THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION
THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION
SHRII SHRII ÁNANDAMÚRTI
ANANDA PURNIMA, D.M.C, 1966 Patna, INDIA
Modern minds are often perplexed by the fear and doubt of the extinction of the human race within a short period.
People deem that civilization is passing through a very critical phase and there is no possible escape from its total annihilation. But this can’t happen.
Both individual and society are dependent on three factors for their existence, viz., Asti, Bhati and Ananda.
Dwelling place, food, clothing, education and medical facilities are the sine qua non for Asti or existence.
The term Bhati means Vibhati or development and progress.
Mere perceptible appearance of a society does not prove its real existence.
The earthworm for instance, exists for hundreds of millions of years, yet it does not signify existence in the true sense of the term.
That is to say, there has to be Bhati, progress and development.
Eating, drinking and being merry cannot represent a true life. It would be an encumbrance, a boredom.
For the all-round development of an Individual or a Society a Goal is needed.
But for this determined Goal the direction and purpose of development will remain confused. A bud blooms into a flower; this is what you may call its development.
The purpose of Bhati or development is the attainment of Ánanda or Bliss.
The term Ánanda connotes Infinite happiness, the equipoise of pleasure and pain, the perfect mental peace.
The absence of any of the aforesaid factors may cause a great consternation or convulsion in individual or social life.
The earth came into Existence crores (tens of millions) of years ago. Though from the archaeological point of view it is still in its infancy, yet one day or the other it is bound to meet its Waterloo. This will naturally mean the extinction of the human race. Is it so?
Sun’s Falling Temperature
It’s a fact that the temperature of the sun will gradually fall down. The rate of this gradual fall, however, may be slowed by the influence of supramundane force, yet it’s beyond the scope of doubt that one day it will become a dead star.
The conversion of the sun into a dead star will mean similar fate for the other planets also.
Earth, then, also will not be a congenial place to live in.
The destruction of a particular planet or solar system does not mean the end of human race.
There are numerous other stars and planets in the universe. With further development of science and by the help of Inter-planetary Rocket systems man will move to other planets.
What is a dream to-day will become a reality of tomorrow. It is the inherent desire of an individual and the collective body, which takes a concrete shape. It was an age-old desire of man to fly in the sky like birds.
The aeroplane was a product of this desire.
Desire is the mother of action.
In coming days, you will see such rockets which may enable man to travel to other planets. And if one day these planets and stars also perish, man will move to other planets and stars. It may also be argued that a day may come when due to constant radiation of heat and light, the temperature of the entire universe may become the same, that is, the thermal death of the universe may occur.
In the absence of external heat, the universe may cease to exist.
This means that humanity will also perish. But it can’t happen. There can’t be a thermal death of the universe.
The solidification of the object will result in Jadasphota.
Tremendous heat will be released due to the Jadasphota of a particular planet, and new galaxies and stars will be formed out of it. There is therefore, no cause to fear.
The earth may one day become extinct but humanity can’t cease to exist. You can rest assured of Asti.
Numerous factors are needed for the development of a group of people. But the following six are the most important of them.
A Spiritual Ideology
There should be a spiritual ideology in the life of both the individual and the collective body. Much of your energy is misused due to the ignorance of your own self and the destination towards which you are moving. This misuse of energy is bound to cause destruction.
A Spiritual Cult
The second factor for the progress of society is spiritual cult, a Sádhaná process. Everyone has got a physical structure. The problem with every individual is to produce more and more ectoplasmic stuff by the body and then to convert it into Consciousness. There should be a proper process for this conversion.
The Spiritual Cult consists in the conversion of the five rudimental factors into ectoplasmic stuff and then into Consciousness through a special scientific process.
This is a process of Metamorphosis.
Spiritual cult, therefore, is indispensable. But only a spiritual ideology and spiritual philosophy will not do.
A Socio-Economic Theory
The third factor which is a blending of Asti and Bhati is a socio-economic theory. There should be a prior knowledge regarding the social structure, the distribution of wealth and its growth. For want of this knowledge there can’t be a solid ground for the construction of the social edifice.
The fourth one is social outlook. All living creatures in this manifest universe are the sons of the same Cosmic Father. They are the progeny of the same Supreme
Progenitor. Naturally they are bound in a thread of fraternal relation. This is the central spirit. A socio-economic theory is of no use but for this fraternal feeling.
The implementation of this theory is an impossibility without Sádhaná.
The fifth factor for the progress of society is for it to have its own scripture. There is a need of the company of elevated persons (Satsaunga) in all the spheres of life.
The authority whose contact means Satsaunga for you is the Shástra. That which elevates the society by dint of Shasana is called Satsanga. We should have Shástra of our own.
The last but not the least important factor for the progress of society is to have its own Preceptor.
