Posted April 25, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
The world’s people have been moving in recent years to a philosophical and spiritual place of higher consciousness where war, killing, and violence are seen as no longer acceptable. At risk of being accused of having “delusions of Utopia” or a “rose-colored” outlook on what is humanly possible, let it be suggested that a combined demand for peace in Ukraine by the world’s men, women, and children can indeed be successful – and place humanity firmly on the path to a world without war.
So, this writing is a call – a “message in an internet”, if you like – for the human race to rise and stand together as one family and declare as loudly as humanly possible: “NO!” to war. Because war has become a dinosaur in the year 2014, and no longer understood as any means of conflict resolution between civilized, reasonable people. A potential war in Ukraine will be a civil war with the direst of consequences. For the love of God, if Ukrainians are going to war let it be one fought in the debate hall, for all people in Ukraine to participate in. Allow your weapons to be ideas, concepts, reason and a genuine meeting of minds and hearts – with the firmest resolve of arriving at an agreeable and peaceful solution.
People of Ukraine and the world, hear the voice of American Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), who fought in the American Civil War:
“You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.”
“I am sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood. War is hell.”
“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice for generations to come. I look upon war with horror.”
People of Ukraine and the world, read the words from the final chapter of Bhagavad Gita and take what strength you can for the great battle for peace.
Arjuna: Krishna, I want to know the real essence of both renunciation and relinquishment.
Lord Krishna: Giving up actions based on desire, the poets know as “renunciation”; relinquishing all fruit of action, learned men call “relinquishment.”
Some wise men say all action is flawed and must be relinquished; others say action in sacrifice, charity, and penance must not be relinquished.
Arjuna, hear my decision about relinquishment; it is rightly declared to be of three kinds.
Actions in sacrifice, charity, and penance is to be performed, not relinquished—for wise men, they are acts of sanctity.
But even these actions should be done by relinquishing to me attachment and the fruit of action—this is my decisive idea.
Renunciation of prescribed action is inappropriate; relinquished in delusion, it becomes a way of dark inertia.
When one passionately relinquishes difficult action from fear of bodily harm, he cannot win the fruit of relinquishment.
But if one performs prescribed action because it must be done, relinquishing attachment and the fruit, his relinquishment is a lucid act.
He does not disdain unskilled action nor cling to skilled action; in his lucidity the relinquisher is wise and his doubts are cut away.
A man burdened by his body cannot completely relinquish actions, but a relinquisher is defined as one who can relinquish the fruits.
The fruit of action haunts men in death if they fail to relinquish all forms, unwanted, wanted, and mixed—but not if men renounce them.
Arjuna, learn from me the five causes for the success of all actions as explained in philosophical analysis.
They are the material basis, the agent, the different instruments, various kinds of behavior, and finally fate, the fifth.
Whatever action one initiates through body, speech, and mind, be it proper or perverse, these five causes are present.
This being so, when a man of poor understanding and misjudgment sees himself as the only agent, he cannot be said to see.
When one is free of individuality and his understanding is untainted, even if he kills these people, he does not kill and is not bound.
Knowledge, its object, and its subject are the triple stimulus of action; instrument, act, and agent are the constituents of action.
Knowledge, action, agent are threefold, differentiated by qualities of nature; hear how this has been explained in the philosophical analysis of qualities.
Know that through lucid knowledge one sees in all creatures a single, unchanging existence, undivided within its divisions.
Know passionate knowledge as that which regards various distinct existences separately in all creatures.
But knowledge that clings to a single thing as if it were the whole, limited, lacking a sense of reality, is known for its dark inertia.
Action known for its lucidity is necessary, free of attachment, performed without attraction or hatred by one who seeks no fruit.
Action called passionate is performed with great effort by an individualist who seeks to satisfy his desires.
Action defined by dark inertia is undertaken in delusion, without concern for consequences, for death or violence, or for manhood.
An agent called pure has no attachment or individualism, is resolute and energetic, unchanged in failure and success.
An agent said to be passionate is anxious to gain the fruit of action, greedy, essentially violent, impure, subject to excitement and grief.
An agent defined by dark inertia is undisciplined, vulgar, stubborn, fraudulent, dishonest, lazy, depressed, and slow to act.
Listen as I tell you without reserve about understanding and resolve, each in three aspects, according to the qualities of nature.
