The revival of authentic Vedic temple culture is one of the keys to reviving Sanatana Hindu Dharma and is therefore one of Kailaasa’s highest national priorities. The Vedas, the Upanishads and the Dharmashastras provided the philosophical foundation and the Itihasas (religious history) and Puranas (sacred literatures) the societal framework to sustain this foundation. Temple culture formed the nucleus of Hindu civilization and it spawned, incubated, nurtured, sustained, and spread Sanatana Dharma’s cultural and social milieu from time immemorial.
The origins of temple culture date back to the Vedic concept and practice of yajna. The word yajna describes an elaborate ritual of sharing—a ritual where all communities and strata of society came together and offered their material and non-material services for the welfare of the country. It was an act of strengthening human, social and national bonds on an epic scale. A yajna was how the entire nation renewed its vows to itself.
As Vedic culture evolved and gave us the concept of murti puja (deity worship), yajna gradually found an organic expression in the form of temple culture. A temple in spirit was not just a place for people to worship and return home; it was simultaneously the primary educational institution, a community center, the home of the performing and literary arts, and the platform for free and fair social and political discussions and debates.
The plan, design, and structure of almost all classical and medieval temples was well-defined, scientific and followed the rules of Indian architecture laid down in the Shilpashastra texts. A visit to any of these still-surviving temples makes it clear that areas are earmarked for specific purposes: dormitories for pilgrims, halls for debates and similar activities, a yajna shala (sacred rituals building) , a natya shala (theatrical dance building), a communal water tank, and platforms for Gurukul students to take their lessons. The actual temple itself forms a small part of this grand architectural scheme. For example, the North Indian holy city of Varanasi is in fact one massive temple complex that contains hundreds of mini-temples within its walls.
One of the greatest contribution of Vedic temple culture is in the field of classical performing arts. Hindu classical music and dance primarily evolved from and were refined over hundreds of years in the confines of thousands of temples spread throughout the various Vedic kingdoms. Nothing can substitute the Guru-shishya (Guru-disciple) tradition that alone has sustained Hindu classical performing arts. The temple culture in turn sustained the Guru-shishya tradition by granting the Guru the material prosperity and social respect to perpetuate his or her art to posterity.
The temple culture produced superior human resources required to sustain not just these endeavors but, indirectly, a kingdom itself. It produced ministers, advisers, strategists, artisans, and teachers. Those who dismissively refer to Madurai, Thiruvanamallai, Rameshwaram, Tanjavur, etc. as mere “temple towns” fail to recognize the essential role temple culture played as the incubator of Hinduism’s societal and religious infrastructure. It is therefore unsurprising that almost all Hindu kings gave such large grants to temples and avoided appropriating temple wealth for sovereign uses.
And so, when a temple was destroyed, it also simultaneously destroyed every cultural facet of a kingdom. At present very little of the classical tradition has survived in North India. This is the direct consequence of repeated and large-scale temple destruction by Islamic invaders (and the long period of Mughal rule, which prevented Hindus from building new temples and from renovating/restoring existing ones). As far as South India is concerned, we see this phenomenon most prominently in Goa, whose original name is Gomantak. Few temples have survived there and the classical tradition is virtually non-existent.
After India gained independence the situation did not improve. Under Jawaharlal Nehru, temple culture was relegated to the waste heap with a simple device—by putting temples directly under government control as part of the destructive project of de-Hinduizing India. This policy denied temples much of their autonomy and the funding they badly needed to restore their dilapidated infrastructure after centuries of hostile foreign rule.
Preserving and Proliferating of Sacred Arts
The quintessence of Vedic civilization was expressed in the science and art of forms “Shilpa” (work of art). The renowned temple architect and sculptor, Dr. V. Ganapathi Sthapathi explained “the real culture of India lies in its arts, poetry, music, dance, sculpture and architecture. I call them Vedic in view of the fact that this science and technology are dealt with in Sabda, Gandharva, Natya, Sthapatya Vedas, I also call these Vedas as living Vedas or Vedas in action, productive of tangible material results and leading to spiritual realization within the built environment.”
Regarding Shilpa, the Aitareya Brahmana, Rig Veda, 6.5.27 states, “The works of art of man imitate the divine forms by employing their rhythms they metrically reconstitute and interpret the limitless knowledge of the sacred hymns from the limits of being human.”
The ancient lineage of Vedic scientists and artisans applied their knowledge of Shilpa of across various arts and crafts and extended to every aspect of culture, including the architect, metallurgist, sculptor, potter, perfumer, wheelwright, painter, weaver, dancer, musician, and even into the arts of love. Ancient Indian texts assert that the number of the arts is unlimited and deployed sixty-four kala (techniques) and thirty-two vidyas (fields of knowledge).
Shilpa is discussed in Agamas, Puranas and Vastu Shastra where it is linked to the mythology of Vishwakarma (the Divine Architect). These arts were all considered deeply spiritual and granted the sanctions of a sacrament in ancient culture.
