Dhyan Appachu Bollachettira’s debut non-fiction book ‘Arya Dharma: The Noble Dharma’ was well received by the readers. The book shot into fame as it offered a unique solution to the societies of the world that are always seen rubbing shoulders for pride, prejudice, and other superfluous superiority.
He speaks to NEWS WORLD INC on the World Society and Noble Dharma concept and about his new upcoming book: The Art and Science of Real Wealth.
NWI: How do you see yourself as India’s rising philosophical/non-fiction author?
Dhyan: I am surprised to know that I am India’s rising philosophical/non-fiction author. It is a great honour. I have a long road to travel, I have just written two books. There are many others who have written much more works than me that have also been internationally acclaimed. However, I feel my achievement is not bad considering these books just came out in November 2019. I hope people read my works and develop a growth mindset that there is an alternate and better way.
NWI: What inspired you to write this book?
Dhyan: God has blessed me with a life where I have been able to travel the world and live among different kinds of people and have gained a lot of life experiences both good and bad.
I have lived in the USA for 12 years from 1997 to 2009 and even had a green card.
But though I was doing well materially in the USA, spiritually I found it very disappointing and returned to India and gave up my green card.
I wish to enlighten people of a better way based on my life’s insight and experiences into our (Bharatiya) great heritage and the pathetic state we are in today blindly aping what I call the FUKUS (France, UK, USA) systems which are totally unsuitable to anybody on this planet and especially harmful to nature.
NWI: How did you get the concept of Arya Dharma in your book?
Dhyan: In Sanskrit, Arya means those of noble character.
There is no correct translation of the word Dharma in English. The closest meaning is path of Truth and virtuous living.
So, Arya Dharma means The Noble Dharma. My books is an attempt to practice a Noble Dharma in all aspects of life from personal, economic, educational, leadership and government aspects that form society.
NWI: What is the message in the book?
Dhyan: In one sentence: A better way by a unique combination of our heritage, spirituality, and current affairs by going back to the future.
I hope readers will understand what I mean by the key to happiness.
The key to happiness is to do everything without expectations, attachment, and ego.
This is exceptionally difficult to achieve, but it actually as easy as learning to ride a bike. Once you achieve the right balance, it’s easy to ride the bike in any terrain.
The key is to achieve balance (समत्वम्ं Samathvam or equanimity) and this only comes through ध्यान Dhyana (loosely translated as meditation).समत्वम् Samathvam and ध्यान Dhyan are interchangeable.
One cannot exist without the other.But समत्वम् Samathvam can only come from practice of ध्यान Dhyan.
I have mentioned all the above in detail in my book.
I also hope my book will convince people to abandon the fraud FUKUS (France UK, USA) systems of trickle down casino capitalism and paid democracy and adopt more sustainable and holistically profitable systems I have mentioned in my book which will not only benefit humanity and reduce inequality and oppression, but also benefit nature and all beings in this world.
NWI: How did you get the concept of FUKUS in your book?
Dhyan: I did not invent the word FUKUS (France, UK, USA).
Timothy came up with this term while writing an article on the true version of the FUKUS war for “freedom” and “democracy” in Syria.
FUKUS (France, UK, USA) are the three main countries responsible for the current f🙊 up state of the world right from the days of colonisation of Bharat, Africa and USA to the current messed up state of the Middle East where FUKUS is fighting wars against secular “brutal” dictators, who had secular, stable, orderly and prosperous societies, to promote “freedom” and “democracy” run by fundamentalist rapists, looters and thugs.
NWI: How did you do research for this book?
Dhyan: This book is based on my life’s experiences and research into our great heritage ever since I started seriously on this subject in 1997. I have always been interested in our heritage and learnt about Vedanta when I was a young child. My father also has a good library of Vivekananda’s work, so I was fortune to develop this interest from childhood.
The genesis started in 2006 when I started a blog and used to write on it. My book only has about 70% of my work. My blog http://www.aryadharma.world was my main inspiration to enlighten people that there is a better way.
Then in mid-2019 I decided to put it in a book format, and it took me about 3 months to adapt my blog content to a book format.
NWI: What’s your take on #restorerealramrajya?
Dhyan: The Ram Rajya promoted by the current government and political party in power is far different from the I have written about in https://aryadharma.world/vedasandupanishads/ram-rajya-the-heavenly-rule-of-ram/.
During the time of Ram Rajya, actions mattered more than words, and more importantly word and action were one. While today only words count, actions can be completely different from words.
People ignorantly praise and clamour for Ram Rajya without understanding the sacrifice and dedication that went into building it.
Ram Rajya is not just the rule of Ram, it is the rule of Dharma of which Ram was the supreme embodiment.
Lord Ram followed Dharma, at all costs, even at the cost of sacrificing his wife, his unborn children and his own self.
During Ram Rajya, not only Ram, but people themselves followed Ram and tread faithfully on the path of Dharma.
Hence, I developed the twitter #restorerealramrajya.
NWI: Would you mind telling a bit about your next book?
Dhyan: This book is initially based on two articles I wrote in 2017 and 2020 on my blog http://www.aryadharma.world. The article is https://aryadharma.world/articles/the-art-and-science-of-speculation/(2017) and https://aryadharma.world/articles/the-way-forward-after-the-china-virus-pandemic/ (2020).
I was actually planning to write this book next year, but about 2 months ago in May 2020, I saw the madness to invest in all the popular avenues, reappear in people, who should be extremely careful and conservative during these perilous times.
So, I sat down to write this book and completed all the chapters in about 2 weeks in June 2020. It was just assembling my life’s learnings and observations, so it did not take much time since I had much of the material that already goes into my book available, albeit in a scattered fashion.
My book explodes the conventional methods of investing in Bharat in land, gold and other so-called investments. It offers an alternative of more profitable and consistently income generating methods.
I have been in the field of investing ever since I was a young teen.
I had made enough money before I was 30, that ordinary people would not have made in a lifetime.
But my short-term emotional thinking, arrogance, and greed blew away all those earnings.
I thought I should share my life’s learning to help prevents others from making the mistakes I made until 2018 and go on to the success I am having since 2019.
But this publication has a higher purpose. To get you to read my book Arya Dharma: The Noble Dharma.
NWI: What authors or books have been great influences on you?
Dhyan: I must have read more than 200 books since school days. When I was very young, I used to read a lot of Arthur Conan Doyle and Roald Dahl. This enabled me to think analytically, differently and have an open mind.
Some of the books I still remember are the complete works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Roald Dahl
As I grew up, I was very influenced by the writings of S Radhakrishnan, our second president who I consider one of the greatest modern philosophers, Jiddu Krishnamurthy, Sankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda and I used to listen to a lot of talks by Alan Watts.
I still read a lot nowadays and Medium.com has also become a favourite read. I also write on Medium.com.
I like the idea of Medium.com.
It is citizen driven journalism – anybody can start writing there and there is absolutely no censorship or moderation as far as I have seen.
Most of the writers I have come across in Medium.com are analytical and free speaking and unbiased, unlike conventional paid, biased and compliant mainstream media.
Some of the books that changed my life are:
- S Radhakrishnan’s interpretation of the Principal Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada and Brahmasutra
- Sankara’sBhajaGovindam, Nirvana Shatakam,Vivekachudamani, Taitreya Upanishad commentary and AtmaBodha and other commentaries
- Jiddu’s and Alan Watts various short speeches and writings
- Swami Vivekananda’s works
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