Krishna – Why the wait?

यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् । धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥

(Whenever there is decay of virtue and prevalence of wickedness, I manifest myself. To establish virtue, to destroy evil, to save the good (people), I come in different ages. )

I vividly remember this shloka. This shloka along with shankh-naad (conch shell sound) reverberated in most homes every Sunday. TV serial Mahabharata was on. This shloka brought soothing comfort to me umpteen number of times; it reassured me that whatever bad I see or hear will be rectified one day, good men will be protected and all shall be right with the world. Eventually.

After all, what reason was there to doubt this prophecy? None. When Lord Krishna heard details of scandalous disrobing from Draupadi herself, he assured her that all one hundred Kauravas would be dead in the battlefield. Krishna’s vow is here. And he kept his vow as Kauravas were annihilated so surely, he would keep his vow to Arjuna?

Fast forward 30 years. Reality has bitten by now. Half a million people get murdered in a year; possibly 1 million suicides in same time span; millions of women raped. Millions die due to poverty, countless countries ravaged by bloodshed.

Is this still not comparable to one disrobing event? Is this not wicked enough? Is this not evil enough?

Soul – Dragon in my garage

I recently came across Carl Sagan’s book: The Demon-Haunted World. Sagan hypothesizes a claim of a person that he has a dragon in his garage.

On further challenging the person about test-ability of such a claim, it is then clear that this dragon cannot be seen or detected by any means possible. Sagan then says “Now, what’s the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there’s no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists?”

On reading this, first thought that came to my mind was a shlok from Geeta (2.23) which describes the soul as

नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः ।
न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः ॥

(No weapon can cut it into pieces nor can it be burned by fire,
nor moistened by water, nor can it be withered by the wind.)

Is the soul something like Sagan’s dragon?

Something to think about.

Hear  The Dragon in My Garage in Carl Sagan’s voice.

BJP – Like king like subjects ?

Way back in 2014, Indian prime minister Modi claimed that India had foundations of plastic surgery & genetic science. If you do not believe me, watch him speak here. Translation says “We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery. ” (Source)

To top it all, he had the gall to spout this nonsense at 106th annual meeting of the prestigious Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). That there was some applause at ISCA gathering should have worried many.

Other ministers joined in. Enter Satyapal Singh. As a minister of state, he would first claim that planes were ancient Indian invention. His evidence? Puspak viman is referred in Ramayana. He explains it here.

He would then move on to be the junior minister of higher education and would say Darwin’s theory evolution is false because, hold your breath, no one “ever saw an ape turning into a human being” (Source)

Former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank would chime in with “Astrology is the biggest science. It is in fact above science. We should promote it.” and gems such as “Sage Kanad conducted nuclear test one lakh years ago.” (Source)

Some of the real scientists did protest but their voice was drowned in the cacophony of supporters. What was saddening to note that there was hardly condemnation from any one in the government. And why would there be?

“यथा राजा तथा प्रजा” (As is the king so are the subjects) ?