By Shridhar Rao
In the Gita, Lord Krishna tells to “Love all” (Advesta Sarva Bhootanam), whereas, Upanishads declare, “Yad Bhavam Tat Bhavathi” (as you think, so you become). When we hate our enemy, as per “Yad Bhavam Tat Bhavathi”, we soon will acquire the hateful qualities of our enemy. Thus we become our enemy. The Bodhisattvas always practise the six perfections start with generosity, moral ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom, and these perfections are the practice of love. Lord Jesus Christ teaches to love your neighbour as you love yourself; and love your enemies also. And whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Whereas, the Quran says “Repel evil with good and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.” Love and care for others is the fundamental teachings of all religions.
Given the ‘Hindutva lovers’ new-found love for lynching of fellow citizens, one is forced to think what civilisation and culture they inherited from their forefathers and what they have learned from the holy books of their religion. And, what are the ethics, teachings, principles and practices of the ‘new version’ of Hinduism in India? Is it creating terror, spreading hatred, fomenting mob-violence, lynching human beings for animals and eliminating Muslims, Christians, Dalits, minorities and journalists? Then what is the meaning of “Love all”, taught by Lord Krishna in the Gita?
The Supreme Court of India in its verdict asked Parliament to bring a new law to contain lynching of minorities and dalits, a horrendous crime that continues unabated with impunity by ‘vigilantes’ across the country ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre. To solve any issue, the government should have the political will to do away with the menace. Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared in Parliament, “We will bring a law against lynching, if needed.” That means, the Modi government, even after several lynching incidents happened in the country, is still undecided of the need for bringing a new law against lynching. Mere lip-service like condemning and shedding crocodile tears won’t reverse the communal divide that has crept up in India.
No new law is required as the present law is more than enough if it is implemented in letter and spirit. When politicians couldn’t care for the lives of ordinary people, when they collude & co-opt hoodlums to target opponents or conspire against certain community with ulterior motives, where is the issue of bringing a new law? More than the law it is the mindset of the people needs to be changed. Lynching is barbaric and when it is based on communal and religion it is dangerous to secularism. It is right time to tune up judicial redress by giving severe punishments for the heinous crime. We must endeavour to make our democracy more robust by strengthening our social mores rather than expecting laws to solve all our problems. And we voters must do a better job in holding the politicians’ feet to the fire after they get elected rather than falling victims to forces of partisanship.
Kill anyone and give it the colour of cow slaughter or child lifting is shameful. Cow belt of India has gone crazy in the name of cow protection. Human beings are slaughtered to prevent cow slaughter. What sort of society we are building? It seems India is becoming a rogue nation. Don’t be prey to the ill-intentions of the greedy politicians, who are solely interested in grabbing power using innocent people as their weapon.
Division breeds prejudice, prejudice breeds hatred, hatred breeds lynchings. It is important not to harbour any hatred towards anybody, even towards our enemies. When we practice loving, after a while, we will become spontaneously loving. When we love someone, the action of love must be continuous and it will give joy in life. Loving all is full expansion to our true potential. We can ill-afford to hate our enemy. (Courtesy: Mitaan Express)
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