Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Declaration from the Deathbed

A Declaration from the Deathbed


Mr. Basava Premanand was born in Kozhikkode in the southern part of Kerala in India on February 17th, 1930. He  toured villages of India and exposed the claims of miracles which were used by self styled gurus and charlatans. Since Sai Baba was the most notorious in the field,  he directed all his energies to educate the masses exposing his trick of materialization of objects. After Abraham T Kovoor, he was the most popular guru buster in India. While he was in deathbed, his friends  Prof. Narendra Naik and Mr. Somu Rao , to avert possible rumors that could be fabricated later by propagandists of superstitions, conveyed to him their anxiety. In the presence of Dr.Maya Prabhu (his sister) and Suneera one of his admirers, B. Premanand signed and let his  thumb impression be affixed on the following declaration.
Malayalam translation of the same together with an explanation of the context by Dr. Narendra Naik are also furnished below.

Declaration of attitude and temperament
 I, B. Premanand s/o late Sri Basava Prabhu, 80 years of age resident Chettipalayam Road, Podanur,  sound of mind though suffering from physical complications caused by metastases in many organs caused by carcinoma of the stomach herein solemnly wish to place on record the following:
1.      I have been closely associated with the rationalist movement from 1975 onwards and have been a rationalist of full conviction since then and continue to be so.
2.      It is common for the purveyors of superstitions and such anti rational forces to start spreading rumors about rationalists turning to god and other supernatural forces at the end of their lives and becoming devotees of gods and god men of various types.
3.      It is also claimed that at times of crises that we staunch rationalists through the major part of our lives, turn to spiritualism and religion.
4.      I wish to clarify that as on today the twentieth of September,2009 I remain a staunch rationalist and wish to place on record the following:
a.     I continue to be a rationalist of full conviction.
b.     I do not believe in any supernatural power. All the powers that we encounter are in the realm of nature and nothing exists beyond that.
c.     I do not believe in the existence of the soul or rebirth.
d.     I have not turned to any religion, god or any sort of spiritual pursuits.
e.     When I pass away I shall be leaving only my body which is to be donated to a medical college and no spirit or soul to cause problems for the living.
I want to convey to all that the struggle against the exploitation by god men and so called supernatural forces is a long and hard one but the ultimate victory will be ours.
My very survival has been a challenge to astrologers and their so called "science" of astrology, as they had all predicted that I would die soon after birth and refused to cast a horoscope for me.
I wish to convey to my colleagues of the rationalist movement to continue the work that I have been doing with renewed vigor and that will be the best of tributes for me.

Abhirami Hospital                                           
Podanur                                                                              (B. Premanand)

അഭിരാമി ആശുപത്രിയില്‍ മരണക്കിടക്കയില്‍  നിന്ന്  ശ്രീ ബസവ പ്രേമാനന്ദ് ഒപ്പ് വെച്ച പ്രസ്താവന

(In order to be able to read the following text in Malayalam, you will need to have ML Karthika font installed in your computer)

