I wanted to write on this dastardly attack on a hapless young girl Jyothi, yes that was her name, and how those cruel criminals especially the minor Muslim has perpetrated to put out the light from her. It has been so heart-wrenching that I simply could not bring myself to address that very issue. But then the time is running out and perhaps I am the last person to write this piece yet I simply could not focus on that moment of heinous crime and her cry for help that was largely ignored by the milling crowd of Delhi. So I decided to appeal to Dharma and hereunder flow my thoughts.
There is a lot of difference between secular thinking which has become a habit in our modern era of ruthless ‘undifferentiation’ in the name of equality and the ancient culture of eternity and enjoyment of kaarmic fruit that is also latent in all of us.
Secularist thinking impresses that life has no history before it began and is an accident, a one-time phenomenon that does not recognize a hereafter. From this secular thinking two-fold attitudes arise: One is the stronger idea of struggle for existence and survival of the fittest by which smartness lies in lying and cheating by all means, indulge in violence of all sorts to ‘enjoy’ life. Majority of the people accept or subscribe to this idea in one way or the other. From kindergarten to retirement people compete to survive and in this if you cheat and get away with it you are ok is the attitude. Immediacy is the message and anything distant is wrought with danger.
The other is to feel empathy for the fellowman, a kind of ‘conscience’ or guilt driven attitude that emphasises that there is pleasure in sacrificing for others. Gandhi pursued this to the hilt to lose it all and instilled in everyone not to feel unhappy about it!
KiranKS tweeted: “Accept it or not.. So many people slowed down, but didn’t touch or help the Dilli victim naked on the road. The FEAR of the police & courts.” His tweet is very important for our discussion. The fear overpowers love, kindness and empathy. This current is not in just in one person but the in the whole community. Taking advantage of this would be a gang of criminals who for sure know that what they do will find no resistance from anyone. Besides there is the culture of corruption coming as it does from the survival of the fittest attitude so the wielders of law would rather make money to the hilt by what they hold than do a duty to enforce the law for public good.
Contrast this to the kaarmic residue in all of us. We have believed, perhaps known that we are no accident but a continuum and that the life of joy and misery are but transcient. This awareness clearly eliminates the necessity that life isn’t dependent on lying, cheating, robbing and killing others. It does give us the strength to persevere and pursue a goal, however distant it may be for the pursuit can even be continued in the life hereafter. Being a ‘Gandhian’ loser is no goal of life for Gandhi took it in his heart that all are ‘good’. No such universalism is postulated in the eternal Devaasura yuddham of the Sanathana Dharma.
In our Dharma the individual’s pursuit of purushartha is the only message. And such purushartha can only be achieved by pursuing dhaarmic means.
Seetha would typically justify the eternal loser of the existentialist that modern secularism has thrown us to be. But if anyone cares to see her as a being beyond this life then such typicalism would hold no water. In the whole scheme of Ramayana there is a character by name Marichi (or Maricha) who wrought havoc by being behind the scene. It is for this reason that he escaped being hunted by anyone aggrieved. By the way Marichi was the son of Tadakki the first asuri and a woman killed by Sri Rama.
Rama has to be separated from Seetha for Ravana to kidnap Seetha. No one can challenge Rama and get away with it so Rama should not be present there. That is where Marichi character fits the picture. He is the one who is present without being present! He shows himself in the form of a Deer only to Seetha and vanishes. Seetha asks Rama to fetch her this golden deer that she has seen. Rama tells her that there is no such thing as a golden deer in this prakrthi. That was his conviction. She then starts taunting Rama for not obliging the smallest thing that she has asked for while demanding nothing at all before. So unable to bear that Rama goes in search of the thing that he knew did not exist! Such was the power of the consort! And Rama does see a golden deer that he knew did not exist and kills it! This is to reveal that nothing can be taken for granted in this prakrthi! No other religion is capable of revealing these great truths.
Marichi had by his trick of hiding had escaped even Yama. When Rama had the samkalpa (resolved) to find him Marichi could not escape and that was his end.
Who became the reason for Marichi’s killing? Only Seetha and none other! That is why the very avataram of Seetha was for the killing of this asura. Lakshmi Sahasranamam explicitly says of this as “Marichi madha mardhini” Elaborating this Sri Muthuswamy Dheekshithar in his Navaavarna Keerthana says: “Dasa karana vriddhi Marichi nigarbha yoginyaaha”. His ten indhriyas – 5 karmaendriyas and 5 gyaanendriyas – were pefect but he misused them and he was always behind the curtain and hid himself in committing atrocities. He finally hid himself in a golden deer. Who outed (nigharbham) him to Rama? It was Seetha!
Damini is a form of Seetha who has outed this atrocious menace of the vice of capitalist massing of people in urban centres that completely violates all forms of guna, karma vibhaagam. Many women suffered rape before but it was only Damini who had by her suffering and death had challenged all powers that had run amok spreading the tentacles of adharma. From Seetha’s kidnapping to Ravana vadham a few years had passed. But the time is irrelevant from the point of view of the result. The adharmic system is falling now piece by piece. Thaadaka vadham is definitely next and so also that of Maricha her son. Watch this is going to happen!