Social upliftment, national security and rekindling righteousness

Contents

  • 1. Present state of the nation – nadir of deterioration
    • 1.1 Not a nation but merely a social group
    • 1.2 Western and Indian philosophy about progress
    • 1.3 Problems faced by the nation due to a raja-tama predominant lifestyle
      • An anxious and insecure day-to-day life of Indians
      • Tendency to form ‘unions’ for selfish ends
      • Unholy nexus between criminals, police and politicians
  • 2. Factors responsible for the nation’s plight
    • 2.1 Politicians
      • Unrighteous politicians
      • Immoral politicians
      • Dereliction of duty by the politicians
      • Varying facets of the politicians’ narrow-minded attitude
    • 2.2 Public
      • Not having a liking for Righteousness (Dharma) and morality (niti)
      • A cadaveric society that has lost it basic effulgence
      • Sorrowful state of the mentality of the society
      • Pitiable condition of social revolution
    • 2.3 Religious leaders of Hindus
    • 2.4 Danger posed by some Muslims and Christians to the nation
  • 3. Shortcomings in some prevailing forms of government
    • 3.1 Communism
    • 3.2 Capitalism
    • 3.3 Ridiculous democracy
      • Superiority of the majority over the minority
      • Non-certainty that the decision of the majority will be always correct
      • Not a democracy but a rule of elected representatives
      • Improbability of election of the most eligible candidate
      • Indian democracy being caught up in the web of dynastic rule
  • 4. Extraordinary significance of Righteousness (Dharma) and Spirituality in social life
    • 4.1 Origin and definition of ‘Righteousness (Dharma)’
    • 4.2 Non-duality between Righteousness and God
    • 4.3 Following Righteousness
    • 4.4 Spirituality alone is essential for holistic social development
    • 4.5 Existence of a nation depends on following Righteousness (Dharma)
  • 5. Pitiable present state of Righteousness (Dharma)
    • 5.1 Ignorance about Righteousness
    • 5.2 Misconceptions about Spirituality
      • Fear
      • Blind faith
      • Cheating
      • Oversmartness of so-called rationalists
      • Thoughts such as ‘of what use is it to us?’
      • Misconceptions about spiritual practice
    • 5.3 Malpractices occurring during religious festivals
    • 5.4 Using deities for commercial purposes
    • 5.5 Opposition to Righteousness
    • 5.6 Growing religious animosity
  • 6. Total revolution – the only remedy for the sorry state of the nation
    • 6.1 Destroying the evil
      • Evil politicians deserve punishment
      • Teaching every evildoer and his direct and silent supporter a lesson
      • Violence towards evildoers is non-violence itself as per the scriptures
    • 6.2 Turning society towards spiritual practice
      • Clarifying ignorance and misconceptions about Spirituality
      • Explaining the importance of Spirituality
      • Turning society towards Spirituality
    • 6.3 Revolution – a must from the viewpoint of spiritual practice
      • Spiritual practice is impossible with raja-tama pollution
      • Only the powerful can undertake spiritual practice
      • Spiritual practice for the sake of society is more important than individual spiritual practice
      • Test of spiritual progress
    • 6.4 Only warrior seekers (kshatravir) can bring about a revolution
      • Warrior seekers (kshatravir)
      • Indians are only worthy of being ruled over
      • The Lord’s support for the mission
  • 7. Ideal nation to be reinstated after the revolution – the Divine kingdom
    • 7.1 Indian definition of progress which is far superior to that of Westerners
    • 7.2 Evolution of the individual and society – the aim of restructuring the nation
    • 7.3 Who are the reinstators of the Divine kingdom?
      • Synonyms for the Divine kingdom
      • Restructuring the nation is not the task of politicians!
      • Only saints and seekers are capable of reinstating the Divine kingdom
    • 7.4 Path to the reinstatement of the Divine kingdom
      • Reinstatement of the Divine kingdom should not be based on emotion but on science (of Spirituality)
      • Not revolution but evolution is desired
      • We require co-ordination not compromise or opportunism
      • Uniting Hindus under the banner of social and national well being
      • How should the constitution of a nation be?
      • No elections
    • 7.5 Various aspects of the Divine kingdom
    • 7.6 Concern for the entire human race

Rule of righteousness – the only remedy for nation’s plight

Contents


1. Present state of the nation – nadir of deterioration

1.1 Not a nation but merely a social group

In the ancient times, the concept of a nation did not exist. Then clans, tribes, castes and communities had their independent existence. These constituents would not survive once their artificial or political external covering would get destroyed. As against this, a nation is imperishable; because a nation is a veritable result of human evolution. A nation is not merely an economic, political or administrative unit but is a lively, collective psychological unit. A nation has an inner life of its own. The principle of unity remains alive in the nation. This principle has a moral and spiritual base. A nation’s administration operates by exercising its authority on its constituent elements and in accordance with political convenience. If all the citizens of a nation are bound together by an internal unity, then such a nation never disintegrates or perishes.

If one contemplates about India on the basis of this definition of a nation, does India deserve to be considered a nation? The failure of powerful Hindu rulers to retaliate against invasions by Muslims in the ancient times, the heightened feeling of animosity among Hindu brethren, a handful of Englishmen being able to rule a massive Hindu empire, etc. all point towards the lack of internal unity among the Hindus. When such an administration which has not united into a Nation disintegrates, one cannot find any inner tendency in the society which can assist in rebuilding the external unity of the Nation thus leading to disintegration of the nation, e.g. partitioning of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Contrary to this, if a Nation whose people are bound by an inner unity, disintegrates due to any circumstances, an inner tendency to reunite is present therein, e.g. reunification of Germany. Our country is on the verge of further disintegration akin to how a single empire got partitioned into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Demand for an independent state of Kashmir is being made since several years. The separatist attitude of small North-eastern states like Asam and Manipur of separating from India, is gaining momentum since the last few years. Recently, independent states of Chattisgad, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal have been created from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Demand for an independent state of Vidharbha is also gaining momentum in Maharashtra. This is a result of lack of feeling of unity among the countrymen, an attitude of not making efforts towards achieving unity and external invasions which disrupt the social fabric of life. If the current situation of our nation continues in this fashion, then the day is not far off when it will cease to exist altogether.

