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    Vasudhaiva Kutumbam- Does the meaning of this word has its relevance today?

    "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, which means 'the world is one family'". (Source: Wikipedia)

    I wonder whether the true meaning of this great word has lost its meaning in today's world because of our diversified thoughts, approach towards caste, religion and regionalism. We can go anywhere and the world is very small but there has been a large gap in our thinking and analysing various issues. It has become so wider today that none can bridge it, perhaps the present trend of community living and social fabric may be one of the reasons.

    Do you think the word 'Vasudhaika Kutumbam' lost its relevance today?
  • #653557
    Definitely. There is no relevance of that phrase. In olden days the rulers used to treat all the people equal. They never treated some people as our people and some as other people. Those days the phrase mentioned is having a lot of relevance. Even when people are having no chance to go to foreign countries, the concept of whole world one family was valued very much due to the impartial nature of rules.
    But these days rulers themselves are trying to divide people based on caste, creed and religion. They are trying to give more weight age to these factors as they will continue to be in power. From their family is the entire world. They want everything in their house only. For that they will try to divide and rule people. If all people thinks that they are all from one family politicians will can never survive.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #653569
    The phrase Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is present in our scriptures and it was coined by our wise ancestors with a thought that people should not fight with each other and consider the whole world as one composite family. This was a preaching to teach the people for avoiding wars and live a peaceful coexistence with even the enemies.

    But the ambitions and aspirations of the kings and their kingdoms did not accept this philosophy and attacked and invaded other states or nations to acquire them and enlarge their kingdom.

    Today the kings and kingdoms are replaced with the Govts and nations but the fighting spree is still there ignoring the precious Sanskrit phrase. So the phrase has lost its relevance.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #653576
    I wish we could go back to being harmonious to other religions and cultures. I don't like the present government's approach towards politics. It is heavily religion based politics. This approach is non ideal to say the least. As one ethnic group or religion is favoured over others. We need to idealise our bountiful ancestors in this matter and rule like them.
    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #653633
    There is a lot of feeling of enemity between some of the different communities in the world and this malice is not going to come down even by the efforts of some peace loving leaders.

    In such a scenario the relevance of the phrase does not stand though it has a merit of its own.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.


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