We speak of the ‘family of humanity’. We speak of love. We speak of world peace. We speak of open-mindedness. Yet these things are not so easy to accomplish.
Some have a strong bias against spirituality as irrational. Others find solace in embracing the heartfelt aspect of spirituality, even as a reprieve from having to think. Cultures have their differences. One religion judges another. One political group despises the other. Many ‘open-minded’ people condemn those who do not think the way they do. One cultural or sub-cultural group is uncomfortable with another. Cultural Integrity so easily crosses the line into the biases of bigotry and racism.
My work honors the unique integrity of each culture while inviting you to see past the bias. In so doing, we can create a true family of humanity that honors the uniqueness of each culture – that respects diversity, not just tolerates it.
In my attempts to create a family of humanity, I often trigger a knee-jerk controversy. When I speak of God, ‘rationalists’ immediately reject my words. When I ask people to take a step back and see the rationality hidden beneath any spiritual superstition, I am accused of being too ‘heady’. When I wear Indian attire as a sign of respect to that tradition, I am judged as ‘another white guy trying to do the guru thing’. When I wear western clothes, I am not respecting the ancient traditions of spiritual knowledge. Casual observers so quickly cast my hat into the ring of their impulsive choosing.
Prejudice reigns. We are so quickly pigeon-holed, judged, and rejected or accepted based on the prejudices of every individual in this 30-second sound bite world. It happens in the blink of an eye, even by the most “open minded” individuals.
So where is the learning? How can people see beyond their biases?
I strive to move humanity forward. I encourage everyone to look deeper to live better. In so doing, the world will come together in harmony. In so doing, world peace can become a reality. I invite you to take a step back and reflect with me. Look more deeply into my words and actions than just a first glance may provide. We can heal this planet. We can have a loving family of humanity. It is within our grasp.
Be willing to reach beyond the limitations of your current mentality.
This is a good blog. It reminds me to look inside of myself to find my own “blind spots”
It reminds me of the importance of using communication to help cross the cultural misunderstandings.
I’ve witnessed this happening in your classes, so I know what you are speaking of can be done. I’ve also seen it happen with the group coherence at Mount Soma. This blog helps remind me of how incredible and in ways so subtle what you are doing is.
Deeply transcendent. Approaches a sweet sublime place deep down…feels as “right as rain” as my dear godmother liked to say…
Feels like a revival of the holy spirit in between the lines of your article…exquisite.
I can feel the refined resolution to the dilemmas you mirror. That refined knowing quickly fades to either the noise in my head, the knots in my gut or the scars around my heart.
I’ve got some cleaning up to do….
The only way to echo what this stirs in me is to slip into the zone and write from the well. Could be volumes.
There is simplicity within this, but you probably have a full book to write on this theme…principle. Hint… 😉
I had a conversation yesterday with a gentleman who is very knowledgeable about politics. In the course of the conversation, he said the American Communist party wrote in a position paper that “the consciousness of humanity would need to increase” before they would get traction here. I don’t know about that outcome, but I found it fascinating that a group would talk about the consciousness of humanity increasing. It is a stretch, but I personally take it as a validation that the work Brahmarshi is doing with us is already influencing humanity.
Maybe why communism hasn’t worked anywhere…. And that’s a good thing IMHO. It was an “idea” a principle or a reflection on a single thread of society. Should never have been imposed on any group of people.
IMHO, when any Social Consciousness is properly “Evolved” or refined, then it doesn’t matter much what form of government you live with… The context for defining a government in a truly “Enlightened” society will shape and form in ways we cannot even imagine….
Made in the U.S.A.
Speaking of mentality….wonder how the American capitalist / democratic mentality relates to this thread…?
I’M IN! So Beautiful!! Everyday I have in my awareness to look for anything that I might be able to look at differently. The surface is not that difficult however it is very stimulating when I find the deep seeded indoctrination and chip away at that. I believe that what you say is true Brahmarshi..I can feel it in my gut. I will share this blog with many,the same as I have with many of the others. It is not up to me when the ah-ha moment comes in others however it is up to me to share your teachings to hopefully inspire the shift to occur.
Thank you dearly
I’ve always felt that if more individuals had the opportunity to travel, even out of their “home” state to another, another part of the U.S., or a foreign country, they might be more tolerant of another culture, or POV. Even venturing from “your” part of town to the “bad”, one might feel more tolerance/compassion for another.
I love your statement, and try and say “I love this quote”, then sometimes have to explain it with someone I might be talking with, with a diametrically opposite POV on any subject we’re discussing, “There are multiple, simultaneous, contradictory, yet equally valid perspectives.” It helps me many times also to remind myself that, when I find myself “stuck” in my own perspective, even as “open-minded” as I feel myself.
It is the razors edge.
Jai Siva Sankara
This is so beautiful. Your blogs are always to the point of things I’m grappling with. Whenever anyone shares with me their perspectives about spirituality or recommends a “great book” to read, I feel the resistance in myself, the fear of being pulled away or distracted from what I’m learning from you. Sometimes I’m just not interested in reading the book they recommend, and then I feel guilty, like I’m judging them. Listening, and appreciating the path and space of another person yet remaining true to myself requires a constant refining of my respect, compassion, discernment and humility. I want to share with friends about you and your teachings because of the profound impact and healing you’ve had on my life, but I tend to share it poorly. And then I feel like I’m just trying to force my perspective on someone. I suspect it’s a matter of timing and discernment…and learning to be patient and keep tilling my own soil.
As Tracy says, what you do is so incredible and subtle. You come from that profound place of wisdom and clarity.