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The Vedic understanding of state policy
Material posted : Administrator Publication date: 23-12-2012

The modern understanding of political processes is based on different theories and approaches: geopolitical, economic, psychological, social, cultural, philosophical, etc. All of the listed areas, according to their authors, have a sound scientific basis and, therefore, logically and rationally justified.

Any religious interpretation of politics is perceived as idealistic, irrational and fantastic. But if you look closely at the content of ideas and principles of various religions, we can see that the seemingly naive and simplistic description of being able to provide answers to perennial political problems.

As the main philosophical-religious doctrine, able to explain the policy of the state, you can use Vedic. Under the "Vedas" (from the word "to know") refers to religious and philosophical treatises, created come in India after the XV century BC from Central Asia, the Volga region and Iran tribes of the Aryans. Although officially referred to the Vedas of ancient Indian philosophy, a lot of specialists claim that the Vedas – the forerunner of all the known religions of mankind. Under the "Vedas" also refers to people with true knowledge, i.e. enlightened. This concept is not confined to certain Nations, ethnic groups or race: Veda means "knowing, knowing". On this basis, scholars of Vedic history and philosophy believe that the Vedas ("knowledge net") spread since ancient times throughout the world, and every ancient people they have survived, although with some changes and features.

The reader may ask: why the Vedas have the right to explain the policy, when existing theories enough? First, the Vedas, the oldest (CA. fifteenth century BC) fundamental knowledge possessed by mankind. At its Foundation were built all the ancient States: India, China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, etc. Their long-lasting existence is enough evidence that Vedic knowledge is time-tested. Secondly, the Vedas - the most comprehensive approach to the understanding of being that gives you the opportunity to explain one of the fundamental phenomena of human life as "politics". Thirdly, given that policy is made by men, and the Vedas explain the nature of man, therefore the Vedas can explain political processes.

To explain all aspects of the policy requires writing tens or hundreds of volumes of books. So let's try to uncover some political problems, using some of the Vedic truths.

The primacy of the spirit States. One of the Central ideas of the Vedas is the impermanence of material form and the wind eternity. If we look at developing countries, it is seen that all the material constituting their politics (territory, resources, political institutions, etc.) is transitory. History is replete with empires that claim the status of the eternal, but none of them turned out to be such. All that is material and not eternal, say the Vedas. From this it follows, that any state entity will not be able to exist forever, to lead or to rule. On the contrary, the idea underlying the States don't die, and after their death are sent to other young States (for example, the concept of transfer of status of defender of the Christian world: "Moscow-the third Rome") or even give birth after a long time again a powerful entity within the same state (in the territory of the great Rus and the Golden Horde born of the Russian Empire, in place of the Empire – the USSR, on the territory of the Sacred Roman Empire the German Reich, in the territory of Ancient China – PRC). The main components of the state are ideas, thoughts, and spiritual components, as they build, rebuild from the ruins of the state and promote their political development.

Reincarnation States1. Vedic knowledge tells us that souls do not perish after death and pass into other bodies: i.e. man is constantly reborn, if not achieved "Moksha"2 (the highest moral perfection, after which the evolution of the soul is terminated). As noted above, this explains the impermanence of material life of the States, the cyclical nature of history (e.g. the change of leadership in world politics and Economics). On the other hand the point is that the goal States (and according to the Vedas) - in the cultural and moral enlightenment and spiritual development. If one indicator of this development are against his morality to his ignorance (good and evil traits), whereas for the state – ratio of moral people to immoral (honest to criminals). States in which moral principles are ignored, degraded and degenerate (like Ancient Rome in the period of Decadence).

States, like people, constantly evolve, as do not reach a sufficient level of education and enlightenment. In the history unit of examples of States that have attained "Moksha", as in the history of individuals. Reincarnation gives the answer even to the question of why certain ideals and concept of States do not disappear, but appear again and again in the new state formations. The fact is that according to the Vedas, the human soul, incarnated in a new body, is not changed, and remains at the same level of development. I.e. if a person in this life did not overcome the passion for gambling, in a new body he is also born a gambler, and so while he won't win this defect. It is also the case with States that from generation to generation continue to pursue similar goals. A good example is the age-old desire of the Germans to seize control of Eastern Europe that persist to this day: Hiking the ancient Germans in Slavic lands - education of the Teutonic order - "rush to the East" of Wilhelm II and of Hitler - Germany Eastern Partnership and the EU.

