KVE301/KVE401 Universal Human Values and Professional Ethics

Chapter 12: Providing the basis for Universal Human Values and Ethical Human Conduct

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Appendix

Identification of Swatva leading to Swatantrata and Svarajya

We are exploring our Swatva and in the process of self-verification and living accordingly, we are attaining Swatantrata and Swarajya. Having discussed the content of right understanding, we can see how we explored our Swatva (our natural acceptance) at different levels of our living and how the dialogue that started in us helped us getting rid of our preconceived notions, our dilemmas, contradictions, and compulsions, either external or internal. Having explored our Swatva, we are able to live accordingly and this way, we become Swatantra. The more, we attain this self-organized state, we are able to live in harmony with others and also we are able to help others attain this state. This leads to our participation in Swarajya. It is a natural process. It leads by itself, without any external force.

From here we get an important message: the effort towards ensuring orderliness in the society is possible and is sustained by ensuring orderliness in ourselves. Every mechanism to bring order in society needs to be based on this. This is an important implication of right understanding when we go to make policies for nations and the world.

Development of Human Consciousness

Having gone through self-exploration, we can see how it helps us to initiate the development process of our consciousness. Accordingly, it affects a change in one’s goals, priorities and selection criteria. In animal consciousness, we give all the weightage to physical facilities, to the maximization of sensory pleasures, to accumulation of wealth. Our criteria of evolution are primarily body-centric, targeted towards maximization of comforts and sensory pleasures. As indicated earlier, this propensity proves to be a misery trap for human beings causing multifarious problems within us as well as in the outside world as we are experiencing nowadays. As we transform to the human consciousness, we are able to base our thoughts and activities on right understanding, give the relationship a higher priority than physical facilities, identifying our physical needs, and ensure it through Avartansheel production, enriching the rest of nature as well.

Implication of value based living

Value-based living means to live on the basis of values. Why should we have a value-based living because it gives us the following benefits:

1. At the level of the Individual

At the level of the individual happiness, peace, contentment, and bliss in the self, perseverance, bravery, and generosity in the living of the individual. This value-based living of the individual would reduce the feeling of financial insecurity which is caused by ill health.

2. At the level of the Family

At the level of the family mutual fulfillment in relationships, prosperity in the family, sustenance of joint families, family as the building block of societal order in place of law enforcing bodies, respect for all without differentiation on the basis of age, gender, caste, race, money, post, creed, etc.

3. At the level of the Society

At the level of the society when we start giving higher priority to relationships over physical facilities the society becomes fearless, holistic systems for education, health, justice, production, exchange and storage, harmony between nations, the world growing as a family.

4. At the level of Nature

At the level of nature co-existence of all units in nature, earth getting more and more suited for the sustenance of all entities on the globe, balance of seasons, proper development. This will help to reduce the problems like pollution, overexploitation of resources, etc.

Summarized by – Dr. Niyati Garg

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