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Universal Ideology

Updated: November 2, 2020 1:12 pm

Universal Ideology is not a religion but ethical practice for mankind to live in harmony and peace through basic principles of humanity for a sustainable society. It does not advocate one to adopt a new religion. It does not interfere in personal religion or sect or culture practised by others.

The world of vivid religions, cultures and political system, has  reached a state where most citizens whether belonging to rich or poor nations,  have common problems of inequality, corruption, and accumulation of wealth by a few capitalist or  political rulers. Poor nations in addition have problems of malnutrition, poor health infrastructure, unemployment, housing and expensive school education.

Since the 20th century, new technologies have come up in every field, whether it is agriculture or construction or medical science or IT. Each technology intends to make life easier and increase sensory pleasures of mankind, but is mired with facts that it is working against humanity, against ecology and making men slave to technology and prone to health damage.

The expansionist agenda by America, China and terror by most radical nations to have supremacy and hold on petroleum resources, land and water is leading to another world war, and retarding growth of civilization, making world more unsafe and unfit to live in.

Environmental degradation of the earth is leading to frequent natural disasters like floods, forest fire, earthquakes, and recent diseases  Corona is  a live example of what lies ahead if nothing is done to reverse the damage being enforced.

 

How To Unite All Under Universal Ideology

Some social think tanks have argued that human beings cannot unite in this way until they have ethically and spiritually matured to a certain level.

Capitalism and the system of warring nation-states distort our consciousness into malicious, hate-and fear-filled forms.  We will not mature ethically and spiritually under these systems. According to Dr Martin Glen, founder of One world One Parliament, “Today, our very survival on this planet requires that we think and act globally”. We need synthetically to re-develop sustainable systems on politics, economics, democracy, government functioning, education, law and order based on equality, humanity, and protect our   mother  earth from degradation.

And ultimately all of above systems are about ethics,  about our inner attitude, about our awareness and compassion and rationality.

 

Oneness of  God

Gita 7.21  describes the god in following term: “Whatever celestial form a devotee seeks to worship with faith, the god  steadies the faith of such a devotee in that form.“

Christ also describes in the Bible that  all souls are the children of the God, and He  is willing to accept everyone with open arms, provided they come to him with genuine love.

Yog Sutra  1.39 states: “By meditating on any object of one’s choice, one attains steadiness of mind.”

Thus, the god is for all  and exists in the mind, the way we want it to be. The religions and ethics are code of conduct for peaceful co-existence.

 

The four Pillars of Society

The  world population may be divided  broadly into four categories which forms  the pillars on which world harmony and pace  exists.

 

These are:

1  Learned Leaders/Teachers/ Intellectuals/Brahmins/Gurus ,

2 Warriors/Kshatriyas/Police,

3 Entrepreneurs/Vaishyas/business man/producers/traders

4  Employees/Shudras

 

Above are not borne by birth but get selected by their natural talent, and qualities they inherit from their education or parents etc. Above are four essential parts of the society.

  1. a) The brain of the society is the learned man/Brahmin. These are learned people, gurus, masters, Intellectuals, political leaders, administrators with wisdom and ability to lead and show righteous path to society. Their primary duties are to undertake austerities, practice purity of mind, do devotion, and inspire others by their examples. Thus, they are expected to be tolerant, humble, and spiritually minded. And because they possessed wisdom of the scriptures, their views on social and political matters are greatly valued, in government administration.
  2. b) Warriors/savours/police /military to defend the nation, and to maintain safety and security of public and their property. It also includes lawyers and judiciary to give justice to people.
  3. c) Entrepreneurs/Vaishyas business entrepreneurs/producers/ traders-capitalists or business people or shopkeepers are to make money and pay taxes to government for their smooth functioning. As per Vedic system a business entrepreneur is not allowed to accumulate wealth for his own personal needs. He has to earn for the society and share profits with all..
  4. d) Employees/Shudra: Shudras are naturally more in the population. Physical strength in Shudra is strong. There is a great contribution of employees to run the society. In return, entrepreneurs give them money, besides paying government taxes; the learned train them, guide them to attain skills and also show them the path to spirituality, and the warriors  protects their wealth.

