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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.

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

Gandhian Talisman Contd.

‘The third of this socio-economic development agenda is ‘working for agrarian reforms with focus on small and marginal farmers and promoting natural farming methods using modern technologies, and working to ensure appropriate prices for agricultural products based on the costs of production’. India is an agrarian country. Most of our farmers are holders of small plots of agricultural land. We need to make agriculture a profitable occupation. We also need to recognize the important national service our farmers are rendering by producing food items without which we cannot survive. We can survive without our politicians and government servants, but not without our farmers. But we give more importance to the politicians and government servants than to the farmers who provide us with food for our survival……‘The fourth agenda is ‘working to ensure affordable quality primary school education for all children in India. Education is the basis of nation-building. We have the largest number of illiterates on earth. We cannot build a great new India with illiterate human resources….‘We need to learn from countries like Japan, Germany and China. All these countries have become global economic powers by giving great importance to education and human resources development. Technical education and scientific development are very essential requirements for nation-building. So is the knowledge of Enligsh language today. English language is essential for development of Information Technology and scientific knowledge. India has to become a global power. She has a global mission to fulfill. This will be possible only by giving importance to Enlish language and scientific development in our education system….‘In the multi-liguisitc context of India, English has also been serving as the common link. Without this national and global link language India cannot survive and grow as a living force ….‘But first of all we need to focus on quality primary education for all children. This is by far the most important nation-building agenda. But this is also one of the most neglected areas in Independent India. All educated Indian citizens, especially senior citizens can take up the responsibility of educating one child. ‘Each One – Teach One’ has been a successful programme at many places in India…‘Fifth of this nine-point agenda is ‘working to protect the life of all Indian citizens and the ecological harmony of Mother India’. Every life is precious, not only the lives of the rich and the powerful…The lives of the poor and homeless Indian citizens are also equally precious and important. They are also children of God and citizens of the Indian Republic…. ‘Ecological health and harmony are very important requirements for the healthy existence of all living beings on this planet. Mother Earth is our common mother. We need to protect and preserve her health and vitality if we desire to lead a healthy and happy life on earth which is our one and only common planetary home in space. ‘Sustainable development’ can never be achieved at the cost of ecological health and harmony….‘The sixth agenda is ‘working to promote effective governance and decentralization of authority and resources, and empowering Gram Panchayats, Gram Sabhas, Gram Adalats and other Panchayati Raj Institutions, and channelising our endeavors to contain corruption in public life and Government’. This decentralization, as we have already seen, is at the core of the ENP ideology of ‘Democratic Federalism’….‘The seventh of our developmental agenda, my son, is ‘working to empower youth and women to become nation-builders’. The Youth are our hope and most precious wealth. The future of the nation is their legacy. Empower them to build a great new India. This is our most important nation-building task today….. ‘Also, remember my son, Mother India’s future is in the hands of mothers in India. Great mothers give birth to great men and women who build great nations and great civilizations. By empowering the women in India we will achieve great and far-reaching goals. All women are mothers or potential mothers….‘The eighth of my Gandhian Navaratna is ‘working to promote Responsible Citizenship and Value Education, and protecting the girl child’. Education is the basis of human development and national regeneration. ‘Character-building’ is the most important goal of education. Developing responsible citizenship consciousness and commitment to non-violence in our youth are also very important objectives of education. This can be achieved through ‘Peace and Value Education’ that can be taken up by all competent and responsible citizens, especially the well-educated and well-experienced senior citizens in the country who are retired from active employment. This will also provide an opportunity to these senior citizens to show their gratitude to Mother India for what they have received from her bounty… ‘It is a tragedy that in India we speak very highly about women, yet,as we have seen, many families in the country mourn the birth of a girl child. Many even try to get rid of girl children, or kill them before they are born. We need to save and protect our female children with great love. They are potential mothers. They are the most precious gifts of God for the very survival of human race on planet earth……‘And the last and ninth of this common minimum agenda for nation-building is ‘working to provide loving care and grateful services to poor and old Indian citizens, especially to poor and old farmers in India….

