also holds that from time to time there have been born, in this world of mortals, great ones who have ever tried to lead man back from his degraded, sinful state to the primitive state of purity. Moses and Mahomed, Christ and Krishna, Buddha and Mahavir, Dayananda and Shanker, Confucius and Zoroaster, Appolonius and Plato, these and many others have all worked in the same direction. They have all revived and restated, with some changes on account of change of times, the same eternal truth contained in the Veda. Their teachings, too, are, therefore, to be revered and to be considered authoritative so long as they do not directly conflict with the eternal Veda. When carefully considered they will be found in harmony with those of the scripture of the scriptures. In regard to the theme before us, they support the Veda in holding up the doctrine of Ahimsa (harmlessness) and in inculcating spiritual and beneficial sacrifices.

THE ISSUES INVOLVED.

The position of the writer is that the animal sacrifices are irreligious in as much as they are nowhere enjoined in the scriptures. The scriptures, on the contrary, condemn in unmistakable terms all kinds of cruelty and they commend sacrifices of a beneficial and peace-producing nature. The writer well knows it that, from ages, animals have been sacrificed in the name of religion, that it has been preached that those who perform these sactifices would obtain salvation and various other tempting things, and that whenever these sacrifices have been performed, the Vedic Mantras have been sung and the learned in the scriptures called in to officiate at and direct the performance of the sacrifices.He proposes to assail the position of the cruel and superstitious sacrifices of the dumb animals, firstly, by establishing the beneficent character of the scriptures, by showing that scriptures regard all life to be sacred and command us all to endeavour to protect the dumb and mute creation. Secondly, he will try to show that the believers in animal sacrifices have either willfully fathered the doctrine on the sacred lore or misunderstood or misinterpreted the passages on which they rely for their support, he would also try to give the real exposition of some of the scriptural sacrifices. Sight would also be thrown on such practices as seem to lend support to the theory of animal sacrifices – their true significance or import being explained.

THE VEDA ON ANIMAL SACRIFICES.

’”Look on all with the eye of a friend!” Such is the teaching of the holy Veda (Yajur Veda). Friend to all should the Arya be! Friend to all! Sure he cannot destroy the life of any. Therefore he is ordered in the sacred scriptures. (Yajur 42-49).”Thou shalt not kill the horse; thou shalt not kill the cow; thou shalt not kill the sheep or goat; thou shalt not kill the bipeds;oh man! Protect the gregarious deer; kill not the milch or otherwise useful animals.”Elsewhere the scripture says: “They that trouble others for the sake of their own good are Rakshas (monsters) and they that eat the flesh of birds and beasts are Pishachas (devils) (Yajur 34-51). For flesh-eating, drinking, gambling and adultery, all, destroy and mar the mental faculties of a man (Atharva VI.7-70-71) and such sinners as eat raw or cooked flesh or eggs go to destruction.” (Atharva VIII.2-26-23).
In response to the commandments given above the Aryas of India constantly prayed unto all Great and Glorious God to give them strength to protect the weak against the strong and to add to their flocks and herds; for the cows and other milch animals enabled them to perform regularly the Deva Yajna (sacrifice) by means of milk.The Veda considers the protection of animals to be a very sacred act—so, so very sacred that it lays down that a husband should solemnly ask his wife on the occasion of marriage “to be kind to animals and to try to protect the happiness of all bipeds and quadrupeds.” In return the husband promises to do the same.Further the Veda lays down that they who kill men or slay cows should be outlawed and ostracised (Rig I.16-114).

THE YAJNA.

The Veda teaches that life is sacred, that animals must be protected for they are beneficial to mankind. But then why have animals been decapitated for religious rites hitherto? How is it that several learned men both of the east and the west have asserted that animal sacrifices are sanctioned by the Veda? Before this difficulty can be solved, it is necessary that the true meaning of the Vedic word for sacrifice should be understood. This word is ’Yajna.’ It is a word which is very important in Sanskrit literature. It is this word with which the life history of a Hindu opens and closes. The great grammarian Panini says that ’Yajna is the performance of a Deva Puja, Samgati and Dan. The word Samgati signifies association, or concentration and focusing of powers (of the body and mind).Puja stands for worship and legitimate use. Dan means charity or self-sacrifice, giving away or expending. Thus the word Yajna comes to mean the legitimate use of Deva by means of corporate or combined action (or concentration of bodily or mental powers), expenditure of wealth or powers.To get at the full significance of our Yajna we should note the meaning of Deva. The word is derived from Diva which has the following meanings:
(1) Krida.. Play and Diversion.
(2) Vijigisha.. Desire for Victory.
(3) Vyavahar.. Social Relations.
(4)Dyuti.. Sight.
(5)Stuti.. Praise.
(6)Moda.. Happiness.
(7)Mada.. Self-Consciousness.
(8)Swapana.. Negation of motion.
(9)Kanti.. Glory.
(10)Gatishu.. Knowledge, motion, and attainment.
Thus Yajna may be defined as “the association of men and concentration of powers for social happiness, conquest over nature or enemy (of one’s county or humanity); promotion of the well-being of society; the propagation and dissemination of enlightened principles; the maintenance of national self-respect; the increase of national glory; and the cultivation of acts of peace and war.” It may also be added that Yajna also means such concentrated effort as secures man spiritual advancement and salvation. That the word Yajna was used in the above sense by the Vedic Aryas may be established by referring to certain well-known practices of the Rishis. Every man was required to perform Pancha Maha Yajna every day. These five duties are
(1)Brahma Yajna (meditation and worship of the Lord);
(2) Deva Yajna (pouring libations of clarified butter and odoriferous substances in the sacred fire and associating with the learned);
(3)Pitri Yajna (pleasing and serving parents, teachers and learned men called Agni Shvatta-yajna),
(4) Bhuta Yajna (giving food to the fallen, degraded,weak and maimed, dogs, cows, ants, etc.); and
(5)Atithi Yajna (showing hospitality to guests, especially those itinerantpreachers who go abouit teaching people to be pure and religious).
It is most significant that one of the five Yajnas commands us to do deeds of mercy and charity unto the lower creation. What can have such Yajnas to do with spilling of blood? The Naimittika Karmas (periodical sacraments), as distinguished from the Nitya Karmas (daily duties), were also called Yajnas. To instance Garbhadan Sanskar (the attempt to propagate our like) is known as Putreshti Yajna.Similarly Yajnopavit (sacred thread) and Viwah (marriage) are also called Yajnas. The cremation (the Antyeshti) is sometimes styled Purusha Medha Yajna. Coronation was known as Rajasuya Yajna.

At this Yajna the officiating priest exhorted the king to be good and to do good, to promote peace and prosperity of the nation, to protect the weak against strong, etc. (Shatapatha Brahmana).In the same Brahmana occurs the formula Vag vai’ Yajno (speech is Yajna) III.-I-30.In the Upanishads man is called a Yajna or sacrifice (Chhandogya III.16) The Sapta Rishis (the seven holes in human face—eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth) are said to perform a great Yajna.The Gita (III.10, IV. 24 & V.29) also shows that the word Yajna has spiritual significance.Professor Max Muller also supports the views expressed here. (India, what can it teach us? p. 227) It may be argued that though the word Yajna is used in the above senses it may also signify animal sacrifices. This can be rebutted by referring to the Rig Veda. The Veda says that the Devas, learned and pious men, perform Adhvara Yajna.The word Adhvara means that in which no Himsa (injury of any kind) is done to any creature. (Nirukta I.33)

THE NAR MEDHA (MAN-SACRIFICE).