Sir Winston Churchill, the then Prime Minister of Britain stated that India is not a nation but a disunited populace and that it is quite easy to rule over such a populace. It is regrettable that these remarks made 60 to 70 years ago, still hold good for India.

1.2 Western and Indian philosophy about progress

Westerners always equate progress with material progress. The definition of progress as per Indian culture (sanskruti) is far superior to that of Westerners. Indian culture mentions three inspirations namely sattva, raja and tama which inspire mankind. Raja-tama inspirations strive for material prosperity while the sattva inspiration strives to attain internal satisfaction. Indian culture certainly expected as much prosperity as is necessary to fulfill all one’s needs so as to obtain happiness but not so much as will prove an obstacle in attaining internal satisfaction. This culture accorded all the three inspirations their due position while considering the sattva inspiration as the predominant one. Unfortunately, over the period of time as the attitude of the Indians to blindly emulate Westerners gained a firm hold, Indians forgot this principle of attaining happiness put forth by Indian culture. Today, though Indians have made modern progress in fields such as science, technology on par with developed nations and have proved their intellectual prowess the world over; yet they have deviated from the sattva inspiration endowing inner satisfaction. Materialism refers to grossness. When man gets entrapped in materialism, the aim of attaining eternal happiness and satisfaction remains far from being attained. Consequently, the present lifestyle of Indians is filled with dissatisfaction, lack of peace, immorality and selfishness.

1.3 Problems faced by the nation due to a raja-tama predominant lifestyle

Corruption, selfishness, immorality, crime, poverty, social inequality, violation of human rights are the results of a raja-tama predominant lifestyle.

A. An anxious and insecure day-to-day life of Indians: One need not delve deep to understand how the entire social system is eroded by corruption. Even a study of the day-to-day happenings around us is sufficient. The first encounter with corruption when we get up in the morning is in the form of the milkman who brings adulterated milk. When we glance through the morning newspaper we get to read about massacres in Kashmir, clashes, riots at various places, rapes, etc. Hence, instead of a good morning our day begins with a bad morning. When we set out for office it is difficult to walk on the roads as the hawkers have encroached on the road and slum dwellers have occupied the pavements. If one sets out by bus then the conductor has no change! If one travels by rickshaw or taxi either the fare is not charged as per the meter reading or the meter displays higher fare. If we use our own vehicle, then we have to make do with adulterated petrol. If we visit any office then we find that everyone is corrupt right from the watchman to the I.A.S. officer, from the constable to the Director General of Police or from the ward boy to the chief medical officer. Corruption has now infiltrated all spheres including finance, judiciary, education, sports, etc. One now realises why India has a high rating amongst the world’s most corrupt countries and why it is said that 60% of Indians are corrupt. As one has to face such unpleasant events throughout the day, most people lead a life of distress and strife.

If we take into account Jammu-Kashmir and the North-eastern states, a gory picture of a populace terror-stricken with the inhuman acts of terrorism meets our eyes. The social scenario in Jammu-Kashmir has deteriorated to such an extent in the last ten years that it is impossible to carry out even the day-to-day activities. Here, setting out of the house at night is like inviting one’s own death. Even if someone is critically ill, he cannot be shifted to the hospital. As curfew is imposed at any odd hour, there is no guarantee that a person who has set out of the house will return home on time or whether he will reach home safely at all. Everyone goes through their daily routine under tremendous tension as at any time they may fall prey to gunfire, bomb blasts or be murdered. To add to it, the Indian government had declared an unilateral ceasefire against the terrorists with the aim of restoring peace in Kashmir. On account of this, the morale of the police, the Border Security Force and the army weakened while that of the terrorists received a boost. The terrorists’ belief that ‘We will conquer Kashmir’ has turned into a firm conviction. Prior to the formation of Israel, whenever Jews used to meet they would greet one another saying, “Let us meet in Israel next year”. Likewise terrorists now say, “See you in Kashmir next month!”. All this has made the local populace to totally lose its trust in its government. The people carry on their lives helplessly saying, “We have met with this fate because we are Indians.”

In short, the common man in the country has totally lost faith in political parties, people and worldly transactions. They are unable to find an alternative. The average man has become devoid of radiance and confused and is helplessly tolerating all the injustice inflicted upon him.

B. Tendency to form ‘unions’ for selfish ends: The various components of society are bound by unions or associations. An union thinks of only a small section of society and not of the entire society. Unions fight only for their rights but do not teach the workers to carry out their duties. The hooliganism of various workers’ unions is widely known. The present financial state of the nation is so bad that salaries of employees should actually be reduced. But in reality, the unions continually demand for a raise in the salary. In order to get their demand for a salary raise or some other similar ones fulfilled, the unions wield the weapon of strikes to hold the public and the nation at ransom. Those who give a call for strike which is against national interest in all aspects as well as those who lend their support to it, are all traitors in a way.

Union workers who come together only for selfish interests also lack foresight, e.g. 20 years ago when the Government thought of computerising the banks, workers’ unions strongly opposed the move claiming that it would result in increasing unemployment. Consequently, India lagged behind on the international level.

If one does not curb in time, this attitude of the workers of forming a union in order to extract maximum benefit, the future of the nation will become even more bleak.

C. Unholy nexus between criminals, police and politicians: Our countrymen have experienced their nexus on several occasions. Hence the public is confused as to who are the protectors of law and its saviour.


2. Factors responsible for the nation’s plight

2.1 Politicians

The holy text, Mahabharat 12.56.3 says ‘सर्वस्‍य जीवलोकस्‍य राजधर्म: परायणम्‌ ।।’ meaning ‘the code of Righteousness of rulers (rajadharma) alone is the great support of all living creatures.’ This illustrates the importance of a politician from the nation’s point of view.

