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A Glimpse Into the Psyche of The Human Condition. Wednesday's Homily for the Soul 2

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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

The human condition

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We are Souls Isolated From the Divine

We are actually souls in isolation from God – our Source of Love. We have been sent here to manifest or glorify the Divine and we are consciously or unconsciously, striving, as sojourners, to find our way Home.

In the initial stages, we try to do what we perceive to be best for us, sometimes hurting others in the process. Yet we are sent by the Absolute, who silently witnesses all, guiding us through the pain, suffering … struggle.

“Listen to the story of the reed,” Says Rumi, the great Persian Seer.

“As it laments the pain of separation. Since they have cut me from my reed bed,

My wails bring tears to both woman and man. Those ripped away from their beloved

know my song. Having been cut from the Source, they long to return.” - Rumi

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The Roots of Prejudice

Some say that the problems of prejudice are so deep-seated, that even we ourselves are that way inclined. They say that we can even ‘benefit’ by the colour of our skin. So, there’s a racial coding prevalent in some countries, creating a class structure, demeaning and unjust to many.

When I was home in the Caribbean, the fair-skinned used to be preferred, a practice which affected jobs, status and relationships. A similar thing happens in many countries and continents around the world, where one is victimized by one’s own ethnicity, simply for having darker skin. One may say that 600 years of colonisation and deception has worked well, but what is the root cause?

One of the first books I bought in England, might have been called The Roots of Prejudice. It shows that we are all inherently prejudiced and that this is an age-old problem. The Europeans were fighting amongst themselves, long before we came. Whether it was England against France or Spain or the Portuguese against another. There were also some ‘pockets’ in Roman times and even before.

Some Eastern Europeans were victimized when they first came to the UK, as people were insecure with them getting free housing and extra cash. The Press also didn't help.

Some of my fair-skinned friends in England, felt it necessary to marry fair-skinned or white girls and so racism is not only ingrained in our psyche, but a pandemic problem. It goes back to the Saxons and much further afield. So how do we change it? Why does it happen in the first case?

The Parable of the good Samaritan

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Creating Meaningful Change

The Christ refused to listen to a well-intentioned Barabbas. He wanted to rise against Roman tyranny, but Christ said that was not why he came. Lord Buddha and many other God-souls, also used the message of Love and Compassion.

I once read a conversation between a philanthropist and a man of God. This altruistic fellow was so consumed with looking after the poor! Yet the Saint was insistent that one had to go to the Source first.

It seems that we must begin with spiritual practices and then act from the Light received in prayer and silence. Why? Because the problem is inside of humans, not outside. I was just reading an article on 'Courtesy' on Hub Pages. It is a beautiful article. But the more I read, the more I became convinced, that this kind of idealism, cannot exists, without Love, or at least kindness and empathy in the Heart. This comes from God.

Man is body and soul. We suffer and have always suffered, because we identify with the external, not knowing that we are souls... that we are all one in Spirit. Buddha said that suffering is as a result of desire or cravings: Greed, lust, ego, attachments, anger and their bye-products of fear, insecurity, loneliness and so forth.

The Light that speaks to the Heart

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Choosing Love

Racism is widespread and some do feel the need to protest, while others feel the need to kill, using a heart of anger, to fight the very evil they are supposed to abhor. Why? Everything takes me back to the fact that the emotions of the human psyche is not pure... that it still need to be touched by a Higher Light.

That is why the wise ones chose Love ... self-giving. They saw clearly, that it is a better way. The good news is that God will use the scavenger, the Queen, the politician for their roles, as He will use the activist for another. Our duty is to worship as best we can, God’s duty is to utilise us – in His own way – for the good of humanity, so that we can ultimately live peacefully side by side.

Whatever happens in Divine Providence, is ultimately for the best, as there is no alternative. Guruji’s teachings are that the Supreme either sanctions, approves or tolerates, whatever is taking place. Seen from the Highest plane of existence, God is the only Doer. Much Love.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 10th June, 2020

- Inspiring the Light Within -

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Awake in the Rapture of Silence

I wish to Love without leaving traces; to

Sing like a bird, in the sanctum of souls.

