Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:35 AM. It was already in my mind that I would now continue the conversation as I was able to get the answers from Him. I thought I should connect to the Divine for solving Global issues as mentioned by United Nations report as Global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html) and ten major challenges of the world and seven Challenges of India (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/what-are-the-10-biggest-global-challenges/). I was able to identify the commonality between UN report and World Economic Forum on Global challenges front. I finally decided to have a Conversation with Krishna this time for resolving the global agendas. To my surprise I had already written the communication as Day-I and there were 17 areas of Global challenges to be conversed on each day from now. In all total thus, I would have 18 conversations and the Chapters in the Bhagwat Gita are too 18. The secret of 18 Chapters is already decoded by Mr. Devdutt Patnaik as there are nine openings in human body (viz. Mouth, eyes, ears, nose etc..) and The Gita is all about two persons Me and the another one whom I am dealing with in the society thus making it 18. Thus, why I would be having 18 conversations with Krishna was clear to my Mind today. I took a deep breath and raised my query for today’s conversation. I first of all offered my question to the Divine by saying Shri Krishnaarpanamastu, meaning Krishna I offer it to you. My question was very simple and clear this time which I could write in one liner:
Question: How we can achieve UN’s 2030 target of Ending Poverty in all its forms?
His Answer: My surprise level was again increased I use to play bhajans (spiritual songs) while writing and conversing with Him and the moment I finished the question (without any single second’s time lapse) I got a new recommendation on my mobile phone for a song stating:
“हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलं| कलौ नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव गतिरन्यथा||”1
Hindi: “झगड़ा और पाखंड के इस युग में उद्धार का एकमात्र साधन प्रभु के पवित्र नाम का जाप किया जाता है! और कोई रास्ता नहीं। और कोई रास्ता नहीं। और कोई रास्ता नहीं”
English: “In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”
Description2: In this age of logic, argument and disagreement, the chanting of Hare Krsna is the only means for self-realization. Because this transcendental vibration alone can deliver the conditioned soul, it is considered to be the essence of the Vedanta-sūtra. (Pg no-202 – Last Para). A student is to be considered perfect when he understands the identity of the holy name and the Supreme Lord. Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme is simply foolishness. However, one can fully understand the transcendental Lord by service and devotion. When Lord Caitanya offenselessly chanted the Hare Krsna mantra, He declared that the mantra could at once deliver a conditioned soul from material contamination. In this age of Kali there is no alternative to chanting this maha-mantra. It is stated that the essence of all Vedic literature is the chanting of this holy name of Krsna:
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Lord Caitanya also told PrakasanandaSarasvati, “In order to convince Me about this essential fact of Vedic knowledge, My spiritual master has taught Me (a verse from Brhan-naradiya Puraṇa[38.126].)
Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha:
[Adi 17.21] In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” (Pg no-201 – Last Para).
After reading the above description and details from the mentioned website I was fully convinced about the solution which I received as an impromptu just by listening to the song played on my mobile phone. I believed He is present everywhere, every moment and can use any mode of communication but we should be able to be at the receiver’s end (as mentioned long back by one of my faculty colleague). Even He answered so quickly that I was having no time to think how it happened but was assured of why it happened.
It was lucid now that He wishes to contribute to provide a mechanism to come out of all sufferings we have. As the above discussion clearly indicates what is the lacuna in humans that we have forgotten Him. We approach Him when we are suffering or even when something happens in our favor to thank Him. I agree in almost all the religions across the world everyone is praising the Divine, but doing it without any cause and being with the Divine for every moment in our lives would really accomplish the aforesaid Goal. We think we are in materialistic world and this belongs to us. It’s nothing like that we have four unavoidable reasons to understand suffering or existence viz. Birth, Diseases, Ageing and Death. No one can deny that. And kindly understand in the very last moment of our life nothing would be carried along with not even our body is being carried forward. The only thing is the Soul and the accumulations of Karmic accounts we have created. Now, please tell me whether anyone can predict in which family he or she would be borne. I don’t think so. Then it’s the Divine who manages all of these aspects and via His system and He sends us to different families as per our accumulated Karmas and for the desires left unfulfilled (which remains intact until properly understood th objectives of life as none another than Him). So, who decides to be borne in a poor family? Even people from poor family becomes rich in their lifetimes and we have some heroic leaders who did a lot though borne in a poor family. I heard one concept from one of my colleague that “the growth and accomplishment of our desires in this life is directly proportional to our presence in the state of Goodness all the times” which is undoubtedly true. Therefore, why don’t we maintain that level of goodness in our act. For reader’s information, it is mentioned in the Bhagwat Gita that we are living in an environment which is governed by the Divine through Nature. The Nature has three modes or Gunas. State of Goodness(Satva), State of of Passion(Rajas) and State of Ignorance(Tamas). To understand simply we are having a Universe which has Solar systems and there are nine planets in our solar system along with presence of the Sun and the Moon. They are continuously revolving and the Sun is the major energy Source. Now, just imagine for a moment when there is a full moon day there are high tides. I hope everyone is aware that it is due to the gravitational pull of the moon which causes high tides. Now understand when moon can cause high tides in an ocean why we would be left without being affected as our body too contains 70% of water. Even every planet has its own energy and you simply understand it how the Divine force works. There is a proper balance in the ecosystem and society because of this. We think that we can do whatever and nobody watches us that is the state of ignorance that we aren’t aware of the Divine’s plan and system. Similarly, to eradicate poverty we will have to learn optimum utilization of resources so that every body else can also use them accordingly. Money is only a medium of an exchange and we need only food to eat. But the hunger of capitalists is growing day by day that they even are buying agricultural fields for their corporate workings leaving no farmers behind. I believe if there’s no limitation on capitalization one day we would have to face challenges to find food for us (The First Solution – Justifications on exaggerated Capitalization, putting an end to the unwanted greed by Law). Logic is simple here until and unless everybody gets equal opportunity how one can put an end to the unwanted greed thus, how every country would excel without equal opportunities. Bigger players easily rule out local competitions and local business houses leaving unemployment and poverty for others not in their good books. Therefore to eradicate poverty the conscious capitalism can prove to be a boon. It means we have to earn, spend, save & invest consciously (Solution-II- Putting an end to the greed by self). When I say consciously it means we have to surrender every action of ours by simply saying Shri Krishnaarpanamastu or whatever name you use to call Him. As it is suggested to chant His holy name is the only measure to safeguard our interest to eradicate poverty. Believe me its not the society which makes us poor are our karmas which makes us poor. And they would be reflected. Why we should chant His holy name (any name you have given to Him) because it melts down our false ego, I am the body is my false ego. I own this is my false ego. I am poor because of my parents or society is also false rather my karmas decide my destiny. Government cant control your desires, its you who will have to control your desires. It should be your love for humanity to control your desires. Luxuries won’t help us, other’s comforts will only help us. Therefore, it has been suggested from Him that Conscious capitalism can prove to be the boon for eradicating the Poverty and accomplishing the Global Sustainable Development Goals.
- The First Solution – Justifications on exaggerated Capitalization, putting an end to the unwanted greed by Law
- Putting an end to the greed by self
- Conscious Capitalism
- Chapter 18: The Conversations with Prakasananda Teachings of Lord Caitanya – By His Divine Grace A. C. Srila Swami Prabhupada