An Audience with Dr Subramanian Swamy

 Dharma Rising.... again !


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A Unique opportunity for a small group of passionate young Hindus to have a personal interaction with one of the greatest Hindus of our time. "Driven by Dharma" Dr Swamyji will be speaking of the personal philosophy and convictions which have given him the courage to repeatedly "stand alone" often against overwhelming odds. Central to the message will be the question "What does Britian need from British Hindus". Perhaps the intuition and deep understanding of Dharma which has guided and driven Dr Swamy, has a message or teachings for all British Hindus.


A glimpse from 1982 ........


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The Gospel of Christ & the Church of Empire

 Dharma Rising.... again !


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Conference for General Synod

The Gospel of Christ and the Church of Empire:  Racism, Sexual Abuse and Bullying in the Church of England




CHAIR: Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Secretary of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life

Revd Graham Sawyer, Chair of the Church Reform Group

Pandit Satish K Sharma, General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples and Executive Committee of the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom

Mr Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society

Christian convert from Islam, on the experience of racism faced by converts

Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, Emeritus Bishop of Jerusalem

This historic meeting for the first time explores with prayer and truth-speaking the teaching of Christ’s Gospel for the oppressed, and sets this against shocking personal testimonies from Anglican and non-Anglican clergy of systematic persecution, racism, sexual abuse and bullying perpetrated against them by some in senior leadership of the Church of England.

How has the Established Church of the land responded to the witness of clergy and lay people who have suffered such abuse? Indeed, have we properly acknowledged the conflict between the primitive Christian faith of slaves and the persecuted, and the colonialist history of an Anglican Church linked to worldly power and the British Empire?

How can Anglicans and others work practically together to bring about repentance and reform?

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 from 19:15 to 21:00 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
Methodist Central Hall (John Tudor Room) - Storeys Gate. Westminster. London SW1H 9NH GB - View Map

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Hindu Temples' Presidents Conference

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Dear Elders, Brothers and Sisters and members of the Southall Hindu community,


Over the last two months, NCHT(UK) have been speaking with many potential speakers and young Hindu leaders and Hindu youngsters about our forthcoming conference and its format and content, and of the many contemporary issues which were suggested, one issue was Racist attacks on Hindus and Sikhs and Temples, Gurudwara’s and places of Worship,”


All were sensitive issues in one way or another but this one issue, to do with “Racism-driven anti Hindu/Sikh Violence” was becoming increasingly important. We regularly hear reports of our Temples being "graffiti-ed" and windows broken, of our elders being intimidated by racist youths, in and around temples as well as the knee-jerk blind, violence which follows a terrorist attack almost like clockwork. Hindus & SIkhs are targeted and attacked because we are all “Asians”.

To the best of our knowledge no-Hindu group has worked to address this issue with any creativity and we felt that perhaps it was time that we should. It is tragically probable that extremist attacks in Europe are going to increase, it is predictable that the uninformed far right will respond with uncontrolled rage as we are already seeing now in France, and whenever this happens, they do not ask whether that young brown person is Hindu or Muslim or Sikh, they do not ask whether that building is a Gurudwara, Mosque or a Temple. As people of Dharmic traditions we become targets for the racist right, the prosletysing Church and the Extremist bent on establishing an ideology by using force. With the so-called "right wing" again on the rise, with ISIS already here in the UK, the future for all looks challenging.


In this regard, we had been contacted by Tommy Robinson who you will all have heard of and who has a very troubled past. He was the lead for the "right wing" and in recent years, has engaged increasingly in inter religious dialogue. In my dialogue with him (I interviewed him two weeks ago and then researched his current position) he often expressed regret over some of his earlier actions. I found him to be direct, frank, occasionally apologetic and positive, possibly little more than a young man with a very challenging upbringing, with hostile surroundings shaping his world view, but also possibly a young man who has begun to also study Dharmic leaders and holistic eastern philosophies. On the basis of the evidence of the last couple of years we see that he has spoken at Oxford University, is scheduled to speak at Cambridge University and at many other legitimate forums. More importantly our Hindu and Sikh youngsters are already engaging with him, are aware of him and several have expressed a desire to debate with him directly.


