From Dimple

On the article ‘Peace Without War

You wrote:

Re: Peace without war

A philosophical inquiry here…I’m a believer of Krishna and follow his teachings as much as I can.

My answer:

I am one of Krishna’s greatest fan too!

You wrote:

Keeping his teachings in mind: At this point, how can we achieve peace without war?

If at the end of the day, everything had to be left in the hands of God, then the Mahabharata would never have been fought.

My answer: 

These are very complex Qs and As.  I do believe in free will and everything cannot be left to God. Prayer is a sort of effort on our part. Krishna tried everything to avert the war. It was when everything else failed that war became inevitable.

You wrote:

Sure, prayer is a must. But we must fight evil. And love for peace should not stem out of fear of the uncertain.

My answer: 

I agree.

You wrote:

If at the end of the day we all have to return to dust, why think of all this?

My answer: 

We have to think! The enormity of circumstances are going to bring about a great change in our psyche. Hopefully for the better!

You wrote:

Peace and war would then be two sides of the same coin. An action occurred (Sep 11th)the reaction is natural and is ones duty.

My answer:

What reaction is natural? War, hate, prayer, love? and what is ones duty, differs, and is the question. I am still pondering on the various aspects and have not come to a very clear answer. I however am on the side of democracy. I personally particularly laud the statement ‘War against Terrorism’ and not against a religion.

You wrote:

What do you truly believe?

My answer:

I believe, to be sincere in what I believe at this moment, given the present circumstances and the information that I have, and I believe in doing my best. That best includes prayers that the best evolves out of this chaos, for humanity.

Sincerely, Shakun