Vaastu Temple Building
Probably the most notable application of Vedic Science was in the area of building temples or Vaastu architecture and its knowledge systems expounded in the Veda-Agamas, Sthapatya Veda and Vaastu Shastras.
Vedic builders cognized that free space is capable of experiencing, vibrating, and converting energetic vibrations themselves into spatial forms. They considered the temples they built to be living organisms pulsating with life, just as is the case with our human form. Temples were built specifically to purify and enlighten humanity. The science of Vaastu temple architecture and its application spread across the globe and are considered to be the architectural foundations of many civilizations.
The vibrancy of the temples of the ancient past are unfortunately missing in most of today temple constructions. This is because the true knowledge of Vaastu architectural principles has mostly been lost or is in the hands of very few. Even the Vedas and Upanishads have not been properly understood and have yet to be attuned to the context of the Agamas and Vaastu Shastras.
The nation of Kailaasa will restore temple science to its original splendor and will not compromise on its adherence to the Agamas and Shastras. Only through the application of authentic Vaastu principles by an enlightened incarnation can full scale construction of temple complexes be achieved. Large scale constructions being currently being contemplated will rival and be more luminous the greatest temples ever built. The impact of the energy radiated by Vaastu-compliant temple complexes is capable of raising the consciousness of humanity on a mass scale.
Revival of Rudrakanya Sampradaya
The Rudrakanya Sampradaya (spiritual lineage) was an ancient order of chaste strong sacred women sanyaasis who traditionally live within the Vedic temple complex, took care of the temples and studied and shared the all the sacred Vedic arts. These Vedic women were the heroines and role models of their day, the epitome of complete chastity and devotion and held the highest status in society. With the destruction of temple cities and complexes by invaders, the Rudrakanyas were no longer respected and honored and were either captured as trophies of war or pushed into poverty and prostitution.
As these Rudrakanyas were literally a biological repository of all knowledge, arts and scriptures, with their decimation, a huge treasure trove of Vedic “DNA” and its extensive knowledge of scriptures, culture arts and sciences was lost with the demise of the Rudrakanya tradition.
As part of Vedic cultural revival and propagation, ASMT has now revived the Rudrakanya Sampradaya. Rudrakanyas are trained in the 64 arts including art, dance, music, drama, singing, linguistics and preservation and glorification of temple culture. This is essentially a spiritual incubator for propagating lost knowledge of temple culture and reviving an ancient tradition of powerful sacred women through keeping the social structure and the temple-based culture alive.
From the Vedic perspective, the whole universe is being brought into existence as the manifestation of the dance of the Supreme Dancer, Nataraja. In the Hindu scriptures every God has his or her own style (lasya and tandava represent two aspects of dance) including 23 celestial beings called Apsaras who dance to please the Gods and express the supreme truths in the magic of movement.
The dance in Hinduism used to be a part of a sacred temple ritual, especially in South and Eastern India, where the Rudrakanyas worshipped different aspects of the Divine through the elaborate language of mime and gestures. Natyashastra is the most ancient and the most elaborate scripture describing every element and aspect of this sacred art-worship.
The temple dance gradually evolved into what is known today as the South Indian Classical Dance that still preserves many ritualistic elements of Hinduism. Many temple dancers, Rudrakanyas are incarnations of apsaras.
Traditional dance existed in its purest form during the Vedic periods, as it was encouraged and patronised to a great extent by offering dance in temples and royal courts as a form of worship to the Divine.
Revival of Temple Arts and Crafts
Through the Sacred Arts program at the Bengaluru Adheenam temple complex, ASMT has spearheaded the revival of ancient temple crafts such as producing temple structures, deities, vahanas (vehicles of the deities), flagstaffs, temple jewelry, Puja/ worship items, kavacham (sacred armor), sacred weapons, deity arches, crowns, jewelry for deities, chariots and thrones as per the Agamas – the oldest available scriptural text of instructions authored by Lord Shiva himself. These sacred creations are sent to Hindu temples and home temples in all countries, throughout the world in a systematic attempt to revive these previously lost temple art forms and to revive this knowledge in the present day.
Vedic Education – Gurukul Education System
The Gurukul is the original Indian education system of Sanatana Hindu Dharma where students lived with enlightened masters from a tender age, learning the 64 vidyas – types of knowledge. Knowledge was transmitted through the very bio-memory of the master.
The children emerged as spiritually-anchored geniuses who radiated shaktis (mystical powers) and were high-achievers and world leaders. Nithyananda Gurukul is fast reviving the gurukul education in its entirety not only in India but around the world, through a state-of-the-art virtual Gurukul created by His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
Vedic Economy – Goshala
The Vedic tradition has encouraged an agrarian civilization from time immemorial, and cows have played a pivotal role in society. The cow is revered as the most sacred animal to Hindus, a fact that is evidenced by the dedication of several hymns and rituals, reverentially addressing them as ‘Gomata’ (divine mother cow) in all the sacred scriptures including the Vedas and Puranas. Cows also formed the economic backbone of Hindu civilization and economy by ensuring every family and community maintained self-sufficiency through easy access to cow-based food, fuel and medicine. Protection of cows is a sacred duty that is performed by Hindu communities worldwide through the revival of the Goshalas (cow sanctuaries). Under the guidance of the leadership of Kailaasa, the Goshala infrastructure, economy and related Vedic rituals are being revived and propagated on a mass scale.
