गेनचित्तस्यपदेनवाचांमलंशरीरस्यचवैद्यकेन।योपाकरोत्तंप्रवरंमुनीनांपतञ्जलिंप्राञ्जलिरानतोस्मि॥– I bow with my hands together to the eminent sage Patanjali, who removed the impurities of the mind through yoga, of speech through grammar, and of the body through medicine.”–The Shivarama Text
The entire creation is emanated from one and the same source. The whole system – Jagat Vyavastha is managed by one eternal law. Interdependency – Paraspar Nirbharta is essentially connected with the universal eternal law. This interdependency is the reflection of universal unity and calls everyone to serve all creatures of the Universe – Pranimatra.
Serving the creatures with dedication is the prime message of Indian philosophy – the Sanatana Moolmantra of the Indian way. Life can be made meaningful by dedicating it to the service of the entire creation while passing through the inevitable processes of action – Karma-Prakriya. It is the pathway of achieving the final goal of the Satya – to reach God.
Thousands of years ago, when civilisation in the West was in its primitive phase, India was already established as the spiritual Vishwa-Guru on the strength of her philosophy and the way of life which mingled humanity with the eternal principle of universal unity. From the East, the Vedas introduced the reality of the eternal law. They enlightened humanity and showed the path of harmony.
The Richas – hymns of the Rigveda had been instrumental in making people enlightened with the reality of universal unity – Sarvabhaumik Ekta. They revealed the truth of the ever flowing eternal – the Sanatana law of change and to realise the fact related to systematic – scientific governance of the whole system, from individual to the universal level, by the One Supreme Authority. The Mantras of the Vedas imparted knowledge about the reality of dynamism in the continuously ongoing process. They called men to have dedication to the truth of universal unity and to achieve the ultimate goal of life by continence –Indriyanigrah. The Mantras of the Yajurveda, which include hundreds of Richas of the Rigveda, inspired people towards the cause of humanity. Perhaps a few may be aware that the meaning of the ‘Yaj’ itself is ‘dedication’ –Samarpan. Dedicating one- self to the cause of people’s service, in broad perspective for the welfare of the entire creation, is the prime message of the Yajurveda. This very message got extension in the Mantras of the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda. The Vedic knowledge appeared through the unique Guru-Shishya tradition of the Upanishads.
In this regard, we can mention the names of Sushruta, an ancient Indian physician in the sixth century BCE who was the author of the Sushruta Samhita which is one of the most important surviving ancient treatises on medicine and a foundational text of Ayurveda. Maharshi Charaka contributed to the field of physiology, etiology and embryology, Panini, a Sanskrit philologist, grammarian and the father of Indian linguistics in the fourth century BCE and Maharshi Patanjali, known as the father of the Yogasutra and a scholar of Sanskrit grammar. The names of scientists, mathematicians and astronomers like Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Brahmagupta, Varahamihira, Mahavira and Madhava are worth mentioning. They were all committed to serve humanity at large through their respective works and disciplines. These and other doers of prodigious deeds were those great Indians who inspired people like Theophrastus (371-287 BCE) and Euclid (300 BCE) from the West in their discoveries in the fields of botany and geometry.
Keeping the most auspicious slogan, “My Dharma is for Ishwara, it is therefore for the service of humanity” in the centre of their selfless endeavours, these great Indians dedicated themselves to the service of mankind. They covered all aspects of human life from spirituality to science. They lived according to the truth-based eternal teachings and guidance of the Vedic Mantras. They embraced the reality of universal unity, indulged in the righteous acts and took their last breath while serving humanity.
Let us get acquainted with the basic message of India –the Bharatiya Moolmantra! Come forward, brothers and sisters, to make this Mantra of serving humanity with dedication, the essence of our life.