Criminal psychologists say that a person commits a crime in a moment of high tension, irresistible temptation, uncontrollable passion, deep infatuation, extreme provocation or utter frustration or in answer to an undying call of conviction or conscience. So, according to them if he/she could withstand the pressure of these conditions of restlessness for even a couple of minutes or perhaps, even for a few seconds, he/she would perhaps have been out of the crime zone and be free from any charge of a cognisable offence. Considering it from another perspective, it could be said that if a man’s rational sense, his self-respect, his control over the emotions, his sober judgement, his noble sentiments and his spiritual or ethical sense had not forsaken him, then, perhaps, the blinding storm of negative forces would have subsided and subdued and he would have refrained from the actually committing the crime. This in turn would have saved him/her from the traumatic experience that often follows a crime.
Once a gory crime has been committed, the gentle spirit of a person has to go through a humiliating and excruciating experience even before he is jailed for the criminal offence or is punished under the relevant act for his civil offence. Not only does he feel depressed and carry a heavy burden on his chest but he is unable to face himself.
While the act of crime and the punishment implies business as usual, there is an important question which no government or judiciary seriously and assiduously addresses. The question that lingers relates to the state of mind of a person before he commits the crime and after the act. It is common knowledge that the forces that goad a person to commit any crime are none other than the maddening feelings of anger, consuming fires of hatred, jealousy, rivalry, vengeance or enmity, expanded greed, aroused strong passion, inflated or injured ego, surge of emotional attachment or grave fear of the unknown. We cannot reduce crime or have a lawful society until and unless we have greatly reduced or fully removed these negative traits from the minds of the citizens. It is to tackle these tendencies that the society has enacted legislation, set up judiciary and jails. But is that the solution? Are we nearer our goal? Are we any closer to a society which is free of crime?
It is unfortunate that pre-natal and post-natal aspects of crime have never been adequately dealt with by our society. What is actually required are measures that increase the psychological and spiritual immunity of the citizens to situations of stress and strain or to tempests of greed, ego and passions. This cannot be done except by spiritual education, guidance and meditation. The latter can burn the hidden roots of anger, hatred and other negative and criminal tendencies in a person. It should also be practiced in jails as well so that after a transgression, the person can be reformed and be normal again. The over-all expenditure and the manpower and effort required for this will be far less than is involved in keeping the wheels of law oiled and moving.
Writer: Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji
Source: The pioneer