Vedic tradition has always encouraged living in a sustainable manner in
alignment with nature. Therefore it adheres to an organic, vegetarian,
cruelty-free lifestyle by promoting organic farming as well as a
holistic lifestyle of nonviolence, harmony, and mutual upliftment and
respect for all beings, human, plant or animal.
Hindus are pluralistic in their beliefs and accept the myriad means of worship and prayer available to human beings seeking spiritual enlightenment. Hindu minorities living in countries throughout South Asia and other parts of the world are subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination, restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice, violence, social persecution, and economic and political marginalization. Hindu women are especially vulnerable and face kidnappings and forced conversions in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. In several countries where Hindus are minorities, non-state actors advance a discriminatory and exclusivist agenda, often with the tacit or explicit support of the state. Persecution by state and non-state actors alike has led a growing number of Hindus to flee their country of origin and live as refugees
Persecution for Support of Gender Equality and LGBTQ Rights
India has a dismal record with regards to the treatment of women, gays, lesbians, and transgender people, all of whom suffer social ostracization, legal persecution, and honor killings for their gender and sexuality. The rise of Hindutva militant organizations like the BJP, RSS, VHP, and BD fuels a culture of violence in India that has exacerbated the situation for minorities in the country. ASMT has been singled out for persecution by Hindutva elements for their progressive stance on LGBTQ rights and gender equality.
Centuries of Muslim invasion devastated India’s architectural heritage, particularly with respect to Hindu temples. Today, the largest Hindu temples are located in South India (Tirupathi, Madurai, Tanjore) or in the eastern state of Orissa. These regions remained outside Islamic rule for most of their history. Meanwhile, the traditional heartland of Hinduism in the Ganges river valley (modern Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) as well as Sindh and Punjab feature no major large Hindu temples, most of which were destroyed during the Muslim conquest of India from 1000-1300 C.E. Many of the historic temples of major Hindu sites at Ayodhya, Kannauj, Mathura, Multan, Vrindavan, Varanasi, Thanesar and Prayag no longer exist.
The desecration of Hindu temples continues till the present day. Sacred deities are stolen and smuggled out of India, temple lands are illegally occupied, and temple sculptures are destroyed and disfigured by the very government body in charge of the management and control of temples and their respective endowments. In fact the Madras High Court acknowledged the dismal state of Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu when it stated:
“Many temples constructed at least 1,500 years ago or much before the temples recognized by UNESCO are in ruins. Even the daily rituals are not performed. Some temples remain closed throughout the day with no one to even light the lamps.”
Out of hundreds of thousands of temples across 56 kingdoms, only a fraction remain in previously Hindu territory. The rest were systematically destroyed, looted and shut down in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. In places like Afghanistan Hindu temples have been virtually erased from the archaeological record.
Lack of Recognition of Religious and Minority Rights
The plight of Hindu minorities is particularly concerning as these vulnerable groups remain marginalized and subject to discrimination, violence, social prejudice and harassment. Hindu women are particularly vulnerable and targeted for kidnapping, rape and forced conversion. The most egregious and systematic violations human rights take place in former Hindu nations where Hindus are now minorities such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Pakistan. Serious human rights violations against Hindus have also been reported in Bhutan, Jammu and Kashmir, Fiji and Sri Lanka.
Nepal, the world’s last Hindu kingdom, fell to secularization in 2007 due to pressure from Maoist forces. The Maoist takeover has resulted in the destruction of temples, closing of Sanskrit schools and the loss of cultural and religious identity of Nepalese Hindus. The secular government has banned ancient Hindu monastic orders in cases such as the Pashupatinath temple where a 300 year old lineage of service by temple priests was broken with their forced expulsion.
Cultural and Linguistic Genocide
genocide is a central aspect of cultural genocide. The UN 1948
International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of The Crime
of Genocide cites the following:
“Any deliberate act committed with intent to destroy the language, religion or culture of a national, racial or religious group on grounds of national or racial origin or religious belief, such as (1) Prohibiting the use of the language of the group in daily intercourse or in schools, or the printing and circulation of publications in the language of the group; and (2) Destroying or preventing the use of libraries, museums, schools, historical monuments, places of worship or other cultural institutions and objects of the group.”
