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Bharat Mata is Crying
Dr. Arun Kumar Suri. Consultant Pediatrician
Something is very seriously wrong with our country. Not a day
passes without some serious crime being reported or some major scam
getting unearthed. Our country has acquired the dubious distinction of
being among the most corrupt countries in the world.
Many people are still living below the poverty line. Basic health care is
not available for all people. Infrastructure facilities are still poor. Overall
literacy level is low even though some states like Kerala have very high
rate of literacy. But the conduct of the so called educated people is far
from being satisfactory. Most of them are selfish, self centered, self
serving and have no hesitation in exploiting other people.
The conduct of many of our elected representatives is disgusting to
say the least. People of honesty and integrity constitute a minority. Most
of them place their own interest above the interest of the society. Several
of them are facing serious charges like murder, rape and extortion.
Each political party is only interested in proving that the other party is
not better. It is difficult to believe that any political party is sincerely
interested in rooting out corruption and weeding out criminals.
Divorce rate is increasing and families are breaking apart. Mental
problems like anxiety, depression, and insomnia are on the rise. Children
are not safe even in their own homes. Women are not safe at home, at
their work places or while traveling.
Terrorism has spread its tentacles across many states. Religious
fundamentalism is posing a very serious threat to national unity and
integrity. Many young people are turning to smoking, alcohol and drug
addiction. Promiscuity is on the rise.
To sum up we are witnessing moral bankruptcy on a large scale. Why
do we find ourselves in such a pathetic state? What are the reasons for
the downfall? Is there any hope for the country? How can we resuscitate
and rejuvenate this country?
India has a glorious past. Ours is the most ancient civilization in the
world. We have a very rich heritage not found in any other country in the
world. What is particularly noteworthy is that the ancient Indian wisdom
has stood the test of time and modern scientific research. Let us take a
look at some salient features of ancient Indian wisdom correlating it with
discoveries in modern science. Then we can understand that the reason
for the downfall of this great country is the neglect of our heritage.
Our enlightened ancestors (Rishis) gave us two streams of knowledge-
Apara vidya (worldly knowledge) and Paravidya (spiritual knowledge)
Various branches of worldly knowledge have been mentioned in
ancient Indian texts. We were pioneers in town planning, architecture,
metallurgy, astronomy, political science and economics (for more
information on this topic please visit the website of Indian Institute of
A few examples are being mentioned. The spherical shape of the earth
has been clearly mentioned long before modern scientists discovered it.
The law of gravity also can be found in our ancient texts. Temples built
several centuries ago have withstood the ravages of time and natural
calamities while buildings which are just one or two decades old have
The atomic structure of the universe has been outlined in the
Vaisheshika system of orthodox Indian philosophy.
That the entire cosmos is a manifestation of just one entity is
categorically stated in the phrase Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma which
means all this is verily Brahman, the Sanskrit word for the ultimate
reality. Modern physics has proved that matter and energy are
interconvertable thus vindicating what the ancient Indian scriptures have
Scientists at NASA have concluded that Sanskrit is the most perfect
language in the world and all Indians should be proud of this.
The Indian system of medicine is more then 5000 years old. It is
called Ayurveda which means the science of life. It has given the most
comprehensive definition of health including the physical, psychological
and spiritual dimensions of health.
For a long time doctors in the western world dismissed the idea of soul
and said this as there is no evidence they cannot accept the existence of
such as entity. But research in the field of paranormal phenomenon and
parapsychology has yielded irrefutable evidence for the existence of soul.
More and more people in several countries are beginning to accept
the phenomenon of reincarnation due to mounting evidence. Extensive
research has been done by reputed psychiatrists and other scientists in
the field of reincarnation. Past life repression therapy is being employed
successfully is the management of many psychiatric disorders like anxiety
Reincarnation has been unequivocally and emphatically mentioned in
Bhagavadgita which is more than 5000 years old.
The Ayurvedic concepts like doshas and body constitution (Vata, Pitta
and Kapha) are being accepted by many doctors. Universities in many
developed countries have started teaching Ayurveda. While the advances
is modern medicine are certainly useful and indispensible, it should be
remembered that ayurvedic concepts remain relevant for ever.
The importance of preventive medicine has already been mentioned
in Ayurveda. One of the principles of Ayurveda is protecting the health of
the healthy. There is a topic called Swastha vratta in Ayurveda which
means the practices necessary for leading a healthy life. This consists of
Dina charya (daily routine) and Rithu charya (seasonal routine).
