Question: Sir, my question is based on the article, ‘Why am I always thinking of the society?’
The following extract from the article says:
“Now, because of years of colonization, in fact decades of colonization, you have a great emphasis on fair skin in India. There are all these companies that are selling fairness products in India and believe me they cannot do that in any other country of the world”.
My question is:
I know they can’t do this in any other country of the world, as this would count as racism. Why do we want to be like those colonizers, who molested tortured and exterminated villages of our ancestors? Why do we want to appear like them? No developed country has its education system based on a foreign language. When I read about the freedom movement and the post-freedom political literature of the country, I found that they wanted to restore their original educational system. Why still this has not been done? Why do we feel a person that a person who is not fluent in English is less educated ?
The mind that has lost connection with its centre wanders desperately. It has a deep feeling of incompleteness, inferiority. It desperately wants to fill itself up with something or the other: a relationship, a language, money, ideology, purpose, stuff.
Faith is the name of the connection with the centre. Only in faith are you connected. But this land has been so badly traumatized over centuries that it has become faithless. It has no inner sense of sureness left. I am not talking of self-belief, or jingoism, or social confidence. I am talking of an individual relationship with the centre. That has gone very missing.
As a result, we feel empty, lonely and helpless within. We are not at all certain within ourselves. So, we become emulators.
When self is perceived as lacking, then the world becomes your master. You want to copy your master, thinking that copying will rid you of the deep hole within.
The deep hole, the void, the sense of incompleteness, will not go away by emulating. It goes away only by having a fearless, loving relationship with yourself. It is essentially a spiritual thing.
Spirituality is not religious affiliation. It is wisdom, it is intelligence. Spirituality is about not being stupid. Only a spiritual person is fearless and feels adequate. We lack that. Hence, we are mentally diseased, and we keep copying.
Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQExwgkssq0
– Based on Question and Answer session with me on one of the e-forums.
–Dated: 7th May,’14