Human beings evolved on the
surface of this earth four million years ago according to anthropologists.
Probably human beings might be living as all other animals in harmony
The life should certainly
have been much valuable as man was living in quite an unfavorable
circumstance exposed to high risks with not much tools to deal
with, even for food gathering when comparing with the present day
human being. But there should have been innocence, truth, righteousness,
honesty, respect for fellow beings and nature around, simplicity,
tolerance and overall unity and coherence. Otherwise human beings
could not have survived these difficult ages.
Certainly there might have been
fights and wars among them but perhaps one to one war following
some kind of elementary code of conducts dictated by the wise in
the groups. Never there was thinking for the total
annihilation of life on earth for the sake of a group. Certainly
life might have been moving with innocence. Happiness, love and
peace were there in their life as all other animals do have, at
least when they are resting.
The present day man has made his life
too much complicated with his greedy thinking and complexes based
on false notions of image building. His great inventions were some
how in due course manipulated for gaining power over the fellow
Greed, jealousy, possessiveness, acquisitiveness, competition
and consequential frustration and fight with the one who is holding
an opposite view of things has some how became so common.
Life has become so uncertain and valueless; untruth, unrighteousness,
avarice, jealousy and opportunism are well trained and taught unknowingly
even at the very early childhood.
disastrous result of it is that any
one can run over the other if he has money, connections with higher-ups,
power and weapons. Killing innocent people, children, women and
old is no more a news. Mass killing in the name of ideologies,
massacres in the name of establishing democratic freedom and killing
for money also has become rampant.
Life has become so uncertain and valueless. At this juncture it
is worth thinking of what is really valuable for each and every
one of us and the world in general?
is Value? Value goes with survival, happiness and
fulfillment and freedom. Survival, happiness fulfillment and freedom are not needs. It is
the very nature of all living organisms. We human beings by ignorance
felt it as need and started to hunt for this. This was a turning
point in human evolution.
Fundamentally, value depends on its potential
to enable existence, both individual and of groups and the world
at large. In nature survival of a species depends on the existence of the rest. Nothing
can survive alone for long. Existing as full and complete being,
crossing beyond even the realms of harmonious existence to the
absolute perfection and freedom was the aspiration of the forefathers.
As the fundamental laws of existence are not yet unraveled to man
fully, we human beings have made our own laws based on our own
needs. The needs for happiness disregarding the rest of existence undermine the
very basis of eternal values of existence as existence in essence
is living together in harmony and finding the absolute nature within.
Everything that goes with living together in harmony finding oneself in the
process of living has a value in terms of existence! Life has value as it gives the possibility to be here on this
planet and experience his own existence and the existence of all
Existence comes out of stillness rather silence
and so the life offers the possibility to be here peacefully in silence though
the very nature of life is dynamic. As everything comes out of
stillness which is silence, all that enables a person to be at
his roots, the silence has a tremendous value, which is considered as the spiritual
value, the highest one. But the present world some how attributes
much of its attention to the material side of things, which is
based on need, convenience and utility.
That which is good for the body
and bodily pleasures and comfort has gained importance more than
it requires to enabling a simple existence. In the hunt for material
pleasures and comfort that we value the most; we at times have forgotten aesthetic,
emotional, moral, social and spiritual dimensions of existence
and even have forgotten its values.
Traditional values like co-operation
and respect for the welfare of the community is forsaken now a
day for the welfare of the individual and his closed community,
the family. Peace and solidarity among nations are violated by
nations having power with motives of exploitation. De-humanization
without respecting the worth of human being has become the central
hidden idea of almost all establishments.
Acquiring wealth, money,
position and power will give a kind of satisfaction and happiness.
In that hunt we forget to live a simple, sincere and honest life.
As a result frustration, tension and fatigue grab the normal existence
and life become miserable as it leads to sickness, sickness of
the mind, which leads to lack of clarity that breeds confusion.
A confused mind pushes a person into state of bewilderment before
issues of life. When a person is bewildered he looses memory which
is followed by loss of intelligence. And who so ever looses intelligence
will perish according to scriptures. The anxieties of mind lead
to change of breathing process.
and improper breathing
changes the elemental composition of the body and that in turn
invites diseases. Sickness is a warning of death. Death
comes at the door step untimely and one has to succumb to it with
desperation and despondency. The whole life becomes meaningless.
The individual is lost in this way in the game of life.
A nation with lost people certainly is a lost country. A world only with
losers is no world at all as there is no celebration! At the point
of such crises one may look forward for the need of recognizing
Proper recognition of material values bring rightful wealth
and power. Recognition of aesthetic value offers enthusiasm and
joy, following educational values gives proper discriminative understanding,
knowledge and humility, ethical value offers coherence and harmony,
security and confidence, proper following of Spiritual values give
experience of choiceless awareness, compassion, love, freedom and
Values are recognized universally in a hierarchy from material
value in achieving food security and shelter for all to spiritual
values of selflessness, generosity, care, peace, love and freedom.
These higher values transcend the limitations of the closed frame
work of religions to the higher pursuit of peace for all keeps
coherence and harmony to the life here on this planet.
The core values comes from the deeper core of the individual as he, in essence, is simple, innocent and loving unless conditioned otherwise. Inculcation
of living values has become a potential subject for the educationists
as well as religious heads since ages and not much could be achieved
so far and the sad result of it is reflected now a day in the modern
living. Inculcation of desirable values in the pupils is essential
for meeting out the crisis of character.
The essential values are:
• Dignity of manual work
• Tolerance and acceptance
• Love for all ~ universal love
How to re-establish values that are the essence of higher evolution and peaceful existence? Learning to live together in
peace and harmony begins when an individual starts his spiritual
search to find himself. In ancient times this search starts with
vavatu Sahanou bhunaktu
mastu Ma vidvisa vahai
Santhi Santhi Santhi
"May he protect us both. May he nourish us both.
May we both work together with great energy. May our study be enlightening
and fruitful. May we never hate each other. Om Peace Peace Peace".
This is a prayer chanted by the Spiritual Yoga Master and repeated by the disciple
in ancient India every time they sit for learning. It has a great
significance even today.
Master initiates the process of learning
with the above sincere chanting with the basic values of proper
learning. Here the Master and disciple surrender to the whole,
to the higher intelligence to take care of, so that the disciple
and the Master could study peacefully.
It also reminds the purpose
of education – may
our study be enlightening and fruitful, for humanity, fruitful
for all, for the benevolence of the entire creations and not for
exploitation and final annihilation. The learning process finishes
with the chanting:
Loka samasta sughino bhavantu
there be well being for the entire creations"