Why is Spiritual Element Necessary?
Later on, from Adi Shankara’s spiritual lineage, Shri Vidyaranya Swami inspired his disciples, Hari Hara and Bukka Raya, to establish the very affluent Vijayanagara empire.
Chatrapati Shivaji once admitted that saints like Tukaram provided a necessary spiritual element to society. His mother Jijabai taught him nuggets of wisdom from Ramayana and Mahabharata to inspire him. Further, Samarth Ramdas, the great poet of the Dasbodh guided him on his political journey, helping him establish the legendary Maratha empire.
A great spiritual master, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, mentored his disciple Swami Vivekananda, thus taking the wisdom of Hinduism to the west in its purest form. How many of us know it was Swami Vivekananda who inspired the creation of the eminent Indian Institute of Science?
The entire world adores India for its spirituality, and some semi-literates want to take it away from us? However, the key question is that how can we marry two seemingly opposite ideas viz. material affluence and spiritual growth? India is one of the nations that has demonstrated this in the past. We are a land of Raja rishis, like Janaka, Rama and Shivaji. This land has seen rishis with immense contributions to mathematics and sciences like medicine, astronomy, and physics.
Nevertheless, our kings were not hegemonic, unlike some “affluent” nations these days. This came from a certain inner balance that spirituality brings. Lastly, before bringing in the rubbish argument that India was occupied, please read some history.