tiistai 29. toukokuuta 2012

Shootings again in Finland

The present 18 years old shooter doesn´t seem to know his motive for shootings… But he was interestid of games and guns...Why in Finland so many cases? Something can speculate: I think Finnish people are too cool, too serious and too perfectionists. Parents and teachers demand esp intellectually so much and you try to please them until you break down and do something inconsiderate, while the social and spiritual side is neglected. Could this be the prize of goody goody country… with most well educated kids and one of the happiest places (pretending and externally?) to live – as the international statistics praise?
Another thing; people here are isolating too much themselves. Then actually one starts to have some unrealistic, strange way of thinking – and the more while being influenced by net; videos, war games etc. Many specialists say that Finnish people are too engaged with mobiles and computers and have no real relationships with people.
Just one my own example; I was reading every morning for ab 5 days a book (in this case good) which was about young man in hunger strike in order to gain justice for his case. At same time in that place where I was, I felt there was some injustice done to me, so I didn´t want to eat there. Afterwards I realized that my fasting had probably something to do with the hunger strike in the book that I was reading, although consciously I was not aware of the connection at that time. What come to feeling of injustice I might have exaggerated it too due to the book I red.
Sarkar explains: Whenever any of the inferential waves emanating from any object catch your attention, instantly an identical wave also forms in your afferent nerves. Thereafter that wave, reaching your ectoplasmic body (citta), causes your mind to be identified with the similar thought.
For instance, looking at a book is an action which the mind performs with the help of the eyes. When the mind sees a book, what actually happens is that the mind… takes the shape of something we call a book. This shape which the mind takes is different from the image which is formed on the retina, as the mind can see and become like a book even when the eyes are closed.
It is with this mind that the action of seeing a book is performed, and this is termed psychic assimilation of rúpa tanmátra. Through abhyása, through prolonged and meticulous (spiritual) practice, one strives to make the citta flow with a particular wavelength permanently. This sort of spiritual practice is mostly performed by citta.
Through abhyása or repeated practice the static citta is converted into the mutative citta, the mutative citta into the sentient citta, and the sentient citta into Cognitive Faculty (Spirtitual). But when the mind is converted into crude object…the sentient citta is gradually transformed into mutative citta, and the mutative citta into the static citta. Eventually the whole mind is converted into matter...
The mind is continuously tossed between good and bad. But when the practice of sádhaná inspires one to accept shreya (path of benevolence) as one’s ideology, one attains the true state of ekágra bhúmi. Thus it has been said that the passengerlike charioteer takes the body-like chariot… The sound waves reach the citta through the medium of the acoustic nerves (afferent nerves) with the help of their vital force.
Every human being, having evolved from animals. Animals display predominantly the animality, while human beings due to a well-reflected consciousness also possess rationality. The animality in people draws them towards gratification of animal desires, but the rationality of their consciousness remains ungratified since all these are transitory and short-lived. The animal aspect pulls them towards instant earthly joys, while their consciousness, not being satisfied with these, draws them towards the Cosmic Entity – the Infinite.
If their consciousness lies dormant behind their animality, people are bound to behave like animals. They in fact become worse than animals as, even though endowed with well-reflected consciousness, they do not make use of it. This longing for the Infinite is the innate quality or dharma which characterizes the human status of people. And so people derive real happiness only when they can attain the Cosmic Entity or get into the process of attaining it.
You know, there is a particular insect in India, it is called peshaskrt. It kills cockroaches. And cockroaches are very much afraid of that insect. So when a cockroach sees that insect, that insect becomes its object of ideation; that is, its objective counterpart of the mind becomes, takes the form of – what? [The peshaskrt.]And what happens? Slowly the body of the cockroach is converted into the body of that peshaskrt.
Criminals will have to be regarded with benevolent, humanistic sentiments, and means of curing them must be suggested…Prisons are not for punishment, rather prisons are hospitals for treatment of disease.
Born criminals. Psychologists cannot treat the mental diseases which inflict born criminals all alone; the cooperation of physicians and sociologists is essential….Of course at the present time the patient may not make a complete recovery… However as long as society fails to take such humanistic measures in dealing with born criminals, it is farcical to compel them to stand trial.
It can of course be cured quite quickly through spiritual practices and in a slightly longer period through yogic methods, but for this a congenial environment is essential. Prison environments should therefore be made more pure, more humane.
Criminals out of Habit… (Lack of discipline) if …obstacles which keep people from moving along the path of evil becomes weak, people will tend to engage in antisocial activities…In this way people get accustomed to performing antisocial activities and finally turn into hardened criminals. However, habitual criminals can easily be treated if they are provided with a proper moral education, a method of acquiring moral strength and a strictly regulated social environment. Although it is extremely difficult to convince habitual criminals to follow the path of spirituality, it may be possible through psychological means.
