Due to the qualities of Kaliyug, the truth has almost disappeared from the spiritual-world in the present time. Today, in almost all religions, there is a lot of difference between the ‘words’ and ‘actions’ of the religious teachers. This is the reason why most people have lost faith in religion. Most people are only pretending to be religious just like the religious teachers of all religions. The religious programs broadcasted on television and radio tell people to have faith but in spite of this unrest is increasing in the world. This unrest in the world forces us to question the credibility of these religious teachers.
When we look at history, we find that numerous saints and truthful people had to go through various kinds of torture in the world. Religion declined to such a level that truthful people had to sacrifice their life but look at the valour of these truthful people who accepted death but remained steadfast in the truth. At the same time, the moral values in people have declined to such an extent that those whom they killed for speaking the truth, are worshipped by the descendants of these murderers after death. The Holy Spirit, Jesus, while addressing the religious preachers of those times had said – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”
The effect of the qualities of ‘Kaliyug’ (Iron age) has almost been the same on the entire world. The cruel, heartless, and selfish tendencies have become so strong that no one takes pity while destroying humanity.
Whenever a saintly person appears in this world, he faces opposition at every step for no reason. All the demonic tendencies together try to destroy him and if they can have their way, even kill him. These demonic tendencies do not hesitate to change colours like chameleon after the death of that saintly person and take full advantage of the sacrifice and austerities done by him. In addition to this, they turn away those faithful ones who supported him when he was alive. In this way, the mission that runs in the name of that saintly person is completely controlled by these opportunists. In this way, innumerable missions that are being run in the name of saints are in control of these opportunists. A few days back I happened to read a book that was printed for spreading Christianity. I was not only extremely pained but I was astonished to read that the churches have very cleverly taken the liberty to lead a wilful life. Hiding the undeclared promiscuousness, it said, “The family of God is made of sinners. If you expect to see a complete or almost completely evolved people in God’s family, you will be disappointed.”
While reading this, I was suddenly reminded of 1 Corinthians 5:1 and 5:2. ‘Kaliyug’ has had almost a similar effect on all the missions of all religions. I consider only God as the ‘doer’ and all the people of this world merely HIS puppets who dance according to HIS tune. Hence, I do not blame any religious preacher of any religion. Out of the many saints who have appeared on this earth I would like to say something about only two of them whom the world worships with great reverence. They are – Jesus Christ and Swami Vivekanand Ji.
Very rarely do we come across examples like that of the great soul, Jesus, who spent his entire life under the blue sky enduring the torture and pain inflicted upon him. The miraculous things that were done by Him, today, science cannot even imagine doing but the requital by the cruel people is well known to the world. His only fault was that HE told the truth that HE was the son of GOD and it was by God’s order only that He had done those miracles.
Jesus further said, “If what I am saying is untrue then any religious preacher in the world should show by doing such a miraculous act.” Just for saying this, the religious preachers of that time got that innocent pure soul crucified and today the descendants of those very religious preachers are pronouncing HIM as the son of God. Can there be two punishments for one sin? But there is neither darkness nor delay in justice in the house of God.
The true picture of the type of relationship Jesus had with the religious preachers of that time can be drawn from the Bible.
Saint Matthew 23:13 to 39 -
23:13 - “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”
23:14 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore, you will receive greater condemnation.”
23:15 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
23:16 - “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’
23:17 - “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?”
23:18 - “And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’
People who are associated with me realize the difference between bliss and pleasure when they constantly feel blissful. Bliss has been called ‘Naam Amal’ and ‘Naam Khumari’ by our saints. Since the man of this era considers intoxication by chanting God’s name imaginary and a lie so it is beyond his ability to understand it.
23:19 - “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?”
23:20 - “Therefore, he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.”
23:21 - “He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it.”
23:22 - “And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.”
23:23 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
23:24 - “Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
23:25 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.”
23:26 - “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
23:27 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
23:28 - “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
23:29 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,”
23:30 - “And say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
23:31 - “Therefore, you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
23:32 - “Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
23:33 - “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
23:34 - “Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
23:35 - “That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
23:36 - “Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
23:37 - “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
23:38 - “See! Your house is left to you desolate;
23:39 - “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”
Letter written from Chicago on 28 Dec’ 1893 (The complete works of Swami Vivekananda Volume-5)
“How many people really weep for the sorrows and sufferings of the millions of poor in India? Are we men? What are we doing for their livelihood, for their improvement? We do not touch them; we avoid their company! Are we men? Those thousands of Brahmins- what are they doing for the low, downtrodden masses of India? “Don’t touch”, “Don’t touch”, is the only phrase that plays upon their lips! How mean and degraded has our eternal religion become at their hands? Wherein does our religion lie now? In “Don’t-touchism” alone, and nowhere else.”
