Vethathirian Five fold culture
Prof. Dr. Madhavan . P
(Managing Trustee – Bangalore Indiranagar SKY Trust)
IntroductionCulture is a part of evolution of humankind. It is an indicator for civilization. The differencebetween a learned person and an idiot is the culture (and not knowledge). A highly culturedperson is a highly evolved, civilized and learned person.Culture is a word derived from two Indian words viz.,( Kalai + Achar ). They mean (Fine Arts +Discipline ). Fine arts are the expression of people and the discipline is the working system.People to live a virtuous (dharmic) life towards the path of self realization which is the verypurpose of life.Thus the culture sets the path of our living to accomplish the purpose of life.Virtuous (Dharmic) LifeVirtuous way of life has three distinct principal features for its implementation, namely, Morality,Duty and Charity.Morality, is defined as an act that will not hurt self and others, not only for the present but also for the future, in terms of Thought, Speech and physical action.Duty is defined as the Dues that one must return back to the society starting with parents, family,Teachers, Farmers, Weavers, workers, Country and the world without which one will not be in thisposition today.Charity is defined as the responsible act to give away the surpluses one has in terms of Physique, Faculty and Economy to those have-nots due their poverty, illness, old age etc.This definitions are not action plans. A common man wants to know, what he must do to lead avirtuous life. Our Common man’s Philosopher has given this simple 5 fold culture for all to follow.5 fold culture1. Work - Earn – Live.2. Do not hurt / harm others – by Thought , Speech & Act ( Ahimsa )3. Do not kill anything – even for food. (Be Vegetarian )4. Do not encroach into others freedom & property.5. Be Loving , Merciful & Helpful.