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deva-asura

In bharatiya samskriti, the tendency to benefit the world, enabling it’s sustenance, is termed deva; and that to self-aggrandize is termed asura.
Whenever asura tendency rose inordinately, and sustenance of Earth was threatened, corrective action was made to retain the balance of society and of Earth by the conscious bharatiya.

The world today

The world today is divided into two factions- the slaves of west, and the rest.
The slaves here refer to people who are already brought under western self-aggrandizing system. They are used to propagate western culture of self-aggrandizement further, imposing it upon the rest.
The ‘rest’ include the rest of the peoples who have still not been consumed by the voracious western system. These are largely confined to peoples living in close proximity to Nature in remote areas and a rare few who live amidst areas of western influence and rebel against western hegemonical imposition. Besides these, the ‘rest’ also include Nature- plants, animals, birds, environment and Earth.

The slaves

The slaves are further divided- those who willingly toe the line of western masters and collaborate in imposing western superiority and strengthening it, and those who, having interacted with westerners in equal manner, having seen them as no better capable than anybody else, refuse to accept superiority of the westerner and uses the positive characteristics and achievements of indigenous culture systems of their countries to claim equal recognition. They yet remain within the western system, indulging in the avenues of self-aggrandization provided by it, are an integral part of the western system drawing sustenance from it. All they want is a bigger share of the pie than they are currently provided with. These people may go on to develop clones of the specific western system that they are opposing, with features of indigenous cultures added.

The ‘rest’, by contrast, recognize the value of indigenous culture systems and live it. Their aim in life is directed by the indigenous systems and are non-aggrandizing. They are occupied in realization of their aims in the ways recommended by their ancient cultures.

The model slave

Within the western system, while every body is slave to the system, some are superior slaves- superiority based on utility of the slave to expansion of the system. Slaves who provide maximum benefit to the western system are rewarded and feted and projected as role model to others. They are provided with all material comforts that the system is able to provide, and are shown to live a luxurious life so that the rest are motivated to emulate such ‘achievers’ and similarly benefit the system.

The motivation

Western systems nurture narrow selfish considerations, motivate unbridled self-aggrandization, and constantly shape ideologies and create systems that enable it to trample upon what it considers as ‘others’, to mindlessly exploit Nature, and everything else.
They created an entity called ‘god’ that was designated as the creator owner of entire creation, and then appropriated for themself the rights to speak on its behalf. The Catholic Church led western society then decreed every ‘non-believer’ and all other living beings and Earth itself as having been created by that ‘god’ for exploitaton by ‘true christians’. That system of exploitation of peoples and other living beings have been continuing for millenniums. The selfish nature nurtured by that system invariably throw up tussle to claim the rights to speak on behalf of the mute entity ‘god’. That spawned clones of catholic church- protestants, orthodox, islam and their many variants. It also created aggrandizing systems for economical and political exploitation, such as Capitalism, Communism, Nazism, Fascism, Nationalism, Racism, Socialism, Democracy. These systems have been but tools for a few to fool the many, appropriate the resources of the world and to make the many slave for the few. The motive of selfish aggrandizement inherent behind these systems create unbridgeable chasm between their theory and practice.

me and mine

Western systems distinguish those who are part of it and the rest, by various terms that have changed over time. Once it was ‘roman’, and ‘barbarian’, then ‘christian’ and ‘pagan’, ‘muslim’ and ‘kaffir’, ‘christian’ and ‘heathen’. Later, ‘white’ and ‘native’/’indian’/’tribal’, ‘working class’ and ‘brougeoisie’. Currently it is ‘modern’ and ‘primitive’ in the ‘modern’ society.

The base of such labelling is narrow selfish mentality that distinguishes this is mine and this is not, described in a sloka of mahopanishad– “अयं निज: परो वेति गणना लघुचेतसाम् ।”.
bharatiya samskriti recognizes such selfish behaviour as arising from narrow mindedness and cherish the next part of that sloka– “उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् ॥”- for the wise, entire world is family.

bharatiya sampada

bharatiya samskriti is shaped by the realization- aham brahmasmi (yajur veda), prajñānam brahma (rig veda), ayamātmā brahma (atharva veda), tat tvam asi (sama veda).
This realization enabled bharatiya parampara to view all creation as one family- vasudhaiva kutumbakam. It also motivated respect for all beings, attitude of service, and recognition of atman as beyond physical.

