It has been my pleasure to be associated with SCOLA in the making of Savoir Vivre. I take utmost pleasure in sharing India’s culture and philosophy of life with the world.
Indian culture is 5000 years old. The sages of India who were equivalent to modern day scientists did deep research on human life. India was once the wealthiest country in the world. India and China put together made for 70 percent of the worlds Gross Domestic Product. India was called a Golden sparrow. As Indians were wealthy and self sufficient, they channeled their energies in the fields of Fine Art, Sculpture, Music, Yoga, Medicine, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, dance forms, development of languages, study of human psychology and mind and much more.
SCOLA provider Jitendra, from India, shares with us his Indian culture and his thoughts on the importance of learning about one another:
Indian music and dance have great depth , rhythm and are soothing to the mind and soul. They have specific effects on the human brain waves depending on the type of mood needed. Indian Dance is also very rhythmic and has a deep meaning about life. The science of life called Yoga guides one to live without being touched by the negativeness of life and to pass through this life with getting mentally scarred.
Indian culture has proposed a thought which is relevant even today which believes in having “Vasudaiv Kutumbakam”–meaning, a universal family without discrimination and misunderstanding. India is rich with cultural diversity.
India has the oldest epics in the form of “Ramayan” and “Mahabharat”. Also the oldest guide to life which is relevant today in the form of “Bhagwad Gita”. India also has many more epic poems and literary works. Indians started studying Astronomy and Astrology thousands of years ago.
People were being surgically operated by sages of India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda is the system of medicine which is oldest and a very deep and fool proof system which takes into consideration the body as well as the mind which the modern day medicinal science has just begun to understand. Also going beyond that the System of Ayurveda takes in to consideration the energy of a person and combination of two factors called “kapha” and “pitta”.
In India there is a festival almost every day. The Indians saw divinity in everything and believe there is a Omnipresent and Omniscient power operating through all individuals and they celebrated the presence of it. They also devised ways and means and science of life to realize this divine power.
In India the “Mantra”, the science of sound vibrations, was developed thousands of years back. Another science developed in India is “Tantra.” “Tantra” is the combination of ‘Mantra” and “Yantra”, the science of form. It is believed that there are unlimited possibilities to harness the power of the universe and to control and manipulate it using “Tantra”.
Indians knew about the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious mind through Yoga, which the modern day psychology has just begun to understand.
“Sanskrit”, a language of India is called the mother of all languages. Today it has been proven a fool proof language available to design any software. There are hundreds of languages in India and thousands of dialects. In spite of such a diversity, India is a vibrant democracy and is one of the largest democracy of the world.
I currently send pictures and videos of life in India, including Indian festivals. For example in the month of August the festival of “Raksha Bandhan” was celebrated which entails a sister tying a silken thread around the wrist of her brother as a token of affection and sisterly love and in exchange the brother vows to protect and support his sister against all odds. A festival of “Narali Poornima” was also celebrated in the month of August where the Indians acknowledge the might of Oceans and Seas and pay their obedience and respect to them and seek their blessings and make offerings in the form of flowers and coconuts to the sea and ocean and rivers. The things which have been narrated in Indian mythology has a deeper meaning in life and also has a scientific meaning which has been told in a coded form.
I take pleasure and feel that all these treasures of India should be shared with the rest of the world. I also feel that one grows by learning about different cultures of the world and brings all the people closer like a universal family and does away with any misunderstandings which may exist. It is very important for international peace and understanding and I congratulate SCOLA for doing such nice work.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share all these things with SCOLA and, through SCOLA, with the people of the world.