Posted November 17, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
One would be correct when observing that a great many men and women around the world in recent years have gained a good awareness of how the world operates. The reason for these awareness gains is the internet – the world-wide web. With this increasing awareness phenomena comes the inevitable point where people begin to ask themselves, and others, the big questions like “how can the people of the world join in coöperation to bring about conditions and circumstances which truly bring about good changes on Earth?”
Good changes like a very significant drop in the amount of expenditures on weapons around the world. Perhaps you do or do not feel the same way, but there are nations on this Earth who have turned the manufacture of products that are solely built to kill human beings into a profitable endeavor, and it seems kind of… well… unreal. Since before the originator of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel made a lot of money on weapons-making, there has been an ongoing succession of “improvements” in the “effectiveness” of both new and upgraded products that kill large numbers of people.
It is interesting to think about how there are few reports of Defense Department corruption in the form of “$800 hammers”, etc. Perhaps during that time such reports resulted in the demands by citizens to clean up the mess, and got in the way of “business as usual”, so newsrooms and editors were told to keep quiet.
Now, there are companies who have gotten into the new technologies of drones, where killing human beings is carried out while sitting and operating planes through controls on a computer screen. Drones have become seen by some, and marketed by some, as the next step in military/weaponry evolution, and an improved way of “taking care of business”. Nobody seems to ask, so no answers are possible, what the “business” is, and why it is necessary to conduct it.
One wonders what the Creator/God had in mind when centuries and millennium ago people began to create weapons for killing their fellow human beings. How can one determine what were the essential reasons for the creation of war and killing, and the long, long history of war and killing up until now in 2013? How many more contestants in the Miss America will continue to answer the question about what they would consider an ideal world by responding with something containing the words “world peace”?
Perhaps a few of the contestants have read the writings of some or many of the world’s great religious traditions’ original texts. Some may have an inkling or greater awareness of the term “enlightenment”, so their responses include “world peace” because, whether they put a small or tremendous amount of intense thought into the spiritual dimensions of life, they see “world peace” as the obvious end-all-be-all for goodness-related actions by humans.
I recall the words of a person who said, “the reason so few people find enlightenment is because it is so simple”. The fascinating commonality of all the spiritual traditions is the idea surrounding the so-called “golden rule”, where we do unto others what we would wish done to us. This concept has to do with becoming aware that there are no differences between people. Every person, animal, and plant – all things in the creation – has an inherent aspect of Creator/God, and there is in ultimate reality no separation whatsoever.
One can only guess when trying to figure out the mind of the Supreme Being when he/she created both separation thinking and oneness thinking. Whether it makes any difference or not, it seems that the so-called “ancient texts” of spirituality offer the closest glimpse into the entire set of reasons for existence on Earth. Because hundreds and thousand of years ago humanity had no distractions, no televisions or computers, living in nature, by – and according to – natural laws, their classrooms were nature itself.
Before the printing press was invented and dissemination of ideas became widespread, people had to figure things out themselves. There were no libraries to go to and read philosophical/spiritual books about the nature of existence. Any sharing of thoughts on the biggest questions could only be carried out face-to-face, and all thoughts were original thoughts. Those who had opportunities to travel and speak to a lot of other men and women, face-to-face, gained the most knowledge and wisdom.
I see that the trend which began with the printing press, meaning when people started to move away from original thinking to accepting the thoughts created by others, has reached a point where the “pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction”. Just when the pendulum of human thought started to return toward original thought is impossible to pinpoint. The obvious, major factor in the reversal of thought trends toward introspection and originality came with the rise of the internet.
So, here in 2013, millions and millions of people are not meeting face-to-face, yet are meeting face-to-face, sharing thoughts on the biggest questions – just as the ancients. As the people around the world have “traveled to many lands” and “shared spiritual/philosophical/societal thought”, knowledge and wisdom has become generated in the process. The world has come “full circle” in a sense, where the planetary situation finds the human race fortunate to have access to not only the original philosophical and spiritual wisdom of the ancients, but the present-day scientific developments as well.
The challenge for humanity is combining the wisdom of the ancients – good thoughts, good words, good deeds, and seeing the Creator/God in all people and all things – with the high technology and science that has come into existence since those ancients days. Synthesis of these will result in a new era of evolutionary, original thinking that raises humanity to new heights of nobility, civilization, morality, and ethics.
Humanity is capable of meeting the challenges of our time, and is in the process of doing so.
Welcome to the “new-time, old-time religion”.
Welcome to the world of oneness.
The following video comes from Heyoka Ken Thornton Shamanizing Channel on YouTube. Ken narrates the Prayer of Primordial Buddha Kuntuzangpo. Perhaps you would enjoy visiting Ken’s channel and viewing his videos, as they are about topics like Mother Earth, drumming meditation, Hopi wisdom, spirit quest, vision quest, Buddhism, and more. Thank you Ken for producing this work. Thank you for reminding us of the ancient wisdom.
- Enlightened Beings ~ Our Enlightened New World (shiftfrequency.com)
- Breaking the pattern of conditioning-JK (jkrishnamurty.wordpress.com)
- Enlightenment is possible… (soulveritas.com)
- B4 Peace Monthly Challenge (reflectionsonlifethusfar.wordpress.com)
- Enlightened Science: Technology & Meditation (buddhistinsight.com)