Philosophy of Being Human
‘Philosophy of Being Human’ is a detailed study of the scars, twists and perversions forced in the Indian psyche, engineered by her foreign conquerors. It is unique about India that it has a non-violent culture and a non-violent spiritual discipline, which has inspired the ideal of one world and one humanity ever since the ancient times. At the same time, India has always tempted all living beings in the world, unscrupulously and in goodwill, to neglect self-defense, and decide, euphorically, that nobody would contemplate harming them, since they wish all the people of the world freedom, love and equality. The ancient Indians had developed selflessness and benevolence to an amazing extent. This universalism and open-embrace policy of the ancient Indians was looked upon as rank foolery by some of the pirate tribes in India’s neighborhood that had made it their routine to survive on banditry. They allied themselves with certain exclusive religionists and jingoists and overran India quite pleasantly. It proved to be a deadly combination, since the power of ignorance inborn in their narrow outlook compounded monstrously. They did not only snatch their country and peace from the Indians, they subjected their souls to extreme torture and mutilations. They plucked the very eyes out of their humanism and spiritualisms.
This book deals with this brutalized and mutilated psyche of the Indians. It is unique in that it does not show any hatred for those who engineered deformities in the Indian psyche. It teaches them the restoration of their original psyche, without taking any help from violence, hatred and anger. It hinges its therapy on two unique points of strength in the Indian psyche. One of them is the perennial philosophical truth; widely known to the Indians that evil is not an independent and objective existent. God has given to the soul and humanity only goodness, truth and beauty. Evil is, in essence fractured goodness. Nirmal Kumar holds the same view that India’s greatest sages (rishis) and Buddha and Mahavir preached that evil is essentially non-existent. Everybody can test its emptiness, by sacrificing their soul to the various evil experiences of life, and asking those experiences to sacrifice them unto each other. Those experiences should not be allowed to combine their painful powers, nor should they be allowed to fight each other. Here the author says that like the laws of physics that are presupposed first and proved by experiments later, there are immutable spiritual laws, too, that were presupposed by the sages, Mahavir and the Buddha, and that have been repeatedly proven true by every generation of the Indians for more than the last five thousand years. One of these laws is that evil has no independent existence. It is like the rainbow in its seven splits of the white sunray. The seven colors of the rainbow can be re-converted into the white sunray by merely passing it through the prism. In the case of the forms of evil that humans experiences in life, their soul performs the function of the prism. When the soul of the person sacrifices itself to all the evil experiences, pressing on that person’s heart at a point of time, that person enters the very core of those evil experiences, and acquires the spiritual power to command them to make a similar self-sacrifice unto each other. This self-sacrifice prevents evil from strengthening itself by combining all the evil experiences. Over centuries, humans have acquired a habit of combining all their experiences, and thereby they only strengthen evil against themselves. The self-sacrifice of the soul prevents evil from combining, while their mutual self-sacrifice simply liquidates them.
Nirmal Kumar says categorically that man overcomes evil finally and conclusively by sacrificing his immortal soul to all its forms. Those many forms of evil cannot disobey the command of the soul that has already sacrificed itself to them. He says that it is a spiritual law, as immutable as any law of physics. Its truth is proven only when one practices it. Gandhi in modern times has proven its efficacy. Here comes the second immutable spiritual law of Nirmal Kumar, that the soul that sacrifices itself to evil forms becomes their master and can command them to indulge in mutual self-sacrifice, and thus liquidate each other.
Nirmal Kumar goes on giving examples of the various sets of evil experiences that press on the heart at a point of time. One has to be utterly sincere and truthful in noting down the bunch of evil experiences that press on the heart together. Only those evil experiences that press on the heart at a point of time bear an organic relationship with each other, which makes them succumb to each other’s power of annihilation. They annihilate by sacrificing themselves to each other, not by combating or by uniting their forces.
It is a profound work, and it is a pity that it is the only book of its kind. To be the only book of its kind does not mitigate its importance and wisdom. Nirmal Kumar has put the wisdom of the rishis to practice, and has shown the way to practice it in daily life. It is not amazing that one man has created it. Such works are always done by one single person. They cannot be created collectively. It is a philosophic system in itself that has rational foundations.