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DISCOVERY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL
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.
Swami Satyananda has continued to encourage my work upholding Hindu
dharma. Whenever I feel isolated or extreme in my views I remember such examples. I have
also at times considered becoming a Swami myself but at least for now have decided against
it in order to have more freedom of action and expression in political and intellectual
fields, which is usually outside the field of concern for renunciates.