Democracy and the preservation of liberty

Democracy and the preservation of liberty

 

Democracy is by no means a sure preservative of liberty; on

the contrary, we see today the democratic system of government

march steadily towards such an organised annihilation

of individual liberty as could not have been dreamed of in the

old aristocratic and monarchical systems. It may be that from

the more violent and brutal forms of despotic oppression which

were associated with those systems, democracy has indeed delivered

those nations which have been fortunate enough to achieve

liberal forms of government, and that is no doubt a great gain.

It revives now only in periods of revolution and excitement,

often in the form of mob tyranny or a savage revolutionary

or reactionary repression. But there is a deprivation of liberty

which is more respectable in appearance, more subtle and systematised,

more mild in its method because it has a greater

force at its back, but for that very reason more effective and

pervading. The tyranny of the majority has become a familiar

phrase and its deadening effects have been depicted with a great

force of resentment by certain of the modern intellectuals;1 but

what the future promises us is something more formidable still,

the tyranny of the whole, of the self-hypnotised mass over its

constituent groups and units.

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Language as an instrument of self-finding and development

Modern India is another striking example. Nothing has

stood more in the way of the rapid progress in India, nothing

has more successfully prevented her self-finding and development

under modern conditions than the long overshadowing

of the Indian tongues as cultural instruments by the English

language. It is significant that the one sub-nation in India which

from the first refused to undergo this yoke, devoted itself to

the development of its language, made that for long its principal

preoccupation, gave to it its most original minds and most living

energies, getting through everything else perfunctorily, neglecting

commerce, doing politics as an intellectual and oratorical

pastime,—that it is Bengal which first recovered its soul, re-spiritualised

itself, forced the whole world to hear of its great

spiritual personalities, gave it the first modern Indian poet and

Indian scientist of world-wide fame and achievement, restored

the moribund art of India to life and power, first made her

count again in the culture of the world, first, as a reward in the

outer life, arrived at a vital political consciousness and a living

political movement not imitative and derivative in its spirit and

its central ideal.3 For so much does language count in the life of

a nation; for so much does it count to the advantage of humanity

at large that its group-souls should preserve and develop and use

with a vigorous group-individuality their natural instrument of

expression.

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Two idea forces of the individualistic age

But, most important of all, the individualistic age of Europe
has in its discovery of the individual fixed among the idea-forces
of the future two of a master potency which cannot be entirely
eliminated by any temporary reaction. The first of these, now
universally accepted, is the democratic conception of the right
of all individuals as members of the society to the full life and
the full development of which they are individually capable.
It is no longer possible that we should accept as an ideal any
arrangement by which certain classes of society should arrogate
development and full social fruition to themselves while assigning
a bare and barren function of service alone to others. It
is now fixed that social development and well-being mean the
development and well-being of all the individuals in the society
and not merely a flourishing of the community in themass which
resolves itself really into the splendour and power of one or
two classes. This conception has been accepted in full by all
progressive nations and is the basis of the present socialistic
tendency of the world. But in addition there is this deeper truth
which individualism has discovered, that the individual is not
merely a social unit; his existence, his right and claim to live and
grow are not founded solely on his social work and function.
He is not merely a member of a human pack, hive or ant-hill;
he is something in himself, a soul, a being, who has to fulfil
his own individual truth and law as well as his natural or his
assigned part in the truth and law of the collective existence.2 He
demands freedom, space, initiative for his soul, for his nature,
for that puissant and tremendous thing which society so much
2 This is no longer recognised by the new order, Fascist or Communistic,—here the
individual is reduced to a cell or atom of the social body. “We have destroyed” proclaims
a German exponent “the false view that men are individual beings; there is no liberty of
individuals, there is only liberty of nations or races.”
distrusts and has laboured in the past either to suppress altogether
or to relegate to the purely spiritual field, an individual
thought, will and conscience. If he is to merge these eventually,
it cannot be into the dominating thought, will and conscience of
others, but into something beyond into which he and all must
be both allowed and helped freely to grow. That is an idea, a
truth which, intellectually recognised and given its full exterior
and superficial significance by Europe, agrees at its root with the
profoundest and highest spiritual conceptions of Asia and has a
large part to play in the moulding of the future.

