Book Review: Arya Dharma by Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu
Title: Arya Dharma The Nobel Dharma
Author: Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu
Genre: Non fiction
This book is very different as to what all I have read in the past. I am usually a reader of fiction and self help books but this one is of the most meaningful reads of my life. If you love your country and make some difference to the world, then you should definitely try reading this. This book is not easy, it's 600 pages but it is definitely a fast read.
The author has tried to find a solution to every problem of today from our rich heritage. The ancient texts of Upanishads, Manusmriti, Arthashastra, Neetishastra etc seem to have the key for the questions of today. They may have been written thousands of years ago, but are truly timeless in their content.
Why the name Arya Dharma? Arya means nobel. God hasn't created any religion or rift. It's us humans who have dissected the society. The author is highly against FUKUS (France, United Kingdom and USA) which he believes has destroyed the world with their racist and capitalist attitude. Their monoploly has to end. Their concept of white collar and blue collar jobs have created rifts.
The book starts with Ram Rajya, or the scenario under Lord Rama's rule. Then comes Kautilya, the greatest economist of all times. His policies hold true even today and should be implemented to our benefits.
Then comes the caste system. Why should someone's birth define his/her caste? Should not their 'Karma' or job designate them caste? 'Everyone is born a Shudra' : according to Manusmriti. It's 'guna' and 'karma' that defines someone's caste. The example of Satyakama's story in Chandogya Upnishad is a striking example of Varnashram Dharma. Education, accomplishments, conduct and guna should be defining aspects. A Brahman is called Dwija because he is born twice. Why should be classification anyway? Even Lord Krishna used to take care of cattles.
According to Sanathan Dharma, the four important aspects are Dharma, Artha, Kaam, Moksha. Now here comes a very important point. If there is not sufficient arth (money) then it will lead to theft. There should be arth for basic necessities for following dharma. Our religion is to be selfless and serve the humanity. Why the concept of Hindu Muslim? Centuries ago, Akbar and Maharana Pratap were secular rulers.
The author has explained the four phases of life: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanprastha and Sanyasa. How each phase is important for mankind.
Some quotes are really for keeps. 'He who is the servant of all is the true master' by Swami Vivekananda. Another one: Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement.
After the analysis of the ancients texts, he comes to the latest scenario of our nation. How the enemies of state are wicked and anarya. The true meaning of development, sustainable agriculture, water: the source of existence, nuclear fusion power, nature, real wealth, etc.
How we should work for the greater common good. How women are the backbone. Women is Shakti. without Shakti there is no regeneration. Women who devote themselves fully for the household are doing the greatest job.Children don't come from you, they come from God through you. They don't know how to lie or steal or cheat. They don't listen, they observe.
The author then elaborates about the FUKUS system in detail. Calls the businessmen Pimps of Wall Street. How the British have stolen our Kohinoor Diamond.
He then elaborates Law in great detail. What really caught my attention was that 'The wicked spirit must die,the criminal should not be put to death physically.
Then there is a huge section on laws. From taxes to corruption, inheritance to succession, law has been covered extensively. The last is law in medicine and the author again asks us to go back to the roots.. ie age old Ayurveda.
This book has really opened my eyes as to how to make our lives more meaningful, how to work for the welfare of the world and of course the secret to happiness.
A tough read because of its volume but absolutely worth the time and effort.