VEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE FRONTRUNNER’S ROLE
Frontrunner’s foremost role is well being of his group. To know what well-being of person means ask: “what is the conception of a person?”. With a family tradition of wrestling, parents are concerned that their children should eat well and become strong bodied, that is driven by their conception of life. Imagine another family where the parents are, say Harvard graduates. Their concern is that their children should study well; else they get agitated, because their conception of well-being is a good, formal education. This is described in Vedic terminology as ‘dehatma buddhi’ or bodily conception of self. The other two conceptions of life are mental and intellectual conception of self. Vedic Perspective on the frontrunner’s role are elaborated below:
In Mahabharata, Arjuna refuses to engage in battle as he analyses his situation, in terms of these three conceptions of the self. He asks Krishna, “I am bewildered about my duty, please tell me what is good for me in shreyas. Arjuna seeks a long-term view, and so too should a leader. Now, should a leader have a bird’s eye view or a worm’s eye view? He needs to have both for well-being of the people, need to strike a balance between preyas and shreyas, short-term in the context of body-mind-intellect well-being and long-term in the context of spiritual well-being. Vedic Perspective on the frontrunner’s role
Spirituality vs. worldly conceptions
Most people tend to think of spirituality as one of belief versus non-belief. There is confusion, so they keep the spiritual aspect aside and they want the leader to be secular, thereby confining his role to body-mind-intellect. But as Vedic knowledge points out, only when the fourth dimension (spiritual well-being) is included, one can address challenges holistically. With this inclusion, the other three become easier to address. All four can be engaged with, concurrently. The three conceptions of self also take the form of upadhi or designations. A workshop owner wants to become an industrialist, an industrialist wants to establish his network globally and so on. Someone may wish to become Prime Minister. Then upadhi-rogar designation-affliction comes into play and one become lost in a race for designations and forgets to see from spiritual conception of life and promote holistic well-being.
Importance of Spiritual Well-being
The Narada Pancharatra says, to become free of all designations-based on the body-mind intellect conception of the self, and base passions, emotions and ambitions that such conception generates, is what is really meant by bhakti or freedom for upadhi afflictions, to be spiritually charged, free and pure. Rising and deepening inequalities in the world are due to greed, a result of lack of spiritual awareness. Ravana and Kamsa were able kings but only as for as body-mind intellect well-being. The spiritual well-being aspect was absent. With spiritual well being, there will no longer be greed and society will progress to a higher quality of life, resulting in holistic development and progress.
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