Some writers maintain that human sacrifices, of necessity, were prevalent in the Vedic age. They were necessary for disposal of the prisoners of war, for the immolation of wives and concubines, for the requirements of the necromancy and for propitiating the tutelary deities of the ges of those time.Now this historical argument, which has been advanced by Dr. Ranjendralal Mitra, cannot hold water. The laws of the Aryan warfare were most humane and the Aryans were chivalrous knights. They declined even to fight a man who had lost his armour or who had turned his back on them. They also promised safety and protection to the conquered everywhere (Manu VII.90-93, Ramayana I.10-11, etc.).As to burning of wives etc., it has been now clearly established that Sati nowhere exists in the Vedas. (Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s Works)
Many of our learned men deny the existence of black art in the Veda (Swami Dayanand). Even those who believe in it have not shown in any reliable authority that ceremonials connected with it were bloody.Regarding the propitiating of gods, we assert that the religion of the Vedas is monotheistic and not polytheistic or henotheistic. This we do on the authority of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Pt. Gurudatta Vidyarthi, Sri Aurovindo Ghosha,Pt. Shiva Shankar Kavya Tirtha, Maurice Phillips, Louis Jacolliot and Prof. Ludwig.
It should also be borne in mind that even they that believe the Vedas to be polytheistic have the fairness to allow that the Vedic gods are beneficent and not malificent.Thus the so-called historical argument has been shattered to pieces. Now the passages that are quoted in support of human sacrifices may be dealt with. These are two, namely, that which occurs in the first mandal of the Rig Veda and that which is in chapters 30 and 31 of the Yajur.

STORY OF SHUNA SHEPA.

In the first passage they say that Shuna Shepa (son of Rishi Ajigarta), bound down to three pillars, prays for deliverance from that place till his bonds actually loosened and he is saved from immolation.We, on the following grounds, state that the passage in question has absolutely no reference to immolation of sacrifice:—
(i) Rishi Jaimini is our great authority on the interpretation of the Vedas. He, as well as Sayana and Yosaka, says that Vedas contain no historical references. Therefore the prayers in question could not refer to the immolation of any historical personage.
(ii) The Veda gives absolutely no other name except that of Shuna Shepa (which should be taken in generic sense and not as a proper noun) in the passage. No other personages of the received tradition are to be found in the Veda.
(iii) According to the current story Shuna Shepa was sold for sacrificial purposes by his father. His king wanted to unjustly immolate Shuna Shepa instead of his own son and his father was acting as an executioner. Now the prayers in the Veda open by calling on God to enable the devotee to see his father once more. This prayer looks unreasonable in the mouth of one whose father is present before him and whom the father treats so cruelly.
(iv) In over ninety verses of prayer there is absolutely no reference to the unjust and cruel behaviour either of the king or of the father.
(v) Prayers for being released from bonds are offered by Vasishta (Rig. VII. 86.5) by Gritsamad (Rig. II. 28.5) and by Bhardvaja (VI.74-4). Evidently these refer to bonds of sin. As in these passages so in that of Shuna Shepa there is no reference to physical bonds or bloodshed.
(vi) Maurice Phillips says: “….we are not justified in concluding that Shuna Shepa was bound as victim to be sacrificed.
His bonds and ropes may be taken in a figurative sense.”
(vii) Romesha Chandra Datta also supports this view.
The general sense of the passage is that a sinner Shuna Shepa (not a particular individual) or sinful man/prana[?] (vital power) prays for deliverance from sin. He approaches the Deity first from one point of view and then from another till he worships Usha or Jnan (realization) and succeeds in breaking through his bonds of sin.

STRANGE CONFUSION.

The sacrificial translation of the 30th and the 31st chapters of the Yajur Veda is altogether stupid and inconsistent with itself. It creates such deities as Kshatra, Tapas, Nirta (dance); sport, laughter, pastime, etc. Clearly no pantheon of the world speaks of such divinities.There is no independent historical evidence to show that human sacrifices were ever offered anywhere in the world to divinities like these.The copula Alabhate which is supplied by these translators is not always correct and in agreement with the context. The Taittiriya Brahmana does not put this copula in all places.The meaning that is given to this copula is not in accordance with its Yogic sense. But all Vedic words are Yogic as proved by Pt. Gurudatta Vidyarthi in his book The Terminology of the Vedas—a book that had had the honour of being a text at the Oxford University.Alabhate is made up of (a) which means well or thoroughly and (Labha) which means to get or to secure. This interpretation is supported by Manu (II.170), by Subodhini Tika of the Mimansa (II.3-17) by Megha-Duta and by Apte’s Sanskrit-English Dictionary.
The stupidity of the sacrificial translation becomes palpable in the case of the 31st chapter or the Purusha Sukta of the Yajur Veda. Here the Deity is said to have one thousand heads and one thousand eyes! (Ordinarily one head has two eyes).
ORDER OUT OF DISORDER.
The moment we take the Yogic sense of the words the whole of the 30th chapter becomes one consistent and clear whole, so elevating and instructive. It begins by praying to the Almighty Savitra to help us in political affairs and to give us an educated, orator-like, just and righteous king. It describes in detail the qualities, qualifications and duties of a king; it names the elements that go to make up a perfect and ideal body political. The last mantra of the passage, which, to the distorted fancy of the perpetrator of cruelty in the form of animal sacrifice, requires the victims to be one too tall, one too short, one too white, one too black, etc., would be translated as under:
“Oh King as wise men accomplish their purposes by having intimate and thorough knowledge of things, great and small,visible and invisible, so you should be conversant with all sorts of things and acts…”

THE ASHWAMEDHA—HORSE SACRIFICE.

A great mischief has been caused by the misinterpretation of this Yajna. To understand the true significance of this Yajna we must understand what Ashwa is. As it is usually with the Vedic words, this word has a great number of meanings.Shrijut Aurovindo Ghosh has emphasized the fact that the Vedic roots have various meanings. In supporting his position he has referred to the words ’Chandra’ and ’Gau.’ Ashwa according to the Shatapatha Brahmana (XIII.3.3) means God. Taking hold of this meaning we can without the least hesitation say that Ashwa Medha has spiritual significance. This view has been held up by Sjt. Aurovindo Ghosh in his ’ Arya. ’ Pt. Bhagwandas, M.A., in his Pranavavad also supports this view.Ashwa means horse as well as all such physical forces which can enable us to move quickly. In one place (Rig Veda) we read of Ashwa Agnim (Ashwa is heat). In another place we read Ashwa, the Agni (heat) carries, like the animals of conveyance, the learned who recognize its distance-carrying properties (Rig. 1.27-1). This idea is also supported by Shatapatha (III.3.29-30). On this principle Pt. Gurudatta translates the chand[?] hymn of the Rig Veda. His translation of the opening verse is as under:
“We will describe the power generating virtues of the energetic horses endowed with brilliant properties or the virtues of the vigorous force of heat which learned or scientific men can evoke to work for purposes of appliances (not sacrifice).Let not philanthropists, noble men, judges, learned men, rulers, wise men and practical mechanics ever disregard these properties.”
It might be said that the sacrificial translation, as usual, is full of stupidities. It assumes deities that none has ever heard of.It states that a horse is born of gods. It involves a self-contradiction inasmuch as it propitiates gods with horse sacrifice,yet believes that gods are annoyed to hear the praise of the horse to be sacrificed. Lastly, it disregards the clearest injunctions of the Vedic lexicographers and grammarians.
Ashwamedha also refers to polity. Political wisdom should so pervade the notion as Ashwa (God) pervades the universe. This is supported by the Shatapatha in the following words: “A king administers justice to his subjects, governs them properly, encourages learning among them, and performs homa by throwing the samagri (odoriferous materials),clarified butter in fire. This is Ashwamedha.”
On this principle the great Swami Dayanand Saraswati translates the 23rd chapter of the Yajur Veda. The learned writer strengthens his position by quoting [Rig.?] i.21, Shatapatha XIII.2.12.14-17, XIII.1.3.2, 2.6.15-17 and also XIII.2.2.4-5 and several other authorities.
The greatest argument in favour of this translation is that in it there is nothing immoral, obscene and disgusting as is to be seen in the sacrificial translation. The Mimansis—our great authority on interpretation—say that we must always take for granted that the teaching of the Rishis are always reasonable and rational.

THE GOMEDHA—COW-SACRIFICE.

