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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The World Is My Family

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Teach All Humanity the Right to Civil Society

"Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" means "the world is one household." This is an old and esoteric Indian philosophical belief that basically asserts that the world is one family, which has its own mission for the survival and further progress of the species.

Basically, it teaches that the world is governed by forces that are known as the "kshatas." These forces (kshatas) actually manifest themselves in diverse manners depending on the individuals belonging to the same household or group. Basically, the kshaatas are not separate entities but exist in unity in the form of a "root."

Foundation of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

The essence of this belief is that there are various levels of societies and families existing within the vast ocean of universal reality. These levels are known as the "kshams" or "totems" of which humans are the representatives of the current level of the khams.

The Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, therefore, purports to bring about a new approach to the study of the psyche and the human being as a whole by bringing forth the "kshams" or the various representative aspects of the khams to be studied and understood within the modern human being.

Basically, this new approach brings forth the belief that all human beings share the same basic essence or soul or mind and that they are all equally capable of evolving in the spiritual plane or environment of universal consciousness.

Oneness of the Universe or the Absolute

The basic idea behind the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam philosophy is the elevation of the human being to the status of a global citizen by removing the artificiality or separation created between the human being and God.

This new approach, trusted by many scholars, is not merely an offshoot of the Hindu religion but is in fact the first religion founded upon the concept of the Oneness of the Universe or the Absolute.

One of the most significant characteristics of this Hindu faith is that it regards itself as the ultimate path, the only path to attain salvation and elevate the individual to a position of honor and dignity among the other created beings. It is considered beyond doubt that the Universal spirit (atman) is one with the Supreme mind of the individual that is the soul or spirit of the universe.

Diametrically Opposed to Materialism

Most people have accepted the existence of Universal intelligence that is omnipresent and co-existing with us even in this present lifetime. Many scientists have also accepted the fact that the soul or spirit exists in multiple dimensions besides our material world.

Even the so-called theistic pantheists accept the oneness of the entire cosmos in the sense that everything is one. This concept is diametrically opposed to materialism, where everything is considered separate and distinct from each other and viewed as something existing separate from the entire bulk of the existing universe.

This is the reason why Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has been regarded as a source of constant meditation for thousands of years.

The Establishment of a Single Family

The primary goal of this ancient Indian philosophical tradition is the establishment of a single-family, universal, nondual, and immortal reality existing independently of the world's religions, which were created to maintain the hierarchy and control the forces of nature.

In the beginning, the pantheists were rejected by the Brahmaic deities that claimed pre-eminence over all others. However, with the advent of logical reasoning, progress toward self-realization eventually became possible and eventually led to the separation of the Absolute from the relative Absolute.

The Brahmaic deities are still revered and honored by the followers of the philosophy emanating from a spiritual understanding of life and the universe.

Golden Rule: All Men Are One

The basis of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam's teachings is the establishment of a one-world system of values that are designed for the benefit of all humans as a whole irrespective of race, nation, or religion.

It advocates the application of the Golden Rule, which is the universal declaration, "All men are one," irrespective of differences in sex, caste, and skin color. It advocates the reduction of disparity in education, wealth, and social status. The basic aim is to create a world that is free from wars, violence, and other ethically wrong acts, to ensure the survival of all living organisms.

One-World Human Rights

The aim of the present-day human rights movement in India is to build an inclusive and multidimensional social order that is based on the principles of the universal declaration of rights, including the protection of all human beings.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam believes that the basic function of government should be the provision of equal access to all human resources regardless of their religion, tribe, state, race, and the like. They also advocate the establishment of a universal declaration of social, economic, and environmental rights, which includes the right to participate in community development programs and to manage natural resources sustainably.

All these rights must be interpreted and applied in the context of international law. This is where Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam believes that the concept of one-world human rights is a myth and it is important to dismantle the myths by building a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-economic society.

Education Is the Way

In order to ensure sustainable societies, we need to ensure that our education systems teach all children—no matter what their religion, culture, race, or disability—the fundamental principles of life. Those fundamental principles are the preconditions for all other policies and laws that will be implemented on our behalf in the future.

That is why Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam advocates the teaching of global citizenship education in India.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Surajit Roy