VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM(The World is one family – an ancient Vedic term)

Here goes a Sloka (couplet) from the Atharva Veda (one of the 4 Vedas – treatises on knowledge from ancient India) which embodies the true spirit of humanness expressed, not today, but four thousand years ago.

We are the birds of the same nest,
We may wear different skins,
We may speak different languages,
We may believe in different religions,
We may belong to different cultures,
Yet we share the same home – OUR EARTH.

Born on the same planet
Covered by the same skies
Gazing at the same stars
Breathing the same air
We must learn to happily progress together
Or miserably perish together,
For man can live individually,
But can survive only collectively

It is this spirit of humanness that has been the undercurrent of existence in a part of the world known by many names like Aryavarta, Jambudwipa, Bharatvarsha, Hindustan or India. This spirit has also prevailed in many other parts of the world where the right thinking of humankind has prevailed.

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