When we look out into the world it is rather apparent that there is great sorrow and suffering throughout every country and every nation. No one is immune to the suffering of this life. The old and young are caught up in this misery of life. The poor and the rich alike are caught in this same darkness and gloom. Both men and women of every race are in the hands of sorrow. We are suffering from the mental agony of misery and the psychological pain of loneliness that plagues nearly every human being on this earth.
Without knowing ourselves we remain in sorrow and continue to live in our own delusions of hope for the future. If we belong to a particular religion or belief then we congregate and hide our sorrow among each other. Through such pretense, sorrow remains. We are forever hoping we will miraculously change tomorrow without transforming our lives today. If we plant the seeds of sorrow in our everyday lives, how can we expect compassion to spring forth within us tomorrow? Through confusion we expect wisdom to manifest in our existence while we continue doing the same old things as before.
So we must ask ourselves the deepest questions without the intention of getting the same old answers. Why do we not face the facts of our life of sorrow, here and now? The not facing our state of being in sorrow is what keeps us continuously living in such loneliness and despair. We fail to look and see the actualities of our lives and continue down the same paths that leads nowhere. Because it has been tried does not mean it is true. All the various world religions have made us promises of a better tomorrow if we adhere to their doctrines. Promises they themselves have not fulfilled. We are expected to continue on such paths which lead nowhere. In light of the fact none of their answers have produced any lasting change in the heart of man. We are still suffering and we are still filled with sadness, misery and disharmony. All the religious and political leaders have failed to deliver on their promises. Why is it, we do not hold such ignorance accountable? We must seek the truth within ourselves. In truth, we are all responsible for this life of discontent.
The religions throughout the world from Christianity in the west and Islam in the east, have propounded their solutions for many centuries to no effect. We are still trapped in sorrow with no clear way out. And if you are at all a serious human being, you will see their solutions to our problems are nowhere to be found.
The burning fires of sorrow are within us and all around us. The face of sorrow continues to be a major problem throughout the whole of humanity. The unhappiness produced by ignorance and fear continues to haunt us day and night. All the prevailing sorrow continues to escalate and torment us from within our consciousness. The darkness of suffering expresses itself outwardly into the world. This problem of sorrow must be given deep thought. And if we are at all serious, we must go beyond thought and its waywardness. We claim we see the outcome of its ailments but fail to act and respond, efficiently. We try in various ways to cure our problems while in actuality we are only treating the symptoms through escape. The fact of sorrow we never face. This causes our problems to perpetuate and corrode our daily lives.
Through tradition we are so attached to our ideals and beliefs that prevents us from seeing. We look but we do not see. Never realizing that in the power of seeing there is freedom. Instead we merely look in partiality which leaves us in obscurity. In effect, we never discover the truth of anything. Only to find ourselves moving from one illusion into another. Not only in the religious world but in the world of politics as well. We support one political campaign that promise hope and change only to lead us in a different scheme of corruption all the same.
So in the darkness of sorrow we move from one state into another god-forsaken place. Psychologically, we travel from one prison into another that has a little more space, a little more provisions and promises to pacify us for the time being. The powers that be lay out a plan for us to follow in the idea that it will bring us to a utopia on earth or a dream land in the heavens. They all proclaim someday we will find a better way to live and treat each other. But, time and time again this same routine of thought and reason has failed all of mankind. The fact is we are still suffering, exponentially.
Psychologically, as human beings we are never free. Without the realization and clarity of intelligence, there is no understanding which breeds freedom. In freedom there is no choice. We choose because we do not see. Without seeing clearly, we repeat the same old things that have not brought about any fundamental change.
In spirituality, seeing is complete action devoid of choice, thought and its traditions. The power of seeing is the glory within that brings light to all our emotional and psychological problems. When at once we are empty of ourselves then we can be fulfilled and unchained by sorrow. The moment we end all conscious effort and action born of thought, the creative power of love enters and illumines our whole being. This illumination is love which burns away all sorrow and all suffering. And in the radiance of this love, there is exquisite beauty in which words can not touch or describe. This joyous love transcends the consciousness of mind and the idea of ego.
In the absence and emptiness of all your sorrow, this glorious love comes unsought. There is no means of willing this love into being. No tricks, no prayer or any form of conjuring can call this into existence. It is the totality of all life. Being whole, it has the power to heal all our problems, holistically.
When this spiritual love comes, there is no self-centered ego within you to take hold of it. It is incorruptible. It comes when you are vacant. It comes when you are not conscious of yourself. This creative love lives in each moment in which man as thought can not enter.
Only a fool will deliberately walk through this door within to be stripped of him self. It takes a great fool to open himself up for this to enter the temple of his being. Such a being is summoned by compassion for the sake of the world and all its sorrow. Seeing there is no other answer, he see what must be done and turns within. Unmoved by superficial solutions to the world crisis and all the suffering in and around him. Without choice he takes a single step into the doorway marked by death. Come what may; know there is no other way. One must enter this living death to discover eternal love that has the power to solve all our fundamental problems.
As a human being, we must see that all efforts within the field of knowledge, faith and reason have failed humanity. None of the religions or beliefs has solved our human dilemma. So man must turn within himself. Not out of ignorance but understanding. Through negation and psychological death, man discovers he is not the ego that is identified with the flesh. He must discover he is nothing. We must all discover that exquisite love and affection which can solve our psychological problems of consciousness.
When at once you enter death, all will be clear. In this clarity you discover this empty-fullness within. Then you will understand what love is. This perfect love takes you by surprise and fills you completely. This love which awakens within you was never born and never created. It is eternity devoid of time. It is the fulfillment that can not be spoken. What words can paint a picture that could give understanding to another of this glorious revelation? No amount of words, no matter how eloquent, can describe this immensity. It is the beauty of unwritten poetry in which you must see within. This love is inexpressible joy.
Spiritually, we must all discover this truth within ourselves. Then we may live in the light of intelligence beyond the shadows of darkness and sorrow. And only then will we create a holy and harmonious life on earth. Not tomorrow, but here and now. A life in which you live in the freedom of eternal love.
Adonis Alexander is a Spiritual Teacher who resides in the United States.
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