Sanskrit is one of the world’s most ancient and complex languages. The Sanskrit language was termed as Deva-Vani, or language of the Gods. The term ‘Sanskrit’ is derived from the conjoining of the prefix ‘Sam’ meaning ‘samyak’ which indicates ‘entirely’, and ‘krit’ that indicates ‘done’. Thus, the name indicates perfectly or entirely done in terms of communication, reading, hearing, and the use of vocabulary to transcend and express an emotion. An extraordinarily complex language with a vast vocabulary, it is still widely used today in the reading of sacred texts and hymns.
Islamic and British Invaders destroyed the ancient Gurukul education system thereby removing the oral tradition of the Guru-disciple relationship and preventing the widespread transmission of Sanskrit across the Hindu population, Sanskrit slowly morphed into a language spoken only by limited linguistic scholars and historians. Generations of Hindus were robbed the opportunity of learning directly about their cultural identity, poetry, science and religious scriptures and were instead forced to rely on sanitized English translations that often served to enforce colonial narratives. Rather than learn their indigenous language, Hindus were instead compelled to undergo an English education to better conform to British rule. Sanskrit and the Gurukul system of education continue to be suppressed in modern India.
In addition, the destruction of libraries, ancient universities and ancient manuscripts on science, vedic mathematics, ayurveda and astronomy contributed greatly to the linguistic genocide of the Hindu people. One such example was the throne of knowledge, Nalanda university and temple complex.
Nalanda University was the ancient center of higher learning, located in Bihar (in the ancient kingdom of Magadha), is India’s second oldest university after Takshila. Spread over an area of 14 hectares and accommodating 10,000 students, it was a principal seat of learning from fifth century CE until the Turkish invasion of 1193, attracting students from as far as Tibet, China, Greece, and Persia. According to accounts by pilgrim monks from East Asia and other historians, the curriculum in Nalanda University included study of the Vedas, mathematics, logic, Sanskrit grammar, medicine and more subjects in every field of learning. The great library of Nalanda University was so vast that it is reported to have housed more than 9 million manuscripts.
Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by Turkish Muslim invaders, under Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193 AD. The library burned for three months after the invaders set fire to the buildings. The Muslim invaders ransacked and destroyed the monasteries and massacred all Hindu monks, teachers and students. Nalanda is but one example of Hindu art, history, literature and spiritual teachings being put to the flame in an exercise of linguistic genocide and book burning on a scale without historical parallel.
The Vedic civilization, the world’s oldest living civilization, persists to this day in the Indian subcontinent. It gave to the world the sciences of Vedic mathematics, astronomy, navigation, medicine, yoga, and above, all the sacred science of the Self (Sanatana Dharma, commonly referred to as Hinduism in the West). It is also the only civilization to produce a living lineage of Avatars (living incarnations) and enlightened beings that continue to grace our planet till the present day.
Hinduism comprises many indigenous spiritual traditions coexisting peacefully for millennia. There is no one sacred text of Hinduism, no one spiritual head, no one concept of the divine. Hinduism has continued to exist for more than 10,000 years as the oldest living civilization on the planet because it is a framework for expressing religiosity and spirituality. Sanatana Dharma makes a clear statement in that “it empowers every individual to start their own spiritual tradition and practice,” uniquely tailored to suit that individual in alignment with the original source scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, known as the Veda-Agamas.
The basis for the open architecture framework of Hinduism lies in its mature recognition that the core truths of the self, universe, and divine empower every individual to have the freedom to customize their own personalized God, personalized lifestyle, and personalized spiritual practice. The Avatar as guru or teacher descends time and again from the universal cosmic consciousness to provide beings with conscious breakthroughs for their spiritual enlightenment. Hinduism therefore accommodates many spiritual masters and spiritual paths to meet the diverse needs of humanity. It is from within this framework that the lifestyle and teachings of the Hindu Adi Shaivite Minority Tradition or ASMT evolved.
Paradoxically, ASMT is a completely orthodox Hindu tradition and aligned to the ancient Agama scriptures yet in doing so maintains a remarkably progressive stance when it comes to the rights of women, and the rights of members of the LGBTQ and transgendered communities. The spiritual head of ASMT has publicly declared himself to be of indeterminate gender and composed of more than 11 gender identity components. In this regard, ASMT represents one of the most progressive ideologies in the world as it freely ordains women into sanyaas (the monastic order), recognizes 11 genders, and performs specific temple rituals for gay marriage, all from the depth of the more than 5,000 year old indigenous spiritual tradition.
These principles constitute the integrity of the ASMT community and the ethos of the nation of Kailaasa: nonviolence, blissful coexistence, vegetarianism, worship of nature and living beings, organic lifestyle, temple-based living, yoga, and yogic sciences. The Veda-Agamas provide clear instructions on how beings may realize the ultimate awareness of the cosmic oneness or Advaita through yogic sciences. Every being can manifest shaktis or powers from the space and state of oneness to create the reality that they desire.
Hindu Holocaust: Invasion, Colonization and Exploitation
The story of the systematic destruction, dismantling and bleeding of Hindu civilization at the hands of foreign invaders and colonial overlords is one of the greatest unrecognized genocides in recorded history — over a span of a thousand years 400 million Hindus were massacred or starved, thousands of temples were looted and destroyed, and billions of dollars in economic output were appropriated.