Letter dated 24th January 1894 written from Chicago (volume 5)
“About the women of America, I cannot express my gratitude for their kindness. Lord! Bless them. In this country women are the life of every movement, and represent all the culture of the nation, for men are too busy to educate themselves.”
Letter written to the Maharaja of Khetri from the US in 1894
"American women! A hundred lives would not be sufficient to pay my deep debt of gratitude to you! I have no words enough to express the depth of Oriental gratitude--_If the Indian Ocean were an inkstand, the highest mountain of the Himalayas, the pen, the earth, the scroll, and time itself, the writer', still, it will not express my gratitude to you!"
The above observations by Swami ji makes it clear that the women of America are the reason for the prosperity of that country. Some countries of the world may say certain unpleasant things out of jealousy but wherever such women would be present in any country, its fortune would always be eternal.
Letter written on 3rd March 1894 from Chicago (Volume 4)
“You speak of the meat-eating Kshatriya. Meat or no meat, it is they who are the fathers of all that is noble and beautiful in Hinduism. Who wrote the Upanishads? Who was Râma? Who was Krishna? Who was Buddha? Who were the Tirthankaras of the Jains? Whenever the Kshatriyas have preached religion, they have given it to everybody; and whenever the Brahmins wrote anything, they would deny all right to others. Read the Gitâ and the Sutras of Vyâsa, or get someone to read them to you. In the Gita the way is laid open to all men and women, to all caste and colour, but Vyasa tries to put meanings upon the Vedas to cheat the poor Shudras. Is God a nervous fool like you that the flow of His river of mercy would be dammed up by a piece of meat? If such, be He, His value is not a pie!”
Letter written on 19th March 1894 from Chicago (The complete works of Vivekananda Volume 6)
“Nowhere in the world have I come across such "frogs-in-the-well" as we are. Let anything new come from some foreign country, and America will be the first to accept it. But we? — oh, there are none like us in the world, we men of Aryan blood!! Where that heredity really expresses itself, I do not see. Under pressure from a hundred thousand people thirty million people roam about like dogs. Yet they are descendants of the Aryans?”
Letter written on 19th March 1894
“A country where millions of people live on flowers of the Mohuâ plant, and a million or two of Sadhus and a hundred million or so of Brahmins suck the blood out of these poor people, without even the least effort for their amelioration — is that a country or hell? Is that a religion, or the devil's dance? My brother, here is one thing for you to understand fully — I have travelled all over India, and seen this country too — can there be an effect without cause? Can there be punishment without sin?”
Letter written from America in August 1894 (The complete works of Vivekananda Volume 5)
I have done more for India than India ever did for me. In India, I was rebuked for a piece of bread. The Lord sends me workers by the scores wherever I go and they are not like the Indian disciples either, they are ready to give up their lives for their Guru. You Hindus will see in a few years what the Lord does in the West. You are like the Jews of the olden times and your condition is like the dog in the manger, who neither eats nor allows others to eat. You have no religion, your God is the kitchen, your Bible the cooking-pots. Your qualification is in your producing a brood of children.”
Letter written from Paris on 9th September 1894 (Volume 5)
“I belong as much to India as to the world, no humbug about that. I have helped you all I could. You must now help yourselves. What country has any special claim on me? Am I any nation's slave? Don't talk anymore silly nonsense, you faithless atheists.
I have worked hard and sent all the money I got to Calcutta and Madras, and then after doing all this, stand their silly dictation! Are you not ashamed? What do I owe to them? Do I care a fig for their praise or fear their blame? I am a singular man, my son, not even you can understand me yet. Do your work; if you cannot, stop; but do not try to "boss'' me with your nonsense. I see a greater Power than man, or God, or devil at my back. I require nobody's help. I have been all my life helping others. They cannot raise a few rupees to help the work of the greatest man their country ever produced — Ramakrishna Paramahamsa; and they talk nonsense and want to dictate to the man for whom they did nothing, find who did everything he could for them! Such is the ungrateful world.
Do you mean to say I am born to live and die one of those caste-ridden, superstitious, merciless, hypocritical, atheistic cowards that you find only amongst the educated Hindus? I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense. I do not believe in any politics. God and truth are the only politics in the world, everything else is trash.”
The above letters written by Swami Vivekananda throw a clear light on the religious conditions prevailing in our country about a hundred years ago. There has been a decline in the religious world in the last hundred years due to the qualities of the Iron Age. People who hardly paid any regards to Swami Ji during his lifetime are now busy eulogizing him. Such an indolent and selfish mentality is responsible for the decline of our 'Sanatan Dharma' to its lowest point. For this, I blame the qualities of this age. Man is merely a puppet in the hands of the Supreme Power and dances to HIS tunes.
It appears that the Christians are fearful of the prophecies in their holy book- the Bible. An internal conflict has started amongst all Christians. This is such a state of life that can lead to the destruction of man by his own efforts.