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Redefining Law

Ideas to save our world

Some of us take time out to reflect on who we are but most are so firmly bound to the wheel of samsara, the illusion of life by their karma that they do not take time or even have time to reflect. This was probably also the case in the most ancient of times when all effort went into survival with momentary time out for recreation and pleasure.

The earliest known laws are encoded within the Rig Veda then further expanded and refined by Manu, the first known lawgiver who is thought to have lived somewhere between 5000 and 3000 BC. "The Law Code of Manu, has more than 2500 laws, although about 1000 of them would qualify for what we today call civil and criminal law, and procedure" (ggu.edu p 250).

All modern (English) laws are based on the ideas of William the conqueror (1066) who decided he owned everything in the realm including people and guided by the laws of the Church to rule all. ("One Church to find them, one Church to bring them all and in the darkness bind them" ~ SKS). This is really a beginning of western corporate law to ensure wealth and privilege, and to control the masses.  Even today we have laws for the rich who are lightly punished and laws for the poor who are harshly punished in comparison.

What is the purpose of the law?

The first laws proposed by Manu around 4000 BC were to protect people from each other, to ensure certain rights and freedoms, trade, and the functioning of civilisation. Most lawgivers attempted to facilitate fair and just laws which have evolved over the millennia to suit the changing circumstances, but ultimately today, all laws are made by the people in charge to preserve their status and maintain the social structure which is an economic class or caste system to suit the needs of capitalism (more than people) and capitalism further amends the laws to better suit profit making.

With the formation of the United Nations came the charter of human rights which loosely says that everyone has a right to life and the freedom to determine one's future. This sounds good on paper yet in this modern world where our population has exploded to near 7.5 billion, anyone without money is at risk of starvation and deprivation of life due to the governing economic, social and political systems that have developed over these past few millennia.

Because of the vast differences in social equity which is illustrated by the fact that (it is said in mainstream media Feb 2019) that the world's 20 wealthiest people own the equivalent wealth of the entire less well off half of the human population and more than 12% of the earth's entire resources. As we all know the earth's resources are rapidly diminishing because the capitalists have created consumerism and money has for some time been the new God. Capitalism has become a game to see who can get the most wealth which is kind of stupid when one realises that it cannot be taken into the next life, the only wealth that can accompany one to the next life is wisdom.

The laws of our world not only allow for rampant capitalism and the destruction of the environment we depend on for life, they capitalise people and promote a form of modern slavery which gives rise to a great deal of resentment, frustration and suffering of which the consequences are often crimes against one's fellow man.

Most of our children at school today learn a little about the importance of the environment because it is a primary requirement of our continued existence, yet the well-heeled capitalist locked into this competitive game has no wish or concern for any future beyond his or her short life. In other words, our youth are growing up with a social conscience and an awareness of the importance of our environment to sustain life. Yet they are pressured by laws written and unwritten to mostly abandon an aspect of their psyche to join the 'rat race', to adhere to modern laws as laid out by corporate masters and participate in the destruction of life.

Many argue that it's too late to attempt any change in our legal or social structure because we are doomed to extinction. Many believe that this is ordained and there is nothing we can do about it, yet all around the world people are demonstrating against what is destroying the environment, demonstrating and demanding actual human rights but their actions are limited and they suffer the tear-gas and Draconian measures taken by those who make the rules to preserve the nature of the capitalist game and bring on the destruction of humanity.

I am sure that once we are gone, the earth will shrug and be pleased to be rid of such an annoying parasite that humanity has become and it is only because we have not realised our humanity. To be sure there are many individuals who have demonstrated the greatest of human traits yet they are largely lost in the day-to-day functioning of civilisation and only trotted out in moments of contemplation.

The heroes of civilisation who speak on behalf of the people and have a sense of reality are all too often assassinated, their ideas lauded in literary works yet their ideas are generally subverted by the capitalist dream and lost in the deserts of indifference and cold streams of pride that so many people unintentionally end up lost within.

Our reason for being

Why I the reason I wonder why, to know there is no beginning and to know there is no end. Scientists only believe they have discovered the origins of the universe and they only believe they know what will happen in the end. Yet the life of this universe is beyond the imagination of every one of us and there is no one who actually knows.

Civilisation operates on beliefs, the predominant belief is in the value of money and the need for money. Without money one cannot live and civilisation is structured so that most people get enough to at least remain alive although starvation kills many millions of people every year.

