WANT TO ACHIEVE NEXT LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS?
You will have to undertake a RASHTRAVRAT for that.
RASHTRAVRAT is that concept when undertaken, will set in the process of getting the self and the nation to next level. RASHTRAVRAT is for making our nation healthy, wealthy and happy. The elements of ‘RASHTRAVRAT’ are a mix of positive aspects from across religions, cultural and other schools of thought as relevant to our nation. It is a means to give a coherent direction in shaping the National Will on various issues that our nation is vexed with and may encounter in future. These are the believers, who would always think positive in pursuing the march towards progress of our nation. Here are the main aspects of the RASHTRAVRAT.
- Make ‘Gen Next’ in your immediate neighborhood undertake RASHTRAVRAT.
- Deliberately bring down self ego.
- Be proactive in nation building.
- Say NO to financial impropriety including corruption.
- Hone your skills, pursue your hobbies and exercise your body.
- Ingrain good work culture and respect dignity of labour.
- Stick to ethics and etiquettes.
- Abandon self pity and be less finicky.
- Be a visionary.
- Observe positive tenets of the religion you belong to.
For those who want to know more about RASHTRAVRAT.
The process of knowing what is RASHTRAVRAT is to understand about the levels of consciousness.
THE LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONCEPT OF NATION
There are different states of consciousness, and levels within these states. Humans are in certain state of consciousness. There are different levels of consciousness in it. Each person according to his level of consciousness perceives things before him. At each level of consciousness, it is an endeavor of the human race to enrich the level of consciousness or mental ability. At each level of consciousness there is a limit to which he can think, collate and comprehend. He cannot go beyond that. To go beyond, he will have to go to the next level of consciousness. The moment he goes to higher level of consciousness, there is a paradigm shift in his perception. His thoughts become more inclusive and tolerant. The scope widens. He becomes more liberal in his thoughts. This change in perception and accompanying change in the outlook would not have been possible staying in the earlier level of consciousness. Wisdom is an offshoot of consciousness. At the highest level of consciousness it is pure permanent joy.
I died a mineral and became a plant.
I died a plant and rose an animal.
I died an animal and I was man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as a man, to soar
with the blessed angels; but even from angel hood
I must pass on. All except God perishes.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become that which no mind ever conceived.
O let me not exist! For Non-Existence proclaims,
“To HIM we shall return”
Jalal ud-Din ar-Rumi– A thirteenth century Persian poet.
Hindu scriptures have professed the idea of “sarve santu sukhina, sarve santu niramayaa, "sarve bhadrani pashyantu, ma kashchit dukhabhag bhavet” or concept of “Sarva Bhutahitarth”. This concept is more comprehensive and inclusive than “Sarva Dharma Samabhav” as it not only incorporates all religions but also all life styles, all ways of leading life, atheists, agnostic people and people who don’t owe any allegiance to any school of thought and above all includes non living things also. The concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is far older than the word “Global Village”, which is just a century old.
When human beings attain such a level of consciousness, then for him the notion of different countries and nations becomes a triviality, because now he thinks about the mankind – saints belong to this level of consciousness. They do not remain anchored to a religion; don’t remain shackled in the realism of a country or a nation. Saints identify themselves with the whole world. Whole universe belong to them. The saint’s religion becomes religion of ‘humanity’. For him, the meaning of ‘nation’ is ‘mankind’. For him then there are no neighboring countries, there are no enemy nations. This is a sign of saint hood. How many of us have achieved this level of consciousness?? Not many. These people with advanced level of consciousness are but miniscule of the population cross-section of a country at any given time. The majority of the humanity has not reached that level of consciousness and therefore we cannot comprehend the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. If humans with such average level of consciousness have to progress, it has to be gradual and commensurate to their abilities. These humans make small groups, called societies and civilizations. The concept of nationhood emerged from this need of grouping the human societies into smaller parts so that these smaller parts called nations start their destiny to evolve the consciousness of its subjects. The civilizations or nations take on the responsibility of developing their part and so contribute towards overall development of the humanity. The nations in their journey of developing superior consciousness, refine their culture, become progressive and bring clarity in their national policies. This happens because the world has got divided into different nations. So though the goal and aim is to have “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” the road towards that goal passes through individual development of nations. Some times contradictions are felt on the surface like a crust of snow on the river surface, but beneath there is a smooth flow of the river of progress towards the final goal of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.
