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Acharya Sachidananda

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.

Commas and Fullstops….…  

On the TV next day was the news of violent clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in western UP. Atma Prakash remembered such clashes that used to occur regularly at Hyderabad during his school days.

Many teachers and students used to look forward to such clashes as they would get holidays to enjoy….

‘Guruji, some say that Islam is a religion of violence and wars…How do you look at it?’ Atma Prakash asked the Baba that day…

‘A jaundiced man sees everything yellow, my son…When there is selfishness, greed, lust and violence within us, we also use our religions and scriptures to satisfy them… It is not religion that is to be blamed. It is the followers of a religion who make that religion good or bad, peaceful or violent…’ said the Baba reflectively and continued….

‘The very word ‘Islam’ means peace. It also means submission to the will of God. To my mind, Islam is a great world religion of peace which has also shown the path of peace…..

‘This religion of Prophet Mohammad is highly misunderstood and misinterpreted by many of its own adherents….

‘I had the opportunity to study Islam in a deeper way… and to interact with some very enlightened Islamic scholars and sufi saints. Their life and ideology were very inspiring… At Delhi, at Lucknow, at Ajmer, and at Hyderabad… I could meet very many enlightened Muslims scholars and saints… But I am sad to say that these enlightened masters are overshadowed by the uneducated and fanatic mullahs and moulavis who seem to rule the roost….

‘Son, please remember, every religion has specific cultural and historical backgrounds, as well as unique social and spiritual contexts. Islam was born in the cultural and historical backgrounds of Arabia….

‘Culture and language have deep relationship. Scriptures, including the Holy Quran, were written by prophets and sages, inspired by the Spirit of God, but in their own languages which were conditioned and influenced by their cultural backgrounds…Once we understand this truth, we will not be fanatic about the ‘Word of God’ or about the ‘Book’ but will try to imbibe the spirit behind these words.. and books….

‘I had met a Muslim group at Mumbai who claimed that they were the true Muslims following the Holy Quran without even changing a comma or fullstop! I could only sympathize with them….

‘I feel such individuals and groups are often missing out the spirit behind the scriptural words because of their obsession with commas and fullstops….…

‘You can read the book, ‘The Prophet of Peace’ by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, one of the most enlightened Muslim scholars of this century. It will help you to understand how this great religion of Prophet Muhammad is being distorted by fanatic Muslims…..

‘I also had a very interesting experience with a Christian group many years ago… I was invited to speak to them by a dear friend who was organizing a seminar for them. I had quoted to them the parable from the Holy Bible about a master giving five talents, three talents and one talent to three of his servants before setting out on a long journey… On his return after years, he asked the servants for accounts.. The one who was given five, made it ten and was blessed… the one given three made it six and was also blessed. But the servant who was given one talent did not use it at all and was punished…..

‘One of the pastors from the group jumped up with an open Bible… He accused me for ‘abusing the Word of God’… He brought the Holy Bible and showed me that the second servant was given not three talents, but ‘two talents’. He created such a fuss on the issue..…

‘He missed out the spirit of the message and was clinging on to the words… This approach leads to conflicts and violence… and to religious fanaticism…

‘Please remember, dear son, religions and their scriptures are for humankind. They are there to guide us in our forward, upward and Godward journey in this world…

By Acharya Sachidananda on 27-07-2017

Sadguru Jesus and Christianity

‘Please, revered one, what will be these pillars of a Swadeshi Church?’ Atma Prakash was very eager to know.

‘Let me share with you the four ‘pillars’ of a Swadeshi Church as I visualize them’, the Baba began.

‘The first pillar of a truly Christian and truly Indian Swadeshi Church according to me will be the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’, or ‘Dharma Rajya’ as we may refer to it in our Indian context….

‘The mission and message of Sadguru Jesus Christ were centered on the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’. The term ‘Kingdom of God’ appears more than 125 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ presented this vision to his disciples in many ways using many parables in order to drive home this one truth. The sum and substance of his mission and message was the ‘Kingdom of God’. He also presented himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life’ of this Kingdom of God….

