My prayer for this lifetime: Please help me learn to take no offense, to become as tolerant as a plant. Please help me see how divinity is working through this person or situation to help me grow into my higher self.
To the degree that I am offended, I commit myself to suffering. Sometimes I feel offended and that I need to teach the other person what they did wrong. This usually ends up multiplying problems because that individual digs their heels in. And then they are offended too and the suffering multiplies. If we see each other as ordinary, we can easily fall into a feeling of superiority and that we need to teach, but can we see the divine in each person and especially in those that offended us so that we soften this sense of “I need to teach them.” Instead, I will be in a place of humility and tolerance and perhaps invite the situation to teach me.
I’d love for this to be a dialogue, please comment below if you have anything to add.
I saw this posted in the storefront of where Srila Prabhupada set up shop in NYC to share prashad and kirtan.
The root of all problems is our ignorance of who we really are. We aren’t solely the body, or the mind, we aren’t our thoughts, jobs, hobbies, liked or dislikes, but we are spirits connected to all sprits. If we can recognize our underlying unity, we would no longer need borders, no longer need to compete with each other for resources, but instead we’d do everything in support of everything.
Avidya, or ignorance, is the root of the ego, attractions, aversions, and clinging to life, these are the obstacles on the path. Once we realize our connection and yoke to it, we attain vidya, or knowledge, and then we will find harmony, fairness, and peace.
We will realize protecting Mother Earth is self defense.
Yoga, or the realization that the self exists as an inseparable part of the whole and our meaningful existence is found by serving the whole, is the first step to overcoming the obstacles in battling climate chaos and eradicating humanity’s egocentric thinking that Earth and all its creatures and resources exist solely for human use.
Destruction of the environment and our stable climate is a direct result of the mistaken thinking that humans are on top with the rights to use, abuse, manipulate, and destroy as they like.
Malcolm X said, “I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.” At what point will standing in the sidelines be more violent than resisting the destruction of the planet and its ability to provide for future generations?
Excerpt is from a highly recommended read titled Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth: