Capt Purushottam Sharma (Retd)
‘Doing good to others is not a duty. It is a ‘joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.’“Yah Shashtra Vidhimutsrijya Vartate Kamakaratah Na Sa Sidhimavapnoti Na Sukham Na Param Gatim”‘One who is indifferent to the injunctions of ‘Shaashtras’ (scriptures) and acts in arbitrary manner according to his own will, attains neither perfection nor happiness nor the supreme goal.’Gandhi ji, our BAPU, said “Whenever I see an erring man, I say to myself. I have also erred, when I see to lustful man, I say to myself: so was I once, and in this way I feel kinship with everyone in the world and feel that I cannot be happy without the humblest of us being happy.”Eternal happiness is the most valuable attainment achievable by means of following the ‘Shreya Maarg’ (path of goodness or righteousness) as per our Upnishads. It can be perceived only when one ceases to respond to worldly temptations. From the beginning of time, man has been striving to make his life more and more comfortable and happy. Just means in that direction is path of ‘Dharma’ and ‘Dharma’ alone. It is the man alone who is capable of making life happy by virtuous thoughts, words and deeds. We must carry a firm belief that all selves are one. That feeling of oneness will bring selflessness, undivided love and happiness. It is said that which man can do is impossible of achievement by gods and demons. Real happiness lies in conquering the vices particularly the six foes of man, namely, lust, wrath, greed, attachment, egotism and jealously.There are occasions which make the whole country happy and joyous. Our Independence on August 15, 1947, from the shackles of slavery (180 years under Mughals and 190 years under British) brought greatest happiness to the Nation. Adoption of own National Flag, Emblem, Anthem and Constitution brought great happiness to us all.The play of Jana Gana Mana (our National Anthem) record before the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1947 in New York held in all praise and prestige by the gathering for its significance and magnificence made the country very happy.It made the country happy and proud when on June 12, 2007, daily session of the Senate of the United States started with our Gayatri Mantra.Shri Guru Granth Sahab is one of our best spiritual classics. Its rescue from the critical situation and bringing to India from Afghanistan in August last with swift and reverential treat was profoundly welcomed and hailed by our country and by the devotees across the world.To bring happiness to the people:A) It should be ensured that no interruptions in the proceedings of legislature are caused and business hours are fully utilized for the benefit of the electorate;B) Stringent measures must to be taken to check the growing population with unwanted children particularly among the poor which result in beggary, crime and mushrooming of ‘Jhugis/Jhonpris, resulting in appalling living conditions;C) Curse of corruption flowing in the stream that drags and tempts people at the helm of affairs to commit corrupt practices in every sphere is eating the vitals of the society and causing sufferings to the people and this evil needs to be put to an end at the earliest;D) The culprits who incite the innocent people to indulge in mass violence and destruction of public property must be severely dealt with;E) The world body should be strongly supported by all nations to curb the scourge of ongoing terrorism by fanatics and fundamentalists causing bleedings and killings of the innocent people;F) Firm hand and effective preventive measures to plug the menace of cruelty and sexual assaults on innocent women and children required to be taken;G) Serious thought needs to be given to framing policies to create employment opportunities and steps must be taken at the earliest to provide everybody with some job/work to do to keep away starvation;H) Our ‘Ann-Daatas’ must receive unflinching support from all quarters for fetching him rich yields which should male him, his family and countryman (his dependents) happy;I) Our bureaucracy ought to play pivotal role in the implementation of various welfare schemes/measures legislated with a view to secure ‘Roti’, ‘Raiment’ and ‘Roof’ for all as delivery of social ‘justice at all levels contributes to the happiness of all;J) Those occupying high chairs must muster enough courage and will-power to curtail growing economic inequality among the people so that the underprivileged are uplifted and gradually brought at par with others;K) Steps must be taken to stop indecency by playing vulgar songs and unpleasant worded writings in public places and buses that are forcibly made heard and seen by school going children, ladies and elderly persons;L) There should be no delay in delivery of justice due to failures of Panchayats to solve local problems;M) Professional and public servants must take due care to adhere to the ethics in their dealings;N) Vigorous efforts must be made to pull out persons suffering from enslavement of addiction found crowding the wine shops, causing ruin of many families and furtherance of this vice in the society at large;O) Employers must shed the vile and brutal behaviortowards their ill paid employees to make the working place harmonious;P) Perverted and shameful conduct of some so called ‘Dharma Gurus’ infuriated and made sad millions of people who had transplanted their faith and reverence in their spiritual masters, therefore, constant vigilance needs to be exercised so that no such breaches in mutual trust recur;Q) The disgraceful acts of scams and scandals involving swindling and defrauding of huge sums of national wealth by some depraved minded persons need to be dealt firmly with exemplary punishment by simplifying the process in dealing with such culprits;R) Suitable preventive measures need to be taken to curb the unrest caused by turning institutions of higher learning into political fields;S) All of us must stop the sinful practice of enormous wastage of hard-earned food grains and heaps of leftover precious food often witnessed particularly in social gatherings;T) Concerned authorities must ensure adequate and regular water and power supply to avoid hardships to the common people;U) Business community must, on its own, realize its duty and obligations towards their own brethren and must stop the sinful acts of hoarding, adulterations, evasion of taxes, high profit margins and other malpractices;V) There should be affordable health-care facilities to the people specially to the underprivileged, however, admirable steps being taken are making people happy;W) Our Netajis are neither coming upto the expectations of the electorates nor aiming at energetic governance and need to demonstrate determination, honesty, commitment, innovation, simplicity, selflessness and truth like Gandhi Ji, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Ji and Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, if they are to prove their worth;X) The nation needs to bridle the fanatics quarreling in the name of religions and hurting the God who resides in every being;Y) The practice of caste system (untouchability) still persists wreaking havoc to our society and people who claim to hail from upper castes must realize their responsibility of abolishing this sinful practice that makes everybody sad;Z) The menace of smuggling arms, ammunition, narcotics and bovine animals offends the society seriously, therefore, strong measures are required to deal with such anti-social elements;Every one of us needs to carry out earnest introspection, follow code of conduct enshrined in our holy scriptures, realize our responsibilities towards the society, manifest virtues and shed vices.We all need inner transformation to realize splendour of God, realize that only love can manifest divinity, realize that we are answerable and accountable for our actions and deeds. Pledge to be an enlightened soul and perceive the same soul in all men, birds, animals and creatures.Treat our work as divine work and do it selflessly for the good of others. To bear in mind that purity, patience and perseverance will vouchsafe permanent happiness and good health.“Sarve Bhavanthu Sukhina, Sarve Santhu Niramaya” (All should be happy.All should be free from sufferings.) Upnishads command us to “Awake! Arise! Stop not till the goal is reached.” And that goal is to achieve mother happiness and put INDIA on top of the world happiness list of countries. Then happiness will be happy to spread happiness everywhere.
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