Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Human Karma and Natural Calamities

The Nepal earthquake (date 25th April 2015)

Is there any connection between human Karma and natural phenomenon?
How are human Karma and natural calamities related?
Are they connected? Is there the chain of events interlinked with each other?
Is human Karma the 'Cause' of the natural calamity, the 'Effect'?

These questions are obvious as people connect the happening (Earthquake) with recently celebrated Hindu Goddess Gadhimai festival in Nepal. It is a sacrificial ritual that is held every 5 years at the Gadhimai Temple of Bariyarpur, in Bara District, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the capital Kathmandu in the southern Nepal, near the Indo-Nepal open border, adjacent to Bihar. It is primarily celebrated by Madheshi tribal people and Bihari people. The event involves the large scale sacrificial slaughter of animalsincluding water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken, rats, and pigeons – with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, the goddess of power. (Source: Wikipedia)

These images speak louder than what words can express. . .  or can never express.





This event - religious celebration of sacrifice - was the cause of connecting Earthquake with Human Karma. It tries to say that Human beings kill animals and so Nature takes its revenge by killing human beings.
This is so absurd. It is absurd because those who are killed in natural calamity may not have sacrificed single animal. In fact, many of them would have stood against it. Those who would have sacrificed animals may be alive, happy and thanking goddess Gadhimai for keeping them safe in this natural calamity. It is also absurd because to say that it is revenge by God means that those who died are wrong doers. The 'Adharmi' - those with bad Karma - and they got the fruits of their Karma under the debris of temples, homes and similar human constructions.



This reading of human Karma and natural calamities also proves the point that we believe there is somebody (i.e. God) up there keeping records of each and every act / Karma of human beings. But then why does he always go so wrong in this record keeping and setting the score. It is the poor who get to pay the price of over all human crime, if these rituals are considered so. Does it mean that being poor itself is the fruit of bad Karma? Does it mean that being rich is in itself the fruit of good Karma?

As the philosopher David Hume (echoing Epicurus) put it in 1776: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?" (from news.bbc.co.uk).

Logically speaking, the entire idea of human Karma, natural calamities, God as Judge and his rightful judgement in killing poor human being takes us no where.

Yes, it should be admitted that human Karma like emission of polluting chemicals/gases in air, water, earth is harmful. We harm our natural surrounding and then we get acid rain, hail storm, unseasonal rains, extreme summers and winters etc. There is direct connection with human Karma and Natural pattern. But that is controlled by humans, there is nobody like God who take notes in his book of accounts and then settles the score.

Earth is the only Home for human beings. We have to take care of it. But the universe is so large and expanding that what so ever we do, it seems to have no effect. We do not know how planting a tree will really save life of Earth. Say for instance, if there are no trees left, there won't be Oxygen to breath. In that case, either out lungs will adapt to live by other Gas or will perish to give space to the species who can live without O2. I do not recall where but i read that Oxygen was a poisonous gas, once. Those species ceased to exist and gave space to the species for whom O2 is not poisonous. What is to happen, as per law of Nature, is to happen. Yes, as per the law of Nature, not according the Karma and the keeper of Karma. Each and every planet and sun have their expiry date. They all move towards black hole. Slowly and steadily, all move towards destruction. That is law of Nature: 'All natural beings constantly move towards destruction, death, end.". Every day, we take a tiny step, not away form death, but towards death.

If we see larger picture, we find that entire Himalayan range the 'Paradise on Earth' is "gift" of Earthquake. The movement of Earthen-plates beneath the layer of Earth pressed pressed and the highest mountain range emerged. It is growing higher and higher, with this movement. See the infographics, below.

 Nature has its own way of functioning. It cannot be affected by human Karma.  There are innumerable planets n stars in universe. Every moment, some sort of volcano, earthquake n falling of stars (death of stars) are happening. There arr no humans there? Whose karma is it? There was no such killing of animals in Gujarat - Kutch in 2001, and yet earthquake killed so many!

Even if people stop doing anything, earthquakes are bound to happen.

The fact is Natural phenomenons are beyond human control and human perceptions. It is so because humans are also natural phenomenon. As we cannot think beyond Mind, we cannot think about Mind. As we cannot observe without Mind, we cannot observe Mind. Similarly, as we, humans, are the result of natural phenomena, we cannot comprehend its functioning in toto.

The source of these images is NewsFlick.com.










