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Sraddhalu Ranade - Judgement Day

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I think most of these ideas of crash in 2012 and great disasters, they come from a perception of something which is true. If we continue to live as we do at present by the same values and the same processes, the whole of humanity will implode and with it, we might just take away the Earth. The whole of modern ecomonics, for example is built on the premise that the natural resources out there are infinite and we can keep consuming them at our convenience without concern for trashing the environment or the waste that we throw back. Now the economic system itself assumes infinity of resources, and it's not true. Resources are finite and we have pretty much come to the end of them, so the ecomonic system framework by which we are living globally is about to collapse. Now, we could either end up with a massive crash, or we could start taking corrective steps. We are already too far down not to experience a lot of suffering, but at least we could minimize it. We have already poisoned the environment. The global warming, which is now such a big publicity is really a very small part of the bigger problem. And the bigger problem is the pollution that we throw out in nature. Warming is a tiny bit of it. Even if the Earth warmed, there are other systems which can call it back, it's not such a big deal. But the pollution, the poisons we throw out will not be resolved easily. And we suffer the consequences of the poison coming back into us. It's a very interesting observation of modern science that the most poisonous nutrition in the world today is mother's milk. Because all the poisons accumulate in the body and they get right there. And we are feeding our future generations the most poisonous substances. The United States, for example, has banned use of DDT within the United States, but allows it to be manufactured to be sold to Third World countries. But eventually it gets into a chain and will come back here. There's no way one can avoid it. The poisons we throw out, for example, a satellite which crashed in, I believe it was 1986, had one-and-a-half kilos of plutonium, which burned up in the atmosphere and is part of the air today, all over the Earth. We are breathing in radioactive waste in the atomosphere. And nobody can escape this. But all of this is possible because we have lost the deeper sense of unity with nature. This Cartesian mindset looks upon us and nature as two different entities and nature out there is only a resource base for my comfort and my desire and my survival. We forget that we are a part of nature. Not only as physical processes, but even more profoundly, at a psychological level and even more deeply, at a spiritual level. That we are one energy, which is flowing through so many processes. And it is this loss of oneness which has spoiled our relationship with nature. And as we recover that oneness, or at least approach it, we begin to realize that we are a part of a huge ecosystem and all that we throw out comes back to us, even in emotions and thoughts. It's not only the poisons which we throw out in our sewers, but the anger, the hatred, the ill-will. All of these go out into nature and affect nature's processes. There's an interesting oberservation that many mystics have made. That the weather patterns of a region reflect the state of consciousness of the people living there. And if we are chaotic in our feelings and thoughts, then the weather becomes chaotic. And if we express how many in love towards nature and to each other, then the weather pattern also expresses a greater harmony. And these are things which people can see, we can experience, one can even verify them objectively and which we still continue to ignore. So the problem of the environment and nature is not just a problem of changing our chemicals, It's also about changing ourselves and how we relate to the trees and plants. I'll give an example of a distortion that is introduced in the educational system all over the world and is part of this industrial education system. We are taught in ecology class that trees are good for us because they give us oxygen and we should plant more trees. They clean the air, they give us oxygen, they give us fruits, etc. So children grow up being taught that trees are good and so they should be planted. But think about what it's really sending as a message; the message really says, "You should plant trees because they serve you." It's putting you back in the center. If the trees were not good for you, then you could cut them off with impunity. That's what the message says. That you must value the world in terms of how useful it is for you. And the result of this is a perversion of our relationship with nature. And if you go back to all the indigenous traditions; The American Indian, the Indian, Chinese, and I'm sure the ancient European traditions, all of them had a different relationship with nature. I know, for example, in India, we are taught that plants are beings, as living and as sensitive as us. And we are taught to look upon them as children and care for them as children. You don't pluck a leaf, because it's like someone pulling out your hair. And if at all you need to take it, you must first take permission of the plant and say you're sorry that you're hurting it and take it carefully. And these are values which are ingrained in all of the indigenous traditions which have been now covered up in a very crude, coarse, self-centered lifestyle and philosophies being taught to us. And that's really the cause of the ecological disaster. The moment you value a plant as another being, with its own rights, let's use a modern terminology, It has its own right to life and you can relate to it as a brother, as a friend, as a parent, everything changes. And the plants cooperate with you. There's a consciousness that grows in the plant, in the tree, in the flower. There's a consciousness that fills the whole forest and it's living, self-aware, in its own way. And when we relate to it rightly, it also responds to us rightly, in a harmonious relationship. A lot of our ecological difficulties can be resolved if we correct our relationship with nature and the level of consciousness, all the rest will follow.

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Duration: 8 minutes and 10 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 139
Posted by: global on Oct 8, 2009

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