Are we lost on virtues?
Make an honest reflection on our
thoughts, words and actions... to modulate them for a better self... and making
of a better society and strengthening bond of humanity.
By: Himanshu K. Gandhi
Places of faith,
be it a temple, or a monastery, or a mosque, or a church, or a gurudwara, or an
agiary, or an institution whose raison d'être is faith, are all supposedly
built to espouse virtues and further core tenets embodied in their own faiths. But,
do they really? Take for instance, one central and core tenet of each and every
faith; that of truth. The source of funds for donations to build or maintain
the place of worship or faith based institution, donated under the guise of
pursuit of one’s faith, is never questioned.
In fact, it is
widely believed and accepted norm that disproportionably large amount of those
funds are earned through some form of deceit; unaccounted or black money, or
evasion of taxes, or income from a business that has gained from deceit in
their operations or aided by corrupt practices of others. In effect, prima
facie foundation of these places of faith is hollow in virtues and the critical
blood sustaining the operations is primarily corrupted. For a follower of
Jainism questions become starker on additional counts of deceit; are the
sources of funds engaged in, or benefit from, operations or services that
involve killing of animals, or sensuous titillations?
care and conscientious efforts are undertaken to support and strengthen the
virtues espoused in ones faith, the whole edifice is just a façade of brick and
wood that will crumble and decay. While we generally take great care
that the food that is served, in these places of faith, is saattvik or halal or
kosher, should we not even bother to care that sources of funds, that run the
place, survive the same test? While it may not be possible to eradicate deceit from sources
of funds, can we at least make an honest and sincere effort? There is no
deficit of greater import then that of virtues, and no pandemic of greater
threat to human kind then that of deceit. Thread of virtues ties humanity
together and to make our bonds stronger we have to rope in stronger virtues.
truth starts here, now… with a warm invite to all those who have distanced
themselves from deceit, or have taken unto themselves a solemn pledge to displace
deceit out of their being. Truthfulness is a single domino. Once it falls into
place, all other dominoes of righteous conduct follow through in synchronicity.
We all may have, or have had, some "ignorance",
"excuse", "limitation" or "circumstance beyond our
control" to fall into deceit, or not mount enough resistance to it. Can we
all join hands to call deceit out from within us or without, and make a real
effort to remain away from artifice and deceit?
Any and every
humble effort of ours towards self reform will energize those within our circle
of influence to do the same. Each one of us supports the other. For our own
good and for the common good, let us come together, to help humanity stave off
the scourge and pandemic of deceit. When we take on a solemn pledge we
move to actualize the notion. Kindly join the campaign for truth in self by
following the link below and click on "Pledge. And, when you have done so,
kindly enjoin everyone in your circle of influence to do the same.
Let us all do our bit.
About the author: Himanshu is based in Boston,
MA and is an avid follower of Jainism. He administers a
Facebook group ‘Campaign for Truth’, where in all of the members have taken a
solemn pledge to displace deceit out of their being, to enable them to support
cause of truth in each and every sphere of life, and raise voice of reason to
call out deceit when and where possible. To join the group or any
comments email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.