Prof (Dr) Sohan Raj Tater
The joint family system of India is an example of unity in diversity. In most Indian homes it is normal to see a family living together with the grand parents. They are of different ages, yet they are all united and happy. All this is due to the great teachings of our religion. Hinduism believes in universal unity and happiness. As one of its prayer says, “May all be happy.” That is why a number of religions, so may races live in unity in diversity in India. The Hindu system of Varnashram dharma and the four Purushartha reinforce unity as well. They are meant for the proper development of society. Sri Krishna himself made it clear in Bhagavad Gita that a person’s action determines his caste. The message of Bhagavad Gita is addressed to all men without distinction. The famous law of ‘karma’ and ‘rebirth’, the concept of immortality of the soul give hope and light, peace and solace to people of all castes, creeds and religions. It is considered a universal gospel.
Peace and harmony in the world will come through brotherhood and love. With true enlightenment a person rises above the level of boundaries of race, religion, language or nation. Unless our mental horizon and perception is broad we cannot achieve success in life. Due to our ignorance we are trying to establish the superiority of our own race and religion. The cause of today’s dangerous situation is the ignorance of mankind . It is by understanding the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam that world peace can be ushered in this world. Today the world is on the verge of total destruction. Every country in the world, in the name of peace and self defence, has accumulated weapons of mass destruction. But through such weapons peace cannot come in this world. In this dangerous situation respect for all religions and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam can usher peace in this world.
India is a land where the ideal of unity in diversity has existed for long. A variety of religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikkhism, Islam and Christianity flourish here. The Hindu religion itself is made of many creeds like Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism. This clearly gives us an idea of unity in diversity existing in the heart of Hindu religion. India is a world in itself for its diversity.
Outcome of spirituality: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
The aim of life should be to realise God and follow his teachings. We should think twice before we act so that our actions do not cause misery to others. Let us dedicate the rest of our life to the service of God. The best service to God is service to society. Let us turn our own self-interest into public interest. Selfless actions are the actual prayers to God. Hatred in society has caused immense harm to society. Worship is that which inspires us to perform a good deed, worship is that activity which makes others happy. Worship is that which provides succour to the needy.