“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – my one family

Almost every religion and faith originated from the lands of India has one thing in common which is reincarnation or rebirth. Body and soul are considered as two distinct objects and have two different individual identities. Soul is like a special energy that cannot be created or destroyed. When the body is no longer suitable to carry the soul, the later departs in search of a new possibility. The soul may seek refuge in any new body seeking an occupant. A soul has no religion, no caste or creed. A soul is neither rich nor poor. It carries experiences and knowledge from previous birth to new. A rich man’s soul in next life can get a body in poor family and vice versa. His new family could be the one he hated most during his current life. It could be a body that belongs to the most deprived section of the society.

It is not a surprise that Hindu faith promotes concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, which loosely translates to “the entire world is one single family”.  As per this philosophy of life and death, one spends his life with different sets of people in different lives. One gets new family, such as parents, kids, siblings, etc. with each birth. These relationships renew every time the soul takes a new body. This simple concept is enough to understand that a human should treat every single soul as family.

Accordingly to these faiths, we are all living lives together to achieve a single greater goal of attaining “Moksha”. We are all in this together, and we all need help from each other. No one soul is superior to others. There is no special category or reservation when it comes to attaining Moksha. If society deliberately keeps a section of it suppressed and deprived, it is not doing any good for anyone. As a human being, one should make sure that every place, every family on this planet is worthy of his next birth. This is only possible when we accept everyone as equal. We stop dividing people on the lines of caste, creed, color, economic status, etc. Society (not just government) should work towards upliftment of everyone. Food, water, shelter, health care, and other basic resources should be easily available to every living being. Believer in this philosophy should also treat animals with similar respect as well. They are also integral part of the world family.

When a person knows that his next birth or of his parents and kids could be in anywhere, he should make sure that every house and place is prosperous. One can accept the brutality of the world as is, or can work towards making the world a better place for the current as well as future generations. As someone said, “If you change nothing, nothing will change”.

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