Was Sri Krishna a Playboy?
Commitment or the lack of will determines success or failure. If today our community appears to be in a ditch with hopelessness all around, it is a result of our lack of commitment. The average person finds time to pursue his personal wellbeing but no time for collective social responsibilities. Our success as individuals does not translate into strong communities.
Success comes only through hard work. Bhagavan Krishna was only 16 years old when he left Brindavan to take up duties in Mathura. He was a strong and fearless warrior. When are we are going to accept our duties? Sadhguru said that your commitment is as much as your identity. In most instances our commitment does not go beyond our personal welfare and immediate family.
Sri Krishna was able to overcome his boyhood follies and move forward with his life. He not only defeated Kans and other demonic kings to liberate the people but went on to provide for humanity the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and guided the Pandavas to victory over the Kauravas. Today the Bhagavad Gita remains a torch to enlighten our pathway in our quest for liberation.
As Hindus we must heed the teachings of Krishna. We must expand our commitment beyond our narrow self-interest to embrace the welfare of the community, the nation and the world. Krishna’s slaying of Kans, Jarashanda, Shishupal and other demonic kings was done not to appease his ego but for the welfare of the world.
Too many Hindus are imprisoned by obsessive attachment to their children and grandchildren. Our lives appear to revolve around them and should they disappoint us we are generally devastated. Today it is common to find many elders living in homes where paid care-givers look after them. In reality, they have been abandoned by their children.
Other activities tend to eclipse Hindu programs. Most parents fail to understand that by taking their children to temple and other social activities help to provide them with sankars or habits that would shape their character. If some youths are found in Carnival and pubs and avoided the temples for Shiv Ratri it is only because they never had that exposure while growing up.
Positive sanskaras are like our immune system to protect us from virus. Going out into the wider world without such safeguards put us a risk. In this context the question must be asked: How many of our Hindus are equipped with the sanskars to lead? My answer is very few because we have failed as parents to instil that value.
Our selfishness is dangerous to our survival in this region. Our reptilian nature must be erased for more positive attitude to blossom. Separation, domestic violence and divorce are the grossest manifestations of this social implosion that is maiming and butchering families and our community.
Conflict and aggression against each other alienate the younger generation. Many lose respect for elders and at times express their unhappiness by indulging in binge drinking, free sex and drugs resulting in chaos, mayhem and destruction.
The discipline to increase production is not present. The cooperation and commitment for success are absent. The result is a mindless consumption culture taking control of our being. Not surprisingly, a 1% of the population continues to increase the grip over social and economic life of the country.
Our lack of discipline and commitment is in our politics. Our politicians offer little hope. Most of them are in the politics for an income and the last thing they are doing is attending to the needs of their constituents. No longer are party groups and party machinery necessary to win an election. Political work is more a charade like condemning Fuad Khan for his “tub” remarks; never about serious organizing and mobilisation of the ground.
Bhadase Sagan Maharaj, Chanka Maharaj, and Simbhoonath Capildeo are politician par excellence. These men have left a legacy in schools, mandirs and an organizational structure. They negotiated with the colonial authorities for concessions not for themselves but for the community.
The current SDMS management structure is one taken from ancient Hindu kingdoms that empower all including the members of the community. In the respective branches of the Maha Sabha, there is a semi-autonomous management structure and philosophy that allows the locals to find expression. This arrangement makes the SDMS arguably the strongest social organization in the Caribbean. Founded in 1952, the SDMS continues to serve the community and has moved from strength to strength. It was never the welfare and indulgence of the leaders that were placed first; it was always the welfare of the common man. Today the Maha Sabha remains a beacon of hope while others are trapped in the ecstasy of Brindavan, never ready to grow into adulthood and accept responsibility.