A. Unrighteous politicians: No one need get confused whether unfavourable times or the rulers are the cause for the pitiable plight of the nation; as indeed the unrighteous rulers themselves are responsible for it. The Mahabharat says, ‘राजा कालस्‍य कारणम्‌ । (The ruler alone is the cause for the times.)’ The reason why our secular democracy is hailed today is because either the rulers have misconceptions about Righteousness (Dharma) or because their intellect is shrouded by unrighteousness. Only a righteous nation can be called humanitarian in the true sense. No nation can be devoid of Righteousness and certainly not India, because Righteousness is the very life of a nation and equality of all religions (sects) is the soul of Righteousness. Righteousness being the very life of a nation, a nation devoid of Righteousness is lifeless. When any nation’s constitution is based on Righteousness and not merely on psychology, the chances of deterioration of Righteousness are low. As a result, the probability of society and nation being affected by calamities is reduced markedly.

B. Immoral politicians: The moral values spoken about in politics is generally a farce. We encounter several examples of moral degradation of political leaders.

C. Dereliction of duty by the politicians: The duties of an administrator are twofold namely – those related to home affairs and those related to foreign affairs. The present day politicians do not fulfill either of these, that is they do not follow the code of Righteousness of rulers (rajadharma).

  • Not executing the duties related to home affairs
    • 1. Not looking after the subjects: Almost 50% out of the 1 billion population in our country is living below the poverty line. When the politicians are asked the reason for escalating poverty, they give evasive answers and attribute it to population explosion and illiteracy. These politicians who merely give slogans of ‘Do away with poverty’ do not take any stringent measures to eradicate poverty. Terrorism has wreaked havoc in Jammu-Kashmir and the North-eastern states of India. As a result even well-to-do families face a dire state. The politicians have totally failed to even protect their lives, let alone provide the basic amenities to the public in these states. So also, in times of natural calamities like floods or earthquake, despite having the entire administrative machinery at their disposal and receiving assistance from international organisations, time and again it is seen that the politicians have failed to provide the necessary timely aid to the victims of the calamity. Apathy towards public welfare and dereliction of duty are clearly the reasons behind this.
    • 2. Not protecting the subjects: The public has not only to face various crimes from robbery, dacoity, extortion, rapes, etc. but also malpractices such as extortion of money which are carried out openly during public celebration of religious festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, etc. Moreover, their incidence is increasing day by day; but the politicians have failed miserably in curbing these crimes.
    • 3. Failing to punish the evildoers: When hooligans from political parties themselves get elected as panchayat members to members of the Parliament, who will take punitive action against the evildoers?
    • 4. Failing to make the subjects follow the path of Righteousness (Dharma): This was never done by politicians since they themselves are unrighteous. As a result along with Righteousness, morality too deteriorated. Consequently, corruption and crime reached a peak.
  • Not performing duties pertaining to foreign affairs
    • 1. Not remaining on constant vigil: Always remaining alert about the enemy is an important aspect of national defence. From the time of India’s independence till date, enemies have attacked India on several occasions. The 1999 Kargil encounter is a recent example of this. This shows the lackadaisical attitude of our rulers with regard to the defence of our borders.
    • 2. Inefficient intelligence agencies: Several criminals, terrorists and pro-Pakistani Muslims from our country itself are harassing the Indian public and are causing tremendous damage to the country. Agents of Pakistan’s intelligence agency and some pro-Pakistani Muslims have even secured entry into the Indian Defence Forces right upto the Union Home Ministry. How will an intelligence agency which is incapable of procuring information about such people who pose a threat to national welfare, obtain information from countries abroad?
    • 3. Negligence about the armed forces: It is the duty of the politicians to see that our soldiers who defend the country by putting their very lives at stake, are provided with all the necessary amenities. How our politicians fail to even provide the minimum necessary equipment to our soldiers to fight against the enemy is clear from the Kargil experience. During the battle of Kargil, Indian soldiers had to fight without the special shoes to be used in snow!
    • 4. Failing to annihilate the enemy: It is a doctrine from the scriptures that if the enemy fights cunningly, then one too should retaliate likewise. Till today, Pakistan has committed several acts of aggression against India and Pakistan sponsored terrorists have brought about numerous massacres of Hindus in Kashmir; yet India maintains its image of a ‘peace loving nation’, trusts Pakistan’s offer of friendship and even declares an unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir against the terrorists! The politicians do not even realise that this encourages the enemy in a way.

D. Varying facets of the politicians’ narrow-minded attitude: One will have to regretfully say that administration is a sheer waste of human resources after seeing the narrow-minded attitude of the political parties and their followers.

  • One with personal ambitions and egoistic: Today’s leaders praise some social ideologies under the pretext of the welfare of society. Though they call themselves representatives of the people, in reality they only harbour personal ambitions. They become arrogant with the political, military and economic powers which they gain.
  • Power hungry: In the pre-independence era there was no competition for power because political leaders were assessed in terms of their sacrifice for the nation. After independence however, the culture of sacrifice was replaced by a new era of power struggle. In this lust for power and the fame and respect gained thereof, political leaders forgot the path of honesty and unknowingly began to harbour undesirable attitudes.
  • Absence of an expansive attitude: Since our political parties or leaders are oblivious of the problems faced by the entire country, they have proved totally inefficient before the great political powers in the world.
  • Extremely secretive: Elected representatives of the people open a front with likeminded people and juggle with the constitutional provisions to form a majority and execute transactions in secrecy like thugs.
  • Making use of national calamities to fulfill selfish motives: Our selfish leaders indulged in corruption in the purchase of arms and even in the purchase of coffins during the battle of Kargil.
  • Hooligans becoming political leaders: For some years after independence, elected representatives would make speeches after an indepth study on the matter and bring about interesting debates on the subject. Now instead there is pandemonium, slogan shouting, manhandling one another and destruction of property. The Speaker and the Prime Minister have to mete out punishment to control such members of the Parliament who waste precious time of the Parliament through their unruly behaviour. What can be more shameful for Indian democracy than all this?

