In regards to the last sentence, that rural Indians are lazy and  dull, 
Maharishi used to say the same, at least in the early years. I think it 
probably goes a lot deeper than that. M used to say that when they were 
building Shankaracharya Nagar that he had to stay on top of the workers, 
telling them what to do etc. because as soon as he walked away they would sit 
down  and fall asleep..

 

      From: "yifux...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:37 PM
 Subject: [FairfieldLife] Poverty in India
   
    After getting initiated by the Kriya Yoga Guru Swami Satyeswarananda in 
1982, I asked him why there's so much poverty in India.  He got extremely 
pissed off at the question, and didn't answer it.  I'm still trying to figure 
out why.(as to the poverty).  In addition to the reasons given in this 
website,:4 Main Causes of Poverty in India – Explained! 
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  it appears that India had two Golden Ages (the "original" Indus/Sarawati 
civilization starting about 5,000 years ago (or before), lasting until the 
drying up of the Sarawati River, 2000 BCE.  Then, another Golden Age would be 
from about 300 CE to 1000 CE which included the Chola Dynasty.  At this time, 
India's net economic production was about 1/3 of the world's, and Hindu culture 
spread to other parts of Asia and Africa.  It appears that repeated Muslim 
invasions contributed to an overall decline after about 1200 CE.  UCSD 
Cognitive Neurologist Dr. V. S. Ramachandra puts the blame a the feet of the 
British, who started with rather benign East India Trading posts in many Indian 
cities but eventually took over with military and political power, lasting into 
the middle of the 20-th Century. Further google searching may turn up 
definitive clues.Here's a rather funny quote from the above website: "Most of 
the rural people are lazy, dull, and reluctant to work. Hence, they rot in 
poverty". (but unfortunate if true.  I've never been to India in the current 
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