‘Why can’t we have a memorial for Ram

An interview like none other he has granted in recent times. Read on for the concluding segment of an exclusive and informative interview:

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Out of the five Sankara Matts (the other four being in Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Sringeri), you have taken the lead in trying to solve the problem. Are the other four Shankaracharyas with you in your initiative?

cheap canada goose uk No one has opposed it. No one has any objection. No one is concerned so long as something good comes out, doesn’t matter whether it is a Shankaracharya or anyone else doing it. I am not doing it to hog the credit; if I did, the other Mutts could get upset. National integration, communal harmony, the country’s well being, and a Ram temple comes up, where is my name in it? If I canada goose outlet had the ego to take credit for it, others could get angry and oppose me but that’s not my intention at all. If canada goose everything goes well Ayodhya will benefit, the nation will benefit! How will I benefit personally? I will still be sitting Canada Goose sale here in Kanchipuram. I am merely doing my duty, so there is no way for anyone to become angry at me. cheap canada goose uk

Except, of course, the politician (laughs).

There is alsooubt over the status of the Kanchi Mutt itself. Adi Sankara, goes one belief, founded only four Mutts, and the Kanchi Mutt is self proclaimed.

Those who say so will say so. It is like the dog barking at the sun, does the sun care? If a cloud blocks the sun, has the sun disappeared? Similarly, such statements won’t rob the Kanchi Mutt of anything. I know who is spreading such talk, he had in fact been a friend of mine once, he had then given in writing that Kanchi was also a Sankara Mutt (laughs). We still have that letter. Today there is not a squeak out of him, there is no publicity for canada goose coats him, the world today knows only one Shankaracharya, he is unable to handle this obscurity and gives vent to his feelings to the press. That’s all.?

One thing has always puzzled people. What is your interest in Ayodhya? Why are you involved in the negotiations?

Shouldn’t I do at least one good thing in my lifetime? There is so much strife over Ayodhya. Do you know what the Canada Goose Outlet name means? A yodham, meaning a place without war. Can there be another adarsh purush [ideal] like him! If not a memorial for him then who else!e erect memorials for our fathers, grandfathers, Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Kamaraj, and we can’t have one for Ram? It has been facing problems for so many years. We are willing to do that for politicians, but not for god?

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Canada Goose online We are involved just so Canada Goose Jackets that it won’t be politicized, to keep the politicians out. I have said they should not be involved, even [Prime Minister A B] Vajpayee has said it. Many people have the same opinion, but still politicians make hay. The latest is [former prime minister] Chandra Shekhar and [former minister] Ram Vilas Paswan have said I canada goose clearance should not be involved. Canada Goose online

buy https://www.getcanadagooseoutlet.com canada goose jacket cheap In fact, when Chandra Shekhar was prime minister he had brought a delegation that included Ali Miyan here for discussions, the Periyavar [the late seniorhankaracharya Chandrasekharendra Saraswati] was alive then, and I was also around. In this town, in this Mutt! He was the man who started buy canada goose jacket cheap the whole thing. But today he suddenly finds me political. Then he needed the Shankaracharya, today when he is out of power he has no need! buy canada goose jacket cheap

uk canada goose outlet Does such criticism hurt you? The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, for instance, said you, a Saivite guru, was interfering in the Ram temple issue. uk canada goose outlet

canada goose uk black friday If I get hurt I can’t be a Swamigal. Don’t they know Ram was a Shiv canada goose store bhakt? He worshipped Shiva in Rameswaram buy canada goose jacket after slaying Ravan, to remove the curse. They don’t know this, and are saying these things. canada goose uk black friday

Let me go a step ahead. Many of those on the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas are from Ayodhya. But they won’t look at either Krishna or Narayan, aspects of the same god, such severe cheap Canada Goose Vaishnavites they are. With such people on board how have they asked for Kashi and Mathura? I am asking this for argument’s sake, of course. These people talk without knowing the facts well.

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He is not involved in this. He has kept himself aloof. If it moves forward, he helps. If it doesn’t, he lets go. That’s all.

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canada goose store That’s not the case. No one has come here so far. [Finance Minister] Jaswant Singh came here recently, but his appointment was made a month ago. [Defence Minister] George Fernandes has been coming here for years, since Chandra Shekhar’s time. At that he came about the Janambhoomi, this time it was a general visit but we briefed him. canada goose store

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buy canada goose jacket We don’t need it. We are spiritual, religious leaders, why do we need to be in touch with the government? buy canada goose jacket

There is this perception that you are trying to solve this issue ahead of the election so that the Bharatiya Canada Goose Parka Janata Party can go to the people with a favourable report card. Are you playing the BJP’s game?

Did they win the last election on my say so? Was I responsible for them winning so Canada Goose online many seats in the last election? If I was, I am happy. I had not said a word about the BJP before canada goose deals the last election nor am I going to say anything this time. How does it matter to me which party wins the election? I am not doing anything for the sake of any political party. I am doing out of a heart felt need. Ram’s abhimaan is important to me, not the BJP or any political party. It doesn’t matter to us who forms the government, who becomes PM.

canada goose uk outlet Is it true you won’t be too pleased if the BJP were to lose the election and the Congress party wins? canada goose uk outlet

This is a very, very wrong thing to say. Let me say it again: It doesn’t matter whether the BJP orhe Congress wins. We have no need for the government. We have been with canada goose coats on sale the Congress since the days of Indira Gandhi. She has come here so many times, as have Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. How many Congressmen have come here! We are not going to get anything new. Why only Congressmen, even other partymen come here. The Samata Party also comes here. We are apart from parties, we have no connection with them. So we are not concerned whether the BJP or Congressinslections.

canada goose uk shop It sounds like you support the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s demand for making India a Hindu Rashtra. canada goose uk shop

canada goose coats on sale It is their demand, it is a democracy. If they can do it, let them do it. I have no views on it. Like someone says there is no god, they say make India a Hindu Rashtra. canada goose coats on sale

You canadian goose jacket have completed 50 years of your initiation as Shankaracharya. Looking back, do you have a sense of something not accomplished.

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