Have been travelling a bit around the country.Every where you go,the hot topic on board is Anna Hazare.I am an altruistic person by nature.Especially over the past several years I have been rapidly observing myself going soft.I was at it picking up a few necessities with Sheba in Mumbai when I saw a procession moving along the road with lit candles and placards ...........I was touched to see the mood behind it all.Atleast it was uplifting to see the youngsters at it...they seem to be moving along fine.
I ,for one, have not been convinced by this movement.I may be biased but I have had difficulty accepting the entire process at face value.
We have in the recent times seen a host of political figures ,during their tenure, in the government going behind bars for corruption...unheard of in India...would not even have thought it possible a few years back when people used to flaunt obvious misappropriation of power while the civil society used to watch from the sidelines in muted horror while few eccentrics used to dance around the entire drama,beyond the focus of the television spot-lights,hopefully alive to tell their stories sometimes.
We,in India need a deeper revolution.
Was doing my bible studies the other day and was deeply touched by the life of king Josiah(2 kings,vs 22).
He has been described as a man 'who did what was right in the sight of the Lord,and walked in all the way of David,his father,and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.'
Such a man orders the offering of the temple to be used for the repair of breeches in the house of the Lord.The temple priests while collecting the offerings together stumble across the book of law(Torah-Law of Moses,which in the old testament consists of Genesis,Exodus,leviticus,Numbers and Deutronomy),which according to the word had been lost in the House of the Lord.
He orders the Book to be read and interpreted before him and realises that the law had been thoroughly flaunted and disregarded by his ancesters.What does the king do?
He repents,tears his clothes and weeps.
The Lord has mercy on king Josiah.
2nd Chronicles reads-'and the king stood in his place,and made a covenant before the Lord,to walk after the Lord,and to keep his commandments,and his testimonies and his statuates,with all his heart ,and with all his soul,to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.And he caused all in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand by it..........'.....It further amazingly says in vs 33,..'And Josiah took away all abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel.......'
To think what we decide and stand by today is going to decide the inheritance our children are going to have in the future.
May we be long-sighted in all the small and big decisions of life ,leaving inheritances that has a better future for the generations to come.