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Ekaanvaya - of the same family

...you won't have to be a genius to see where this one is headed… We Are One.

Right, having said it out loud, how many of us truly feel the unity of Mankind? Heck, I know a great many people who struggle to feel unity with their own family. Where's the hope in their understanding - or even wanting to - the commonality of our condition.

There has never, ever, been a time in our history where we have not seen division amongst us. It goes back to the ahangkaara thing. "I-ness" and "my-ness", claiming ownership, territory, power, wealth. Acquisitiveness, envy, lust, anger, greed, ambition… the list is long for the traits of the ego which keep us separate. Initially, these traits were about survival. We must never forget that our physical make-up is the same as all the animals which populate this planet and the only thing which separates us is the intellect. The opposable thumb is nothing without the thinking power to utilise its potential.

That thinking power is both our most dangerous trait and our saving grace. We became adroit at justifying poor behaviours and its consequences.  We have made arguments for mass destruction of the environment or whole societies. Equally, we have - and can - counteract those arguments, and we can rebuild and heal with clear thoughts and pure intentions.

We can all point to the broader society and point out what is going wrong, but what can we do about it? We can take responsibility for ensuring that on a personal level we are matching the expectation we have of that wider society.

A problem will lie before us if our view of wider society is that it ought to be segregated and 'me-centric'. If we think that society ought only to be as we are, then we are going to have a life of great disappointment. A vibrant and thriving community understands it is made up of individuals, that diversity is healthy, that cultural exchange removes fear. It respects difference with deference. Each individual within it knows that the person over there who looks so very opposite, who lives and eats in a way that challenges, who may worship strangely, is still a human being. Their bodies are made up exactly the same way, and they have brains and abilities to match the next person.

An intellect which argues for difference, for separation, no matter its I.Q. is dangerous in the extreme.

Currently, we live in times where leaders are emerging who wish to separate rather than congregate. "What's mine is mine, and what's yours I would like to be mine…" There were times when it was just a case of throw a spear and march a few horses or elephants. Now it is done so very subtly, under a layer of uncivil civility.

Those of us who are able must continue to live the life of understanding unity. That We Are One. That the human race has not destroyed itself thus far is down to the balance of those who can see the picture of Unity and those who seek to destroy it. Thus far, Unity as won. 

To think Unity, one must not only think in terms of not hating, one must think, feel, and live Love with the capital 'ell'. Only then can we live ekaanvayatva.


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  1. Thank you for this post YAM...we will do some extra soul searching on this one.
    The menorise is lovely!!
    Hugs HiC

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  2. that church i was telling you about,the community that fed us, lest they sound perfect, there was at times much divison.. caused by the me-ness and i-ness you spoke of. i have said many times, cain and able could not get along and neither could David and Saul, the men of the Bible could not get along, we all act like division is new. since the beginning of time it has been and always will be... our country is split on politics, on whether to leave a statue where it has been for 100 years or move it or destroy. usually 50/50 split. that is why our country split from England, why the south and the north faught. and why the people in other countries have tribes fighting. the wars can't be won, here or anywhere

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    1. Hari Om
      Great observations Sandra! Yes, even within institutions where it might be thought that 'better would be known', the ego will rise and seek its attention. This is why it is important to come to the understanding that we must look to ourselves first and then come together with all others who understand. We can still retain our separate practices according to our taste or culture, but moving one level Higher is what brings the Unity. Y xx

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  3. Love thy neighbor as thyself!

    And it all has to start within the family. So sad that the family unit in many cases is in ruins.

    Love the spirograph - that heart says it all.

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    1. Hari OM
      True - when one sees some of the 'commentary' from those who ought to know better towards those who trying to find a voice (women, young adults and kids)... Yxx

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  5. We must begin listening, and give up shouting.

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  6. I struggle with the idea of all of us as one. It is something I am working on. I have never felt I belonged to a group of more than 2 or 3.

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  7. I don't think the problem lies in having separate groups - for example, there will always be people you feel drawn to and people you don't. I think the problem comes when one of those groups decides they are superior to the others.
    Debbie

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    1. Hari OM
      This isn't about groups; this is about the individual taking responsbility for who they are, regardless of the group they are in and rising above any limitations perceived there. Accepting the Wholness of Life is an advanced concept and as "Lady" says above, many struggle with it. Yxx

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  8. There is so much calm in your posts , thank you for writing about peace and harmony. here from Second thoughts First

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  9. I agree completely... and you found a very good description with "under a layer of uncivil civility"

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  10. This ties in so well with my post on not being black and white in our opinions and allowing others to believe differently to us. I hate divisiveness, and disunity and intolerance. How hard can it be for everyone to choose kindness and acceptance instead?

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    E for Enjoy Life Today

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    1. Hari Om
      That is my wonder also Leanne! If I sit too long fretting on it though, I just cry for the broken world.

      It is a joy to me that having prepared all these ahead, I have found several bloggers on the same 'line'... This is the Unity of Spirit. It DOES bring us together!!! YAM xx

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  11. Vasudhaiva kutumbakam...Agree with poster above who says we must stop being shouty and LISTEN. Wise words.

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  12. Hello, I feel there is a huge division between the classes of people here. We are divided due to wealth and of course there is still a division between color. I think our current president makes people believe it is ok to be a bully, a racist and rude. Sad times, I feel we have lost the work done in the last 30-40 years.

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  13. It is indeed a great shame so many people are focused on us and them, not we.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings - Movie Monsters

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  14. This has been an amazing series. It is so difficult to live from the 'we'.
    I did spend this afternoon listening to my dear client. SOmetimes I want to interrupt and tell her she just told me that story, then I remember...

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  15. Although I haven't commented every day, I wanted to stop in and let you know how much I am savoring your series so far Yam, it really challenges me to sit and take the time to think!

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  16. Very beautiful post! I Loved it!! :)

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