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Cause of Depression & Proutistic Solution

From: "Geoffrey Young" To: Subject: Cause of Depression & Proutistic Solution Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 23:41:37 +0000 Baba "Tandra na've ankhite manda'loke jadio..." (1728) Purport: Baba, drowsiness falls on my eyes at the time of darkness and I lose the path-- surrounded only by dogma. And when I cannot see my Goal properly, when I forget You, then please wake me and bring me on the proper path. O' Baba, o' my lord, please wake me with the call of Your divine flute; please remove my slumber. You are my God of gods. I do not have any other entity except you upon whom I have any hope. You are my only hope. Please remove all the Cimmerian darkness which surrounds me. Baba by Your grace my bondage of attraction with these worldly things is shattered. Now You are making me listen to the song of liberation. Baba, when I feel drowsy and remain lethargic on the forward path, then please grace me and pull me back on right track-- and bring me close to You...
Namaskar, Near hysteria has erupted within the upper echelons of the US capitalistic society and they are crying out, 'Help...rescue...bail us out'. In turn, a panicked US government has jumped into the fray by lending 700 billion dollars. Interestingly enough, the top capitalists think that with a little bit of coaxing, the capitalist economy will once again become healthy and robust. In truth though, all the various protocols and tricks that those economic experts do will not work. Because the root cause of the problem is much deeper than they think.
Now false blame is being attached to those banks for lending money to people who could not pay it back. As if, the common people, or those so-called unworthy loan candidates are at fault for not being able to carry their mortgage payments. This is the myth that is circulating around again and again, as if that is the heart of the matter. But that is not the main issue-- the main cause. That is not why the pillars of capitalism are crumbling before our very eyes. The root cause is not the mortgage crisis. Nor is it any other small-minded answer like the credit crunch or poor investment policies by top banks.
Here Baba clearly outlines the real reason(s) behind this economic crisis, i.e. economic depression. Baba says, "There are two main causes for economic depressions – first, the concentration of wealth, and secondly, blockages in the rolling of money. If capital is concentrated in the hands of a few individuals or the state, most people will be exploited by a handful of exploiters. As a result of this process of severe exploitation, a serious explosion takes place. This explosion is known as a depression in the economic world. The concentration of wealth, and particularly the concentration of the value of wealth, is the fundamental cause of a depression." (AFPS-9) Hence the main cause of any depression-- and the one that is befalling capitalism now-- is the extreme concentration of wealth, and dramatic economic disparity that is so prevalent in the capitalistic system. For years and years the gross exploitation and economic disparity between rich and poor has multiplied such that the common people do not have means to live. Their purchasing capacity is nil. That is the real reason behind this economic depression. They work day and night but still cannot make ends meet. Then Baba supplies a secondary cause as well. Baba says, "Secondly, a depression may occur when money that is in the possession of individual or state capitalists stops rolling. Money remains inert or unutilized because those capitalists think that if the money is allowed to roll freely then their profits will decrease, even though it will bring relief to the common people. The very psychology of capitalists is to make profit from the rolling of money. When they discover that the investment of money does not bring profit up to their expectations, then they stop rolling money. This keeps money immobile or inert; consequently, there is no investment, no production, no income and hence no purchasing power. The situation becomes so dangerous that there are few buyers to buy commodities." (AFPS-9) So it is not a few risky loans to people who were buying houses that is real problem. Yet that is the myth being propagated by the capitalist scholars and news agencies. Rather the very premise and foundation of capitalism is to blame. Namely, enabling the massive accumulation of money and the extreme concentration of wealth-- all based on exploitation. That is the main issue at hand. The common people toil day and night yet have no money to show for it. In turn, once all the money is accumulated in the hands of those capitalist exploiters -- when they realise their investments become shaky-- they stop investing and the money become stuck, i.e. it stops rolling. And that is exactly what we see happening today. Top capitalists no longer want to keep their money with those investments banks, so those banks are falling as they have no capital in their pockets. The root cause behind it all is years and years of economic exploitation. Baba says, "Economic depressions are actually the net result of suppression, repression and oppression – that is, exploitation. When exploitation reaches the culminating point, the mobility and the speed of the society become virtually nil. In such a stage, that is, in this culminating point, a natural explosion takes place." (PNS-13)
Since capitalists cannot identify the root cause of today's economic depression-- a word which they do not even like to think, let alone pronounce-- they cannot give a proper solution either. They will never say that the depression is a result of massive exploitation carried out by the capitalist elite. So instead they look for other half-baked answers to solve the problem, lest their greedy dream of capitalism should come to an end. Then what do they propose: They think that having the US government inject a 700 billion dollar rescue plan will bring capitalism back on its feet. And then the rich will be able to go on getting richer by continuing to hoard all the wealth. This is their band-aid solution. But that is totally wrong. The economic woes of capitalism run much deeper than that.
According to Baba, the only way to address the matter and correct the problem is to eliminate economic disparity and have there be a redistribution of wealth-- along with other economic restructuring. Baba says, "Depression is not a natural phenomenon. Pause is a natural phenomenon. In a Proutistic structure pause may occur but depression will not occur. To save society from depression, the approach of PROUT is to increase purchasing power by increasing production, reduce disparities in the value of wealth, and increase the circulation of money; that is, by keeping money rolling. Empty slogans will not do." ('Economic Dynamics') So from top to bottom, the whole entire economic realm needs to be realigned and the basic premises questioned. But capitalists dare not think or look in that direction. Yet that is what is called for and that is the only way out. Exploitation & massive disparities in wealth need to be eliminated from the economic structure. This basic approach is the first step towards building a healthy economy. Then of course, Prout has many other platforms that address productivity, consumption, raw materials, and spending etc.
The capitalist elite has misidentified the cause of the current depression and they have begun to inject a wrong solution. Both will lead to worsen then situation and slide the society into a deeper tailspin, an uglier depression. Only Baba's Proutistic solution is the answer, not any re-make of capitalism.
By Baba's grace He has identified the problem and given the solution. It is our duty to spread the word amongst the intelligentsia and the rouse the consciousness of the common people. Then we will all be able to live harmoniously under the tenets of Prout. Baba says, "PROUT is the panacea for the integrated progress of human society. It aims to bring about equilibrium and equipoise in all aspects of socio-economic life through totally restructuring economics. Without PROUT, socio-economic emancipation will remain a utopian dream. Only PROUT can save the world from depression." (PNS-13) Namaskar, Jiivan Mukta
We need for all in our Marga community to study Baba's teachings and share their views so we can offer the most comprehensive solution to the society. As each and every day passes, the situation will become more dire. Look forward to hearing from others on this critical issue about the current economic depression.
************************************************ Sentiment is Blind Force
Lord says, "For the very existence of speed, a sentimental support, a sentimental propulsion is an indispensable necessity. Now, this sentimental support must be based on rationality. Sentimentality based on rationality is the strongest force in the universe. And sentimentality without rationality takes the form of, or rather the distortion of, dogma."(SS-12, p.15) In above teaching Baba says that sentiment is a very delicate thing. If it is guided by rationality then that is very useful & meaningful. And if it is guided by dogma or any other thing then it is very negative. That is why sentiment is very delicate.

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