[Advaita-l] Dwarka seer refuses to part with staff (fwd)

Krunal Makwana krunalmakwana at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 8 14:08:44 CST 2005

|| Namo Narayan ||

Dear Vyasji,

Thank you for informing us about this incident. As a Hindu living abroad i 
cannot believe such atrocities happen in our own country. When will the 
Indian Government learn and appreciate the culture which has insured it's 
own survival since time immemorial. I feel disgusted of such a government 
which has no regard for it's own people let alone living breathing 
personifications of Brahman. I feel very emotional that these things happen. 
What have our saints ever done to deserve so much pain and embarrassment? 
They have taught the wolrd only to love and the right way of life! But i 
guess society will never learn, they killed Jesus because he told the truth, 
they killed a sufi because he proclaimed 'anal haq' (i am he), they 
massacred the sikh Guru's.

Let this be a lesson to all of ignorant society, the wrong you do today, 
will echo throughout time until haunt mankind!

sarvebhavantu sukhina sarva santu nirAmaya

sarvebhadrAni pashyantU mAkaschid dUkh bhAg bhavet

Om Santi Santi Santi

In the service of true sanAtan dharma

Krunal Makwana

From:  "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com>
Reply-To:  A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta 
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To:  Advaita-L <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Subject:  [Advaita-l] Dwarka seer refuses to part with staff (fwd)
Date:  Tue, 8 Nov 2005 11:06:42 -0600 (CST)
>[Note: I was debating whether this should be posted.  Although I don't
>want to spark more political discussions, I decided that the community
>particularly those of us overseas, needs to know what kind of
>frighteningly arbitrary violations of civil rights are going on in todays
>India.  (the government didn't think the danda was a security problem.
>Neither did the airline.  _One_power-mad_pilot_ only decided to take the
>law into his own hands.)
>I am coming to India at the end of this month and I was going to fly IA
>from Mumbai to Bangalore but I've rebooked my ticket with Jet Airways.
>When I canceled, I informed the airline why they have lost my business and
>that it will take a formal apology to Swami Avimukteshvaranand and a
>comittment to rein in their rogue staff in order to get it back. -- 
>Mumbai, Oct. 19: Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati, the successor
>to Swami Swarupananda, the Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth, was made
>to disembark from an Indian Airlines flight for carrying his holy
>dand, a thin bamboo stick which is a symbol of their spiritual
>designation, inside the aircraft cabin.
>The swami was in Mumbai to attend the Hindu Sabha Acharya Sabha, a
>first of its kind organisation which held a two-day conference at
>Sanyas Ashram, Vile Parle. Despite repeated attempts to contact
>Indian Airlines, no airline official was available for comment.
>Speaking to this newspaper, Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati
>said, "Our work takes us on flights often. I have travelled on an
>aircraft over 225 times till date but never have I had such an
>experience." He added that it was the pilot of Indian Airlines
>flight IC-147 who objected to him carrying the five-foot, eight-inch
>long stick on board the aircraft.
>According to the swami, he had been cleared in the security check
>stage and it was only after he occupied his seat that Indian
>Airlines staff came and requested him to keep the dand in the cargo
>compartment. He refused to part with the dand, saying it is always
>kept with his person, is a symbol of his mutt, and that keeping it
>away from his person would be sacrilegious.
>"The behaviour of the pilot of the flight, which had over 50 per
>cent foreigners, made me feel like I am indeed a terrorist and I
>just wondered what the foreigners would be thinking of Hindu
>saints," the swami said. He said he got off the plane because he
>feared an incident could be created by Hindus on board the plane.
>Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati met senior Indian Airlines
>officials who apologised to him verbally, but refused to issue a
>written apology or refund the ticket. He had to wait at the airport
>for three hours before returning to Sanyas Ashram at Vile Parle,
>Mumbai. "They just want me to forget the incident as a one-off
>incident and did not assure me of anything. Tomorrow, any saintly
>person of the Hindu dharma could face such treatment," he said.
>Swami Vishveshwar Anand, the mahamandaleshwar of Sanyas Ashram,
>said, "The dand is so small that it cannot injure anyone. On
>Tuesday, we had discussed such issues of ill-treatment of Hindus at
>our conference."
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