For a while now I’ve been seeing stuff on the News; horrible, gut-wrenching, inhuman stuff. If you’re an Indian, why if you’re Human, you will know what I’m talking about. Murder, arson, suicide, massacre and the worst of all, worse than death itself, RAPE. I have half a mind to assume that by way of some cosmic phenomenon, Earthlings (specifically INDIAN men) received a super dose of Testosterone and now its madness on the streets. Ok, that sounded a little on the geeky side, the only other alternative explanation summed up to a harmless term in Sanskrit – “Kali yuga”.
I’m not one to go all GaGa (is it copyrighted???) over Nostradamian predictions or slave to the Astrologer’s Fun board, but I have heard it firsthand from people of sound sense that there might be truth in all this, at least the pure version. Many have referred to terms like “Srishti”, “Kali yuga”, “Brahman” and others while conversing on day-to-day conversations, words scattered over large volumes of text explaining Creation and the Meaning of Life itself.
There was a time when I scorned at the thought of all my Sanskrit lessons from school coming to life. Now I feel bad for making paper planes and playing crossword puzzles in the language hour. When the News channel started spewing out gory stories of what people do to people, everyday, it caught my eye and then I heard the voice in my head “Remember… it’s already begun… you know…Kali yuga??”. OK, creepy voice in my head, I get it. Everything I could remember reading about this particular Era looked like it was coming true and the feeling of helplessness took an exponential turn, upwards. So I spent a day working on everything Google could spill out on the term “Kaliyug”.
Here’s a small intro for people who have no idea what I’m talking about…>
>> The Universe according to Hindu Mythology is Created and Destroyed in cycles. This period of one cycle is determined by Brahma – The Creator! So Brahma’s a funny guy. He creates Life in the morning; let them thrive for the entire day at the end of which Life ceases to exist. Then he enjoys a sweet siesta for another day and sets out to Create Life once more. The same process is repeated until the Brahma comes to an end, which happens to be after 100 years of his Existence. This followed by a period of Non-Existence for another 100 years (yes, Brahma’s 100 years) when nothing exists, and then the cycle begins again.
Now when I talk about One Day and One Year, we’re talking about the Great Brahma himself. Being the Supreme Being has got to have some perks, plus creating Life and letting them live it ALL OUT is going to take some time. The Vedic stance on this explains the life span of Brahma as divided into 14 parts, where each one is led by a Manu – another Creation of Brahma. This period of a Manu is divided into 71 Chaturyugas, meaning 71 parts, each divided into 4 eras (Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kali). When you think about it, all of this will take a long time to pan out. How long?? How about 4.32 billion years! Hence, 1 day (Kalpa) for Brahma is 4.32 billion years for you and me!! “A perfectly loooooong time, I would say”… <<
So after living for 311 trillion and 40 billion years…, ohk, let’s take a breather now, why don’t you read this instead. There’s a perfectly good reason why Humans find it a tad bit uncomfortable contemplating Brahma’s lifetime. Or maybe it’s just me…
Now that the Human lifespan has been belittled by the Creator’s grace himself, it’s time to look at what we have done in that teensy bit of time we are given here, where our actions have actual physical consequence on Life and Non-Life equally. Wait, do we really want to think about it that way? I’m guessing not many people would want to do that because a vast majority of us haven’t done anything of actual significance or whatever they have done, has been undone by their own exploits. Yes, we have boomed technologically and culturally, even population wise, but is that enough for the Self? What about true happiness? Does anyone know how it feels to be truly happy anymore? I can say for myself that my happiness is simply a matter of non-sad, non-boring time where I get to bask in good thoughts. Other than that, I don’t remember the last time I was TRULY HAPPY.
Maybe I’m being naïve.
Coming to the colossal inhumanity being displayed by people nowadays, it’s difficult to push it aside with the same old excuse – “we’re only human”. NO, not anymore, because we’re better than this. History is filled with examples of how people realizing their dark nature have strived to become better beings, to propagate the message of love and peace (no, I’m not talking about the 70’s, but they do fit in the stereotype). Why do we settle for barbarianism when we are fully capable of decent cultured survival?
Lives are lost every day, just because someone got in the other’s way. The general tone on the streets has become so stupidly insane that nobody notices it anymore. Our emotions were once out weakest and our strongest point, so sometime during those years, we decided to not feel any longer. The same emotions which would let a Father sacrifice himself for his Daughter, today, lets him molest her. Taking someone’s life has become as easy as Posting a status message on someone’s wall or tweeting! The sanctity of Life has been lost on us and seldom do we think twice on anything that doesn’t concern our Self. Are we to ignore this sudden indulgence in this outrageously violent life? I think NOT. A person’s life is not negotiable, be it ANY situation.
This is a period when we are the most confused EVER, and instead of standing together, giving each other peace, we resort to killing and dictating the terms of survival for another being. If we think that none of this is going to rub on times to come, we’re HUGELY mistaken. In fact, so mistaken, that we’re not going to know what hit us and when. It has happened already, happening as you read and will keep happening as long as we decide to remain nonchalant about the white elephant in the room. EGO!
About a decade back, when I was still in the throngs of youth, having visions of the future, I thought it’ll all be pretty chilled out and everything. Little did I know that I was walking into an episode of Hell’s Finest! It’s disturbing and I would like to shun the very thought into the deepest darkest corner of my mind. Maybe if more people feel the same way, it could make a difference.
We must understand that “this too shall pass”, and this time, what comes next might not be the pretty picture, with a Godsend descending upon us to deliver us from our sins. It’s going to be a dry, desolate dump of an existence and I’m not ready to go there, not in this lifetime, not in the next. We are inching, no scratch that, we’re running a marathon to that dreaded place. I don’t deserve it and neither does a million other people. DO YOU?
We are indeed at the EDGE OF HUMANITY…..