In one who knows activity and rest, acts of right and wrong, bravery and fear, bondage and freedom, understanding is lucid.
When one fails to discern sacred duty from chaos, right acts from wrong, understanding is passionate.
When it thinks in perverse ways, is covered in darkness, imagining chaos to be sacred duty, understanding is darkly inert.
When it sustains acts of mind, breath, and senses through discipline without wavering, resolve is lucid.
When it sustains with attachment duty, desire, and wealth, craving their fruits, resolve is passionate.
When a fool cannot escape dreaming, fear, grief, depression, and intoxication, courage is darkly inert.
Arjuna, now hear about joy, the three ways of finding delight through practice that brings an end to suffering.
The joy of lucidity at first seems like poison but is in the end like ambrosia, from the calm of self-understanding.
The joy that is passionate at first seems like ambrosia when senses encounter sense objects, but in the end it is like poison.
The joy arising from sleep, laziness, and negligence, self-deluding from beginning to end, is said to be darkly inert.
There is no being on earth or among the gods in heaven free from the triad of qualities that are born of nature.
The actions of priests, warriors, commoners, and servants are apportioned by qualities born of their intrinsic being.
Tranquility, control, penance, purity, patience, and honesty, knowledge, judgment, and piety are intrinsic to the action of a priest.
Heroism, fiery energy, resolve, skill, refusal to retreat in battle, charity, and majesty in conduct are intrinsic to the action of a warrior.
Farming, herding cattle, and commerce are intrinsic to the action of a commoner; action that is essentially service is intrinsic to the servant.
Each one achieves success by focusing on his own action; hear how one finds success by focusing on his own action.
By his own action a man finds success, worshipping the source of all creatures’ activity, the presence pervading all that is.
Better to do one’s duty imperfectly than to do another man’s well; doing action intrinsic to his being, a man avoids guilt.
Arjuna, a man should not relinquish action he is born to, even if it is flawed; all undertakings are marred by a flaw, as fire is obscured by smoke.
His understanding everywhere detached, the self mastered, longing gone, one finds through renunciation the supreme success beyond action.
Understand in summary from me how when he achieves success one attains the infinite spirit, the highest state of knowledge.
Armed with his purified understanding, subduing the self with resolve, relinquishing sensuous objects, avoiding attraction and hatred;
Observing solitude, barely eating, restraining speech, body, and mind; practicing discipline in meditation, cultivating dispassion;
Freeing himself from individuality, force, pride, desire, anger, acquisitiveness; unpossessive, tranquil, he is at one with the infinite spirit.
Being at one with the infinite spirit, serene in himself, he does not grieve or crave; impartial toward all creatures, he achieves supreme devotion to me.
Through devotion he discerns me, just who and how vast I really am; and knowing me in reality, he enters into my presence.
Always performing all actions, taking refuge in me, he attains through my grace the eternal place beyond change.
Through reason, renounce all works in me, focus on me; relying on the discipline of understanding, always keep me in your thought.
If I am in your thought, by my grace you will transcend all dangers; but if you are deafened by individuality, you will be lost.
Your resolve is futile if a sense of individuality makes you think, “I shall not fight”—nature will compel you to.
You are bound by your own action, intrinsic to your being, Arjuna; even against your will you must do what delusion now makes you refuse.
Arjuna, the lord resides in the heart of all creatures, making them reel magically, as if a machine moved them.
With your whole being, Arjuna, take refuge in him alone—from his grace you will attain the eternal place that is peace.
The knowledge I have taught is more arcane than any mystery—consider it completely, then act as you choose.
Listen to my profound words, the deepest mystery of all, for you are precious to me and I tell you for your good.
Keep your mind on me, be my devotee, sacrificing, bow to me—you will come to me, I promise, for you are dear to me.
Relinquishing all sacred duties to me, make me your only refuge; do not grieve, for I shall free you from all evils.
You must not speak of this to one who is without penance and devotion, or who does not wish to hear, or who finds fault in me.
When he shares this deepest mystery with others devoted to me, giving me his total devotion, a man will come to me without doubt.
No mortal can perform service for me that I value more, and no other man on earth will be more dear to me than he is.
I judge the man who studies our dialogue on sacred duty to offer me sacrifice through sacrifice in knowledge.
