Once more Bibek Debroy forces us to think beyond the obvious, and plumb the depths of central concepts like 'good' and 'bad', 'right' and 'wrong' The Mahabharata tells us that 'dharma' is subtle and complex. But Dr. Debroy's article brings that idea to life for us with contemporary examples that compel us to stop being simplistic; to meditate on the meaning of words we take for granted.
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Recently, I spoke to a group of CEOs in Udaipur. While I have spoken to CEOs in the past, it’s always been about economics and policy-making. This is the first time I spoke about “dharma”. Since I have made the point in earlier blogs that the word dharma is over-used, I should clarify that in Udaipur, I used the word “dharma” in the sense of emancipation/liberation, not in the sense of duty or good behavior (sadachara). Understandably, CEOs and the corporate sector react in a particular way, not necessarily representative of the general populace. Since I spoke extempore, there is no presentation or text I can share. But I made the kinds of points I have been making in these blogs.
|Dr. Debroy was recently at Lake Pichola|
|Enraged Koushika reduces a bird to ashes|
The Nazis thought they were doing good for society. That’s also the reason I am skeptical of item (3), attempts to change the world and make it better. Many undesirable events in the world have occurred because people tried to make the world a better place, “better” being a subjective term too. Thankfully, in the progress of human civilization, these attempts only leave a transient impression. They don’t last. Attempts to change the world flow from an over-inflated sense of ego and a bloated idea about one’s own importance. But we can certainly change ourselves. If we are able to successfully change ourselves from within, and provided we have been able to bring about that change, we can also make other people change. That’s the kind of impact many religious leaders have had. It is through changing people that the world changes, with more of sattva and less of tamas. That’s it and no more. But like I said, don’t agree with me. My intention is only to make you think and find the answers inside. There is no universal template.