Living Differently

By Dr. K S Radhakrishnan on 11-10-2011

The Big World of Maya (XXXVlll)

Maya and happiness has been brilliantly explained
by Rishis in the ‘Upanishads’ with an appealing simile that one cannot put out
fire supplying dry wood to it. That is, the unending desire cannot be satisfied
providing goods to get the desires satisfied. Hence, the Rishis have got the
opinion that the best way to conquer the market is to control the desires.
Market falsely believes that the universe is capable of providing goods in
abundance to satisfy the greed of one and all. So the economics of the market
depends on a false notion of abundance of natural resources. They believe in
enlargement of the area of the market to satisfy the unending desires of the
human beings.

An alternative economic system is possible. That
System believes that what is practically possible is to control one’s desires
to ensure the minimum use of the natural resources as a prelude to provide
enough for one and all. Such an economic system is the outcome of
‘mumukshvitviam’. A ‘mumukshvi’ (a person who practices ‘mumukshvitviam’)
always believes in the fact that the uncontrolled market forces are incapable
to provide constant happiness. So a person who perceives the world in a
different angle can evaluate the market also in a different angle. Therefore ‘mumukshvita’
is an act of seeing the world differently rather than living in a different

To live differently does not mean that one has to
relinquish the ordinary world in which we live. It only means that the world in
which we live must be one and the same. But the approach to that world must be
different. So the great men according to the ‘upanisadic’ tradition are not the
ones who believe that they should abandon the ordinary world. They insist that
one has to live in the ordinary world with extra ordinary care. Therefore, the
great men do not avoid ordinary human problems. They have to live within that
frame, but at the same time, they must be able to approach the world in a
different angle. Hence, what is necessary is to effect changes in one’s own
approach so as to transform oneself into a ‘mumukshu’.

About The Author

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan

Dr. K S Radhakrishnan (formerly Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University and Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission) is a learned scholar who has been earnestly trying to revive the ancient knowledge in Indian culture. He worked as a lecturer early in his life and now lives an eloquent advocate of social and cultural causes.