–by Vimala Thakar (Jun 30, 2016)
If we dwell at the superficial level of being, we’ll be overly conscious of the apparent differences of human beings on the physical and mental level, and of the superficial differences in cultures and behavior. If we penetrate to the essentials, however, we will discover that there there is nothing fundamental that differentiates any human being from another, or any human being from any other living creature. All are manifestations of life, created with the same life principles, and nurtured by the same life support systems. Life essentially is a flow and vibration with each being related to and dependent on all others. Oneness is absolute reality; differentiation has only transitory, relative reality.
It is not sufficient that a few in society penetrate to the depths of living and offer fascinating accounts, write lively poems or songs about the oneness of all beings. What is necessary in these critical times is that all sensitive and caring people make a personal discovery of the fact of oneness and allow compassion to flow in their lives. When compassion, realization of oneness becomes the dynamic of human relationship, then humankind will evolve.
We must begin by exploring beyond the known realms of physical and mental realities. We must discover whether there is more to life than the limited physical and mental dimensions.
Are we profoundly aware of the reality in which we live? We are aware that we have bodies capable of action, but limited action, and that we have mental structures which initiate behaviors, but limited behaviors. Are we aware of another dimension of life which has no limitations at all, which transcends the limited domain of the physical and mental actions, is eternal, infinite, forever pure and loving?
Our education, culture has not guided us into direct relationship with this dimension. We are trained to use our bodies and minds but out hearts and psyches remain in ignorance. We have focused our lives on the material world and have become fixated with this dimension, but our lives are not realized in this dimension.
We are infinitely more that the material. Essentially, we transcend the limitations of the physical and the mental. The beauty of life, the wonder of living is that we share creativity, intelligence, unlimited potential with the rest of the Cosmos. It would be most boring if we were mechanical beings, controlled only by physical laws of action.
If the Universe is vast and mysterious, we are vast and mysterious. If it contains innumerable creative energies, we contain innumerable creative energies. If it has healing energies, we also have healing energies.
To realize that we are not simply physical beings on a material planet, but that we are whole beings, each a miniature cosmos, each related to all of life in intimate, profound ways should radically transform how we perceive ourselves, our environments, our social problems. Nothing can ever be isolated from wholeness.
We will not discover wholeness if we remain fixated on the material, if we race through life dealing only with the physical and mental energies. And if we don’t discover wholeness, we will be endlessly ignorant of how to live fully, how to be deeply nourished, healed, revitalized.
We have to be guided beyond the material to the full dimension of living that merges action and non-action, motion and motionless, sound and soundlessness. It is motion that expends energy, but it is motionless that restores energy. It is sound that expresses vitality, but it is silence that restores vitality. Total living that balances action and non-action, sound and silence has never been a part of education. We are tied to action, motion, sound, and, therefore,are chronically fatigued, depressed, psychologically unstable.
When we are tired, worn-out, no one helps us to find total relaxation in positive non-action which could nourish us. We are taught languages but no one points out that words are born of sound and sound of silence, and that silence nourishes. That aspect of silence is new to us. We have elaborate networks of relationships, but no one makes clear to us that solitude is a complementary aspect of life that also nourishes.
In the wholeness of life, there is movement and motionless, speech and silence, relationships and solitude, the physical, the verbal, the mental. So when we become acquainted with motion-free isness, the sound-free silence, and relationship-free solitude then the wholeness is no longer simply a concept. It becomes a reality because we taste silence, drink at silence, taste the nectar of solitude, we are nourished by it.
–Vimala Thakar. Excerpt picked from Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach