An extremely thoughtful book written by India’s renowned political mind Dr H R Bhardwaj on completely different subject of his core specialization namely politics and law. Dr Bhardwaj talks about the rich Indian culture, Indian thought, philosophy and culture to promote the feeling of universal brotherhood for centuries. He quotes by citing Rig Veda ” let noble thoughts come to us from all directions” to develop magnificent philosophy where world is one family and one home. Dr Bhardwaj states that Indians have accepted the principle that one should do one’s duty or act according to one’s faith or religious order. Message from Upanishads is clear that let all walk together, eat together and work together so all shine and prosper. Dr Bhardwaj is concern with the communal and caste divide in India due to political intervention and he strongly recommends to follow great Indian Vedas to structure the society. ” Humanism is the religion of the majority of intellectuals today” – Dr Bhardwaj cautions that Religion, if construed in narrow and ritualistic sense, causes serious damage to the elementary unity of mankind. It is the job of contemporary thinkers and philosophers to elaborate its meaning and its application on day-to-day life of the society at the relevant times.
Dr Bhardwaj presents the information on Vedas extremely well. According to his book the Vedas are the most ancient literature of theology in the world. They are the eternal scriptures of Hindu religion. They were codified by Veda Vyasa in four The Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Vedas are the source of information, the final authority for obtaining knowledge of Brahma. Vedas are meant for the welfare of all because the mantras aim at peace and tranquillity of universe and cosmos. The author have listed the philosophy of Vedanta, knowledge of Upanishads, Katha Upanishads, Mandukya Upanishads, Taiiariya Upanishads, Aitareya Upanishads, Manduka Upanishads.
The chapter on Bhagwat Gita is an eye opener for readers, he explains the process of salvation by performing duties in daily life. Dr Bhardwaj list ten commandments of Hinduism namely Non violence, truthfulness, Non stealing, Celibacy, non greed, purity of thought words and deeds, contentment, austerity, study of scriptures, surrender to God and complete devotion. Furthermore, Dr Bhardwaj has listed a chapter on message of the holy Quran, the Greek and western philosophers, message of Bible, thoughts of Judaism, thoughts from Buddhism, thoughts from Avesta, thoughts from Jainism, Guru Nanak Dev. He have extensively covered the entire religious spectrum of the globe to identify the common teaching for the good of the society.
Opinion Express appreciate the classical work done by Dr H R Bhardwaj and the huge effort put in to compile a brilliant book and amazing content. Readers can reach A M imaging & printing centre 180, SFS Flats, Hauz Khas, New Delhi Tel 011 26852579 / 26515808 to get a copy of this great book.
– OE News Bureau