By Niraj Bidawatka
The last ball of the cricket World Cup 2011 was auctioned off at a staggering price of USD 145,100 or Rs. 65 lakh. The bid came from the head honcho of an Indian software company who has added the prized ball to his medley collection that boasts of a boxing glove of Mohammad Ali, guitars used by Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones.
Many people complain of discrepancies in the creation of God and blame Him for evils such as poverty, starvation, theft, etc. Some go on to infer that God does not exist because had He existed then such discrepancies would not exist.
In fact, God has nothing to do with such discrepancies and we humans are squarely responsible for such social evils. God is giving food grains and the various other materials required for housing and clothing free of cost to humans and animals alike. Whereas animals get their food free and without attending office, humans have to pay exorbitantly to eat. This is so because mankind has created its own artificial system, disregarding God’s arrangement whereas animals are following His natural laws. When the hoarders reign supreme, it becomes even more dearer. Sometimes the governments also abet such activities. It is an open secret that food grains are destroyed or thrown into the sea so that their prices do not come down. No animal or bird living in the forests under the protection of Krishna dies due to hunger or lack of food but the birds and beasts living in zoos and as pets often die due to hunger and are mostly under-nourished.
If human society lives as per the principles of religion as enunciated by the Supreme Lord in the holy scriptures such as the Bhagavad-gita, there is no question of poverty or any other such discrepancies. The hoarding propensity of greedy men creates imbalance in the society. The incident of a cricket ball getting auctioned for a stupendous sum is a fitting example of how illicitly hoarded money is wasted to propitiate one’s childish whims.
The Bhagavad-gita prescribes that one should not collect more than one’s requirement and anything extra that one collects should be spent for the satisfaction of Vishnu, or God. One who does not sacrifice his possessions for a higher cause is certainly a thief (stena eva sah Bg 3.12). At least fifty percent of one’s should be given away as charity, twenty five percent should be given to family members or relatives and the remainder should be saved for future personal contingencies.
The famous Vedic mantra “isavasyam idam sarvam” from the Isopanisad says that everything that we see in this world belongs to God. Since we are parts and parcels of God, we have a right to use and consume anything and everything because it belongs to our Father. However, we should use only as much as we require and not anything more, because that would amount to infringement of someone else’s right. When we collect more than what is required, we are depriving someone else from it, who is also one of our brethren, he being a part and parcel of the same God, Who is one without a second.
Since modern society is not following this advice of the Isopanisad, there is imbalance in society. If a bag of wheat is lying unclaimed on the road, sparrows will come, eat to their content and then will fly away. However, when a man sees it lying unclaimed, he takes away the whole bag. When millions of tonnes of grains are hoarded in warehouses and trillions of dollars stashed away in Swiss bank accounts, then there is bound to be imbalance in the society …… and God cannot definitely be blamed for it.