Hello, I got a little stuck on my spiritual path wondering how to openly confront the bigger issues like world problems, poverty, corporations & lobbyist taking over, animal cruelty in food industry,... I know there is not a lot of free will out there, people get manipulated and are made to stay ignorant in their lives. I try not to judge, keep my mind pure and think about how I could help the world.. but it feels pointless and useless in the bigger picture.. Humans are messing up the world..
Who were you before the world was seen? That is the spiritual path.
No one has seen the world without a body. All of these assumptions we have about being separate from one another started with the false identification regarding the body and mind appearance.
It is not a question of staying pure or saving the world. It is about awakening to the reality of existence.
No one can truly keep another in ignorance and conversely no one can truly awaken another. Others can encourage ignorance or encourage awakening but in the end it is up to us.
The world will outlive humans. That’s not the problem. The problem is the way we pass around suffering instead of confronting our own.
We think change will come from the outside, that someone will set the world right and it will stay that way. But any peace that has come from such external conditions has always been temporary.
The only lasting change will be the one that starts locally and grows from there. It comes down to how we live our lives, confronting our own ignorance. No amount of ignorance is too big or too small to go uninvestigated within ourselves.
Before seeking to set right the world, set right your own ignorance.
“Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.” ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
This doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t help where possible. But if the food industry is a problem to you, for example, then move into it and change it from within. It’s one thing to look from the outside in and say this should be different. It’s another thing entirely to view it from the inside and say “Okay, this is what needs to change and this is how I’m going to help that happen.”
It’s not about making enemies and pointing fingers at who is to blame. It’s not about us versus them and creating more conflict. It’s about awakening from differences, it’s about using our intelligence in combination with compassion for all, and it’s about aspiring for harmony over a conception of perfection.
And in the end it is important to remember that your thoughts about the world are not the world. Drawing conclusions about the ‘state of the world’ is a game invented by mass media. You don’t have to play their game in order to be of help.
Namaste sis :)