The messages of Krishna offer great solace to us in present times marred by confusion and disorder of worst types. I know it’s one of the easiest tasks to read the great words. It’s proper reflection and subsequent action plans that really matters in the long run. However, such shortcomings on part of human beings do not make these words lose relevance. Even a casual approach on our part while dealing with these pearls of wisdom proves to be a meaningful gesture.
A beginning is something that really matters. It’s better to be part of the journey than remain always trapped in a statue mode. In most cases, the beginning is often in the form of casual interactions with words spoken by enlightened souls. Have you noticed that when we are journeying we often read great messages posted on walls of railway stations? You are in great hurry but even then these words manage to catch your attention. From that very moment a reflection takes place birth inside your mind which if given conscious direction on part of us could lead to miraculous transformation.
So on this occasion when the world is celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, let’s try to reconnect with Him for one more time via his messages. In lighter vein, Lord Krishna is representative of Absolute Self that’s above birth and death, and still we celebrate his birth with great fanfare. But is it that easy to keep the great charmer Krishna away from one’s life whose very name means the one who has power to attract us-the attractive one?
In the end, I wish to quote the words of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh to make us aware of the worth of messages spread in The Bhagavad Gita. According to Sri Aurobindo Ghosh one should always remember Krishna’s teaching because it ensures “perfection of action. It makes man great. It gives him the utter strength, the utter bliss which is the goal of life in the world.
na tyajyam karyam eva tat
yajno danam tapas caiva
-Bhagavad Gita 18.5
“Acts of sacrifice, charity and penance are not to be given up; they must be performed. Indeed, sacrifice, charity and penance purify even the great souls.”
kascid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kascin mam vetti tattvatah
- Bhagavad Gita 7.3
“Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.”
gatir bharta prabhuh saksi
nivasah saranam suhrt
prabhavah pralayah sthanam
nidhanam bijam avyayam
- Bhagavad Gita 9.18
“I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of everything, the resting place and the eternal seed.”
ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham
- Bhagavad Gita 9.22
“But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.”
tvam aksharam paramam veditavyam
tvam asya vishvasya param nidhanam
tvam avyayah sasvata-dharma-gopta
sanatanas tvam purusho mato me
- Bhagavad Gita 11.18
“You are the supreme primal objective. You are the ultimate resting place of this entire universe. You are inexhaustible, and You are the oldest. You are the maintainer of the eternal religion, the Personality of Godhead. This is my opinion.”
yam hi na vyathayanty ete
so ’mrtatvaya kalpate
-Bhagavad Gita 2.15
“O best among men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.”
daivi hy esa guna-mayi
mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te
- Bhagavad Gita 7.14
“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.”
tam eva saranam gaccha
tat-prasadat param shantim
sthanam prapsyasi sasvatam
- Bhagavad Gita 18.62
“O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him utterly. By His grace you will attain transcendental peace and the supreme and eternal abode.”
I got a terrible personal message from a source based in Pakistan which asked me to highlight the plight of innocent Hindu girls in Pakistan. I was shocked on reading the content of message. It narrated in detail how Hindu girls are being abducted in Sindh Province of Pakistan and are being forced to convert into Muslims so that they can marry local Muslim boys. I came to verify the content of the message to be doubly assured about its authenticity. The chilling story of atrocities committed upon innocent Hindu girls was, indeed, true.
It’s really shocking that both right wing politicians who miss no opportunity to make noise on the case of Hindus rarely made that much noise on trials and tribulations suffered by our Hindu sisters and brothers in Pakistan. That’s because it would not translate into Hindu votes. The same can be said about secular parties. They shed loads of tears on hearing real and imaginary tales of sufferings of minorities (read Muslims), both in India and foreign landscape, but for them Hindus in Pakistan do not deserve the minority tag. Reason? They are not Muslims and Christians and , above all, talking about them is not politically correct vote-wise.
Let me state the incident highlighted in that personal message. It talked about Rinkal Kumari who was allegedly kidnapped in February in Mirpur Mathelo when she was on her way to home after attending the college. She was forced to convert to Islam and , subsequently, got married off with a Muslim boy, Naveed Shah. The police came to register the case only after much hue and cry raised by the relatives. After all, it involved Mian Mithoo, an influential MNA related with Pakistan People’s Party which happens to be the ruling party in Pakistan. It’s learnt that Mian Mithoo is infamous for forced conversions in Sindh, which had a good track record in past in honouring the religious beliefs of the minorities. Of late, it has been hit by onslaught of extremist parties who are committing barbaric crimes targeted at minorities living there. The Pakistan Sikh Youth Council (PSYC) believes that in recent past as many as 20 Hindu girls have been forced by Mia Mithoo to get converted to Islam.
Anyway, in this case, the unidentified sources revealed that girl Rikal Kumari, now Faryal Bibi, when testified in one of the local courts, revealing her sufferings, she was reportedly slapped by Mian Mithoo and threatened with dire consequences. Now the matter has reached to High Court and the latest development reveals that she has been sent to a shelter home till March 26 on the directive of Justice Shahid Anwar of Sindh High Court (SHC). The Sindh province has given to huge protests by religious minorities who are in rebellious mood against series of forced conversions and other serious crimes committed against them.
