Who to love is no-more our matter of concern, who to hate, certainly is

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batori.inFrom a constant struggle for stabilizing governments of Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq and trying to seek military and political answers to ISIS since 9/11, globally; to, figuring out what to “ban” and waiting for the “tour-circus” of Modi to end, here in the country; we are at an interesting juncture as citizens of a so called “emerging” super-power, India. Putin calls it a high time when the wrongdoers must be “found and killed”, as a reaction US air campaigns are killing innumerable Syrians and Iraqis. Some are wounded with the forgotten massacres at Palestine and the rest of the middle-east, the others are still in dilemma whether to appreciate Nitish’s comeback or take it easy as a 9th fail would still be amongst the who’s who of the government.  I so agree with NASA, when it estimates 2015 to be the warmest year ever.

Rumi says, “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field, I’ll meet you there.” But well, may be none of us cares for it anymore; or may be, we care too much. One man is so selflessly in love with his version of God and religion that he is mercilessly beheading innocents; the other loves power too much to let loose even a single string that might de-shape his creation of a unipolar-world, from the skies to the oils deep down.  Some love the idea of capturing, the others love the idea of surpassing; some seek just a bed of momentary pleasure, others look for the bliss of nirvana.

So maybe we know what to love, but not what to hate; and that’s probably the reason why we end up hating somebody or something that rationally shouldn’t be detested to the least. May it be hating somebody for what he “eats”, to condemning somebody because of the last name that he carries, we are becoming shallow and offensive in our outlook and expressions. I had all the plans of marrying a Muslim-guy, who I am madly in love with, but I don’t know how welcoming the “significant-others” of my surroundings will be to know of the relationship we share. How reasonable is it to hate all Gujrati-Hindus for producing one Sha* and Mod*? Why are we so keen on “generalizing” and jumping to prejudiced-stereotypical conclusions?  Blaming, not the man holding the gun, or the one regulating him, but anybody other than him, is the worst that we can do to humanity and our fellow-beings. To kill, to fight, to retaliate, to put under threat, to conspire, to mock, to pretend, to betray and the worst of all, to blame an innocent being is just not us. We are the privileged ones, educated enough to form logical-opinions, groomed enough to put a step forward and strive for it not to get any worse, in our own individual ways, through our own limited-means. I might sound vague, but come-on, you don’t need to be taught, or trained as you are a full-fledged human-being, don’t turn robotic by reacting only when called for specifically, or turned on forcefully, you can sometimes just say the right thing and do it the right way.

It feels like the air is not fresh enough anymore, people are not living-up and appreciating anything anymore. I see life becoming a jigsaw-puzzle to them. It wasn’t certainly meant to be this way. Do we, as individuals, lack a bit of anything, by any chance? Why are we letting go of who we inherently are. Human beings, bestowed with a conscience.  I mean, Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, Tagore, Keats, Kabir, Neruda, and all of them weren’t any aliens sent to the world, they were amongst us. If you are reading this, I would urge you to remind yourself of these picks from some of our religious scriptures:

“If a man sings of God and hears of Him, and lets love of God sprout within him, all his sorrows shall vanish, and in his mind, God will bestow abiding peace.” –Sikhism

“A Muslim is one who surrenders to the will of Allah and is an establisher of peace (while Islam means establishment of peace, Muslim means one who establishes peace through his actions and conduct).”–Islam

“The Lord lives in the heart of every creature. He turns them round and round upon the wheel of Maya. Take refuge utterly in Him. By his grace you will find supreme peace, and the state which is beyond all change.” –Hinduism

“The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.” –Judaism

“All things exist for world peace.” –Perfect Liberty Kyodan “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” –Christianity

“Peace … comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their openness, with the universe and all its powers and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”–From The Sacred Pipe


About Suvi Jain

-Suvi Jain is a third year law student at Aligarh Muslim University

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