It is a well-known fact that from ages immemorial the Hindoos have been looking upon the cow as a sacred animal, so much so that they call it their ’Mata’ (mother). One cannot conceive how this people could have ever offered their most sacred animal to fiendish gods. But the priests and orientalists say so; and for their statement they find support in the Shastras. As in the case of Ashwa Medha so here their dogmatism is founded in ignorance of the true significance of the words, ’ Go’ and ’Gomedha.’ Reference has already been made to the fact that Sjt. Aurovindo Ghosh considers ’Go’ as a typical Vedic word having a number of meanings.’ Go’ according to one dictionary has no less than nineteen meanings. One of these is speech. This meaning is also given in the Nighantu, the Vedic dictionary (I-II). It appears also in the Persian word Giiftagoo[?] (speech) and in the Zend formula “Sharin Goo” (speak good). Medha in the Yajur Veda appears for vehicle as well as mechanism. Gomedha Yajna, therefore, is the method of improving, controlling and purifying speech. Go means earth. This meaning is also given in Nirukta. It also can be seen in such English compounds as Geography,Geometry, Geology, etc. (the hard sound being changed up soft one). Therefore Gomedha means cultivation and purification of earths. As will be seen hereafter such is also the meaning assigned by the Parsi to his Gouzeza[?].
Go means ray of light. This would make Gomedha, a science which teaches us the proper use of the rays of the sun and moon. This meaning of Go is clear from Gotaw which is another word for the moon (Chandra).Go means a sense. This meaning can be seen in the Sanskrit word Go char a which means the range or object of our senses. With this meaning Gomedha becomes an attempt or effort to control one’s senses.
That the above meanings are the real ones is proved by the following passage of the Shatapatha Brahmana as given by Swami Dayanand:
Gomedha means control of senses, purification of the days of light, of earth, dwelling place, etc.” The same Brahman calls speech a Yajna (III.r.)
That Gomedha cannot mean cow sacrifice could be established by referring to:
(i).Shatapatha (III.1.2.21) wherein it is said that he that eats the flesh of a cow or an ox is destroyer of all.
(ii).Rig Veda (1.16.5-40) and Atharva Veda (IX.5.10.5) – where cow is called Aghanya (that which should not be killed).
(iii). Nighantu (1-8) wherein a Yajna is said to be Adhvara or such act as does not permit any kind of injury.

WHY A GUEST IS CALLED GOGHNA (COW-SLAYER).

Much has in some quarters been made of this synonym (Goghna) of a guest. The word does mean a ’cow-slayer’ but its root gives several other meanings, e.g., one who is given milk and water, one whose entertainment leads to heaven, one who must be spoken to sweetly, one who irradiates the house, etc. To establish that the current meaning is the real one there should be independent evidence to show that beef-eating was common in ancient India, that cow-killing was inseparably connected with the reception of a guest, that the guest was required to slay and that in the very house, of his host. But no such evidence is available.
On the other hand, there is ample evidence for establishing the meanings given by the writer. The readers may refer to the Atharva Veda (VII.6.2., I. 6.20), the Rig Veda (VIII.103-12), the Apastamba (IL.2-4, 11-14) and Manu (III.101).Further both the Atharva and the Rig Veda state that a guest is one who never slays and one who promotes Ahimsa (harmlessness).

THE BRAHMANAS ON THE SACRIFICE.

The Brahmanas are the oldest prose works of Sanskrit literature. They are said to give gramatical import of the Vedic mantras . Dr. Sangatram, a great modern Vedic Pandit, says: “These sing the psalm of the glory of the white virtue over the dark deeds and that they estimate the merit of Yajna as adhvara or that which does not involve the least injury.”
Evidently such books could not sanction the slaughter of animals. Several references have been given in previous sections.
Here it may be pointed out that both the Aitareya and the Shatapatha Brahmanas say that wherever Pashu (animal) occurs in the sacrificial sections, it has the technical meaning of Purodasha (a cake made of grain.)

THE UPANISHADS ON SACRIFICES.

The Upanishads are par excellence books of spiritualism and so are their sacrifices spiritualistic. To instance, the Taittiriya (10.64) thus speaks of the great sacrifice:—
“Thus of the sage who is a sacrifice; the self is the sacrificer, body the fuel, bosom the sacred altar, the hair on it the sacred grass, the Veda his tuft of hair (shikha or choti), heart the sacrificial post, passions the clarified butter, anger the heat, asceticism the sacrificial fire…”

THE SUTRAS ON SACRIFICES.

The Sutras contain description of sacrifices. But these have the same sense as those of the Vedas and Brahmanas for the Sutras contain clear injunctions against killing. Bandhayana permits even Vaishyas and Brahmanas to take up arms to protect cows.

THE SMRITIS.

Of these Manu is the most important and typical. The great sage orders Brahmacharies (II.177), Grhasthas (IV.246),Vanaprasthas (VI.8,14) and Sannyasis (VI.60) to abstain from flesh-eating and to be harmless to all. He also condemns flesh diet and animal sacrifices in the fifth chapter (45-50 & 53-55). His teaching, that is commonly known to the people is: All are murderers, the man who advises the killing, the man who kills, the man who flays, the man who purchases, the man who sells, the man who cooks, the man who distributes and the man who eats flesh.In the face of these clear injunctions all such couplets as countenance animal sacrifice must be considered spurious. The same is the teaching of other law-givers.

THE DARSHANAS.

These philosophical treatises have occasionally referred to sacrifices and slaughtering. The Vaisheshika says: Dharma excludes every kind of injury, hurt, etc.Regarding the Sankhya Pt. Beharilal Shastri says:”As yoga is against animal sacrifices, so the Sankhya is quite averse to it.” He strengthens his position by noting Vijnana Bikshu.
Patanjali in Yoga gives first place to Ahimsa (harmlessness) in his scheme of God-realization. He further lays down that realization of Ahimsa leads to stopping of ill-will.Vyasa, the writer of Vedanta, says Himsa (killing, etc.) destroys this world as well as the other.
Shabar Swami Bhata while commenting on the aphorism of Chanda in the Mimansa says: Killing is prohibited.

THE RAMAYANA.

Vishwamitra and his contemporaries believed that animal and blood oblations destroy a Yajna (Bala 19.6) Sita says that in the jungle she would live on fruit and roots. (Ayodhya 27.16) Lakshman says the same thing. (Ayodhya 31.26) Clearly therefore the Ramayana is Ahimsik in its character.

THE MAHABHARATA.

This voluminous poem is so important and so infaranimg[?]: greatly supports the views expressed here.In Anushasana Parva (115.56) is given the history of King Vasu. He was thrown from heaven because, though he knew that flesh was inedible he declared it to be edible. In the Shanti Parva (338) the King is said to have fallen because,though he knew that animals should not be sacrificed, he asserted that they should be burnt in sacrificial fire. The Ashwamedha Parva (91.11 and the following) contains a very beautiful speech made by the Rishis of great penance moved by compassion at the condition of animals to be sacrificed by King Sharka. They say: “This method of sacrifice is not auspicious, oh Purandara! Animals have not been ordered to be slaughtered. Oh puisant one! These preparations of thine are destructive of merit… Oh thou of a hundred years do, thou, perform a sacrifice with seeds of grain that have been kept for three years.”The opinion given here finds support from the following in the Shanti Parva (265.45):
“Only those who transgress fixed limits, who are short of intelligence, who are atheists and sceptics, and who desire the acquisition of celebrity by sacrifices and religious rites speak highly of destruction of animal in sacrifices.”
“The pious Manu has spoken highly of harmlesshess in all acts. Indeed men kill animals actuated by desire of evil.”
The chapter 264 (6) echoes the same idea when it says: “All acts that are done without injuring creatures come to us both here and hereafter.”
The 47th shloka of the chapter 262 of the same volume calls cow by its Vedic name Aghanya (that which should not be killed) and the following asserts that Nahusha committed a sin in killing a cow. The chapter 272 giving the story of the Brahmana Satya is coroborative of the same. The Brahmana though a great ascetic diminished greatly in virtue for he thought of offering a deer at his sacrifice where he usually offered fruits, etc.
The 20th chapter of the same book suggests that at sacrifices animals were given in charity (and not killed). This idea is also found in the Mimansa.

THE PURANAS AND TANTRAS.