The saints who profess to the idea of “Global Village” or “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” when preaching to the commoners or average people with limited human consciousness, then would like to preach in the language which can be comprehensible to the commoners. Even if it may be a trivial subject for these saints, they still preach about the concept of religion, rituals, Bhakti and Nationhood. We can find many examples. Ramdas Swami during 16th century exhorted Raja Shiv Chatrapati to establish a Hindavi Samarajya against Muslim invaders and atrocities of the then Muslim kings. Guru Govind Singh espoused Sikh religion against Muslim and foreign invaders. Our national leaders during freedom struggle actively influenced the aam janata to take up violent and non violent movements against British Raj. The concepts have different meanings and connotations to people with different consciousness. For saints it doesn’t really matter, the struggle for independence or freedom; as for them these are small trivialities. Had these saints and higher conscious people preached the same concept then we would have by now become a British colony, our identity would have permanently merged with Britishers (though not colour!) and wealth transferred to them like the immense wealth already plundered by them during British Raj days. It is like the organizers of a sports event. In a game of football, for the organizers both sides are equal. For the organizers, rather than the result of the game, the conduct of the game is important. It matters a little to the organizer as to, who is the ultimate winner of the game. It is not the same for the captains of the team. For them the respective team is important. Progress cannot be achieved without competition. The captains of the team must have a killer instinct to win a game. If the mental make up of the captain of the team becomes same to that of the organizers then, the game would become dull and there will not be any display of skill. The organizer and the team captains should play their role to have a perfect game. Same is the case with the saints and people with higher consciousness.
The levels of consciousness are found everywhere. Hindu religion or way of life – evolved over thousands of years from the basic fundamental vedic concepts of “atmanbrahma jagan mithya” and applied practically for saints and people with higher consciousness to follow this school of thought as “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “Sarva Bhute hitartha” or Dnyanmarga or Sankhyamarga. Saints and people with higher conscience don’t see God in Idols. They are not idol worshippers. They connect with nirgun. The same vedic concepts when applied to commoners but with slightly more evolved consciousness, follow as Karmayog. These are idol worshippers. Finally to commoners who are not yet evolved, there is a ritualistic religion, dictates and Bhaktimarg to follow. The basic and fundamental principle remains same in all religions.
Hence the concept of nationhood is profound if we want our civilization to progress. To make a country alive, to keep people united by a thread of common beliefs, common traditions, common culture and history – religion is an important binder.
SEAMLESS THREAD OF RASHTRAVRAT
Everyone likes to be associated with some belief which has been ingrained in them during their formative years. This can be manifested in different manner such as religion, affiliation to some political organization, member of some cultural group and so forth. By affiliating with some such schools of thought, a feeling of belonging envelops, resulting in enhancement of self esteem which gives sense of security, peace and tranquil.
We say this belief is in the right direction if it leads you to pursue your aim and takes you to higher levels of consciousness. The belief should result in activism releasing positive energy, giving the individual sense of completeness and satisfaction. On the personal level this activism should make the person happy by giving him sense of purpose and at the societal level, transform the society to new level of civility thereby creating a general sense of goodness, wellbeing and well meaning in the society. At a national level it shows up in unity, pride in nationhood and prosperity in all spheres.
As per each one’s belief, we get associated with numerous groups. At one time, they can belong to some religion, political organization, cultural organization and still have the same thread of RASHTRAVRAT. These all seemingly diverse people can seamlessly be woven by ‘RASHTRAVRAT’ to take the nation ahead. What is this ‘RASHTRAVRAT’ composed of?
FUNDAMENTALS OF RASHTRAVRAT
Those who want to subscribe and support this idea of undertaking a RASHTRAVRAT, a more detail description of the RASHTRAVRAT is given below:-
- Make ‘Generation Next’ in your immediate neighborhood undertake RASHTRAVRAT.
Developing the mind of children and making them true RASHTRAVRATIS should be in your mind always. The true torch bearers of our nation are the Generation Next. To make them true RASHTRAVRATIS is to make them aware of the importance of the aspects covered under RASHTRAVRAT. By conviction they should subscribe to the idea of RASHTRAVRAT. Children should be considered as the most important and valuable national resource and their thinking should be shaped as per our national requirements. All elders in the neighborhood should have an implicit understanding that when someone is teaching or correcting a youngster, it should be supported so that the correct training of the youngster is ensured. The following are some of the essentials that can be grooved into the mouldable minds of children. Now it is upon the interest of the elders to tune it further and make it work.
