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How Western Civilisation is Going to Fall

From: "Herb Marmlestein" To: Subject: How Western Civilisation is Going to Fall Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 07:24:29 Baba PS Intro: This song symbolizes the holy advent of Mahasambhuti. When He comes He infuses His divine vibration throughout each and every pore of this expressed universe-- in which case everything blossoms into something positive. In this present era, the divine vibrational wave which Baba has emanated through His varabhaya and januspharsha mudras is transforming everything. Now we are witnessing the divine results of this across the entire planet. Everyone's whole way of thinking is changing from dogma-centered to God-centered. People are becoming neo-humanistic. This grand transformation is going on everywhere; it is not limited just to our AM society. Rather the entire globe-- all human beings-- is involved. This below song represents the grand idea that when Taraka Brahma comes then there is a holistic shift of consciousness. Negative people become afraid and good people rise up courageously and become firm on the path of dharma. This type of grand transformation is taking place right now, by Baba's grace. And that is exactly what this song says. "Esecho nat'araj anekdiner pare a'j..." (PS 4595) Purport: O' Nataraj, O' Lord, after ages and ages You have come today. It is Your grace. O' Dhurjat'i, Your matted locks are dancing so beautifully. In all the three lokas, in the three realms, the demons are fearful and panic-stricken. O' Divine Entity, by Your grace You have transformed everyone. Those who were sleeping, those downtrodden who were neglected and humiliated in the world, those without respect or recognition in the society, and those humans who were feeling defeated and sunk in woe-- they have all become awakened due to Your auspicious advent. By Your grace their drowsiness has been smashed. They have gotten new life. Now they are full of happiness and joy. O' Lord, You are so gracious. O' Divine Entity, Your drum, bugle, and horn are resonating all around. In all the ten directions and across the entire horizon, Your victory call is resounding. O' Prabhu, the feeling of dharma has been aroused among all. Everyone has understood what is vice and what is virtue-- what is dogma and what is rationality. By Your grace the people have experienced a shift of consciousness. Their outlook has become dharmic and spiritual. O' my Lord, by Your grace the eclipse of the moon has been removed. Now the darkness is gone. You have made everything positive. O Lord, You have done everything for us; I do sastaunga pranam at Your alter...
Namaskar, When any society is powerful then naturally those inhabitants think their place at the top will last forever. Those in Rome thought the Roman empire would last forever, same with those living in the Egyptian empire. Neither could conceive of their collapse. And that is the case with all such cases, including today's western civilization. The basic rule is that those at the top think that their greatness will endure across time and space - indefinitely. With that complacency comes indulgence. They think no matter what they do their place at the pinnacled point is reserved forever. Invariably however, that situation changes. Their place at the top cannot last. With the rise of indulgence etc, it is not long before that society is struggling hard to lift its own jaw off the ground after its hard fall into the crust of the earth. We should look back at the past and apply those principles to today's western society. For years - i.e. centuries - the west has been exerting its will, controlling others, and gaining a higher and higher stature. By examining Baba's precepts, it is quite apparent that the fall of western civilisation is imminent.
In His discourse, "The Future of Civilization", Baba looks back at various civilizations that were at the top - they seemed to have no peer - yet they fell. This happened to the Arabs, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks, the Romans. They all fell. And in His discourse Baba points out the cause. They fell either to due internal demise, i.e. weakness stemming from their own society, or due to external influence, i.e. by attacks from the outside. Most often though it was a combination of the two. In general it is the advancement of science that puts a particular civilisation at the top. This was the case with the Egyptians and it is the case of today's western civilisation as well. The Egyptians had the pyramids, mummies and so many other engineering and scientific feats. They seemed unparalleled in so many ways - yet they fell - they were overrun by outsiders. Similar is the case of the Romans. They had everything in terms of advancement and progress, but due to internal dissension they met their demise. Due to all kinds of extreme social disparities, such as slavery etc, their society crumbled as there was massive unrest from within due to the "haves" and "have nots". By that point, they were no match for outsiders. Baba says, "The Christian or Roman civilization was also considerably higher on the 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 in them. Those rolling in luxury and adverse to labour became indolent. Naturally they were defeated by a stronger and more strenuous force." (AFPS-6) Baba's main point is that either due to their own complacency or indulgence ruling societies fall prey to outside invaders who are more vigilant and disciplined, or due to lack of social equality and social unrest a society implodes from within. Or it may be due to a combination thereof. Another factor that comes into play is that of metamorphosis. This is when a ruling civilization slowly, even unknowingly starts to adopt other ways until finally over time they have totally changed from the society they once were. In the past, so many ruling society fell from power for these reasons. Nobody could imagine their demise, but it happened. The situation is strikingly similar to the west today.
To some or more degree, all of the above indicators are rampant in the west. Due to indulgence and complacency they are getting beat at their own game of capitalism; due to extreme disparity of wealth there is growing social unrest, and little by little the west is leaving their own principles of life and adopting eastern ways of doing. For all these reasons and more, today's western society is heading for a big fall. Those aware about Baba's teachings will not be at all surprised - and they will be best in position to help others.