By Acharya Sachidananda on 07-04-2017

Gandhian Talisman

‘What is this Gandhian Talisman? Do you know?’ Guru asked Atma Prakash.‘Yes, guruji. Let me quote Gandhiji’s own words: “I give you a Talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, you apply the following test. Recollect the face of the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubt and your self melting away.” ‘Very good’ the Baba congratulated his disciple and continued:‘This means that we need to always keep the last and least in front of us when we make our plans and policies for national development…‘I have termed the common minimum socio-economic development agenda as ‘Gandhian Navaratna’ because it is a nine-point agenda based on this Gandhian Talisman. …‘Originally the term ‘Navaratna’ meant a talisman or ornament composed of nine precious gems. Later on this term was adopted by Emperor Vikramaditya and Emperor Akbar to represent nine outstanding men in their courts. In 1997 this term was adopted by the Government of India to represent nine Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) that could compete in the global market . They were given greater autonomy and support by the Government. These PSEs were supposed to build the economy of India. This model of development has not helped much in the development of the last and the least in the country ….‘70% of Indian population still lives in the villages. Real India is rural India. True development of India is to be measured in terms of the living conditions of the last and the least in the villages of India. That is why Gandhiji gave us a Talisman. I believe this is something precious for India. That is why I have used the term ‘Gandhian Navaratna’ for the nine-point socio-economic development agenda of ENP…..‘This Gandhian Navaratna consists of the following nine-point socio-economic development agenda for all responsible and patriotic citizens of India to take up and promote. It is not a suggested plan for the Government or ruling political parties to implement. Of course the Government and ruling political parties can and should take it up. But the Gandhian Navaratna is basically a plan of action for nation-building in which all India-loving citizens, religious communities, NGOs, political parties, civil society groups etc. are invited to take active part and make it their own. It is a plan of action with its focus on the last and the least in the country inspired by the Talisman given by Mahatma Gandhi….‘The first of this agenda is ‘working to ensure food and water security for all citizens of India’. Food and water are basic necessities of life…Without them life will be impossible. More than 30% of India’s 127 crore population are living below poverty line, without being able to eat one nourishing meal a day and without hygienic drinking water. They are also our own brothers and sisters, our own children and parents. We need to work to ensure that they are provided with basic food and water security. This is hundred times more important to India today than providing our political leaders with ‘Z – Category’ security.….‘The second is ‘working to ensure employment opportunities, and land and livelihood rights for all citizens of India’. We do not want a ‘banana republic’ built on charity, freebies and subsidies…. What we want is employment opportunities to earn our livelihood with dignity and with our own labour. We also want the land and livelihood rights of all citizens of India to be upheld and respected. Every one of us need a small house of our own to live in. 200 million Indian citizens have no place of their own to lay down their heads ……… (To be continued)
Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 31-03-2017

