MISSING IN THE OCEAN OF IDENTIFICATION

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FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIETY, WE MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND THE INDIVIDUAL.MAHAVIRA SAID, "HE WHO KNOWS ONE,KNOWS ALL; AND HE WHO KNOWS ALL,ALONE KNOWS ONE".COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ATOM IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING IT IN THE CONTEXT OF OTHER THINGS.THAT IS WHY, WHEN ANALYZING AN ATOM, ONE COMES TO KNOW THE COUNTLESS LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE.
THE INDIVIDUAL FACES THREE KINDS OF PROBLEMS: PHYSICAL, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL.TO CATER TO ONE'S PHYSICAL NEEDS, ECONOMIC POWER IS REQUIRED. TO REGULATE THESE MATTERS ---OF COMMERCE, TRADE, MONEY AND DISTRIBUTION---THE STATE IS REQUIRED.ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY RUN BY THE STATE BECOMES NECESSARY WHEN THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE HAVE TO BE TAKEN CARES OF.HENCE MULTIPLE IDENTITIES EVOLVE OUT OF VARIOUS FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. HOWEVER, POWER CENTERS CREATED FOR SOLVING INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS HAVE OFTEN THEMSELVE3S TURNED INTO PROBLEMS.
HERE IS A STORY.THERE WAS A MOUSE WHO PERFORMS PENANCE TO GET A BOON FROM LORD SHIVA AND THE MOUSE TURNED INTO A CAT.AS A CAT,THE MOUSE NO LONGER FEARED OTHER CATS BUT THE FEAR OF DOGS STILL CONTINUED.THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE OF PENANCE HE KEPT CHANGING FROM CAT TO DOG TO LEOPARD TO TIGER AND FINALLY TO MAN.ONE DAY SHIVA ASKED HIM, ARE YOU NOW FREE FROM ALL FEARS? HE REPLIED, BY BECOMING MAN MY PROBLEMS ARE NOT OVER, FOR I AM SUFFERING FROM FEAR OF DEATH.I MAY, THEREFORE, BE FAVORED AND TURNED INTO A MOUSE AGAIN.LORD SHIVA ONCE AGAIN BLESSED HIM AND HE RETURNED TO THE ORIGINAL FORM OF MOUSE.
MONEY WAS INVENTED TO ENABLE US TO SHARE GOODS AND SERVICES IN AN EQUITABLE MANNER.TODAY, HOWEVER, IT POSES MAJOR PROBLEMS.THERE IS THE RICH-POOR DIVIDE.FROM BEING CREATED AS A MEANS TO FULFILL NEEDS,MONEY HAS COME TO BE FLAU8NTED AS A STATUS SYMBOL.MONEY, BECAUSE OF ITS PURCHASING POWER, IS MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER COMMODITY. ITS SCARCITY AMONG SOME GIVES RISE TO THEFT AND CORRUPTION.ENFORCING LAW AND ORDER IS ALSO THEREFORE A DUTY OF THE STATE.
TRUE RELIGION STANDS FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF UNITY AND HARMONY.THERE ARE SOME WHO SAY THAT RELIGION HAS FAILED TO SOLVE HUMAN PROBLEMS.BUT THAT IS BECAUSE RELIGION IS BEING USED TO ACCUMULATE WEALTH,CURE DISEASE AND WIN LEGAL SUITS.MORE IMPORTANCE IS BEING GIVEN TO NAME AND FORM. RELIGION IS NOT MEANT FOR THESES THINGS; IT IS MEANT TO ELEVATE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE SPIRITUAL PLANE.
SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS WARS WERE CAUSED NOT BY RELIGION BUT BY ITS FORM AND NAME.THE SOUL OF RELIGION IS UNITY.NO WAR CAN BE FOUGHT WITHOUT DESTROYING THE SPIRIT OF RELIGION.VEDANTA PROPOUNDS PRINCIPLE THAT ALL SENTIENT BEINGS ORIGINATE FROM THE SAME SOURCE.PHILOSOPHY ALSO ASSERTS THAT ALL SENTIENT BEINGS ARE ALIKE.COULD HUMAN BEINGS HAVE FOUGHT EACH OTHER, IF PEOPLE HAD PRACTICED THE ABOVE FEELING OF UNITY AND HARMONY? COULD ONE INDIVIDUAL HAVE EXPLOITED ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL? COULD ONE MAN HAVE HATED ANOTHER?
FEELING UNITY AND HARMONY WITH EVERYONE IS THE SPIRIT OF RELIGION.THE GREATER THE IDENTITY ONE FEELS WITH OTHERS, THE MORE THE RELIGIOSITY ONE IMBIBES.THINKING ALONG THESE LINES CONVINCES THE PERSONS THAT WE HAVE MERELY TOUCHED THE VENEER OF RELIGION BUT HAVE NEVER FELT ITS INNER CORE.WHAT WE HAVE SEEN ARE THE OUTER GARMENTS.