According to the Hindu scriptures, we all are living in a yug where avarice and wrath is common. Humans openly display animosity towards each other. People have thoughts of murder for no justification and they see nothing wrong with that mind-set. Lust is viewed as socially acceptable, and sexual intercourse is seen as the central requirement of life. Sin has increased exponentially, whilst virtue has faded. People take vows only to break them soon after. And this yug is called ‘KALYUG’ or the age of vice.
But have we ever thought that why all these vices exist around us? Where do they originate from? Many blame it on poor Pandora and her box of troubles! Had she not opened the box everything would have been just perfect but by saying that aren’t we closing our ‘brain’ box? How much can we blame it on others? When will we learn to accept our mistakes ? If we can take credit for all the good things around us and inside us then why not take the responsibility of things which are not ‘so good’? Is it that difficult?
Kalyug is not a concept which is ‘religion-made’. In fact its a mirror! Mirror which shows that there is so much wrong happening around us and we are just happy cursing the same as a spectator! We see a group of goons teasing a girl, but we walk away thinking its none of our business and with this, we let a vice grow in the society! Why allow bad to take over when we have so much good to offer? Why always crib about things? We feel angry and helpless if somebody lies to us but if a lie benefits us then we are okay with it. Why have these double standards?
Mark Twain rightly said “One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself” So be the change yourself. No one in this world can understand you the way you understand yourself. We all know where we excel and where we lack? What are our good habits and what are the bad one’s. So why not try and make ourselves a better person, a better human being who would be loved by God? Why not start telling the truth if we lie? Why not stop criticising if we can’t appreciate also? These small changes will make way for a big change around us!
So lets not sit back and enjoy this ‘kalyug’. Because I strongly believe that it is in our own hands to make this Kalyug change into a SATYUG! If we want we can win over anything and everything. Lets take a pledge that everyday we will try and do our bit so that the world around us is a better place to live in where there is just purity and serenity. Why not close the box that Pandora opened ages ago? Or, Why not force all the evils to go back into the box again so that the world around us is just full of positive energy and optimism!
I would like to end this post by quoting a line from ‘The Bhagwad Gita”:
Lord Krishna says : How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.