“India is now recognized as a world leader”

Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohan Swami is the Chancellor of Swami Rama Himalayan University in Dehradun which held its first convocation in April, and is also the Executive Chairman of the Perdana University in Malaysia. A world renowned medical doctor, and a deeply philosophical man, he dialogued with India Empire’s Sayantan Chakravarty on issues close to his heart

Do you agree that we are Spiritual beings having a human experience?

My Gurudev taught me that all of God’s creation are part of the Divinity. He commenced all his speeches with “I pray to the Divinity in you”. He often told us “that God dwells in the cave of your heart. Why do you look for him everywhere else?” When we are born, we come into this known world until we depart into the unknown. It is important therefore to understand and know about death so that there is no fear of it. The experience we have as humans in this world must be one of self-transformation for the better. We should not create new desires for ourselves which in turn create new karmas and samskaras. I believe in the philosophy of living in this world and yet being above it. If only mankind can understand the reasons why we have been born and who we are as individual souls; and then make an effort to lead our life accordingly, the whole world will be different. Can you imagine what an experience it would be to live in Sathya Yuga?

The Hindu scriptures and the Vedas contain so much detailed information on how we can conduct ourselves. On how to make our lives, and that of others, more meaningful through love. However the texts can take us only to a particular level. The most important point is to receive direct knowledge through contemplation. Proper breathing techniques, meditation and yoga are steps that take us in that direction. The Guru can guide and bless us. Ultimately it is between the individual and his creator. And that can only be achieved by our own actions and through contemplation.