{hinduloka} $title={Table of Content} The Vedas Teach Humans to Live in Harmony

There are countless verses in the Vedas that speak of social harmony and international understanding, coexistence of nations, peace and unity, happiness and brotherhood. And the prayer of peace chanted by Hindu priests and Gurus in their daily prayers is a common thing for all of us.
Harmony in Relationships are not static, they are just dynamic and they cannot develop on their own. They require constant investment and energy from us guided by Vedic wisdom and Raja Yoga practice in our lives. The Vedic wisdom announces ways to nurture and strengthen our most important relationships.

The world today is very torn and troubled with conflicts and tensions everywhere. It is because of economic inequality, terrible poverty, hunger, disease, economic recession, violence by terrorists, religious fanaticism, greed for possessions and many other evils in society in various ways.
We are sitting on dynamite and the circumstances are threatening the very existence of all humanity. A person may have a lot of wealth, but his mind and heart feel emptiness. In short I can say that there are two main problems: Hunger and Anger. The only solution is the Vedic way of life.

There is no doubt, that there is a consensus about the antiquity of this philosophy, (at least 3000 BC) and therefore, this philosophy can be described in ordinary human language as the "Mother of All Religions" the famous adjective phrase used by Swami Vivekananda, at the Congress of World Religions held in Chicago in 1893.

This philosophy only proclaims the revealed “truth” and does not advocate preaching these “shoulds” and “shouldn'ts”. It only provides guidelines and does not establish rules of conduct that seek to bind anyone, it cannot be seen as "religion" in the strictest sense of the word.

The word “ Dharma ” is usually mistranslated as “ religion ”. It literally just means "unique holding principle" or "organizing principle." Dharma or ethics and the supreme and enduring "holding principles" or "organizing principles" for individuals and society emerged from Vedantic Philosophy. It contemplates harmonious and interrelated relationships to live in Peace.

Vedic philosophy recognizes the profound truth that all human beings are divine and therefore equal. All human beings are capable of being compassionate like the “Infinite Compassion” inherent in Brahman

Therefore, it is natural for this philosophy to see Ahimsa or “Non-violence” as an essential attitude for humans to remain in harmony with the Universe. This philosophy gave the world's greatest proponents of Ahimsa or Nonviolence such as Gautama Buddha in the sixth century BC and many Tirthankara or Jain masters.other before that. In the last century, it also gave us Mahatma Gandhi.

Their philosophy instills the attitude of Dharmasahishnuta, a Sanskrit word meaning “respect and tolerance for the religions, beliefs and beliefs of others.” This is a very ancient Hindu value and continues to be upheld. Vedantic

philosophy allows every human being to find his own truth at his own pace. He recognized that the same or similar truths may be voiced by different knowledgeable sages or wise prophets in many different ways. This idea is illustrated in other ancient Vedantics such as the Mahavakya or the aphorism in Sanskrit, Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti, literally means One Truth (spiritual) expressed by the Sages in many ways. 

Vedantic philosophy is also described as Advaita Philosophy, meaning philosophy of "non-duality or Unity". We are all One ( Ishavasyam idam sarvam).
Let all attain happiness, let all attain peace, let all experience goodness, let no one suffer pain (Sarve sukhinah santu, sarve santu niramayah, sarve bhadrani pashyantu, na kashchit duhkham apnuyat)
Let's live as if the entire family of the inhabitants of the earth is just one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).

If there is a significant unifying thought which gives spiritual dignity to human beings as mere human beings, without insisting on imposing any religion on human beings, it is Vedic Philosophy that grants such dignity to human beings.
There is no higher achievement for any religion than to make its best contribution to achieving and maintaining world peace and harmony.
The greatest beauty of the Vedic Texts and Scriptures is that they belong to all mankind regardless of caste, creed, color and country. This Divine Knowledge is universal, as it has been stated in Yajurveda 11.5 and 26.2 “ Listen to you, all children for the good and welfare of all; Immortal Divine ”-- this is the most auspicious Vedic Wisdom.

Let's see what Atharva Veda 12.1.12 has to say about harmony, happiness and peace:
Maata bhumi putro aham prithivya
This Mother Earth is our common Mother and we are all sons and daughters of this Mother.
Therefore, there is unity among all the innumerable souls that inhabit different physical bodies.

Unity of existence

The Supreme Lord, the Creator of this Universe is one. We are all born under the same sky, breathing the same air, drinking the same water that God has given us, which rains on the Earth and the mountains (valleys), flows through rivers to the sea while quenching the thirst of all. We enjoy a wide variety of food, vegetables and fruits provided by (awarded to us by) Mother Earth while satisfying the hunger of the rich and the poor.

The sun gives light and heat in equal proportions to the King and the Poor. According to the Vedic philosophy, everyone has the right to share the gifts and blessings of Mother Earth equally.

