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खरच राम होता ? खरच रामायण रामाने केल ?

In मी on जुलै 18, 2009 at 11:37 pm

१४ जुलाई ला टाईम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया मधे एका व्यक्तीने असा लेख लिहिला की ज्याने या विषयावर ऊहापोह करने आवश्यक वाटते. खाली त्याचे मत मी जसे च्या तसे देत आहे. मूल लेख इंग्लिश मधे आहे. मी भाषांतर केलेले नाही.

टाईम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया – Is Ram really for real?

Is the Ram of the Ramayan for real? Years after the Ramjanambhoomi controversy reached eruption point with the demolition of the Babri masjid, the ‘reality ‘ of Ram is once again the cause of impassioned debate and mass agitations which disrupt public order. The source of contention is the Sethusamundram project which proposes to dredge an 83-km-long canal through the sea channel separating India and Sri Lanka, thereby facilitating shipping. However, the sangh parivar has contented that the dredging operations would destroy the ‘Ram Setu’, built by Ram to cross over into Lanka, which would deeply offend the sensibilities of millions of devotees. The Indian government has cited the Archeological Survey to plead in court that while the Ram legend is an integral part of Indic civilisation and literature, it is not based on ‘historical records’. In short, Ram isn’t for real.

But of course he isn’t, Ram’s devotees might well respond. Ram isn’t real, he is much more; he’s hyper-real. Hyper-reality could be described as that intangible supporting structure that adds significance to our everyday reality which can be weighed and measured and tallied on a balance sheet of profit and loss. Art is an example of hyper-reality (Hamlet never existed, but he’s more ‘real’ than any person we will ever meet). The love of a mother willing to sacrifice her life for a child is another example of the power of hyper-reality. As is spiritual belief, in Ram, or Jesus, or Allah. Hyper-reality transforms existence into life.

Rubbish, realists would say. Life is about progress, not superstition and mumbo-jumbo. Trouble is, how ‘real’, or progressive, is progress? Environmentalists have joined forces with the parivar in opposing the Sethusamudram project which the greens fear will wreak ecological havoc.

Is environmentalism, often contrasted with progress, also mumbo-jumbo, along with religious belief? Is global warming as much a myth as Ram? Many proponents of progress might say so. Critics, on the other hand, would say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to weigh the benefits of progress as against its costs. Not least because the standard kilogram, devised 118 years ago and hermetically sealed in Paris, is mysteriously losing weight. Not much, just 50 microns (which is about as much as the weight of a fingerprint) over the years. But still, the kg, a foundation stone of reality as distinct from fiction, myth or hyper-reality, is different from what it was, is changeable, whether it’s because of proton decay or some other ‘real’ reason no one knows. So, does today’s reality weigh (50 microns) less than yesterday’s? A perplexing thought. As much so as thinking what would happen if Ram (or Hamlet) went on a diet. Can a myth shed weight like a real kilo can? Presumably not. In which case is the myth, or hyper-reality, more real, in the sense of being more constant, than reality?

Perhaps the real and the hyper-real are inextricable components of the same merry-go-round. As a modern scientist put it: “Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our percepts. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.”

Sethusamudram or Ram Setu? Progress or belief? Take your pick. Only don’t do so on the streets, inconveniencing your neighbour. Be it Ram, or anyone else.

जगात अनेक पद्तीची लोक असतात. माझे वडिल म्हणायचे की मनुष्य जन्म हा ८४ लक्ष योनी मधून आल्यावर भेटतो. पण मनुष्याचे प्रकार तर त्याहून जास्ती आहेत. आता हेच बघा ना  आपण लहान असताना रामरक्षा, मारुतिस्तोत्र म्हणायचो. त्यावेळी मी कधी माझ्या वडीलाना असा प्रश्न  केला  नाही की  राम  खरच  होता  का ? आणि  त्याने  रामायण  का  केल ?. पण आता खरच हा प्रश्न काही वर्षांपासून रौद्ररूप धारण करतोय. त्यातलाच एक भाग.

