WHOLE DUDE – WHOLE FAMILY

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Maataa cha Parvatee Devi, Pitaa Devo Maheswaraha

Bandhavaa Shiva bhaktaa cha, Swadesho Bhuvana Trayam.

Parvati is Mother, Lord Shiva is Father, His devotees are relatives and all the three worlds(Bhu Lok, Bhuvar Lok and Suvar Lok- Earth, Sky and Heaven/SAT, CHIT, ANANDA) the native place.

THE THEORY OF ‘SAMSARA’ AND THE SOCIAL CONCEPT OF “VASUDHAIKA KUTUMBAM”

As a student of Natural Science, the study of relationships has always interested me.The scientific study of Ecology describes the interconnectedness, the interrelatedness and the interdependence of living creatures in a given environment.A study of Ecosystems deals with the concepts of Mineral Sharing, Energy Flow and Population Control.Living organisms belong to social communities.The understanding of ecological principles would help us to come together as one large global community and it would enable us to treat life with a sense of respect and appreciate the intrinsic beauty and value of all living creatures.

By birth, I belong to the Land of India where I inherited my views about human existence and the social community.The word ‘relative’ when used as a noun describes a person who is connected to the other by way of birth or by way of marriage.By birth, I am connected to the Land of India and by acquiring the theory of ‘SAMSARA’, I am related to all the living creatures of this planet Earth. My soul while transmigrating over several cycles of birth and rebirth has become connected not only to the human beings but also developed relationships with plants and animals.This is a fundamental concept that defines my Indian Identity. I am an eternal being and I am related to a myriad of life forms.

While living in Ann Arbor, Michigan I met with a group of young students of Pakistani descent at the local Huron High School. I am a total stranger to this group of young people. The older kid in the group came forward and addressed me as “UNCLE”.This is precisely my own social experience.While growing up as a kid in India, I was always encouraged to recognize other members of the community as if I am related to them by birth. The social norm is to address others in an appropriate manner and even total strangers are treated with respect and are included as a part of an extended circle of family members.I greeted people living in my neighborhood as uncles and aunts. Amongst the members of the Armed Forces and their families this kind of affiliation and a sense of togetherness is much more pronounced. While I served in Uniform, the members of Service families always spoke to me as if I am their brother or their uncle. This social custom of inclusiveness is reflected in our popularly expressed sentiments.Mahatma Gandhi is recognized as “BAPU”(father).As a child, I grew up knowing Jawaharlal Nehru as “CHA CHA”(uncle)Nehru.

Plants obtain their minerals and other nutrients from the soil.Calcium is an important mineral constituent of my bones and it helps to define my physical identity. Iron is the other mineral which is important to the blood that flows through my body and sustains my physical existence. By sharing the minerals and from the energy that flows into my life from plants and animals, I get connected to the soil and I get related to the Land of my birth. I further strengthened my connection to the Land by choosing to serve it and defend it.

We are all connected and we are all related to each other. Either you could explain it in terms of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology or you could see it as a consequence of the cycles of birth and rebirth and transmigration of the soul through living entities.

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