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Vijaya Yatra – a media pointer

Vijaya Yatraa tour to establish Dharma among massess – was undertaken by Sringeri Shankaracharya Sri. Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji during 2012-13.  Details of the Yatra is provided by the following links –  Objectives, an account,  teachings, and a photo gallery.   The content is taken from the  official website of Sringeri Mutt and organized in a different way for easy reference. 





The aims and objectives of the Vijaya Yatra  – URL

An account of the Vijaya Yatra  – URL

Teachings by Swamiji during Vijaya Yatra  – URL

 Photo gallery related to the Yatra   –URL



Sringeri Mutt website

Vijayayatra Website



Triumphant tour to establish Dharma

Acharya of Sringeri undertakes one year tour to re-establish Sanatana Dharma among massess in the southern India.

Sringeri Pontiff  Sri Bharati Tirtha has undertaken a Digvijaya Yatra (tour of comprehensive conquer) from 26th February 2012.  The Yatra is a spiritual journey in all directions teaching principles responsible for the sustenance of the world.  For one year,  the seer will lead the Yatra to grace various places across the country.

The purpose of the Vijaya Yatra is to dispel doubts, restore faith, and propagate the Upanishadic philosophy. The tour restores Sanatana Dharma throughout the length and breadth of this ancient land and establish it deeply in the hearts and minds of the people.

Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, has undertaken many Vijaya Yatras since His Sannyasa in 1974. Some of the notable Yatras include the ones in 1975, 1977, and 1981 with His Guru (Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji, the 35th Acharya of Sringeri), and in 1987-88, 1992, 1994-95, 2007, and 2010 as the 36th Acharya.  These tours are continuation of the tradition was initiated by Adi Sankara and passed on by the previous Paramahamsa Parivraajaka-acharyas of Sringer.

Paramahamsa refers to the highest order among sannyasis, Parivraajaka implies that the sannyasi moves frequently from place to place. Acharya refers to one who knows the import of the Shastras, is established in rightful conduct (achara), and causes others to be established in it.

During the Vijaya Yatra, the Sringeri Jagadguru would establish or revive many smaller maths and appoint heads (Mathadhipatis) to preserve and renew the eternal Dharma in their communities. New temples will be consecrated while dilapidated ones will be renovated. Through His presence, the Jagadguru will guide gatherings of devotees in the study of Vedas and the Shastras. He will also deliver several discourses to reinforce the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. Sankaracharya of Sringeri would teach Advaita (non-dualism) to the massess.

The Vijaya Yatra is a special occasion for all devotees and supporters to participate in a great tradition. It enables everyone to reconnect with Sanatana Dharma in order to obtain happiness and peace at a time of suffering and uncertainty in the world.  The yatr enables everyone to see a living saint who exemplifies Sanatana Dharma and be graced by His presence and blessings.

Kashmir and Varnashrama – problems due to propaganda

Propaganda by definition is spreading biased information for the purpose of promoting some cause. It helps in creating and strengthening an environment which is conducive to take steps towards the goal that it is intended to achieve. Understandably, a typical propaganda will create some negative consequences and subsequently undesirable situations. To understand and reduce ill efects of any propaganda, the extent of damage it has already created has to be assessed.
In any propaganda, there will be two groups – propagandists, those who design propaganda and the target group – those who are recipients of the propaganda.
In this context, it is instructive to list the stages of progression of a propaganda. To decide on how to tackle the ill effects of the propaganda, the first step would be to identify the maturity level of the propaganda campaign.
A propaganda campaign has four sequential stages.
  1. Exposure – Distribution of material, Making aware of the argument  The target group of the propaganda is aware of the allegations or criticisms stated by the propagandists against them. 
  2. Compel – Making one to respond   In this stage, the members of the target group are compelled to react and respond to the allegations hurled at them.
  3. Involve – Make some one to reinforce, reiterate or approve  As the propaganda becomes stronger, many groups in the target group start reinforcing the ideas, allegations or criticisms of the propagandists while making an attempt to respond to ward off the criticisms.
  4. Aambassadorial – Advocate, vouch   A member of the target group internalises the criticisms but continues to respond simultaneously – exhibit dichotomy in thoughts and actions
A propaganda becomes more successful as it proceeds from one stage to the next. It becomes more difficult to reverse the ill effects the propaganda in higher stages.

In India, there are two problems which are influenced by the sustained propaganda from a very long period of time. Here they are identified and the stage of the propaganda in each of these cases is assessed.

Propaganda against Varnashrama of Hinduism is going on atleast from last 400 years. Propaganda has already reached the 4th stage and we see many Hindus, especially socially active, vouching for the points raised by the anti Varnashrama propagandists. More number of Hindus reiterate and reinforce the allegations and conclusions about Varnashrama in a casusal way even while  addressing topics that are not directly related to Varnashrama in particular and Hinduism in general. Awareness about the allegation is so high (almost 100%) and internalisation of the allegations is so complete that most of the time, there will be no reactions / respose / discussions about these things.
Kashmir as a disputed land and Pakistan and China as parties to it has wider acceptance. Arguments in favor of India is less widely known compared to the arguments in favor of Pakistan. Response is typically high from official circles and it appears as if  there are few takers among the general public. Pakistani / Jihadi allegations against India are reinforced  in most of the discussions about Kashmir in India. The propaganda against Kashmir as integral part of India has reached third stage.

Marriage between a Hindu and non-Hindu under HMA not vaild: Delhi high court

The marriage between a Hindu and a non-Hindu solemnised as per the Hindu rites is neither valid nor the parties can claim any benefits under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), the Delhi high court has ruled.

The high court also held that “mere theoretical allegiance” to Hinduism would not make one a Hindu unless he or she had actually converted to the religion.