To invite an opposing viewpoint to the debating table and to communicate and to befriend on the basis of our Dharma and Vidya, is quintessentially Hindu, to see him as flawed as we all are, as a flawed young person struggling on a life journey like the rest of our youngsters, is essentially Hindu and it was he who first extended a desire to engage. Namaste captures the essence of acknowledging that whenever persons meet with respect, any person, Divinty is present .. quintessentially Hindu.


Being guided by our three Hindu A's ie is it Asat or Sat, is it Avidya or Vidya and is it Adharma or Dharma, we arrived at a conclusion whereby he should be engaged with. We have no Dharmic definitions for such terms as “right wing” or “left wing” etc etc all of which are non Hindu labels and do not fit in with our traditional way of choosing action or indeed of viewing the world and so an opportunity was created for this issue to be advanced, for everyone’s benefit.


sahanavavatuHindu Temples are oases of tranquility where for millennia men annd women of wisdom have gathered to discuss and address the thorniest of subjects and challenges, in an atmosphere of safety and respect, focussing only on seeking solutions and putting aside all prejudices. Hindus have understood that without tranquility there can be no progress and thus every temple has priests chanting Shanti (tranquility) Mantras on a daily basis.


Unfortunately, groups and individuals opposing Tommy Robinson have threatened to directly disturb the tranquillity of the Temple Venue, inside and outside and this we cannot permit. Strangely these groups and individuals who claim to be offended by aggression and hatred, did not ask to be present, they did not ask for details regarding the context, they chose to immediately threaten the tranquillity of a place of worship, of a long established centre of interfaith harmony a centre which is widely respected as an example of grass roots co-operation between faiths.


We advised Tommy Robinson of this unpleasant and hostile aspect and he immediately offered to withdraw so that the remainder of the Conference would be able to continue. The tranquillity of the Temple had however already been disturbed to such a degree that the Temple Committee have felt obliged to ask that the event be cancelled and the NCHT (UK)  have indeed decided to postpone the Conference, in its entirety for the time being.


So we have a situation where allegedly Hindu groups and individuals, purporting to be the ”Voice” of British Hindus, trumpeting their desire to defend Hindus from the far right, themselves openly threatened to disturb the sacred tranquility of a Hindu Temple, and in doing so prevented a dialogue, carefully cultivated specifically to challenge attacks on Hindu temples and places of religious worship, attacks perpetrated by the very same "far right". Irony indeed.


The questions which are left are for all to consider. Who is the aggressor in this instant, whose behaviour is consistent with the changing needs of the times, whose actions have caused real harm to intercommunity dialogue and who are the real losers. Perhaps all of us.


Thank you to the courageous and passionate younger Hindu groups who have supported us and wished to engage. We would conclude with a sincere thank you to our speakers all of whom are committed to improving our mutual understanding of each other in the most genuine and deeply Dharmic traditions and to our delegates who also have a great desire to see harmony and dialogue extended whenever possible. Finally, I would pay tribute to our NCHT(UK) executive whose commitment to engagement and dialogue, to friendship and sharing is unwavering.

Once again we would express our regrets to the Executive and Devotees of the Vishva Hindu Kendra in Southall who are without any fault and who have become the unwitting targets of hostile and unpleasant individuals whose purpose seems to have been to prevent dialogue, no matter the harm to tranquility and indeed with little regard for the principles which are destroyed in the process.


Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti, Aum

PM Modiji says it best ....

With warmest regards

Satish K Sharma B Sc(Hons) Econ MBCS FRSA
General Secretary
National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)




Vedas and Beef, or Meat in general

Compiled and passionately written by "Agniveer"

The material presented here is based on a thorough and objective analysis of roots of Vedic words, the context in which they appear, Vedic Vocabulary,  Philology, Grammar and other tools critical for correct interpretation of the Vedic mantras. Thus this research series does not merely rely on blind reproduction of works of Max Muller, Griffith, Wilson, Williams and other indologists on Vedas and Vedic language. While they are more popular in contemporary western academia, we have objective reasons to conclude that their works are far from authoritative. We shall explore this facet in more detail in this research series.

Welcome to this first part of the research series on critical evaluation of Misconceptions surrounding the Vedas – the first books of knowledge on earth.

For centuries aspersions have been cast upon the Vedas; the primary holy scriptures of the Hindus of having unholy contents. If one really started believing in those aspersions, the entire Hindu philosophy, culture, and traditions would reduce to nothing but savagery, barbarism and cannibalism.