We consider ourselves to be very reasonable as individuals and as collectives, we try not to tread to much on other people's toes at an individual level, but at a corporate level within the grand capitalist games, communities can be wiped out at the behest of an order given in some corporate office or a war can be started and millions of people may die.

In the small world of 20-5000 BC, when Earth's population was counted in the tens of millions, corporatism was just emerging and beginning to interact with tribalism. Money was a new invention available only to a few yet people were beginning to sense that there needs to be some form of guidebook to living harmoniously with each other with rules for behaviour more just, more fair and which serve to protect and guide humanities continued existence into the furtherest imaginable future, a time when our sun expands and consumes the earth.

Manu wrote the first book of laws a time when corporatism and capitalism were emerging onto the world stage where following the Mahabharata War, the Indus Valley civilisation emerged and trade expanded around the world. Manu's laws were written to preserve the rights of the people and qualify what corporations could and could not do in addition to codes of conduct for the ordinary people.

We must remember that capitalism, corporatism and trade only came about because with agriculture, larger populations were able to survive on smaller areas of land. This freed up numbers of people to focus on different trades and activities such as developing improved technologies and beginning the process of we may recognises an expansion of worldly consciousness.

The spiritual dimension or the phenomenon of the psyche

While an accelerated learning and manipulation of the physical world was taking place, another movement has been taking place for many millennia inquiring as to the very nature of existence. There was a recognition that we had no idea as to our place in the universe yet for many millennia people had been observing and mapping the heavens, extrapolating the distances of and between heavenly bodies and the cycles of nature that impacted our lives.

Yet our ancient ancestors knew that the outward view of the world was limited and there was a similar vastness within each and everyone of us that can be explored and is much more meaningful because it is personal, tangible and gives fruit such as happiness and joy. This led to the thrust of Hindu civilisation towards the idea of moksha or liberation. This is a path of introspection or meditation where white one begins to appreciate technology of being human and the two parts culminate in firstly our need to survive and secondly our need to know.

While Europeans were beginning to emerge from the Stone Age after 8000 BC, cities existed and this marks the beginning of the Indus Valley civilisation. Modern research suggests that the Vedas, the books of ancient India had been compiled and a system of oral transmission down through the generations had been developed.

The ideas contained within these ancient texts embodied the scientific knowledge relating to astrophysics, mathematics, the sciences associated with internal exploration (meditation and yoga). The entire thrust of Vedanta embodied all aspects of life to ensure human survival. As such a method evolved to pass on ancient knowledge and the laws of the time evolved to support both the survival of civilisation and the protection and transmission of knowledge through the generations.

As worldly science evolved, glassmaking, metallurgy, improved agriculture, medicine, human rights and improved technologies for living, an internal science also evolved. One Greek philosopher is famously quoted as saying "know thyself", an idea no doubt taken from India because in the first millennium BC no Greek could claim to be properly educated unless they had studied in India.

It seems an impossibility here to condense 10,000 years of history into a few meaningful paragraphs, but I am trying to show that ancient laws were proposed in order to preserve the knowledge and promote further research into the physical world as well as the internal psychospiritual world of what we can loosely term human consciousness.

Some of the phenomenal discovered by internal research our abilities to overcome what most people see as the limitations of being human. All our facilities like enhanced perception, levitation, being unaffected by cold or heat (refer to the Iceman), clear audience, telepathy and telekinesis. There is a knowledge that says that we are fundamentally forms of energy/consciousness and as souls we did not die but simply migrate to a new body sometime after this life is over. This idea comes about because so many people have remembered their past lifetimes.

Most people have an inkling of these possibilities and the most common phenomenon is knowing who is calling before answering the telephone and mothers commonly know when their kids are up to mischief but in the modern age this seems to be some taboos around discussing these phenomenon perhaps as a legacy of the witch burning and the continued pressure from institutions requiring people to believe and have blind faith.

The entire thrust of Hindu civilisation that has existed for more than 70,000 years is to know. This desire to know is no longer a purely Indian/Hindu phenomenon because centres of learning based on Hindu introspective science and technology are emerging in every country and every city.

The spread of this ancient knowledge and the consequent growth in consciousness is stymied by laws that force everyone to participate in the modern capitalist games of winner take all at a material level. Of course this is leading to the complete destruction of our planetary environment and the complete extinction of the human species. Therefore we need some drastic changes in law to preserve the environment, support those wishing to know the true nature of being human and create a global civilisation that is set up to not only survive, but to thrive billions of years into the future during which time we may also discover the true nature of the universe and ways of traversing such an amazing space.

Part two

 

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