HEARTBEATS : Gandhi – A Leader Par Excellence

Dedication: To my mother beloved who, I am sure, holds my hands eternally.

 October 2, 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born.  Two authentic political prodigies amongst us were prominent of that age, Lenin and Gandhi, who created revolutions single handedly in an extra-ordinary style.  Lenin worked against Human race and Gandhi for.  Gandhi proved that non-violence and peace are no less powerful weapons however powerful and tyrannical the government or an army may be.  He opened up most enduring and novel methods of conquests for humanity, especially the oppressed and the weak to follow in future generations.  He has proved that no power on earth can resist the aroused and disciplined spirit of men who are determined and prepared to die for their ideology.  Gandhi was prepared to die for his ideology, and that was his core strength.  When he was shot down on a Friday the 30th January 1948, he was already much above an individual, a family members, in fact he had become a legend, larger than life, and his departure really gave an impression that an army or a nation has collapsed, not an individual.  Thanks to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore who gave him the apt title ‘father of the nation’.  In fact, he should have called him ‘father of humanity’.

 With his departure humanity lost an extra ordinarily precious life, and a source of inspiration to millions that came to an abrupt end. Extra ordinary lives have always been subjected to inhuman attacks and systematic annihilation in human society.  It has happened with Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King Jr., Galileo, and many others who have stood for truth-absolute truth-beyond the comprehension of common psyche.  Even the Son of God Jesus Christ was not spared. 

 The demise of The Mahatma created shock waves all over the world. Tears were unstoppable even in the eyes of those who had not seen him in real life. They wept as if they had lost a close relative.  The UN lowered its flag, 110 countries mourned his departure from three to seven days. Government of India received 3441 and odd condolence messages from foreign nationals.  Such a big respect and reverence for a man who held no position of authority, had no distinction of scientific or academic achievement to his credit, except that he was a simple, true, and rare human being had never happened in human history.  

 A real leader has to always take extra ordinary decisions contrary to the prevailing customs and practices in the society matching with the ideology he is pursuing, and such disciplined approach only make him a leader par excellence. A true leader does things differently, of course, and The Mahatma has exhibited this exemplary quality through his own life as an example.

 Employing an untouchable at his home, at a time when untouchabilit was vehement in the society, relinquishing insurance policies and gifts worth thousands of rupees, much against the wishes of family members, fitting to a Vishnavite (a follower of Lord Vishnu), much against the wishes of family members, and in accordance with the real principles of Hinduism as proclaimed by Lord Krishna in The Bhagvad Geeta, which he had adopted as a way of life.   Being a Vishnavite he  strongly believed that all said and done life is a celebration.

 When he was in the high school, one day during the visit of education inspector, he misspelled the word ‘kettle’ disregarding the recommendation of the class teacher to copy it from the student next to him as he felt that such an act was not right.  Such clarity of mind and intimacy to truth was evident in his life right from childhood as an indication that he was destined to cross the barriers of ordinary human limitations.

He strongly believed in the universality of human soul, and the necessity to treat all human beings alike as part of that Universal Soul or “the children of God” in his own words.  He strongly believed that “everything must be sacrificed if necessary for that one sentiment, universality”. This is a principle known to all Hindus and all human beings with average common sense irrespective of caste, creed, geographic, economical, or social identity.

 The Mahatma has proved to the world the importance of self-discipline for greater achievements in life through the principle of “simple living and high thinking”, and how an ordinary person can become extra ordinary, how a poor and the weak can take on a mighty opponent, even if it’s an empire equipped with huge military, armaments, excellent political, and social management skills at its disposal. 

 At a time when there was no technological advancement, television, internet, computers, or social media platforms, a letter posted almost anywhere in India and most parts of the world would have reached him, even if only his photograph was affixed in place of address.  Such enigmatic charisma has been rare in human history. 

When he was thrown out of the train at Martizburg station in South Africa by the British officer, any common man in his position would have dusted his back and gone home, to look after his own business.  He, on the contrary, took the opportunity to prepare for a long-term war against oppression.  He could master-mind the moral war against the British with only peace and non-violence as tools, apart from a strong belief in selfless service, which truly has resulted in saving the lives of millions of our countrymen in the struggle for independence.  For the poor destitution is the strength, for the oppressed the struggle and the survival instinct are the strengths, and for our countrymen peace and non-violence were the tools against which the mighty British Empire had to bow down often.

 The contribution he has made in creating unity in diversity in our society, and taking the struggle for independence to the masses, is out of his exemplary quality as a leader par excellence. In reality we should call him ‘father of humanity’ as he is an inspiration even today to millions all over the world.  It will be difficult for the coming generations to believe that such a great human being has ever lived among us in real life and blood.    

 All over the world he is being talked about in colleges, universities, management institutes, and even at government level, making him a source of inspiration to make this world a better place to live. Other than Shakespeare he is a personality on whom maximum books have been written which occupy voluminous space in the libraries across the world.

