In acknowledgment of my Acharya Dronacharya

This is a personal message I wanted to share more widely in order to acknowledge my debt of immense gratitude to Shri Lawrence Auster, who is recovering from a serious illness. I have spoken of him several times and shared posts from his website.

My strong sense of Traditionalism and hope in the future of Hindu society and nation are a direct result of reading and understanding Shri Auster’s deep, unique, natural and substantial thought processes.

– Namaste

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Dear Lawrence,

I just read about your health situation and what you have been going through for some time now. I was shocked,

On reading your post fully, I realized how fortunate you and your numerous thinking admirers including me, have been.

Having learnt so much from you, including receiving from you the knowledge of thinking in a certain manner that does not compromise the situation Hindu society is placed in Hindusthan. How do I repay such a debt?

In a recent message on twitter, I informed people you were my Dronacharya.

You will probably know that Acharya (mentor in Sanskrit) Dronacharya was mentor and teacher to the great princes as told in the epic Mahabharata. There was a boy, not of royal lineage, by name Ekalavya, who wanted to learn the art of archery from this renowned teacher. The Acharya was constrained as he could not teach a commoner and refused the boy’s pleadings. The strong-willed Ekalavya went away but vowed to never consider anybody but Dronacharya his teacher in the arts of warfare. So he made an image of Dronacharya and practiced everyday, relentlessly, until there came a time when an unplanned display of extreme skill brought this student face to face with his “teacher”. When asked where he learnt to use his bow like this, Ekalavya took him to his practice patch in the forest and showed him. When asked who his teacher was that taught him such great a skill, Ekalavya pointed to the image in the likeness of Dronacharya.

The great Acharya, filled with pride in the boy’s dedication and effort was at once overcome with anxiety that Ekalavya might just be the best student he has had; far better than his privileged princes. This could not be allowed to continue. So he thought and in the process of thinking and doing showed succeeding generations of mankind how the greatest of men can be blinded by pettiness. The Acharya reminded Ekalavya he owed his teacher a fee. A Guru Dakshina. Ekalavya readily agreed and enquired what it was that the Acharya had in mind? Dronacharya asked the boy for his right thumb. In perhaps one of the most moving moments in Hindu history, Ekalavya, without a moment’s hesitation takes a hunter’s knife and slices his right thumb and presents it to his Acharya, thereby immediately ending a possible heroic future.

So you are my Acharya Dronacharya, a mentor from afar and in a different situation but from whom I have undeniably learnt much. I will not give you my right thumb but as Guru Dakshina, I hope to spread your unique and natural way of thinking through life’s events and in that process help strengthen, inherently, Hindu society.

I wish and pray for your speedy and full recovery.

Sincerely,

Palahalli

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