Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra and Universal Brotherhood
Universal brotherhood as an ideological concept in the collective life of an individual has been hailed as a goal of a very high order in Indian culture. To speak of universal brotherhood in today's context may be dismissed off by many as a utopia. Dismissal of such a lofty ideological goal is not at all a surprise at a time when we are used to see severe erosion of human values and virtues. Never the less, mind flashes back again and again to those values of eternity, where mind can think without fear and head aspires to be held high. Humanity, supposedly resting at the crest of civilization, is searching for self-discovery; it is craving for human touch, peaceful existence and a caring fraternity.
The concept of universal brotherhood takes us to the feet of great men and women whom we know as fulfiller. They come in all ages and they belong to all civilizations. They accomplish hard tasks so easily that they set themselves as example for rest of us. They are very large in their personality, yet they are the epitome of humility. They cultivate man and promote humanism. They are the spring of life and growth, torchbearer of progress and prosperity. They do not care for their own remuneration and recognition. They give in abundance, do not expect any thing in return. They feel the pulse of every one in their heart. They are the personification of integrated knowledge and filtered wisdom. They have with them the solution to all problems. It is hard to identify and hold the attention of such persons, without love and inquisitiveness.
Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra is such a great man of our time whom humanity in distress looks for again and again in all ages. He was a man, living on this earth; yet no worldly yardstick could measure him. A remarkable feature of his personality is that he had a powerful pull, a natural attraction, arising from his simplicity, accessibility and love for every one. He radiated life and light of an uncommon genre, which was very common with him and was available for common man. He held with him the solution to all issues, which the mankind is beset with. His package of solution is simple, practical, stand the scrutiny of science and rationality and is available for asking. He mobilized huge resources; man was the most valuable resource for him. He fought against great adversity and helped identify the forces inimical to human life and growth. He organized a grand movement the sweep and strength of which till date has encompassed a large chunk of humanity across the globe. On every field of human endeavor, Sri Sri Thakur has provided his view and way to approach, which gives light of hope amidst all gloom and despair around.
Etymologically, the word brother (bhai) has originated from root (in Sanskrit) ˜bright" (bhraz, meaning dipti). As per that meaning, two persons are brothers, if they help each other into a process of enlightenment.
In the most understood sense of the term, brothers have common parentage and they are usually in a family. Brotherhood is a relationship that envelops every thing that goes in a family, which are commonly known as sharing and caring.
When we merge both the above meanings together and try to figure out the sense associated with the word brother and brotherhood, we see a triangular space, with three segments joining each other, viz., father, family and brightness. The first segment ˜father" stands for the origin, the creator and the basis. The second segment ˜family" symbolizes ˜environment", the support framework. The third segment ˜brightness" denotes the purpose and the task arising out of the relationship. Eternal enlightenment is the object of life. Life does not relish darkness, which stands for suffering, suffocation and shrinkage.
The relationship between brothers in a family is that of love, affection and cooperation. The cooperation takes many behavioral forms, resulting in mutual nourishment of body, mind and spirit, migrating both from the arena of darkness to brightness, from weakness to strength and from near to nearer. If this process of mutual nourishment does not take place in a family, then the spirit of life gets hindered.
It is significant to note that the relationship in the family amongst brothers springs from their common origin. It is the affinity with the source, that is the father, which keeps brothers tied up with each other. That affinity has a deep biological and psychological basis, based on which a brother feels one with the other. This affinity with the source and identification with others is the prime cause of unity and integration in a family. Ultimately a complementing and fulfilling relationship develops, which says, ˜one family many members, many members one heart". This is how the nucleus of a symbiotic universe gets formed, which heralds, ˜unity in diversity".
Father in a family is analogous to God in the universe. Many of us believe that God is the Creator and he is the Supreme father. It is a bit ironical yet true that, here we have a crisis of identification, which is that no one has seen God and many of us genuinely believe that God is beyond the reach of speech and mind. Many of us truly believe in God and carry some impression about him. That impression, not being substantiated by fact, might be the bone of contention in a society, where there is multiple religion, each one has staunch protagonists. There could be a clash of faith, more so, if religion is used as a tool for any other purpose, political or otherwise.
Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra has a profound message, which reads as follow:
The degeneration of humanity began at that moment when the unseen God was made infinite and, ignoring the Seers, the worship of their sayings began.
O mankind! If you desire to invoke your good, forget sectarian conflict. Be regardful to all the past Prophets. Be attached to your living master or God and take only those who love Him as your own. Because all the past Prophets are consummated in the divine Man of the present.
It is not imaginary to have a person, a living one just like any of us, possessing all the attributes of God, then such person can be the center around which the humanity can crystallize itself in the form of family relationship. A primary feature of such person is that he nurtures every one with love, care, inspiration, courage and with every thing that are required for the life to stand and prosper. Such a person at the head, the relationship among people can take the form of a family. The example of such fraternity was seen when Sri Sri Thakur was alive with his over flowing love and activities for the welfare of human being. millions of people from all over world gathered at the feet of Sri Sri Thakur and placed him at their heart. Love for Sri Sri Thakur automatically created love and fellow feelings among the followers. Lords interest was the common goal, which made the followers inter-interested.
Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra, as an ideological figurehead, during his lifetime in twentieth century has mobilized a grand socio-spiritual movement, which can be considered to be an excellent demonstration of universal brotherhood. Love and attachment with Guru and service to the environment are the bedrock on which the movement is build. With every passing day, the circle of ideological impact is getting enlarged. People from across the globe, cutting the so called ethnic and religious dividing lines, have joined in this movement and each one as per one's own aptitude, is progressing to a new state of existence. In that state of perseverance, each follower of Sri Sri Thakur is pursuing for growth and expansion, in which every thing under the sun is complementary, interdependent and serviceable. In that process, universal brotherhood is as imperative as the existence and propagation of self.
Acceptance of the fatherhood of the contemporary prophet is the precondition for the foundation of universal brotherhood. For the universal brotherhood to come to a practical shape, people at large need to follow the ideological tenets of Sri Sri Thakur in real life. Universal brotherhood is a collective state of existence, whose roots lie in the life of individual and family conditions. Sri Sri Thakur's ideology provides a veritable means for the universal brotherhood to flourish.