Dialouge with the Vatican (Mumbai)
Undercurrent is most honoured to have
the picture of the most revered Guru the Shankaracharya of Kanchi
in its pages. We are deeply touched by his message to bring
in peace to the Nation. We thank Mrs.Radha Rajan for her efforts.
The following is the press report after the conclusion of the
Interfaith Dialouge in Mumbai recently.
By Radha Rajan
Dear all, we have it on excellent authority that
the inter-faith dialogue did not go as planned (by the Vatican
and its Hindu apologists at home). We are told that no one except
the religious leaders themselves and one or two persons two assist
them in the dialogue were permitted in the hall. Pujya periava
spoke as is characteristic of him, in the softest tone possible,
with the unfading smile never slipping from his face, in chaste
Hindi. However as is obvious from the statement that he released
to the Press and Media after the dialogue, it is obvious that
the soft tone and chaste Hindi shocked the gathering on the jaw.
It is a good thing for Hindus that this time we had a man who
knows his dharma and more importantly, like Sri Krishna, understands
evil, spoke for this bhumi. RR
The Points that Pujya Periava made at the inter-faith
dialogue and was made into a press statement.
1. Exactly one month ago to the date, the Pope went to Jerusalem
where Jesus was born, for a similar dialogue that the Vatican
had undertaken with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. At the end
of that meeting when the Pope and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzer
jointly addressed the Press and Media, the Chief Rabbi thanked
the Pope for assuring the Chief Rabbinate that the Catholic Church
would desist and cease from all missionary and conversion activities
among the Jews. This is construed as endorsed and agreed by the
Pope since he was present at the press meet. We need a similar
commitment from the Church for Hindus.
2. After such inter-faith meetings, the points agreed have to
be faithfully abided. Otherwise there will be no point in holding
such meetings. Unless the Church reassures Hindus that it will
not conduct itself in a manner that wounds Hindu sensibilities
and follows up on those assurances, such inter-faith meetings,
no matter how frequently they are held, will be futile and not
serve any meaningful cause.
3. In 1999, Pope Johan Paul II had stated that the mission of
the Vatican was to plant the Cross in Asia in the third millennium
to facilitate the Christianizing of the world, which alone would
cause the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Pope must tell us
the rationale for the First Coming of Jesus Christ when there
was no Christianity or the Church to undertake the mission to
Christianize the world.
4. We see the USCIRF (US Commission on International Religious
Freedom) as an intrusive mechanism of a foreign government to
interfere in the internal affairs of this country. The USCIRF,
which has been permitted to visit this country to hold meetings
with our people to ascertain religious freedom in our country,
must no longer be permitted to enter this country on this intrusive
mission. We will not allow external interference into our internal
5. We know that very large amounts of money come into this country
for Churches and Christian groups, ostensibly for charitable work.
These funds should be used only for social causes like health,
education etc and should not be used for religious conversion.
During these dialogues, it should be agreed that the funds should
be distributed to all Organizations who do charitable work, irrespective
of the organizations’ religious faith. A common pool should be
created and a Committee formed to distribute and monitor the usage
of these funds.
6. It has become easy for the Missionaries to convert Hindus.
All Hindu Organizations and Associations should work together
to educate Hindus and eradicate the conversion activity.
7. Hindu dharma is by nature diverse and so all different panthas
and sampradayas co-exist on this bhumi without seeking to destroy
the others. Hindu dharma has nurtured and supported all faiths
and religions because that is the way of dharma. We expect that
religions which have come into this bhumi from other lands will
respect this vital characteristic of Hindu dharma and not do anything
to subvert or disturb the sense of nationhood of this country.
Hindu dharma and the Hindu people welcome Christians and Muslims,
Parsis and Jews to make this land their home. We expect from these
religions that they will not seek to destroy our faith, our religion
and wound our religious sensibilities. We encourage all religions
to live with mutual respect and harmony in a shared sense of nationalism
which should bind us all as one nation. Nationalism should come
8. We are aware of the propaganda that they [the church] will
cure diseases and ailments if the individual converts to their
faith. This is illegal as per the DRUGS AND MAGIC REMEDIES ACT
1954 and we call upon the Indian government to take action under
the provision of law.
9. Most of the countries in the world (USA,
UK, Japan, Middle-east nations, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc.), adopt
national resolutions and statements of intent proclaimed by
their governments and their tallest religious bodies, affirming
their determination to protect and defend the culture and the
religion from which their cultures derive. In India alone we
pass resolutions which officially and legally promote an irreligious
and unspiritual creed called secularism. Secularism is an administrative
quality; it cannot be the soul of this nation. The soul of this
nation is religious and spiritual. We call upon our government
and other important religious bodies to recognize this truth
and affirm their commitment to protect the soul of this nation.
10. The Buddhist Mahasangha and the Joint Committee of Buddhist
Organizations have declared their intention to get the Sri Lankan
government to pilot and pass a national anti-conversion Bill
and make it law. We welcome this move and strongly endorse this
11. The Church in India must stop forthwith the use of Hindu
religious words, phrases and symbols like Veda, Agama, Rishi,
Ashrama, Om and other such in what is referred to as ‘inculturation’
tactics, but which are only intended to deceive the vulnerable
sections of our people who are the intended targets for religious
conversion. This is also insulting to and wounding the religious
sensitivities of Hindus. Similarly it has been brought to our
notice that some churches are scripting a new Bible for the
new converts by usurping sections of our sacred Vedas, Upanishads
and Puranas and incorporating them into the Bible. This must
stop immediately and all such Bibles must be withdrawn from
circulation. We urge the Indian government to look into the
issue and do the needful.