The Way of the World
By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 10-11-2016
In the wake of the US presidential elections, UK referendum to exist from the Europian Union (Brexit), and the general elections of India in May of 2014, certain trends of a return to conservatism, greater focus on national interests, a less enlightened electorate, a greater lack of moral and ethical standards, and above all, a set-back on unity of humanity are clearly evident. When dangerous and unscrupulous persons are voted into powerful positions, hope for a benign humanity suffers. National leaders fail to be models for righteous living. Toxicity in international relationships and cooperation increases. Powerful egos are less willing to accommodate others. The message one gets is: What really matters is economic strength and material prosperity. Principles and values are sacrificed for material gains. Spirit recedes into the background. Yet we know spirit and spiritual values can only be suppressed temporarily, and truth shall finally triumph.
In the very recent US elections, it appears that mostly uneducated white voters chose a man who is a multi-billionaire, uncouth, ruthless, self-centered, and who does not even mind ridiculing a disabled person. It appears fear and economic frustration due to joblessness on account of companies going abroad for cheap labor may have also played a great role. I was in the US, and participated in the crucial elections, and voted for the first woman presidential candidate who had a history of service and needless suffering, and who had compassion for the disadvantaged. She did, however, have dubious financial dealings. It may be said in passing that multi-national corporations and their lobbyists in the US corrupt politicians, and unduly influence government direction and policies through their money power.
Everything happens for a reason, and every happening has a message. Great scientific and technological advances paving for material prosperity and hedonism are keeping progress in spirituality at bay. Humanity can advance toward its destination only with the realization and awareness that material prosperity needs to be guided by spirituality. When Christ speaks of this world rejecting him he is talking about persons in this world either rejecting or not being sufficiently concerned about the values of the Kingdom of God.
About The Author
Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.