In our growing up years, considering history or language for further studies was never a choice for able group. Applied Science, if not basic science, if not commerce ... all fails.. then arts. This was the hierarchy. As a mainstream kid, I followed the conservative approach. Terming the subjects which were lowest in hierarchical order as "most boring" was one such conventions. Strictly followed that too. Never imagined myself to be studying history in future.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
I keep listening to left wing historians, how Buddhism and Jainism suffered because of Brahminism, which wanted to keep the caste structure alive. I want to put across my points on the resistance to these religions offered by Brahminism as well as other communities. Were they one and the same?
I wanted to write a separate post on Bhagavad Gita as it interests me most. Not as the book of Hindus (I feel, we Hindus have no such book). Nor I believe, these are the words of God. (This is so cool. I need not consider Krishna as a God and still proudly call myself a Hindu. Which other religion would have given me this privilege? ) Here I will not discuss about those rational thoughts which draws me towards it, instead focus on those words which I conceive as the a rebuttal to Buddhism.
What is the common thing between these incidents? Pushyamitra destroying Buddhist Viharas in BC, Veerashaivas sacking Jain temples in medieval period, 1984 riots and Gujarat riots in 2002. All were the act of majority against minorities. Both Left and Right Wing present different version. Does the Truth has any orientation (left or right) or can truth be just truth?
Many a times, some inevitable nuisances which can't be prevented (can be anything, from diabetes to traffic jam) need to be accepted. Denial is an easier option. Acceptance needs boldness. Acceptance not necessarily is an endorsement.
It's my search of trying to trace my origin. Only thing I know is, what I am not. Haven't figured out what I am, yet. In terms of faith, I am agnostic (During college days, I used to be a devotee before and after the exam. Once the result comes, an atheist!).
A story I read in school The Judgement-Seat of Vikramaditya by sister Nivedita. King of Ujjain accidentally discovers the throne of Vikramaditya when he hears a shepherd boy sitting on a stone slab giving judgement with a great skill. When king decides to ascend the throne, one of the twenty five angels (carved to support the throne) asked him about one of the quality he need to have to ascend the throne. When king replies in negative, it asks him to fast for three days and come back. Every time, king is asked for one such good quality and king goes back to learn. On the final day, last angel asks him whether his heart is now as pure as a child. The king finally backs off from ascending the throne, which had allowed the shepherd boy to sit on it.