In this way, the four  characters are complementary to each other and no one is smaller or larger. Understanding of this will lead to more equitable society.

Self-Transformation

At the epicentre of reforms in the society is self-transformation as source of good or evil thoughts, originate from the mind. Often we ignore, self-consciousness due to our   ego, and run after physical comforts. Ignoring self-consciousness and caring only for physical comforts, we create all type of problems, around us whether it is our self, or of our family relations or our neighbour, or society or nation or the world.

The inner journey is more pleasurable, satisfying, successful, rewarding, but not unless one starts listening to his inner pure consciousness, which always gives an alert that the action that one is doing is right or wrong. Meditative practices help in development of healthy body, healthy mind and high intellect/ discriminating power within man which enables one to choose the right.

 

Practice of Ethical Code of Conduct

Most of the religions teach practice of general ethics. These can be developed by understanding and practising yoga. Yoga is science of body, mind and soul. Adoption of yoga and meditation enables people to harmonize the relations within the family, and within the community.

Yoga starts with Yama and Niyama. Yamas and Niyamas, combined, constitute the personal and social aspects of good conduct. These are to be practised individually, as well as, in relation to the society.

 

Yamas

Yamas are  social and universal virtues which are in the form of moral and social obligations for an individual to live in peace and harmony  with his family, society and nation. These are five, as follows:-

  • Non-violence: Inflicting physical and mental pain to others, harming someone physically or by speech or even by thought is violence. It involves complete elimination of evil thoughts and enmity of all types.

 

  • Truth: Truth is  practised  in thought, word and action. Truth also means to listen to inner consciousness, which always points to what is right.
  • non-stealing: Not paying government taxes is stealing. Snatching rights of poor, low cast or minorities by way of their religion, social or citizenship rights is also stealing.
  • Celibacy:  In common practice, it means observance of strict discipline in sexual indulgence. The observance of  celibacy  enables a person to achieve control over mind and body. In short it involves absence of lust and practice of self- control. The physical, mental, social and spiritual levels alleviate for those who adopt celibacy. Nature permits sex only for procreation.
  • Non-Hoarding/Greed: It means absence of a tendency and greed to acquire more and more of material possessions and hoarding to raise prices artificially by stockists. It also reflects excessive consumerism to buy more than the personal needs. It is greed for non-hoarding that we find the wide gap between haves and have- not’s, that today 99% of world wealth is just with 1% of population and 99% of world population has just 1% of world wealth.

 

Niyamas

Niyamas  tell us how to interact with ourselves. While the yamas consists of prohibitions and abstentions, niyamas are positive in nature. The five niyamas are as follows:-

  •  Cleanliness: Cleanliness of both inner and external body and mind is essential. While external cleaning or detoxification thru hydrotherapy.  Internal cleaning of mind means to get rid of greed, hatred, ego, and negativity and make good behaviour and character.
  • Contentment: It means the absence of desire to possess more of the necessities of life than are necessary for survival.  It implies that one should work to one’s full capability and then be satisfied with the result of one’s efforts without compromising inner peace. One can dilute its desires to get inner peace which is more rewarding.
  • Austerity: It is the capacity to face all  odds and difficulties in the performance of righteousness. It implies that one should have total control over his emotional feelings and senses.
  • Study of good  scriptures: In general, study of all good literature that leads to  moral values, good conduct, righteousness is essential. It also means  self- analysis which leads to elevation  of  intellect and wisdom to handle odds in life and lead a peaceful  and happy life.
  • Surrender to God: One should have  total dedication  to the supreme.  In other words, it involves absolute faith in God.

