freefromsamsara wrote:Have you ever wondered why the East, with its unsurpassed rich spiritual history and culture, is experiencing so much Suffering and corruption of Moral Values?
The material suffering in places like India is a complex problem that can't be easily drawn down to a single cause.
Keep in mind India used to be one of the wealthiest regions on the planet (which is why consequently so many powers sought to invade it).
Just look at China and India, Both countries have thousands and thousands of years of rich spiritual heritage yet both countries are afflicted with highly corrupt moral values, poverty and basically more suffering than western countries like the US who have a comparatively lesser level of suffering and spiritual heritage than the East.
The material comforts of the US are because it commands 35% of the world's resources, an arrangement made possible by massive military expenditures. The average American (and citizens of client states like Canada or Japan) is protected from that reality and goes on living in la la land thinking that maybe an unprovoked attack on Iraq was a bad idea, but oh well life goes on and there is porn to download, beers to drink and fast cars to drive and/or being emo about not being born beautiful enough or their education not giving them a high paying job which they feel entitled to.
If citizens of the west really gave a damn they'd not co-operate with the system, but they do which means the states which initiate wars and oppression of foreign countries have the mandate of their citizens. We all enjoy a portion of the pie anyway, so until enough people become materially and socially disadvantaged the wars of aggression and exploitation that NATO engages in will continue (and then maybe another power will take it up).
Western countries are generally materially fine for now, but there is vast corruption. Actually it might be argued that the corruption in the west kills more innocents than the corruption in a place like India where it is more about bribes and stealing money rather than launching wars of aggression to acquire resources (theft and bribes still happen in the west, but as a normal citizen you normally don't have to pay a bribe for a passport which means people are either unaware of it or don't care because it doesn't directly affect them).
A master once asked me, "why do you think a lot of temples in the city are surrounded by sexual industries? it is because there are countless and I mean countless demons who are hell-bent on driving humanity away from the path of enlightenment and ascension.
Prostitution in Asia used to be as common as hair dressers. It still is in much of Asia. Historically in most countries there is huge precedent for it and generally speaking it is tacitly accepted. Historically in Japan and China, for example, prostitution was just another profession, like being a masseuse. Buddhist cultures have never been overly harsh on the profession.
This is why the East with its rich spiritual heritage are experiencing so much Suffering and corruption of Moral Values..
I think it has more to do with economic causes and industrialization. You have cultures which were once overwhelmingly rural and highly religious rapidly urbanizing, dependent on cash economies and engaging in the consumer culture.
Put yourself in the shoes of a Demon General for a second.. If you have a army of demons who are counting on using humanity as energetic food supplies/slaves, wouldn't you concentrate your best soldiers on attacking the countries with the greatest numbers of freedom fighters i.e. the monks and nuns of this world who are trying to elevate humanity from the hell-hole of materialism to a spiritual paradise?
That sounds rather idealistic.