‘The term ‘Kingdom of God’ represents a vision of the highest state of love, unity, peace and joy beyond time and space limitations. This is a vision shared by most religious traditions of humankind, though different religions use different terminologies and imageries to represent this one ultimate goal of human life on earth. In our Indian context we can refer to the Kingdom of God as ‘Dharma Rajya’….

‘The term ‘Dharma Rajya’ implies, as we had seen earlier, a nation or a world of love, unity, peace and joy. It is also a physical expression of the ‘Kingdom of God’ preached by Sadguru Jesus Christ. Hence, the vision of ‘Dharma Rajya’ can be accepted as the first pillar of a ‘Swadeshi Church’. This is an inclusive vision that can be shared by all religions….

‘The second pillar of a Swadeshi Church will be the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ as included in the Gospel according to Mathew, Chapters 5, 6 & 7….

‘The Sermon on the Mount is the compendium of the teachings of Sadguru Jesus Christ. Together these teachings of the divine master can be termed ‘Christu Dharma’. The Christu Dharma consists of universal spiritual principles that can be applied and practiced by anyone anywhere anytime. The spiritual results experienced by those practicing the Christu Dharma sincerely will speak for themselves….

‘Mahatma Gandhi used the Sermon on the Mount as an eternal source of inspiration for himself. Swami Vivekananda had declared that even without any other religious scriptures, the Sermon on the Mount would be sufficient enough to bring about a spiritual regeneration of humankind….

‘The third pillar of a Swadeshi Church is the ‘Way’ of Christ to the Kingdom of God. As mentioned earlier, during the initial stages of the ‘Kingdom of God Movement’ that was initiated by Sadguru Jesus Christ, his disciples were known as the followers of the ‘Way’. This was the Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love….

‘Sadguru Jesus Christ told his disciples that he was giving them a new commandment; to love one another just as he had loved them. He had said that all people would know that they were his disciples, if they had love for one another….

‘Jesus Christ also wanted his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecuted them… He himself set an example by praying for those who crucified him…..

‘The Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love taught and demonstrated to the world by Sadguru Jesus Christ is the sure way to the Kingdom of God. In fact, there is no other way to the Kingdom of God because God is love. However, the Christian love has to extend to one’s enemies, and should motivate and empower one to lay down one’s life for his or her friends. This calls for self-sacrifice of the highest order….

‘This was what Jesus Christ himself had demonstrated on the cross. Rising above the agony of death, he had prayed for those who crucified him: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’…..

‘There is no other way to reach the Kingdom of God except through the path of love. This Way of love was preached and presented as the ‘Christu Marga’ by St. Thomas the Apostle. The term ‘Christu Marga’ means, as mentioned earlier, the Way of Christ….

‘This Christu Marga can be termed ‘Sahana Yoga’ from an Indian spiritual perspective. The word ‘Sahana’ means to suffer, to bear. The term ‘Yoga’ implies communion with God. Sahana becomes a Yoga only when it is accepted with love. We had studied this concept earlier. We only need to recollect them. Sahana Yoga is self-sacrificing love that will lead to ‘Dharma Rajya’…..

‘Sahana Yoga can never be confined to Christians and Christianity. It is a path of love that will lead us to unity and peace. It is open and available to anyone anywhere anytime….

‘Newton’s ‘Law of gravity’ is independent of the followers of Newton and of Newton himself. It existed before Newton. It can and will exist without Newton. Similarly, ‘Sahana Yoga’ is independent of Christians and Christian Churches. It was taught and embodied by Sadguru Jesus Christ. The power and glory of ‘Sahana Yoga’ was demonstrated to humanity by Mahatma Gandhi through the greatest non-violent revolution the world has ever seen. We had discussed this before….

