We stay in fascinating (a thinly disguised euphemism for chaotic and unsure) occasions.
We’ve reached a crucial stage in human historical past as we now face unparalleled existential threats to humanity and the planet we inhabit.
World ice caps are disappearing at an alarming charge resulting from world warming. The extinction of many interdependent species of life, accelerated by deforestation and lack of conventional habitats, is growing at an exponential charge. Extreme demand, greed and over-exploitation are depleting the valuable and finite assets of the world’s oceans regardless of the Worldwide Legislation of the Sea. Conservation and sustainability efforts haven’t been profitable. Man-made air pollution together with using chemical fertilizers have resulted in environmental and land degradation and a consequent lack of the planet’s natural world. Arable farmland is now being misplaced to rising sea ranges. Meals and water shortages, due partially to world warming, armed battle and man-made air pollution, have gotten extra frequent. Latest generations and political organizations have exhibited little concern or foresight (past lip service or aspirational platitudes) for the welfare of future generations. Can an ever growing and excessively demanding world inhabitants be sustainably supported in these circumstances?
We stay every day below the concern of nuclear devastation, added to that are the not too long ago developed refined and harmful kinds of weaponry together with drones, space-based weaponry, autonomous weapons methods and Synthetic Intelligence. States now interact in proxy wars in opposition to one another in an surroundings which is more and more disrespectful of the worldwide rules-based order and the United Nations. The extra highly effective States have changed diplomacy and negotiation with bullying, aggressive posturing, financial coercion, threatened invasion and cyber-attacks. Harmless civilians proceed to bear the brunt of armed battle, a transparent violation of Worldwide Humanitarian Legislation and a acknowledged battle crime and crime in opposition to humanity.
Democracy is failing, significantly within the West. Bipartisanship, political good-will and concern for the welfare of the neighborhood have been changed by the tribal politics of concern, negativity, division, polarization, cynicism and hatred. We are actually going through a failure of political management and a scarcity of genuine voices. Authoritarian, fascist and navy regimes now predominate, suppressing all political dissent and the free press and ignoring the issues and welfare of the folks. Detention centres have been established to ‘re-educate’ or punish those that are thought of a risk to the safety of the federal government. The venerable human and civil rights to freedom of thought, conscience and expression and tutorial freedom are being severely eroded by the evolution of “political correctness” right into a “one-think” or thought conformity political narrative during which careers and livelihoods are in danger for non-conformance, with the choice being a coerced silence of what one really believes.
Within the globalization period, wealth, energy, affect and management have gotten more and more concentrated, co-ordinated and consolidated throughout the globe, with the so-called and largely unregulated “Tech Giants”, “Large Pharma” and sectors of the worldwide banking system within the vanguard. Billionaires are competitively pouring huge sums of cash into house journey for the choose rich few who can afford it when so many issues at residence stay unsolved and ignored.
All of the whereas, humanism and what it means to be human are being devalued. We’re fast to criticize and condemn others whereas conveniently overlooking our personal faults. Governments and societies haven’t sufficiently protected probably the most weak locally from little one sexual abuse and neglect and elder abuse and neglect. Contemplate the alarming crime charges and incidences of home, sexual, homophobic and racially-based violence, folks trafficking for the needs of exploitative labour and prostitution, illicit substance abuse and over-dependence on pharmaceutical medicine, a meals business which produces artificial (fairly than pure) meals, the oppression of religions and perception methods within the title of righteousness, abortion on demand, using human fetal tissue in medical analysis and cruelty to animals. Widening social and financial fairness gaps are undermining human dignity ensuing, for instance, in homelessness. Psychological well being points are affecting better numbers of individuals. Armed battle and financial drawback have compelled many to uproot themselves from their properties, leading to mass inhabitants displacements and refugee actions throughout nationwide boundaries. Though many well-meaning and well-intentioned people and organizations are striving to mitigate these ills, we’re dropping a way of neighborhood and belonging and that means in our lives.
And greed is now and really thought of good and ensconced inside a First World society characterised by insatiable consumerism and rampant materialism (topic to attainable Covid supply-chain interruptions). An absence of self-restraint of the senses has led to over-indulgence and excesses. Weak enforcement by monetary and tax regulatory methods has resulted in company fraud, corruption, insider buying and selling, offshore tax havens and worldwide cash laundering.
We now stay in a digitized and digital world of cyber-space. Whereas the Web has supplied us with a exceptional and instantaneous supply of knowledge and data, it carries issues of its personal, starting from social media cyber-bullying, scamming and trolling to ISIS beheadings, stay streaming of mass shootings and the so-called “Darkish Net”. Web dependancy and gaming are making a technology which is blurring the road between the true and digital worlds. Cell telephones have enabled us to take ‘selfies’, maybe symptomatic of our penchant for superficiality over substance and a pathological self-preoccupation. An unsolicited State-mandated digital footprint is encroaching upon our lives, accelerated by the response to Covid, enabling digital monitoring of what as soon as was thought of non-public and confidential private data.
