Hydra Headed Corruption
Most of the social reformers, moralists and wise men in the entire world agree that corruption is the cause of self-destruction of any society, civilisation, big or small states and their governments. The history of the world tells us owing to the then prevailing corruption and evil practices many civilisations, nations, powerful empires empire were destroyed. Romans conquered the wealth and established a mighty empire but the wealth later conquered the Romans and the dreaded materialism and hydra headed corruption destroyed the empire. The great Nanda dynasty of the ancient India met even a worse fate owing to the evil of corruption. Later this evil along with the Charvaka’s philosophy of extreme materialism made Indian rulers and their armies so weak that even a handful of invaders from the north-west could defeat “the supposed to be mighty armies” of Indian kings and emperors. Many erstwhile kings and princes in India do not consider even today the giving of presents, gifts and donations involving millions of Rupees in cash or kind, as corruption. However, Bhagavad Gita makes it clear that giving of sattavic gifts and charity at the right occasion and for right purpose without any thought of return or showing any favour and with a view to purify yourself is a divine gift on behalf of God.
In the last decade many powerful democratic governments duly elected by their people in Japan, Italy and India were removed on the charges of corruption. Lately during 1996 in India, a number of ministers, governors and officials had to resign owing to their corrupt practices. Some of the ministers and fake gurus were sent to judicial lock-up. However, the worst effect of corruption is that it corrupts the pure mind of the individuals and diminishes the power of their spirits – the great reservoir of energy provided to the human beings. Thus, corruption becomes the chief wrecker of human values. It also becomes a major cause of social diseases, including immorality, hatred for the poor and down trodden, dowry deaths, blind pursuit of money, material possessions, power, status, false ego and worst of all fascination for vulgar, luxurious, hypocritical and artificial way of living. Since lofty Rta and Satya – the stern laws of God and eternal truths prevail in the entire universe, these social evils opposed to Rta and Satya first create diseases of mind leading to superiority and inferiority complexes, depressions, manipulations, hypertension and later even mental and physical diseases. Such corrupt people fall easy prey into the traps of “dealers of hope” , which siphon away a large chunk of black and tainted money of their disciples, by providing temporary peace and solace to their diseased and turbulent minds. If the vicious cycle of corruption enters religion and gurudom through the tainted money of the devotees and disciples, it enters politics through the non-accountable election funds, distribution of favours and misappropriation of public funds through leaking cans of subsidies. This vicious cycle of corruption engulfs all activities and professions in the society, including education, medicine etc.
Thus, corruption spreads like wild fire, as society when corrupted, its members become cynical and contemptuous of social and moral values. In such a materialistic society, a few sane voices of wise men and social reformers are drowned in the storm created by it. Now most of the people in India have become cynical and helpless about this evil. They know that corruption is now parading up and down in the streets, lanes, market places, corridors of power, temples, educational institutions and virtually all places, in full view of the government, custodians of religions, social reformers and others. The Vedic “satya meva jyatehas now changed to rishwat meva jyate”. Instead of victory of the truth, it is now victory of the corruption and bribery. Books like “Bribe Takers are Heroes” are admired for the brave deeds, particularly those of master manipulators of share market, silent hypocrites and sycophants and others in the government services and private sectors.
What is after all this corruption? The most sacred scriptures of Hindus, directly revealed by God as Shruti describe it as hydra headed corruption. Its heads are bribery, exploitative profit, vested interest, naked selfish desires, hypocrisy in the form of false promises, pride, false ego and calumny. It also takes the other forms like, officiousness, sycophancy, treachery, wickedness etc. If not controlled with true knowledge containing permanent truths, it spreads very fast in politics, economics and various organs of the state and institutions of the society. Sama Veda.179 and 913 refers to 99 sources for the entry of this evil in the human gross body. From each of the five senses, five sense organs and outward looking mind (etani), nine types of evils enter the human body. In the Vedas, the inward looking mind is “manas.” Bribery is door through which all sins enter and join the river of corruption, which flows in the human mind, senses and sense organs of the gross body. This results in diminishing the discerning power of mind to distinguish between right and wrong, virtuous and non-virtuous conduct and values. Tamasic guna of passivity, dullness, ignorance becomes predominant and the person is forced to lead an artificial life of fun and frolic, eat drink and be merry, by ignoring the laws of God described as Rta in the Vedas. Such persons tend to follow the non-divine professions and become avarnas, vritras and yatudhani as they resort to exploitation of the weaker sections of the human beings, mother earth and even supreme Mother Prakrti – the divine Nature. Corruption is a major subject in the Vedas. Rig.Veda 1-191-81, 1-28-4, 2-14-3 and many other hymns relate to corruption.
Rig-Veda 1-104-3 refers to corruption as misappropriation of public funds, taking bribe for money belonging to the state and trusts and when the individual’s action results in the reduction of state revenue or the revenue of the institution where he/she is a trustee. Rig Veda.1-42-3 mentions bribe takers are thieves. Sam Veda while, mentioning 99 sources of corruption and evil, also calls it a disease which goes on increasing with all material treatment and makes the power of soul and human spirit weaker and weaker (Sama Veda 913 and 179).
It is not only the Vedas which deal with corruption amongst many other social, political, economic and religious aspects of human behaviour and conduct, other later scriptures of all religions also deal with it comprehensively. Holy Bible has many references to corruption. There is a mention that society is now building ‘Mount of corruption’ (2 Kin 23-12). Cause of corruption is deceitful lust and corruptible things on this earth are gold, silver etc., (2 Peter 1-4, Ephesians 4- 22 and Peter 1-18). Bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of righteous (Deuteronomy 16-19), … for you are like white washed tombs, which are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness…such persons are within full of hypocrisy and iniquity (Mathew.23.27-28). A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice (Prov 17-23.). A corrupt man would call God, as Lord but will never do any thing that God says Luke.6-46. Being slaves of corruption they will not even call their corrupt ideas, habits and actions as evil and will finally perish in their own corruption, depravity and bondage 2.Peter 2-19. For he who sows in his flesh will of flesh reap corruption Galatians 6-8. The holy Bible has a large number of commandments, injunctions and spiritual and moral advises even directly from Jesus to all the human beings against various kinds of corruption and evils. Pope Pius XI had also spoken against accumulation of wealth with immense power and despotic economic domination concentrated in the hands of a few who administer them at their good pleasure… so that no one dare breathe against their will. He has mentioned this as against the laws of God as all the wealth belongs to Him.
The scriptures of Sikh religion based on Vedas and holy Koran, refer to this evil with a number of practical illustrations and spiritual experiences during the lifetime of their founder, Guru Nanak. He took meals with a corrupt rich person and separately in the house of an honest and noble poor person. In the first case the cry of workers, labourers whose money the rich man had retained and those cries had reached the ears of God, while taking meals blood exuded. In the other case of meals with the honest poor man milk oozed out. The dishonest and corrupt rich man got a clear message and followed the path of righteousness thereafter. The holy Grantha Sahib.M.3 p.1962 in the portion Maru Solahe says,” dishonesty or corruption in business or the uttering of lies, causes inner sorrow.” Joseph Conard even says that a belief in super natural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Khalil Gibran tells, “ the holy and righteous can not rise beyond the highest which is in each of you, so the wicked and the weak can not fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.” Thus the concept of corruption and its evil effects is not only there in the Vedas but also in many other later scriptures, metaphysics and various philosophies.
