In the previous episode we had witnessed the continuation of Sage Sukhaachaarya’s important discussion on the various aspects of “Dharma” that all of us should strictly adhere in our daily lives. We’ve discussed yesterday, something that is extremely important when it comes to our regular life as well – “Samadhruk”. This means that we should be able to see each and every living being in this world equally, without any discrimination. When we talk about living beings, it encompasses animals, plants, etc. too, apart from human beings. When it comes to human beings, we should rise above all levels to see all people as divine children of Bhagawan. If we’re calling ourselves as children of Bhagawan, there can never be any difference or discrimination, isn’t it? How can a mother discriminate between her own children? Aren’t all children equal in a mother’s or a father’s eyes? Similarly, all of us are equal in Bhagawan’s eyes, and we should realize this point as we make spiritual progress.
Of course, it is easier said than done. There are many practical implications to this “Dharma” in today’s life, wherein, we have multiple roles to fulfill – As a parent, as a son / daughter, as a working professional in our respective organization, etc. In all these roles, we’ve to come across and interface with innumerable people every day. This is where the problem comes – Of course, in our home and within our close family, it is much easier to practice this “Dharma” (barring certain exceptional cases here and there), but is it going to be easy at our workplace? We have a definitive hierarchy as part of every organization and the moment there’s a hierarchy, immediately comes a question as to who is “superior” or “inferior” in the organization. As this divide grows on and on, rifts start happening within people and as time passes, these rifts keep escalating beyond permissible levels, only for employees to quit the organization, or the entire organization comes to a collapse!
In Organizational Behavior science, there is something called “Job Satisfaction” and “Psychological Contract”. These concepts are closely linked with this “Dharma” called “Samadhruk”. Employees in an organization would get satisfied only if they are treated on par with everyone and when their voices are heard by the top management. As employees get more and more dissatisfied with their organization, their “Psychological contract” (An unwritten contract between an employer and an employee over certain terms and conditions) gets damaged very badly. This leads to “withdrawal behaviors” from the employees’ side, wherein people get disconnected with the organization in lot of ways. If employees aren’t respected in the way they should be, and if they’re not treated the way in which they should be, it is going to be a downhill for any organization. This problem of inequality in an organization thus increases the “Attrition rate”, that is, the number of people quitting an organization at any point of time. This is why it is always said that once talented and committed employees leave an organization, it is very difficult to earn them back, or to find suitable replacements. Thus, the point here is that, if we don’t treat people on par with ourselves equally, this is going to have disastrous consequences.
So much for human beings with regards to the “Dharma” called “Equality”. Now, how is it for other living beings in this world? Every living being in this world has the basic right to live a life, irrespective of what the being is. It might be a plant, or an animal or a human being. Nobody has any right to kill any living being in this world. This itself is equality, apart from many other parameters. For instance, if there is a small insect or a cockroach crawling at some corner at our home, what do we do? We immediately take a broom, beat and kill it, isn’t it? If we’re doing this, it simply implies that we’re not following the “Dharma” called “Samadhruk” or “Equality”. This is because, just like how we have a right to live a life in this world, that cockroach also has a similar right to live its own life isn’t it? Who are we to deny another living being an equal right to live a life? We should understand this important point here.
Thus, next time if we come across a similar situation, we should be able to think in this manner. Rather than killing the poor insect, we can always take it in a piece of paper and put it out of the window, isn’t it? This can serve two purposes – Firstly, it doesn’t disturb us and secondly, we’re not killing a living being, which otherwise, would be one of the greatest sins that we can do for ourselves! If this applies for even small insects, we do not even need to talk about other living beings like cows, goats, sheep, hens, chicken, etc. So for today, let us ponder over these important points when it comes to the “Dharma” of “Equality” or “Samadhruk”. We shall wait till the next episode to move on with the next point. Stay tuned! 😊