Latasinha's Weblog

Social and political Values and Systems in India.

Pride in Heritage and value System

 

Sri C. Rajgopalachari said, If there is honesty in India today, any hospitality, any charity – any aversion to evil, any love to be good, it is due to whatever remains of the old faith and the old culture.

After a deep study of natural instincts, inherent attributes and natural behavioral pattern of human beings, Indian philosophy has developed a Sanatan Dharma, which nurtures basic human instincts over nature. It takes care of their basic physical, mental and spiritual needs at different stages of life. Its values and rituals give to the common men, a purpose to live for and ideals to be achieved.

 Most of Vedic Indian philosophy is a gold mine of knowledge, which inspired not only Indians, but foreigners as well. Intellectuals from various countries have translated it in their own languages and reinterpreted it for a rational mind. It still commands the respect and attention of an average Indian.

 In the beginning, the priestly schools had devised a most remarkable and effective system of transferring knowledge to succeeding generations in the form of hymns, restricting it only to those, possessing brilliant feats of memory and capability to keep extreme sanctity. Later on, it was put together in ‘Vedas’, ‘Smritis’ ‘Sutras’, and ‘Upanishads’, which are not only religious books, but also a perfect guide to living a better life.

These Epics “contain an ocean of knowledge in a jar. It is a magnificent example of scientific division and orderly arrangement of rules, in a few words, in different branches of human knowledge, covering almost all the aspects of life, be it phonetics, arts, literature, medicine, polity, or metrics. Its rituals are techniques for leading a harmonious life. They speak of everything- on staying healthy, social evils, improving concentration and tenets of behavior, which are relevant even today.

Only after raising oneself from ignorance, one can understand the greatness of Vedic literature. A knowledgeable person, like a jeweler, can spot out gems from this ocean of knowledge; pick them up and leave the undesired obsolete elements developed into it with passage of time.

Today, when Indians are getting away from their roots, it is important to learn something worthwhile from these epics, instill right values in themselves and get the strength to have their feet firmly on the ground.

 

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 12 Comments

Tolerance

 

The spirit of tolerance and firm belief in the principle, ‘Live and let live’ has always been the part of Indian ethos.

Tolerance is most evident in the field of religion. Hindu faith in an all pervading omnipresent god, multiplicity of god and goddesses as representing some portion of the infinite aspect of the Supreme Being, inspires it to accommodate people of all faiths. Hinduism concedes validity to all the religions and does not lay down strictures against any faith or reject any religion or its god as false. That is why, all the twelve major religions of the world are present and flourishing in India without much hindrance.

India has always adopted the path of assimilation. It does not believe in conversion or imposing its beliefs, practices and customs on others. Hindu religion has neither repulsed any trend vehemently, nor allowed others to sweep its own established culture off the roots.

 Tolerance is not confined to religion alone. It is seen everywhere in the Indian way of life. Indians believe in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – The whole world is one family. Truth, Ahimsa, peace and non-aggression are the hallmark of Indian culture.

The people endure injustice and unfairness until they are pushed right upto the wall. John Fischer mentions, Even during Bengal famine, an extreme situation – when necessity knows no laws, people did not take law in their own hands, nor was there any violence. No grocery stall, no rice warehouse, none of the wealthy clubs or restaurants were ever threatened by a hungry mob… They just died with docility, which to most Americans is the most shocking thing about India.”

Many times in the past, Indians had accepted oppression and exploitation without much protest, while such  situations would have led to bloody revolutions elsewhere in the world. Even today, the people are tolerating the corruption, scams, scandals and criminal activities developed in political sphere, as well as inefficiency seeped deeply in administration without much protest. Administration is one such area, where tolerance is harmful, as it not only hinders the development, but also pushes the nation backwards.

 

December 13, 2009 Posted by | General | | 2 Comments

   

%d bloggers like this: