by Sri Ravi Shankar
March 05, 2011
Letís hand over to future
generations a cleaner, more ethical society, says Sri
Sri Ravi Shankar, as he shares five ways of doing so.
Corruption is a burning issue today. It
has permeated all fields and all institutions and it requires
Those who have dedicated themselves to
the cause of the freedom struggle in the past have only been outdone
by recent generations who have driven nations into the morass of
corruption and injustice.
If we accept corruption as our way of
life and carry on, we are cheating ourselves and billions of people
in the process. What kind of society do we want to leave for the
coming generations? If we do not give them a society better than
ours, we fail in our duty and responsibility.
We can counter the big ĎCí of corruption with five more powerful
First, is the sense of
connectedness. Corruption begins where a sense of belonging
ends. Nobody tries to cheat their own family or people with
whom they have a sense of belonging. So if we can extend the
belongingness, corruption and greed will come down.
The second ĎCí is
courage. It is fear or insecurity that makes one resort to
corruption. Then one tries to find security through money,
which doesnít really happen. We have to create courage and
confidence in our ability and the laws of nature.
Third, is to bring about
an understanding of cosmology. Everything in creation is
recycled. Every cell in our body decays and is
new cells. Seeing life from a different perspective of
extended space and time is what will deepen the vision,
broaden the mind and enrich the heart.
The fourth ĎCí is
compassion, which can bring back dedication in society and
The last ĎCí is a sense
of commitment - commitment to contribute to society. If we
think of being useful to people rather than about gaining
something out of them, then corruption can be rooted out.
Everyone has needs and responsibilities. We need to see how
we can reduce our needs and increase our contribution. This
is absolutely essential in todayís world. When the equation
between needs and responsibility is disturbed, there is
Youth Has The
The young generation must resolve to take responsibility for
They have inherited this world
and now have to save it from corruption. Every youngster should have
the enthusiasm and readiness to create something new. It is
important for our society that this youthfulness finds place in
millions of hearts.
We have to multiply rapidly on this
front. Even if 10 enthusiastic youngsters come together in a
city, they can bring a lot of change. Iím confident that our
youth can remove the corruption and fanaticism prevailing today.
At the same time, there is a big responsibility on all the spiritual
and religious leaders of the country to nurture human values among
Lack of spirituality has led to
Spirituality can create a sense of responsibility, belongingness and
bring about social change.
It was this power that M K Gandhi used
to help us secure freedom. Human values will take you from a state
of dependency to a state of total responsibility. And when you take
on responsibility or dedicate your life for a social cause, then you
donít have to sit and worry for your little needs. They will be met
automatically. This is the law of nature.
Two thousand years ago, Rishi Kautilya had said that the basis of
ethics is economy, the basis of economy is state and the basis of
state is civil society. If civil society is not following ethics,
the state canít do anything about it. So, people have to wake up
now. In the peak of
kaliyuga, it is as if truth has taken a
backseat. But, it is also said that in kaliyuga, the power is in the
When many bristles are put together to
make a broom, they are far more effective in sweeping a large hall
than they would have been individually.
Each of us should be ready to speak out and take up cudgels against
corruption. We need to fight against injustice, but
without anger or
Fight with a calm and serene mind. The spiritual values of ahimsa
and truth transcend time and work everywhere, even today. When you
make your mind strong with a conviction not to be corrupt, people
will also change.
This awareness and awakening has to
happen within each individual and this is where individual education
will lead to a collective culture. In Chinese, the same word means
crisis as well as opportunity. We can turn this crisis into an
opportunity to build a stress-free and corruption-free India; an
India which has been known for its spirituality, serenity and human
Today, we need to come together for a
big transformation, a new direction, an awakening among our people.
The path is long, and we will all have to work for it together.
Let us begin a revolution for building a
strong and spiritual World.