EMW WELCOME THE ARRIVAL of the Year 2005 in much subdued tones. We extend our deepest prayers and thoughts to those who have left us so suddenly without adieu, and to their loved ones in the wake of the Tsunami tragedy. We also send love and support to the survivors and the homeless for the recovery of their mind, body and spirit. This will take time for their lives will never be the same. May they be protected and may they find inner resolve and strength to continue their unique journeys on Earth.
Why did you do this to us, God? Whether or not this is a question for everybody, it is certainly one that all the major faiths have addressed and attempted to answer throughout the passage of time. And it is one that will always require an answer, because no explanation seems to supply an adequate reason. However, whether we are perhaps filling the world with more negativity by dwelling too long on the possible explanation for this tragedy, it is also very human to question the mightiness and strength of Nature at her most powerful, unpredictable and unstoppable, and to wonder if it really could be God’s will.
I am not sure if there is a great difference in the way we feel emotionally between man-provoked and natural catastrophes as we salvage survivors, rescue the maimed and weeping, and dig graves for the dead; shock, trauma, rage, loss, disbelief and grief are common to both although a man-provoked catastrophe has the additional aspects of hatred and revenge to address. The question is for me is always What does this all mean?
What is irrefutable as we analyse the effect of the Tsunami is that it was indiscriminate of race, colour, language and creed when it claimed the lives of our fellow men. Christians, Jews, Indian Hindus, Sri Lankan and Thai Buddhists and Muslims from Indonesia and elsewhere lost their lives.
I note from a Reuters’ report of the 26th December 2004 the various responses from the world’s religious leaders were quite similar: Israeli chief rabbi Shlomo Amar said “ The world is being punished for wrongdoing – be it peoples’ needless hatred for each other, lack of charity, moral turpitude.” A priest from the Hindu Birla Temple in New Dehli claimed the disaster was caused by a “huge amount of pent-up man-made evil on earth”. A representative of the Islamic opposition party in Malaysia, Abdul Razak, said the disaster was a reminder from God that “he created the world and can destroy the world.” The Christian faith believes these are the End Times, and as foretold in the Book of Revelations, the Bible’s final book, and this precedes the arrival of a Messiah.
The metaphysician bases his belief on the premise that all consciousness produces matter, and everything is pure energy systems spiralling and resonating at different speeds within a larger cosmic energy soup doing exactly the same thing. This is adequately substantiated today by modern physics although it was pure conjecture in the times of the ancient philosophers and metaphysicians.
In simplest terms, he would say we are responsible for what we perpetuate – we reap what we sow. Negative energy will perpetuate further negativity, and a build-up will cause a cataclysmic effect to return to us in another energy form. If to be human is to have the spark of God, to be born in His likeness, then as much as He and we can destroy, we can harness His power to heal ourselves and use the polar opposite of destruction into our daily lives to heal ourselves and Mother Earth. If these are the End Times, then it is possible we have nearly to destroy ourselves before we learn the lesson – then comes the Enlightenment or perhaps a Messiah.
Whichever way we look at it, what we believe is a choice, and the world will take its time to heal. But as after many catastrophes, the world’s children are united across continents regardless of what colour we are, in sorrow and tacit acknowledgement of the fragility of life.
Let us start now in 2005 with gratitude for our lives as we have created them, and we are still here to try to do some good; to concentrate on the positive aspects of our world and fellow man in order to perpetuate much more positive energy into the cosmic soup.
EmW asks understanding from all our major religions who have celebrated feast-days this month. We honour them all, but we felt it appropriate to turn our thoughts to the effect of the Tsunami on our precious world.
I leave you with a thought from Eileen Caddy, the co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland whose community live infused with spiritual values in attunement to the divinity within us all.
Believe your own inner voice, and may the divinity in you protect you and keep you safe in 2005. You are unique.
In profound peace,
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