Posted on October 4, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“The Bhagavad Gita is a true scripture of the human race, a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.”
– SRI AUROBINDO (1872-1950) Indian philosopher
The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, told viewers of RT that wars and killings have become outdated concepts/means of resolving conflicts. His grandfather is known the world over for his use of nonviolence as a weapon for justice and beneficial social change, having rallied the people of India to use nonviolence in that nation’s successful effort to gain independence from British rule. Arun Gandhi told RT viewers that nonviolence is not only a tactic for use now and then when required to bring about resolution to conflicts and differences, but a way of living.
He noted the world belongs to all, not just for powerful nations or groups of people, and that a major factor in today’s global situation is the exploitation by powerful nations of weaker nations in the form of economic and political colonialism. Asked who is responsible for today’s wars and violence, Arun Gandhi responded “everybody, all of humanity”. Powerful nations’ exploitation of weaker nations’ natural resources is a large factor, perhaps the largest cause, which leads to the problems of war and violence, and one can see how this is the case in the energy-rich Middle East, Africa, and other regions around the world.
Arun Gandhi, like his famous grandfather, believes understanding, love, respect, and acceptance of each other as human beings is the way to overcome differences and reduce both the number and destructive intensity of wars, killings, and the human misery that accompanies unnecessary military conflict. Just when those world leaders who receive the greatest amount of attention from the media around the Earth will begin to advocate for that same view/philosophy remains unknown, but surely most men, women, and children of the world – especially those who have experienced the direct, horrific consequences of war and violence where they live – hold out hope it is sooner than later.
For those hopes to become realized, first the world’s leaders, and all people everywhere, must speak the complete truth on every occasion, while citizens remain vigilant in their demanding only the 100%, absolute truth from themselves and those in leadership positions. Without true understanding and awareness of accurate details, circumstances, and aspects of especially major situations where consequences for people are severe, a reliable basis for good, beneficial, improvement-generating resolutions does not become established. So, the truth, and a global, uncompromising, resolve to accept nothing less than full transparency is of paramount importance now.
Arun Gandhi warns of World War III unless all of humanity recognizes responsibility for overcoming war and violence resides in not only the powerful leaders, but all people everywhere.
The Bhagavad Gita was Mahatma Gandhi’s bible, and he always carried a copy of it with him. From Chapter 17 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna told Arjuna, “Listen as I explain the threefold nature of faith inherent in the embodied self – lucid, passionate, and darkly inert”.
“The faith each man has, Arjuna, follows his degree of lucidity; a man consists of his faith, and as his faith is, so is he”.
“Men of lucidity sacrifice to the gods; men of passion, to spirits and demons; the others, men of dark inertia, sacrifice to corpses and to ghosts”.
“Men who practice horrific penances that go against traditional norms are trapped in hypocrisy and individuality, overwhelmed by the emotion of desire”.
“Without reason, they torment the elements composing their bodies, and they torment me within them; know them to have demonic resolve”.
“Food is also of three kinds, to please each type of taste; sacrifice, penance, and charity likewise divide in three ways”.
“Foods that please lucid men are savory, smooth, firm, and rich; they promote long life, lucidity, strength, health, pleasure, and delight”.
“Passionate men crave foods that are bitter, sour, salty, hot, pungent, harsh, and burning, causing pain, grief, and sickness”.
“The food that please men of dark inertia is stale, unsavory, putrid, and spoiled, leavings unfit for sacrifice”.
“A sacrifice is offered with lucidity when the norms are kept and the mind is focused on the sacrificial act, without craving for its fruit”.
“But a sacrifice is offered with passion, Arjuna, when it is focused on the fruit and hypocrisy is at play”.
“A sacrifice is governed by dark inertia when it violates the norms – empty of faith, omitting the ritual offering of food and chants and gifts”.
“Honoring gods, priests, teachers, and wise men, being pure, honest, celibate, and nonviolent is called bodily penance”.
“Speaking truth without offense, giving comfort, and reciting sacred lore is called verbal penance”.
“Mental serenity, kindness, silence, self-restraint, and purity of being is called mental penance”.
“This threefold penance is lucid when men of discipline perform it with deep faith, without craving for reward”.
“Wavering and unstable, performed with hypocrisy, to gain respect, honor, and worship, that penance is called passionate”.
“Performed with deluded perception, self-mortification, or sadism, such penance has dark inertia”.
“Given in due time and place to a fit recipient who can give no advantage, charity is remembered as lucid”.
“But charity given reluctantly, to secure some service in return or to gain a future reward, is remembered as passionate”.
“Charity given out of place and time to an unfit recipient, ungraciously and with contempt, is remembered for its dark inertia”.
“OM, TAT, SAT: ‘That is the real’ – this is the triple symbol of the infinite spirit that gave a primordial sanctity to priests, sacred lore, and sacrifice”.
“OM – knowers of the infinite spirit chant it as they perform acts of sacrifice, charity, and penance prescribed by tradition”.
“TAT – men who crave freedom utter it as they perform acts of sacrifice, charity, and penance, without concern for reward”.
“SAT – it means what is real and what is good, Arjuna; the word SAT is also used when an action merits praise”.
“SAT is steadfastness in sacrifice, in penance, in charity; any action of this order is denoted by SAT”.
“But oblation, charity, and penance offered without faith are called ASAT, for they have no reality here or in the world after death”.
(RT – YouTube)