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Satyam and dharma

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Good and evil are very much part of everyone’s life and world. But one should guard against the perception that if the evil trends in the world are corrected, automatically people will find peace of mind and happiness. In a discourse, Swami Omkarananda drew attention to the fact that only when the unsteady human mind builds a firewall against the external world, it can correct its outlook and perceptions. For, in one sense, whatever evil is perceived in the world is a reflection of the ill thoughts in the individual mind. In reality, the external world is only the form of God and if the mind accepts this truth, it can gain peace. To a mind steeped in worldly desires where is the chance to feel peace? When there is no attempt to think of the atma within, there is no possibility to strive for higher values and ennobling character that can contribute to peace of mind? Without peace, where is joy and bliss, asks the Gita.

If the senses are not controlled, there is no chance to engage in atma tatva vichara leading to atma dyana and to atma swaroopa jnana. One thus incurs all these spiritual losses. The Vedas guide the diffident disciple who asks if it is at all possible to cross evil and reach the shores of Truth. The Vedas say it is possible. By practising ‘akrodha,’ which is to abstain from getting angry, one has to overcome anger. By practising acts of charity, ‘dhana,’ one can cross the tendency to be selfish. Many prayers in the Vedas invoke the Almighty to help one tread in the path of satyam and dharma. The motto ‘Satyam Vada, Dharmam chara’ holds the essence of every man’s upright behaviour. The Vedas also speak of Satyam and Ritam. If Satyam is truth, Ritam is the way to remain truthful. Together they imply truthfulness in thought, word and deed.

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