1. Prof. Armstrong totally agrees with Gandhi’s theory that man is now slaves to machines. Losing up intellectual freedom could be very dangerous for the growth and development of humanity.
We are worse off than we were fifty years ago — slaves of examinations. Even intellectual freedom is going out of us. Most of our science is religious faith — not reasoned knowledge. Pursuing the electron, we are losing our souls. I am with Gandhi in feeling that man is now the slave of the machine. How are we to raise his level ? All our research work is of no account compared with that.
2. BREAD-POWER — THE UNHONORED PARENT OF ALL OTHER POWERS
Mankind is growing first. It is in the race of possessing everything which he doesn’t have. In this greed, he is lagging behind to fulfill the basic needs. Today, the world has reached into space, traversed the depths of the oceans, and ascended the Himalayas.
However, there is still a long way to go in terms of poverty, hunger, and the inability to grow nutritious food. It is humanity foolishness that we are rejecting bread power in favour of coal power, oil power, electricity power, and so on.
3. Man is behind accomplishing all kinds of external happiness and in this process he is losing connection to his own soul. The Christian Bible asked two thousand years ago:
What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul ?
Bhagwan Das advises us to look after spiritual righteousness so that material prosperity would follow.
4. Bhagwan Das provided an outline picture of modern urban civilization.
“corruption”, “brutality”, “animal-killing”, “meat business”, “slavery”, “sex racket”, “murder”, “rape”, “forgery”, “stealing of vital organs”, “drugs”, “night life”, “obscene cinemas”, “vulgarity”, “gangsters”, “jealousy”, “false propaganda”, “selling of dreams”, “mass killing of innocence”, “genocide” etc. defines modernity in true sense.
Bhagwan Das urges to re-define modern lifestyle in order to move towards healthy growth of Nation.
5. The unemployed and the misemployed
According to Bhagwan Das, the more dangerous than unemployed are the misemployed.
Mis-employed are those who spend their entire life in preparation for the war which is not meant to safeguard humanity for good, but for the sake of power loving officers and greedy rulers.
Once we are employed rightly, we could support well in Nation’s development.
6. The practical statesman and politician of the day
A statesman is a person who desires to do something for his country; a politician is one who desires his country to do something for him
– Sir Malcolm Hailey
A modern statesman is a person who desires to do something for his country, at the ruthless expense of as many other countries as possible”, or, “is one who desires that other countries should do something for his country
– Bhagwan Das
7. Bhagwan Das realised that there is growing difficulty of speaking for the old culture in the presence of the new culture.
Like replacement of philosophy, art, home science, logic, religious studies, literature, spirituality, aesthetic by science, fine arts, physics, geography, engineering, computer science, etc.
8. The branches of learning in Europe were divided into two broad categories during the medieval period: the ‘divinities’ and the ‘humanities.’ Sir Oliver Lodge has proposed adding a third class,‘realities,’ to cover the physicochemical and biological sciences of recent origin and growth. However, it seems that the ‘realities’ have been destroying the ‘divinities’, and turning the ‘humanities’ into the ‘brutalities’.
9. Mr. Lloyd George says of present world conditions as —
“NATIONS ORGANISING TO STARVE AND SLAUGHTER EACH OTHER”
They are like a dog digging up old bones; and the older and rottener the bones, the more tasty they find them. He described such a Government as one that looks back to the failures of the past for its inspiration, and not to the ideals of the future — a Lot’s wife Government.
10. In ancient days of Ashram and varna dharma, a proper balance was maintained between –
11. The Educator, instead of saying, B.A., or M.A., or B.Sc., or M.Se., etc., on the diploma, the University should say, ‘Fit for a learned profession,’ or ‘ for an executive profession,’ or ‘ a wealth-managing profession’. To ascertain the vocational aptitude of the student should be the chief duty of the educator.
12. The ‘living wage’ should be assured to all by necessitating that no person should earn in more than one way. The same person should not be allowed to possess large land and a high level officer role simultaneously.
13. Producing more money is not a solution to growing unemployment as it will again draw the attention of money grabbing authorities- the only solution is to distribute the already existing money for production of necessaries (instead of luxuries), and better and equitable distribution of all these at everywhere. The production should be at the quantity which is really required. Over production also gives rise to evil.
14. Old culture believes that the best form of Government is strictly limited monarchy, qualified, constantly supervised and controlled by the legislature, unqualified should be avoided, and disqualified should be immediately replaced by qualified. The government should be “selected” by the men of wisdom, “appointed” for the purpose, and “elected” and “acclaimed” by people in general.
15. Punishment or danda is not right if it does the duty of torturing others rather than protecting others.
PUNISHMENT MUST FULFILL THE CAUSE OF IT
16. Reduce the price of Education. If education is less costly, it would spread more widely. Persons who really give their hearts to Sarasvati, seldom reserve any considerable portion of it for Laksmi, either in the east or in the west, even today. Self-denial and science — these are the wealth of the man of wisdom, the educator.
17. Manu expressly commands the ruler to compensate private citizens for goods stolen by thieves from their accounts and not recovered by the police in order to remain safe from being corrupt and negligent.
According to Aryan culture, “If a hundred men of the people complain against any public servant, he shall be dismissed forthwith”.
These are a few of ancient wisdoms of Bhagwan Das for curing modern problems from their natural and unnatural causes.
Finally, we’d like to share Bhagwan Das’ appeal with his true readers, so that we can spread his eternal words everywhere.
“May your Association flourish, may you all become true Ãryas, may you be able to assimilate the best of the ‘realities’ and the ‘humanities’ of the modern West into the body of the ‘divinities’ of the ancient East, for the uplift of Mother India — this is the heartfelt prayer of an old man for you of the younger generation.”
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