Universal Brotherhood – The Eternal Message Of Vedas

In the current scenario of growing intolerance towards other communities especially towards Dalits and minorities; it has become a necessity for us to pause, review and seek guidance from our ancient guiding books, Vedas to guide us again.

Vedas are the earliest works of antiquated learning and reasoning in India, our civilization, culture, considerations and logic are established in the Vedas.

Samaani va Aakootihi Samaanaa Hridayaanivah

Samaanamastu vo Mano Yathaa Vah Susahaasati

–        RigVeda, Mandala-10, Sukta-191, Mantra-4

“Let there be oneness in your resolutions, hearts and minds; let the determination to live with mutual cooperation be firm in you all”.

What is Communalism

Communalism is defined as a theory of a society that is divided into several small, independent communes and the state is just a confederation of these communes. It is sometimes said to put the interests of the community above the interests of the individual. This is usually only done on the principle that the community exists for the benefit of the individuals who participate in it, so the best way to serve the interests of the individual is through the interests of the community.

However it has turned to take a negative meaning where people start promoting the interests of one community over another. Communalism believes that the people of different religions have different interests in political and economic matters, regardless of whether they belong to the same nation or province.

Teachings of Vedas

Vedas are the wellspring of information and guide us to progress and keep up a high moral and ethical standards.

Vedic philosophy states that truth, peacefulness, tolerance, retribution and spiritual uplift are the establishments of a human life. Vedas pass on the message of religious harmony and fairness

Vedas preach world peace, universal brotherhood and welfare of all. Vedas have great relevance to humanity

 RigVeda is the first of the four Vedas and is viewed as the quintessence of all learning – Jnana. Indeed the Vedas accentuate the quintessential unity of the whole creation.

 Ajyesthaaso Akanisthaasa Yete

Sam Bhraataro Vaavrudhuh Soubhagaya

–        RigVeda, Mandala-5, Sukta-60, Mantra-5

‘No one is superior or inferior; all are brothers; all should strive for the interest of all and progress collectively’.

Upanishads are considered as fountainhead of Hindu Philosophy. Vedic and Upanishadic writing possesses large amounts of thoughts that declare widespread unity and all-inclusive prosperity.

There is a Sanskrit verse written on the entrance of Parliament Building in Delhi:

Ayam Nijah Paroveti Ganana Laghu Chetasaam

Udaara Charitaanaam tu Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

It means : “Small and narrow-minded people look at the truth in terms of ‘this is yours and this is mine’; for those of higher awareness the entire world is a family”.

While accentuating on the principal solidarity of the Atman – cognizance, Hinduism recognizes that there exists decent variety in God’s creation. This assorted variety isn’t seen by a Hindu as a misnomer. Neither does he set out to pulverize this assorted variety in his mission for consistency when he discusses the natural unity. ‘Sarva Dharma Samabhav’ – ‘Equal Respect for all Religions’.While the common philosophy stops at calling for ‘resilience’ to the decent variety, Hinduism goes substantially further. It doesn’t simply endure; it acknowledges each religion.

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