This word Sanyasi is so ingrained in this soil of India that nothing can separate this word from, what is called as India. I some times feel why we call it India? why not we call it भारत Bharat or भारतवर्ष Baharat varsh or simply हिन्दोस्तान or हिंदुस्तान Hindustan? Why we are blamed always that we are following a certain path of faith? why not secular? For once and for all time we should decide what name we want to give to our great nation? so that people do not start debating or questioning the greatness of this land: Bharat.
Take for example the word Sanyasi. What is the true meaning of sanyasi?
Now days people have lot of advantages, due to advancements in IT tools, such as an online Dictionary and google or Wikipedia. They don’t need to trouble their brain or memory cells.
Search this on google or in Wikipedia you will get lot of information about this word.
When I typed the word “Sanyasi” in google, it gave many links, including a link for a Hindi film named “Sanyasi”? but later in the list there was a link for the word “Sanyasa”. as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sannyasa
Recently i saw reports on TV channels about the global investor’s summit in Madhya Pradesh. There image of Swami Ramdev was shown. I was surprised to see a link at Wikipedia for this summit… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Investors_Summit,_Indore
When I read this report not much was written about Baba Ramdev except citation in the caption of above picture.
But when this picture was prominently shown or posted with Baba Ramdev in the clear view then why something was not written about his attempts, what he said during that function? what plan he disclosed at that summit.This summit was an important summit indeed. Thus i mean that there is some kind of a biased-ness. Media has been very selective in reporting anything about Baba Ramdev. Why? He is also a citizen of India and has got right of freedom of speech as the reporter and media has.
Often i think why this is so? the answer lies in the dilemma or the difficulty in understanding the meaning of the word Sanyasi.
British left India but many things they left behind. One thing was a certain level of mentality, thinking of elite and hatred towards whatever belonged to Sanskrit, ancient Bhartiya heritage. Whatever we have is not Indian heritage, it is Heritage of Bharat, it is heritage of Hindustan. But British left a virus which creeps in those who learnt “English” and thus they themselves became “English”. They started thinking about Shakespeare and not about कालीदास Kalidas. They forgot Kalidas, Bhasa, Aryabhatt, Katyayan. This is an irony of our newly independent India. Now it is over 70 years but still lot to be done on front of language, literature, philosophy, national thinking etc. Why we write Rama? why not just Ram?
Following is taken from the page link at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sannyasa
Saṃnyāsa in Sanskrit means “renunciation of the world” and “abandonment”. It is a composite word of saṃ- which means “together, all”, ni- which means “down” and āsa from the root as, meaning “to throw” or “to put”. A literal translation of Sannyāsa is thus “to put down everything, all of it”. Sannyasa is sometimes spelled as Sanyasa.
Hinduism has no formal demands nor requirements on the lifestyle or spiritual discipline, method or deity a Sanyasin or Sanyasini must pursue – it is left to the choice and preferences of the individual. This freedom has led to diversity and significant differences in the lifestyle and goals of those who adopt Sannyasa. There are, however, some common themes. A person in Sannyasa lives a simple life, typically detached, itinerant, drifting from place to place, with no material possessions or emotional attachments. They may have a walking stick, a book, a container or vessel for food and drink, often wearing yellow, saffron, orange, ochre or soil colored clothes. They may have long hair and appear disheveled, and are usually vegetarians. Some minor Upanishads as well as monastic orders consider women, child, students, fallen men (criminal record) and others as not qualified for Sannyasa; while other texts place no restrictions. The dress, the equipage and lifestyle varies between groups. For example, Sannyasa Upanishad in verses 2.23 to 2.29, identifies six lifestyles for six types of renunciates. One of them is described as living with the following possessions,
Pot, drinking cup and flask – the three supports, a pair of shoes,
bathing drawers and straining cloth, triple staff and coverlet.
when i saw the dictionary it lists follwing as the meanings of the word Sanyasi.
then i was struck with another word – Mendicant? what that word means? again i referred to a dictionary, it gave me following:
then i wondered what shall i understand from English. But then there is no synonyms for the word “Sanyasi” in English language. the meaning and synonyms they described are all absurd, and meaningless for me.
then what the word Sanyasi means? There are various versions. But as far as I am concerned the word Sanyasi means Sa + Nyasi स + न्यासी in Hindi, what that means?
