Look, alliteration! XD
Most of my writing recently has been almost wholly for role-play. Besides RP itself, there's incidents in the history of my characters, future what-ifs, dabblings in darker AUs, detailed nightmares etc. And this morning I was planning something focusing on Gabriel during the Ten Plagues of Egypt.
One of the things about my Gabriel that's both a strength and a flaw - in my own opinion, at least - is his dedication to his duty. He does whatever God asks of him, no matter what; I turned that into a drabble here
. There are a lot of times when his love for the humans and his mercy clashes with what he has to do in the name of God, and it really hurts him, but his love for God is such that he does it anyway. He carries out his duty, no matter how much it may hurt him.
So as I typed the first line of today's story, I suddenly realised how much that particular aspect of him has got in common with my own religion, Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita
came about because Prince Arjuna faltered on the Kurukshetra battlefield in the Mahabharata
, seeing his cousins and teachers and the elders he respected at the head of the opposing army. He wanted to throw down his weapons and simply not fight them, and said so to Lord Krishna, who was his charioteer.
Sri Krishna then revealed Himself in His true form to Arjuna, and taught him of his duties as a warrior and a prince, and of dharma
or duty in accordance to divine law. He refers to the upcoming battle as Dharma Yuddha
, or a righteous war fought in the name of justice, to fight evil, and He says that as a warrior, Arjuna has a duty
to uphold dharma
I'm going to end the religious discourse here. In a nutshell, Hinduism teaches that you have to overcome these ties to material things, to people and things that you love, and uphold dharma
or your duty to God and His law. And my Archangel Gabriel, too, has often had to deny his own more merciful urges to simply carry out whatever duties God asks of him. There's a common legend that he was exiled to Earth for twenty-one days, but a gazillion different versions regarding the reason
, so I chose the Islamic version that while reciting the Quran to Muhammad, one of the last sura
s involving horrific calamities or something of the sort made him pause and question God. Ever since that experience, he's been even more unquestioning.
I certainly didn't intend the similarity, but I'm quite amused at the fact that apparently somehow it subconsciously influenced my writing. :D
In other news: I'm signing up to translate this
video into Tamil. :D
And now I should get back to writing. XD