Criminals Due to Environment…Civilized society looks down on them because they are criminals when they could have been revered as ideal human beings with impeccable characters if they had been given a proper environment. Where the parents or guardians are evil by nature, they try to infect the other members of their family with their disease. It will be the duty of the judge to remove them from that environment with the help of sociologists and psychologists. In prisons also those criminals of this type who have already turned into habitual criminals should be housed with great care, otherwise their disease will spread to others.
Criminals Due to Poverty. Most crimes throughout the world are committed due to poverty, except in countries where the minimum necessities of life have been met. Throughout history millions of people have died due to artificial famines created by other human beings.
Criminals out of Momentary Weakness. Another type of crime occurs occasionally. This is a temporary criminal urge, a special type of mental disease which suddenly appears in a certain type of environment and again subsides after a short time. If the feeling of mental agitation recurs due to the influence of temporal, spatial or personal factors, they will immediately commit a crime…After witnessing a brutal murder, sometimes such weak-minded people begin to think of themselves as criminals.
Crimes involving cruelty are generally caused by the following factors: loss of judgement due to intoxication or extreme excitement; jealousy over property or wealth; a severe blow to one’s prestige or the influence of any of the ripus; fights over women; serious differences of opinion.
The causes of these types of crime lie in the weaknesses of the human mind. However, where the thought of committing a crime gradually develops over a long period of time, where the offender deliberately becomes intoxicated in the hope of committing the crime with calm nerves, or where the offender gets others intoxicated in order for them to commit a crime, it is rare for the offender to receive clemency.
Benevolent people may wonder how much value corrective measures have for criminals who, for whatever reason, have not turned into habitual criminals but still do not show any sense of remorse after committing a crime; for first-time offenders who have not produced any type of evidence to demonstrate that circumstantial pressure was the reason for their crime; or for those who have not shown any physical or psychological symptoms which would warrant their being declared mentally ill. In such circumstances experienced judges and social well-wishers would take penal instead of corrective measures. From the moral standpoint, we cannot but support this. Yet…, is it not society’s duty to make them aware of their wrongdoing and help them to learn how to develop their higher propensities and strengthen their minds? And is it not also the duty of society to ensure that this awakening is a corrective rather than a penal process? Of course it is necessary to retain tough penal measures as a part of the corrective system. Moreover, if punishment has an important place in correcting behaviour, people will, out of fear of being punished, avoid drifting along according to the inclinations of their lower propensities. As a result of this environmental pressure, dishonest people will be compelled to live an honest life and society will be greatly benefited.
Crime and Politics. Calumny, jealousy, factionalism, indolence, grandiloquence, etc., are all social defects which, given a congenial environment, turn people into great criminals. These human defects are glaringly apparent in the modern world; the reason for this is the proclivity to indulge in politics. Politics today is concerned solely with satisfying the desire for power; all connection with selfless service has been lost. Unless the desire for power loosens its grip on the human mind, the unhealthy proclivity for politics will not be eliminated from modern society.
The Judicial System. Although the system of capital punishment is unacceptable from the moral viewpoint, people do sometimes resort to this custom under specific circumstances. It does not contain any corrective measures and has no purpose other than to instil fear into people’s minds. It is possible that although the person fails to evoke our sympathy because of the seriousness of his or her crimes, he or she may sincerely repent and be prepared to dedicate the rest of his or her life to the genuine service of society.
Some people argue that criminals…will have to be sentenced to life imprisonment, because few countries have the facilities to cure them of their mental disease… A prison should be just like a reform school, and the superintendent should be a teacher who is trained in psychology and who has genuine love for society…If a criminal is imprisoned for a serious crime, what will happen to his or her dependents? They will still have to somehow go on living. The boys of the family may join a gang of pickpockets and the girls may take to prostitution.
The Need for a Spiritual Ideal. Civilized people today should be more interested in preventing base criminal propensities from arising in human beings in the first place, than in taking corrective measures…
No penal or social code, no matter how well-planned, can liberate society. Without a spiritual ideal, no social, economic, moral, cultural or political policy or programme can bring humanity to the path of peace. The sooner humanity understands this fundamental truth, the better.
A Universal Penal Code. Finally, it is my sincere belief that, except for those social problems which are caused by geographical factors, the solution to all complex social problems may be found by implementing a universal penal code, one which is applicable to all humanity. The constitution of the world should be drafted by a global organization recognized by the people, otherwise the possibility exists that at any moment a minority in a country might be persecuted.
Didi Annapurna

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