Celebrated historian Will Durant explains in The Story of Civilisation: Our Oriental Heritage: “The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were converted to Islam by sword during this period.”
The British Imperial rule that succeeded the Muslim dynasties, was arguably more destructive to Hindu civilization, both economically and socially. Durant, upon seeing the destitute condition of Indians under British rule in 1930, remarked “I have seen a great people starving to death before my eyes, and I am convinced that this exhaustion and starvation are due not, as their beneficiaries claim, to overpopulation and superstition, but to the most sordid and criminal exploitation of one nation by another in all recorded history.”
When the British entered India weakened by centuries of Muslim conquest, it represented a staggering 27% of global GDP. After 200 years of colonial exploitation, the British left India in 1947 with 90% of the population living below the poverty line and only 17% of Indians able to read and write. British mismanagement and misappropriation resulted in an Indian GDP growth rate from 1900 to 1947 of a meager 0.001%. The British systematically undermined traditional Hindu native rulers, institutions, temples and schools in order to utterly destroy the indigenous Hindu culture and civilization and replace it with an alien British system that rendered Hindus second-class citizens in their own country.
Modern Hindus have also experienced religious persecution in the form of forced conversions, documented massacres, demolition and desecrations of temples, as well as the destruction of universities and schools. Hindus in the Muslim-majority regions of Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other countries have suffered persecution.
A poignant example of persecution is seen during the 1971 Bangladesh genocide where there was widespread killings and acts of ethnic cleansing of Hindu civilians in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan, a province of Pakistan), and widespread violations of human rights were carried out by the Pakistani Army, which was supported by political and religious militias during the Bangladesh Liberation War. In Bangladesh, the atrocities are identified as a genocide. Time magazine reported that “the Hindus, who account for three-fourths of the refugees and a majority of the dead, have borne the brunt of the Muslim military’s hatred.” There was widespread killing of Hindu males, and rapes of women. Documented incidents in which Hindus were massacred in large numbers include the Chuknagar massacre, the Jathibhanga massacre, and the Shankharipara massacre.
Unfortunately, the plight of Hindus in India, particularly its minority communities, did not improve substantially post-Independence. Hindus continue to face systematic political, legal and social persecution and violence from atheistic, Marxist political parties and even from ostensibly Hindu majority political parties like the BJP and RSS who seek to dominate minority Hindu communities such as the ASMT in order to retain political hegemony.
Historical Roots of ASMT
The traditional seat of ASMT is the city of Madurai, which is in the present state of Tamil Nadu, India. Prior to colonial rule, the South Indian Adi Shaiva nation with Madurai as its capital was one of the most culturally, spiritually, and scientifically advanced and wealthiest civilizations of the time going back several thousand years to earlier than 200 B.C.E.
The Adi Shaiva nation was ruled primarily by three dynasties of rulers – the Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas. At their peak around 1000 C.E., they ruled all of what is currently Southern India, including Sri Lanka in the South, the Maldives and Lakshadweep to the west, and then extending east all along the coast of the Bay of Bengal across Southern Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and parts of Cambodia. The Khmer Kingdom in Cambodia was established with the help of Rajendra Chola, one of the Chola Kings. Artisans from the Chola Kingdom built the largest Hindu temple in the world at Angkor Wat in Cambodia under the auspices of Suryavarman II. The Chola kings also built magnificent temples throughout India like the Brihadeeshwara temple in Tanjore for Paramashiva, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the Adi Shaiva community, often the kingdom’s spiritual head was its political, economical, and cultural head. The political rule (Arasatchi) was not separated from the economic rule (Porulaatchi), and neither of these were separated from the core principles of ASMT. The Pandyas considered the Kamika Agama of ASMT (scriptures on the science of living an enlightened life) written by Paramashiva (the original author of yoga) as the core spiritual guide for the people and the kingdom.
Thus, the political understanding of the people and the nation could only be made with someone who was a master of the Kamika Agama, and who understood its principles deeply. The spiritual leader of the nation or community was known as the Madurai Aadheenam Guru Maha Sannidhaanam, who has always been considered as the incarnation of Paramashiva in ASMT.
The constitution, laws and values of Kailasa are based on Veda-Agamic scriptures and Manusmriti. Manusmriti, translated as “The Laws of Manu” is the most important and authoritative Hindu law book (Dharmashastra), which served as a foundational work on Hindu law and jurisprudence in ancient India for at least 1,500 years. Kailasa stands for some of the following cosmic principles:
Right to Happiness
Hinduism is the religion of bliss. It considers the Right of Happiness to be the highest fundamental right of all humans, in fact all beings. The ultimate goal for Hinduism is the material and spiritual well-being of humanity.
Peaceful Co-existence of all beings
Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah. Sarve santu niraamayaah. Sarve bhadraani pashyantu. Maa kaschid dukhbhaag bhavet.