These are comparatively recent apocryphal accretions of the Hindu scriptures. Their contents are of a mixed nature and their authority doubtful. The reformed Hindu societies have abjured them, while the more orthodox, though clinging to their authority, do not hesitate to declare that these contain a lot of spurious matter and they assert that their received interpretation is wrong.These, in some places, speak against the animal sacrifices and in others support them. According to one theory, however,the true import of the passages sanctioning animal sacrifices is quite different. This theory says that the language of these books is cryptic. According to this theory, eating of Mamsa means control of tongue; Madya (wine) means the nectarine fluid that comes out of the cranial cavity of a Yogin (ascetic); Matsya (fish) is the vital breath moving through the Ganges
and the Yamuna of the human body or the nerves which are otherwise called the Ida and the Pingala in the Yogic language.
This latter theory is given by Pt. Beharilal Shastri and is such as lays axe on the last authority of the slayer of dumb creatures.

THE PREVALENCE OF THE ANIMAL SACRIFICES AND REACTION AGAINST THEM.

Either on account of the Puranas and Tantras or inspite of them, the animal sacrifices with many other dirty ceremonies became current throughout the world at one time. They stained and polluted the sacred altars not of India alone, but also those of Ceylon, Britain, Palestine, Persia, Greece, Egypt and America.

BRHASPAT

Action leads to reaction. A great fall ends in an attempt to rise. A degraded age gets a prophet to improve it. The prevalence of the cruel custom of killing God’s creatures by His own name called into play the merciful instincts of the great ones everywhere. In India the first to raise his
voice against this barbarous practice was Brhaspati—the great Charvaka. He argued: “If animals can go to heaven by being offered at sacrifices; it would be advisable to burn old men and women to set them free from the torments of hell.”

LORD MAHAVIR AND LORD BUDDHA.

This reaction was continued with greater vigour and with greater success by the mighty sons of God—Lords Mahavir and Buddha. These two masters were the very personification of love and kindness. Their effort was to remove the corruptions and accretions from religion, to bring humanity back to the old pure Yajna of the primitive age. To show the spirit of his teaching, the following is reproduced from the Popular Life of Buddha by Arthur Little.
“When the great Muni was at Sravasti certain old Brahmanas came to listen to his teachings. They asked him if the Brahman Dharma was the same as in ancient days. Buddha replied that in olden times the Brahman Dharma was completely different. The points of difference that he detailed were these.
4. They (ancient Brahmans) made sacrifice of rice, butter and never killed cows, the best friends of men and givers of medicine.
6. Then Brahmanas became covetous of these beautiful women and this vast wealth (of kings) and schemed to get both.
They instituted costly sacrifices, the horse sacrifice, the man sacrifice, etc.
7. Hundreds of thousands cows were slaughtered at these sacrifices.
The true Dharma being lost, the world being plunged into sensuality, caste disputes, blood. The lost Dharma, it is the mission of Buddha to hold up once more; as an oil lamp in the dark; that those who have eyes may see!!”
Such views of one of the greatest men of the world, resembling so closely as they do, those of another great personality—Bhishma Pitamaha—make the position of the present writer, namely, that the animal sacrifices are against the commandments of the Lord; that they are invention of a crafty priesthood and that they have been condemned by the great ones of all ages—altogether unassailable and secure.

THE REACTION CONTINUED.

The reaction inaugurated by these two master minds was continued in India by a galaxy of great ones. Shri Shankaracharya’s Digvijaya shows that he had warm disputes with the Wamamargis and their friends. As is well known to the Indian historian the Wamamargis have been chiefly responsible for the introduction of animal sacrifices. Thus Shankara raised his voice against the slaughter.Ramanuja was one of the greatest leaders of the Vaishnavas. He was dead against animal sacrifices—so against them was he indeed and so true have his followers been to his teachings that the very word Vaishnava has come to mean a vegetarian.Ramanuja was followed by Swami Rama Nand, whose great disciple was Kabir. This reformer too was a friend of the dumb poor creatures. He praises vegetarian diet, states that the acts of devotion will avail nothing to the man who sacrifices animals.In one place he exclaims: “He calls it ’Haram’ (unlawful food)—the corpse of that which God has killed—but he kills it—the live creature—and calls it lawful. He pays his devotion to God and fasts, while he takes out the heart of a creature.If heaven can be so obtained why not to sacrifice the whole of your family?”The other two Vaishnavite reformers of the Middle Ages were Lord Gaurang Chaitanya and Swami Vallabhacharya.The followers of both abhor the idea of flesh diet and animal sacrifices.

GURU NANAK.

As the other reformers were against animal sacrifices so was the founder of Sikhism. Amongst the commonest utterances ascribed to him are: (i) “He that uses Bhang (Indian hemp), fish and wine, all his vows and religious performances are of no avail”; (2) “Soiled is the garment on which falls blood; how can the heart of them, who drink blood; be pure?” (3)
“Nanak! The cruel man goes to hell bound up.” Even the tenth Guru, the Warrior Gobindsing who is said to have sanctioned Jhatka, thus speaks out: “Direct to hell shall they go, they that eat the forbidden food”; and again: “Blind is the Guru of them that resort to the forbidden food and give up the lawful ones.” The great exponent of this theory was.

MAHARISHI DAYANAND SARASWATI.

He like Lord Buddha said that he had come to revive the ancient lost faith of the Vedas. In one of his famous lectures at Poona he spoke of Ahimsa and clearly pointed out that no animals should be killed. In another on Yajna he said that burning of animals in the sacred fire is a fabrication of the new Pandits and that flesh-eating is altogether unworthy. This mighty man strongly appealed to Maharana Sajansing of Udaipur to stop the sacrifice of buffalloes, sent a memorial to Queen Victoria of blessed memory to foster the protection of kine, formed his Gokrishyadi Rakshani Sabhas (societies for the encouragement of agriculture and protection of kine and other animals) detailed in his Gokarananidhi the advantages of a purely vegetarian diet, but more than that what he did was to give the world a new view point. Thanks to his efforts, the Indian society has been stirred to its very foundations and the Sanskrit and Vedic Pandits have been awakened from their deep sleep. Many of the learned, with the clue given to them by Rishi Dayanand, have passed through the maze of the vast Sanskrit and Vedic literature and proved that the word of God—the Eternal Veda—and its expounders—the Rishis of the Yore—condemn the slaughter of animals for religious ceremonies as irreligious and immoral.
CEYLON’S SUPPORT.
Writing an appreciation of Swami Dayanand’s works Prof. Shivpad Sundaram of Jaffna tells us that the Swami’s views on animal sacrifices are the real Vedic views and that the Agama and the Nigama (his religious scriptures) condemn these brutal rites.
IN OTHER LANDS.
Truth is one though variously seen. Dharma, the real Dharma, is one for all. The great teachers and reformers aremembers of the same brotherhood. Like the religious teachers of this sacred land, those of other climes were against flesh-diet and animal sacrifices. Amongst them Lord Zoroaster occupies a high position.

THE PARSI SCRIPTURES.

This great reformer and revivalist, who attends to an older revelation and praises the wisdom of Atharvan Angrah, why was he amongst the mortals? Did he not come here to teach and preach merry for the dumb creatures? Did he not join the cow in her supplications unto the Ahurmazda? Is it not because of this that he was appointed to the office of a prophet and a law-giver? Did he not faithfully discharge his trust and preach against cruelty? Yes, he did. He taught men to pray to God to ’hasten away all wicked thoughts, to diminish all wicked words and to burn up all wicked works.’ (Korda XLIX.5) He commended: ” Be not cruel ; be not wrathfulminded; commit no sin through shame… Torment not.” (Do. X.)
Again Mihahada declares: “Do not ye kill the Zandabar animal.. nor cause hurt to others… Ye do not make them lifeless… to kill innocent Zandabar is as bad as to kill stupid innocent man…”Now to the sacrifice. The following from Pt. Ganga Prashad, M.A., a great student of comparative theology, is sure to elucidate the point: “The similarity in the rituals of two religious (Parsi and Hindu) extends to the nomenclature. The word Yasna corresponds exactly to the Sanskrit Yajna. The similarity does not end here. Dr. Haugh shows the identity of several important rites of the Parsis with those of the ancient Aryans of this country. Many scholars maintain that the Vedas sanction the killing of animals, even the cow being not excepted, for purposes of sacrifice. The question is intimately connected with that of “flesh-eating.” There is a similar controversy as to whether the killing of animals for sacrifice is not allowed by the Zend Avesta. We shall like to say a word about the “Vedic ceremony of Gomedha which is supposed to mean cow-sacrifice.” Now we find this ceremony also in the Zend Avesta, where it is called by the identical name Gomeza.
In his “Satyartha Prakash” Swami Dayanand Saraswati explains that the Sanskrit word ’Go’ means not only ’cow’ but also (i) the earth and (2) senses.Gomedha means exoterically the ploughing of land for agriculture and (2) esoterically the control of one’s senses. Some people are apt to ridicule this interpretation as far-fetched. But let us see what no less an authority than Dr. Haugh says about the corresponding or identical Parsi ceremony of “Gomeza—Gitesli Urva[?] means the universal one of the earth, the cause of all life and growth. The literal meaning of the word, soul of the cow,implies a simile, for the earth is compared to a cow. By its cutting and dividing, ploughing is to be understood. The meaning of the decree, issued by Ahur Mazda and heavenly council, is that the soil is to be tilled; it therefore enjoins agriculture as a religious duty. Is not this the same thing what Swami Dayanand says about “the Vedic ’Gomedha’”? Such then was Zoroaster, such his mission, such his teaching and such his Yajna. He came to revive the true ancient religion, to preach the pure ’ Gomeza’ that countenances no harm to any sentient creature. His was a religion of love and mercy, of purity and goodness. Not for animal sacrifices!