If he listens in faith, finding no fault, a man is free and will attain the cherished worlds of those who act in virtue.
Arjuna, have you listened with your full powers of reason? Has the delusion of ignorance now been destroyed?
Arjuna: Krishna, my delusion is destroyed, and by your grace I have regained memory; I stand here, my doubt dispelled, ready to act on your words.
Sanjaya: As I heard this wondrous dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, the man of great soul, the hair bristled on my flesh.
By grace of the epic poet Vyasa, I heard the mystery of supreme discipline recounted by Krishna himself, the lord of discipline incarnate.
O King, when I keep remembering this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, I rejoice again and again.
In my memory I recall again and again Krishna’s wondrous form—great is my amazement, King; I rejoice again and again.
Where Krishna is lord of discipline and Arjuna is the archer, there do fortune, victory, abundance, and morality exist, so I think.
People of Ukraine and the world, take what strength you can from the last portion of The Morning Prayer for the great battle for peace.
God created nights, seasons, lunar days and weekdays.
God created wind, water, fire, and the nether lands.
In between these God established the Earth as home to practice truth and virtue.
God created different kinds of species with various colors and habits, such species have countless different names.
They are judged according to their deeds and actions.
The God himself is true and true in his court.
There the accepted saints look graceful.
The marks of blessing and mercy of God is poured upon all.
The good and bad of everyone are judged there.
Satguru Nanak says that true facts become known in his court, when you go home you will see this.
The above is the moral duty of the realm of righteousness
Now we narrate the working of the realm of knowledge
Countless are winds, waters, fires, Krishnas and Shivas.
There are countless Brahmas who are fashioning in various forms, colors and clothes.
There are a number of earths and mountains for doing various deeds, and there are innumerable lessons to be learned.
There are many Indras, suns and moons, galaxies and countries.
There are countless yogis, enlightened ones, and countless forms of goddesses.
There are countless gods, demons, saints, jewels and oceans.
There are countless sources of creation, languages and many dominions of kings.
Countless are the men of divine knowledge and countless the servants of God.
Satguru Nanak says that there is no end to God’s bounds.
In the domain of knowledge, spiritual learning shines brightly.
There it produces endless delight, melodies, amusement and joys.
The language of reaching the realm of spiritual happiness is beautiful.
Unique beautiful forms having no parallel are finished there.
What is happening in that sphere cannot be described.
If anyone attempts to describe it they shall have to repent afterwards.
There inner consciousness, intellect, soul and understanding are molded.
There the genius of the pious persons and men of miracles is molded.
In the sphere of action and grace the spiritual power is the main force.
No one else can reside there but those blessed with the spiritual force.
The very powerful warriors and heroes reside there.
In them the might of the pervading God remains fulfilled.
Everyone is fully merged with God’s admiration there.
Their forms of beauty are indescribable.
They never die nor are they created because God’s name resides in their hearts.
The saints of various worlds reside there.
They cherish the holy eternal ever in their hearts.
Formless God resides in the realm of truth.
God beholds the creation which he has created, and grants his kind glance and bestows upon them happiness.
There are continents, universes and solar systems in that region.
If someone tries to describe them he knows there is no limit or end to this.
There are universe upon universe and creations over creations.
They function according to orders issued by God.
God beholds his creation and feels happy by contemplating over it.
Satguru Nanak says that to describe the realm of truth is as hard as steel.
Make purity and modesty your furnaces and patience as your goldsmith.
Consider your mind as your anvil and divine knowledge as your tools.
Consider fear of God is as your bellows and practice of penance is the fire.
Treat the Love of God as thought where in filters the nectar of God’s name.
Thus in the true mint, the divine word is fashioned.
This is the daily routine of those on whom God casts his divine grace.
Satguru Nanak says that God with his kind look makes them happy.
Air is the guru, water is the father and Earth is the great mother.
Days and nights are the two nurses, in whose laps the whole world is at play. Good and bad deeds are judged by the God of justice.
According to their deeds, some will be adjusted near him and some will be distant from God.
Those who have contemplated his divine word would pass through all toils.
Satguru Nanak says that their faces flow with the glory of the divine light and many more are saved along with them.
Unleash the world’s weapons of mass peace.
(Peter Kater – R. Carlos Nakai “Quietude)