Something cheerful

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Old Indians, or rather people living in what is now called India, gave some thought to the development of the human race; and put it all in writing. According to Vedic literature, [Vedas] we are now in Kali yuga (age), which commenced about 5000 years ago. Shrimad Bhagavatam (1.1.10) : “O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.”

Sounds about right, and men do live shorter lives than women. A misogynist would suggest that a proper translation ought to read – … men have but short lives for their women are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed. I would not know, but I know that Kali is a woman.

Shrimad Bhagavatam (12.2.1 22) is more specific: “Then, O King, religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali. In Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behaviour and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power. Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex… And any one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar. A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.

Sounds almost as Obama’s prayer. In case you are wondering what is so cheerful about that, please realise that it will be soon over. Each Yuga lasts only 1,080,000 years.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Something cheerful

  1. Taurus says:

    Isaiah 3:12 –
    As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

  2. Sexmelia says:

    Very nice style and excellent subject matter, and your usual sarcasm, hardly anything more we can ask for.

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