:: Points to Ponder ::
Points to Ponder presents views and questions arising out of this entire issue. Some might be pertitent to the case whereas some others might be very fundamental. The purpose is to draw our attention, increase awareness and raise questions
The year that seems like a life time
Exactly a year ago, I thought the world around me had crashed. Every inconcievable act commited, every blasphemous word spoken, every boundry of decency broken.
12 months later what are my feelings?
I do not know...but these 12 months have taught me a lot.
In fact, people have taught me a lot. By their conviction and silent courage. By their unshakable dignity. By their steadfast faith. By their focus. By their optimism in the face of what seemed like an unsurmountable calamity. By their compassion. By what they did. By going out of their way to do it. By being silent soldiers. By always being there.
People have also taught me in other ways. I realised how fickle faith and relationships could be. I understood how to recognise fair weather friends. I understood that if a lie is told enough times by enough people, people would believe it to be the truth. I understood how little people were willing to think for themselves.
But all this is nothing compared to what we have learnt from our Acharyas. Their equanimity and compassion in these hard times have been inspiring, to say the least.
Blessed are we that we have them for our Gurus.
Times to come will be long and hard. We have to toil on regardless.
Three things will help.
Faith. Faith. Faith.
If thou speakest not I will fill my heart with thy silence and endure it.
I will keep still and wait like the night with starry vigil
and its head bent low with patience.
The morning will surely come, the darkness will vanish,
and thy voice pour down in golden streams breaking through the sky.
Then thy words will take wing in songs from every one of my birds' nests,
and thy melodies will break forth in flowers in all my forest groves.
Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore
Extracts from Q&A - Thuglak issue dated 9.11.2005
" Transfer does not give me full satisfaction" - CHO
Question: What do you think about the case against Kanchi Jayendrar in the Sankararaman murder trial, being transferred to Pondicherry by the SC and its severe comments condemning the actions of the Tamil Nadu?
Answer: I am some one who has been saying right from the beginning that the case should be transferred to another state and have been advocating it again and again. Therefore the SC judgment should in fact give me full satisfaction.
But I do not get that full satisfaction. Pondicherry courts come under the jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu High Court. TN politicians are well known in Pondicherry too. Pondicherry politics is affected by the politics of both DMK and AIDMK. All Tamil magazines are sold well there. Therefore this transfer does note give me full satisfaction.
- A hidebound Jayalalithaa -
It is unlikely that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will change her supercilious and arrogant ways following the severe strictures passed against the State Government in the Kanchi Shankaracharya case. In a not-so-distant past when decent norms and values were still held high by people holding public offices, the petitioners would not have felt any need to knock at the doors of the apex court to seek to restrain a headstrong Chief Minister. .... Full story
SC Order: Is there room for a Review Petition?
The Supreme Court's judgement in Transfer Petition (Crl.) No.134 of 2005 delivered on October 26, 2005 has restored the smile on the face of the devotees of the Kanchi Mutt. To the Tamil Nadu Government which proclaimed loud that "nobody is above law", this judgement, we believe, will make them realise that they too are not a law unto themselves.
The Transfer petition only prayed for transfer of the trial in the Sankararaman murder case (PRC No.2/2005) to any other appropriate and/or equivalent or superior court in any other state in India, outside the state of Tamil Nadu. In as much as this prayer has been granted by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, neither the Petitioner, His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji or others associated with the mutt, implicated in this case have anything to grieve. Everyone feels that justice has been done.
However some legal experts feel that the transfer of criminal trial proceedings to Pondicherry is erroneous.
Their view is state below:
Sec.406 (1) of Cr.Pc.1973 is as below:
"Wherever it is made to appear to the Supreme Court that an order under this section is expedient for the ends of justice, it may direct that any particular case or appeal be transferred from one High Court to another High Court or from a Criminal Court subordinate to one High Court to another Criminal Court of equal or superior jurisdiction subordinate to another High Court."
