Posted June 24, 2008
The guidelines of our transcendental father are given to us in sastra and in the other worlds scriptures, summarily, to be kind, loving, compassionate and thoughtful, and to this end to strive to be self-controlled, disciplined, responsible, and in general to think in terms of what is beyond oneself, to think and to work for the good of all. What of the laws of the mother, then? These are of course, the laws of nature, and they work in harmony with the laws of the father, but whereas fatherlaw only applies to humankind, motherlaw applies to all species. They are ingested with her milk, that is, to live and to die in order to feed and benefit others. This is most apparent in vegetation simply because we are animals and from our viewpoint, plants are indispensible. Yet from the point of view of the humble herb, without the exhaled breath of animal life, the atmosphere would soon be starved of CO2 emissions and all plant life would die.
It is not only trees that are do-gooders, but everything including even the cursed bacteria and insects which control populations and rid them of weaker health and disposition. When we see the world from the viewpoint that all pain is bad, then we see this world as a prison, full of punishments vented upon its various inmates of differing forms. We then see mother nature in her external form, as durga, garlanded by skulls. If we instead see pain for what it is, as the impetus for growth, renewal and birth, if we tear away our stubborn conviction that pain is bad, we see nature as Laxmidevi, as the hand of good fortune in a world motivated by her benevolent lotus-laden hand, the touch of love and protection.
Someone once told me that there is a disease one can contract whereby you lose the ability to feel pain. Wow, what a blessing to the believer in happiness! Not so, most sufferers of this disease are prone to blindness and other disabilities. The reason that the eye is so pain sensitive is to protect the delicate organ from harm, and the same goes for all parts of our body. In addition, the science of naturopathy teaches that illness is the body ridding itself of toxins and a sign to us to regulate our eating, sleeping, defense and mating. Pain or discomfort is nature's warning that the body is in danger in some way, investigate! Look in that eye for the sharp object, lest you lose your vision!
Nature is benevolent by - nature! Everything we see as good, has its downside, everything we see as bad has its upside, for instance, you win the lottery. Whooppee! Did you know that your chances of severe depression and suicide have suddenly escalated? The money in time evaporates, the opportunities it offers vanish, and the feeling of loss is torturous. The same can be said for finding love, entering a long-awaited pregnancy, or any other opportunity for celebration. So how is that benevolent? And what about when the mother shakes her mantle, causing buildings to crack open and collapse, causing untold misery?
There is no misery, no cruel twist of fate that does not nurture knowledge or love. Opportunities for compassion, selflessness, heroism and utter surrender to the greater good abound in times of so-called disaster, and we see such opportunities opening up many hearts. Even long after the disaster happens, it is much contemplated upon, thus there is cultivation of knowledge of a loving spirit to find ways to overcome the problem, even if it does not involve one personally.
The benefits of love to ones personal inner growth are incalculable, and a profound sense of happiness called joy is its natural unsought consequence. Thus we can see that misery gives birth to joy, but that happiness, when it is externally based, gives birth in due course to misery. So is this a pointless cycle? Not so, think again, the circle is not closed! Misery does not inspire in due course happiness, but joy, the joy of opening one's heart to another, of extending a hand to the needy, of solacing a grieving soul, which causes misery in the victim to be alleviated, and causes an ongoing sensation in the giver of greater satisfaction. That joy is not the happiness of material gain which gives birth in due course to grief. So it is not a cycle, but rather a spiral, honing one towards an inner point.
Considering all this we should not ask "if God (/mother nature) is loving, then why is there so much suffering?" but rather, "if God(/mother nature) is loving, then why is there so much happiness?" If God and nature are loving they will give situations of opportunity for love. Of course, we do not have to wait for disasters to happen to be loving, there are little disasters happening constantly all around us, it might be so ordinary as the loneliness of the old lady next door to us. Extending love has unlimited portals between people, and between people and other species. There is a plague of loneliness in western countries, just as in the third world there is the curse of hunger, and to the extent that we work for the greater good, we fulfill what both the motherlaw and fatherlaw teach us.
Greater good for all must mean environmental awareness. It is only the human species that can wreak havoc in the motherworld of nature, for while motherlaw is inviolable, fatherlaw is optional and uniquely designed only for the human species. They are in fact non-different, with only this exception. Motherlaw is ingested, it is part of her breastmilk and her lifebreath, for every being that feeds and breathes benefits another . Fatherlaw however is given as an optional choice, for it is only through free choice that love becomes a part of ones inner being. Even Adolf Hitlers bodily molecules interacted with others to benefit the plant species and provide dead organic tissue for soil nourishment, but he was not well-known as loving! Motherlaw creates love as a principle, and fatherlaw creates it as a goal of human aspiration. Thus there are some humans who work against the greater good, and some who work towards it. Natural laws are broken in the process of giving man free choice, and now nature teeters on the brink of breakdown. Her hand of protection cannnot violate the fathers will to give man the choice to love- or not.
My point in writing this is to give a sense of this world not as a prisonhouse to be escaped from into the shining light of Vaikuntha, for such an attitude is spiritual narcissism, which is pseudo-spirituality. The sense of the world as a prisonhouse is given only to neophytes to open their eyes to the nature of material happiness and have them aspire for something beyond it. A prisonhouse is always hated by the inmates, and if it were destroyed, there would be much cause for celebration, but the world and the bodies we inhabit are not prisons, so much as vehicles for our evolution. This world is perfectly designed to nurture a loving attitude in its evolving inhabitants, as an emanation of the mother and father, it lives and breathes Their divine qualities of love and the desire to help us evolve into Their own likenesses, personalities fully capable of loving exchange, fully sensitive, caring, selfless.
We are not meant to hate or renounce this world but rather live here and use the lessons life here teaches us, which are priceless. Now there is an environmental crisis upon us, and it requires a new skill, full cooperation on the part of the so-called priveleged nations to renounce that technology which we are only beginning to realize is extremely harmful, both in terms of political and ecological stability. The convenience of that technology is addictive, its effects are not immediately visible, and we are tempted to think that the sacrifices we make will not make a significant difference. This is the egocentric "I am God" mentality, that I must make a earth-shattering change, or just go on enjoying.
To show us that small is just as beautiful, God put Himself within our hearts, and furthermore, within the tiniest of objects, the atom. He witnesses the choices we make from within, from the motivation to serve, to give, to work to please Him and serve Him. It is only the neophyte who sees Him only in the temple and not in the hearts and souls of all things, including all the species threatened by climate change, what to speak of the islanders whose very lands will be inundated, what to speak of those who will be affected by the drought and famines predicted by the scientific community. The Lord in the heart can see our willingness to submit to the greater good of all things that He resides within, even if we cannot have the satisfaction of seeing a huge difference, for that is totally selfless love. This all-encompassing crisis on our doorstep can only be counteracted by all-encompassing love and willing sacrifice on each of our parts. We can do it as followers of any religion, or even no religion, but as followers of the line of vedic thought, we have the greatest impetus of knowing that the Lord is beyond the walls of the temple, is witnessing our callousness and our care, our sacrifice and selfishness, and that He loves, cares for and pervades every chook and granny of His creation.