All these millions of years of existence of planet Earth, earthquakes are regular part of natural phenomenon. Religion is the phenomenon that came into existence in just some thousands of years. Even when no rituals of sacrificing lives were carried out, natural calamities happen to happen. How can we connect these natural happenstance with human Karma? Aren't we as tiny as ants in this universe or even tinier than that? Are ant's Karma affecting out lives? In similar relation, how can we be so boastful of our Karma that it may have any effect on Nature? Isn't it just human arrogance that we try to see everything in relation to us. We put ourselves at the center of entire existence as if Nature has created everything for us. How many million years shall we require to understand that human beings are not he center of this universe? Our huge 'Mother' Earth is merely a speck of dust in the universe, almost invisible. I have always liked the analogy of 'self-existent' (swyambhu) - 'self- manifestation' of Louse (plural Lice), esp. head lice. Out head is almost similar to Earth. Enough water (sweat), layer like land which can be dug to get blood for existence. Who cares for the good or bad Karma of lice. Just a movement of lice-comb or an anti-dandruff shampoo (tsunami) can wipe off entire existence of lice from the head. . .  and that may happen on planet Earth. Several times, Earth had been wiped-off of human race. Like lice, we bounced back to our existence. There is something phoenix-like in our DNA that we rise again and again from the ashes (DNA). That's what is called the indomitable spirit of species - be it vegetation, animal or human. This sort of consciousness of our existnece makes us ready for the future. Shakespeare has righly said: "Readiness is all!". . . Baki sab (Karma, Karma-keeper, Karma-settler) bakwass . . . Rest is all stupidity!

An anecdote: Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi: On Earthquake

Tagore and Gandhi

‪#‎RabindranathTagore‬'s rationality vs ‪#‎MahatmaGandhi‬'s religiosity.
1934 Bihar Earthquake.
Gandhi: "A man like me cannot but believe this earthquake is a divine chastisement sent by God for our sins" - in particular the sins of untouchability. "For me there is a
vital connection between the Bihar calamity and the untouchability campaign."
Tagore: He hated the epistemology implicit in seeing an earthquake as caused by ethical failure. "It is," he wrote, "all the more unfortunate because this kind of unscientific view of [natural] phenomena is too readily accepted by a large section of our countrymen."
(Source: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1913/tagore-article.html)


4 comments:

  1. We don't think that, disaster would attack us everytime? Nobody knows when earthquake Comes to us and when it happens to take place . If the principal of karma is true such, an idiot will have to experience this kind of an earthquake quite soon himself. What happnes in Hinduism? " the religion of tolerance " it's a starting to behave like right wing of Christianity?
    The scriptures says that a Brahama should not be killed (ब्रह्मणा ना हृतानि) does it mean you can you kill people of other castes? We must know that characteristics of Brahmans are soft nature,who does harm even their enemies it means humanbeings who are soft nature unlike Brahmans irrespective of their caste by births should not be slain. As per teachings the Geeta, the caste system is based on the characteristic Qualities that we possess and not on the social scale of higher or lower!! That is to say it depends on our deeds and qualities (गुना कर्मा वीभागाश ) however, every human being and every religion on this earth, Brahmans is a part of our society and can not be treated greater or higher than the deity like "Jesus " ? Bcz Jesus also possessed soft nature... Cow also stands as a representative embodiment of soft nature in animals and birds kingdom.
    The Veda disclaims the animals slaughter for the oblations to the Gods . The meaning of mammsa (mutton) is that the living beings killed die thinking that as the butcher and non-vegetarian kill it in this birth, it shall kill them next birth in a Same way ,with the changing places (माम सा यथा) .in some Detail, I want to give this example : The king prachinabarhi was feeling proud that he performed several sacrifices in Which several goats were killed. he was thinking that he did pious works like sacrifices " sage Narada" came to him and gave the divine vision to the king in which all the killed goats were seen as cruel butchers going to attack the king born as goat in his future births.

    So, that's the way which I present my views on that particular Ghadhimahi festival , how karma works and the myths, beliefs which is connected with it I throw some light on that cruel phenomenon and rigid aspects about sacrificing animals. The act of sacrificeing animals is may a custom somewhere, ritual somewhere, it's all for pleasure too. Whatever, but that kind of festival are exclusion now, people should refrain from this cruelty and rigidity... After all every living being has his birth right not to kill or be killed by anybody.


    Our scriptures say that " nobody may get physical, mental and any inflicted agonies "

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  2. We don't think that, disaster would attack us everytime? Nobody knows when earthquake Comes to us and when it happens to take place . If the principal of karma is true such, an idiot will have to experience this kind of an earthquake quite soon himself. What happnes in Hinduism? " the religion of tolerance " it's a starting to behave like right wing of Christianity?
    The scriptures says that a Brahama should not be killed (ब्रह्मणा ना हृतानि) does it mean you can you kill people of other castes? We must know that characteristics of Brahmans are soft nature,who does harm even their enemies it means humanbeings who are soft nature unlike Brahmans irrespective of their caste by births should not be slain. As per teachings the Geeta, the caste system is based on the characteristic Qualities that we possess and not on the social scale of higher or lower!! That is to say it depends on our deeds and qualities (गुना कर्मा वीभागाश ) however, every human being and every religion on this earth, Brahmans is a part of our society and can not be treated greater or higher than the deity like "Jesus " ? Bcz Jesus also possessed soft nature... Cow also stands as a representative embodiment of soft nature in animals and birds kingdom.
    The Veda disclaims the animals slaughter for the oblations to the Gods . The meaning of mammsa (mutton) is that the living beings killed die thinking that as the butcher and non-vegetarian kill it in this birth, it shall kill them next birth in a Same way ,with the changing places (माम सा यथा) .in some Detail, I want to give this example : The king prachinabarhi was feeling proud that he performed several sacrifices in Which several goats were killed. he was thinking that he did pious works like sacrifices " sage Narada" came to him and gave the divine vision to the king in which all the killed goats were seen as cruel butchers going to attack the king born as goat in his future births.