The sorry state of affairs is that the public is yet unable to see through the hypocrisy of the political leaders as if hypnotised by them and blindly follows them.

2.2 Public

A. Not having a liking for Righteousness (Dharma) and morality (niti): There is no able politician in the country today who can make the public follow the code of Righteousness by setting an ideal before it by himself following Righteousness. Naturally according to the law, ‘As is the king, so are the subjects’, the people too have become negligent about following Righteousness. Our religion and culture are openly denigrated. Pictures denigrating our deities are printed on wrappers of fire crackers, boxes of sweets, newspaper advertisements and lottery tickets. Malpractices which taint religion are openly resorted to during religious festivals. Yet no religious sentiments are kindled in any citizen of the country. Not one is inspired to curb these acts which taint religion. This itself is the lack of Righteousness among the Indians.

The morality (niti) of society too is dwindling, along with Righteousness. It becomes necessary to understand the difference between Righteousness and morality. A quote from the Upanishad says, ‘Speak the Truth, follow the code of Righteousness (सत्‍यं वद, धर्मं चर)’. In this, ‘speak the Truth’ is related to morality while ‘follow the code of Righteousness’ is related to Righteousness. Morality is mainly at a psychological level whereas Righteousness is on the spiritual plane. Morality is a small aspect of Righteousness. Morality is relative to time, place and person whereas Righteousness is not. Righteousness does not undergo change according to time, place and person. The doctrine of Righteousness that if one offers one’s body, mind and wealth to The Lord, then one attains God realisation is an eternal truth.

Given below are a few reasons why Indians lack morality:

  • In the olden times, effulgent and towering personalities like Lokmanya Tilak and Svatantryavir Savarkar set an ideal before the society. Today, their place is taken by criminals, politicians, filmstars, sportstars, etc.
  • At home, parents do not set a proper ideal before their children. Hence moral values are not inculcated in the wards.
  • Growing influence of materialistic western culture on the society, with the advent of television.
  • No educational curriculum in schools, colleges or elsewhere encompasses the subjects of Righteousness (Dharma) and morality. It is only lately that schools have commenced moral education.

B. A cadaveric society that has lost it basic effulgence: There is a saying that ‘Society acquires politicians according to its worth’. The Indians themselves are responsible for acquiring such politicians who derelict their duties; as they alone elect them time and again. Should other nations have got such politicians then the public there would have revolted and overthrown them. This does not occur in India because of the cadaveric society, that is a mentality devoid of the code of Righteousness of a warrior (kshatradharma).

Most people have forgotten the latent potential within them and are totally oblivious of the might of social unity. At one juncture, Swami Vivekanand has said, “The drawback of our society is not that it does not set out to do a magnanimous task, but rather that it does not do what is within its reach.” It is only when every countryman is inspired to do something for the society, nation and Righteousness that a new divine consciousness will emerge within the nation, not otherwise.

C. Sorrowful state of the mentality of the society

  • Arrogance: We experience everyday how people behave arrogantly.
  • Absence of humanitarianism: No educated citizen comes forward to assist someone who is injured or is lying helpless on the road.
  • Absence of remorse about the darkest of deeds such as corruption: Formerly people would hesitate to do bad deeds due to an unknown fear. Today, not only is there no fear but people have become so insensitive that they do not even feel any remorse. Rampant corruption is taking the nation to its doom.
  • Desire for reservations: In the government departments, institutions, schools and colleges, 50% posts come under the reserved category while in some places it is over 50%. Many social groups are constantly trying for their inclusion in the ‘reserved’ categories.
  • Desire for salary increments and perks: Despite the government having a great financial burden, government employees are lavishly given perks. Despite this, employees are continuing to demand for hikes in salary and more privileges. In India, people do not think about sacrifice, but only about personal luxuries.
  • Greater significance endowed to number than to qualities: Today qualities are accorded a secondary status while attaching greater significance to numbers. Hence mob psychology is prevalent in India.
  • Erroneous philosophy: Nowadays human problems are looked at by forming wrong equations such as ‘farmers, labourers, tribals, villagers and the poor are virtuous and intellectuals, the rich and city dwellers are unrighteous’. Such philosophy is being propagated so that there is a clash between the various social groups.
  • Contradiction between actions and thought: Today, all over we see contrasting attitudes. On one hand people denounce amassing wealth but actually strive to amass it.
  • This is not culture (sanskruti), but perversion (vikruti): If the activities of the present day social workers and youth organisations and the cultural and religious programmes organised are observed then it can be said that today, culture has become a perversion.

2.3 Religious leaders of Hindus

The Yajurveda quotes, ‘वयं राष्‍ट्रं जागृयात्‌ पुरोहित: ।’ meaning ‘We Brahmans (priests) will perpetually remain vigilant about Righteousness (Dharma) and keep the flame of Righteousness burning in the country’. It is due to such Brahmans that is seekers knowledgeable in Spirituality, that the nation becomes enriched with culture and effulgence. Hence in olden times there were important positions such as Guru of the king (Rajguru), the royal priest in royal courts. In those days such extremely righteous evolved souls were a great support of the administration. But today however, there is lack of religious leadership in our country. Muslim priests such as mullas and maulavis preach in the masjids and Christian priests guide Christians in churches in all matters including religious, political and social matters. In Hindu temples however, Hindus do not get guidance even about religious issues, let alone acquiring social and political guidance. One sees only the priestly class practising the stage of ritualistic worship (karmakand) whereas some heads of hermitages (maths) run schools teaching Vedas which generate only mendicants and shelters for cows (goshala). Why have the Hindu religious leaders upon whom lies the responsibility of constantly keeping Righteousness (Dharma) intact, turned away from the society? The society itself is responsible for this. People want priests only at the time of performing ritualistic worship (puja), marriages and the last rites of a person. Otherwise priests are constantly criticised by the society. Due to this hatred by society, the priestly class which has some knowledge about Righteousness (Dharma) and fosters moral values, began to keep itself aloof from society.

