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7/11/14

Swadeshi does not imply nationalism.

Swadeshi does not imply free trade.


Both free trade and nationalism are mired in dualism. They are opposites and hence are each other. One exists only in reference to the other. Both have caused immeasurable grief to the world.

Swadeshi means that we bring our consciousness to the small. Instead of self-identification with an entity that is large like our country or the world (nationalism and free trade respectively), we pay attention to what we can actually experience. And that is relationship.

Since we can experience only through relationship and not through concepts we must ask at what level are we really capable of experiencing relationships. When I say we I mean all of us ordinary people like you and me. I am not talking about some mystic yogi or guru but just simply the everyday person living his or her everyday life. Us.

We can only experience relationship with people around us. Our families and our neighbors. That we must engage with them primarily is a self evident truth. Who else are we going to engage with? Some teacher, some leader thousands of miles away or someone long passed whom we have made into a god? That is not engagement, that is worship. That is not relationship, it is farce. The only meaningful relationships we can have are with our immediate neighbors, the land we live on and all that grows and lives on it.

This is swadeshi. To have a relationship with our neighbors. Economics is simply a subset of that web of intricate relationships spun in the garden of truth.

So let us stop blaming others. In fact let us forget about the concept of other. It does not exist in the swadeshi spirit. There is only togetherness.

Swadeshi is a small togetherness.

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