Sharing my write-up which was provided a space on the great platform of erudites. This is an article, “Bhakti Movement: Societal Transformation through Literary Spiritualism.”
This is written in the background of era of Bhakti Movement in India from 7th century to 19th century. It highlights the positive points of bhakti movement and whether they are still applicable in today’s or future world.
History, if read with no previous perceptions or judgements, always gifts a few take aways. These are the virtues and principles of sustenance for the society. Any society in this world, if makes a genuine notes of it’s and other society’s past, can manage and overcome the hardships, bottlenecks, the matters of conflict, the ill conditions, sufferings, times of danger, negative issues prevailing in society etc. in a better manner.
History was what was present, the present thoughts, results, solutions and possibilities of past human. History is just the reflection of thoughts.
It depends, if one learns from it and progress or just treat it as a dull, lifeless subject of no importance in present world. This will hold true till man lives. Great societies sustained as they assessed and learned from their past, adopted, modified and corrected in the present context.
October 2nd, the great day when Mahatma Gandhiji, the father of India and former Prime Minister of India Late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji’s birthdays are whole heartedly celebrated.
Both of them showed directions to achieve a better future.
Who doesn’t know Mahatma Gandhiji, his weapon of non-violence is effective always. His four pillars ie power of non-violence, truthfulness, focus on self service, importance of villages in society are the building pillars of any nation. His perseverance and stress on these drastically helped two nations and many others indirectly, who followed these principles.
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji was also a simple man with great virtues. His simplicity, dedication towards people, commitment to his work, humbleness in nature were a few qualities which stood him different from other good Prime Ministers. Being a very fair person, he never misutilized the amenities he got with his designation.
Both Gandhiji and Shastriji are reverently remembered even after so many years with the same or more fervor. It is not an exaggeration to say that they were not only two personalities but a whole bundle of many good characteristics and values. Those values which are present in every human being, knowingly or unknowingly. We all have a “Gandhi” and a “Shastri” inside us. If we identify them, we make a better and sorted tomorrow for us and the society. If not, then we need to self introspect. These values were, are and will always be the key to problems of any society and its citizens. And yes, it may seem easy to just talk about them, but these are really one of the most difficult values to follow in life. A person need to have a lot of courage, valor and will power to pursue these values in his or her life. Many of the societies will be sorted and balanced if most of its citizens will recognise these values in themselves.
So this October we can give a thought that whether we just continue to celebrate their birthdays or let them be born inside us for a better tomorrow.