Community living is an integral part of human existence. When we study this concept of living in a group or a community, it brings out certain interesting phenomena.If we study the ideal village depicted in the vedic scripture or a typical traditional Indian village we see that it was never an officially guarded community.
Protection was there but it was not organized it was more trust and relationship based in the community. The community had no borders, and no limitations.The village would slowly thin down in population as one went to the outskirts of the village and started approaching the next village.Modern guarded communities are synthetically designed. They are infrastructure friendly, but the inner communities are mostly non communicative.
Families are living for themselves and the relationship with the neighbours is a very cautious one. It is a guarded community but it cannot trust or reciprocate with the next door neighbor.To feel trust and safety, one is forced to appoint security guards and CC television. On the other hand in village communities trust and safety comes form protecting and helping each other, in a natural way.
It is not done for mutual benefit rather it is done as if everyone is an integral part of one’s own family.Natural villages welcome us without officially having a reception. Synthetic villages have official receptions, where people are welcomed if they have an official invitation, else they are put up simply for interrogation. Natural villages are spacious, one can park their bullock cart any where . One can drink water or eat food in the villages even if one is not invited.But in synthetic communities one needs a specific invitation or one can eat at a canteen by paying money.
Synthetic communities will not give us attention one has to pay for it, whereas in natural communities attention is always present in an affectionate way.The Pandavas were affectionate to each other, which was natural and harmonious. The kaurava relationship was bargain based.They had purchased everyone by money or power to be connected. The Kauravas were affectionate for the sake of dealing and the Pandavas were affectionate in their dealing.Unfortunately our villages are becoming synthetic too, and our synthetic communities are getting an artificial village outlook, both are superficial and unreal.Communities where people are primary and infrastructure secondary keep God, godliness and good people in the centre .A spiritual realm is a natural village. Being there is the essence of life, and learning that essence is the focus of our entire life.