According to the Vedic philosophy of India, the world is currently in the Kali-Yuga, or the age of discord and quarrel, the age of spiritual darkness, spiritual ignorance. Some people will not accept this premise, but most will agree this is a very troubled, unloving world at present. In the Vedic understanding, there are 4 principal ages (in each cycle) of which the present one is the lowest or most degraded with the shortest life spans for humans and with the least spiritual development. The present age of Kali began approximately 5,000 years ago and is to last for more than another 400,000 years. Perhaps, these ages are allegorical. In this age, man is very degraded in his consciousness and that is why he is so selfish, so violent, so destructive. (For Christians, this may seem similar to the concept of a “fallen” nature.) Few people are interested in spiritual development.
For those who are at a lower level of consciousness, who are not very spiritually inclined it as though they are stuck at the level of the lowest chakras. These individuals are prone to pursuing sense gratification to the exclusion of other higher goals. It is not helpful to these people when they make a false god out of sense gratification, out of their appetites. This is evidence of their ignorance of our true identity as spirit souls. They are stuck at a bodily level of consciousness and identify with the physical body.
Some would say altering our genetic code, our cells’ DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), would be needed to make humans less aggressive, less violent, and less destructive. But, I am not so deterministic. A more evolved, higher level of consciousness can be achieved today, now, if we make the serious effort to cultivate it.
A sad fact is that a fraction of what is spent on the world’s armed forces each year would end hunger in the world.
Atheists’ minds are closed.
Many church men’s minds are also closed.
All this can serve to temper one’s expectations. But, as Lao Tse (or Lao Tzu) said “It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”
Ramana Maharshi (died 1950) told his followers that if they wanted to do something for the world they ought to do something for themselves first. He explained that if they became better (more loving) people they would then affect the world in a positive way.
Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) wrote about his integral yoga. He spoke of first going within one’s self and then raising one’s consciousness higher from within. At a higher level of consciousness, it becomes easier to shed fears, hate and self-centeredness. Ascend to the higher chakras of consciousness, and attain a broader perspective and become more spiritually evolved.
What can you do as an individual?
Be that additional candle in the darkness. Cultivate love in your heart – and share it with others. You won’t be able to change the whole world, but we are in desperate need of more individual contributions now. As well, cultivating love in your heart will mean that you are better preparing yourself for what comes after this life.
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We include two pictures with this essay. The first is an empty ceramic sugar bowl.
This next image is of a framed picture or painting that Lucy has had for many years. It predates our meeting each other in the 1980s. It is called the 100 Birds.
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