Degeneration of Character
All schools of thought, religions, sects and eminenl personalities, across the globe, have laid great emphasis on building a strong, noble, and glorious character. The importance of a noble character is evident through the welt known sayings such as – ‘If character is lost, everything is lost.’ Our scriptures and Sanskrit texts abound with innumerous verses are dedicated to character and character-building. A man of strong character is the most reliable. His character shines through every action he performs. He is the saving grace of the entire mankind for his supreme human values I and the willingness to sacrifice everything for the upliftment of humanity. Building such an exemplary character is as difficult as walking on the sharp edge of a sword and there are challenges aplenty that test it.
Any deviation from the above mentioned characteristics can be termed as a definite decline in character. However, thinking something, speaking something else and doing a totally different thing is the worst form of degradation in character. Many leaders entice people with assurances before elections and plaintly forget their promises after winning the elections. They ignore the fact that it is better to deny than giving false hopes.
Disrespect towards women is increasing due to insensitivity in the country. People forget that insult even to a single woman is an insult to the entire maternal power. External beauty is not the real beauty of women, rather dignity is. Sita, Savitri, Kausalya, Jagadamba, Durga, Gargi, Madalsa, Mahalaksmi, Mira and Bhrkuti are representatives of great women. A woman is a symbol of mother’s love, a wife’s purity, affection of a daughter. Never consider a woman as a commodity to be sold or purchased in the market. Never laugh at the picture of a woman, it is an affront to a mother. The way millions of mothers, sisters, daughters, daughters-in-law are shown disrespect through their depiction in the movies, magazines, mass media must be strongly condemned. These mentally corrupt and cruel persons have to be told that a woman is not a characterless being. She is the ultimate icon of purity. Every awakened person must reflect on this ideal that the honour of millions of mothers, sisters, daughters, daughters-in-law is my honour and their disrespect is my disrespect. My religion is to give respect to women, because they are our mothers, sisters and daughters.
‘Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra devta,’ meaning: ‘Gods dwell there, where the women are venerated’. There cannot be one single day dedicated to respect mothers and sisters, but it should be done every moment of our life. 24-12-2016 It is indeed a matter of disgrace that women, who, as mothers, give birth to us, are humiliated and sneered and ridiculed today. Girls, sisters, daughters and daughters-in-law-all are women and therefore the very epitome of mothers. The intense lust for hedonistic pleasures has debased and reduced women to merely an object of pleasure and indulgence, advertisement and commodity; which is the most reprehensible. To advertise and sell the honour of a woman tantamounts to the terrible and unpardonable humiliation of one’s own mother.
The evil tendency, on one hand to unscrupulously tarnish the sacred image and character of mothers (women), while on the other hand casting a blemish on the dignity of the motherland through corruption proverty, unemployment, violence, crime, terrorism, illness, starvation, social injustice, calamity, enmity and exploitation in the name of governance and administration, is growing at an alarming rate. Right from time when this world came into existence, our ancestors have worshipped the Vedas, the root source of all knowledge and sciences in the form of Vedamata or mother incarnate as the Vedas:
‘Stuta maya varada vedamata pracodayantam pdvamdnl dvijanam’ (Taittiriya Aranyaka-10.36). It is our sacred cultural, spiritual and national duty to protect the Vedas that unanimously and globally have been accepted as the oldest surviving sacred texts available to mankind. We are deeply commited to maitain the intact and unscathed form of the Rsi literature through research, deep studies and following the vedic traditions. The indigenous cow, venerated as a Mother embodies our country’s basis for growth in ecomomical, agricultural and health sectors. Mother cow can be likened the stream of unquestioned and immense love. Therefore- ‘Gavo visvasya matarah,’ – Cow is the mothers of the entire world. So, we have to work together to protect, support and promote mother-cow.
The cow is the only mammal that absorbs oxygen as well or respirates the same. The cow absorbs oxygen from the nature according to its needs and she consumes only 5% and returns the remaining oxygen to nature again. Whereas human-beings and all other living beings absorb oxygen and give-off carbon-dioxide. And most of the plants and trees do exactly the opposite of it. Tremendous benefits are derived by caressing the body of an indigenous cow for about 15 to 20 minute daily in the treatment of high blood-pressure, where it is reduced and eyesight is enhanced.
Our forefathers regarded cow as mother, thus worshipped and protected them. A cow provides love, affection, compassion and mercy similar to our mother. Cows have always benefitted the society, but they are killed very secretly in thousands of number. The results of this heinous act can be seen in the form of ever increasing devastation, environmental imbalance, floods, earthquakes, heavy, scanty or no rainfall, violence, cruelty etc.. The cruel and barbaric killing of cows, buffaloes, goats and other animals in the abattoirs and their piteous cries produce negative energy in the whole country. Cow-slaughter is the cause of great sorrow and devastation.
We consider it completely immoral to kill cows, buffalos, sheep, goats, chicken or any other innocent animal. Animals like human beings, deserve equal right to live happily and to enjoy the beauty of nature. Our sacred motherland has been the birthplace and the arena of action for a great many illustrious, model, wise and non-violent noble sages and persons along with the brave warriors who have laid down their lives for noble causes. Since time immemorial, our country has believed on the virtues of truth, non-violence and noble conduct. Hence, being a citizen of such a sacred nation, we wish to erase this blemish of cow-slaughter from the forehead of our motherland.
(Excerpted from the book Divine Transformation: Building Blocks for