‘I believe that ‘Sahana Yoga’ will be India’s unique contribution to the world. I believe that just as the institutionalization of Christianity had begun from Rome, the most powerful civilization of the first century, the spiritualization of Christianity has to begin from India, the oldest living civilization of the twenty first century…

‘The institutionalization of Christianity was initiated by Emperor Constantine after a vision of the ‘cross’ that he had. But he himself had not become a ‘Christian’ when he had made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire…

‘The spiritualization of Christianity was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, who also had a vision of the ‘cross’ in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He too had never become a ‘Christian’….

Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution’

By Acharya Sachidananda on 23-07-2017

Power of Devotion

Guru Raghavendra was a 16th century South Indian Hindu saint. Venkitanatha (early name) was born in 1595 as son to a refugee family from Vijayanagar Kingdom.  He grew up to a very devoted religious scholar and skilled musician. Though he married a lady from a quite noble family, the family lived in utter poverty. He never demanded any fee for his. However, without any means to support his family, he had to endure a life of utter poverty. A description of the hardships faced by him might melt anybody’s heart. When other families observed Ekadasi (traditional Hindu one day full fasting) twice a month, his family did that several times every week. He could not afford a drop of oil to take an oil-bath even on a festival day like Diwali. His family did not see new clothes for years.

In spite of all these, he never wavered in his faith towards the Lord. He continued his self-study and free teachings, determined to be content with whatever came to him, unsought and unasked.  He later became a very powerful saint, who did many miracles in his life.

He once attended a wedding.  Seeing his poor cloths shabby appearance, the host mistook him for a beggar, who has come for free food. They asked him to grind sandalwood, to which he readily agreed. While working on it, he chanted Vedic Sukthas (verses). Further, those who used the paste on their body felt a strong burning sensation. On enquiry, they
understood that Venkatanatha was reciting Agni (Fire) Sukthas from Vedas, while
grinding sandal wood. The host immediately understood the saint’s magnificence and
begged him to make the paste again, chanting Varuna (Wind) Sukthas. He grinded
the salndal wood again, this time chanting Varuan Sukthas and when the new
paste was used, all burning subsided.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 17-07-2017

Gospel of prosperity and wellness

‘The Americans, as we know, are very enterprising people. They are also very commercial-minded. They believe in the power of their dollar, their weapons and their economy. Whatever they get hold of will be transformed into means of power and wealth. They have managed to transform the Gospel of light and love of Sadguru Jesus Christ also into a ‘Gospel of prosperity and wellness’…..

‘Thus we have today a Christian faith that has gone through five major evolutionary phases. As a result it has become completely distorted.’ The Baba said. He stopped and looked at Atma Prakash who was all attention.

He then continued: ‘I believe, my son, the Christian faith will be able to rediscover its spiritual roots only during an ‘Indian phase’ that is yet to emerge. Christianity has to rediscover its Indian roots and rebuild itself on it. This is the spiritual task ahead of disciples of Sadguru Jesus Christ in India….

‘We are also included in this historic spiritual mission. Though we are not baptized Christians, we are also disciples of Sadguru Jesus Christ. We are trying to follow his path of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love. We try to remain in communion with the living Spirit of Christ in, with and through the spirit of Sadguru Jesus Christ. We also believe in his Gospel of light and love. In fact, I personally believe that his Gospel of light and love will find its best spiritual expression in the Indian soil.’

The Baba stopped again, at looked into the eyes of his disciple.

Atma Prakash waited eagerly for his guruji to continue.

But the Baba only smiled…

It was very interesting to listen to this systematic analysis of the evolution of the Christian faith by his guruji. It made much sense.

Excerpts from Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 12-07-2017

Hajj at 16

It was the first day of the month of Ramzan in A.D. 1173. On this auspicious day Farid-ul-Din Masaud Shakar Ganj was born. All began to wonder whether to open their fast or not. A holy man advised that a great Soul has been born in the house and if that infant suckles then we can break the fast and to everybody’s amazement, infant Baba Sheikh Farid ji was fasting.  When Baba Farid was a few years old, his mother taught him his prayers. The boy asked her what was gained by prayer. His mother replied sugar. Accordingly, she used to hide some sugar under his prayer-carpet, and, when he had finished his prayers, draw it forth, and give it to him as a reward of his devotion. One day his mother forgot to put the sugar but after prayers, there was sugar under the carpet.