 _Ô-s¸« FÃm-hÀ¡pw
ico-c-Øn-Xnbpw am\-kn-I-\n-ebpw kw_-Ôn¨ {]kvXm-h\

]tc-X-\mb {io _kh {]`p-hnsâ ]p{X-\pw, Bam-i-b-¯nse AÀ_p-Z-P-\y-amb Akp-J-§-fm imco-cnI hnj-a-X-IÄ A\p-`-hn-¡p-¶pWvsS¦nepw Ct¸mgpw ZrV-a-\-kvI-\p-am-b, t]m¯-¶q-cn tKm]n-s¨-«n-¸m-fbw tdmUn Xma-kn-¡p-¶, 80 hb-Êp-Å, t{]am-\µv F¶ Rm³, Xmsg ]d-bp¶ hkvXp-X-IÄ \nb-am-\p-krXw tcJ-s¸-Sp-¯m³ B{K-ln-¡p-¶p.
1.   Rm³ 1975 apXÂ bpàn-hmZn {]Øm-\-§-fpsS k´X kl-Nm-cn-bpw, ]qÀ®-a-\-tÊmsS bpàn-hm-Zn-bmbn XpS-cp-¶-bm-fpw, A{]-Imcw Xs¶ XpS-cp-hm³ Dt±-in-¡p¶ hyàn-bp-am-Wv.
2.   bpàn-hm-Zn-Ifpw Pohn-X-¯nsâ A´y-L-«-¯n ssZh-¯n-te¡pw aäp {]Ir-Xy-XoX iàn-I-fn-te¡pw Xncn-bp-¶pWvsS¶pw, ssZh-§-fp-sSbpw a\p-jy-ssZ-h-§-fp-sSbpw `à-cm-hp-¶pWvsS¶pw, Hcp Inwh-Z-´n, bpàn-hmZ hncp-²-i-àn-I-fpw, AÔ-hn-izm-k-§Ä ]d-ªp-]-c-¯p-¶-h-cpw, km[m-c-W-bmbn {]N-cn-¸n-¡p¶pWvSv.
3.  Pohn-X-¯n Gdn-b-]¦pw bpàn-hm-Zn-I-fmbn Ign-ª-hcpw {]Xn-kÔn t\cn-Sp¶ L«-§-fn Bßo-b-X-bn-te¡pw aX-¯n-te¡pw Xncn-bp-¶pWvsS¶pw AhÀ Ah-Im-i-s¸-Sp-¶p.
4.   AXn-\m {InkvXp-hÀjw 2009 sk]vXw-_À amkw 20þmw Xnb-Xn-bmb C¶v, Dd¨ bpàn-hm-Zn-bmbn Ct¸mgpw XpS-cp-I-bm-sW¶v hyà-am-¡m-\pw, Xmsg ]d-bp¶ Imcy-§Ä tcJ-s¸-Sp-¯m\pw Rm³ B{K-ln-¡p-¶p.
      a)       Rm\n¶pw AN-©-e-Nn-¯-\mb Hcp bpàn-hm-Zn-bm-Wv.
      b)       Hcp {]Ir-Xy-XoX iàn-bnepw Rm³ hniz-kn-¡p-¶n-Ã. \ap¡v t\cn-tSWvSn hcp-¶-sXÃmw {]IrXn iàn-I-sf-bmWv. AXn-\-¸pdw H¶pw \ne-\n¡p-¶n-Ã.
      c)  Bßm-hnsâ AkvXn-Xz-¯ntem ]p\ÀP-·-¯ntem Rm³ hniz-kn-¡p-¶n-Ã.
      d)       Fsâ a\Êv aX-¯n-te¡pw ssZh-¯n-te¡pw Bßo-b-X-bn-te¡pw Ct¸mgpw Xncn-ªn-«n-Ã.
      e)       Rm³ acn-¨m Ah-ti-jn-¡p-¶Xv Fsâ icocw am{X-am-bn-cn-¡pw. Pohn-¡p-¶-hsc iey-s¸-Sp-¯m³ Bßmthm t{]Xtam DWvSmhn-Ã. icocw Hcp saUn-¡Â tImtf-Pn\p Zm\w sN¿-Ww.
     a\p-jy-ssZ-h-§-fp-sS-bpw, {]Ir-Xy-XoX iàn-I-sf¶p hnfn-¡-s¸-Sp-¶-h-bp-sSbpw Nqj-W-¯n-s\-Xn-sc-bpÅ \½psS kacw \oWvSXpw ITn-\-hp-am-sW-¦nepw A´na hnPbw \½p-sS-Xm-sW¶ hnizmkw FÃm-hÀ¡pw ]IÀ¶p \ÂIm³ Rm³ B{K-ln-¡p-¶p.
     Rm³ Aev]m-bp-Êm-sW¶p {]h-Nn-¡p-Ibpw AXn-\m-sesâ PmXIw Ipdn-¡m³ hnk-½-Xn-¡p-Ibpw sNbvX tPymXn-jn-IÄ¡pw Ah-cpsS tPymXnj "imkv{X'¯n\pw Hcp shÃp-hn-fn-bm-bn-cp¶p Fsâ \oWvS PohnXw Xs¶.
     C¡m-e-a-{Xbpw Rm³ sNbvXp sImWvSncp¶ Imcy-§Ä IqSp-X DuÀP-kz-e-X-tbmsS XpS-c-W-sa¶p am{X-amWv bpàn-hmZ {]Øm-\-¯nse kl-{]-hÀ¯-I-tcmSv F\n¡p ]d-bm-\p-Å-Xv. F\n¡p \ÂIp¶ Gähpw \à kvac-Wm-Úen AXm-bn-cn-¡pw.

A`n--cman tlmkv]n-äÂ,
_n. t{]am-\µv (H-¸v)
(hnhÀ¯\w : Hmsb³)
Explanation of the context:
Premanand in Abhirami Hospital,Coimbatore
 Narendra Nayak
Premanands health has been failing since quite some time. The metastases from hic carcinoma of the stomach had been growing for quite time and it was only a matter time before his health would get seriously affected. Last week that happened and he had to be hospitalized. All his vital organs have been affected and particularly the liver and kidneys. However, his brain and his ideology are still intact and we wanted the world to know about it and make a declaration on his behalf that it remains so.
So, Somu and I went to Podanur on the 20th September and then on to the Abirami hospital where he had been admitted. He was quite drowsy and not responding to queries until I told him that there was a rumour that he has started believing in god and supernatural powers. He opened his eyes and said who says that? And that was the clear indication that we however ill we may be continue to hold on to our convictions! He said that is nonsense. So, I told him that we should say so to the world and he agreed. The statement reproduced herein was put for his signature. But, his hands were weak and hence we had to take his thumb impression too. The declaration has been witnessed by Dr.Maya Prabhu his sister and Suneera one of his admirers who has been taking care of him.
Our movement is not based on individuals but, those who are in the forefront are ever in the public eye and particularly in sights of those who want to attack us. They would like to spread rumors that eminent rationalists have changed on their death bed, have gone back to god and spiritualism etc. We do not want to give any occasion for such rumors and hence though it may sound morbid I had to this task. I would like that to be done to me when I am on my death bed so that all can know that we hold on to our convictions what ever the circumstances may be.
This short report is a bulletin on the health of one of those who have inspired a whole generation and have done significant work to build up the movement. As and when news is received I shall make more such communications.

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