of the effects of Western influence and alien rule are seen even
now in some groups. There was persecution of Hindus and destruction
of countless Temples and places of worship by alien forces. Many
ritualistic practices and understanding of the philosophy and Dharma
were lost. Prejudices, infighting and bigotry almost destroyed the
moral fiber of the society and the true meaning of our faith. T
was infighting within groups and various sects and the teachings
of scriptures were almost forgotten while the rituals continued.
Simple home prayers and group singing replaced Temple worship and
performance of ritualistic Vedic Yajña. Even some of the
words and pronunciation of Vedic texts got corrupted by alien culture.
gains, greed and lack of sense of sacrifice along with poverty and
loss of property and family support also played a part in the loss
of faith and tradition. The four ashrama dharma as four stages of
life were forgotten. The four varna dharma as rules of duties according
to ones inborn ability and ambition were given new meanings and
our caste problems have almost destroyed the unity.
Our Acharyas and leaders should lead us all in the right path and
develop a new Dharma Sastra suitable for our modern times of secular
democracies and materialistic societies. We need to establish thousands
of weekend schools in all villages, cities and foreign countries
to teach the principles, philosophy and practice of our faith in
have to develop prayers in all world languages for all our children
and adults, not just those Vedic schools for creating more priests.
We should develop educational programs to teach the Principles of
Hindu religion, the Vedas and Agamas to every one and any one who
studies the Vedas and Hindu philosophy should be accepted as "Hindu"
in the "Upper Caste". It is time we start a renaissance
feudalistic passage of Varnas and Caste from father to son and all
the taboos of inter-marrying and inter-dining must be abolished.
We need a new Varna Dharma according to the way it was originally
intended and not as practiced now. All the caste system, which is
not really of Vedic origin, must be abolished and we must have a
new set of "castes" and a new set of four varnas according
to one's ambition, education and occupation only and people must
be able to change their Varnas.