The way to be, for Golden Boy: In a world of wars and strife
Whatever one’s inner voice says is true, is one’s own Dharma, (the ordained duty), says the Grand sire of the clan of Pandavas in the Mahabharatha, the Epic Hindu book.
What is my duty, an unemployed 32 year old youth fighting depression and demons of his own mind, trying to arrange a living for his family by all fair means – borrow, work as much as health permits? Is there an ordained action apart from the survival chores that every human has to make truce with?
The Bhagavad Gita says that even when one is inactive, he is performing acts which will have it’s repercussions.
So inaction is forbidden to humankind. Whatever moments he lives on this planet, he is constantly contributing to the wheel of action that spurns out fruits, results, repercussions.
Just being is not enough. Even as I believe that I have forsaken from an active life, there are still thoughts, prayers, desires – enough vibrations of my mind those are released as mental energy into the Samsara (world). These too, in very powerful ways, affect the course of world events at large.
Thus when Quran-e-Pak says that when I kill one person, I kill the entire humanity, is not an exaggeration.
Osho, the contemporary philosopher, says that I may not be performing acts of hate or violence, but by merely having thoughts of hate, I am injecting the atmosphere of the world with hate which a person with poor defenses will pick up and perhaps kill somebody.
So I am responsible for all that happens in Israel, Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia, just the same. We are all partakers in the ‘Original Sin’, we are all sinners, as Christianity says.
However in the Geeta, Arjuna the immortal is guided by the Lord, to perform actions as per his inner voice. “Perform actions that you believe is right, and offer it to me”, the Lord says.
All this compassion that I feel for babies torn away from the breasts of their moms in cruel wars in far-away lands, the hope for even the hardened terrorists to be forgiven so that he would receive God’s eternal mercy and grace – a new path (as per the qualities of the God in Quran, and the duty of forgiveness as per the Bible), prayers for friends, students and family – these are actions too.
Yes, there is one negative action I still indulge in. I look at the world and say, “All is not right, so much of ugliness, so much of cruelty, so much of cut-throat competition, wars & pestilence!” Even this is an action. By perceiving the world in a negative shade, by not being able to embrace both sides of the coin, by being affected by all the negativity around, I am performing an action, contaminating the world atmosphere with negativity, personal hopelessness! And who knows there might be some vulnerable student (I am a teacher) who holds me in high esteem, and he might be affected by my hopelessness, my negative energy, and he will take up arms and become a terrorist! (a Moslem or a Hindu terrorist, or a state-sponsored terrorist in the garbs of an enthusiastic CRPF jawan in Kashmir violating human-rights!)
By embracing hate, even as I celebrate love, by allowing slander even as I keep a prayer on my lips, by accepting the world with all its shortcomings, only then will I be free of “duality”, the original guilt. That, I see, would be the beginning of being detached, not taking everything personally, even as I take responsibility for the whole and perform my reconciliatory actions by writing or praying. By forgiving people who act against me or my expectations. That’s how I will contribute to Peace on Earth.
Who am I?
I brought nothing when I was born
Will take nothing when I’ll be gone
Whatever happens in the Interval of Life
Is just a carnival, to be celebrated,
To find hope where there is none,
To find love where there is hate,
And hating none, for his deed or thought
Is the way to Redemption.
May Peace Reign,
(Written in the Light of my Master)