In the previous episode we had witnessed an important answer to an important question as to why should we spend time in reading texts such as “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata” and the likes. The answer to this is that, more than the story part of it, there are innumerable principles and guidelines for normal people like us to lead a happy, peaceful and a contented life. We’ve of course discussed as many as we can as part of this bog so far, in terms of our Ramayana and Vidura Neeti project.
Of course, whatever we’ve discussed so far is just a miniscule amount of aspects that are present in these texts. We can keep researching on even one sloka for years and years and still we would find exorbitant amount of “Dharma” hidden inside it! Such is the greatness of the texts that form the “Sanaathana Dharma”. On an overview thus, all these texts teach us the guidelines that can pave the path for us to reach Bhagawan’s feet or “Moksha” at the end of this birth.
Of course, all these texts are very much accessible to all of us even today, after so many thousands of years – Thanks to great Maharishis like Sage Veda Vyaasa, Valmiki Maharishi, Sage Sukhaachaarya, etc., innumerable “Mahatmas” (Realized souls) like Shirdi Sai Baba, Puttaparthi Sai Baba, Sathguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Kanchi Periyava, and so many others who have lived / are living a life that can be a role model or a benchmark for all of us to follow. These Mahatmas are very important because they’ve condensed the essence of all our Vedas and Vedantas into their lifestyle and show us the path of living a contented and a happy life. Thus, the texts that form part of the “Sanaathana Dharma” is revered for thousands of years, and innumerable people from generations after generations have read them, researched upon them, pondered over them and followed the principles that are explained in them. This is the primary reason why our “Bhaarata Desha” (India) stands as a unique country as the epitome of spirituality.
Having said that, we should also look at what is happening in the present-day scenario too. So far we’ve witnessed how people from yester generations have led their lives in the way as directed by our “Sanaathana Dharma”. But what’s happening now? In today’s world we are witnessing a hard fact that a vast majority of the world is in a gradual deviance from our “Dharma”. Of course, we might easily discard it by saying that we’re in Kali Yuga and now it is bound to be this way! On the other hand, we’re witnessing a phenomenal growth in science and technology, which tries to make us “self-reliant” and “independent” in many ways of life. Of course again, I’m not saying that these are bad, but the problem that arises here is that, we human beings have slowly developed the thought that we know everything in this world! We’ve slowly adapted the thought into us that we are the masters of everything in this world! To add fuel to the fire, today we have many “schools of thoughts” that are so-called “liberal” in nature, wherein people have started propagating that there is no point in listening to anyone in this world. There is a huge “revolution” that is happening in terms of leading an “individualistic” and an “independent” lifestyle, across the world and even in India! If we shouldn’t listen to anyone and anything, then how are we going to learn new things that are important for our life?
Let’s think of a scenario here – Today we might be in estacy when someone comes to us and says that individual thinking and decision-making is of paramount importance to us in the current-day scenario. When would we realize the pinch and the flip side of this argument? It is only when our sons / daughters repeat this same dialogue to us, when we urge them to listen to what we say! It is only at that time we would realize the pain of someone not listening to our important words of advice! Till then, we wouldn’t know the seriousness of listening.
Thus the main purpose of building up this important argument here is that, this so-called “liberalism” in terms of “free-thinking” and not listening to the words of elders is a way that is adopted by anti-Hinduism elements to derail us from the path of our “Dharma”. As ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and as an ardent Indian nationalist, we should never give space for such people who try to dislodge our religion and make merry out of it! We should be very careful here – Those people who propagate liberalism might sound very nice and juicy at that moment. But we should realize that there is a huge danger behind their false narratives and it is upto each and every one of us to keep away from such people.
Having said thus, for today let us realize the significance of listening to the important words of “Dharma” from our ancestors in the form of our epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata and we should make it a point that we learn our lessons from them. We shall of course enjoy the story part of it, and also understand the inner-meanings and messages that form part of every story and instance in these texts. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further in a different dimension. Stay tuned! 😊