Satyamev Jayate

May 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Real-life experiences | 2 Comments

There is a captivating TV serial called “Satyamev Jayate” presented by the Bollywood actor Amir Khan. Though just a couple of weeks old, it has gripped the audiences across India.

In last week’s episode on child abuse, Amir made a statement which according to me is very important; not just in the context of the topic of the episode, but also the way we view our seniors and elders. He said “Don’t respect elders for their age but their behavior”. This approach can be applied to all cases where we automatically accept whatever is said or advised by those higher than us in hierarchy status or of course age. This blind faith has great risks associated with it and for this there is nobody to blame but ourselves.

When a person has worked in some areas for many years or he has seen and faced lot of different situations, he is likely to be specialized in certain areas. But that does not automatically make him SUPERIOR in every respect. We should interact with him, take benefit of his experience but need not feel that we are in any way inferior.   In yesterday’s episode on marriages and dowry, he made an interesting suggestion “When first time a demand is made for dowry, refuse it; else there is no end to the greed”. This is true for all wrong doing we notice. We think it is just an exception and let it go, but how often do we nip it in the bud?

Just imagine how much human potential will be unleashed if majority of us are able to adopt these suggestions in our day to day practice.



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  1. We should interact with him, take benefit of his experience but need not feel that we are in any way inferior.

    This is a very important statement. Thank you sir 🙂

  2. Some cultures do not recognize the age based hierarchies. In many western countries, one can observe this. So, the discussions, brain storming sessions happen freely and frankly. Where as in some eastern countries, this attitude of “yes boss” and / or not opening the lips when boss is speaking is still there.

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