Dear CNN, Hope you get well soon! Thank you for revealing your racial duplicity and unabated hatred towards non-whites. I watched the show, ‘Believer’ with much interest. Incidentally, I’d met Reza in 2014 at Harvard. Loved his talk. Loved his soft-spoken demeanour, impeccable English and his adept handling of the most deviously, crafty questions. He was harmony, personified – a beacon for the ‘religion of peace,’ that has come to much opprobrium, of late.
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I come from a country that is one of the most highly diverse in acceptance of religions, the only country where Jews have never been persecuted. A country that welcomed the Zoroastrian refugees from Iran – incidentally where Reza’s ancestors come from too. South Asian region also has 62% of the total Muslim population of the world. Yes, a whopping 62%. The world’s third largest Muslim population is in the India, after Indonesia and Pakistan. You read it right. 3rd largest. Just FYI, Mecca has 0% Hindus. Varanasi has 30% Muslims. Vatican has 0% Hindus. India used to be the melting pot, like the erstwhile global superpower America, several centuries ago. After the Mughal invasions and the British draining the country dry of it’s rich resources, economic disparity is the nastiest evil we are left with.
Intellectual Property & Varna System
It is quite possible that the human race co-exists in peace and achieves a higher purpose together. Having spent time in Himalayas, after returning from the US, I wrote a book, ‘Lost Wisdom of The Swastika’. Yes, the same Swastika that one of the bigoted whites, Hitler, appropriated. I’m sure you didn’t know this. Breaking! Swastika is a symbol from Vedic mathematics, used to explain the concept of the fourth dimension. Most of the Hollywood blockbuster movies have used this concept, without any due credit. Despite the greatness of America, administrations that couldn’t stop bleating about intellectual property (IP) and patents, have probably had the highest IP infringements. From George Lucas to Steve Jobs and from Wachowski brothers to Mark Zuckerberg everyone has taken from the rich Hindu philosophy and culture, without any credit whatsoever. The following lyrics of the soundtrack of the movie Matrix, is a blatant copy, depicted as sci-fi. It’s philosophy.
‘Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya’
There are realms of realization and no limitation on the Sadhak (a very crude translation is a Meditator). Similarly, as a Sadhak advances, there are stages of awareness. Brahman, Khsatriya, Vaishya or Shudra. A Guru will always tell you that you are a Brahman by Dharma, Kshatriya by Karma, Vaishya by Shrama and Shudra by Seva. The same person could be any, depending on their Sadhana. This is the Varna system. A crude and static understanding of this is the caste system.
Economic inequality is a harsh reality of India; one that the country is battling, with fortitude. Your uni-dimensional, bipolar take of caste system is travesty at best. It smacks of malevolent machinations.
False stereotyping is transgression. Post 9-11, a Sikh – people, predominantly from India, who keep a beard and wear a turban – friend of mine was shot dead in Texas. Because the white guy thought the Sikh was a Muslim from Afganistan. What’s your religion?” or “Let me hear your accent.” or “What’s your country of origin?” asked no racist shooter ever! There are enough non-whites who think white women are easy, because majority porn is made with white people. Deceptive stereotyping! You get the idea.
When you emphasize a sect of hundred people, the Aghoris in one of your prime time show, as cannibals, no matter how many disclaimers you have, it is misleading stereotyping. A country of 1.3 billion and a sect of 100 Aghoris!!! The openness of this culture and country renders itself vulnerable. A self-professed religious scholar, who claims to be a Muslim was let in. Incidentally, my first book brings to light the real meaning of the Swastika. For the sequel, I haven’t been able to get an entry into Mecca or the Vatican. Don’t preach to us about openness and equality. No really. Please!
Is CNN really a news channel?
It’s doubtful though, that caste system or bringing to light, life of the Aghoris was really even the point. The campaign was a malicious attempt to get back at the Hindus. Some American Hindus supported Trump. Others supported Clinton. Your hatred for India or Modi is not veiled. The spiteful campaign just around the elections, in the most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh, with the highest economic disparity, centered on Varanasi – Modi’s constituency – is evident. Here’s the good news though. A party perceived to be an upper caste party, had an unprecedented, victory yesterday. It was a victory of the people, away from politics of hatred and propaganda. Trounced the false narratives, peddled by media houses like CNN. One would expect you to use your power and influence to improve the state of the world. Alas!
Incidentally, the ghat that Reza was let into is one of the few ghats, used to cremate the departed. Without going into the deep philosophy – quite sure you are not equipped to get it – it is the magnanimity of the sadhu to even let Reza encroach on his sadhna, and make a mockery out of it. When the departed are cremated, the family stays back until the funeral pyre is complete. They then come back the next day to gather the bones, which are then consecrated to the holy river. The charred bones, act as a cleansing agent for the water and the residue sinks to the bottom. This is science. A technique used in the modern day water treatment plants as well. If the sadhu had access to the brain of the dead body, the body was likely unclaimed. What if the person had a deadly disease? Is eating human brain, halal? More importantly, as a devout Muslim, Reza likely doesn’t have Pork. How could he have a Kafir brain?
Whether Reza is a white supremacist, a genuine scholar of History or a willful pawn that played into the malevolent maneuverings of CNN, time will tell. He is most certainly not a spiritualist who can opine on deep philosophy. Would he do a show on how Yazidi and white women are raped by ISIS in name of Islam? Whether you accept it or not, it is a sect. If 100 of 1.3 billion are emblematic enough to show on primetime, then so are the ISIS rapes in name of Islam. Don’t you think? He can do it with his disclaimer, ‘This is not representative of mainstream Islam’ of course. Sounds like a monkey dancing on a razor blade!
‘Why CNN’s Reza Aslan Shouldn’t Eat Human Brains’ is a headline one gets in a lifetime, says Reza. Well, the next person of color that is shot in a racist attack – a brown Muslim named Adnan Ali, Christian named Dilip D’Souza or even a Hindu – you would have won.
Lest you recuse yourself from taking the moral high ground, congratulations!
(The Author is Founder – HarVa & Author of ‘Lost Wisdom of The Swastika’, the views expressed are personal)