Japanese mindset Vs Indian mindset (Typical)

How a country’s future is shaped is very much dependent on how its young generation, the children of the country are brought up.

Important factors like the education system, inculcation of moral and cultural values, positive mindset, steadfastness and other virtues must be developed at an early age.

There are several Tamil proverbs that give a clear indication on this aspect. I just quote a couple of them as examples:

விளையும் பயிர் முளையிலே தெரியும்!

Which translates to “How a plant/tree will be shaped will be easily known during the sapling stage itself!

ஐந்தில் விளையாதது ஐம்பதில் விளையுமா?

Which translates to “If good virtues are not cultivated at five years of age, how will it be cultivated at fifty years?

I will mention a typical folk tale that is told by grandmothers/mothers/elders to the children in India and how the same tale is narrated to the children in Japan to elucidate this point:

Tale: The Crow, the old lady and the pancake.

Indian Version:

Once, a hungry crow saw an old lady sitting under a tree, making pancakes for a living. The crow approached the lady and said “I am hungry, please provide me something to eat”. The merciful old lady said I am poor but considering your condition, I am giving one of my pancakes that is for sale to you and you should not come to ask again. The crow got the pancake and perched on a tree. A fox nearby came and looked at the crow, flattered it by saying “you are very beautiful, please sing me a song.” The crow opened his mouth and cawed, the pancake fell from the crow’s mouth. The fox happily picked up the cake and ran away. The crow went again to the old lady and asked for another pancake. The old lady chided away the crow and it went disappointed.”

Lessons implicitly taught to/understood by young minds:

  1. It’s okay for senior citizens to be left alone and suffer at an old age.
  2. Promoting freebee culture: One need not to work to earn a living. It will be provided by the government/guardians.
  3. Carelessness and “Chalta hai” attitude: Not considering the difficult position of others and look at only one’s self-interests.
  4. Getting flattered easily and getting carried away despite one is full of faults.
  5. Not realizing flattery.
  6. Being deceitful is tolerable and concluding that, that is the one that is beneficial.
  7. It’s okay to shamelessly asking for favours from the same person despite warnings.
  8. Being merciful is of no value and one will be subject to only further exploitation for being mercy.

Japanese Version:

Once, a hungry crow saw an old lady sitting under a tree, ready to make pancakes. The crow approached the old lady and said “I am hungry, please provide me something to it”. I am ready to provide something but I am short of some fire wood. So please procure some for me. The crow procured the firewood despite his hunger, the old lady made some pancakes and gave one to the crow. Both thanked each other for their mutual help. The crow then went and perched on a nearby tree. A fox nearby came and looked at the crow, flattered it by saying “you are beautiful, please sing me a song.” The crow opened his mouth and cawed, the pancake fell down from the mouth. The fox picked up the pancake and started to run. On seeing this, the crow understood its follies, remembered the labour for collecting and bringing the firewood and realized that it must retrieve the pancake from the fox at any cost. It began to caw loudly immediately attracting the attention of other crows in the vicinity. All the crows rushed to call of the crow and pecked the fox to death, retrieved the pancake and handed it to the rightful owner.

Lessons implicitly taught to/understood by young minds:

  1. Enterprising nature of senior citizens.
  2. Dignity of labour – There is nothing called free lunch in this world.
  3. Showing gratitude for receiving favours.
  4. Everyone can make a mistake but it’s important to realise and learn from it.
  5. One must protect the fruits of one’s labour at all costs.
  6. Being confident of getting help when one is in difficulty.
  7. Unity is strength.
  8. Severe punishment will be given for being deceitful.

Conclusion: The effects of colonial rule over the past 400+ years (Mughals + British) has taken a big, seemingly irreversible toll on the general mindset of the populace, forgetting the original culture and moral values established since time immemorial by vedic culture. The present system of education continue to flourish and create only high quality “clerks” without any creative, analytical thinking and has made the people live a machine-like materialistic life. Unless, the political think-tank takes major decisions and the mindset of the public changes, the country is in for a serious crisis. The malaise of the society is evident even to a casual observer!

(As heard in a recent upanyasam (spiritual discourse) )

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Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

2 thoughts on “Japanese mindset Vs Indian mindset (Typical)”

  1. People should change completely. The government, the society, the families, the individuals should change in entirety.

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