    So, that's the way which I present my views on that particular Ghadhimahi festival , how karma works and the myths, beliefs which is connected with it I throw some light on that cruel phenomenon and rigid aspects about sacrificing animals. The act of sacrificeing animals is may a custom somewhere, ritual somewhere, it's all for pleasure too. Whatever, but that kind of festival are exclusion now, people should refrain from this cruelty and rigidity... After all every living being has his birth right not to kill or be killed by anybody.


    Our scriptures say that " nobody may get physical, mental and any inflicted agonies "

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  3. we may suppose here (for natural calamities is the result of human bad karmas? or are they interconnected with each other?) that as the rich, not everyone but especially those, who are boasting for their power, which made them blind,along with education [primarily concerned of their favoring rules and regulation(FROM WHICH THEY ESCAPE EASILY) than the right education] knows each and every ways and means, also in some extent manipulative, while always believe in instant practicality to adapt in their life, when the necessity arises, are able to come out of any worst situation, only a few succumbed to death.

    while we see contradiction, concerning poor people, lacks in practicality and as their prime concern is (roti, kapda aur makaan) their whole life is spent, worrying in, how to get food..sometimes have sometimes not..sometimes they starve to death and as they don't have strength, how they will fight against any situation, which they are going to face, no matter how much the situation is worst for them..As not getting requiring energy, gaining from food..How one can..when they get free from such problems, occuring in their life, then only one can think about somethingelse..same is the case of poor people.

    Or we must say here it is also the matter of faith in spiritualism and of will power, that kept on reminding one that "no matter how worst is the situation, you would change it into win win situation"..then one may overcome..

    so easily poor people succumbed to any natural calamities or here we can say they become food of the nature..


    "INTERCONNECTION OF NATURAL CALAMITIES AND HUMAN BAD KARMA"..

    If honestly, natural calamities is concerned with human bad karmas, then the poor shouldn't be targetted..
    As it is said that God is (omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient) the wrong doers should be punished not the innocent one, if literally any person has done bad and is factually a sin.

    Why to punish helpless person, who don't have the voice or don't have right to have their voice?

    If it is happening then it would wrongly interpret the God that he is also using his power on helpless people like many authoritative persons are doing...!

    e.g.

    Mobydick (AHAB USES HIS POWER ON THE HUGE MOBYDICK, CONSIDERING HIM TRIVIAL AND INFERIOR THAN HIM).

    WHILE IN GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (JONATHAN SWIFT HAS GIVEN A PORTRAIT OF THE PROTAGONIST, STANDING CONFIDENTLY AND IN PLAYFUL MANNER UPON GIANTS HAND HOLDING A TINY MOUSE, SEEMS AS BOASTING OF HIS POWER ON A TRIVIAL ONE "AS THE GIANTS TREAT HIM IN BROBDINGNAG" IS REFLECTED IN THE PICTURE ALLEGORICALLY)

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  4. DAVID HUME, a philosopher has put forward a theory of (nature dominates human beings) where when a human being attempt to change or try to modify "the law of nature" God shows his anger in the form of several natural calamities..

    But the question arises in our mind then how it would have been possible to have a part of science and technology in our lives? and if it isn't there, How we would have survived or what would be the state of our life? without modification in the law of nature, science couldn't exist..or if it is so then human beings brains would have remain in embryo as animals's brains had remained? because logically science has connection with human beings brain and it is the only distinction between humanbeing and animals..and humanbeings have used their brain enough in developing science and technology and through that damaged our mother Earth in some extent...and so day by day the state of the universe is changing and predicted that one day it will remain, densely minute singular circle as it was before bigbang's theory..

    perhaps as humanbeings tried to rule nature in extreme way or to harm it beyond one's understanding,they are facing such reverting problems and situations in the form of reward, awarded by God.

    So here it seems as humanbeing dominates the nature and so is the problem..

    But we humanbeings are also originated from our mother Earth and as it is said one day we all will melt in our mother Earth..

    It seems as nature(humanbeings) has problem with nature ( calamities)..or its opposite..

    The question is bit debatable..hope it can be solved in advancing days..

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