Ayurveda gives lot of importance to diet in maintaining health and
treating diseases. It classifies food into three types-Sattvic, Rajasic and
Thamasic. Sattvic food calms the mind and is conducive for spiritual
development. Rajasic food agitates the mind. Research has shown that
changing to a predominantly Sattvic diet can bring down aggressive
behavior in children. Dietary modification is one of the modalities being
tried to reduce crime and improve behavior.
Indiscriminate eating is one of the reasons for increasing crime rate
all over the world. Hope more and more people realize this and consume
predominantly Sattvic food.
Role of diet in the causation of many physical diseases is being
understood by scientists. A person should consume food which suits his
Dosha. Unaware of this many people eat what is not suitable for their
constitution, get sick and run to a doctor. Dietary modification has proved
effective in curing some diseases for which surgery was recommended.
Ayurveda has recommended a set of exercises called Yogasanas for
healthy life. These exercises keep the joints supple and improve physical
fitness. Some Yogasanas are recommended for the treatment of certain
diseases like for example Bronchial Asthma. Yogasanas have become very
popular in many developed countries.
For a long time people ridiculed the idea of spirit possession which is
mentioned in Ayurveda as a cause of mental illness. Some well known
psychiatrists are convinced that spirit possession is a cause in some
cases. 30 years among the dead is a book written by Dr. Carl A. Wickland,
M.D which throws light on this topic.
Panchakarma an Ayurvedic procedure has been found to be effective
in removing toxins from the body. Many such curative and rejuvenative
procedures have been mentioned in Ayurveda and research is going on to
get scientific evidence.
Para-vidya refers to spiritual knowledge. The spiritual wealth of
India is immeasurable. It aims at helping man realize his real nature as
spiritual and not physical or mental. The Shad-darshanas (six orthodox
systems of Indian philosophy) elaborately deal with the nature of the
individual (Jivatma), the universe and God (paramatma), their
interrelationship and how one can free himself from all suffering. They are
Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkya, Yoga, Mimamsa and Vedanta.These works
accept the authenticity of the Vedas. The latter are known as the Sruthis
which means that which is heard. They were revealed to the Rishis in
their meditative states and are not composed by any human beings.
Hence they are also known as Apaurusheya (not man made).
There are four Vedas-Rig veda, Yajurveda, sama veda and Atharva
veda. Yajur veda has two divisions namely Krishna Yajur veda and Shukla
Yajur veda. Each of the Vedas is composed of four parts: The Samhitas, the
Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. The first two parts deal with the rituals and they form the Karma-kanda portion of the Vedas. The
latter two parts form the Jnana-kanda (concerned with knowledge)
portion of the Vedas.
The Nyaya shastra is a logical system of inquiry into the truth.
Using common examples it establishes the existence of God as the
creator. Sometimes the cause may not be seen but its presence is
inferred for example we infer that there is fire on a hill because we see
smoke emanating from it even though we do not see the fire.
The system goes into the root cause of suffering and says that
identifying oneself with the body-mind complex leads to bondage and
suffering. One can be free from sorrow by acquiring wisdom.
According to Nyya, there are four means of obtaining information. Those
are direct perception (pratyaka), inference (anumana), Analogy
(upamana) and testimony of a trustworthy source (sabda).
The Vaisheshika system as mentioned above describes the atomic
structure of the universe. It says that the interaction of the atoms leads
to different types of materials known as Dravyas. Gods will controls the
behavior of atoms. These Dravyas include the elements space, air, fire,
water and earth and mind, time direction and soul. The characteristics of
all these are described in detail.
The Samkhya system says that creation is brought about by Prakriti
and Purusha. Purusha or Paramatma (God) is the cause and Prakriti or creation is the effect.
According to this system the world consists of twenty-four entities.
The five organs of action (hands, feet, speech, excretion and procreation),
the five organs of sense perception (sound, sight, touch, smell and taste), the five vital airs, the five sensations (Tanmatras) and the four inner
organs (Antharendriyas) of Manas, Buddhi, Chitta and Ahamkara add up to twenty-four and constitute the world.
Each of the five sensations (Tanmatras) is associated with an
element-sound with space, touch with air, sight with fire, smell with earth and taste with water.
When soul which represents the twenty fifth principle gets attached
to the above mentioned twenty four entities an individual comes into existence.
Paramatma or God represents the twenty sixth principle. The soul has to detach itself from the twenty four principles and reach the Paramatma in
order to escape from all suffering.
The Yoga system of Patanjali contains step by step instructions on
how a soul can free itself from suffering. It consists of eight steps and hence is also known as Astanga Yoga (Asta means eight and anga refers
to components or steps). Yoga is defined as the control of thought waves. By stilling the mind one can experience ones true nature as bliss. This should not be confused with Hatha Yoga which refers to yogasanas mentioned earlier which are meant for maintaining physical fitness.
