We need to dwell on the practical aspect of the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Almost all the major religions claim to believe and practise this philosophy. We have some NGOs whose main message is to attain Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
But do we really mean it? Do we believe in it? Maybe we feel good and elevated to be associated with this slogan. If it is not true, then what needs to be done to revive it in our day-to-day life and in our behaviour? If yes, then how can we justify it? Do we leave it to the Government to promote this philosophy or can we play some role in promoting it? How can we revive this grand vision, which can unite the global community as a family? Can we turn towards spirituality and humanity where we are one at the level of soul irrespective of colour, race, ethnicity or religious beliefs?
It is said that if one person sees a dream then it is a dream but if many start seeing the same dream it becomes reality. Can we see the same dream together of Basudhaiva Kutumbakam?
A number of conflicts are taking place in the world, which are mainly identity based. Terrorism is spreading. Every day some civilian and army personnel are being killed in terrorist attacks.
What needs to be done? How this philosophy will help in curbing conflicts and animosity? How we can promote it through Give, Love, and Seva, which are the core values of spirituality.
What needs to be done to promote this philosophy to unite the humanity as one tribe? How it can promote peace within India and beyond? I know some people who are working on it and promoting it in their way. The need is to scale it up. Can we join hands with those who are promoting this philosophy and scale it up?
We should assist the Governments to achieve this ancient philosophy and also the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, which was adopted by the United Nations. Spirituality and Development go hand in hand. Swachh Bharat, Namami Gange, Zero poverty and No Hunger are the examples in support of spirituality and humanity.
Thus, we look to Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam as the ethical framework from which to articulate global ethics and resolve identity-based conflicts within and outside India.
Why to do this?
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only”– Mark Twain
India has a unique culture and is one of the oldest and greatest civilisations of the world.
Appa Dipo Bhava – Be Ye Lamps unto Yourself – Gautam Budha
Be the Change you wish to see in World – Mahatma Gandhi
And they will have to beat their swords into plough and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up swords against nations neither will they learn war anymore- The Old Testament.
Since ancient times, the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the world is one family, has stood as an ideal of Indian civilisation. This inclusive and compassionate spirituality recognises that “the truth is one, sages call it variously”; this has allowed for groundbreaking advances in philosophical inquiry and civilisational advances throughout world history.
It is thus imperative that moral, spiritual and civil leaders work together to articulate universal ethical principles and values that can form the basis for social cohesion, shared agreements, and lasting peace.
Majahab Nahi Sikhata Aapas me bair rakhana
Hindi hai ham watan hai Hindustan hamara
All religion teaches us that peace begins from each of us. We are ambassador of peace and we have to make sure that world is peaceful. How to do that is a big question. But the Answer is very simple be peaceful.
We should think of a common denominator based on global ethics and principles, which can combine us as one family. The golden rule is: treat others the way you want to be treated.
Principles to Follow:
1. Principle of Equality
2 Principle of Acceptance and Respect
3. Principle of Freedom and Responsibility
4. Principle of Love and compassion
5. Principle of Ahimsa (Non-violence)
6. Principle of Engagement
In engaging spiritual leaders, we hope to work to manifest Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam in India and beyond, building an inclusive, ethical and prosperous society as a model of the global vision of One Family.
Many spiritual gurus and organisations are promoting through their preaching peace all over the world and trying to unite humanity irrespective of cast, faith or belief. They are very instrumental in many parts of the world where there are civil wars and ethnic conflict but time has come for collective efforts by pulling all the efforts together to say that WE ARE ONE FAMILY OF GOD and God is one. Let India be the leader in the “globalisation of compassion” movement
The Bahudha approach in Aryan (Hindu) religion has played a very important role as it has greatly contributed to the enrichment of harmonious life in India. It means, “respect for another person’s view of truth with hope and belief that he or she may be right”. This is best expressed in the Rigvedic hymn and enjoins:
Ekam Sad Vipra Bahudha Vadanti (The Real is one, the learned speak of it variously). 3
Ek Noor te Sab Jag Badia
Vivekananda also said in the Parliament of Religion:
Akashyat Patitam Toyam Yatha Gachchati Sagarm
Sarvadeo Namaskarm Krisham Pratigachchyati
World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution UNGA A/65/PV.34
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February is being observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. All should participate in it for your contribution and input.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” ― Mother Teresa
Follow the principle of “Udar Charitanam To Vasudhav Kutumbkam.”
Moral, character and creative education can transform the personalities. Training in spirituality of 'We are one’ will be the solution to many issues and problems.
The 11th World Confluence of Humanity, Power & Spirituality should achieve the following:
1. A Working Group to be formed to work and promote Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and develop the work programme and activities for India as input for global peace. It will focus on how to strengthen peace program locally and globally;
2. Explore the possibility of hosting the global convention in India that requires to agree on a date, venue, theme and sponsorships;
3. Further fine tune the Global Ethics to promote the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
4. Participate and sponsor participants to peace conventions
I shall quote Mahatma Gandhi also here who had said:
“Be the change you wish to see in the World”
Sarve Bhawantu Sukhinah; Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu; Maa Kaschit Dukh Bhag Bhavet.