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4,000 Year Old Vishnu Statue Discovered in Vietnam

Author: Pramod Kumar

Publication: The Speaking Tree

Date: January 22, 2015

URL:           http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-blogs/seekers/mysticism/4-000-year-old-vishnu-statue-discovered-in-vietnam

A recent news report from Vietnam features an exquisite and very ancient sculpture of Lord Vishnu. According to a press release from the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee (CPVCC) the Vishnu sculpture is described as “Vishnu stone head from Oc Eo culture, dated back 4,000-3,500 years.” Recently the Government of Vietnam, despite its official Communist doctrine, has developed many programs and projects highlighting Vietnam’s ancient religious heritage. Its scholarly and archeological research and investigations are legitimate and its conclusions are authoritative. This discovery of a 4,000 to 3,500 year old Vishnu sculpture is truly historic and it sheds new light upon our understanding of the history of not only Hinduism but of the entire world.

The fact is there are no other ‘officially’ recognized Vedic artifacts that have been dated back to such an early date. This would make Vietnam home to the world’s most ancient Vedic artifact. While there are indeed many other ancient artifacts that represent the same Deity, they are not presented in the ‘Indic’ tradition and cannot be directly recognized as the Vishnu of the Indic Vaishnava tradition.

The 4000-3500 year old Vietnamese Vishnu sculpture is part of an exhibit featuring some of Vietnam’s most ancient artifacts. It was discovered in the region of Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The Mekong (Ma Ganga) River is named after the Ganges River of India. The entire region was once the home to several ancient and prosperous Vedic Kingdoms and many intriguing and unique Vedic artifacts have been discovered.

The Vishnu sculpture was officially presented during the 5th Quang Nam Heritage Festival which opened on June 21, 2013 in Hoi An City. The exhibition highlights many ancient objects dated from the Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo eras of Vietnam’s ancient history.

“Entitled “Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo cultures”, the exhibition put on display over 1,000 ancient objects which come from across the country and are made from diverse materials, from pottery to copper, including jewelry and farming tools, from the pre-ancient period belonging to the three cultures.

The significance of this discovery cannot be overestimated. The entire history of Hinduism and Vedic culture, as taught is the academic institutions of the world, has been built upon a false construct. According to mainstream academia Vedic ‘religion’ or Hinduism did not exist until the alleged ‘Aryans’ invaded India circa 1500 BC. An even later date is given to Vaishnavism which is speculated to have been derived from animist Sun worship. Yet here we have a highly evolved art form depicting Lord Vishnu in the Far South East region of Asia dated to somewhere between 2000 BC to 1500 BC.

This completely undermines the entire historic timeline developed by mainstream academia in regards to the development of both Vedic/Hindu civilization and Indian history.

The region of modern India has always been the epicenter of High Vedic/Hindu Civilization and culture. No one anywhere has ever suggested the region of modern Vietnam to be the origin of Hindu civilization yet it is in Vietnam that we now have the world’s most ancient example of Indic style Vedic Vaishnava art. Thus it stands to reason that if Vedic Vaishnava art, culture and religion flourished 4000 years ago in prehistoric Vietnam it was undoubtedly flourishing in ancient India as well.

Once again science and archeology have confirmed the Vedic conclusion. As the Vedic literature states 5000 years ago India was home to a highly evolved and advanced civilization. This civilization was centered on its sacred traditions. The worship of the Supreme Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lakshmi and Durga was widespread and in fact spanned the entire globe.

These traditions presented themselves in diverse manners, as seen in modern India, yet among this diversity was a commonality based upon the authority of the Vedic scriptures and traditions. The recognizably Indic forms of the Vedic traditions spanned the globe from the Philippines to the Middle East and Siberia to Australia. Yet the same Divinities were worshiped and the same traditions were practiced throughout the world.

The many recent Vedic discoveries from Vietnam are providing a new and sensational view into the authentic history of the world. Not only this, it presents a challenge to Modern India and its leadership. India is home to many startling and amazing artifacts yet they sit ignored and crumbling. In many cases looters and vandals have destroyed many priceless examples of India’s ancient heritage. India’s leading academics and governing bodies are silent and if they do speak of India’s ancient Hindu heritage it is only to cast doubts and disparage India’s indigenous Vedic culture and Hindu traditions.

Astounding and marvelous ruins and artifacts that would be the pride of any other nation and people are, in general, ignored and forgotten and left to crumble into oblivion. Often they are threatened by the efforts of the various Governmental bodies in the name of progress such as the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) recent attempts to destroy a 1000 year old Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu.

