DOGMA – 1

DOGMA – Excerpt A[corrected from Notes on Social and Spiritual Philosophy-January 1989]

Shrii Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar

3 April 1988, Calcutta,INDIA

(Shabda Cayanika, Part 16)

{these same discourse is totally messed up in electronic version and AM Publication books, please go through line by line, and see their jugglery of words after thorough comparison with corrected notes mentioned}

Gad́d́ is a very ancient verb.

It means to do something without following any logic. When the human intellect was undeveloped, intellectual persons infused various types of fear complexes, irrational inducements and unhealthy, selfish desires into peoples’ minds, and thereby tried to keep them from the path of rationality.

Sometime they did not even allow people to go near the path of rationality, and at other times they managed to win the confidence of the people through magic shows, sleight of hand or so-called miraculous feats.

By concocting many spurious and absurd stories, they made people dance according to their wishes, like puppets dressed in gaudy, coloured clothes in a puppet show.

These cunning exploiters would pull the strings from behind the scene, while the common people moved their hands and feet according to the whims of their masters.

Common people were kept dancing, stamping their feet and gyrating their hips.

Consequently they never tried to find the path of rationality.

In fact, the very attempt to find a rational path was considered blasphemy.

Movement which is devoid of logic and rationality is called “Dogma,” and a collection of Dogma is called an “Ism.”
When proponents of Dogma and the followers of Isms lacked sufficient charisma to convince people through the power of their personalities, they tried to persuade them by taking the name of God.

They exploited others in the name of the Lord.

Sometimes they said, “I received certain instructions in a dream. God’s commandments are that you should follow these instructions.” At other times they would intimidate people saying, “If you violate these commandments you will suffer eternal damnation.” Thus, they created psychoses /complexes in the minds of the common people — they forced them to accept all kinds of dogma and to follow them out of fear.

At other times, they resorted to blatant falsehood and said, “These are the commandments of God. Those who contradict these commandments will be damned to eternal hell-fire… Your eyes will develop cataracts and your throat will contract goitre if you don’t read the scriptures and pray to God every day… If the offerings made to God touch your feet, or if you do not touch your forehead after handling consecrated food, you will develop leprosy… It is God who has made caste divisions, the division of society into rich and poor, etc.”

They also propagated shlokas like:

Bráhmańo’sya mukhamásiit váhurájanyo’bhavat;

Madhyatadasya yadvaeshyah padbhyám shúdra ajáyata.

[Brahmans came out of the mouth, Kśatriyas were born out of the arms,

Vaeshyas came out of the trunk of the body and Shúdras were born out of the legs.]

They created various fanciful and appealing stories, and demanded that these stories be accepted as the truth.

They declared that those who reverentially listened to these stories holding a copper pot containing Gauṋgá water and basil leaves, would attain heavenly bliss, while those who showed any disrespect or disregarded these stories would be totally annihilated.

Common, fearful people accepted such Dogma without the least protest, and believed that absurd, mind-boggling stories in the name of spiritual discourses.

In some cases the proponents of Dogma raised victory slogans for particular theories, even though many people were fully convinced that these theories were impractical and would never be applied in the real world.

When the people did not get any benefit from them, they were told that they would have to work harder and utilize still more of their labor.

Such impractical theories ignore the underlying characteristics of the human mind.

The proponents of these theories arouse the instinct of greed in the minds of the exploited people by quoting distorted theological jargon to them.

Thus, dogma has had a profound influence on unintelligent minds.

This is all the play of Dogma.

I have said previously that Isms never help establish universalism.

Rather, they merely whip up artificial differences amongst human communities.

By arousing narrow sentiments, the adherents of Dogma hope to get their aspirations fulfilled.

These Isms are nothing but a collection of Dogma.

Modern, educated people must be liberated from all sources of Dogma and petty Isms.

They should reject the worn out shelters of the past and welcome the new, crimson dawn with an open mind.

This will open the way for all-round success and attainment of the highest fulfillment in human life.

The proponents of Dogma do not want people to tread the path of rationality.

You must have noticed that the flag-bearers of Dogma do not want scientific development.

Although some scientific theories are based on dogma, and although some scientists are hesitant to leave the labyrinth of Dogma, Dogma has comparatively little influence on science.

The worst among those who propound dogma – the kings of dogma – do not want people to develop a clear vision. They do not want the penetrating illumination of the sunlight to pierce through the mists of Dogma.

They do not want people to have the scope to bathe in the bright light of day and stand under the free, unclouded sky.

If you examine this issue deeply, you will see that the rising generations of today are not willing to accept outdated, dogmatic theories and Isms.

If the proper knowledge of Bhagavat Dharma (the path of spirituality) is infused in young minds and accompanied by the first flush of a new dawn, then dogma will undoubtedly be torn asunder in an instant.

To some extent the upholders of dogma realize that clear, penetrating judgement  portends their doom. Some of the upholders of Dogma even exhort their followers, “Do not read such and such books… Do not even touch those books… They will cloud your vision and confuse you.” However, facts speak differently.

The facts are that merely browsing through such books may or may not influence peoples’ understanind will definitely burst the balloons of Dogma.

3 April 1988, Calcutta