Even a person who profits by corrupt practices has an evil mind. Seneca, a Roman stoic philosopher of 1st century AD who said, “one, who profits by a crime, commits crime”, also held similar views. According to Vedic metaphysics, those learned persons who praise or justify any type of evil or wickedness is a corrupt and evil-minded person. Their learning is based on material knowledge i.e. avidya or nescience, which is destroyer of noble attributes (R.V.1-129-6). Those who have not acquired the wealth of Vidya – both divine and spiritual knowledge along with material knowledge are the real poor and shall always remain poor (R.V1-186-11). Buddha had said that consciousness of gross body dims the eye of the mind that leads to germination of the evil of corruption in all its forms. This is the origin of all illusion. The mythological epic Ramayna has mentioned that just as the dust tarnishes the brightness of a gem, the material wealth obtained through corruption too contaminates the virtue of the wise. Yajur Veda in its hymn 30-22 advises the king and the elected President to ensure that such low character and evil minded corrupt people should not be allowed to mix with other individuals following divine professions. This has been advised to arrest the spread of contagion of their vices. Rig-Veda 2-2-12 even says, corrupt people face gloom and misery through their children as they sow the seed of evil in the family.
Sam Veda and Bhagavad Gita refer to Bhakti Yoga – the worship of the Supreme Reality through meditation, prayer and chanting of Veda mantras by people following noble professions. These scriptures had also visualised that non divine people with the predominance of tamasic guna would resort to Bhakti Yogamore for show as a part of their sycophancy and hypocritical nature and shall find safety belt in fake gurus, false prophets, bhajans (religious songs) and prayers of the God meant for crass commercialisation. Such people resorting to meditation get into greater inner darkness (Isa Upanishad). The holy Koran describes the evil of bribery as taking advantage not lawfully and morally of others efforts. It is falsehood that drags a person away from honesty and probity and takes him/her towards a life of dishonesty. The holy Koran further says, ”a man who resorts to corruption is a faithless person to his family, friends, society and government.” Imam Ali even says,“ such a person is the most unmanly, avoid his/her friendship and brother hood.” Corruption spreads from father to the offspring, teachers to pupils, false prophets to their followers, buyer to a seller and vice versa and so on, untill the entire society is corrupted.
Many philosophers and metaphysicists have not lagged behind in tracing this evil. Plato’s perverted forms of governments and absence of divine guidance in those societies where corruption is rampant has been explained in details in his philosophical treatise Republic and other treatises. His philosophical concept of Forms and Ideas (akin to Vedic Rta) is totally ignored in such perverted forms of government and societies. It is in this background that he even explains ”open and close” societies. The history of Philosophy tells us that in such a “close” and corrupt society, Socrates – the wisest man ever born on this earth was awarded the death penalty for spreading the divine knowledge “ know thy self ” and the metaphysics relating to One God, immortal soul and Nature. The worst thing about corruption is that it distorts the concept of knowledge. In the Vedas the real knowledge is like the Savitar deva- the Sun. When it rises, all kinds of darkness vanishes and all paths become absolutely clear. The true knowledge should also dispel the inner darkness of the human beings and make all paths relating to economics, politics, religion, soul, spirit, social conduct, physical sciences etc., clear and transparent. It is only the evil of corruption, which has broken the Unity of knowledge. It has segregated various kinds of material, intellectual, spiritual and other knowledge in the name of specialisation. This diversity in the Unity has become the major cause of producing giants in all fields of economics, commerce, physical sciences, religion, spiritualism etc. However, most of these giants are moral infants who are resisting and refusing to grow in the field of morals and ethics. Thus, Vedic guru is more like Savitar deva – the Sun god. He/she is not like the present Hindu gurus, sects and cults, who are blank in the knowledge of social and physical sciences, military science and Vedic metaphysical knowledge of the Supreme Reality, divine Nature, cosmic laws of necessity, soul, spirit and many other divine concepts.
It is in such a highly corrupt society that Christ suffered crucification. Gandhi ji for spreading the message of non-violence of the strong, need based living and harmony of all religions was assassinated. In the ancient India the Shuniya Vadins who said, “ why corruption for body, children, friends when we all shall become nothing, just like a dream experience? ” were thrown out by highly dreaded materialists Charvakas in their philosophy of eat, drink and be merry. InShanti Deva guide to the Buddhist way of life 2-33- 41 the followers of Buddha mentioned, ” The unbearable evil of corruption I committed for the sake of others shall remain ahead of me ”. The powerful senses, the turbulent mind, the effect of subtle primordial matter tamasic guna virtually destroyed all these noble thoughts, divine knowledge and Vedic metaphysics.
Bhagavad Gita traces the causes of corruption and evil to the primordial matter- the three gunas in the human body. While sattavic guna of purity, truthfulness, transparency results in ennobling the individual and society, the rajasic guna of activity with self interest and false ego and desires along with tamasic guna of passivity, dullness, idleness become the cause of corrupting the individuals and the society. Lack of knowledge of Vedic Brahma vidya that Bhagavad Gita refers as Jnan and Vijnan is another major factor for the spread of this evil. Jnan is the knowledge of complete understanding of God, soul, divinity in virtuous actions and considering the world as Maya – the cosmic illusion. Vijnan consists of knowledge of Prakrti, the entire gross creation by the divine Nature under the supervision of God, spirit of God reaching all the animate and inanimate life through Prakrti. The scientific knowledge of 23 constituents of the body, which include all senses, sense organs, maha bhuta i.e. air, fire, ether, earth and water, three gunas, mind, ego intellect, spirit and soul is vijnan. Only material and intellectual knowledge is cause of ignorance, false pride, ostentatious worship of God etc.
Rig Veda 1-104-3 while referring to corruption as misappropriation of public funds in the government and public institutions and when a person takes bribe and reduces the state revenue, has a prayer to various Prakrti devas who are subtle forces of Nature, like Indra, Varun and others. In this payer devas have been requested to make such a person flee away like a mote of dust along with those learned persons who praise and justify such evils and wickedness (R.V 1-129-6). According to Vedic metaphysics, the weakness of the outwards looking mind, incompetence, lack of integrity owing to excessive desire of sensual pleasure, material wealth and other psychic conditions are the real causes of falsehood, evils and corruption. Only Vidya i.e. true knowledge can destroy these ignoble attributes caused by 99 obstacles mentioned in Sama Veda (179 and 913).
