(A Quarterly International Peer-reviewed Refereed e-Journal
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From Visible Enemy to Invisible Enemy...
Happy Republic Day! On 26th January, 2020, we celebrated our 71st Republic Day.
The Preamble, the very soul of our Constitution presents the objectives which are to “secure justice, liberty, equality to all citizens and promote fraternity to maintain unity and integrity of the Nation.” It begins with “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA.” This is the beauty of India and her culture that she always cares not merely of one man but of all people. The people of India who have the feeling of cosmopolitanism are filled with the spirit of “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah,/ Sarve Santu Niraamayah,/ Sarve Bhadraani Pashyantu,/ Maa Kashchid Dukhabhaavbhaveta.”
Divine powers work and create positive environment but satanic powers with masks pollute and pour poison. The destructive powers under the guidance of satanic powers are working to destroy India and her culture from within. These powers talk of rights and freedom but never perform their right duties. Rights, not duties are the mantras which they chant. They forget or rather pretend to forget their duties but never forget to ensnare the people with the wrong or negative arguments, misquoted from the religious texts. It is really painful to see these brainwashed people moving on the destructive path. Personal feelings start dominating over national feelings. Tagore who sees the vision of free India wishes to make her a “Heaven of Freedom” where “the clear stream of reason has not lost its way / into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.” What Tagore wishes here is quite relevant. People should use their reasoning power and be able to differentiate between the right and the wrong. They should work continuously for establishing India as “Vishwaguru” by following their duties in an equipoise manner. They should abandon their selfish interests and use their energy and power in the interest of Nation. This is the Yoga which is the need of the hour. What Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita is quite applicable in the present day scenario.
योगस्थः कुरु कर्माणि संग्ङंत्यक्त्वा धनंजय।
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्योः समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते।।
yoga-sthah kuru karmaani sangam tyaktvaa dhananjaya
siddhy-asiddhyoh samo bhutvaa samatvam yoga ucyate (2.48 Bhagavad-Gita)
(Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.)
An Invisible Enemy Enters...
As soon as the Republic Day is celebrated, an invisible enemy of humanity in the form of COVID-19 enters India. It plays with lives of the people in the other parts of the world and now it starts its dance of death in India. It dances slowly in the beginning but with the time, it gains its speed and begins to embrace the people. Now the whole world is in its embrace. The people feel desolate, hopeless and disappointed and do not know what to do and how to fight against the unseen enemy COVID-19. Due to lockdown, people feel frustrated. The government officials are doing their best to fight against the disease. Awareness is the only thing that will save the people from this enemy COVID-19. Man has seen many pandemics, faced, fought and finally come out triumphantly with the passage of time. Time heals the wounds. Man never accepts defeat. He makes a new beginning. Here are mentioned some measures which everyone must follow to defeat the invisible enemy.
MASK will save man from this enemy. Unmask the mask of COVID-19 with the Indian MASK which is:
M.... Mask for face
A.... Ayurveda for immune system (Yoga, cleanliness etc.)
S.... Social distancing (It means—keep physical distance. It means distance of bodies, not
of minds or souls or hearts. It never means—keeping away from social relations.)
K... Knowledge (Know how to bounce back, know how to fight against Coronavirus,
Know how to work online, Know everything that helps in fighting against COVID-
Kill Corona with MASK otherwise it will kill man. Wear the MASK and be safe. Be altruistic towards all.
Dear friends, it is the high time for the creative authors and critics who can perform their duties by spreading the positive vibes and making the people aware of this invisible enemy COVID-19 through their writings. For this pious work, Creation and Criticism is with them.
All the best!
Sudhir K Arora