Sunday, 29 April 2012, 01:06 AM
Location: Sannyaas Ashram', Ville Parle, Mumbai
Event: Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha Second Convention
The second convention of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha was held at Mumbai a few years back. I came by invitation and was present among the audience. As my aunt was admitted at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, I had to cut short my say to two half-days.
During one of the sittings I had the opportunity to listen to Swami Dayananda Saraswati who was presiding the event, and happened to be the Head of the Acharya Sabha. He is considered to be a great Pundit and demonstrated the capability of rattling out Sanskrit Shloks by heart.
I would assume that he had studied those Sanskrit texts in Sanskrit script, not their transliteration in English script. If he did not then it would be a shame. And if he did, I can guarantee that he would have never found धर्मा and कर्मा written in any authoritative Sanskrit text. And yet, look what he did.
In his speech he repeatedly pronounced धर्मा / कर्मा and the audience heard an authority speak so. Naturally, they would not dare challenge him. Rather they would find it safer to toe the line and copy the learned. The story did not end here...see how it snowballed...
At Hiranandanis, Powai, Mumbai
One of Swami Dayananda Saraswati's direct disciples was on her trip to USA and Canada. Her flight was scheduled to depart during late night hours  as it regularly happened in those day i. r. o. all outward flights without exception. While in transit at Mumbai she spent some time at her relatives place at Powai. She invited me to meet her .
During talks I heard her pronounce पापा, पुण्या frequently. I did not comment on her distorted pronunciation of Sanskrit terms because she had read all my books and was fully aware of my stand on this subject. Obviously, the Guru and the disciple both were suffering from Parrot Humanoid Syndrome which happened to be an incurable disease. 
Curiously, at some point of time, she had sent me a parcel without an accompanying note as to why she sent it, but the purpose was quite obvious to me. The parcel contained Sanskrit school textbooks from Standard 1 to 10. She wanted me to fall in line with her corrupt pronunciations. Incidentally, those books did not support those distorted spellings in Dev'Naagari script so I did not have to learn her or her Guru's corrupt pronunciation. 
On Sanskrit pronunciations what is right and what is wrong has been discussed with detailed reasoning in a series of small articles presented here
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Annaikatti, TN
It was Swami Dayananda Saraswati's important project. People would come from far-off places to learn वेदान्त  and finally to become Swami or Swamini. Some hundred copies of one of my books  were ordered by the Aachaarya of the Gurukulam. At the premises of the Gurukulam, Shruti Seva Trust operated a book store which ordered all my works as and when published. So, it was natural that people at the Gurukulam (besides outsiders) bought some of them and the readers would have noticed that I added one small chapter in my books on Sanskrit terms as written in Sanskrit script vs. as pronounced by people of learning. One day I received a surprise that I would have never thought even in my dreams that any sane person could have done, and this is the story of that.
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam regularly published a monthly newsletter a copy of which I received courtesy some unknown reader who paid for the subscription without my knowledge. I had guessed who it could have been but that hardly matters because that is not central part of this story. Now that I used to receive it in those days regularly, it was quite natural that turned it from beginning till end to see if anything was of interest to me. The newsletter regularly published calendar of upcoming events any where within the spiritual kingdom of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. So, one of such monthly publication, and inside it a prominently displayed full page calendar of a specific event caught my attention for most part of it was in Sanskrit script.
The event was on ShreemadBhagavadGeeta discourses, chapter by chapter. Title of each chapter was printed in Sanskrit script and dates, venue, etc. in English. Interesting thing was how title of each chapter appeared in print on that page:
|As it appears in any
|As was printed in Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
in an attempt to make wrong as right
This is a well meditated intellectual deception
which had Sw Dayananda Saraswati's tacit consent
If AVG, AVN, Sw Dayananda Saraswati, or any of his so-called learned disciple wishes to dispute the validity of my claim, I would prove it from their printed copies of AVN which they will have to produce before me. They cannot claim that they do not keep them any more. It is common place for readers to throw away magazines after reading but magazine publisher cannot give an excuse that they too do the same.
Hindoo Raashtr' cannot be established
when the torch-bearers of a society are bent upon corrupting their heritage
So, they went to the extent of changing the original Sanskrit term to justify their action. I never thought people can go to such an extent to prove themselves right.
Everyone who received a copy, including Swami Dayananda Saraswati, read those deliberate mutilation of Sanskrit (a language that held in its fold Hindoo heritage) and also ShreemadBhagavadGeeta (an extraordinary literature that not only we Hindoos are proud of) but none wrote a word against it in next issue of Arsha Vidya Newsletter.
Such acts are nothing but deliberate suppression of Truth and well-meditated expression of Untruth.
We must understand something very basic, i.e., a true Hindoo Raashtr' cannot be established on such shaky grounds where the flag-bearers are party to promoting untruth.
We must not forget that Truth and Justice had been the pillars of legendary Ancient Hindoo Society .