- Inculcate in them the right work values. Ingrain in them that no job is demeaning. Dignity of labour should become their next religion. Ingrain in them at every opportunity that ‘Blessed are the ones who have found their ‘job’.
- Develop in them sense of cleanliness and importance of keeping immediate neighborhood clean. The importance of throwing litter in dustbins and not littering around. Public hygiene and cleanliness should be etched in their minds. They should start feeling restless when they see dirty public places.
- A sound traffic sense and adoption of correct traffic rules should be taught to them.
- Teach them to take pride in abiding by the rules and law of the land even in case of absence of others watching. Teach them to avoid giving excuses for the lapses, resorting to appeals against any laid down rules and regulations. Our nation suffers because of excuses and appeals against laid down rules and law. Remember to cultivate in youngsters that there is no smartness in skirting the rules. The tenacity of the person is measured when we abide by the rules and win.
- Teach them at every opportunity the advantages of being in queue.
- Teach basic civic sense to our children and check errand children in the neighborhood.
- Don the role of teachers, by teaching children in the immediate neighborhood in the language they understand. Teach them the importance of exercise. Teach them importance of soft skills, presentation and tidiness.
- Teach GenNext the importance of guarding the national property. Ingrain in them that burning of buses / govt property as a form of protest is not good for anybody. At the worst it is crime and at the least it is tax payers money which is getting wasted.
- Tell them it is bad to spit in the public places.
- Teach them to be happy and derive joy from simple things. The best gift a parent can give to children is not to make them finicky about daily needs. This will make their future life simple, happy and enjoyable.
- Teach Gen Next the importance of getting up early in the morning. The one who gets up early gets more time than others.
- It is very important to mix with the children and youngsters. Take them out and play with them while trying to infuse civic sense. If left to them, these children will either loiter around learning bad language and bad habits or they would slip away and play computer games which are detrimental to their mental and physical growth. There is no substitute to field games. If there are no play grounds around or there is no place to hold field games, take these youngsters for a run or a jog. Make them do ‘Suryanamaskaras’. The ideal age group should be from 5 yrs to 15 yrs of age. By 18 years if they take rashtravrat, the rashtravrat will take firm roots.
o The procedure of interacting with youngsters / children and making them undertake a RASHTRAVRAT.
The duration of such an interaction with children / youngsters / Gen Next of immediate neighborhood is about 1 hour. Depending upon time, interest and passion, it can be daily one hour or weekly once.
First half hour should be dedicated to field games such as foot ball / volley ball / or any group game which enhances camaraderie, increases their stamina and makes them feel tired. The next 15 minutes may be engaged by a short story / episode told by you. The short story should be interesting and at the same time should have some moral to convey. The story could be from our glorious and not so glorious history, or it could be from our freedom struggle or an event from the wars which we have fought with Pakistan or China with an intention of bringing out our past glory and our past mistakes or it can be just a short story written by our famous literary figures.
Next 15 minutes should be used to make the children aware of the current affairs. Involve them in the talk, make them express their opinion about the issues, organize a group discussion and increase their level of participation.
This one hour can be developed according to the ability of the volunteer RASHTRAVRATI.
The key issue is to establish rapport with the children. There cannot be any value teaching without establishing credibility and bond amongst the group of young children.
Underlining principle of such an interaction should be to give a positive direction to the minds of the children. In fact this is the most important activity of a RASHTRAVRATI. Keep the self ego to minimum and try and correct the youngsters whenever they go wrong. Don’t shy from correcting them. Don’t think that “it is not my kid and therefore I don’t have any responsibility to correct him”. Remember some day you will be proud of him that you corrected him. Someday he will remember you.
- Deliberately bring down self ego.
Many times the ego comes in between the action. We want to act but there are host of confusing questions in mind as a result of bloated self ego such as “seeing my position why should I do”, “Why should I correct him? He is son of a person who is subordinate to me” or “he is from that family whom I don’t like”. “Why should I support a good idea for solving a national issue? If they make me leader then I will do, other wise even if it is good for the nation I will oppose it”. “I will be a bystander and see people toil. At the appropriate time I will jump to show that I have done that thing”. “Yaa the idea is good but why should I do that, it is demeaning for me”. “Somebody should do it” – and so on and so forth. Teach yourself to bring down your ego when teaching some good things to the child of your maid or to a youngster coming from economically backward family. Build a rapport with them. The first principle to establish a relationship is to lower self ego. No one with an elephantine ego can build an understanding with other youngster or person. Those who have high self esteem can control the ego. The less the ego, your ability to forgive enhances. This helps lifting mental load. You cannot be a true RASHTRAVRATI with loads of ego with you!!!
