Jab insaan hi apna khoon bahaney chala hai,
Dilon ko samjhne ki umeed kiss se karu?
Jab insaan hi apne dil ko dafan kar chala hai,
Toh mohabbat ki umeed kiss se karu?
Jab insaan hi goliyon ki barsaat kar chala hai,
Toh aansuo ke sawaan ki umeed kiss se karu?
Jab insaan hi apne maut ki taraf bhaaga chala hai,
Toh zindagi ki umeed kiss se karu?
Jab insaan hi Khuda ki raah bhul kar chala hai,
Toh ibadat ki umeed kiss se karu?
When man is out to spill his own blood,
Who shall I expect will understand the hearts?
When man has only buried his heart,
Who shall I expect the love from?
When man is only out there spraying bullets,
Who shall I expect will shed tears like the rain?
When man is only running towards his death,
Who shall I expect to live?
When man has only forgotten the path of God,
Who shall I expect prayers from?
Kabhi deewaron aur zanjeeron ke aage bhi dekh,
Tu insaaniyat hi bhul gaya hai;
Kabhi khud se puch aur zara aine mein dekh,
Tu insaan hokar bhi insaaniyat se dushman kar gaya hai!
Dare to look beyond the walls and chains,
You have forgotten what it means to be human;
Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself,
Despite being a human, you have become an enemy of humanity!
In the wake of recent events, be it in my country or globally there seems to be an increase in violence and bloodshed. Be it the unrest and curfew in Kashmir, the attacks in France, the bombings in Pakistan or the constant war like situations arising in the Middle East. It really gives rise to many questions in my mind. Has man forgotten what it means to be humane? Has humanity lost its capacity for compassion? Has the human race lost its way in this self created chaos? So, I went looking for hope and a few words from the wise. Below are a few pearls of wisdom.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
― John Steinbeck
“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
― Maya Angelou
That we are meant to hate each other and be mortal enemies, I refuse to buy into that argument. There is always an amicable way to sort out our differences, but that requires effort and persistence. Being human and claiming to be an intelligent species superior to all other animals does not resolve anything. Because we act worse than animals, as even animals do not kill and discriminate like we humans do amongst ourselves!
“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
As our Independence Day approaches on 15th August, I would like to ask all my fellow citizens to really question what it means to be independent. In fact I would like to ask this to everyone living in a free and democratic country the same question. What does independence mean to you, and what way can you use this liberty to contribute towards humanity? While you can have many answers and complicated ideas regarding the same, let me simplify the answer.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr
“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
If one really wants to put their liberty and freedom to good use, they must learn to love. It’s that simple. Just learn to give and receive love. Once we learn to do that, love will do the rest. There will be no discrimination in our minds and we will learn to stop being judgemental about people. Race, colour, caste and religion will no longer be relevant to human relations. And Gandhi was right when he said only the brave can love, because it requires a lot of courage to love no matter what the situation.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
And while I find myself surrounded daily by news of hatred and despicable human deeds, I refuse to give up hope. That we can together change the future, and that the future is not tomorrow but today. I know this was a lengthy post, but if you’re reading this then I want you to join me in my effort. Decide to give love a chance and try to make today a better place for everyone around you. No matter how difficult a person is to love, make that attempt to love them, even if they are your enemy. Learn to forgive and move ahead with love. All I ask is that you make an effort and exercise your freedom; the freedom to love.
I am going to end this post with one of my favourite songs. Thank you for reading such a long post and please feel free to share your thoughts as always!
Cheers, your fellow blogger Advaita 🙂
Image Credit: Love from flickr used as is under C.C. by 4.0