Bharat - An Eternal Celebration of Knowledge (Part 1)

Bharat - An Eternal Celebration of Knowledge (Part 1)

न चोरहार्यं न च राजहार्यं न भ्रातृभाज्यं न च भारकारि।
व्यये कृते वर्धते एव नित्यं विद्याधनं सर्वधनप्रधानम्॥
It Cannot Be Stolen By Thieves, Nor Can It Be Taken Away By Kings. It Cannot Be Divided Among Brothers. It Does Not Have A Weight. If Spent Regularly, It Always Keeps Growing. The Wealth Of Knowledge Is Most Superior Wealth Of All .

Veda Bhoomi (the land of knowledge), this was the name given to ancient Bharat which was established 16.500 years ago as a unified civilization and later thrived on the basis of shruthi, smruthi, puranam, itihasam, aagamam and siddhantam. 

  • Shruthi which consists of vedas analysed the entire anatomy of the cosmos and fundamentals of human existence. 

The concept of knowledge in modern times only aims for singular aspect-based development for an individual which can be seen in western philosophies and theology but in Bharat, the concept of knowledge is so wide that one can only imagine. 

  • Apara vidya, as it is known, knowledge refers to anything which enriches oneself and helps in upliftment, not just the individual but also the larger society along with the entire cosmic process to maintain a healthy ecosystem without which human life isn't possible.
  • Chronologically seen, Bharat has enunciated knowledge from thousands of years and such knowledge which is yet to be tapped into and we hardly know the dimensions of the kind of knowledge once preached by not just the guru shishya parampara but through the cultural-ecological heritage guiding the sustainable development. 
  • From the architecture of temples and homes to understanding of complex economic systems by Arthchintaks, Bharat had it all. 

Today when the world stands fragile and devastated, there is a need to look back at what the greatest of all civilization once had and still has to promise a future for eternity. From problems of rising suicides to the failed role of societies and to the failed role of the global community to guide a path for sustainable development, there is a vacuum for the vishwaguru which enables an everyday life interwoven with culture and ecology that the individual can do nothing but be happy. 

  • Centuries ago, we understood that a child learns a lot from the womb of his/her mother and so the story of Abhimanyu (arjuna’s son in mahabharata) has a lesson embedded in our culture. Thus, There goes a belief that pre-birth care of child and mother will solve the majority of the global issues since it strengthens an individual, is gender-neutral and paves the way for holistic development of not just community but also the society as a whole, thus the fundamentals of sustainable development. 
  • Community-based nourishment of a child and the education system was so holistic that every individual will either be self-employed or will have some or the other skills to comfortably live in the society. As highlighted by megasthenes’s indica that there was no sort of crime or unhappy individuals and that Bharat was flourishing as a whole. 
  • Bharat’s responsible globalisation shows proof of other flourishing kingdoms of the world highly influenced by cultural heritage. This phase of responsible globalization was carried out by the well organised navigation system. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word 'NAVGATIH'. 
  • The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou', thus inferring that the movement of the goods and people were enabled by the bhartiyas. 
  • The traditional knowledge along with human evolution still is found in parts of India. For instance, the tribes of onge and jarawa suffered no casualties despite being close to the epicentre of one of the most devastating earthquakes in 2004 mostly because their ancestors had stories on how to cope with natural disasters near the ocean since they had been living there for 30,000 years. 

As humans evolved and civilizations popped up, there of course was a state of confusion in mankind as to how would one develop a just society and thus came the role of intellectuals and academia from India who gave the world what was required to solve every kind of problem and not only that but achieve salvation through knowledge. Evidence, facts, manuscripts, etc dug through history describes the unending understanding of the holistic view of life through muni Kanad, Charak, Sushruta, Aryabhatta, Patanjali, Panini, Thiruvalluvar and indefinite other such personalities from Bharat webbed not just Bharat but the entire world in one cultural identity devoid of social ills like racism but also allowing the individual at the same time to grow as they wish and attain salvation in their own way. 

These personalities not only focused on holistic view but also explained quite specifically about particular areas like kanad on atomic theory and psychology of human mind while linking science with environment and charak gave detailed description of ayurvedic medicines and curative healing in sync with the ecology while patanjali focused on yoga as a preventive healthcare not just for physical development but overall development of humans, same goes with the father of surgery sushruta, this proves one fact that though all of them focused on attaining knowledge about a specific area but a definite inference is that without a holistic view none could be fulfilled. 

Similarly the ancient art of Bharat seen in sculptures, monuments, temples, relics not just in the Indian subcontinent but extending over to other continents too still guides institutions across the world. More importantly, this art reflects the thought and view which sees great harmony in the whole of creation and encourages us to see beyond our senses by attaining vidya.