I am a Conduit……


for Peace or violence?  I have a choice, so do you.

I hear about yet another bomb blast in Mumbai as I write this.  Don’t know the full details.  Human spirit violated yet again.  Why do we allow violence like this?  Why do we tolerate it so much?  Violence became such an intrinsic part of our society and ourselves.  Our entertainment is strongly laced with violence, our news is always about violence.  But most of all, our self talk is that of violence towards ourselves.  The external violence we see is an indication of how much violence we live with within ourselves.  We all are equally responsible.  What a terrorist does on a major scale externally, we all do it on a minor scale internally, constantly to ourselves.

Negative self-talk, assault on our senses by indulging in junk food, tv, media etc., – these acts are all “Violation of Spirit” and we crave for non-violence and peace.

How is it possible?

How can I live in peace when my every single dialogue with myself is about not being enough and outright violent in its tone?  I would not dare talk to anybody else like that and yet I will not think twice in my put downs of  myself.  I know I am not alone in this.  We all do it constantly.

I make no apologies in saying this.  Isn’t societal violence a manifestation of what is going on in mine and your minds?  The eggs that I throw at myself, the bullets that I fire at myself, the bombs that explode within me – are manifesting externally in society.  I may be physically far removed from the terrorist acts, but I have a terrorist within me that terrorizes my spirit and also the society by trying to pin the blame on somebody else.

What do I do?

I am not condoning the terrorist acts by any means.  However in actively criticizing, blaming, trying to pin someone or something down as a cause, I am ignoring that I am contributing mentally as much as what I observe physically.

I am a conduit.  Have I got the capacity to be the conduit for Peace in a violent, turbulent society.  YES I HAVE AND SO DO YOU.  We all have the capacity.  It starts with understanding because

“Love as Understanding is Non-Violence” & “Love as Feeling is Peace”.

If we understand ourselves with compassion and kindness, we can extend that compassion to others  – yes, even to terrorists.  Challenge is do we try to understand ourselves with  care, compassion, kindness and Love?  Are we gentle to ourselves? Are we empathetic to ourselves?  Are we kind to ourselves? Are we loving to ourselves?

When we do all that to ourselves, I challenge, why wouldn’t we be the conduits for peace and why wouldn’t there be peace in the world? It begins with me…………

Promising to be kind, gentle, compassionate and loving towards myself, will you join me in that promise?

Let me know. Until next time………..

Padma Ayyagari

 

About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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