Kamlesh Jain -B.com , Persuing MBA at Thakur Institue of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai

Introduction

“For building a better world, the transformation should begin at individual level”

– Said Acharya Mahapragya, Leader and propagator of the Anuvrat movement.

Culture shapes the way we see the world. It therefore has the capacity to bring about the change of attitudes needed to ensure peace and sustainable development which, we know, form the only possible way forward for life on planet Earth. Today, that goal is still a long way off. A global crisis faces humanity at the dawn of the 21st century, marked by increasing poverty in our asymmetrical world, environmental degradation and short-sightedness in policy-making. Culture is a crucial key to solving this crisis.

Source: Preface, World Culture Report, UNESCO Publishing, Paris, 1999.

The world economic order is changing rapidly due to advancement of science and technology. The world has been transformed into a global village. Due to the process of globalization & technological explosion business world in India & abroad are facing global challenges i.e. Challenges of survival, challenges of change, challenges of competition & customer satisfaction

At present we are living in age of corruptions, greed, conflicts, violence & terrorism, which is known as ‘Kali Yuga’ i.e. Age of darkness & impurities, which is an extremely explosive troubled times where the context of human life is changing every moment.

We have reduced the world to its present state of Chaos, by our prejudices, by our egoistic behavior and by our self centered activities towards nature and towards human being

All over the world, Religion holds a primal place. Everyman is said to believe in a ‘god’. Ordinarily there should be no feud in matter of religion, because religion is a personal decision. However, in recent times religion has become an issue and many crimes are committed on the basis of faith. In the 21st century with the promotion of human rights, this ought not to be so. We must note that religion has always been a thorny issue, not with the Christian crusades and the Islamic Jihads. We believe times have changed and each individual should be able to practice his faith without necessarily impuning his fellow.

Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, on November 25, 2012 said India, where different religious traditions “live harmoniously”, is a model to other parts of world, and should continue to keep this tradition. “India is a model. Different religious traditions live peacefully and harmoniously. Please keep this tradition,” Dalai Lama said at the valedictory of the year-long celebration of the 1,960 year-old Malankara Orthodox Syrian church in Kochi. Describing India as ‘Arya Bhumi’, the Nobel Laureate said “we consider this country spiritually very, very important.” In the last 2000-3000 years, different religious traditions, including Buddhism, Jainism, flourished here.”

“India has great heritage. There is harmony among different religious traditions. India is a land where people of different religious faiths can live peacefully and harmoniously here. India’s tradition is very relevant in today’s world,” he said. For thousands of years, India carried the message of ‘Ahimsa’ which was relevant even today, he said, adding, “We should ourselves create inner peace by practicing love and compassion in daily life.” In the 21st century, people everywhere talk about money and material value. That is also important. Material wealth provides physical comfort. Mental comfort is possible only by faith, he said. “A disturbed mind is very bad for health, while a healthy mind and health body go together. Material wealth alone will not bring happiness,” the spiritual leader said. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam said there is need for a combination of economic prosperity and spiritual way of life.

National Catholic Reporter Bill Tammeus, in speeches and columns over many years have made the point that interfaith understanding is vital if there’s to be any hope for world peace.

If the call of the 20th century for Americans was to work toward racial harmony, the call of the 21st century is to seek religious harmony in our increasingly pluralistic culture.

The world is divided into narrow domestic walls. Hardly a day passes without a terrorist killing an innocent person and somebody murders a person out of revenge. Every country wants to display her power by going in for atomic bombs. In this trouble torn world, we need peace and harmony. This is not possible by changing our religious faiths or declaring a war against a country on flimsy causes and excuses. If we try to study the essence of all religions, we should come to the conclusion that no religion professes hatred and violence. If some people are labeled as terrorists, the religion does not owe responsibility for them. Terrorists do not belong to any religion. They are a separate entity. In this huge and gigantic world, we can’t think of a single religion and faith. There are bound to be many cultural and religious differences. The people need

to live in a state of peace and harmony despite their religious and cultural idiosyncrasies.

In the 21st century, India can march ahead with equal participation of every community in the process of maintenance of social harmony. The cooperation and contribution of youth of every section of society is essential. The politics of mono-culture has no place in the present social structure of India, which greatly owes its strength to secularism.

Communal harmony is the sine qua non of a pluralistic society such as ours. Guarding and strengthening this core ideal, upon which our policy is based, requires ceaseless vigilance. Nearly six hundred years ago, the saint Kabir blended the mystic aspects of the various religious traditions of our country, and provided to later generations a sense of what we would today call Unity in Diversity. Among his many luminous ‘do-has’, Kabir had urged each of us to find within ourselves the spark of goodness or genius to inspire everyone.

He wrote: ‘Jaisay til mein tel hai, jyon chakmak mein aag, Tera saayin tujh mein hai, tu jaag sakay to jaag.’

People who summon the will and courage to protect the life and property of others professing different faiths remain in the vanguard of our movement for secularism

The attitude and outlook of youths towards life and society plays a determining role in shaping our destiny and our future. Indian youth can transform India into a developed society by assuming a constructive role in every sphere; be it Information Technology or in the farm sector, engineering or industry, medical science or social reform or even in politics.

Youth need to empower self for promotion of a youth movement in the country, with a view towards encouraging the spirit of volunteerism, leadership and sensitivity towards community requirements, from different walks of life.

‘To be fully human is to be divine’. No religion preaches hatred. A true religion is transformative having the power to create “a new heaven and a new earth”.

We all need to know, “Violence causes trauma and unhealed trauma causes more violence,” To put it more succinctly, “hurt people hurt people.” Unhealed and unaddressed trauma can cause individuals to hurt themselves or others, leading them to the aggressor’s cycle. Father Richard Rohr, a Catholic theologian said that “pain that is not transformed is transferred.”

“If I keep hurting myself or if I hurt you, then … I’ve become the aggressor and I’ve just created more victims who are hurting, and if they are not aware of what’s going on we could just keep this cycle spinning forever,”. “This could happen at the individual level, it could happen at the family level, it can happen at the national level.”

Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier uses music as a weapon, he sings songs that oppose violence, reject tribalism, promote peace and endorse education against violence. Still a soldier at heart, Jal has a new war: fighting violence with music.

“Music is the only thing that can speak to your mind, your heart and your soul system, your cells, and influence you without any hard work,” said Jal of his newest weapon. “I put my fight into music, for two reasons: to cool down my anger, transforming that anger to positivism, and because I want to pass a message to people. At first I was doing it because it’s fun and it’s healthy; now it goes to the people.”

In his songs he pleads for togetherness, for the cessation of violence and the growth of peace. “What I have is a message of hope, and I’m preaching a message of peace using my experiences and using the existing problems happening in my country. I want to offer hope to the people who are struggling, that everything is possible and also to at least inspire someone to at least invest in somebody’s life. It took a simple British aid worker to invest in me, and here I am today.”

‘Let us create one nation for all Human. We are a young and we share one future together. Let us build among ourselves a sense of belonging, a feeling of commonality with one another than with any other people in the world. Even though we belong to different races and Worship different religions; let us feel instinctively that we are, first and foremost, Human. This is our home and here we belong.’