By Om Tat Sat,
Nepal witnessed history when the SEE exams were postponed by a month due to fear of Coronavirus. Poor students who have been living a nightmare year just for this exam, have been forced to continue their ordeal of SEE ghost. This really sent the message of absurdity of Nepal government approach to this global menace. In the latest move, Nepal has suspended permit for all from Coronavirus affected countries. Those headed for foreign employment are chilling their heels without the necessary permit. The country, so to speak, is headed towards complete lockdown.
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The Washington Post headline was an eye-opener: Merkel says “Coronavirus presents gravest crisis since WWII.” Germany should know, since they were the primary reason for the most destructive war in human history. Now, to think a novel virus could pose a serious threat akin to Hitler tells a lot about the magnitude of the global problem in the early part of 21st century.
Coronavirus itself seems to be on a world tour. After scaring the secretive Communist government of China, having tasted the authoritarian system, it moved onto the free world to give a demonstration of its might. Europe became the center of the pandemic and caused the lockdown of major countries, while the mightiest country in the world took the biggest blow to its economy and way of life across the pond in the northern shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
While the world lived in daily update of horror, Africa seems to enjoy a relative calm and lack of panic, strangely enough. However, the rest of humanity is in a lock down, like a misbehaving child that has been grounded. Humanity is coming to terms for all its cumulative follies for centuries.
One of the biggest follies of mankind has been its prioritizing of materialistic life style. Instead of centuries of living with nature, certain group of people started believing and promoting the idea that humans were meant to have their dominion over everything on Earth. Physical comfort and prosperity became the obsession of nation, even causing wars and decimation of millions of fellow kinds.
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In the quest for material abundance, humanity became united through means of communication, but it started to eat into its own destiny by the mistreatment of Earth. Since the industrialization Earth started being polluted on the scale not seen and the consequences never imagined. In the blind march to high human development index, nations decided industrialization and high standard of living was the right of all individuals. They forgot that there are greater forces in the universe that remain subtle but their underlying influences can never be undermined. One such law is that of cause and effect, accepted by every culture and religion. In Hindu society it is famously known as Karma, and it has been aptly said that Karma is a bitch. We reap what we have sowed. So what is the cause of all the disasters unrolling on Earth? It was just few months ago that billions of animals in Australia died from wild fire across the continent. All the signs are pointing that humanity’s abuse of nature has crossed the critical point. Rising of atmospheric temperature is not a small matter. In fact, it is a matter of radically shifting the natural processes. One of the examples witnessed in Nepal was the dengue fever that affected even the Himalayan region, something never heard of.
According to spiritual teaching, every thought, word and act is Karma and these vibrations do not dissipate or vanish. They accumulate and form a layer in the ethereal plane, thus each nation and whole of humanity also possess a Karmic account, whether they realize it or not. The effect of this account manifests in forms of natural disasters and other calamities when the threshold is crossed.
Maybe it is time for mankind to be actually kind towards Earth and all lives on our planet.
The writer is a graduate of Arizona State University in Political Science. He is working as a social activist and motivational speaker for students across Nepal since 2007.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necesarily reflect the official policy or position of Nepalisite.
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