2.4 Danger posed by some Muslims and Christians to the nation

Some Christian missionaries in the country foster separatist tendencies by resorting to conversions and social work. Increasing the number of followers of their sect through any means and obtaining benefits is the main intention behind the conversions. We should maintain our distance from such individuals who pose a threat to national interests and cause deterioration of Righteousness.

Ignorance, desire for money, duress and hatred are some of the reasons for falling prey to such conversions. During the British rule in India, people were converted to Christianity by saying that they had drunk water from a well in which pieces of bread were thrown. This was sheer ignorance. Even today the tribals (adivasis) are converted by exploiting their ignorance. The poor are converted by luring them with money. At times the conversions are carried out by force.

Some Muslims in India earn their livelihood here but are loyal to Pakistan. The society and the administrators have still not realised the danger posed by such Muslims. Although a thousand years ago there was not a single Muslim in India; yet they established the Mughal empire within a hundred and fifty to two hundred years of their coming to India. Presently there are 300 million Muslims in India; however 30% of them, that is 100 million are pro-Pakistani. The possibility of their ruling over India cannot therefore be denied.


3. Total revolution – the only remedy for the sorry state of the nation

3.1 Destroying the evil

A. Evil politicians deserve punishment: The main cause for the pitiable state of the nation are its evil politicians; so the only solution to this problem is to make the administration of politicians, ineffective by the rule of Righteousness (Dharma), that is by saints and seekers. Just as Shri Parshuram destroyed the evil monarchs which led to the establishment of the righteous rule of Lord Rama (Ramarajya), we too will have to establish a righteous kingdom. To achieve this, we will have to permanently eliminate the evil politicians along with their supporters.

B. Teaching every evildoer and his direct and silent supporters a lesson: It is essential to take action against every evildoer in society. It is insufficient to simply cut the trunk, the tree itself has to be uprooted.

C. Violence towards evildoers is non-violence itself as per the scriptures: Though there is a quote which says ‘अहिंसा परमो धर्म:’ meaning non-violence is the greatest virtue; yet as per the scriptures punishing an evildoer does not tantamount to violence.

3.2 Turning society towards spiritual practice

Clarifying ignorance and misconceptions about Spirituality

Explaining the importance of Spirituality: Every living being from the smallest insect or ant to the more evolved human being wishes to acquire the supreme quality of happiness continuously and constantly makes attempts to acquire it. Happiness which is continual and of supreme quality is called Bliss (Anand). The science which teaches how to acquire it is the science of Spirituality. After explaining the importance of this science to the society, many more shall turn towards Spirituality. Also, the excessive importance given to the physical sciences in the recent times should be reduced by explaining their limitations to the society.

Turning society towards Spirituality: Due to deterioration of Righteousness all over, social demerits have attained a peak. As narrated in the Purans all sorts of calamities which befall a nation and the pitiable state which it attains is because of unrighteous behaviour of its citizens which makes God Himself to send such disasters. Hence, if each one becomes righteous, then social merits will be augmented and the nation’s pitiable state will improve. For this, turning society towards Spirituality just like the individual is extremely essential. Presently out of the four pursuits of human life that is Righteousness (Dharma), acquisition of wealth (artha), fulfillment of desire (kama) and the Final Liberation (Moksha), only two pursuits, i.e. acquisition of wealth and desire are pursued in the political, economic and social spheres. Pursuit of Righteousness is the least among all these, especially in politics. In the present scenario, it is impossible to even imagine a relationship between the Final Liberation and social life. Hence righteous individuals and those conscious about the welfare of the nation should encourage the society to turn towards practice of Spirituality. It is essential that awareness is created in society that spiritual practice can be undertaken with respect to society and nation too just like internal spiritual practice. Sanatan launches campaigns about religious, legal, social issues, etc. as a part of spiritual practice. Through them the seekers are able to make individual spiritual progress while simultaneously working for social upliftment.

3.3 Revolution – a must from the viewpoint of spiritual practice

Spiritual practice is impossible with raja-tama pollution: To be able to undertake spiritual practice, one should have a healthy physical constitution and the surrounding atmosphere has to be sattvik (sattva predominant). If we study the present state of our nation, then one will realise the limitations of safeguarding each one’s life. Raja-tama frequencies are constantly being generated by the evildoers in society. How will we create a sattvik atmosphere with so much raja-tama pollution? For this, destroying the very evildoers who are responsible for generation of these raja-tama particles proves to be beneficial in all respects. Or else the entire society shall be destroyed. To protect oneself, the society and the nation at large, undertaking the spiritual practice of protecting seekers and destroying evildoers (kshatradharma sadhana) is inevitable. What we imply by a revolution is this very spiritual practice of protecting seekers and destroying evildoers.

Spiritual practice for the sake of society is more import¬ant than individual spiritual practice

  • Importance of individual spiritual practice and that for the sake of society according to time: Spiritual practice is of two types – individual (vyashti) and that for the sake of society (samashti). The former aims at individual spiritual progress and the latter at spiritual progress of the entire society. The importance of individual spiritual practice and that for the sake of society keeps changing according to time. Spiritual practice for the sake of society mainly includes spiritual practice of the Brahman (priest) and Kshatriya (warrior) classes. Spiritual practice of a Brahman involves preaching spiritual practice to the masses and guiding them on to the path of Self-realisation. Spiritual practice of a Kshatriya is destruction of evildoers to protect society and even sacrificing one’s life for that cause should the need arise. In the Satyayug there were no evildoers in society, there were only seekers with a sattvik (sattva predominant) temperament. As a result, there was only individual spiritual practice. Evildoers came into being with the passage of time. As their number went on increasing, the spiritual practice for the sake of society began to gain importance. In today’s times the importance of individual spiritual practice is only 30% whereas that for the sake of society is 70%.
  • When a seeker indulges in spiritual practice for the sake of society, his attention gets focussed on the spiritual practice, progress, spiritual experiences, etc. of others and gets freed from ‘I, my spiritual practice, my spiritual progress, my spiritual experiences’. This accelerates his spiritual progress.
  • Mere individual spiritual practice takes a seeker from the Muladhar chakra to the Brahmarandhra, in other words from the Great Illusion (Maya) to Brahman (God). With spiritual practice undertaken for the sake of society (samashti sadhana), while remaining in the Brahmarandhra, that is while remaining in communion with Brahman, if one descends to the level of Muladhar chakra, then one can obtain the spiritual experience of Brahman in the Great Illusion. One thus attains Absoluteness (Purnatva) in Spirituality faster. Lord Shrikrushna has set an example of this Himself.
  • The Lord is more easily appeased with a seeker undertaking spiritual practice for the sake of society than with one who is in a way selfish, that is one who undertakes only individual spiritual practice.

