The survival of Sanatan Dharma in Bharat: a saga of resilience, perseverance and unwavering valor

The theological environment of Bharat abruptly began to change on the day when outlandish Islam steered into this land of Hindus. The society that looked like a beautiful mélange of different kinds of people doing different things differently. The image of Bharat was of a dazzling golden bird, enriched with wealth as well as spices that wafted across the world, eventually that unfamiliarly enchanting aroma allured the world to come here. A rich, flourished, exquisite Sanatan civilization was living a prosperous, and meaningful life. A religious proliferation was exponentially great at that time. When the world was struggling to build their houses, and live a better life, in Bharat, there were hundreds of gigantic temples, palaces and universities where the world used to learn about science and other things.  

The glint of Bharat’s wealth and wisdom not only amazed the world, but it also created an inescapable lure for the people from where Islam was just born, and spreading rapidly across the globe. The image of Bharat was glued on their eyes, emboldening Islamic looters to hanker for the riches and spread Islam in Bharat. This obstinate yearning boldly encouraged them to step into the land of Sanatan, precipitating a survival crisis for the staunch followers of Sanatan Dharma. The only purpose Islamic looters had on their mind, was to pillage Bharat. Consequently, many looters came via Sindh, and the violence erupted on the peripheral part of Bharat. The peace of the land was disrupted by this Islamic penchant for the riches.  

Islam in Bharat didn’t come peacefully as historians tried to depict in their books. Islam came in and ensconced here on the shoulders of such sanguinary attacks by Islamic looters. Some looted and went back, while some stayed and caused more bloodbath to satiate their lust of grabbing power to rule over Bharat.  

Plundering and demolition of religious places:  

Bharat was breached by Islamic looters whose eyes were burning with a ruthless desire to scratch out wealth from the temples, as well as women. One of them was Mahmud of Ghazni who orchestrated terror in Saurastra, beheading innocent Hindus inside the famous Somnath temple, and took away the wealth, damaging it severely. It was the time when such Islamic invasions were unstoppably increasing. The stories of Bharat’s rich culture dazed and rattled these Islamic dacoits simultaneously. Somnath temple was ruthlessly demolished by Islamic looters, however they couldn’t demolish the spirit of Sanatan Dharma that fearlessly sojourned in Hindus. Which is why Somnath and many more destroyed temples stood again and now they are depicting the unsaid saga of survival.  

Hate and discrimination: 

Islam started to thrive in Bharat, spreading rapidly across the country. It happened not because Islam was attracting people to embrace it, but it happened because the Islamic rulers were driven by hate they were imparted by their scholars. Hindus in Bharat were brutally tormented, beheaded and dragooned to accept Islam. The survival in Islamic rule was an insurmountable task without facing unimaginable consequences that too for practicing another religion. At that time, this was the first identity of Islam that refused to come exist with other faiths. The forceful conversion was brutal, and barbaric. The women of Hindus were forced to parade naked, and later raped by Islamic army. Pregnant women were tossed on spear and left on the river to terrorize others who were not ready to convert. Although Islam rapidly spread but Islamic rulers were still insecure to see Hindu’s unwavering faith. They destructed Hindu temples, burned down education institutions, however their hate failed badly because they couldn’t dismantle the obstinacy of the staunch Hindus who were prepared to be killed, sacrifice their families for Sanatan Dharma.  

Hindus were mentally and physically tortured in Islamic rule. Everyday, Islamic rulers were planning to cause great pain to Hindus by destroying, plundering temples, damaging idols and throwing on the roads. This insult of Dharma was a daily practice under such intolerant rulers. The scars of lashes on the back of Hindus were depicting the plight, but on the other hand, their screams, pain, and scars strengthened their backs, and emboldened their purposes of survival.  

Although Muslim rulers motivated by their Islam repeatedly tried to burn down temples, Hindu scriptures, and disrupt Hindu practices due to their insecurities as to how they could see a richer, prosperous religious books than their own. Religious materials were damaged, burnt and destroyed. Hindu practices were taxed. The idols in temples were taxed. The pilgrimages were taxed too. Hindu faith was heavily taxed for Islamic economy. The Brahmans were insulted for their attire. All kinds of discrimination birthed by hate were there to break the resilience of Hindus, although these things damaged a lot of Sanatan Dharma, but none of it could make Hindus surrender fully.  

Survival of wisdom imparted by the ancestors : 

Islamic rulers were unimaginably intolerant and insecure, therefore they couldn’t stand to see such a beautiful sanatan culture, and wisdom kept safely in books written by saints, and well versed scholars. As a result, they attacked all education institutions that rattled and hit their ego, burning down the library of taxila university that kept on smoldering for 6 months. The scriptures used to recite the hymns and mantras were incinerated to obliterate Hinduism from Bharat. Mosques were built over dismantled temples, exhibiting the story of Islamic power over other religions.  

There were hundreds of reasons for our ancestors to mourn and cry. The scriptures were lost, temples were destroyed, their faith was heavily taxed, everything was purposely done by Islamic rulers to convert them. Millions of people surrendered, and converted, many were mercilessly killed, while many chose to live under such dastardly circumstances where death was just a step away, they chose to pay tax for practicing their faith, they secretly rewrite the wisdom of our saints. Many were too intelligent to forget the scriptures they read before. With the valor they had to endure such ordeals, all of them came together and wrote them once again, resuscitating sanatan culture and emboldened their purposes. Surviving without wisdom, and culture was not their purpose, otherwise they too would have chosen to convert. Who likes to get traumatized and killed for their faith? They prioritized their faith more than their lives, driven by perseverance they possessed, which made sanatan Dharma survive even under terrifyingly ruthless Islamic rulers. 

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