In as much as the Pondicherry Principal Sessions Court comes under the jurisdiction of the Madras High Court, it is opined that no such powers are vested with the Apex Court as would permit transfer of the criminal case from Chengalpet Sessions Court to Pondicherry Sessions Court, both coming under the Jurisdiction of the Madras High Court.
Hope the Mutt's legal advisors will take this up appropriately.
The Best Diwali of our life time
Here is an excellent compilation of extracts from court orders which clearly indicates that the case must actually be discharged. This is not wishful thinking from some overenthusiastic devotee. Click here to read the compilation that establishes without doubt that there is no case.
There are many articles written from the perspective that the arrest of the Acharyas is a direct attack on a 2500 years old and respected institution.
Many Hindus I am sure are concerned from this perspective.
There is another perspective that in my view every Indian and every person of free nations have to be concerned about. That is the perceived power play of the Tamil Nadu government which is dangerous from the perspective that the attack is on the institution of democracy itself. How can anyone feel safe knowing that the very government that is supposed to protect the people routinely uses police brutality and torture and arrests without due process?
The acts of Tamil Nadu Government and the associated perceptions created amongst many are not just Hindu religion problems. I hope the reporting focus is put back on this common threat that is acting on all citizens living in Tamil Nadu regardless of their religious practices.
Dr TK Srinivas
Addressing the Acharyas appropriately is important to the devotees,
and to how the institution and the Gurus are perceived by non-Hindus
worldwide. As the spiritual gurus to millions of followers worldwide,
our Acharyas have to be addressed appropriately.
Most devotees address the Acharyas as Periyavaal, Guru, Acharya, and Pontiff. But print and TV media references to him vary with the level of respect the reporter, editor and newspapers have for Him. Some refer to Him as -
- Jayendra Saraswathi, without the “Shri” or an appropriate prefix, and title,
- Mr. Saraswathi (as though that is his last/family name. I see this in BBC and in some Indian media)
- Jayendra (getting too familiar, used as though this is his first/given name).
- In the courts, I gather they call Him by his 'poorvika' name, again without any title.
Similarly references to our Kanchi Matham range from the respectful to the casual. The lineage of the matham is given the short shift. Some western and Indian media refer to the Acharyas and the Matham as though he is leading a small cultish organization.
Also, Bala Periyavaal is referred to as 'his deputy', 'his junior', 'understudy', and such other inappropriate ways.
Even spelling of the Matham goes from Matham, Matam, Mutt,
As a country with such a long history of spirituality and spiritual gurus, we MUST come up with a more appropriate and respectful way to address our Gurus.
The Christian and Muslim worlds, and to a certain extent, even the Buddhist world, have developed a certain lexicon. The Pope is referred to as the Pope, Pope John Paul, or The Pontiff. He is never referred to as Mr. Paul or John. Even Hindus and Muslims use the appropriate title when referring to him.
I suggest the following:
1. The Matham should send a press release (with updates to the website) on how to address the Acharyas. This will help educate the public and the media on the appropriate way to refer to and address the Acharyas.
2. We start a movement to amend our legal system - so they refer to our Acharyas appropriately, and not by their poorva-jamna names, which the Acharyas gave up long ago when they took up sanyasam.
