Digestion of Indian culture and religion into Abrahamic religions is one of the biggest problems that our culture is facing for past three centuries. This has a very long history in Tamil Nadu from colonial times. There were attempts to digest Thirukkural into Christianity by Anglican Evangelist, G.U.Pope and this also continued after independence by Deivanayagam, who wrote a book called “Thiruvalluvar Christuvara?” (Is Thiruvalluvar Christ?). This book concluded that the ancient text Thirukkural preaches biblical teachings. There was also a conspiracy to Christianize Tamil Shaivism and the recent addition to such digestion is a conspiracy to Christianize Lord Murugan.
There are various forms of worships and traditions in India but all are united under one umbrella of Sanathana Dharma. Many evangelical groups are working to destroy this unity so that it will pave way for easier conversion. They follow a systematic procedure to digest cultures. Initially, Indian traditions are de-linked from Sanathana Dharma and made as an alien entity to Hinduism. Then the next step is to draw it more closely to Christianity.
The attempts to Christianize Muruga started few decades back, where a book called “Tamil Traditions on Subrahmanya Murugan” was written by Czech scholar, Kamil Zvelebil. In this book, he accused Tamil Brahmins for forcefully appropriating Tamil ideology into Sanskrit models by omitting the unity between Tamil and Sanskrit. He also disparaged the great Bhakti movement as an emotional deluge drowning rational attempts to solve the problem. He writes:
“However, until before the bhakti trend set in, before the so-called “dark ages”, in the age of Murugan, the Tamil man seems to have had a clear, optimistic, rather simple, very secular view of life, in a heroic age of meat-eating and wine-drinking pre-feudal society, with relatively simple but meaningful religious conceptions.”
He then reuses the thesis of Caldwell, where he says with an agenda that Brahmins caused harms to Tamil society and also added that Tamil people needed an upgrade from Christianity to have a valid religion. This book was published in the institute of Asian studies.
John Samuel from the Institute of Asian studies took up this concept from the book and conducted various conferences on Lord Muruga, where papers were presented saying that Murugan is not a Hindu god but a separate god for Tamil people. A paper titled “Murugan versus Skanda, the Aryan appropriation of a tribal Dravidian god “concludes:
“The fate of gods and men is inextricably connected. The forces of religion depend on and are defined by socio-political factors. The rise, fall and resurrection of Indian gods can be studied as the best examples of this phenomenon. Skanda’s story, as we saw it, is a case in point. His origin in pre-Aryan Tamilagam, the consequent ascent and decline of his Aryanised Skanda-Kartikeya form in North India and his return and popularity to South India is an example of the trajectory of an Indian god’s career. Today, Skanda is extremely popular and is revered by many names such as Sarāvana, Amurugam, Gurugruha, Guhan, Subrahmanya, Vadivelan, Senthil, Swāminātha and Ṡanmukha among others. Over the centuries, the forces of Vedic religion and the ideals of state and kingship led to the appropriation of this once powerful tribal god, and turned him into the kingly Skanda-Kartikeya, son of Shiva. But Murugan eventually found his way back into the Tamil heartland, where he began his journey as Śeyon many centuries ago.”
This is the work of John Samuels through Murugan conference to de-link Lord Murugan from Hinduism. His work to link it with Christianity is evident in another instance, where he writes:
“It is crystal clear that the Somaskantha figures and the concept of ammai-appan-magan are nothing but the revelation of the Christian Trinitarian teaching. It is to be noted here that there was no father to lord Murugan in the beginning. The honour of taking up detailed research on the influence of the Trinitarian teaching of Saivism belongs entirely to Dr.M.Deivanayagam and Dr.D.Devakala”.
Here he endorses Dr. M. Deivanayagam, who is the author of “Thiruvalluvar Christuvara?”, that I mentioned in the beginning of the article. Deivanayagam also had conducted various conferences to falsely propagate that Tamil has roots with Christianity.
John Samuels words and his endorsement to Deivanayagam proves his evangelic agenda to digest Hindu God Muruga. We should also realize that different evangelists work unitedly in networks to downgrade our ancient culture and traditions. First it was said that Murugan is not a Vedic god and in another instance it was said that Somaskandha symbolizes Christian trinity. This shows the double standard of such people, who use this strategy to digest Indian traditions to Christianity.
Hinduism is a polytheistic religion while Abrahamic religions like Christianity are monotheistic. The strategy of the evangelists here is to portray Tamil people as monotheistic so that they can draw close relations with Christianity. Hence, they try to de-link Murugan from Hinduism to portray ancient Tamil people as monotheistic with Murugan as their only god.
Tamil Political leader, Seeman follows this same strategy for own political benefits. He is working to de-link Murugan from Hinduism and known his Christian roots, there are high chances for him to link Murugan with Christianity in future. He has opened a new statue for Murugan which looks like the one below. More than the look of statue, the intention behind changing the look of lord Muruga should worry Hindus in Tamilnadu.
This is how the image of Murugan will be changed in future if current trends continue:
Hindus in Tamil Nadu should be aware of such conspiracies, as the digestion of one culture into another is unhealthy for both religion and country and this may even end up in separatist views. There is a high possibility to convert this to separatism as Seeman is known for his separatist ideology.
The only way to counter this is to stay strong to our root of Sanathana Dharma. Hindus should be educated about pan-indic nature of Murugan to counter this false propaganda. It’s our duty to strongly counter this, so that this theory becomes completely dead such that no one can use it to divide India.
- Breaking India by Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan, page number, 105-108