Carol A. Hand
A century ago, Rabindranath Tagore began his book, Sādhanā – The Realization of Life, with words of wisdom that we still fail to live by as a world. I wonder why the media continues to feature the words of ignorant, power-hungry fools to reinforce divisions, suffering, and war instead of sages whose simple, elegantly-stated truth can lead us to peace?
“The civilisation of ancient Greece was nurtured within city walls. In fact, all the modern civilisations have their cradles of brick and mortar.
These walls leave their mark deep in the minds of men. They set up a principle of “divide and rule” in our mental outlook, which begets in us a habit of securing all our conquests by fortifying them and separating them from one another. We divide nation and nation, knowledge and knowledge, man and nature. It breeds in us a strong suspicion of whatever is beyond the barriers we have built, and everything has to fight hard for its entrance into our recognition.”
In these times of conflict and austerity, may we contemplate how to live by deeper truths in our everyday lives on this tiny, precious planet in a vast and wondrous universe.
Photo: Planet Earth
Rabindranath Tagore (1915). Sādhanā: The Realisation of Life. New York, NY: The MACMILLIAN COMPANY.