Communism of Fidel Castro or Capitalism of United States cannot provide solution to humanity’s problems!

On this site an article in the form of an obituary on the occasion of the death of Fidel Castro was posted under the caption “Fidel Castro: An obituary – a beacon of the exploited lot gone!”. To this article, a comment is made by Stephanie Ellison.  The substance of this comment – which is quite lengthy – is that Communism (of which votary was Fidel Castro) and Capitalism (against which this Fidel Castro fought and won) both have not been able to provide a solution to the problem, with which our world is afflicted. Then, it is hinted in this comment that in fact the solution to this problem lies in the spiritual way of life for humanity (and this spiritual way of life is not any religious way of life but essentially superior to any and all religions).  We are posting that comment here so that it may be read as an independent article. In addition to that, we are posting here as a second part of this article a write-up (which is a part of rather full article available on this site HERE), which points out the reasons why Communism – represented by Fidel Castro – could not be the solution to remedy the ills of Capitalism. Here goes the first part:

By: Stephanie Ellison

Now, you can see that western models of civilization are not viable; capitalism nor communism.

There is more to this story. If you have read the BJP’s (political party in India) position paper on its philosophy, then you will understand that both Capitalism and Communism are not viable civilizational options:

http://www.bjp.org/about-the-party/philosophy/?u=integral-humanism

Please understand; when I say dharma, I’m not referring to Hinduism specifically (as dharma is more of a civilizational mode of living, like western classical Greece is a different mode of civilization). The following is adapted from my post on a deaf forum, in which the topic was originally about more and more dangerous drugs being found and used in America.

Western civilization is set up such that the four goals in the life of a person (as is viewed from a Hindu perspective) are not pursued equally. What are these goals? They are 1) dharma; 2) artha; 3) kāma; and 4) moksha. Dharma is “right thinking, right action” in a cultural context, which depends on where you are and your family circumstances. Artha means security, economically and having needs met, etc. Kāma is enjoyment of life (not just sex as most westerners think when they see or hear the words “Kāma Sūtra,” but enjoyment of arts, music, relationships with family, friends, and your spouse, religious festivals, etc.). Moksha is the fourth and final goal in Hinduism. It means liberation from the cycle of birth and death, or saṃsāra.

Continuing on, this means that Western civilization pursues these goals very unequally. Typically the life of an average person is like this:

They grow up in public school, learning the three Rs, and they may go to church.

They go to college to learn a profession or calling.

They go into the work world for various reasons. Typically, one has to make a living, so they tend to pick one they are good at, even if they’re not happy with it (very typical in office jobs and retail jobs, which is what the majority of jobs seem to be in this country).

They want to make as much money as they can for what they do because it isn’t exactly what they want to do, but they have to get money coming in. And because they may hate their jobs and don’t get much vacation time relative to other Anglo-Saxon countries, they seek pleasure and thrill-seeking, and this becomes extreme over time until it finally blows up in their face or they have a melt down at work. The latter almost happened to me, so I had to leave before I burned bridges behind me over two years ago.

Having done this, they are now in retirement, so much of the time is spent catching up on things they couldn’t do, like traveling to countries, learning to do new things, getting together with people they didn’t have time for. They may maintain their church schedule (if any) as usual, once a week unless they’re on a trip.

All this means that they spend the first part of the life learning to be a docile, obedient worker, the second part of life as a docile, obedient worker doing only what they’re told, and even many managers who have the “status” of a management position don’t necessarily have the “state of mind” of a leader (being able to lead, based upon development as a leader), but that’s what they were given, and they have to wing it, then the third part of their life in pleasure-seeking is typically done with drugs or alcohol to numb the discomfort of being caught as a cog in a machine, and fourth, when they finally retire, they feel bored/empty inside because there hasn’t been any inner science ongoing during their life time (being a member of the Abrahamic religions is NOT the same thing as Indic inner science).

Also, this means that they are very well developed in the material, manifest, tangible world at the expense of inner development. Lacking inner development as young adults, there are holes inside, and they’re seeking for something to fill those holes; often, it turns to greed.

