Sun, 6 Jan 2013
Late B R Chopra had pulled out a similar stunt in his world's largest viewed TV serial Mahabharat'. He used the hired actor Nitish Bharadwaj for this. He wanted to convey to the masses his own twisted interpretation of चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागशः in the name of Shri Krishn', much the same way as RKM has conveyed its twisted interpretations in the name of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda.
It was the result of the Christian Missionary education he received as was the case with Saradananda. Most people who receive Christian or Muslim education cannot free themselves from its clutches. Only rare souls break those shackles and rise above it
BR Chopra never understood Christianity and it hidden motives and simply played a pawn in hands of those who shaped his inadequate understanding of Hindoo social system and the underlying far-sighted social philosophy.
As it happens with most half-learned who mistakenly perceive themselves as learned, an obsession to reform the contemporary society sets in, and BR Chopra with his successful career in film industry was now ready to create a lasting impact on Hindoo society, which he thought would be his greatest contribution to the coming generations.
With this burning desire in his heart he set upon to venture into playing God, and for this he identified the character of Shri Krishn' and decided to put words in his mouth.
For this he needed two accomplices. One he found in a Muslim with equally defective understanding of Hindoo social system and the underlying far-sighted social philosophies. His name was Dr Rahi Masoom Raza, a product of Aligarh Muslim University. The guy was good at playing with words and therefore, Chopra deployed his skills to craft words that could be safely put in Shri Krishn's mouth and make it seemingly logical.
Subsequent generations, with overdose of so-called modern education (inherently Christian education) took the bait. They were sold to Rahi Masoom Raza's carefully crafted and seemingly logical dialogues.
Logic is the modern buzz word. Anyone who puts up his case in a seemingly logical manner gets ready acceptance in today's world. That helps the listeners to the extent that they do not have to explore further and trouble themselves by applying their own minds. They have been served readymade cooked 'food for thought' and all they need to do is hungrily swallow it.
For, they have never been taught a very fundamental concept, in their modern-Christian education, as the teachers themselves knew nothing about it. That concept is "Logic does not travel to those unknown lands, where knowledge has not traversed yet". How logic can help where knowledge is deficient? – Custom Search 'logic does not' at www.yashodharma.me or www.maanojrakhit.com
The other accomplice he found in Nitish Bharadwaj who was not required to understand the pros and cons of the dialogues that he would be delivering on silver screen. All that he was required to do was to deploy his excellent skills in acting which would wholly convince the audience.
Both these accomplices were his hired hands, one who was required to think how best he can manage words to convey what Chopra wanted. He was a willing accomplice. The other was not required to think about the result of those words but to deliver them in a convincing manner so that the audience remains totally engrossed. He was a paid accomplice.
But to make his trick work, Chopra needed a personality larger than life and he found that in the character portrayal of Bhagawaan' Shri Krishn'. Chopra also needed the backdrop in which he could portray the entire episode in a manner that would have lasting effect, particularly on those who were in their formative age. What better backdrop than KuruKshetr' and deliverance of BhagavadGeeta could have been? So, he had the stage set, according to his choice of right ingredients, to go all out with a bang!
In his zeal to become a social reformer of some distinction, Chopra even made Shri Krishn' speak of Draupadi Cheer Haran as part of BhagavadGeeta at KuruKshetr'. Chopra was so very obsessed with his immense desire to deliver his own message to the audience that he forgot that BhagavadGeeta makes no mention of Draupadi Cheer Haran.
He made Nitish Bharadwaj a.k.a. Shri Krishn' speak his (Chopra's) mind through BhagavadGeeta, much the same way as RKM spoke of its mind through Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. He had a much larger audience and the one who delivered his message to the masses was none less than Shri Krishn' himself (in perception of the audience). RKM was no match for him in this regard. Thus, by one magic stroke, BR Chopra was able to destroy the very foundation of वर्ण व्यवस्था Varn' Vyavastha with his hypothetical concept.
Chopra ought to have let the actor representing Shri Krishn' speak what Shri Krishn' actually spoke in BhagavadGeeta, and similarly, RKM should have spoken what Ramakrishna and Vivekananda had actually spoken.
Chopra went about describing his own interpretation of चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागशः by manipulating its meaning and, this one single gimmick has totally altered the views of an entire generation with snowballing effect.
Neither Chopra realized, nor did RKM, as to what harm they inflicted on Hindoo society—it was their inability to grasp the bigger picture and their short-sighted character which prevented them from noticing the long-term impact.
Varn' Vyavastha was the one which had protected Hindoo society since time immemorial. It has to be the subject matter of a separate thesis in itself that will be required to demonstrate exactly how, many of such over-publicized and respected social reformers have been responsible for the disintegration of Hindoo society, in the form we witness it today; and how important it is not to fiddle with the systems laid down by our Rishis—the systems that were evolved through their tuning-in with higher powers, their meditating on those subjects for great length of time, and testing and retesting them from various angles over a prolonged period of time, and under real life conditions. The collective outcome of such investigations was laid down as social norm.
We may have to wait until I find uninterrupted time to work on that project which is far more significant than this work on RKM, or any of my other works published so far. When will that time come, I myself do not know. It would be for Naaraayani Ma Bhav'Taarini and Shri Naaraayan' to create the right environment for my undertaking that project with total exclusion of everything else. Since my works are an offering to them, it is for them to decide when they want to accept my offering. They decide the timing, I simply work.