Keen observers of world affairs confided in me that such exercises are well thought out strategies which are meticulously aligned with tactical activities on the ground. There is a subtle design to it. Equating spirituality with religions makes it easy to malign spirituality (sat-sang). They are well aware that such narratives would confuse many Indians because perpetrators of malignity know that many of us have got disconnected with our own glorious history and knowledge traditions.
Such motivated designs are not new. Recent, scholarly works in Indology based on new research methods are bringing to fore that how foreign rulers kept best of India out of our sight and, how worst of India was projected by them through distorted and motivated translations and publications to us as well as before other parts of the world which they ruled.Centuries of domination over our education system has crushed its core as a result most of us had almost forgotten that our history and traditions are essentially history and tradition of spiritual life.
It’s very recently only that an awakening is visible. Self-confidence of the country to look at the world through Indic vision and assert it for the welfare of humanity is bouncing back.
History is reality (yathaartha) by another name and reality is a synonym of spirituality. That has been the Indic way of looking at life from time immemorial.
Moreover, spirituality being synonymous with Indic way of living it becomes our responsibility to respond to such unfounded propaganda irrespective of the place of its origin across the globe. The eternal guru parampara looks at all inhabitants of earth as its family members, therefore, irrespective of place of its origin dispelling darkness of ignorance from the face of earth is our self-assumed duty/birth-right.
One must not be surprised to note that manufacturing such narratives is not limited to a particular section of the media alone. For example, recently, the governing apparatus of one of our neighbouring countries, referring to one specific geographic region close to India said, ‘spiritual people do not participate in developmental initiatives taken by the government for the improvement of quality of their life, they are more concerned about ‘after life’. This was spoken through the pages of a state controlled newspaper of that country. The newspaper is popularly known as the global mouthpiece of that country’s government.
Spirituality being synonymous with Indic way of living it becomes our responsibility to respond to such unfounded propaganda irrespective of the place of its origin across the globe. The eternal guru parampara looks at all inhabitants of earth as its family members, therefore, irrespective of place of its origin dispelling darkness of ignorance from the face of earth is our self-assumed duty/birth-right
Nothing can be farther from the truth than saying that spirituality (sat-sang) makes people inactive, lazy and doubtful. Quite the contrary core of spirituality (sat-sang) in all its manifestations is based on par-hit(selfless service). Need we say, all other forms of service except sat-sang (spirituality) come with some amount of selfishness howsoever well-meaning the service sector may be. For example, even every welfare state has an agenda to survive as a dignified nation state in the comity of the nations. Instances of organised religions to lure and convert people are also before our eyes. Also, think can terrorist ideologies survive with no soft corner and contribution from some or the other quarter of society? It’s only spiritual ones who understand improving quality of life in real sense. Enthusiasm, spirit of celebrating life and inspiring people to see and experience existence in the spirit of oneness are some of the attributes that spiritual people exude. They work not only to improve life conditions but to improve life itself. No Indic spiritual guru stays without engaging and involving oneself and one’s associates in some or the other activity that involves people’s material welfare irrespective of their religious or ethnic background.
Therefore, it is propaganda and ignorance which make people say such things about spirituality. Ironically, they don’t know that for maligning spirituality, they are designing or initiating a war within (against their very own selves).Little do they know that spirituality is nothing but their own deeper reality.
(The writer is the propounder of SahajSmritiYog System of Self Realisation and founder of Darpan Foundation and Darpan Ashram)