The way things are headed in the west either it will implode internally, be overrun externally (or a combination thereof), or metamorphose into something totally different. At present all these things are going on. 1) Due to extreme capitalism there is vast disparity of wealth. This creates huge internal dissension. When the common people can no longer afford hearth & home, nor food and drink, then that society is on the brink of disaster. This is what we see happening in the so-called developed or advanced nations in the west. Just see the numbers: a)
"About 3.5 million US residents (about 1% of the population), including 1.35 million children, have been homeless for a significant period of time." Note: This figure is a conservative estimate as authorities admit they are unable to fully account for all the homeless people. b) "The number of Americans who lived in households that lacked consistent access to adequate food soared last year, to 49 million, the highest since the government began tracking what it calls “food insecurity” 14 years ago, the Department of Agriculture reported Monday." c) "Poverty in the United States is cyclical in nature with roughly 13 to 17% living below the federal poverty line at any given point in time, and roughly 40% falling below the poverty line at some point within a 10 year time span." 2) The selfishness and materialism of the west is also ruining the mentality of the people. Now more than ever before there is a wave of psychic diseases and troubles, everything from extreme angst and frustration to depression to suicide etc. 3) The west is losing ground to "developing" nations in all the realms that led them to the top. The financial debt to the eastern world is a huge burden and can easily lead to their being swallowed up by a severe economic collapse. In which case western nations will surely fall prey to others. Note: The above points speak to either internal demise or external encroachment. And if we analyse further the current conditions in the west, this list will grow by dozens and dozens of points. The above is a mere sampling of indicators. 4) This next point deals with metamorphosis. At present, Christianity is taking a hard hit in the west. People are no longer the ardent followers they once were. Many are token Christians and are actually more interested in eastern ways such as yoga and Buddhism etc. They label themselves as Christian yet all their life habits are slowly moving toward eastern life practices. This methodical transformation is well underway. So many Christian followers practice yoga or meditation and not only that but the Christian establishment has come up with their own form of yoga. With this ongoing trend, the rituals and traditions of Christianity will only be an afterthought as the whole society has metamorphosed into something else. This will be a slow, gradual approach until the transformation is mostly complete. We might see such a radical change in as short as two decades. All the above presentations speak to the impending fall of western civilisation as we know it. We should prepare ourselves so we are not a hapless victim of its fall, but rather a knowledgeable observer who can help and guide others.
It is not that every society must fall. That is not the natural order. Baba has given the key ingredient needed in order for any society to flourish across time and space. So long as these six factors are present, then that society will continue to be a healthy, stable, and prosperous one. Baba says, "The six factors which guide society, which make it vibrate in bliss and dance in bliss when its different entities realize the fullness of existence in every fibre of their existence, are the s'ad'ara'h sama'ja cakra [six spokes of the social cycle]." (NKS, Disc: 26) Those six are: (1) spiritual practice, (2) spiritual ideology, (3) social outlook, (4) socio-economic theory, (5) scripture and (6) preceptor. Baba says, "The entire social structure is dependent on these six factors." (AFPS-6) Thus, to the degree those six factors are present is the degree to which that civilization is stable. To the degree those factors are absent is the degree to which that society is prone to fall. Baba says, "About one thousand five hundred years ago, Arabs were very 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." (AFPS-6) At present, western civilization is severely lacking in most every category. The big fall that is bound to take place in the west is not at all a surprise to those familiar with Baba's guidelines. Baba says, "In the future also, for want of the six factors of bhati (progress) the extinction of a concerned group of people is sure to happen." (PNS-6) We should prepare ourselves mentally and be vigilant. Then we will be in the best position possible to help and serve others during this difficult time. If we too are swallowed up in shock, then we will not be able to render our social and moral duties and bring relief the suffering. One thing to note here, just because the west falls does not necessarily mean that there will be a great rise of the east. To succeed, one must not just defeat or take over another, but that society also must inculcate the six spokes. So it is not that the eastern hemisphere is necessarily set-up for a long and prosperous rule. Tragically, the east also is moving towards western values. So we should keep that in mind as well.
There is no question that the vacuum created by the fall of western civilisation needs to be filled by the tenets of Ananda Marga. Baba has fully given all six spokes in our AM philosophy. There is no want - there is no lacking principle. Even though there is no lacuna in AM teachings, groupist leaders have dragged in dogmas like Mahaprayan and scriptural distortions and by that we have lost at least two of the six spokes. This is indeed not just a tragedy but a danger as well. Unfortunately at present we have not been able to integrate Baba's teachings into our own living patterns within AMPS. Within our own acarya structure itself there is social disparity, social unrest. There is a class of haves and there is a class of have-nots. Plus we suffer from other weak points due to our own shortcomings, such a wide-spread distrust. Such problems stem from those groupist leaders - because most margiis and wts in AM have a pure heart and wish to see Baba's teachings implemented. Only the group leaders are a problem, So long as they are not rectified and alive, then their presence is tantamount to having cancer in the body. It must be cut away, otherwise survival is not possible. The only remedy is to look anew at Baba's divine guidelines and bring those into being in our individual and collective life. Failing that we will meet the same fate as so many civilizations in the past. Whereas if we are able to sincerely involve in AM ideology, then it is sure that ours will be the path of success. There is no doubt about it. Baba says, "Where these factors [six spokes of the social cycle] are present, there the movement is to wards ananda 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." (PNS-6)
By Baba's grace He has blessed us with all the teachings and abilities to bring about a thriving civilisation. By adhering to His tenets and following 16 Pts our Marga will be able to lead the humanity into that bright new era. Because the west as we know it will not last much longer. Baba says, "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 children of the great Cosmic Entity. Be a sadvipra and make others sadvipras also." (PNS-6) Namaskar, Hariish
To gain greater knowledge on this critical topic, it is highly advisable to carefully review and study Baba discourse, "The Future of Civilization", which is printed in PNS-6 and AFPS-6. It is also available via the electronic edition of Baba's books.
******************************************** The Place of Occult Powers in AM
Baba says, "In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one's life and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult powers is another name for stupidity." (SC-2, p.149) Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost importance.

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