When Baba Farid was 16 years old, he went to Hajj. On hearing Farid’s language, a saintly man foretold the Boy’s subsequent greatness. The high reputation Farid obtained during his theology studies in Delhi soon became irksome to him. He therefore made his way to Hansi, where he remained for some time. Later he assumed the mantle of his late spiritual guide. He ultimately left it in the keeping of Jamal-ul-Din of
Hansi and thence proceeded to Ajodhan, the present Pak Pattan. The manner in which the name of Ajodhan changed to Pak Pattan was that a canal which derived its water from the river Sutlej passed near the town. It was usual for all who visited Baba Farid to wash their hands and feet there. The place then became known as Baba Sahib ji da Pak Pattan, or Farid’s cleansing ferry.

Baba Farid, in accordance with his mother’s advice, went to forest, and lived there as an anchoret for some years on leaves of trees. Sheikh Farid ji made Pak Pattan a great center of Sufi Thoughts. People from all over India and Middle East would come to see him. He always used his language that was Punjabi spoken by common people, even though he was highly learned and educated in Arabic, Persian, etc. His all couplets are written in Punjabi, with Persian script. He generally rejected offerings of money, but would accept gifts of food, etc for public kitchen. Baba Sheikh Farid was a great saint of India, who is considered as a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and the concept of Punjabiat. His successors and descendants carried his torch of thoughts quite successfully, after Baba Sheikh Farid died of pneumonia in the year of 1266.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 02-07-2017

Enlightened National Politics

‘The ultimate goal of democracy will be the emergence of an Integrated World Order wherein every human person will be loved, cherished and respected by every other person as someone unique and precious, and wherein ‘love’, and not ‘control’, will be the basic governing principle…. ‘The resources of the world will be shared by all human beings with mutual love, concern and respect. Then, only then, will the world enjoy a true democracy and abiding peace….‘Enlightened National Politics, or ENP in short, my son, is a ‘millennium leap’ forward in our quest for a higher form of true and sustainable democracy. It is also a new step in humanity’s quest for transforming the world into a New Creation, a Navasrushi, of love, unity, peace and joy.”He began: ‘ENP, my beloved son, is envisaged to be value-based and vision-oriented politics that will see the whole nation as one large family bound with a common destiny. It will be politics based on the values of truth, non-violence, sacrifice and service that are common to religions in India, and on the national values of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity that are enshrined in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. ‘ENP will be non-violent politics wherein the Fundamental Duties of Indian citizens will be given greater importance than their Fundamental Rights. ENP will aim at spiritualization and divinization of economics and politics in India….‘We must remember that in a Sovereign Democratic Republic like India, economics and politics are interdependent and interrelated like two sides of a coin. As we had seen earlier, all economic decisions are political decisions, and all political decisions are influenced by economic considerations.

One cannot be separated from the other. Both need to be made citizen-friendly, value-based and vision-oriented. Economics and politics need to complement and supplement one another…..‘Winning the economic, social and moral freedoms that are yet to be won for India will be the final goal of Enlightened National Politics. We have seen what Mahatma Gandhi had pointed out in his letter written on 27th January 1948, just three days before his martyrdom. Let us recollect his words: “Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedoms. These freedoms are harder, than the political, if only because they are constructive, less exciting and not spectacular”…This unfinished task in fact, as we have seen, calls for a Second Freedom Struggle, an Integral Revolution, which will be much more challenging than the first that got us the political freedom from the British….. ‘Though political power is handed over by the British to the Indian Government, it is still stuck there. It is yet to reach the people. The Government employees and political leaders are enjoying the powers and privileges of our political freedom…They also sometimes behave as if they are the rulers of Independent India, and that they own everything in the country… ‘When the British were ruling India, people called the Government officials ‘Sahibs’ with fear and awe…