3.4 Only warrior seekers (kshatravir) can bring about a revolution

Warrior seekers who have an unparalleled combination of a selfless attitude, unity, intense motivation to undertake the mission and faith in The Lord: It is not an easy task to oust evil politicians. To achieve this, one will have to combat their ruffian party workers, the police force and the army under their command. Therefore, this is certainly not the work of selfish politicians. The people have experienced in the last 54 years after independence that despite granting opportunity to various parties to assume power, replacement of one politician by another does not bring about any change in society. Social workers and intellectuals try to bring about a social revolution, but their efforts meet with little success as such people are often lone fighters. It is said that in the Kaliyug, might is acquired only by remaining united (संघे शक्‍ति: कलौ युगे).

Only trained warrior seekers who are bestowed with the blessings of God and saints and are several times mightier than the powerful rulers, are capable of fighting them. In such seekers, the flame of penance is constantly burning. Other average followers are charged merely by being in their company. Only such warrior seekers who are united and are willing to sacrifice their body, mind, wealth and even their lives for the sake of the nation and Righteousness can bring about a revolution and emerge victorious.

The Lord’s support for the mission: Most social reformers and patriots proclaim “we shall do it”. On the contrary, seekers carry on their mission with the faith that ‘everything occurs according to God’s wish, He alone is the doer, I am nobody’; that is why God performs the mission for them. Social reformers attempt to lead society solely on the basis of morality; hence they are unsuccessful. As against this, seekers emerge victorious constantly because The Lord assists them in their mission. Saint Samarth Ramadas swami quotes,

The strength is in the campaign,
And the person who undertakes it,
However, in order to succeed,
He must have full faith in God. – Shri Dasbodh 20.4.26

To summarise, The Lord assists a devotee, not a patriot. It will be possible to reinstate a righteous, Divine kingdom enriched with divine consciousness only after a revolution is brought about by warrior seekers. We have already understood how a nation is unaffected by any crisis if it is constituted on righteous principles. That is why this holy text discusses the concept of reinstatement of such a Divine kingdom in greater detail. Details on national security is given in ‘Texts on Defence: Vol. 3 G – India’s Defence Preparedness’.

Why is paternal rule an ideal form of government in Divine kingdom?

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1. Shortcomings in some prevailing forms of government

1.1 Communism

Feudalism occurs when the sattva predominant attitude in man’s antahkaran (mind) is replaced by the tama predominant one. In this system, injustice is inflicted upon the downtrodden to procure worldly happiness for the self. Feudalism was prevalent for a great period of time. The average man was so suppressed with feudalism that he forgot the religious belief that happiness and unhappiness as well as riches and poverty were a consequence of the past deeds. People forgot that their own unhappiness was due to lack of love for one another, instead attributed it to inequality of wealth. It is to destroy this feudalism totally or rather to curb it that the philosophy of communism dawned.

The aim of communism was that everyone should be equally happy. However, equality is not seen anywhere in Nature, so obviously communism is unnatural. Even the five fingers of our hand are not alike, let alone the trees, birds and animals. As communism was unnatural, it led to a lot of unhappiness in society. If the concept of communism is delved into, then it is noticed that there is only proclamation of equality. Attempts to suppress an individual’s freedom (vyashti) for the sake of social equality (samashti) or meting out punishment to bring about equality can never succeed. Hence, communism never took firm roots in India. Today, communism in Russia and Eastern Europe has almost become obsolete. In China too, it is gradually decreasing in intensity.

1.2 Capitalism

Communism is meant for the society whereas capitalism focusses on the individual. In communism, the common man became unhappy as his individual life was devastated for the sake of society, whereas capitalism became so individual oriented that even the family structure did not last. Capitalism which is solely individual oriented, too will not last because it is only materialistic whereas true happiness is not obtained from experiencing material pleasures but from their sacrifice. ‘प्रापणात्‌ सर्व भोगानाम्‌ परित्‍यागो विशिष्‍यते |’ means sacrifice is superior to experiencing pleasures.

Both, individual and society oriented lifestyles made human life sorrowful because they were incapable of guiding man towards attainment of everlasting Bliss. As against this, in Spirituality the individual can obtain Bliss even by living in a socially conscious society which undertakes spiritual practice. Hence this is the ideal social structure.

1.3 Ridiculous democracy

If the democratic slogan ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’ is analysed in the context of the present Indian scenario, then it proves to be ridiculous. Some shortcomings of democracy given ahead and its degradation in India will illustrate this.