Valmiki P. Raghunathan
Look at the following sequence of events. A strange combination unfolds a master plan carefully executed by powerful forces inimical to the Shankara Mutt, with ulterior motive of maligning the Acharyas, the Mutt and Hinduism as a whole. This motive can be there only with politicians eyeing for Minority vote bank. 1) July 2004: Appu applies to the High Court for permission to go abroad. 2) 8th August 2004: Thirukkottiyur Madhavan meets with a road accident in Greames Road, Chennai, gets treated at Apollo hospital for road accident injuries, the medical report also clearly states this. 3) 10th August 2004: Media reports that Thirukkottiyur Madhavan was attacked by unknown assailants, but Madhavan does not lodge any such complaint. 4) 30th August 2004: Shankararaman writes his last letter. (Who promised him that action would be taken by HR&CE Board if he writes this letter, prompting him to do this has to be found out) 5) 3rd September 2004: Someone (Is he the same person who promised action if he writes the letter dated 30th August 2004? Is he a person connected with Powers that be or Police or HR&CE Board or Government?) informed Shankararaman that action is being taken by the powers that be on his letter dated 30th August 2004. (That Shankararaman was so informed by someone is the claim of by the Prosecution statements before the Courts). 6) 3rd September 2004: According to prosecution, at 1.30 p.m., Shankararaman telephones one Vaidyanathan and tells him that he has reliable information that the HR & CE Board has taken action on his letter. 7) 3rd September 2004: Shankararaman is brutally murdered inside the temple premises. 8) October 2004: False culprits surrender, it includes a person who was inside the prison on 3rd September 2004! No one who was inside the prison on a day of occurance would surrender like this unless he is assured by persons in power of his safety. 9) 4th November 2004: Madras High Court grants permission to Appu to go abroad for medical treatment. The prosecution knows that Appu is an accused in the Shankararaman case as soon as the false culprits have surrendered and they have been enquired. Yet, the prosecution has not done anything to oppose Appu’s petition to the High Court for permission to go abroad. What could be the reason? 10) 11th November 2004: Senior Pontif was arrested in Mahabubnagar. Appu being a known delinquant is the most likely to flee justice, he was not arrested, but the Acharya was arrested and the Police stated that He had plans to hop-step-and-jump by Helicopter to Nepal. 11) 19th November 2004: Kathiravan gives his statement. Appu surfaces in Chittoor. 12) December 2004: Police go by special plane on Bharat Darshan in search of Appu! They find out that Appu had not left India (Was that according to their plan?) and come back and file (with obvious reluctance) a petition in the High Court and get an order canceling the permission to Appu to go out of the country! 13) End December 2004: Appu surfaces / surrenders/ the Police say that they arrested him at gun-point while he poses with the largest possible smile on his bright and care free face, well dressed and well kempt. Appu immediately falls so sick he has to be in ICU in Cuddalore Hospital, then in Chennai Hospital etc, but he presents the same well kempt, broad smiling face, happy as ever in or out of Police custody. When the Magistrate orders four days police custody, Appu asks for one week! What a bon-homie amongst Appu and Premkumar, they go around shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand (is that ‘hand in glove’?) 14) January 2005: Uthirathi Mutt Manager Srinivasachari murdered in the same fasion as Shankararaman, but the first and most immediate reaction of the Police even before commencing investigation is that this murder has no connection with the murder of Shankararaman! This mutt is in the neighbourhood of the Varadaraja Perumal temple. The Sniffing dog runs from the mutt to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, then to shankararaman’s house then to a Chetty road Junction! Did this Srinivasachari see anything he ought not to have seen on 3rd September 2004 and the real conspirator did not want him to spill the beans, so that the present Police story would go unchecked? 15) Wonderful drama, more acts will unfold. Even Goebulz has not succeeded in repeating lies so as to make it appear as truth. The stage actors will get tired and will have to remove their costumes as the show comes to an end. In this show, the audience will remove the actors’ costumes soon!
PLACE OF WORSHIP
It is true that Hindus do not repeat DO NOT worship the Samadhis of
human beings, but the following are also true:
1. The Saints, Siddhars and such elevated souls do not belong to any caste, creed or religion as is borne out by the fact, a Grahasta becomes a Sanyasi only by removing the Sacred thread and throwing it in a Punya Theertham. Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi threw the thread in Ayyankulam in Tiruvannamalai. Therefore their Ashrams do not belong to Hindu religion alone, but belongs to entire mankind.
2. The Saints, Siddhars and such elevated souls are called “Jeevan Mukhthars” and their mortal remains are buried in a sitting posture unlike the ordinary mortals, who are either cremated or buried in a lying state. The faith is that they remain in that locale and bless those who pay their obeisance there.