Bharat today

The current lot in Bharat, however, have been educated under the western education system that inculcates self-aggrandizing selfish attitude within each person. That education system serves the purpose of turning human beings into willing slaves of the western aggrandizing system.
The ‘educated’ lot in India today thus are bereft of a sense of self other than identification with their physical body and material possessions, and a purpose of life other than to indulge sensual cravings and self-aggrandizing urge. These people, deracinated, willingly slave their lives away, amassing material possesions, and consider that achievement. Even when they rise against the injustice perpetuated by the western system, they remain within the system, use the tools provided by the system, are guided by the system itself and retain all the characteristics inculcated by the system. The alternative models they offer are therefore just another version to aggrandize and self-promote- a clone of the existing western system with a different appearance.

Therefore many of these people accept the label created by the westerners- ‘hindu’, and try to organize themselves under that label, defining it variously to suit current needs, and indulge in the ‘us’ vs ‘them’ practice of western system. In the western system ‘us’ and ‘them’ are ostensibly defined by identification with family, place of birth, community or politico-religious allegiance, and actually by the strength of identification a person shows towards such categorizations, unlike in bharatiya samskriti where it is the person’s sense of dharma that is the paramount criteria. This concept of bharatiya samskriti is even echoed by Jesus, who asked people to cherish their neighbour, defining the ‘neighbour’ with the story of a samaritan who helps a jew in distress, explaining that the ‘us’ is not defined by narrow considerations of family of birth, position in life, occupation, or politico-religious affiliation, but by the sense of rightness or dharma, that was displayed by the samaritan when he helped the jew, thus proving himself to be the true ‘neighbour’ of the jew. The parable by Jesus shows the samaritan as engaging in nishkama karma advised by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita, when he not only tends to the injured jew, but also takes him to nearby inn and pays the inn-keeper for taking care of the jew.
Jesus was crucified by the aggrandizing romans, who then expropriated his ideas, established a church to cut off access to those ideas by lay people, claimed the sole rights to speak on behalf of Jesus, subjugated peoples for millenniums, spawned its clones in politico-economic field and continues to do the same even now. The present day ‘christians’, educated by such church, naturally display the selfish, materialistic aggrandizing behaviour of the romans, and are far removed from Jesus, just like the present day indians, educated by the british created education system, are strangers to bharatiya sampada.

Destroying the western Raktabija

Devi mahatmyam tells about an asura Raktabija who produces clones of himself with every drop of his blood that falls on the ground. Kali devi drank the blood of that asura, preventing it from falling on Earth. Thus sucked dry of the clone producing blood, the asura was killed.
The clone producing blood of the western systems are thoughts of narrow self identification and resultant urge for selfish aggrandizement. It is this that produces clones whenever a western system is attempted to be destroyed.
Thus while steps are taken to destroy the western systems, it is necessary to also remove the thoughts of narrow self-identfication and selfish aggrandization.
It is by thus drying up the clone producing thoughts of narrow self-identfication that world destroying western systems of aggrandizement can be destroyed.

Realizing Kali devi

Kali devi, the ferocious power that sucks dry the aggrandizing thoughts, arise from Durga devi, the strong sense of rightness, and is later stabilized by Shiva bhagavan– the realized yogi.

 

* namaste *

Notes:

1. In this text western systems have been identified as characterized by self-promoting selfish attitudes since the systems created by the west have consistently displayed such charactristic. The term ‘westerner’ is thus used for a person who behaves in self-aggrandizing manner. bharatiya samskriti calls such people mleccha. A person of non-western origin who behaves in similar way is also thus a ‘westerner’. Whereas a person born and living in the west, yet does not practice the self-aggrandizing ways of the west is not a ‘westerner’ in the context of this text.

2. The historic authenticity of person named Jesus is questioned by many people. However, the relevance of the parable of Samaritan and Jew used in this text is independent of historicity of Jesus. That is, the parable retains its meaning and relevance in the text  regardless of whether Jesus was a historic personality or a personalized concept of messiah.

