Thursday, November 25, 2010
End of Kaliyug?
The newspapers are full of such bad news.
News about scams, traffic accidents, accidents caused by negligence, crime and so on and so forth hit your eye as you glance at a newspaper. The list is endless and I feel bad to add to this gloom by writing about them in my blogs.
While it is more than an year since my return, I am still not used to the speed at which these stories pop up. The frequency is amazing. Almost a scandal a day. On some days there are more than one fighting for space in the papers. The TV channels which revel in such news have a great time and manage to frustrate us even further with their endless debates which offer no real solutions! But it is not all bad! There are also some inspiring stories but you have to look for them as they are hidden in some corner of the papers.
Finally, I am also able to give some hope! I was with my golfing friends at the club for lunch and soon the conversation turned towards corruption. John Pinto who is full of anecdotes and stories gave us some interesting stories from the past about corruption in high places! Srihari reacted with 'These corrupt fellows must be put behind bars!' Shivkumar who edits and publishes a Kannada humor mag 'Aparanaji' said he had written about corruption for its December issue and I could read about it.
'But is there an end to it?' I asked. He said: 'It is something that is in our genes and has been there for centuries'. (We have heard this before!) and then what Shiv said took my breath away. 'Yes it is happening, corruption will end but will take a couple of centuries' and announced that 'Kaliyug has ended and Satya yug has begun'.
I first thought he was just pulling my leg but realised that he was serious. He visits the interiors as a member of the Agastya Foundation (Both Srihari and Shivkumar are with the foundation) and interacts with teachers and students and has seen positive changes in the countryside.
He argues that people are acting against corruption and are exposing corrupt people and this has never happened before in such a scale. News paper write about corruption, people go to court with proof obtained by them as a right (Right To Information). Some have even died while going after corrupt practices but this has not stopped other people.
I hope he is right and we are into Satya Yuga. Interesting to read about it and the Mayan prophecies for 21-12-2012.