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Survival of the simplest

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Mantra for success - survival of the simplest

The competitive world where we are living believes in the theory of “Survival of Fittest”, meaning that the one who is strongest, is the one who survives. However, men in the 21st century have perceived this in a rather different manner because in the actual sense the strongest people are those who are most ethical & helpful and not the ones who gain strength by hurting others and exploiting nature.

Today, educated people all over the world are well aware of the fact that the environment across the globe has degenerated menacingly to its lowest ebb, and if this deterioration continues further for some more time at this rate, then the very existence of the human race would be in grave danger. As a result of this growing awareness, most of us have started taking precautionary measures so as not to put any extra strain on the already fragile social order.

Today, when economic progress takes precedence even over politics, many governments are under great pressure to increase production substantially, to take major strive towards high economic evolution & growth by undertaking developmental activities on a large scale for a quick turnaround. So, every government increasingly engages itself to fulfil the goals of modernisation through rapid industrialisation and technological advancement so as to create more jobs and thriving economies.

But the real dilemma is that, if the governments accelerate developmental activities and industrialisation, then the quality of the environment gets badly affected and, if they do not take visible steps towards economic growth, then they cannot compete with other nations and face criticism from their own people and have, ultimately, to quit. So, the challenge faced by all countries is: “How to improve or sustain the quality of the environment while ensuring a high level of economic activity and growth. The solution that is generally suggested is that there should be sustainable development. But is this practically feasible without affecting the social domain? 

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We all know that industrial production and economic growth depend on the increasing use of minerals and other natural resources, which finally leads to commercialism, materialism and consumerism. With the ever-increasing population growth rate in many developing countries, more and more jobs, houses and other civic amenities and services have to be provided for an increasing number of people in both, as a result of which, there is bound to be more and more strain on the environment and on the depleting mineral and natural resources. It is, therefore, urgent and important than we realise, at the earliest, that it will simply be impossible for the earth to sustain if the strain on it increases. So, for our survival in a clean and healthy environment, it is extremely necessary to reduce our consumption and wastage by changing our lifestyle. Yes!! That’s the only way out if we don’t just wish to perish.

With massive industrialisation and economic growth, the gains of some sectors of the society inevitably create pressures on the social fabric of an erratic developing society creating a great imbalance in the consumption levels of a small number of rich and an ever-increasing downtrodden. Hence to overcome all these issues, the need of the hour is to have a simple lifestyle, which is not possible through the virtues of the capitalistic or the socialist system of the economy but only through the spiritual orientation of our economic thought, because survivors aren’t always the strongest; sometimes they’re the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest. Hence it is better to change ourselves before time devastates us.

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Rajyogi Brahma Kumar Nikunj
A spiritual leader of Brahma Kumaris faith, Brahma Kumar Nikunj is a living example of simplicity, wisdom and devotion. Born in business family from Mumbai, Nikunj Ji was an Atheist. However, a chanced encounter with Rajyogini B.K.Didi Nalini Ji changed his life. Inspired by her thoughts & teachings, he decided to pursue spirituality. By virtue of sacrifice, penance, and godly services over the past 22 years he has been able to develop his inner self and enhance his spiritual knowledge. His Philosophy in Life is - “Spirituality cannot be taught, it has to be experienced”.

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