Why do Civilizations Fall?
By Gopi Krishna
(This short essay was taken from an interview
by Gene Kieffer in 1983 in Gopi Krishna's home in India.)
We are quite aware of
what happened to civilizations of the past. We know that they rose, had a period
of ascendancy and then fell. But why did they fall? Scholars have no correct
knowledge of those facts. They ascribe them often to some other factors than the
The real reason for the fall of civilizations, kings,
dynastic rulers, and nobles is that luxury, over abundance, and excessive wealth
are fatal for the evolution of the brain. One who knows that he has enough to
last for generations does not exert himself to conserve his resources as does
one who has to meet his urgent needs.
Secondly, one who has over abundant wealth sometimes
gives free rein to his own passions, desires, appetites, and the rest, so that
he dissipates his energy and falls.
With this lesson of history before their eyes,
the scientists in particular, and the scholars in general, should have known
what were the right roles for humanity to adopt relative to the powers and
forces discovered by science.
They should have known to what extent we could use the
earth's resources for the purpose of human control, considering the fact that
the human race is expected to stay on earth for even millons of years more. They
should not have depleted the resources of the earth only to satisfy the comforts
or ambitions of human beings.
Masters in all branches of science
The time has arrived when in order to guide the
race, a man or woman should be polymath, a master in all branches of science, in
art and philosophy. That is very difficult for a normal ntellect, however
intelligent he might be, but it is very easy for a completely evolved individual
in whom Kundalini is awake.
It is possible in the future that we will have
polymaths who have command not only of the sciences, philosophy, and the arts,
but of all the languages of the earth. Only since we are not aware of this
potential in human beings, and what nature has already provided for the progress
of man, we continue to limit our intelligence with what has already happened in
the past. Otherwise, the human mind has the capacity to exhibit intelligence and
genius a hundred-fold more than what is the case at present.
The human mind can produce prodigies of a kind that
would stagger the world. We can have a little insight into this when we study
the mathematical prodigies or child prodigies who have command over music, or
mathematics, or art, or chess, which is not possible for the experts in those
Combine a few prodigies together, a prodigy in
science, one in mathematics, another in philosophy, and you have the future
leaders of mankind. The only way to avert wars and to plant mankind on the real
path to progress, progress which includes development of the higher faculties in
human beings, it is absolutely necessary to have enlightened human beings as
heads of state, leading scientists, scholars, and philosophers. The present day
mind, however learned and intelligent it may be, will not be able to meet the
needs of the race as the days pass by. He or she will not be able to command the
confidence of all the people. We need prodigies who can instill awe and
reverence in the minds of the younger generations, and the population as a
whole. And the time is coming when those people will appear on the arena of the
Only Prodigies Can Guide the Race
Once the mechanism of Kundalini is known, the
profits that can accrue from it, the benefits which it confirms, the glory which
it begs, the peace and happiness which it can grant, millions of people,
especially the intellectuals, will try their utmost to arouse the Power so as to
lead the leaders in every sphere of human thought and activity.
It is not a Utopian dream but a stern reality. Humanity
has reached a state of evolution where only these prodigies will be able to
guide her destiny--to correct the diet, the habits, and the appetites of the
The birds in the air, the animals in the forest,
have no medicines to keep themselves in fine condition. Nature has already
provided every safeguard for human beings to lead a healthy life. If they were
to know what nature demands of them, they would understand why there are
diseases, why there are dangerous reptiles, why there are scorpions, why there
are flies, why there are bacteria, etc.
To illustrate this I will tell you a story from
the Arabian Nights. Have you ever read the story of Aladdin and the wonderful
lamp? After Aladdin had gained control over the genie of the lamp, he became
very rich and influential. He became respected everywhere. Finallly the king
offered him his daughter in marriage. When the marriage was about to be
performed he said to Aladdin, "You must build a palace suited to my
The Unfinished Palace
Aladdin agreed. That night he rubbed the lamp and
the genie appeared. Aladdin said to him, "Now build me a palace which is
peerless and have in it a big hall which has many windows on every side, and all
those windows should be decorated with diamonds and other precious stones. But
leave one window unfinished.
