Creation is cyclical in nature. There is an upward curve followed by a downward curve. We are presently on the downward curve of creation, the peak of Kalyug. If you look around, everything is on a decline or fast deteriorating.
Let us take the health of humans as an example, if you compare your body and level of activity to that of your grandparents when they were your age, you would find, they had fitter and stronger bodies and were able to too much more work than yourself. Then if you go back a few hundred years and compare their bodies to those of their forefathers, a similar trend would be observed. In fact, there is a modern research which confirms that the brain size of humans is shrinking with time.
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Not just health, the quality of food, air, water and environment are all on a downturn. Forests are fast disappearing, foods are laden with toxins, water is contaminated, air is unbreathable, wildlife is thinning out. In general, negativity is increasing — diseases are on the rise, as is crime, theft, deceit and atrocities against animals. Creation is moving to the pits, and so are we, as part and parcel of creation.
What does one do then? Is there a way to escape the inevitable?
Students of commerce will tell you of a phenomenon called “short selling”. When the markets are doing down, the seller sells a security which is not owned by him at the time. It is motivated by the belief that the price of security will go down in future, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit. Thus even when the market is overall going down, the seller is able to make profit or rise.
The phenomenon of short selling can be applied to the curve of creation as well. What is traded here are karmas. You do not have the karmas but sell them off by doing good of creation.
Interestingly, since the creation is on a downward slope, there is plenty of opportunities to do good karmas — save animals, feed poor, nurse sick and when the creation dips further, these karmas help you stay afloat. So even as the creation moves downward, you rise and pave way for a higher birth.
What is higher and lower birth, do an experiment. Shut off all lights in your room and draw curtains. Nothing should be visible, not even the LCD of your television. Shut yourself in this room for a whole day without sleeping, eating or drinking, you will get an experience of lower births after death. Then get up before sunrise, breathe in deeply. Face the rising sun and chant om for 30 minutes, you will experience a higher birth.
So now you know what your fate after death, it will be one of the two depending on your karma and if you believe there is no life after death, then come to Dhyan Ashram. I will make you experience it. And, would like to add here, that good karmas are not going to religious players but doing good to the less fortunate.
Originally published in The Speaking Tree