Question & Answer (GM:Amit ) ...The Kingdom of the Blind
- Hare Krishna Friends,
Please welcome Teresa in our group.
Hi, my name is Teresa. I know very little but would like to learn all
that I can.
Question by Amit (Group Member)
Hello Sir !
Reading your mails for quite sometime now. Initially little reluctant to go through your mails, but now reading them regularly, i feel they make some sense somewhere.I at times wonder what has happened to this world. People have become crazy after success and money. The earlier day in office i had a conversation about the same topics with my friends, i realized, most of them know some where something is going wrong. They at least know all is not going well with the modern day civilization. I tried telling them about spiritual approach to the same problems after reading your mails, but no body ready to accept spiritual facts, as they say who beliefs in religious old text books.
My question is why people turn blind towards spiritual matters despite having capability to understand them.
Jai Sri Krishna
Ans: (by Moderator)
Hare krishna Amit, first of all, many many thanks for reading mails of this group and asking such a wonderful question. Had this not been my question and sadness i developed seeing the pathetic condition of current human society, I would have never ever started this yahoo group where now more than 2000 people are members. Your concerns are valid and people are working towards making people knowledgeable on spiritual matters in a collective manner through organizations such as Iskcon. Returning to your question which was with me for some time, but yesterday i received a mail from another group Talavan, worth sharing with all, which answers your question to certain extent, enjoy reading it !
Let me know if it helped.
Once upon a time there flourished a civilization, cut-off from the rest of
the world by mountains. But as providence would have it, an epidemic disease
purged the entire population in to hereditary blindness. Generations passed,
and a new way of life evolved to cope with this challenge posed by material
nature. Life went on without an event until a traveler lost his way in to
this ‘Kingdom of the blind’.
From amusement to amazement to sympathy – the traveler and the residents
were swept by the same sequence of emotions. The traveler was amused at the
sight of a completely blind civilization, then amazed at the evolved
lifestyle before being submerged in sympathy- these people were missing so
much of the variety of life! The residents were equally amused at the
arrival of an alien who ‘felt’ exactly like them. They were amazed when he
spoke of the world beyond the valley. But when he spoke of things like
‘seeing’, they were sympathetic and considered the man crazy. ‘Vision’ had
become a concept of the fairy tales, a mythological phenomenon!
Just as the valley was disconnected from the outside world, this world is
disconnected from the spiritual world. All the scriptures of the world speak
of the . And the world, where we presently reside in, is
described only as a temporary place, characterized by forgetfulness of our
connection with that divine realm. The scriptures provide us with the vision
to visualize the spiritual domain and also give us the lifestyle to attain
that. But especially in the present age, which is called ‘Kali yuga’, the
epidemic of irreligion is predominant and people have lost faith in the
scriptures. Thus they are spiritually blind. A new lifestyle has now evolved
which bases itself on modern scientific theories like the ‘Big Bang’ and the
‘Theory of evolution’.
Founder acharya of Iskcon, Srila Prabhupad, when he first reached the shores of the United States,
wrote a poem “Märkine Bhägavata-dharma”. A stanza from that poem reflects
the thoughts of the ‘visitor from the spiritual world’ when he sees a
“Most of the population here is covered by the material modes of ignorance
and passion. Absorbed in material life, they think themselves very happy and
satisfied, and therefore they have no taste for the transcendental message
of Väsudeva. I do not know how they will be able to understand it.” Srila
Prabhupada was feeling sympathetic.
Just as ‘vision’ was a mythology in the valley, many scriptural concepts
seem to be mythological to the people of this world– beings with
supernatural features and powers, ages wherein people had extraordinarily
long durations of life, lands of talking animals etc. They find these
subject matters difficult to understand. The Mahäbhärata therefore says,
acintyäù khalu ye bhävä na täàs tarkeëa yojayet. (Mahäbhärata, Bhéñma-parva
5.22) ‘How can that which is beyond the imagination or sensory speculation
of mundane creatures be approached simply by logic?’
Our logic often fails when we apply it to areas we have no experience in.
For example, when a student of Newtonian mechanics tries to solve a problem
in the sub-atomic domain, which consists of very small particles, he will
find his logic failing repeatedly. Newtonian mechanics can deal only with
big objects, whereas one needs to deal with subatomic
particles. But he gains faith in the validity of the latter when formulae of
quantum mechanics are applied to big objects; the results match with that
obtained using Newtonian mechanics.
Similarly we can gain faith in the scriptures when they deal with subject
matters within our experience and then on the basis of that faith, we can
‘see the invisible’.
The , which were compiled five thousand years ago, provide us with
information’s which are relatively recent scientific discoveries-
Description of the development of the human embryo within the womb, Earth
consists of seven continents, Earth is round in shape, fire bacteria etc.
Besides, the even deals with the dynamics of our life within
this world- eating habits, working habits, living habits, work environment
etc. One can practically experience a more peaceful and happier life when
these principles are taken in to consideration. And the efficacy of the
mahamantra, Hare Kishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama
Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, which is the recommended mantra for this age,
is something which anyone can experience within a short period of regular
Therefore unless one takes steps to understand the subject matter of the
scriptures by practical application, one misses so much of the ‘variety of
life’ due to spiritual blindness.