Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said, “I see people who talk about religion constantly quarrelling with one another. Hindus, Mussalmans, Brahmos, Shaktas, Vaishnavas, Shaivas, all quarrel with one another. They haven't the intelligence to understand that He who is called Krishna is also Shiva and the Primal Shakti, and that it is He, again, who is called Jesus and Allah. "There is only one Rama and He has a thousand names.” Truth is one; it is only called by different names. All people are seeking the same Truth; the disagreement is due to differences in climate, temperament, and names. Everyone is going toward God. They will all realize Him if they have sincerity and longing of heart.”
How simply he suggests one and the only solution to most of the problems the world is facing today!! Don’t you think leaving a human being to behave himself would solve our daily quarrels? And after all, we quarrel for a Ayodhya, we quarrel for a Baba Budan Giri, we go to the extent of killing some people in the name of God (!), we pelt stones at a worshipping ceremony, we kill a person just because he doesn’t worship some one whom I do. What a pitiful situation! What a barbaric state of mind we are in today!!
Having said that, how should a civilized society behave when someone tries to go beyond all the boundaries of civilization to spread a word that his God is great or something like that? Do we treat him in the same manner as he did to others in the society? Or do we say he is innocent, or do we forgive him?
As an answer, Bhagawan Buddha unravels the following wisdom:
“May all creatures, all living things,
all beings one and all,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into harm.”
And yes!! Thus we should not allow a person to teach hatred among the people thriving for the only one-ness. How should we handle such a person? We should stop such people from preaching the “unessential” to be the “essential”, “heedlessness” to be the “heedfulness” in life.
Buddha also enlightens us with following words :
“The worse of the two is he
who, when abused, retaliates.
One who does not retaliate
wins a battle hard to win.”And Jesus asked the people : “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.”!! Which meant no one is without a sin, no one is without suffering.
Does it means we must ‘pardon’ that person who does the un-lawful or do we have to keep quiet when some-one is calling us to fight a battle? Answer is a plain NO.
Srikrishna Bhagavan in Bhagavadgeeta interprets, We must not keep an eye on the out-come(PHALA) of an event, we just have a task to conclude(KARMA) and that we should concentrate on!!
Keeping all these things in mind, one can conclude that if a person offends the social harmony, such person is punishable according to the rule of Karma. If we do not punish him, there is either of the following two out-comes
· One is an emotional and social change, which changes the way that person thinks and those supporting him too will change to be good.
· On the other hand, this forced ‘mercy’ shows the cowardice of the law of the land, and thus it prompts other people with similar criminal inclinations to indulge in such a heinous activity. This seems to be more dangerous and derogating to the whole social set-up of the society.
So, friends, lets take an example and try to implement all these knowledge upon it, The case of Afzal Guroo.
· He is the person who is proved to have been masterminded the attack on Indian parliament. Parliament is the heart of Indian democracy, which is fancied for over a half century and taken pride in by every Indian. So, by putting this attack in action, he has committed a heinous crime of mockery-ing the pride of a nation.
· When the parliament was attacked, some of the security personnel guarding the Indian constitutional symbol were killed, 7 of them in total. This means he has taken the lives of 7 people for granted and has written a deadly-fate for them himself. He is at false for committing the murder of human beings against the nature.
· He did all these things in the name of a religion, in the intent of declaring ‘his God’ the biggest God of all, which must be condemned in any case.
· He masterminded the attack and executed it thru some of his followers (resulting in their deaths too), whom he preached all hatred for other Gods and other people in the same society, which is more serious and ill willed.
The Four major points I put here are enough to conclude that this person has no reason to be ‘pardoned’; we can ‘forgive’ him for all his crimes and pray in God not to punish him, however, if he is allowed to roam freely again in the society, then he would fill few more young minds with hatred and influence them to wage a war against the nation and resulting in spoiling many more families!! Should this be allowed? This decision is pending with the President now. He has the duty upon him to take all the right decision to Hang Afzal Guroo or to pardon him and be a cause for the birth of hundred such Guroos.
Lets wait and see if Mercy Cures or if Mercy Kills. I strongly feel showing mercy to one such individual would be a bane for crores of people, but whereas by showing mercy on crores of people, if one Afzal Guroo is hanged to death, then hundreds of such Guroos would be destroyed and taken off guard.
It would be Merciful on our behalf to hang him, than leave him off freely for all his wrong doings and ill wills. We should hang him not because he indulged in clear mockery of Indian democratic credentials, but because he preached hatred among the Indian youth. Everyone must fight this battle of good over evil in a very broad and indigenous sense.