Training the Mind to react with Love and
By Barry Rathner, Clinical Psychologist
Though I intended to have this article be a continuation of the discussion of Fivefold Path, I have decided that the situation we all face with the pandemic makes it more important to discuss some issues related to this.
Have you heard the joke about how our governments are meant to protect us in times of crisis—be it COVID-19 or CLIMATE CHANGE?
As the 45-year-old song goes,“FOR ALL THE JOY AND ALL THE BLISS, AGNIHOTRA IS THE WAY”.
Daily sunrise/sunset Agnihotra—done simply in a copper pyramid in which dried cow dung and cow’s ghee are burned and into which two offerings of unbroken, unpolished rice are offered to the accompaniment of a very short Sanskrit mantra. That’s it.
This is serious. Even if we survive Corona, the elephant in the room must be dealt with.
CLIMATE CHANGE does not lend itself to prophylactic measures.
There will be no vaccine to inoculate us against rising tides, life-threatening storms….
India—and by extension all live there—is in a unique and perhaps enviable position.
You have an appreciation for Spirituality and Vedic culture and knowledge. You do not view Vedic Culture with the skepticism that some in other countries do.
And in 2020, the world has been forced to admit, WE DO NOT KNOW. That leaves an exciting pitch on which we can all show our wares.