By Mr. Archit Tewari and voice over by Mr. Sumangal Haldar
Indian culture is so rich in philosophy of life. Our stories are so simple, yet so deep.
Our epics talk about freedom and liberal values which create space for the holistic growth of an individual. Focus on individual traits has taken a center stage in our epics wherein good and bad qualities are highlighted of the hero and the villain respectively. Society on the other hand, may evaluate these traits on the basis of collective good. If the characteristics of one person, howsoever learned, are not in consonance to the pattern of societal functioning, then that being is regarded as detrimental. Whereas if the traits of a being are in tune with the functioning of this planet, then that being is regarded as a preserver. There have been multiple instances in the past where learned people as an outcome to their magnified ego have succumbed to the material forces of the world and were labeled as antagonist in some other person’s story. This jealous human, though by the virtue of his knowledge could generate enormous power and wield it over people, large sections of masses would be agonized by this unruly behaviour.
The question at this juncture is when all beings are born with inherent goodness, what exactly corrodes the brighter side of a person and leads him to harm others through his acts. Small acts of goodwill or evil on a daily basis can change so much in an individual’s existence. One step at a time sustained for many days evolves a being’s traits and forms his fundamentals. A person practicing an act of kindness towards animals through either feeding them or facilitating them transforms into a benevolent being by the virtue of his deeds. Similarly, a person troubling the weaker sections of society and inflicting atrocities on them through acts like stopping the provisioning of essentials is in fact moving towards the path of omen which invites slump in his trajectory.
Sometimes I wonder how Ravana, from the epic of Ramayana, who was born into the clan of sages and had seen rituals all around himself since childhood, turn out to becoming someone who could abduct another person’s wife. And all this at the behest of his sister who by her plight enraged Ravana so much so that he lost control over his senses. Anger overpowered his positive thoughts and the ten heads which used to symbolize his erudite and highly learned nature, turned into a center of negative energies. This is indicative of the fact that knowledge gets corroded when anger takes front seat.
All throughout our time as mortals on this planet, we are given a leaking vessel filled with water. The number of plants we water through this leaking vessel, the more practicing we become in act of kindness and benevolence. The more we procrastinate and defer our actions of helping others; and in addition to it think of wrong ways of increasing the water quantity in our vessel by minimizing others share, the more we corrode our innate good will and move towards the path of sins. The more lives we touch upon by helping our fellow beings, the greater are we augmenting the mettle of our soul- not only avoiding corrosion of it, but enriching it to a state of bliss.
The author is director APAC-MAGNA Global