U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019. Photo by Huseyin Aldemir/Reuters. PBS website

Great moments in life require freedom and courage. Loyalty to the Republican Party and its hierarchy characterizes Vice President Mike Pence. The request that he invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump challenges his lifelong orientation. Could he disregard a lifetime discipline?

This is similar to the spiritual crisis faced by Prince Arjuna in the Hindu classic, the Bhagavad Gita. The prince faced his enemy on the battlefield. It included teachers and family loyal to the leader of the opposing army, Dasharatha. In spite of his promise, Dasharatha refused to step aside and let the Prince and his brothers rule. The prospect of killing so many people he loved devastated Arjuna. But, God — Lord Krishna — drove his chariot. Lord Krishna convinced the prince that he and all soldiers on both sides were immortal, indestructible spirits. That truth set Arjuna free to fight and regain his kingdom.

Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a professsional aritst, and writer. To read more by Aikya, click here.

Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.

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