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Sunday, July 10, 2011

selfishness

यो नात्मना न परेण च बन्धुवर्गे।
दीने दयां न कुरुते न च भृत्यवर्गे।
किं तस्य जीवितफलं हि मनुष्यलोके
काकोऽपि जीवति चिराय बलिम् च भुङ्क्ते॥२५॥
विष्णुशर्मणः पञ्चतन्त्राद्
yo nātmanā na pareṇa ca bandhuvarge|
dīnee dayāṁ na kurute na ca bhṛtyavarge|
kiṁ tasya jīvitaphalaṁ hi manuṣyaloke
kāko'pi jīvati cirāya balim ca bhuṅkte||25||
viṣṇuśarmaṇaḥ pañcatantrād

yo naatmanaa na pareNa cha bandhuvarge.
diinee dayaaM na kurute na cha bhR^ityavarge.
kiM tasya jiivitaphalaM hi manuSyaloke
kaako.api jiivati chiraaya balim cha bhu~Nkte..25..
viSNusharmaNaH pa~nchatantraad

This is a fundamental question raised about the very purpose of our existence as  social creatures.  Even a crow is living by surviving on the morsels of cooked grains left as pinda for the manes and also by eating up all the waste materials it could find. Many scavenger beasts also eke out such livelihood.
If a person is having the wherewithal but fails to render any help directly or through others to  his less fortunate kin as well as to  his faithful servants, then what is the the purpose or meaning  of his life as a whole?  Even crows just live by eating waste and in what way is the selfish fellow better?
The fundamental principle of division of one's earning as per the Indian traditions was  to have 
one sixth for the earner,
 one sixth for Gods, 
one sixth as tax for the king, 
one sixth for the preceptors,
 one sixth for the departed  forefathers
 and one sixth for the society by way of dhana and dharma. 
 The proportion may vary according to some authorities but the earner was allowed to keep only one sixth of the wealth.
  But in reality, society was a scrooges' galore and everyone  just hoarded whatever he could come by rightly or wrongly. 
The birth of all economic reforms were aimed at breaking this laissez-faire   attitude.  
 Socialism, communism , Gandhism, all emanated as a protest against hoarding. 

But basically we are selfish..our motto is   it is me, my wife and a goldsmith 
(to design latest ornament)--
--let everyone else starve, die and go to hell.
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