One more thing !

Remembering Gandhiji.

||om tat sat||

Remembering Gandhi:

'अद्वेष्ठा सर्वभूतानां मैत्रः करुण एव च'.
When you go through Gita, some lines stick in your mind. This is one such line. It is about a person who has no hatred, who is friendly and kind. In this age of hyper ventilated angst, such a person as, 'यो न द्वेष्ठि,' the one who does not hate, sounds like talking about a mythical person. That is Gandhi. Einstein's words about Gandhi, 'generations to come, people scarce believe that such a man as this, walked on this earth', is almost becoming true.

Our scriptures have references to qualities a person should have. The same appear as qualities of a right person. The same are also stated as tools for achieving greatness. The slokas 7 to 11, of Gita Chapter 13, describe that person who knows. Some of these stated qualities are humility, unpretentiousness, nonviolence, forbearance, sincerity, service of teachers, cleanliness, steadiness, self-control, on-attachment, absence of ego, equanimity of mind etc.

Vinoba Bhave in his 'Talks on Gita', writes that the slokas of Chapter 2 (2.55-72) referring to a man of steady wisdom, used to be recited by all Satyagrahis every day. The man of steady wisdom is said to be one whose mind is unperturbed in all events. He is one who is free from longing for delights. The Satyagrahis trained themselves to emulate the one who does not hate. When they faced the blows of Lathis on their heads their thoughts were to be free from hate towards the police raining the blows. That thought process seems to be so quaint or antiquated. Not to hate the one who seems to rain even verbal blows on you is virtually impossible. The modern mind would be bewildered by the very thought. Why would one propose such a policy is a legitimate question for the modern mind.

But think of the consequences of violence meeting violence. It results only in increased violence. There is no winner. Even in case of verbal violence, met by verbal violence, it leaves the two individuals increasingly at odds with each other. Each seemingly feeling right about themselves. Eye for an eye makes both blind.

The right path would be admitting that one is wrong in these battles of hate or ego. That would be a start. That is an easier path compared to that path of continued estrangement. But it is a path that is seldom taken. It takes courage to admit one's faults. We want the other to recognize his faults before we admit our own. That is because of the secret longing to be the one who won. There are no winners in that confrontation, where as they both could be winners.

We do not need a Gandhi to lecture to us.
We do not need that confrontation to settle the score.
We can look back on our own. Results may be far better.

||om tat sat||