The new Ba­bel...

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

sub­ject to the eter­nal law of im­per­ma­nence. In­dian or Asian cul­ture is not alone in per­son­al­ity wor­ship. God Save the Queen is Eng­land's na­tional an­them, not “God Save Eng­land.” But un­like In­dia's VIP cul­ture that has “Very Im­por­tant Pests” dis­rupt­ing rou­tine life, Queen El­iz­a­beth can­not get away with traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, or flaunt hun­dred-ve­hi­cle mo­tor­cades that block cit­i­zens rush­ing to the hos­pi­tal, to the of­fice, or to catch a train or plane. In­dia paid a heavy price for per­son­al­ity wor­ship. More than 2,500 years ago, the Fully En­light­ened Su­per-Sci­en­tist called the Bud­dha com­pas­sion­ately shared the prac­ti­cal path to true hap­pi­ness. He taught Vi­pas­sana to clean the mind and re­duce the ego that causes self-in­flicted suf­fer­ing. Yet soon after the Bud­dha's pass­ing away, per­son­al­ity- wor­ship cor­rupted his prac­ti­cal teach­ings to an­other sect called “Bud­dhism.” The Bud­dha was not a “Bud­dhist.” A weak­ened In­dia fell to in­vaders for cen­turies. Like a Tro­jan horse wait­ing to lure a 21stcen­tury fort of fools, per­son­al­ity wor­ship such as statue ma­nia and empty sym­bol­isms again poi­son prac­ti­cal val­ues, and the cor­rup­tion-free hard work that in­di­vid­u­als and a coun­try needs for real progress.

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