These are symptoms of a Capitalist society that places too much emphasis on making money (artha) and thrill-seeking (kāma) in an unproductive way (costs a lot of money to enjoy/not enough time away from work) at the expense of doing what’s right (go ahead and try those broker deals, as long as you don’t get caught by the regulators) and at the expense of spiritual development at the highest possible level (mokṣa) because to reach that level, Capitalism as it is now simply will not exist because such people will feel guilty doing all the wrong things to cheat and suppress one another. Individualism is expanded in inappropriate ways, at least in the long run, civilizationally speaking.

Communism, on the other hand fails also because dharma, “right thinking, right action,” is mainly about “doing what is right for the state” at the total exclusion of the individual, meaning artha (making money as the state sees fit) and kāma (what is allowed given your allotted income among other things) is tightly controlled, and moksha (part of spiritual development) is heavily suppressed, if not attached to a prison term. Individualism is crushed under such a regime.

Dharma is a third civilizational option aside from capitalism and communism. It, however, has been messed with by Mughal invaders from the northwest territories beyond India and the Britishers/Europeans later on. It has problems right now, and it remains to be seen if it can extricate itself from the nexus of Muslims, Christians, and Communists attempting to divide up or Balkanize India (breaking up India along racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic fault lines created by the invaders/existing fault lines expanded upon by the invaders). If you want to read more on the comparison between Capitalist, Communist, and Dharmic societies, go to the link I provided above.

Anyhow, traditionally, Dharmic civilization typically has the four goals of life AND the four stages of life (student, householder, retired (doing service for humanity), and renounced from the world (concentrating on spiritual preparation for end-of-life)), and it’s very well worked-out because they had already known what it meant to be capitalist and communist thousands of years ago and found them lacking. Dharmic culture, in its untampered state, shows a maturity of knowledge and understanding that is presently beyond both Capitalism and Communism.

You will see that elements of Dharmic society already exists in Anglo-Saxon cultures. See, at the same time that European countries had controlled and enslaved Asian countries during the colonial period, imposing their cultures upon the natives and suppressing what seemed to be objectionable activities among the natives, Europeans were being influenced in turn, such as the importation of China ware, paintings, Indian arts and fabrics, etc. Now, you see things like yoga, ashrams, vegetarianism/veganism, ethical treatment of animals, open-mindedness to LGBTQIA and other religions, etc. Even people like Carl Jung, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoureau, Albert Einstein, as well as the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Alfred North Whitehead looked into Dharmic culture. People like these realize that our present civilization would be stuck if we continue to stay in a Eurocentric, imperialist, and capitalistic mindset without adapting to the needs of people today.

For one thing, Western civilizations are “grabbing,” selfish ones. I mean, think about it. Who has most of the wealth today? How much does the rest of us have? What is our position relative to animals and nature? Dharmic civilizations tended to be inclusive and generous ones, such that everyone had a place within society, because the mindset of a Dharmi (person who lives within a dharmic civilization like India, Nepal, Himalayas, etc.) is very different. For the most part, because of the giving nature of the culture in a provident natural environment as opposed to the hostile environment of the desert regions, where Western civilization got its start, people are giving of one another, people know how to conserve resources, such that people feel secure and rarely run into shortages of anything, and have mastered the ability to live as civilized beings while living within nature in a sustainable way, a fine balance to maintain that western civilization has not managed to master to this day. Please note that I’m recalling Dharmic civilization at its height or Golden Age before the Mughal invaders showed up.

