There is that saying that the church and state should remain separate which from an outsiders point of view I can definitely understand. Yet while I am not in the ‘church’ I am pursuing a spiritual life where Swami’s are invited to live in the world but not of it.
I find this time in my life to be so very interesting. As I prepare to move all my attention and efforts inward, I am deeply concerned by what I see in my surrounding environment. Our nation is in the grips of a real crisis which may have dire consequences both now and into the long term future – effecting the whole of humanity.
As a spiritual aspirant what is the obligation to serve society through its development and protection.
There are a few threads of thought;
We create our reality by what we think. Where mind goes energy flows….does concerning myself with fear, distrust and activism around politics actually entrench the problem even if I keep it positive? If I were to work at bringing an optimistic view to the problems – underlining this is still the view that there is a problem. Am I feeding energy and momentum towards the mess?
Conversely if I don’t think about the current issues and problems, does this mean the problems should go away and play out as karma intends. Are we not all one – if one is affected are we not ALL affected? If I look out into the world and seek only that which is good, beneficial and perfect, is that what will manifest? If so how do we explain the current suffering? While on one level I can see the wisdom in keeping your eye skyward, I am acutely aware that we are earthbound and in this situation due to ignorance, apathy and exhaustion. Is turning a conscious eye the same or worse than turning a blind one?
Or finally is it like Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita – ‘Without concern for results, perform the necessary action; surrendering all attachments, accomplish life’s highest good’. Do I act without emotional engagement either way – with no preferences and no aversions just act in a way that I am called to do without expectation of outcome. Change or stay the same but act anyway?
For now I will the Gita and in February next year I move into the ashram. The Ashram will be a place where I cultivate and develop these skills and many others. Hopefully along this path identifying what my dharma (life’s purpose) & Atmaniddhi (question, answer & path) is so that I can put my complete impartial attention on the work of my life – being of service.
Hari Om Tat Sat