Prof (Dr) Sohan Raj Tater
CHILDREN renouncing selfish desire is the highest state of renunciation. When such divine state is achieved one dedicates oneself to the service of mankind. Only a selfless person is worthy of leading the mankind. A selfless person belongs to no particular nation, religion or culture. Such a selfless person is a citizen of the world. Let us follow selfless person for achieving one world dream.
The basic teachings of all religion are same. Prophets of all religions have stressed upon the need of knowing and realising the God by following his teachings. Vedas say, for wise people, the entire humanity is but one family. Ramayana preaches God is present in all human beings. The Gita teaches, “Be involved in the good of all humanity.” According to Jainism “Do not indulge mind, body and speech in the evil of all other creatures.” According to Islam, “O God! give prosperity to all humanity.” According to Guru Granth Saheb, “All humanity has sprung from light of one source i.e. God.” Bible teaches, “Love thy neighbour and the world is but family.” All religions give the same divine message of unity of God. All schools should, therefore, teach children to follow the teaching of all prophets From the first day in school, a child should learn that God is one, religion is one, humanity is one.
The simple truth is that every one of us belongs to this universe and the universe belongs to us. All the human beings are small part of this great universe. Then why this disunity, why this mutual hatred. Why this mutual suspicion? According to Vedic philosophy, God conveyed his message through his messengers that we are all his own creation. Does this message not enjoin us to live in unity, peace and harmony? We all are equal in his eyes. Why should we then create differences and manipulate things to act against God’s design? The time has arrived when we should come close to each other for realising the one world dream.
Every creature of globe wants to live and no body likes to die. Therefore no one has any right to destroy or harm any other living being. Jain ethics believes non-violence means universal truth. There is only one caste namely manhood. Jainism teaches us “Attainment of total freedom from the cycle of birth, life, pain, misery, death and achieving the blissful state of one’s pure self, unity, tolerance, non-violence, truthfulness, chastity. Complete detachment from people, places and material things” Lord Mahavira’s teachings are to highlight the importance of practicing unity, non-violence and giving up anger, egoism, deception, greed and similar vices to be able to attain salvation.
There are countless persons or organisations in the world who advocate world peace and world unity. Our forefathers were great visionaries for advocating world peace and world unity. Therefore, they incorporate Article 51 in the Constitution of India to enjoin the Government to work for the unity of mankind in the spirit of our ancient belief of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Taking a cue from this Article of the Constitution of India we should try to build a global opinion for formation of a World Parliament and World Government, so that the entire world become one country and the mankind its citizens. All wars will come to an end when the World Government is framed. The existing stockpile of nuclear weapons will be destroyed by the World Government thus formed. A new era of everlasting peace will then prevail on earth, ushering in a new civilisation. Come, let us all join in this World Government movement. Humanity will forever remember India for bequeathing to it the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.