Thus following an ethical code of conduct we can live in peace and harmony in our family, in our society, nation and the world.

Working on Sustainability Models

New ideas and wellbeing for all will hatch as humans   work on self- transformation leading to evolution of new systems that will lead to a more peaceful world tomorrow. Few such ideas are given as examples :

 

(a) Capitalism  vs  Cooperative Society :

The capitalist based system of doing business has increased monopoly of  industries to few business houses. Such a system can never bring harmony and peace in society. We must switch to the Cooperative Societies collective business by people at large. Cooperative Societies is as an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. India is an agricultural country and laid the foundation of World’s biggest cooperative movement in the world.  The need for profitability is balanced by the needs of the members and the wider interest of the community. The Cooperative Movement was started by the weaker sections of society for protecting its members from the clutches of profit hungry businessmen.

We need to shift new business based on cooperative system by people for the people . Here all employees of the unit are share- holders and share the profit or loss of the units under them. This way the money will not be accumulated by a single entity or group but by all employees. This will bring more equality among masses, besides optimum utilization of local resources.

There are unlimited areas where cooperative based business can be run such as affordable school education, Cow Dung eco-friendly products,  local agriculture resources optimization, local industries based upon natural local resources available and Nature Healing centres to get rid of medicines and provide cheap health services.

 

b) Managing Relationship

Every society has people which have different levels of relating to others as per their intellectual levels.  As per Yoga Philosophy  (sutra 2.31) we should deal with them following ways to stay happy and peaceful and have a pristine state of mind :

  • Friendly People: Those who mix with you as friend and have good vibes deal with them with  loving kindness and friendliness.
  • Needy People: Intellectual, weak or poor, need your support. So,  give them compassion and support as per your means.
  • Masters/Gurus: These are masters/experts of their profession, give them due respect.
  • Non-Virtuous people: These are those you do not like. So maintain distance from them.

The above four classification is also applicable to communities and nations. The people/sect/society that is more troublesome in today’s world are radicals that want to dominate their religion and are ready to use violence. These elements are biggest enemy for mankind and have threatened the world peace thru terror and violence. Some nations want to expand their boundaries to have control over natural resources specially the fossil fuels and invest heavily on military and war weapons.

One way of dealing such individuals/ sects/ nations is by isolating them, cutting of trade and supplies. At individual level the people supporting radicalism should be isolated by considering them as threat to humanism and blocking relationship and trade contracts.

 

c) Decongestion of major towns

Most of the urban problems all over  the world are due to overpopulation, congestion and environmental pollution in   metro towns and other major towns. World needs  to de congest  the urban towns and shift future projects and development  in remote unoccupied areas, even if they are on difficult terrain or living conditions. The science and technology  should be used to make such areas habitable for mankind. Smart cities with eco-friendly systems, energy efficient, based on renewable sources of energy, should be developed. The research and development that is invested in war machines should be diverted for  harmonious  and peace solutions. Research on   Military  Science  and war machines has to be stopped  and money so saved  should be used for better innovations for mankind and nature conservation.

 

d) Unbiased New Uno

There is need to have new UNO, which is unbiased and does not grant any  veto power to any nation, big or small.  New UNO will give equal rights to all nations whether small or big. Decisions by UNO will be taken on majority votes.

Various global peace forums are active all over the globe for last many decades. It is better to unite all them under one umbrella. This joint group can put pressure on advanced nations to  cut down their annual military budget by  10 %  every  year and let those funds be used for  development of renewable energy and  fighting hunger in poor nations. The new UNO, if formed, will  also support disarmament by all nations.

Future wars are going to be due to scarcity of earth resources such as  fossil fuels, water  and food  insecurity. So science and technology must be developed to find better  alternate renewable resources . Budget of nations on military science should be diverted for renewable resources in a phased manner under directions of  effective UNO .

Regional conflict  groups should be formed to resolve local conflicts  through social activists  and experts.

 

By Ramesh kumar

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