“May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. May all beings experience prosperity. May none in the world suffer.”
Against the backdrop of this understanding of equality and unity, the Hindu world has embraced the reality of diversity through its philosophy of pluralism. Every being, with their varying likes and dislikes, their unique personalities, and their different cultures, not only connect with one another in their own unique ways, but connect with the divine in their own individual ways.
Omnipresence of All Beings
Ekoham Bahu Syam: “I am one; may I become many” – Oneness of all beings is the core operating cognition resulting in all beings experienced as the self.
Human Dignity cannot be ensured merely through constitutional means, it has to be embedded in the basic Sanskaras – the value system of the society. The same Consciousness pervades all creation therefore all beings are equal.
“Amritasya Putrah Vayam’ – this is how Hinduism introduces human beings “as children of the immortals”
Divine nature of Human Beings
doesn’t recognise human beings as mere material beings. Its
understanding of human identity is more ethical-spiritual than material.
Sarvam brahmopniṣadam – All is Brahman, Consciousness, is revealed in the Upanishads.
That is why a sense of immortality and divinity is attributed to all human beings in Hindu thought and culture. It is on the principle that the soul that makes the body of all living organisms its abode is in fact an integral part of the Divine Whole – Paramaatman – that the Vedas declare unequivocally:
Ajyesthaaso Akanisthaasa Yete Sam Bhraataro Vaavrudhuh Soubhagaya
“No one is superior or inferior; all are brothers; all should strive for the interest of all and progress collectively.”
RigVeda, Mandala-5, Sukta-60, Mantra-5
Ethical treatment of Animals and Plants
The core Hindu belief that the Divine exists in all living beings, both human and non-human, and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the whole world is one family. Animals and plants are equally embodied with the existence of the Divine and are fully deserving of respect and human compassion. Amongst Vedic traditions are some of the earliest teachings promoting the ethical treatment of animals, the basis of which stems from the concepts of karma and reincarnation; ahimsa or non-injury; and the understanding that the Divine exists as a soul in all living beings, both human and non-human. Despite differences in intelligence and ability amongst varying life forms, the existence of the soul in all forms binds all of existence and demands peaceful, respectful coexistence amongst humans, animals and other elements of nature.
In the Hindu epic Mahabharat, Lord Krishna, who chastises his cousin for carelessly chopping down a tree to release pent up anger, states, “Humans should take from this planet only that which is necessary for our survival.” He continues to explain that when societies begin to violate this principle, all of humanity will be forced to face the repercussions as all life is interconnected and serves its unique purpose in the world.
“He who kills harmless and non-violent creatures for his own pleasure will never get true happiness, whether in this life, or after he dies.” ~ (Manu Smriti 5.45 – Vishnu Dharma Sutra 51.68)
“He who does not seek to kill, cause pain or tie up living creatures and desires the good of all attains everlasting joy.” ~ (Manu Smriti 5.46 – Vishnu Dharma Sutra 51.69)
“Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat.” ~ (Manu Smriti 5.48 – Vishnu Dharma Sutra 51.71)
Rights of All Genders
Kailasa respects and treats all 11 genders equally with equal respect and rights for all.
Historically, in ancient India, women had always occupied positions of power and high esteem. Prof. H.H. Wilson says: “It may be confidently asserted that in no nation of antiquity were women held in so much esteem as amongst Hindus.” (Mill’s History of Bharat, Vol. II) The Divine in Hinduism is Artha Nareeswara in form and gender-free in formless.
Women enjoyed not only equal opportunities and privileges with men in the classical Hindu literature; they even enjoyed rights that were not available for their counterparts. Manu Smriti, declares:
Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devatah – “Where women are worshipped there the angels tread”.
The nation of Kailasa adheres to Sanatana Dharma (commonly referred to as Hinduism in the West) and operates under the cosmic principle of pure Oneness (Advaita) as described by Paramashiva, the original author of the science of yoga (union with the ultimate) and enlightenment. The application of Oneness to everyday life is revealed in the Agamas, ancient scriptures authored by Paramashiva, describing a society based on the fundamental ideals of universality, blissful coexistence, non-violence and freedom.
Paramashiva is the Adi Yogi (innovator of yoga) and the Adi Guru (primordial guru or spiritual master), who is an embodiment of the ultimate cosmic intelligence. Time and again, he incarnates on earth to revive the science of yoga, enlightenment and power manifestation; to make it relevant to the times; to exemplify a divine life on earth; and to lead all beings to the next stage in their evolution. Sanatana Dharma describes Paramashiva’s eternal home as Kailasa – the eleven dimensional realm that encompasses space, time and other ordinary dimensions we perceive in everyday life. Kailasa is open to everyone irrespective of who they are. In Kailasa, people are not judged but transformed. Kailasa represents a place of simplicity in form, yet the ultimate richness in spirit. It is a place of the joyous cosmic dance where the world is created, governed and celebrated.