It is a great irony that the officially atheistic Communist Government of Vietnam exhibits more pride in its ancient Hindu heritage than the ‘Secular’ Democratic Government of India. The entire South Asian and SE Asian region was once home to many thriving Hindu Kingdoms and civilizations. The Encyclopedia Britannica writes regarding the Indian influence upon these regions “In the realm of politics, Indian influence accompanied the rise of new political entities, which, since they do not readily fall under the Western rubric of “states,” have been called mandalas. The mandala was not so much a territorial unit as a fluid field of power that emanated, in concentric circles, from a central court and depended for its continued authority largely on the court’s ability to balance alliances and to influence the flow of trade and human resources.”

Perhaps today, as India itself is reeling under the onslaught of enforced ‘secularism’ and as Hinduism has been relegated to the realm of just one of many religions, (rather than being recognized as the heart and soul of India,) we are fortunate that the former Hindu lands of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Kampuchea are leading the way towards the reclamation of our ancient Vedic heritage.

AMAZING FROZEN LEMONS

AMAZING FROZEN LEMONS

Place the washed lemon in the freezer.
Once frozen, get your grater, & shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods!
On vegetables, salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce,
rice, sushi, fish dishes, … the list is endless.

All the foods will get an unexpected wonderful taste!

Most likely, you only think of lemon juice as vitamin C ??
Not anymore!

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste & adding new taste to your dishes?

Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself & that’s what you’ve been wasting!

Lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic
elements in the body.

The surprising benefits of lemon is the miraculous ability to kill cancer cells! It is 10,000 times stronger
than chemotherapy!!

Why do we not know about that?
Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease.
Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific
effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the multimillionaires large corporations?

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.

It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms,
it regulates blood pressure
& an antidepressant, combats stress & nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug
manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970,the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung & pancreas…

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better effect than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.
And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. .

So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!

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10 Indian Villages That Set A Worthy Example For The Whole Country

They need to be publicized as models and a model village could be designed combining the various distinctive features of all.
BNR

 

Interesting to read about villages that are different.

India, having an agro-based economy, depends the most on its villages for growth. The gaon always has that distinct nostalgic charm that Indians alone can understand. Sarson ke khet, tea plantations, mud houses, clean air, charpaai, mitti, star-lit sky; these are just some of the happy things that we associate with life in an Indian village.
But unfortunately, that feeling is slowly waning. Poverty, lack of education, lack of sanitation, etc are the first associations that the media paints about Indian villages for our benefit.
Here’s a little fact: Gaons aren’t a bad place to live. In fact, some of them are way better than any metro. And these exemplary examples prove just that.

1. Mawlynnong – Asia’s cleanest village

Mawlynnong, a small village in Meghalaya, was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. Located at about 90 kms from Shillong, the village offers a sky walk for you to take in the beauty as you explore it. According to visitors, you cannot find a single cigarette butt/plastic bag lying around there.

2. Punsari – The village with WiFi, CCTVs, AC classrooms and more

Punsari, located in Gujarat, puts most metros to shame. Funded by the Indian government and the village’s own funding model, Punsari is no NRI-blessed zone. The village also boasts of a mini-bus commute system and various other facilities. Believe it.

3. Hiware Bazar – The village of 60 millionaires

Hiware Bazar, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, has transformed from being a place fraught with issues to being possibly the richest village in India. The sole reason for this fairy-tale change is one man called Popatrao Pawar. He banned all addictive substances to minimize expense and encouraged the villagers to invest in rain-water harvesting, milch cattle, etc.
There are a record 60 millionaires in the village and barely any poor. From 168 Below Poverty Line families in 1995, Hiware Bazar now has just three. The villagers continue to strive to see a day when not one person is poor.

4. Dharnai – First fully solar-powered village

Dharnai, a village in Bihar, beat 30 years of darkness by developing its own solar-powered system for electricity. With the aid of Greenpeace, Dharnai declared itself an enery-independent village in July. Students no long need to limit their studies to the day time, women no longer limit themselves to stepping out in the day in this village of 2400 residents. Now if only cities could do the same, right?

5. Chappar – A village that distributes sweets when a girl is born

Chappar village in Haryana has a woman Sarpanch. But Neelam is no ordinary Sarpanch. She made it her life’s mission to change the attitude of the villagers towards women, and she succeeded. Not only do the women of the village not wear the ghunghat anymore, but despite Haryana being the state with the lowest girls ratio (an abysmal 877) in this village every newborn, regardless of his/her sex, is welcomed into the world with sweets and festivities.

