Sanatan Dharma is founded on Universalism and Humanism
The Whispering Star is the first book of its kind to be published from western hemisphere in the new millennium. The author Sri Ramana (Pamarty Venkataramana) is an eminent international corporate lawyer, award winning poet, columnist and this book of short stories is full of mystical stories with a modern touch. The brilliance of Santana Dharma and its relevance to everyday life across the continents is brought out in classical literary style by the author. In a unique interview, the author discusses a wide range of topics starting from the importance of literature to meaning of religion and the necessity for bringing in a uniform civil code in India Today. The jurist-author has pledged all earnings from literary works towards education of the girl children of Africa and Asia. Here are the excerpts from the interview taken by Asiya Anwar which reflects wisdom of the sage like author Pamarty Venkataramana:
How did you venture into book writing ?
Writing is synonymous with every good attorney. Draftsmanship highlights arguments advanced in a courtroom. Writing for the general public started with columns and long essays for magazines on business and commerce as an international corporate lawyer. Then came publication of Poetry books due to paucity of time for lengthy prose writing. ‘The Whispering Star’ is my first book of short stories. It is a natural progression I suppose.
What is the basis and theme of this work of fiction ?
Generalists may be used to clubbing ‘The Whispering Star’ under category of fictional writing but each of the nineteen stories are largely based on real life experiences.
The theme revolves around morality and the need to let Love permeate through all walks of life and starta in society,world over. Civilizations exist on the underlying currents of Love and worship of Nature.
Can you tell me more about ‘religion’?
‘Religion’ is a word commonly attributed to different personal faiths of people around the globe.
However etymologically and legally speaking, this word has much broader connotation of ‘character and habits’ of any individual.
In Literature though ‘ Love ‘ is the common binding factor of all beings, be they humans, animals or plants. Indian traditional cultural ethos even goes to the extent of honouring inanimate objects and the elements of Nature such as the wind, air, water, earth and fire. The raison d’etre being that love complements life and life complements love.
Religion hence and therefore is neither ritualistic acts nor occupation of public space through mind games. It is something sacrosanct with Creation itself. A society which has a sense of orderliness can be said to be religious. Such as the cleanliness drive programmes being organized across the country. Religion ought to work within as one would a vest and not waste it on inciting and inflammatory actions, be it as part of a mob or as self appointed leaders of any grouping.
Is the book completely fictional?
No. The stories border on reality and go on to stimulate the mind if the readers to recognize the existence and prevalence of mysticism as not just a theory or fad but real phenomenon even in a scientifically advanced world we live in today. The higher purpose of the Book is to enlighten and share good vibes in the Universe.
Do you have a favourite spiritual writer, any favourites in spiritual book?
I do not have the time to read other books. This is a personal sojourn, self discovery and compulsion to share the goodness of Spiritualism as an umbrella for all societies.
What was the inspiration behind writing spiritualism-based books?
God does not ask men to believe or disbelieve. God does not seek devotees but only dedication towards set tasks in a lifetime. But, when God touches you,one cannot escape the mission to let others know that all of them too can light the spark of healing and compassion present within them all, as well.
Can you elaborate about Uniform Civil Code (its relation to the basis of all being equal according to Sanatan Dharma)?
Sanatan Dharma is founded on Universalism and Humanism. This is a time-tested philosophy of life.
Before the greedy colonialists divided our society on ranks of religion, all our forefathers fought shoulder to shoulder for the Empire regardless of caste, creed or religion. First World War annals stand testimony to this fact.
When they managed to divide countrymen on artificial barriers of beef and pork in cartridges bitten by the soldiers in war, they succeeded in driving a wedge between compatriots and partitioned the nation on lines of subscription to their perception of ‘religion’.
All who desired fundamental Islam as being a State religion were given Pakistan west and east. Those who wished to live in harmonious co existence as Sanatanis commonly dubbed as Hindus, were given Indian Nation by merging hundreds of erstwhile Princely States.
The original copy of the Constitution of India reads- ‘India, that is Bharat.’
Indian nation believes in justice-social, political and economic. However, on account of perverted interpretation and vote garnering techniques adopted by successor establishments, India still does not enjoy an uniform civil code meaning that personal faith of a citizen would govern and determine the manner of applicability of Law on vital matters concerning marriage, divorce, adoption and succession.
As a the result, a further discrimination and differentiation has led to a denudation of sense of oneness and Indianness largely due to extremist elements across political spectrum of the country.
If this anomaly is rectified by ushering in an Uniform Civil Code just as there is a common Criminal Procedure Code that overlooks harsh punishment prescribed by Sharia law for instance, then only can a real identity of ‘One Nation One Laws’ become established. The psyche of distortion and disturbances at the drop of a hat will be buried in history books then, leading to Universalism and Humanism – which in fact exists on a ground level.
It is not out of place to add that political appeasement and cowardice have been the main villains.
Would you define spiritualism as a religion?
Spiritualism is not an ism. This is a misnomer again. The common thread woven around all major Faiths of the world is that of Soul being immortal. Hinduism openly believes in re-birth. Islam talks of a life after death. Christianity too talks of ressurection and reincarnation.
Spirit of Mankind can be steeled to shine like golden armour and upgrade into noblest race called Humanity only if Divinity be ingrained into each and every action. This comes about through a continuous practice of righteousness and Dharma. Good karma fetches happy results while bad karma begets disaster and unhappy consequences.
This is ‘Spiritualism’. Yogic exercises and several other forms are just means to achieve a sense of spirituality. As such, it is a folly to mingle religion and spirituality. The paradox lies in the fact that spiritual prowess can be achieved only by a religious adherence to morality beyond any particular book or sermon from the pulpit.
The Whispering Star gives the impression of the author being a clairvoyant. Are you?
To see the unseen and to know the present are the rewards of Spiritualism. The Force beyond comprehension of ordinary mortals is the guiding Spirit for all Mankind. When we acknowledge this fact, the journey of self-evolution begins. Let all Beings in the Universe be happy. Thank you.