Rama Tirtha's vision coming alive

World renowned Swami Rama Tirtha (1873 –1906), who was a brilliant Professor of Mathematics, predicted prosperity for the Indian subcontinent by explaining cycles of time called “Law of Periodicity.” Nature shows that the sun moves from east to west, coming back to the east to begin a new cycle.

More than a century ago in 1903, in his book, In Wood of God Realization Volume III, Swami Rama Tirtha observed: “Everything in this world ‘moves rhythmically’ and the Law of Periodicity governs all phenomena. In accord with this law should move even the Sun or star of prosperity. There was a time when the Sun of wisdom and wealth shone at the zenith of glory in India. As seen through the eyes of History, this luminary, like other heavenly bodies, began gradually to march westward and westward. It passed over Persia, Assyria, and further west. Egypt saw it shining overhead. Next came the turn of Greece. After that Rome enjoyed the noon of glory. Then Germany, France, and Spain were duly waked up by the Light. At last England began to receive the dazzling splendour of the Sun of prosperity. Westward, ho! travels the Sun and brings America to the high swing of Fortune. In the United States, the Light spread in the usual course travelling from New York (or “the East”) westward and westward till it reached California or “the west”. When it was day in India, nobody knew America. Now that it is day in America the night of poverty and pain is hovering over India. But, no; the Sun seems already crossing over the PacificOcean, and Japan bids fair to be among the foremost powers of the world, and if the laws of Nature are to be trusted, the Sun of wealth and wisdom must complete his Revolution and shine once more on India with redoubled splendour. Amen!”

The peak of economic and cultural growth in India was witnessed during the Indus Valley civilization, which flourished 4500 years ago. Although South Asia is the most poverty stricken region of the world today, it holds tremendous potential for transformation and development. SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) was formed in 1985 to promote the economic welfare of this region but has not proved to be very effective.

Just as the European Community developed into the European Union (EU) in 1993, so also SAARC could develop into an “Indus Union.” The formation of regional unions based on the EU model is the best way to bring about radical and positive change in the entire region. It is time to unify the economies of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Myanmar, and others that were once an integral part of India into an “Indus Union.”