We have all heard stories about ambitious rakshasas meditating for thousands of years in order to gain immortality. And we have all seen them being refused, because Brahma would not grant actual immortality to them. So what does the ambitious rakshasa do? Simple, he asks for a...
...boon that grants him practical immortality. This means that though he can still die, the conditions that must come into being in order for him to die are so unlikely that he may as well be immortal. Ravana asked for the boon that no god, rakshasa, gandharva, or any...
...celestial being would be able to kill him. Hiranyakashyap asked that he may be killed neither outside nor inside, neither on the ground, nor the sky, neither by man nor animal. These were the ways in which these fine intellects sought to evade one of the fundamental truths...
...of the universe. The truth that no one lives forever and that no king rules forever. They were all looking for loopholes in the law - the law that change always comes. In present times, and in the context of human laws, similar loopholes are being sought by those who seek...
...to rule like tyrants but have been refused permission to do so by the Brahma who created this land - the Constitution. So they have created a practical tyranny for themselves. In the infallible fabric of freedom, they have added loopholes. Like rakshasas who extracted a...
...false immortality from Brahma, they have extracted a false immortality from the system that governs this nation. And here too, the game is played with loopholes. They can't just go up to the Parliament and say that the people of this country are not free to disagree with...
...the government. So they say it with loopholes. They say dissent is alright, but only if it doesn't get on the roads, doesn't have leaders, doesn't seek help, doesn't make noise, doesn't get written about, doesn't get represented by lawyers, and doesn't draw anyone's attention.
The result, the version of freedom and dissent they wish to create would be neither freedom nor dissent. Just as Ravana's and Hiranyakashyap's immortality was no immortality at all. But Ravana was slayed by a human being and Hiranyakashyap, in keeping with the boon he had been...
...granted, was killed neither inside nor outside, neither on the ground nor in the sky, by a being that was neither human nor animal nor any other class of creature. Change is powerful. It always finds a way. It can kill immortals whose powers even the gods fear. This is truth.

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