The Light Of Individualism

Religion and politics have been a source of immense conflict from time immemorial, or to be precise right from the time civilizations came into being. Religion defines one’s way of life and politics determines one’s means of living thus, both are essential for the survival of a civilized man. Religion and politics often find compatibility with each other becoming easy tools for misuse by some self-centered political parties, and individuals as evident in history as well as contemporary politics; especially in India which could be seen as the smaller version of the entire world itself. Diversity is intrinsic to India as drawn from her history with countless occupations taking place, and the occupiers finding place for themselves to flourish and spread along with becoming influenced by the spiritual and philosophical aura characteristic of the Indian civilization; which being the oldest among all the other main civilizations existing in the world.

Hinduism has experienced five thousand years with Christianity and Islam having evolved for two thousand and fourteen hundred years respectively thus, all three have a long history of mutual co-existence and are still co-existing in the rich land of India as one though north-south poles apart in various aspects. The twenty-first century which is considered to be the era of peace and prosperity in stark contrast to the preceding centuries characterized by intense warfare, divisions and relentless occupations is consciously or subconsciously moving towards the ideal of individualism where no being represents his or her community but is independent in taking her decisions, ways and values regarding what is best for her life irrespective of what is held to be general by his or her community.

India was the first to have become civilized and actualized the ideal of individualism during the Vedic age when every man was free to choose his occupation as per his merit, and the main emphasis was on self-realization or god-realization which could be achieved only by searching within. No individual was a representation of his caste or religion and lived his life through the four phases which is integral to the lifetime of every human being: Kama, Artha, Dharma, Moksha.

Kama and Artha are base desires of animality and worldly wealth which defines today’s Kalyug whereas Dharma and Moksha are the states when one awakens to his true self, and dedicates his remaining time in this world to altruism before his soul mingles with the universe and comes back in a new incarnation. The literal meaning of Dharma and Moksha being performing one’s religious duties and liberation through god-realization in the absence of which Kalyug is prospering, and breaking through all limits of humanity.

A Dalit wrote the constitution of India, like every Muslim is not a terrorist, and a woman too can bring gold in wrestling an individual makes his own life, and creates his own karma through deed and thought thus, individual space and freedom is as basic as the air we breathe and water we drink; a Tulip if planted in the midst of a bouquet of Sunflowers will still blossom like a Tulip, and the Sunflowers will blossom like they do.  


                                                 -Rajshwii Bhattacharya


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