The genie executed the order. Overnight a palace
was built which glittered in the sun, decorated with jewels, diamonds, and other
precious stones. The king came to see the building and went from room to room in
the company of Aladdin. Finally, they went up to the highest story where the
hall had been built. The king admired the hall and was wonderstruck by seeing
the wealth decorating each window. When he saw the unfinished window, he turned
to Aladdin and said, "Why is this one left unfinished in this beautiful
hall? Have you exhausted all of your diamonds, and pearls, and precious
Aladdin said, "Perhaps that might have been
the case, and they left it for your majesty to complete."
The King said, "Alright."
So the next day he ordered his treasury to be
opened and the window to be completed by his own artists. For days they worked,
and every precious stone in the treasury was exhausted. But the window was still
unfinished. Finally Aladdin again called the genie and ordered him to complete
that window also.
This is what nature has done with us. It has
provided us with everything in the animal kingdom and in the plant kingdom.
Everything is provided, medicines, plants, our clothing, our food, horses to
carry us, cows to furnish us with milk, factories for everything we might need.
But it has left one window unfinished. And that window is the diseases, the
snakes, the reptiles, the flies, the bacteria, etc.
Why? For man to exercise his intellect to complete this
one window in order for him to live a happy life. If this unfinished window were
not left, man would stagnate. On what would he develop his intelligence? On what
would he develop his science?
This is the Plan of Nature
It is because he is goaded by want, by disease,
vermins, germs, by viruses, that he is doing his utmost to live in comfort and
to have all the facilities and amenities which otherwise he would not have.
You can now compare what he has, what mineral
wealth, what plant wealth, what animals, fish, birds, and what wonder and vigor
he has in his own body, his health, his brain, his digestion, his comfort. He
has everything except one unfinished window, and with all his resources he is
not able to complete it.
This is the plan of nature. It is an all-wise
intelligence that has built the world. If there were perfection, there woulld be
nothing left for man to evolve. He would stagnate, and in his present state of
mind he would even use all the luxuries to degenerate himself. For that reason
nature has left a few loopholes for him to plug which he is not able to do.
Man has himself to blame for his faults because
he is not able to understand that this creation and all he sees around is
provided for him by nature for his progress, stage by stage, step by step, until
he reaches the stature of Godhood and is able to live for perhaps even hundreds
of years, with all the blessings that earth can provide.
It is because some people are over-ambitious, too full
of greed, too lustful, that they stand in the way of progress of the race as a
whole. It is not that nature has denied man opportunities, or placed him in
difficulties. He has everything. He has strength of the body, healthy intellect,
and all the resources, whether of minerals, plants, or animals, of which he can
make himself akin.
But if he is not able to achieve that objective, it is
because his own lust and passion, and his own indolence, stand in the way of his
reaching the target which nature has prescribed for him.
Man Must Exert Himself
Nature is not to blame. It is the scholars who
fail to understand this plan of nature. They cannot understand it until they
explore themselves, unless they know the secret of the brain. Once they do,
everything will be clear to them like an open book. That is why there are so
many things which man needs in order to exert his intelligence.
If there were not these faults, flaws, and lacks, he
would just idle away his time and stagnate. Nature wants him to exert himself.
By providing all amenities, including computers, we are at present digging our
Who has found the still hidden secrets of nature
in the human brain? Do we even know what our brain is and how it functions? If
we do not know how it functions, how it is repaired, how it is maintained, and
if we do not know where the flashes of genius come from, we have no right to say
that the the brain is a finished article. We are simply using it without knowing
anything about it.
So it is nature again which has made us perfect
and which has allowed us to reach a state of intelligence where great
inventions, discoveries, and control of other forces have become possible. This
was never possible for the paleolithic or the neolithic man. It is only the
modern human being, with a much more evolved brain, who has been able to do it.
