Peace, Happiness and Harmony – Essentials for Living a Real and Happy Lifeby Opinion Express April 30, 2018 0 comments
The author Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji says that the real happiness and harmony has deceptive presence in our lives and long lasting peace has now become a thing of ancient past.
We all dream of a better world where there is peace, happiness and harmony. However, when we look at the present world scenario, we come to the conclusion that certain things have gone wrong and we feel that something is definitely amiss. We infer that there have occurred some lapses on our part that have led us to our present state of increasing mess. It is either our ignorance of the principles of happy living that holds us away from our cherished goals or it is a willful violation of certain basic laws of life and living in a society that has led into this sorry state of affairs. Else, how would we explain why we are sinking ever deeper into the marshland of poverty and pollution or into the morass of corruption and crime? In spite of achieving the highest-ever level of scientific and technological development, yet a good percentage of our people are still living in a state of trauma, tension, a turmoil of poverty, squalor and disease. Real happiness has only illusory existence in our life and deep and lasting peace has become a thing of the hoary past which finds mention in some of our legends only and in tales of yore.
Our managerial skills have become so sophisticated that we can run mega industries and multinational corporations and yet we are unable to manage ourselves, as a result, we find our families and our society continuously struggling for their existence. We can command very large armies and administer vast populace in ever-expanding cities because our administrative skills have now attained a state of the art and yet we cannot control our sense organs, our volitions and impulses and organise our own mind. Billions of our people live on alcohol, narcotics, sleeping pills, palliatives or pain-killers.
We have achieved a great fund of knowledge and learnt methods of human resource development and yet we find that there is a steep downfall in civil life and deterioration in human relations and there is only make-believe love and showy cooperation with expectations of return. In short, there is increasing environmental deterioration, economic stagnation in advanced countries and unemployment, inflation and misery in less developed countries, hunger and malnutrition in many parts of the world and urban deterioration and crime rise everywhere. The media and the investigating agencies are daily uncovering mind-boggling cases of corruption. Do these things not point in the direction of either our ignorance of basic laws of happy living or to such actions on our part that contradict certain essential principles of life? Else, how can we explain our present predicament?
It should not be difficult to understand that there are certain laws that govern our mutual relationships or human behaviour in general. These are known as moral laws or ethical principles. Based on these, are certain norms, codes of conduct or rules and regulations to be followed in life in an organised society. If we follow these laws, the quality and quantity of happiness in our life is enhanced and if we violate these, then we have to face so many problems and disturbances. The observance of these moral norms is of great value if we wish to be happy with ourselves and wish to build a society which is free from friction in human relations and tensions in day-to-day life. These are, therefore, called values. Our present sorry state is the result of neglect or violation of those values. We have gradually lost the human aspect of our life and have become more or less like machines, as a result of which there is no spirit of friendship, fellow-feeling and love in our life.
Our knowledge of science, technology, communication skills, managerial skills, et al has not been able to bring inner happiness because our level of honesty, sincerity, cordiality, fellow-feeling, fair dealing duty, discipline and mutual trust are fast falling. In other words, there has been a rapid erosion of social, moral and family values. It is not that science and technology or management skills have caused our present sufferings. On the other hand, it is a fall in the standards of morality that has prevented even science and technology and management or administrative ability also from giving us their full fruits. Moreover, it is not that people do not know that moral values are necessary to build a happy and peaceful society. People wish to have moral qualities in their life but they do not have that spiritual knowledge that should enable them to follow successfully these values in their life nor do they know that kind of meditation which should make the values stay in them and should give them a deep experience of peace and happiness. Thus, need of the hour is that we create a mass awareness among people for values like tolerance, humility, mutual respect in order to realize our dream of a world where there is peace, happiness, and harmony.
Writer: Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj
Courtesy: The Pioneer