The Yoga system recommends a code of conduct to be followed by
spiritual aspirants. Without following a proper conduct one cannot expect to progress spiritually. The system then describes the process of
meditation also known as Raja Yoga. Raja yoga is a scientific method of reversing the flow of current in the nervous system so that one is not
disturbed by the inputs from the senses. With regular practice one can experience peace and joy within.
It may be difficult for todays people to understand the Yoga of Patanjali. Though there are many translations there is scope for confusion. Paramahansa Yogananda has written lessons on the techniques
of meditation. These lessons are in English and most people can understand easily. These lessons contain important information on several
aspects of life and include inspirational poems, advice regarding diet, exercises which later help in meditation and the need for leading a
balanced life. Irrespective of religion and country of origin, anyone can
get these lessons from the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles USA or from the Yogoda Satsang Society in Ranchi India.
The Mimamsa system deals with the rituals mentioned in the Vedas
and educates us on Dharma or righteous conduct. It deals with the law of Karma or cause and effect. We reap what we sow. We reap the
consequences of our actions. Hence we should perform only good deeds.
Those who perform good deeds on earth will enter a better world (heaven) after leaving their physical bodies. Those who perform evil
deeds enter hell.
For a long time scientists thought descriptions of heaven and hell
are fairy tales. But now many scientists are beginning to accept that there
are different dimensions of existence. What we perceive with our senses
is not the only reality. Scientists are convinced that it is possible to
communicate with departed souls and gather information about other
dimensions of existence. One neuro-surgeon Dr. Eben Alexander has
written a book entitled Proof of heaven.
To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her
Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story is another book by
Mary C. Neal M.D. There are many more books on this topic.
Vedanta represents a giant leap in the process of intellectual inquiry. The quintessence of Vedanta is that God is the only truth and that
the entire universe of myriad names and forms is an illusion.
Many examples are given to explain this truth. In semidarkness a
piece of rope can be mistaken for a snake. In the same manner Brahman
is perceived as the world.
The three states of the human mind are used to describe the dream
like nature of the world. While dreaming a person may see himself in
another role or have different experiences. When he wakes up he knows
that what he experienced while dreaming was not real.
When a person wakes up spiritually he realizes that this world is
only a dream.
Scientists in the field of quantum physics have realized that more than
99% of an atom is empty space. Hence most of what appears to be solid
is actually empty space. This may sound incredible but is true.
Science has also shown that matter and energy are interconvertible.
This shows that the same entity can manifest in different ways. The unity
behind the diversity of creation can be seen at many levels. Every human
being is different. But all human bodies are made up of the same
materials. In fact all living beings are made up of the same materials-
carbohydrates, proteins, fat, minerals and vitamins.
Ultimately we can reduce all materials into atoms. All atoms are
made up of the same elementary particles. Hence all materials can be
reduced to elementary particles. It is always possible to think of a smaller
particle because size is relative. Hence anything which has dimension can
be divided further. Finally we end up with energy. If matter can be
converted into energy and vice versa which one came first-matter or
Every change is relative and we cannot perceive change without a
changeless background. Hence matter or energy cannot be considered as
the ultimate source of everything. That ultimate source is referred to as
Brahman in Vedanta. As Brahman cannot undergo any change creation is
only an illusion superimposed on Brahman.
Some scientists have started questioning the materialistic theory of
the universe. For a long time scientists believed that consciousness is
produced by the biochemical reactions in the brain. This has been
conclusively disproved and it has been shown that consciousness survives
brain death and is independent of brain function. Hence the materialistic
theory is giving way for the biocentric theory. There is a book entitled
Physics proves God by Ron Pearson.
The Upanishads, the Bhagavadgita and the Brahma Sutra are
considered as the authentic works on Vedanta. They are referred to as
The exact number of Upanishads is not known with certainty but
about 108 are mentioned out of which about 13 are considered as
important ones. The Upanishads clearly state that Brahman cannot be
known by our senses or mind. The double slit experiment in quantum
physics gives a glimpse of this truth as matter is found to behave both as
particle and wave.
Brahman is described as the eye of the eye, ear of the ear and the
mind of the mind. Brahman is also described as that from which all beings
emerge, that which sustains all beings and that into which all beings
The Bhagavadgita is part of Mahabharata which is one of our epics.
It contains 700 verses (seven hundred) and gives lot of information on
the four paths which lead man to God- Karma Yoga, Bhakthi Yoga, Jnana
Yoga and Raja Yoga.
