Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Dharma....

...and Adharma

Morality, as the dictionary describes is a discrimination between the good and the bad. In our ancient parlance it is the difference between dharma and adharma. But even from the point of view of the words both in English and Sanskrit - Adharma contains Dharma and Immoral contains Moral.But it is a very very thin line to draw. Killing may be immoral for some, but it is a profession for another. Extra-marital relationships can be considered immoral in some countries, but there are many societies and civilisations where it is considered good cultural practice and service.In my deep contemplation of the Ramayana or the Mahabharatha, I discovered that the confluence of the good and the bad is a necessary process for evolution. There is no Ramayana without Ravana abducting Sita. Rama's fight with Ravana to establish Dharma is one such example of such a confluence - when two mighty energies meet, a positive and a negative force, there is a big spark created which ushers in a change in the environment.Similarly, in the Mahabharatha, there is no scope for the expression of the Pandavas, representing the good forces, without Duryodana and his group representing the evil forces. But just as the Sun supports all, good or bad, the wind blows for all good or bad, the rain visits evenly the high and the low terrains, space is present everywhere and does not denies itself for the bad - so there is a zone within that is the same in the good and the bad, the moral and the immoral - transcending all polarities. Done with the support of that presence within, in tune with it, in a state of Yoga, an act may be considered good or bad, moral or immoral by the society - but for the doer of such an act and thinker of such a thought or speaker of a certain word, it is the best that can happen at that particular moment of infinity.

-Swahilya

3 Comments:

Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said...

Swahilyaji,
brilliant
according to SriVaishnava picture of Vaikuntham both dharma and adharma perform the service of fanning SRIMAN NARAYANA.
SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

1:09 AM  
Blogger Swahilya said...

@Anand: Very true. People like Ravana are actually said to have taken a boon to take birth as adharmic persons as with all their evil acts, they meet their end directly at the hands of God, leading them to Moksham.

4:39 AM  
Blogger donq said...

One version for Ravana's moksha, that stuck in my head was the fact that his thoughts were filled with conquering Rama and in effect leading him to think/meditate on Rama. Isnt that a beautiful instance of the Lord's compassion towards any aspirant good/bad?

8:42 AM  

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