We have seen a tremendous change in life and lifestyle of everyone since last few decades. The advancements in technology with the use of automated machines, vehicles, computer and information technology based equipment and software have given a new dimension to life. It is fascinating to see changing external world without much physical strenuous work, high speed; everyone is striving for asset creation. However, in the process we lost something called peace, joy and happiness. Isn’t it? The ultimate purpose of everything we do is to make ourselves happy, joyous and peaceful; the question is “Are we HAPPY, JOYOUS AND PEACEFUL”?
Actually, various studies by different research organization clearly points out that though we are rising exponentially in external world, the reverse is happening with individual’s peace, happiness index and mental and social health. We should have been actually be happier, contented, full of joy and peaceful seeing the comfort in life with more bank balance and better facilities. However, it is not the reality, what could be the reasons?
The study shows that mental health is a global crisis that too majorly in developed nations. The global superpower USA has poor record on mental health even after luxurious life to majority of its population. European nations and many Asian countries including India are suffering from the same. Not only depression and anxiety but also suicidal tendencies and suicides are on the rise globally. There is nothing wrong in rising financially, creating assets and having high ambitions, however, we have forgotten something important to make a balance in life which Indian culture had in the past and many Indians still follow the same. Let us see what that was made prosperous socially, economically with great heritage, knowledge, skills and technology with joyous and happy life with better environmental practices before Mughal invasion era.
We need to move back few centuries to apprehend this phenomenon. When Britishers and few European nations were travelling around the world for businesses and even grabbed territories for own benefits and power. India was also one of them. They were successful in converting mindsets and thought process. Change in Education system resulted in big change in social and economic behavior and approach towards development. However, European model of development has major drawbacks and output listed below.
• People started seeing success in the failures of others. Definition of success changed to money power, muscle power. Satisfying ego has become the priority.
• Wealth creation has become more important than ethics, stability in society and environment.
• Natural resources are taken for granted, misused heavily resulted in depletion, heavy damage to environment.
• Physical, mental and social health has taken a backseat causing lot of nuisance in society and the world.
• Greed has taken the front seat forgetting that we owe to society and nature.
• Unhealthy competition to grab power, money.
• Grabbing territory, destroying heritage with fake narratives, discrimination on caste and color.
• Too much comfort affected health badly.
• Fighting spirit lost owing to too much comfort zone.
• Research and development used with mal intention to become powerful and to get extraordinary benefits financially.
• Neglecting eternal truth of life.
• Corrupt mindset caused corruption, violence….
If we look back before Mughal invasion in India, India had diversified culture, best education system, and deep knowledge of different techniques and best practices to nurture and balance environment.
People used to be happy without any condition, joyous and mostly peaceful. They had no ulterior motive or a wrong intent as the culture taught them to respect “Unity in Diversity”. Worshipping and nurturing every aspect of nature whether biotic or abiotic was inherited and prominent. Whether you worship God or an atheist, you were respected equally. They not only used to take care of individual health but also very advanced in science and technology considering that era. Few to mention medicines, surgery, sculpture, metallic structures, water conservation, building ships, town planning, administration, economics, yoga and meditation techniques, building forts and temples with highest creativity and skills.
The Vedic literature and Bhagavad Gita assures us on the path of wisdom inculcating human values, growing materially and spiritually in all dimensions of life, nurturing environment. It respects all the religions and sects equally; you will not find a single line against any religion or culture rather it believes in connectivity with belongingness to grow mutually. Hence, you will not find a single incidence where India has grabbed territory of other nation or forced people to convert to Sanatan Dharma.
The most difficult part of life is managing mind, understanding ego, sharpening intellect, developing memory and understanding soul. Gita and Vedas give us deeper understandings of everything with right solutions, which can be practiced daily with ease to remain happy, healthy and move ahead in life to achieve goal and do something, better for the society.
Bhagavad Gita provides solution for managing complex situations and projects with ease and joyfully. Developing Leadership qualities, discriminatining between right or wrong ways of life, Dharma and Adharma, etc., are important aspects comprised in Bhagavad Gita.
European Union has stated in UN that when European model has not done any better to them then what is the point in asking other nations to implement it in their country. Let every nation follow their own culture.
Indians needs to realize that our model of development is far better and proven than European model. India will again prosper if we go back to our roots and follow development model which builds nation on equanimity, ethical values, nurturing and balancing environment and most importantly that too joyfully, happily and peacefully.
Let us reconnect with our roots and broader our vision.
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