A friend has written to me that Aprigraha is a very ancient concept and may not be possible to practice it in today's world. I think it can be practiced. It is more relevant today than at any time in the past. Gandhi gave it a new meaning. He called it a life of voluntary poverty. In today's world poverty is consider as a curse. Of course poverty is a curse. But voluntary poverty has a altogether new concept. It does not mean at all to live in misery. Voluntary poverty means, consume whatever you need but with a spirit of renunciation. Donot run after accummulations blindly.
Biggest crisis in the world today is, for example, is the crises of Energy. We have been destroying our ecology and environment at the cost of our future generations, for the sake of Energy whatever it may cost. We are not thinking at all about our future generations. We are mad for more and more for the moment. This mad craze is making us all mad. We think of our own securiy only. Everybody is thinking of him or herself. This irrational way of thinking will be suicidal for one and all. We have to think about it seriously in a possitive way.I mean Think Positively, Act locally and Live Globally There is no other go. The trends of increasing social and personal violence in our daily life is directly linked to this phenomenon.
Therefore, it is important at this critical juncture to reconsiider and reevaluate the new meanings of Aprigraha in the context of Voluntary Poverty. The simple meaning of this concept is to look to the person behind you instead the person ahead of you economically and socially weak, Help him or her to come on equal footing with you. It is a simple task. There is no big philosophy.
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