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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's Godly victory

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

Can one ban God and his works? If one were to go by a petition in a Russian court, one can try, at least. But the court has said no; and has described the petition as frivolous and ridiculous as there is nothing in the Gita to suggest that it promotes violence.

The whole “patently absurd”issue arose over a book, titled 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON founder. A petition was filed in a court in a remote Siberian court that the Gita (read Krishna) promotes violence and that it causes social discord and hatred towards nonbelievers.

The hue and cry over the issue apparently was the result of misreading/ misunderstanding of a few verses saying that a king is justified in resorting to violence in order to protect his subjects and their rights and land. A king is no king if he fails to do his ‘dharma’ of protecting his subjects. It is his moral obligation and duty.
The crucial point is that the court verdict is a vindication of the fact that the Gita is one of the greatest treatises that help promote peace and progress. It promotes one’s willingness to fight for justice and peace for all.

The book by Swami Prabhupada is a clear, simple and honest translation of the Gita with commentaries, mainly on the verses wherein Krishna tells Arjun how even war is justified for a just cause and that it is cowardice to run away from one’s moral and social obligations. It is common sense that one who fights for one’s just causes and for peace can’t be called a terrorist or an extremist.

Those who have read the Gita through their “correct eyes” will admit that the Gita is an encyclopaedia of means and ways to peace and happiness. It is a book that shows one the right path when one is entangled in dilemmas. It helps one live a meaningful  life; and hence makes one realise the purpose of life.


innervoice@hindustantimes.com

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