Let my breath whisper to the withering

Flowers; blend with the rose to reborn anew.


Lost in the darkness, I was gripped in the

Jaws of my own shadows. Now I play on the

Lute of minstrels; waltz on the lap of Paradise.


I just wish to be like the Dao, touching each Heart

With supernal sweetness. Love has given me the

Joy that pierces heaven; the celestials weep my name.


Beyond the excellence of Andromeda, the stars doth

Twinkle and shimmer with Light. Each new moon

Comes dancing, praising our being together again. I lie at

The Portals of infinity’s Delight, awake in the rapture of Silence.


- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th June, 2020

External vs internal

© 2020 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on June 15, 2020:

Thanks Dee.

I really love how you put it. I have not said it or don't usually say it, but it is a golden rule in Spirituality, that we are much better with like-minded people.

They call it Satsang. Being in the Sangha --the company of God-seekers advances growth. Frankly, even hearing all these news and conspiracies can be bad for us. Some carry negative energies. Thank you so much, Dee.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 14, 2020:

Thanks, Manatita. Of course, the problem of viciousness lies primarily within, and it is nurtured in our interactions with those who make the effort to grow it. Your beautiful poem encourages us to grow and share love and peace instead.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 11, 2020:

Happens. Yes, most of the times I will re-write, but not always. So we are in the same boat, haha.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 11, 2020:

Thank you, I originally wrote a much longer respone, but just one wrong tap of the tablet and poof! It was gone. Sorry manatita!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 11, 2020:

Thank You, Verlie. Much Love.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 11, 2020:

Beautiful manatita, your poem is lovely. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 11, 2020:

You have echoed by thoughts here so well, Lorna. No wonder you meditate. Living proof that it works. My heartfelt thanks for a most beautiful contribution.

Lorna Lamon on June 11, 2020:

There is much cause for reflection in the world today. I feel the only way to confront ignorance is with knowledge. In order to impart this knowledge we need to look within at our own prejudices. More importantly we need to have the wisdom to recognise them for what they are.

Racism causes division (a spiritual division of the soul), resulting in prejudice and hate. The only way to overcome hate and division is through love. Love in actions, words, deeds and prayers. Perhaps it is the fear of this love that blinds us to its truth. I enjoyed this reflective piece Manatita and the beautiful poem.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 11, 2020:

Thanks Alicia.

Appreciated. Hope that something from the prose inspired you also. Much Love.

Emge,

True. To tell you the Truth, it is a slow process. As you have noted and can appreciate, spiritual masters have kept coming, but the transformation of human nature, is a huge task.

Guruji talks a lot about serving 'aspiring' humanity. When I press a switch at home, light immediately comes on. The current is receptive to the switch. So too, man has to be receptive to the message of the Saints.

We forget that Christ had very few disciples and many of the crowd who flocked to see his miracles, were among those who shouted for him to be crucified. What did he do wrong? he only walked the talk of Love and compassion. 2000 years later, we kill millions of innocent people in his name.

No religion is better than another, and all have problems. I'm just asking us to reflect, that's all. See the larger picture of harmony, of oneness. The message of Yoga is self-transformation ... that change begins with me. Much Love.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2020:

There are some beautiful lines in your poem. I especially like the first verse. Love is very important, as you have said.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 10, 2020:

Very thoughtful article and poem. Isn't it sad that all the messages from Buddha to Nanak have preached love but in the 21st-century that is one commodity that is difficult to find. Why is it so? If the message of love had sunk all this racism would not have been there.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Yes, yes, Ruby

Nothing is truly new. Life was hard with Roman tyranny, but again long before this and the old testament is full of struggles.

I have touched on some things, but I am still presenting the argument that the problem is within human hearts and that we need spiritual practices to encourage that sweet 'gaze' from God. That really is the message of Yoga -- that change begins with me ... that the first step is mines.

