Friday, June 5, 2009

As Above So Below

To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour...
A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The wild deer wandering here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
……….. William Blake (1757-1827)- Auguries of Innocence

Today is the ‘World Environment Day’. Newspapers have talked of Green Peace hanging banners from a new bridge in Mumbai and we have doomsday scenario painted by climate change evangelists but where does the fundamental problem lie.

The world will survive all the abuse that we heap on it because it had survived total wipe out of all life forms about 260 million years ago due to a volcanic eruption in the Emeishan province of south-west China. It unleashed around half a million cubic kilometres of lava, covering an area five times the size of Wales, and wiping out marine life around the world.

It is the human race that needs to worry as to what type of world we are going to leave for our progeny.

It is an awakening of consciousness and our inseparability to all existence that we need to address.
Stan Grof, the eminent Psychologist and Systemic thinker, says that there are four stages of evolution in morality and ethical behaviour.

“First is the primitive fear of being caught and punished, second is the conformance to a set of commandments or precepts that have been assimilated into one’s superego. The third step is the discovery of Karma, where one realizes that certain types of actions entail certain consequences. The fourth and the highest form of morality reflect experiential recognition of the unity underlying all of creation, a sense of identity with other sentient beings and an awareness of our own divinity. In this kind of psychospiritual evolution, the changes of our morality reflect the changes in our understanding of ourselves, of the world and our place and role in this world.”
It is only through this highly evolved awareness that we can save ourselves and heal the wounded Gaia.

This is so beautifully reflected in the stanzas of the poem cited above.

Let each one of us contribute towards this awakening through knowledge and action.

Love to you all

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