Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Discovery of God

The famous hunter, Jim Corbett, was particularly interested in shooting tigers. To justify this cruel act, he had an explanation ready: “I hunt tigers to protect my townsmen from man-eaters.” Most hunters find some justification or the other for the cruelty of their acts. But some, like Colonel Jaipal, whose memoirs, “The Great Hunt”, were published by Carlton Press, New York in 1982, see no need to justify themselves.

Colonel Jaipal freely admits what others fight shy of. He makes no bones about the fact that killing crocodiles gave him an intense plea­sure. He would creep up on these creatures, fire at them and watch exultantly as they fled into the water where they writhed in pain, beating their tails grotesquely, and jaws agape, gasped for breath. All this gave him “quite a lot of thrills.”

It is all very well to say that it is part of human nature to lie in ambush for the unwary, to plot the downfall of others and to exult in one’s successes. But there is surely a better side to human nature which should be encouraged to get the upper hand of what is base and bestial in man. It is a question of recognizing this as something desir­able and willing himself, by God’s grace, to tread the straight and narrow path of virtue, to suppress in himself whatever is base and evil and to show mercy to all of God’s living creatures. It is only if he can root out the evils of callousness and cruelty that he will prove himself worthy of entering the gates of paradise.