The Vedic metaphysics has now virtually disappeared amongst Hindus except for rituals, yajnas, ceremonies, more as a blind faith than as rational moral, ethical and scientific necessity. In the absence of proper understanding of laws of God, role of divine Nature, a-priori principles already known to human soul, purpose of birth etc., the evil of corruption is now fast infiltrating in all professions, social, political, religious and moral activities. Now a stage has reached the worship of money in all its forms is the supreme worship and prayer to God is only for still more money, sons, fulfillment of all mundane desires. Many priests have put higher fees for the devotees for approaching God to bestow material and mundane gifts to them. The worship of mammon has now penetrated in those noble professions where only a few decades ago, it was a taboo like teaching, medicine, spreading divine and spiritual knowledge for the moral uplift of society
To explain the Vedic hydra-headed corruption to the followers of Vedic Dharma, Maharsi Valmiki in his mythological epic Ramyana depicted the demon king Ravana with ten heads representing each of the nine heads for different kind of evil and corruption and the tenth head depicting the knowledge of Brahma- the Supreme Reality, soul, spirit, divine Nature. During the war of “ good over evil ”between lord Rama and demon Ravana it was shown that the devil had the habit of pretending to be dead. Rama with his arrows and missiles succeeded in cutting Ravana’s head from the body and the second would come up until nine heads were severed from the body, which represented various facets and forms of Vedic hydra headed corruption. As already mentioned, Vedas also say that a learned person if he praises or justifies any type of evil and corruption, is also an evil person. The mythology in Ramayna tells us that Ravana was also a highly learned person. As such lord Rama before killing Ravana did not cut his tenth head and even asked his brother Lakshman to go to Ravana before he was dead and get the higher divine and spiritual knowledge from him.
The concept of 99 obstacles and evils is depicted in the mythology contained in the epic Mahabharta. The blind king of Hastinapur of Kaurvas dynasty had 100 sons, out of whom 99 were having evil traits, designs, thoughts and activities. They were great obstacles to their blind father Dhrtitrashtra, in maintaining perfect peace and harmony in the state. In the Mahabharta Great War of Kurukshetra, five noble Pandava princes killed all the 99 sons. These five princes represent five divine instruments in the human body as mentioned in Vedas. These are soul (Atma), spirit (Jiva), intellect (Buddhi), Ego (Ahamkar) and mind (manas). Manas is the inward looking mind and Ahamkar is the noble pride in doing welfare of others as enlightened selfishness. Mahabharta thus through a mythological fairy tales explains the superiority of inner divine instruments over the gross instruments like senses, sense organs, brain, etani – the outward looking mind. These gross instruments get easily corrupted through fear, doubts, diseases of the senses, desires, sloth, attachment etc. (S.V 913). Mahabharta tells after these 99 evil-minded sons were killed, the state of Hastinapur started prospering and harmony prevailed under the noble rule of Pandavas. Thus, the great Mahabharta War really depicted through the mythological characters – both evil-minded vritras and virtuous heroes of Kashtriya Varna- the conflict between extreme materialism and pure idealism. It also depicted the conflict between inner subtle and divine instruments and the outer gross instruments of the body. The divine instruments when rule the body and senses and sense organs work in harmony with these, the human beings achieve perfection, peace, bliss and supreme power to do welfare of others. Vedic rsis and later metaphysicists thus found an easier method of explaining the truths contained in the Vedas through mythological epics – Ramayna and Mahabharta for the common man. Both these epics explain the Vedic concept of good, virtue, harmony, love and evil, hatred, corruption etc., through various characters therein.
In the absence of Vedic knowledge about corruption, this evil is now fast spreading and penetrating deep in the noble professions of education, health, medicine and others, which were once considered as non tradable and non commercial. The germs of this evil have spread so much in these noble professions that education in India has started producing mini giants in the fields of science, economics, industry, religion in the material world. Most of these are moral infants who refuse to grow in the fields of ethics, morality and social virtue. However, some of those noble persons who have complete faith in the superiority and divinity of Vedic metaphysics and are aware of the inner divine world of soul, spirit, intellect, manas and other divine instruments are even today providing nobility to professions relating to education, medicine, health and social welfare.
In the religious and spiritual areas concerning Hindu society, God is now represented through certain self-appointed minions, gurus and godmen. They interpret Vedic scriptures to the requirement of their rich and influential followers. Also to raise their own image of becoming an incarnation of God/god/goddess or His representative on this earth and many of them have become holy pain in the neck. Every day they create more and more aberrations in the religion. Many of them are gunning for God on earth. A few others openly claim either directly or through their inner circle of followers that they are on this earth born as God/god through their divine potency which they describe as Yog Maya based on the description given in Bhagavad Gita. Some cult founders have spread their hallucination of becoming God by declaring that God personally came in their dreams or during meditation (a kind of temporary sleep) and authorised them to declare themselves as God on the earth. Vedas clearly say that God is formless, unborn and the Only Supreme Reality. All these declarations or self-appointments as God/god on earth are non-Vedic and irreligious.
In spite of this, some of them have devised perfect corrupt techniques to get major share of unearned black and tainted money from some of their fabulously affluent and corrupt followers. They have convinced their vulgar rich followers that God is very kind to them and the corrupt black and tainted lucre is the blessing of God for them. These followers merrily continue with corrupt and unsociable practices and contribute substantial portion of their earnings liberally to the coffers of their gurus and cults. To inflate the number of their followers as a part of their unhealthy competition they also rope in some of the genuine seekers of spiritual and divine knowledge, provided they are not below poverty line in India. Thus amongst Hindus about 300 to 400 millions below poverty line have hardly any guru, godman or religious guides. The corrupt politicians trap these below poverty masses for their Vote Bank. The top less than 10 % economically well off in India and abroad have mostly some guru, godman, tantrik or swami as their spiritual guides. Out of the remaining many of them are fence sitters who go to these gurus, godmen, swamis and are constantly in a stage of confusion about the definition of religion, meaning of spiritualism, concept of good or bad, virtue and evil, purpose of life etc.
Virtually this cancerous disease in India has beome a giant river of corruption and its canals are running in all fields of social and other activities. The moral infants now being produced in large number through the present material and intellectual education bereft of ethics, morality and spiritualism are always devising new methods, procedures and techniques to snatch material wealth from others without dacoity or use of any force. A few of them do not mind taking the help of professional criminals and unsocial elements to use force if peaceful but coercive methods and techniques fail. First they use hypocritical and cleverly framed schemes to lure their innocent victims and when they collect immense amount of wealth in the very presence of law enforcing government machinery, they suddenly disappear leaving no trace of their where about. In the last a few decades a large number of such schemes have flourished for some time and then suddenly failed, leaving the innocent victims in a state of shock. The mega scam in the share market made hundreds of innocent victims to commit suicide as their hard earned savings of the entire life virtually became nil in this scam. The prevailing hydra headed corruption had led to major scandals in the purchase of large quantity of sugar, fertilizer, defence equipments through import and large scale under hand dealings in the real estate. For the purchase of property in certain locations, a stage has reached when one has to pay about 90 % as unaccounted money without receipt and only 10 % or less through cheque or bank draft. Siphoning off the public funds meant for those below poverty line is now becoming a common phenomenon as observed by many social workers. Every year since 1960’s the Presidents of the country had been warning of the corruption creeping in the society but could do nothing except show helplessness. By 1997, a stage had reached when many major newspapers of the country did not give importance to the Republic day speech of the President of India to the entire nation. The President’s speech was a repetition of the earlier years helplessness. .
