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Meditation in the era of terrorism

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

– Albert Einstein

A few days ago India faced the worst terrorist attack on its soil. More than 150 people including 22 foreigners were kiled in the attack.

These people did it in the name of Allah, the great almighty. But they don’t know how much damaged they have inflicted on the image of Islam.

Often I think whether the concept of institutionalized religion has benefited the humanity at all? Some of the most violent and protracted unsolved problems have their root cause in religion. Be it Palestine, Kashmir or Afghanistan, everywhere you can find the imprint of a religious fight.

Had it not be better if humans are allowed to live just as what they are – simple, plain human beings? Just like thousands of other species in the world ? Just why on earth, we have created so many divisions in the name of religion ?

Terrorists who perpetrated the coward act of killing innocents in Mumbai are – at their very basic level- just like any other human beings. However,  they have completely lost their ability to think wisely and take their own decision. A constant exposure to the ideology of hate and violence has brainwashed their  mind completely. They and thousand like them have become blind followers of a destructive ideology that will eventually destroy them.

Ironically, some of the most complex problems have very simple solution. Those who have stopped using their mind, those who have stopped thinking beyond the boundary of their religion and those whose hearts are filled with anger and hate – all these people are only need to try some sort of meditation practice to realize the fallacy of their narrow thinking.

Once they go inwards they will realize the same permanent thread of consciousness in themselves which is present in their enemies also.

Once you realize that at the basic level we are part of a great organic whole, it becomes very difficult for you to harbor the thoughts of hate and violence against anybody. A regular practice of meditation results into a permanent feeling of harmony with the universe.

However, the sad thing is that the harbinger of death are too busy spreading the poison of hate to find any time for a creative activity like meditation. The politics of hate and conspiracy appears too strong in the present time.

Nevertheless, despite living in a negative and pessimist world, I still feel that eventually the Universe will unfold itself into a more positive, optimist  and secure world.  The dark night of hate and violence – no matter how long it appears now- will end one day.  Negative forces can’t last forever.

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5 Responses to Meditation in the era of terrorism

  1. Sohail December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    I am shocked how easily you pointed out that the terror attack was done on the name of some religion. As far as I know many Muslims lost their lives during the attack. Attackers did not care who they were killing. I am baffled to see that how many people fail to understand that intentions behind the attack was rather political one.
    As far as situation in Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq and Afghanistan is concerned I suggest you read the history behind the conflict in these regions.

  2. Eklavya December 30, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    @Sohail,

    Let me first of all clarify you Sohail that my intention was not to blame Islam or any other religion for the terrorism. My objection is against misuse of Islam for achieving political gains. I think it high time people should understand that Islam is being misused by many organizations to serve their own political purpose. As an end result, it has inflicted more harm to Islam which essentially is a religion of peace.

    Regarding situation in the conflict areas which I mentioned in my post, I admit that their historical background is very complex and it is not possible to draw easy conclusions from them. However, right now we are seeing a situation where these areas have become dangerous melting pots of terror networks which are using religion as a weapon of political game.

  3. san January 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    nice post, keep it up!

  4. Karim September 16, 2009 at 5:17 am #

    Very thoughtfull post on meditation. It should be very much helpfull

    Thanks,
    Karim – Positive thinking

  5. Eric Osborne August 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    @Eklavya, I agree. Relax! There is always a lot of innocent people who lose their lives during terrorist attacks but from my understanding it is that the leaders of these regimes use religion as a means to control people. IE. kill this group and you will get 40 virgins in the afterlife. Without religion, I think it would be hard to convince people to kill themselves and all the innocent people.

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