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In these times, we see many new concepts or modifications of concepts that seem to be very powerful in terms of their influence of people’s lives. For example, the concept of wealth has changed from grain, cows and gold to stakes in corporations or rental/interest incomes, or intellectual property. Corporations are relatively very new concepts, but ubiquitous in their presence. Strange and unnatural (atheistic and impersonal) knowledge is being created in universities and being spread under a prevalent academic system affecting society and behaviour. The nature of defence and war have also fundamentally changed. Under the influence of Kali how are we to understand these changes:
i) Do we assume that the form of demigods such as Kuber, Saraswati and Kartik have changed, and that ritual worship of these deities also need to be upgraded for the current times, for fulfilment of material desires, like many apparently successful people do in these times.
ii) Do we assume that these are unnatural and therefore false gods and that we should stick to Harinam Sankirtan and live a simple life in relative penury, or should we use higher order Vedic knowledge to master the pursuit of these new age demi-demigods and play by the new rules while being careful of creating new sets of karma for ourselves.
Thanks.February 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm in reply to: Why is the Oneness so attractive for so many people? #6829
In my opinion, this attraction towards ‘merger’ and oneness comes from our deep-rooted identification with concepts of western education, specifically evolution and anthropology. We think of ourselves as a human body and mind, which is a very recent development in evolutionary terms, and going back through monkeys, dinosaurs, primitive life-forms, complex molecules, base elements, all the way to the big bang. When thinking through this historical lens it becomes difficult/seems unscientific/unsophisticated to identify with God in the anthropomorphic form that is popular. By extension, we cannot merge with a dinosaur, or a diatom or even hydrogen atoms; much better to merge with big bang which is a condensed form of ‘everything’ before explosion into variety. Therefore this fashionable fascination with oneness, although appearing sophisticated, is rooted in a fundamental ignorance of our true nature, that of a soul having sat-chit-anand capabilities. Once we are able to get out of our scientific and historical thinking and begin thinking in terms of reality, experience and the nature of ‘person’ in personalism and the evolution of the soul, things fall into place much more easily.
I remember asking my high school physics teacher something to the effect of ‘what are atomic particles made of? What are electrons and protons and neutrons made of? And if they are all made of some same base matter, how can different quantities of these same particles combine to create different materials?
Is it possible that the Greek ideas of 5 elements originated in Saankhya as a learnt and then misunderstood knowledge over time? There is some evidence that at one time The now South Asian area had many students of Greek origin.