Thursday, November 6, 2014

596. Can a wish for Universal Happiness be Justified????

The Vedas have proclaimed that it should be mandatory to seek for the happiness of the entire human race by uttering “Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu” (Let the Entire World be Happy) at the end of any Kamya Karma (Desiderative Rituals). Hence it is followed by all Hindus to conclude their prayers seeking happiness to those living on this earth plane.   

Now the question is, is it right to wish happiness to  Durjana (Bad people) and Vikrutha Kaami (one who has bad intentions) to be happy. If they are happy it would mean they will make the society unhappy. Is there a sense to wish happiness to one and all irrespective of who is good or bad to society??

The scriptures say that it is our duty to wish all the living beings to be happy. To understand this we have to know what does this Sukha (Happiness) mean? 

Suppose a burglar who has stolen gold jewelry from a house. Has he experienced happiness in doing so??? No, in fact he is not only unhappy but also afraid thinking of the consequences that might unfurl. He is afraid of being caught even in his sleep he has nightmares, he cannot sleep peacefully, becomes introvert and cannot live a happy family life. 

Is this really happiness?? Not at all. This kind of person will experience happiness only if he quits his bad deeds. Hence when we wish we are in reality wishing for a transformation in the individual so that he can experience the happiness that will be eternal.  

One has to understand that ambition and desires have to sprout from a good intent, if it is brought out from an evil thought then there is always a pain attached with that desires. Even if that evil desire is fulfilled or not there is yet another surfacing and it becomes endless either from temptation to achieve more or due to disappointment of not achieving. So by the mantra “Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu” we are wishing that he gets relieved of his excessive desires and thus become happy.

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