- Be proactive in nation building.
You become proactive if you are convinced after acknowledging the fact that there cannot be any long term individual or family gains if the health of the nation is not good and if the feeling of well being is not there. We can progress only if our nation is healthy, progressing and secure. Be proactive in approach.
In Hindu religion, the ‘Shastras’ give a guide line as to how much one must spend. It is about 10% of your income on philanthropy, 10% on your parents and elders, 10% savings for the future and rest on you and your family. These are guide lines evolved over the ages. I am sure other religions would also have similar guidelines. One can change this contribution according to level of consciousness, ability and interest. See how much satisfaction you get doing this and how much your self esteem gets enhanced. You don’t need to advertise this to any one.
There can be many ways where you can become proactive.
- Adopt financially a girl / boy child for fees for basic education from immediate neighborhood. The girl / boy so adopted should be from economically backward family.
- You can carry out some community service at the nearest NGO of your choice.
- If you are senior citizen hold story telling / motivational classes which are free of cost for the GenNext in the neighborhood. Children really enjoy these classes and learn many good things.
- If you are a house wife then you can take free of cost classes for the neighborhood children as per the talent you have – be it English speaking, group discussion, art and craft – the list is endless.
- If you are a doctor indulge in some health care service free of cost once in a week.
- Find some thing commensurate to your talent, ability to give back to society in kind without letting your ego or name come in between.
There can be many not so proactive ways in nation building.
- Like it or not, we have demarcated our nation into states and their boundaries are fixed. Our nation is supreme than the state boundaries and should not have interstate rivalries for re demarcation of boundaries. Be not be a prey and support any movement which indulges in creating inter state rivalry. Save all your anger, activism and zeal in guarding our nation’s boundaries, being aware of the boundary problems, infiltration, intrusion problems and illegal immigrant problems facing our country.
- The protection of national property and natural resources should be guarded with missionary zeal. Check children / youngsters from immediate neighborhood doing harm to it. Don’t support any movement that hurts the national property while displaying their opposition to a policy. They may oppose and you may support but there are ways and means to register your protests without harming national property.
- Don’t support any group or movement that intents to construct monuments and places of worship on the roads and on communication lines.
- We have enough population. Try to teach ignorant people about population control and advantages of quality over quantity.
- Think good of the nation, think good of the family, think good of the neighborhood and think good of the community. Remember collective prayer of goodness always brings in a positive ambience and feel good factor.
- Be uncompromising when it comes to voting. Cast a vote whenever there are elections.
- Saying NO to financial impropriety including corruption.
A true man earns money on his skill, talent, strength and not by selling his integrity and self respect. You cannot be priced and purchased for a few thousand rupees by an unscrupulous character. You cannot stand up and tell your family and yourself that it is you, who have sold the self and family respect for a pittance. Remember there is always a greedy family behind a corrupt person. You cannot say that “he forced me, or they forced me” because; ultimately the decision is yours to succumb.
- Hone your skills, pursue your hobby and exercise your body.
Improve your communication skills and teach children, youngsters and GenNext good communication skills. Remember there could be many misunderstandings because of poor communication skills which become vexed problems afterwards.
We have got our curriculum till graduation in various disciplines. What we require is developing of our skills in respective trades along with pedantic knowledge. Our curriculum is largely academic and where there is provision of developing skills in the curriculum and syllabus, we don’t take interest in improving the basic skills in the trade and the skills remain in curriculum only. We somehow try to learn ‘the tricks of the trade’ rather than ‘learn the trade’. We desire to become supervisors without learning skills. Our nation requires skills, more skills and even more skills in respective trades.