It also deals with down to earth topics the type of food we should
eat in order to remain healthy, the need to avoid all extremes and
observe moderation in work and sensual enjoyment. It is being hailed all
over the world as an important book on management lessons. It has been
highly praised not only by prominent Indians like Mahatma Gandhi but also
Aldous Huxley, Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Carl Jung and Herman Hesse.
The Bhagavadgita tells us that true happiness can only be found within
ourselves. It exhorts us to free ourselves from attraction and aversion to sensory
objects. It advises us to treat pain and pleasure alike with equanimity. This may
sound strange because it is natural for people to seek pleasure and try to avoid
pain. But analysis of neurophysiology reveals that both pain and pleasure are
electrical impulses in the nerves initiated by stimulation of nerves and lead to
some electro-biochemical changes in the corresponding areas of the brain. There
is no fundamental difference between these reactions but yet some impulses are
interpreted as painful and some as pleasurable.
The chapter on Bhakthi Yoga describes how a person can become
dear to God. It clearly states that one should be totally free from hatred
towards any being and extend friendship and compassion for all. It is
clearly stated that the same spirit dwells in the hearts of all living beings.
If people realize this they will make an attempt to eschew hatred and
For a long time western people thought that Krishna is an imaginary
character and Mahabharata a fairy tale. Archeological investigation has
revealed the presence of a city under the sea where Dwaraka was said to
have existed. This proves that the description of Dwaraka is true.
The Brahma Sutras is a collection of 555 aphorisms in four
chapters. It organizes the information in the Upanishads in a systematic
manner. The sutras describe the nature of Brahman, the qualities one
needs in order to undertake the study of Vedanta, cause of human
suffering and how one can ultimately overcome all sorrow by realizing
Several commentaries have been written on all three works
(Upanishads, Bhagavadgita and Brahma Sutra) by many people. The
commentary by Adi Shankaracharya is considered as the most authentic.
Shankaracharya is one of the greatest intellectuals of all times. Within a
span of just thirty two years he wrote commentaries on the three texts of
Vedanta, composed some books on knowledge of self (Viveka chudamani,
Atma Bodha, Drik-Drishya viveka) and also many hymns.
Systematic study of the Vedas and Shad-darshanas takes several
years. Many universities in other countries are also offering courses on
these subjects. It is not possible for all people to undertake such
elaborate study. There is no need to get disheartened. It is not mandatory
to study all these to earn the grace of God. One can follow other paths
like Karma Yoga (rendering selfless service to others) or Bhakthi Yoga
(path of devotion to a personal God) depending on ones temperament.
The most important message is that man can experience lasting
peace and joy only by realizing his true nature as spiritual and not
physical. He should remember all the goals of life namely Dharma
(righteous conduct), Artha (earning money), Kama (fulfillment of sensual
desires) and lastly Moksha or realizing his true nature. When man forgets
Dharma and Moksha and concentrates only on Artha and Kama he
becomes a devil. A world full of such people will be a hell.
India has also given a very rich and scientific system of music.
There are seven basic notes-Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni. Of these Sa
and Pa remain unchanged in an octave and are referred to as Prakriti
Swaras. The other five have two forms each and are referred to as Vikriti
Swaras. The permutation and combination of the 12 notes gives rise to 72
parent ragas. From these parent ragas thousands of ragas are derived
leading to an incredible and bewildering range of tunes.
The origin of Indian classical music can be traced to the Vedas.
Later Bharatamuni wrote a treatise called Natya Shastra containing about
6000 (six thousand) verses. The exact period of this work is not known
but believed to be between 200 B.C and 200 A.D. It also deals with the
bhavas (emotions) that may be evoked by music. This treatise is based
on the much older Gandharva Veda (appendix to Sama Veda) which
contained 36000 verses.
The benefits of classical music on the body and mind have been
demonstrated using modern techniques. Different ragas (combination of
notes) evoke different emotions with corresponding changes in EEG
Listening to soothing music during delivery may bring down anxiety
and pain of labor and reduce the need for medicines. Clinical researchers
at the U.C.L.A. School of Nursing in Los Angeles, and at Georgia Baptist
Medical Center in Atlanta, found that premature babies gained weight
faster when they listened to soothing music.
Classical music has been reported to have had positive effects on
the growth of the fetus as well. Rock music has been shown to cause
discomfort to the fetus.
Cows exposed to classical music have yielded more milk compared
to those cows not exposed to such music. Hence listening to classical
music may increase breast milk production in lactating mothers.
We often come across a mother who complains that her baby is
crying continuously. Such babies usually do not have any physical illness
and thorough physical examination does not reveal any abnormality.
Many people forget that even a small baby has mind and that the delicate
mind can be affected by the negative vibrations in the house.