And there’s no longer one Reality however many malleable, selective, believable and relativistic truths, enabling apologists for probably the most egregious and outright acts of evil. These organizations able of energy, affect and accountability such because the Tech giants and the mass media not objectively report the info however have taken it upon themselves to imagine the position as the ultimate arbiter of the reality by selectively disclosing and withholding info and knowledge and censoring data and views which don’t conform with their specific political narrative or agenda.
Is there no finish to, or escape from, these woes which humanity now confronts and is essentially accountable for? At this level in human historical past, we should be asking extra vital and profound questions as to how now we have arrived at this level and the way we are able to avert an impending human and planetary disaster. These issues are all interconnected with one another, however so are we with one another, Mom Earth and all different sentient beings.
Because the French thinker Pierre Teilhard de Chardin has noticed, we’re not human beings having a religious expertise however fairly we’re religious beings having a human expertise. Though materialistic scientific and medical reductionism would have us imagine (not less than till not too long ago) that human consciousness doesn’t survive bodily dying, is that actually so? For Vaclav Havel, Consciousness precedes Being and that the salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than within the human coronary heart, within the human energy to replicate, in human modesty, and in human accountability. And more and more post-materialistic medical science is opening to the likelihood that human consciousness survives bodily dying.
What then is the that means or goal to our earthly existence? What ought to we be striving to realize throughout our fleeting time on this realm?
Why have historical Japanese and Western knowledge and advantage been forgotten or discarded as retro or irrelevant? Have we grow to be empty earthly vessels devoid of all spirituality? What are the locations of faith and spirituality in our lives and what’s the relationship between them?
Are we contented and peaceable souls? Have we forgotten the great thing about simplicity? Is there an excessive amount of noise in our lives and never sufficient quietude and stillness? Are there too many pointless attachments, distractions and non-essentials cluttering our lives that forestall us from ‘seeing’ and ‘understanding’? Are we overwhelmed by the ever growing data and knowledge that we’re confronted with each day and discover problem processing all of it? And has the world realized the right way to make the most of knowledge and understanding to use to that data and knowledge to make a greater world?
Are we separated from God/the Supply of all that’s, and will we admire the results of that separation?
The reply to those questions already exists, and could also be discovered within the knowledge and advantage of the ancients and the elders. It’s for humanity to rediscover this knowledge and advantage and apply it to handle these issues earlier than it’s too late.
Transcendental Spirituality, Knowledge and Advantage identifies and explains the that means of 36 Divine Virtues or Common Moral Rules forming the inspiration of the world’s nice religions, traced again to a single Supply unifying and connecting all. It makes an attempt to reply what’s the level to, and that means of, our present existence and what we should always try to realize daily throughout its fleeting time period. It reveals in a sensible and understandable means how historical Japanese and Western advantage and knowledge could also be utilized to immediately’s more and more complicated and difficult world to supply sanctuary, consolation, that means, contentment and a return to simplicity. Drawing upon remarkably comparable common moral ideas underpinning the world’s faiths, this ebook gives a sound platform for private therapeutic and development and religious wealth and a information to how we are able to higher relate to different sentient beings and the pure surroundings in our every day actions.
The friction which ends from ignorance could be diminished solely by the unfold of common data and the unification of the heterogeneous components of humanity (Nikola Tesla). In a world which more and more emphasizes, and is racked by, divisions, variations and polarization, Transcendental Spirituality, Knowledge and Advantage identifies widespread religious, ethical and moral floor and data which may unify and reunite a fractious and fractured humanity that has drifted away from what actually issues on this our earthly journey. In a world which is tearing itself aside every day in centrifugal negativity and cynicism, this ebook seeks to construct up and edify, concentrating as an alternative on centripetal constructive and healthful influences and desiderata.
If we don’t change path, we’re more likely to find yourself precisely the place we’re headed (Chinese language proverb). As Mom Earth growns below the exploitative burdens positioned upon her by humanity, this ebook gently whispers and reminds us of the timeless and dynamic knowledge of the elders and the ancients, offering a pathway to avoid the upcoming abyss. In an age when Reality is dismissed as deception and deceit, and falsehood and misinformation are dressed up and afforded respectability and plausibility, this ebook gives the reader with a criterion for judgment or ethical or moral compass to extra precisely assess the huge quantities of knowledge, editorializing and commentary we’re offered with each day.
Transcendental Spirituality, Knowledge and Advantage is an easy-to-navigate, one-stop pocket-guide that permits the reader to dip out and in of for every day inspiration, equally serving the whole newbie and people who are extra well-travelled alongside the religious path of awakening.
Whereas the ebook could seem naïve and simplistic to some, it will likely be a salvation and panacea to others. And not using a world revolution within the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the higher (Vaclav Havel). We should subsequently now broaden and elevate our particular person and collective consciousness and notice and admire that magnificence comes of all issues.
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