6. Korkrebellur – A village that really loves its birds

Korkrebellur, a small village in Karnataka, believes in the conservation of nature. While most other villages consider birds a nuisance because they harm crops, Kokrebellur boasts of rare species of birds that fly around and don’t even mind humans much. The villagers treat their winged compatriots as family and have even created an area for wounded birds to rest and heal. Wonderful, isn’t it?

7. Ballia – The village that beat arsenic poisoning with an indigenous method

Ballia village of Uttar Pradesh had an itchy problem to deal with. The water that the villagers were drinking contained arsenic, which causes serious skin problems and even physical deformation. What is arsenic, you ask? A harmless element on its own, but when combined with oxygen or water, it turns toxic.
Ironically, the village faced the problem after the government introduced many hand-pumps in the area for easy water access. The level at which the hand-pumps were dug led to excessive interaction between arsenic and water. When the villagers realised what had happened, instead of waiting for the government to act on it, they (physically) fixed their old wells and went back to an older, safer time. The best part? Even 95-year-old Dhanikram Verma joined in.

8. Pothanikkad – The village with a 100% literacy rate

Unsurprisingly in Kerala, Pothanikkad village was the first in the country to achieve a 100% literacy rate. Not only does the village boast of city-standard high-schools, but it also has primary schools and private schools. Guess the number of people the village has educated? Well, according to the 2001 census there are 17563 residents living in the village. The best part is that it answers the question.

9. Bekkinakeri – The village that rid itself of open defecation by ‘greeting’ lota-bearers

Bekkinakeri village in Karnataka has redefined the point of wishing someone a ‘Good morning’. Frustrated with the practice of open defecation, the village council attempted to curb it by requesting people to not do so. When that didn’t work, they stationed themselves early morning near ‘popular’ defecation sites and wished every perpetrator a very good morning. The trick worked! Too embarrassed to go on with their business, the openly defecating population has now stopped the practice completely.

10. Shani Shingnapur – A village so safe that people don’t need doors

Shani Shingnapur, located in Maharashtra, is a village that defies every newspaper report you have ever read. Touted as the safest village in India, this place is known for its lack of doors to houses. Not just that, there is no police station in the village. And no, we are not making this up.
By the way, Shani Shingnapur has ‘broken’ another interesting record. The village has the country’s first lockless bank branch (UCO bank) now.

Time to pack your bags for that cross-country village trip?

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Extract from a chapter of A Vision of United India by Kittu Reddy

Extract from a chapter of A Vision of United India by Kittu Reddy

Chapter 13

Summary and Conclusion

Before we close, let us make a recapitulation of

the points discussed in the book.

First, India has been culturally and spiritually a

nation from the most ancient times; the Vedic

Rishis made it one their fundamental tasks to

create this spiritual unity.

However, despite the cultural and spiritual unity,

political unity was not attained for a sufficiently

durable time despite many heroic attempts. We

have analyzed the reasons for this failure and

come to the following conclusions.

The chief reason of the failure was the excess of

the centralizing tendency, which came inevitably

with the formation of empires. It subconsciously

led to the wearing out of the freedom and vigour

of the subordinate units. As a consequence, the

attempt to establish a centralized imperial

monarchy brought with it not a free synthesis but

a breaking down of regional autonomies.

The lesson to be learnt from this is that India can

be politically united only on a federal basis; the

units in the Indian Union have to be given a large

freedom and due respect.

Second, after the advent of the Muslim civilization

into India, a new problem was created which

came in the way of a politically united India. This

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was the clash of two ancient civilizations and

religions. However, the real problem introduced by

the Mussulman conquest was not that of

subjection to a foreign rule and the ability to

recover freedom, but the struggle between two

civilizations, one ancient and indigenous, the

other mediaeval and brought in from outside. That

which apparently rendered the problem insoluble

was the attachment of each to a powerful religion,

the one militant and aggressive, the other

spiritually tolerant indeed and flexible, but

obstinately faithful in its discipline to its own

principle and standing on the defense behind a

barrier of social forms. There were two

conceivable solutions, the rise of a greater

spiritual principle and formation, which could

reconcile the two or a political patriotism

surmounting the religious struggle and uniting the

two communities.

During the freedom struggle an attempt was made

to create this political patriotism and was partially

successful but in the end the religious intolerance

and mistrust took over and the result was the

partition of the country.

