Values & Beliefs

  • December 3, 2016
  • Les Routes Insolites

The values of Indians are their religious beliefs. The most prominent religion in India is Hindu. Most of the values mentioned derive from the specific beliefs of Hindus. Hindus value their gods and worship a variety of gods and goddesses. They believe in reincarnation, with good karma, are reborn into a higher caste or even as a God. Bad Karma can result in being reborn into a lower caste or even as an animal. The ultimate goal of a Hindu is to reach “nirvana”. Nirvana is the releasing of the soul from a cycle of reincarnations or rebirths. Hindus also believe.

Respect your elders

Unlike other cultures that may or may not promote selling the body parts of elderly people, Indian culture emphasizes Respect for Elders. Elderly people will have typically sacrificed a lot of the stuff that would have made them happy just so that you can be happy. And hence, you must now sacrifice most of what would make you happy in order to make them happy. This sort of circular ponzi logic might not make any sense to you, but don’t worry – when you become Elderly, it won’t make any sense to your kids either.

Focus on education

Having a strong educational background will make you a thoughtful, knowledgeable and articulate person; these attributes will enable you to clearly express your outrage when you realize that uneducated people have amassed egregious amounts of wealth and power while you have been busy amassing an egregious amount of educational debt.

Be family-oriented

Families are a critical Indian value, and you must study them in great detail: mostly by asking probing questions whenever you meet people with families. After intensive study, you will realize that many Indian families are actually severely dysfunctional, and you will naturally decide that you want to put off starting your own family for as long as possible. Once you decide this, you should start a family immediately, because it makes Elderly people happy.

Trust in the institution of marriage

As far as possible, get an arranged marriage. The main advantage of an arranged marriage is that a marriage that starts with near-zero love can only get better. If your marriage doesn’t get better over time, you should be ashamed because you really need to stop thinking about yourself and focus on your kids now.

Sacrifice

Life offers you a series of choices. The Indian Value of sacrifice helps you to make the right choices, so you feel you did everything you could when you finally realize that for the most important things in life, you really had no choice.

There are two steps to sacrificing:

  1. Acquire something of value – this step is sort of important because otherwise you would have nothing to sacrifice.
  2. Perform the sacrifice – Sacrifice something of smaller value to acquire something higher in value.

Important: Make sure that in your eagerness to sacrifice, you do not sacrifice your Indian values.

Additional value for women

Avoid, at all costs, getting pregnant before marriage; after marriage, get pregnant as soon as possible.

Some other values that are part of India’s cultural heritage are:

  • Living peacefully and respecting each other’s rights.
  • Never ever compromising on integrity for the purpose of prosperity.
  • Maintain strong bonds with the family members as well as relatives.
  • Being hospitable to everyone who comes to your home, irrespective of his caste, creed, financial position or status.
  • Treating guest as God i.e. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’.
  • Remembering and bowing to God first thing in the morning.
  • Indulging in yoga and meditation.
  • Always taking the advice of elders in case of any important decision.