  • Superiority of the majority over the minority: People firmly harbour the notion that ‘democracy means taking all decisions based on a consensus by the majority’. Though taking decisions based on a majority vote simulates a true democracy, in reality it is not true democracy as it does not always guarantee the welfare of a majority of the people. Often there is permanent discrimination in society such as capitalists and labourers, Hindus and Muslims, Shiyas and Sunnis, Catholics and Protestants, etc. It is therefore but natural that some class will be in a majority. Thus this class will always dominate over the rest as decisions are taken by the majority vote. Hence in our country, vote banks exist even in the name of religious orders.
  • Non-certainty that the decision of the majority will be always correct: At times some decisions are taken without studying the topic adequately purely on the basis of majority. Consequently, they prove harmful to society.
  • Not a democracy but a rule of elected representatives: The injustice caused through decision making by elected representatives of the people and not by the people themselves is even more grave.
  • Improbability of election of the most eligible candidate: Today, in no country is there such a system through which one can be certain that a person or a group which is most chaste, most visionary or having the highest cultural values will come to power. On the contrary, the people electing the most eligible candidate have to be equally virtuous. A democracy can become successful only if the people are patriotic, selfless and rational. Our country on the other hand, has people who will vote for candidates who offer money and will provide rice at the rate of rupees two per kilogram! Besides, muscle power is also used during elections. People are psyched using slogans and won over with flowery speeches.
  • Indian democracy being caught up in the web of dynastic rule: After gaining independence, the first dynasty in power originated on a national level. This commenced with the Nehru-Gandhi family. This tradition of dynastic rule has now spread not merely to various states, but at the gram panchayat level too. The family members obtained indirect mileage from the leader who had acquired fame due to his work or his popularity among the masses. After the political tenure of that leader, the leader’s position or other political post began to be acquired by his wife, son, brother, etc. It is not conceivable as to how the standards of merit of that political leader are applied to his relatives who assume power subsequently. We will not come across such an ignorant society anywhere in the world which elects a candidate based on the fame of his family rather than his qualifications or his social work.

 

2. Extraordinary significance of Righteousness (Dharma) and Spirituality in social life

The word dharma (धर्म) has been derived from the root ‘dhru (धृ)’. ‘धृ धारयति’ means to bear, to support. ‘धरति लोकान्‌ ध्रियते पुण्‍यात्‍माभि: इति वा’ means Righteousness is that which sustains the people or that which is supported by evolved souls. Evolved souls support Righteousness implies that Righteousness has the sole support of evolved souls and saints. Shri Shankaracharya defines Righteousness in an expansive way thus – Righteousness is that which accomplishes the three tasks of bringing about the worldly and spiritual progress of every living being as well as keeping the social system in an excellent condition.

A. Non-duality between Righteousness and God: Sweetness is the quality of sugar. That which possesses the quality of sweetness is sugar. The relationship between God and Righteousness is akin to that between sugar and its sweetness which are inseparable. God is the righteous one and His quality itself is called Righteousness. Since God’s code of Righteousness cannot be varied ultimately there is only one code of Righteousness which is to bring about worldly and spiritual progress of all living beings and support the society.

B. Following Righteousness

  • The four pursuits of human life are Righteousness (Dharma), acquisition of wealth by honest means (artha), desire for physical and mental happiness (kama) and liberation of the embodied soul from the vast ocean of materialistic life, that is attainment of the Final Liberation (Moksha). By following Righteousness one acquires wealth, fulfillment of desires and attains the Final Liberation. Righteousness is not only useful in this world but also in the other subtle worlds too.
  • धर्म: एव हतो हन्‍ति धर्मो रक्षति रक्षित: | – महाभारत ३.३१३.१२८Meaning: The one not observing Righteousness is destroyed while the one following it meticulously is protected by Righteousness (that is God) Himself. – Mahabharat 3.313.128

C. Spirituality alone is essential for holistic social development:

  • Ideals placed by spiritualists before the society: The concepts of the other subtle regions, renouncing worldly life, becoming detached from society, meditation in seclusion, unconcern about the material world, etc. are generally associated with Spirituality. Hence, several revolutionaries and social reformers consider Spirituality as an attitude contrary to progress and as a type of escapism. Nevertheless, it would be improper to consider Spirituality as basically antisocial, as time and again spiritualists have placed high ideals before society and appealed to the society to strive towards that ideal. Some such examples are Swami Vivekanand and Yogi Aurobindo.
  • Balanced social structure is possible only by adopting the principle of pure Hinduism: Hinduism means undertaking spiritual practice. Pure Hinduism is the very foundation of our nationalism. People who think only about their own selfish interests are termed as sinners and thieves in Spirituality. Vedic doctrines state that God exists among all living beings. Could there be a better balanced social structure than this? This itself is the social system based on principles of Hinduism which our ancestors have referred to as the principle of socialism.

D. Existence of a nation depends on following Righteousness (Dharma): A society comprises of people with varying qualities, defects and temperaments. Several social groups are formed on the basis of language, culture, region, lineage, etc. The collective union of all these social groups is referred to as a nation. A nation is a living, collective psychological unity whose eternity depends on its moral and spiritual base.

Only a nation which has blended totally with Righteousness, becomes wealthy and eternal: A nation is the very soul of society. If the society becomes devoid of the soul then it will certainly be doomed. Hence social life is entwined in the longevity of the nation. We can refer to the nation as divine because it is a true creation which is eternal. Righteousness is the very life of such a nation and it attains eternity only if social life is based on Righteousness. All the countries in the world which are effulgent follow Righteousness. However, sorrow is mounting there because simultaneously they are becoming as materialistic as they are righteous. Though the life of these nations is Righteousness, since it is not divine it is not pure. It cannot therefore be called Righteousness because eventually the basic characteristic of Righteousness is to impart the spiritual experience of Self-realisation. Such a non-divine nation is destroyed over the passage of time. When the entire human race follows Righteousness, there will be only one nation on the face of the earth, as in the Satyayug. Then there is non-duality between the nation and Righteousness and only such a nation becomes eternal.

‘On realising that a nation’s happiness is a result of observance of Righteousness, the nation wherein those following Spirituality can live without obstacles becomes righteous and consequently becomes prosperous. Thus it never faces a crisis. Such a nation never perishes and this itself is the secret of universal peace, is what our Aryan culture preaches.’ – H.H. Kane Maharaj, Narayangaon, Pune district, Maharashtra


3. Reinstatement of Divine Kingdom

The Western concept of progress is to try to find materialistic means to achieve greater happiness. That is why only intellectual, political, social and economic spheres are the fields of their progress. The greatness of such nations is judged from their economic or military might. Contrary to this, our worldly and scientific progress will be based on spiritual tenets. We want worldly happiness but just as much as to fulfill our personal needs. However, attainment of eternal Bliss, that is God realisation will be the ultimate aim of our lives.

