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Anna Hazare has started a fast unto death for the Lokpal bill against corruption. It seems to have captured the fancy of the youth in India. For me, this is a move in a similar direction as mine(for a better India) but with a different approach and focus. To tell you the truth, I cringed a bit the first time I read the article headline – ‘Fight against corruption : Fast unto death’. It got me thinking.. what about it seems to make me repulse away? Here are my thoughts on the topic.
I think what put me off here is not Mr. Hazare’s actions, in fact, I have respect for him. It’s more the news headlines I saw and the response his actions created in the young people. Let me analyze the headlines first : Fight against Corruption.
Fight. I don’t like this word in the sense I have come to understand it. A fight almost always has meant that there is a wrongful, outside entity causing you harm. You are the right, the other is the wrong. I see this as a false situation created by our ego to feed itself. By making this statement, we alienate ourselves from the problem.
When we say someone else is responsible for what is causing us trouble(in this case, the corrupt), first we renounce all responsibility and, second, we give the power to improve our lives away. That somebody else has to mend his ways for us to have a better life. As grown up, wise adults, we are all equally responsible for the way India is today. We might not have created the problems, but letting things continue this way or not is our responsibility.
So should we be mad that our leaders are not passing the right bill? Should we fast and have rallies to make them do what is right? I don’t know about you but I believe I have total control over my life. If I need a change, and it is not happening, I don’t keep asking others to make it, I do it myself. Expectations from others are a sure fire way to feel miserable. So if corruption was the single most important issue in my life and the leaders didn’t seem bothered, what would I do? I would find my way into politics, become the decision maker and then make the right decisions. Would it be easy? I don’t ask that question of myself. All I know is that this is the only way to bring about the change I want. If I really want it then the effort needs to be put. Period.
Corruption. I believe in the Law of Attraction, which says that what you focus on constantly and repeatedly, manifests in your life. It doesn’t matter whether you like that thing or not. If you are thinking about it, you are going to manifest it. The focus in the headlines seems to be on corruption. Need I say what you are going to manifest when you see the situation this way?
Does this mean I don’t support Mr Hazare and his actions?
I can’t give a clear answer either way. Here is what I have to say.
I am working towards an India full of conscious people. People who love themselves and others around them. People who have inner strength and discipline. People who are purposeful, passionate. People who create beauty around them. People who seek knowledge and people who are joyous and happy.
I want a world where people do their jobs well, of their own free will. I don’t think using negative motivators like fear of some Bill, can help for long. I don’t want to go around monitoring whether people are doing their job or not. When I deal with someone, I would want that person to do his best job by default. My efforts on this website are an effort towards creating such a society.
I like the idea of making personal effort for change and I see that in Mr Anna Hazare’s act.
I don’t like the idea of making myself suffer to induce people into guilt. Why a fast unto death? Why die? Live and make the change.
If I want certain people to do something, ad they are not doing it, nor willing to talk to me, then, instead of fighting them or pressurizing them, I would do what I can on my own. I will find a way on my own. If what I do is beneficial, people are bound to notice and come up one by one, of their own will.
That people work with me of their own will is very important. Coercion, intimidation, guilt and fear cause separation and break down.
I might not support his methods or his focus, but I respect him for making an effort. I respect him for being the primary driving force behind his own dreams. He wants a better India. In that, I whole-heartedly support him! I think ultimately, we both envision a progressive and prosperous India where people are happy. And that matters more.
On corrupt people and their victims.
I have never seen a happy corrupt person. They all seem tense and unhappy, seeking happiness outside. They are usually scared people who think intimidation, taking away from others is the only way to survive. They might take away a lot from others but that never puts a genuine smile on their face, nor happiness in their hearts. Then I see those who feel like victims of such people. They always feel like someone is going to take away what’s precious to them. There is something common between these two groups, both have an attitude of scarcity and that life is difficult and unforgiving. I feel pity for them.
Inducing fear in the already fearful corrupt people does not seem to take me towards the world I want. I have to give them hope, make them understand that there are better ways to live, to live free, free of fear. That there is a way to happily co exist with others. That there is enough for everyone to be happy. That this, in fact, is the only way to be happy. Changing their attitudes and beliefs is the only way to bring permanent and stable change. Of course creating the fear of imprisonment seems an easier solution to implement. After all, how easy it is to change the attitudes of a billion people? But then just because a proposed solution is easy, doesn’t make it a lasting, or even a working solution.
How I will do this, I don’t know fully. That I am going to do it, is certain.
I believe in the oneness of everything and everybody. If we have to create lasting happiness and progress, that will happen by working for it together, not by finding people to blame. We are all as responsible for the state of things as anyone else. There is no ‘us’ against ‘them’.
What is causing this mass reaction?
How many of you have really envisioned an India without corruption? Think about it. Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live in an India where people are loving and respecting?.. where people do their work with passion and for it’s own sake, where people have a tendency to help others and create a better life together? Have you really sat down and given thought to what you are aiming for? Were you working earlier against corruption, before Mr. Hazare came into picture? I am sure most of you weren’t.
Most people have a lot of troubles of their own that they have no answers to.. when they find an opportunity to blame someone else for some of their troubles, they pounce at the opportunity. You find it hard to accept responsibility for the troubles in your life, so you jumped upon this one chance to hold some others responsible and fight against them. This clear goal here, that tells you you are right and that there is a clear way to go about, gives you a sense of purpose. There is a leader to tell you what to do. Everything here seems rosy.
So what do I propose?
May I suggest a change in focus. Focus on how you exactly want India to be, not on what you don’t want in it. Focus on how to make everyone work towards it, rather than finding enemies within. Focus on taking responsibility for how things are, rather than blaming others, and focus on your own powers, rather than feeling helpless. There is infinite power within you. You can change everything. You don’t need to wait for some ministers or leaders to change. Make the change yourself. This may take years. But if you want real change, you and only you can make it happen. Don’t look for short cuts, don’t look for others to change or start movements or to come to your support.
My movement : Working to raise the consciousness levels of people. Make them love themselves and those around. Make them grow in inner strength and discipline, make them seek knowledge and growth, make them create beauty, make them seek happiness and joy and find it.
As the collective consciousness rises, we will have lasting progress in all fields and genuine happiness.
Do you think you share my ideas? Join me. Do you feel like taking a different path. Go ahead and take it. I am sure we will still find ways to work together in some ways towards this common goal.