Cultivate a hobby and not addiction. Net chatting and computer gaming is not a hobby but an addiction. Nowadays we tend to socialize virtually on computer and have become loners in the society. Motivate the children and GenNext to cultivate a hobby. Hobby is the only true companion the child will have when he or she grows up. The hobby will see you through difficult times, sail you through loneliness, hobby will not allow you to get into state of depression in difficult times. Hobby will de-stress you and keep you on your track. Hobby will help you in unwinding yourself after a stressful work schedule. With the growing nuclear families hobby will be your companion. Teach GenNext that ultimately the cross of Jesus will have to be carried individually and nobody would help them to do so, make them ready for that. In Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Ek la Chalo re’ he exhorts you to continue your journey, despite lack of support from others. Hobby will make your journey of life interesting and memorable.
Exercise your body regularly for atleast half an hour everyday. You can combine this with daily interaction with Gen Next or with children. You have to be selfish in pursuing this. You can achieve this short exercise by making your own tailor made exercise regime suitable for your body consisting of some breathing exercise, some jogging in the morning, some rigorous house cleaning schedule or some dance form. What is important is regularity. If you do it regularly for say 21 days it will become a habit and then you will start doing it regularly. Exercise is a must. For whatever health care system government or private sector offers you, whatever insurance cover you get, whatever support system you may have, still unless you don’t exercise you will not remain healthy, energetic and cheerful. Being fit and trim enhances your presentation and soft skills.
- Ingrain Good Work culture and respect dignity of labour.
A good work culture is based on skill, talent and positive attitude rather than on favoritism, incompetency and sycophancy. A good work culture is based on timelines rather than time pass and fines. A good work culture is based on self actualization rather than carrot and stick. A good work culture is based on mutual respect rather than bargaining for good prospects at every milestone in achieving a program deadline. A nation is built on generations of having good work culture and not for a limited period based on some individuals. Good work culture has to be ingrained in youngsters and Gen Next. In West Bengal a ‘hartal’ or ‘strike’ is kept on Mondays or next day to public holidays, so that people can stop work in anticipation and avail two days of consecutive holidays. In West Bengal rather than working, some people work towards making a ‘strike’ successful. This culture requires change.
No work is demeaning. No job is lowly. No skill is useless. We must have mutual respect towards all who work irrespective of trade, position and standing. Self ego kills mutual respect towards each other. Kill the self ego before it kills you. Remember modesty always pays handsomely. Take pride in your work but don’t let down others work. Positive mind would always respect others job.
- Stick to ethics and etiquettes.
Set your own ethics and stick to them. You can improve upon your build of ethics. Here conviction is important rather than copying or doing certain things out of compulsion. Conviction will make you firm in sticking to ethics. Try to encompass ethics in your work, study, relationship with other persons, neighbors and while interacting with others. Don’t outsmart yourself. Be judge to yourself. Don’t try to cheat yourself once you have decided upon some ethics. Remember a given word is important than life. Give a word to yourself to stick to the ethics which you have set. You will get lot of self confidence and self empowerment. You will become more resilient to the outside pressures. Sticking to ethics would help you find answers to imponderables in difficult times with ease.
While interacting with someone wish the time of the day. ‘Wishing the time of the day’ doesn’t require you to know whether you are superior to other person or you are at the receiving end. It sets the mood and rapport right. A smile can bring positive change in this stressful life. Saying ‘thank you’ at the end of the transaction makes a good ending and the other person carries good opinion about you. You don’t have to learn complex etiquettes. Just three of these would make you more positive, bring in good feeling and will help in building rapport.
- Abandon self pity and be less finicky.
Self pity is killing us. We try to always find an excuse to not to do a thing. We try and find an excuse as to “why the rule should not be applicable to me” and try to make a special case for our self. We try to bend the rule to suit us. Most of the times actually the rule is inconvenient for our self at that juncture and so we want to bend it, appeal against it or try to outsmart it. As soon as we wriggle out of the situation then we become fierce votaries of the same rule for others!!! We try to find some fake ‘genuine’ reason as to “why I am not able to do” social service or daily exercise, or help someone or just not get up early in the morning. If one starts on the premise that “I will wait till I completely get over my body aches and pains and then I will resume or start my daily exercise” then that day will never come. Instead shrug of self pity and start doing the exercise and miraculously your body will respond in a positive way.
