Following The Golden Sparrow Model
Bharat was once known as ‘Sone ki Chidiya’ or The Golden Sparrow. Man, nature and animals lived in peace and harmony. There was truth and non-violence, prosperity and well-being.Unity was the hallmark of the Indic region – even the lion and cow, they say, drank from the same pond. It was a glorious era when there was every kind of joy and bliss.
Ram Rajya or the ideal society with ideal governance was the vision of leaders like M K Gandhi. While India has come a long way in material development since the days of Independence, still, there are many big challenges facing the country. Divine bliss and happiness can only be established through a righteous value system. Development or governance without spiritual insight cannot lead to lasting prosperity.
In the Bhagwad Gita, Bhagwan says He manifests in this world to uplift the righteous, destroy evil and re-establish righteousness in every age. This is depicted in the Mahabharata in the form of a war where God, as Krishna, is shown helping the five Pandava brothers defeat the mighty army of the Kauravas to claim their rightful kingdom.
The onus of creating Bharat’s future of a golden era characterised by not just material prosperity and social justice for all but also by a high moral and spiritual culture rests not with any limited powers of this world but with God Himself.
God is known as Redeemer and Liberator. He purifies souls by freeing them from the bondage of vices, bringing out in them virtues that are intrinsic to every Soul. When a critical number of souls are purified in this way, it will usher in Golden Age or Satyuga.
God goes on to explain the concepts of the soul, God, consciousness, the duties of an individual, qualities that make one divine or demoniacal, and the path to liberation. In effect, the Gita tells us how a human should live in this world, the qualities he should possess, and how, on the basis of divine qualities, one can achieve an elevated status in the present and future.
The Kurukshetra war in the Gita represents the struggle that takes place in our minds when desires, expectations and vices try to dominate innate virtues of the soul. The Gita tells us how we can win these inner battles and emerge as better humans, free from all vices.
Human souls are originally pure, but after they come down from the soul world and play their various roles through successive births, they lose their spiritual awareness and begin to identify themselves with their bodies. This makes them prone to physical desires and vices such as lust, anger, greed and ego.The influence of vices gradually increases and humans start performing unrighteous actions. This leads to pain and suffering, which causes people to turn to God for salvation.
God then comes and reminds humans that they are souls, not bodies, and reawakens in them their original qualities of peace, purity, truth, love, happiness, power and bliss. He teaches them Raja Yoga – a loving soul-conscious communion with the Supreme Soul – by which souls can draw God’s infinite powers and virtues and empower themselves.
The Gita says those of a divine state are fearless, pure of heart, steadfast in yoga and knowledge, harmless, true, peaceful, compassionate towards beings, gentle, modest, straightforward and free from anger, crookedness, hatred and pride. This great change in the quality and consciousness of humans influences other creatures and the elements of nature too, transforming them in the process.