"Whenever there is decay
Since late last fall we have been examining the chart of the United States of America, peeking through the corporate keyhole while examining some of the shadow side of our history. The consistency of the focus, and of the presidents who have complained about largely the same thing over and over again, is both surprising and certainly not the story line we learned in school growing up.
There are many traditions from around the globe that speak of what we now call 'the End Times'. There are naturally differences to be found from tradition to tradition, but what many find interesting are the similarities in the basic story line. They all seem to speak of a period of materialism, or the loss of spirituality and humanity, and of the eventual crescendo this builds to. We have seen specific examples of corruption and control in our history, and this is precisely the sort of thing the prophecies of the End Times address. This week we are looking at some of the Hindu tradition, and of what various lines of scripture have called for in what was once the distant future.
"In the Kali Yuga" (the Hindu Age now coming to a close), "wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility, and brute force will be the only standard of deciding what is righteous or just."
JFK once said that the USA would never consider striking out against an enemy first. How different that sentiment now seems as recent administrations have sought to redefine our legal code such that "first strike capacity" was not only appropriate, but 'morally' justified. This sentiment cuts across the grain of international law for starters. We are taught not to hit first (except for some neighborhoods of the Bronx) since we were small children.
"In that age, people will be greedy. They will take to wicked behavior. They will be merciless, indulge in hostilities without any cause, unfortunate, extremely covetous for wealth and women. . ."
"Countries will be laid waste by robbers and vagabonds. . ."
Need I name names?
"Petty-minded people will conduct business transactions and merchants will be dishonest."
In the Book of Matthew, this sentiment is misunderstood as the end of the world by the disciples, but Jesus corrects them by responding, all of this is only the beginning of the "birth pains." We are being born to a new time. Caveat Emptor is the standard by which our contemporary legal system is based. But just as many religions state, there will be a spiritual essence that returns to the Earth at the end of this period, to help restore moral order and righteousness. For Judaism it is the Messiah, for Christians the second coming of Christ. The Hopi call it the time of purification. For the Mayans (who have strongly rooted some of these themes to our time) the calendar simply ends.
Naturally, for the Hindus, this essence is known as Krishna.
"When the practices taught by the Vedas and the institutes of law shall nearly have ceased, and the close of the Kali Age shall be nigh, a portion of that divine being who exists of his own spiritual nature in the character of Brahma, and who is the beginning and the end, and who comprehends all things, shall descend upon the Earth. He will be born as Kalki in the family of an eminent brahmin of Sambhala village, endowed with the eight superhuman faculties. By his irresistible might he will destroy all the barbarians and thieves, and all whose minds are devoted to iniquity. He will then re-establish righteousness upon Earth; and the minds of those who live at the end of the Kali Age shall be awakened, and shall be as pellucid as crystal. The men who are thus changed by virtue of that peculiar time shall be as the seeds of human beings, and shall give birth to a race who shall follow the laws of the Krita Age, the Age of Purity."
Hinduism- Vishnu Purana 4.24
While many myths speak of a common theme of contention between the forces of good and evil, there is also an underlying sentiment that following this time the Earth will experience an extended period of peace, when we will recognise each other's divinity and remember that the Earth itself is a sentient being, worthy of more than simply being raped and plundered (She is here to sustain Her children and we are all Her children), and the recognition of the fact that there is more to this existence than what we can simply 'see' through the five senses.
In a world filled with different languages, is it any wonder we would have different names for the same spiritual essence? Yet in the final analysis, they all boil down to the Eternal One, the Great Spirit, the One who comprehends All Things. Different cultures have found different ways in different times to honor this essence and praise His (or Her) Glory.
It's what makes the world go round.
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