mythology and peace in 3 stories
Mythology and peace in 3 stories
Horse The Greek army had been in enmity with the kingdom of Troy for 10 years. They wanted to put an end to the war. The idea of invading the Troy territory came to their mind. Led by the crafty Odysseus, the Greek army erected the Trojan Horse, which was a huge wooden horse to hide powerful warriors led by Odysseus to enter the city of Troy.
They managed to trick the Trojans saying that it was a gift from Athena, the goddess of civilization. Three days later, the Greek army conquered the city of Troy, burned tents, won the war against the Trojans, and then sailed back to their homeland.
2- Theseus and the Labyrinth
Minos, the son of Zeus and Europa, was the first legendary ruler of Crete. He was married to Pasiphae, the daughter of the sun-god Helios, a skillful witchcraft practitioner.
- One day, the god Poseidon sent a snow-white bull to Minos for sacrifice.
- Instead of accepting Poseidon's instruction, Minos did not sacrifice it.
- Angered, Poseidon cast a spell on his wife, Pasiphae, who instantly fell madly in love with the bull.
- Skillful witches, however, were not able to prevent her from lusting after the bull.
- As a result, she bore a son from the bull, whose name was Minotaur.
Minotaur, the son of Pasiphae from the bull, was a monster, half bull, half woman, and was confined to a labyrinth. Its head was a bull's head and it had a human body. There, it would devour the enemies of the King Minos.
The Athenians were compelled to sacrifice 7 men yearly for the beast. Saddened by the reality, Theseus, the son of Aegeus, king of Athens,was sent to slay it and bring peace back by ending such violence. With the help of Ariadne, Minos's daughter who fell in love with him, Theseus managed to kill Minotaur and find his way back from the labyrinth.
Ajamila was a young Brahmin boy, who was honest, righteous and truthful. He had a good knowledge of the four Vedas, which are the holy Indian scriptures. He got married to a Brahmin girl when he was of age. They had a happy married life.
However, one day, when he went to the forest to collect flowers and kusa grass for his adoration, he met an unclean woman and lusted after her. He soon forgot his wife and his religion. Soon after, he degenerated spiritually and materially when he married her. Not only did he lose his relationship to God, but he also spent all his fortunes to her that he had to steal and deceive people to survive.
One day, he was terminally ill. He saw the angels of death, the messengers or Yama, coming. Feeling scared, he called the name of Narayana, his favorite son, who was named after the Indian god Narayana. Then, the Indian god appeared, preventing the death messengers from taking his life away. Slowly, Ajamila recovered from his illness and then, left his family to meditate and sing to his god every day and find the inner peace that Prem Rawat, the ambassador of peace is talking about.
In fact, Prem Rawat's message about inner peace is: "Wherever you go, peace goes with you..."