Social and Moral Freedom of India

‘Guruji, I am eager to learn the four pillars of ENP…’ Atma Prakash told the Baba next time they sat together for the Guruvar Satsangh.‘Let me again begin again with Mahatma Gandhi’, said the Baba:‘The Roots of Violence according to Mahatma Gandhi were, ‘wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles’. We will accept them as absolutely true, not because Mahatma Gandhi said so, but because the truth of these statements can be tested and seen by all of us…‘Any great nation-building political mission will need a shared goal ahead of it, and an enlightened political ideology behind it. It will also need a comprehensive action plan to realize its vision and ideology through a series of SMART goals based on that enlightened ideology. As we have seen, ‘SMART goals’ are those goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound….‘A dedicated and courageous group of enlightened political leaders who can give practical expressions to the goal, ideology and action plan will be another important requirement….‘The shared basic goal of ENP, as we have already seen, is ‘hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India’. The final goal is economic, social and moral freedoms of India…..‘The ideology of ENP is termed ‘Democratic Federalism’. It is a political ideology that integrates within itself the Gandhian concept of India as a confederation of autonomous ‘Village Republics’ and the Constitutional concept of India as a ‘Union of States’. It promotes the vision of a great new India as a confederation of autonomous smaller states bound with a common vision, mission and ideology….‘Under ‘Democratic Federalism’, the states will be as small as economically viable in order to make them better administered and more citizen-friendly. The State Governments will surrender to the Union Government only those aspects of effective governance, national development and national security that they cannot handle themselves. ….‘True decentralization of authority and resources will be the most important feature of ‘Democratic Federalism’. Large states will have to be made smaller. Smaller states are often found to be better administered and more citizen-friendly. The tendency to cling on to the ideas of centralized power and larger states comes from a ‘sense of insecurity’ that is being suffered by many of us, and from the greed of our political leaders for more power…..‘The unbridled greed of the privileged few for amassing more wealth also lies hidden behind our efforts not to allow any ‘division’ of a larger state. These efforts with the hidden agenda of ‘more power and wealth’ for a few are also given a patriotic garb by those leaders and parties with vested interests…..‘Many of the economic problems and political agitations in India today are created by our tendency to cling on to centralized power and authority. Maharashtra in India now is a living example. Vidarbha is a region where the largest number of farmers have been committing suicide in India. The reason is economic poverty, underdevelopment and governmental corruption. If Vidarbha can be made a state, its economic development can be accelerated much faster. Though Vidarbha can be made a state without any additional expenses to build its capital at Nagpur, the ambitious political parties have been opposing it in the name of ‘unity’ of the state. But their hidden agenda is nothing but more power and privileges for themselves…… ‘It is interesting to note that there is not a single agitation by the people of any state in India for uniting themselves to a neighboring state!….. All agitations are for decentralization, and for more power for the local people for their faster development….‘The evolution of democracy is from the larger to the smaller, from control to sharing and caring ….Sharing and caring can be done effectively only in smaller states with smaller groups of people…. ‘True democracy demands decentralization of authority and resources, both in letter and spirit, so that the citizens will enjoy the real power and authority for self-governance. Good governance cannot be a substitute for self-governance. Efficiency cannot substitute effectiveness…‘Decision-making under ‘Democratic Federalism’ will be basedon ‘consensus’ or ‘consent’ which is the true democratic process of effective decision-making. Decision-making by ‘consensus’ is the best option in a democracy. The second best option will be decision-making by ‘consent’. It means that the ‘opponent’ also becomes a ‘supporter’ by willingly and consciously agreeing to accept the leadership of the other in the larger interest of the society/nation. This will mean that there will be no more ‘Oppositions’ in the Parliament and Assembly but only ‘Corrective Forces’….‘The mockery of democracy and waste of national resources that are going on in India today in our Parliament and Assemblies in the name of democracy are shameful and destructive for the nation….‘Centralized political parties that do not allow inner party democracy and refuse to be transparent and accountable to the public have been trying to capture power by hook or by crook in Independent India….‘Centralized political parties cannot build a decentralized democracy. Centralized econimc enterprises and business establishements cannot build a decentralized economy. Liberating India from the clutches of centralized political parties and centralized economic enterprises and business establishements is very essential for the economic, social and moral freedoms of India…. ‘Building a hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India, and gaining economic, social and moral freedoms for our country are goals in which all Indian citizens have to work and struggle together. ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together’ is an old dictum with great wisdom. India should always strive to ‘go together’ because we have to go very far…. ‘Under the enlightened political ideology of ‘Democratic Federalism’, the Panchayati Raj Institutions will enjoy greater authority and autonomy. They will play important roles in socio-economic development, women and youth empowerment, education, vocational training, prohibition, enforcement of criminal laws, agricultural and ecological development, and in all such other areas that influence the social and economic life of the local population directly.’ 
Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 24-03-2017

Miserably Failed

‘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….

