The War of Enlightenment: What is it?
ArutkuRal devotes more than five chapters to explain the intricacies of the war of Enlightenment. It is the war all civilized societies must wage continuously and tirelessly to maintain the civilized way of life. But it may be asked: No civilization known to history has managed to maintain itself at the high level; civilizations rise and fall and some disappear into the thin air. The great moments in the history of a nation is only a fine blossom of creative forces that blooms and withers only to reappear, if at all, several centuries later. There are ups and downs over which man has no control. The rise and decline are beyond the powers of the mortal individuals to regulate and control. But all these because we never UNDERSTOOD why nations fall. Once we understand the hidden forces that bring about DECLINE and there is collective awareness of these forces, it is possible to arrest if not delay the decline of nations. The present historical situation where communication technology has brought about a revolution in the spread of information may enable us to be COLLECTIVELY AWARE of the forces of decline and hence collectively wage battles against it. The war of enlightenment seeks to ENLIGHTEN MAN so that he is freed from the bondage that exists in the form of prejudices in the psychic interiority. A collective awareness of this and a vigilance against such forces may help us to arrest the decline so that the nation continues to be productive and creative.
arutkaNNee kaNNaay anaivarukkum viduthitharum
porutkOLu daiyappukaril pOr
¦À¡Õð§¸¡Ù ¨¼ÂôÒ¸Ã¢ø §À¡÷
izithakamai ceRRu iRavaa meynjaanam
uzitharaveng kumoongkum pOr
¯Æ¢¾Ã¦Åí Ì§Á¡íÌõ §À¡÷
What is the primary motivation?
Unlike the wars of greed and protests and revolts against injustice where there can be killing, in this war of enlightenement, killing is not only avoided but never aimed at. If there is killing in such wars then it defeats its own purpose. However there is destruction but what it seeks to destroy is the METAPHYSICAL IGNORANCE the root cause of which is ANAVAM , a metaphysical reality that is ALREADY THERE in the psychic interiority of every individual and make him an ANU, a finite individual who thrives only with limited understanding. Ordinary understanding is characterized by finitude and it is only because the Anavam blocks off and disfigures, distorts visions that there are prejudices of various kinds. The SEEING is delimited by the presence of ANAVAM and because of which exists DARKNESS in understanding that we recognize as IGNORANCE. Man is mean and miserable only because his SEEING is delimited and once the delimitation is destroyed and overcome, he begins to SEE more and through that become more enlightened and illuminated.
kuRRanjcey vaanin kuun aRuththup pOkki
naRRanjceya vUkkunal larutpOr
ÌüÈï ¦ºö Å¡É¢ýÜý
¿üÈï¦ºÂ çìÌõ¿ø ÄÕð§À¡÷
kollung karuththinRi kodaiyaa meynjaanam
vellavee viLangkum viirapOr
¦ÅøÄ§Å Å¢ÇíÌõ Å£Ãô§À¡÷
uNmai uNarththi uyarniithi viLakkiyuLam
vellum vizuppa mudaiya
¦ÅøÖõ Å¢ØôÀ Ó¨¼Â
The war is waged against UNTRUTH, against FALSITY and HYPOCRACY, against any PRETENSES to genuine wisdom so that TRUTH stands firm and well established as the beacon of LIGHT that keeps on showing the RIGHT FORM of existence to everyone in the community.
What is the Outcome?
What is destroyed is the metaphysical ignorance which is the source of all the evils of man. And with its destruction what we have is the augmentation of GRACE in the bosom of man; inhumanity is destroyed and in its place humanness with its attendant LOVE comes to prevail. There is SYMPATHY for the downtrodden and needy ; more CARE and CONCERN for the poor and ignorant. The people in the lower rungs of development- and there are always such people in every society- are not hated despised and scorned. Despite all the problems they create for society as a whole, appropriate steps are taken and national wealth is spend to improve their lot.
arutkathirai adaviisi aRaththaaRu akalaathu
irutkadiya viYarrum pOr
Õð¸ÊÂ Å¢ÂüÚõ §À¡÷
arutpOrin vaakaikaL athikarikkum punitham
vizuppaaRRin meelaakkum viththai
Å¢ØôÀ¡üÈ¢ý §ÁÄ¡Ìõ Å¢ò¨¾
There is now more of PUNITHAM, honesty purity and such other divine qualities all because the inner darkness of evil is destroyed without however deviating ethical norms. The methods are just as important as the intentions and the methods always remain ethically acceptable. Furthermore, more specifically it deals with the Unconscious and hence necessarily the war is Depth Psychological. It seeks to OPEN UP THE EYES so that the hidden and unconscious, that which remains covered-up do not remain so.
aziccinthai pOkki arutsinthai thaakkinuthal
vizithirakkum viththaip pOr
Å¢Æ¢¾¢ÈìÌõ Å¢ò¨¾ô §À¡÷
The nuthalvizi is a metaphor for the seeing of the Unconscious and hidden., that which is the substance of metaphysical ignorance. It is this eye that is opened up in the war of enlightenment and hence it is a battle waged in the metaphysical realms, the realms of culture that is sustained by religions , philosophies and ideologies.
The Genuine Political Leader.
Now we can see that it is he who wages this kind of war who deserves to be called the LEADER for it is he who keeps the whole society highly civilized, safeguards the whole community from falling into the clutches of evil, ignorance and general decay. What is much more important for human happiness is the ETHICAL QUALITY of the general public,: purity honesty truthfulness and genuine sympathy. A wealthy nation of unethical individuals will never make anyone happy. Happiness is not simply that which results as a byproduct of economic prosperity ; it depends much more on humane qualities that are available among the general public.
arasaruL eeRunal larutOr vallaan
porutpOr puuriyar pOr
«ÃºÕû ²Ú¿ø ÄÕð§À¡÷
¦À¡Õð§À¡÷ âÃ¢Â÷ô §À¡÷
amaiccark kaavathu arutpOr alavenin
kumaicca looduLang kuRUukum
Ì¨Áîº §Ä¡ÎÇí Ìê¯Ìõ
Where the political leaders do not attend to the processes of human development , particularly the ethical as such , people tend to be mean and miserable with petty jealousies destructive selfishness and narrow mindedness. There will be no individuals with the LARGER VISION that sustains the whole society at the high level of civilization. The politics that fails to produce such individuals and accord a place of honor for them if they exist, is already digging its own grave.