Dear Editor, Millions of litres of milk was poured over Shiva Lingas on Maha Shivaratri and the milk as usual went down the drain. It is a shame that we fail 48.2 million hungry children of our country. According to the 2018 Global Hunger report, India, Djibouti and South Sudan are the countries where child wasting are most prevalent. Children under the age of five who become victims of acute undernutrition with low weight for their height, are tagged in the group of child wasting. This happens because of poverty that creates a wall between hungry children and nutritious food. Now, where is the concept of Daridranarayana ~ ‘God in the form of the poor’? Where is the milk of human kindness? ‘The milk of human kindness’ means compassion and sympathy. This phrase has its origin in Shakespeare’s play ~ ‘Macbeth’ where Lady Macbeth complains that her husband is too full of ‘the milk of human kindness’ to kill his rivals. Could Lady Macbeth make such a complain about us if she happened to see such a wastage of milk in front of our hungry, malnourished children? Nobel laureate Amartya Sen rightly said, “Hunger is quiet violence.” And such wastage amidst malnutrition among our children is nothing short of violence. The milk could have brought smile in the face of our malnourished children and their mothers. We have created God in our own shadows as though Lord Shiva wants to drink milk depriving his children. However, when we look at the sky we feel that the whole universe must be Infinite and therefore it is the One. So, if the Divine is to exist then that must be in the form of what Chhandogya Upanishad said ~ “One indivisible that is pure existence.” We see that our world itself creates dark nights by obstructing the Sun. Similarly, the ego creates falsehood by obstructing the Infinite. Indeed, the ego obstructs the light by building walls of inhuman rituals, myths, superstitions, prejudices thus creating shadows of falsehood that takes us far from God who has aptly been described as the “One indivisible that is pure existence” by Chhandogya Upanishad. Sujit De, Kolkata .
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