'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…
As the world turns on its axis, so each country upon the earth turns on its own particular 'spit'; there is a growing sense of unease the world over and it is erupting in pockets of intense destruction, some greater than others. It is often asked, "how can a merciful Lord let this happen?" by those who have some form of faith, or it is said that "there is proof your God does not exist!" by those who do not. Neither statement is fair to the process of faith or spiritual meaning.
If we look for a physical God who can, like a parent, have physical effects we will be disappointed on our reckoning day. If we decry the concept of a Power of Universal Meaning, we deprive ourselves of the fullest extent of living.
What is more, neither statement is helpful in the circumstances to which they are directed. It can certainly be overwhelming to be reading/hearing about such dreadful acts and their consequences. It is very difficult not to fall into the trap of the media and make assumptions and form half-informed opinions from which we in turn will build our actions and words. Anger, hatred, fear and so forth, whilst quite natural as initial reactions, serve no fundamental purpose beyond ensuring further perpetration of evil.
Make no mistake; to think dark thoughts is a perpetration of evil, whether or not those thoughts are voiced or acted upon.
The student of Vedanta learns that it is fine to be disappointed and hurt by the events of the world, but that it is useless to linger in those pains. Rather, we must draw ourselves upwards and seek a balanced view; where we cannot, or where there is clear infringement, we must at least call for and advocate common sense and fairness in dealings… even with the evil-doers.
Furthermore, we must assess how much 'investment' is appropriate in any given situation. "Does this affect me directly? If so, to what degree? If not, do I need to invest any emotional value at this time? If so, for how long? Is there anything which I can do to make a difference to the event? If yes, do it; if not, make decisions about moving along with life. Will there be any purpose served by my remaining emotionally attached to the situation?.." and so it goes on. The world needs those who can operate from compassion without the drag of emotional weight. Let not those who would point and say "you don't have any feelings!" affect you. Attempts to make people feel guilty for not feeling guilty is a very pointless and wasteful use of the human intellect.
We must understand and sympathise with the pain and angst for those who are in the immediacy of the types of events which have peppered the news of late, but unless we have the wherewithal either financially or physically to make a difference in those situations, it is also appropriate, as spiritual adherents and intellectual beings, to continue working for the good and to keep smiling, even now. Let not the crazy world drag you down. Show it you can rise above it and shun its attempts to instil fear and provoke reaction.
Place Love in your hearts, Brahman in your minds and let us pray as One…
HARI OM, HARI OM, HARI OM...