Episode # 199 – Practicing “TOLERANCE” at a critical juncture – Why should we “lock down” ourselves now???

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important discussion on Sage Sukhaachaarya’s point on “Graamyeha uparamah shanaihi”, which means that as “Dhaarmikas”, we should develop the maturity and tolerance to withstand any adverse situation that might come through in life. We had witnessed quite a few instances where we’ve seen that the entire fabric of our “Sanaathana Dharma” is built around this one characteristic. We as ardent followers of this wonderful religion called “Hinduism”, should understand the sacrifices, tolerance and patience that were exhibited by our forefathers and ancestors in protecting our temples, spiritual texts including our “Ithihasas” and “Puraanas”, the Vedas, Upanishads, etc. and making all of these texts available to us today. This itself is an epitome example of “tolerance” and we Hindus are naturally good at it. Of course, some people keep raising fake narratives that our “Bhaarata Desha” (India) is becoming “intolerant”, but sadly the people who were propagating this “intolerance” narrative were the ones who were proved to be highly intolerant!

Hence, the point here is that, irrespective of whatever is being narrated or exhibited against our “Sanaathana Dharma”, we should just turn deaf ears and should continue making progress in our spiritual journey. We should develop that level of tolerance wherein we just ignore whatever nonsense is being thrown upon us. If we’re developing this level of maturity and tolerance, not only we grow spiritually, but also the people who try and insult us would automatically get exposed. This is because, if we are steadfast in our spiritual practices and approach, we are definitely going to benefit from them immensely, which would automatically negate all their false propaganda! Thus, as ardent followers of our “Sanaathana Dharma”, let us focus on this important point and let us do the needful.

Having said this, today we have yet another opportunity to exhibit this wonderful characteristic of “Dharma” called “Graamyeha uparamah shanaihi”. How? As we’re slowly getting “locked down” due to the increased onslaught of the Coronavirus COVID-19, many might be thinking what to do sitting at home all the time! Many of us feel that we would get bored by sitting idle at home and because of this, we might start venturing out of our homes, thus defying the order of “lockdown”. Here’s my take on it as to why should we stay indoors at this critical time:

  1. The main purpose for which the government is requesting us to stay indoors is to prevent the virus from entering the “Community Transmission” (Stage 3) stage. For the moment, the virus is seen only in people who have recently traveled into India from some affected countries. But if we’re not practicing home quarantine and isolation, this is going to spread like a rapid forest fire for people who do not have any travel history anywhere! At this stage 3, the transmission is going to become much faster than it is today. This is a huge risk that we are taking if we’re venturing out of our homes at this critical juncture. It is important to “break the chain” of the virus spread, and let us meticulously stay indoors, treating this exercise as a “medicine” to cure this disease, rather than a “compulsion” or a “house arrest”. We should understand that the western countries which are now reeling under the impact of this virus, flouted the norms of home quarantine and roamed around freely, thus enabling the easy transmission of the virus from one person to the other. If we do the same mistake, we should realize that we would also end up in a similar situation like the western countries.
  2. Rather than complaining that we’re getting bored, there are lot many things that we can do sitting at home. Of course, with the advent of technology, many office jobs can be done sitting at home itself. Hence, that itself can take care of many things. If this is not possible for few others, we can use this as an opportunity to spend quality time with our family members, talk with them, crack jokes, etc. This would ease out our stress and ensure that we are getting rejuvenated. In Management terms, our “Work-life balance” can be greatly improved if we use this time judiciously to be with our family members.
  3. Instead of sitting idle at home, why can’t we use this time to increase our spiritual practices? During our normal working days, we often complain that we do not have sufficient time to do our “Sandhyavandanam” or chanting Gayatri Mantra before going to office. Now that we’re at home, we can very well sit and do all what we’ve missed all these days, isn’t it? We can sit and chant our “Mantra” constantly without any disturbance from anywhere. We can chant as many slokas as possible too! By doing these spiritual practices, we’re not only improving our spiritual path, but also serves as a universal prayer for the betterment of this catastrophic situation. Thus, this serves two purposes at the same time.
  4. As we’re at home now, why can’t we use this time to learn something new? We can invest our time in learning a new language, updating our professional skillsets, increase our mental acumen by adopting innumerable methods that are available online. Nowadays, with the advent of technology, many modules of lessons on various subjects are available with just a click of a button. So, why don’t we use this opportunity to do something constructive?

Thus, we should understand here that this “lockdown” situation is an opportunity for all of us to test our “tolerance” level and as “Dhaarmikas”, this is a great chance for us to understand ourselves, introspect and learn a lot. So the important message from this special episode is that, let us not take this “lockdown” as a punishment by the government. It is just a medicine for the virus to get cured as quickly as possible. Let us prove to the world that our Bhaarata Desha is an epitome of exhibiting tolerance by staying indoors at this critical juncture, and thus, stemming the growth of this deadly Coronavirus. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next important aspect of “Dharma”! Stay tuned! 😊


Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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