THE VOICE FROM THE NILE.

Every age had its reformer, every time its great teacher, sent down to earth to teach love and mercy, kindness and charity.Of such one was Appolonius. He came, for the cow complained unto Hermes (Brahma of Egyptian theology) against the cruelties inflicted on her by the priests of Egypt. He came and saw to grieve that the temples that anciently were full of sacred scent, now gave the stink of blood and murder. He raised his voice against the then current brutalities and appealed in the name of the sacred ancient faith. He expected to get help from India to accomplish his noble task.
(Petrie’s Personal Religion in Egypt and Prof. Rama Deva on Vedas and Swami Dayanand).

THE GRECIAN’S GRACE.

In the Encyclopedia of Religions and Ethics (Vol. L, p. 195) we read the following about the Grecian Golden Age: “Among the various bits of the specific theory imported into the Golden Age by the philosophers, one of the oldest and most important was the doctrine of vegetarianism. This doctrine doubtless goes back to the older Orphics, but the most prominent representatives of it in antiquity were the Pythagoreans. The earliest reference to it now surviving is a fragment of Empedocles and the most complete discussion of it in connection with the Golden Age is Ovid, Mel, XV, X, I. In this famous passage Ovid introduces Pythagoras himself as the expounder of his own doctrines. The essence of it is that in the Golden Age, we lived up on the limit[?] of the earth and that the degeneration of the latter age is marked by the departure from this rule.Back to this old age of purity, simplicity and love, Pythagoras wanted to take mankind. Consistent to his teachings in his whole life, he visited only one altar, that at Delos, and this because it was unstained by slaughter and death (Clemenes Alexandrinus quoted in the Virjanand Magazine III. 2.30).
Plato, too, in his Republic, prescribes vegetarian diet and mercy unto the living creatures.Well might we conclude that in the land of Indies—land that is so dear to the learned and the pious—animal sacrifices were considered by the great ones to be irreligious.

AN UNKNOWN REFORMER OF BROTHERLY BRITAIN.

The Vedic Magazine (Vol. III.12, p. 30) has the following to say on sacrifices in the Celtic lands. “The practices ascribed to the Druids by Roman writers have a family likeness to those inculcated in the Vama Marga literature. It appears that when Buddhism spread in India, the distant colonies also felt the impact of the revivifying Amrita (ambrosia) wave; and the Celts of Britain following the example of the mother-country drove away from their midst the maleficient spirit of Vama Marga which trampled over their social edifice and stunted, neutralized and nullified all righteous activities; for we are told by Pomponius Mela that in his time (44 A.D.) this ancient savagery was no more. It appears that some reformer;whose name cannot be ascertained at present, inspired by Buddhism and believing with the great teacher that animal sacrifices are a later invention and are against the spirit of God’s commandments, succeeded in reforming the Celts.

THE FAR-OFF SCANDINAVIA.

It appears that a reformer similar to that of Britain raised his voice against animal sacrifices in the Teutonic lands. The famous work of the count Bjornstierna called the Hindu Theogony lends support to this view.

THE PROPHETS OF PALESTINE.

The Lord of the Bible commanded: “Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of the earth,every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”He that ordered men to live on herbs and fruits could not have commended them to sacrifice unto Him His own creatures,much less so when He strengthened His previous commands by the words “Thou shalt not kill.”But in the words of Sir W. E. Cooper: “At the very earliest period of Israelitist history [Not in the pre-historic time when they were, perhaps, pure and their sacrifices of sweet scents were like those of India. T. D. Gajra] we find the people following the instincts of all semi-savage races by shedding the blood of animals and offering their bodies as sacrifices to appease the Being they worshipped; and it is conceivable that the rulers of the Israel on codifying the customs into some intelligent shape to meet the requirements of times only followed these instincts in giving to the people that wonderful code of laws which is to be found in the books of Numbers and Leviticus; instincts however which completely harmonized with their own tastes and inclinations in the matter.”Further on, as the people became more enlightened, we find less attention paid to the rigid ordinances laid down by ancient law-givers. In Psalm LI.17-19 [better IL.8-13, actually Isaiah 1.11-12] written by David 1034 B.C., we find the passage:—
’To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me, sayeth the Lord, I am full of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of the fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of the bullocks or of lambs or of he-goats.’’When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?’”
And again in Jeremiah VII.22:—’For I spoke not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the Land of Egypt,concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices; but this thing I commanded them, saying, “Hearken unto my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and walk ye in all the ways that I commanded you.’
“Such scriptures clearly shew that, not only had the people no Divine authority to offer these brute offerings and sacrifices,but they were actually an abomination to the Lord.” Such is the judgment of Sir William Cooper!

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Christ, who came to fulfil (not to destroy), could not but have forbidden animal sacrifices; for in the words of St. Jerome:
“From the beginning of human nature we neither fed upon flesh, etc.”True to the dictum the Lord says in the Romans: “Destroy not him with thy meat for whom Christ died for the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace and joy in the holy Ghost. For meat destroy not the work of God. It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine.” (XII etc.)In the Gospel of the Ebionites the Lord is represented to have said: ” I have come to abolish sacrifices; and if you do not cease to sacrifice, the wrath of God against you will not cease.”
The fact that James, the brother of Lord Jesus, and almost all of the early Christian saints were vegetarians makes Christ’s teaching still more clearly vegetarian. The position of Clemens Alexandrinus, who says: ’Sacrifices, I believe, are an invention of mankind to excuse the eating of flesh’—a position which is identical with that of great Bhishma, as well as with that of the present writer—is well established by the teachings of Jewish and Christian Prophets.

ISLAM AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES.

Prophet Mahomed came to the world at a time when a great shock was required to awaken the nations from their deep slumber and make them shake hands. He was born in a central place. The land of his birth, Arabia, was at the time full of superstitions. The people were not only idolatrous, but they lived an unclean life. Their hands were stained with blood.Living in such a land, it is remarkable that “prophet Mahomed’s ordinary food was dates and water or barley bread; milk and honey were luxuries of which he was fond, but which he rarely allowed himself. The fare of the desert seemed most congenial to him even when he was Sovereign of Arabia.” (P. XXX of the Introduction of the Table-talk of Mahomad the Prophet, by Stanley Sane-Poole). This shows that the Prophet was almost a vegetarian.Here are a few passages from the same book to show that the Prophet had great compassion for the lower creation.
(1) “Fear God in respect of animals; ride them when they are fit to be ridden and get off when tired.” (P. 164)
(2) “He who is not loving to God’s creatures and his own children, God will not be loving to him.” (P. 169)
So compassionate in his spirit, the Prophet could have permitted animal sacrifices and meat diet most reluctantly and on account of the hardness of the heart of the wild Arab.To establish that the esoteric Islam and real religion of Mahomed favours vegetarianism and is against animal sacrifices,the following additional authorities are cited.
(1) The Kuran says:
(a) The servants of the Merciful are those who walk meekly on the earth and when the ignorant speak unto them, speak peace (XX.V—64).
(b) God loveth those who act justly (IX.8).
(c) God forbideth wickedness, iniquity and oppression (XVI—92).
(d) God has created the quadrupeds to be beasts of burden and He has created vegetables and cereals to serve as food for man.
(e) God does not want the flesh of your sacrifices, nor the blood of animals, but He wants your sanctity only (Surate-Haj).
(2) A commentator of the Holy Book of the Mahomedan, commenting on the history of Jacob and Joseph states that Jacob suffered the pangs of separation from his dearest son, Joseph, because he had sacrificed a young calf and thus given pain to its mother.
(3) Hazrat Ali, the Kaliph and son-in-law of Mahomed, says: “Do not make thy stomach tomb for beasts.”
(4) The Sufis and Parhezgars (recluses of the Islam) abstain from flesh diet.
(5) Some of the greatest men in the Islamic world have forbidden the slaughter of cow for sacrifices. Hejahr bin Usif,Akbar the Great, and His Majesty the present Amir of Afghanistan are some of the examples.