3. Not only the place where the mortal remains of such Mahans but even the places where they attained such spiritual enlightenment, meditated, performed Tapas, gave darshan to the disciples and devotees, they attained such eternal bliss, the Kamandalam, the walking stick, personal items all are worshipful to their devotees.
4. The place where the mortal remains are interned is not SAMADHI as the ill-advised Government affidavit says, but it is ADHISHTANAM or BRINDAVANAM. The politicians cannot graduate from Anna Samadhi and MGR Samadhi; such is their eternal ignorance arising out of arrogance. Even these Samadhis are places of worship for the DMK, AIADMK and the like, otherwise why do they leave their footwear outside before entering. Why do they offer floral tributes on the birthdays and death anniversaries (apart from being a political show)
5. Let this Government be brave enough to say that Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar’s Samadhi is not a place of worship on 31st October any year just not in the Court but at the place of his Samadhi. It is a challenge that no politician on this soil will accept, for they know the repercussions! Obviously, but unfortunately, it is such language that will make the politicians to accept the truth!!
6. Here are examples of the places/ items of worship: 1. The Ayyankulam in Tiruvannamalai, where Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi took Sanyas, 2. The Paataala Lingam in Arunachaleshwarar Temple, where He was first found in a State of eternal bliss with white ants having built an anthill almost covering Him, 3. The Virupakshi Cave where Gugai Namaschivayar and Sri Ramana Maharishi where They performed Tapas, 4. The Skandashram cave where Bhagawan performed Tapas, 5. The Mountain path from Skandashram to Sri Ramanashramam that was walked by Him to reach Sri Ramanashramam every day. 6. The Hall in Sri Ramanashramam where He gave darshan to devotees, 7. The hall where He meditated in the Ramanashramam 8. His mother’s Adhishtanam inside the Ramanashramam 9. His Adhishtanam inside the Ramanashramam 10. His brother and disciple’s Adhishtanam inside the Ramanashramam 11. His prime disciple Sri Muruganar’s Adhishtanam inside the Ramanashramam 12. The places where the remains of His pet dog, deer, cow and the crow are interned. 13. His personal effects preserved in Ramanashramam 14. Sri Seshadri Swamigal’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 15. Gugai Namaschivayar’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 16. Guru Namaschivayar’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 17. Visiri Swamigal’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 18. Edai kattu Siddhar’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 19. Kaattu Siva’s Adhishtanam in Tiruvannamalai 20. Saint Arunagiri nathar’s Mandapam in Tiruvannamalai temple 21. Saint Thaiyumanavar’s Adhishtanam in Tiruchipalli 22. The place where Saint Vallar united with the Paramatman in Vadalur 23. Mounaguru swamigal’s Adhishtanam in Thangal village in Vellore district 24. Guruji Sundararam’s Adhishtanam in Thangal village in Vellore district 25. Sri Aurobindo’s Adhishtanam in Pondicherry 26. Mother’s Adhishtanam in Pondicherry 27. Reddy patti Swamigal’s Adhishtanam in Reddy patti 28. Aadhi Shankara Bhagavat Paathaal’s Mandapam in Kamakshi Temple in Kanchipuram 29. Poondi Mahaan’s Adhishtanam near Tiruvannamalai 30. Sri Gnanananda Giri’s Brindavan in Tirukkoilur The list will go on and on.
Can anyone tell me why I don't find any coverage of this startling judgement by Justice Thanikachalam or am I missing something here? This clearly proves that they're framing the Sankaracharya. I've looked at the web editions of all the leading dailies and I find no mention of this. Nor did I find adequate coverage of his earlier pointed queries on Radhakrishnan case or of Justice Reddy's judgement. What was splashed as "Headline News" was the confession of the approver, Ravi Subramaniam. Does this mean the administration, police, some of the judiciary and the media all want to see the Sankaracharya behind bars?
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