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The Seven Unanimous Principles of Nationalism


By Acharya Balkrishna

Nationalism, bravery, transparency, foresight, humanity, spiritualism and humility- These in nutshell are the principle ideals and theory for our individual, national and global life and work ethics. This is the catalyst of a citizen and the leadership. They alone are a true citizens of the country, who follow these principles.
A person who lives a life according to these principles can only give the right leadership. We wish to introduce reformation and freedom in individual, national and worldly life based on these principle. It is our fervent wish and we are determined to re-establish our country in as the centre of world peace by establishing an ideal system the country. We wish to see our country named in the list of the most prosperous and strong countries of this world founded on this system. In this way, our country can be successfully lead the world from the spiritual, moral, social and economic perspective, which would pave the way to the establishment of a new era in the world that abounds in happiness, peace, prosperity and justice. Everyone has to lead the nation and every social worker or leader should follow the principle of nationalism and his character should be amenable to this principle.
1. Nationalism
One who assigns the greatest importance to nationalism (love for one’s country) is a nationalist. Among all religions, the religion of nationalism (rra dharma) is the foremost. Individual relilgions like being a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian etc., comes later. He, who, considers the nation as the supreme deva (Lord or deity) among all other devas, alone is a true nationalist.
Where personal, familial, economic and national welfare come into picture, national welfare must be given top priority. It is the primary duty and obligation of every citizen of the country to give the greatest importance to issues concerning the nation. It is right to love someone who considers rra dharma the foremost.
Among all the relationships, our relationship with our country must come first. We must severe all relationships with our relatives, if he have no love for the nation. He is a nationalist, who places the cleanliness, health and development of the nation foremost.
A person who considers the indigenous educational system, the best and adopts the national language in his social interactions and conduct; is a true nationalist.
He, indeed, is a nationalist, who loves the native educational system, culture, values, Yoga, religion, darana (the science of philosophy) and adhytma (spirituality).
The one who follows the rules with regards to control the population rate and to make the country healthy, clean, prosperous and cultured and who is committed to make the country free from hunger, poverty, unemployment and participates in the campaign of encouraging people cast their100% votes during polls to eradicate the menace of corrupt and destructive politics, is a true nationalist. The one who is dedicated to the growth and research in indigenous medical therapies such as Yoga, Ayurveda, Reiki, »Unani, Marma therapy. homeopathy etc., is a nationalist.
2. Bravery
He is considered a brave person who does not waste even a single moment to take decisions in the national interest and is not scared of anyone in impelementing them; is industrious, constantly lives the values of action, hardwork, daring, gallantry, and self-respect, without getting entangled in superstitions; one who implements the schemes of national welfare with alacrity and authenticity; one who is determined to take rest only after having achieved success in his sacred undertakings, even in the face of stiff oppositions, obstructions and criticisms, he, indeed, is turely a courageous person; one who does not leave any work that can be accomplished today for tomorrow, is brave; one who stops not, tires not, is given to constant work and considers a mere change in the job as relaxation; one who swears by the principles of work-ethics and looks upon inaction and lethargy as an suric (demonic) trait, is truely a nationalist.
Akarma dasyuh
‘He is a thief, who does not work.’
Kurvanneveha karma¤ni jijviecchatam samah. Evam tvayi nanyathetosti na karma lipyate nare.
Meaning: Aspire to live for a hundred years continuously working hard. This is the only and the greatest way of life. To work is our religion. Action is the ultimate truth of the world and life. This entire creation is the result of actions.
‘Karma¤nyevadhikaraste ma phaleu kadacana’
(S.B.G, 2.47)
Meaning: Work without the desires for results. Results are inevitable. Worship God through your actions.
3. Transparency
A person whose life is pure, impeccable and taintless, who proves his excellence in upholding personal, familial, professional and social propreity and is not given to double standards, is conscious of every moment to lead an irreproachable life; alone can be called to be transparent.
4. Foresight
One who rises above the urges and narrow-mindedness related to district, province, religion, racism and languages, and respects everyone, talks about the development of one’s own territory and respects all the Indian languages, as well as other religions too but considers national welfare as greatest is a man blessed with foresight. A person who spreads hatred and repulsion amongst people by whipping up the passions for sects, territories, and languages and sets the nation on fire by indulging in wicked politics just to fulfill his selfish ends can never be called far sighted. We must rise above our selfishness and stop petty politics and become far sighted, so that, the future generations are proud of us and remember us as their ideal and a national personality.
5. Humanism
Before being a Hindu, a Muslim, a Sikh, a Christian, a Buddhist or a Jain remember that we are human beings first. No matter, by which name we address Him, the Supreme Lord, our father, is one. God has sent us into this world in a human form. Hence, our first duty is to serve Lord Nryaa in the form of fellow human-beings. This, indeed, is human-religion. The seeds of love, compassion, affection, truth and non-violence abide in every heart. To ensure that our ethics and conduct do not pose any danger to humanity, is humanism.
He who belives in the loftiest human values and opinions is called a humanist.
6. Spirituality
One who considers the universal, scientific values, ideals and traditions as religion, but not a blind follower of religion is spiritual, who percieves the embodied form of God, in the existence of all inert and sentient living beings, is anxious to dedicate his entire life to serve the living and the world by alleviating their sorrows and miseries, spiritual. He, indeed, is a spiritualist, who having risen above all sorts of pettiness, compassion, love has for the whole mankind, and considers the entire world as his own family.
(Vasudhaiva kuumbakam-Panchtantra-5.38)
Spiritualism and nationalism are not mutually contradictory thoughts. Both thoughts are equally necessary for every country and its citizens to lead an independent and secure life.
We are citizens of a country according to its system and it is our national and moral responsibility to safeguard the freedom, unity, indivisibility and sovereignty of our country. At the same time from the perspective of universal brotherhood, world peace and social harmony, we all are the progeny of a single God. So, as the children of a single God, and His system of justice, we all are sisters-brothers. This is our understanding of spiritual philosophy and spiritualism.

(Extracted from the book: “Divine Transformation: Building Blocks for Enlightened Life, Ideal Nation and Peaceful World”. Author: Acharya Balkrishna).