Today also ordinary people call Government officials ‘Sahibs’… For them, the British ‘Sahibs’ are today replaced by Indian ‘Sahibs’…who are often more corrupt and cruel, and unapproachable than the British…‘Political freedom means nothing to the poor millions of India. There are many old people in our country who wished the British to come back! They believe that the British ‘Sahibs’ were less corrupt and more friendly than the Indian ‘Sahibs’ today……. ‘Hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India’ is to be the basic goal and motto of ENP….. The final goal, as I mentioned earlier, is the economic, social and moral freedoms of India…..The Fundamental Duties of Indian citizens as laid down under Article: 51-A is the Constitutional foundation of ENP…‘ENP as envisaged by me will have four important constituents. These will be: an enlightened political ideology termed ‘Democratic Federalism’, a 9-point common minimum socio-economic development agenda termed ‘Gandhian Navaratna’, sixteen ‘Principles of Enlightened Governance’ and five ‘Basic Parameters for MPs and MLAs’. These four key constituents are like the four pillars of ENP……

By Acharya Sachidananda on 19-06-2017

The Gospel of Prosperity and Wellness

‘The evolution of the original Christian faith to its present state can be traced out in five important stages, as I see it. The first was the ‘Jewish phase’. The second was the ‘Greek phase’, then came the ‘Roman phase’. Much later came the ‘Colonial phase’. The latest is the ‘Commercial phase’…. ‘The Jewish ‘creation mythology’ speaks about the ‘original sin’ committed by the first human parents, Adam and Eve. They were driven out from the ‘Paradise’ by God for this unpardonable ‘original sin’….‘The Jewish people of early history had also believed that God would not forgive them their sins unless they made sacrifices to Him. Their God had preferred the sacrifice of innocent lambs…. ‘Some of the Jewish communities even used to tie heavy bundles on innocent lambs and send them out into the dessert or jungle to die there or be eaten up by wild animals. This they used to do every year. The heavy bundle tied on the lamb represented their sins for which the lamb was being sacrificed!….‘Unsatisfied with these kinds of sacrifices, their just and severe God finally decided to send His own only begotten Son to be sacrificed as the ‘Lamb of God’ for the sins of the world….‘It was from this background that John the Baptist saw Jesus of Nazareth as the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’. A large number of Christians are yet to outgrow this primitive Jewish phase of their faith. Even now many Christian Churches continue to live in this ‘Jewish phase’ seeing Jesus of Nazareth as the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’……‘The second phase through which the Christian faith evolved was the ‘Greek phase’ wherein Jesus of Nazareth was seen as the ‘Christos’ and ‘Logos’. The Greek term ‘Christos’ means ‘the anointed one of God’. The English word ‘Christ’ has come from the Greek, ‘Christos’. ‘Logos’ implies the ‘Primordial Word’. It is similar to our concept of ‘Aadi Sadba’. Christianity received its philosophical foundations from the Greek thought. Without this Greek philosophical support Christianity could not have grown as a world religion….‘But it was the ‘Roman phase’ that saw the emergence of Christianity as a powerful world religion. This began when emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire. The titles of Jesus of Nazareth as the ‘King of kings’, ‘Prince of peace’, the ‘Lord’, ‘Saviour’ etc. came from this ‘Roman phase’. Wealth and power became central to the Church, and the Church also became the most powerful political force in Europe during this phase. Kings were anointed and appointed by the Pope..….‘The ‘Roman phase’ contained within itself the seeds of the fourth phase, the ‘Colonial phase’. It was during this ‘Colonial phase’ that had begun from medieval Europe, that Jesus of Nazareth became the ‘only’ Son of God and Christianity became the ‘only’ true religion. The Bible also became the ‘only’ true Word of God during this phase…‘Such exclusive claims were products of a colonial mindset which saw whatever the rulers said, did or believed as the ‘only truth’. All others were ‘pagans’. Their practices of prayer and worship were ‘pagan’ practices. Their religions were ‘pagan’ religions. It is unfortunate that this ‘Colonial phase’ of the Christian faith still holds its sway over many Christian missionaries all over the world even in this twenty first century….‘But the latest phase of the Christian faith is the ‘Commercial phase’ wherein Jesus of Nazareth and his Gospel of light and love are made saleable commodities for wealth, wellness and comforts…‘A ‘Gospel of prosperity and wellness’ is being preached during this latest phase of the Christian faith that had its origin in the United States of America. Preaching the Gospel is a multi-million dollar business there today….

