Swami Dayanand Saraswati
on the occasion of release of the book,
'Ram Setu, Symbol of National Unity'—authored by Dr Subramanian Swamy.
"The issue of Ram Sethu is not negotiable. Ram Sethu is natural.
All natural things should be preserved.
Therefore, Ram Sethu should be preserved as a natural monument.
Certain things are natural, and we revere them, so such natural things can be worshiped also.
If it is man-made, it ought to be preserved.
If it is natural, even then it ought to be preserved, but the issue of Ram Sethu is not negotiable,"
said Swami Dayanand Saraswati while releasing a book—
Ram Setu, Symbol of National Unity—authored by Dr Subramanian Swamy,
at a function held in Delhi on April 20, 2008.
"The Ram Sethu is not just some place;
it is a place that is highly praised in so many words in our Puranas; it is in the hearts of all Hindus.
Any destruction to the sacred Sethu would hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindus.
Any sentiment is sacred.
No sentiment needs any logic, and sentiment is above all.
Therefore, we don't need to give any reason for our attitude, that has been inherited since generations,"
He asked what logic one should give to prove that India is our Mother.
What logic one should give to establish that river Ganga is not just a river but holy river.
What logic one should present that Amarnath Cave has a natural Lingam, it is not man-made.
Likewise, Salegrams in Hindu houses are natural.
One can buy a ring, but one can buy a wedding ring with an extra cost.
The ring does not mention as 'wedding ring', but it is the way we look at the wedding ring.
We have an inner feeling for the wedding ring, which is priceless.
The whole thing is a matter of understanding, Swamiji said.
"It is very easy to destroy a certain object, but it is very difficult to create this.
You cannot infuse the feeling of oneness into the people.
It takes ages. We owe to our forefathers, our all ancestors, for all our attitudes and the way we think.
And they instilled this attitude in us.
What denies us to step on a book or currency?
Because these are the symbols of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi.
Even if a book of Indian history is written with all bluffs from cover to cover, even then we cannot step on it. Why? Because we respect it because it is a book", Swamiji explained.
"One friend told me that he doesn't care for Indian history books because they do not carry true facts.
I said they carry truth.
He asked Swamiji what truth?
I said that the truth is that it has no truth. But it is a book.
The book is Saraswati for us, the Hindus", he said.