The Gita clearly states that a society functions on the footsteps of the prominent people, the Adarsh Purusha. There was a time when the yug was called Satyug, or the era of truthfulness. In this yug the Guru and the Ruler were the Adarsh Purusha; the ruler was guided by the Guru and the Guru was not tied to maya or personal gains, betterment of society as a whole and evolution of the being were the prime goals. The ruler on the instruction of the Guru worked for the people and left everything to join his/her Guru in the ashram, and when the time for vanprastha came, the entire kingdom was given to the heirs and the real journey towards reality would begin under the Guru’s guidance. The places of worship and their wealth were dedicated to the needy. It was while holding the Guru’s hand that a shishya covered the journey from darkness of ignorance to light of gyan – “Tamso maa jyotir gamaya.”
This model of society was a perfect and flawless model; its remnants survived the Treta, Dwapar and early phase of Kaliyug. The proof of this is in the words of Lord Macaulay in the British House of Commons, “I have travelled the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”
It happened, today’s Adarsh Purusha is the film actor, the politician, the administrators, the cricketer and the fake spiritual people, with the common denominator being that most of them are busy amassing wealth through corrupt means; scams after scams are being unearthed, with a new one emerging whenever we think that this was the ultimate! Their flamboyant and extravagant lifestyles, criminal backgrounds and the cases running against them, desire to not leave the chair or the camera till they breathe their last, the desire to gather more and more at the cost of the gullible people…all this points towards the eminent destruction of the society and their souls. The lower rung of them desire to ape this lifestyle, which is not possible considering the meager salaries they get, so bribery and corruption become a rule rather than an exception.
And yet, it would not be right to simply blame those who have achieved something. The responsibility and hard work involved by the above is completely overlooked and ignored. The wealth which is visible becomes the guiding factor for those who want to become like them. We must not forget that there is no power without responsibility and no responsibility without power. So those who follow, pick up the wrong traits leading the entire society to corruption.
Whenever you pay a bribe for avoiding a traffic challan or for getting a contract or even for getting a simple job done, you should always see whether you are honest to yourself…are you avoiding tax? Are you following the law? Are you eligible for what you are quoting? Is your life a life of complete honesty? If it is, then I’ll suggest you rush to DHYAN ASHRAM for then I can take you beyond. But in maximum cases the answer is negative, that is the reason why we have so few inmates at Dhyan Ashram.
Change all this? In this yug it is a foolish idea. It is common knowledge that an honest officer is transferred before he can even settle. If you want to try and change all this then I suggest you work with the system, for this system needs people like you. Instead of taking corruption head on and trying to change the system, change at least one person around you and ask him to change another and so on…within a few years the system will change….but then you have to change yourself first!
You can begin by changing your Adarsh Purusha to a selfless charitable person. Now do you see why I call the idea in this yug foolish and why we have so few people at Dhyan Ashram?