The bottom up approach

In the last post I talked about the bottom up approach to clean up the system. Here I would like to go beyond just INDIA or any nation for that matter, to reach out the world as a whole.

We always say about stopping terrorism. But by this time every one have understand that its not an easy task as the root cause is not under control/territory. Even if the PAK Govt wants to stop supporting terrorism and the outfits that attempt to spread terrorism, they will not be able to stop this completely. The roots of terrorism have reached far deeper than we can think of. Children are being brain washed right from their childhood. Hence their way of thinking can not be stopped by force, it can only be suppressed for the time being. To eliminate this ideology completely, a gradual way which works on the core of the humanity is to be followed. This is a long term and slow process. You need a lot of patience but the fruits are definitely sweet.

The way to go about is by spreading LOVE through the path of spirituality. Don't mix spirituality with religion, which is were many people go wrong. When asked to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about the difference between spirituality and religion, he replied "Spirituality is the banana pulp and religion is the banana peel". Under the name of religion some of the wrong activities are spread but remember the core is still intact. We only need to throw away the rotten outer cover and the inner core will start shinning and will spread the message of LOVE and COMPASSION. The very nature of human being is LOVE and COMPASSION. All the other are temporary and can be removed with an intend to do so. There are many spiritual organization which attempt to do that and I am proud to be associated with one such organization which thinks globally when it comes to spirituality and its benefits.

To give a few examples, two of the terrorists from Kashmir are now The Art of Living (AOL) teachers. They are spreading this message of LOVE and even conducting the course in bunkers where the terrorist hide. Two is a small number but remember this is a non-zero start which will improve over the time. In another example, during the Iraq war, when the whole world was moving out of Iraq, few Art of Living teachers were send to Iraq to conduct the trauma relief operations and the Art of Living courses. I know one of the teachers very well and have heard his experiences. During the war time, these people were in Iraq for 18 months and they helped so many people during their crisis time. Today few Iraqi citizens are AOL teachers and have started to spread the message of LOVE throughout Iraq.

A very high dose of LOVE needs to be given to hardcore people but remember we also need it. We too have so much of hatred inside us. We hate some of our friends, relatives for very very small incidents. Friendships/relationships are broken for really stupid reasons, many a times due to misunderstanding and we keep that in our heart till we die. There is no need to do so, just drop it. Looks simple to read/write and let me tell you, is equally simple to implement. You can just start NOW. Pick up your phone and call a friend/relative whom you have not talked with for some time, for what every bitter reasons. Call up and start talking. No sorry, no thank you. Just a clean new start as if nothing happened. And you will be surprised to see your face happy, like never before.

If every one is centered with LOVE and COMPASSION, the whole world is going to be a heaven. We all can be part of it with a bit of contribution from every one of us. Stop pointing fingers to others and start getting into action every now and then and in few years from now we will be living in a world FULL OF LOVE.


  1. Nice article. I completely agree with you. Hmm got impressed a lot about AOL after reading your post. Though I often hear about it, I haven't thought AOL is such a big initiative (1st of all I never explored further than what I kept hearing about it) and those examples you gave are really interesting.

  2. Hi Balu,

    First of all my apologies for that in the original post I mentioned about the Afghanistan war where as it was the Iraq was when the AOL teachers were there. I have rectified the mistake by updating the blog accordingly.

    Yes, AOL is a very big initiative across more than 150 countries and the objectives are very simple: spread the message of LOVE.

  3. Hi Pitamah,

    I read your article. Nice one. But, one thing I did not understand, what will you do when there are people doing just opposite things what you say. Spirituality and/or religion in some or other form have been trying a lot, but hardly getting success. The success are not that significant. Mass movement is required, not at a single person level.

    Also, the human instinct does not change, bookish many times. Love and hate are natural and obvious. The other thing which worries me, is that some people on the name of helping do a brain washing and instigate for these things. Which one is right then?

  4. > what will you do when there are people doing just opposite things what you say.

    Good people tend to loose their track very easily. If BAD ones are not changing themselves, why the GOOD one change the track or stop doing what ever they are doing.

    The mass movement is required but remember mass movement is made up of every individual. The whole bottom up approach is that. Every one contributes and automatically it becomes a mass movement.

    By saying that its not possible at a single person level, we tend to avoid ourselves from taking any initiatives. We just run away from our duties.

    We need to careful from brain washing. As long the teaching does not include *any* negative emotion about any thing or any body, I guess it should be fine.


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