429.The Man in Blue – Once upon a Time …..

Once upon a time there was a rich man who lived near Chandigarh. He owned a big mango plantation and every year when the fruit was ready for harvesting he needed a lot of people to pick the mangos.

He offered a very low rate for the work and the only people that took the job were migrants from states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, living in the jhuggi colonies on the verges of Chandigarh.

By paying low wages and exploiting poor people he made big profits, and was able to buy very expensive cars and a huge house with a big garden. He was a Sikh and he knew about the teaching of Guru Nanak, but he did not realise that there was blood in his roti.

Once upon a time there was a man who ran a ‘sweatshop’ in Southall, where people stitched clothes. As he liked to maximise his profits he only employed a few people officially, paying tax and national insurance. His other workers were illegals who worked long hours for very low pay.

By paying low wages and exploiting poor people he made big profits, and was able to buy very expensive cars and a huge house with a big garden. He was a Sikh and he knew about the teaching of Guru Nanak, but he did not realise that there was blood in his roti.

I have made up these stories, but they are based on what I have seen around me, both in India and in Europe. The behaviour of the rich men in the stories is against the teachings of all ‘dharms’, all faiths.

People of all dharms, of all religions ignore these teachings, they forget that these also apply to life in 2010, that these are teachings for all times.

Whether it is Jesus’ Good Samaritan or Guru Nanak’s Bhai Lalo, they both show us the way to the sort of behaviour that will start us off on our journey to Sach Khand, the Realm of Truth, where we will find unity with God.

Respect all, pay a fair wage and if you want others to work hard for you, you should work hard too. Simple principles based on universal values. The world would become a much better place if more people would understand that these are practical teachings, not theoretical philosophy.

Some UK politicians say that we have a broken society. We can only mend that society by seeing God in all. Some people make fabulous profits on the stock and commodity exchanges, some families have been unemployed for generations, or are exploited doing degrading work for very low wages. The philosophy of ‘More, More, More’ and ‘Me, Me, Me’ breaks our link with The One All Pervading and All Powerful and breaks our link with All Creation.

389.The Man in Blue – Moral politicians, Moral us ?

I am not impressed by the present hysteria around MP’s expenses. If you have lived in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh you know what corruption is really like. What our MPs have been up to is ‘peanuts’ compared with sub-continental practices.

Our MPs keep saying that what they did was within the law and approved by the relevant authorities. Apart from some MPs who really stretched the interpretation of the rules to the very limit, this seems to be true.

Mind you, changing the status of your first residence to second residence for financial gain and selling properties that have been bought with financial support of the taxpayers and pocketing the profits sounds like fraud.

The real problem is not that most of our MPs are particularly bad, but that they are a reflection of our society where ‘making money’ is the number one value and where many people think that they have a right to extraordinary large slices of the cake, because of the position they have in society.

People are not encouraged to judge on ethical grounds, but on ‘what you can get away with’, more or less within the rules.

Does an MP need a huge income ? Does an MP have to be on an equal footing with a captain of industry ? Do top bureaucrats need to earn £ 100.000 a year or more ? Are even our local councillors not overpaid ?

Many of us could easily do with less, fewer earthly goods, simpler food, simpler clothing. Urban poor often live on fast food and claim they cannot afford fresh food. But rice or roti with simple mixed vegetables is cheaper and healthier than the frozen or tinned foods from the supermarket !

We should all, in business, in politics, in government jobs or whatever look at the ethical side of our life first and foremost. Is it justified to earn 50.000 or more while people who do ‘simple’ but essential jobs like cleaning do not even get half of it ? Is it really justified claiming certain expenses, would you not have bought these things anyway, business trip or not ?

Imagine that you were to meet with any of our Gurus, could you look him straight into the eyes explaining your lifestyle, the unnecessary things that you spend your money on, the time and energy wasted on acquiring Maya ?

Our MPs would be happier with less, we all would be happier with less. Spending less, living a simpler life will make us richer than any millionaire, and will cure the ills western and eastern societies suffer from. Not just living for ‘me, me, me’ but sharing with others is the profitable way of life.

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