More details about this "So-Called-Shankaracharya"
Hindus of Greater Houston
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, October 26, 2002
(Thanks to Mr. Padmakant Khambhati, Houston
for forwarding Press Release.)
Police case registered against Fake
What do you call a twenty-nine year old man from
Varanasi, dressed in saffron, who twice went to Puri to claim the seat of
Shankaracharya and both times left following judicial orders and police
intervention? What do you call a man in saffron who says that India's Home
Minister L. K. Adwani is the world's worst terrorist and claims that Iraq's
President Saddam Hussain is a great bhakta (lover of God).
Call him Adhokshyananda, or a fake
Shankarayacharya. It would make no difference at all.
Adhokshyananda was in news again - this time in
Houston. A police complaint was lodged against him when he hit a senior
person of the Indian-American community who had come to hear him speak on
Friday, October 25, 2002. The announced topic for Adhokshyananda was
"Extremism: Its Long-Term Impact on India." The event was organized by the
local chapter of AFMI (American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin). Adhokshyananda seen with
his staff with which he said to have hit a senior person in Houston on
Friday, October 25, 2002. (Courtesy Akhil Chopra,
Adhokshyananda started his address with a prayer. But
the prayer was followed by promptly by his spilling of venom. Without stating
any facts or figures, the Swami spoke evil of many people, some of whom are
respected and revered figures of India. He called L K Advani a terrorist; Dr.
Hedgewar, founder of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), the biggest traitor;
and Ashok Singal, the VHP-Bharat President, a leader of a terrorist
organization. Moreover, he said that the current Indian Government, the VHP,
and the Bajrang Dal were all responsible for the downfall of India. He said
that these people are like bugs and rodents who need to be crushed and for
whom sword is not necessary.
Adhokshyananda went on rebuking, perhaps unaware of
the fact that he, by criticizing the present Government and its countrymen,
was creating more wrath by widening the gap between Hindus and Muslims, in
Houston as well as in India. He criticized the present Indian government,
stating that it is responsible for the attacks on minorities. In stating so,
perhaps he forgot that the present President who is the supreme commander of
all forces of India is from that same minority community.
After patiently hearing to Adhokshyananda's talk, Mr.
Ashok Dhingra, President-Elect of India Culture Center (ICC), went to see
him. "Swamiji, I am disappointed to hear the tone of your language, which
knows no love, peace, harmony and compassion," said Mr. Dhingra humbly. To
which Swami retorted, "If you don't like to hear me, get out from this
lecture". Mr. Dhingra, surprised but not losing an inch of patience and
composure, replied: "The abusive language you used doesn't suit and fit
the expectations one would have of hearing from a Shankaracharya-the highest
of priests." Adhokshyananda, perhaps construing Mr. Dhingra's feedback as
revealing his fakeness, started lashing out at Mr. Dhingra.
In a fist of anger, Adhokshyananda hit Mr. Dhingra
with his staff not once but three times, injuring Mr. Dhingra's thumb and
finger. No wonder Mr. Dhingra filed a police report concerning the assault,
hoping that the same type of violent acts might not be repeated upon someone
else. Having personally
experienced the wrath, Mr. Dhingra felt that Adhokshyananda is a
terrorist, hiding behind the saffron robe, and that AFMI should screen their
future guests before they present to the community.
It takes courage of people like Mr. Dhingra who dare
to "call a spade a spade" and who can help separate the chaff from the grain,
the fake from the real. Let us in the Indian-American community resolve that
every Hindu boycotts the so-called Shankaracharya, Adhokshyananda.
Shankaracharya cancels rest of his
tour and returns to India
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