By Acharya Sachidananda on 10-03-2017

Freedom in Politics

‘The First Freedom Struggle of India was a political struggle in which lawyers, including Mahatma Gandhi, played the key role’, the Baba continued:
‘The Second Freedom Struggle of India will have to be an Integral Revolution for spiritualization of economics and politics. This will be essentially an educational mission in which teachers in India, especially the spiritually-oriented and value-conscious teachers in India, will have to play the key role. They will have to serve as enlightened leaders of the Second Freedom Struggle, of the Integral Revolution’. …The Baba concluded….Atma Prakash was absorbed in the words of his guruji.There was a fire of a new kind of revolution burning in his heart……. The fire of an ‘Integral Revolution’. From being a violent naxalite revolutionary leader, he is now being transformed into an enlightened leader and a prophet of an Integral Revolution… Enlightened National Politics.‘What is this new concept? I have not heard about such a politics before. Can you explain it to me?’ Atma Prakash asked. The Baba looked at his disciple with great love, and said: ‘Let me begin with a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi. As you know, I love Gandhi a great deal.. He is a role model for me in many things… though I have my serious differences with him in a number of issues…. He had said, I quote: “Today the system of Government is so devised as to affect every department of our life. It threatens our very existence. If therefore we want to conserve the welfare of the nation, we must religiously interest ourselves in the doings of the governors and exert moral influence on them by insisting on their obeying the laws of morality.”….‘The Government is there to serve the citizens of India to govern themselves effectively based on the Constitutional values of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. But if it starts controlling all aspects of our lives, as it tends to do today, it will threaten our very existence. Hence, in order to conserve the welfare of the nation, we must sincerely and seriously take interest in the decisions and activities of the Government and exert moral influence on the decision-makers, especially on our MPs and MLAs, and ensure that they obey the laws of morality. Enlightened national politics, my son, is an effort to fulfill this our national responsibility as responsible citizens’ the Baba said and looked at this disciple.Atma Prakash waited eagerly.The Baba continued: ‘Politics can be defined as the art and science of nation-building through participatory decision-making and effective governance. Seen from this perspective, ‘democracy’ is the most advanced form of politics developed by humankind so far. How will you define ‘democracy’, my son?’ the Baba asked.‘The concept of ‘democracy’ was defined by Abraham Lincoln as ‘the government of the people, by the people and for the people’. This is a definition well accepted all over the world today. ‘We the people of India’ have also accepted and adopted this definition of democracy, guruji’ answered Atma Prakash.‘Quite right, my son’, the Baba said, and he continued: 
Excerpts from Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 03-03-2017

GC 72 240217 Time Wasted!

The Baba recollected something very interesting, and said: ‘I remember having read an interesting statistics about the time wasted in India because of the filing system that existed, and still exist in our Government offices. Files were tied with a ribbon and kept in cupboards. Only the peon or clerk concerned could get you the required file. For getting the file, of course, they would need a bit of ‘speed money’…. ‘The concerned officer took 10 seconds to untie the file. After seeing the contents and writing his ‘note’ he tied the ribbon back. This tying back also took another 10 seconds. It means 20 seconds wasted on untying and tying the ribbon of a file. If the officer concerned deal with 10 files a day, he wasted 200 seconds, which was more than 3 minutes a day… ‘If there were 500,000 Central and State Governments officials in the country dealing with files, it would still mean more than 25,000 hours wasted every day in the country, just for untying and tying the ribbons of files! A very revealing statistics, indeed….‘As we have seen, time is the most precious gift of God, my son. We cannot regain even a minute of the time that is lost, whatever we do. Everything else can be regained, but not time….‘We in India have not understood the value of time. The Government departments have no value for time. The citizens often will have to wait for hours together, or come again and again, for getting any small thing done from a Government department, though the salaries of the Government servants are paid from the various taxes that the citizens of India pay to the Government.…….‘Even with computerization, the untying and tying of files go on in India. The Naxal movement also has something to do with the difficulties encountered by the poor citizens to get their files out of the cupboards and to get the government officials take action on them.…..‘Corruption in the Government is a crime against the nation. It is an offence against God and people. It needs to be dealt with severely. Making the citizens waste their time in Government offices is also a serious form of corruption in India….. ‘Hence, ‘hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India’ has to be the basic goal of the Second Freedom Struggle…..‘Hunger, caste and corruption in India are also external expressions of the inner evils of selfishness, pride and greed that are lurking in the hearts and minds of ‘We the People of India’. Hence, the solutions for the crises facing India today are to be found not only through economic and political reforms but also through a spiritual awakening and moral regeneration of the Indian people. This spiritual awakening and moral regeneration of the Indian people is a religious and spiritual mission. For this we need enlightened religious and spiritual leadership….‘An Integral Revolution in which politics and economics in the country are rebuilt on the strong foundation of the spiritual and moral values common to religions in India is the crying need of the era. That is the only way for realizing the vision of ‘Purna Swaraj’ for India as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters…… ‘That is also the reason why enlightened religious and spiritual leaders in India must join hands with enlightened political and economic forces in the country for the Second Freedom Struggle to build a hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India. This is also what I mean by ‘Integral Revolution’. It is a revolution in which enlightened religious, spiritual, economic and political forces in India will work together to build a hunger-free, caste-free and corruption-free India which in turn will lead us to the Purna Swaraj of our dream. Do you agree with me, my son?’ The Baba stopped with a question.‘Guruji I have gone through some books on our freedom struggle. I am fully in agreement with all that you have said so far.’ Atma Prakash replied.
Excerpts from Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 24-02-2017

