- Prashant Trivedi
These words are dedicated to my humanitarian friends all across the world. We get to hear a lot about 'peace' ,'love' and 'brotherhood' from them which makes one wonder what these words actually mean especially at a time when humanity as a whole is standing on the brink of a disaster. 'Love' at present is usually realized as sensitivity to the physical, mental or emotional needs of fellow human beings. Though this type of 'love' pervades the world of today at various levels of human existence we still find that things are only deteriorating with time. The fault than lies not with 'love' but the meaning we ascribe to it. 'Love' in reality is the quality with in an individual which seeks to raise the levels of consciousness among fellow human beings to ones own level and beyond. 'Love' is the true understanding of the Cosmic Plan . It is the universal force which seeks nothing but the manifestation of this plan on all planes of existence. It is thus a true humanitarian force which seeks to transform each and everyone without asking for anything in return. It expresses through an individual as a desire to serve the plan without any personal motive. Any other act which shares a different intent is not an act of 'love' but a selfish expression of the human ego. This superficial and incorrect interpretation of 'love' is costing us a lot as we still are far from achieving a state of brotherhood among humanity as a whole. Our 'love' is bound with in the confines of the family, nationality and religious groupism. Todays mother 'loves' her child , a love that has been glorified to the hilt by society, but at the same time she takes it upon herself not to love any other child that is not her own. We are still a childish society with a very primitive personal view of love which means that it is alright for one person to love another person and maintain neutrality (sometimes hatred) towards the rest. More often than not we try to put our loved ones in a box and see to it that no harm comes to them. Our definition of harm usually relates to transformation, change, death , all of which are considered undesirable. So even when we 'love' a person from our socially accepted perspective we try to stunt his/her growth as an individual and thus only end up doing him/her harm. In my view this is what our friends are doing in instinctually following their protective, motherly urges for humanity. Why i use the word instinctual is because the amount of thought and the level of awareness required to serve humanity in the correct way is generally lacking . A lot of our humanitarian friends scoff at even the idea of the collapse of human civilization as we know it. Everyone who is propagating this idea of reality is branded as anti-social, cultist etc etc. According to them no collapse ever happened and is ver going to happen as such a thought implies that a lot of people will perish which obviously is not the right way to think. Our friend's 'love' for humanity blinds their eyes to the actions of humanity which is seeking to destroy the equilibrium of life on Earth. Just like an ignorant mother who seeks to halt the true spiritual growth of her own child in the name of love, these people are causing immense harm to humanity in the name of humanitarianism. I know that all of these people have best of intentions in their hearts towards the cause of humanity, but the fact remains that lack of wisdom and awareness can nullify the best of intentions. Just as the saying goes , " It is better to have an intelligent enemy rather than have a foolish friend." If some part of humanity survives the coming changes it would not be due to the efforts of these people but because of those who understood and confronted reality and shared their understanding with others. In the case of the humanitarians who are believers as well the permanent argument is " How can our compassionate Creator bestow destruction upon his own children ? " Nobody is willing to admit that 'destruction' is also a part of the Plan of the Creator just as much as death is a part of the game of life. Destruction is always termed evil ( 'satanic' if I may use the term popularised by Christianity in particular) and it is a pity that the majority of humanity has imbibed this idea deep with in its collective psyche. 'Peace' is another word which is in vogue in the present times especially among our humanitarian friends and politicians. 'Peace' in its present context means no external fighting among nations and with in nations. In this peaceful state it is alright for everyone from an individual to a nation to fiercely compete for grabbing a bigger share of the earth's bounties. Every body wants ' peace' so that every one gets a chance to prosper or at least pursue that illusion by exploiting the earth's resources to the maximum regardless of the consequences. Even when everybody wants peace or is at least talking about it, the reality is that the 20th century has been the bloodiest century in recorded history. So there is a flaw in our present definition of 'peace' too and if the modern man carries on with the same way of thinking as he has been doing for the past century I must say that 'war' would always be hanging just around the corner. 'Peace' in reality is the state of being at harmony with nature, universe and the cosmic mind. This peace does not come through signing papers and treaties, creating leagues of nations and world bodies of peace and so forth but through a different route. This peace is realized at first with in an individual through the same process real 'love' is realized - the process of contemplation and reflection which leads to an increased awareness on levels. After that it is seen in the one to one relationships of these aware individuals. From there it finds manifestation with in a group and from there it is achieved in society and so forth. This is the reason why it is important for aware individuals of the present to get together in groups so that in the future the dream of a harmonious human society is realized. In simple terms what i am trying to convey is that the dream of my humanitarian friends where an atmosphere of brotherhood exists between all of humanity can not be realized with in the framework of the present civilization. The reason for this is quite simple - the present civilization is not in harmony with nature and until there is harmony between 'man' and 'nature' there can not be harmony between 'man' and 'man'. If my friends would just ponder on this statement for a while, may be they would also begin to see the fall of the 'modern way of life' in a different light. Finally i would just like to say that : " All of our problems arise from the limited ways in which we think and feel. "