सोरिया (या लेखाचे लेखक) यांच्या लेखाचे तुम्ही नीट वाचन केल्यास तुम्हाला असे लक्षात येइल, त्याना असे म्हणायचे आहे की राम ही संकल्पना चुकीची आहे. हे पोस्ट दिसेपर्यंत ४८५ कमेंट्स आले आहेत. मी देखिल त्यात कमेंट्स टाकली आहे. बाकि तर तुम्ही सर्वद्न्य आहात. राम ही संकल्पना चुकीची आहे, या मताचा मी बिलकुल नाही. पण आपण कधी चर्चा केलेली नाही. नाही आपण यावर संशोधन करण्याचा प्रयत्न केला आहे. मग असे महाभाग त्यांच्या मेंदुतली पिचकारी मारतात. आणि आपण अस्वस्थ होतो.

हेही खरे आहे, की राम व् रामयानावर संशोधन करून भारतीय संशोधकांनी नाग, पृथ्वी, अग्नि, ब्रम्होस्त्र अशी अनेक भेधक आणि घातक अशी अस्रे निर्माण केली आहेत. पण आपण राम खरच होता, तर तो कुठे कसा आणि काय केले यावर संशोधन केलेले नाही. काही वर्षापूर्वी प्रजासत्ताक दिनी गुजरात राज्यात भूकंपाने थैमान घातले. गुजरात राज्यात भुज नावाच्या एका ठिकाणी जमीन फाटून त्यातून पाणी बाहेर येऊ लागले. तेथील सरकारने काही नुसते बघून स्वस्थ बसले नाहीत. त्यानी त्यावर एक संशोधन समिति नेमाली. की हे पाणी आले कुठून?

संशोधनातून असे समजले की, ते पाणी दहावर्षापूर्वीचे आहे. आणि याचा मुख्य स्त्रोत हा गुजरात बाहेर आहे. केंद्र सरकारच्या मदतीने त्यानी अधिक संशोधन केल्यावर असे लक्षात आले, की ती एक नदी आहे, जी जमिनीच्या आतून वाहत आहे. दहाहजार वर्षांपूर्वी काय घडले याची कल्पना आता या भूकंपाच्या मदतीने समजली. तसाच जर यावर भर दिला तर अनेक गोष्टीबद्दल निर्माण झालेले वाद मिटतील. हा देश किती वर्ष जुना आहे, आपण काय आहोत काय होतो याची प्रचिती येइल. नाहक समजुतीवर जगण्यापेक्षा आणि आपापसात वाद करण्यात काही फायदा नाही. खाली मी माझा त्या लेखाला दिलेला अभिप्राय आहे.

I agree with u sir. We will not oppose any national progress for only regionalism. But one thing sir Ram and Ramayana its truth. Not any stories like “Panchatantra”. Its another part that our nation and Hindu people did’nt study scientifically. That means Ram was just story? Sir, r u real child of your mother?. Please don’t angry. I means your father is your real father or u r born before ya after ur parents marriage?. Now u better understand what I mean, If i talk wrong about your parent. Then u get angry. same felling here. If you speak Ram is not real for just making of “Setu samudram” project. Do u think If that project will solved all issue of our country?. We will get Super power after that project. I really don’t understand ur meaning. Did you mean Ram is not real its just a story ?. Or do you want Complete that Setu Samudraam project ?. Please sir, Ram is our national idol. If Ram was a story. Then why we are say our country name is Bharat and why we proud to say “We are Bharatiya?”. Do you think all people are mad told that Ram is God. and another and last point is Indonesia have 60% people are make a name with Ram. Are they mad?. and u r only intelligent?. Please think about these topic. If you don’t understand  what i mean, and if you understand Marathi. then please come my blog and understand what I say to you about ur this blog.

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