Bombay – Can the Bombs be permanantly kept at bay?July 12, 2006
About 24 hours ago, there were a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai which left more than 200 dead and two and a half the number injured. No words can express killing of helpless innocents wherever it may take place. One really wonders whether there will ever again be permanant peace. Deplorable though they are, such incidents bring about serious introspection.
Though important measures should be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur, one has to look at the deep rooted reasons as well”
In this context it is worth mentioning the Alliance of Mass humanity (www.anhglobal.org) one of whose founders is Dr Deepak Chopra. When one comes across violence of such magnitude, one is thankful for such initiatives. Just as the attitude of the Western world towards Indian terrorism changed only after 9/11 and the London blasts, significant change only happens when preceded by serious crises. One hopes that complacency does not set in again for another crises to prove that “without danger, one cannot go beyond danger”.
Continuing in the same vein, in the words of the late intellectual/mystic, J. krishnamurthy ,” Everywhere in the world, we are justifying murder as a means to a righteous end which in itself is unprecedented. Murder, whether it is of a person or a group of people is justified because the murderer or the group of people the murderer represents justifies the means to achieve a result that will be beneficial to man. Man has no significance or importance and millions can be sacrificed as long as the end result is justified by ideas”. Krishnamurthy spoke in the context of division between man and man in most of his teachings which were devoted to resolving conflict by understanding the thinking process.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions. Though this poem was written by me in 2002, it applies to all situations of mindless violence because of division.
LEGACY OF SEPTEMBER 11
The world on the whole continues to bemoan September Eleven;
As if before that, the earth was some heaven.
The events of September eleven were a blot on mankind’evolution;
It indicated that mankind has not progressed beyond the cavern.
The information revolution and mass communication
should have enabled a religious break-even.
It could have heralded a religious and political revolution.
Art and sports bind people together, we need many a Beethoven;
One has to be as spiritually agile to ensure
THAT THE WORLD EVERYWHERE IS TRULY COSMOPOLITAN( FONT PROBLEM)
What we need is a spiritual James bond;a spiritual 007
To investigate into, contrary to what it preaches,
THE RELIGIOUS INTENT BEHIND SEPTEMBER ELEVEN.
Whether an Asian, European, African or American,
Whether Manhatten or any other nation, new ways are needed to enlighten
If there is one legacy that will always be attributed
to the events of September eleven
Applied spirituality needs to be as successful as applied science
i. e THE WORLD BADLY NEEDS TO STRAIGHTEN
Humanity must be the sole religion to avoid another September 11.
ONE MUST ADMIRE THE RESILIENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF BOMBAY- THE WAY THE LOCAL TRAINS HAVE STARTED FUNCTIONING AGAIN REMINDS ONE OF THE SONG-“GADI BULA RAHI HAI, SEETI BAJA RAHI HAI, CHALNA HI ZINDAGI HAI, CHALTI HI JA RAHI HAI” . NOBODY CAN STOP BOMBAY(SALAAM, BOMBAY)