Friday, January 01, 2010
The Strong Survive, The Weak Are Sacrificed
अश्र्वं नैव गजं नैव व्याघ्रं नैव च नैव च l
अजापुत्रं बलिं दद्याद्देवो दुर्बलघातकः ll
Neither a horse (अश्र्वं नैव), nor an elephant (गजं नैव) (is sacrificed in a ritual). A tiger is never sacrificed (व्याघ्रं नैव च नैव च).
(However) a goat is sacrificed (अजापुत्रं बलिं दद्यात्). (Even) God destroys (only) the weak (देवो दुर्बलघातकः).
This Subhaashit tells us that the strong survive, but the weak are sacrificed. In earlier times, during a ritual requiring a sacrifice, the stronger animals like the elephant or the tiger were never sacrificed. However, the goat, being weak, was usually sacrificed.
From time to time we read in the newspapers that a clerk in some government office has been booked for taking a bribe of fifty Rupees. It is common knowledge that government officials demand, and are given, bribes of many times that amount. But they are seldom caught.
If a scam in a ministry is exposed, it is usually the lower officials who are punished. The Minister and higher officials generally use their influence or hire expensive lawyers, and manage to escape punishment.
After the terror attack in Mumbai last year, a lone terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, was captured. His trial is now nearing completion, and very likely he will be judged guilty and sentenced. However, it is unlikely that the masterminds who orchestrated the attack will be punished.