THE FAR EAST.

In the Far East are prevalent three great religions—Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Of them, the Ahimsic character of Buddhism has been well-established. Lao-tse, the great teacher of the first of the three religions, he that was inspired by the writers of sentences (Sutrakars of Sanskirt literature), believes in a primitive golden age of humanity. In the description of this age he distinctly tells us that then mankind lived on terms of utmost intimacy and friendliness with lower creatures. Then neither feared the other. Men lived in that age in innocence and purity and theirs was a very simple vegetarian diet. (Legge’s Introduction to Taoism, Part I, pp. 27-28). This great one tells us that the three great jewels of morals are Gentleness, Economy and Humility (p. 31). In the thirty-first chapter he points out: ’’Arms, however beautiful, are instruments of evil omen, hateful,it may be said, to all creatures. They who have the Tao do not like to employ them.’’ (p. 32).
It further appears that Taoism like the Hindu Yoga believes in Ahimsa and its wonderful results.

KINDNESS OF CONFUCIUS.

Confucius was another great one of China. He calls himself a transmitter and calls upon his followers to revere the ancient ones. He wanted mankind to go back to the Golden Age of purity and kindness. True to his teachings, he practised kindness himself. We read: “When Confucius was eating with the Ki family, he made no attempt to decline anything, but finished his meal with the rice and liquid added to it, without eating any of the flesh. (Texts of Confucianism, Vol. IV. p. 21).
THE WHITE-BEARDED REFORMER OF THE ANTIPODES.
The Red Indian of America are said to have great many affinities with the Indo-Aryans. (The Hindu Superiority—chapter on colonization). These evidently had their Golden Age of purity. They once enjoyed high civilization and performed pure Yajna of the Vedic Aryans. But they fell off from their high state. They indulged in bloody sacrifices. However, an old venerable reformer visited them from beyond the seas and taught them to be kind and polite, to give up cruelty and blood thirstiness. (Man’s Downward Progress by Pt. Gurudatta, M.A., and the Religions and Philosophies Series.)
Arya Musafir tells us, on the authority of Brahmo Paper, that a Buddhistic Sannyasi named Bhavan Shan remained in Mexico for 41 years and returned to China after that time (Kulyat Arya Musafir, p. 554).

CONCLUSION.

Thus had it been successfully shown that the Veda—The Word Divine—commands us all to desist from injuring any living being. The Veda speaks of Yajna, but that is a beneficent institution calculated to advance the good of all sentient beings.What the Veda teaches, the Brahmana dramatically expounds and expands, the Sutra states in an epigramatical form and the Smriti sings in song. The Upanishad appeals for the same teaching from the spiritual aspects and the Darshana shows the rationale of it. Despite of this men have, from time to time, either through ignorance or blinded by passion,misinterpreted the Vedic Yajna into animal sacrifice. Thus have they polluted the high and holy altar of religion. To show the wrongness of this practice have the sages and seers of the world laboured: Krishna and Christ, Zoroaster and Jaimini,Buddha and Mahavir, Lao-tse and Confucius, Pythagoras and Plato, Dayanand and Shankar—all these and several others have at the top of their voice condemned the animal sacrifice to be highly wicked and irreligious. Let those whose conscience is not blunted and those whose reason is not blinded by passion heed this voice—the voice of the Divine, the voice of the law-giver, the voice of the great and the wise one everywhere—nay the voice of his very soul. Is it not a fact that the soul of everyone who has in him his mother’s milk denotes at the absurdities and obscurities, filthiness and impurity of the animal sacrifices? Where is a man who will not feel shocked to hear of the sexual connection established between a human being and an animal at the so-called horse-sacrifice? Who is there who does not get disgusted with the devilish scene in which the holes of an animal—poor innocent animal—are artificially closed and he is killed with fists? Can that person be called a human being who maddens a poor creature by striking it on the head and then leads him on to the god of his distorted imagination? Is it possible for one to believe in and worship an all-merciful, loving God and yet to commit these atrocities? Is the perpetration of this ungrateful and wicked act consistent with Manu’s dictum of “Swa Atman Priya ?” Neither the unhesitating reply No Atma, ’no soul’ approves of it. None likes to be treated in this way. Let, therefore, those who want to save their souls from the damnation, do unto these dumb, poor creatures even as they would be done by others. This is what religion teaches and commands us to do: and if we fail to observe the great principle of Ahimsa, we become irreligious.
Well, then, may it be said that the practice of killing before God and in His name His own creatures being against Ahimsa is decidedly irreligious!

Monday, July 29, 2013

वीर सावरकर द्वारा सत्यार्थ प्रकाश पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने का तीव्र विरोध

 
 
वीर सावरकर द्वारा सत्यार्थ प्रकाश पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने का तीव्र विरोध
 
 
करांची में हुए मुस्लिम लीग के अधिवेशन में ‘सत्यार्थ प्रकाश’ के चौदहवें समुल्लास को इस्लाम के विरुद्ध बताते हुए जब्त करने का प्रस्ताव पास किया गया |सिंध के मंत्रिमंडल ने जब ‘सत्यार्थ प्रकाश’ के चौदहवें समुल्लास को हटा देने की घोषणा की , तो देश भर में ऋषि दयानंद के शिष्यों के बीच क्षोभ की लहर दौड़ गयी |२० फरवरी १९४४ को दिल्ली में एक विशाल आर्य सम्मलेन ने ‘सत्यार्थ प्रकाश’ पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने के प्रयास की कड़ी भर्त्सना की | वायसराय को हजारों तार भेजकर इस अन्यायपूर्ण कदम का विरोध किया गया |
हिन्दू महासभा के नेता भाई परमानंद जी ने कहा – “ सिंध के मुस्लिम मंत्रिमंडल ने “सत्यार्थ प्रकाश” पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाकर सारी हिन्दू जाति को ही चुनौती दी है | यदि यह मान लिया जाये की चौदहवें समुल्लास को इस्लाम धर्म के खंडन के नाते प्रतिबंधित कर दिया जाये तो कुरआन का प्रत्येक शब्द ही हिन्दुओं के विरुद्ध पड़ता है | समस्त कुरान को भी क्यों न जब्त किया जाये ?”

वीर सावरकर जी ने सार्वजनिक घोषणा की –“ जबतक सिंध में सत्यार्थ प्रकाश पर पाबंदी लगी है , तब तक कांग्रेस शासित प्रदेशों में कुरान पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने की प्रबल मांग की जानी चाहिए |”

सावरकर जी ने भारत के वायसराय और सिंध के गवर्नर को तार देकर कहा –“ सिंध सरकार द्वारा “सत्यार्थ प्रकाश” पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने से सांप्रदायिक वैमनस्य उत्पन्न होगा| यदि सत्यार्थ प्रकाश से प्रतिबन्ध नहीं हटाया गया तो हिन्दू कुरान पर प्रतिबंध लगाने के लिए आन्दोलन प्रारम्भ कर देंगे | अतः मैं केन्द्रीय सरकार से अनुरोध करता हूँ कि सत्यार्थ प्रकाश पर लगे प्रतिबन्ध को अविलंब रद्द करे |”
इतना ही नहीं २७ नवम्बर १९४४ को सावरकर जी ने स्वयं वायसराय से भेंट की और “सत्यार्थ प्रकाश’ से प्रतिबन्ध हटाने की मांग की |
 
Veer Savarkar writes
 
Every Gospel or Religious book that aims to support the truth or body of opinion which it thinks absolutely fundamental and true has in some part or other contraverted and proved false or unreliable the beliefs of other sects and religions which run counter to it. If the Satyarth Prakash which is the Holy book of the Arya Samajists and highly revered by the Hindus in general is proscribed because it tries to controvert even emphatically some views and beliefs contained in the holy Quran to satisfy the muslims, then in that case large part of the Quran, the holy book of muslims, itself will have to be proscribed.
 