The entire social structure is dependent on these six factors.
Bhati is meaningless without them. The weakness of one among them may jeopardize the very existence of Bhati.
From ancient times many groups of people came into existence.
Some of them somehow managed to drag on, some became extinct and some continued to exist in a metamorphosed form. About one thousand and five hundred years ago, Arabs were very much developed in science.
But they were defeated by the Islamic wave, for they were lacking in the six aforesaid factors, while the latter had at least five of them.
The same is the case with Egypt. It was fully developed in the spheres of art, architecture and Science. It is the Egyptians who made the pyramids, which needed subtle geometrical knowledge.
Moreover, they were also very much advanced in the sphere of civilization.
Despite this, they could not help their defeat. Today’s Egypt is the Egyptian form of Arab. The cause of the death of its older was the lack of the aforesaid six factors.
The Christian or Roman civilization, was also considerably on the higher ladder of development. Yet they were lacking in social outlook. There were no feelings of fraternity and equality.
The slave system was rampant and human feelings were on the wane.
Furthermore, the lack of a proper Socio-economic theory generated a kind of Fascist mentality. Those rolling in luxury but free from labour become indolent.
Naturally they were defeated by a stronger and more strenuous force.
The destruction of the Greek and Chinese civilizations was also caused by the lack of the factors of Bhati.
The Aryans could defeat the Indigenous Indians only due to the latter’s lacking in the factors of Bhati. They had several factors of Bhati but there was no Preceptor and hence they were defeated.
In future also, for want of the six factors of Bhati, the extinction of the concerned group of people is sure to happen.
But where these factors are present, there the movement is to wards Ánanda or Divine bliss, and due to this movement the chance of their elimination becomes nil. Such groups which have the six factors in their possession will be able to produce Sadvipras.
Sadvipras are those whose all efforts are directed towards the attainment of Ánanda.
They are also conscious of Asti and don’t lack in the six factors of Bhati.
They are strong in morality and are always ready to wage war against Immoral activities.
Tapah Siddhi is an impossibility without the six factors of Bhati.
Those who strictly adhere to the principles of Morality, are ensconced in Tapah, and are ready to wage a war against Immorals are Sadvipras.
Only those Sadvipras are safe from destruction and extinction who can work for the welfare of the Human society.
Therefore, it becomes the prime duty of everyone to make himself and other Sadvipras.
By Sadvipra is not mean those who practicing mala, japa or Pranayam.
In Pranayam also there are three stages – Puraka which means to inhale; Kumbhaka which is to keep up the breath and Recaka which is to exhale.
The Pranayam of the Sadvipras will be to inhale the entire universe in Puraka, to keep it within in Kumbhaka and then to exhale it after mixing it with their own greatness and good will in Recaka.
Sadvipras will wage a ceaseless, pactless struggle against Immorality and all sorts of fissiparous tendencies. Those who pose as Dharmic but are bashful with the spirit of fight cannot be called Sadvipras.
Shiva was Great because his Trishula was always ready to strike at the Immorals.
Krs’n'a was Great because his arrows were meant to curb the anti-human and Immoral elements. HE also encouraged the Moralists to wage war against the Immorals. They were not only Sadvipras but also the fathers of Sadvipras – the Great Sadvipras.
These Sadvipras are always in the task of promoting elevation of human beings.
When this earth will become old they will lead human beings to other planets by directing scientific endeavors.
Disarmament – a great danger
Some people fear that Atom or Megaton bombs may one day cause the extinction of the human race.
But such fears are ill-conceived and meaningless.
It is human Intellect which is responsible for their production and so naturally, it is ( i.e. intellect) superior to its products.
It may one day invent such weapons which may render ineffective even Atom or Megaton bombs. The cry for disarmament, therefore, will strengthen the destructive capacity of the Atom bombs. It may lead humanity towards its total annihilation.
It is, therefore, a great obstruction, an impediment in the progressive development of the human society. We need more powerful weapons than atom or hydrogen bombs.
Sadvipras will manufacture such powerful weapons. If the human race is to survive, if millions of innocent lives are to be saved, it becomes the duty of the apostles of peace to utilize more powerful weapons than what they have at present.
Sadvipras will never lag behind in making scientific experiments.
When the earth will become uninhabitable for man, they will shift them to other planets.
Food shortage is not a new problem.
Only Sadvipras and not the politicians and experts can save the world from it. They will produce such tablets which will be substitutes for the food grains. Only by making a useless fuss over problems will not ease the trouble. The spirit to fight against all odds alone can solve the problems confronting man. March ahead and wage war against all difficulties, every impediment. Victory is sure to embrace you.
Difficulties and encumbrances cannot be more powerful than your capacity to solve them. You are the sons of the great Cosmic Father.
Be a Sadvipra and make others Sadvipras also.