When Paramashiva embodies himself, the physical place he resides on earth is also referred to as Kailasa. The nation-in-exile of Kailasa represents the land where the current incarnation of Paramashiva, His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, resides and leads the world. This nation is thus an embodiment of the principles, practices, the space and mystique of the residence of Paramashiva and hence appropriately named Kailasa.
Kailasa will operate as a nation with its own Self-governing body based on:
Parliamentary system based on Hindu Political principles
Supreme Court as per Hindu Legal & Justice system
Federal Reserve Bank run as per Hindu Economic Policies
World Trade Center run as per Hindu Business Principles
Educational Institutions run as per Hindu Education System
Religious organizations such as Temples and Monasteries as per Hindu Religious traditions
Spiritual Giants of our Times: The Dalai Lama and Guru Maha Sannidhaanam Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam – Parallels Between the Lives of Two Spiritual Giants, Persecuted for their Beliefs, Yet Standing Tall for Humanity
Government Authority vs Power of Spiritual Truth
When the truth speaks, Governments tremble. China and India are nuclear powers with the ability to destroy the earth many times over and with more than a third of the world’s population. Yet just the mere presence of some people – people who have no possession other than the clothes they wear and the words they utter – is enough to rattle the superpowers into fear and frenzy. When the truth is spoken power trembles.
The Dalai Lama and HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam are incontrovertibly two of the most powerful spiritual figures of the present times. Both are outspoken, against the tyranny of the establishment and are working towards a new world order – one where divisions disappear and people live in peace, powerfulness and prosperity. Both are exiled from their homes and have hence become citizens of the world. Both are ancient beings who have re-incarnated to bring back order into the chaos that the world has become today.
We, the people of this planet, are staring at the distinct possibility of annihilation today. Over consumption has brought us perilously close to extinction due to global warming, perhaps irrecoverably so if we are to believe the scientists. War and terror are stark realities that affect the lives of millions directly and billions indirectly through the effects of protectionism and fear. While there is plenty and wastage in some places the other half suffers with poverty and famine. And this is not just true of the planet earth but within each country or state or city. The solutions to these problems are not technical. What is needed is to rewire human consciousness in a powerful way – to take us to the next level of existence. The promise that these two leaders offer and stand for visually with their very presence is this new world order. And this promise shakes up the powers that be – Governments, established religions and other vested interests.
Leaders of Religious Minorities
The Dalai Lama is considered as the 16th incarnation of Bodhisattava, the one who had vowed to take people to enlightenment. Similarly, His Divine Holiness is the 293rd incarnation of Paramashiva, the intelligence that created the cosmos, the original author of yoga.
Just like the Dalai Lama who is the head a minority group, Tibetan Buddhism, within the ambit of the larger Buddhism, HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam belongs to the ancient and most authentic order of Hinduism – Shaivism within the Hindu group of religions. He is the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhaanam (Pontiff) of the Madurai Aadheenam which is the oldest living monastic order in the world. The Madurai Aadheenam is the flagship institution preserving and promoting Shaivism. Lord Paramashiva, the primary deity of Hinduism and the first master who brought the science of yoga and enlightenment to this world founded this ancient and secret mystic branch of Shaivism where the many extraordinary powers of the super-consciousness are kept alive, practiced and passed on from generation to generation. Many millennia later Tibetan Buddhists discovered some of these powerful techniques and have kept them alive in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Powers, Peace &
Peace and power are two sides of the coin. With inner power comes the ability of people to be non-violent towards others and to protect themselves from abuse. Scientific studies on Tibetan Buddhist monks have shown they could survive for days in freezing temperatures and in fact raise their temperatures in these conditions to extremely high levels. They have demonstrated the power to read minds and move matter by just looking. Similarly, studies done by Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam have scientifically demonstrated the ability of the monks of the order to see with their eyes blindfolded, to teleport objects across space, to materialize things from nothing and many such extraordinary abilities or Shaktis.
The presence of spiritual powers beyond the control of the established rulers and religions and their power which is given directly to the common people, has threatened the establishment throughout history. In the middle ages, in Europe, millions of practitioners of the sciences were branded as witches and wizards and burnt at the stake. Shaolin monks and Akhada Sadhus in India have for millennia protected the common people from the abuse of power of the rulers.
