India the land of enchantment is the abode of spirituality. Our fascinating country is a spiritual hub pulsating with life and energy. India is rich in culture, tradition and heritage. It is multicultural, nultilingual and multifaceted. But the essence of India is “unity in diversity.” Despite our socio-cultural and religious differences, there’s a sense of interconnectedness and togetherness among the people. Indeed, India is a great country with great people.
Indian civilization is the oldest in the world, and is a rich storehouse of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. In fact, spirituality is the soul of India, and people from all over the world come to our country to explore spirituality. The meaning of “spirituality” varies from people to people. But in a general sense, spirituality means an understanding of our own self and the world around us. An important aspect of spirituality is finding the meaning and purpose of our lives. Whereas religion lays stress on customs, rites and rituals, spirituality mostly focuses on our inner life. Spirituality has been an integral part of the Indian way of life since time immemorial. The Himalayas, the Yamuna, the Ganga-all of them inspire us to wonder about the nature of our lives.
India is a reservoir of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. Ancient Indian texts such as the Vedas and the Upanishads, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita not only teach us morality and values, but also awaken us to the realm of spirituality. Let us consider the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Now, Mahabharata is not just about the conflict between two groups of families (the Pandavas and the Kauravas) to assume control of a kingdom (Hastinapura). If it were just about sitting on a throne, the story would have just ended after the victory of the Pandavas. Instead, the story ends when the Pandavas-along with Draupadi-renounce the throne to start their journey towards heaven. In the end, they enter the realm of heaven and peacefully reunite with the Kauravas. The greatness of the epic is not because of the violence and bloodshed that it depicts, but is because of its emphasis on peace and harmony. The message of love and brotherhood in the epic is subtle, but the wise understand that the moral of the story is not to attain wealth and territories, but to attain peace and happiness.
India is a melting pot of many cultures and religions, and all of them have contributed to the atmosphere of spirituality that prevails in this country. Gurus and saints abound in our country, and great spiritual leaders such as Swami Vivekananda have become synonymous with Indian spirituality, and have become spiritual ambassadors of this magnificent country. It is no wonder that people from all over the world are attracted towards India because of its spirituality. Many tired souls come to India to find peace and fulfilment. India-the land of Colours and spices, the land of Holi and Diwali, the land of rivers and mountains, the land of enchantment-is a vibrant and dynamic country. This great country will continue to be the centre of spirituality for the rest of eternity.