Saturday, February 25, 2006

When will realization dawn?

The fish in the water is silent, the animal on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing. But man has in him, the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air.”
-Tagore
And above all these, man has the reputed sixth sense, the ability to sense the presence of God in him. But why is it that today, man fails to use all these magnificent treasures entrusted to him. He is misusing silence when he has to speak the truth and blaring noise to silence the righteous. Music doesn’t like such company. It begins to wither and fade. And the sixth sense bends and folds in shame and sorrow, unable to see its companions stray away.

We are seeing living proof of this day after day. First WTC, then Godhra, then the Swaminarayan temple. Why are men doing this? Why do they want an eye for an eye? Are all men like this? How can all men be like this when we see Hindu and Muslim children being the best of friends, Hindu and Muslim families being the best of neighbours, Hindu and Muslim students exchanging notes on the Gita and the Quran during Value Education classes, and Hindu and Muslim labourers working hand in hand to build a house.

It is evident that those who are really religious indulge in no feuds. Because, they know that deep within, the soul is bound by no religion. All religious texts teach the same basic values. None of them advocate violence. The uneducated man cares for no conflicts. A word of love and a hearty meal at the end of the day is all he works for. It is the self-proclaimed religious men, who follow the text instead of the essence of scriptures, who cause all the havoc.

How long can such meaningless communalism go on? Not for too long. According to Gandhiji, if every man went an eye for an eye, there would be no men left in the World. If we do not want it to come to such a sorry end, it is time to take charge of our faculties and begin to manage silence to conquer unrest, jubilant noise to silence the prophets of doom, and music to soothe the ailing hearts. Then the sixth sense will take over and steer us along the path of joy.
(This article of mine was published in Bhavan's Journal in December 2002)

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