Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 08 Feb 2005


What truth can be learnt from the present Hindu tradition?

If you carefully observe the present Hindu tradition itself, you can get the whole concept without referring to any holy scripture. When a householder dies, rituals are performed and a cow is donated so that the deceased person can cross ‘Vaitarini’ (river of blood and pus) present before hell. This clearly implies that every householder goes to hell. The householder does Gayatri Japa, wears the sacred thread, worships inert statues and pictures etc. When a saint dies such rituals are not performed. This clearly proves that a saint goes to Brahma Loka and not to hell. The saint gives up Gayathri Japa, the sacred thread, does not worship inert statues and pictures. A saint always propagates divine knowledge in the world. The present tradition also shows that all the householders prostrate at the feet of the saint. This shows that the stage of the saint is certainly higher than the stage of the householder. This shows that everybody should pass from high school and proceed to college. All the rituals should be protected like the high school, for future ignorant batches. We never say that since you left the school, the school should be destroyed. We are only saying that you should leave the school and go to the college i.e., you should not die as a householder but you should die as a saint.

Leaving the house and wearing saffron robes are not necessary for a saint, since they are only external things. A policeman sometimes does his duty in mufti [civilian dress] without the uniform. Conversely, an actor wearing the police uniform cannot be a real policeman. Therefore anybody can become a saint by participating in the propagation of divine knowledge and working for the welfare of the entire humanity without wearing saffron cloth and without leaving the house. A householder burns camphor, fume sticks, oil and ghee in lamps and in Yajnas causing a lot of pollution which stops rains. He is harming the humanity by such foolish deeds, which are not mentioned in the Vedas. Some ignorant preachers fooled the public by such deeds and he is not benefited at all. A saint never does these things because he cannot be fooled since he has attained the Jnana [knowledge]. Therefore confining to the present tradition itself, one can get the true knowledge without going to the scriptures. The ancient Indian sages (rishis) who are the real saints set up this tradition. When you do not understand even the tradition which is before your eyes, how can you understand the Vedas and the Shastras?