The sages and seers of yore found certain permanent truths and a-priori principles and conveyed through Vedic metaphysics for the guidance of the people of Dark Age or Kali Yuga. Even the later scriptures of other major religions also emphasised these a-priori principles in the form of Commandments, injunctions, personal advice by prophets and others through various kind of spiritual disciplines. Only the individuals who earnestly followed these divine commands and laws of God could make distinction between right and wrong, good and bad, virtue and sin. Those who give lip sympathy to these a-priori principles, religious scriptures and are bereft of the knowledge of soul, spirit, gross body with three subtle guna of purity, activity and passivity, they are extremely vulnerable to all these nine kind of corruption, which may enter through 99 sources. Such persons very often lose their individuality as only the knowledge of soul makes a person a distinct and separate individual in his/her conduct, behaviour, thoughts, desires and other activities. Such corrupt persons even resist to become a member of the vast global family (Viswa kutumbkam) and refuse to believe in the concept of spiritual brother hood owing to their vested interests. It is rather difficult for them to understand the concept of spirit of God as Visnu pervading everywhere and in all human beings.
These tamasic gunas create illusory material waves in the human senses and etani – the outwards looking mind and helplessly a person is driven to all kinds of hydra headed corruption. There after the concept of inner divine world steadily starts disappearing and the individuals are attached to matter, children, relations and friends more for vested interests than for divine love. Bhagavad Gita in chapter 2 refers to as infatuation (Moha), which is cause of extreme downfall of the human beings. Most of the corrupt persons very often forget that their gross bodies are perishable and the relationship to parents, children, and others as well as attachment to matter is more an illusion of comfort as mentioned in holy Koran and explained in metaphysical language by Khalil Gibran.
History of Hydra headed Corruption in India.
This evil of hydra headed corruption is described apart from Vedas, in the two mythological epics of Ramayana and Mahabharta. Some of the learned persons trace its origin in the teachings of Brahamanas. These scriptures are the ritualistic and ceremonial part of Vedas. When these Brahamanas are segregated from the metaphysics of Vedas, their teachings with materialistic interpretation can bring a lot of aberration in the Vedic philosophy and the divine and spiritual knowledge contained therein. Once isolated from Upanishads, one can conveniently interpret material form of worship of God and gods from the teachings ofBrahamanas. Worship for ostentation, social recognition, and even proxy worship by sending money to the priest have been recognised on their authority. Thus, segregation of Brahamanas from Vedas led to large-scale materialistic interpretations with vested interests in all areas of human concern – religious, economic, political and social. Even the metaphysical concepts like good, virtue, truth and even four divine professions based on merit, ability, aptitude and capacity with materialistic interpretations got totally different meanings and steadily got highly corrupted. Brahamanas have a number of hymns relating to material wealth, corn, gold, silver and once these hymns are isolated from Vedic metaphysics, these can be easily distorted to explain that aim of life is material prosperity, pleasure of senses and pursuit of matter in any kind. ”End ” is thus more important than “Means”. Thus in spite of such a noble and ethical philosophy contained in the Vedas, the large scale corruption started in the ancient India in most of its polities, religion and society and the same spread like wild fire.
Historically in the ancient India, it is normally traced to Nanda dynasty that had created a large empire in the East and Central India. The incubus of corruption and many other evil practices finally destroyed this powerful dynasty. Chanakya also known as Kautaliya, was the chief architect in the destruction of Nanda ‘s Empire and establishment of Maurya dynasty. In the 4th century BC. He wrote his famous Arthashastra – a treatise on meta- economics, political philosophy and sociology based on certain Vedic metaphysical concepts. He has dealt with the subject of corruption in some details in his book and devised certain tests for the selection of ministers, bureaucrats and other important functionaries of the state and society. It is to his credit that he picked up a strong willed, gallant boy at a tender age from a village, trained him like a Vedic guru in the material and spiritual knowledge with special emphasis on military science, politics, ethics and social justice. This boy became the first great Emperor of India after Nandas and ruled almost the entire Indian continent both directly and indirectly. Chanakya was his Prime Minister, philosopher and guide for a long time until he fell into disgrace of Chandra Gupta Maurya. However, Chanakya did succeed in creating a largely corruption free administration in the rule of Chander Gupta Maurya, who was the grand father of the greatest Indian king -Ashoka the Great.
With the downfall of Maurya dynasty and rise of materialist philosophy of Charvakas, later many corrupt practices took their roots. Pleasure, enjoyment, pursuit of money, sex, power and many other kind of material pursuit of matter over took the metaphysics and philosophy of idealism, social welfare and Vedic Dharma started moving towards rituals, ceremonies, more number of gods/goddesses and temples. Society in general then became ablaze and insensitive to corruption. Religion, culture and social institutions became subservient to matter. The materialistic concept of “Parsu, Parsa and Paras Ram” in the later Hindu scriptures and thoughts is the product of this hydra headed corruption. The same individual when he is poor financially and materially even though a simple honest and innocent is addresses as Parsu to indicate his low status in materialistic society. When he becomes shrewder, follows the path of blind pursuit of money and acquires wealth to a limited extent by whatever means, he is addressed as Parsa. Finally when he becomes fabulously rich, extremely hypocrite and corrupt in both thoughts and actions, society ignores his negative traits in his philanthropic attitude and he is addressed as Paras Ram– an epithet for a highly respectful person in society. To acquire the status of Paras Ram many simple and honest persons under the hidden desire of money, glamour, false status and social recognition start moving towards corrupt practices and devise material and intellectual arguments to justify the corrupt practices as righteous path based onDharma. They need god men, god women, swamis, priests and other religious and spiritual leaders who could support their corrupt ideas and activities.
Thus in the materialistic society exposure of female body, erotic kissing and sensual love scenes in the public places, markets, colleges, universities, beaches, garden etc., becomes quite common and the society becomes insensitive to certain moral and ethical principles. During the ancient Charvakas days, Kama Sutras(treatises on sex pleasures), garden parties, erotic carvings, sculptures, poetry and literature depicting female gross body, erotic love scenes etc; became the hall mark of their culture and even religion. In this pursuit of transitory pleasures on the philosophy of eat, drink and be merry, and insensitivity to the evil of corruption, the Vedic metaphysics virtually disappeared. The scientific rituals, ceremonies, modes of worship and noble institutions mentioned in theBrahamanical and other Parts of Vedas got corrupted. This created many aberrations in the Vedic religion and led to emergence of a large number of sects within the religion with vastly different ideologies, customs, ceremonies, deities and other social practices but remained united to Vedic Dharma. The spiritual Dharmadescribed in the Vedas thus became a kind of social and spiritual adhesive which kept united hundreds of minor and major sects following different religions in the modern sense but all of them were part of Vedic Dharma which term is now substituted to Hindu Dharma. It is for this reason that many learned persons do not use the term religion to describe Hindu Dharma.
