In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sunday I wanted to share with you some of what Baba had to say in one of our Baba Talks given in 1999 which is still applicable. The title of this discourse is The Base of a New Society. I feel that this particular talk addresses what happens when a society loses touch with it's heart and has no spiritual center.
There must be a consistent effort on a part of a human being to develop within the society a cohesive ideology based upon the spirituality. No more can political and economic system be based upon an ideology of personal capital gain, no more can it be a society which the excessive wealth of a few at the extent of the great many. To stop this there is no need for interaction or wars, there is a need instead for a great ideology, one that brings forward fundamental human values, one which promotes the welfare of human beings and of all living beings.
First and foremost, an ideology that recognizes that there is a universal base to human life and that may unite human beings despite of their cultural, ethnic, racial and other differences, that there is a fundamental base in human life which goes beyond race, goes beyond religion, goes beyond language and ethnicity. That base is the essential being to unitary existence which underlies this manifest universe. This may become a fundamental point of unity for all living beings, because this base is large enough to encompass all life, all people.
If the base through (on) which human beings unite is their national identity, then there will be...... If it is a religious affiliation, it will be at and then......If it is a social status, the social class, it will again be at then..... None of these comprise a sufficiently large base for that can for all of humanity and can make human society one. All of these form a base for a different ideology and those ideologies do not unite human society because the base is not sufficient. The only base (logical) to unite all living beings the planet is Parama Purus'a Himself, that sublime underlying consciousness. That is the base upon which all humanity may be united, you may call it what you like, but this fundamental core of all living beings form the base upon which living beings may find their commonality. And in a reverence for life, reverence for divinity in all beings, fundamental sadhana values may be established which will promote welfare of living beings and from this a human society will be formed which will truly lead ...a living being, which will find its base in unity and find its morality in the acknowledgment of divinity.
In this way a human being might forgo their differences and their (wars) and find a united front upon which they can build a dynamic society which will meet the needs of all the living beings. That society, enlightened society could go a long way towards making the human society bright and functioning for thousands of years, a society in which the capacity to realize divinity is not so difficult to achieve, in which the.... are and abuse is put to end where humanity................is no more. This may be ...are due to adopting universal outlook and humanitarian universal values....And through this the spirituality with each and every human being may be enhanced, so that no one is back in their development and has opportunity for the physical, mental and spiritual growth and..are their overall development and realize the greatness that lies within them.
So many of you are very fortunate few are barred to perceive the knowledge of self, because they lack fundamental necessities in life or carry bitterness and passions for material life, because they have always been in poverty. Poverty is a spiritual illness. So to avoid these sufferings with hampering development of living beings, society must grow in magnitude, must adopt a universal outlook, a universal ideology upon which the living beings may find a united society. That this may come about, all those who have knowledge of the Great within them must do what they can in any way they can to foster this awakening of the human mind and spirit.
This is a part and parcel of spiritual life, for no man, no woman is an island apart from your brothers and sisters.....No one is an island, so that which you have, you must give to others so that they too can open their heart, so that they too can glimpse that there is something there, something wonderful, something expensive, something universal, and there is hope for humanity in this universal shelter of all life.
As always, I invite any comments you may have.