Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture

Indian culture was, is, and will be spiritual for all eternity. Spirituality is the other side of the coin of Indian Culture and India is destined to maintain and preserve spirituality. The principles which form the foundation of India`s cultural heritage are based on spirituality.

Spiritual life is the true genius of India. Those who make the greatest appeal to the Indian mind are not the conquerors, the rich merchants or the great diplomats; but the holy sages, the Rishis who embody spirituality at its finest and purest. India`s pride is that in almost every generation and in every part of the country, from the time of her recorded history, she has produced these holy men who embody for her all that the country holds most dear and sacred. Though they generally remain away from the main stream of life, public leaders, rulers and commoners pay reverent homage to them and take their advice in the problems of their personal lives as well as public affairs. By their lives they teach us that pride and power, wealth and glory, are nothing in comparison with the power of spirituality. Invariably the sense of spirituality finds expression in art and culture in the form of painting, sculpture, music, song, dance, drama, speech and literature in Indian life.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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12 Responses to Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture

  1. I have referred the contents of ‘The Vedanta Kesari’ Vol.99, No.12 entitled ‘Spotlight: Indian Culture’ in drafting my article ‘Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture’.

  2. Well said. Spirituality is part of every culture. Its component is more in our society. In-fact cultural differences exist because cultures are different. Cultures develop because of historical, geographical, social and many other factors which operate over a period of time making us what we are. We are relatively more spiritual, more submissive, tolerant and less materialistic people. Every coin has two sides. Spirituality might have been a factor that we were ruled by others for so many years. Durable happiness is better achieved through spirituality.

  3. Vinod Varma says:

    As I understand, spirituality is search for ultimate truth. It is realized by Self within, and it is purely a personal experience. I have come across many people from different parts of world who is in such pursuit, and are successful. Gurus who walked ahead of us, and attained such realization guide us, irrespective of which time and space they are/were in. We are indeed lucky to have many such Gurus in India.

    ananthasamsaarasamudrathaara naukaayithaabhyaam gurubhakthidaabhyaam vairaagyasaamraajyadapoojanaabhyaam namo namah sree gurupaadukaabhyaam

    I pray at the feet of Guru who, as a boat for crossing the endless ocean of samsara, leads to devotion for Guru and (through worship) world of dispassion.

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Spirituality is the unique thing in Indian culture. In ancient age also spirituality was in the form of worship to nature. In India, nature is GOD where as in western culture nature is a resource. Here we have example of a king who left his palace and became Buddha. We are proud of these sages & Rishis of India. I read in newspaper that a 8 years old kid suicides in USA, this may be due to lack of spirituality there. In this materialistic world everybody is searching peace, but where is peace without spirituality!

  5. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    I read the topic ‘Spiritual basis of Indian Culture’ in Yoga and Spirituality and have no voice of posting any comment much as India is the platform of Yoga & Spirituality as she gave birth the dictionary of world culture since inception of human civilization. Man may go and man may come, but Indian culture remains forever. No other man or nation would be able to axe or chop it at outrage of jealousy. Because Saviour (invisible God) descends as Avatar here & transmits bacon of light to seers, sages, monks, philosophers, warriors, scientists, poets, artists and so on with full power and vigour. Thus common people as mass form who are deviated from God`s path come to clutches and transform and turn their fortune and simultaneously world`s fortune as a whole. This shows the devotion, discipline, dedication, faith, and stead-forwardness of Indian generation to act as one family and shares same with westerners. Hence they are running mad after Indian culture like pieces of iron to magnet and rivers to ocean. But it is customary to say, a misfortune to Indian adult, now is under the flaming lamp, where the westerners are at lighted zone. No doubt mischievous culture covering them will not last long by the enlightened voice of both Sai Baba. Their discourses heed all beyond caste, creed, sect, nation and religion and only base on upliftment of humanity to remain close proximity to God. This is called Divine Leela: Miraculous Thunders. By Darsana, Sparsana, Swambhasana, everybody becomes magnetized by Avatar and adhered to own duty and lead as one family. This is called globalization of Indian Culture through Avatarhood.

