Life and spirituality at the time of the coronavirus
Life and spirituality at the time of the coronavirus The coronavirus epidemic, as well as all the events that overwhelm the habits crystallized in daily comfort, cast doubt on ancient certainties about the human being’s ability to manage all situations, bending them, however, to his own benefit. Current events show us how much power the relationship has and this does not only concern the spread of a disease, but could also concern the spread of positive thoughts and feelings. The reality of life is governed by the law of karma which teaches us that the whole universe is connected, that everything that is done, thought, said, etc. it has an individual, social and global resonance. For this reason, the importance of positivity, of non-attachment, of overcoming identification with our little personal self is underlined by many. Of course, in an era of epidemic prudence and common sense are a must, but this without forgetting the altruism, demonstrated and experienced by many true silent heroes engaged in the world of health, social, public services and also of ‘ private help. True examples of a sense of duty and self-denial. A great thankful thought goes to all of them, without forgetting that today altruism is a matter that also affects us personally. In an epoch of crisis, theosophical thought offers the opportunity for a superior understanding of the meaning of events, linking them to the need to overcome individual and national selfishness, to harmonize the relationships between the human being and nature, to come to a grasp of consciousness that opens our minds and hearts to spiritual reality. And all this is a process not to be postponed, but to be experienced in the here and now. Alan Watts reminds us that “No work of love can blossom from the sense of guilt, from fear, from the emptiness of the heart, as well as no valid plan for the future can be made by those who are unable to live now”. In the introduction to the precious little book by Joseph Pang Wai “Happiness for you, now” the theosophist Bernardino Del Boca wrote: “… in addition to having a mind, we also have a heart and it is by learning to love and positively build our life that we conquer happiness. If we are men of good will and therefore if we are becoming altruistic, it [the heart] will also teach us to become destroyers of the causes of fear, ignorance, selfishness and suffering. Overcoming ignorance means learning to understand and learn to overcome the effects of evil, eventually destroying the causes that produced them “. To help bring about a new level of conscience, the theosophist and the man of good will let themselves be guided by these words transcribed by H.P. Blavatsky in “The Voice of the Silence”: “You will not be able to walk the Path until you have become the Path itself. Your soul lends your ear to every cry of pain, like the lotus opens its heart to drink the morning sun. The blazing sun does not dry a single tear of pain before you yourself have wiped it from the eye of the sufferer. But every red-hot human tear falls on your heart and remains there, never wipe it away, until the pain that produced it is removed”. The moments of crisis and difficulty make us understand the preciousness of the relationship with the other, of study and introspection, of meditation and service. It is a time when it takes more Theosophy and more loving kindness.
Antonio Girardi (Secretary General of the Italian Theosophical Society)