A prominent Pakistani newspaper reports that within past few months four Hindu girls Lata Kumari, Karachi, Rinkal Kumari, Mirpur Mathelo, Aamna Kohli, Tando Bago, and Aasha Kumari, Jacobabad, have been kidnapped and converted to Islam. One should not forget that religious minorities, especially the Hindus and Sikhs, have played a great role in shaping the growth of Sindh Provice. Now they are forced to live like refugees in their own land and that has made many of the families to shift to some safe place, which, at least, provide safer future for their girls. Ironically, Rinkal Kumari was already married but she was still asked to convert at gunpoint.
It needs to be stated that in year 1951 the percentage of Hindus was 22% in Pakistan’s population. In year 1998, the percentage of Hindus drastically got reduced to mere 1.7 percent. One of the primary reasons has been forced conversions, animal treatment and heinous crimes committed against them. It’s really stunning that International Human Rights Commission(IHRC) which is so much bothered about fictitious violation of human rights of minorities in India, especially in Kashmir, and Amnesty International which loves to take note of happenings in India remained a mute spectator. They did not even bother to shed crocodile tears as they come to do in case of plight of Kashmiri Pandits! Anyway, it’s time for them to prove that they exist for real cases too!
It’s time for them to intervene and direct the Pakistan government to take note of the plight of minorities reeling under unspeakable situations. Not only Hindus but Sikhs and Buddhists have also declined in number. It’s also a wake up call for Indian government that if it bothers so much about the minorities in its own land, it should not remain ignorant about the state of minorities in other lands. Let’s protect the Hindu people. Let’s save honour of Rinkal Kumaris. Let’s save the dignity of religious minorities in Pakisan- the home of dangerous extremists.
The Hindu scriptures have dealt with the rebirth phenomenon much earlier than any other modern civilization. The Vedas, Upanishads, and, above all, Bhagavad-gita, especially its chapter 2 & 6, have dissected this complex issue in a scientific and clinical manner. Assuring Arjuna not to worry about the fate of his body Krishna says ,” For the soul there is never birth nor death .Nor, having once been does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.”(Bhagavad-gita 2.20)
Our psuedo -secularists and worshipers of scientific superstitions might make these declarations butt of ridicule but leading thinkers in past have come to held the insights of Indian sages in high esteem. For instance,Emerson states that ‘ The soul comes from without into the human body,as into a temporary abode,and it goes out of it anew…it passes into other habitations,for the soul is immortal.’ Even Socrates is not afraid to conclude that ‘I am confident that these truly is such a thing as living again,that the living spring from the dead,and that the souls of the dead are in existence.’
Tolstoy who believes that fate of man is to morph into God categorically states that ‘ As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life,so is our present life only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life …and then return after death.’ One hopes we learn to respect and honour our cultural legacy in an intelligent fashion rather than criticizing it to be in tune with with modernity !
The Western Worlds Can Justify Their Attacks On Various Democracies But Indians Can Dare Not Justify Hindu Causes
It’s really frustrating that Harvard University decided to drop Subramanian Swamy for publishing brilliant article “ How to wipe out Islamic terror ” in Indian newspaper DNA. That exposes the double standards prevailing in the Western worlds. Anything remotely concerned with the cause of Hindus is a cause of worry for academicians, thinkers and political strategists in Western world. To ride roughshod over it, they can even sabotage the greater values like freedom of speech. The United States can use all means to justify their cruelties in smaller nations and that’s fair way of honouring values related with freedom of speech. However, others are sacked or tortured for raising voice against oppressive tendencies and social inequalities.
The same minds are eager to promote likes of Geelani, M F Hussain and Arundhati Roy who worked against the Indian ethos. Whatever hurts the Indian sentiments falls in the realm of “values of freedom of speech” and deserve awards like Booker !! Their divisive agendas, distortions and manipulation of facts never are neither hate filled nor aimed at triggering violence!! These derailed minds in Western worlds are icons of saintly tendencies and political correctness and that’s why their views are spread here and there in prominent foreign journals. However, all the people pursuing Hindu agenda are painted as monsters and a negative impression is systematically generated that makes such people a suspicious figure.
Ending my article with the excerpts from article ” How to wipe out Islamic terror” by Subramanian Swamy, which originally appeared in DNA.
” Any policy to combat terrorism must begin with requiring each and every Hindu becoming a virat Hindu. For this, one must have a Hindu mindset that recognises that there is vyaktigat charitra (personal character) and rashtriya charitra (national character). For example, Manmohan Singh has high personal character, but by being a rubber stamp of a semi-literate Sonia Gandhi and waffling on all national issues, he has proved that he has no rashtriya charitra.
The second lesson for combating terrorism is that we must never capitulate or concede any demand, as we did in 1989 (freeing five terrorists in exchange for Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s daughter Rubaiya) and in 1999, freeing three terrorists after the hijack of Indian Airlines flight IC-814.
The third lesson is that whatever and however small the terrorist incident, the nation must retaliate massively. For example, when the Ayodhya temple was sought to be attacked, we should have retaliated by re-building the Ram temple at the site.
According to bleeding heart liberals, terrorists are born or bred because of illiteracy, poverty, oppression, and discrimination. They argue that instead of eliminating them, the root cause of these four disabilities in society should be removed. This is rubbish. Osama bin laden was a billionaire. In the failed Times Square episode, failed terrorist Shahzad was from a highly placed family in Pakistan and had an MBA from a reputed US university.
It is also a ridiculous idea that terrorists cannot be deterred because they are irrational and willing to die. Terrorist masterminds have political goals and a method in their madness. An effective strategy to deter terrorism is to defeat those political goals and to rubbish them by counter-terrorist action.Thus, I advocate the following strategy to negate the political goals of Islamic terrorism in India.“