By Acharya Sachidananda on 26-05-2017

Gospel of Light and Love

During the next Guruvar Satsangh Atma Prakash told his guruji about his longstanding prejudice towards Christianity. He requested the Baba to speak to him about Christianity and its relevance to the spiritual awakening and moral regeneration of India. The Baba replied:‘Jesus of Nazareth the Christ, whom we refer to as Sadguru Jesus Christ, is the foundation of Christian faith, the basis of Christian life and the inspiration for Christian services…..‘Let us, first of all, understand the key terms clearly. The term ‘Christ’ represents the ‘Word of God’ or ‘Sabda Brahman’ through whom all things are created. Jesus Christ is this ‘Word of God become flesh’ in human history. ‘Christian faith’ is the faith in the ‘grace and truth’ of God revealed in, with and through Jesus Christ. ‘God is Spirit’ is a truth reveled by Lord Jesus Christ. ‘Christ-Spirit’ is the Spirit of God ever active in human history in, with and through Jesus Christ. ‘Christian’ is one in whom the Christ-Spirit dwells and through whom the Christ-Spirit continues to work in human history. ‘Christianity’ is Christ-Spirit in action in the world through Christians. Church is a community of Christians. Catholic Church headed by the ‘Vicar of Christ’ on earth, the Pope, is the largest Christian community in the world… ‘The Gospel of light and love of Sadguru Jesus Christ as it is recorded by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament is the basis of Christian faith and values…‘But, at different stages during the last twenty centuries of Christian history, the path of light and love taught by Sadguru Jesus Christ came under the influence of many cultural and political forces. As a result, the original Gospel of light and love of Sadguru Jesus Christ is distorted beyond recognition. Mahatma Gandhi once had pointed out that ‘if Jesus Christ is to come again today, he is sure to reject the present Christian Churches and declare that he has nothing to do with them’!….‘However, it is also a fact of history that the Christian values constitute the basis of the Constitutions of many countries in the world today, including that of India. Justice, liberty, equality and fraternity as we have included in the Preamble of our Constitution can also be seen as ‘Christian values’. Love is the core and peace is the goal of these Christian values that are all essentially universal values today…‘The truth of these Christian values were embodied in the person, life and message of Sadguru Jesus Christ himself. Hence, he was able to say: ‘I am the path, the truth and the life’…. 

