Guru Dev, Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

Our viewpoint is not limited to one place, it is universal

‘Our viewpoint is not limited to one place, it is universal. Any kind of social system that desires goodness, then we accept that. Evil in any society cannot be tolerated. That which is laid down in the Vedic Shastras [Scriptures which teach about human rights and dignity]; that is our Authority – that then is our complete pleasure. Our complete Authority is in that. And in other systems we acknowledge all those features which are in accordance with our Vedic Shastras. If some elements of our Vedic doctrine are found in every social system; then in every social system we have The Authority, to some extent. We cannot abandon this Authority of ours, whether or not the followers of those social systems maintain relations with us.

In one system there is 2 annas [an 1/8th of a rupee – which is a small part] of our Vedic Scripture, and then in another there is 4 annas [twice as much], and in some there is 2 paisa part [2/1000ths of a rupee. which is very small]. Wherever there is a 1 anna part [a very small amount] then we make an effort so that becomes 4 annas [which is so much more], then good! Wherever there is that much Vedic (teaching); really that is the reason we wish the followers of those systems happiness too.

Later, ‘Shri Charan’ ('Guru Dev', Swami Brahmanand Saraswati) elaborated on his own “dharmik” (‘devout’) connection to other devout institutions:- 
‘Such institutions are like chambers, and we are situated in a “hall”. Therefore, the chambers are connected to our “hall” so we give light to them, but we remain seated in the “hall” and we do not have to get up. This is why, even though religious institutions have a connection with us, they operate in their own domain.’

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अच्छा चाहे जिस वर्ग की हो  उसे हम मानते हैं। बुरा‍ई किसी भी वर्ग की स्वीकार नहीं कर सकते। वेद - शात्रोक्त सिद्धान्त में तो हमारा पूरा अधिकार है  वह तो हमारा  मुसल्लम मौजा  है - उसमें हमारा पूरा सोलहों आना अधिकार है और जो दूसरे मत हैं उनमें जितनी बातें वेद - शास्त्र से मिलती हैं  उतनी सबको हम मानते हैं। हमारे वैदिक सिद्धान्त की कुछ - न - कुछ बातें तो हर एक मत में हैं ही  इसलिये प्रत्येक मत में हमारा कुछ - न - कुछ अधिकार है। हम अपने उस अधिकार को नहीं छोड़ सकते  चाहे उस मत अनुयायी हम से सम्बन्ध रखें या न रखें।

किसी मत में हमारा दो आना अधिकार है तो किसी में चार आना है  किसी में दो पा‍ई है। जहाँ हमारा एक आना हिस्सा है वहाँ हम प्रयत्न करते हैं कि चार आना हो जाय तो अच्छा जहाँ जितनी हमारी वैदिकता है उसी के कारण हम उन मतों के अनुयायियों का भी कल्याण चाहते हैं।

आगे श्रीचरण ने अपना और धार्मिक संस्था‍ओं का सम्बन्ध बताते हु‍ए कहा कि संस्थायें कोठरी के समान हैं और हमारी स्थिति हौल  बर्ड़े कमरे  में है। जो कोठैयाँ हमारे हौल से लगी हु‍ई है उनमें हम प्रकाश देते हैं  पर हम ऐसा नहीं करते कि हाल से उठकर कोठरी में बैठ जायँ। इसलिये धर्मिक संस्था‍ओं का हमारा सम्बन्ध होते हु‍ए भी सब अपने क्षेत्र में कार्य करती हैं।

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