MEDITATION IN DAILY LIFE

I was introduced to a life of prayer and meditation at the age of 17. Ever since there was meditation in my daily life. In the beginning, meditation was based on some points taken especially from scriptures. It often involved inculcating some virtues or rooting out some defects. A daily examination of conscience at noon and another before bed time gave information about the status of my spiritual life. This spiritual status guided my spirit/soul providing goals. Systematic meditations were done in the morning and in the evening. Spiritual exercises, especially meditations were used to break my worldly ways. Ascetic practices were also set in place to help achieve spiritual goals. Bodily mortifications to tame my senses.were also practised. When one has acquired general indifference to pleasure or pain, success or failure, one would be better tuned to God’s will, and disposed to do what is conducive to God’s glory. These meditations were mostly modeled on Western understanding of achieving holiness and sanctity. As years passed I got interested in Eastern, especially Hindu and Buddhist meditative experiences. According to Hinduism, each one of us is pure consciousness, and we together are the Supreme Consciousnes of which each one is a spark. Raja Yogic meditations can help to develop yogic (unitive) relationships with God and fellow human beings, and achieve self-realization. According to Buddhism our unattainable desires lead to unhappiness, which is the cause of all misery. The solution is to desire only what can be attained. For this, Buddha proposed the eight-fold path of right knowledge, aspiration, speech, action, living, effort, thought (mindfulness), concentration. Shoonyata (emptiness) and Vipassana (seeing reality as it is) meditations help one attain the needed awareness to see things for what they are to obtain liberation. What then is meditation? It is a means to come to terms with oneself and the universe. It is a gradual journey to the beyond where being and non-being, illusion and reality, darkness erased by light, and hearing of one hand clapping happen. It is being a spectator of an effortless flow of things even as the witnessing self is flowing. Meditation is capturing the great rhythm of life in awareness of universal harmony marked by love, compassion, forgiveness, surrendering, and tolerance. It is being in harmony with nature and all that there is. The goal of meditation is love and welfare of the entire humanity. 

