wedMy college mate Zackaria Johne is an atheist. Few years ago we had an opportunity to meet when he told me, “All religions are anti-women. All religious scriptures picturise women in a very derogatory manner. Still, the womenfolk earnestly follow those religions….”

“If such disrespectful attitude existing in any religions, it’s completely unacceptable for me as I believe in gender equality…”

“Haha…You are a practicing Hindu. ‘Women don’t deserve freedom’ says sacred texts in Hinduism….”

“But, Zack, I do not know anything of the sort mentioned in our Vedic texts…”
“You are you are turning blind eyes to your scriptures. The ancient Hindu law-giver Manu clearly says, ‘Pitha rakshathi kaumare, Bharta rakhshathi yauvane, Puthro rakshathi vaardhakye, Na, sthree swathanthryam arhati’. Manu Smriti Chapter 9 Verse 3. This means, a woman is protected by her father in childhood, by husband in her youth, and by son in her old age, and hence she doesn’t deserve freedom….”

“If that’s the meaning of the verse, it is shameful for Sanatan Dharma and highly deplorable.” I said. “But, I have a question – being an atheist why did you write an article “I believe in God”?”Please continue reading at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9PAGLT

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12 Responses

  1. Saffron says:

    प्रभु भल कीन्ह मोहि सिख दीन्हीं। मरजादा पुनि तुम्हरी कीन्हीं॥
    prabhu bhal keenh mohi sikh deenheen. marajaada puni tumharee keenheen.

    ढोल गंवार सूद्र पसु नारी। सकल ताड़ना के अधिकारी॥
    dhol ganvaar soodr pasu naaree. sakal taadana ke adhikaaree.

    अर्थात प्रभु ने अच्छा किया जो मुझे शिक्षा दी (दंड दिया), किंतु मर्यादा (जीवों का स्वभाव) भी आपकी ही बनाई हुई है। ढोल, गंवार, शूद्र, पशु और स्त्री ये सब शिक्षा के अधिकारी हैं।

    That is, God did good that he taught me (punished), but the dignity (nature of the living beings) is also created by you. Dhol, Gavar, Shudra, animal and woman all these are entitled to education.

  2. Marta Medrano says:

    Having read this I thought it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.

  3. Daryl says:

    You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation

  4. RAVANA says:

    Oye BAAPRE BAAP first u read the full article and then argue. By the way you are the IDIOT. People like you will never understand the value of ancient teachings. BAAPRE BAAP first u tell me who is MANU? And what is his role in HINDUISM? I’ll expose the real idiot..

  5. Baapre Baap says:

    Udailal Pai u are an idiot… First you research then argue… And don’t be so greatfull buddy.. Ur article is a complete non sense.

  6. renu says:

    Just sharing.
    U stated Matha, Pitha, Guru, Theivam. Matha comes first, then Pitha, Guru, lastly Theivam.
    The verse is not an order of who first, who last; its a MISCONCEPTION.
    It means mother plays the first role of bringing the kid to close to god, since she is the one who had him first and be with him all the time.
    Next, the father. He has to feed the kid with knowledge on God and religion.
    Then, guru. The parents send the kid to guru t get advanced knowledge. Together, all this three plays role to bring the kid close to God.
    The education is for you to be ‘Saranagathi’, which eliminates you from the cycle of birth and death.
    Our prime purpose of life is to reach His feet.

    (What if a mother or a father is a criminal, can they be more important than the God Himself?)

  7. dr.himani says:

    Indeed our unexplored vedic knwledge. N values has so much for us all to think n act accordingy for bettrment of ourselves,very nic articl n the way make us understand is realy impressiv. 🙂

  8. RS Pandey says:

    It is precarious that people with little knowledge, are making magnanimous claims. There are numerous examples in Hindu scriptures and even religious practices which amply proves high seat of women, which has been provided. Please read one more quote, “Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devata”.

  9. Vijay Rao says:

    Wonderfully put !! I love your style of writing in a simple lucid manner. Keep up the good work of showing the greatness of the Hindutva way of life and the richness of Indian culture!! You have won yourself another fan in me 🙂

  10. Natesa Iyer says:

    Whatever you write above referencing vedha’s and brahmi scripts, not atheist nor theist in the world respecting and treat women equally . Everybody knows what’s the fucking reality in India. On my perception you are a arguer on things who always not accepting what’s the reality. Try to change big buddy.

  11. happy to read the article .kindly include shastas knowledge into yhe present syllabus of school and college

  12. kalleshakn says:

    Timely needed, So called west preachers spoiling our culture…

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