The solution is what the Mahamandal is attempting to do. Things have come to this horrible pass mainly due to politics. Only some cunning, self-centred people go into politics here. They form governments and become ministers. You know how elections are held. Is there any will for the good of the country, for the good of the younger generation? We just want to gratify our own cravings for enjoyment, power, and money by hook or by crook. There is hardly anybody, at least in politics, who really feels for our youths, for our toiling and suffering masses.
Before Independence we had many leaders in society and a few real leaders in politics also. Now there are none for the young to emulate. Nobody knows what change is required and where. The ministers, administrators, and the planners of our education are themselves not educated in the real sense. Nor do they have any touch with the harsh reality in which most of our young people have to struggle. So, there is no chance at all of any worthy idea coming out of their heads. If you don’t mind – the country is being governed by fools – neither by knowledge, nor by love. Everybody who is in a good position is interested in his own pay, prospect, and promotion. Swami Ranganathanandaji once spoke about the tyranny of these three P’s. Many of the MLAs and MPs are almost illiterate, some are criminals.
You are young. The future of our motherland completely depends on you. If you too do not try to be proper men, you will perhaps earn well and many of you may not, and the burden of family will fall on your shoulders, and you may not be fit for the struggle. We must be men, so that we shall not only boldly face our own troubles, but also work to rebuild our nation. So, an organization of bold and energetic young men is the need of the hour. What will be the source of their energy? The power of character, the power of love. We shall have to cultivate strength of the mind, of the body, and, above all, of the heart. We must have a rational and scientific approach. Stop all misuse of time. We are wasting so much time viewing TV, viewing games and entertaining programmes. Today babies on the lap of their mothers are watching TV! TV is run entirely on commercial – and not moral – principles. Hardly any good can come out of it. The government is happy as it earns a lot from it. But we must not be victims of such nation-wide character-assassination schemes.
Let us read good books conducive to life-building, join the training camps and other activities of the Mahamandal, make a strong determination, and work hard to build our life and character. That will solve the problem.