I posted this piece last year on this day, which my friends know is a profoundly sacred time for me. Though every day is a good day to find truth, higher awareness, or God, January 9, 1988 changed me forever. If you read my book, "Love Dad," you'll understand why. It may offer you some comfort, help you to help another, or perhaps become stronger in your expressions of compassion and understanding. On this day I read from a variety of spiritual works to remember what is truly important. I may post something else later, depending on how my meditations go. For now, though, I'll offer you this little gem from "Agni Yoga," an amazing work written almost 80 years ago by Helena Roerich, wife of the legendary Nicholas Roerich who was the first artist ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, among other notable achievements. In our transitional era, it offers hope for the future, and clues to the eternal.
"Each era chooses its corresponding Teaching. At such hour, all former Teachings assume a quite distorted image. Humanity itself seeks to adopt the most twisted perversions of the reverence of its forefathers. But each phase of the Teaching does not exclude the preceding one. Little attention is paid to this fact, as the priests of every Teaching build their welfare by a denial of the previous Teachings. But it is easy to prove the continuity of that which people call religion. In this incessancy is sensed the one stream of the very same energy. Calling it psychic energy, we speak of the same Sophia of the Hellenic world or Sarasvati of the Hindus. The Holy Ghost of the Christians manifests signs of psychic energy, just as the creative Adonai of Israel, and Mitra, full of solar power. Certainly, no one doubts that the fire of Zoroaster is the fire of space which you study." (#416)Belief systems pervade every part of our lives, from politics to religion to economics to health to media to the human condition itself. And there is a religion of politics, health, and the rest. While many seek dominance through asserting points of view that exclude more than they include, any real manifestation of Truth will demonstrate the opposite quality, i.e., inclusivity. Though twisted or perverted understandings may create momentary errors on the personality level, the higher Truth of the evolutionary process will manifest despite the distortions. The trick is to stay focused, and not mistake individual or collective madness for any reality we should buy into. Look for evidence of continuity in developing awareness, and you will find that the principle of inclusivity is paramount. In this is the way beyond fear.
"Look fear in the face, and it will cease to trouble you." - Sri Yukteswar