Hinduism and self-sufficiency
A recent poll showed that a majority of Britons would like to be more self-sufficient
A recent poll claimed that 8 out of 10 Britons would like to be more self-sufficient. I have long had a strong belief in self-sufficiency, and it is very interesting to see interest in this area growing during difficult economic times.
Food is perhaps the most obvious area in which people seek to become self-sufficient. In the fifties my family and I spent several years becoming self-sufficient in food – but there are many other ways in which people can be self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is a philosophy, rather than any particular kind of action.
As I wrote in a previous blog, one of the things that appealed to me about Hinduism was that there the human and the divine worlds seemed very close to each other. The human beings in the myths are self-sufficient rather than god-dependent.
However, the picture is complicated because arguably, self-reliance is divinely aided. The Hindus understand that – and of course, they are not alone in doing so.