Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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6. Creating an ideal society
“Om Asato maa sad-gamaya, tamaso maa jyotir-ga-maya, mrtyor-maa amrutam gamaya.
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantihi.”
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28 [5]
This is an interesting quotation from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. This is recited as a prayer requesting lord to take us from unreal to real world, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to immortality and may there be peace everywhere.
When we recite such slokas it creates a sense of ‘Jagrithi’ in our minds and motivates us to perform good deeds. The key values which subhashita touch upon are honesty, justice, righteousness, proper use of time, tolerance etc.
Taittariya Upanishad says “Satyam vadha, Dharmam chara, Svadhyayam ma pramadaha” which means “Speak
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Too much sleep, lethargy, fear, anger, laziness and miserliness. Only when we come out of these six faults we can achieve something in life. As per Swami Vivekananda‘s sayings we should “Arise, Awake and Stop not till the goal is reached”.
7. Conclusion
Subhashitas touch upon values such as fairness, talent, tolerance, patriotism and sense of responsibility. It helps us to determine what ones duties should be. Subhashitas impart ‘Samskaratmaka’ knowledge. The key focus of many subhashitas is dharma. It tests our moral values and makes us better human beings in the process. Subhashitas teach us how to overcome the difficulties in life. We can understand the ethical doctrine of Karma through subhashitas which helps us in achieving Purusharthas of life. It stresses on the point that people gain their positions because of their own attributes and heroic actions. It helps us to understand the fact that, minds of extraordinary people are stronger than thunderbolt and yet softer than flower. Subhashitas describe the qualities which every individual should have such as purity, generosity, chivalry, equally poised in happiness and distress, politeness, affection, and truthfulness. It provides everything which is required to create a model society. When children grow up listening to these subhashitas they understand everything which is required for creating a model society. Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizen. It is the responsibility of every citizen to create a better society. Subhashitas provide all the ingredients required for recipe of creating a model society. It depends on how individuals makes use of these ingredients and create a better society which intern creates a better

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