An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Lost Balance

In my last blog on “Can you really DO any Good“.. I referred to Swami Vivekananda’s works where I got inspired from. Below I want to bring this thought in his own words.

Hopefully, and if I can, I would like to bring thoughts of some scientists also – Einstein, if possible – on same subject.. the Equilibrium of the Universe.

Christianity was preached just on the basis of the fascination of this fanaticism (“idea of equality”), and that is what made it so attractive to the Greek and Roman slaves. They believed that under the millenium religion there would be no slavery, that there would be plenty to eat and drink; and therefore, they flocked around Christian standard. Those who preached the idea first were of course ignorant fanatics, but very sincere. In modern times this millenial aspiration takes the form of equality – of liberty, equality, and fraternity. This is also fanaticism. True equality has never been and never can be on earth. How can we all be equal here? This impossible kind of equality implies total death. What makes the world what it is? Lost balance. In the primal state, which is called chaos, there is perfect balance. How do all the formative forces of the universe come then? By struggling, competition, conflict. Suppose that all the particles of matter were held in equilibrium, would there be then any process of creation? We know from science that it is impossible. Disturb a sheet of water, and there you find every particle of the water trying to become calm again, one rushing against the other; and in the same way all the phenomena which we call the universe – all things therein – are struggling to get back to the state of perfect balance. Again a disturbance comes, and again we have combination and creation. In equality is the very basis of creation. At the same time the forces struggling to obtain equality are as much a necessity as those which destroy it.

Absolute equality, that which means a perfect balance if all the struggling forces in all the planes, can never be in this world. Before you attain the state, the world will have become quite unfit for any kind of life, and no one will be there.

We find, therefore, that all these ideas of the millenium and of absolute equality are not only impossible but also that, if we try to carry them out, they will lead us surely enough to the day of destruction.

In this piece above, do make sure you keep the dichotomy of Equilibrium and Disequilibrium with “creation” before Origin and thereafter. I will try and contrast this with the latest scientific thought.

In case you want to contribute your views on this please put in your comments…. and share more on this subject.

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