We are standing in a large enough field - the size of Eden Gardens and Wembly stadium, taken together.
I can’t imagine having a large open area, like the one used during the Yudh of Mahabharata, being available in today’s date. While He was a tad disappointed with the dimensions, I had to make Him aware of today’s stark reality. In this age of real estate boom, by the power of money (black or white!!), every yard of open ground or lake are getting converted into opulent malls or villas and apartment complexes. After hours of meditation and cerebro-cosmic dialogues, I could manage to secure this slot with Lord Krishna and I could not just let it go, just because the field was not as grand as then.
I had prepared my queries for this momentous tete-e-tete. After customary greetings and exchange of initial pleasantries, we took our positions on His Rath - one of the huge double-decked-airborne vehicles leased to him by governing council of heaven for His lifetime. Did I say lifetime? Sorry! It was eternally leased and looks grand even after the depreciation value had long come down to zero . Krishna is eternal.
“My Lord, since you knew everything that was going to happen in that long Yudh, why didn't you take charge and close it on the very first day with your power”? In Arnab Goswami style, I continued with my question for another 2-3 minutes, making sure, he lost the beginning. “It could have saved few millions of life, time, money etc. etc.”
“See, the reason I did not intervene was that I wanted the law of nature to take its own course and logically that was the route to adopt, given the circumstances."
“At the cost of so many lives!! And did you say logic? That’s person and context specific and there is nothing like absolute or universal logic. Those who are tagged as terrorists in one country are revered as freedom fighters in another and in this case, you knew both of them."
“I know what you mean but I wanted to let people know what would happen when the whole world was overpowered with sin."
“I beg to differ, Me Lord. It is always the common man who suffers the most and gets punished for the so called sin committed by powerful. The more than 18 aukshauni (approx. 4 million) army men had to lay their lives for the internal family feud of their king. Do you agree?”
“Probably, you do not know, but the whole society including my own clan-Yadavas, were decaying and dying a slow death. And…”
Stopping him in between (as that is the usual trait that the current day anchors possess and nurture) and sensing that he had trouble in answering, I issued another salvo.
“You helped Pandavas quite a few times to take resort to not-so-straight-ways-and-means to destroy Kauravas. Take example of Dronacharya, Duryodhana…… How do you explain that?”
“You must know that everything is fair in love and war….”
“But that is true with the human beings. You were the God supreme and that would come straight from the epic book, The Gita. Everyone was just delivering and discharging their duties as you wanted them to. Why didn't you orchestrate these things differently? ”
“Right. And here I would like to go on record that a little sin done for a greater benefit of humanity is well accepted as no sin. In case a small lie helps a cause and if the load of sin gets increased on me, so be it”.
“I understand and agree to your point. That has been my principle in life as well.”
“My third point – while you saved Draupadi from her embarrassment, why didn't you stop it with a good slap to Duryodhana and gang? It was plain and simple subjugation of women which has become so commonplace in today’s society. Also this happened much before the actual war started. So this couldn't be the inflection point in your design for the Yudh to get ignited.”
“You must be aware of the saying that the perpetrators of crime and those who just would not act being in the know of it are equally offenders- might not be in eyes of law but in the morale ground. On that count, you, the Pandavas and the elders from both the sides are guilty. Why was that?"
“I think that was a huge mistake and on hindsight, I should not have allowed that to happen- if not directly but following the principle we just talked about – by some trick or other means”….He replied.
“I am happy to see that you are open to accept mistakes instead of defending all your actions - a sign of a great leader with courage. I admire you for that." This brought a tad smile to My Lord’s face.
Probably Krishna expected this to be a simple conversation around a casual chit chat on heaven and earth or weather or nature. He was already feeling uncomfortable - very much evident and visible from his general demeanor.
I continued in my suave style of seemingly asking direct questions and not letting him talk much, like what we see in most of the TV channels of today, between the anchor and other participants.
“Sir, if the whole world is inside you or your mouth, why there are so many religions and differences? I can somehow understand the caste part as that was prevalent during those days as well and you and your community were sometimes at the receiving end. Are you telling me that world has expanded to a great extent from only Aryabarta (Asia) of those days and it is getting a bit going out of hands and difficult to control?"
"Also, why were your descendants and incarnations, visiting earth after you, not that effective in controlling all this hypocrisy? What did they really achieve? While all of them might have had the same truth and love in mind, they spoke different languages, creating utter confusion for common people on which path to take to. They operated in their own cocoon and did not have an international appeal as such to pull everyone under the same umbrella. Some of them also left for the holy abode a little too soon, in their prime. Am utterly disappointed that with them being around, so many world wars, famines, cruelty, heinous crimes happened and you were just witnessing a mega plot of destruction, helplessly”. I took a deep breath after this long speech, bringing out all the frustration of my life.
“In one way you are right. I see similarities in the way degeneration and deterioration of societal standards started then and now. It is all hegemony of one set of people that bring about the whole downfall of humanity”.
“I never wanted people to start or get into a new religion. Religion as a thing did not exist then. They should have all talked about one language - the language of love and that should have been the only religion, across all the barriers. These new developments are in complete contradiction of what I talked about in The Gita. I am just giving it a little more time keeping a close eye on the happenings".
“Are you telling that we are also nearing the end like the war then?”
“Who knows? That might be a fresh beginning.”
This post is not intended to hurt any specific sentiment or feeling. These are just my own queries that I discuss with me, internally.