Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for Disharmony, distrust, despair, and endless physical deficiencies of man- Orlando Battista
It’s a proven fact today that disharmony in human relations not only gives rise to wars but almost all other problems directly or indirectly related to us. The phenomenon of a split in families, the rising number of cases of divorces, even most of the psychosomatic diseases which are caused by stress or mental tension are due to disharmony in human relations only and nothing else.
Today we see that extremism and fundamentalism in many parts of India are mainly due to religiopolitical disharmony only what else? In fact, most problems of law & order are due to disharmony in relations between political parties or various linguistic groups, religious communities, etc. It is, thus, very much essential to find a solution so as to eliminate this problem lest it will eliminate us. But what is the way out? How does one move ahead? Well !! it is quite clear from some of the examples that have been given of the world-events that these problems are mainly the creations of our mind, our own attitudes and our own negative thinking. Hence, in order to create harmony, we need to, first of all, disarm our minds in order to dismantle the forces of disharmony. In other words, we need to learn new ways of thinking in order to create a new world for ourselves because our age-old negative thinking will not liberate us from our problems but will, instead, create more problems and make our life worse.
It is estimated that the world over approximately one trillion dollars are spent every year by various countries on what is called ‘Defense’ or ‘ Security’ and yet it’s quite surprising that insecurity is increasing rather than decreasing. What’s more saddening is that all the diversion of resources to war purposes deprives the poorer sections of society of the help which they need or in fact deserve.
In this respect, it is essential to redefine security and to break the link between security and military force. We need to understand that our security lies not in an armed state of readiness for war but in friendliness, love and peace with others. Our real enemies are not men and women but suspicion, fear, hatred, violence and feeling of revenge and these enemies cannot be eliminated by military means. It has, therefore, rightly been said in the Gita: ‘Arjuna, the soul is its own best friend and it is its own worst enemy. We must therefore know that it is love that can eliminate hate, kindness that can kill cruelty and compassion that can calm down passion.
A deep study of the history of human civilization would reveal that presently, there are prevalent certain wrong beliefs which have led us to this kind of negative culture, negative lifestyle and negative attitudes, one of these wrong beliefs is that there has always been disharmony in the world and there was absolutely no time in the history of mankind when there was total harmony. If that were really so then why do today we have more wars which are more devastative and which result in mass killings? Why are we today inventing more and more deadly weapons?
It shows that there was a time in the distant past when there were fewer and fewer wars and there was also the earliest era that was free from all kinds of disharmony. The old scriptures call it Paradise, or Satyuga. Thus, there must have been a time when the world population was small, the environment was clean and there were no wars and people lived in amity and peace. Such an era was known as the Golden Age. That was the time when there was Universal Harmony.
It is that new world which we wish to usher in again. And, we want those attitudes and that thinking which can restore harmony in human relations again. How can we bring about that change? It’s very simple, for that we need to realize that most of our problems arise from our spiritual illiteracy which has to be eradicated. If therefore, we can get rid of this kind of illiteracy and have a new lease of consciousness beyond war and enmity, then we can open to a new paradise, otherwise, we will end in eternal darkness