Tuesday, 11 August 2020

How To Get Righteous Solution

Updated: March 6, 2010 12:44 pm

To experiment is man’s innate behaviour. All the religions, I creeds and sects prevalent in the world are the experiments III” different saints. One scholar believes in President’s Rule lor the welfare of country. Others are of the opinion that ruling political party should give way to a new party. Each party showcases itself to be better than the other.

            Many reforms in our Constitution have taken place after Independence. At the time of every amendment, it is said that ‘this is the need of hour’ and similarly thousands of new laws have emerged. Each new law has been deemed mandatory at the time of introduction but can new amendments or laws solve the crisis? Complexities have been multiplied, not solved.

            If our country’s leaders would have adopted even some of the principles from the spiritual treasure of saints our country may have been completely different. Laws is generally restrictive in nature while our country has always termed it positive. To build a new India, revolutionary thinking and not laws are required.

            Mahatma Gandhi led a revolution not just for physical freedom but also for spiritual and moral thoughts. Today our leaders are stuck in politics and how to make the most of their positions. We set material targets for ourselves. Spirituality has taken the back seat.

            There is an incident from Viveknand’s life-‘An English friend invited Vivekanand to dinner to test him. The English friend put down the ‘Gita’ in the lowest rung keeping all other sacred books above it. When Vivekanand came, the friend tried to bring his attention towards the books. Swamiji smiled and replied, ‘The foundation is truly strong.”

            This is an example of positive attitude. To control oneself among unpleasant and adverse situations and to bring out a positive, new perspective are qualities of a great man. Academic books don’t teach the ability to convert negatives into positives. Mutual cooperation and respect should be the basis of a good society. ‘Paraspropgraho Jivanam’ is the mantra to a meaningful solution.

            Swami Vivekananda was asked as to what he thought should be the identity of a society. He replied-‘Follow one and hate none.’

            An American President came to India. He asked Prime Minister Nehru about the greatest quality ofIndia. Panditji replied—’Here the

authority is lower and austerity is higher.’ Emperors and kings have bowed before the feet of saints in reverence. Saints never visited the royal courts; the king has always visited his hut.

            No society can boast of having a strong foundation without ideal and moral behaviour. The progress of science has brought material comforts, not mental peace. America is not only the country where materialistic pleasures are exalted, but this is also the country where sleeping pills sell the most. Many stress related diseases are emerging, like hypertension, diabetes and indigestion. Success has brought materialistic luxuries but no mental peace, no solace, no faith, no certitude, only doubts and anxieties. People fear each other. Normal life is shrouded with insecurity. The children are moving away from parents because of hostile conditions at home.

            The west is seeking solace in Indian Yoga and spirituality while we are trying to ape the west and run only after material desires. Spirituality, morality, mutual cooperation and love are the pillars of strength on which our society rests. These values should be made stronger.

            A saying goes—when we go looking for evil, we come back to where we started. ‘No one is more evil than me’ but this does not hold true in every sphere of life. Faults are always sought after in others.

            In the biography of Winston Churchill, the prime minister of England, it has been written—’In examination, I owe my failure to my evaluator’s inability.’ Those, who are familiar with Churchill’s personality, would be startled. But further in the biography, it is explained—’I was demoralised those days.’ The envy generated out of my compatriot’s success, dominated me. I became arrogant but worked to overcome this negative attitude and later even admitted my mistakes in public. I was scared initially to lose my popularity by the acceptance of my errors. I felt there is no bigger crime than to conceal one’s faults. This crime makes a man lose his self-confidence.’

            If we analyze ourselves in the light of these imposing expressions of Churchill’s life, we may attain some invaluable pearls of wisdom. A friend says—’when I try to hide my mistakes, I become vague and find myself infirm’. To accept mistake needs valor, to hide is equivalent to lying. To lie means to kill one’s conscience and to get humiliated before the own self and others.

            Mr Franklin said, if you want to be better than someone, then do better deeds, but don’t tarnish the image of others without a cause, never be indifferent to your shortcomings and malign others’ worth.

            Another scholar says—the line drawn by the other man can be shortened by two methods. One way would be to erase away his drawn line—which is perhaps a negative attitude. The second method is to draw an even bigger line next to his line—thereby signalling positive attitude.

            The best way to overcome one’s weakness is to refuse to take up activities that you think that you cannot perform and let others who are more capable to -perform those activities.

            A psychologist advises—Bring change in your nature right now, from this very moment. Stop thinking that what you think is correct and what others may be thinking is incorrect. May be others are trying to inform you about your weaknesses and faults so that you can correct them. By accepting the others remarks we can benefit both ourselves as well as the other person.

By Gani Rajinder Vijay

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