Good Old Friend

Few days ago, I met my good old friend, that too outside a temple. He met me with a broad smile and sarcastic comment:-

 “What are you doing here?”

“Nothing”, I said, returning a meek smile.

We drove to a nearby coffee shop as we had met after long and wanted to have some nostalgic talk. We talked about our families and work while we drove. At the coffee shop, while we settled, his abrupt and unexpected question took me off guard.

“You go to temples, do you agree with Krishan, that at times a lie is better than truth”.

Having read Mahabharat’s all one lac verses and having read Gita atleast a dozen times, I failed to, at first comprehend his question, and later, to locate any such reference.  I took a long pause, considered my words well and was about to reply, that I remembered my father’s words, he always tells me to ascertain ones capacity and capability before debating. In his words, “Behas se pehle patrata sunishchit karna aawashyak hai, gyan supathr ko diya jata hai kupathr ko nahi”(before debating, always ascertain capacity and capability of other person, wisdom be shared with an able person, not with a fool.).

I drew a long breath, while signalling the waiter, I coolly replied, “you are right buddy, I shouldn’t visit temples”.

With only few people able to read and understand Sanskrit, Hindu scriptures have been badly translated by those who know this language, but do not understand philosophy that is deeply ingrained in Hindu history. Isolated, lose and casual translations of Hindu history are ensuring extinction of treasure trove of wisdom.

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