‘Indian culture is the Mother of all cultures, be it the art of living or apparently the rich knowledge of Science and Music. All the regions and religions of the world have their own culture with many customs, traditions, and refined qualities. It is a culture of love, respect, honoring others, and humbling one’s own ego so that the inner nature, which is naturally pure and modest will shine forth.
Respect and reverence for elders are keystones of Indian culture. This genuine acknowledgment of seniority is demonstrated through endearing customs, like, not sitting while they are standing, even serving their food first. We find that youngsters never use the proper names of their elders. In respect, we touch the feet of all elders, holy men, and women in recognition of their great humility and attainment. A student touches the feet of his teacher. Purity in mind, body, speech, thought, word, and deed is vitally important for us. The concept of Zero and the primordial sound of ‘Om’ was given by India.
We should never use harsh, angered, and indecent language and keep our bodies healthy and clean. Giving things with the left hand to others is considered a subtle insult. One must not sniff flowers picked for offering to the Deities. It is very important for a cultured Indian to apologize immediately if one touches someone with his shoes or sandals. The same applies inadvertently if you bump into each other. Thus our Culture is unique and irreplaceable and places the responsibility of preservation on the current generation. Thus, a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people.