The harmony of the sword and the word ! Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

Published on Jul 26, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 02

We often dread communal violence. So, we frequently feartheocracies due to their likely intolerance towards people who don’t abide by their sectarian beliefs.

Naturally then, we may feel apprehensive when we read the Bhagavad-gita’s glorification of saintly kings who live and lead according to scriptural wisdom (04.02). However, the Gita destroys our sectarian categories right at the start of its message. It declares that we are not our bodies, but are eternal souls who have no intrinsic connection with the bodies that we presently inhabit. Bodily misidentification is the basis of all sects, including even sects with religious nomenclature like Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

Gita wisdom takes us beyond all our sectarian notions of identity to our universal essence as souls. It recommends that we act on that spiritual level for the holistic welfare of everyone. To fulfill that universal purpose, it urges us to harmonize the word, our intellectual resources, and the sword, our administrative resources.

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