Friday, January 2, 2004
Dr Raj Kumar Anand

Years ago, Rajmohan Gandhi gave a clarion call for a clean, strong and united India. Can we play our part in making his dream come true?

Today, I see a vision of a clean, compassionate, prosperous and united India; ready to serve the world. Is it possible? Srimad Bhagawad Geeta has the answer. It states :

“Wherever is Krishna, the Lord of Yoga, wherever is Partha (Arjuna), the archer (ready with his bow), there reign prosperity, victory, happiness and sound policy; this is my conviction ” ((B.G. XVIII/78).

Initiatives of Change (IC) is the new operational name adopted by Moral Re-Armament worldwide. It is an informal network of people who are taking initiatives to create a cleaner, Commenting on this verse, Swami Chinmayananda says :When a man is no more idle but is willing to use his faculties to brave the challenges of life; there, in that man, we recognize a “Partha,ready with his bow ”.When a community or nation has its masses galvanized to invoke the Lord and the spiritual purity of head and heart in themselves, in that generation, prosperity, success, happiness and a sound policy become the natural order.

Frank Buchman, the founder of Moral Re-Armament always stressed the importance of purity of mind and purity of motives. He used to have a time of quiet each morning. He sought divine guidance for the needed changes in his life based on the moral principles of honesty, purity, unselfishness and love. He shared his thoughts with others and then inspired them to work for nations for filling empty hands with work and empty hearts with an idea that satisfies.

In the vision of Bhagawad Geeta and the life of people like Buchman and Gandhi, we see a world-order, wherein the spiritual and the material values are happily wedded to each other. As Swami Chinmayananda puts it, “Mere material production can, no doubt, bring immediately a spectacular flood of wealth into the pockets of man, but not peace and joy into his heart. Prosperity without peace within is a calamity –gruesome and terrible ”.

Recently, I saw an exhibition of photographs by Daisaku Ikeda from Japan. One photograph had a caption “India, dear homeland; to whom we are so deeply indebted! Now is the moment of your grand awakening ”.

Friends, are you ready for this moment? Do send us your views for formulating a policy to have a clean, compassionate, prosperous and united India; ready to serve the world.

Dr R.K. Anand
President, MRA-IC (India)