I Don’t Want… But
By Acharya Sachidananda on 12-06-2010
‘Swamiji…. You must
save me… I don’t want to drink, but I can’t help it…..’
The young man fell at my feet. He was
It was at
Thodupuzha, the business center of Idukki district. I was on my recent ‘Dharma Rajya Sandesha Yatra’ across
Kerala to mobilize public support for our Campaign for ‘Liquor-free family
& Panchayati Raj democracy’.
I felt pity on the young man. He was around
30 years of age. From his drunken responses, I could gather that he was married
and has two small children. He is a driver and gets hired on a daily wage
basis. He makes an average Rs 600/- per day. But he spends more than Rs. 300/
on liquor and Rs. 100/- on lottery tickets. The rest is spent on gambling among
the divers during off duty hours. His wife works as a sweeper in a private
hospital and supports the family!
This is the case with many families all
over Kerala today. The husbands spend their wages on liquor, lottery and
gambling. They also beat up their wives and abuses their children. Recently a
13-year old girl delivered a baby at Calicut. It was her own drunken father who
did it. Mothers in Kerala are afraid to leave their daughters alone at home,
even with their own fathers.
Kerala is facing a grave moral crisis. The
major cause for this crisis is the free flow of liquor and the Govt. policies
that encourages people to drink as much as they can. The Kerala Govt. runs on
the revenue from liquor. It is worse than a ‘banana republic’.
The Kerala state
Govt has the distinction of being the only Govt. in the whole world holding
monopoly in distribution and sale of alcoholic drinks. Productivity in Kerala
is the least in India. The major source of revenue for the state is sale of
liquor and lottery tickets. It is sad and shameful for the most literate
society in India to fall into such a state of moral decay.
The predicaments of the young man and
Kerala state also reflect of the predicament faced by many of us in our own
lives. We do not want to
do the evil we often do. We want to be good and do good, but often we fail
miserably in our efforts.There seems to be a force that holds us
back from doing good and being good. St. Paul had faced a similar predicament
in his life about which he deals with in one of his epistles.
How do we liberate
ourselves from this bondage to evil? ….This has been a moral dilemma facing
humanity from the beginning of history.‘Divine grace’ has
been the answer given by saints and sages from all religious tradtions. A
return to ‘divine grace’ is the crying need of the present world, especially of
About The Author
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.