The Vedas – the very roots of Hinduism, rather the first source of knowledge on earth – are meant for guiding the actions of human being in order to lead a blissful life.

This slanderous campaign has been unleashed by different vested interests to embarrass Hindus around the world citing specific references from the Vedas.

This also comes handy in convincing poor and illiterate Indians to give up their faith on the grounds that their fundamental holy books – the Vedas – contain all the inhuman elements like denigration of women, meat-eating, polygamy, casteism and above all – beef eating.

The Vedas are also accused of animal sacrifice in sacrificial ceremonies popularly known as the YAJNA. Interestingly a section of home-bred intellectuals claiming to have deep study of ancient India has also come up, who cite references from works of western indologists to prove such unholy content in the Vedas.

Saying that the Vedas permit beef-eating and cow-slaughter amounts to striking a lethal blow to a Hindu’s soul. Respect for cow forms a core tenet of Hinduism. Once you are able to convince him of flaws in the foundation of this core tenet and make him feel guilty, he becomes an easy prey for the predator faiths. There are millions of ill-informed Hindus who are not empowered to counter argue and hence quietly surrender.

The vested interests that malign the Vedas are not confined to foreign and home-bred indologists alone. A certain class among Hindus exploited the rest of the population including the socially and economically weaker sections by forcing them to believe and follow what they said in the name of Vedas or else face the wrath.

All the slanders heaped upon the Vedas can be attributed mainly to the interpretations of commentaries written by Mahidhar, Uvat and Saayan in the medieval times; and to what Vam-margis or the Tantra cult propagated in their books in the name of the Vedas.

In due course the falsehood spread far and wide and they became even more deep rooted when western scholars with their half baked knowledge of Sanskrit transliterated these interpretations of commentaries of Sayan and Mahidhar, in the name of translating the Vedas.

However, they lacked the pre-requisite understanding of Shiksha (Phonetics), Vyakarana (Grammar), Nirukta (Philology), Nighantu (Vocabulary), Chhanda (Prosody), Jyotish (Astronomy), Kalpa and so on that are critical for correct interpretation of the Vedas.

The purpose behind Agniveer movement is to objectively evaluate all such misconceptions about the Vedas – the foundation of human knowledge and establish their piety, sanctity, great ideals and philosophy that cater not only to Hindus but to every human being without bars, bias or discrimination of any kind.

Section 1: No  violence against animals

Yasmintsarvaani bhutaanyaatmaivaabhuudvijaanatah
Tatra ko mohah kah shokah ekatvamanupasyatah
Yajurveda 40.7

“Those who see all beings as souls do not feel infatuation or anguish at their sight, for they experience oneness with them”.
How could people who believed in the doctrines of indestructibility, transmigration  dare to kill living animals in yajnas? They might be seeing the souls of their own near and dear ones of bygone days residing in those living beings.
Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayee
Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khadakashcheti ghaatakaah
Manusmrithi 5.51
Those who permit slaying of animals; those who bring animals for slaughter; those who slaughter; those who sell meat; those who purchase meat; those who prepare dish out of it; those who serve that
meat and those who eat are all murderers.
Breehimattam yavamattamatho maashamatho tilam
Esha vaam bhaago nihito ratnadheyaaya dantau maa hinsishtam pitaram maataram cha
Atharvaveda 6.140.2

O teeth! You eat rice, you eat barley, you gram and you eat sesame. These cereals are specifically meant for you. Do not kill those who are capable of being fathers and mothers.
Ya aamam maansamadanti paurusheyam cha ye kravih
Garbhaan khaadanti keshavaastaanito naashayaamasi
Atharvaveda 8.6.23

We ought to destroy those who eat cooked as well as uncooked meat, meat involving destruction of males and females, foetus and eggs.
Anago hatya vai bheema kritye
Maa no gaamashvam purusham vadheeh
Atharvaveda 10.1.29

It is definitely a great sin to kill innocents. Do not kill our cows, horses and people.

