Swami Chaitanya Keerti
advantage of power. This is the way India has always lived. This was not her
weakness but feminine strength.
In one of
his discourses, Osho says: India has never invaded any country, has never been
aggressive, violent, has had no desire to become bigger and bigger, huge; India
has never been imperialistic. It has been invaded by many people, and for two
thousand years it has been a slave country under Hunas, Turks, Moguls, British
people, Portuguese people, French, you just say the name — and India has been
invaded by everybody. And why did such a vast country, almost a continent,
yield so easily? They were not interested in fighting.
It is a
question that mystifies us all. I have a feeling that India has been living in
a Taoist way forever, even before Tao happened to China. One may ask what is
the Taoist way?
who was born in China in the 5th or 6th century BC, says in his book Tao Te
Ching: Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of Tao, counsel him not to use
force to conquer the universe. For this would only cause resistance. Thorn
bushes spring up wherever the army has passed. Lean years follow in the wake of
a great war. Just do what needs to be done. Never take advantage of power.
This is the
way India has always lived. This was not her weakness but feminine strength.
This is the strength of the superior quality of love and compassion born out of
meditation and spirituality. This is the reason we call our country Mother
India. We call the whole earth Mother Earth. Vande Mataram!
This is the
basic message of the enlightened sages and the mystics, the Buddhas which the
war-mongers and power-hungry rulers of the world have always ignored for their
personal glory. And the ignorant people of the world have been applauding them
as Alexander the Great. It is about time we stop this nonsense of the so-called
great conquerors and pay attention to Tao: Achieve results, but never glory in
them. Achieve results, but never boast. Achieve results, but never be proud.
Achieve results, because this is the natural way. Achieve results, but not
through violence. Force is followed by loss of strength. This is not the way of
Tao. That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.
Chaitanya Keerti a writer, editor of
Osho World, is the author of Mindfulness: The Master Key
Source: The Asian Age