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कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्


by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

I am indeed happy. Members of my immediate family are happy. My neighbours are happy. However, the Al Qaida and the Taliban operatives in the area are NOT happy because thay have had no kill so far. They blame the people of the locality for not cooperating with the Islamist terrorists. strange logic.
Happiness is a state of the mind. The state of the mind of an individual depends on the circumstances, the environment and the factor called cause 'n effect. What is the cause that will effect happiness? The cause may be personal, social or political. It may be physical or mental or spiritual. It may be social at the local level or the national level or international level.


What is Dharma? Dharma means the totality of thought and action. It is the sum total of all that an individual does in life in a day, in a week, a month or a year. The character and conduct of an individual depend on the Dharma that he observes in life. Dharma is NOT religion or a ritual as some people wrongly interpret. MANU Maharaj, the greates law giver of ancient India defines Dharma as comprising TEN Elements : Patience, Pardon, Righteousness, Abjure Stealing, Cleanliness, Sublimation of Desires,Sharp Brain, Knowledge, Truth,Eschewing Anger. An individual - male or female - who observes the Ten tenets of Dharma as given heretofore will be happy in day-to-day life. He or she will be able to have inner satisfaction of living a life as prescribed by the vedas on the individual plane and the social plane. With a view to be Socially Efficient an individual has to learn to adapt, adjust and learn the principle of sacrifice for promoting togetherness.

The last three Mantras of the last sukta of the Rigveda are the best guide to help an individual observe the Samajik Dharma or the Social Ethics. It is togetherness - physically, mentally, spiritually that makes the cornerstone of the edifice of a human being's Samajik Dharma.


Having risen from the basic unit of a family and progressed to the Social level, we now graduate to the National level and discuss our Rashtriya Dharma. The basic principle for fulfilling our obligation to the Nation is that we assimilate the concept : NATION ABOVE ALL. The Indian Army has made it its motto. If the Nation exists, we exist. If the Nation is obliterated by the enemy, we as individuals cease to exist. With a view to let the Nation exist and prosper, we as individuals, must not think of ourselves as Numero Uno. The basic teaching given to a Gentleman Cadet at the Indian Military Academy isas follows:

The honour, safety and welfare of our country comes first always and everytime;
The honour,safety and welfare of men you command come next;
Your own honour,safety and welfare come last always and everytime.

If the leaders of a Nation at various levels follow this Mantra, they will help the fellow citizens prosper, be happy and make the Nation grow from strength to strength. Happiness will prevail and depression disappear from the dictionary of the Happy Nation. On the contrary, not observing the Rashtriya Dharma and not putting Nation Above All will spell disaster for both the individual and the Nation.
Of course, after the stage of the Nation, there is entire mankind to be taken care of. The sixth commandment of the Arya Samaj says that it is our duty to look after the welfare of the humanity, their physical,spiritual and social welfare. The Sanskrit sloka goes thus :


Rendered into English it would run thus - to call an object mine and another yours -that is done by the narrow minded. The broad minded treat the whole world as ONE FAMILY.
There lies the real happiness of Man. Happiness lies in giving away and not in coveting. Earn with one hundred hands but give in charity with a thousand hands - that is the root of Human Happiness emanating from observing Dharma at the social and national planes.

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