The effects of music can neutralize the negative vibrations and fill
the house with positive vibrations which can soothe the minds of people in
the house. Ragas like Neelambari and Anandabhairavi are known to
Many studies conducted by behavioral scientists have shown that
children who learn music are less likely to use tobacco or alcohol and
develop greater interpersonal skills.
Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose performed some experiments to show
how music affects plant growth. Using an instrument called crescograph which he invented he showed that good music enhances plant growth
while bad music retards plant growth.
Dorothy Retallack of Denver, Colorado, also conducted many experiments in the field of music research to show the effects of different
kinds of music on a variety of household plants. The experiments were conducted under strict scientific conditions, and the plants were kept
within large closed cabinets in which light, temperature and air were automatically regulated.
Some plants were exposed to rock music and others to soothing semi classical music. The plants listening to rock music refused to bloom.
Those on semi classical music developed six beautiful blooms. By the end of the second week, the plants exposed to rock music were leaning away
from the radio and showing very erratic growth.
The plants hearing semi classical were all leaning towards the
sound. Within a month all plants exposed to rock music DIED. If music can be shown to affect plants, then such effects have to be due to the
objective influence of the tones directly upon the structure and function of cells.
Dr. Masaru Emoto a Japanese scientist performed a series of
experiments to find out the physical effect of words, prayers and music on the crystalline structure of water. He took photographs after water
exposed to different kinds of vibrations was frozen to study the crystalline structure.
He showed that water exposed to good music formed beautiful crystals while water exposed to bad vibrations formed asymmetrical and
disfigured crystals. As the human body is made up of 60% water we can imagine the effect good music can have on our body and mind.
It is observed that good music relaxes and opens blood vessels,
while listening to bad music like rock or pop music closes the blood
vessels, leading to stress and mental fatigue.
Music therapy is being tried for various disorders like hypertension,
migraine, anxiety, insomnia, autism, depression and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder. Classical music has also been found to be useful in
controlling epilepsy. Rock music is known to trigger epilepsy in some
people. Music has been shown to alter the levels of neuro-transmitters
(chemicals responsible for the transmission of impulses in the nerves),
pattern of EEG and functional MRI.
As increasing crime rate is a worldwide problem authorities in some
countries have tried playing classical soothing music in public places. The
authorities were pleasantly surprised to note a significant drop in the
crime rate. This has been tried in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom
and USA. It may be worth trying this in other places also.
Many teenagers listen to rock music. Research has shown that
rock music leads to aggressive behavior and increase in crimes.
The uniqueness of our classical music is that it goes beyond body and
mind to reach the soul which is a persons real identity. The great
composers of our music sang out of devotion to God. They did not
compose any song for making money.
Through their compositions they exhorted people to conquer the six
inner enemies-lust, anger, greed, attachment, egoism and jealousy. They
explained the real nature of this world, the goals of human life and
motivated people to realize the ultimate goal of life which is experiencing
our spiritual nature. It is the yoga of devotion. Hence it is also called as
Since time immemorial India has been loudly proclaiming that God is
one but people call him by different names. If all the people in this world
understand this simple truth violence in the name of religion will come to
It is the duty of each and every Indian to always remember this
simple yet profound message from the Vedas- Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha
Vadanti (truth is one people call it by different names). This message
should be prominently displayed in every house, every school, every
college, every other institution (both private and government) and at all
public places. It should also be boldly displayed in our Parliament and all
state assemblies. It should be printed on the first page of our
constitution. This message should be printed on every currency note,
every passport every other ID and every text book. We should even
encourage people to stick this on their vehicles.
Our wise ancestors told us that God cannot be defined or
described in any way. The upanishads proclaim in unequivocal terms that
the eyes cannot see, ears cannot hear and the mind cannot comprehend
God. God is also described as that from which all beings emerge, in which
all beings exist and into which all beings finally merge.
Without understanding this some overzealous people are telling others
that God should be called only by a particular name and should be adored
only in a particular manner. Such people are sowing seeds of division and
hatred. Some politicians are also following the divide and rule policy for
selfish gains. It is high time all right thinking people come together to
counter such narrow minded and selfish elements in our society.
Indian scriptures describe four methods to reach God-the path of
devotion or Bhakti yoga, the path of dedicated action or Karma yoga, the
path of intellectual inquiry or Jnana yoga and the path of scientific
meditation or Raja yoga. A person can choose any method depending on
his temperament and reach god. Just as a place can be approached from
different roads depending on ones location God can be reached by
It is inconceivable that God who has created so many varieties of
plants, fish, birds etc. expects all his children to reach him only by one
road. There is a serious risk of traffic jam! There are different kinds of
sweets in the world. The sweetness is due to sugar but other ingredients
vary. God is like the sugar in the different sweets which are like different
forms of God. It is ridiculous to say that all people should eat only one
type of sweet.
