In the picture above (I downloaded this one from the internet).
This is one of the most famous scenes from Hindu mythology, and is set at the start of the Great War in the Mahabharatha, the war between the Pandava brothers and the Kaurava brothers. Before the war started, Arjuna asked Krishna to wheel his chariot to his front, and when he saw his ‘enemies’, consisting of uncles, cousins, friends etc, his courage melted away.
It was at this point that Krishna recited the Bhagwat Geet (The Gita) to him. The Bhagwat Geet translates as “The Song Divine”. Krishna is the avtaar of Vishnu, the second God of the Hindu Trinity, the one who preserves the order of the world. This is, of course, very simplistic, as Hindu and Vedic mythology is extremely complex.
Anyway, at the end of the Gita, Krishna urges Arjuna to fight. He is urged to do his ‘dharma’,(his duty, as it were), and fight.
At this point, I will not go into the concepts of ‘dharma’, ‘himsa’, and ‘ahimsa’. They are deep concepts. The time will come when I shall start to give my views and understanding of them. However, as they have come down the ages, these concepts have been warped and twisted out of shape.
‘Ahimsa’, non violence, does not tell you not to fight. It urges you to fight to defend ‘dharma’. But, let’s leave this for now.
As per the ancient Hindus, we are living in what is know as Kaliyug. It is not The Age of Kali, as that author William Dalrymple seems to believe! Yet, it is a dark age, and we seem to fight.
There is violence in the air. Violence breaks the peace we seek. Currently, the world talks about the Palestinians and Israel, Uzbekistan and Malaysian Air. They talk of the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda.
In India, we talk of Pakistan and shudder. We talk of Afghanistan and shudder. It is strange. Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are all part of the same people.
The Mughal Empire was an Afghan Empire, and their territory, at one point, included Afghanistan.
History is full of the tales of war, rape and looting.
India was rocked by the Nirbhaya case.
Our old government wanted to blast the Maoist rebels in India out of the ground, without wanting to know why they were rebelling.
Yet, there is hope, in that we can make a difference.
One marvellous story that I heard at a sales training event, was about this gentleman who was walking down the beach, throwing starfish back into the sea. There were hundreds of starfish littered over the beach, and a passerby asked him why he was doing it, and what difference it would make.
The gent bent down, and as he threw another starfish back into the sea, he replies, “It made a difference to that starfish”….
When I saw Melanie Blackwell’s message about Artists4peace, I said “yay”. This is one person who is starting to make a difference.
I think that the Artists4Peace is a marvellous initiative.
We can make a difference.
As a wise man said, “The Time Is Now”.