Hindus need to be discreet and diplomatic in their criticism of each other. In the Hindu Seva Sangh’s Youth Development Training Program I was taught that it is more important to win a friend than win a debate. It does not mean that one should sacrifice dharma; what it says is that one should negotiate differences in such a manner that both parties would join hands and work together.
This appears not the be the case. It is not enough to win a debate with fact; more so, we appear to be willing to rub our opponent’s nose on the ground, to stamp on him and possibly maim him permanently. This ugly trait has always been with us as a community like a curse and is responsible for the sorry state of affairs, that is, the demonical tendency to be at each other’s throat.
I read with interest a post on Face Book that was critical of Pandit Satyanand’s call for a forensic audit of the finances of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha. Personally, I don’t agree that it is any of the Pandit’s concern to call for such a review of finances. More so, that the Maha Sabha is an independent organization with a constitution to regulate its affairs, including the collection and disbursement of funds.
Worse than the Pandit’s call for a review of the SDMS’s finances are the reactions of Hindus to the Pandit. Those reactions confirm in my mind that the average Hindu does not think and that his mind is filled with hate and poison. It is said that whatever one has in one’s mind would manifest in one’s speech and action. Therefore, we need to clean our minds so that whatever we put out would not be destructive and subversive but life giving and energizing.
Here is a list of some of harsh word and expressions used: ‘wicked pandit astayanandji…rakshasa in human form.’
A person reacted: ‘This fellar is disgrace…idiots and koojaats…’ But this one is unbelievable- “God girl my mouth scratching me to say something about him, he certainly don’t have a life. I am wondering if he really a pundit because one would think you should be a very peaceful person and pray for people while wishing them…’
Another wrote: “He couldn’t even get through with the jhandi issue in Barrackpore East…” Another comment was: ‘satyanand is an ugly idiot prompted by a deviant mahalant.”
I am an associate of both Devant Maharaj and Pandit Satyanand. In recent time Pandit Satyanand sounded an alarm on the “sari issue” that prompted a massive protest at the Prime Minister’s office in St Clair. Many issues Devant have raised relating to injustices in the distribution of public funds and discrimination in employment practices. It is unfortunate that he is viewed as a “mahalant.”
I want to make it abundantly clear that the Hindu community is not going to get anywhere by those ‘fish market and roadside’ comments. More so, if we have to use the English Language let us not abuse it. Standard English must be respected. Punctuation marks and other grammatical rules are there to guide our writing When we write we must reach out to the widest audience, globally. If we have to use such intemperate language, I suggest that we go to the rum shop and dispense it. After 150 years, we should have had a little more refinement in the use of the English language!
It is clear that not all of us made use of that free education that the State has been providing. I am certain that no community can move forward with such debase posts. Unbelievably, not a single post addressed the issues raised by Pandit Satyanand.
Respect for opponent is critical in any debate. To engage in such low behavior and obscenities is unacceptable. But, I am not surprised. Whatever the nature of someone would always manifest itself for the public to view. I want to thank Pandit Satyanand for raising this controversial matter that assisted in bringing out our true quality. And, I must confess: We Hindus have class!