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Our selfish attitude is the root of the matter and what needs an urgent change

It is human feeling and thinking that has brought us to the height of civilization today, but what you are pointing towards is a need for something more, if we are to prosper in the future…

I wondered as a kid and as a teenager why we have not seen any more advanced and evolved species than humans on Earth? Are we at the top of evolution? Why are we given such importance by Nature, it having provided us with such facilities and opportunities to be the custodians of the planet? There must be some wonderful intention of our higher nature for us to be the caretakers of this beautiful bluish and green planet and not to abuse, exploit or rape the planet.

We take so much from Mother Earth, but we give nothing back to her. The way we treat this planet, our big home, is often unkind and in some ways, we are all responsible.

“Past days of luxury seem like a dream, but this will change soon as people will forget and go after convenience again. Many are still ignoring the cry of the environmental emergency that is currently imminent. The truth of the global environmental crisis is just around the corner. Everyone on the planet will be obligated to think and contribute to the reality then. Those who start now and feel her plight, will receive greater merits and grace of nature.” October 2018

I said on a television interview on 16 March 2020 in Bangalore, that the biggest mistake we are making as humans through this process is that we think we are purely individuals existing for our own purposes. We live in our bodies and have our own standing, with a social profile, educational and professional status and have our own cultural backgrounds with which we view the world. We do not include trees, plants, oceans, animals, birds, marine animals, stars and galaxies as part of our existence. These are all perceived to be on the outside and secondary to us.

Even today our attitude remains the same, we have given importance to ourselves first. That is the reason we are going wrong. But our existence in reality includes everything we can think of, imagine, infer, feel and experience and all that surrounds us. Even things that we cannot perceive or comprehend beyond our sense perception become part of our conscious and unconscious existence. They are all our extensions. They are part of our existence and being. So, if you cut a tree, you are cutting somewhere an area of your existence. If you are hurting an animal, you are hurting yourself. If you hurt some people or an individual, you are hurting yourself. You may not notice it instantly, but it definitely damages, injures or bruises somewhere our holistic and pure existence. Somewhere, when we hurt others, we will surely be hurt, if not today, then at some point in time. It is like karma gathering and may come in the form of a hurricane or a flood. Unfortunately, those who are not involved and innocent will also become the victim of such disasters on a large scale sometimes. Everything is intertwined and interconnected harmoniously by Nature; if you affect one thing, it will affect many. This is not to be taken to extremes, but we should contemplate and appreciate our role, responsibility and the power given to us to change our lives and the world more positively.

Being enveloped in such a beautiful environment, atmosphere, universe and beyond, we should be treating them as part of our extensions and part of our being. When we see and feel this, then our attitude changes, as does the way we perceive, the way we do things, the way we conduct ourselves and our behaviour. Everything changes more constructively, and it will be all-embracing. Then we will experience total wellbeing, so that we feel more abundant. Our insecurities will dissolve.


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