Around the world, terrorism is an increasing threat today. Manifesting in varied forms like abductions, bomb blasts, threats etc. the people involved in such heinous acts only aim to create a disturbance in the minds of the masses. Their goal is achieved if fear is generated en masse; if not then another act gets in the pipeline.
Mumbai was recently witness to a series of three bomb blasts in the most crowded parts at the most crowded hours of the day. What an animalistic way to achieve what you want!
Why do such activities succeed? Who is the blame? Who is the culprit? What do we do to stop these occurrences?
Let me begin by asking you a question.
How can someone take advantage of you?
How can someone get a thought about exploiting you?
Think about it.
Do not the answers to these questions point either in a direct or an indirect way to – others can exploit me only when I am weak? People can plan to cheat me only when I am vulnerable.
If I am strong, can someone cheat me? If I am alert, will someone even think of manipulating me? If I am focused, will someone even look in my direction as a prospective candidate for abuse?
Not at all.
Imagine – a thin, young boy with drooping shoulders is walking down the street looking down at the road. If some ruffian eyes such a prey, is he not a suitable candidate for exploiting? Now imagine a well-built, strong boy walking down the same road, shoulders stout and looking at the sky above with hope in his eyes. If the same ruffian looks at this boy, will he think of exploiting such a person?
Give me an honest answer.
You got it right. In the first case, cheating the boy is a high probability while in the second case, cheating the strong boy will most likely not happen.
While the world is trying to figure out what went wrong, and why things went wrong and who made things go wrong etc. I am suggesting something different.
It is only my weakness which is the root cause of my miseries.
The world today is churning out graduates and post-graduates who are very smart and intelligent and exactly know what is to be done to become successful in life etc. At least, they think they know.
The reality is a bit different though.
The world today does not face danger from the uncivilized but from the civilized. Today, is is not the illiterate that pose the greatest of problems; it is the most educated from the best institutes.
Quite in line with these facts, the primary investigations of terrorist activities today point in the direction of increasing sophistication instance after instance. Modern crimes are possible only because of latest technology.
The question is – how is it that educated engineers having stacks of certificates can be easily coaxed into utilizing their skills for such low, sub-human acts as designing and assembling weapons of mass destruction? Do they not think at all while using their skills for such acts? Does not it mean that all the education that they had was only an accumulation of facts and figures making them mere walking-talking encyclopedias. They were never taught morals and values during their education. Their lack of wisdom is so starkly reflected during such times.
When manipulative people with evil intentions wanting to wreak havoc on peaceful societies meet such intelligent but naive youth, what comes out is perfect recipe for disaster. The evil plans are planned and executed with precision to the great pleasure of the modern-day evil monsters.
But, how is this possible without the educated youth being gullible to these monsters’ evil words? If the youth passing out of today’s universities were strong enough, can they be misguided by evil-mongers? If the youth passing out of today’s universities were intelligent enough to separate the truth from untruth, can they be manipulated into organising and executing mass crimes targeted at people whom they don’t even know? Not at all.
So, how to make the educated strong in these matters of self-assessment? By accessing higher wisdom. We learn things from those who already know.
But the world today wants to reject anything spiritual–anything that has to do with God. In the absence of purity, what else do you expect but confusion and disorder?
Thus, it is we who are to become strong. Not externally but internally. It is we who are to become intelligent. When we are intelligent and strong, then people cannot eye us to use as guinea-pigs for their ill-intentioned experiments. When we are smart and alert, manipulative forces around the globe will have to be content with just plans in their own minds to cause discontent and fear in the hearts of people. There will simply be no one available to execute such evil plans.
To become strong, help is available. The word of God in the form of scriptures is available. The representatives of God in the form of His sincere devotees are available. The question is – are we taking advantage of this help?