Glad you liked the poem. A bit of sugar at the end. Lol.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 10, 2020:

Manatita, I believe the problem is as old as time. The bible speaks of slavery. It is true that light skin is cherished, but why? I have a Grandson, Chad, who married a brown woman and they have three of the most beautiful children. Bronze skin is what we white girls pay big bucks for, ( Tanning beds ) We look too much for beauty instead of looking on the inside. I loved your poem, it speaks volumes.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Pamela,

I'll take an empathetic approach. As you know, we know a lot here about America, as the UK is the original mom. Things do look bleak so you have my prayers. Interestingly, I have just come from my shrine/alter where I sat in prayer for close on two hours.

Things will change. Nothing stays the same. Just pray, be patient and wait. I will go to bed in two hours or so, but I have faith that I will see the dawn tomorrow. Life can be like that. Much Love.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 10, 2020:

This is a beautiful article and your words are so true. The problems that exist are heartbreaking for many and I surely agree that love is the answer. God Bless you, Manantita.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:

Manatita44,

Well you know me...I love poetry.

You are right...it does go hand in hand.

Take care.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Yes, Eric.

He was necessary or required, as you say. Very necessary.

Brenda,

You are the first one to mention the poem. It is deliberate and is meant to create some 'sweetness' at the end, but I guess the topical was more important to many.

Yes, it is an endless problem and there will always be, 'yes ... but.' Humans would look through their own level of growth, of consciousness. Hence the importance of scriptural injunctions to spiritual practices. If we want to swim, we have to enter the water.

Duality is a mirage created by God and it is difficult to rise above it as long as the ego is dominant. The problem is within, not without. When has man not been evil to man? So we aspire to correct the system, even while needing to live a spiritual life. They go hand in hand. Much Love.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:

Your poem is quite good.

This problem we have with racism goes back such a long way...i wish the higher calling would come into all of our hearts.

Thanks for sharing.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 10, 2020:

A lot to digest here. Sometimes I have to take a different view of life around be. In a critical light, things look jumbled up to me. In my life of love all things are as they should be.

Judas was required.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Thanks Bro.

Appreciated! Joy to you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2020:

I have nothing to add. Your beautiful words are as true today as they were 500 years ago. The answer has always been, and always will be, love.

And I send it to you, my brother!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Thanks Peggy.

America did well in the past, because it was blessed by God with visionaries. Emerson, Jefferson, Washington ... Lincoln, all had hearts of gold. We need more visionaries, but it will come. Sometimes I feel that what is happening is a clearing out of the old, to usher in the new. Much Love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2020:

What would a garden be like if it only had one color? There is a reason why there is diversity in all things. We should learn to celebrate that fact. It is so sad that racism is rampant in many cultures. Love and tolerance go hand-in-hand.

I pray that what comes of the death of George Floyd will be justice and equality for all, no matter the skin color.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 10, 2020:

Yes, Mary,

we go on choosing Love. If we don't, then we are saying that Jesus, The Christ and others who came to serve us, are wrong. Always a joy, Mary. I'm very sorry that things are so ugly right now. Please stay safe.

Rosina,

Yes, the message of Yoga is to transform our lower nature. With clean mirrors, we will see a wonderful world but even more importantly, in cleaning our mirrors, we will also take others along with us. Om Shanti!

Rosina S Khan on June 10, 2020:

I think the problem lies within. If one is full of love and care for fellow human beings, how can there be a problem? Racism arises from hate and prejudice. It's high time for mankind to come to terms with equality and be humble. Great hub, Manatita.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2020:

Our separation from our inner wisdom, the God in us, makes us hate and dislike others because they are different from us. As we expand our awareness, we become better persons. Just like you, I grew up in a country where being fair is valued. I am lucky to be on that side but being in another country where I am in the minority, it can be a concern. It is sad but we go on choosing love.