by Swami Yogananda
Inner Culture, March 1937
WHY do world suffering and world misery arise?
When people all over the earth are happy and prosperous they are in tune with God, and the entire vibrations of the earth in relation with the planets are harmonious. But as soon as one nation starts fighting with another or the selfish industrial gourmands try to devour all prosperity for themselves it brings depression. And when depression starts in one place it starts everywhere due to the vibrations which travel through the ether from one place to another. The last world war created wrong vibrations in Europe first and it then spread all over the earth and where there was no war, influenza appeared. The agonies of the people who died in the world war created the epidemic of Spanish influenza which immediately followed the world war and killed 20 million people while the war itself killed about 10 millions only.
In the present Spanish Civil War, the death struggles of thousands of men, women and children are floating in the ether causing floods in America, storms in England and Portugal, and earth-quakes in India. And so the peoples of the world instead of creating more wars and getting into wars, should try their utmost to use peaceful means and non-cooperation, blockades, to stop war.
Injustice to Ethiopia
The murder of thousands of Ethiopians (who didn’t want war) and the vibrations of injustice done to them, has upset the equilibrium of the world. For no one can get away with disturbing one part of the world and preventing the disturbance from moving through the ether waves to other parts of the world. If people in one part of the house are disturbed, then the entire household is bound to be disturbed. After the Ethiopian conquest, the dread of war left as an aftermath of the world war, vanished. And many nations are again enthused for wars of aggression. The Ethiopian war was a war of aggression. The war in Spain is a war of aggression. According to the League of Nations a war of aggression in untenable. But since the world ignored the divine mandate and divine rule of outlawing wars of aggression (which came as a great lesson from the world war), the world is again headed toward the self-created, Satan-influenced possibility of a greater world war and greater destruction.
The depression is caused by the sins of the last war and if another world war is started there will be very little for the population of the world to eat. So it is better that the nations of Europe do everything to avert any wars.
Another thing, the greatest evil of patriotism is when it doesn’t mind its own business—when it is used, instead of to keep the prosperity and happiness of the nation intact, to get into international complications and destroy the very thing for which patriotism stands. Those patriots who think that by having international patriotism they would lose national advantages are foolish, for the international good includes the national good and partial national good should be sacrificed for international good. But if the national good acts against the interest of international good it will defeat its own purpose. National selfishness, disregarding the international well-being, will bring national as well as international disaster.
Ye nations of the world. Beware! Use your patriotism to protect your own country and don’t get mixed up with any other nation. All nations should get together to non-cooperate in every way with those nations that want to start wars of aggression. Nations of the earth should get together to destroy nature-created calamities due to disease, floods, poverty, sickness and earth-quakes, etc. Man should not add to the natural calamities by creating avoidable self-created calamities of poverty, lack, suffering, and death due to wars. It is evident that self-created calamities and wrong vibrations of war and industrial selfishness bring about natural calamities. The state of Texas in America could produce enough wheat and corn to supply the whole world; why is there any starvation in the world today? Because of man’s political and industrial selfishness which is against the divine law of cooperation mutual service and sharing God-given prosperity properly among the nations of the world. If people follow the laws laid down by Christ, “Love thy neighbor” and “Give all ye have,” then there will be no poverty-suffering on earth today. The politicians are blinded by their patriotism, selfishness and love of fame and, disregarding the divine law laid down by God and great saints, they are bringing an avalanche of miseries upon the nations of the earth. Follow the dictums of saints who are the true children of God and not the dictums of Satan. We wish every true child of God of every nation would non-cooperate with Satan and war, and work in every way to establish constructive, international peace and prosperity and spiritual happiness in their own nation and in all nations. Let us eradicate all wrong misery-producing scenes of false patriotism and establish in every world-citizen the true international patriotism of brother hood, peace, mutual good will and consideration of mutual mental, hygienic, industrial, social, scientific, philosophical, moral and spiritual progress and happiness.