[Ref- Sarvdeshik Monthly Magazine , May 1944] 
 
वीर सावरकर अध्यक्ष अखिल भारतीय हिन्दू महासभा का सत्यार्थ प्रकाश विषय पर वाइसराय को तार
९ नवम्बर को श्री सावरकर जी ने वाइसराय को तार भेज कर लिखा की सिंध सरकार द्वारा सत्यार्थ प्रकाश पर लगाये गये प्रतिबन्ध के फलस्वरूप सांप्रदायिक कटुता निरंतर बनी रहने की आशंका रहेगी अत: केंद्रीय सरकार को यह पाबन्दी तत्काल रद्द कर देनी चाहिए। सिंध के गवर्नर को तार भेज कर उन्होंने अल्प संख्यकों के हितों की रक्षार्थ तुरंत हस्तक्षेप के लिए लिखा। २८ नवम्बर को वाइसराय से भेंट में भी सावरकर जी ने इसी बात पर जोर दिया।
सन्दर्भ- सार्वदेशिक मासिक पत्रिका दिसम्बर अंक १९४४

धर्म और उसकी आवश्यकता




२७ मई,२०१३ को टाइम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया अख़बार दिल्ली संस्करण में एक समाचार छपा हैं की "Latest Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism" अर्थात विश्व में धर्म और नास्तिकता को मानने वालों के आंकड़ें के अनुसार विश्व में सन २००५ में ८१% लोग धर्म और ईश्वर को मानते थे वही २०१३ में धर्म और ईश्वर को मानने वालो की संख्या ७% घटकर ७४% रह गई हैं। अपने आपको आधुनिक, प्रगतिशील और सभ्य कहने वाला समाज न धर्म की परिभाषा को जानता हैं और न ही जानना चाहता हैं। अपितु भोगवाद को जीवन का उद्देश्य समझकर उसमें लिप्त होकर एक से बढ़कर एक पाप कर्म में लीन हो रहा हैं। सम्पूर्ण दोष उनका भी नहीं हैं । आज जो धर्म का स्वरुप उनके समक्ष दिखाया जा रहा हैं, उसका स्वरुप या तो मत-मतान्तर का वैर विरोध हैं या सांप्रदायिक द्वेष हैं या उपद्रव का मूल हैं। उनके अनुसार धर्म के कारण मानव जाति में बड़े पैमाने पर रक्त-पात हुआ हैं। उनके अनुसार धर्म राष्ट्रीय एकता का न केवल घोर शत्रु हैं अपितु देश की उन्नति के लिए अनावश्यक ही नहीं अपितु बाधक भी हैं। इसलिए संसार को उसकी कोई भी आवश्यकता नहीं हैं इसलिए धर्म को धरती से जितनी भी जल्दी हो सके मिटा देना चाहिए।

धर्म सम्बन्धी इस प्रकार की धारणा, घृणा और विरोध का कारण वास्तव में धर्म के वास्तविक रूप से अनभिज्ञता हैं जिसका मुख्य कारण भोगवाद की लहर से उपजी उनकी सीमित सोच हैं।

धर्म का परिभाषा क्या हैं?

१. धर्म संस्कृत भाषा का शब्द हैं जोकि धारण करने वाली धृ धातु से बना हैं। "धार्यते इति धर्म:" अर्थात जो धारण किया जाये वह धर्म हैं। अथवा लोक परलोक के सुखों की सिद्धि के हेतु सार्वजानिक पवित्र गुणों और कर्मों का धारण व सेवन करना धर्म हैं। दूसरे शब्दों में यहभी कह सकते हैं की मनुष्य जीवन को उच्च व पवित्र बनाने वाली ज्ञानानुकुल जो शुद्ध सार्वजानिक मर्यादा पद्यति हैं वह धर्म हैं।

२. जैमिनी मुनि के मीमांसा दर्शन के दूसरे सूत्र में धर्म का लक्षण हैं लोक परलोक के सुखों की सिद्धि के हेतु गुणों और कर्मों में प्रवृति की प्रेरणा धर्म का लक्षण कहलाता हैं।

३. वैदिक साहित्य में धर्म वस्तु के स्वाभाविक गुण तथा कर्तव्यों के अर्थों में भी आया हैं। जैसे जलाना और प्रकाश करना अग्नि का धर्म हैं और प्रजा का पालन और रक्षण राजा का धर्म हैं।

४. मनु स्मृति में धर्म की परिभाषा

धृति: क्षमा दमोअस्तेयं शोचं इन्द्रिय निग्रह:

धीर्विद्या सत्यमक्रोधो दशकं धर्म लक्षणं ६/९

अर्थात धैर्य,क्षमा, मन को प्राकृतिक प्रलोभनों में फँसने से रोकना, चोरी त्याग, शौच, इन्द्रिय निग्रह, बुद्धि अथवा ज्ञान, विद्या, सत्य और अक्रोध धर्म के दस लक्षण हैं।

दूसरे स्थान पर कहा हैं आचार:परमो धर्म १/१०८

अर्थात सदाचार परम धर्म हैं

५. महाभारत में भी लिखा हैं

धारणाद धर्ममित्याहु:,धर्मो धार्यते प्रजा:

अर्थात जो धारण किया जाये और जिससे प्रजाएँ धारण की हुई हैं वह धर्म हैं।

६. वैशेषिक दर्शन के कर्ता महा मुनि कणाद ने धर्म का लक्षण यह किया हैं

यतोअभयुद्य निश्रेयस सिद्धि: स धर्म:

अर्थात जिससे अभ्युदय(लोकोन्नति) और निश्रेयस (मोक्ष) की सिद्धि होती हैं, वह धर्म हैं।

७. स्वामी दयानंद के अनुसार धर्म की परिभाषा

जो पक्ष पात रहित न्याय सत्य का ग्रहण, असत्य का सर्वथा परित्याग रूप आचार हैं उसी का नाम धर्म और उससे विपरीत का अधर्म हैं।-सत्यार्थ प्रकाश ३ सम्मुलास

पक्षपात रहित न्याय आचरण सत्य भाषण आदि युक्त जो ईश्वर आज्ञा वेदों से अविरुद्ध हैं, उसको धर्म मानता हूँ - सत्यार्थ प्रकाश मंतव्य

इस काम में चाहे कितना भी दारुण दुःख प्राप्त हो , चाहे प्राण भी चले ही जावें, परन्तु इस मनुष्य धर्म से पृथक कभी भी न होवें।- सत्यार्थ प्रकाश

धर्म मनुष्य की उन्नति के लिए आवश्यक हैं अथवा बाधक हैं इसको जानने के लिए हमें सबसे पहले धर्म और मजहब में अंतर को समझना पड़ेगा। कार्ल मार्क्स ने जिसे धर्म के नाम पर अफीम कहकर निष्कासित कर दिया था वह धर्म नहीं अपितु मज़हब था। कार्ल मार्क्स ने धर्म ने नाम पर किये जाने वाले रक्तपात, अन्धविश्वास, बुद्धि के विपरीत किये जाने वाले पाखंडों आदि को धर्म की संज्ञा दी थी। जबकि यह धर्म नहीं अपितु मज़हब का स्वरुप था।

धर्म और मजहब में अंतर क्या हैं?

