Comparative Religions - Part VII - Hinduism
Among the world's handful of so-called "great" religions, Hinduism is the most ancient of them all. Its very beginnings are lost in antiquity. The origins of superstitions, beliefs, customs and traditions date back to prehistoric times. Whereas the world's religious establishments rate it as one of the "great" religions (along with Judaism, Christianity, Mohammedanism) we Creators see nothing very great in this morbid collection of fungus on the brain. In our opinion, it is a hodgepodge collection of stupidities and superstitions at its worst. It points up what we have been saying repeatedly - the so-called "great" religions are an archaic hangover from our Stone Age ancestors, debris and clutter of the mind that isbased on superstition, gullibility and ignorance - an impervious roadblock to enlightenment, advancement and logical thinking.
Be that as it may, the number of adherents to Hinduism embrace nearly half a billion of the world's population, mostly mud peoples, and ranks third only after the Roman Catholic faith and the Moslem religion. In India alone there are 300 million faithful.
Hinduism is unique in many ways. For one thing, it has no one founder. It evolved over the millenniums as a strange and confused intermingling of many peoples' cultures and outside influences. Its beliefs and customs are therefore hard to define, and there is no one common creed, no one doctrine, that binds all Hindus together.
Basically, Hinduism is not just a religion. It is more of a vast complex of theological, metaphysical, philosophical, ethical, cultural and social institutions, whose predominant breeding ground was the subcontinent of India. It comprises of four main elements: religion, race, country and social organization. Each is bound up and is an integral factor in the life of the others, and cannot be separated. So loose and diverse is the complex nature of Hinduism that there is room for every contradictory belief and custom imaginable to be embraced within its discordant creed.
In fact, Hindus have followed almost every conceivable variety of theism, atheism, polytheism and pantheism. They have maintained conflicting standards of morality; their worship has been both idolatrous and iconoclastic, all are tolerated as long as the rules of caste are not violated.
I have stated in some previous writings that some enterprising soul has compiled a catalogue of 30 thousand different gods that superstitious and gullible fools have invented and worshipped over the ages. But I now learn that this only scratches the surface. The Hindu religion alone
has a pantheon of 33 million gods, most of which in addition to the standard list of deities, embrace local, village or even individual gods. Spooks, spirits, gods — 33 million of them — count them at leisure.
All Hindus recognize the domain of DHARMA (religious law) as the supreme agency of destiny. It is the important link between all the complexities of their belief. One of the most important tenets of Dharma is the rigid caste system that has been imbedded in the Hindu religion for thousands of years. The four main castes all belong to early Aryan society, and are based mainly on birth and color of skin. They are, in descending order:
(a) Brahman, the priestly and cultured elite.
(b) Kshatriyas, the ruling aristocracy.
(c) Vaisyas, the farmers and professional artisans.
(d) Sudras, the lowest caste, of the early Aryan society, who provided the needed menial labor.
As south India was Brahmanized, there was also an outcaste category, a fifth caste, which was non-Aryan and called the Panchamas. It consisted of the Pariahs and Harijans (God's people, the untouchables) and other destitute creatures who number around 80 million in India alone.
As far as birth, residence, heredity, occupation, and the regulation of food, drink, and marriage are concerned, each Hindu, even of the depressed classes, knows exactly where, according to custom, he or she belongs. But the above five castes are by no means the end of the complexities of the caste system. Just as the Hindus have a total of 33 million gods, national, local, etc., so too, do the local villages have a further subdivision of their own sub-castes. Here is a typical example.
The village of Chandrauti's four thousand people are housed in six hundred dwellings. In 22 of these dwell the Brahmans, members of the priestly caste, and one belongs to the household of the Kshatriyans, the warrior caste. Others are identified by sub-caste: 16 dwellings of Banias, merchants and businessmen; 40 of Mallas, fishermen and boatmen; 20 of Lohars, blacksmiths; 10 of Khatiks, who deal in fruit and
raise pigs; 15 of Ahers, cowherds; 10 of Dhobis, washer men; 5 of Gawals, sheepherders; 3 of Bhats, singers and dancers, who perform at weddings and go out into the fields at harvest; 2 of Nars, barbers; 2 of Doms, the cremation attendants; and 1 of Gonds, who fry and sell peanuts and other snacks.
There are also 50 Moslem households in this village, weavers and tailors, and 200 untouchables, the Harijans, who now may own land but still must dwell outside the village in their own compound. In almost every household, the young men follow the trade of their fathers. Although Hinduism evolved in prehistoric times, it began to take shape at about 1500 B.C.E. and we can follow its development by reviewing the sacred books that molded its development. There are six distinguished classes of literary works, all written in Sanskrit.
