Great Truths do not take hold of the hearts of the masses. And now, as all the world is in error, how shall I, though I know the True Path, how shall I guide? If I know that I cannot succeed and yet try to force success, this would be but another source of error. Better then to desist and strive no more. But if I do not strive, who will?-- Chuang Tzu
[Chuang Tzu (399 - 295 B.C.) has always been an influential Chinese philosopher. His writing is at once transcendental while at the same time being deeply immersed within everyday life. He is at peace while at the same time moving through the world. There is a deep vein of mysticism within him which is illuminated by his very rational nature. His style of writing with its parables and conversations both accessible while at the same time pointing to deeper issues.] I hope you Google him and read more of his words with your heart.
This morning, his quote above touched something in me. First of all, the dilemma of trying to get deeper spiritual understanding to large numbers of people has been going on probably forever. Pick a spiritual light, and you will hear a similar understanding of the difficulty to get widespread understanding.
So, do I decide this is impossible and give up? Somehow that doesn't seem right. If I force it, as Chuang Tzu said, I just bring another type of error into the error-filled world. If I don't try, how can anyone know what has been shown to me?
It has long been my observation that there is a deep spiritual hunger in the people of earth. Many things have been tried in many times and places. A tiny few in each culture and time reach Unitive Understanding, a direct knowing that eliminates spiritual hunger. Most of the Lights have been killed or silenced, as they drastically rock the status quo.
Here in the 21st century, it seems to me spiritual awakening, understanding, Unitive relationship with God/Divine One/Higher Power, would be the only thing that could save the future of earth and all of its inhabitants, including the troves of history, art, music, writings, etc. There is now the possibility of nuclear, biological or chemical annihilation to, if not all, then the vast majority of us and all that has been created here.
Yet I see the human lemmings jumping off the cliff in the worship of violence, promiscuity, murder, consumerism, drugs, prejudice, hatred, superstitions, fundamentalist closed extremes in all religions, and all things NOT part of a genuine spiritual path.
So, I agonize with Chuang Tzu about this situation, that same he faced, the same all awakened beings faced, except today if we do not turn to a genuine spiritual path, we choose the acceleration of all things Not Spiritual and the inevitable conclusion of destruction.
To all who read this, I ask you to spend time contemplating a solution.
My Beloved One, this morning You have shown me the horrendous direction of our charted course based on the coordinates of the opposite of spiritual behaviors and ideas, the ones that seem to be in charge of this world. Quicken in us the ideas we need to change this course so that others may be led to You, away from the destructive paths. Instill in us the clarity and courage to go forth with Your Light and turn this planet's course back to You. Truly there has never been a time such as this. I hear Your urgent Message. Here I am Lord.