Spirit of Sacrifice

“सःयज्ञाह  प्रजा  सृष्ट्वा  पुरोवचः  प्रजापतिः |

 

अनेन  प्रसविष्यध्वमेश  वो अस्त्विष्टकमधुक || ” (भगवदगीता :३ :१०)

The Prajapati (Creator) having in the beginning (of creation) created mankind, together with sacrifices said, “by this (yagna spirit) you shall prosper, let this be the milchcow of your desires – Kamadhuk “ (the mythological cow which yields all desired objects).

Even when the Creator brought forth the living organisms along with man, on this stage of life to work, to strive, to achieve, he created “the yagna-spirit” the spirit of self dedicated activities. This is seen everywhere: the Sun shines, the Moon appears, the Sea throbs, the Earth bears, – all in a spirit of sacrifice and self dedicated motherly love, never with even a trace of attachment or self arrogating motives. The Creator created the world along the spirit of service and the capacity for sacrifice. Therefore there is no achievement impossible for man. He must know how to act in the discipline of co-operation, with the spirit of sacrifice and the required amount of non-attachment.

Salutations unto this “spirit of yagna” among the Japanese. As Japanese survivors cope with food and gasoline shortages amidst the aftershocks and rising body count, after the earthquake and Tsunami, they draw on a sense of social order. Unlike scenes in natural disasters, there is little anger, no looting. Neighbors are willing to share with others and cutting back on energy use to limit the need for rotating blackouts. On a daily basis — in tragedy and in good times — the Japanese have “come up with a system to accommodate each other.” They are kind to the neighbors and look out for their neighbors. That’s why the crime rate is low. Family ties, social hierarchies and a collective spirit are important to the Japanese.

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