For the last almost twenty years we have been hearing about Swami Ramdev ji. Yoga has been part of Bharat heritage. Few elite didn’t have knowledge about Yoga and Ayurveda. After so many years of independence these English knowing people popularized the aerobic exercises, awkward type of dances, either with a ball or a piece of wood. How foolish they looked. Suddenly Baba Ramdev appeared on scene from nowhere.
We had seen few babas on black and white doordarshan demonstrating योगासन yoga asanas, but all that was confined to elite and members of the kitchen cabinet or so to say members of corridors of power in Delhi. Later they disappeared from the screen. Iyengar ji also came on TV. In 1982-83 Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi ji got to fame. I remember his disciples, mostly foreigners, came to our school and taught Meditation & told about yoga etc.
Later TV channel boom happened in India. Every channel opened up the livelihood option for those who learnt yoga. Yoga classes were started in our Kendriya Vidyalaya also.
No other person has done so in last 70 years after independence of India.
In few years boom happened in India, which helped in popularizing benefits of Ayurveda and other ancient traditions of India.
For this credit goes to few western scholars, who learnt Sanskrit and done lot of research. That’s why we have now lot of materials on our own heritage. Then there was wave of Ayurveda in India. In everything the word Ayurveda started creeping in, toothpaste, facial cream, skin cream, packaged food items. Parallel to this wave the Yoga also got popularity. But Swami Ramdev has taken all steps to make yoga more popular among the masses.
I heard and saw various camps he held, where people were taught how to exercise, how to eat? What to eat? How to change their lifestyle? But I am most unfortunate person that I could not attend any such camps. I liked the way Swami Ramdev ji popularised our great heritage of India/Bharat: that is knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda and a way of life.
Later he started campaign on Swadeshi, where by he stressed on need to improve habit of using things made in India. Later he started providing various kind of consumables made in their own factory. I am amazed that how Baba Ramdev, a swami or sanyasi might have registered an enterprise for churning out products, such as medicine, herbal items, even grocery items.
How he studied all that? Or how he has come to know all this? He established many trusts, or society but all were registered under various laws/acts.
It is actually war of perception, mentality, elite (English) vs desi (Bhartiya).
He has already gone through the education system or knowledge learning system of ancient India, about which these nou-veau-riche people are totally blank. They don’t know even an iota about this education system prevalent in Ashrams, where disciples become sanyasi and learn from gurus while residing with gurus. From which university Swami Ramdev ji has studied? Did you know?
I had suggested to them to have regional stores/warehouses to meet demand of ONLINE platform. So that once an order is placed online, checking the address of that demand, they can supply items from their regional warehouses, instead of shipping items from Haridwar to the customer’s house. This will save the shipping cost also(as far as I can think). Since if I place order Online and delivery address is in Chennai then if Patanjali has its warehouse in Chennai, then they can ship items as demanded within short span of time and short distance. This will save time and money also.
Thirty years back I saw on doordarshan what was then called as ashram agriculture.
He is talking about MSME, small scale industries or enterprises. He has thought of making Indian brand of hand woven cloths/Textile.
He also has plans to launch something on alternative livelihood options for farmers. Such as Honey Bee keeping. Just saw on Astha TV channel that Patanjali trust is foraying into #Digitization of Indian old manuscripts. Trust has invited all those people who have with them any old manuscripts which can be digitized for conservation. This project is going to be helpfull to know our Ancient knowledge.
Let us hope that students coming out of this school work for betterment of our country. इतिहास उनको एक युगपुरुष के रूप में सदैव याद करेगा Millions of people wish that he lives for 1000 years.
Long Live Swami Ramdev ji.
उनके श्री चरणों में नमन