Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on March 3, 2003

In veDik lifestyle, one's life has to have 4 objectives called puruSHaaARth......and these 4 objectives have to co-exist for a holistic harmonious, peaceful and stress-free life in which one does not hurt any other creations and also one does not let any other creation hurt oneself....the 4 puruSHaaARth are:

  • DHARm = living one's life in conformance with the laws of universe and its creation, sustenance and cyclic re-creation ordained by  creator bRHmH; the basic tenet of DHARm is not to hurt any fellow creation and to always work to provide for one-self and other creation who need help to sustain their life; aARth and kaam objectives should be pursued based on the tenets of DHARm.
  • aARth = in one's life create wealth and ordered governance in society termed as polity following the tenets of DHARm;
  • kaam = use of wealth and polity in fulfilling ones' all life desires of prosperous and progressive lifestyle including satisfying the need of personal pleasure and recreation in one's life following the tenets of DHARm;
  • moKSH = aiming to live life based on DHARm and pursuing aARth and kaam without desiring any payback or profit or rewards for one-self; thus depending for sustenance of oneself on creator bRHmH.

But in the current veDik time era called kli-yug.....humankind is pursuing only aARth for selfish ends and to accumulate personal wealth and use that wealth for personal kaam to a point of addiction....and in pursuing both these life objectives humankind is forgetting or compromising or corrupting the foundation of life which is DHARm .....on which aARth and kaam sustains themselves....and if DHARm is thrown on the wayside then there is not the slightest hope of attaining moKSH.....(the blue, bold and italics are sNskrut language words and to understand in-depth the above please look up these sNskrut words in SANSKRIT GLOSSARY, TODAY'S PRAYER, TODAY'S veD LESSONS and veD pages and some veD posting on AASHRAM NEWS page on this web site).

In the western culture and lifestyles...which is  founded on economic and scientific growth only .....and which lifestyle is becoming borderless meaning everything in life is becoming global....but globalization is faltering through clashes with non-western cultures and lifestyles...which still have sort of "remembered" and thus latent foundation of spirituality meaning belief in a CREATOR who ultimately controls everything in this creation....which is a sort of anti-thesis to western lifestyle and culture which is founded on reason and science only about 500 years ago with Rene Descartes saying everything in life is mechanical and there is no need for aatmaa or soul....

Ira Rifkin is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Spiritual Innovators: Seventy-Five Extraordinary People Who Changed the World in the Past Century...who is previously news producer of Beliefnet, a multi-faith Web magazine, and a national correspondent for Religion News Service, he lives near Washington, D.C.....has expounded SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE ON GLOBALIZATION....in this latest book...please click on the next line to read publishers commentaries on this book....

Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization:
 Making Sense of Economic and Cultural Upheaval
Author: Ira Rifkin

Comments From HINDUISM TODAY.....

UNITED STATES, February 27, 2003: Ira Rifkin's new book, "Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization -- Making Sense of Economic and Cultural Upheaval," takes the globalization debate global -- exploring how it looks to Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, Baha'is, pagans and Muslims. This look by a noted religion author at globalization from other cultural perspectives helps to understand the phenomenon from their point of view and why some cultures may be less than enthusiastic. The chapter on Hinduism introduces readers to Indian Hindu expatriates working in the Washington suburbs high-tech industry. The author uses their efforts to maintain links to their cultural roots to illustrate the global spread of Vedic thought. But the chapter also delves into the concerns of Hindus who worry that globalization's free-market capitalism and Western-oriented consumer lifestyle undermine Hinduism's traditional emphasis on spiritual advancement over material acquisition. "For traditional Hindus," author Rifkin writes, "both the earth and nonhuman life are sacred, and concern that transnational corporations, abetted by compliant or corrupt governments, have turned both into commodities are cause for additional opposition to globalization."

Editorial Reviews From AMAZON.CA

From Publishers Weekly

Globalization as we know it emerged in a 1944 plan for post-war economic recovery, starting with the World Bank. This first institution and indicator has multiplied in many ways over the last half-decade, and globalization has become a contentious international issue.

One of the lessons of September 11 is that the time for spiritual provincialism is clearly over. Religion journalist Rifkin produces a highly readable, quick study that begins to come to terms with the global religious agendas arising within and outside our borders. The book's interesting personal narratives, sprinkled throughout, reflect a true pluralism and enliven what could be a dry, doctrinaire approach. Rifkin examines Roman Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, the Bah '¡ faith, tribal and earth-based religions, and Protestantism for evidence of how they view the economic, cultural and personal aspects of globalization.

Writing with balanced appraisal and astute depth, Rifkin provides readers with a sense of how the major tenets of each tradition give rise to individual perceptions and actions on globalization. His understandings of the social constructs that arise out of belief are fascinating and essential reading. Avoiding a jargon-laden treatise, Rifkin keeps the writing light and clear, using eminent support from the likes of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong. For anyone who has asked why terrorism has come to American shores, Rifkin supplies some well-informed and quite broad answers.

Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Ira Rifkin is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Spiritual Innovators: Seventy-Five Extraordinary People Who Changed the World in the Past Century. Previously news producer of Beliefnet, a multi-faith Web magazine, and a national correspondent for Religion News Service, he lives near Washington, D.C.

From the Publisher at Chapters.indigo.ca

The economic and cultural dynamic of globalization is transforming the world at an unprecedented pace. But what exactly is it? What are its origins? What is its impact on our spiritual lives?

This lucid introduction surveys the religious landscape, explaining in clear and nonjudgmental language the beliefs that motivate spiritual leaders, activists, theologians, academics, and others involved on all sides of the issue. Included are the points-of-view of:

• Bahá’ís • Buddhists • Earth-based and tribal religions
• Hindus • Jews • Muslims • Protestants • Roman Catholics

Unlike other books on this controversial issue, this easy-to-read introduction won’t tell you what to think; it gives you the information you need to reach your own conclusions.



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