We cannot altogether get rid of influences of human Pravritties [man’s thoughts, habits and efforts leading to actions and efforts necessary for his physical survival that easily and stealthily extend to fulfill man’s constant desires for physical comfort, luxuries, sensory gratification, and his wants for more than what he has, etc.]. Whether the Pravritties are our own or that of the others, who live with us, we cannot practically separate ourselves from their overwhelming influences. Human Pravritties are the root cause of all selfishness, fear, greed, violence, hatred, distinction, timidity, cruelty, arrogance, laziness, deceit and all what causes avoidable pain and suffering.
Man has learned with considerable experience and contemplation about much in his life that extends beyond what is physical in it that makes life more peaceful, contended and meaningful. Man has learned that the physical existence that overwhelms him, perhaps, is not the essence of life, but is merely incidental and temporary. To get relief from his constant pain and perpetual sufferings the man seeks to explore the essence of life by trying to detach himself from his physical nature as much as possible. Man’s efforts to explore and settle with the ‘essential’ part of his life, as described above, has been termed as Nivritti.
The concept of all the religions in this world has been evolved by the man of great thoughts with exemplary character to encourage man, for his own benefit, towards Nivritti. This is a tragedy of human life that the man, neck deep in his Pravritties, has adopted Nivritti merely as an ornamental part of his Prvritties. Had it not been so, why have we been compelled to see much discrimination, hatred, arrogance, violence, deceit and cruelty in religion or in the name of religion?
Nivritti cannot be imposed or superposed on Pravritties. The Pravitties have to immolate themselves to make room for Nivritti. There cannot be anything religious about a religion that does not punish the crime perpetrated by it.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]