Ahimsa (Non-Violence) – In View of Indian Sages
Rajsuya Yagya and Ashwamedh Yagyas. Ashok, Samundragupt and Akbar are
well-known historical kings who were all-victorious. Our ancestors used to reach
up to the world of gods in quest of superior arms. Arjun had procured weapons
from the world of gods. The same Arjun started trembling with fear after seeing
the armies confronting each other, ready for the battle. He started praying Lord
Krishna that he would not fight at all because it was sin to kill the family
members. The Lord Krishna replied that if he did not fight, he would earn sin and
would lose good reputation, name and fame. Arjun retorted that it would be better
if the armed Kauravas killed him defenseless, he would prefer death to such a
sinful life. A man without arms is indeed a dead man, a corpse. What would have
been the fate of Arjun, had Duryodhan got him defence-less without arms.
Everybody knows that he had plotted to finish the whole family of Arjun -
alongwith Kunti, in Lakshagrih erected for burning the Pandavas to ashes.
Today out of the descendants of such heroic ancestors if a handful of them on
account of their hot temper, turn out to be terrorists, people find it difficult to
escape and save themselves.
Neither the Muslim rulers nor the Britishers nor the present governments have
thrown the all conquering Indians to the present miserable plight; it is so because
of the misleading interpretations of a part of a Shlok of the Geeta which says-
‘Chaturvarnyam Maya Srishtam’ and the social system laid down during the
period of Pushyamitra Shung by the professors of Dharm on the basis of their
material education. It is true that Varna is an inner orderly step of the spiritual
evolution aimed at realizing the soul, which is available to each and everyone who
is in human body. But unfortunately the social legislators interpreted Varna as
caste and divided human beings in four principal castes on the basis of their birth
compelling them to earn their livelihood, according to the calling of their castes.
They declared it to be their religion and forced them on the strength of the royal
military to perpetuate the system and termed the life and death of the creatures of
God as Himsa (violence) and Ahimsa (non-violence) turning people methodically
into cowards who were out of wits and terrified.
All the castes were dissatisfied with the system of professional reservations and
the concept of Himsa and Ahimsa, so the legislators of the society planned to
hammer the idea of disarmament so that the disgruntled castes might not raise up