Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that…
Let us pause and reflect on the past nine months. In late January, we heard of the Coronavirus not realising that this was the next black swan event that was highly unpredictable, how things have changed since then. Most countries being radically impacted – some with dire consequences. At the time of writing, over 1million human beings have died worldwide.
The question that needs to be asked is this: “Was any of this necessary?” In hindsight, this was a disaster waiting to happen. I maintain that 90% of our planet’s disasters are human-made. History keeps on repeating itself – we continue to make the same mistakes. As the custodians of this planet, Humanity has performed relatively poorly. We have caused untold harm to the Mineral, Plant & Animal Kingdoms not to mention the damage we have caused to ourselves – the Human Kingdom.
The human mind is highly evolved and intelligent. One need only look at the great works of art, music, literature and the more recent advancements in science and technology – all of which make our lives so much more convenient.
Notwithstanding our high-minded achievements, there is a sad reality that our collective intellectual mind is tainted with a form of disfunction. All of this is no news to us. As Eckhart Tolle reminds us in his best-selling book – The New Earth, one only needs to watch the daily news on television tonight to see this dysfunction play out worldwide. Humanity needs a reality check. Without wanting to sound pessimistic, I wonder if Covid-19 is just a forerunner of things to come. By this, I mean that, should we not heed the warning signs, should we continue to destroy more than we build, Humanity could be in for a very rude awakening.
Why should we find ourselves in this predicament? I maintain that we have lost the essence of who we are. Yet, the human being is undoubtedly filled with a potential far vaster than our collective mediocre performance thus far. We fail to understand that the human is a mere fragment of who we are. It is the being, out of which the human comes, that is of prime importance. Your beingness i.e. your true authentic self is so vast that it dwarfs your humanness.
Having pervaded this entire Universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain.
-Krishna, Bhagavad Gita
Your humanness is a mere fragment of your true being. We spend a lot of time emphasising our humanness whilst often not even recognising our beingness. That is Humanity’s primary error and the reason for our inherent disfunction.
Now for the good news. If we can spend the same amount of time on our beingness as we do on our humanness, I feel that we have a more than even chance of rising above ourselves to leave a legacy that prophets have spoken of since time immemorial. That is our next collective responsibility.
Sages and seers throughout the aeons have given expression to this ancient adage: “Man – Know Thyself”. The Great Christian prophet continued by saying “in knowing thyself, you will enter the Kingdom of Souls”. This is the hope and the glory that he and many prophets sacrificed their lives. They were the flowering examples of how to let your beingness flow through your humanness.
Your primary purpose in life is to transcend your humanness and not to emphasise it. Your swan song should be that you have allowed your true self to shine through you into others.