The reasons of decline of Vedic System
Vedic system makes King very powerful due to all land vested with the State. The King has unquestionable authority over who uses land (well, as long
as King follows dharm).
So nobody can be prosperous if King is unhappy.
If the royal Priests and the King get corrupted, the entire system can fall like a house of cards. Although educated people have say in appointing a
King, removing an existing King requires a strong Priest.
We have kings like Kans and Drithrashtra in Mahabharat epic who have fallen from virtue. There were many other kings as well in the story of
Mahabharat who sided with Duryodhan because of decline in virtue. Eleven janapada out of eighteen supported Duryodhan, so that pretty much tells the
state of Kings before the war.
The war rooted out the bad and stopped the decline for some time. But the dam has broken, and the water could not be controlled anymore. The fall in
virtue has been steady since, and Vedic thought was in serious decline 2000 years after the Mahabharat war.
While Bharat was in decline, civilizations in the East and West were rising. Great civilizations arose in Egypt, China and Mesapotamia, that were
non-Vedic civilizations. Trade brought ideas and people from these lands to India. As is often the case with travellers - they tell great stories
about their country of origin. Travellers tell the good with hyperbole, while hide the bad. The stories would have reached the courts of our kings,
and made our kings jealous of the magnificence that kings of these lands lived with.
Increasing taxes was not possible in Vedic system, so the Kings would have tried to increase revenue in other ways, to pay for their newfound taste
for luxuries. They would have favoured imports - to get higher customs duty, and would have favoured foreigners who brought tributes (bribes) for the
kings. Over time a lot of foreigners settled in this country, which upset the delicate balance set up for millions of years.
I think it was time out for Bharat. Even the virtuous meet their end. This is the law of God. Nothing lasts, even good, on this mortal planet.
People of this planet will eventually get thoroughly tired of the evil as well. Only the eternal Vedic religion lasts, nothing else. There is no
option but to get back to it.
edit on 24-10-2011 by vedatruth because: (no reason given)