By Acharya Sachidananda on 23-02-2017

The Second Freedom Struggle

‘Let me quote from a letter that Gandhiji had written from Delhi on 27th January 1948, just 3 days before his martyrdom…’ the Baba began…‘Gandhiji had written in that letter: “The 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.” …‘Political freedom, economic freedom, social freedom and moral freedom were the four pillars of the ‘Purna Swaraj’ that was envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi and other ‘freedom fighters’ who had laid down their lives in the first Freedom Struggle of India…… ‘We had won our political freedom in 1947. But ‘Purna Swaraj’ still remains a distant dream for us. We are yet to win economic, social and moral freedoms for India. This unfinished task calls for a ‘Second Freedom Struggle’ that will be harder and more challenging than the first. This is the historic mission bequeathed to posterity by those who had won the political freedom for India through their ‘blood, sweat and tears’- blood shed in non-violent struggle, sweat of hard work and tears of ardent prayer…..‘Economic freedom begins with freedom from poverty and hunger. Even after half a century and more of political freedom, more than 300 million people in India still live below poverty line, not being able to afford one nourishing meal a day. Hence, freedom from hunger whereby every Indian citizen is able to have at least one nourishing meal a day has to be the basic goal of the Second Freedom Struggle….‘Charity, freebies or ‘poor feeding’ cannot be the solution. We need to have a sustainable development strategy focusing on education, employment and empowerment….For this we will need entrepreneurship and employment-oriented as well as character building education. Are you with me my son?’, the Baba asked.‘Yes, of course revered guruji.’ Answered Atma Prakash ‘Now let us come to social freedom’ the Baba said after a pause. He continued: ‘Social freedom cannot be won for India as long as the dehumanizing caste system continues to exist in our country. The caste system, though had a relevance in ancient India, has today become a curse on Independent India. We need to liberate the people of India, especially the political parties in this country, from their obsession with caste-class-minority ‘vote bank’ politics…‘We need to see all Indians as children of the one true God and citizens of the one Sovereign Democratic Republic, and as members of one national family bound with a common destiny. Only enlightened leaders can have such an inclusive vision and undertake such a nation-building mission….‘Social freedom also implies freedom from the all-pervasive ‘subject mentality’ in India. We were subjects under foreign powers for centuries together. As a result, we have developed a ‘subject mentality’ which is still predominant in our mindset…‘Subjects always demand more and more rights and privileges for themselves even at the cost of national interests. Subjects have a tendency to steal and loot when they get a chance. They will not have any deep sense of nationalism or patriotism. Subjects will very seldom have any sense of responsibility and entrepreneurship….‘Social freedom for India will ever remain a mirage unless India is liberated from the all-pervasive subject mentality. The late President of USA, John F Kennedy, had told the American citizens: ‘Do not ask what America can do for you, but ask what you can do for America’. We Indians also need to ask ourselves not what we can take from Mother India but what we can give to Mother India….‘We need to develop responsible citizenship and entrepreneurial spirit in India, especially among the youth of our country’. The guru looked at his beloved disciple who was listening to his words very attentively.The Baba continued: ‘Moral freedom for India has to begin with freedom from corruption in the Government. Government money is the citizens’ money. It needs to be used for the well-being of the citizens of India. Every rupee must be accounted for and used judiciously….‘The all pervasive corruption in the successive Governments of Independent India has been the biggest block in the path of development in our country.’ The Baba stopped for a while and looked at Atma Prakash.

By Acharya Sachidananda on 17-02-2017

Mission Methodology – 3

The third mission methodology is simple. It is termed by me as ‘Growth Orientation Methodology’. This is inspired by my Air Force Flying School days’ experiences. We as young Flight Cadets were taught to ask ourselves three questions every half an hour while flying solo. These three questions were: ‘Where am I?’, ‘ Why am I here?’ and ‘What am I going to do next?’….‘An answer to the first question demanded that I had to find out the exact ‘ground position’ of my aircraft on the map which was the position of the aircraft in relation to a known landmark or place on ground. If the ground position of the aircraft was not on the required track, I had to ask the second question, ‘why am I here?’ and find an answer which involved checking the Compass, Altimter, Speedometer etc. to find out the reason for drifting away from the original track…. Once the reason was identified, the third question came, ‘what am I going to do next?’. This meant immediate corrective measures to regain the original track, to make good the Estimated Time of Arrival, ETA, reporting actual position to the Air Traffic Control etc.…….‘I have found that these three questions can be applied to any mission or initiative or relationship for evaluating and reorienting its growth and focus from time to time. That is why it is termed ‘Growth Orientation Methodology’. Isn’t it simple, my son?’ the Baba asked his beloved disciple. ‘Of course, maharaj. It will be very useful for me. I shall always remember this Growth Orientation Methodology. I shall also apply it in my own personal life.’ Atma Prakash replied.The guru and his beloved disciple closed their eyes and meditated together for sometime. There was a strong and deep ‘communion of spirits’ that bound them together.
Excerpts from Integral Revolution

By Acharya Sachidananda on 11-02-2017