How is the Western world having its necessities despite not performing any sacrifices?

by Chaitanya Charan dasApril 14, 2012

From: akash

vedas say that if you worship this god you will get rain, that god you will get this etc. and if you don’t if will be bereft of those benefits, rains will be less etc. Now if we look at almost whole of western world, they have almost  everything they need, even without any sacrifices, or worship etc. How is that to be understood.

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ANSWER: It is a misperception, that the west has almost all that  it needs. All of us have probably heard about devastating hurricane and storms. We have heard of hurricane Katrina, few years ago, and  also there was a big storm right in the New York City, which is the economic and social capital of America, the pride of America.  When the storm came up, the whole American government was helpless . To some extent people were told, flee from here. If we look at the overall situation of nature in America,  it is at times quite furious, and there are times when throughout the year, for many months, one is just not able to go out of the house because of heavy snowfall. This may not happen in all parts of America and it certainly does not happen in those parts of America which we see in television or  movies. But it does happen in real America. So, first of all the idea that the America is getting everything that it needs, is not true. Similarly, in Europe there have been farce heat waves.  Also, in India we had  tsunamis ,  earthquakes, famines etc., but the frequency and the ferocity of the regular hurricanes in America are much more severe.  The heat  wave that hit Europe  few years back  was much fiercer than the occasional heat  waves, or cold waves or excessive rains that come in India. So rather than going into the intricacies of comparison of  natural calamities and l problems that we face in India and America, the underlining principle is that,  things are not as rosy in the west as are portrayed in our media and TV. They are quite grave in many ways. Yes, if people do not worship and perform yajgya then the result is, not just that they don’t get rains;  rather they don’t get rains in  proper way.  We should not  be naive and  simple in understanding that  if someone is performing  yajgya or  is following  dharma  then suddenly the rains start coming. No that is not completely correct. That is  just a causal connection between the two. But  this causal connection  is much more broader and deeper. You can read the article “artificial rains, imaginary gains, real pains” to get the broader understanding of this.

The general principle is  that, the  yajgya, the sacrifice, that are performed and  dharmic activities that are done are like the taxes that are paid to the government.  If the taxes  are not paid, the governmental facilities will not come. If we do not pay the water tax then the water may be cut off. But with respect to the nature if the taxes are not paid, things happen in a more  subtle and complex way.  Sometimes when people do not pay any tax in terms of not doing any  yajgya then the result may be less rain  or sometimes the result may be heavy rains.   Devotees sometimes have a very simplistic understanding that, ‘ Becausewe are doing kirtan,  that’s why the rain came’.  This  is a very superficial understanding because the skeptic  may argue, when too much rains come, “Oh, you have done too much kirtan, stop the kirtan now, and the rains will stop”, No. We should not encourage such simplistic and naive misunderstandings and caricatures of the Vedic philosophy.  Yajgya in one form, in one way is like paying of taxes, but along with that there is   consideration  whether  all the citizens are  following the rules of the state or not.  Hence, the citizens have to live according to the rules of the state and they have to pay the taxes, then they will get the facilities from the state. Similarly there are basic principles of morality and spirituality which all human beings are expected to follow. When human beings don’t follow that then they get the reactions  and those reactions come in various forms. One of the forms is disruption in natural conditions and natural supplies.   This disruption may be in terms of shortage of rains, or it may be excess  rains.  It may be excess  cold or it may be excess  heat.  If you look at the world today , it’s  not just the matter of India or the west, everywhere we are seeing, because people are not living according to the principles of morality and spirituality.  Because people are not performing sacrifices,  that’s why the natural supplies are increasingly being destructed.

At the time  tsunami came I wrote an article called “nature boomerangs”.  In that article I  had given statistics, how, if we compare 1950s with 2000, the frequency and the ferocity of the natural calamities that have hit the world have increased manifold .  Because over the last fifty or sixty years, the world has given up religious morality and spirituality in a  major way and we have embraced the course of materialism in an entirely unrestrained  manner.  Therefore, it is producing its  reactions.  That’s why all over the world, in the west and in India, because of non performance of  yajgya and because of  non adherence to morality and spirituality, there is disruption of natural supplies and there are disturbances in nature, which are, in the form of  karmic reactions is coming to all of us.


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  • Manish vithalani
    April 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    The only yardstick that we use for a comparision between people/ objects/countries is unfortunately the monetary one.
    Specifically for America, the divorce ratio is as high as 60/70%.
    If america’s debt is to be divided amongst its citizens then each of them would have to shell out about 2 crore of rupees. There is an american debt clock on the net – just look at it ticking away.
    Out of a population of 31 crore people nearly 4.5 crore are on food stamps i.e. the govt gives them these stamps which they can exchange for food at designated stores.
    Even on the legal side the amount of cases pending are of monumental proportions.
    There are many such statistics which are not portrayed by the official media (which is a bought one) and which Chaitanya Charan Prabhu also mentioned in his answer.
    so, it would be befitting that we change our glasses with which we view the west and particularly Ameica.

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