Advaitam and Science

OM, Purnamata purnamitam purnat purnamutachyate, purnasya purnamataye purnamevavasishyate – Bri.Up V.i.1


                                                                           SUCCESS VERSUS VALUES


Success is very important because only then positive values come to light; but is it good to ignore values to attain success.  Will the success have any value without positive values?  In the modern world, success is given prior importance and values take a back stage.  In the modern life, to succeed in all situations is more important than to follow one’s own values.  “….keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny”, Mahatma Gandhi.  Almost in all fields, in today’s time, positive values are not given importance.  In the educational field, which is ought to be the basic field of development for the country, education is like high profile business.  Degrees are attained by students through improper channels.  What is the value of such degree?  Can a mere degree without in-depth knowledge in the subject bring development or real success to that person?  In the agricultural sector, people target the demands and not the quality.  This leads to multiple side effects and various health disorders.  The quality of the product is taken for granted.  Even in the medical profession, somehow the patients are treated and money is grabbed from them.  An individual is respected for the money and not for the real being.  So, in almost all the fields, positive values take a back stage.  Somehow, everyone wants to succeed in their chosen field.  In my view, everyone is born here with an ambition to succeed, but a success without any value is just another form of failure.  A nation as a whole cannot succeed without a hard earned success.  Such undignified successes pull down the nation as a whole.

A life without any values is the root cause for all kinds of corruption and malpractices.  Each individual has to lead their life according to their own positive values to make a nation successful.  To compete in this world normally one ignores others feelings and emotions.  It is better to remain as a person with failures than to achieve success without any values, because only a valuable success lasts long.  Success becomes useless and senseless when achieved by other means like bribing others or by influence and so on.  A successful person without any values will not have the needed knowledge to meet the required demands of that field and in the end he will be an unsuccessful person.  In the modern world, what is more ridiculous is, an individual following his own positive values is disrespected and ridiculed by others, and he is considered as an unsuccessful person.  If he does not follow the trend of the world, by respecting his values, then he is considered as a dull witted person.  If one does not stick to the values at all times, then they cannot be considered as values.  If one can attain anything by any means, then that success will not help either that individual or the society in due course of time.  Success achieved without any values changes the meaning of success itself.