How could there be justification of cow and other animals being killed when killing is so clearly prohibited in the Vedas?
Aghnyaa yajamaanasya pashoonpahi
Yajurveda 1.1

“O human! animals are Aghnya – not to be killed. Protect the animals”
Yajurveda 6.11

Protect the animals.
Dwipaadava Chatushpaatpaahi
Yajurveda 14.8

Protect the bipeds and quadrupeds!
Kravy da –kravya[ meat obtained from slaughter] + Ada [ the eater]—the meat eater.

Pisacha — pisita [meat] +asa [eater]—the meat eater.

Asutrpa — Asu [breath of life] + trpa [one who satisfies himself on]—one who takes others life for his meals.

Garba da and Anda da – the foetus and egg eaters.

Mans da – the meat eaters

Meat eaters have always been looked down in Vedic literature. They have been known as Rakshasas, Pisacha and so on….All these words are synonyms of demons or devils that have been out-cast from the civilized human society.
Urjam no dhehi dwipade chatushpade
Yajurveda 11.83

“May all bipeds and quadrupeds gain strength and nourishment”

This mantra is recited by Hindus before every meal. How could the same philosophy which prays for well-being of every soul in every moment of life, approve of killing animals?

Section 2: No  violence in Yajna

Yajna never meant animal sacrifice in the sense popularly understood. Yajna in the Vedas meant a noble deed or the highest purifying action.

Adhvara iti Yajnanaama – Dhvaratihimsaakarmaa tatpratishedhah
Nirukta 2.7

According to Yaaska Acharya, one of the synonyms of Yajna in Nirukta or the Vedic philology is Adhvara.

Dhvara means an act with himsa or violence. And therefore a-dhvara means an act involving no himsa or no violence. There are a large number of such usage of Adhvara in the Vedas.

In the post-Mahabharata period, misinterpretation of the Vedas and interpolations in other scriptures took place at various points intime. Acharya Shankar reestablished the Vedic values to an extent.

In the more recent times, Swami Dayanand Saraswati – known as the grandfather of modern India – interpreted the Vedas as per thecorrect rules of the language and authentic evidences. His literature, which includes commentary on the Vedas, Satyarth Prakash loosely translated as Light of Truth, An Introduction to the Vedas and other texts led to widespread social reformation based on Vedic philosophy and dispelling of myths surrounding the Vedas.

Let us discover what the Vedas have to say on Yajna.

Agne yam yagnamadhvaram vishwatah pari bhuurasi
Sa id deveshu gacchati
Rigveda 1.1.4

O lord of effulgence! The non-violent Yajna, you prescribe from all sides, is beneficial for all, touches divine proportions and is accepted by noble souls.

The Rigveda describes Yajna as Adhvara  or non violent throughout. Same is the case with all the other Vedas. How can it be then concluded that the Vedas permit violence or slaughter of animals?

The biggest accusation of cattle and cow slaughter comes in the context of the Yajnas that derived their names from different cattle like the Ashwamedh Yajna, the Gomedha Yajna and the Nar-medh Yajna. Even by the wildest stretch of the imagination the word Medha would not mean slaughter in this context.

It’s interesting to note what Yajurveda says about a horse
Imam ma himsirekashafam pashum kanikradam vaajinam vaajineshu
Yajurveda 13.48

Do not slaughter this one hoofed animal that neighs and who goes with a speed faster than most of the animals.

Aswamedha does not mean horse sacrifice at Yajna. Instead the Yajurveda clearly mentions that a horse ought not to be slaughtered.

In Shathapatha, Ashwa is a word for the nation or empire

The word medha does not mean slaughter. It denotes an act done in accordance to the intellect Alternatively it could mean consolidation, as evident from the root meaning of medha i.e. medhru san-ga-me

Raashtram vaa ashwamedhah
Annam hi gau
Agnirvaa ashwah
Aajyam medhah

Swami Dayananda Saraswati wrote in his Light of Truth:

A Yajna dedicated to the glory, wellbeing and prosperity of the Rashtra the nation or empire is known as the Ashwamedh yajna.

“To keep the food pure or to keep the senses under control, or to make the food pure or to make a good use of the rays of Sun or keep the earth free from impurities[clean] is called Gomedha Yajna”.

