A citizen of the universe honors the integrity of his culture while simultaneously respecting and appreciating the diversity of all cultures, religions and traditions in the world. His desire is that we should all grow together, prosper together and enjoy fulfillment together. This wish is expressed in the Vedic prayers:
“Om. May all be happy, May all be healthy, May all see auspiciousness. May none suffer.”
“Om. May all become auspicious. May all attain peace. May all achieve perfection. May all be blessed.”
The world is in need of citizens of the universe. An over-emphasis on the narrow boundaries of national patriotism has led to the fragmentation of the world. The world needs citizens who can embrace the whole world as one family, citizens who embody the Vedic ideal contained in the Manu Smriti: “Vasudaiva Kutumbakum” – “The World is My Family”. People who vow their lifelong allegiance to their fellowmen everywhere, who pledge their life to prevent injustice to any human being, who are committed to serve the needs of their fellowmen irrespective of their race, religion, caste or professional status are needed in today’s world. Such people will be able to see beyond the artificial boundaries separating human beings from each other. Such people will be able to see their own individual lives as inextricably interwoven with the life of the universe as a whole.
What do you think? Can you describe a citizen of the universe?