Looking at today's Times of India was wonderful, as there was an eight page collector's copy of the original newspaper on August 15, 1947. That made me think: How much have we really changed and evolved? Gandhiji used to fast, now Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare fast. Earlier movies used to play in one or two theaters, and have 3 or 4 shows, now we have numerous multiplexes and sometimes up to 10 shows a day. Somewhere along the way, I think we have forgotten our intentions and the dream that our forefathers had, of a free and independent India. We have evolved greatly over the years in some aspects, but in others, we still lag behind. On the world map, we are great economically, but are also the foremost in poverty and corruption. So are we really going ahead or going backwards? India seems to be the land of contradictions and paradoxes.
There is economic development, with everyone affording cars, and then there is traffic and potholes. We have many malls and flyovers coming up, but we still are traditional at heart and celebrate all our festivals. We have become global, and learn languages like French, Italian and Spanish, but we have also not forgotten our native languages: Gujarati, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi and many more. On a spiritual level, we love our deities, we do pujas, and go to temples, churches and mosques and are deeply religious, but we also are evolving on a spiritual level, and believe in a high power. There is a lot of mingling of cultures, and we are a rich nation, full of opinions and full of intelligent souls. But, we need to ask a few things that linger in our minds. Are we happy? Are we really free? Is corruption going to be the end of us all?
I asked the Tarot a few questions about our country on today, our independence day.
How is the future of India?
King of Wands
India is a mixture of people, and has a balance. We know how to have fun, yet we are responsible. We are happy go lucky and friendly, yet we are spiritual. The future looks a bit grim for the world. I see some major problems for the world financially, but India will be one of the few who will not be affected by it. Many nations will take advice from us as we are wise and experienced like The Hermit. The King of Wands card shows that a charming leader among us will lead the way.
Will we finally be meet an end because of corruption?
10 of Pentacles
Corruption is a major problem not only in India, but all over the world, as signified by The World card. There is a lot of money everywhere, and a lot of money involved in everything. That is the main reason for corruption. There will come a time when money will not be given so much importance, only love will reign. Till that time, corruption is a world wide issue. Corruption is also an individual thing. We can choose not to be corrupt individually by not accepting or giving bribes and by listening to our conscience.
It is an an individual choice.
What do the future generations need to learn?
3 of Cups
10 of Cups
The Hanged man
We got the 3 of Cups again! Which is a good card to come up. Here in this question, I feel this card symbolizes the unity of religion. We must all love one another and live in peace. The 3 Cups could signify the three major religions Hindus, Muslims and Christians in our country. We must all live in harmony and so should the future generations. If we do, there is nothing stopping us from pure happiness and success. We must be conscious of maintaining a peaceful environment and not hurting anybody.
"Learn more about your family's stories and history"
The future generations need to learn and remember what our ancestors did for us, they fought for our freedom and we must not misuse it. We pride ourselves on our rich and varied cultural heritage; we mustn't lose it, that is what keeps us different from the rest of the world. All in all this has been a very positive reading for India, I shouldn't have been so pessimistic about our future from the start.
I'm sure there are many more questions in your minds, but these are the basic ones which cropped up for me. If anyone wants to ask any India-related question, I can ask it and we can discuss it.