“The word Gau also means the Earth and the yajna dedicated to keep the Earth the environment clean is called Gomedha Yajna”

“The cremation of the body of a dead person in accordance with the principles laid down in the Vedas is called Naramedha Yajna”.
Section 3: No beef in Vedas

Not only the Vedas are against animal slaughter but also vehemently oppose and prohibit cow slaughter.Yajurveda forbids killing of cows, for they provide energizing food for human beings

Ghrtam duhaanaamaditim janaayaagne maa himsiheeh
Yajurveda 13.49

Do not kill cows and bulls who always deserve to be protected.

Aare gohaa nrhaa vadho vo astu
Rigveda 7.56.17

In Rigveda cow slaughter has been declared a heinous crime equivalent to human murder and it has been said that those who commits this crime should be punished.
Sooyavasaad bhagavatee hi bhooyaa atho vayam bhagvantah syaama
Addhi trnamaghnye vishwadaaneem piba shuddhamudakamaacharantee
Rigveda 1.164.40 or Atharv 7.73.11 or Atharv 9.10.20

The Aghnya cows – which are not to be killed under any circumstances– may keep themselves healthy by use of pure water and green grass, so that we may be endowed with virtues, knowledge and wealth.

The Vedic Lexicon, Nighantu, gives amongst other synonyms of Gau[ or cow] the words Aghnya. Ahi, and Aditi. Yaska the commentator on Nighantu, defines these as-
Aghnya the one that ought not to be killed
Ahi the one that must not be slaughtered.
Aditi the one that ought not to be cut into pieces.

These three names of cow signify that the animal ought not to be put to tortures. These words appear frequently throughout the Vedas in context of the cow.


Aghnyeyam saa vardhataam mahate soubhagaaya

Rigveda 1.164.27
Cow – The aghnya – brings us health and prosperity

Suprapaanam Bhavatvaghnyaayaah
Rigveda 5.83.8
There should be excellent facility for pure water for Aghnya Cow

Yah paurusheyena kravishaa samankte yo ashwena pashunaa yaatudhaanah

Yo aghnyaayaa bharati ksheeramagne teshaam sheershaani harasaapi vrishcha
Rigveda 10.87.16

Those who feed on human, horse or animal flesh and those who destroy milk-giving Aghnya cows should be severely punished.

Vimucchyadhvamaghnyaa devayaanaa aganma
Yajurveda 12.73
The Aghnya cows and bulls bring you prosperity

Maa gaamanaagaamaditim vadhishta
Rigveda 8.101.15
Do not kill the cow. Cow is innocent and aditi – that ought not to be cut into pieces

Antakaaya goghaatam
Yajurveda 30.18
Destroy those who kill cows

Yadi no gaam hansi yadyashwam yadi poorusham
Tam tvaa seesena vidhyaamo yatha no so aveeraha
Atharvaveda 1.16.4

If someone destroys our cows, horses or people, kill him with a bullet of lead.

Vatsam jaatamivaaghnyaa
Atharvaveda 3.30.1
Love each other as the Aghnya – non-killable cow – loves its calf

Dhenu sadanam rayeenaam
Atharvaveda 11.1.34
Cow is fountainhead of all bounties

The entire 28th Sukta or Hymn of 6th Mandal of Rigveda sings the glory of cow.
Aa gaavo agnamannuta bhadramakrantseedantu

Bhooyobhooyo rayimidasya vardhayannabhinne

Na taa nashanti na dabhaati taskaro naasaamamitro vyathiraa dadharshati

Na taa arvaa renukakaato ashnute na samskritramupa yanti taa abhi

Gaavo bhago gaava indro me achhaan

Yooyam gaavo medayathaa

Maa vah stena eeshata maaghanshasah

    Everyone should ensure that cows are free from miseries and kept healthy.
    God blesses those who take care of cows.
    Even the enemies should not use any weapon on cows
    No one should slaughter the cow
    Cow brings prosperity and strength

    If cows keep healthy and happy, men and women shall also keep disease free and prosperous

    May the cow eat green grass and pure water. May they not be killed and bring prosperity to us.


What more proofs does one need to understand the high esteem in whichnot only the cow but each living being is held in the Vedas.

The learned audience can decide for themselves from these evidences that the Vedas are completely against any inhuman practice… to top it all the Beef and Cow slaughter.
There is no Beef in Vedas.


