translation by Premanand © Paul Mason 2021
‘Our viewpoint is not limited to one place, it is universal. Any kind of social system that desires goodness, then we accept that. Evil in any society cannot be tolerated. That which is laid down in the Vedic Shastras [Scriptures which teach about human rights and dignity]; that is our Authority – that then is our complete pleasure. Our complete Authority is in that. And in other systems we acknowledge all those features which are in accordance with our Vedic Shastras. If some elements of our Vedic doctrine are found in every social system; then in every social system we have The Authority, to some extent. We cannot abandon this Authority of ours, whether or not the followers of those social systems maintain relations with us.
‘In one system there is 2 annas [an 1/8th of a rupee – which is a small part] of our Vedic Scripture, and then in another there is 4 annas [twice as much], and in some there is 2 paisa part [2/1000ths of a rupee. which is very small]. Wherever there is a 1 anna part [a very small amount] then we make an effort so that becomes 4 annas [which is so much more], then good! Wherever there is that much Vedic (teaching); really that is the reason we wish the followers of those systems happiness too.
Charan’ ('Guru Dev', Swami Brahmanand Saraswati)
elaborated on his own “dharmik”
(‘devout’) connection to other devout
‘Such institutions are like chambers, and we are situated in a “hall”. Therefore, the chambers are connected to our “hall” so we give light to them, but we remain seated in the “hall” and we do not have to get up. This is why, even though religious institutions have a connection with us, they operate in their own domain.’