प्राय:अपने आपको प्रगतिशील कहने वाले लोग धर्म और मज़हब को एक ही समझते हैं।

मज़हब अथवा मत-मतान्तर अथवा पंथ के अनेक अर्थ हैं जैसे वह रास्ता जी स्वर्ग और ईश्वर प्राप्ति का हैं और जोकि मज़हब के प्रवर्तक ने बताया हैं। अनेक जगहों पर ईमान अर्थात विश्वास के अर्थों में भी आता हैं।

१. धर्म और मज़हब समान अर्थ नहीं हैं और न ही धर्म ईमान या विश्वास का प्राय: हैं।

२. धर्म क्रियात्मक वस्तु हैं मज़हब विश्वासात्मक वस्तु हैं।

३. धर्म मनुष्य के स्वाभाव के अनुकूल अथवा मानवी प्रकृति का होने के कारण स्वाभाविक हैं और उसका आधार ईश्वरीय अथवा सृष्टि नियम हैं। परन्तु मज़हब मनुष्य कृत होने से अप्राकृतिक अथवा अस्वाभाविक हैं। मज़हबों का अनेक व भिन्न भिन्न होना तथा परस्पर विरोधी होना उनके मनुष्य कृत अथवा बनावती होने का प्रमाण हैं।

४. धर्म के जो लक्षण मनु महाराज ने बतलाये हैं वह सभी मानव जाति के लिए एक समान है और कोई भी सभ्य मनुष्य उसका विरोधी नहीं हो सकता। मज़हब अनेक हैं और केवल उसी मज़हब को मानने वालों द्वारा ही स्वीकार होते हैं। इसलिए वह सार्वजानिक और सार्वभौमिक नहीं हैं। कुछ बातें सभी मजहबों में धर्म के अंश के रूप में हैं इसलिए उन मजहबों का कुछ मान बना हुआ हैं।

५. धर्म सदाचार रूप हैं अत: धर्मात्मा होने के लिये सदाचारी होना अनिवार्य हैं। परन्तु मज़हबी अथवा पंथी होने के लिए सदाचारी होना अनिवार्य नहीं हैं। अर्थात जिस तरह तरह धर्म के साथ सदाचार का नित्य सम्बन्ध हैं उस तरह मजहब के साथ सदाचार का कोई सम्बन्ध नहीं हैं। क्यूंकि किसी भी मज़हब का अनुनायी न होने पर भी कोई भी व्यक्ति धर्मात्मा (सदाचारी) बन सकता हैं।

परन्तु आचार सम्पन्न होने पर भी कोई भी मनुष्य उस वक्त तक मज़हबी अथवा पन्थाई नहीं बन सकता जब तक उस मज़हब के मंतव्यों पर ईमान अथवा विश्वास नहीं लाता। जैसे की कोई कितना ही सच्चा ईश्वर उपासक और उच्च कोटि का सदाचारी क्यूँ न हो वह जब तक हज़रात ईसा और बाइबिल अथवा हजरत मोहम्मद और कुरान शरीफ पर ईमान नहीं लाता तब तक ईसाई अथवा मुस्लमान नहीं बन सकता।

६. धर्म ही मनुष्य को मनुष्य बनाता हैं अथवा धर्म अर्थात धार्मिक गुणों और कर्मों के धारण करने से ही मनुष्य मनुष्यत्व को प्राप्त करके मनुष्य कहलाने का अधिकारी बनता हैं। दूसरे शब्दों में धर्म और मनुष्यत्व पर्याय हैं। क्यूंकि धर्म को धारण करना ही मनुष्यत्व हैं। कहा भी गया हैं-

खाना,पीना,सोना,संतान उत्पन्न करना जैसे कर्म मनुष्यों और पशुयों के एक समान हैं। केवल धर्म ही मनुष्यों में विशेष हैं जोकि मनुष्य को मनुष्य बनाता हैं। धर्म से हीन मनुष्य पशु के समान हैं। परन्तु मज़हब मनुष्य को केवल पन्थाई या मज़हबी और अन्धविश्वासी बनाता हैं। दूसरे शब्दों में मज़हब अथवा पंथ पर ईमान लेन से मनुष्य उस मज़हब का अनुनायी अथवा ईसाई अथवा मुस्लमान बनता हैं नाकि सदाचारी या धर्मात्मा बनता हैं।

७. धर्म मनुष्य को ईश्वर से सीधा सम्बन्ध जोड़ता हैं और मोक्ष प्राप्ति निमित धर्मात्मा अथवा सदाचारी बनना अनिवार्य बतलाता हैं परन्तु मज़हब मुक्ति के लिए व्यक्ति को पन्थाई अथवा मज़हबी बनना अनिवार्य बतलाता हैं। और मुक्ति के लिए सदाचार से ज्यादा आवश्यक उस मज़हब की मान्यताओं का पालन बतलाता हैं।

जैसे अल्लाह और मुहम्मद साहिब को उनके अंतिम पैगम्बर मानने वाले जन्नत जायेगे चाहे वे कितने भी व्यभिचारी अथवा पापी हो जबकि गैर मुसलमान चाहे कितना भी धर्मात्मा अथवा सदाचारी क्यूँ न हो वह दोज़ख अर्थात नर्क की आग में अवश्य जलेगा क्यूंकि वह कुरान के ईश्वर अल्लाह और रसूल पर अपना विश्वासनहीं लाया हैं।

८. धर्म में बाहर के चिन्हों का कोई स्थान नहीं हैं क्यूंकि धर्म लिंगात्मक नहीं हैं -न लिंगम धर्मकारणं

अर्थात लिंग (बाहरी चिन्ह) धर्म का कारण नहीं हैं।

परन्तु मज़हब के लिए बाहरी चिन्हों का रखना अनिवार्य हैं जैसे एक मुस्लमान के लिए जालीदार टोपी और दाड़ी रखना अनिवार्य हैं।

९. धर्म मनुष्य को पुरुषार्थी बनाता हैं क्यूंकि वह ज्ञानपूर्वक सत्य आचरण से ही अभ्युदय और मोक्ष प्राप्ति की शिक्षा देता हैं परन्तु मज़हब मनुष्य को आलस्य का पाठ सिखाता हैं क्यूंकि मज़हब के मंतव्यों मात्र को मानने भर से ही मुक्ति का होना उसमें सिखाया जाता हैं।

१०. धर्म मनुष्य को ईश्वर से सीधा सम्बन्ध जोड़कर मनुष्य को स्वतंत्र और आत्म स्वालंबी बनाता हैं क्यूंकि वह ईश्वर और मनुष्य के बीच में किसी भी मध्यस्थ या एजेंट की आवश्यकता नहीं बताता। परन्तु मज़हब मनुष्य को परतंत्र और दूसरों पर आश्रित बनाता हैं क्यूंकि वह मज़हब के प्रवर्तक की सिफारिश के बिना मुक्ति का मिलना नहीं मानता।

११. धर्म दूसरों के हितों की रक्षा के लिए अपने प्राणों की आहुति तक देना सिखाता हैं जबकि मज़हब अपने हित के लिए अन्य मनुष्यों और पशुयों की प्राण हरने के लिए हिंसा रुपी क़ुरबानी का सन्देश देता हैं।

१२. धर्म मनुष्य को सभी प्राणी मात्र से प्रेम करना सिखाता हैं जबकि मज़हब मनुष्य को प्राणियों का माँसाहार और दूसरे मज़हब वालों से द्वेष सिखाता हैं।

१३. धर्म मनुष्य जाति को मनुष्यत्व के नाते से एक प्रकार के सार्वजानिक आचारों और विचारों द्वारा एक केंद्र पर केन्द्रित करके भेदभाव और विरोध को मिटाता हैं तथा एकता का पाठ पढ़ाता हैं। परन्तु मज़हब अपने भिन्न भिन्न मंतव्यों और कर्तव्यों के कारण अपने पृथक पृथक जत्थे बनाकर भेदभाव और विरोध को बढ़ाते और एकता को मिटाते हैं।

१४. धर्म एक मात्र ईश्वर की पूजा बतलाता हैं जबकि मज़हब ईश्वर से भिन्न मत प्रवर्तक/गुरु/मनुष्य आदि की पूजा बतलाकर अन्धविश्वास फैलाते हैं।

धर्म और मज़हब के अंतर को ठीक प्रकार से समझ लेने पर मनुष्य अपने चिंतन मनन से आसानी से यह स्वीकार करके के श्रेष्ठ कल्याणकारी कार्यों को करने में पुरुषार्थ करना धर्म कहलाता हैं इसलिए उसके पालन में सभी का कल्याण हैं।

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