Our ancestors have taught us that the whole world is one family.
We have always prayed for the well being of all the people in the world.
We have never prayed to God to bless only our country. The whole world
should learn this lesson from us.
The caste system has been misunderstood by many people. The
four castes mentioned- Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra are
based on the qualities of the person and his occupation. The
Bhagavadgita does not speak of upper or lower caste. Just as in the
human body different organs perform different functions people of
different vocations are needed for any society. We cannot say those who
construct roads and bridges are not important. There is no country on
earth where you do not find people of these four categories.
It is said that by birth everyone is a Shudra and only by his qualities
he qualifies to be called Brahmin. No one can claim to be a Brahmin just
because he is born into a particular family. Nowhere is it said that God
loves people of any particular caste more than those of other castes. In
the Bhagavadgita it is clearly mentioned that God loves all equally.
We should stop dividing people and fighting in the name of caste.
Everyone has social obligation. We should care for each other and share
our wealth with the less fortunate people. One of the mantras in the
Vedas expresses this sentiment beautifully- May All become Happy, May
All be Free from Illness, May All see what is Auspicious, May no one
Suffer. By bridging the gap between poor and rich we can to some extent
reduce crime rate.
There is a saying in Sanskrit-yatha raja thatha praja which means
as is the ruler so are the citizens. If we look at our leaders we can easily
understand why our country is in such a bad shape. Many people sitting in
the Parliament and state assemblies are facing serious criminal charges.
Many of them are misusing their power to escape the clutches of law.
They are manipulating the beaurocracy and the police to get away with
When those in power become corrupt those under them also tend to
be corrupt. The effect percolates down and the entire government
machinery gets ruined. Implementation of welfare schemes will be
seriously affected and people will suffer.
The subject of Raja-Dharma (duties of a ruler) is dealt with in detail
in ancient Indian texts including Ramayana and Mahabharata. The
qualities to be possessed by a ruler are explained. It is high time we have
a course for those aspiring to be MLAs and MPs so that they learn how to
But we take pride in being the largest democracy in the world. If we
keep on blaming our politicians for everything we do not deserve
democracy. Democracy is not for irresponsible citizens. Each and even
person who is eligible should go and cast his/her vote. But before voting
he/she should think not twice but several times before choosing a
candidate. Every voter should firmly resolve that he/she will not cast a
vote in favor of a candidate with criminal background.
It is our responsibility to elect people of honesty and integrity whose
track record is above board. If there is no such candidate in a
constituency all voters should refrain from voting. This is how we can
exercise our right to reject if there is no such provision. We should make
proper use of the constitutional and non-violent weapon in our hand
namely our vote. By just shouting Mera Neta chor Hi (my leader is a thief)
we are only insulting ourselves.
It is highly desirable for eminent people from different walks of life to
form a forum of responsible citizens in every constituency. Ideally this
group should include retired judge, IPS and IAS officers, teachers and
other eminent people from different walks of life. These people should not
have any political affiliation. They should command the respect of most
people in the constituency. Their only aim should be national interest.
They should closely monitor what the elected person is doing for the
They should invite the elected representatives at regular periods
and ask them what they have done for the constituency and what are
their plans for the future. People from that constituency should also
participate and interact. The media (both print and electronic) should
cover the event fully. If the performance of the elected representative is
not satisfactory people should reject him in the next election.
People should not believe those politicians who try to divide the
country on the basis of caste, religion and language. Unity and integrity of
the country should be uppermost in our minds.
Perhaps we also need some reforms in our electoral system. If a
candidate is declared elected without getting more than fifty percent of
the votes cast can he really be considered as a true representative of
those people? In the same way if any party comes to power by getting
less than fifty percent of all votes cast is it a truly representative
government? This issue needs to be discussed seriously.
In such a situation we may consider re-poll with only the parties
occupying the first two places being allowed to contest. We should also
think of putting in place stringent criteria for allowing a person to contest
an election. Quite often we come across a situation where a party with
three or four elected representatives holds the government to ransom
because the government does not have majority.
To sum up our country is in a mess because of not paying heed to
what our enlightened forefathers have told us. It can only be saved by
following the injunctions of our Rishis. In fact the whole world can only be
saved by ancient Indian wisdom, which is scientific, universal and always
A revolution should start from every family. We cannot bring about
social transformation without transforming families which are the building
blocks of any society. We should take an oath to firmly adhere to the
eternal values this country has stood by for millenniums- Truth, Righteous
conduct, Peace, Love and Non violence.
