Is Spirituality a Medicine for Harmony?by Opinion Express September 10, 2018 0 comments
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji talks about how latest technology, media and government channels can empower people and help them recognise their own goodness so they become ideal law-abiding citizens.
News reports are full of violent acts, unrest and dishonesty which are engendering a sense of fear among people. There is also an apparent lack of solution to resolve these increasing crimes in almost every country across the globe. If newspaper reports are an indication, even the legislative bodies, which are expected to be examples of decorum, decency and civility, have deviated from their well-established high standards of probity and debate.
The law- enforcing agencies also have been bitterly criticised for atrocities on suspects and for their complicity with criminals. Students who are supposed to be disciplined are often seen rampaging the campus or indulging in eve-teasing in the buses. Of late even some preachers of religion and morality are involved in unlawful acts.
The lawlessness is not restricted to our country but can be seen the world over. Some nations support terrorists who violate the law and order in another country. Other countries violate the Charter on Human Rights despite being signatories while still others attack a country without actually declaring war. Many others willfully prepare weapons for mass-killing in another country. Powerful nations, who should set an example for others, show scant regard for law especially when it stands in the way of their own narrow interests. Even the heads of states of various nations have been found to be corrupt or promiscuous or involved in various kinds of scandals.
When an ordinary person finds that standards of public and private morality and observance of law have fallen all around, he or she also feels tempted to take recourse to illegal measures. Violation of laws relating to income tax, sales tax, property tax and so on has become common and violation of other civil or criminal laws has now become a sign of one’s position and power in public life. Use of political influence to defeat the law is now a way of showing the political patronage one enjoys. Today, there is hardly anyone who does not violate or flout the law in one way or another. The tendency to disregard law has reached an all-time high.
To top it all, there is lawlessness also. One is required under the law to print statutory warning on cigarette packets and then one can advertise and sell this poison without any fear of law. When one hears of atrocities that are committed all around, one can’t help but ask, “Where is the law?” Under such a scenario, one wonders on whom can the responsibility for this sad situation be fixed. But more important, what can be done to make man more law-abiding and peaceful by nature? The truth is that everyone is responsible to a certain extent for the current state of lawlessness and disorder because everyone has violated the law at least in thought if not in deed. There are many factors which have led to the near-anarchic state of society including a lack of moral and spiritual education, ignorance about the identity of the self, spread of materialistic values and so on. The remedy now is to include human values in education, have value-based politics and to give importance to the code of conduct for every profession.
Most people dismiss morality by saying that it differs from person to person but who draws the line between right and wrong? It is possible to dissolve this difference by understanding spirituality as it is based on the truth that every human being is intrinsically virtuous and possesses qualities of wisdom, purity, peace, love and truth. So any act that goes against these fundamental qualities amounts to immorality and disturbs the social fabric. And so, to cleanse society of crime, there is a need to foster a culture of spirituality. It adds dignity to how people look at each other. There is a need to use the latest technology, media and government channels to empower people to recognise their own goodness so that they obey laws themselves, and even if some people err, others in the society respond to the victims’ appeals with greater responsibility and humanity. Such a culture would then be able to create harmony deep within people where laws cannot reach and promise an inner security that fences and guards cannot provide.
Writer: Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji
Courtesy: The Pioneer