KUNTESH UPADHYAYA –  Persuing MBA at Thakur Institue of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai

To begin with lets first know what does religious harmony mean. It means an attitude of open dialogue and mutual exchange of ideologies rather than imposing our beliefs on others by force. It is brought about through realizing that “Truth is One but the Paths are Many”. We are fast moving in our busy lives striving hard to be on top over the others. In this race to surpass others we tend to overlook on what we have known through our religions. All our religions teach us many things but what we pick up from each of them is completely dependent on us. Anyone can guide you through a way but it is you who has to ultimately walk on it by yourself. All the religious books Bible, Geeta, Kuraan, etc. talk about peace both physic al as well as spiritual. They never taught to fight with each other but it is we who interpreted it as we wanted to. In some religions people is blindfolded by teaching them things in the name of their religion which serves in their personal benefits only because the person listening is not aware about what their religion actually says and teaches.

We are now in the twenty first century, the quality of research on both the inner and physical world has reached quite high levels, thanks to the tremendous stride in technological advancement and human intelligence. the world is also facing a lot of new problems, most of which are man-made. The root cause of these man-made problems is the inability of human beings to control their agitated minds. How to control such a state of mind is taught by the various religions of this world. 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. This is happening majorly because we are all thinking about ourselves and not about us together. In order to live in a world which has no wars or fights and where everyone lives peacefully we need to think beyond the conventional thinking of why me to why not me. By doing so we will not only be in a position to understand the plight of the other but also make the others feel happier and contended by being heard and given a chance of being understood.

If people are assessed and spoken to on individual basis, no one would want to get into a fight because that only leads to destruction of both material and human (physical and mental ). There is a loss of human time money and energy and in the end the one who suffers is also the human only. In today’s world of growing education , the thinking of the individuals also changes. They no longer are biased and believe in interreligious harmony. They do not treat any religion as inferior or demeaning. One of the best ways to achieve religious harmony is through education. A well educated individual is very well aware about his responsibilities and duties towards himself, his society and the country as a whole. He becomes a better human being.

As rightly quoted by mahatma Gandhi There is enough for everybody’s need but not enough for everybody’s greed . If everybody in this world becomes contended with what they have or at least not intrude into others rights to fulfill their extra desires then the world will be a more peaceful place to live in. The paucity of time is the major constraint in making people think and differentiate between what is and what ought to be. The race to make enough for themselves and their families is what makes them chose a path which is rough in respect to the religious preaching.

In the 21st century people are losing on their religious beliefs, they only visit their holy places when they are in any trouble or in need of something unlike the earlier times when people used to remove time to devote to god and considered and believed him to be the ultimate superpower above all. Whereas today the existence of worship of god is slowly fading away, it is only prevalent in some parts of the world. Today’s world believes in an eye for an eye without realizing what is the consequence of it. Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Business without Ethics; Science without Humanity, Religion without Sacrifice and Politics without Principles are deadly Sins. We have built a society, which is violent & explosive .We are living in extremely explosive times the world is in confusion and human beings are driven by the power of egocentric behavior. Key spiritual values embraced in a business context include integrity,honesty, accountability, quality, cooperation, service, intuition, trustworthiness,respect, justice, and service. When everyone understands their responsibilities towards their society they will also at the same time help in building a better world for themselves as well as for the generations to come.

In the past it was not a major problem because nations remained aloof from each other with their own distinct religion. However, in today’s close and interconnected world there are so many differences amongst various religions. We must obviously resolve these problems. For example, there have been a lot of religions in India for the past thousand years. Some of them were imported from outside whereas some have grown in India itself. Despite this, the fact is that these religions have been able to coexist with each other, and the principle of Ahimsa has really flourished in this country. Even today, this principle has a strong bearing on every religion. This is very precious and India should really take pride in it. Similarly all other countries have their own heritage to be proud of and lots to teach to others. In the end it can be summed up in just one quote which is very aptly given by mahatma Gandhi as,
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world. “