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वीतरागभयक्रोध: स्थितधीर्मुनिरुच्यते || 56||
“One whose mind remains undisturbed amidst misery, who does not crave for pleasure, and who is free from attachment, fear, and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom.”
Truth is a journey more than a destination.
Originating from trifling events in life that make you realize particular things about particular circumstances. Every failure gives a thin line of lessons. Every success teaches you how to handle successes. You experiment, you learn.
A lot of bizarre articles, videos and articles have been trending lately on media platforms, promoting particular religions and undermining the value of the others. I wondered, why do people need to abuse other religions to promote theirs? What was India when the civilization began, was it the same as it is now?
Who is a sage?
Then I read the Bhagwadgita shloka at the top.
India must have been different. My heart agreed.
Trying to dig down deep with a selfless soul, not knowing where you might end up leads to an ‘outcome’. The truthfulness of the outcome remains undefined, and so does the conscience. In that moment of honesty, the brain follows the most humane way out.
With that belief, we start another quest towards truth.
Wouldn’t it be beautiful, a life without expectations-Without inequalities? Where every human is treated just the same way?
It is surprising, but our beautiful golden bird- India had done it centuries back. The ancient Indian civilization DID NOT DIFFERENTIATE HUMANS on the basis of caste, or religion. Just on the basis of their work, were they called Indians. How’s that possible?
There is one sound thing about India, everything has a story behind it. How intelligent were the people, these stories are the easiest to remember!
“Once upon a time in India, there was a four- headed, four- handed deity called Brahma. He created the universe (I don’t remember how even that has a story!). Now according to Rigveda, which is one of the four amazing works designed by the Indian sages, the stratification of the society was based on his divine manifestation.
The teachers and the priests were cast from his mouth, the merchants and traders from his thighs, the warriors from his arms and the menial workers from his feet. Thus, the four varnas of the society were born- The Brahmins, The Kshatriyas, The Vaishyas, and The Shudras”
I don’t know how much of that particular story is true, the truthfulness can never be verified. But one thing becomes clear. India was not a caste-oriented society at all, but a ‘swadharma’ oriented society. Where ‘swadharma’ becomes a broader term –
‘Swa’ – Own.
‘Swadharma’- The duty to be realized in this world.
Thus, no matter which explanation we adopt, the outcomes point at one plain inference. The ancient India was divided into stratified working groups- on the basis of the occupation they had chosen, and NOT on the basis of their inheritance.
This did not allow anyone to deferentially treat a particular human.
Wait a second now, how do you conclude that one. Even if a society is divided into working groups, it is actually divided, right? Even then there would have been some marginally treated human beings, won’t there?
नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः ।
न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः ।।२३।।
“The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.”
Srimad Bhagwadgita (2. 23)
If the Indians had truly believed the concept of ‘being a soul’ as opposed to ‘being an accidental materialistic combination of chemicals’ as the modern science perpetuates, they would never have been able to treat anyone in an inferior manner. Just as an equal individual who, no matter what he was doing or earning, no matter where he was born and which gender he belongs to- will always be a soul.
A normal person like you or me cannot verify the existence of a soul. But we certainly CAN believe in a positive idea- If that idea changes a lot in our existence.
The truth, like always- Continues to evade the seeker.
The quest continues…