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Did Rishi Vatsyayana physically explore all that in kama sutra before creating the text ?

Did the sculptors of various sensual sculptures in india, have people standing in such pose before them, while they created such sculptures ?

The difference between a creation that is produced as a result of physical experience and that which is produced as a result of intuitive experience is that in the former, the focus is on, and remains on, the physical aspects as experienced through the senses while the latter transcends limitations of physical senses and inspires experience of the essence.

The difference is similar to that between a dead body and a living body- the vital living aspect. Howsoever perfect the dead body is, and imperfect the living body may be, the latter has a vitality that makes it engaging which the other lacks.

This is the reason the realisation aham brahmasmi cannot be experienced purely through experience from physical senses.

This origin of kama sutra, through intuitive experience in the mind of a realized sage, makes it much more than a manual on sex. It is a tool aiding in living dharmically, while experiencing life, assisting in fostering awareness and intuition, leading up towards realization.
So are the other texts, sculptures, dance forms and music of bhArat. They have the quality of rasa– that which inspires experience of the vital, by the discerning viewer/listener/reader.

bharatiya samskriti, comprising of such texts, scuptures, dance forms, music, thought and spiritual outlook, derivative of intuitive experiences, aids in sustaining dharma in society and inspires people to realise themselves.

Purpose of life

Is it to see bhArata desH being recognized THE best of the world ?
Is it to see bharatiya samskriti being accepted by everybody in the world ?
Is it to see vasudaiva kutumbakam actualised ?

Two points still remain-

1. Is that a worthwhile aim ? Does that make a life worthwhile ? What is the worth of a life ?

2. What is the underpinning of bharatiya samskriti that makes it refined ? What is underpinning the thought of vasudaiva kutumbakam ? Is it superficial understanding of ‘universal brotherhood’ ?

These two points are most pertinent.

Different Purposes

Some parents want to see their children well settled in life. Some want to marry off their daughters. Some want to see their grandchildren before they die.
Some others want to earn a billion dollars. Some want to see their country gain name and fame, even if in the sports arena.

Some want their name to endure after them.
Some want to do enough to ensure proximity to a ‘God almighty’ in after-life.

Some want to engage in their favorite activity which could be mountain climbing or river rafting or acting in movies or playing a musical instrument or a game of sports.
Some want to finish their current project or research engagement.

Some want to see what they identify with- their community, their culture, their family, their organisation, their country, their philosophy, attain universal acclaim. This is motivated by one of the two reasons- an expectation to attain universality themselves on piggyback or the belief that subsuming of their individuality to larger group interest is a worthwhile aim for life.

Such motivations derive from identification with limited sense of self.

Some others engage in activity of service, material enrichment, societal administration or knowledge dissemination, sublimating limited sense of self.
bharatiya darshanas call such activity manifestation of varna- sudra, vyshya, kshatriya, brahmana, respectively. It is such activity, sublimating self-identity, that underpins vasudaiva kutumbakam. Its primary motivator is the understanding aham brahmasmi (yajur veda), prajñānam brahma (rig veda), ayamātmā brahma (atharva veda), tat tvam asi (sama veda).

Different people. Different inclinations. Different karma.

Which is the best ?

Which is the best of all the purposes that a person can choose ?

That which helps actualise his/her karma. That which is congruent with his/her sva-dharma.
This answers the questions raised by the first point- What is the worth of a life ? Worth of a life is in actualisation of karma.

What is karma – inner motivation, that is exteriorised in varna.

The question posed by the second point- What underpins bharatiya samskriti ?
dharma.

It is dharma that defines bharatiya samskriti. It is from dharma that bharatiya samskriti derives. It is dharma that forms vasudaiva kutumbakam. dharma sustains bharatiya samskriti. As consciousness of dharma rises in society, bharatiya samskriti rejuvenates.

How does consciousness of dharma arise in mind ?
From the understanding of self.

This, understanding of self, derives dharmic life and rejuvenates bharatiya samskriti.

Understanding, comes from selfless enquiry.

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