3.1 Evolution of the individual and society – the aim of restructuring the nation

The true medium of progress is always the individual. It is the individual who obstructs the progress of the entire society. Progress, growth, realisation of the expansiveness of life all endows man with supreme happiness. Peace and health are both dear to society. So long as a nation is not acquainted with its soul and social life simply means material and economic unity, till then there is always a conflict between the individual and the society. It is necessary that one analyses the nature of this conflict. Self-reliance on one hand and expansiveness on the other are the two seemingly mutually opposing aspects of the fulfillment of individual life. That is precisely why man revolts against social circumstances which encroach on his individual freedom and progress. Just as he does not accept the control of one social class on another, so also he does not accept the control of society over him. The conflict between an individual and the administration too, is of a similar nature. On one hand, the ideal of complete development of administration and its dominance upon the individual is before us whereas on the other, the ideals of unrestricted freedom, Absoluteness (Purnatva) and progress of the individual lie before us. Time and again we see a constant duel between a radiant personality and the administrative machinery.

For holistic growth of the individual and society, establishment of cordial ties between them proves essential. The individual can bring about his development by using his body, mind and intellect to lead a life which fulfills his mission, duties, knowledge, discrimination between right and wrong (vivek) and faith. Similarly, the society can use its social, economic and political systems to achieve progress in the fields of philosophy, education, planning, law, international relations, arts, knowledge, literature, Righteousness (Dharma), morality (niti) and organisation in an appropriate manner, to foster a pleasant environment conducive for a progressive life through the development of a culture and tradition. These objectives are fulfilled by an interaction [sacrificial fire (yadnya)] between a progressed individual and a developing society and can bring about true happiness. This is the very aim of our mission of restructuring the nation.

3.2 Who are the reinstators of the Divine kingdom?

Only saints and seekers are capable of reinstating the Divine kingdom.

Importance of undertaking spiritual practice: A seeker will require an expansive and analytical intellect to comprehend the situation in the mission of reinstatement of the nation. The sattvik (sattva predominant) intellect is of this very nature. Along with this, to realise future events in the world, one will require a seer who can foresee the future. Seekers who can foresee the future to some extent by crossing the barrier of time are themselves seers.

The Lord assists only a seeker in reinstatement of the Divine kingdom: ‘The Lord does not incarnate when the nation is in a crisis or comes under a foreign rule. He incarnates only when His devotees are harassed by evildoers. That is precisely why we Indians should become His devotees. Only then will we be able to fulfill our dream of reinstating the Divine kingdom with the blessings of The Lord. Otherwise it will be just impossible !” – H.H. Kane Maharaj, Narayangaon, Pune district, Maharashtra

Only seers are able to lead a nation: We remember dictators like Aurangzeb and Hitler because of the inhuman atrocities which they have inflicted upon mankind. Consequently, we unknowingly tend to equate a dictatorial regime with cruelty, injustice and tyranny. But the ideal of paternal rule for the benefaction of the people (pitrushahi) laid down by rulers like King Dasharath, Lord Rama, Lord Krushna in the ancient times and King Shivaji in the recent times is remembered and is revered.

3.3 Path to the reinstatement of the Divine Kingdom

Reinstatement of the Divine Kingdom should not be based on emotion but on science (of Spirituality): The restructuring of the Nation should be as perfect as the science of Spirituality. Only then will it last for at least a few centuries. The restructuring done on an emotional level gets destroyed in a few years as in communist Russia.

Not revolution but evolution is desired: The problems faced by our Nation are so difficult and deep-rooted that many feel ‘there is no alternative to a revolution’. India’s history and tradition however testify that our life is more suitable for evolution rather than revolution. Evolution and rejuvenation are based on life. They do not cause devastation of life or property, rather uplift them. One can bring about evolution only through the practice of Spirituality. It is therefore essential that we preach about Righteousness (Dharma) in society.

Uniting Hindus under the banner of social and national well being: Only Muslims have the capability to unite under the banner of religion, not Hindus. To unite Hindus an emotional base is required. Social and national problems prove useful in this context. Hindus who come together for this cause will later unite for the purpose of Righteousness (Dharma) as well.

How should the Constitution of a nation be?: We do not want a Constitution written on the inappropriate lines of Western constitutions which are devoid of moral values and have only law and not God as the focus of the social system. The Constitution should be written taking into consideration the main objective of a Constitution of propagating Righteousness among the subjects so as to make the attitude of the entire society sattva predominant. In fact, the Constitution should be based on holy texts such as the Ramayan, the Mahabharat and the Shrimadbhagvat. Such a Constitution will ferry across not only India but all other countries on the face of this earth.

No elections: Elections have absolutely no role to play in Indian culture. Since majority of the people in the society are average people, they do not know what is real happiness. Hence elections have no importance. If it is decided to find the worth of a jewel or a beautiful piece of art, what is the use if thousands of blind men are brought to do it? Only one with vision will be able to pass a proper judgement. This is an example of gross vision. One who is blessed with gross vision and the vision of knowledge will be able to come to a better conclusion. However one who possesses the vision of Righteousness will be the best judge. Only seekers who possess the vision of all these three types will be able to provide the best leadership to the country.

3.4 Various aspects of the Divine kingdom

  • Financial: ‘धर्मेण अर्थ:’ means acquiring wealth by righteous means and not by corruption.
  • Educational: Education to realise God. Universities of Spirituality will have to be established at various places for this purpose.
  • Health: 80% of man’s physical, psychological, financial and other problems occur due to spiritual reasons. They can be overcome or alleviated by undertaking spiritual practice. Hence stress will be laid on the practice of Spirituality.
  • Judiciary: Judges will be seers in the Divine kingdom. Hence present day issues such as being deceived by lawyers, hearings getting delayed for years together, getting cross-examined, appeals being made in higher courts, etc. will not occur in the Divine kingdom. Whether the accused is present or not, the judges will know the truth and give an instant verdict.
  • Art: Fostering of art will not be merely for its sake rather it will be practised to realise God. This shall be the basic principle behind learning art.