Our ancestors gave lot of importance to integrity of family. Marriage
as per the Indian tradition is an elaborate ritual unlike in many other
countries. During marriage the prospective couple takes oath to be loyal
to each other till the end. The word for wife is Dharma-Patni which means
she should take her husband along the path of Dharma.
Woman was given a very important place in ancient India. It is said
that where women are respected there God is happy. She is the backbone
of a family. Mother is hailed as the first teacher of a child.
If every woman strongly urges her husband to adhere to values we
can hope to create a healthy society. If instead most women expect their
husbands to earn money by hook or crook to satisfy their unending
desires society will be ruined.
Divorce was almost unheard of in ancient India. Divorce after
birth of a child can have serious adverse impact in the mental health of
child. Every child needs love and attention of parents who should take
primary responsibility for shaping the character of child. Those children
who do not receive sufficient parental attention are more likely to go
astray and be a nuisance to the society.
Our scriptures recommend five types of yagnas daily for the house
holders. These are Deva yagna, Pitru yagna, Brahma yagna, Manushya
yagna and Bhoota yagna. These can be performed by worship, reading
scriptures, looking after parents, serving other people in society and also
giving food to animals.
Premarital and extramarital sex was strongly discouraged in ancient
India. Today we often come across pregnancy in unmarried teenage girls.
This is highly undesirable as one should be physically and psychologically
mature to nurture a baby in the uterus and after birth. Without a
committed life partner looking after a baby will be extremely difficult.
When a person has extramarital affair his/her attention towards the
family will be compromised. Children will be the worst affected. Without
adequate parental care they are at risk of suffering from serious
psychological problems and becoming criminals.
Our ancestors knew the importance of maintaining the physical and
mental health of pregnant women in order to get healthy offspring.
Pregnant women were told to spend some time everyday for spiritual
activities like reading scriptures, listening to devotional songs and
chanting the name of God. Some Vedic chants are specifically meant for
pregnant women. Now scientists agree that vibrations can affect the fetus
in the uterus. It is also accepted that psychological problems in the
pregnant woman affect the fetus through changes in the hormonal
It is extremely important to bring up children properly so that they
become good human beings and responsible citizens. This is the only way
to create healthy society. In order to do this, children should be given
healthy food for their bodies and healthy food for their minds.
As far as possible children should be given food prepared at home.
Eating outside should be minimized. We should lean towards organic
farming to minimize the hazards of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It
is better to avoid artificial flavors and food preservatives as far as
possible as these have been shown to cause behavioral disorders in
children. While preparing food Vedic chants or devotional songs should be
played as vibrations affect the food. Those who prepare food may also
chant the name of God.
Parents should constantly endeavor to create good atmosphere at
home. Frequent quarreling among parents can have adverse impact on
the delicate minds of children. Those children brought up with love and
understanding are less likely to go astray.
It is very important for parents to spend enough time for instilling
values in the minds of children. Children are very receptive to what they
are told and parents should drive home faith in God and fear of sin in
their minds with the help of stories. Parents should teach their children
that there is only one God and he can be called by many names. They
should be told about the cosmic law of cause and effect and made to
understand that they will reap the consequences of their acts.
What children see and hear constitutes food for the mind. Children
should not be allowed to see violent movies or play games with violent
themes. It is highly desirable to encourage children to learn our music-
either vocal or instrumental. Constant exposure to good vibrations like
Vedic chants and our classical music can have a positive impact on the
personality of children. On the other hand constant exposure to bad
vibrations like rock music can lead to criminal tendencies.
It was considered as the duty of children to look after aged
parents. Parents take so much of trouble for bringing up their often
sacrificing their personal comfort. Children have an obligation to look after
their parents in their old age. Today most children do not care for their
aged parents and hence the number of old age homes is increasing.
Our educational system also has to change. We should give
sufficient importance to value based education. Spirituality should be
taught in all schools. For young children it is enough to tell them that
there is a power behind all creation.
Faith in God should be instilled in the minds of young children.
Using simple examples we can make them understand that such a
magnificent universe cannot come into existence without an intelligent
force. We can show them a flower made of paper and explain that just as
the artificial flower was made by a human being the natural flowers have
to be made by an intelligent being.
We can also show them how a robot works and tell them that the
human body is far more complicated than a robot and cannot simply
come into existence without a guiding power.
Children should be told that we all reap what we sow and hence we
should perform only good deeds. They should be taught that God is in
every being and that if we hurt any being we are actually hurting God.
Children usually ask why we cannot see God or hear his voice. We
can explain that our senses have many limitations and that we cannot
deny the existence of something just because our senses cannot perceive
it. For example we can say that dogs can smell what we cannot and bats
can hear what we cannot.
