VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM(Manava Dharma or Market Forces?
Udaracharitanamtu, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
– Men with narrow vision divide the world into mine and thine whereas the noble hearted look upon the world as one single family – one’s homestead. This was not just a poet’s fancy. But the result of an intense realisation of the Ultimate Truth –Sarvam KhalvidamBrahma – All that exists is only Brahma. The entire universe is an expression of that truth, one expressing as the many. The entire history of India has been an attempt to express this experience in the day-to-day life of every individual and the society. Variety and diversity of course were there but, at the base, there was unity as well. Hence the dictum – unity in diversity. This was reflected in every aspect of life right from the personal to the national level. But, our far-seeing and adventurous forefathers did not confine this wonderful experience within the frontiers of Bharat. Their love and concern for humanity was so intense that it took them to the farthest quarters of the world. The message of unity was spread through practice and example and the history of the world bears testimony to the fact that the imprint of Indian cultural ambassadors is visible in every part of the world, felt, and seen. That was probably the most sublime period of Indian history. Researchers who are committed only to truth have discovered through dedicated study that even the western civilizations like the Greek and Roman, the languages like Greek and Latin had their original home in India and gradually spread across the continents and reached those distant lands. It was not through military conquest but through the gradual spread of a vibrant culture. But later on, the colonial conquerors from the west made history stand on its head and propagated that the Indian culture and civilization were brought to this country by the invading alien conquerors. But, let us leave the conquerors alone, because the truth is slowly but surely emerging victorious and it is bound to establish itself on its own strength and validity.
(Late President of Vivekananda Kendra)