During this period and even later a large number of temples with idols of many gods, goddesses and major and minor deities mushroomed for the material worship in the northern parts of India above Deccan plateau. In the southern parts below Satpura and Vindyachal mountain ranges the temples with deities, Bala ji, Venketeswra, Shiva, Bhoo devi, Subramaniam, Ganesa, Narasimhan, Simhachalam and many others had already existed. Some of the deities were accorded the status of God and Vedic Brahma became one of the gods and number of temples dedicated to Brahma, as major deity became negligible. The three epithets describing Vedic God as the creator of Brahamand – the ever expanding universe and hence Brahma, pervading through the entire Vishwa or Universe in the both animate and inanimate life as Vishnu and the most auspicious and pure as Shiva later became three proper nouns as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (later also Mahesh ). Thus, from formless and ineffable Vedic God emerged three main deities with human form and attributes and became part of Trinity of Hindu Dharma. The spread of Vedic knowledge, philosophy and metaphysics was no longer the main task of priestly functions. These functions were mainly restricted to rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices and other practices relating to modes of material worship including proxy worship on payment. The Vedic metaphysical God became Adrista – the unseen cosmic power with no role to perform. Charavkas philosophy even referred to no life after death and the Vedic concept of soul and spirit beyond the gross body was more to confuse the common man to wean him away from the aim of life which is the pleasures of senses, eat, drink and be merry and avoid pain at any cost.
This extreme materialism along with hydra headed corruption and its intellectual justification as virtue, made the Indian masses, the army soldiers, officers, rulers and all religious and social institutions so weak that soon there after the era of powerful Hindu rulers, kings, emperors virtually vanished from the Indian soil. For about a thousand years Hindus had no choice but to accept willing or unwilling slavery and subordination firstly of the Muslim rulers and later British Governor Generals and Viceroys. Hindus saw the destruction of their own temples in a large number, burning of Vedas and other scriptures before their own eyes and could do nothing owing to wide spread corruption amongst them. The former Hindu rulers and their dynasties were made virtual non-entities in the courts of Muslim rulers. Millions of Hindus embraced Islam to get petty jobs under the Muslim rulers and some of their extremely cruel administrators. Indian languages, particularly Sanskrit was banned and Hindus could hardly read their own scriptures and Vedic metaphysics thus became a major casualty. Many others embraced Islam to protect their women folk from the lustful eyes of kings, ministers, bureaucrats, soldiers and others. Again, during the British rule, embracing Christianity for almost similar reason became widely prevalent. Even after a few centuries, many Muslims and Christians in India still follow a few customs, which are commonly followed by Indian Hindus. Many Christians have common Hindu names.
To remain in the good books of British rulers, the Indian rulers of princely states under the protection of British government, resorted to large scale corruption in the form of collection of precious gifts of money, gold, diamonds etc., from both their rich and poor subjects. Large proportions of these gifts were passed on to their masters, British rulers and even junior functionaries of East India Company. Many eminent historians have written about the then prevalent wide spread corruption during the periods of Robert Clive, Warren Hastings and others. The stage reached when the givers and takers of such virtually forced gifts did not consider any thing wrong in their social ethics and individual morality.
After India became independent, this corrupt practice continued in subdued scale and by 1990’s, many individuals did not feel it as a shameful act or practice and it exceeded the limits even much beyond practices followed during the British rule. It has now created lure for negativity bereft of social and spiritual ethics. Satan is becoming sacrosanct and selfless love, harmony, nationalism and other virtues are becoming not only vice but also liability. The stage of emerging corpus of value inversion is clearly visible, as many evils now look good and virtuous. Corrupters and corrupt individuals have gained respectability and social status. This has led to the honest and selfless hard working persons with firm belief and conviction against any kind of maneuvering to look like fools and not useful to society. With honest practices and transparency, it has now become difficult to run any trade, business and industry in India. The prevailing corruption has forced a culture of gifts, bribe giving and taking, commission on major government contracts, middleman, contact man, and many other under hand dealings. The society in general is condoning all kinds of corruption and malpractice either due the fear of Mafia, vindictive action by the politicians in power, due to their own vested interests or gross insensitivity and it is now hanging like a sword of Damocles over every one’s head in India. It may look absurd but it is a travesty of truth and logic that corruption has become directly proportion to height of material and intellectual education as well as one’s own standing in society, government, industry and religion.
Khalil Gibran had said, “as a leaf turns yellow with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, so the wrong doer can not do wrong without the hidden will of all of you.” The entire Indian society cannot absolve itself from the widely prevalent social and moral evil of corruption. More one thinks one finds that the society is frittering away its glorious and golden heritage in a cynical corruption. During the British rule, corruption was there but linked to certain pockets. Again before 1947 religion, education, medical professions and all kind of trade was by and large free from this evil owing to the influence of the noble thoughts of Gandhi ji, Tagore, Subhash Chander Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai and many other supermen in the fields of morality, ethics, society, nationalism and spiritualism. The education system did produce moral and social giants in all areas covering trade, industry, sports, sciences and social reforms including Axiology. The most popular mottoes and maxims which guided the society were “honesty is the best policy”, “ when money is lost nothing is lost, when health is lost some thing is lost and when character is lost every thing is lost” and many others on integrity and social values. Adulteration of food, medicines and corruption in education institutions etc., was unheard of.
Corruption is now not only wide spread and parading up and down in the streets, markets, corridors of both dejure and defacto power centers but has even become respectful, in spite of the fact that it is debasing the character of many people of India. Metaphysically the present state is what the holy Bible describes, “ none is righteous, no not one, no one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have gone wrong, no one does good, not even one.” The roots of this evil have spread like Peeple tree as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita. Some Hindus consider the Peeple tree mostly found in North and some parts of East India a sacred tree. The vehement effect of Vedic phantasmagoria Maya is clearly visible every where in the society and state and only with a strong axe of detachment (Nishkam Karma) and the true knowledge of Vedic metaphysics, the roots of this tree of corruption giving evil fruits to the society can be cut.
Corruption has created a vicious circle. First, it changes the life style of the individual resorting to corruption towards fun, frolic and vulgar consumerism. Once the life style changes, the style of corruption starts varying based on one’s newly acquired limits of needs from austerity to absolute vulgarity. One starts taking pride in hoarding tons of money, living in marble mansions, jet setting in megalomaniac outlook and virtually in every thing which is against the laws of God,Rta, Dharma, Satya and other Vedic metaphysical concepts relating to an ideal society. Distinction between good and bad, righteousness and self-righteousness, naked selfishness and enlightened selfishness, virtue and evil gets blurred in the illusory mirror or Vedic Maya created by filthy lucre, dreaded materialism and predominance of tamasic guna of passivity and stupor. The individuals suffering from this social disease fail to define Vedic metaphysical concepts like good, virtue, morality, ethics, detachment etc.
