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Mar
Vraja Bihari Das

Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing” While Babur prided himself as a holy warrior of Islam, during this period India saw the emergence of Guru Nank, the founder of Sikh religion who taught religious harmony. In stark contrast to Babur’s Jihad, India saw Vaishnavism branch of Hinduism take roots. And the humble Vaishnava saints taught the message of peace and love of God. Babur developed excellent war strategies but wasn’t happy. He was at last doing things right, and that gave him victories, but was he doing the right things? Babur had a chance to be a saint; he simply had to follow his calling. He could have been a messenger of peace and love, but he lost it. Babur could have, like the other saints, pursued his inner quest, yet he chose to be an agent of hate and violence. And what an irony, while he conquered India, he missed the Indian spirituality, and terribly lost his internal war. His ambition and determination led him to great external success, but at what cost? The most influential African American social reformer of the eighteenth century, Fredrick Douglas made a beautiful appeal to our conscience, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence” We are constantly faced with distractions and temptations, and it’s not easy to follow our inner calling. Especially when the soft inner voice implores us to be an agent of positivity, but our raging mind and senses, impelled by the ego, direct us to do the wrong things. Paradoxical as it may sound, conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for our comfort. Yet if we show courage and determination to follow the right but difficult path, we may be pleasantly surprised as we reach a beautiful destination. The right choices always give right results. The truth is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. While Babur died long before he was buried, we could choose to live and love.  ]]>

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  • Virendra
    Posted March 8, 2017 9:19 pm 0Likes

    “The truth is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
    Prabhu, can I conclude that whatever path I fear to tread or the choice that I feel could be too hard for me is the right thing for me to do?

  • vraja bihari dasa
    Posted March 12, 2017 4:51 pm 0Likes

    no..no not like that. i mean often we know what is true based on scriptures. but we are weak hearted like arjuna before the mahabharata war.

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