In social media of Facebook and Twitter, I am frequently ridiculed and berated for my faith of Sanatana Dharma  that is purported to boast 33 crore Devi-s and Deva-s to worship. They also condemn Hindu-s worshipping plants and animals too. Those ‘they’ happen to be mostly Roman Catholics of Goa, Protestants of Nort-East Bharata, ‘Khalistani’ brand Sikhs from Canada and a motley crowd of ISI brain-washed Sikhs residing in Jammu. When countered and challenged, they issue me warnings / threats of dire consequences which I thoroughly enjoy and laugh at, following foot-steps of my hero Russy Karanjia, late editor of a weekly tabloid Blitz which used to be published from Bombay. I am dismayed to behold, Sikhs do not wish to accept the reality that Sikhism is one of so many streams emerging from the Gangotri  of Sanatana Hinduism  and Sikhs have been Rajputa-s in the erstwhile scheme of Varna  order. Catholics / Protestants / Muslims do not wish to accept that their faith does not belong to this nation and those were forcibly imposed upon their ancestors by intruders from overseas. 

There have been others too, who are ‘lambasted’ like that which many of them meekly ignore / tolerate, some explain away by saying that it is 33 only and not 33 crore, that ‘Koti’ does not necessarily mean ‘Crore’ etc. Let me now set the records straight for the benefit of all who may be seeking accurate perception of the imbroglio even at the risk of being condemned further.  

We are well aware that Absolute Entity is binomial in structure and likewise, all sub-entities too, are binomial in configuration. Cetana  i.e. Consciousness and Jada  i.e. material together create an Absolute Entity, also adored as Param Brahmatma. Param Cetana, also known as Samasti Cetana  i.e. Absolute Consciousness of Param Brahmatma  allows Himself to manifest / proliferate into innumerable individualised Cetana-s, circumscribed by Ahamkara, also known as VyastiCetana  as well as Atma. In a parallel and compatible cosmic event, Jada  too manifests / proliferates into innumerable entities through the processes of aggregation and conglomeration, all absolutely devoid of Cetana  at the behest of Param Cetana. Jivatma  comes into being ONLY when VyastiCetana  associates itself with Jada. It is also known as embodiment or birth and it’s converse, dis-embodiment or demise. 

In Sanatana Dharma, it is Cetana  who is worshipped, whether Param Cetana  of Param Brahmatma  or VyastiCetana  of a living being who may be an ant or elephant. Every manifestation of Cetana  is adorable irrespective of contours imparted upon by various conglomerated derivatives of Jada. Every VyastiCetana  possesses the potential to attain absolute divinity. Quite logically, there are innumerable VyastiCetana-s i.e. Atma-s who are already Deva-s or poised to evolve into Deva-s.

Thus Sanatana Dharma  has infinite number of Devi-s / Deva-s to be adored and worshipped, not merely 33 crores as grossly mis-understood or mis-interpreted by some. So there is no dearth of Devi-s and Deva-s to chose from for worshipping as each and every VyastiCetana  is adorable and deserves to be worshipped. Concepts and realities like Vasudhaiva Kutumbakum, Ahimsa  etc. spontaneously spring forth as soon as you concede, every Atma  is an adorable celestial Deva. Philosophy behind Sanatana Hindu  greeting in the form of ‘Namaste’ too, is based on that axiomatic truth alone.  

When a Hindu  worships a plant or an animal, it is VyastiCetana  hidden within the plant or animal as the case may be, is worshipped and not body of the plant or animal in question. It naturally implies, it is Cetana  that worships Cetana  with the means of Jada. So cynics, sceptics, atheists, hedonists, nihilists, sensualists and of course, secular-lunatics have absolutely no business to ridicule Sanatana  way of worshipping some plants and animals. 

When a Hindu  worships a Murti  carved out of Jada  viz. stone, wood, glass, soil etc., it is VyastiCetana  ensconced within the Murti  after Vedic  ritual of PranaPratistha  is solemnised, is worshipped and NOT the idol crafted of Jada  material. Hence, MurtiPuja  cannot be accurately translated into or described as Idol-worship as Murti  is not an idol at all. Murti  is a repository of divine Cetana  whose PranaPratistha  has been solemnised through invocations, a manifestation of the Deva  or Devi  for whom the sacrosanct Vedic  ritual of PranaPratistha  has been carried out. All those individuals, empires, Kingdoms have been razed to dust that destroyed such a Murti / Mandira  or under whose regime, such instances of desecration has / had been enacted. Desecration of Cetana  inevitably invites terrible consequences to bear with.

Tailanga Swami Maharaja, a Siddha Yogi  and contemporary of Swami Ramakrsna Paramhamsa  who came from Andhra Pradesh, settled down on banks of Ganga at Varanasi, lived for almost 270 years, prayed to the small Murti  of Ma Kali  whom he used to worship, to appear before him and his disciple to bless both of them. Ma Kali  did emerge from the Murti  after his invocations manifesting Herself as a young girl, blessed both and reverted into the same Murti. In this exceedingly mysterious nation, such events are quite frequent, neither rare nor exceptional albeit accessible only to those who are imbued with Sraddha  and Bhakti  unto Him or Her.      

Hence as a matter of fact, those who ridicule Sanatana Hinduism  for having 33 crore Deva-s / Devi-s to chose from and worship, are in reality, laughing at their own abject ignorance about an intense  Adhyatmika  mysticism as ancient as the Planet Earth itself.


Published @ http://www.makingindia.co/online-news-english/2018/01/19/33-crore-devas-devis-hindus-not/


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