Ten Things a Hindu Can Do When Using English Language
Hindus meaning the people of the Indian Subcontinent have been severely challenged over the past 1400 years. The region has been invaded and a great deal of their culture distorted or destroyed. The land we call India today is a remnant of the ancient Hindustan that stretched from Burma (Myanmar) to Persia.
It is from this broad region that language, ideology, numbers and our sciences originated. All these things have been taken around the world and used for divergent purposes yet the Hindu origins have been sidelined, derided and even despised.
1400 years of destruction have left India battered and bruised, its people disconnected from their roots but there is a movement's, a ground swell seeking to reconnect and recreate what was the world's first greatest culture. This is not a militaristic empire, it's a culture of respect for life and bringing out the best of what is to be human by leading a dharmic lifestyle and learning from the wisdom of the ancestors.
Many modern Hindus and particularly those well educated are infected by a psychological disease of disowning their heritage and mispronouncing the ancient names of their ancestors. Hindus need to learn all over again that the land we call India today and it's reaches constituted the worlds first great civilisation which is something to be immensely proud and respectful of.
To my Hindu friends and readers:
1. Please stop using the word "God fearing" - Hindus never ever fear God. For us, God is everywhere and we are also integral part of God. God is not a separate entity to fear.
2. Please do not use the meaningless term "RIP" when someone dies. Use "Om Shanti", "Sadgati" or "I wish this atma attains moksha". Hinduism neither has the concept of "soul" nor its "resting". The terms "Atma" and "Jeeva" are, in a way, antonyms for the word "soul".
3. Please don't use the word "Mythology" for our historic epics (Itihas) Ramayana and Mahabharata. Rama and Krishna are historical heroes, not just mythical characters.
3. Please don't be apologetic about idol worship and say “Oh, that's just symbolic". All religions have idolatry in kinds or forms - cross, words, letters (calligraphy) or direction. Also let's stop using the words the words 'idols', 'statues' or 'images' when we refer to the sculptures of our Gods. Use the terms 'Moorthi' or 'Vigraha'. If words like Karma, Yoga, Guru and Mantra can be in the mainstream, why not Moorthi or Vigraha?
4. Please don't refer to Ganesh and Hanuman as "Elephant god" and "Monkey god" respectively. You can simply write Shree Ganesh and Shree Hanuman.
5. Please don't refer to our temples as prayer halls. Temples are "devalaya" (abode of god) and not "prathanalaya" (Prayer halls).
6. Please don't wish your children "black birthday" by letting them to blow off the candles that kept at the top of the birth day cake. Don't throw spit on the divine fire (Agni Deva). Instead, ask them to pray: "Oh divine fire, lead me from darkness to light" (Thamasoma Jyotirgamaya) by lighting a lamp. These are all strong images that go to deep psyche.
7. Please avoid using the words "spirituality" and "materialistic". For a Hindu, everything is divine. The words spirituality and materialism came to India through evangelists and Europeans who had a concept of Church vs State. Or Science vs Religion. On the contrary, in India, Sages were scientists and the foundation stone of Sanatan Dharma was Science.
9. Please don't use the word "Sin" instead of "Papa". We only have Dharma (duty, righteousness, responsibility and privilege) and Adharma (when dharma is not followed). Dharma has nothing to do with social or religious morality. 'Papa' derives from Adharma.
10. Please don't use loose translation like meditation for "dhyana" and 'breathing exercise' for "Pranayama". It conveys wrong meanings. Use the original words.
11. Hindus should also stop adding an "a" at the end of every Hindi/Sunskrit word to sound educated or Westernized. The examples are Ram, Shiv, Ganesh, Arjun, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Keral, Yog, Ved, Puran, ..........
Has anyone ever seen a Muslims calling Ida, Id-ul-Fitara, Masjida, Muhammada, Huja, Paigambara, Qurana, Lahora, ....... or a Christian calling Jesusa, Christmasa, Thomasa, Toma, Londana, Oxforda, .....
Courtesy Utsaav Koul.
Remember, the world respects only those who respect themselves!
Please circulate so that people can understand about their Hindu Dharma....
Jai Hina - Jai Bharat