By Acharya Sachidananda on 19-05-2017

Political Parties in India

‘What role the existing political parties in our country can play in promoting the concept of ENP in India, guruji?’, Atma Prakash asked.‘We cannot expect the large and centralized political parties in our country to follow the eternal values of truth, non-violence, sacrifice and service, and the national values of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity that are basic to the concept of ENP. In fact, some of these political parties themselves are the causes for the crises facing the nation today. These parties do not seem to have the much needed dynamism and creativity for changing themselves for better’, the Baba replied. He continued further….‘The older and larger an organization, the greater the difficulty for it to bring about any creative changes within itself. Such organizations also tend to become blocks in the path of creative changes initiated by others. They will be strong promoters of ‘status quo’ and will cause stagnation and decay in our national life. Just as stagnant waters breed mosquitoes and diseases, large and uncreative political parties and trade unions add to the problems of India and tend to block the path of development….. ‘Some of the major political parties in our country today seem to have outlived their utility in the mission of nation-building. We will also have to aim at liberating India from the clutches of these corrupt and lethargic political parties and trade unions with their vested interests, hidden agendas and black money…..‘However, the inspiring fact is that there are a good number of smaller value-based dynamic political parties and youthful ‘sovereign Indian citizens’ in our country today who are capable of standing up and fighting for the nation. ‘Sovereign Indian citizens’ means citizens who are value-conscious and who give greater importance to their Fundamental Duties than to their Fundamental Rights. They are called to enter the battle field of a new ‘Dharmakshetra-Kurukshetra’ to save Mother India from crime and corruption, and from other forces of adharma that are threatening to destroy her…‘These youthful sovereign Indian citizens, and value-based dynamic political parties in India inspired by an enlightened political ideology, a common minimum agenda for socio-economic development of the last and the least in India, certain common minimum principles of enlightened governance and some common minimum parameters for MPs and MLAs can form themselves into an enlightened political alliance in the country or state and work together for the mission of building a hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India with the final goal of winning the economic, social and moral freedoms that are yet to be won for our motherland….. ‘I have suggested the political ideology of ‘Democratic Federalism’, the common minimum agenda of ‘Gandhian Navaratna’, the 16 principles of Enlightened Governance, and the five minimum Parameters for MPs and MLAs as part of my vision of ENP. You can use them as they are. You can also modify them as you feel inspired. But let there be these four constituents. Only then ENP can achive its goal and fulfill its purpose….‘The sovereign Indian citizens within this enlightened political alliance can contest elections as ‘National Candidates’. The dynamic political parties within this alliance can contest under their own banners…… ‘However, it is very important that these political parties and sovereign Indian citizens joining this enlightened political alliance should be accountable and answerable to the nation in word and deed, and should be committed to the Fundamental Duties of Indian citizens as given under Article: 51-A of the Indian Constitution’. The Baba stopped for a while and looked at Atma Prakash.The disciple was very carefully listening to every word his guruji said.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 05-05-2017

The Elected in Independent India

‘Members of our Parliament and Legislative Assemblies are elected by us to provide leadership to the nation and the states, and to lay down policy guidelines as well as to frame Rules and Laws for nation-building….‘It has been found that the quality and caliber of MPs and MLAs in Independent India have been declining rapidly. There is an urgent need for improving the quality, caliber and performance of these elected representatives if they are to help us build a great new India free from the evils of hunger, caste and corruption….‘But let us not forget the fact that our MPs and MLAs are elected by us. We tend to support those who are like us, and elect those who can help us to get things done by hook or by crook. Hence, the character and caliber of the MPs and MLAs actually reflect the character and caliber of the electing public. This means we need to improve the character and caliber of our people. This is an educational task……‘However, it is also necessary to have certain minimum parameters for a citizen to become a MP or MLA. The five minimum parameters suggested by me for MPs and MLAs in India under the ENP will be: 1. ‘They should have proven social service record with integrity of character, 2. ‘They should be men and women with simplicity of life, devotion to duty and commitment to non- violence, 3. ‘They should possess good spiritual, mental and physical health and should be preferably below 65 years of age, 4. ‘They should be committed to attend a minimum of 85% of Parliament or Assembly Sessions, as the case may be, and their term of office should be limited to only two tenures, unless they prove to be very selflessly committed to the nation and are found to be useful to the mission of nation-building, and 5. ‘They should possess the ability to communicate effectively in the state language and should have working knowledge of Hindi and English…..‘Here also, these parameters are only indicative. What is important is that we should have competent leaders with strength of character, courage of conviction and hard working spirit. We have to ensure that we vote only for such candidates who meet these minimum qualifying parameters. It is very essential that all citizens, especially the eligible youth in India, exercise their voting rights carefully……‘It has been found that the educated elite in India often tend to refrain from casting their votes. But they also complain the most about political corruption and governmental apathy… “The ultimate tragedy of mankind is not the brutality of the few, but the silence of the many”, pointed out the great American civil rights activist and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King Jr. … This is also the tragedy of India’.The Baba stopped for a while and closed his eyes… 

By Acharya Sachidananda on 28-04-2017