धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat

Lyrics of a song from the Jain tradition

There are no celestial beings I know of
There is no God either
Neither heaven nor hell
Neither a preserver, nor an owner of this universe
Neither a creator, nor a destroyer
There is only the law of causality
I take responsibility for my actions
and their consequences
The smallest of creatures have a life-force
just like mine
May I always have such compassion
May I never cause any harm to anybody
The truth is multi-faceted
And there are many ways to reach it
May i find balance in this duality
I pray, may my Karma of ignorance be shed
May my true self be liberated
from the cycle of life and death
And attain Moksha!

~ lyrics taken from the movie “Ship of Theseus”.

Published originally at https://medium.com/essays-on-india-and-hinduism. Reproduced with permission.