Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jesus, Justice, Jazz

"Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
--Albert Einstein

On 23rd July ‘The Christian Post’ reported an event in New Orleans where 37,000 youth had gathered to celebrate the theme of ‘Jesus, Justice, Jazz’ through various activities. The organizers said that choosing New Orleans was very intentional as a place where our young people can learn the Christian value of compassionate justice. Each of the 37,000 attendees (most of whom are young people) at the July 22-26 gathering have paid their own way to a city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina to work on about 150 community service projects – which include cleaning up neighborhoods, painting schools, rebuilding homes and running day camps. By the end of the event, they will have clocked more than 250,000 hours of community service. This is the need of the hour and how spirituality should be translated into action.

This theme could be applied any where to any cultural or religious milieu. It could be ‘Krishna, Karma, Kathak’ in cities or villages ravaged by natural disasters or fundamentalist violence or ‘Buddha, Bodhisattva, Ballet’ in societies where knowledge exclusion and dogmatic slavery are practiced.
Though, as I have been writing in my various articles, papers and post, that fundamental to change is a new level of individual consciousness rooted in true spirit empowering wisdom, It is only through collective social action that the new world order can be established.

The deep spiritual truth which emanates from divine masters, but which is resident in all humans is masked by our daily concerns and worldly attachments. The spiritual masters like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammad were like polished mirror which reflects the indwelling beauty in a lucid and untainted manner. The thread that connects this manifest knowledge to our own spiritual advancement is action. This is the reason that Apostle James writing to all the Mediterranean Christians says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”James 2:17
In Bhagavad-Gita Krishna says: “On the other hand, if a sincere person tries to control the active senses by the mind and begins karma-yoga [in Krishna consciousness] without attachment, he is by far superior.” …. Ch 3:7

As a social being man becomes an integral part of the created whole. In the face of injustice or suffering, nature of insensitivity from any individual is unpardonable. Again in Bhagavad-Gita Krishna says: “The intricacies of action are very hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what action is, what forbidden action is, and what inaction is.”… Ch 4:17
Jesus also demonstrates, in his parable of the Good Samaritan, the sin of inaction in the face of suffering.

This world and all its creation are crying out for right action in the face of injustice and man induced suffering. Let us become healers through our action in whatever capacity we can.

Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Its very true and relevant to strongly expose the emptiness of faith without action.Infact what is rampant today in the name of faith is communal frenzy or a deep hatred towards other religions.Action infact need not be massive like the youth conference mentioned.It could even be a wee little action like wiping away the tears of a kid and bring the twinkle back into her eyes. The point whether you stand as a guaratntee for humanwarmth ,wherever you are & whoever you are in contact with.

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  2. Christy, You are perfectly right in your assessment. The quantum or scale of engagement is not important but as Jesus did it is wipping away the tears of a single widow or a leper that is important. Mother Theresa is a great example.

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