Monday, 30 March 2015

कृण्वन्तो विश्वम् आर्यम् । We will make the whole universe noble.

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Together with such systems, we have also lost certain good qualities of life. Our philosophical and secular literature is full of evidence which shows that the ancients had immense self-confidence in them. कृण्वन्तो विश्वम् आर्यम् । We will make the whole universe noble. was their vow.
Eknathji says, they had such immense trust in themselves that if they desired and decided, they could do and undo things. They declared the immortality of the soul and accepted the potential divinity of each soul, thus facing death boldly with as great a joy as one would change the old clothes and take new ones. What grief is there and why weep when one changes the garments? We are born and therefore we must die, and die not eternally but die to be born again with a new body with all the vigour and luster for a fresh life.

Eknathji further explains, they ancient seers developed the theory of 'reap as you sow' and therefore, the future of every individual, was not the idiosyncrasy and the fanciful will of any superior master or overlord, but it was in his hands. But we have lost that. If anybody, by this efforts and firm will achieves greatness, we immediately attribute the same to his being a superhuman being, because we have lost all self-confidence in ourselves and we want to conceal the inferiority complex and the diffidence. The great man is immediately turned into an avatara and we try to escape the responsibility of emulating the outstanding and ideal qualities of the person.

Swamiji rightly observed, "He is an atheist, who does not have faith and confidence in his own self." We have to revive that potentiality and self-confidence. 

Eknathji emphasis, Fearlessness is another superb quality which we have lost. Such enormous youth power we have, but it is wasted as our youths are chicken-hearted. There is no sense of adventure, we are terribly afraid of death. We speak of high principle but live just the contrary. Our concepts, beliefs and faiths move in one direction and our stream of life flows just in the opposite direction. It's a very brave and fearless philosophy of our ancients, but we have forgotten it, and live a pitiable life.

Eknathji conclude by saying, We must remember the glorious past of our ancients and must make bold to revive all those ideal virtues and values of life which we have lost and forgotten.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Organisation

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

In the book 'Basics and Dynamics of Organisation', Mananeeya P Parameswaranji  brings out clearly as to how India was organised even till the dawn of British period. He says : Every organisation has got that central theme around which all these things revolve. Mananeeya Eknathji emphasises this point that we were one of the most well organised society. This organised condition continued even till the British period. Even during the Moghul period, the Muslim period, these organisations did exist. They performed their duties. May be there were problems, challenges, difficulties, lack of finance, lack of governmental support, rather opposition from the government. But with all that, these things were maintained even during that period.

But then, during the British Period, knowing our strength lies in these various institutions, they interfered with every system, every vyavastha and made us feel dis-organised. Mananeeya P Parameswaranji very succinctly brings out this fact. He says : The blow came during the British period. It was at two different levels. One, at the open level - taking away the financial support and making them almost incapable of surviving. The other was that systematically they made people lose faith in these institutions. People were told that these institutions were backward, not modern enough, not conducive to the situation of the present age. So these must go. They are irrelevant. They are outdated. They have no role to play. Our education system was replaced by the western education system. Every sphere met with the same fate: the faith that sustained these institutions was removed. Once the faith was lost, only the shell remained. Moreover, in the name of all kinds of reforms such as land reforms, the economic support was also withdrawn. The whole structure collapsed. That is how the organised structure in every area of life crumbled during the British period.

There was need for restructuring, or innovating, or creating something new. Towards the end of the British period, this was more particularly felt. That was what Swamiji meant when he said that we have to create an organised condition. Not that we never had it, but much of it had crumbled. It had lost connection with the life current of the people. New institutions had to be evolved.


Organisation is in our blood

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya P Parameswaranji gives us examples to make us understand how we had organised life of our own style. He says : Sri Aurobindo has taken up this question in his 'Foundations of Indian Culture'. Towards the end where he deals with the question of Indian polity, he examines it threadbare and says how we had a very scientific and a very well ordered organised existence. He has explained in detail. Even foreign scholars have recorded their observations that Indian polity has been one of the most well organised systems in the whole world. Our Panchayat Raj for example. But for this Panchayat Raj, our country would have been smashed to smithereens by these foreign aggressors. We were able to withstand all these onslaughts because of the powerful existence of the Panchayat Raj, which are called the republics, the village republics of India. They survived through all these ages.

Take a look at the Shankara Maths. The Math was established by Adi Shankaracharya, may be in the eighth or ninth century, even according to calculation by Western scholars. Even today they continue to exist as powerful and inspiring centres for social, cultural and religious guidance of the entire society. Such wonderful stamina they have!. Take the temples, for example. Party offices are set up yesterday. They collapse today. But temples continue through the ages. Even in the most decadent form, somebody will light a lamp there. The continuity is maintained. Sometimes they fall on evil days but again they recover. Through ups and downs, the continuity is there. So there is an organisation. There have been many studies on it, many of us have also read about them. Similarly temples. There are temples confined to one village. There are temples which are meant for a group of villages. There are temples which are for the whole nation.

There is an intricate web of relationship. The society is interwoven with all these institutions. A very marvellous system of organisation has been there in all these spheres. Hence we know organisation is not something that is new to us. Organisation is in our blood. What is more, that organisation is according to our own necessity, of our own type! We have given the organisational structure, the ethos, the inspiration from our own view of life, our own spiritual mission of reality.