When confronted with contradictions, finally describes these concepts like the ancient Charavkas as “figment of imagination”. The sensate values overtake the ideational and idealistic values. Thus, the hydra headed corruption becomes the chief wrecker of human values, character, integrity and nobility. As brought out in Bhagavad Gita in such a state the individual does not know where to end his speech, activities and desires. This is the beginning of all confusion of mind, senses, the entire gross body, families and finally the society. This vicious circle then gets bigger and bigger engulfing even the atmosphere, environment, mass scale exploitation of the mother earth and the supreme mother Prakrti.
By going against the Vedic metaphysics by a large number of Hindus this evil has now reached near fatal dimensions. Bhagavad Gita in chapter II verses 62 and 63 gives metaphysical description, “ while dwelling on the sense objects (tons of money, transitory pleasures, sensual enjoyments etc.,) the out wards looking mind takes you to attachment for these objects. From attachment springs up more desires (start of vicious circle of corruption). When these desires are not fulfilled, anger arises (cause of beginning of Mafia gangs, criminals and all kinds of non divine professions and activities) this leads to infatuation and distinction between right and wrong disappears. This confusion of memory leads to complete loss of sound reasoning power and finally it takes a person to complete ruin.”
Vedas refer to two kinds of individuals. Those who always have consciousness of their gross bodies and always look to the phenomenal world as real. Such persons have invariably contradictions in their definitions of righteousness and self righteousness owing to their ambivalent personality. The other kind of individuals referred in the Vedas are those a few who have consciousness of their inner self and tend to move towards “Turiya” and Patanjali’s “Kaivalya” and soon learn how to communicate with their immortal soul. They know that the soul is the ear of the ear, eye of the eye, mind of the mind and has complete knowledge of a-priori principles to guide human beings towards righteous conduct and behaviour. In view of these two extreme kinds of individuals in any society, the attitude towards corruption and all other evil practices vary considerably with the kind of consciousness one has. Some individuals are highly transparent, truthful in thoughts, desires and actions, while others are hypocrites, sweet tongued but always unpredictable. The later categories of persons make promises to others only to deceive them and ultimately give them naught except delusion. They are more like Satan Iblis of holy Koran (17-61 to 64). The merciful and compassionate Allah who is ineffable and formless God of the entire mankind as a Rabbil aalamin akin to Vedic Brahma is the guardian of the honest people who follow His laws. Thus, it is the kind of consciousness that takes a person towards God or Satan. Consciousness of the body and the outer world dims the eye of the mind and hides the truth, virtue, spirit, soul and divinity. The ten servants provided by the supreme mother Prakrti, i.e., five senses and five sense organs are always at the service of the human being if under control, otherwise they tend to become the masters and make the human behaviour highly unpredictable. Such human beings under the influences of their senses take even delight in the miseries of others. It is in not only the Vedas and Patanjali’s Yog Shastra, which find roots of corruption in the body consciousness but also Buddha who found the source of all illusion, corruption and confusion of mind in the consciousness of gross body. If body consciousness goes on increasing in the society, corruption largely is legitimized. Sane voices against this evil are drowned in the river of corruption in spate.
Source/s of corruption
An Italian poet and philosopher of great eminence- Dante whose philosophy was a work of great moral edification did not find in his spiritual testament divinity in animals and other animate life except the human beings. Unlike Aristotle he described man as a “divine animal” where as for the Greek philosopher Aristotle , man was a “social animal.” Vedic rsis and munnies had already found through their transcendental research that man was both a social and divine animal. While his divinity in the form of manifested soul ( Jivatma ) is the cause of individualism, the Jiva in the form of spirit of God, which is also the life principle in the gross body makes the human being as social animal and part of Vasudhaive Kutumbakam – the one global family of the Vedas. Since spirit is common in all animate and inanimate life/things, we do not find the corrupt practices in the animals, birds, and other animate life except in the human beings, this obviously gives a metaphysical thought and idea that spirit is not the cause of corruption in the human beings. Again, soul being divine also cannot be the cause of corruption as it contains the a-priori knowledge of Vedic metaphysics and permanent principles in the form of commandments and laws of God. Thus the source of corruption in the human body is the outer non divine instruments i.e., five senses, five senses organs and etani – the out ward looking mind. The nine kinds of hydra headed corruption enter through these eleven outer gross instruments of the body. It becomes vehement and extremely uncontrollable with the predominance of tamasic guna of impurity and passivity. Thus, Vedic knowledge can greatly help in the disappearance of this evil in the human beings
If one does not follow the social and moral philosophy contained in the Vedas and other major scriptures of the world and prefers to resort to all kinds of corruption, it highly downgrades such persons by dimming the power of the mind and inner light of the soul. This necessitates bright and dazzling light during day and night, fancy and glamourous clothes, need for a large number of human beings as servants, security guards, sycophants to enhance the false ego and status of their uncontrolled human senses. However, some kind of vacuum remains being cut off from the inner divine world. The search for true knowledge against material and intellectual knowledge continues, forcing many of them to go to gurus, god men, swamis, tantriks and others. This leads to vicious circle. These spiritual leaders utilise spiritual knowledge as a function of money and matter based on strictly principles of Keynes economics and give religious, spiritual, social and ethical knowledge more to suit the need of their wealthy followers in exchange of unaccounted hefty donations.
In spite of wide spread corruption in the country, they hardly guide human beings to follow the Vedic path of moderation, need based living, consider Prakrti as their supreme Mother and Vedic Idd Nan Mmam – nothing for self all for society. Some of the gurus and babas freely resort to magic, class distinction by creating air conditioned rest houses for the rich and those who give hefty donations and very low class accommodation for the poorer and honest section of their followers. Owing to their ignorance many other Vedic metaphysical concepts like Maya- the cosmic illusion or phantasmagoria, divine four Varnas based on merit, ability, aptitude and capacity and not on birth, the social institutions of Sabha and Vidhata, Rta, Dharma, Satya etc., are never explained to their followers. After each spiritual assembly/ session, they mention in a very guarded language to the followers and other visitors the need for liberal donations in a secret manner as gupta daan so that official receipts could be avoided. Most of them propagate vegetarian food and even avoid the food which comes from the roots like onions, garlic, ginger and a few of them even carrot, radish etc., for attainment of spiritual knowledge. It is further stretched to colour of clothes like only white for one cult, saffron for an other and many other varieties.
Thus it is apparent that corruption does not come out of the blue. It is a product of the loopholes created by human beings in their systems and procedures coupled with greed, dreaded materialism, false ego and pride of the senses and sense organs. The distorted spiritual knowledge, mythology, concocted stories of gods and goddesses, religious fairy tales and ostentatious worship of gods and even some of the present day gurus further help in spreading it like wild fire. The resultant effect is that many public service departments have become self-serving departments. The concept of spiritual brotherhood mentioned in Vedas has virtually disappeared amongst the corrupt persons. Most of them even refuse to know that some individuals and children facing acute starvation and below poverty line in south India were found searching for food in the rat holes in the open fields. Also those searching for food in the garbage dumps behind hotels and other eating-places along with birds, animals and insects, has become a common sight in India. Now there is no easy way to expel this incubus of corruption from the society through government laws, intellectual and material education that is producing intellectual and industrial giants but moral infants, and other fire fighting material solutions. The solution perhaps lies in getting increasingly spiritual doctors who are truthful, transparent and qualified to treat the diseases of the state and society. Such doctors should have the courage to refuse donations of black money, temptation of creating assets worth billions of rupees in India and abroad, and free from the hidden desire of large-scale publicity and other material weaknesses.
