Baba Ramdev is in the news again urging strongly to ban the film PK as it has hurt Hindu sentiments. I would just like to list the teachings and thoughts of a Swami from the days of yore who questioned the existence of God.
The on-going debate about the ban on the film PK starring Aamir Khan has led to grave protests with people vandalizing theatres, etc. and criticizing the film hurting religious sentiments. Baba Ramdev is in the news again urging strongly to ban the film as it has hurt Hindu sentiments.
People from various fraternities have expressed opinions but here I would just like to list the teachings and thoughts of a Swami from the days of yore who questioned the existence of God.
Yes he questioned God and is considered a saint today. So should he be banned for questioning the Almighty, Baba Ramdev?
I am talking about Swami Vivekananda before becoming a Swami when he was Narendra Nath Datta wandered around asking people a simple question that if they had seen God.
His inquisitive nature led him to find an answer about the existence of God. With respect to the modern age this idea is aptly depicted in the movie PK. The character PK is an alien and he wanders around trying to understand whether this whole idea of worshipping God actually works.
Baba Ramdev and several other babas of the modern age contradict the thoughts of Swamiji by banning and not allowing people the right to question and explore.
Vivekananda was a Hindu monk but his idea of religion is nowhere similar to the godmen of this generation.
Vivekananda was called a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as ‘National Youth Day’ in India.
He preached about tolerance of other religions and harmony in religions. He talked about the idea of a Hindu sitting in a well and thinking that the well is the entire world and similarly the case with a Christian and a Muslim then automatically the world is restricted and the tolerance towards other religions becomes a problem.
This idea is beautifully explored in the film PK where the character encounters several religions having several rules and innocently inquisitive about which rule to follow.
The killings in the name of religion is challenged in this film as when a person is born how would he know which religion he belongs to, is there a religious stamp mark?
While Swamiji aimed at religious harmony Baba Ramdev has done nothing but to disrupt the harmony.
How can someone openly make a statement as derogatory as this?
Baba Ramdev reportedly quoted, “People think a 100 times while talking against Islam. However when it comes to Hinduism anyone gets up and says anything, this is shameful.”
Clearly drawing a thick line of difference between religions, such babas from Kalyug are shaming the Saints of the past.