Path To Spiritual And Material Prosperity
Coming from the pen of a creative saint of versatile personality, the book has categorised man, family, society and nation as components of an integrated hierarchy. Family is the basic unit to develop mankind. The elementary features of an ideal family such as mutual affection, humility, respect, faith, conviction, tolerance and equality help family life grow with collaborated joy, oneness and love. The writer has suggested a code of conduct for every family to enable its members to inculcate moral values and strong character. He has suggested seven doors to happy family life. The first step is good health which can be achieved through meditation, regular exercise positive thinking and chanting mantras along with qualitative and quantitative food restraints. The other door leading to happy human life is money earned through ethical means sufficient to fulfil the basic needs of life. Emphasising the key role played by woman in the family life, he states that she brings grace, prosperity and grandeur to the family life. Faith in God is another door to happy family life. The other door is good public image. To be an ideal citizen, transparency, honesty and truthfulness in life is essential. One has to keep in mind the welfare of the society in his day-to-day life. Personality development is another important door essential to face and fight the challenge of life.
Swamiji regards family as one’s closet friend and innocence and simplicity instilling intimacy into its members is essential. One can lead a meaning full life in a group only. He regards anger as the biggest hindrance in the personality development of a person. Anger is a volcano which expresses itself in burst having a negative effect on every part of the body. It weakens the heart and distorts the nervous system. To conquer it, one needs to control one’s mind.
Further, the writer makes a mention of the importance of non-violence in our life and regards it as the basis of all virtues. He firmly believes that violence shakes the very basis of humanity. Non-violence is constructive and ushers in prosperity, and is regarded as the life-giving oxygen to humanity. In continuation he refers to the complexities of life and assertively states that path to peace, contentment, honour and salvation is self-restraint and inner voyage.
Swamiji further suggests that one should look at one’s own self instead of others and reform oneself. Peaceful-thinking increases one’s own capabilities and anger and agitation degrades one’s life. He suggests an inquisitive thirst to know ourselves to achieve peace, prosperity and happiness. In reality, nobody can endure the gravest sorrows without attaining real happiness. He very rightly states that India is a country of spiritual and religious tenets and here a man’s personality is evaluated by his character. Swamiji emphasises the need of a noble hearts for a home in harmony. He suggests that we should try to live, develop and grow by exploring the possibilities of hidden qualities in us. We must look inward and try to reform ourselves. He views that our behaviour takes shape according to our thought process. Positive thinking in this respect is very essential and to achieve it, good sanskars through the process of proper education are required.
Discussing success and wisdom, he points out that hope and conviction are the two necessary requisites for achieving them. Emphasising the importance of religion in human life, Swamiji regards it as a saviour when human life faces trials, tribulations and sufferings at every step. ‘Dharmi’ is the panacea for all the problems in life and it makes harmonious balance in the energies and makes man a human being and purifies his actions. He lays stress on the importance of self-realisation in human life by stating that it weakens the darkness of ignorance. He defines spirituality as state of the soul which is without “Mohmitha” and “Ragdwesh”. He suggests that life should be used for “Yog Saohana” rather than “Bhog Saohana”. Human body is a medium for “Yog Saohana”. In spirituality, the greatest service is service to the self, and service to others becomes possible only when we have compassion for all in our hearts, and it is possible when one kills “anger”. Anger destroys love and kills all patience and compassion within us.
Swamiji desires us to become karmayogis devoted to the welfare of others. One who does not lose internal happiness and revels in joys and sorrows is the real karmayogi.
He quotes carlyle regarding hardships as a teaching experience. Life’s real pleasure cannot be enjoyed without obstructions. One has to assert its happiness in all negative situations too. He advises human beings they should not let the mind go wayward. To him greed is misery and mental contentment is bliss. He refers to three jewels adopted by Jainism: “Samyak Darshan”, “Samyak Gyan” and “Samyak Charitra”, i.e proper vision, knowledge and character.
Swamiji, further, rightly observes that fruits of a good family enables oneself to attain goals of life. No society can boast of having a strong foundation without ideals and good moral behaviour. At this stage, he makes a pointed reference to the importance of Satguru, who can lead us to “Sahmarg”, in absence of which, the body suffers pain due to degradation of mind and thoughts. To avoid this, he suggests meditation and quotes Lord Mahavir as to how he maintained silence for twelve years after “ Diksha”. In this regard, he quotes commitment as a precious treasure and unwavering pledges leave an indelible mark on both body and soul.
Swamiji concludes with the remark that an ideal and happy family is one in which members of the family stand by each other, share each other’s joys and sorrows, remain united in times of distress and live together by not attaching themselves with consumerist values. At this stage, he makes a pointed reference to “Sukhi Parivar” movement started to imbibe the above-mentioned values. This “Sukhi Parivar” movement has prescribed different codes of conduct, which have been prescribed for different members of the family. This movement lays stress on material prosperity along with spiritual progress.
By Prof KD Sharma