Saturday, March 12, 2005

Sometimes it's a real struggle to try to manifest 'unconditional love'. Some life circumstances with which we are presented, and to which we feel a challenge to respond, just deeply offend any reasonable definitions of acceptable human behaviour.
That Gandhi could manage to respond to such challenges, or Nelson Mandela, or the wife of the missionary (and his two young sons) deliberately burnt to death in their car in Orissa State in India, or the young Asian girl who watched her family burnt alive by religious fanatics, - that they could respond to such challenges with concepts of forgiveness or a desire to inject love as opposed to hate into life scenarios, are modern, current examples that there is a deeply embedded aspect of lovingness within the 'human potential' that transcends mere 'existence in this life'.
In recent years atrocities on a scale that create horror and repulsion in the hearts of all reasonable people, have been answered with outpourings of love and charitable actions from around the globe. Never in the history of humanity has such rapid communication permitted us to respond so quickly to our innermost feelings and desires to help. 'Natural calamities' have been met with an outpouring of the force of human lovingness that transcends the 'natural force' which was the initiator of the catastrophe.
A whole new reality of humanity has passed it's birth, grown through it's infancy and is now in it's adolescence. It's in that stage of existing where dramatic mood swings occur and role modelling experimentations and expressions are overwhelming the habitual traditions of institutions. It is seen everywhere, sometimes in actions of desperation and rejection (as disillusioned young people prefer death to life, some of them even calling it marytyrdom), other times in manifestations of love,kindness and compassion that clearly show how far humanity has come from some of the negatively interpreted 'religion enshrined concepts' of a 1000 years ago or more.
As the economic indicators in western societies clearly show, the provision of most basic needs (food, housing, education, health welfare), has reached such a standard that populations have been freed from the 'survival mode' and have entered into a state of benign indulgence. But everywhere can be seen in these societies the re-emergence of a core concept of compassion and interdependence that demonstrates that the only growth 'industry' left for the 21st century is that of taking care of each other. Sharing our good fortune and management with our brethren throughout the world.
It is challenging, therefore, to read statements like this:

"We don't get involved in police affairs but we do feel that all "?!¤#¤!?" are obliged to ... keep anyone from doing unjustified damage to other people."
issued by an institution respresenting 70% of the followers of a religion in a modern western country. Granted the statement was contained within a condemnation,finally, of a modern terrorist icon whose activities and comments have almost hijacked a whole religion. At last, a world-wide massively membershipped religious institution has condemned as against it's teachings and the laws of God, such immoral, unethical and anti-humane atrocities by one of it's 'members'. Well, at least a small part of that world-wide institution has done so: in Spain, supported by 3 other countries.
The 'old attitudes and precepts' still infuse the thinking of such institutions, however.

In issuing a fatwa (an Islamic edict) against Osama Bin Laden the Muslim clerics representing 70% of their faith in Spain went on to say:
"Inasmuch as Osama bin Laden and his organization defend terrorism as legal and try to base it on the Quran ... they are committing the crime of 'istihlal' and thus become apostates that should not be considered Muslims or treated as such."

The Arabic term "istihlal" refers to the act of making up one's own laws.

At last the Islamic world is starting to re-assert it's core Koranic values. But the core of the problem of istihlal lies in
a concept that God solves problems the way that mankind solves them and therefore there can be justification for 'damaging' another human being. In the unfortunate words 'unjustified damage to other people' hides a concept that requires an answer: who decides what is justified? The world has seen enough of religio-politico 'justifications' that teach only pain and suffering. Hasn't Osama Bin Laden been using them? Weren't they used in Ireland, in the religious persecutions in England? By the Catholic church in South America? Christians versus Jews, Jews versus Canaanites, Christians versus Muslims, Muslims versus Hindus....and on, and on, and on! History is littered with the skeletons of concepts of 'justification'.

Humanity is beginning to find a better methodology that is free from the barbarity of the 'purely animal reflexes'. Many societies have transcended the 'eye for an eye' justification.

In doing damage to another person we damage the reality of 'The One-ness', we damage an important part of ourselves. Is that not the core 'original' message of all the major religions?

Whatever may be the powers and justifications of religious institutions, or even humanistic institutions, it is not even a faint shadow of the power of Love of that young Asian girl, or of those self-sacrificing Beslan teenagers who rescued others at the cost of their own lives. Amongst us are messengers who surrender all that is precious to them in this life to convey the message. You don't have to look back into history to find such messengers, we are surrounded by them now.

The 'old world' is being shown some insights as to how 'Paradise' really is, huh? Even from the mouths (and actions) of children. Adolescent behaviour often contains the uncompromised expression of ideals that are fundamental human archetypes, thus it is that spiritually mankind is starting to express the highest spiritual archetypal behaviour. Without conditions.

The LAW of unconditional LOVE transcends all other laws. There is no higher expression of 'The One-ness'. The reality of lovingness is the reality of the presence of 'The One-ness'. The upsurge in expressions of lovingness around the world is an indicator of humanity's 'growth into One-ness'.

In every 'metaphor of experience' can be found the 'process of the pathway' if we are willing to look. It's always been there, but now we are passing the merely 'survival mode' of existing and rapid uncensored communication allows us the possibility to see more clearly... if we are willing to look.

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