Thursday, 21 November 2019

Why Moral Degradation

Updated: February 6, 2010 5:19 pm

Some people live in the present, others in the future and majority in the past. History cannot always be referred to. It does not make sense to repeat the past all the time. History should be referred to as using brakes in the car, but we must remember that the car would not catch speed if the brake is used again and again.

            Some people live in present. They nullify history and say that time is changing fast. They argue that situations are not always the same, and that nobody can predict the future. If we do not know how to live in the present, our future is also spoiled. Future stands on the present’s foundation. Present deeds determine a good future.

            Some people live in future. If we fail to get hold of the present, the future is liable to slip from our hands. We are happy today, tomorrow may be a happy day too, but tomorrow’s worries are as significant as today’s. Save something for the future. The capital of good thoughts, good sanskaras and good deeds is a real asset for the future.

            Generally people are lost in past memories. Present seems overwhelming to them with problems. Every religion preaches us to be away from evils and do good deeds. This means that evils persisted in the past too and man has always been trying to get rid of them.

            A scholarly philosopher says that we should use our past experiences to give shape to our future plans. Whatever you intend to achieve in future, start working for it right now. Co-ordinate your knowledge, wisdom, experience and qualifications in such a way, that all your plans of future materialise. Never let yourself get lost in the memories of the past.

            Another thinker says—A man starts believing in fate by hovering around in past. We cannot be prosperous by going back to the past all the time. To become prosperous, the tendency to toil and struggle is required. For prosperity, new horizons, untrodden paths, revolutionary thinking, ambition to touch new heights, imagination and dreams are needed. Dwelling in the past by narrating old stories is like driving a car with its headlights at the rear end. It would but naturally cause an accident.

A harmonious balance is needed amongst past, present and future. A proper tuning is required to set this balance. As a dish doesn’t taste good with more or less salt in it, many reasons can be cited as a hindrance in our development.

Every born child is to be saved from our stories from the past. He is fed with the old stories right from his birth, with which he has no relation. He is born for the future. He must grow according to future’s requirements instead of the past. A child has no past. Elders always regress and retreat, as their future is limited. For a child, the future is the most important, while for a young person his present.

In the name of moral education we relate to our children the stories of great men in the past. We introduce them to new characters. Their contributions to the society are looked upon as ideals and we want our children to emulate them. Children are happy listening to the glorious tales of heroes. They believe that they are bom in a great country, the birth place of heroes, celebrating their birth centenaries and listening to their stories. Only some clever children, sometimes, ask their father, brothers, teachers or elders about how much the thoughts that they propagate are practiced in their own lives.

History shows that merely chanting cannot make you a Ram. After Mahavira, no other Mahavir was born. History says so. Each individual is different. His name and deeds are different.

            What kind of a morality is this, which is not practiced by the preacher but is expected to be practiced by the pupils. That’s exactly why the importance of good moral values is reducing. The only way that the importance can be created is by practicing what we preach. If we expect the children to follow the road of morality, while their parents and teachers see them from the way side, we are expecting too much and putting too much pressure on them. Parents and teachers should lead the way on the road to morality.

            People bathe in waterfalls for health and joy. Waterfalls never send us invitations or telephone us or print posters or give advertisements in media. Their invitations are silent which, are received by those who understand their nature. Watefalls dont preach that water flows downwards but we learn this as we observe them sacrifice. Morality should not be made a blind well but it is to be seen as delicious, fascinating waterfall.

            If there is a threat to morality, it is from hypocrisy. Religion is not progressing, as the flag bearers of religion are getting self-centered. Donning the garb of religion, they are spreading delusions by interpreting religion in their own way. Religion does not mean only participating in rituals. Rituals and rites are for creating an atmosphere and an impression. That is why elaborate processions are held on the completion of religious rituals. Discourses are held, and garlands are exchanged. On the pretext of morality, we are showing concern only for ourselves. Even in religious gatherings, the Guru asks the influential people whether they understood what he spoke. The common are not given that much importance. People who donate large sums of money in charity become very popular. The Guru publicly dole praises on him. So the message is clear that donating money is imperative to earn the Guru’s good will and by donating money, you can draw the Guru’s attention. Morality has been left behind. Earning money is the single most important action. Morality is doing the role of a sheet. Wrap it around and become a moral person. Sometimes, it seems that certain words and deeds have become articles to be hung on the wall in golden frames and not to be practiced.

            What should be the aim of life? Past, Present or Future? Every man has got his own constitution. Every man is his own lawyer and his own judge.

            When Lord Rishabh was a king, he transformed ‘Asi’,”Masi’ and “Krishi’ i.e sword, creative writing and agriculture for the welfare of people. A query arose in the heart of a Acharya how Lord Rishabh converted ‘krishi’, as that involved violence. Lord Rishabh provided the answer. He said that in those times there was scarcity of food. This led to crimes like theft and burglary. In order to make the people earn in their living in a more positive manner, he trained them in agriculture. In the face of immoral means of live hood, if moral means are not presented effectively, change will not be not be long lasting. The main aim behind the Sukhi Parvar movement is to inculcate sanskaras in people. So its focus is going to be in the field of education. Teachers play un unparalleled role in character and personality development of children. I want teachers to give maximum support to the movement.

By Gani Rajinder Vijay

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