1.    Rigveda Bhashya – Commentary on Rigveda by Swami Dayanand Saraswati

2.    Yajurveda Bhashya – Commentary on Yajurveda by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
3.    No Beef in Vedas by BD Ukhul

4.    Vedon ka Yatharth Swaroop (True nature of Vedas) by Pt Dharmadeva Vidyavachaspati
5.    All 4 Veda Samhita by Pt Damodar Satvalekar

6.    Pracheen Bharat me Gomamsa – Ek Sameeksha (Beef in Ancient India – an analysis) by Geeta Press, Gorakhpur
7.    The Myth of Holy Cow – by DN Jha
8.    Hymns of Atharvaveda – Griffith
9.    Scared Books of the east – Max Muller
10.    Rigveda translations by Williams/Jones
11.    Sanskrit English Dictionary – Monier Williams
12.    Commentary on Vedas by Dayanand Sansthan
13.    Western Indologists – a study of motives by Pt Bhagvadutt
14.     Satyarth Prakash by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
15.     Introduction to Vedas by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
16.     Cloud over understanding of Vedas by BD Ukhul
17.    Shathpath Brahman
18.     Nirukta – Yaska Acharya
19.     Dhatupath – Panini

Addendum on 14 April 2010:

After this article, there was severe reaction from various sources who cannot live with the fact that Vedas and ancient culture of our nation could have been more ideal than their current communistic ideals. I received several mails that tried to refute the articles by citing additional references that support beef-eating. These include 2 mantras from Rigveda, and some Shlokas from Manu Smriti and a few other texts. An example is the comment from Avtar Gill on this page itself. On these, I have to say the following:

a. The article has given evidence from Manu Smriti itself which states that even one who permits killing is a murderer. Thus all these additional shlokas are either from adulterated Manu Smriti or misinterpreted by twisting of words. I recommend them to read Manu Smriti by Dr Surendra Kumar.

b. A typical example of foul play by those hell-bent on justifying their obsession with beef in ancient texts, is to translate Mansa as ‘meat’. In reality, ‘Mansa’ is a generic word used to denote pulp. Meat is called ‘Mansa’ because it is pulpy. So mere presence of ‘Mansa’ does not mean it refers to meat.

c. The other texts referred by them are among dubious ones not considered authoritative evidence. Their modus operandi is simple – state anything written in Sanskrit as Dharma and translate the way they want to prove whatever they want. This is how they have been fooling us all by filling our textbooks with all unverified demeaning claims.

d. With regards to Vedas, they could come up with two mantras that supposedly justify beef eating. Let us evaluate them:

Claim: Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.”
Fact: The mantra states that in winter, the rays of sun get weakened and then get strong again in spring. The word used for sun-rays in ‘Go’ which also means cow and hence the mantra can also be translated by making ‘cow’ and not ‘sun-rays’ as the subject. The word used for ‘weakened’ is ‘Hanyate’ which can also mean killing. But if that be so, why would the mantra go further and state in next line (which is deliberately not translated) that in spring, they start regaining their original form.

How can a cow killed in winter regain its health in spring? This amply proves how ignorant and biased communists malign Vedas.
Claim: Rigveda (6/17/1) states that “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.”

Fact: The mantra states that brilliant scholars enlighten the world in the manner that wood enhances the fire of Yajna. I fail to understand from where did Avtar Gill and his friends discover Indra, cow, calf, horse and buffalo in this mantra!

In summary, I continue the challenge to everyone – cite one single mantra from Vedas that justify beef-eating and I shall be eager to embrace any faith that he or she may decide for me. If not, they should agree to revert back to the Vedas.

The Nazification of the Hindu AUM

The Nazification of the Holy Aum, the Hindu Symbol of universal harmony and an assault on the spirit of Diwali.


95354 story holocaust WikipediaIt is with sadness that we write regarding an act of great harm and religious violence, the depiction of the Hindu and Sikh sacred image, the Aum/Aumkar syllable, in a manner associating it with the Nazi ideology. The image in itself (which we will not portray here) is sufficient to simultaneously inflame and denigrate but the image was then projected on the Houses of Parliament, on the day before Diwali celebrations are begun worldwide. There have been many holocausts perpetrated around the world but the holocaust inflicted on the non violent Jewish people by the Nazis is the one which still resonates in the living european consciousness as an example of the capacity for humans to descend to levels of blind hatred far beyond the depths of any other living being. The Nazis infected the German people with their hatred for life and inflamed the fears of a whole population, so much so that one vulnerable sector ceased to be human and became merely a label, to be erased without a second thought. The horrors of the Holocaust became the catalyst for humanity to come together and to resolve to enact laws which prevent the hate-inspired labelling of innocent peaceful communities, to prevent the human capacity for irrational hatred, from being inflamed and yet this weekend the British Hindu Community became the target  of a small group of intolerant hatemongers. 


