The venerable monk, Ashin Janakabhivamsa, wrote a book named Abhidhamma in daily life, one of the teaching of Buddha, and published in 1930. There he predicted the world’s condition in the future. I feel wonder to see that his prediction is definitely true and same like the current condition of the world. Let me share his words.
“In future the younger generation will no more be fortunate enough to inherit wealth from their parents. Nowadays parents have to struggle hard even to afford education of their children. Novel commodities in the form of diverse consumer goods are abound in the markets. When children grow up and earn their living, it will be difficult for them to make both ends meet. Or they may have to resort to illegal means of acquiring wealth. In such hard times, how could people support the Sasana (the Buddha religion to go ahead)
In future the majority will not be virtuous persons endowed in morality. Today loving-kindness is a rarity. Without it there could be no compassion for the poor and no sympathetic joy for the wealthy. Today the world is full of envy, jealously, hatred, pride and greed. Both strata, the high and low, are cultivating vain pride in different manners, conceit by the élite, and hurt pride or contempt by down-trodden.
Everyday we find novel commodities and sources of pleasure everywhere; and so greed gains momentum, just like adding fuel to fire. Greed when it cannot be satisfied leads to intense hatred; and further on to atrocities, murders and wars. If righteous people are rare these days, what will be the future like?
With righteous people getting rarer and rarer in future, there will be few good parents and teachers. In the midst of the immoral society, future generation will find it difficult to be righteous themselves without the moral guidance of parents and teachers.”
As shown as in the book, we need to reform ourselves and reform the society to get the good condition again. We need to follow the teaching of Buddha and practice it well. Young people are still thinking that to listen Dhamma what the Buddha taught is the responsibility of monk and old people. They get bored to attend the monastery and to learn it. They are only learning and getting vocation training for livelihood. It can actually support for one existence and not the whole samsara. And the kind of school don’t teach us how to get moral deeds, how to live in life in right way and so on, which are included in Buddha teaching. As getting a lot of problem and hardship in private and business life, they don’t know how to solve it in good way and finally feel remorse for it.
As being said before, to learn Dhamma doesn’t depend of age. Every human beings should learn it before too late so that we can live in life the best for the present and know the path to nibanna.
Author: Aung Kham
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