Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth.
They progressed from learning to use fire, and making simple stone tools, to using metals to make weapons and implements.
They learnt to communicate with each other using words instead of gestures. Languages evolved and so did literature- reflecting the culture of that particular community.
From being hunters leading a nomadic existence, they graduated to farming, and instead of wandering from place to place, settled in groups in fertile areas near rivers.
As humans society evolved, rules evolved too, to keep order in this society. Social pressure, moral or religious conventions, and later legal systems became necessary.
Sciences, the arts, technologies, philosophy, economics, sports- spectacular achievements were made, and are being made, in every field. Humans have even conquered outer space and succeeded in landing on the Moon.
So where do we go from here?
Material, technical, scientific innovations, will no doubt continue to take place. But can we say that these innovations will necessarily better human society?
The novelist Aldous Huxley said that
“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backward.”
Reading the morning newspaper or listening to the news channels makes us wonder if it is indeed true, as Aldous Huxley suggests, that the human race is regressing.
Murders, rapes and other violent horrific crimes make the headlines every day. Frauds are commonplace, with everyone trying to scam trusting people out of their hard-earned money.
Even a good education does not ensure employment, which leads to sections of youngsters in society becoming cynical, and frequently turning to crime.
Selfishness abounds,- the one thought in an average person’s mind while considering any action is, “what’s in it for me.”
Frequently I hear someone quote these verses from the Bhagvat Gita–
[Lord Shri Krishna said to Arjuna- ]
यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम्|| “Oh, descendant of Bharat [Arjuna], whenever there is a decline in Dharma, and a predominance of Adharma, at that time I personally manifest Myself.” परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् । धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥ “To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of Dharma, I come into being, millennium after millennium.”
I have heard people say that they hope Shri Krishna would really come to save us, and punish the criminals, the destroyers, the cruel.
If they truly hope for that, then maybe it should be kept in mind that it is the pious/ virtuous/ good that he will save- according to the sloka.
Perhaps it would be helpful if we tried to become worthy of being saved?
And that might not be as difficult as it seems at first thought.
Because it is said that-
नर जो अपनी करनी करे तो नर का नारायण हो जाये |
If a person works/ does his duty with sincerity, then he attains Godliness.
Well, I don’t think we need to aspire to such a lofty result, but it will be no small achievement if we can become better humans by doing our duty sincerely, in the various facets of our lives.
What do you think?