He was above religion, above family, even above nation, and he was a leader of humanity and a product of divine creation.  He has also been the real inspiration to world leaders like late Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and many living legends include Barrack Obama, Suu Ki, and many more.  The impact he has made on humanity with his principle of peace and nonviolence is the unique contribution anyone has made for humanity in the last more than 100 years, and his principle of universal brotherhood would have fetched him Nobel Prize for Peace, had he been in any other country of the world.

 It is high time that we teach the total Gandhi in our schools and colleges by introducing a separate subject on him, like Shakespeare in English Literature, rather than histories of violent kings and rulers, to make our children better human beings, and the world a better place to live.  Today’s generation suffering from thought pollution badly need his ideologies.

 The material and scientific progress of humanity have failed to provide happiness and bliss humans have always yearned for.  People are more and more realizing the fact that there is some missing link beyond, there is some lack of meaning in life over and above these awesome achievements, leading to the realization of the fact that possibly the value systems pursued by leaders like Gandhi may help people to fill the gaps in life.  Gandhian philosophy, if adopted in practical life, may find solutions to many unanswered questions in human life.

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Further Readings: 1. My Experiments With Truth (Autobiography of MK Gandhi), 2. Gandhi On Personal Leadership by Anand Kumaraswamy, 3. The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi by Robert Payne. 

 

                                     

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HEARTBEATS : Life Is Not A Terminous!

Human mind is being subjected to excessive development of the intellect by hyper activities, making life more and more practical, and logical, but less and less human.   In this blind rat race  called life people who are able to keep their cool will be really superior beings    Modern society will require and appreciate people who can think than people who can act because actions are being mechanized.   The excessive use of intellect does not, however, affect people who are above 50 as they have seen the transition, experienced it, and have prepared themselves to adopt the changes around them, but not the youth who are forced to face it head on almost abruptly.

The irony, for example, is in the fact that  a doctor who is a heart specialist is becoming heartless.  He says “my fees is this if you can afford I will save you”.  To a modern mind this doctor is intelligent and his action the efficacy of his professionalism.  To me he is not human and I am sure that most of you will also carry the same feeling.  It creates a dryness in the profession of a doctor.  A doctor is for the service of humanity, and if the profession is only useful to the self, what is the meaning of that profession?

Today’s youth is like that intelligent doctor.  High salary in accordance with the so called intelligence but with equal amount of work-load.  What is left is a stressful life with no job satisfaction making it necessary to seek other avenues to chill out by partying, socializing, and also being addicted to gadgets.  Someone has rightly pointed out that in good old days one phone used to unite a family and even the neighbors, but today 10 phones are dividing the same family and neighbors.

The latest trend is that the youth is bored with partying, socializing, and the gadgets, because as we go along we become sort of used to with anything.   Our intelligence is so much engaged in meeting the deadlines that we hardly find time for human interaction, and without human interaction man is always lonely.  We are forced to submit ourselves to endless external pressures to such an extend that we are unable to cope up with life, and ultimately even think of putting an end to life while forgetting one important thing that the targets, multi tasks, the goals, and even the job or profession are not important than life itself.

The latest research outcomes reveal that one out of 10 youngsters, and two out of 20 elders are found to be depressive.  On an average 60,000 thoughts are going through a human mind every day.  There is an urgent need for an emotionally balanced life.  The emotional balancing can take place only and only by introspection or meditation.  Modern science has proved that meditation can rewire brain cells.  If you are depressed and are likely to get into psychic issues, your own capability to introspect, engage in communication with yourself, adopt an attitude of “come what may”, and detach yourself from the problems which will come and go as a part of nature, will save you and nothing else.  Medical science can do wonders with the body but not with he mind.

The past is a dead body, you can’t do anything with it, except may be you can learn from some of the experiences.  Future is always uncertain and not in your hands.   The present is aptly called a “Present”, it is really a gift nature has given to us  Yet we either live in the past or future, and always fear the future.  Tell yourself “this is what I can do today, let me do it” and such habit of consoling yourself will save you from guilt feelings.    Meditation will help you to engage in such communication with yourself.

Don’t worry about the methods of meditation.  It can be counting your breaths, listening to your own voice in prayers, listening to music, a motivational speech, following your own thoughts, concentrating on a God or a Guru and feeling His presence inside you, or even have a run down of the events of the day while you are in bed and just before falling asleep, or any other methods by which you are able to detach yourself for some time from the routine.  Continuous meditation for a few days will change your life for sure, you will start living in the present, it will make you calm, emotionally balanced, you will start flowering, you will start loving the world, and the world around you will start loving you.  Try it for 45 days at a stretch at a fixed time ideally in the morning after a bath because in the morning thought pollution may not affect you much.  Sit for meditation before the thoughts engulf you.  Nevertheless you can meditate at any time of the day, there is no hard and fast rule.

Courtesy: Life Management …HH Shivkrupanand Swamiji…www.bspmpl.com

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HEARTBEATS 2021- Don’t Let Depression Kill You.

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Only human beings are tuned to expand beyond nature and explore the infinite, and possessed with the freedom to live at will.  Humans only are bestowed with the drives to project themselves better than others, to do whatever possible to enhance their comforts, and even the will to attempt the impossible.

