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DISCOVERY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL
westerners living in India are already quite active in such work, particularly disciples
of Sri Aurobindo from France. Some like Francois Gautier and Michel Danino have written
books and articles that eloquently deal with the need for a resurgent Hinduism. While
western Yoga students sometimes find my comments about the political situation in India to
be too pro-Hindu, this is seldom the case with westerners actually living in India,
particularly those working in the religious field. They have to deal first hand with the
leftist propaganda and missionary aggression, and have understood the media distortions.
They see with their own eyes the modern cultural war in which Hindu society is under siege
by vested interests of less tolerant and more materialistic forces.
The example of western Swamis can be very helpful, showing to Hindus how western
people can dedicate their lives to Hindu spirituality. One western Swami in India that has
strongly encouraged my defense of Hinduism is Swami Satyananda. Originally from Spain he
became a Swami under Muktananda. Later he lived at the Ramanashram for many years,
performing the full range of tapas. He also did pilgrimages throughout India and to Mount
Kailas in Tibet. Now he looks like a great Rishi and shows how even westerners can advance
on the yogic path if they faithfully follow its disciplines.
Still the example of someone from the West promoting Vedic knowledge may
have a salutary affect on modern Hindus, who are used to looking to the West for cultural
innovations. More westerners should do this if they want to see eastern traditions survive
the onslaught of western culture. Several westerners living in India are already quite
active in such work, particularly disciples of Sri Aurobindo from France.