War….. Or Peace? Or, War For Peace?

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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.

We must.

As a wise man said, “The Time Is Now”.

59 Comments

      1. uff! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        acha chalo get the pony tail par after a few months back to corporate style… how does that sound? its a win-win situation!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. I am at the Library… Writing the last chapter (before the epilogue) of my fantasy novel… Then, shall start working on the travel book. Check my test mail, btw

  1. Interesting post, Rajiv….

    It has been a few decades since I studied The Gita and this encounter you have detailed so well, but I was struck by the perspective that Krishna’s dilemma was the inner struggle that we all face in each moment. We will all face these battles and opportunities for inner growth.

    1. Yes, this is something that happens to us all the time. The question that faces us also,is – do we do something only to gratify our senses. Or, can we do better?

  2. Interesting! And the starfish story reminds me of a time long ago in my life when I was touring Ireland in a camper van and we found a beach littered with large jellyfish that had been washed up. We spent ages putting them back in the sea using a shovel…whether they lived or not I have no idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well, you made a difference! by the way, it would be super if you could put up some of your fantastic art for artists4peace! This would be really marvellous

  3. I’m late to the comments, but I agree with everyone! The starfish story is a little like my latest blog post (with the little lost duckling)…it did matter to him that he was found ๐Ÿ™‚ I will also make a contribution to the Artists4Peace site. As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts & views. Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. If you really think about it, it seems like the world is seeing the worst of times. But then good things tend to strike back with the same ferocity. That is just God’s way of keeping a balance- and keeping this world alive until the very end.

    1. Hi! Melanie here from Artists 4 Peace ๐Ÿ™‚

      You can find all the relevant info on http://artists4peace.wordpress.com/

      Please take a look at the Submission Guidelines as well as the Monthly Topics & Deadlines and Current Schedule. We also encourage and accept any other Peace related submissions that we will post throughout the month. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Just blog as you normally would and then email a link to your post to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com for consideration.

      Looking forward to your contributions!
      โ˜ฎ โค ๐Ÿ™‚
      Melanie

    2. Hi Jo
      Yes, we have to try. I think that the idea of the blog is to create a voice, and hopefully, over time, a large enough one across the world.
      Cheers
      Rajiv

  5. Rajiv,

    Thank you for such a thoughtful post and for the shout out for the new blog. I’m so happy you have joined us.

    Oh and I love that starfish story…i have a starfish pin because of that story ๐Ÿ™‚ it says “make a difference everyday”

    No matter what one’s religious or spiritual beliefs the bottom line is we have been making war since the beginning of time and it is NOT working for us! We need to all work for Peace and as you said the time is now!

    โ˜ฎ โค ๐Ÿ™‚
    Melanie

  6. Once again, wonderful history lesson Rajiv. Your articles are so interesting and informative. I look forward to your future blogs on the Hindu religion.

      1. this is just the truth …. universe, reality doesn’t matter about feelings …. some are good some are bad you must love what is greater than you and hate what is worse …. some are destroyng planet some are helping it …. choice is the solution …. do the right one …. namaste

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