Corruption moves from individuals to society and takes the form of cancerous disease in the pathology of the state. It is futile that government laws and their strict enforcement through the corrupt machinery of government enforcement agencies and the vicious influence of defacto government of industrialists,mafia, and those running non divine and non transparent professions can eradicate this evil. In fact, most of them gain in the perpetuation of this evil. To gain time and appease the occasionally highly upset Indian voters and those fence sitters for or against corruption, the governments of the states and centre appointed a large number of committees and commissions to enquire the causes for the spread of this evil and its effect in the social and political institutions. In addition, these committees were directed to recommend solutions to eradicate this evil. This aimless and time consuming uneconomical exercise is going on for the last five decades since independence and almost all the reports are gathering dust and are becoming even cause of spread of tuberculosis to those employees who periodically remove dust over the reports and inhale the air thus corrupted around this dust.
The in-depth study of Vedas would reveal that ignorance, fear, insecurity in old age along with weaknesses of human senses and the out ward looking turbulent mind are the real causes of corruption. These get aggravated and more vehement with the predominance of tamasic gunas. In the extreme stage it enters through 99 sources and in the less vehement stage it could enter through a few sources. Only during Shuniya Sattva stage when a person goes beyond the primordial subtle matter of three characteristics described as gunas it vanishes completely. Since that stage is not possible for most of us to achieve, the individuals should start acquiring more Sattavic guna of purity, truthfulness, transparency and pure love along with selfless service on the principle of Idd Nan Mmam. With the predominance of tamasic guna in some of the politicians, the fear of losing power is the main cause of corruption and they generate more filthy lucre and money power to overcome this fear. For many others it is the hidden desire to deviate from the path of virtue by leading a sensual life of pleasure and enjoyment, which takes them to the path of hydra headed corruption. This hidden desire when gets vehement and predominant one loses the power of discernment to make a distinction between right and wrong. Ill will against certain individuals also some times becomes the cause of corruption. It starts more to spite those and later on becomes a habit and part of one’s trait. Behind all these causes the instincts of “fear” and “ insecurity “ of the gross body is the reason and it stifles silently all the human senses. Vedas and other scriptures of major religions therefore, advise fearlessness and self-realisation as the main solution. So long as symptoms like arrogance, snobbery, naked selfishness, artificial and hypocritical smile, desire to be honoured in public and even pride of false humility exist in the human behavior and conduct, fear continues in mind. The worst aspect of fear due to these symptoms or diseases of mind is that one finds others as corrupt but not him/her self.
Various savants, seers and metaphysicists have found the Solution for the eradication of this evil differently. The materialist philosopher Thomas Hobbes also found fear complex in many human beings even at the time of birth. He has mentioned in his philosophical treatise on state, government and society Leviathanthat his mother gave birth to twins -”myself and fear”. On this human instinct of fear, he built his entire political philosophy. Owing to this fear complex, he has found human nature as “ungrateful grateful, fickle, deceitful, cowardly and avaricious.” Machiavelli in his Prince also found some what similar human nature and virtually both of them advised authoritarian rule to control the human nature and consequent spread of evil which could lead to revolution against the ruler .
In the modern period Burma’s (Myanmar) highly learned and respectful lady politician and Nobel Prize winner Aung Suu Kyi also found causes of corruption in fear and advised both material cum spiritual solution. Like Vedas she also found different kinds of corruption (a-gati) and named these Chanda-gati, Dosa -gati, Bhaya-gati, Moga- gati etc. Thus, largely corruption to her is hydra headed. Mostly these heads are based on fear complex of one or the other kind. Unlike Hobbes and Machiavelli, her solution is not an authoritarian state but welfare Democratic Republic. Unfortunately, she has not succeeded so far to rule the country on her ethical social and political philosophy. At the same time there are some Democratic Republics, Monarchies and some of these are even Secular states in the world which are either corrupt or corrupters. It is thus apparent that solution to this social evil is beyond any kind of materialist philosophy whether socialism, communism or capitalism.
For the fearlessness of mind, Vedas advise combining matter with spirit in all human reasoning and actions. Since the perverted concept of ego-living is one of the causes of social and mental corruption, Vedas refer to six kind of living and advise to move from Tamasic to Daivic living to arrest this evil entering in the human body. These six kinds are Daivic or divine living, Adhayatmic or spiritual living, Shuniya sattva, Sattva, Rajasic and Tamasic kind of living. Daivic living is more like the life of devas/ gods when you reach the stage of Turiya or supreme consciousness and self-realisation. The Adityas who study till the age of 48 years and reach a stage of near perfection lead this divine life. The spiritual or Adhayatmic living is based on the knowledge of Spirit, Rta, Dharma and Satya. The inner divine instruments become very active in the life of such individuals. Shuniya Sattva living is based on complete detachment to matter and mundane life, while actively participating in the welfare of all animate and inanimate life. Going beyond these three modes of divine Nature by leading a life of selfless service, love, harmony, righteousness and spiritual brother hood is Shuniya Sattva living. In these three kinds of living the germs of corruption do not enter in the human body or even if some corrupt thoughts enter, these get repelled owing to the immense power of the inner divine instruments.
This evil to a lesser degree is found in Sattavic kind of living when the subtle primordial matter of purity predominates in one’s conduct, thoughts and actions. Such individuals take food, which is neither too hot nor too cold, and it is not stale as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita in the later chapters (16 and 17) relating toGunas and their different effects. These persons also do not take many spices in their food as the taste of food is not on the tongue but has moved to their minds. Rajasic living is with the predominance of Rajasic gunas of activity, passion, desire of power including money power, status etc. They take food that is hot and spicy and more for taste of the tongue. The corruption is very common amongst such persons irrespective of the vocation or profession they adopt.Tamasic living is common amongst those who have predominance of gunas of impurity, stupor, passivity etc. They prefer half-cooked, deep fried and even stale food and follow the path of blind pursuit of money and matter without any social objective. They prefer to lead a life of sensual enjoyments, transitory pleasure and have in their conduct lack of transparency, truthfulness and are highly hypocrites, vindictive and even tend to be cruel. The concept of spiritual brother hood is totally lacking in their materialistic philosophy.