If you are excessively fastidious, fussy and concerned about your daily needs such as clothes, cleanliness, tastes, food you eat then you are in for trouble. You will have frequent disturbing mood swings, you will be perpetually mentally occupied in trivial things, you will be always unhappy. If you are too choosy, you will start treating daily problems and hardships as life worries. This will make you sad. You will never enjoy the passing moment and you will always find fault in others and never be able to create any understanding with other persons, leading to unhappiness. Remember the fussier you are the fewer friends you have. The fewer friends you have the lonelier you become. The lonelier you become there are chances of you falling in the trap of depression. It is very important for you to not to become fastidious for enjoying the moment. We must teach the youngsters to become less finicky this is one of the great teachings we can impart to the Gen Next.
- Be a visionary.
There is nothing wrong in copying good things from others. Old saying teaches us that one should make six Gurus daily. That means we must learn six good things belonging to others everyday. Britishers built Victoria Terminus (now Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus) at Mumbai about 120 years ago. That time there were twenty trains and few hundred commuters. The size and shape of the Terminus is such that, after 120 years the Terminus caters for more than 3000 trains and 30 lakh commuters daily. This is called vision. We must make our mindset and train our Gen Next to develop such grand vision. Remember think big. Think grand. Our generation may use it for 40 years but while constructing and developing things we must think for next ten generations. When it comes to public utilities, we must develop monuments and not hutments.
Even if you are not in a position to make your vision bring alive, just by dreaming and thinking about a grand vision, you will become positive minded. Your actions will be more positive and you will be filled with positive energy. Just by thinking and dreaming big about our nation, you will get over the trivialities of life. You will not be stuck in day to day problems and hardships. You will be able to get over them easily.
- Observe the positive tenets of the religion you belong to.
What our forefathers have evolved, is generally a set of directions to be observed so that we live happily in a society. It helps in achieving higher levels of consciousness. The dictacts, the guidelines, the directions, the customs, the rituals are all empirical formulae for creating harmonious living environment in a society. These were influenced by ‘Desa-kala-patra’ (Time, Place and Circumstance) and therefore before applying to the present context, one should give a thought, modify if required and adapt. Remember those who don’t adapt – perish. Try to observe ones religion and emulate all the positive tenets of it. It gives tremendous sense of security, confidence and moral courage to face difficult times. It helps arrive at solutions to difficult questions. It helps in wiping out any confusion in living the life and facing day to day difficulties. It protects us from going astray. It helps in making us positive thinkers. It helps in bringing goodness and good intentions in whatever we dream, we pursue and we decide doing so.
Who can take a RASHTRAVRAT?
All those who are convinced and want to be a rashtravrati. Recognize your level of consciousness. Ask yourself whether you are ready to take the rashtravrat. There are many who may be practicing some of the explained fundamentals of Rashtravrat already, but a true rashtravrati is the person who practice all the ten fundamentals of rashtravrat. There cannot be a part time rashtravrati. A Vrat is always to be undertaken in entirety. The person who wants to take a rashtravrat has to imbibe all the fundamentals of rashtravrat. Once you practice rashtravrat people would automatically recognize you as a rashtravrati. You will have a distinct identity. By your behaviour and way of leading life alone, others should be able to recognize a true rashtravrati. Your conduct would become an example worthy of emulating. Do this by conviction not by coercion, not to show off, not for convenience, not for monetary rewards, not for any recognition but to get satisfaction from the act of fulfilling the RASHTRAVRAT by leading life more purposeful rather than just staying alive for yourself, accumulating money and increasing the progeny.
Your own consciousness. It is the harshest test one can ever face.
What will happen by being a RASHTRAVRATI?
It helps in developing the individual consciousness to the next level. You will get a distinct identity. A rashtravrati could be identified by conduct and the way the person leads the life. The more you think on this subject the more you realize!!!! Best is self realization and self conviction. What will happen by not being a RASHTRAVATI? Life will still go on, albeit; without purpose!
The pride in our country should come as a conviction and not by legislation or to just ‘show off’. In the words of Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, when applied in our context it would read as follows –
“The safety, honour and welfare of our Nation comes first, always and every time.
The honour, welfare and comfort of the family you belong to come next.
Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”
Squirrel of Ramsetu
Transforming our country into a great nation requires an unswerving effort put in by generations together. It is a continuous process and therefore making our nation great and maintaining it should become our passion, our second religion, our national creed, our national culture and a second nature. RASHTRAVRAT is a small contribution by individuals towards nation building like small pebbles put in by squirrel while making Ramsetu. It is this contribution which would not come in between family pursuits, would not burden individuals with difficult tasks and uncomfortable pledges but still achieve its purpose.
Have you taken a RASHTRAVRAT?