The thoughts originated in India gave solace to the entire human race irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, said Ram Madhav, noted thinker and BJP national General Secretary. Delivering a talk on Integral Thought on the occasion of 112th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guruji Golwalkar organised by Manthana at Bengaluru on February 11, Ram Madhav felt that the thoughts originated from India were most profound and liberal and were the only solution to save the mankind.
While rest of the thought processes across globe ‘forced’ their followers to ‘believe’ in their observations, the Indian thought process was thought provoking as it encouraged them to ‘seek’ knowledge by questioning and cross- examination. “The other thought processes exerted pressure on their followers to gain believers, while the Indian process encouraged seekers,” said Madhav.
He coined the term Indic thought which, according to him, rests on value-based system and allows its followers to ask questions before accepting anything. While the term ‘character’ in western thought process is insufficient to express feelings, the Indic thought encouragespeople to transcend to higher level of being Sheelavanta (listen to inner feelings) from Charitravanta (following externally imposed social rules).
Citing an example of the great philosopher Ramanjuacharya, Madhav said, “After learning about a Dalit woman’s ordeal, Sri Ramanuja broke the tradition and announced that there is no more caste system in the society and all are equal in front of God.” This is a perfect example for “Sheelavanta”; Madhav said adding that the RSS is a vehicle to transmit Indic thoughts to the rest of the world.
“Few Muslim families expressed their freedom of conscience and wanted to denounce Islam religion to embrace Hindusim. They approached Kanchi seer for further guidance. Surprisingly, seer advised them to continue in their present religion and be a ‘Pious’ Muslim,” explained Madhav while highlighting the Indic thoughts.
Answering a question from the audience about improving economic conditions in the country by aggressively promoting the Swadeshi Movement, Madhav said the Modi-led NDA Government is trying to support the Swadeshi Movement by invoking anti-dumping laws. “If people give preference to the local products then the Swadeshi Movement can be a big hit,” Madhav opined.