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Dear Diary: Salvation

Dear Diary,

Today I feel more like a Yogi. So here is something from the pen of an aspiring yogi.

 Have you ever seen in any country other than India where in day-to-day life, people utter the word moksha (Salvation) or Mukti ?  I have seen my grand mother and relatively aged people uttering the word Mukti at least ten times a day. Because they knew in their hearts, mukti or salvation is the ultimate goal of human life. Having travelled many countries, I have seen people giving much importance to the food they eat, the home they live in or want to buy , money in their bank accounts and their life style . The current generation in India who believes in monkeying the western culture is no exception.

When a country/civilization is in their initial years of growth, it’s a natural tendency for most people there to seek more of outer wellbeing than inner.  The fact is, when you basic needs are well taken care of, then only you can seek beyond the mundane. If you are hungry, instead of offering food to you, I start a lecturer on spirituality, will you listen?  Similarly, when a civilization lives extremely well off for many generations, then only the seeking of different dimensions of life begins. That’s why you find more enlightened beings in older civilisations than new ones. As Canada is celebrating its 152nd birthday this year, it forces me to think how old India is exactly? More than 5000 years old? Why do not we Indians celebrate India’s birthday??  Why we do not market India as the land of Salvation??

 

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