Jan 27 : Now, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has started dividing the country on religious lines by complaining that Mother Teresa, who was a Christian was awarded Bharat Ratna but Hindu saints are being neglected for the last 70 years in India.
The Patanjali founder said its unfortunate that eminent hermits and seers such as Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati or Swami Vivekananda, Shivakumara Swami Ji have been overlooked by the selection committee of the awards over the years.
“Maharishi Dayananda aur Swami Vivekananda ka yogdaan rajnetaon, kalakaron se kam hai? Aaj tak ek bhi sanyasi ko Bharat Ratna kyun nahi mila?Mother Teresa ko de sakte hain kyunki wo Esaai hain, lekin sanyasiyon ko nahi kyunki vo Hindu hain, Hindu hona gunaah hai iss desh mein? (Is contribution of Dayananda or Swami Vivekananda less than any politician or artist? Not a single hermit or saint has been awarded Bharat Ratna. Mother Teresa was given the award since she is Christian but not to Hindu saints. Is it a sin to be born a Hindu in this country?),” Ramdev asked.
But Ramdev should be well aware that Mother Teresa devoted her entire life serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India where she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became a symbol of charitable, selfless work.
In 1957 they began to work with lepers (those suffering from leprosy, a terrible infectious disease) and slowly expanded their educational work, at one point running nine elementary schools in Calcutta. They also opened a home for orphans and abandoned children.
These days Hindu saints want to get popularity and prefer to give their interviews on television on hot topics of the country such as Ram Mandir or to associated themselves with some political parties but Mother Teresa worked selflessly for the poor .
Mother Teresa never sought to convert those of another faith. Those in her hospices were given the religious rites appropriate to their faith. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace
In India, several notable self-styled gurus have faced criminal action or are presently lodged in various jails across the country in numerous sexual assault cases.
It’s time that Ramdev and others should not compare the works of eminent people on the lines of religion.