Condensed from Talks by Pujya Guruji Shree Rishi Prabhakarji from Rishi Vani.
In part 1 of this article Guruji has given us an insight on the difference between exploiting people and genuinely loving them.
He explained that once a person develops a quest to be in love and feels love, his approach truly shifts from ‘Self-interest to Concern’.
He can then clearly perceive the relationship between his lovingness and his profits.
Listing six different kinds of people and their relationships, Guruji started with the first ones – the EXPLOITERS. These, he says, are people who dis-like orderliness in society. They live in the world by exploiting others and that too without a qualm. In fact they live a parasitical life and are the true ‘untouchables’ or so called Asprushyas.
Continuing Guruji’s thought on this, we look at Shudras – the Exploited.
The second class of beings in the world: The Shudras or Workers, the Exploited. These are the self-centered capitalists, people who put forward Ayn Rand’s philosophy of the virtues of selfishness. They argue that progress is only possible when people operate with selfish-ness. Or else, everyone will become a parasite on the good work of others.
This leads to a communist state where bombs abound. Their relationship with the world is to, “Grab it when you can”. These are the people who want to occupy all the positions in all multi-level marketing networks. The one on the lowest rung of the ladder, the last one, is the loser. These people are like sheep, which rush to wherever their leader asks them to go. Most of them end up as losers, as is happening in India. Everybody wanted to become a software engineer till the bubble burst, and they returned home jobless.
They believe in luck and chance, not realizing that they, themselves, are responsible for their future and for what is happening to them. They are lucky to have a friend, lucky to have a good wife, a good job or not so lucky to have to have any of it. Everything is left to fate.
Many modern day masters and gurus agree with this Shudra way of thinking of resigning oneself to one’s fate. Some of them even negate the virtues of creativity. They feel that ‘Intention causes Tension’.
They reconcile their life with fate and lack creativity and self-responsibility. In reconciling life with fate, they do not know what happens to life. They always expect others to deliver the life they want.
They believe in purchasing happiness.
Good food makes them happy. They seek sense gratification. A girl and a boy meet for mutual satisfaction of instincts, with no desire of a long-term, lasting relationship of love and care. All relationships are momentary.
Freedom for this category of people means, freedom for sex, for alcohol, for drugs, for exploitation and for law and order.
They believe that law and order must be imposed on others and it is the government’s duty to enforce this, as Ayn Rand puts it.
For example, in America, nobody follows anything unless it is enforced as a law and order. On the surface of it, America seems to be more organized, but it requires reins of love. India may look disorganized, but it works without being policed.
This is the difference between a cultured and organized society. In a cultured society, people observe harmonious and self-restrictive behaviour, not because a policeman is watching but because their own conscience is their policeman. Their training is by virtue of example. The more self-controlled a person is, the higher he/she is in his/her development. His/her behaviour is not governed so much by the fear of law but out of understanding and love.
In India, the second class of people is called ‘Shudras’. Our Rishis had understood that every person is born an ‘Asprushya’ (Untouchable), but is elevated to the Shudra level, by his culture. Their elevation to the next class of people happens out of Brahmopadesham, wherein, they learn to control their senses with the powers of their mind.
Many modern day masters promote the freedom of senses, thinking that sensual freedom will elevate them to the fourth level of consciousness, where love and care comes naturally. They are wrong. It is only control of senses by the mind and control of the mind by the heart through Tapasya, which leads one to become a naturally loving human being.
At this second level of people, marriage relationships are based on sexual love, which last only until the honeymoon. Children are an old-age insurance; the wife is a workhorse; to look after parents and children is a duty and not a pleasure. They participate in a relationship if they are assured of benefits higher than the opportunities available elsewhere. They leave one employer for another for the sake of a little more money.
Their calculations are always short-term and limited to themselves. They do not participate in community happenings. They assume it to be the duty of politicians to keep their streets clean, their jobs secure, their country strong etc. They always play the role of the underdog and allow themselves to be exploited by the employer, by the husband, the politician, by multinationals, by world powers etc. Their main role is of ‘Exploited people’.
(To be continued in the next issue. In the third part of the series, Guruji looks at the “Vaishyas, the Entrepreneurs”.
These people have a sense of stability and freedom of the self.
They know that they, and not their karmas and fate, are responsible for their circumstances of life. They always offer more than what they take, and are willing contributors in society.)