Q – Who is your role model Swami?
A – When Zakir Naik was converting en masse and ripping apart Hinduism like anything, I saw not one single Swami coming to fight the nonsense. I begged to many great saints – claiming to be wisest and most intelligent and having great communication skills – to answer his propaganda. To send replies to his allegations on Hinduism that can be published. No one came up in front. Agniveer had to step in, scale up, and break the entire conversion nexus.
I don’t care about what special powers you have acquired through your special Sadhana. If that cannot help fight such demons, it is useless for me. In fact a joke.
I am fan of any and every Swami who stood proactively to fight against Jihad and social evils that weaken us from fighting against it. It does not matter if I agree or disagree philosophically with them partially or fully. I salute their urge that sees Moksha in fighting for Dharma in the world around.
I believe that Bhakti without urge to change things around is just opium. It is good for elderly and weak. But is a sin for every person whom Eeshwar has blessed with even one cell in body that can do something worthwhile to stand for biggest problems facing us.
I do not have high opinion about such opium-mongers. I believe they are increasing impotency in society. Two centuries ago, there were less of them. We had valor in our blood. Now we have opium.
I admire Swami Dayanand for two things. One, he was driven by urge to fight the real Mahabharat. He had guts to rip apart the Jihadis. He taught us that Moksha is not just chanting Ram Ram when Jihadis are breaking your idols. Two, he exemplified what massive strengths can Yog and Brahmacharya bring.
I admire Sikh Gurus because they carried the sword with Bhakti. Who can be a greater saint than Guru Gobind Singh who gave even his sons to fight to change things around? Each time I think of Sarbans Daani, my eyes get wet.
Rana Pratap and Shivaji are my Swamis. People know them as warriors. They do not know that they were in reality Bhakti driven saints. They knew Dharma and Moksha more than any Swami or Yogi or Guru alive today.
I am disappointed by the diplomacy of many modern era Gurus. Diplomacy in era of emergency is cowardice. Don’t tell me they do lot of great work behind the scenes. Why do they need to be behind the scenes? Be diplomatic like Krishna who is clear about what He stands for. Tell people what is right, what is wrong. Warn people clearly about dangers we face. About what books to trust and what not to.
I respect lot of social work many saints do – hospitals, schools, etc. But I do not believe they should be top priority for a Yogi who knows that there are things more important than life, death, disease. Who do not train people to value and fight for swabhiman like Samarth Guru Ramdas trained Shivaji. Once you have a population that values Swabhiman, other social work will automatically happen.
Better donate the money for such development to government and let them make more hospitals and schools. Saints must drive people to Moksha like Krishna drove Arjun through fight in Mahabharat.
These saints should be on forefront of this fight against terror like Guru Gobind. Ideally they should be on hit-list of Jihadis like Dayanand and Shivaji. My bar for role-model is set high.
To me, every Agniveer working to fight Love Jihad is my role model Swami. Every Agniveer who risks and works in Dalit Bastis telling them about dangers we face is a role model Swami. Every soldier facing bullets in Kashmir is a role model Swami. While saffron or white-clad Swamis talk Dharma, these heroes live Dharma and die for it.
Bravery is first prerequisite of sainthood. Bravery is first word in Gita chapter that describes traits of Devata. If you are brave, if you teach a Yoga that builds massive strength and courage to fight the biggest problem we face today, if you help create Bajrang Balis, you are my role model. Else I am happy to associate directly with Param Pita Parameshwar and be inspired by saints who fought for us in darkest era we faced.