1. The Vedas (books of knowledge) emerging around 1500 B.C.E. There are four books (a) the Rig-Veda (psalms); (b) the Yajur- Veda (formulas); (c) the Sama-Veda (charms); (d) and the Atharva- Veda (chants). Of them all, the first is the most significant, and the oldest religious document in history.
2. The Brahmans (priestly writings) dating circa 1000-800 B.C.E. They, too, occupy a singular position in world literature and are rated as the earliest extant prose writings in the Indo-European tradition.
3. The Upanishads (seances) circa 800-600 B.C.E., are speculative treatises concerning man and the origins of the universe.
4. The Law Book of Mann, dated at about 250 B.C.E. Its twelve chapters are an impressive code of Hindu Law.
5. The Bhagavad-Gita, composed about 1 C.E., is the most highly esteemed document of all the Hindu literature. This dramatic poem suggests the possibility of universal salvation.
6. Epics and Puranas (ancient tales), produced 1250 C.E., lay the foundations of folk Hinduism ("Career of God Ramma"). The Puranas, 18 in number, are a collection of religious stories. So much for their "Sacred Books." Most, if not all, rate highly in the annals of ancient world literature.
That Hinduism is unique and a distinguished religion in a class by itself, of that there is no doubt. However, that it is "great", we Creators do not accept. There are a large number of idiosyncrasies and characteristics that if looked at from an enlightened White Man's point, are both bizarre and repugnant.
Hindus hold that all animals are sacred. Since they believe in transmigration of "souls" (reincarnation) even a rat or a snake might house their grandmother's or Aunt Minnie's soul, therefore, they dare not kill it or harm it in any way. The net result is that in a land of poverty and hunger, the country is overrun with rats, snakes, and other pests, completely out of control.
The most sacred animal of all is the cow, and woe unto any alien who would strike a cow and drive her away from a fruit stand at which she might choose to be lunching . Of course, it is no more bizarre to worship a cow than a "spirit", as do the Christians. At least you can hear, see, feel and smell a cow, which is more than you can say for a spirit. No preacher has ever given me an intelligent definition as to what a spirit
India's 200 million cattle can do no wrong, and national fiat forbids their slaughter. Hindu literature decrees that anyone who eats flesh or causes a cow to be slaughtered will rot in hell for as many years as there are hairs on the cow. Many Hindus believe that a concoction of a cow's five products - milk, urine, curd, butter, and dung - will cleanse the body inside and out. Even prominent "world leaders" like the late
Mohandas Gandhi, and the late Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, indulged in such repulsive and filthy practices.
Hindus regard the Ganges as a sacred river and its water holy. This 1,560 mile long river, winding through the heart of India, is fondly referred to as Mother Ganges. Though befouled with endless sewage, the Hindus believe it cannot be sullied, and despite the fact it is one of the dirtiest and most polluted rivers in the world, millions of Hindus bath in it annually as a religious ritual to cleanse their bodies and their soul, and the water is bottled and drunk as a purification agent all over the country.
Though it may be the oldest and one of the most prestigious of the "great" religions, we CREATORS do not find anything very great about either the Hindus or Hinduism. It may have been around for more than three and a half millenniums, and it may even have produced some great literature (mostly under the aegis of the Aryans and their descendants who invaded India from the north about four thousand years ago).
Nevertheless, despite their caste system, it did not prevent the mongrelization of the White invaders who conquered, took charge and created an outstanding civilization four thousand years ago. Today, India is one of the densest, sickest, most over- populated, filthy, poverty-stricken of
all the large nations in the world. Its hungry, superstition-ridden 750 million are one of the most desperate and miserable population masses in the world, completely out of control and completely unable to solve any of their vast multitude of problems. They are unable to feed their
masses, nor are they able to control their population bomb. Stupidly, the White Man, (particularly, the taxpayers of the United States) is annually sending millions of tons of grain and other foods to them, gratis, thereby expanding and proliferating the misery. (See Racial Loyalty, No. 22 on the subject.) Sooner or later, this will have to end and Nature will solve the problem by ruthless means — mass starvation.
Hinduism has 477,991,300 followers throughout the world, of which there are 88,500 In North America and 475,073,000 in Asia. Such is the final drama of superstition, incompetence and stupidity. Such are the historic consequences of the White Man trying to conquer, govern and exploit an inferior mass of mud races while tolerating geographic mixing with the conquered. Let us learn once and for all Nature's
Article taken from Racial Loyalty #30
Dec 12AC (1985)