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HEARTBEATS 2021 : Your Properties And Bank Balance Are Waste?

Though acquiring wealth and maintaining good health are necessary priorities of modern life, your relationship with family, relatives, friends, and the community are the consoling factors for a happier life.

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This is an age of activities.  Life depends so much on action that there is hardly any time for rational thinking, the highest faculty of human beings, basically because we have lost the thrill of seeking knowledge like old times as knowledge is readily available in abundance on the click of a button.  The entire life which we used to spend for acquiring knowledge has become monotonous and redundant.

The demand for wealth has increased tremendously, and the need to become wealthy and healthy has become the call of the day.  Look around you and watch the unlimited number of wealth and health clinics coming alive here and there every day.  They are filling our lives left right-centre, around you, and inside you. The reason is that in the rat race of life maintaining both health and wealth are the most important tasks.  Nevertheless the reality is actually something different.

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Obesity is the result of an inactive life style and a question of psychological approaches to food habits, rather than the health care facilities you possess. You can instead follow simple methods highlighted in the article.

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HEARTBEATS 2021:Man Is Working Against Himself!

There will be no human being who, at least once, has not thought of committing suicide. This is due to the faculty of ability to think, judge, and evaluate, and the thing called intelligence.  This ability also ignites the ego or the process of feeling proud of one’s achievements and inability to face failure.  In the absence of this thinking process, human being will be living like other animals with the common purpose of eat and mate, and there will be no occasions for emotional imbalances.  You can’t find a tiger or a lion got dejected and committed suicide irrespective of the number of times they fail to get a prey, there is nothing called failure in their life.  .

The Police Horse Shaktiman which was brutally attacked by a member of Parliament in the state of Haryana in India in the recent past is an example of heightened human ego.  The expressions of the MP in the video give rise to an impression that the horse is an enemy of humans and the MP a savior.  The attack has resulted in amputation of its leg, and the horse could only stand for days before it succumbed to death.  Since Shaktiman is an official member of the police staff, an attack on it is actually an attack on the police force.

The fact that the horse was a means of mobility of human beings, much before the automobiles were invented, and it has been instrumental in transforming the lives of humans in the universe, actually demanded gratitude and support from humans, though it may not mean anything  today after the invention of supersonic jets and rockets.  In such circumstances, if humans become extremely egoistic and nurture the tendency to ignore the horse, it is natural, though deplorable on the part of humans.

There have been ordinary human beings in history who have proved themselves as extra ordinary like Alexander Graham Bell who invented the phone, Thomas Alva Edison who authored about 1100 discoveries most useful to humans, Isaac Newton who invented the gravitational pull of the earth, and many more.  They have been the torch bearers of human progress.  Along with all these gifted humans there have also been people like Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and many others who have adopted the aggressive way of life and spent their lives to prove their worth, and at the same time we also had ideologists like the Mahatma, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the like who have led humanity to the path of oneness and love.  We have seen that the word God has emerged from ‘good’, and the word Devil has emerged from ‘evil’.  Thanks to Osho the revolutionary mystic and writer who has advocated this concept.  The fact is that God and Devil have existed all along side by side and will continue toi do so.

Human beings have experienced the menace of slavery and its impacts from ages, and though we claim to have eliminated slavery, actually it exists in various forms even in modern society, even inside our houses, though the life styles of humans have tremendously improved and progressed over the years, thanks to the efforts of some planners, policy makers, and administrators, who continuously worked on education, freedom of expression, civil liberties, and human rights due to which we have been able to enjoy quality life in many part of the world.

We have also seen that, apart from slavery, the industrialization process from the sixteenth century that our factories were mostly working with the hard labor of children. Children were made to work even for 18 hours a day in our factories, while all the fruits of economic progress were being enjoyed by the few who were owners of the factories.  Acute poverty, and sufferings have forced the parents to surrender to the temptations to put their children to work, and even today we find such stray cases  here and there.

Therefore, child labour, slavery, human trafficking, and exploitation of the weak and infirm, have been the areas of interest for many from time immemorial, and we have not been able to overcome these negativities of human nature completely.  Actually these negativities exist in different shapes and forms blocking the progress of humanity, in spite of continuous efforts of many to get them eliminated.  Like the horse which was a pride possession of humans such negativities too have existed and existence of terrorism, religious hatred, atrocities on fellow humans, and cruelty towards animals, all are examples.

Today we have to recognize the presence of far more superior thinking process and we have really become universal personalities.  Today even young girls are seeking partnership in marriage rather than a one-sided social contract.  We have spent our resources, time, and energy to make our students, especially the down-trodden, able minded and conscious citizens, by showing them the Martyrs like Bhagat Singh who faced the gallows with smile as our heroes, and consequently when we find that student leaders like Kanhaya Kumar emerging as exemplary leaders, and when they point fingers at us, standing by the constitution and complying with our recommendation to ask questions, we are unable to bear.  However, how long can we go on breaking such fingers?  How long can we bear the somber and gloomy situation that we are in today.

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