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HOW FAR CAN WE STICK TO OUR TRADITION?
By Mohan Shenoy

The world has not been religiously refined, but only scientifically advanced. Since time immemorial there have been bad people and good people. The bad people also learnt about religion but they did not get reformed. One bad man will have many followers who also will be bad. One good man will have many good followers.  he history of the world repeats itself umpteen times. First the good people suffered at the hands of the bad people lead by the bad man.

But usually the bad man turns the conquered lands into a land under his rule. He turns himself from a devil and a destroyer into a venerable king and emperor. For the sake of survival all the people still alive in that land become his loyal subjects. He slowly turns into a god with his public relations exercises. The same person responsible for arson, torture, war crimes, murder and rape just a decade ago becomes a godly person highly respected by all his people including the swamis, teachers, priests and intellectuals as well as other ordinary people. Memories of his atrocities and cruelty do not last long among the sufferers.

But his good life does not last long. He soon becomes entangled however, in one of the vices such as women, wine, or wealth and begins to lose his popularity among his population.  There arises another leader from among the masses who leads a mutiny of some sort and repeats the arson, murder, rape cycle and after killing many more innocent people like his predecessor, he climbs the throne as the new king and leader. This is the story most of the time. This cycle has repeated many more times in these thousands of years. Sometimes the leader of the good people is finally able to put down the bad people and their leader.

We know of Rama and Ravana, and of Krishna and Kansa. With in a short time after Rama or Krishna, the world returned to its usual fluid status. More bad people and bad leaders followed. The followers of Rama or of Krishna too became mired in worldly pleasures and pitfalls. The sufferings of the innocent people did not end.

Today there are no warriors and conquerers but there are cruel presidents and heart-less prime ministers who inflict injuries by waging wars on masses of people. There are wicked and ruthless individuals, dictators and autocratic rulers, who in their personal or official capacities produce unbearable sufferings to innocent people. Amongst the masses there are robbers, thieves, thugs, and murderers, rapists, and molesters, suicide bombers, both highly placed white-collared elite and lowly criminals. They and their official collaborators, the corrupt politicians and 'gomukhavyaghra' (cow face masked tigers), opportunists bring injustice and untold miseries to ordinary weak, hard-working innocent god-fearing men and women, old and young alike.

We see that the present times are changing times. Nowadays we desire new and wondrous things even when the old and ordinary things are useful and time-tested. We have discarded good medicines which were cheap and simple, for costly and complicated drugs. We have discarded good age-old moral studies for exciting and titillating meaningless crap in our schools and colleges.
Our family bonds between man and woman as wife and husband are shattered by new civil situations leading to life and practice as in animals. Our children are not brought up in closely knit protective environments of a loving emotional mother and a responsible strong-minded father, but they are raised as if they are our foster-children or unguided and drifting youth. In India in most homes, we still have the age-old practices of the elderly parents being looked-after by the sons and daughters. However, this is vanishing fast.

The governments are interfering in our lives more and more. They are telling us how to lead our lives not like we wish to lead it, but the way their lobbyists have found profitable for the corporations and capitalists. Newspapers and television channels are controlling our lives string by string. Our babies and toddlers shall not cry too loud lest the neighbour will report us to the police for alleged child abuse.

A father is not a caring father if he does not bring the toy his daughter asks for after watching an advertisement on the T.V. You are a misfit in society if you do not buy health insurance or life insurance, or buy a house rather than rent it, buy a car rather than travel by bus or train, buy the car every third or fourth year so that the car companies will thrive in their business. We must spend more than we earn so that the finance companies will make a profit out of the interest they charge on our credit card balances. It is often too late when we learn of all these pit-falls in the life of a human being in the present society. We need wisdom and knowledge to pass these tests and lead a steadily progressive happy life.

How do we overcome these trappings? Religion can help us provided we understand and practice it. But the thoughts and ideas of a religion are too vague for a young man to understand and absorb and practice. He is not prepared religion-wise either in his home or in the schools and can not develop the will to learn religious texts and religious teachings. Religion is not a part of the state syllabus in schools and colleges. He has to make extra effort to find books of religion and read them. The teachers of religion are so varied and speak in hundreds and thousands of tongues. The religious teachings are abstract and mind-boggling, at times contradictory to nature and its properties. Like the many arms or heads to a god is simply fictional in nature. It will be a gift if a young man is able to absorb what religions have taught us through these ages.

If there has to be any peace and progress in India for example, it will never be in the fashion of the West. I do not believe that India will have a low population to land ratio or low population to wealth ratio like in the West. The total wealth, water, food, or other materials in the world are not enough to provide for surplus. There will be always a shortage of these things in the world. When every one needs food, water and wealth there will be a fight among us to obtain enough of them for ourselves.Controlled distribution and rationing are required. Good management is needed. But we humans are less than good administrators and there will be corruption and nepotism amongst us leading to injustice and inequality.

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