It came to my attention recently that certain people who call themselves Reactionaries have apparently denied the authenticity of its claims. This isn’t wholly unexpected as, those in question being atheists, it would be hard for them to accept any notion of a divine revelation.
I want to argue against a rejection on the part of any self-proclaimed Reactionary of the prophetic nature of this study. And so, let’s look at just some of the predictions about Modernity made thousands of years ago in Ancient India.
Often cited as the Hindu prediction of Modern democracy, this is important. The condemnation of future leaders as being duplicitous, sinful, and angry predators is prophetic, but the important part comes in the idea of leaders rapidly rising and falling. For all of pre-Enlightenment history, monarchs with few exceptions served in their sovereign office for life, unless they were usurped by internal or external powers. In historical terms, what we have now is an unprecedentedly rapid succession of leaders who are voted in and voted out, or have their tenures expire. This signifies a short political life, and is indeed often marked by limited power, as compared to the historical way of monarchs. They also of course, create big expectations that often disappoint once they are elected.
Prediction #2 – “Wealth will be the test of pedigree and virtue”
Unfortunately, this has resulted from Consumer Capitalism, and our success today is often measured by how much money and material goods we can accumulate. It is the rich and famous who are idolized, rather than the virtuous or those of good upbringing. The loyalties of young people are especially to those who are shown to be ‘success stories’ on the television set, their favorite singers, actors, and other vapid personalities, rather than even their close relatives or co-religionists.
Prediction #3 – “The administrative heads as a class will condemn the tenets of Vedic wisdom and will prefer to conduct a so-called secular state, and the so-called educated brahmanas will be purchased by such unscrupulous administrators. Even a philosopher and writer of many books on religious principles may also accept an exalted post in a government which denies all the moral codes of the sastras.”
The critical piece of this paragraph is the prophecy of the “so-called secular state”. Perhaps the Ancient Hindus knew exactly what I outlined in my last article, that secularism is not in fact the abolition of a state-imposed dogma, but rather the replacement of a good one with a bad one. Alas, revealed religion and politics have been driven apart by the axe of the Modern, and indeed he does justify this with paid ‘religious’ stooges who do his bidding, defending Liberal Democracy and condemning its opponents as ‘extremists’.
Prediction #4 – “In the Kali-yuga the population is just a royal edition of the animals. They have nothing to do with spiritual knowledge or godly religious life.”
Here you have Scientific Darwinism predicted in stark terms. Man has been reduced to the status of a mere animal rather than something more substantial, thanks to the predominance of a clinical theory of evolution. He has evolved from less capable forms of life, but in essence he is only an intelligent beast. The view hit its violent apex in the last century of course, with the rise of eugenics and a purely biological understanding of race, as well as the Marxist transformation of men into expendable means. We have turned away from a spiritual concept of both race and humanity at large.
Prediction #5 – “Everyone feels the absence of his relative who is away from home. The particular symptom of the age of Kali is that no family is now blessed to live together. To earn a livelihood, the father lives at a place far away from the son, or the wife lives far away from the husband and so on. There are sufferings from internal diseases, separation from those near and dear, and anxieties for maintaining the status quo. These are but some important factors which make the people of this age always unhappy.”
Unwrap this, and you get a summation of the breakdown in extended family loyalty structures as well as the general disunity of families thanks to time-consuming electronics, distant and monotonous work, and perhaps the conspicuous exit of women from the home entirely. We are truly unhappy with this way of life, even if some don’t want to admit how miserable and drone-like it has made our once vibrant lives, now lived in an essential solitude.
Prediction #6 – “In this age illicit connection with women will render many women and children uncared for. Circumstantially, the women will try to become independent of the protection of men, and marriage will be performed as a matter of formal agreement between man and woman.”
Ah, the ravages of the Feminist agenda. With our rocketing divorce and never-even-married rates, with fathers seeing little point in sticking around in the miserable household situation that Modernity has fostered, it is the case that many women and children remain unguided, and adrift. Women have sought to become truly independent, against their true nature, to catastrophic ends, and marriage has transformed from a highly ritualistic ceremony into a state-run contractual convenience to be dissolved whenever one party decides they have had enough. All that matters today is consent, which is used to great effect by those wish to further mutilate our marital practices.
Prediction #7 – “The brahmanas are traditionally intelligent men, and thus they will be able to pick up modern education to the topmost rank, but as far as moral and religious principles are concerned, they shall be the most fallen.”
This one isn’t difficult to understand. It gives affirmation that our leaders and scholars in the Modern world will still largely be people considered to be highly educated, having attended top institutes of higher learning, but that this will instill in them no virtue, and as a result they will only lead the nation further down the road of destruction, for an education in the hands of the wicked is only a tool for a more efficient debasement of the society in question.
Prediction #8 – “Nowadays, men without proper training by culture and tradition are promoted to exalted posts by the votes of the people who are themselves fallen in the rules and regulations of life. How can such people select a proper man when they are themselves fallen in the standard of life? Therefore, by the influence of the age of Kali, everywhere, politically, socially or religiously, everything is topsy-turvy, and therefore for the sane man it is most regrettable.”
Relates to what we might call the Law of Diminishing Sanity in politics, that a populace in a degenerate state who can vote will elect leaders of a degenerate state, who through their actions in positions of power will only increase the instability and social degradation in a society. This is most regrettable for we, the Reactionaries who have to live in the ruins.
Prediction #9 – “people will freely commit abortion.”
Not much needs to be said, except that Modernity’s phenomena of abortion is unparalleled in history. There are certainly minor examples of infanticide in both extreme environments and at the behest of short-lived, demonic religious cults, but the industrialized murder mill that runs unnoticed day and night in the Modern West is something entirely new, and it would have shocked and appalled people in Ancient India when this prophecy was handed down. This was considered unimaginable.
Prediction #10 – “[…] the Vedas will be contaminated by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals.”
Since the time of the original Atheists, and subsequently by the obscenely less impressive New Atheists, the religious basis for our lives in both traditions and Scripture has been challenged and questioned by these so-called ‘free thinkers’, who have sought to explain away all that has undergirded our lives for centuries as superstition and unfounded myth. What’s more, we are at the mercy of our political elite more than ever before as they insert themselves into every aspect of our lives. As for our so-called intellectuals and religious leaders? The description offered definitely seems to fit a lot more than a handful of them.
We’re not through yet, but this is a healthy amount to digest for now, and already I think we have a good case for including the belief in the Kali Yuga and its correspondence with Modernity in what we might deem a loose Reactionary canon.