Transforming Indians to transform India

‘May we all Indians live together harmoniously, and work together to realize the dream that we ever revel in victory, peace, prosperity and happiness.

O Mother, bless us with devotion, wisdom and action so that we may succeed in this endeavour’

 It goes without saying India can transform for the better only if each of us strives for our own improvement. To encourage individual change the Chinmaya initiative inspires the youth with his words, ‘You change! The world shall change by itself. The world is not something different from you. All of us put together is the world’. Words of inspiration:

This isn’t the India our forefathers dreamt of and died for. We’re still shackled by our inability to rise above differences and work together. The entrepreneurial spirit has always flourished in India…it is in our blood. That’s what has kept this nation afloat thru’ turbulent times. Besides the tycoons, every doodhwala, dhobi is an entrepreneur; there’re countless sole traders and entrepreneurs running small firms, who’ve never been to school.

Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We’re such a great nation. We’ve so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? Why is the media here so negative? Asks Dr. APJ Kalam.

Learn to destroy the root of evil. What was the root cause for all evil thorns in our nation? It is swaarth, selfishness. If we uproot swaarth all problems will be solved and the nation will be great again. A ruler – who places himself above the nation; is corrupted by power; makes uncommon wealth from common wealth; divides his nation and sells her pride; is a thorn.

We’ve to work among the people – change their attitude; change their vison and you change their destiny and the history of our nation. We need creative leaders – not a commander but a coach; not a manager but a mentor; not a director but a delegator; not who demands respect but who gives respect

Each has to believe he is the One who is to transform India; but we mustn’t rush, instead i) study the system in which we’re placed ii) survive in the system iii) establish ourselves in the system, and then iv) improve the system where necessary

Vision and Inspiration: One must reflect and identify right action, wait for an opportune time to act, sacrifice the lower desires for higher ideals; short term goals for long term goals and ideals. Acquire an intellectual conviction that All power is within me, I can do anything and everything. Believe in that; don’t believe you’re weak. Stand up and express the divinity within you. You’re the One India is waiting for. Arise. Awake. And stop not till the goal is reached.

The moral rejuvenation of a society in any period of history can take place only because of the example set by the leaders of that nation – Sw. Chinmayanand.

Our sweat will transform developing India into a developed India – APJ Kalam.

Ethics, decency and morality are the real soldiers – Kiran Bedi.

Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, Satyam, the Truth; Shivam, God; Sundaram, Beauty – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Brave, bold people, these are what we want. What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas – Vivekananda.

India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative words; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples – Sri Aurobindo

To Transform ourselves Education must focus on making us selfless Mentors: Unfortunately, modern society is smug in the belief that 3R’s education is good enough to make us unselfish leaders; that we’ve got rid of bad rulers and we’re now a liberated democratic society where people are free to choose their leaders who will be paragons of virtues; people will get justice and be free to do what they wish!

Myth or reality? The reality is that education, democracy has given us corrupt, divisive, selfish leaders; people can never be equal; they can never be fair and just; they will always have their prejudices. And, freedom is not free; it has to be earned thru’ discipline, righteous conduct and strict obedience to our respective duties. We’ve to recognize that the Mind is easily tempted and parenting and schooling today don’t teach how to awaken our powers of discrimination and build willpower and self-control to know and do the right. It just isn’t possible for all to be equal and fit to govern!

How do we create the Shrestha? HRD and schooling must educate, train and establish the young in the habit of striving to work as a karma yogi for the highest good of self and society. During the many years of schooling and college it is possible to educate everyone to be a Mentor and from them identify the few who may be good, selfless, and fit to rule also.



Views expressed above are the author’s own.


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