Reflections in a Petri Dish – March 17, 2019
Dog Poet Transmitting…….
It’s not that humanity is bad. Certainly the creator did not think so, otherwise; why would so much effort have been expended? However, if you were to take a snapshot of the ubiquitous moment and compare it to some correctly imagined ideal. We are, as a collective, falling far short of our potential; to the point that the potential isn’t even being considered in terms of what is rational and sane; cosmically speaking. The majority consensus, of what is good and bad, concerning what we aspire to, is… wait for it (drum roll)… material success!
Yes… material success, which is where you get more objects of desire than you neighbor; objects you are unable to truly appreciate, which, in fact, you will come to regret having and then… you will die and no longer possess them. All that you will take with you on your departure is… what you have become, in the allotted time you were here. Think upon this because… I assure you… it is true. Argue this until the cows come home, especially if you have no cows. It will make no difference. It is inarguably true. Whoomp! They it is.
Why are things as they are? I’ll take that question for five hundred dollars and give you another inarguable answer. This does not mean you cannot argue; feel bound (as opposed to free) to argue at your leisure. There’s a room where you go while you argue. The room is not visible but you are an occupying force in that room, I assure you and there is more than one. In some rooms of argument there are arguments being carried out with the limited amount of people who can even understand what they are arguing about; not that they actually understand it, or they wouldn’t be arguing. These are the people who went to expensive schools, solely to be able to argue about this subject with other people who went to school for the same purpose and the irony is that if they did understand the subject they were arguing about, they would be silent on the matter because, as Lao Tzu said, long ago, (paraphrasing) “those who speak do not know and those who who know do not speak.” I don’t think I need to itemize the short list of what those subjects are; do I?
There are some theories present; should one even know where to begin looking for them, which illustrate the several large stages through which life passes and each of which is distinctive from the other. There are two points of view that are presently considered in relation to the duration of the different yugas (or periods of time). There is the traditional perspective and the one presented by Sri Yukteswar in his book, “Holy Science”. The traditional perspective contains very lengthy periods of time ascribed to each yuga. Sri Yukteswar’s version grants much shorter periods to each yuga. There are those who have expanded on Sri Yukteswar’s perspective. I’m not going to debate the legitimacy of any perspective because, truthfully, I don’t know. I didn’t provide direct links to the traditional Hindu view or Sri Yukteswar’s. You can find those if you are of a mind.
Here is what I have to say; so let me address the question of why things are as they are (no, I did not forget.). Whatever the length of these periods may be, one thing is agreed on by all of those aware of the yugas and their qualities of life AND LIGHT. Light is the differential is each yuga, in relation to the other yugas. There are four stages of different concentrations of light, beginning with Satya Yuga (sometimes called ‘Krita’), which has the highest amount of light. Then comes Treta Yuga, followed by Dwapara Yuga, followed by Kali Yuga. What differentiates them and what sets the general tone of existence in each one, is their relative degrees of the presence of light and darkness. The time of most light is Satya and the time of least light is Kali.
One can presume there is more darkness than light in the Kali Yuga, where we presently find ourselves but… for how long? I surely hope it ends in 2025, as has been advanced by at least one source. It is the amount of light in each age that determines what existence will be like. Certain perspectives appeal to me more than others. I possess a way of reading that allows me to enter into the mind of the writer, if I follow certain interior adjustments. I have found this to be invaluable on many occasions and I am very grateful for having had it given to me.
I tend to more agree with certain sources than disagree. I tend to think we are on the verge of a tremendous transformation of existence. I heard something about us passing through the center of the Milky Way. If that was true, surely it was significant of something.
I have a certain measuring tool that I use to determine the value of anything; is it useful? Can I make any use of it? If not, then it doesn’t really matter to me (if it is available). I make no judgments concerning other people, Perhaps someone can make use of it; whatever ‘it’ may be. I also measure according to whether, regardless of its usefulness, it is harmful in general, or whether it is directed toward personal profit at the expense of my fellows.
Whether we are in for a reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly long tour of the Kali Yuga, or whether it is coming to an end is sort of moot. I can’t do anything about it. I can do something about myself. Here is what I think I know; meaning I am more inclined to believe it to be true than not. Being that we are in a time of the least light; there is no other yuga with less light, there is ONLY ONE sure course to the divine and that is DEVOTION; call it Love if you wish. Call it Bhakti, if you are talking about yoga and what the most reliable selection might be for the times we are in. I believe only the course of Love and Devotion can be relied on in these times of darkness; in these times where there is more darkness than light.
This is why the Greatest Commandment is the greatest commandment. This is why the appearance of Jesus Christ came when it did and the same as pertains to Krishna and his message and you can add Lord Chaitanya, who is considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna and who also preached Devotion and who made it clear that glorifying the ineffable was the wisest course. It is the course I follow because I believe it to be the most certain means by which self realization can be achieved, besides Kriya Yoga and I have no one in my circle of invisible friends willing to initiate me into that one. This could also mean I made the correct choice already; not that any other of the possibilities are wrong but simply that there is one that is right for me and I lack the necessary personal assets that would make it possible for me to go some other way.
Regardless of whether the Kali Yuga ends in 2025 or not, I plan on an ever increasing pattern of applied devotion and love in my habits and overall behavior. I have finally arrived at a point where I was able to discard the majority of retardants to my spiritual progress and oh what a labor and oh what a relief that has been. I have no other concern, vocation or avocation remaining other than to glorify the ineffable in my every thought, word and deed. I am not yet at that wonderful place but I will not relent until I am.
It does not matter what the world does. It does not matter what the world offers. It does not matter what awaits or what has been. It matters what I do and do not do. I speak not just for myself here but for all right thinking people with the courage and determination to live up to their highest potential, irrespective of anything else that might transpire, whether near or far.
The Divine is resident in every living thing in one manner or another or it would not be alive. One is in a position to invoke that divine being in everyone they meet, or free to invoke whatever else they may imagine they wish to encounter or experience. There may be no evidence of one’s success at the time but our actions are depth charges and time bombs. They will go off at that moment when the conditions are right. A car horn will sound. A dog will bark. Some combination of events will take place and then the sun will break through the clouds where it was formerly concealed. It was still present, nonetheless. It was simply not seen previously.
We all have business we attend to in every day. We all have plans and dreams. We all have desires and appetites and these are more harnessed in some and more free of their halter in others. Visual evidence is given every day as to the results experienced by either condition. More often it is something we hear of, rather than witness. Even when we do not witness some cardinal result of one or the other, we can read the signs of whatever is pending, if we possess the necessary vision to do so; if our vision is not otherwise clouded by our appetites and desires.
I believe that I am my brother’s keeper. I do not wish to be Cain. I trust that you are the same and that there will be more and more of us among that number, as time and events progress. May the divine be with you in your every moment to come and this is something you have a hand in, should you wish it to be so.