Meet peace ambassador who has been raising his hand for 50 years
An elderly man from India has been raising his right up in the air for close to 50 years as a campaign for peace in the world.
Amar Bharati quit his job in 1973 to dedicate his life as a peace champion. The father of three first raised his right hand in 1973, the same year that fourth Arab-Israeli war began, and has never lowered it down since then.
By then, Bharati, who was working as a banker in India. He would quit his relatively well-paying job to dedicate his life to Shiva, a Hindu deity and symbol for his desire for world peace, The Jerusalem Post reports.
To prove his dedication to world peace, a determined Bharati spent the first two years of the journey suffering from severe pain. When the pain eventually subsided due to lose of sensation, he decided to have it up, 49 years later.
“I do not ask for much. Why are we fighting our sons among ourselves? Why is there so much hatred and enmity between us? I just want all Indians and the whole world to live in peace with each other,” Bharati was quoted by History of Yesterday.
Hindus believe his powers of destruction and recreation are used even now to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world, paving the way for beneficial change.
Brahma is the creator of the universe while Vishnu is the preserver of it. Shiva’s role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it.
Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate, believed to be responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two are Brahma and Vishnu.
According to Hindu belief, this destruction is not arbitrary, but constructive. Shiva is therefore seen as the source of both good and evil and is regarded as the one who combines many contradictory elements, Jerusalem Post added.