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One Should Know the Reason

From: "Daniel Bromberg" To: Subject: One Should Know the Reason Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 18:27:03 +0000 Baba
Namaskar, At present, we see the global economy faltering in countless ways. On a daily basis there seems to be an ever-increasing array of cracks in the glass house of capitalism. Many leaders and consultants are trying to put their finger on the cause. They are trying to identify the problem, yet their every analysis is off the mark. In stark contrast, in His Proutistic teachings, Baba has pointedly exposed the exact nature of the problem and given the right solution. In straightforward, economic parlance, He has named the specific cause to the chaos that has erupted. As Proutists, it is our duty to understand Baba's view and preach the solution He has given.
In a phrase, Baba's reply to the current crisis is a balanced economy. Baba says, "You know, in a balanced economy there should be proper adjustment among agriculture, industry and commerce. For example, a fixed percentage of people should be engaged in agriculture, another fixed percentage in industry and some percentage in commerce. Otherwise there will be no equipoise or equilibrium in the socio-economic sphere of life." (PNS-12) Simply speaking, Baba's guideline is that within every economy a "fixed percentage" of people should be involved in various types of work: Agriculture, industry, and commerce. Here Baba lays down the foundation of a balanced economy. Baba says, "If the percentage of people engaged in non-agricultural industries is kept within twenty to thirty percent of the population, this is the state of balanced economy – a really balanced socio-economic structure." (PE) So no more than 30% of the workforce should be involved in the industrial and commercial sectors. By this way, by keeping these sectors in check, what is produced in one region - whether it be potatoes or plastic or automobiles - will be needed by someone else in that same socio-economic unit. There will be balance, not an overflow of one thing and a shortage of something else. The key behind it all is to have fixed percentage - limited number - of workers and managers engaged in the non-agricultural fields so as to prevent over-industrialisation. Should the precepts of a balanced economy not be followed, then serious problems arise. That is what we are seeing right now all around the globe. There are extreme food shortages in some lands and the over-industrialised nations are not getting their goods sold. Everyday things like bicycles, cars, computers, household items etc are being produced yet there is an extreme shortage of buyers.
Here is Baba's clear-cut warning. Baba says, "If the percentage [in non-agricultural industries] goes beyond thirty percent, the area becomes industrially developed. Then, the more this percentage increases above thirty percent, the more over-industrialized the area becomes." (PE) That is what has happened with many nations in the northern hemisphere - countries like Japan, Germany, China, the United States etc. For example, the breakdown of Japan's workforce is: Agriculture 4.6%, industry 27.8%, and services 67.7%. In 2004 the German workforce was maldistributed as follows: agriculture, 2.2%; industry, 26.4%; and services, 71.3%. In that case, these nations and others like them are totally imbalanced and suffer from extreme over-industrialisation. Baba's mandate is not more than 20% - 30% of the population should work in non-agricultural industries, yet Japan's and Germany's figures are 95.4% a.d 97.8%, respectively. In that case, among other things, they are producing far more goods than they can sell within their own borders, so they have to go chasing after customers in other lands. Baba says, "These over-industrialized countries also find it necessary to keep industrially undeveloped countries within their control in order to use them as a market for their finished goods." (PE) Thus in order to procure a market and snatch up the much needed natural resources, industrialised nations compete and fight for control over so-called third world nations. These days China is making big efforts toward this end in Africa. The US has been flexing their muscles in Central and South America for decades, and the European nations have also pillaged Africa. Plus there are countless other cases. All this happens due to over-industrialisation, i.e. when more than 30% of the population is working in non-agricultural industries. At the same time, none of the natural resources in Africa are being made into finished goods by workers from those African nations. That is another off-shoot. Those populations then are not having any jobs at all and have no money to buy finished goods from producing nations. The whole situation becomes totally out of balance. Ultimately chaos results, both abroad and internally. Because when an over-industrialised nation cannot find buyers in the global market, then their factories and industries shut down. That brings unemployment, and so many serious issues. That is why industrialised nations are suffering so much at the present moment. Baba says, "If they do not get a market to sell the consumer goods produced in their countries, they will suffer from economic depression and growing unemployment." (PE) And when a severe economic downturn occurs in the industrialised nations, then this creates a terrible domino effect all across the globe.
Baba's analysis then is very precise and the Proutistic solution is quite straightforward. It is all about over-industrialisation, and fixing it by having a greater number of people work in the agricultural sector of the economy. That is the main issue and solution in this present global crisis. If a country is stable and balanced with regards to the allocation of their workforce, i.e. proper percentages in all the sectors, then those people are free then to make progress in more subtle realms of life: Art, music, spirituality etc. Otherwise those lands are just plunges in existential worries due to a failing economy. In that case, higher pursuits are grossly neglected. So the ramifications of a balanced economy are far-reaching and effect all the realms of life: physical, social, psychic, and spiritual.
By Baba's grace He has given the answer to the current global economic crisis. Over-industrialisation in so-called first world nations is the main cause. We must preach the tenets of Prout, then little by little people will understand and reap benefits of having a balanced economy. Baba says, "You should bring about this revolution. You should collectively chalk out plans and programmes and demand such a change, such a revolution. Do not delay." (PNS-12) Namaskar, Dharma

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