This group of the "professionally and perpetually outraged" calling itself Awaaz and led by Suresh Grover, projected a desecrated image of the Holy Hindu Aum, an ancient symbol of universal harmony and tranquility, onto the Houses of Parliament, identifying Hindus with Nazis. They appear to have had no qualms in leveraging the terrible suffering of the Jewish people in an attempt to vilify a wholly non-violent British Hindu community.  In doing so they ignored decades of legislative effort behind the laws which protect religious and racial freedoms, they tossed aside the efforts of many Governments and billions of pounds of political and legislative investment in nurturing and fostering inter community peace, and they openly attacked a wholly tranquil and fully integrated British Hindu Community. All of this whilst at the same time presenting themselves as "defenders of tolerance" and the "voice of the oppressed" .


In traditional Hindu families, the Aum mantra is the first sound a child hears at birth and the last sound a Hindu aspires to hear at passing. It is the heart of all mantras and is the sound our ascetics retreat to mountain caves to hear, in the depths of meditation. It is the sound which when chanted, brings tranquillity and harmony to the listener and the articulator and is the primal sound – there is no symbol more sacred for Hindu and Dharmic communities.

diwali sriyantraDiwali is the festival where all fears and differences are discarded and Hindus and increasingly non Hindus happily celebrate the universal delight of light and life conquering darkness, fear and death. It is a time for forgiveness and for reaffirming all of our family and community ties with an explosion of light, sound and joy.


This year this sacred symbol, which appears in our NCHTUK logo, was desecrated and this was done at the time of Diwali. Immediately we began to receive calls of horror and dismay and also anger from members of our community nationally and internationally. Our organisation spent much of the day before Diwali calming the more “assertive, reactive and passionate” members of our community, reminding them that the joyous atmosphere and radiant sanctity of the Diwali festival must be protected and that delivering an appropriate response after the festival was over, would be wise. I am pleased to report that largely our advice has been taken and that there were no hasty or violent acts against the perpetrators of this sickening assault on our religious community. 

We are known as a peace loving community but often the strength taken to remain peaceful in such times is misinterpreted as weakness. Over the last 24 months the British Hindu community have borne religious denigration and wholly unjustified humiliation with reserve and resolve assuming that the authorities to whom we delegate the preservation and protection of our human rights, would respond in accordance with law and in the interests of harmonious co-existence. The results have been mixed and educative but I would emphasise that this recent act of religious hatred has now breached all boundaries.


aumsThis is a matter of great significance, we would suggest pivotal significance, to the manner in which the British Hindu and Dharmic community, views its own sense of security here in the UK.  Several Hindu organisations have also commenced own investigations into the persons behind this act of anti-Hindu religious hatred and desecration and we are greatly troubled that the organisations responsible for this act and supporting this act, appear to be associated both with Lambeth Palace and Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP. We will be publishing the findings of the investigations as soon as they have been verified and documented. The British Hindu community wish for nothing more, than to return to our state of working diligently to make the UK a more prosperous, tranquil, healthier, and harmonious nation for all its citizens but this act is such that we are now deeply concerned about the safety of our own rights and freedoms.


We hope and expect that the Law, which we assume protects Hindu religious and human rights and freedoms, will act in a manner which demonstrates that our expectations are not ill founded and that the legal remedies and consequences will be exercsed in a manner which acts as sufficient deterrent to prevent future acts of anti Hindu, indeed all religious, hatred.  Hon Bob Blackman MP and Hon Priti Patel MP have raised the issue with the honourable Speaker of the House regarding the flagrant abuse of the Palace of Westminster itself but it must be emphasised that we are deeply concerned that the Palace of Westminster was used to escalate and fuel the act of nazification of our sacred religious symbols thus expanding the act, globally and that the level of intolerance and friction generated by this act, could not be exceeded. The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, who joined British Hindus to celebrate Diwali in Parliament only last week, has initiated an investigation as have the Metropolitan police and the Home Secretary Rt Hon Theresa May has also been informed. In the 21st Century whilst the leaders of the oldest European democracy and the largest democracy were forging critical vital links, seeking to look past difference and senile prejudices, the oldest symbol of universal harmony and tranquility was desecrated - all in the name of religious tolerance and freedoms, on the Houses of Parliament.