Karma States. Karma in the Vedas – this is the predestination of human life, fate. One of the Central interpretations of karma says that the man behind all their actions a certain karma. Depending on act, it can be positive or negative. In other words, karma is a set of actions for which the person receives a reward or is punished. For example, if a person kills another for the purpose of gaining wealth, then the logical result will be his punishment: for example through the poverty, through the betrayal of loved ones or murder. Regardless of when and how to administer justice, it is unavoidable. For example, the result of aggressive foreign policy may become, eventually, the collapse, degradation and annihilation. States seeking to conquer others and not dovolstvovatsya his position and risk losing more or even all. For example, the karma of Macedonia is that Macedonians trying to conquer territory from the Adriatic to India, today, are content with what possess territory in 25, 3 thousand square kilometres and are ranked as the smallest Nations in the world. Moreover, the day when Macedonia will lose its independence and entering the European Union, which it will not have any impact. Another example of karma – the bloody war of the Spanish conquerors in Latin America and the current crisis in Spain. Former colonial Empire today are suffering for their aggressive war in the Third world and weak to dictate its own laws. Former colonies of Spain, Portugal, England, Holland (Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia) today ahead of their parent States on a number of indicators, or close to it, and in the future can be quite strong (economically, military, politically, demographically) to impose his own terms. Examples of the applicability of laws of karma on the policies of many States. The main idea that must pay for everything, and the harder the act the more severe the punishment (or karma). States when making foreign policy decisions must take account of these Vedic truths. For example: the US invasion in the internal Affairs of middle Eastern countries led to the decline of their image, as well as the disorder of Finance. An attack on Iran could lead to even more disastrous consequences.

The moral power of the state. Modern understanding of the power of the state is often built on the comparison of statistical material parameters: the number of army, territory size, volume of gross domestic product, the trade – in short, everything that can be measured and touched. Vedic philosophy says that human power is not primarily in its wealth, but will, morality, ethics, prudence and sagacity. The same rules apply to States, because they –a group of people. Cultural and moral laws underlying the state and compliance with them is able to ensure the stability of the state. A striking example – the millennial existence of China and India. These two States operate on the basis of the two most ancient religions (Buddhism and Hinduism), and, despite some periods when they were subject to foreign control (Japan, the European powers), they still managed to maintain its strength and today are seeking a global role. Depending on how moral their foreign policy depends on their long-term development. Or another example: Japan, which has deep traditions. In the first half of the twentieth century, the Japanese began an aggressive policy of conquest in Asia, which resulted in punishment in the form of U.S. bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It would seem that it is immoral to assume that punishment in the form of deaths, thousands of people, is legitimate. But the Vedic philosophy States that "there is no need to pity those who suffer", everything in this world is done, has its reasons and reasonable. Hiroshima is a lesson for Japan, stating that it is impossible to lead an aggressive foreign policy. At the same time the moral values underlying the Japanese religion (Shintoism) allowed them to recover after the defeat in WWII and later to become the most powerful economic powers. The Japanese government has a firm moral base (in the form of Shinto and "samurai honor") that provides its century-old existence. A vivid manifestation of this level can be considered, for example, the fact that at the time of the accident at NPP "Fukushima" there was not a single act of looting.

The spiritual weakness of States. The weakness of man in the Vedas lies in his attachment and dependence on desires, passions. The most dedicated human desire – possession (the conquest), obedience (sphere of influence), enrichment (financial and economic tools). The same applies to the States and people tend to expand more to increase his material wealth to have finances. The state, which places the increase in material well-being, not internally stable. The society in that state is heavily dependent on cash. Any serious economic or other problems threaten the collapse of that state. A striking example is how rich, but financially decaying Rome could not stand against the invasion of the Goths, the Huns and other "barbarian" tribes. Another example: the European Union bases its strength primarily on the material benefits for its citizens than unites Europe some moral and ethical idea. The result is that the European countries (perhaps except Germany) is not willing to share resources with Greece and don't want to fork out in the name of European ideals.

In conclusion, we can note that the Vedic knowledge can serve as a convenient means of understanding past and present realities associated with internal and external policies of States. In fact the state is the same people, a lot of them, but United and organized. The Vedas claim that the principles and laws by which human life proceeds, apply to the entire Universe. More precisely, on the contrary, the basis of human life based on the laws of the Universe. Considering that the latter is more extensive concept, and the man's more private compared to government, it is logical that States and their policy of spreading the Vedic wisdom of Genesis.

Today it is possible to observe that the Vedic philosophy is often ignored when building policy in the States. The principles laid down in the Vedas cannot be reconciled with the interests and desires of political leaders. But political leadership is more often guided by material and short term benefits, forgetting about the intangible bases of power of the state. However, Vedic knowledge encompasses great advantages for States that are able to apply them in your policy. Awareness and practical application of Vedic truths may be the key to establishing stability in the state, but also a measured and lengthy existence.


1Reincarnation - a group of religious-philosophical doctrines, according to which immortal essence of a living being (in some variations only human beings) is reincarnated again and again from one body to another. This immortal essence in different traditions is called spiritor soul, the "divine spark", "higher" or "true self"; in each new life develops the personality of an individual in the physical world, but at the same time a certain part of the "I" of the individual remains unchanged, passing from body to body in a series of reincarnations.

2Moksha - liberation from the cycle of birth and death (samsara) and all the suffering and limitations of material existence.


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