Ask yourself with a really cold mind: Aren't we brothers, sisters and children of the same ancestor?  Almighty God? There is a prayer in Rig Veda 8.98 .11:
Tvam hi nah pita vaso tvam maataa
Shatkrato babhuvith. Adha te sumnamim ahe
Ya Tuhan! You are our Father and Mother, You are the only refuge for all, because You are the bestowal of everything for our survival. We bow our heads to seek Your blessing.

Feel the unity

If we want to have peace and prosperity on Earth, in any direction we turn our eyes, seeing everyone as our friend. It says in Atharva Veda 19.15. :
Vishva ashaa mam mitram bhavantu
Blessed are the eyes that cast a loving gaze on others.
The Vedas teach us that all are our friends, none of our enemies. In the Mahanarayana Upanishad it is said:
Daanena dvishanto mitraa bahavanti.
Yajnena dvishanto mitraa bhavanti.
People get rid of with their gifts that are envious and vicious towards them.
At the expense of those who are hostile become friendly.
Love begets love and hate begets poison and contempt, as Yajur Veda 36.18 says:
Mitrasyaaham chkhshushaa sarvani, Bhutani samikshe
Mitrasya chakhshusha samikhsha mahe.

The Problem of Terror and Riot

In the first section above, it was briefly emphasized what the Vedas ordained about the unity of man and what enables us to investigate the issue of peace on Earth today.
Every one of us is fully aware of the fact that today's world is being destroyed with unrest, fear and total terrorism. There is chaos and conflict and these problems are increasing day by day. At first let's analyze the root cause before we find a lasting solution to this threat.

Psychological Causes

Since the creation of the world and the birth of man on Earth, there has been a struggle for ownership, position and power. People are selfish and greedy by nature. Anyone who hinders the achievement of his cherished desire becomes his enemy and one who helps, is considered a friend. This primary instinct is present in every individual, family, community and nation, everywhere this same instinct is at work producing two kinds of emotions: Love and Hatred.

Economic Supremacy

With the advancement of science and technology, humans have reached outer space. They are armed with war and mass destruction techniques. They use these resources to gain power, instead of using these for human well-being. Energy is spent in warfare rather than welfare.
The strong and the rich destroy the weak and the poor. They may help the poor and the less needy and do so in their own self-interest. Thus, there is always conflict, chaos and fear to gain economic power.

Religious Supremacy

Some religious communities believe in mass religious conversion to gain political power. For this they create constant terror with aggressive actions. This has caused chaos all over the world.

Political Supremacy

Some religions have nothing to do with spreading a sense of spirituality and humanity. There the main motive is to gain ownership of resources, become richer, seize the economy and then political power. So the cure is not in a capitalistic country. The two systems are two extremes and incomplete. Peace on earth will prevail if the Vedic Social System is taken care of.

Vedic solutions

The social system and Vedic philosophy are the proven answers to all problems of anxiety, fear of war in the economic, religious and political spheres. Even to overcome problems that arise psychologically have to do with animal instincts and all the evil emotions and tendencies that result from them.

As we saw earlier, we must be kind in our view of all mankind. Yajurveda chapter 40.6 says:
Yastu sarvaani bhutaani, Atmanyevaanu pashyati
Sarvabhuteshu cha aatmaanam tato nab vichikitsati
A person who sees all beings as if they were himself and sees himself in others, his mind then rests in serenity without any suspicion to disturb him and stop hating anyone.
This sense of separation gives rise to many selfish desires and exploitation of others. And the 7th verse of Yajur Veda 40.7 says:

Yasmin sarvaani bhutaani atmaivaabhut vijaantah
Tatra ko mohah kah shoka ektvam anupashyatah
There will be no sorrow for the sage who realizes the unity of all existence in viewing all beings as himself.

It brings feelings of universal love and compassion towards other beings, blessings and peace within oneself. In the Gita chapter 5, verse 18 says: The sages equate Brahmins and learned and humble animals because these all have a vision of God in them.

Panditaah samadarshinah Be Attentive and Generous
in Your Views

Being selfish and narrow-minded are qualities of a selfish and prejudiced person, but people who are generous and generous to them the whole world is their family. In Gita 6.29 it says:

Ekshyate yogyuktaatmaa sarvatra samadarshanah
A yogi whose mind is steeped in yoga, looking at all with equal and friendly eyes, seeing his presence in all beings.

It is a Vedic philosophy to see the same divinity in all. Such a vision can only bring peace and harmony to Mother Earth. In Atharva Veda 19.5.1 we get:
Ayutoaham aatma ayutam me chakshu ayutam me shrotram
Ayuto me ayutom pranah ayuto vyanah ayuto aham sarvah
I am not in one but I am in millions. I have millions of eyes, ears, and lives. They are me and I am They.

This sense of unity produces love, peace and feelings of virtue.

Enjoy material wealth

The Vedas advise us that all material wealth on Earth belongs to all, as Ath.Veda.12.1.60 says:
Bhujishyam paatram ni Hitam guha
yadaavibhoge abhvanmatrimadhbhya
All edible things must be obtained from Mother Earth,
that fulfills our desires and for all to enjoy.