We take care of ourselves which is our ego. Otherwise the credit goes to the
body, to our brain, over which we have no control. How do we claim this credit
when we know nothing about our brain? We just eat our food and sleep like every
animal. How is the food distributed? How is our body maintained? How are we able
to fight diseases? How are we able to keep our brain sane and sound? We know
nothing about it. It is done by the body, by some other force.
It is foolish thing to take credit for a matter
over which we have no control. We never created this intelligence. It is given
to us. This body is granted to us. So, while we have no control over the body or
knowledge of the brain, we are still ready to take credit for any discovery we
It is for this reason that I say in every book I
have written that whatever I say is not from me but from a power above and
beyond. I am merely the instrument. In that sense we all are instruments of a
We have now to see to what extent it is
beneficial for us, with all the knowledge of what has happened in the past, with
the knowledge of history, with knowledge of the earth's resources, it is for us
to see how this or that new invention is beneficial for us and when it can be
harmful. We have not to proceed blindly.
First of all, we should have known that if we
cease to exercise our brain we stagnate, and then we fall. Therefore, any
instrument or invention, or any aid, which extensively interferes in our own
exercise of the brain, or eliminates that exercise, is injurious in the long
Religious scriptures everywhere say there is a
tempter who is the devil, or who is Mara, or who is Maya, etc. This tempter is
of our own mind when it does not discriminate between what is right and what is
wrong, what is beneficial and what is harmful.
We Must Cooperate with Our Evolution
As I have said, the human brain has already
reached a state of evolution where the unification of humanity is essential. If
our political leaders, our scholars, or our editors, are not able to understand
or grasp this idea, it means our brains are lacking in one of its most important
processes. If we do not unite, if we continue to have rivalry, competition, and
wars, we will destroy ourselves.
The intellect that is not able understand that a weapon
has been devised that makes it imperative for humanity to eliminate war is not
fit for the 20th Century.
Man is evolving; the brain is evolving, and we
have to cooperate with this evolution. All revelation and religious teaching has
come to give us this broad outline of evolution and the way we can cooperate
with it. The matter stands explained. Otherwise there is no reason why there
should be Revelation except that the God of this almighty universe is
particularly interested in the human race and has no other work to do.
Take the volume of a child's marble from the center of
the sun, only that tiny amount of matter from the sun, kept two hundred miles
from the surface of the earth, would not only destroy all life but would melt
mountains and dry up all the oceans. This is the power of the Almighty, and
there are more than three hundred billion suns in our galaxy alone. Such a
terrific creation could never be possible of itself.
We know of existence by our mind. If we are not
alive, no one can know of any existence. Existence, the word itself, the idea,
springs from the mind. There can be no existence without a mind. The very idea
comes from the mind.
When we say that it can exist even when we are no more,
when there is no mind, we are projecting our mind into the future, it is mind
again. It is mind which begets the very idea of existence. This idea of
existence is in the mind, I am. Since existence and mind are inseparable, there
can be no existence without a mind.
Mind and Existence Are Inseparable
Those who say it is matter don't have the depth
to understand that mind and existence are inseparable. When you think that
existence can be without a mind you are projecting your mind again. In other
words, there can be no existence without a mind.
It is the mind which is at the base of all creation. It
is intelligence. The universe is intelligence. What you see is intelligence
manifesting itself as the universe. This is the crux of the Vedanta and Shiva
It is Shiva intelligence, delightful intelligence,
which is manifested as the universe or Brahman which is again intelligence
manifested as the universe. The ocean, stones, the mountains, ourselves, all is
intelligence, all is alive with life.
This creation is not so simple as many of the
university professors believe it to be, especially those who are specialists. In
Germany, where I visited, they are starting to call them specialized fools. This
is what the professors themselves told me, that in the classrooms they are often
They were talking among themselves and laughing about
it. I said to them, "What are you laughing at?" They said now the
students are calling their professors specialized fools. The term is deserved
because it represents a state of stagnation. What is demanded now is progressive
knowledge of the universe. At this time to say that the universe is composed of
matter, when they know that even the concept of matter springs fron the mind, is
just foolishness. The first thing to explore is the mind before they start
exploration of matter. This is the wonder of creation.