Determine our national vision

What is our highest common ideal? Can we deny the thousands of years of continuous Vedic Bharatiya civilization of Sanatana-dharma, and that of the era of Ramayan, Mahabharat, Buddha, Mahavir, Shankara, gurus, Vivekananda, etc. the rule, despite which our culture still survives, and we have assimilated and learned from other cultures of “brotherhood”; ” to eat together ” ; “Be good and do good”; charity ‘, etc. modern religions and have reformed many of our faults!

Based on all of this history, is it difficult to explore, determine, and fix our national ideal as a “commitment to homework”; “Commitment to ethical and righteous conduct” while striving to achieve “God-realization”, aka “Perfection”, “Nirvana”, “Heaven”, etc. while following our respective ways of worship. Are they not our national civilizational ideals?

Why can it not be taught as a compulsory subject of the science and philosophy of “Know thyself”, in our ordinary and minority education? And our Fundamental Duties as well as the highest courts have made similar recommendations!

Determination of our higher national ideals? Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had ordered that Vivekananda’s birthday be celebrated annually as National Youth Day, as it was believed that her philosophy and ideals could be a great source of inspiration for Indian youth ”. Likewise, Nehru observed, “I think our younger generation will benefit from this fountain of wisdom, spirit and fire flowing through Vivekananda.” And Gandhiji said his love for India was multiplied by a thousand thanks to Vivekananda.

And it was Vivekananda who declared to the Parliament of Religions in the USA:

# ‘We of all the nations of the world have never been a conquering race and therefore we live. Political greatness or military might is never the mission of our race. Our mission is to accumulate and spread spirituality ‘;

# ‘I am proud to belong to a nation that has sheltered the persecuted and refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.

# Growth and development do not consist of struggles and attempts to believe in a certain doctrine or dogma, but to realize – not to believe, but to be and to become. Thus, the whole object of education and vocations is through a constant struggle to become perfect, to become divine, to reach God and see God, and that to reach God, to see God, to become perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect, is our vision. And what becomes of man when he reaches perfection? He lives a life of infinite happiness. He enjoys infinite and perfect bliss, having obtained the only thing that man should be pleased with, namely God, Heaven.

So, harmony and acceptance of all religions as valid means to realize God is our culture: It is only because of this context that we are a “Hindu state” and therefore the Constitution calls us “India which is Bharat”! And, historically too, it has always been called Hindu-sthan, land of the Hindus, by the Islamic world itself; and is always called by that same name! And this is why the original handwritten Constitution vividly depicts scenes from Vedic culture, Ramayana, Mahabharat, Buddha, et al.

# It is only because of this context that the traditional maxim of “atithi devo bhava”, “Worship the unannounced foreign guest” and an inscription that “the whole world is our family” is inscribed on the door of our Parliament .

With our national vision in mind, the emphasis on education must instill and permeate universal and eternal human values, aka Sanatan dharma, i.e. righteous ethical conduct and a commitment to the duties which are the essence of all religions – whatever our religion. affiliations!

Duty of the media and of all religions and universities, is to present facts that instill love in all, on both sides of various religious and political ideologies, so that as citizens we are united towards common ideals and universal goals, viz. love for the nation as a whole, ideal of harmony of religions, ideal of the whole world as our family, respect for one another, commitment to our respective duties, etc. !

Our national story should be that, regardless of our respective differences and ideologies, we must be inspired to strive together for the “higher”, working selflessly for the national good.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.


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