Non-Violence: The Half Truth

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The phrase अहिंसा परमो धर्म, largely popularized by Mahatma Gandhi is repeated by many across the world to emphasize non-violence. The phrase was first used in the epic Mahabharata and means non-violence is the ultimate duty.  But, this is the half truth. The full phrase is:

अहिंसा परमो धर्म:

धर्म हिंसा तथिव च

The second line means “so too is violence in service of duty.” The word non-violence in English is in absolute send but the word अहिंसा is relative; specifically to one who has renounced. In Sanatana Dharma it’s the moral duty of a person to practice violence if it’s used to stop a greater violence or evil. For example, in order to keep peace and order in his country, a king has to be strict in his punishment – he may have to kill someone to safeguard his kingdom.

During the war of Mahabharata when Arjuna—the great warrior—wants to leave battlefield, Lord Krishna address him through the holy Bhagvad Gita and explains him that he would be sinner if he gives up the holy war for righteousness, and runs away from his duties to establish faith and justice.

Even for a householder the act of non-violence may not be practical. For example, practicing non-violence when someone enter the house and molests his wife and child would be an act of cowardice. Similarly, a soldier cannot put down his weapons and let the opponent attack his country.

To protect the righteous, to annihilate the wicked, and to re-establish the principles of dharma I appear on this earth, age after age. Bhagvad Gita 4:8

Who Is The ‪Unprivileged?

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In my journey of service, I come along people who often talk about helping the unprivileged. They have an idea of the unprivileged as poor people. But, what is poor?

I have a different idea on the meaning of the word. I don’t think that unprivileged has only to do with money. There are so many people on the world, some don’t have time, some don’t have opportunities, some don’t have physical ability, some don’t have love, some don’t have values, some don’t give goodness, some don’t have trust, some don’t have guts, some don’t have the vision. Someone, somewhere is poor in some thing in life.

So, how does only the lack of money is unprivileged? I feel, we all are unprivileged in some or the either way. These money-rich people proclaim themselves as privileged and say that we help the unprivileged section of the society very comfortably. If I show them my truth, they are uncomfortable because it shatters their illusion of being the privileged.

Next time, before using the word, rather abusing the word, please, please think who is privileged and who is unprivileged? The giver or the receiver?

Who is the unprivileged, we or them? Or all of us?

Tips For Successful Marriage

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After years of a what people call fictional successful marriage life, I have come to the conclusion for an awesome married life, a true successful one. Here’s my secret formula:
  • Not too much dependency, not too much freedom. Right combination is inter-dependency.
  • Marriage is not a battlefield to prove supremacy over each other.
  • Compassion is the key. If you don’t have in you, you cannot give it.
  • Replace marriage by the concept of soul-mate.
  • Learn something from marriage. Marriage represents the whole world in a miniature form: it teaches you many things.
  • The ordinary marriage is an unconscious bondage
  • Marriage is beyond bondage. It gives freedom. Love is freedom. Freedom is not dependency.
  • Marriage is not an effort to legalize love. It goes far beyond and higher.
  • Man, and woman are not opposite, they’re complementary. The complete each other.
  • SSS—Simplicity, Service, Stillness.

Colors Of Mumbai

The city has become an angry young man. Tired of the way things are, we are ready to stand up against the problems and make a change. We want to bring back what was once a beautiful city. Because it’s our city!

Mamhai-Manbai-Mayambu-Mombaim-Mombayn-Mumbai-Boa-Baim-BomVida-BomBahai-Bombaii-Bombayim-Bombeye-Boon Bay–Bambai-Bombay-Mumbai.

All of them!

Does Pure Vegetarianism Really Exist?

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I don’t understand when people say that I am pure vegetarian. How can one be that today?

Just a random thought. Vegetarianism is not just eating plants but it’s more of a mental lifestyle. It implies non-killing and non-violence but how? We kill millions of insects by calling them pest that comes to eat our crops. In olden times, there were no pesticides everything was organic, so there was no killing of these species but today we use deadly chemicals. Nature has not created pests, we did. Killing is there every moment indirectly.

How many times have we killed our conscience, our desires, and our honesty? How many I time we have killed someone’s trust? That’s also a form of killing. Vegetarianism is a more of mental process of life rather than just eating plants.

So, how can one be pure vegetarian in this era? We are killing so much. So much violence around and poverty is the worst form of violence said Mahatma Gandhi, and we live a country with deadly poverty.

I Am Confused

 

I was just wondering whether education just means a degree or as per Swami Vivekananda, far deeper concept?

Someone said that this is not right but I think I want to ask people that is this what your education that has taught? That education means degree? It’s enlightenment not degree. Soon, you’ll make a terms and conditions for being a parent. What is the qualification of our parent to become a parent? If they’re not educated they cannot be a parent? Does parenthood and caring need education? Likewise compassion and love for the job doesn’t need a degree of human. It needs a degree from the almighty; it needs a degree from the heart and the conscience.

And so many highly famous people in the history are school drop outs and you worship them. If they purchased a degree from a popular university, would that be okay? Anyway, we would never know that.

I am confused. How has this issue of clothes evolved? In an organization if a man wears short its totally not acceptable or considered that he’s not serious. On the other hand, a woman can even wear almost micro miniskirts and do meetings but she’s allowed and accepted and admired. If she’s only considered to be attractive by showing body then what about a female client who would want a man to be showing off his body?

As you step out of the building, in general public, the man can wear anything and is accepted but the woman is not accepted or talked about.

Somebody said that uniform is necessary like in police or defense forces. But no shorts allowed only long pants. But previously police in Mumbai were wearing shorts, so that mean they were not serious about their job and now they are because of wearing pants?

What does clothes have to do with seriousness or capability? But suddenly, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda are accepted and adored for their virtues and the way they dressed up and spoke—they were the two main persons to promote that clothes don’t make a human, actions and thoughts do.

What’s going on? I am totally mind ripped? Who made this, when? How and when did the world started following this? Where does is lead to or end? What’s the next big revolution?

What’s going on?  I am confused.

Uncolorful India

 

Respect comes from a Latin word that means to look or pay attention. I met these farmers from remote villages of India who have been displaced because of no rains. I offered them food but what touched their heart was that I found time to listen to them, pay attention to them and I feel that is the real essence of respect.

I keep meeting lots of displaced families now-a-days. I don’t know what’s going on but something is definitely wrong. They are hard-working farmers but in this sad situation because of wrong Government policies and indifferent attitude of the public.

If the farmer, who is called अन्नदात्ता sleeps empty stomach, how are we all going to eat? We have filled our big pocket but aren’t able to fill the little stomach of our dear farmer. It’s time to change, be the change and color this part of our nation that is not colorful all.