My guru had the following to say a few years ago:

http://www.nithyananda.org/content/day-49-clarityactiontransformation-talk-nithyananda-bhagavad-gita#gsc.tab=0

“Knowing, acquisition and preservation; acquiring and preserving, is the ultimate foolishness. I wanted all our disciples to work on this. Enter this sacred secret in your book of heart. Acquiring and preserving, how it is foolish! Analyze, analyze think, think. See how the society is trying its best to make acquiring and preserving as meaningful by not giving the medical care to all. See why, why do you think medical care is not given for all in the western way of living. You are made to understand, ‘ehhh now itself acquire and preserve so that in the old age when you are sick you will be given a medical care’. Depriving the basic necessities is the way humanity was exploited to believe the acquiring and preserving is an important habit. Visionaries who created the concept of acquiring and preserving as a sacred, as an important act, as a necessity for the human beings by depriving many of the basic needs to human beings are conspirators of humanity not visionaries of humanity.

“In Indian medicinal system whether you are sick or not the village doctor is always paid. He gets his share the moment harvesting is done. If you are sick, your harvesting will be less, he will get paid less so he will ensure the whole village is healthy by the right preventive methods, diet, lifestyle and giving the right medicine which will not bring side affect; in the beginning of the disease itself. I feel at least in the future India should return to its original glory and all the basic needs should not be used as a blackmailing point for human beings to believe, acquiring and preserving is a big thing in the life. It should be done as a joyful creative expansion, not as a basic blackmailing threat. I do not know whether I will be able to make it or see this is as a reality or not but I will dare to dream. I will dare to dream, at one day society will have a system where acquiring and preserving is not forced upon you and you are not blackmailed to believe that is a basic important thing necessary for life.

“It is one of the great illusion; if it is done as a expression of joy and creativity, I am not against it. But when it is done with a blackmailing ‘unless you do it, you will not have food, you will not have shelter, you will not have medical care; you will not have support in the old age’. These are all blackmailing; I tell you, capitalism should not becoming blackmailing. We will come up with non blackmailing capitalism. I dare dream non blackmailing capitalism as the future India, future Bharat.

“Sit with this one sacred secret. All acquiring and preserving is based on your insecurity and dependence. Understand it is a collective foolishness with which you are suffering. These are all collective mental epidemics with which humanity is suffering. Even if you are acquiring and preserving, be out of this mental epidemic by awareness and un-clutching. Sit straight, contemplate on this one truth. Acquiring and preserving is one of the most foolish thing, collective unconscious epidemic; collective mental disorder. Even if you are forced to acquire and preserve in your life because of society, let you be at least consciously be un-clutched from it.”

Second part by: Shreepal Singh

Marxist theory has two important inbuilt concepts of “dictatorship of Proletariat” and the Communist party as the “vanguard of this Proletariat”. These two concepts are extremely pragmatic in nature and the only viable devices to meet the requirement of the work to be accomplished. The Communist thinkers came to the conclusion that the “vested interests”, which fully control the capitalist State through their money-power, would not permit such a drastic change in the social order unless they are compelled by force. These two concepts of Communists allow them to organize, execute and complete this drastic social change in a manner that is controlled, precise and calibrated like an army operation.

  But here comes the weakest point of this method. We are not talking here the techno-military superiority of the powerful “keepers of the present social order”. We are talking here of the inherent weakness of this method of bringing a change by violence. In this method, as of necessity, a small group of leaders has to constitute themselves into a command center. Even among this small group, most often an individual has to take the required initiative of the mission to be accomplished. But there in this group the working is not smooth and cohesive; there is intra-competition and rivalry; and, under the trying circumstances, a sole leader emerges like a shining star; he is the “Leader”; his word is the “Command”. It is the inner story; it is the real story. Outwardly, the “Leader” is only the “beloved” of the command group; the command group is only the “vanguard” of the exploited millions of people; and, the “exploited people” rule themselves through their vanguard etc. etc. Here comes the crux. Seen from the spiritual wisdom, human beings are by and large governed by lower impulses, like hatred, love, jealousy, anger etc. and the “Leader” and his competitors and / or cronies are also not immune to these human weaknesses. It is but inevitable that a great and benevolent social change brought by this method is doomed to end in a reign of violence and terror; And, at the end, the people oppressed by this violence throw away the “Leader”, unfortunately, along with the social order, which they mistakenly identify with the “Leader”. It is a classical example of throwing away of the bath-water along with the baby.

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