It should be clearly explained that God can be called by many
names and worshipped in various ways. We should tell them that God is
aware of all our thoughts, words and actions. We should make them
understand that the only way to please God is to love all beings. We
should not allow religious intolerance to take roots in the minds of
College students can be taught about the scientific evidence for the
existence of soul. It is extremely important to introduce scientific
spirituality in all medical colleges. Doctors should first understand what
man is before they can treat people properly. We should try to get the
definition of health by the World Health Organization reviewed to include
the spiritual dimension. If the authorities do not oblige we should reject
the WHO definition of health and adopt our own definition.
Doctors can play an important role in educating people about
healthy life style. The focus should be on all dimensions of health
physical, mental and spiritual. Mental health cannot be protected without
giving sufficient attention to spiritual development.
Some basic information about the great heritage of this country
should be taught in schools and colleges. Autobiography of a yogi by
Paramahansa Yogananda is a very interesting and highly inspiring book
which can be introduced at the level of college. This book has become a
standard reference book in several universities in other countries. In the
year 1999 a panel of distinguished scholars selected this book as one of
the 100 best spiritual books of the century.
After completing their education the students in ancient India were
told- Satyam Vada dharmam chara (speak truth, practice dharma). They
were also exhorted to revere the mother as God, father as God, teacher
as God and guest as God. Imagine what would happen if all of us followed
All of us are responsible for the current state of our country. We
should stop being a country of buck passers. Every person should take up
some responsibility not only for his/her family but also for his society. We
should place national interest above everything else. We should become
responsible parents, responsible teachers, responsible voters, responsible
citizens and responsible professionals. Then we can hope to have
responsible politicians. It is futile to simply go on blaming politicians for
all the ills of our country.
Bharat mata is wailing out of anguish. It is the duty of all her
children to educate and enlighten themselves with her ancient and
timeless wisdom and be worthy citizens of this worthy nation. Thus we
can wipe her tears and bring back the smile on her face. One who knows
absolutely nothing about the great heritage of this country is unfit to be
called a citizen of this country.
It has been scientifically proved that vibration can affect matter and
living beings. Good vibrations have beneficial effects and bad or negative
vibrations have undesirable effects. Constant exposure to negative
vibrations can have disastrous consequences on the human mind.
Hence we should constantly strive to get rid of all negative vibrations
and replace those with positive vibrations. Vedic chants have been shown
to produce calming effects on the minds. It has been demonstrated that
performance of Yagas leads to reduction in bacterial counts in the
atmosphere and also accelerate plant growth.
We need not be surprised if scientists discover that regular
performance of these Yagas reduce natural calamities, ensure timely rains
and good crops. Perhaps that is why ancient India was so prosperous
before the civilized people (?) from the more developed (?) countries
came here and tried their best to completely destroy everything that is
But the great heritage of this country can never be destroyed. This
country will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and take its rightful place
as the moral and spiritual leader of the whole world. Its wisdom will
radiate to every nook and corner of the world bringing light, peace and
hope for humanity. It will lead the rest of the word from untruth to truth,
darkness of ignorance to light of wisdom and from mortality of body
consciousness to the immortality of soul consciousness.
Let Vedic chants reverberate throughout the length and breadth of
the country. Let the sweet tunes of our music sweep across the entire
country. Let the hearts of all Indians overflow with love for their country.
Let us all come together and rebuild this great nation.
We should be very conscious about our role towards the
environment. Apart from keeping our own houses clean we should keep
our towns and cities clean. We should cooperate with the authorities and
avoid indiscriminate littering and spitting. Many diseases are due to poor
environmental sanitation. Development should not be at the cost of
We should develop good systems in all sectors. Everyone should
follow the system instead of trying to bend the system to suit his personal
interest. No one should think of exploiting the system. We should learn to
be disciplined and punctual.
Our puranas contain stories with moral lessons. They instill love for
God and fear of sin. The most important message of the puranas is help
ever and hurt never. Till recently mothers used to read such stories to
children to convince them regarding the need for leading lives based on
values. Todays children read useless comics and watch useless cartoons.
This is one of the reasons for our downfall.
Our Ithihasas (historical texts) contain several pearls of wisdom. The
information in these texts (Ramayana and Mahabharatha) covers a wide
range of topics including state administration, guidelines for people of
different professions, code of conduct for members of family etc. Regular
discourses on these epics should be conducted in every place.
Subhashitas are collections of Sanskrit verses covering a wide range
of topics and are a goldmine of useful information. The wisdom in these
verses is priceless. Using simple examples they drive home important