Remember this excerpt from ‘As You Like It,’
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
Wherein William Shakespeare reduces the role of human beings into ‘merely players?’
A bibliophile would have already bumped into many such similarities. Just that I am giving you a case.
50 centuries ago, in the sacred field of Kurukshetra, while battling with his own brothers and Great Gurus Arjuna faces an impending doom in his heart, he feels dejected, just as a coward feels:
“Do you even realise what you’re asking of me? Slaughtering my own brothers, murdering my teachers-how can that be the noble or right, in any universe?” Arjuna argues with his friend and charioteer, Krishna. On his mission to make Arjuna realise his sense of duty as a warrior, doing away his ignorance, in a conversational form, Krishna recites Gita. Shakespeare seems to have inspired by this fragment of Krishna’s advice:
‘Nothing in the Universe, Arjuna, escapes the constant cycle of birth and death. Just like the earth, the Universe also has day and night, each lasting a thousand ages. At the dawn of each long day, all that was asleep comes alive in the light. Night falls, and everything dissolves once again into the stillness of the dark. They have no choice.’
‘But beyond the constantly changing Universe, beyond everything that takes birth, lives and dies, over and over again, is something that is never born and never dies, which is constant and unchanging. That’s the Absolute, Partha, that is where I live.’
Don’t you feel William Shakespeare apparently agreed with Krishna when he said we have little control over the script of our lives?