NCHTUK - Shubh Diwali! 2015

Shubh Diwali from the NCHTUK!


On the 11th November 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron warmly welcomed British Hindu community leaders and sevaks to his residence at 10 Downing Street, with the blessing "Shubh Diwali" followed by deeply spiritual Sanskrit words of the ancient Hindu Rishis, Kama (sensory passions), Artha (material prosperity), Dharma (Harmonious Purpose) and Mohksha (diminution of attachments).

mdhus1At the annual Downing Street Diwali celebration, he spoke of the valuable contribution of the British Hindu community to British life, in terms of the above four purusharthas (human purposes) and he spoke of the vital contribution that the Hindu philosophy of reverence for Light, encapsulated in the Diwali celebrations, had for all people of all faiths and he wished the British Hindu community prosperity and happiness.

The Prime Minister touched upon the four purusharthas and in doing so, yet again demonstrated his courage and willingness to step out from the boundaries dictated by dogmatic adherence to religious traditions. In invoking the words of the enlightened Hindu Seers, he demonstrated by personal example, an enlightened willingness to explore, to recognise and embrace the ideas and observations of a “foreign” tradition, one which has its roots in a distant antediluvian past, in a land and culture distant from the land of his birth, by many thousands of miles. “Enlightened willingness” to challenge ones own fears, limits and beliefs is at the very heart of the Diwali message and the Prime Ministers courageous example will have a lasting effect on those who have understood its significance.

The enlightening rituals of Diwali, like all of the Hindu celebration, function on many levels. Some are obvious, like those relating to personal and cultural relationships for example, whilst others are more esoteric and adhyatmic (personally spiritual) and there is one aspect which often gets occluded by the smoke of fireworks and the deluge of feasting and celebration and which Prime Minister Cameron demonstrated and that is the aspect of Dharma (Harmonious purpose) and that is what we at the NCHT UK would like to thank him for and to celebrate and applaud this year.

Darkness takes many forms and the darkness of avidya (unharmonious knowledge) is a particularly dangerous darkness, one which is again inflicting untold suffering in many parts of the world. This darkness clouds the radiance of an innocent mind, poisoning it with fear and hatred and false beliefs about other human beings, and as history so clearly shows – leads to atrocities on a scale which makes one shudder in horror.mdhus3

This darkness, which arises out of a refusal to genuinely and with integrity, explore the life and ideas of the “other”, a refusal to consider the simple humanity of the “other”, a refusal to courageously celebrate and take delight in the differences of the “other”, plunges humanity repeatedly into the depths of hatred and unlimited pain.

Lesser leaders and especially religious leaders, too often lack the courage to take these steps, preferring not to risk the discovery of shared humanity, preferring not to risk the discovery of love and warmth to be found in friendship of “others”, preferring not to risk losing dearly treasured beliefs even if they are avidya (unharmonious knowledge) and the cause of their own suffering and the suffering of others.

Prime Minister Cameron in publicly embracing the common purposes of humanity, so eloquently articulated by ancient Hindu sages, has demonstrated this most essential principle of Diwali, the principle of enlightened courage to face ones own “dark unknowingness”, to explore the ideas of the “other” , to challenge and overcome Raavana, the demon of inner fear, and to then emerge a fuller member of the global human family. In a nation steeped in the history of colonial baggage, with some ossified religious relics of a medieval past yet to be “refreshed”, Prime Minister Cameron is to be warmly applauded for his courage, leadership and perception.

We, the Executive Committee members of the National Council of Hindu Temples, on behalf of the Hindu Temples of the United Kingdom, and on behalf of the British Hindu congregations of our Temples, thank him for his hospitality and Diwali celebrations and wish him and his family, a year full of prosperity, happiness and success and we look forward to the Light of Diwali blessing all of his endeavours with success.


Satish K Sharma,

General Secretary

National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)




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