Who Shall Rule the Earth?

Swami Kamalananda
Speaks on "Who Shall Rule the Earth?"
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Witnessing with hearts breaking, the eroding of our world order and horrors of visciousness so utterly inhumane, our confidence and faith in the possibility of peace for life on earth is shaken. What will be the prevailing power in our life and in the lives of generations to come? Sadly, ashamedly, we see that no creature on earth can surpass a human being in actions so mercilessly “inhumane” and so violent. 

We need wise guidance and understanding to examine the plight of mankind on earth at all times. We long through our own living only to be true and to help others, to console them and to facilitate an end to suffering. We aspire to learn to live wisely, to live by the righteousness of Truth. 

Inevitable questions come to mind: What determines the survival of humanity? To whom shall the Earth belong? Who will rule the world?


 From the Gurus and Swamis: AUM

God permeates our entire being with his divine presence.  The realization of the immanence of God within one’s own being is the foundation of spiritual life and the inspiration of righteous self-expression.
All righteous self-expressions and actions are inspired by love that is enshrined within the heart.
Abiding peace is the ultimate goal of life. 
—from "Sayings of Shyamacharan Lahiri" translated by Swami Premananda

When we truly understand the real value of this world in our life, then we do not lose our interest in it, becoming indifferent and despondent, but on the contrary, we love it.  We work for it and live in it with wisdom, calmness and peace.
The value of this world in our life is to enable us to realize our spiritual perfection.
—Swami Premananda, from "God the Universal Reality"

He who is realized as “I am the One that is the All” by those who see, by their reason, all this universe as existing within themselves and their own self, as the Birthless Being residing in the heart of all beings, — May that Lord, as the destroyer of the darkness of samsara, be forever praised.
—from the “Hymn to Hari” Swami Shankaracharya

Noble Thoughts:  ("Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda)

Our spirit is a being of a nature quite indestructible, and its activity continues from eternity to eternity. It is like the sun, which seems to set only to our earthly eyes, but which, in reality, never sets but shines on unceasingly.

—J.W. von Goethe, “Conversations with Eckermann"

In my vain life I have seen everything:  there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing.

— "Holy Bible," Ecclesiastes 7:15
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of
righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

— "Holy Bible," Isaiah 32:17

…. We hold it important that the individual should be true in his goodness. His outer good work may continue to produce good results, but the inner perfection of his personality has its own immense value, which for him is spiritual freedom and for humanity is an endless asset though we may not know it.  For goodness represents the detachment of our spirit from the exclusiveness of our egoism; in goodness we identify ourselves with the universal humanity. Its value is not merely in some benefit for our fellow beings, but in its truth itself through which we realize within us that man is not merely an animal, bound by his individual passions and appetites, but a spirit that has its unfettered perfection.  Goodness is the freedom of our self in the world of man, as is love.

—Rabindranath Tagore, from "The Religion of Man"