When I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park recently, as we drove through the forests above 5,000 feet, most of the mental and electronic noise of the world vanished and even the pure silence deepened.
There is a baseline of such energy, a soup of prevalent emotions, our collective mind, ever present in any country. Ours has been noisy and discordant lately.
Rajas or motion is dominant now in the USA (and every country) due to the expansion of space and the acceleration of time, the result of infusing our lives with billions of microprocessors. The computers are always slicing and dicing, effortlessly keeping up, mechanistically tracking and amplifying our collective consciousness into a dynamic and media-driven reflection of ourselves.
During our current iteration of government, we have encountered a daily chaos, simply due to an innocent incompetence of leadership. In today’s times of speed and precision, dharma becomes more important than ever. The right person in the right place, transcending individual desire in favor of the whole.
We are also such a young country, a teenager perhaps, when set against the great civilizations of the world, and like a youth we believe we can do anything, heedlessly at times. But if this is not carried out with wisdom, who knows where we end up? Free will needs a foundation, and must always deal with its consequences, regardless.
Along with our brashness comes a parallel contraction, towards xenophobia, sexism and racism. Whenever any of us feels we are going too fast, that the pace of change feels threatening, it is a natural reaction to hold more tightly, driving some towards a fearful and angry conservatism, permeating the political spectrum.
Polarization can occur, especially leaving an age of stasis, tamas, and inertia, where karmas slowed down to such a sluggish pace that even great evil or simply monstrous ignorance could be perpetuated without visible consequences, and good was always struggling to keep up, both resigned to a hopeless sine-wave of suffering.
So the old ways don’t want to change, but they must, this effort supported by a huge and life supporting infusion of sattva or purity, the enlivening of the source of life within each of us.
Sattva acts like a social lubricant, its fullness and forgiving nature absorbing great amounts of stress and tension, while its bridge to Divinity also provides a pathway, a transformation of stagnant and confused initiatives into something fresh and vibrant. This allows the redemption of the collective consciousness whenever it becomes fraught and in need of direction. Divinity is invisible, yet always supportive, and like a kind teacher allows our lessons to be learned quickly and smoothly, that we may continue – no more roadblocks to unity.
We are at a blessed crossroads here in the USA, looking forward to clearer skies ahead. Along with healing ourselves within, may our healthier outlook be passed on to all of the countries in the world, and may we become friendlier, more considerate and approachable.
There is no stopping this global civilization from rising, nor the growing sovereignty of each culture and nation. May we all continue to travel comfortably and smoothly towards our ever brighter future, together.
~ Jai Guru Dev ~