Note: This article below is from NSFfoundation on universal values.
Are we poor?
Dr. B. Parameswara Rao, founder of BCT, a non-profit NGO in India, articulated that there are seven kinds of poverty, not just economic, which ails us. When we are poor, we suffer from their consequences.
1.Economic poverty: lack of food, clothing and shelter
2.Bodily poverty: lack of health and hygiene, malnutrition
3.Mental poverty: lack of thinking and education
4.Cultural poverty: lack of cultural activities and practices
5.Spiritual poverty: lack of mental peace and feeling of brotherhood
6.Political poverty: not casting one’s vote, lack of development
7.Societal poverty: lack of unity and neighborliness
By practicing Universal Values, we have an opportunity to stay away from these afflictions.
Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. He posed many questions: What is virtue? What is justice? What is courage? What life is good? What is piety? What is moderation? Do the means justify the ends? What is truth? What is knowledge? What is love? What is wisdom? Who is a wise man?
Through practice of Universal values, we gain great insights in answering such questions.
Why Values Lead to Excellence?
Comments by Swami Chidatmananda, Chinmaya Mission, Hyderabad
1.All powers and capacities within us are harmoniously developed by the practice of values.
2.There is an intrinsic urge in every one to seek higher levels of Happiness, Fulfillment, Consciousness; this is possible only through values.
3.The Expression of Inborn desire for self-improvement expresses itself in the form of values.
4.Values makes us transcend the impulses of the moment & ephemeral situations.
5.Honor, Power, Wealth, Pleasure are attained through Values.
6.Values make our mind Fresh, Intelligent & Tranquil, F I T.
7.Pleasure, Happiness, Joy, Bliss are possible through values.
8.Sublimation and destruction of Bad thoughts and Impressions is possible through values.
9.Rising above the Ego through Morality is possible through values.
10.Right values lead us to correct understanding, this leads us to Quietness of Mind, which leads us to Real peace and finally to the experience of Divinity.
What are Universal Values?
Life, liberty, and happiness are cherished by all human beings. In fact, they are cherished by all living beings. Those values that promote them at all times and places can be considered universal. Actions are taken by each individual in the interest of life, liberty and happiness. Every action has a consequence. While the action is in our control, the outcome is not always in our control. Right actions that are harmonious, uplifting, and life supporting need to be followed, while wrong actions that are conflicting in nature and unhealthy need to be avoided. Universal values also provide a mechanism to evaluate actions before they are undertaken.
By practicing universal values, we all should be able to experience peace, harmony and joy.
Some Examples of Universal Values:
Listen carefully with full attention
Think carefully before you say
Treat others as equal to you
Do not hurt others
Perform acts of kindness