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A Thought on Internet

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We are living in interesting times of technological development in which brotherhood has really become a practical worldwide affair. In the past, distance and expense limited contact and the dissemination of information. Nowadays communication, friendships, as well as quarrels and wars, know no borders.

Why do we need to communicate in this way? Isn’t there anything in nature like this modern technology of the internet? Yes, there surely is: there has always been communication among all forms of life. Universal brotherhood has been mentioned as a fact of nature by great sages even in the far past. Then why were telecommunications and the internet invented only recently, rather than 10,000 or 100,000 years ago?

In fact it was invented much earlier than 100,000 years ago by nature itself, even before humanity was walking the earth. All beings are one in that which is beyond all forms, and at the same time they comprise an almost infinite number of varieties of individualities. From the moment individual living entities came into being there must have been communication. Every single being — be it a human, an animal, a plant, a stone, or even an atom — has the ability to communicate with others. We know that planets and stars have this ability: floating millions of kilometers from earth, they influence our behavior — even that of animals and plants — our character, moods, events on earth and elsewhere, our successes and failures.

As Hindus know, prāṇas or vital energies stream forth from the inner being of every living thing. These prāṇas enter beings with every breath, moving up and down and back and forth through our bodies. They are moving through and over our planet, through the mountains, rivers, trees, animals, humans, and gods, in and out of the poles of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, connecting every individual creature in the universe. All these pranas are loaded with specific information.

There is a special prāṇic link between all real spiritual centers of the earth, just as snowy mountaintops are connected through their whiteness and purity. Sometimes in deep meditation separation may vanish and then communication on a subtle level is not hampered by distance or gaps of time. Sometimes we know that we are communicating with our loved ones without telephones or the internet even when they are on the other side of the world. If that is so, what do we need the internet for?