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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Man of Gold

This is a law of nature - the thing that has a weight comes down towards earth. Steam, gas etc. that are weightless go up and vanish in the air. As the things become heavier, the faster they move down according to Newton 's law of gravitational force. Same law is applicable in cosmic system and systems of nature too. If a tree is full of fruit, its branches will bend down. A man whose soul is full of gravity and values will be very much down to earth, generally walks with his eyes down – he can be easily ‘bent’, changed.

One real incident I want to share with HT readers. Last month while going to my office, I saw an old Sardarjee, who parked his car on the side of the road, digging out some dust from kacha side of the road. I watched. He picked up a handful of dust, walked to the middle of the road and sprayed the dust over the mobil oil which was spread on the road. He covered the oil so that no one skids.In that traffic was moving but not a single person showed any concern or took note of the sagacious Sardarji.

Sardarji did all this for others – so that no vehicle should skid and no one should injured. He showed me the way of dharma, duty and how to value other lives.

According Rigveda, the universal truth propounded explains the universal order of life in 3 planes:

Internal (of the soul or self)

External (of the body in terms of dharma or worldly life)

Spritiual (of onbe being’s link with the cosmos)

This Sardarji taught me the 2nd universal order of life. Hitopadesa says – “Good men are like gold – difficult to break but easy to mend and bend.”

Kamal Wadhwani
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Legalizing Animal Instincts

India is a hot country. Our customs and our practices accordingly require people living in an ordered society to regulate sex. Our shastras, Vedas and other holy books guide us to restrain sexual indulgence up to the age of 25. But it is very strange that high court has legalized homosexuality. Unnatural sex and unrestrained indulgence in sex destroy civilizations.

Go back to the Bible. In the Old Testament, we are told that the cities of Sodom and Gomorhea – note the names – were destroyed by the wrath of God on account of immoral ways of the people. And the ancient Persians hated the Greeks because they practiced homosexuality and lesbianism – there was an island Lesbos – and through successive invasions were instrumental in ending the high Greek civilization.

Our society for the last 5000 years has survived because it is founded on values. Three cardinal values are – niyama, a preferred way of doing things, sanyama, individual and social restriant and shraddha, respect for things/people/values/society.

It is unfortunate that the country’s official policy since 1950 has promoted the opposite of these values – freedom to do what you want to do, indulgence and an absence of respect for age, knowledge and values. Our society will undergo a cataclysmic conflict between the India governed by English knowing westernized, urban elite and the mass of people – what form it takes and when, we don’t know but an ancient civilization that has faced so many challenges will not give up.

How can a judge say that moral values of a society are not the basis of law. Then what is the basis? A borrowed constitution? Animal instincts?

This philosophy has inbuilt destruction. Open display of vulgar sexuality on the roads, media and official support for all this – this is the road to ruin.

The best way is to let unnatural practices be just as we let gutters be. But we do not open up the gutters and glamorize them.

We are in trouble because all the rulers – politicians, officials, media persons – have been educated in an educational system that as a matter of policy excludes the intellectual texts of our civilization and feeds them on the diet of an alien culture with the result that those who come out of this system are at best ignorant and at worst have contempt for their own culture. They are driving this society.

Last week I was watching the debate on India TV on this issue. One of the debaters, a doctor said to Baba Ramdev that he does not know about science and human psychology. Is the doctor aware of what India has over thousands of years explicitly said about sexuality, normal and deviant? Or is he wiser than all the thinkers and texts that are till today object of deep study in major western universities?

Are we animals? Will we go on to legalize all animal instincts – violence, revenge?

But I think we are not in an age where thinking is popular or respected.

Kamal Wadhwani
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