By Acharya Sachidananda on 10-03-2017
‘All three predominant ideologies existing in the present world; Capitalism, Communism and Socialism; have failed to establish a peaceful and sustainable democracy anywhere on earth in the true sense of the term ‘democracy’. They are found to be sectarian and divisive in their very content and nature. All of them have outlived their utility today. None of them seems to be capable of leading us to true and sustainable democracy……..‘Capitalism promotes cut-throat competition for profit and market control. It tends to promote the instincts of self-preservation and self-assertion inherent in the human nature. ‘Survival of the fittest’ which is the law of the jungle is also the basic law of Capitalism which had its use and need at an earlier stage in the evolutionary growth of human consciousness…. ‘Communism is an ideology of violent class-struggle. It was born as a reaction to the evils of Capitalism. It calls upon the ‘proletariat’, the working class, to eliminate the ‘bourgeois’, the owning class, and establish a Communist utopia wherein the ‘state shall wither away’ in course of time…. ‘As we had seen, more than ten crores of people were murdered just in two countries, China and the erstwhile USSR, to establish the Communist utopia. The USSR, the citadel of this failed Communist utopia, is no more in the world map…. Communist China has been gradually moving towards western Capitalism… This ‘Communist Capitalism’ will be more dangerous than either of them…..‘Socialism advocates Governmental ownership and control of wealth and means of production. This Governmental ownership and control over human affairs will kill all individual initiative and creativity. The old dictum, ‘a committee of mothers will never deliver a baby’ holds good in all human enterprises. Conception and delivery are fruits of individual initiative. Others can only help. The Government is meant to protect and facilitate all individual initiatives and creative efforts of the citizens. Such individual initiatives and creative efforts are the essential prerequisites for entrepreneurship development which is the basis of any great nation-building mission…..‘All these three ideologies promote centralization of power and resources, either in the hands of the rich and the powerful, or in the hands of the Government or the Party. Centralization breeds corruption, injustice and violence. Experiences of different societies and nations all over the world prove this fact beyond any doubt….‘Humanity today is searching desperately for a new alternative to these divisive and destructive ideologies. An integral, value-based and eco-friendly democracy which can ensure and promote citizen-friendly and effective governance, as well as just and equitable distribution of national and natural resources is the crying need of the hour….‘India, the largest functioning democracy and the oldest living civilization on earth, with her universal vision and ecological worldview, has a moral responsibility to strive towards developing and promoting such a higher form of democracy in the world…. ‘Enlightened national politics’, my son, is a creative step in this direction’, the Baba said.‘But guruji, how will it work? How are we going to make it work?’ asked Atma PrakashThe Baba replied: ‘The present political and economic crises facing India are created mostly by the kind of corrupt party and power politics practiced in India today. The solutions for these crises cannot be found at the same level of party and power politics. These problems also cannot be solved by creating another political party or with more political power in the hands of the Government….‘We need to expand our consciousness and enlarge our vision as pointed out by Dr. Albert Einstein who, in addition to his famous ‘Theory of Relativity’, had also made, as we had seen earlier, another profound discovery that said: ‘the solution for a problem cannot not be found at the same level of thinking that had created the problem in the first place’…..‘One has to raise the level of thinking. From the economic, political and religious levels, we need to raise the levels of thinking to ecology, science and spirituality…. because the real crises facing the nation and the world today, as we have already seen, are not economic and political alone but are also moral and spiritual….
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.