Those leading Rajasic and Tamasic kinds of life find the “real-self “ in the gross body, worship of God is more for ostentation and social recognition than to know and understand the Vedic ineffable and formless Brahma, who is Merciful and Compassionate. Thus, the degree of corruption varies considerably in the kind of life one leads in both thoughts and actual practice. It is an irony of their fate owing to their past karma of good or bad deeds that many simple and honest people on the noble path of moderation still desire to lead a Rajasic and Tamasic kinds of living. According to Vedas human rebirth continues until one starts moving towards the former three kinds of living i.e., Diavic, Adhayatamic and Shuniya Sattava. For others who tend to move more toward Tamasic kind of living finally reach to the stage of perpetual hell in this and the next life on this earth itself. The earth is Karma Bhoomi for all of us to perform our good or bad actions and reach either the stage of permanent bliss (Anand) or a perpetual hell. At no stage, one should renounce the world, which is part of Maya or cosmic illusion, but renounce material desires. Only need based minimum requirement is advised so that you do not misappropriate the share of your other spiritual brothers and sisters even inadvertently through some material philosophy or intellectual knowledge based on vested interest or simply on non divine money power.
However, Vedas do assume that owing to the past karmas of virtuous and evil actions, thoughts and desires and their consequent effect, it is not possible to eradicate this evil in the Dark Age of Kali Yuga. Vedic metaphysics emphasizes the continuous study of these scriptures, attend Sabha and Vidhata regularly and participate in their deliberations for social welfare. These are two main institutions of the Vedic ideal society where individuals should discuss political, social, economic and religious injunctions contained in the Vedas and clear all their doubts relating to Dharma, Rta, Satya and other metaphysical and social concepts. Even one should discuss with seers, sages and preceptors of Vedic knowledge and remove their doubts but avoid going to fake and ignorant preceptors. Owing to their vested interests they may take you towards some other and opposite conclusions. One should know that in the last a few thousands years, Vedic truths, injunction and other divine, spiritual and material knowledge have been challenged, criticized or considered as a retrograde approach, but never proved wrong and have remained always fresh with progressive out look.
If the Vedic metaphysics is understood by the entire mankind for whom these are intended, the wild fire of this evil of hydra headed corruption which is now spreading every where in the world, will start getting extinguished without resorting to any fire fighting ad hoc material solutions in the form of procedures, systems, laws, acts, commissions, committees etc. Rig Veda 2-2-12 makes it very clear that persons who acquire material wealth and property through righteous, honest and unquestionable means on the path of Rta, Dharma and Satya get good and virtuous progeny of sons and daughters. Those who acquire wealth through corrupt means suffer miseries and face gloom through their children.
As soon as the Sun rises, all paths in this material and phenomenal world become clear. The Vedic knowledge also makes all the paths of the human beings relating to conduct, behaviour, love, harmony, virtue, good and beauty also clear and the germs of any kind of social evils can not enter the human gross body. It is for this reason that the mother hymn i.e. Gayatri Mantra has been repeated seven times in the Vedas in different suktam, chapters and books. In this hymn a prayer is made that during our three stages of awakening, sleeping and even in dreams bestow us divine knowledge so that we spread it every where and shine like Savitar deva – the Sun god. Again, the Vedic philosophy of Idd Nan Mmam or enlightened liberalism of nothing for self and all for society greatly helps in curbing the spread of this evil. Along with Gayatri mantra and consequent desire to acquire Vedic knowledge, the philosophy of Idd Nan Mmam and the spirit of the hymn contained in Rig Veda 1-89-1 also helps in arresting the social evil of hydra headed corruption. This hymn has an other prayer to God, “ let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.” The hidden spirit in this hymn for getting noble thoughts from all sides will start taking the human beings away from corrupt thoughts and ignoble practices.
Vedic metaphysics tells us that do not be misled by the deeds of corrupt persons. Many such persons perform a lot of social deeds on the strength of money power of their filthy lucre, like opening of charitable hospitals, educational institutions, temples, free meals for the poor and also others etc., to hide their evil designs and activities from the society. Vedic metaphysics advises to always find out the “desires” behind the deeds and whether those deeds are prompted by their tamasic and rajasic gunas. In many parts of the world some smugglers, Mafia, drug barons, middlemen and those thriving on exploitative profits in trade and industry, also certain politicians and others who perform a large number of so called good deeds. However, they continue with gusto their nefarious activities as well as blind pursuit of tons of filthy lucre and tainted money much beyond their need based requirement. Many of them utilise this tainted money to ensure pliable government machinery including ministers, bureaucrats, legislators and even judiciary. A strong, welfare, functional and transparent constitutional authority is the end of their evil dreams and desires. Very often, their “desires” overtake reason of the inner mind (manas), intellect (buddhi) and manifested soul (Jivatma).
In view of good or bad deeds or Karmas of the past, every society in all ages do get some persons like Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, Sankracharya, Nanak, Vivekananda and Gandhi who would guide the society towards right direction. In India Gandhi ji gave noble directions of spiritual brother hood, love for mankind, non-violence of the strong as one can observe in divine Nature. He said, “ it does not need any money to be neat, clean and dignified,” which mother Teresa virtually propagated the same through her conduct, behaviour and practice as similar noble teachings are also there in the holy Bible. If one can be neat, clean and dignified with negligible money and can also have healthy, nutritious and balanced diet for about three rupees a day based on 1995 food prices in India, blind pursuit of tons of money for body self can only be an aimless exercise. The pursuit of money for the welfare of society through righteous means is advised not only in Vedas but also in all the scriptures of the major religions of the world and metaphysics of the lovers of wisdom of all periods and also in all parts of the world.
A plant grows healthy if its weeds are taken out regularly and given healthy manure and unpolluted water without any kind of infection. If the water is infected or polluted, the plant grows into an evil tree, even its growth is retarded, and it gives an infected fruit not good for any use including as seeds for future saplings. Apart from good soil, seeds and water regular weeding is also necessary. Wild grass and parasites eat away all the energy in the soil and regular weeding helps the tender saplings to grow into healthy trees which are useful for the human beings for providing shade, fruits, oxygen and even rain. This regular process of weeding out in human beings of their naked selfishness, lust, greed and all kinds of negativity with the help of a-priori knowledge known to the human manifested soul, contained in the Vedic metaphysics and taught by guru who is a genuine Vedic preceptor or metaphysicists like Socrates can take a person towards nobility, divinity and far away from this evil. Their inward is reflected in the outer world. Vedas nowhere advise to become recluse, renouncer of the phenomenal and material world or become only divine fanatic and fundamentalist individual and these are not against fun or frolic on the path of Dharma, Rta and Satya. This fun and frolic of noble persons is much different from what is found in the life of corrupt persons, which is based more on sensual enjoyment and very often against Vedic Dharma and Satya. These a-priori principles would make person harmonise both real and phenomenal worlds as well as his perishable gross body and non-perishable soul.
The understanding of Rta – the cosmic laws of physical, social and moral order, physical sciences more to develop scientific temper than commercial and exploitative out look, Vedic education system (Vidya), knowledge of soul and spirit along with complete attributes of supreme mother Prakrti and Supreme Reality Brahma as formless and ineffable, merciful and compassionate God can greatly help in curbing this evil and bringing out the hidden traits of transparency, truthfulness, need based living, spiritual brother hood and all other noble qualities in the human beings.