“Duritanche timir javo” (Let them be enlightened) – St. Dnyaneshwar.
Saint Dnyaneshwar (1275-1296 AD), one of the most revered Saints from Maharashtra, India who wrote Dnyeshwari, at the age of 15. At the conclusion of the masterpiece in literature, he wrote another 9 stanza. The second one reads as –
- “Duritanche timir jaavo,
- vishwa-swadharma surye paho,
- Jo je vanchil to te laho,
The Saint further talks about the enlightenment of the common man through observance and following the religious tenets, not necessary Hindu scriptures but each individual should follow the religious principles enshrined in their own scriptures. Doing so, he mentioned, would deprive the world of darkness and spread light.
St. Dnyaneshwar’s work was proverbial and iconoclastic as he translated religious scripture into common man’s language, revealing the true nature of God, not those artifacts espoused by the establishment. During these medieval times (what I consider the darkest period of our existence) those four varnas (stratas) were fossilized and women were treated as second class citizen, one of the worst in empathy and evolution.
As a child, though I wasn’t a voracious reader, I was inculcated into the habit of reading. During those times, Indian newspapers were far less biased and the establishment was revered for its independence and fearlessness of expression, almost after judiciary. Those were the times, when newspapers were a mouthpiece for opinionated idealistic folks. Beyond their commitment to their principles and ideology, material gains or the physical tribulations, never bothered them. The intelligentsia and the proletariat were inquisitive and actively seeking answers to the questions. Even an isolated incidence of lack of quality would not be tolerated, as we see these days, these newspapers would lose their rating. However, over a period of decades, the fourth estate lost its luster and the values eroded .
Well, we left for US and over the last three decades, most fat man with heavy pockets filled in the space. Today, in the resurgent India, neither we see an independent judiciary nor we see a fourth estate faithfully cherishing and guiding the values of democracy.
It is the enlightenment of the common man that will forbid the proliferation of such media. Media, analyzes the trend and publishes what it has to. However, it is the common man that defines those trends and ratings. Let us work in enlightening the common man. Finally, it’s about the reader, their conscience and awareness, not about who is financing or how deep those pockets are.
We all will realize that moral fabric is not a fulcrum that needs to be debated over a gatherings or hung in the family room like a trophy, but weaves a fabric on which we (presently) exists and essentially survive (future). If you ask, are we seeing a moral erosion? Not sure about that but it seems the world is certainly getting crowded, materialistic and individualistic. Despite our material and physical progress, we hardly get time to reflect and apply cognition and conscious – the core that defines and differentiates us as humans.
Note: This blog was prompted after viewing a five minute video that showed how the media is influenced by Deep Pockets (Money and influence). Despite the pervasive influence of money, ultimately, it is the conscience that will guide and define the journey of mankind. Moral values are thoroughly ingrained within our genome for survival and the enlightenment of those value alone will guide our destiny. History is again rife with examples of men of moral and hardly ever have I heard a story of a twelfth century businessman or their lineage.
To visit Pasaydan, a brief poem by the Saint, visit the link below.
Those conversant with original dialect, may visit below link.