Lord Krishna urged Brij Vasis to worship Mount Govardhan over Lord
Indra. According to me the Lord urged the Brij Vasis to worship (take care) of
Nature. Krishna loved and nurtured cows, wore a peacock feather which was
Christian and Jewish traditions say that God made Adam in His own image...
tree is considered a sadqa-e-jariyah, act of continuous charity, a desirable
deed for which the planter is
rewarded for as long as the tree benefits any form of creation.
... It is not by
coincidence, but by Divine Design that all the
prophets of Islam have been shepherds at some point in their lives. As
shepherds, they tended to the plant, animal and human world, both nurturing
and multiplying physical and spiritual resources.
concerned with activity and not just faith. The climate dialogue presents a
wonderful opportunity for people of different religions to work together.
Faith leaders could play positive roles in facilitating change. Irrespective
of creed, we are all created and sustained by the same source.
faith is incomplete without believing in the 124,000 Ambiya, prophets who
have been sent to earth. The Quran informs that there has never been a time
when God did not send Messengers who did not speak the language of the
people. If followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are at odds, it is
not because of the teachings of their founders, but despite these teachings.
said: “Bring all forces of good together. Do not care under what banner you
march. Do not care what be your colour – green, blue or red – but mix all
the colours and produce that intense glow of white, the colour of love. Ours
is to work. The results will take care of themselves.”
The scriptures do not support violence and hatred; they clearly
advocate non-violence, peace and love.
For example, the Mahabharata is often cited as one that
advocates war and killing, even killing of cousins! In fact, more than
one-third of the Mahabharata deals with conflicts, preparation for war and
violent war in gory detail. Yet it is the Mahabharata which says: “Ahimsa
paramo dharmah” – non-violence is the supreme virtue and is the foremost
Sri Paramhansa Yogananda explains the essential message
of the Mahabharata, in his commentary of the Bhagavad Gita. The hundred sons
of Dhritarashtra – symbolising the blind irrational mind – have
characteristics of meanness, ill will, hardness, destruction, racial pride,
temper, quarrelsome attitude, revengefulness, lack of vision and stupidity.
These are the enemies and they must be defeated with all effort on a war
footing. This is the real Mahabharata war, both at an individual and
The word Jainism is from the root ‘Jin’ meaning the
conqueror or the one who has overcome. Jains are followers of Bhagavan
Mahavir – whose main teaching is non-violence. Interestingly the foremost
invocation of Jains is ‘Namo Arihantanam’ – salutation to those who
destroyed their enemies.
Patanjali says that enmity is absent where ahimsa is the
basis. What is ahimsa? Swami Vivekananda says that the test of ahimsa
is the absence of (unhealthy) competition or jealousy. This can be made
possible by following the dictum of Matthew
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Thus Aman Ki Asha and
peaceful coexistence are possible through non-violence only since ahimsa is
non-violence in thought, word and deed.
C V S K Rao