It is now high time to attempt the solution of the

problem on both these lines. The institution of

SAARC is itself a first step and opportunity in this

direction and this forum can be used to create

patriotism on both political and economic lines.

As for religion, we shall quote this passage from

the Mother to illustrate the solution.

“The conflict of religions arises because each one

claims the exclusive truth and demands a

complete adherence to it by the method of dogma,

ritual, ceremony and prescribed acts. The solution

would be, first to recognise that the real truth of

religion is in the spiritual experiences of which it is

an outer formulation. To transcend therefore the

outer form, and insist on the spiritual experience

and in addition to recognise that there can be

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infinite and valid varieties of spiritual experiences

is the important step in the solution. It is not by

insisting on religion that India and the world can

be reconstructed. The new world will transcend

religions and will insist on the purity of spiritual

experience.

Instead of taking religions in their outward forms,

which are precisely dogmas and intellectual

conceptions, if we take them in their spirit, in the

principle they represent there is no difficulty in

unifying them. They are simply different aspects of

human progress, which complete each other

perfectly well and should be united with many

others yet to form a more total and more complete

progress, a more integral approach to the Divine.

India’s attempt in her religion was to some extent

directed to this inner perception; it is at present

lost but we must now place forward this

perception clearly and radically, not revive religion

or religious spirit, but present the ideal of spiritual

perfection which consists of an integral realisation

of the spirit and its full manifestation on physical

life”.

To pursue this to its logical conclusion, we have to

set up institutions, which will make a detailed

study of all religions in their deeper meaning and

bring about a reconciliation of all religions. More it

has to lead to the generalisation of Yoga, which is

a practical way of attaining to the spiritual

consciousness. In other words Yoga has to be

generalised. This is the line of thought and action

that the political leaders and more particularly the

religious heads of these two communities should

stress. If this is done with sincerity and

persistence, it should be possible to create the

conditions for the emergence of a great synthesis

of all the religions and thus open the way for a

true spiritual flowering of India and eventually of

the world.

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The third point that has to be followed is that the

political system we have been following for the

last 50 years and more is totally unsuitable for

India. We have to get back to our roots and create

a national government, which will reconcile all the

aspirations of the different groups and

communities. This cannot be done by means of

the party system; for the party system is leading

only to division and confrontation, instead of

harmony and understanding.

The fourth point is that even in today’s India we

have a living example of this unity and national

integration in the Armed Forces. It will be

worthwhile to make a detailed study of the

working of the Armed Forces and incorporate

whatever is possible into the mainstream of the

national life.

Finally, as a first practical step some suggestions

are being made which one can start implementing

immediately.

  • Ensure that a uniform civil law is put in

place. This has to be done by a detailed

discussion with all the communities.

  • Eliminate the policy of reservations in

gradual steps. The reservations that are made

should be for the economically handicapped and

the physically handicapped.

  • Stop all religious conversions. Let each

citizen of India follow his own religion without

hindrance.

  • Scrupulously screen all funds coming from

abroad to religious and other organisations so that

they are used only for genuine purposes.

  • Ensure that funds given to Hindu temples by

the citizens of India are not taken over by the

State; instead create a body independent of the

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State, but chosen by the temple authorities

themselves, to handle these funds.

  • Create a Central University and institutions

with the purpose of studying, integrating,

harmonising and synthesising all religions.

If these steps are pursued sincerely and

steadfastly, there will inevitably come about a

deep psychological unity leading to a

confederation of India, which will include all the

countries of the subcontinent. This will be the

natural and final outcome and culminate in a

lasting and durable political unification.

The need to move towards a confederation of

India

As these steps are taken and a sense of unity

begins to prevail in the subcontinent, there will

result a movement towards creating a

confederation. This confederation of India will

include all the States within SAARC and at a later

stage could even include Afghanistan and

Myanmar. However, certain conditions have to be

kept in mind and scrupulously fulfilled. The first

condition is that the Indian government must

scrupulously respect the free internal life and will,

the social, cultural, economic tendencies of the

sub-nations while giving them an equal part with

herself in the management of the great common

questions of the confederation. India herself can

be nothing more in the future of such a new type

of aggregate than a political and cultural centre,

the clamp or nodus of the union. Given this

orientation of the governing mind in India, nothing

short of some unforeseen cataclysm can prevent

the formation of a confederation in which each

part will preserve its individuality and yet be part

of the larger unity.

This is at least the hope and dream that we

cherish. Time alone will show how and when this

will become a reality.