Attempts to Assassinate & Take over Property
In the 1950s and 60s the Chinese Government tried to kill the Dalai Lama when their effort to control the Tibetan Buddhists did not succeed. Through a hard a dangerous journey through the snowcapped mountains he escaped the attempts on his life and established the Government of Tibet in exile. The Government has established a puppet head in the place of the Dalai Lama and are trying to legitimize him. Somewhat differently, but yet very similar in the essence, the powers that be in India have been, over the past decade, trying to wrest control of the Madurai Aadheenam, Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam and HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam. Many attempts have been made on his life. And through the power of media houses, using hooligans and lynching mobs and the abuse of legal processes, he has been thrown out of the Aadheenam. Unlike the Dalai Lama where the state was the sole aggressor, in the case of Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam many vested interests have ganged up together against him. The state in India functions through the autocratic and abusive body knows as the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments board or HR&CE who works to take over the properties of all Hindu organizations the moment they show traction. Other religions and even the dogmatic groups of the Hindu religion that depend on numbers to keep their political relevance are threatened by the popularity and effectiveness of the teachings and techniques of His Divine Holiness. Through threats and litigation, they have gained control over the caretaker of the Madurai Aadheenam and are trying to appoint another Pontiff who would be under their control. This is similar to how the Chinese government is trying to wrest control of appointing the next Dalai Lama from the current one – trying to politicize what is a deeply spiritual process.
Identifying an Incarnation – A Deeply Spiritual Process
Little do they realize that the headship of these ancient, powerful world orders does not happen through democracy or power politics but through a spiritual process that begins many lifetimes before.
The Dalai Lama is considered as the incarnation of Bodhisattva – present on this earth to lead people to enlightenment. The current Dalai Lama is considered as the 16th incarnation in this lineage. The way he was identified was by a panel of people entrusted with this sacred task
At a very young age, he went through a series of tests; specifically, he had to identify from a group of objects presented to him, the items that belonged to the previous Dalai Lama.
In the case of His Divine Holiness, he was appointed as the Pontiff after Paramashiva appeared in a vision to the current pontiff instructing him that His Divine Holiness was the next incarnation. But long before that many saints had identified His Divine Holiness as the next incarnation of Paramashiva on planet earth. There were many ways to identify him – mainly through his knowledge of temples, deities and spiritual things which he could not have known unless he brought the knowledge from previous births. Based on these tests, a group of saints – Mata Vibudhananda Puri, Isakki Swamigal, Annamalai Swamigal and Ram Surat Kumar (who was the previous enlightened master before His Divine Holiness in his birth place), and a yogi by the name Raghupathi Yogi, identified His Divine Holiness as an Incarnation while he was a child.
For example, when His Divine Holiness was 4 years of age (an age at which he did not know about temples), his early mentor (by the name of Kuppammal or Mata Vibudhananda Puri) showed a temple at the top of a hill named Pavazhakundru and asked Him what is was. He said it is Ardhanaareeshwara (a deity who represents balance of male and female energies) temple even though he was never told before about Ardhanareeshwara before.
At the age of 3, he recited the entire Ramayana (one of the sacred stories about an earlier incarnation). Another test is the ability to recite hymns and verses from the scriptures which he has never heard. His Divine Holiness also exhibited the power of “eka santhagrahi” –the ability to recited a difficult verse after hearing it only once. He was also able tovisualize and draw “mandalas” or sacred geometries (including 42 complex interlocking triangles) without knowing them in advance. Only if he succeeds in all this – he is identified as an incarnation.
In Hinduism someone is designated as an incarnation or a successor through the act of coronation with a golden crown, and through the act of offering golden footwear called padukas. After the initial panel of saints identified him as an incarnation, many other saintsand Pontiffs coronated His Divine Holiness.
Mata Vibudhananda Puri coronated him as an incarnation when he was a child. Later, many other enlightened masters identified him as an Incarnation and officially coronated him.
The Pontiff of Thiruchengode Aadheenam coronated His Divine Holiness on Apr 14 2001 when he established his own monastery for the very first time.
In 2012 the current pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam was instructed in his dream by Paramashiva to coronate His Divine Holiness as the 293rd successor in his lineage.
In 2013 His Divine Holiness was coronated as a Maha Mandaleshwar (spiritual head) of Maha Nirvani Akhada, the oldest apex body of Hinduism.
In 2015 His Divine Holiness was coronated as the head of Kolada Mutt (monastery) by the current pontiff.
Just like the Dalai Lama – His Divine Holiness has become a Guru Maha Sannidhaanam in exile – he is not allowed to enter as the future pontiff.
Just like the Dalai Lama, although He has the right to appoint the next Guru Maha Sannidhanam, the government is trying to take that right away from him just like the Chinese government is trying to do with the Dalai Lama.
Just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness is being persecuted by anti-religious forces.
And just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness has continued to serve humanity in an exceptional way, standing up for the downtrodden, helping the needy and empowering people around the world. He teaches the science of being powerful – the ability to express extraordinary powers. He has taken yoga and meditation to higher and higher levels. He has published over 300 books in 37 languages. He has helped people with life solutions.
Just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness is very much a scientist at heart. He has conducted deep research into mystical phenomenon and uncovered many interested truths about enlightenment and the ability to transmit the enlightenment experience to another.
It is indisputable that these two stalwarts of humanity and human rights shared a lot in common. One more thing about them is that they are both divine treasures, who need to be protected by the international community. Their contributions to the world are immeasurable, and it is the responsibility of the broader international community to step up and grant them protection for the benefit of the world.