When will we gain Peace and Harmony?
Stone Mortars of yore!
The invisible center!
There is an invisible center point. Imagine a wheel of bicycle. There is a center hub from which the spokes are projecting connecting to the rim of the wheel. The outer rim moves faster, compared to the center hub. There seems to be a trace movement of rotation at the center while there is spectacular movement of outer rim. The tyre attached to the rim with tubes actually comes into contact with the road portion. The center hub do not come anywhere near the road and it maintains equidistance from the rim! In a way, the hub is less affected while the tyre portion bears all the rubs and pricks of the road surface! Consider a minute point of the center. If you consider deeply, the movement at the outer rim of the wheel is more and it becomes little at the center while the minute point in the center undergoes an apparent motion or no motion at all. This is the invisible center point.
Center hub of a bicycle wheel
The stone mortar of old days.
In a similar manner, there is an indwelling spirit in each one of us which undergo no movement. As one move away from the center, all movements start. Away from the center denotes entering into worldly material life, undergoing much turmoil as we are far away from the center. If one wants peace of mind or happiness, he must turn back to the center! There was a saint called “Kabir” in India. He was deeply spiritual and he had a spiritual preceptor viz. Nibathiranjanar. Once when Kabir was moving along the street, he saw women pulverize flour in stone mortar. There was a bottom circular stone piece and in the center, there was an iron rod projection. There was an upper stone of circular one which was made to sit exactly over the bottom mortar piece. The only difference was that the upper circular stone had a deep hole in the center and once put on the lower mortar the iron rod entered the center hole of the top piece. Whenever women want to pound the flour, they put the grain in the center hole of upper mortar. They had a handle in the outer portion of the upper mortar. Women used to roll the upper piece over the lower mortar. When they rotate the upper piece with the handle, the grains in the center slowly spread in the crevices between both and get pulverized uniformly. When it moves farther and farther, the nice flour spill from the outer edge! Looking at the mortar, Kabir told his preceptor, “I too feel the pulverizing effect of the grain and I fear I too undergo the effect in the mortal world. His preceptor told Kabir, “Do not fear, hold on to the center, then you won’t be affected by the grinding of the mortars. Here, the preceptor meant the center Self and we should not drift away in this mortal world away from the center. We must return to the center in order to escape the grinding!
Attachments leads to sufferings.
The weaver saint Kabir!
In ancient India, there were many such saints who guided the people towards spiritual path that lead to God! They lived such noble life and their life was example to the worldly minded. Kabir was a weaver and he used to weave chanting the name of “Rama”. He has written many bhajan songs on Rama. He will always utter the name of Rama in his talks with people while selling his clothes. He was just and honest in his dealings while selling the woven cloth. Once a man asked Kabir, what is the cost of this full cloth? Kabir told him, “In Rama’s name, the cloth costs eight annas. Then the man tore it into two and asked him the rate. Again Kabir replied, “In Rama’s name, it is four annas. He further tore it to small pieces and enquired the rates. Kabir was calmly replying without getting angry the due amount! Though Kabir toiled an entire day to weave the cloth, he never got angry. He was of such disposition. To the needy poor, he used to give the cloth free! From ancient days, people led righteous and moral life. When materialism started dominating the mind of people, all sorts of sufferings and troubles erupted. Some people started cheating others and told blatant lies in courts. There were many thieves and robberies due to materialism. People feared to go through deep jungles in night time since many thieves hidden in the dark environment, pounced on innocent travelers and looted their possessions. Hence the Kings were exercising much vigil to put down the atrocities of robbers. When Sri Rama was ruling Ayodhya for very many years, there were no doors in the houses, since there was no theft nor there was any thief. See the condition of the world today. We need secure locks which will raise alarm when it is broken or false key is inserted. We need advanced electronic security systems to secure the houses. Many rich people constructed underground chambers to lock their gold and precious metals there in secured iron chests. Each such chest needed three different keys to open. Each key is kept in the custody of one treasury officer. Unless all of them collide, no theft could take place!
Rama's just rule.
Selfishness and Greed are the causes.
The main reason for all these perversions of mind is selfishness, greed and desire to live a luxurious life in all comforts. Nowadays, political leaders stoop to the level to loot the treasury of their own country. The treasury is the toil of poor labor, peasants and others. In the name of taxes, the poor is made to part his hard earned money and crops. It is due to the greed of the perverted kings who amazed enormous money and enjoyed luxurious life spending public exchequer.
Hence we must turn back from the material involvement to the center which is self! When people start adopting spiritual ethos, the world will get harmony and peace!