Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Natural Scalability of Self Reliance

Each human being is a resource of body, mind and wealth.  Each being is in, from and for eternal presence of existence.  Mutual complementariness among beings itself is evidence of cyclicality in existence.  Mind (mun) controlling body, mind and body together resulting in creation of utility and art value in things, these things in turn becoming useful for body, and their righteous and purposeful use fulfilling jeevan is a cyclicality.  This actualization happens in each self-reliant human being.

Self Reliance is found in the form of human being’s having self confidence, respect for excellence, balance in personality and talent, self-supporting in occupation and sociable in behaviour.  Self reliance itself is the characterization of a member of an awakened human family.  Such self reliant human beings living close together for human purpose manifests universal order.  An awakened human family is seen to be having definite identification of relationships among themselves, fulfilling values expected therein, its appreciation, and finding mutual fulfillment thereby.   Each member is seen to be contributing towards the production activity which the family has taken up.  As a result, each family naturally produces more than its needs.  Mutual fulfillment in family and its continuity, production more than needs with its righteous use and security is cyclical in itself.  It is clear that needs of a family with humaneness become limited, because humaneness has definiteness in their use, righteous-use, and purposefulness.  This results in possibility of each family producing more than its needs.

Self Reliance is naturally scalable from one family to one village/community when more such families come close together in the spirit of mutual assistance and giving.  A village can be imagined in the form of a unit of 100 families.  Each family could have 10 members each.  Earth – its air, water, forests and minerals – itself is the place of doing labor.  Each village can determine its need of things – quantity and quality - in the form of food, shelter, decoration and medicines.  100 families then can distribute what they produced among themselves.  Most production needs would be for food, then for things of utility (like clothes) and medicines, and after that housing and construction materials.  A village can do more production than its needs with cottage industries, agriculture and dairy.  The village where production of some specific items doesn’t happen can obtain those from other sources by giving items that it produces in excess.  Here again, the cyclicality in relationship among villages close together becomes clear.

Cyclicality within a village can be identified – and it is a natural need there – as every family in a village identifies how it relates with every other family, fulfills values expected in those relations (as its duties and obligations), appreciates harmony therein, and keep getting fulfillment from these relationships.  Also, they determine worth of produced things based on amount of labor it took in producing them, and exchange of things among families is based on this.  Each family produces more than its needs.  In this way, the activities of production-exchange and justice-security are cyclical by way of mutual complementariness.  The cyclicality here is understood by observing dynamic eternality of coherence and mutual complementariness in labor and its appraisal, and among human values, intrinsic values and behavioral values. 

The formula of economic cyclicality described at the stages of family and village/community is scalable until whole world becomes united as one nation and all humans become united as one undivided society.  Cyclical Economic Order is natural destiny of humankind, and it is close in getting to know it, believe in it, recognize its presence, and live thereby.  

- Excerpt from English Translation of "Aavartansheel Arthashastra" by Shree A. Nagraj

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