Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Now a days there is a lot of violence occurring not in India but all over the world.. The recent issue in India was "Priyanka Reddy" case, she was brutally raped and murdered and the incidence left entire nation in shock..

People are raising this issue on social media, and while scrolling down Facebook I saw something posted by Former botany Teacher, Mr. Vijay Deshmukh Sir, here is sharing screenshot..

Which translates, ever since the Country has been bitten by the insect of secularism, The education got polluted with unethical inculcation. #Rape

From which I took the word "Secular" and tried to find the emergence of Secularism and when I researched this, came to the conclusion that Secularism is something given to the world by India, basically Secularism is an Indian Concept as "वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं" Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, which means "the world is one family".

Even, "Adi Shankaracharya", who was early 8th century philosopher wrote "Nirvana Shataka" and here is one shloka from this Nirwana Shataka,

न मृत्युर् न शंका न मे जातिभेद: पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मन बन्धुर् न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्य:चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम्

Which means, I do not have fear of death, as I do not have death. I have no separation from my true self, no doubt about my existence, nor have I discrimination on the basis of birth. I have no father or mother, nor did I have a birth. I am not the relative, nor the friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

It clearly throws light on the concept of secularism.

After few minutes, Deshmukh Sir posted some interesting thing in comment box, would like to share a screenshot here,

Hmmmm, so this thing really made me to think. So I researched about this book "Hadith" Sahih-Al-Bukhari which was said to be "record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad" and written in 13th century..

So even if whatever there in the above screenshot is true, it's clearly of no relevance in present times. 13th century was the time, where there were feudalism.... and status of women were subordinate to men... their duty was to obey their husband blindly, or it can be said that women were treated as property of their father before marriage and of husband after marriage.. 13th Century was the time when contemporary emperors used to fight among themselves to exploit resources.. and the one who wins, all the resources including human's be it men or women belongs to the winning team...

The Concept of Secularism is given to the world by India... now about dignity of woman, "Dushasana attempted for chir haran of rajswala Draupadi" this has mentions in Mahabharata... and its not because "any particular religion", it was simply because women were {except ancient Vedic period }always been treated as subordinate to men... and now days It is because women are portrayed as sexual objects and not a dignified human being, though now a days there is a law is very strong and there are human rights also but still these things are prevailing in society, not because of teaching of any particular religion, its all due to disgusting mentality and lack of respect for women... and about "hadith" it was written in 13th century, it was the time when women's status was worst, even the practice of Sati was prevalent during that time.... and about now, ours is a democratic country and the constitution is the supreme here, Thanks to efforts of people like, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Mahtma Phule, Architect of Indian Constitution "Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar" etc... if something needs to change , then its mentality of people and it can only happen when there will be universal education policy which includes teachings of moral and ethical conduct...

All differences in the world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secrete of everything....____Swami Vivekananda...

© Tejaswita Khidake

Referances -

- Mahaupanishad

- Adi Shankaracharya's Texts

- Mahabharata

- Hadith

- Facebook Posts


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