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by Swami Shankaratilaka
The human being and his link with his environment
The balance in the planet is the fruit of the balance and evolution of the different ecosystems throughout millions of years. From the twentieth century the human being has modified the environment and has taken part devastatingly provoking distortions that have damaged even the rotatory axe of the Earth and the protecting ozone layer.
The damage the human being exerts on the planet is expressed in three basic damages:
First basic damage: The constant increase of worldly population.
The human species does not have a predator that keeps it balanced. Besides the medical and technical advances have favored the constant increase of the population, generating a demographic explosion without paradigm in the history of humanity.
The second basic damage is the exhaustion of resources due to the increase of population and life quality. The human being has abused the natural resources without having into consideration their exhaustion what has provoked the impoverishment of the soil, the disappearance of forests and species and the alarming reduction of hydrographic reserves.
The third basic damage is the pollution which is the biggest impact of the human on the planet. While increasing the production, waste material also increases, which poisons the air and water and damages indirectly the health of the human being.
Observing these three basic damages we conclude that the human being is his own predator: “Man against man” without renewable resources, in which the regeneration of nature is measured, having into account the energy of the sun, the purity of the waters, the preservation of the fishing bottom or the fields for agricultural labor. We understand that the pollution has provoked the break of the natural balance and the destruction of the quality of natural habitat that provokes the degradation of the planet.
The human being knows his capacity of destruction and when he takes awareness of his necessity of avoiding his degradation, he looks for taking refuge in the inspiring traditions of ancient times. When the human being wants to make a revolution to transform his behavior and modify his society and the whole world, the human being makes a rebellion against all the established that enhances ignorance and, at the same time, decay. Immediately afterwards, the human being reaches the reflection of an idea of being and living better that the present and turns his sight to some paradigm that serves him psychological and philosophically as support for rebuilding an ideal of a better human.
This is the origin of the latin word from which the English word “revolution” comes from, revolve, that is to turn to the origin. When the modern man makes his revolution without foundations nor memory, without ancient customs that guide and serve as a model, without philosophies nor ideologies, the human being walks blind towards a future that he never finds because there is no healthy nor sane model that inspires and his revolution actually creates more pain, suffering and hypocrisy.
Kāmam ashritya dushpūram
Krishna taught us “attached to insatiable lust and absorbed in hypocrisy, pride and false prestige, owners of bad tendencies, due their lack of discrimination, these men without law, without Dharma, act with an impure behavior” (B.G. XVI/10)
Every tradition has a human symbol, the old man, the wiseman, the senator. Elderly people keep experiences, they know resources, they have moderation in their emotions. In this way, in ancient traditions the advices of old people were the natural ruler of a family, a village, a kingdom, a religious community. In the twenty-first century we call senate to the legislative second chamber, inspired by the ancient Roman senates formed by the venerable old men, the most wise among all wisemen. To recuperate the tradition of the Councils of venerable is recuperate not only the respect of all old men, but to teach the young ones to value their future, since they will be old ones the day of tomorrow.
A tradition which is not possible to preserve without giving an extraordinary value to masters and old men. We are men of peace and knowledge. We call ourselves Vedic, to all that follow the tradition of the Rishis, venerable wisemen of the past that have as axe of their wisdom the knowledge of the Dharma, the law.
The word tradition comes from the latin “tradere” which means delivery, legacy, thus the tradition is the inheritance that receive always the contemporary men from the previous generations, to make them depositary for the future of the most excellent of all wisdom.
René Guenon, an orientalist scholar and excellent French metaphysic said about the value of tradition, that tradition secured the contents and practices that during centuries the man has perfected and learned from his relationship with a god in life.
The tradition is linked to the philosophy. The philosophy is the result of the thought of man that goes on before science and technology many times. The task of preserving ancient traditions is the idea that gives hope to the modern world. Tradition keeps the ideology of being and the faith, it keeps hope. Believe is being strong, doubt oppresses energy, believe is power. The exposure to danger and facing the crisis the human lives or as an illness or as the impoverishment of his city changes the disposition of man towards the Dharma and the divinity. Thus a man before his ecosystem, facing nature can understand what respecting the natural law is, adapting to it, developing his humanity, his consciousness, his consciousness of manava, of intelligent man, become a manu, a ruler, legislator of his life and the world and save himself and save the planet. The traditions do not oppress us if they have the capacity of renew and update themselves perfecting what man learns from himself and from life.
Wiston Churchill said, believer or reticent, the worst that can be done to a human being is taking experience and hope away from him”. Tradition shelters and protects us. The tradition that goes on being useful, practical for the daily life of man and which adapts to the changes of consciousness of the current humanity will be a strong tradition that will survive to time.
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