I: The Fearful yet Courageous
CHIDANAND RUPA SHIVOHAM SHIVOHAM
There are things which are directly related with life and the demands of the modern day society, and these things, money, wealth, fame, power and position, are not only in the individual only but also stretches its blanket in shape of nations too, and it becomes so difficult to determine which is driving who, as is it the growth of the nation which is driving its habitants or its the vice versa. The author along with its wise readers would like to plunge into, and try and discover what is it that is driving the society to these things and whose impact is such, that even the people who are languishing, are finding it difficult to meet their own pace, and there is void of sense of life itself.
The author mentioning its purview (in its previous articles) on how sense of money, fame, wealth, power and so on and so forth has squeezed the essence of being “alive” and being “performing” has taken over, and we have discussed on how and what are the things which are gained by having all of them ( if possible), and the sense of “greed” is said to be driving all these things, but what is it which is driving this “greed” which is making the mind perform in combative state, the author to its wise readers would like to pose this question and together we shall discuss on “decoding” that thing which is the “root” as we have already distinguished the “branch” of it, the “greed”.
What is it which is making is do more and more, may it be in society or so called religious permutations, the thing which is there in each one of us, may it be the master or the disciple. Lets try and figure it out by an virtue of an example, whenever a lion chases a herd of deer in a jungle, all the deers of that herd start running in the direction in which the first one has started running, and even those deers run in the same direction who are at a safe distance from the chasing lion, but due to their run they tend to close up the distance between them and the predator, eventually one of them falling as prey in chase, which leads up to the summary that it is the set pattern as decided by the leader which often leads to one falling prey. If we extend this example in our so called societal life, where there is a person who happens to be the leader in the parameters of the things mentioned above, and this leader when takes up any course for its journey, then the rest of the society (may be unknowingly) tends to follow it and starts behaving in the same manner as the leader is. To elaborate further and put across the point more clearer, the smaller corporates imitate the bigger corporates and these bigger ones are aping the ones who are larger in volume, so if there is a trigger in one of them, all rest of them (without realising if it is affecting them) tends to behave in the same manner and the endless and uncontrolled chain reaction starts.
But what is the that makes the herd of the deer or triggers the companies or the individuals, is the question, what is the sense which all of a sudden has taken over the achievements of the previous day look trivial, have we really tried to discover it? Isn’t it the sense of fear, the fear of being eaten by the lion ( as in case of herd of the deer) or entire wealth being nullified by the changing markets (in case of corporates) or change in policies by the government ( which itself is changing policies with the fear of loosing its earnings in form of revenue from the corporates) or the individual languishing for more and more with the sense that its present earnings wont be sufficient to cater during the rough times. Irrespective of the position on the ladder, the baby of fear is being carried in the cradle by everyone. This sense of fear not only restricts itself to money, fame, wealth and all that, but also is riding on personal levels, the fear of loosing ones spouse ( that why in most of the cases there is espionage done), fear of loosing the child ( by keeping check on kind of company it plays with) and in both of the last examples, the presentable veil of “caring” is wrapped, which again is due to the fear, that the other shouldn’t realise the truth of “no faith”, which can again create more “fear” of parting from one another, to add to already overflowing list of “feared” relations the religious masters have introduced the “fear” of GOD (if such thing is there, and who has no other work and is always monitoring you and gets angry if you don’t pray or don’t act in the manner as told by his managers, tout would be too brutal the face of truth).
In the Vedas (parent scripture for meditation), enshrined are the ways in which, where the person realises itself ( which the author would not be able to express, as it is not possible expression for hunger in words), and embarks a defined boundaries within itself and the society, it doesn’t remotely means renunciation, but instead the realised being is always part of the society, but is never entangled into its labyrinth, and there is no run for the oasis. The profound teachings in the Vedanta, provide the individual with the tools, in which one is able to excavate the emotions of distress, by laying pragmatics of “self” from the societal wants, which can be understood by taking a few admonitions as expressed in them for being in “blissful” state. The very nature of the societal virtue are undermined and challenged in the vedas, the virtues of donating from ones earnings, being lonely during the periods of preaching/chanting, wearing non gaudy clothes and so on and so forth. These all are contradictory to the way the society is leading the way of living in which grasping more than ones need, is being preached, the author is quite certain, that by explaining these processes, the Vedanta, is laying out easy path for the individual to get over the sense of “fear” (which is the root for greed and all other things), as it is showing by picture, that you don’t have to fear for food ( as you have acted in a manner to provide it with food) don’t worry about money (as you have acted, and given part of your earning as donation), and further elaborates the path of the person towards ultimate “bliss” which is independent of the body GODS in hindu school of thought, Buddha in Buddhism, Jesus in Christianity, prophet Mohammad in muslims, are all examples of that state of bliss which is independent of the body, as all of the these don’t have a body, but are “felt” to be existing ( by their followers). The author would like to leave its wise readers to think, is the sense of “fear” worth wasting the “life” for?
CHIDANAND RUPA SHIVOHAM SHIVOHAM