Today’s times are tough times..
Specifically talking about growing cities and also established mega and metro cities.
Slowly and gradually we have moved to living life which has ‘I’ at the Centre.
Without realising it WE have become self (I) centred…
Just keeping SELF as Focal Point in ………. our individual likes …………….. life style.. fashion… literature .. gadgets ……… feminism ……… rituals… even parenting and social work .. everywhere ME is ruling.
So everyone is shouting………
I can not be questioned..(kids)
I can not be restricted….(feminists)
I need not to be regulated (liberal)
I should not be judged (public figures)
I may not be intellectual and will frighten you (godman)
I will loot you (businessman)
I will confuse you (intellectual)
I will break up with you 😢
In all this I Me Myself we seldom think that in India..in long forgotten past..our ancestors had done पुरुषार्थ to create a Family System…a Marriage System..a Gurukul System..all keeping group as Unit of Universe and not 1 Person.
If you look at their original intention ..you will be astonished to find that in a very subtle manner they created a way of life which had the capability to inculate values within humam beings…
To have a Family
To live in Community
To Rise as a Nation
To put WE ahead ME.. .. by creating Institutions where Duties or धर्म was more focussed then Rights
Psychologically, it fullfiled many nascent needs of human being .Love Care Support Encouragement Fun etc. and gave Emotions a positive direction..
Materialistically, it started Agriculture and Trade which helped us progress..
The result was a CULTURE.. or संस्कृती which culminated into astounding achievements . For example Vedic Culture, Greek Culture, Egyptian Culture, Roman Culture.
I was fortunate to join one such contemporary devotional family of millions …स्वाध्याय परिवार which is based on similar principles and has recreated a succesaful alternative society having such system ( but thats a different topic and not to be shared but needs to be personally experienced)
Being part of it, I learned about our Cultural and Philosophical beauty ..beauty in Thoughts, Actions and Speech..
If you go and live in small cities or village for reasonable period you can feel what our sages have built…….
– Family Values to take care of other in good and bad times
– Marriage and other संस्कार … 16 to be precise …. to elevate mankind from mere material living..
– Keeping Spirituality and God at the centre ..daily routines were divided as धर्म अर्थ काम and मोक्ष
– Keeping balanced Life in mind Ashram System came into functioning.. i.e. Student, Married, Forest dweller and Sanyasi..
All of this was done to keep at centre WE the Humankind living as वसुदैव कुटुम्बकम ।
With advant of Science and Technology are not we again rolling back to what I said initially.. only I ..I… and I as everything …
How that happened & How Much of what I said is true.. I leave it upto you to think and ponder…(so much I again..)
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