Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam – The World Is One Family

Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam – The World Is One Family

Sanatan Dharma, often referred to as the eternal or universal way of life, is not confined to a set of rigid doctrines but rather embraces a flexible and inclusive approach to spirituality. It recognizes the diversity of paths leading to a common goal—spiritual enlightenment and the realization of the interconnected nature of all existence.

Hindus, deeply rooted in the profound values of Sanatan Dharma, have significantly contributed to American society, nurturing a sense of unity, compassion, and community well-being. The principles of Sanatan Dharma serve as a guiding force, influencing their actions and leaving a positive impact on the multicultural fabric of the United States. The emphasis always lies on leading a virtuous and harmonious life.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The Concept


A profound concept echoed in the Maha Upanishad, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, translates to “The world is one family.” This principle encapsulates the essence of Sanatan Dharma, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living beings and the collective responsibility for the welfare of the global family.

The complete verse is as follows:

अयं बन्धुरयं नेति गणना लघुचेतसाम्।

Ayam bandhurayam neti ganana laghuchetasam

One is a relative (mine), the other stranger (not mine); say the small minded.

उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्॥

Udara charitanam tu Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

For Noble and Wise, The Entire Earth (World) Is a Family.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance in Modern World

The values embedded in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam remain even more relevant today, transcending the boundaries of time and culture. In a world marked by diversity and differences, this ancient philosophy encourages individuals to recognize the shared humanity that unites them. The concept recognizes that knowledge knows no borders, students and scholars from different countries can work together to address global challenges, share insights, and collectively contribute to the progress of humanity.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The Theme of G20 Summit


One noteworthy example is how India has embraced the ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam in the 18th G20 summit, comprising major economies from around the world, during India’s presidency. Adoption of this theme affirms the value of all life – human, animal, plant, and microorganisms – and their interconnectedness on the planet Earth and in the wider universe. 

The theme also spotlights LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), with its associated, environmentally sustainable and responsible choices, both at the level of individual lifestyles as well as national development, leading to globally transformative actions resulting in a cleaner, greener and bluer future.

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Resolving Contemporary Conflicts

The principles of Sanatan Dharma can provide valuable insights into resolving contemporary conflicts. Take, for example, the Russia-Ukraine conflict. By applying the values of interconnectedness and shared humanity, diplomatic efforts can be guided towards peaceful dialogue, understanding, and collaborative solutions that prioritize the welfare of the global family.

Similarly, in the context of the Israel-Hamas conflict, the principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam can inspire leaders to seek common ground and foster understanding among diverse communities. Embracing the shared humanity of all individuals involved can pave the way for peaceful coexistence and resolution.

It’s essential to understand that applying these values does not undermine the complexity of geopolitical issues or the historical context of conflicts. However, fostering a mindset rooted in the idea of a global family can contribute to building bridges and finding common ground, ultimately leading to more sustainable solutions.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Spirit of Seva and Respect


The spirit of seva (selfless service) is also a manifested value of this very concept, which is deeply ingrained in Sanatan Dharma, and Hindu-Americans actively engage in philanthropy and community service. Through temples, cultural organizations, and community initiatives, they contribute to social welfare, disaster relief, and healthcare projects, embodying the values of compassion and empathy.

Enriching the American Tapestry


Hindu-Americans, guided by the timeless values of Sanatan Dharma, bring a unique and enriching perspective to the American tapestry. The values they carry assimilate in society just as the sugar in milk. Their contributions in education, philanthropy, cultural preservation, and promoting well-being exemplify the positive impact of embracing and sharing the rich heritage of Hinduism. As a community deeply rooted in the principles of unity, compassion, and service, Hindu-Americans continue to play a vital role in shaping a harmonious and inclusive society.


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