But how to enjoy this wealth that belongs to God, the first Verse of Yajurveda chapter 40 ordains:

Ishaavaasyamidam sarvam yatkinch jagatyaanjagat
Tena tyaktena bhunjithah, ma gridha-kasya svid dhanam The
whole universe is filled with the spirit of God.
Regardless, there is a change in this mortal world which is enveloped by God Almighty.

So live with a sense of rejection. Don't covet someone's wealth.
In Rgveda 10.117.6 it has been said, those who cook only for themselves and eat are essentially sinful. Taitiriya Upnishad 1.1 says:

Sahnaavavatu sahnoubhunaktu, sah viryam karvaavahai
Tejasvinavaadhit mastu maa vidvishaavahai.
Let's defend ourselves together, eat and live together, increase our efficiency and ability together.

Educate and develop our resources together. Let's not hate anyone. Again let us remember Atharva Veda 3.30.6:

Samaani prapaa sahv oannabhaagah samaane yoktre sahvoyunajmi
Samyanchaagnimsaparyataraa nabhimivaabhitah
You must drink together, eat together, as if joined in the same yoke. Just as the turning fingers stay on the same axis, you too should feel yourself fixed in social life.

Let's look at the Rig Veda philosophy , of concordance and unity. The first and foremost thing to note in the Vedas is that no one in society is higher or lower.

Ajyeshthaaso aknishthaas aite, Sam bhratrou vaavridhu soubhagaaya
Nothing is superior or inferior, high or low. Everything is the same. They must progress and develop, practicing the eternal and universal rules of life.
Rig Veda 5.60.5
Samaano mantrah samitih samaani, Samaanam manah saha chittmeshaam
Samaanam mantramabhi mantraye vah, Samaanena vo havisha juhomi
Rig Veda10.191.3
samaani va aakutih samaanaa hridlyaani vah
samaanamastu vo mano yathaa vah su sahaasti
Rig Veda 10.191.4

God Almighty ordains: Let your thoughts be the same, Let your thoughts be one, Let your resolutions be the same, Let your commonality of thoughts bring about the highest degree of cooperation. So they all reach the same goal and have peace and prosperity.

Vedic Dharma Principles

The Dharma Veda commands are Yamah - Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Bhramacharya, Aparigraha (Non -violence , honesty, abstinence from coveting the property of others, abstinence (abstinence) from sensory and possessive gratification) Niyamah - Shauch, Santosh, Tapah, Svadhaya, Ishvara, Pranidhana (Purification, Satisfaction, Devotion, Continuing scripture study and full submission to God.).

Dharitih kshama damoasteyam shaucham indiamigrahah
Dhirvidya-satyamakrodho dasakam
-- Manu 6-92 --

The ten characteristics of people who uphold the Dharma are: Patience, Forgiveness, Subjugation of the Senses, Nurturing of Chastity, Sensual Discipline, Acquiring Knowledge and Wisdom, Abstinence from stealing, honesty and emotional and sensual discipline.

If all human beings follow the precepts of this Vedic Dharma there will surely be complete peace and harmony in the world. All that sustains the life of all beings on Earth is Dharma. The essence of Dharma is Humanity.

International Co-Existence

Thus the struggle for world peace, fraternity, international co-existence and an emphasis on territorial integrity and sovereignty is the calling of modern times.
Our heritage and culture are the witnesses that Vedic seers have always spoken of: "Let the Whole World be one".

They must absorb the qualities of humanity, kindness, peaceful coexistence, brotherhood and friendship. The Vedic doctrines have universal appeal. They are for everyone and for all time.

We actually live life by double standards. What we preach we do not practice. Unrighteousness, lawlessness, selfishness, luxurious life, denial of the power of God Almighty, violence and use of destructive weapons to achieve more economic and political power; has become the order of the day. In fact we are not serious about the issue of achieving lasting peace.

Atharvaveda 12.11extraordinary solutions to maintain peace on Earth. It said, “The forces that can strengthen and bring about lasting solutions are truth, irrevocable laws, vows to serve mankind, living a harsh life, belief in Divine power and selflessness to the extent of sacrificing our interests for the welfare of others. We have to live according to the basic guidelines as advocated in the Vedic philosophy and peace in the world will surely prevail.

Om dyou shanti, antricksham shanti; prithvi shanti; what shanti; aushadhaya shanti; vanaspathaya shanti; brahama shanti sarvam shanti; shantireva shanti; shanti sama shantiredhi
May the sky be peaceful; May the atmosphere be peaceful; May the Earth be at peace; May the waters be peaceful; May the medicinal plants be at peace; May all plants be at peace; May all the gods be at peace; May the creator of the Universe be at peace; May all peace.
Yajur Veda 36.17

Let us live according to the teachings of the Vedas, never violate and oppose them in our practical life. May God bless us all with Peace, Prosperity, and Harmony.