    Now-a-days it became simpler by Sai Baba as follows: come to worship, see, learn, practice, preach and become self realized. This is God`s doctrine of emancipation of life. More simpler way if one follows the two words that is Sai & Baba .These signify See, Always, Inside (Introspection) and B~ Being, A~ Awareness, B~ Bliss, A~ Atma. All become circular unit to fit with receptor of cosmic soul. More clearly Baba exhorted to student mass to build nation as follows:-Love is my body, Truth is my breath, Bliss is my food, The Message is My Life. Here imagine the nature of Indian Culture; how massage is so effective. Such and so on is the spiritual basis of Indian culture unending for sustenance of Human Civilization in Yoga & Spirituality.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

  6. V Nageswar Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Good article, Well mentioned about Spritiual Basis of Indian Culture, Mainly to know more about the Genius of India and the sense of Spirituality.

    Thanking You,
    With Regards
    Bhubaneswar Odisha

  7. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    The article ‘Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture’ teaches us how to lead real life. Actually without spirituality, man is just like a beast. Man can’t control his mind and body without yoga and spirituality. Definitely your article will have good impact on every person in respect of all sections of people.

    Thanking You.
    Sri Madhusudan Mahunta
    Retd.BEE,CHC Sohela,Bargarh

  8. Dr. Krishna Ch Sith says:

    Dear Dr. Panda,

    I have gone through your article “Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture” on 09/01/2013. I am totally agreed with you that Indian culture always embracing spirituality is propagating its essence from prehistoric age to recent modern era through many holy sages, Rishis & Gurus and also to continue for ever.

    I think Indian Culture & Spirituality will sparkle, brighten like a Kohinoor Diamond among other cultures & It will be followed not only by the People of India but also by the World; whatever the impact of the modern changes in attitude & behaviour among People brought by Western Culture.

    Thanking You.
    Dr.Krishna Ch Sith, (M.D.)
    Retired Joint Director (Medical) Odisha

  9. Deepak Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your body is a temple where the soul resides. Practicing of yoga maintains the sanctity of your mind and purity of body. You explore the history of yoga and spirituality following simple and easy steps to discover entirely new world of self awareness.

    Thanking You.
    Deepak Sahu
    Computer Programmer
    Blood Bank,S.D.H.Padampur Dist.Bargarh

  10. Respected Sir,

    Spiritual life is the true genius of India. This line is the perfect Moral of the lesson. India is the country who enlightens the whole World through her noble persons from time to time till today. Yesterday on January 12, 2013 we had celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda who really enlightened the world about our culture as well as reality of Indian life through yoga and meditation.

    With regards,
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  11. This is true that Spirituality is the basis of Indian Culture, but some people are polluting this. Therefore may I suggest you to write something against of them who are polluting this so as to maintain the sanctity of Spirituality.

  12. Ellen Finan says:

    Good day my friend, hope all is well with you, i am glad to receive your response, you act like a true wise and respectable man, i am honored to have you in my heart today not just as a friend also as a true India brother, I may not have enough space and time to write you everyday but i will always reach you once in a while, there is a lot of demands and activities going on now, we are been deploy to work extra hard, ISIS has been a toe on the human flesh, with their terrorist attacks and manslaughter, we want to make sure we seize their control and find the best way to neutralize them, we all fight for the greater good of mankind, all human has a right to peace and righteousness, a world of lies, deceits, killing, terrorism will never be accommodated, with hard work and greater good i believe the globe will find peace again.

    I respect all human no matter what our tribe, differences, culture, traditions, belief or religion may be, we all have a heart and blood runs through us all, the first time i visit India, i love everything about the country, the creativity that the citizens deploys and the will to learn is beyond measures, i really do hope to visit once again.

    Don’t mind my long note i just wish to express myself freely, i write and speak over a thousand words each day, so i am use to it, i will try my best to write as much as i can, i hope to keep getting your messages everyday.

    Have a nice day and a lovely week, send my greetings and regards to your family. God bless you forever.

    Maj.Gen. Ellen Finan
    US Army

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