Prani Daya or compassion for all living beings is the 5th fundamental principle of Hinduism. It is sin to kill or maim any living being. Man must show mercy and love to all. “Mitraysa chashusha samikshamahe” (Yajur Veda 36.18) means: May we look at all with a friendly eye.
“Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” The meaning is that non-violence is the foremost virtue. The feelings of love should be extended to all irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, colour of skin and gender. Hatred and jealousy must be abandoned for the betterment of the communities and the countries.
Non-violence can only be practiced in an ideal world. Today many innocent people are being slaughtered and maimed in the name of relgion. One country is bent upon marching on to its neighbouring country. The skirmishes on the borders of the countries are on the increase. Under these circumstances the aggressor has to be stopped. Force has to be met with force. The history of Hinduism has many examples and anecdotes where the rulers called for “ahimsa” or non-violence against the aggressors and allowed them an easy access to their kingdoms. The aggressors did not show any friendship to their hosts and mercilessly killed them to establish their own rule. The Hindus have to be on their guard and differentiate between Prani Daya and an act of aggression. The aggressor must be repelled with full force and taught a lesson that force will be met with force. This is required to maintain peace and law and order in the country.
WHERE IS GOD
God is remembered only when people are faced with problems in life. The problems may be personal or affecting other members of the family. In desperation the person concerned shouts:”there is no God or where is God”. God is not remembered in times of rejoicings or at the time of success. These are attributed to one’s own hard work. God should be remembered at all times. God helps those who help themselves. God fearing and hard working individuals are invariably successful in life.
Those who do not work hard are unlikely to succeed in life. They visit astrologers and preachers for solutions to their problems. They often misguide these innocent and ignorant people and charge them hefty fees. Some are told to visit temples or shrines many miles away. They are directed to do this to take blessings from gods and goddesses. Such trips are expensive, time consuming and totally ineffective.
God is Omnipresent. It is wrong to say that He is present only in the temples or the churches. God is with the people all the time. One has to sincerely meditate to have communion with Him. There is no need to go out in search of God. Maharishi Swami Dayanand Sarswati left home in search of true God. He visited forests, caves and climbed mountains. This was of no avail. After extensive study of the Vedas and other scriptures he came to the conclusion that God is present every where. He is Formless and therefore cannot be represented by an idol.
People should guard themselves against magicians, fortune tellers and astrologers. They misguide and confuse innocent masses for their personal gain. Have faith in God and follow the path of righteousness and always speak the truth. God is Omnipresent and there is no need to go out to search for him and ask the question “where is God”